Friday, October 16, 2015

“Finding the Fit” College Night for Junior Families

The College/Career Center kicks off its college counseling program for junior families with “Finding the Fit” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. The free, 75-minute event will discuss how to choose a college, what colleges look for in applicants, how to do research about colleges, and what services SHS offers in the college search-and-selection process. There will be a “mini-session” from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in the Recital Hall for families whose student has an IEP or 504 plan.

Also next week, the Illinois Regional College Fair will be held from 6-8 p.m.Thursday at the College of Lake County, and Choices 2015 for college-bound students with an IEP or 504 plan takes place from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Niles North High School.

CPN Following Up Lieber Talk With Book Discussion

Pioneer Press covered the Community Parent Network’s special event Wednesday night featuring New York Times columnist Ron Lieber, author of The Opposite of Spoiled. The book is for parents who want to use everyday conversations about money to imprint good values in their children. CPN will have a “Parent Book Jam” to discuss Lieber’s book at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, October 29 at the Vernon Area Public Library. The discussion is also open to those who haven’t read Lieber’s book, but are interested in the topic. Click here to register, and for more information.

Alumnus Co-Hosts CLTV’s “Sports Feed”

One of the beneficiaries of the Chicago Cubs’ success this year has been 2007 alumnus Josh Frydman. He is the co-host of “Sports Feed” on CLTV with Jarrett Payton, and also has been providing Cubs reports for WGN on TV and radio. Frydman returned to Chicago last October after spending time as a sports anchor and reporter at TV stations in Memphis, Tennessee, Columbia, Missouri, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. “Sports Feed” airs from 6-7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

New Documentary About Foundation Guest

Anyone who attended the Stevenson Foundation-sponsored appearance of Ina Pinkney last spring knows Chicago’s “breakfast queen” has had an interesting life. For those unfamiliar, a new documentary about Pinkney makes its debut this month at the Chicago International Film Festival.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 143, Mundelein 37: The visiting Patriots won 11 of the 12 events, improving to 4-2 in conference dual meets. Jessica Lenhart won the 200 individual medley (2:20.59) and 100 backstroke (1:07.98), and joined Casey Kirby, Irune Andres and Morgan Bosse in capturing the concluding event, the 400 free relay (3:46.62). Andres won the 100 freestyle (55.95). Other individual winners included Rachel Song in the 50 free (25.66), Iza Pelka in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.29), Ashley Carollo in the 100 butterfly (1:03.56), Callie Coffey in the 500 freestyle (5:34.91), and Mila Wawer in the 200 freestyle (2:04.75). Song, Carollo and Andres swam on the Pats’ other two winning relays. They were joined by Bosse in the 200 medley relay (1:52.81), and by Danielle Kameristy in the 200 free (1:43.99). – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Golf Team Begins State Tournament Play

The boys golf team tees off in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A state tournament in Bloomington today. Seniors Jake Labow and Zach Orlowsky, juniors James Dvorak, Jedi Jhu and Kamaren Sandhu, and freshman Jackson Bussell all take their first swings between 8:30-9:15 this morning. You can follow state tournament results here.

Football Team Continues Quest for Playoff Bid

Stevenson will play host to Zion-Benton tonight at 7:30 in the final regular-season home football game of the 2015 season. The Patriots enter the contest with a 4-3 overall record, and likely will need to win both of their remaining games to qualify for the state playoffs. The Zee-Bees are 3-4. Tonight’s game will be shown live on the Stevenson Broadcast Network, and also will be broadcast on WAES 88.1 FM. According to the IHSA, the Pats have played one of the toughest schedules in Class 8A. Their opponents have a total of 40 wins in seven weeks; only three schools have a higher number: Warren and York (41), and McHenry (44).

Brunson Named Big East Preseason Freshman of the Year

Villanova University’s Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) has been named the Big East Preseason Freshman of the Year in men’s basketball, and his team were named the favorites to win the league championship.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Vikas Rao is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. He will receive a Sodexo smoothie gift certificate. Thank you to all who participated. Don’t forget to stop by the Homework Center in Room 1313. It’s a place where you can finish your homework or get peer tutoring, develop creative ideas and organizational skills, as well as motivation skills. The Homework Center also has “thinker toy” strategy games.

Graduation Cap and Gown, Announcement Orders

Seniors can order their graduation caps and gowns, and graduation announcements, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2400.

Sushi Station in the West Commons Today

Sodexo is offering a made-to-order sushi station in the West Commons during the lunch periods today. You can mix and match from 15 different sushi types, made with either traditional sushi rice or healthy brown rice. Using only the finest ingredients, the products offer diners everything from raw, exotic fish to fully-cooked, traditionally-prepared seafood to vegan and vegetarian options. The sushi station will be located near the main cashier lines.

Catalyst Sponsoring Trip to Fright Fest

Catalyst is sponsoring a trip to Great America for Fright Fest on Saturday, October 24. This event is open to all Stevenson students. You can purchase tickets and turn in the required permission slip at the school store. Free bus transportation to and from Great America will be provided. Buses will leave at 4:30 p.m., and return around 12:30 a.m. Local police have been notified about the event, so you should be safe from curfew violations. For more details, click here.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Moved

The dates for yearbook re-takes have changed. They will now take place Wednesday and Friday, October 28 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must contact Visual Image Photography at www.vipis.com or call 800-577-9570.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

Do you have any gently used items such as shoes, clothing, toys, games, books or videos that you’d like to get rid of? Here’s your chance! You can bring used items to “the strip” part of Stevenson Drive, by the baseball and softball fields, between 3:30-5:30 p.m. today, or between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday. For every pound of items collected, Stevenson Athletics will receive money from the Savers store in Arlington Heights. All the money raised will help offset travel costs for these sports teams: baseball, girls lacrosse, boys and girls water polo, and Patriettes. Click here for more information.

The softball team is holding a “Friday Frosty” sale in the Wood and Glass Commons today. Buy a Frosty for $2, and all proceeds go to SHS softball.

Anyone interested in trying out for boys basketball should plan on attending an informational meeting. The freshman and sophomore teams will have meetings on Wednesday, October 28. Sophomores will meet from 3:35-4 p.m. in Room 2900. Freshmen will meet in Room 8048 from 3:45-4 p.m. The varsity meeting will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. Monday, November 2 in Room 6070. If you are unable to make the meetings, contact the appropriate coach: Coach Ambrose (varsity) at pambrose@d125.org; Coach Hess (sophomore) at dahess@d125.org; and Coach Gimre (freshman) at kgimre@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for boys swimming and diving after school Wednesday, November 4 in the pool balcony. Come and meet the new head coach, Mr. Lillydahl, as he shares information on signups, tryouts, athletic forms, and team practices for this year.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors interested in the University of Virginia: The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full scholarships to UVA to students who have demonstrated uncommon academic ability, exceptional leadership and a commitment to the community at large.  Stevenson may nominate one student for this prestigious scholarship. If you are interested, please pick up an application from the CCC. Please return this application to the CCC by Friday, October 23.

If you are an outstanding senior student who is interested in the University of Notre Dame, you might want to apply for its prestigious Hesburgh-Yusko scholarship. This scholarship provides $25,000 per year towards the cost of attendance at ND, plus opportunities to engage in learning seminars and summer enrichment programs.  Stevenson can nominate one or two applicants who display outstanding leadership, academic achievement, a sincere commitment to service and solid moral character.  Applications are available in the CCC and are due Friday, October 23.

The Campus Pride College Fair and Prep Day for junior and senior LGBTQ and Ally students, and their families, in partnership with Teach for America, is coming to the Chicago area. The fair will be held Saturday, November 7, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., in Chicago. Parking fees may apply. There is an early registration discount until October 23. For more information, go to  http://campusprideindex.org/menu/collegefair.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College/Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA, who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the CCC today to pick up your application. The deadline to return a completed application is October 30.

CLUB NEWS

Interested in meeting great people, helping out the community, and earning service hours? Join Interact Club for its annual road clean-up Saturday from 9:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Email Ms. Smith (nbsmith@d125.org) for details and to sign up.

Attention all juniors! If you like breakfast, come get it for free on Tuesday, starting at 7:30 a.m. in Room 2104! Get pumped!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Niles Township High School District 219 disputes heat up

Lake Forest High looks to oust tenured math teacher facing battery charges

Chicago Board of Education named defendant in “Believers” abuse lawsuit

Authorities probing ex-Chicago CEO’s Detroit tenure

Doubts emerging in St. Charles school closure debate (+)

Glen Ellyn District 41 to take another look at combining grades (+)

Plans for UI-Springfield student union going forward with private funds

The surprising power of ninth grade

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Famed teacher files $1B class-action suit against Los Angeles schools

Promised help for victims of Atlanta schools cheating hasn’t come

North Carolina district offering free online tutoring, cash to get parents involved

Tennessee district closes schools, cites Obamacare as reason

NEA asks McDonald’s to end its “McTeacher’s Nights” promotion

Texas education commissioner stepping down at end of December

A primer on the latest buzzwords in educational technology

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