Tuesday, October 20, 2015

School Board Approves Major Changes for 2016-17

The Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 Board of Education on Monday approved major changes to the school’s academic calendar and daily schedule starting with the 2016-17 school year.

The changes, approved at the board’s monthly meeting, include:

  • First-semester final exams will take place before Winter Break, providing students and their families a true break before classes resume in January 2017.
  • The school year will begin three days earlier, and will end by Memorial Day. The first day of classes for all students in 2016-17 will be Monday, August 15. The last day of classes will be Thursday, May 25, 2017. Graduation will be held Friday, May 26, 2017. Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, 2017.

CLICK HERE to see the 2016-17 academic calendar. Orientation days have not yet been determined.

  • Every school day will start 25 minutes later, at 8:30 a.m., and the “second day of the week” schedule will be eliminated. Bus routes also will begin later. The school will continue to have occasional “late arrival” days on which classes would begin at 10:30.
  • Under the new daily bell schedule, every class period will have 47 minutes of instructional time. The first period will be 51 minutes, with the first 4 minutes set aside for morning announcements.
  • Stevenson will opt out of the Veterans Day holiday every year, and will move the two institute days from first semester to second semester.

Principal Troy Gobble explains the decisions to move first-semester final exams before Winter Break, and to start the school day later, in these videos: Finals Before Winter Break | Later Start to the School Day

The changes to the academic calendar and to the daily bell schedule will be outlined in the school board’s community newsletter, which will be mailed later this week.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s on Wednesday

The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser at the Potbelly’s location in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Potbelly’s will donate 25% of sales during the three-hour period to the BPO for the benefit of the band program. Mention “Stevenson Band” when ordering.

Alumnus to be Memorialized at County Courthouse

Tony Gordon, a 1970 Stevenson graduate who died in 2012, will be honored next month with a plaque at the Lake County circuit courthouse in Waukegan. Gordon was a longtime legal affairs reporter for the Daily Herald and the News-Sun. The plaque will be unveiled November 11 during a Veteran’s Day event at the courthouse. Gordon was a Vietnam War veteran who earned the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts. Read more about Gordon in this Daily Herald article (+).


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Boys Soccer, Field Hockey Start Postseason

The varsity boys soccer and girls field hockey teams begin postseason play today. The Patriot soccer team will face Round Lake at 7 o’clock in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Regional at Highland Park High School’s Wolters Field (map). The SHS field hockey team, meanwhile, travels to Elgin Academy (map) for the opening round of the Illinois Girls Field Hockey Coaches Association state playoffs at 4:30.

Varsity Patriettes Holding Online Auction

The varsity Patriettes are holding an auction to raise enough money to send the team to the National Dance Association national competition in Orlando, Florida in February. The auction runs until 10 p.m. Tuesday, November 3. Some of the items available for bid include: Weekend stay in Door County, Wisconsin; Kemper Lakes golf experience;  autographed memorabilia from PGA golfer Jordan Spieth, Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, and former Chicago Blackhawk Brandon Saad; and Harley Davidson weekend package, including driver school. Click here to see all the auction items, and to place a bid.

Football Alum Plays Huge Role in MSU-Michigan Ending

The ending of the Michigan State-Michigan game on Saturday was one of the wildest finishes in college football history, and a Stevenson alumnus played a major role. Matt Morrissey (Class of 2014), a safety for Michigan State, was one of two Spartan players who hit Michigan’s punter as he attempted to retrieve a botched snap with seconds remaining in the game. MSU picked up the blocked kick and ran it in for a touchdown as time expired for a 27-22 win.

Sisters Win Medals at St. Louis Fencing Competition

Two sisters on the girls fencing team won a combined five medals at the Daugherty Youth Cup Super Youth Circuit last weekend in St. Louis. Freshman Geeta Jhangiani won the gold medal in Y14 Women’s Epee, qualifying for the United States Fencing Association Summer National Championships in Dallas in June. She also finished third in Junior Women’s Epee. Older sister Nikita, a junior, was third in Division II epee divisions. They tied for third in Cadet Women’s Epee.


Monday’s Digest omitted Zach Orlowsky from the roster of golfers who represented Stevenson at the IHSA Class 3A state tournament last weekend.


“Back to the Future” Car on Campus Wednesday

Have you ever seen the “Back to the Future” movies? You know, the ones where the Cubs win the World Series? Well, if you’ve ever seen “Back to the Future 2,” you might know that Wednesday, October 21, 2015 is the date that Marty McFly set in the time machine to go back to the future. Guess what, Stevenson? The Back to the Future car is coming to Stevenson tomorrow — Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The fancy DeLorean sports car that served as a time machine in those movies is going to be in the circle drive during all three lunch periods. (The car may not arrive until after 4A.) Stop by and have your picture taken with the car. Windy City Novelties in Vernon Hills also will be giving away glow sticks and other goodies. To celebrate the occasion on Wednesday, you’re are invited to dress up in 1950s clothing, or wear something Future-ish to school.

Save a Life and Help Kiva Club By Giving Blood

Be a “donating Dracula” and help save three lives by giving blood at the Student Activities blood drive on Friday, October 30. The blood drive will take place during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). You must be at least 17 years old to donate blood, and also must weigh at least 110 pounds. Click here to register, and for the required permission form. The registration deadline is Friday. In addition to helping others, your donation also helps the Kiva Club. LifeSource Blood Services will give the club money based on the number of donors who participate. The money will be used to support Kiva Club’s efforts to provide “micro loans” to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The PPA’s next bake sale is Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons. All treats will be $1; cash only.

Showcase Auditions Sign-Ups End This Week

The second round of audition sign-ups for Showcase, the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student variety show, will be held Tuesday through Thursday during all lunch periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Visit www.d125.org/showcase for the answer to that question, the audition sign-up form, plus other important information.

Want to Go to Fright Fest? Sign Up By Thursday

Catalyst is sponsoring a trip to Great America for Fright Fest on Saturday. This event is open to all Stevenson students. You can purchase tickets and turn in the required permission slip at the school store. The last day to sign up is Thursday. 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.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: If you didn’t already turn in your Senior Party Registration form, please do so as soon as possible. You can turn it into the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. We will continue to take registration forms until the boat is full or February 29, whichever comes first. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.


Attention juniors: Your college search begins this year and the College/Career Center has a program to help. Plan to attend “Finding the Fit” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the PAC to learn how to choose a college, how colleges choose you, and how this entire college search process works. This 75-minute event is for both juniors and parents, and kicks off our college counseling program for the Class of 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to focus on finding the right college fit for you!

College-bound students with an IEP or 504 plan are invited to attend the annual Choices Fair on Wednesday at Niles North High School. The evening begins with breakout sessions at 6 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., followed by a college fair from 7-9 p.m. For more information about the fair, visit www.postsecondarychoices.org.

Attention juniors and seniors, the following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: Texas State University, Rhode Island School of Design, George Washington University, the Air Force Academy, Augustana College, Art Center College of Design, Caltech, Boston University, Duke University, Ohio University, Northeastern University, University of Oklahoma, Carleton College, Cleveland State University, Kansas State University, Case-Western University, Trinity Christian College, New York University, Baylor University, Calvin College, University of South Alabama, Hofstra University, University of Toronto, Clark University, Indiana University – Purdue, Southeast Missouri State University, Vanderbilt University, Kent State University, Kalamazoo College and Colorado State. Please check Naviance for the dates and times. Remember to check our website for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit on Naviance.  Please remember to print your confirmation page and have it signed two days prior to the college visit and have the page signed by your teacher.


Chinese Club will show the new Karate Kid movie after school today in Room 2812, with plenty of Chinese snacks to feed your hunger.

Are you interested in a future in a medical or health care field? HOSA is a nationally chartered club that allows students to compete in health science related events, including biomedical debate, medical math and Health career display. Our next meeting is Wednesday after school in Room 6048/6050. Hope to see you there!

Are you interested in helping with this year’s Odyssey fine arts festival? The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club meets every Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. in Room 2616. Starting in November, meetings also will take place in Room 2616 after school on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. You can choose either time slot to fit your schedule.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students welcomes all students who are interested in good fun, music, food and games Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 1414.

Do you want to help change the world? Stevenson’s very own Gay-Straight Alliance meets on Tuesdays. Come on down for support, friends and fun. We meet in Room 6012 right after school.


Save the date! There will be a Health Careers Night on Wednesday, November 4 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held in the Grainger Atrium and Yacktman Children’s Pavilion. Learn about health career choices; talk with people who work in various health-related careers; and obtain information about educational requirements and salary ranges. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, please call HealthAdvisor at 1-855-312-KIDS; mention class code 8P54.

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.


There will be an informational meeting for girls basketball on Wednesday, October 28 at 3:45 p.m. in the Little Theater (Room 4200).  If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Graham at agraham@d125.org.

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.


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