Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Give-A-Thon Establishes New Gift-Giving Mark

Stevenson’s 31st annual Give-A-Thon charity drive next month will be the largest yet, with the school committing to provide gifts for a record 320 Lake County families. Gifts will be distributed by Catholic Charities to families they have identified as being in need.

Each year’s Give-A-Thon has three goals: provide holiday gifts for 200 or more families in Lake County; donate enough food to stock the Vernon Township Pantry for six months; and collect enough diapers, baby formula and young motherhood items to meet the needs of Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) for six months. All items will be brought to the school on Tuesday, December 1, and distributed the next day.

There are approximately 1,000 Give-A-Thon student leaders — more than one-fourth of the school’s enrollment — who will run collection campaigns in their classrooms. This is the sixth year student leaders have been available for teachers to use for their Give-A-Thon campaigns.

Give-A-Thon is a committee of the school’s National Honor Society. Students on the committee have chosen “Generous George and the Giving Adventure” as this year’s theme.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Zion-Benton Regional: Isabella Milejczyk had 11 kills and Jori Radtke added seven as the second-seeded Patriots rolled past No. 20 Zion-Benton, 25-11, 25-15. SHS (28-8) will face No. 7 Palatine for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Thursday. Milejczyk also made 10 digs and served two aces for the Pats, while Radtke chipped in with 11 digs, two aces and two solo blocks. Morgan Berland recorded 11 digs. Zoe Graflund had four kills, while Jordyn Taborek and Corissa Kurth each had three. Kurth was 41-of-42 setting with 19 assists, and also served a pair of aces. – Daily Herald

Sparreo in Running for Online Cross Country Honor

Sophomore Isabelle Sparreo has been nominated as one of the DyeStat Run of the Week nominees after winning last weekend’s Lake Forest Regional. You can vote for Sparreo here. (Click on “Show Full Article” to reveal all the poll choices.)

Radtke Leads NIU to Major Victory

Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013) had four unassisted blocks and seven kills on Saturday as the Northern Illinois University women’s volleyball team snapped Ohio University’s 33-match unbeaten streak in the Mid-American Conference. Radtke, who earned first-team All-MAC honors last year, returned recently from an injury that sidelined her for nine matches. You can see Radtke and her teammates this weekend on ESPN3. NIU plays Eastern Michigan on Friday, and Central Michigan on Saturday. Both matches start at 6 p.m.

Morrissey Discusses His Role in Game-Winning Play

Matt Morrissey (Class of 2013) talked with Pioneer Press about his role in one of the biggest plays in Michigan State football history. Morrissey and another teammate tackled Michigan’s punter, forcing a fumble that MSU returned for a touchdown on the game’s final play two weeks ago. The redshirt freshman has played primarily on special teams for the sixth-ranked Spartans this season, but did see his first defensive snaps in the Michigan game.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Want to Visit the Fashion Industry in New York City?

The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City from June 7-10. If you have taken any of the following courses, you are eligible to go: Introduction to Clothing and Design, Clothing and Design, Advanced Clothing and Design, Interior Design, or Fashion Merchandising and Design. There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 tonight in the Recital Hall. Flyers are available in Room 1410 for more information.  If you have any questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Today and Friday

Yearbook re-takes for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS faculty and staff) will be held today and Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must contact Visual Image Photography at www.vipis.com or call 800-577-9570.

Halloween Costumes: What Not to Wear

Students and staff can wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include no face coverings such as masks, disguising makeup, or sunglasses; no double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on the person; and no inappropriate props such as look-alike weapons. The rules are in effect not only during the school day but also during any after-school activity or event on campus Friday or Saturday.

Yearbook Wants Your Halloween Costume Photos

The yearbook invites students to submit their Halloween costume photos for the 2015-16 Ambassador. Upload photos by Friday, November 6 to Replayit.com or email them to shs_yearbook@d125.org. Please make sure the photo is taken at school.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation on Friday

The Visiting Artist of the Month for October, Dianne Kittle, will be here Friday to give a presentation during periods 6 and 7. She will be speaking at the Visiting Artist Gallery, located in the West Building by the 1400 hallway.

Miss Saigon” Ticket Sales Underway

Tickets for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, are available online through the Patriot Superstore. The cost is $10. All seats are reserved. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., November 13-14, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, in the Performing Arts Center.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Sanjana Chunduri 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.

Patriot Nation, Got News?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories, photos, videos, and more with us. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at shareSHS@d125.org and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.

ATHLETICS

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

The freshman and sophomore boys basketball teams will have information meetings after school today. 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 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

Attention juniors and seniors, the following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: Union College, Pitzer College, University College Dublin, College of Lake College, Elmhurst College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Truman State University, Albion College, Carthage College, Rockford University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, University of South Carolina, Macalester College, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Coe College, University of Colorado, College of the Holy Cross, Trinity College, Kettering University, Simmons College, Oberlin College, IDC Herzliya, Cornell College, Northwestern University, and Ripon College. 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.

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 Friday.  

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

CLUB NEWS

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

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.

Junior Class Board will meet Thursday at 3:40 p.m. in Room 2004. New members are always welcome!

The Animal Welfare Club will be getting a visit from the school’s safety dog, Bear, on Tuesday! Come out and meet Bear and learn a bit about the great work he does for Stevenson and the surrounding communities. We will meet in Room 2500 at 3:45 p.m. Hope to see you there!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Illinois college students feeling loan pain especially hard

Six Illinois universities’ credit ratings drop because of state budget stalemate

More Chinese students enroll in Illinois, U.S. high schools

Documents support Breuder’s firing, College of DuPage board says

College of DuPage legal fees hit $1.3M in three months (+)

CPS claims more schools have top rating, but almost half didn’t change

Education group says school choice could be what unites state lawmakers

Chicago has a public high school with 13 freshmen

Former Bear, wife reject plea deal in Vernon Hills High disorderly conduct case

Glen Ellyn District 41 evaluating administrator pension costs (+)

New Dyett principal starts with big promises

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Nation‘s report card: Math test scores down for first time in 25 years

Artificially intelligent software is replacing the textbook and reshaping education

Wisconsin’s graduation rate gap widens to largest in nation

New York City will make SAT free for all high school juniors

Here’s a standardized test parents need to take

The Apple story is an education story: What’s missing from the Steve Jobs movie

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