Thursday, October 29, 2015

“Not My Kid!? 2” Follow-Up Planned November 9

The Stand Strong Coalition is planning a free informal “coffee talk” in November that will be a follow-up to the recent “Not My Kid!? 2” night held at Stevenson. The event, “Mindful Parenting for Youth Substance Use Prevention,” will focus on solutions to the many challenges facing parents, which were raised at “Not My Kid!? 2.”

The featured panelists will be Stevenson’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Lake County Sheriff’s Department Detective Chris Covelli, and SHS senior Olivia Sorenson, a member of the school’s new Catalyst club. Ample time will be set aside for questions.

The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday, November 9 at the Royal Melbourne Country Club, 4700 Royal Melbourne Drive, in Long Grove. The country club and the Royal Melbourne Homeowners Association are joining the Stand Strong Coalition as sponsors for the night. Coffee, water and cookies will be provided. Registration is requested through Eventbrite for those planning to attend.

Student Activities Plans Service-Learning Trip to Alaska

The Student Activities Division is sponsoring a service-learning trip for students to Juneau, Alaska from July 22-31. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a new culture while working with the Tlingit Native American tribe. There also will be daily sightseeing and other activities. Visit for the detailed itinerary. Interested students and their parents must attend an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, November 19 in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). The meeting is mandatory.

Chicago Now Picks Up Former Board Member’s Blog

“Downsize, maybe!” a blog by former District 125 Board of Education member Lester Raff chronicling the ups and downs of building a new home, joined the ChicagoNow network this week. Raff began his blog in July, and you can read previous entries here.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Maine South 2: Kyle Previn scored two goals and goalie Nick Cimarusti stopped 23 shots for the Patriots at Iceland Arena in Niles. Jordan Marcelletti added a goal and an assist, and Ben Moschea also scored. Other assists were made by Bahri Kurapey, Jason Roseman and Daniel Levey.

Tennis Duo Happy With Second Place

One of the hardest parts about winning a state championship is dealing with the high expectations that follow. When Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey won the state doubles title last fall, it was unexpected. They were actually Stevenson’s No. 2 doubles team throughout the 2014 season. Things were different this year. All eyes were on Rao, a senior, and Harvey, a sophomore. The pair could have wilted under the pressure, especially after a couple of early season losses, but overcame the mental obstacles and finished second at last weekend’s state tournament. “We had those early losses, but it helped us,” Harvey told Pioneer Press. “I don’t know about (Rao), but I didn’t expect to win again. Second place is amazing. We fought really hard. I think second place is so amazing. I’m so happy to have Vinaya as my partner, and we did really well.”

Daily Herald Honors Vincent for 6-TD Performance

Senior Tyler Vincent earned Daily Herald Lake County Offensive Player of the Week honors for his six-touchdown performance in last week’s 55-21 win over Mundelein. Vincent ran the ball eight times for 287 yards, and scored all six of his TDs in the first half.

Football Alums Squaring Off in Michigan Tonight

Three former Patriot football players will have a reunion tonight when Eastern Michigan plays host to Western Michigan in a 6:30 p.m. game that will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. The host Eagles’ roster includes Jake Hurcombe (Class of 2012) and Nick Dillon (Class of 2015). Hurcombe starts at left guard on offense, while Dillon has played in four games. Zach Novoselsky (Class of 2014) is the back-up right guard for the Broncos. Eastern Michigan is 1-7 this year while Western Michigan is 4-3.


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.

Special EKG Request: Male Volunteers Needed

Don’t forget to sign up for free EKG (heart) testing on November 4 or 5! If you have signed up, the EKG people need 10 boys to have their EKG on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. for training purposes. If you are 1) a boy, 2) have signed up for an EKG, and 3) can be in the building at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, email Nurse Peg at or stop by the West Nurse’s Office and talk to her, Room 2436.

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 or email them to Please make sure the photo is taken at school.

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 and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.

Last Yearbook Re-Take Opportunity is Friday

Yearbook re-takes for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS faculty and staff) will be held 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 or call 800-577-9570.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, song lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to Mr. Barnabee at along with your name and ID number by November 11.


Junior Class Board will meet today at 3:40 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!


The varsity boys basketball team will have an information meeting from 7:30-8 a.m. Monday in Room 6070. If you are unable to make the meeting, contact Coach Ambrose at

The girls bowling informational meeting has been moved to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Johnson at

There will be an informational meeting for boys swimming and diving after school Wednesday 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.


Save the date! There will be a Health Careers Night from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. 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


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.

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. For more information, go to


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