Friday, October 30, 2015

State Report Card Released

Stevenson had one of the highest ACT scores among all of the state’s public high schools in 2015, according to annual data released today by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Stevenson’s average ACT score was 26.5, compared to the state average of 20.5 and the national average of 21.0. The only schools ahead of Stevenson were four selective-admission schools in Chicago (Northside College Prep, Payton College Prep, Whitney Young and Jones College Prep), and New Trier and Hinsdale Central. Here are the 10 top-performing public high schools in the Chicago area, according to the state:

Northside College Prep 29.6
Payton College Prep 29.4
New Trier 27.5
Whitney Young 27.5
Jones College Prep 27.1
Hinsdale Central 26.7
Deerfield 26.4
Glenbrook North 26.1
Lake Forest 26.1

Stevenson also excelled in “college readiness” standards in English, mathematics, science and reading compared to the rest of the state. SHS was one of only 26 high schools in the state that had its graduates reach benchmarks established by the ACT in English, mathematics, science and reading.

You can read all of Stevenson’s state report card data, and look at information for other schools, at Media coverage of state data can be found below in the Illinois Education Headlines section.

Scholastic Bowl Team Captures Northwestern Tournament

Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl teams finished first, third and sixth at last weekend’s Wake-Up Call VI tournament at Northwestern University. The A team beat Rockford Auburn’s A team in the best-of-three championship, 2-1, on the last toss-up question. The top scorers for SHS were freshman Olivia Lamberti, junior Young Lee and senior Alec Smith; all three were named to the all-tournament team.

Charities Invited to Participate in MLK Day of Service

Area charities are invited to be part of Stevenson’s third annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18. On that day, Stevenson students will engage in two hours of work at local charity sites, as part of a daylong event focusing on service. Stevenson will provide transportation to and from charity sites. A minimum of 14 and maximum of 47 students can work at a site. For more information, contact Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann at or 847-415-4418.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Zion-Benton Regional: Corissa Kurth’s all-around effort helped lead the second-seeded Patriots (29-8) to their sixth consecutive regional championship, as SHS defeated No. 7 Palatine, 25-9, 25-22. Kurth served five aces, dished out 17 assists, hit four kills and had two solo blocks for Stevenson, which will face No. 6 Carmel (23-14) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Libertyville Sectional semifinals. Isabella Milejczyk recorded six kills and served three aces. Morgan Berland made a team-high eight digs. Jori Radtke had five kills and six digs, Chloe Robinson served three aces, and Jordyn Taborek added two solo blocks. – Daily Herald

Football Team Begins Defense of State Championship

Defending state champion Stevenson takes on Conant in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs at 7:30 tonight in the Stadium. The Patriots (6-3) are riding a three-game winning streak entering the contest, while the Cougars (6-3) finished the regular season 1-3 after a 5-0 start. SHS is the No. 16 seed in the IHSA’s new 32-team seeding format, while Conant is No. 17. The winner of tonight’s game will likely face top-seed Loyola next week. Tonight’s game will be streamed live on the Stevenson Broadcast Network and on WAES 88.1 FM. You also can watch a replay on Comcast Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday. Game previews are available at the CN100 Facebook page, and also at the Daily Herald (+). The Herald also has an article about area football teams’ playoff traditions, and Stevenson is included. (+)

Cross Country Teams Running in Schaumburg Sectional

The girls and boys cross country teams will run in the IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional at Busse Woods Saturday morning. The top five teams, plus the top seven runners from non-qualifying teams, will advance to the state meet in Peoria on Saturday, November 7. The Daily Herald lists (+) regional champion Isabelle Sparreo as one of the top runners entered in the girls’ race. On the boys’ side, the Herald placed (+) Jared Borowsky on its top-runners-to-watch list, and also gave a nod to Brett Lucas. Links to IHSA sectional results: Girls | Boys

Fencers Earn Honors at Northwestern Tournament

Four Patriot fencers earned medals with top-eight performances at last weekend’s Remenyik RJCC and ROC tournament at Northwestern University. The regional United States Fencing Association event attracted fencers from around the country. Sisters Nikita Jhangiani and Geeta Jhangiani brought home five trophies. Nikita won the silver in Cadet Women’s Epee, placed seventh in Junior Women’s Epee, and was seventh in Senior Women’s Epee, earning a “C” rating. Geeta placed third in Junior Women’s Epee and Cadet Women’s Epee. They received weapons imported from Spain in lieu of medals. Zimo Zhu won the bronze medal in Junior Men’s Epee, and Anna Biasco placed seventh in Cadet Women’s Foil. Lisa Rosov also participated, but did not medal, placing 14th in Cadet Women’s Saber. Official Results

Bozek, U.S. Hockey Team Preps for Four Nations Cup

Megan Bozek (Class of 2009) and the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team are practicing at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge this week to prepare for next week’s Four Nations Cup in Sweden. The team will practice from 6:45-7:45 tonight, and from 10:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on Saturday. The U.S. team scrimmaged against the boys varsity from Benet Academy last night.


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.

Last Yearbook Re-Take Opportunity is Today

Yearbook re-takes for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS faculty and staff) will be held today 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.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Today

The Visiting Artist of the Month for October, Dianne Kittle, will be here today 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.

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.

Did You Miss the NYC Fashion Industry Trip Meeting?

Are you interested in the New York Fashion Industry Travel Experience but couldn’t attend the meeting? Stop by the Applied Arts office in Room 1410 and get the packet, or visit the travel experience web page at Contact Mrs. Erickson at if you have any questions!

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.

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.


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!

Science Bowl will have its first practice after school Tuesday in Room 8066. No experience is necessary, just a love of science knowledge and trivia. Contact Mrs. Humes for details.


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

Girls bowling will have an informational meeting at 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.

Girls gymnastics starts Monday, November 9. Any girls interested in being part of the team should see Coach Rogalski in Room 2115-G.


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, in Room 7096. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information, visit the IM page at


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


The College/Career Center Drop-In Day on Tuesday has been cancelled. Please continue to stop in the CCC if you have any college questions or concerns.

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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State high school graduates largely unprepared for college

Illinois students less white, more Hispanic, report card shows (+)

Incomplete state test results frustrate suburban schools (+)

Only 25% of Illinois eighth-graders passed Algebra, but is that bad? (+)

ACT vs. PARCC: Which test shows if high schoolers are ready for college? (+)

Chicago elementary school evacuated after kids fall ill

CLC won’t wait for state, will fund $1M adult ed program itself (+)

University of Chicago’s non-tenured faculty file to unionize

Fight over Chicago charter school signals philosophical differences


Graduates of four-year universities flocking to community colleges for job skills

South Carolina incident puts spotlight on school police

The new (and improved) FAFSA

Arizona Board of Education votes to reject Common Core curriculum

New science award urges cancer research among high school students

Koch brothers pour millions into higher education

Corinthian Colleges loses federal lawsuit as Ed Department faces reckoning

Praying coach’s suspension opens split on religion in school

Los Angeles district fires controversial lawyer in abuse case … again

College president’s sombrero photo sparks outcry, apology

The university wants back the honorary degree, please


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