Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sophomore Musicians to Appear on NPR Program

Sophomores Derek Chung and Haddon Kay and their musical group Trio Royale will travel to Naples, Florida this month to appear in a live recording of the NPR radio show “From the Top.” Chung, a pianist, and Kay, a cellist, will perform with their partner, Masha Lakisova, at the Artis Naples venue on Tuesday, November 17. The show will air the week of January 4. In addition to performing, the students will participate in arts leadership sessions during their three-day stay in Naples. “From the Top,” now in its 15th season, is carried by more than 220 radio stations around the country.

Music Students Preparing for District Festival

Twenty-two band, choir and orchestra students will participate in the Illinois Music Education Association All-District Music Festival at Glenbrook South High School on Saturday. More than 1,500 students from schools throughout northeastern Illinois auditions for spots in the all-district ensembles. Click here to see Stevenson’s all-district selections.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Libertyville Sectional: The No. 2 Patriots (30-8) beat No. 6 Carmel, 25-16, 25-27, 25-22, in the semifinals, setting up a showdown with top-seeded Libertyville (33-5) for the sectional championship at 6 p.m. Thursday. Setter Corissa Kurth was nearly perfect in feeding her front line, going 61 for 63 on sets with 37 assists. Isabella Milejczyk and Jori Radtke were the main beneficiaries; each racked up a match-high 14 kills. Jordyn Taborek added six. Milejczyk had seven kills during the decisive third set, while Radtke hammered six in the opening frame. Morgan Berland made 31 digs for SHS, which lost to the Corsairs (23-15) in the sectional semifinals last fall. The two teams also met in the sectional semifinals in 2013, with Stevenson coming away with the victory. With the win, the Pats reached the 30-win mark for the ninth time in Tim Crow’s 14 seasons as head coach. Already the winningest coach in program history, Crow won his 400th match last month. SHS will face a stiff challenge Thursday in the sectional title match: Libertyville has won both meetings this season, and is riding a 21-match winning streak. – Daily Herald (+), Pioneer Press

Cross Country’s Sectional Run a Tale of the Tape

The girls cross country team hopes it will have better running conditions at Saturday’s IHSA state meet in Peoria than it experienced at last week’s Schaumburg Sectional. The Patriots ran through a sloppy 3-mile route at Busse Woods, but overcame the mud and rain to finish fourth and qualify for the state finals for the first time in 17 years. Isabelle Sparreo, who finished ninth individually, said the team used an unusual strategy to combat the conditions: “We taped our shoes to our feet,” she told Pioneer Press. “It was (coach Maureen LeVanti’s) idea. It really felt good. It kept me from falling.”


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

State Football Playoff Tickets Available at Superstore

Tickets for Saturday’s second-round state football playoff game between Stevenson and Loyola will be sold at the Patriot Superstore Wednesday through Friday during regular store hours. Tickets are $5. There will not be a pep bus. The Superstore is open one-half hour before school begins, and during the lunch periods.

Sign Up for the Operation Snowball Retreat

Registration for Operation Snowball is underway in the Student Activities Office, the school store, and online. The weekend retreat will take place December 4-6. Operation Snowball is a weekend of making new friends, having new experiences, relieving stress, taking healthy risks, understanding yourself and others, communicating with peers and adults, singing, eating, dancing, and having fun. Please email or see Mr. Mazzuca in 7080 or Mr. Hutchins in 6028 for further information.

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.

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.

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. 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.

S-Factor Auditions Coming in November

Auditions for Stevenson’s only singing competition, S-Factor, are November 16-17 and 19-20. Singers and hosts can sign up for auditions at

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Justin Leonard 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.


The next HOSA meeting is after school today in Room 6048. Join us as we learn more about health science competitions.

Hey juniors! There is a Junior Class Board meeting after school Thursday in Room 2004! New members are always welcome. Snacks will be served. Community service hours will be given. Come be part of the fun!

Peer Tutors will have a meeting after school Thursday in Room 7096. There will be a short training session.

Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting after school Thursday in Room 2612 to discuss Positive Psychology and to take the VIA strength inventory.  Please bring along your iPad. All are welcome.

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. and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2616. You can choose either time slot to fit your schedule.


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

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school next Tuesday in Room 6014. For more information visit the Climbing Club page at


Attention juniors and seniors, the following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: University of Tennessee, Xavier University, Winona State University, Monmouth College, Johnson and Wales University, Northeastern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Grand Canyon University, Transylvania University, University of Illinois – Springfield, Central Michigan University, Heidelberg University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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.

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 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


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


There will be an informational meeting for boys swimming and diving after school today 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 bowling will have an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Johnson at

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

Nominations are now being taken for the new ESPPA Awards. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and every season the Athletic Department will be honoring athletes at all levels for great performances. There are even awards for outstanding team managers and fans. You can nominate someone today by going to the ESPPA web page. The deadline is Saturday.


(+) indicates article requiring registration/payment to view

Hinsdale school board rejects idea to merge Central, South high schools

Education group: Chicago must retain its top principals

Northwestern University professor accused of harassment resigns

CPS to consider closing two empty schools

Two Chicago schools inch closer to integration after divided vote

State superintendent speechless on CPS budget woes

Yorkville teachers union sets strike date

Longtime Barrington District 220 principal dies (+)


Philadelphia schools to borrow $250M just to stay open

Teens absorb nine hours of media each day, study says

In school funding fight, Mississippi voters choose to do nothing

Alabama offers high school students and their parents free community college

Minneapolis-St. Paul elementary schools experiencing resegregation

Colorado school board members who pushed controversial changes ousted


The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at

Comments are closed.