Thursday, November 12, 2015

Miss Saigon Takes the Stage This Weekend

The 2015-16 school musical, Miss Saigon, takes the stage this weekend. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online through the Patriot Superstore. Tickets will be sold at the door if they are available. All seats are reserved. Pioneer Press talked with the musical’s director, Lauren Rawitz, musical director Richard Green, who is leading the pit orchestra for the 35th year, and senior Brandon Sak, who is the student director. Local eighth-grade students are attending a dress rehearsal of the musical this morning.

Four Juniors Picked for Northwestern Medical Program

Four juniors have been accepted into the Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program, a two-year experience in which they will learn about a variety of professions within the healthcare industry. Gillian Rubenstein, Jordan Gregg, Christie Kang and Adit Ghosh are among the 39 students from the metropolitan area who were selected from a rigorous application process. They will attend regular meetings, engage in community service, receive career mentorship, and learn about different medical specialties.

How to Give to Give-A-Thon

Teachers, staff, community members and others who would like to make a donation to Give-A-Thon can do so online through the Online Superstore. Click here to make a donation. The money will be used to help Give-A-Thon meet all of its goals for this year, which include: providing holiday gifts for more than 200 Lake County families (the number has exceeded 300); providing six months of food to the Vernon Township food pantry; and stocking Lake County PADS with enough diapers, baby formula and youth motherhood items to last for half a year.

Seven SHS Teachers Giving Presentations in New Orleans

Six members of the Social Studies faculty, and one from Special Education, will be giving presentations at the National Council of Social Studies national conference this weekend in New Orleans. Sociology teacher Chris Salituro and other members of the American Sociological Association will unveil new national standards for high school sociology during a four-part symposium on Friday. Salituro was one of three high school teachers in the country who were part of a panel that developed the new standards.

Advanced Placement Government and U.S.History teacher Michelle Stone will be part of two presentations on Friday. She and former SHS technology trainer Caroline Haebig will discuss the school’s use of iPads in the classroom during a session entitled “Same History, New iPads: A New Story for Student Success.” Stone will then join AP Economics teacher Sandra Wright for an examination of the question, “Can We Sustain Our Ballooning National Debt?” They will talk about their experience of having students participate in a federal budget simulation with Congressman Robert Dold. Also on Friday, AP U.S. History teacher Paul Mazzuca and Special Education teacher Ryan Hutchins will lead a session on “Teaching Historical Writing/Reading Skills in the Collaborative U.S. History Classroom.” They will focus on the relationship between the mainstream history teacher and the special education teacher, and offer strategies to teach historical writing skills. On Saturday, AP Psychology teacher Laura Brandt and U.S. History and Constitutional Law teacher David Elbaum will talk about “The Intersection of Law and Psychology: Choose Your Path.” They will challenge participants to consider issues such as cruel and unusual punishment, innocence by reason of insanity, and eyewitness testimony.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Fall Sports Awards Night on Tuesday

Student-athletes who participated in fall sports, and their parents or guardians, are invited to the annual Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sports Center. The first-ever ESPPA Awards will be given at the event.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freshman-Sophomore Play Audition Packet Online

Auditions for the 2015-16 freshman-sophomore play, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday, November 23 in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4200). Click here for the audition packet. Interested freshmen and sophomores can sign up for a time slot on the callboard next to the Little Theater. Sign-ups will be posted Monday. Copies of the play are available in the ILC and for individual check out in Room 6076.

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.

S-Factor Auditions Coming Soon

Auditions for Stevenson’s only singing competition, S-Factor, are Monday and Tuesday, and next Thursday and Friday. Singers and hosts can sign up for auditions at http://goo.gl/forms/eCxjqlWZx1.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Amber Albrecht is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. She will receive a Sodexo Smoothie gift certificate. Thank you to all who participated.

CLUB NEWS

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.

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

On Friday after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will host a sealed Commander tournament in Room 7096. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. The cost is $10, and each student will be given a 100-card deck to play with. There is a limited number of card decks, so pre-register by contacting Mr. Fedewa. There also will be prizes raffled off. New members always welcome!

Chinese Club is hosting a “Hot Pot” event from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday in the newly renovated Food Lab (Room 1406). The cost is $6 for individuals, but if you bring a friend, the two of you can be part of the fun for only $10.

Join the Indian Student Association for its Diwali 2015 celebration on Friday, November 20 from 3:45-7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are only $3. Join the ISA for a day filled with food, performances, culture and fun. Dress up in Indian clothes all day!

INTRAMURALS

Come cheer on your favorite flag football teams in the annual IM Flag Football Championship Games this Sunday! Games start at 9 a.m. with the Freshman Boys Championship, and the day will end with the Senior Boys Championship starting at 3 p.m. This your last chance this year to see the Copperheads, Rhinos, Hoyas, Blue Devils, Demon Deacons, Longhorns, Panthers, Warriors, Sea Wolves, Lobos, Tigers, Blue Demons, Lynx and Wheat Kings. Official schedule available here. Come see who will be named champions!

ATHLETICS

All girls interested in offseason training should attend SSC informational meetings on Tuesday, November 17. There are two times available: 7:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Both meetings are in the West Faculty Dining Room, by the Sports Center.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

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