Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Students Helping Soldiers Continuing Thanksgiving Tradition

Stevenson’s Students Helping Soldiers club will continue its tradition of delivering meals to Lake County military veterans on Thanksgiving Day. The meals are provided by Long Grove-based Smokin’ T’s BBQ, whose co-owner and head chef is Tom Gescheidle, father of three Stevenson graduates. Smokin’ T’s has provided meals to veterans during the holidays since 2008.

Students Helping Soldiers sponsor Stephanie Bush said students will arrive at the restaurant at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning to load and deliver meals over the next few hours. “The veterans love it,” she told My Suburban Life. “They come to the door with smiles on their faces. It makes the whole experience worthwhile.”

The club is one of several organizations taking part in the delivery effort. Anyone interested in volunteering to make deliveries can sign up at the restaurant or call 847-726-0726. If you’re interested in sponsoring a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal for a veteran family, visit www.smokintsbbq.com/veteran-meals.html.

Still Waiting for Your Student’s Photo?

If you ordered student photographs from Visual Image Photography this fall and have not received them, please contact VIP customer service at 800-577-9570. VIP has learned that problems connected to implementation of a new software program caused delays in the processing of some orders. VIP has pledged to resolve any problems promptly.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle on Wednesday

The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser at Chipotle, 1572 W. Lake Cook Road, in Wheeling, from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday. Half of all proceeds will be donated to the BPO. Click here to show the flyer, or mention Stevenson Band Parents Organization when ordering.

Biology Teacher Honored in Rhode Island

Amy Inselberger, who was named the state’s top biology teacher in August, was honored Saturday along with other Outstanding Biology Teacher Award winners from around the country at the annual National Association of Biology Teachers Honors Luncheon in Providence, Rhode Island. Every year, the NABT recognizes outstanding biology educators in grades 7-12 in each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Canada, Puerto Rico, and overseas territories. The luncheon marked the conclusion of the NABT National Conference. Inselberger received a gift certificate from Carolina Biological Supply Company, and a complimentary one-year membership from NABT, among other prizes.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,368, New Trier 2,509: At Lakeside Lanes, the host Patriots set a new school record for highest three-game series, breaking the old mark by 50 pins. Leading the way for SHS (1-0) were Ted Tapas and Zach Singer, who rolled the fourth- and sixth-best series in program history, respectively. Tapas recorded a 749 series, with a high game of 268, while Singer had a 746 series and a high game of 287, the sixth-highest individual game. Richy Zenner contributed a 641 series (high game, 247), Lucas Pinkus shot a 625 (high game, 215) and Eddie Mendrala added a 607 (high game, 253). Stevenson’s opening two game scores of 1,152 and 1,140 were the sixth- and 10th-highest ever recorded by the Patriots.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Lake Park Invitational: Zach Singer bowled a perfect 300 game en route to the individual title, leading the Patriots to second place among 28 teams at the Brunswick Zone in Woodridge. SHS finished behind Machesney Park Harlem, which was second in the state last year. Singer’s 300 was the second of his high school career; the first came earlier this year in a match against Lake Zurich. He recorded a six-game series total of 1,476, also the highest in school history. Singer’s series was 54 pins higher than Matt Poetker’s previous record, set at the IHSA regional in January. Richy Zenner finished fourth overall with 1,365 pins, also in the top 10 in program history. His high game was 268. Josh Singer recorded a 1,223 six-game total, with a high game of 236. Ted Tapas had a 1,147 series, with a best single-game effort of 201. Lucas Pinkus rolled a 213 game and finished with a 594 three-game total, while Eddie Mendrala had a 524 three-game set, with a high game of 199.

Brunson, Cashaw Begin Collegiate Careers

The leaders from last year’s state champion boys basketball team officially started their collegiate careers last Friday. Jalen Brunson was in the starting lineup for No. 11 Villanova, which beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 91-54. The former Mr. Basketball for Illinois scored 12 points, had four assists and two rebounds. Connor Cashaw, meanwhile, scored six points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench for Rice University during the Owls’ 97-65 loss at No. 14 California.

Volleyball Alum Earns MAC Honor Again

Northern Illinois University women’s volleyball player Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013) has been named Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Radtke was honored after a dominant attacking effort for the Huskies in two wins last weekend. She set an NIU single-match record by registering 10 kills in 10 attacks against Ball State, one day after going 11-of-17 with 11 kills versus Toledo. Northern Illinois will take on Western Michigan for the MAC West Championship in DeKalb at 7 p.m. Thursday, then will close the regular season at Bowling Green at 6 p.m. Saturday. Both matches will be aired live on ESPN3.

Saints Fire Football Alum as Defensive Coordinator

Rob Ryan (Class of 1981) was fired as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints on Monday, ending his nearly three-year run in the Crescent City. Ryan has been the defensive coordinator for four NFL franchises: New Orleans, Dallas, Cleveland and Oakland. He won two Super Bowls as linebackers coach for New England from 2000-03.


Bail a Teacher Out of “Jail” for Best Buddies

Several teachers are going to jail on Wednesday, and only you can get them out. It’s all part of the Best Buddies “Jail and Bail” fundraiser during the lunch periods in the East and West cafeteria areas. For a small donation, you can set a teacher free. All donations will go to Best Buddies of Illinois.

FMP Mentor Information Meetings on Friday

Sophomores and juniors with an interest in mentoring incoming freshmen are eligible to apply to be in the Freshman Mentor Program, and are encouraged to go to the informational meeting on Friday. Meetings will occur every half lunch period in the Recital Hall (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B).

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 20-27. 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 http://shsinalaska.wikispaces.com for the detailed itinerary. Interested students and their parents must attend an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). The meeting is mandatory.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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

Struggling in Class? Stop by an ILC for Academic Help

If you’re struggling academically, the school has a number of services available to help. Click here to learn more about academic assistance available in the Information and Learning Centers, including peer tutoring, Targeted Tutoring and the Homework Center.

Free Breakfast for Seniors on Thursday

There will be a free breakfast for all seniors from 9:15-10:30 a.m. Thursday, a late arrival day, in Room 2104. Bring your ID, and you’ll also have a chance to vote for senior shirts.

Freshman-Sophomore Play Auditions Next Monday

Auditions for the 2015-16 freshman-sophomore play, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday 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. 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.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Shane Sokolsky is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. He will receive a Stevenson sweatshirt. Thank you to all who participated.


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

All girls interested in offseason training should attend the SSC informational meeting at 3:30 today in the West Faculty Dining Room, by the Sports Center.


The Ski and Snowboard Club informational meeting for students and parents will be held Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). This meeting is mandatory for parents of any students looking to join the club. For more information on Ski and Snowboard Club, visit www.d125.org/ski or stop by the PREP Office in Room 3040.


The Ambassador Yearbook Club is looking for photographers, writers and editors. Meetings are held after school Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays in Room 2712.

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

Attention all members of Psychology Club: Are you interested in becoming a psychologist? Find out the training, day-to-day activities and thoughts about the field from School Psychologist Ms. Croft after school Thursday in Room 2612. All are welcome.

Zumba Club meets every Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 5044, the East Multi-Purpose Room. Questions? Email Mrs. Antillera at rantillera@d125.org.

Join the Indian Student Association for its Diwali 2015 celebration Friday 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!


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


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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