Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Stevenson Ranked No. 1 School in State, No. 5 in USA

Stevenson is ranked the best public high school in Illinois for the second straight year by in its annual analysis of more than 100,000 public schools across the country. SHS also is ranked No. 5 in America; the school was No. 2 nationally last year.

Niche judges schools based on 10 criteria: academics, administration and policies, educational outcomes, extracurriculars, food, health and safety, resources and facilities, sports and fitness, student culture and diversity, and teachers. Stevenson received an A+ rating in every area except student culture and diversity, where it got a B+. The school also received more than 680 written reviews, and most were positive. See the rankings methodology.

Current, Former SHS Parents Win 10th District Awards

Current and former Stevenson parents Jamie Epstein and Ann Maine, respectively, were winners in last week’s 10th District Leadership Awards contest sponsored by the office of U.S. Rep. Bob Dold. Epstein, who founded the Stand Strong Coalition to fight substance abuse among community youth and also is co-vice president of the Patriot Parent Association, won the Community Service Award. Maine earned the Friend of the Environment Award. The Lake County Board member teaches biology at Lake Forest College and is involved with several conservation and environmental groups. SHS senior Jamie Schlacter was one of three finalists for the Young Leader Award.

Plays by Alum, Senior Take Stage at Eureka This Weekend

Plays written by senior Jonah Rawitz and 2015 graduate Jianna Lubotsky will be performed at Eureka College’s third annual Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival this weekend. Lubotsky was chosen for her play, “This is Not a Date,” while Rawitz was picked for “Take the Money and Run.”


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 50, St. Charles East 37: Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Patriots to the season-opening win at Schaumburg in head coach Ashley Graham’s debut. Richardson sank a trio of three-pointers. Klaire Steffens chipped in 12 points for the Pats, who trailed 12-10 after the first quarter but used a 28-12 run over the next two periods to take control. Kiana Cencula and Madison Wicklund each scored six points. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Basketball Ranked No. 12 By CSN Chicago

The defending state champion boys basketball team is ranked No. 12 by CSN Chicago in its preseason power rankings. The Patriots open their season Monday at the Lyons Township tournament against the host school.


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.

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 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.

Bail a Teacher Out of “Jail” for Best Buddies

Several teachers are going to jail today, 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.

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.

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).

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.

Freshman-Sophomore Play Auditions 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.


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 or stop by the PREP Office in Room 3040.


The next HOSA meeting is after school today 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

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


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