Friday, November 20, 2015

Summer School Catalog Sneak Preview

With the first snowstorm of the season bearing down on us, what better time to let you know that the 2016 summer school catalog is online? Although summer school registration doesn’t begin until February, the Student Services Division is making the catalog available three months early. You can download the catalog at

Senior Earns Second National YoungArts Finalist Honor

Senior Torin Bakke has been named a National YoungArts Foundation finalist in clarinet performance, and will participate in National YoungArts Week in Miami January 3-10. The Buffalo Grove resident is one of 165 young artists from 42 states across the literary, visual, design and performing arts who are being presented with this year’s honor. They were selected from more than 12,000 applicants.

This is the second time Bakke has earned National YoungArts finalist honors. He was honored during his freshman year, along with Nathan Carter (Class of 2013, dance). Devon Naftzger (Class of 2012, music) also was a National YoungArts finalist.

Bakke was one of 21 students selected as finalists in the Music category, and one of only two clarinetists. The goal of National YoungArts Week is to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and community while offering guidance to prepare students for the next stage of their careers. During the week, students will take master classes and workshops with internationally renowned leaders in their field. Throughout the week, students will be judged and award winners will receive up to $10,000. Finalists also are eligible to become U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Sixty of the YoungArts winners will be nominated to the White House-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars, with 20 of them becoming U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

The YoungArts award is the latest in an impressive list of honors for Bakke during his time at Stevenson. He has been named to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America for the past two years, was an Illinois Music Education Association All-State selection last year, earned ILMEA all-district honors each of the last three years, and performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a sophomore.

Band Chamber Recital Monday Night

Members of the Honor Band and Advanced Symphonic Band will display their musicianship in a public recital of small chamber ensembles at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The free event will take place in the Recital Hall. Park in lot B for easiest access.

We’re Looking for a Few Good Bakers

Give-A-Thon Collection Day is Tuesday, December 1. To promote a festive atmosphere, the school likes to serve holiday treats to the students as they drop off their presents in the Wood Commons. We’re looking for parent volunteers who would be willing to bake 3-4 dozen items to bring to school any time during the day on Monday, November 30. Click here if you can help.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Schaumburg 40, Stevenson 26: At Schaumburg, Kiana Cencula led the Patriots (1-1) with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Jessica Burke had six. Ashley Richardson and Klaire Steffens each scored five points. – Daily Herald

Watch the State Swim Meet Online

You can watch the Illinois High School Association girls swimming and diving state meet live at the NFHS Network today and Saturday (paid subscription required). To follow meet results, click here.

Boys, Girls Basketball Previews

After spending two years as a supporting actor, Justin Smith is ready to take the lead for the boys basketball team this season. The 6-foot-7 junior forward, who already has received offers from eight Division I schools, focused on adding muscle in the offseason to complement his finesse game. The Daily Herald has a profile of Smith here (+). The Patriots return only Smith in the starting lineup, but also have key 2014-15 reserves Ryuji Aoki, Jordan Newman and Kevin Yang back. In addition, Pat Ambrose’s squad welcomes brothers Rodney and Willie Herenton, who transferred from Whitney Young. Read the Herald’s North Suburban Conference previews (+). The girls basketball team also has hopes, coming off a 26-5 season that included the NSC Lake Division championship. New head coach Ashley Graham inherits two all-conference players in Ashley Richardson and Janine Fajardo, along with varsity regulars Jessica Burke and Kiana Cencula. Pioneer Press offers this NSC coaches roundtable discussion, while the Herald’s NSC preview capsules are here. (+)


FMP Mentor Information Meetings Today

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 today. Meetings will occur every half lunch period in the Recital Hall (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B).

24-Hour Theatre Project Saturday Night

Don’t miss the 24-Hour Theatre Project public performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $5, and all proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. During the 24-Hour Theatre Project, students come together the day before to write a script, select acting parts, and rehearse for the public performance.

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.

Missing Something? Here’s Lost and Found Information

If you’re missing a gym bag, swim bag, lunch bag or any other item, stop by the lost and found area in Room 2416 (West) or Room 5024 (East), or the attendance office in the lobby by the Field House. Please consider marking your name on your items so they can be returned promptly if found. You can also look on the Lost and Found web page to see what items have been turned into Room 2400.

Testing Center Closing at 2:30 Wednesday

The Testing Center will close when school ends at 2:30 on Wednesday.


Join the Indian Student Association for its Diwali 2015 celebration today 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.

The Ambassador Yearbook Club is looking for photographers, writers and editors. The next meeting is after school today in Room 2712.

Peer Helpers would like you to join us in its mission to re-define beauty. Beauty is more than what you see. Help us increase self-confidence, reduce eating disorders and make SHS a safe and healthy place for all students. Look for clues on the bathrooms mirrors and on signs around the school.  Visit the student lounge for more information. #RedefineBeautiful


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.


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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