Friday, December 11, 2015

Student Survey Results Show Many Upward Trends

The number of faculty and staff named as having a positive influence on students reached an all-time high in 2015, according to the annual student survey from the SHS Student Services Division. The Class of 2015 identified 492 teachers and support staff members as making a positive impact on their high school experience. This number has grown dramatically since it was first asked of graduating seniors in 1992.

Another all-time high was reached in the area of how students perceived their treatment by peers, taking into account individual and cultural differences. Among the Class of 2015, 81% has a positive perception, the highest level since the question was included in the annual survey in 2009. In the first year, positive perception was only 52%.

Students in all four grade levels were surveyed last spring. Across all grade levels, students were unanimous in their positive perception of the school’s counselors, in terms of friendliness and accessibility.

Other findings included:

  • 75% of seniors said their individual effort at Stevenson was “exceptional” or “above average,” the highest level in survey history. In 1993, only 49% of seniors said their effort was exceptional or above average.
  • On a typical school day, the majority of students spent one to three hours studying or doing homework (including time spent in study hall or unscheduled time in school). Roughly one-fourth of upperclassmen said they spent approximately three or more hours per day studying or doing homework.
  • Students said they were more inclined to seek academic assistance from a teacher, friend, Learning Center paraprofessional or parent than to use a private tutoring service.

The Student Services Division also surveyed 200 alumni, 100 from the Class of 2014 and 100 from the Class of 2010, about the impact of Stevenson on their life after high school. The great majority of respondents were attending, or had attended, college. When asked how they would compare their academic preparation to others in their college classes, 70% of the 2014 alums said it was “better than most,” while 68% of those from 2010 said the same. Three-fourths of the older alums said they were “well prepared” for college after their Stevenson experience.

Click here to see the full survey report.

Holiday Orchestra Concert Monday Night

Holiday music from around the world will be performed by all three school orchestras during the Holiday Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. Honor Band wind and percussion players will join the Patriot Strings as well. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 36, Libertyville 19: The visiting Patriots (8-0, 2-0) scored 30 unanswered points to rally past the Wildcats (2-4, 1-2) and remain undefeated in dual meets this season. After falling behind 15-6, Dylan Geick, Robert Pavlovics, Nikita Nepomnyashchiy, Michael Kordek, Mac Chanprung, Nick Grujanac and Tommy Frezza reeled off victories. Geick (12-0), the state’s No. 2-ranked 152-pounder, moved up to 160 pounds and recorded a technical fall at 160. Pavlovics followed with a 16-2 major decision at 170 that tied the meet at 15-15, and Nepomnyashchiy put the Pats ahead for good with a pin at 182. Kordek also pinned his opponent at 195 pounds, in just 24 seconds. Chanprung posted a 9-5 win at 220, and Grujanac provided the clinching win, 5-1, at 285. Frezza finished off the flurry with a 6-3 win at 103. Brandon Zisman and Eric Carter had Stevenson’s first wins of the night. Zisman earned a 3-0 victory at 132, and Carter prevailed at 138, 4-1. SHS has now beaten LHS in its last two head-to-head meetings after having never beaten the Wildcats in a dual. Daily Herald (+)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 126, Zion-Benton 51: Daniel Ng won two events and the host Patriots captured nine of 11 events in their first dual meet of the season. Ng captured the 50-yard freestyle (23.05) and the 100 backstroke (56.16). Nick Baginski and Ethan Ross each won an event and also swam on a first-place relay. Baginski touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:04.82), and was part of the 200 free relay team with Maxim Ryaguzov, Matthew Han and Andrew Shashin (1:32.46). Ross won the 500 free (5:14.64), and swam the anchor leg in the 200 medley relay with Varun Ganesh, Alex Kapecki and William Jiang (1:47.01). Stevenson’s other winners were Nathan Gates in the 200 free (1:57.25), Joseph Song in the 100 free (52.31) and Dan Lertsinsongserm in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.15).

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,259, Grant 2,551: Zach Singer and Richy Zenner both broke the 700-pin barrier, and the Patriots rolled the fourth-best three-game series in school history at  Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Singer shot a match-best 740 series, the eighth-highest in school annals, and also had the top game of the day, a 268. Zenner rolled a 708 series that included a 248. Josh Singer and Eddie Mendrala contributed 630 and 620 series, respectively. Mendrala’s high game was 226, while Singer’s was a 215. Ted Tapas shot a 243 game en route to a 561 series. The Patriots compiled 1,031 pins in the first game, 1,135 in the second, and 1,093 in the third, winning each one.

Boys Ice Hockey

Barrington 6, Stevenson 2: At Twin Rinks, Jackson Leptich and Michael Dowd scored the Patriot goals. Daniel Wolff had an assist.


Pioneer Press All-Area Football, Volleyball, Soccer Teams

Pioneer Press announced its All-Area teams for girls volleyball, boys soccer and football this week, and several Patriots were honored.

In girls volleyball, Jori Radtke made the All-Area First Team as an outside hitter. The junior led Stevenson to its first sectional championship since 2011. She recorded 374 kills, 45 aces and 320 digs. Seniors Corissa Kurth and Isabella Milejczyk were honorable mention selections.

In football, Jack Sorenson was chosen for the All-Area First Team Offense as an athlete. He quarterbacked the Patriots to the state playoffs this year, completing 123-of-209 passes for 1,832 yards and 14 touchdowns, and also ran for 475 yards and nine TDs. Five players earned honorable mention: seniors Cade Gilbert (offensive line), Jeremy Horwitz (offensive line) and Tyler Vincent (running back); and juniors Charlie Bourbon (defensive back) and Henry Marchese (wide receiver).

In boys soccer, four seniors received honorable mention: goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber, midfielders Jun Min and Kizuki Niimi, and defender Thomas Ricchio.

Former SHS Coach Becomes “Minister of Defense”

Former Stevenson assistant football coach Mike Warren was profiled in the Crystal Lake-based Northwest Herald on Tuesday. Warren is a minister who also serves as defensive coordinator at Jacobs High School under former Stevenson head coach Bill Mitz.


FMP Applications Due Today

Sophomores and juniors with an interest in mentoring incoming freshmen must turn in their FMP applications today. Click here for application details.

Hoops for Heroes T-Shirts on Sale Today

Hoops for Heroes T-shirts will be on sale during the lunch periods today. Don’t forget to wear your shirt to the varsity basketball games on Saturday. The girls will play Lake Forest at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys against Mundelein at 7 p.m. Hoops for Heroes is sponsored by Students Helping Soldiers and the SHS basketball teams.

SHS Needs Your Help With a 30-Second Survey

In 2010, Stevenson became the first public high school in the nation to earn LEED certification at the Gold level. This year, SHS is in the midst of the LEED re-certification process. As part of the process, the school is required to conduct a survey to determine how students get to school during a typical week. Please take 30 seconds to complete this survey, which only has five questions. If you include your name, you will be entered into a drawing to win a $5 Sodexo gift card.

Free Kindle for ILC Digital Library Check Out No. 10,000

The Information and Learning Center’s digital library, powered by Overdrive, has circulated nearly 10,000 books since its launch. A new Kindle eReader will be given to the lucky student who checks out No. 10,000.

Melange, Repertory Dance Company Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:45-6 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. Students must also come prepared to perform 90 seconds of their own original choreography. Students must be able to commit to all rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-6:30 p.m. during second semester. They also must be free every day after school during the week of the Spring Dance Concert (May 2-8).

Improv Club Tickets on Sale Monday and Tuesday

The Improv Club will be performing Tuesday night in the West Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and you can buy them at the Patriot Superstore during all lunch periods Monday and Tuesday. Tickets also will be sold at the door Tuesday night.

Visit Winter ArtFest Tuesday and Wednesday

You are cordially invited to attend Winter ArtFest 2015, the art show featuring the work of all of Stevenson’s first-semester art classes. The show will be open Tuesday, periods 1 through 8, and Wednesday, periods 1 through 7, in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building. The public reception will be held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

P.E. Leadership Applications Due Before Finals

P.E. Leadership Applications and Alternative P.E. Leadership Applications must be turned in before finals. To download an application or for more information, click here.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

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

NYC Fashion Trip Now Open to All in Grades 9-11

Do you want to go to New York and experience all that the fashion industry has to offer?  The deadline for the New York Travel Experience has been extended to Thursday, December 17, and has been opened to all SHS freshman, sophomores and juniors. If you would like more information and paperwork, visit or contact the trip coordinator, Mrs. Erickson, at

Illinois State Scholars: Pick Up Your Certificate

Congratulations to all of the students who were named Illinois State Scholars. Your certificates are available for pick up in Room 2414.


Sophomore Class Board invites all sophomores to watch the movie “Home Alone” and decorate cookies after school today. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available in the Glass Commons, and the movie will be shown in the Recital Hall. This event is free for all sophomores; just show your ID to get in. The show will end at 6 p.m.


The baseball team is raising money for travel next spring by holding its second annual Trivia Night on Friday, January 22 at The Arboretum in Buffalo Grove. The event will feature tests of trivia knowledge, raffle items, plus a live and silent auction, along with a full buffet dinner and dessert. Tell your parents about this event, which is only open to those age 21 and older. Details are on the baseball web page.


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


If you are interested in doing a Career Shadow, please note that at this time, we will not be accepting any new career shadow applications. We will begin accepting applications again after the new year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page or follow us on Facebook (SHSCollegeCareerCenter) for any announcements. If you have a specific inquiry, you may also stop by the CCC and ask for Mrs. Willock or send an email directly to


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