Tuesday, January 12, 2016

SHS Team Earns Honor at Robotics Competition

Stevenson’s first-ever VEX robotics competition on Saturday was a success, with 11 schools entering 29 robots. SHS had three robots, which compiled a combined record of 11-9-1 on the day. All three qualified for the alliance round, where they were grouped with two other robots to compete in the elimination bracket. The team led by Noah Salk, Hebron Taylor, Abby Starr, Daniel Rong, Rahul Kirshan, Joshua Kim, Alex Kim and Aryn Harmon also took home an award, winning the Design Award for best engineering process and documentation. The Stevenson Broadcast Network carried all seven hours of the competition live. You can watch a replay at www.d125.org/sbn.

Junior Earns Perfect Score on ACT

Kathy Xiang is the latest Stevenson student to earn a perfect score on the ACT exam. The junior recorded a 36 on the college-entrance exam in December.

Washington Post Columnist Praises Former Superintendent

Jay Mathews of the Washington Post on Sunday offered a glowing review for former District 125 Superintendent Richard DuFour’s section on grading practices in his latest book, “In Praise of American Educators.” DuFour argues that when it comes to giving grades, the “sink or swim” mentality of tough grading is all wet. DuFour says that schools should provide extra time and support to students who aren’t learning, a practice he helped develop during his two decades at Stevenson as principal and superintendent. The best way to prepare students for life after high school is to teach them to swim, DuFour says, rather than allowing them to sink: “There is virtually no research or evidence to suggest that higher incidents of failure in school produce higher levels of responsibility, greater academic achievement in college, or a higher likelihood of success in meeting the demands of adult life.”


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Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at University of Chicago Tournament: The girls and boys teams each won their five duals on the day, improving to 10-0 on the season. The Patriot girls beat Lowell (46-2), Culver Military Academy (30-18), Marian Catholic (46-2), the University of Chicago Lab School (38-10) and Homewood-Flossmoor (46-2). The Patriot boys defeated Lowell (44-4), Culver (26-2), Marian Catholic (36-12), the University of Chicago Lab School (35-13) and Homewood-Flossmoor (39-9).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 3, Rockford 2: Michael Dowd’s short-handed goal lifted the visiting Patriots on the road, and capped a big night for the sophomore. He also scored Stevenson’s second goal, off an assist from Tommy Krebs, whom he set up for the Pats’ opening score. The Icemen scored the opening goal, but Krebs tied the game and Dowd’s goals gave SHS a 3-1 lead. Goalie Josh Pike turned away 29 shots. – Scholastic Hockey League.org

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: The Patriettes were third in the Lyrical division and seventh in Jazz.

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at Grant Invitational: The Patriots finished fourth, behind Kaitlyn Rudy’s 547 series and high game of 215. Sami Schmidt had a 502 series (high game of 212), Nina Wright rolled a 479 (177) and Xanthe Coulson had a 463 (160).


Stanhope, Wimer Named Top Coaches in Illinois

Two Stevenson head coaches were named the top coaches in their sport in Illinois for 2015 by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Tom Stanhope was selected in girls tennis, while Sean Wimer was chosen in boys water polo. Stanhope led the Patriots to their second consecutive state runner-up finish last fall; it was their third top-three finish in the past five years under Stanhope. Wimer, a 2001 Stevenson graduate, guided the boys water polo team to second place in the state for the second time in the past three years.

Ryan Brothers Back Together

The Ryan brothers are back together. Rex and Rob Ryan, 1981 graduates of Stevenson, will be coaching together for the first time in 20 years. Rex Ryan, head coach of the Buffalo Bills, on Sunday hired Rob as an assistant defensive coach. The last time the brothers coached together was in 1995, when they served as assistants on the staff of their father, Buddy, with the Arizona Cardinals.

Alum’s Career High Night Leads IWU Basketball

Andy Stempel (Class of 2013) scored a career-high 24 points to lead Illinois Wesleyan University’s men’s basketball team past Wheaton College, 82-66, on January 6. Stempel, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, broke his previous best of 16 points set during a 150-117 win over Greenville College in November.


Semester Exam Schedule

Today Wednesday Thursday
8:05-9:35 Period 1 Period 3 Period 8
9:45-11:15 Period 2 Period 5 Period 6
11:25-12:55 Period 4 Period 7 Make-Up Exams
1:00 Bus Pickup Bus Pickup 11:25 Bus (1:00 Late Pickup)

Second-Semester Parking Stickers

Seniors who haven’t picked up their second semester stickers yet can do so Tuesday, January 19 in parking lot D. Look for the security guard in the black truck beginning at 7:15 a.m.

Parking for Students at Prairie View Metra Station

For Stevenson students unable to park at school, Vernon Township is selling parking spaces at the Prairie View Metra train station for second semester. The cost is $145 for the second semester. A $30 monthly option also is available. To download a permit application that includes rates and rules, click here. For more information, contact the Vernon Township Office at 847-634-4600.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC before the end of the semester. Once second semester begins, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.  

Textbook Return, Pick-Up for One-Semester Classes

Here is the textbook return schedule for those finishing a first-semester class, or for those picking up a textbook for a second-semester course:

Today 7:00-1:30 Room 1416
Wednesday 7:00-1:30 Room 1416
Thursday 7:00-1:30 Room 1416
Tuesday, January 19 7:00-3:30 Room 1416
Wednesday, January 20 7:00-2:00 Room 1416

Bringing a Guest to Winterfest?

If you’re bringing a guest to next month’s Winterfest Dance who isn’t a Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special form before buying their ticket. You can get the form from the Superstore in the Wood Commons, or download it here. Early bird ticket sales for the Winterfest Dance will start February 1, so fill out your form now so you’ll be ready on the first.

Testing Center Hours, Procedures During Finals

During finals, the Testing Center hours will be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can be taken only during a free period. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up to take a test during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor stating that it has been rescheduled.

Audition Packets Available for Winter Play

Audition packets for the Winter Production, Twelfth Night, are now available online at www.d125.org/audition. Scripts also are available for overnight checkout in the ILC. If you have questions regarding auditions, please contact C. Burrows in the Studio Theatre, Room 2204. Auditions will be held after school Wednesday, January 20.


The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the Spring/Summer edition on Wednesday, January 20 at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!


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.


Open Baseball begins Wednesday, January 20 in the Field House, and runs from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Open Baseball will meet every Wednesday through the end of February, with the exception of February 10, which is an Odyssey day.


There will be an informational meeting for the 2016-17 sophomore football team on Wednesday, January 20. Meet in Little Theater (Room 4200) at 7:30 a.m. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Jacobson at djacobson@d125.org or 847-415-4710.

The softball team is holding its first-ever Bowling Night fundraiser on Saturday, January 30 at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. This is a 21-and-older event that runs from 2-5 p.m. In addition to bowling, there will be appetizers, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and awards for best-dressed bowling team. For more details, click here.

The baseball team is raising money 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. Anyone age 21 or older is welcome to attend the trivia night. Details are on the baseball web page.


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