Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brain Development App Created for SHS Students

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is rolling out its “Your Brain–Gray Matters” information campaign for students this week. The campaign is intended to help improve students’ knowledge about the brain, its development during the teen years, and how drugs and alcohol can impair development.

As part of the campaign, the team has created a “Your Brain–Gray Matters” app for students available for iPhone and iPad through the App Store. The app features a game called Brain Blitz, in which students can test their knowledge about the effects of making healthy choices.

A launch party for the app will be held during all three lunch periods on Friday in Room 2104. Students who download the app and sign up for notifications will be eligible to win prizes, including an Apple Watch. The party also will feature a dessert and ice cream sundae bar, music from the DJ Club, and what is being billed as “the biggest Kahoot game ever at SHS.”

WIT Earns Another Major Award

The 2014-15 edition of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts journal for students, has received its third major award, this time from the National Council of Teachers of English. The council’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines gave the WIT a “Superior” ranking among Illinois publications, which means it was nominated for the group’s highest award. The editors of last year’s WIT were Noelle Lee and Kathryn Roach, both 2015 graduates. Current students who worked on the magazine include Zanub Husain, Mia Kim, Hannah Francis, Lara Iriarte, Rachel Kwon, Louisa Lara and Annamarie Wellems.

Consortium 125 Orchestra Concert Tonight

Student-musicians from several of Stevenson’s sender schools will participate in the Consortium 125 Orchestra Concert tonight in the Performing Arts Center. This is the first of three consortium concerts over the next week. The Consortium 125 Choral Concert is Monday, and the Consortium Band Festival is Tuesday. Stevenson students also will perform at each event. All three concerts begin at 7 p.m. and feature free admission.

Fundraisers for Band Parents, Baseball Today

The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. today at the Potbelly restaurant in Wheeling, located at 1520 W. Lake Cook Road. Mention “Stevenson Band” or show this image when ordering, and Potbelly will donate 25% to the band program.

Meanwhile, Stilettos Boutique in Buffalo Grove is sponsoring a fundraiser for the baseball team today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On any purchase during that time, 20% will be taken off, with 10% going to the team and 10% to you. “Sips and snacks” will be served from 3-5 p.m. The baseball team also is holding its second annual Trivia Night on Friday. The 21-and-over event will be held from 7-10 p.m. at The Arboretum Club, 401 W. Half Day Road, in Buffalo Grove. Details are available at

Endorsement Vote Puts Alum in the News

Ilya Sheyman (Class of 2004) was in the political news last week. He is executive director of Political Action, which endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary. Sheyman ran for the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District in 2012.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 68, North Chicago 49: Rodney Herenton scored a season-high 20 points as the Patriots (14-5, 4-1) won for the sixth time in their last seven games. Herenton hit five of eight attempts from the floor, and sank 10 of 12 free throw attempts. He also recorded two steals. SHS, which played its sixth game in the last five days, led by two points at halftime, 27-25. The Pats took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Warhawks 21-11 to take a 48-36 lead entering the fourth period. After North Chicago scored the first three points of the fourth quarter, Justin Smith scored six of his 13 points to fuel a 7-0 run that removed any doubt about the outcome. Smith also grabbed nine rebounds. Aidan O’Connell, starting his second straight game, had eight points, five rebounds and four assists. Ryuji Aoki scored seven points. – Daily Herald


Girls Basketball “Think Pink Night” Tonight

The girls basketball team will hold its annual Think Pink Night tonight, with the varsity wearing pink uniforms in its 7 p.m. game against Lake Zurich. Pink T-shirts will be on sale for $10 in the Sports Center before and during the game. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which raises money to fight women’s cancers.

Start Time, Location Change for Wrestling Meet Thursday

The start time for Thursday’s wrestling meet between Stevenson and Warren has been changed from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the location has been moved to the Sports Center. The changes are being made in anticipation of large crowds coming to SHS for several events, including the second Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Night, and a dual boys swimming meet with Warren. The girls gymnastics meet against Vernon Hills scheduled for Thursday has been moved to Monday. Spectators coming to the wrestling meet should park in lot E, while those coming for the swim meet should use lot D.



Mandatory Meeting for All Juniors Thursday

Juniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Thursday. You must attend this meeting even if you are part of a club meeting during the activity period.

Grove – Studio Theater (2204) Perkins – Room 2500/2504
Jones – Room 2104 Roznowski – Recital Hall (4100)
Kellogg – Room 7044/7046 Scanio – Room 8046-8048
Kelly – West Auditorium (2206) Seeger – Room 6048/6050
Kulla – West Auditorium (2206) Sullivan – Room 7096
Martin – Room 7014 Timm – Little Theater (4200)
Moran – Chorus Room (2202) Vazquez – Room 2104

Textbook Return, Pick-Up for One-Semester Classes

If you need to return a textbook from a class that ended last week, or if you need to pick up a textbook for a second-semester course, please come to Room 1416 by 2 p.m. today.

ILC Hiring Student Aides for Second Semester

The ILC is hiring student aides to work during most periods this semester. You must have a free period or a study hall that you would like to give up in exchange for a job in the ILC. This is a paid position! Please see Mrs. Gorman or any staff member in the Upper West ILC for an application.

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. You can also purchase parking by phone. Call 877-727-5004 or download the mobile app at, and enter parking zone number 831.

Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

$1 Muffins Today at the New Jazzman’s

The new Jazzman’s in the East Building is open, and we’re celebrating with daily specials all week. Today, you can get muffins for $1. Thursday, it’s hot chocolate for $1, and on Friday, cookies. Stop by and take a look at what Jazzman’s has to offer. Plus, enter for a chance to win a $100 Jazzman’s gift card!


The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the Spring/Summer edition today 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!

What does a feminist look like? You might be surprised! The Lean-In Feminism Club meets at 3:45 today in Room 7062.

Superhero Club meets at 3:30 today in Room 1912.

Tuesday is the next meeting of the Breakfast with Books Club. The club’s yearbook photo will be taken during this meeting. Join us in the Upper ILC from 7:45-8:25 a.m.


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


Open Softball starts Monday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. in the Field House. Other upcoming dates are Tuesday, February 2 and Monday, February 8.

Open Soccer continues this Sunday morning, but note the location change from the Field House to the Sports Center. Also, Open Soccer will run from 7-8:30 a.m.


The baseball team is raising money by holding its second annual Trivia Night from 7-10 p.m. Friday 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.

The boys volleyball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 1916. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at

The informational meeting for girls soccer is Wednesday, January 27 at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Heffernan at

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.


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