Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CPN Presenting Talk on “Wise-Minded Parenting”

Acclaimed child psychologist and author Dr. Laura Kastner will discuss “Wise-Minded Parenting — Seven Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 3 in the Performing Arts Center. The event is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Click here to register.

“Wise-Minded Parenting” is one of five books written by Kastner, who is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Wisconsin. She also is a nationally recognized expert on teen behavior and development, but here body of work also spans the parenting spectrum from early childhood through the college years.

Kastner will give a presentation earlier on February 3, from 9:30-11 a.m., for parents of children ages 3-7 at the Royal Melbourne clubhouse, 4700 Melbourne Drive, in Long Grove. She will be discussing her new book, “Getting to Calm — The Younger Years.” The morning event also is free. Click here to register.

Each event will conclude with a Q&A session and book signing. Lake Forest Book Store will have copies of the book for sale at both events.

Final Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Night

The final of three orientation evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Beginning at 6 p.m. outside the PAC, information packets containing course selection and health forms, a 2016-17 Course Book, summer school catalog, and a co-curricular catalog will be available for pick up. In addition, a tour of the school will start at 6 p.m. from the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Click here for more information.

Winter Guard Places Second at Naperville North

The Stevenson Winter Guard finished second out of 17 teams in the Scholastic Regional A Division on Sunday at Naperville North, its first competition of the Midwest Color Guard Circuit season. The team includes captains Naomie LaPointe, a senior, and Hannah Speers, a junior, plus senior Olivia Meyer, junior Sabrina Sullivan, and freshmen Madalyn Casaletto, Jasmine Ealom, Caroline French, Amanda Jimenez, Hanna Kloepfer and Kennedy Schooley. The Winter Guard has been preparing its show, “Diamonds,” since October. The song “Diamonds” by Josef Salvat serves as the soundtrack. Click here to watch a video of their performance.

National Publication Publishes Director’s Article

“Using Standards to Drive Change,” an article written by Justin Fisk, Director of World Languages and English Language Learning, is featured in the current issue of The Language Educator magazine. In the article, Fisk describes how his division is working to overcome stagnation by committing to two things: (1) teacher- and team-driven change, and (2) grounding any change in national language-learning standards. Fisk admits that when he was part of the Spanish II team prior to becoming director, he fell prey to the “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mindset. However, as his team forged ahead and became one of the school’s first adopters of the school’s Evidence-Based Reporting (EBR) system, Fisk said that any remaining barriers to change faded away. Today, the entire division has adopted universal standards and learning targets for any course using EBR. The issue also includes an article by former SHS Spanish teacher Rachel Gressel, who now leads the World Languages/Bilingual Education Department at Evanston Township High School. Click here to read both articles.

Not Your Normal D.C. Pork Story Features Alum’s Family

The husband and children of Elizabeth Roukis Smith, a 1985 Stevenson alumnus, were featured in the Washington Post on Saturday for their efforts to save a piglet from dying in the snowstorm that rolled through the eastern seaboard.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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State Preliminary Performance Time Set for Patriettes

The varsity Patriettes are scheduled to perform at 3:23 p.m. Friday in the preliminary round of the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state tournament at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The preliminaries will be streamed live by the IHSA at ihsa.tv. If Stevenson makes the final round on Saturday, the action also will be carried by ihsa.tv, and the school’s own Christina Erickson will be doing analysis. Erickson will be doing on-air commentary for all of the finals Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SHS has placed in the top four of Class 3A in every year since the IHSA started competitive dance in the 2012-13 school year. The Patriettes were second in 2013, third in 2014 and fourth in 2015.

Boys Bowling State Tournament Starts Friday

Stevenson is one of 24 schools that qualified for the IHSA boys bowling state tournament, which starts Friday at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, near St. Louis. The first round starts at 9:45 a.m., with the afternoon session at 1 p.m. The top 12 teams and 30 individuals will compete in the finals on Saturday. SHS finished eighth in its first-ever state appearance last year.

Basketball Alum Earns First Start for Butler

Taylor Buford (Class of 2015) had the best games of her young college basketball career last weekend. The freshman guard for Butler University came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points against St. John’s on Friday. On Sunday, she earned her first start of the season and scored 13 points versus Seton Hall. Unfortunately, both were losses. Buford has played in 12 of the Bulldogs’ 20 contests this year, averaging 5.3 points per game.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

World’s Fair Returns This Weekend

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair, a celebration of the countries, cultures, and cuisines of the Stevenson community, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Student-led booths featuring cultural displays and culinary delicacies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, featuring food and fun activities. There will be special performances each day starting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. World’s Fair is a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. Read More

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

$1 Books On Sale at Superstore to Benefit Give-A-Thon

There is a new selection of books for sale outside the Superstore during the lunch periods. All books are $1, and proceeds will benefit Give-A-Thon.

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.

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.

Superstore Hiring for Sixth-Hour Position

The Superstore is looking for a sophomore or junior to work during sixth hour. This is a paid position. If you’re interested, see Mrs. Miller at the Superstore or email her at smiller@d125.org.

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 www.d125.org/audition. 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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on February 1. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to www.parchment.com and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

The Stevenson Styler will have a meeting on Wednesday from 3:30-4:15 in Room 1612 to begin planning for the spring/summer edition. We are looking for fashion and lifestyle writers, editors, photographers and more! New members are always welcome, hope to see you there!

ATHLETICS

The informational meeting for girls soccer is Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Heffernan at kheffernan@d125.org.

The informational meeting for girls track and field is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

The softball team is holding its first-ever Bowling Night fundraiser on Saturday 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 nomination window has opened for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here. The nomination deadline is February 22.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Cullerton: Rauner pension deal likely, but school funding needs “turnaround”

Study: By 2024, retirees will cost Illinois more than current teachers

Woodstock District 200 to decide on school-based health clinic

Loyola University students face discipline after workers rights protest

Peoria plans to create middle school focused on math, science and art

Will theological debate “undo” Wheaton College? (+)

DeKalb County school await state policies for transgender students

Former CPS CEO continues to cooperate in case against co-defendants

Ex-Grayslake PTO treasurer who stole $17K pays final restitution (+)

EIU president outlines cuts in response to no state budget

NIU president: Operations will continue despite state budget stalemate

College of DuPage trustee: I wasn’t pushing for Breuder return (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

A look at the Detroit Public Schools teacher “sick-outs” situation

Once-lagging neighborhood schools now drive improvement in St. Louis

College classes for middle school students? It’s happening in California

For hungry D.C. kids stuck in snow, schools open their doors for meals

Ball State University president resigns after less than two years in office

Texas high school student suspended after helping asthmatic classmate

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