Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Website Highlights Faculty’s No. 3 National Ranking

The Business Insider website has picked up on the latest national rankings that rate public schools on a number of criteria, including teachers. Stevenson’s faculty is ranked No. 3 in the country, behind only the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, and Bergen County Technical High School in New Jersey. The rankings are driven in large part by feedback from parents and students. One former student said this: “The teachers at Stevenson genuinely care about their students, and students oftentimes stay close and even become friends with teachers after classes end. Grading was always fair, classes were challenging but not absurd, and teachers genuinely tried to make lessons interesting and fun.” You can see how Stevenson stacked up in every category of’s rankings here.

Final Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Night

The final Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Evening is tonight at 7 o’clock 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 school tour will launch from the Forum (Point) entrance of the West Building starting at 6.

Late Arrival on Thursday

The school will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.

What’s New at World’s Fair This Year?

Pioneer Press talked with Diversity Council sponsor (and SHS Foundation Executive Director) Greg Diethrich about the annual World’s Fair, which returns this weekend. He said there will be some new student booths this year in addition to the wide variety already available. The Unicef Club will have a booth for the first time, while Cameroon and Honduras are the newest nations to be represented. 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

Community Orchestra Debuts, More Musicians Welcome

Director of Orchestras Enrique Vilaseco talked with the Pioneer Press about the Stevenson Community Orchestra’s inaugural concert, held last Saturday. Vilaseco directs the orchestra, which includes about 60 students and adults, including alumni. The community orchestra still has openings, and the participation fee has been lowered. Anyone interested in joining the community orchestra for its concert this spring can get more information from the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP).


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 103, Loyola Academy 81: The host Patriots improved to 6-0, and received a record-setting effort from Matthew Krames. The junior set a six-dive record score of 271.15. He finished second behind Loyola’s Christopher Canning, whose 295.45 set a pool record. Nick Baginski won the 50 freestyle (21.94) and the 100 butterfly (52.54), and also was part of two winning relays: the 200 medley relay with Daniel Ng, Alan Fang and Topher Stensby (1:40.35), and the 200 free relay with Stensby, Alex Kapecki and Andrew Shashin (1:28.60). Kapecki captured the 100 free (49.79) and John Roh claimed the 100 backstroke (56.32).

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 56, Carmel 46: Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 24 points, including four three-pointers, for the host Patriots (21-4), who hit 10 treys on Senior Night. Kiana Cencula and Jessica Burke each hit a trio of three-pointers. Cencula scored 13 points and Burke added 12. SHS built a 13-point halftime lead, then staved off a second-half comeback by the Corsairs (8-13), who hit five three-pointers. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

$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

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.


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 Monday. 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 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.


The Interactive Gamers Club will host a two-headed giant sealed tournament in Room 1204 after school on Thursday. The cost is $5, and each participant will get six packs. Players must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players are always welcome!

The Stevenson Styler will have a meeting today 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!


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

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

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at

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.


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



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