Wednesday, February 3, 2016

“7 Essential for Raising Successful Teens” Tonight

Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent. Tonight, parents can get some down-to-earth, practical advice on navigating the sometimes choppy waters of adolescence. Acclaimed child psychologist and author Dr. Laura Kastner will discuss “Wise Minded Parenting — 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens” in the Performing Arts Center from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free for the event, which is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation. Anyone planning to attend is asked to register here.

Course Selection Evenings for Incoming Freshmen

The first of two Course Selection Evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents will take place Thursday in Room 2104 of the West Building. Students with last names A-L are asked to come Thursday, and those with last names M-Z are asked to come next Tuesday. However, if a family has a scheduling conflict, they may attend either night and do not need to notify the school.

Counselors will be available from 4-7 p.m. each evening to answer questions parents and students may have about elective courses. Parents may submit completed forms during the evening. A nurse will be available each evening to answer questions related to the Certificate of Child Health Examination form, immunization requirements, administration of medication during the school day, and how the school works with students who have chronic illnesses.

District 96 Board Member, SHS Parent Dies

Stevenson parent and District 96 school board member Lauren Gordon died Monday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 55 years old. Her husband David died last June from complications of open heart surgery. They have two sons, Gabe, who is a junior at Stevenson, and Ethan, who is a student at Princeton University. The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove, with burial to follow at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Gordon was first elected to the District 96 school board in 2011, and was re-elected last year. She worked for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago for 12 years, including four years as executive director of the Northwest Suburban JCC in Buffalo Grove. District 96 Superintendent Julie Schmidt offered this reflection on Gordon. Here is the Daily Herald article about Gordon’s passing.

Boys Bowling Celebration Moved to Monday

The celebration of the state champion boys bowling team has been moved to a different day out of respect for team member Gabe Gordon, whose mother passed away two days ago. (See the item above) The celebration has been moved to 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 44, Mundelein 30: Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 14 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark as the visiting Patriots clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. SHS (22-5, 10-1) can capture the division outright by winning at Libertyville on Thursday. After scoring only two points in the first quarter, the Patriots assumed control. Stevenson pulled ahead by halftime, 19-17, then outscored the Mustangs (5-20, 1-10) by 12 in the second half. Richardson, a junior, now has 1,010 career points in three varsity seasons. Janine Fajardo sank four three-pointers to finish with 12 points. Klaire Steffens added seven points. – Daily Herald (+)

National Letter of Intent Signings Today

Several Patriot student-athletes are scheduled to sign national letters of intent today, to continue their playing careers in college. Six members of the football team will be honored: Cade Gilbert (Drake University), Nick Grujanac (Wabash College), Mike Maskalunas (University of Wisconsin), Matt Norton (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Sorenson (Miami University) and Tyler Vincent (University of Dayton). Also honored will be girls water polo player Lauren Burns (Brown University). A signing ceremony will take place in the Forum at 2:30 today.

Wrestling Team Prepares for Regional

Stevenson’s wrestling program has sent many individuals to the state tournament, but the Patriots have never qualified as a team. SHS can take a major step toward making history on Saturday, when it participates in the nine-team Illinois High School Association Class 3A regional at Deerfield High. The top-scoring team on Saturday will advance to the dual team sectional, which is one step away from state. Stevenson and Deerfield are the favorites in Saturday’s regional. The Patriots are ranked sixth in the state and the Warriors are No. 7, and between them have six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their individual weight class. Stevenson and Deerfield met on the mat during the SHS Invitational on January 16, with the Pats earning a 33-30 victory. Saturday’s regional gets underway at 9 a.m.

Hockey Team Holding Fan Appreciation Night Thursday

The varsity boys ice hockey team will hold Fan Appreciation Night at its Scholastic League Playoff game against Glenbrook North at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. All students who attend who receive free T-shirts.


Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate Tonight

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

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.

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Watch the Faculty Basketball Game February 10

What are you doing after school on Wednesday, February 10? Come and support your favorite teachers in the faculty basketball game from 3:30-4:30 in the Field House.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9-10.


The Stevenson Styler will meet today at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

Juniors, it’s time to start decorating for Winterfest! Come to a Junior Class Board meeting on Thursday at 3:40 in Room 2004 to join in the fun! New members are always welcome.

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a three-person team sealed tournament after school Thursday in Room 1204. The cost is $2.50, students can pay with their ID, and each participant will receive four packs. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players always welcome!


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

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school today at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at

The boys water polo informational meeting will be held Monday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at

Girls badminton will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 10 in Room 2104 at 3:45 p.m. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Edstrom at or 847-415-4416, or Coach Johnson at or 847-415-4589.


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


Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

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



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