Wednesday, February 17, 2016

School Board Approves $5.3M in Summer Work

The school will spend $5.3 million this summer for a number of improvements in the school and on campus. The work was approved by the District 125 Board of Education at its monthly meeting last week.

Among the changes will be a complete repaving of parking lot B, plus bathroom renovations and upgrades to sprinklers and lighting in the 1500 and 2500 hallways of the West Building. Some of the bathrooms have not been touched since the school opened in 1965. The work in the 1500 and 2500 hallways also will coincide with remodeling of the Communication Arts and Math/Science offices in the West Building.

Other West Building improvements include new cafeteria serving lines in the Wood Commons, repairs to the stage floor of the West Auditorium, the addition of storage spaces to the Band Room, and the creation of a meeting space in the Peer Helpers room. In the East Building, portions of the roof will be repaired, and the Special Education resource room will be remodeled.

Late Arrival on Thursday

The school will operate on a late arrival schedule Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Bell Schedule

Food Service Survey for Students, Parents

Stevenson’s food service provider, Sodexo, is asking for student and parent input as it prepares to implement its “Mindful” program in the cafeterias for the 2016-17 school year. Online surveys for students and parents can be found at www.d125.org/foodsurvey. SHS will be the first high school in the nation to adopt the Mindful program, which is in use at several of Sodexo’s collegiate and corporate clients. The Mindful menu features foods prepared with low-fat cooking methods, and using fresh herbs and spices in place of salt and sugar.

Huffington Post Picks Up on 8:30 Start Plan

Stevenson has received quite a bit of attention for its decision to start the school day 25 minutes later every day starting in 2016-17. Several Chicago-area school districts have cited SHS in choosing to make a similar move, and now the Huffington Post has taken notice.

Odyssey Performer Passes Away

Dennis DeBondt, the 6-foot-7 magician-comedian who appeared at last week’s Odyssey fine arts festival, died Saturday at the age of 58. The visitation is Thursday in Norridge. He will be buried in a private ceremony. DeBondt, a former college basketball player who called himself “The Sears Tower of Magic,” performed at several Odyssey festivals.

Climate Change Topic of Stevenson Center Event

The Stevenson Center on Democracy will offer a presentation on “Empowering Communities to Create Sustainable Environments” at 2 p.m. Sunday. Representatives from three area organizations will discuss grassroots efforts to combat climate change. Admission to the program is $15; click here to register. Students can get in for free by registering at info@stevensoncenterondemocracy.org. The Stevenson Center on Democracy is located at 25200 N. St. Mary’s Road in Mettawa. Coffee and conversation will follow the presentation.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Wheeling Regional: The third-seeded Patriots (25-5) outscored Palatine 16-1 in the second quarter en route to a 51-38 win in the semifinals and a berth in Thursday’s regional championship game against No. 6 seed Zion-Benton. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. Ashley Richardson led all scorers with 20 points, while Janine Fajardo added 11. Kiana Cencula chipped in with nine points. Stevenson led after the first quarter, 14-10, then used its second quarter blitz to put the game out of reach. The Pats led by 20 entering the fourth quarter. – Daily Herald

SHS-Niles North Basketball Game on Comcast

Saturday’s varsity boys basketball game against Niles North at Lake Zurich has been chosen as a CN100 Game of the Week by Comcast. The game will air on Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 23. Later next week, the game will become available via On Demand. Saturday’s game tips off at 2:30 p.m.

Patriot Wrestler From Russia Bears Watching

When Nikita Nepomnyashchiy moved to the United States from Russia in 2010, he had no wrestling experience … and didn’t even know English. On Thursday, the junior will be one of four Patriots competing in the IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament at the University of Illinois. Head coach Shane Cook said “hungry” is the best word to describe the 170-pounder. “There’s not a clock on the wall that matters to him when it comes to investing hours for practice,” Cook told Pioneer Press. “There are times we have to tell him to go home.” Nepomnyashchiy will be joined downstate by senior Michael Kordek (182) and juniors Dylan Geick (152) and Robert Pavlovics (160).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wear Your Pajamas to School Thursday

Not only is Thursday a late arrival day, it’s also PJ Day! Relax and wear your most comfortable pajamas as we celebrate Winterfest. Friday will be Spirit Day. Show your true colors by wearing green and gold.

Showcase 2016 Ticket Sales Start Monday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2016 run every day from Monday, February 22- Friday, March 4 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2016 will be presented on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Does Your GPA Qualify for National Honor Society?

Sophomores and juniors who are not currently in National Honor Society: If you have a cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.9 or higher and have not received an invitation via U.S. mail to apply, please email Mr. Erdmann (berdmann@d125.org). Invitations were mailed about one week ago and the deadline to apply for NHS is March 2.

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.

Sign Up for the March 4 Blood Drive

Here’s your chance to be a hero. If you’re 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds, you could save three lives by giving blood on Friday, March 4. The school is having a blood drive with LifeSource in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) during periods 3-8. Not only will you help save lives, but you’ll also help two worthy causes: the Stevenson to College program, and micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Click here to register and download the required forms.

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 Friday, 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.

ATHLETICS

The informational meeting for boys tennis is today at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1628. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

There will be a girls lacrosse informational meeting on Monday in Room 7096 from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m. (athletes only need to attend one session). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

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.

“Think HBCU,” a college expo featuring historically black colleges and universities as well as many schools from Illinois, will be held at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore campus in Waukegan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The expo will include campus tours as well as workshops with topics on scholarships and application assistance. The expo is hosted by CLC and TRIO Educational Talent Search. Click here for more information.

The College of Lake County Engineering Transfer Department will be holding several information sessions for prospective students and their parents interested in attending CLC for the first two years of a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by Q&A. The presentations will include information about the Engineering Transfer curriculum, the UIUC Engineering Pathways program (guaranteed admission to UIUC Engineering), the NSF Scholarship program, Engineering Club, and more. The dates and times are: Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m. on the Grayslake campus, Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. at the Waukegan campus, and Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. on the Southlake campus in Vernon Hills.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 25 in Room 7096. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at http://www.d125.org/students/shs-intramurals/dodgeball.

CLUB NEWS

Did you want to take the Miniature Figure Painting class during Odyssey, and missed out? No problem! Come to the Interactive Gamers Club Thursday after school in 1204 to learn how to paint a miniature! If you’re thinking of coming to IGC for the first time, please email Mr. Fedewa at rfedewa@d125.org so we can have enough paint and supplies on hand!

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Effingham teacher finalist in $1M “Nobel Prize of teaching”

University of Chicago to get $50M from venture capitalist

School leaders push against funding cuts ahead of Rauner speech (+)

Later start time proposals prove divisive in Barrington

Suit: CPS fired whistleblower after vendor collusion discovered

Roselle District 12 teachers take pay freeze ahead of referendum (+)

Lawsuits settled in District 211 sex assault cases (+)

“Technology glitch” causes lockdown at Vernon Hills High

ACT vs. SAT: New standards in Illinois

Lincolnwood District 74 superintendent to retire next year (+)

Springfield school board member cries foul over basketball game officiating

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Colleges continue to abandon standardized tests to assess learning

Free-range education: Why the unschooling movement is growing

Studies suggest strong bias against females in STEM

Houston to rename three schools named for Confederate figures

Google quietly shutters Play for Education

A symphony’s big challenge: Lifting a tough school through music

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