Thursday, February 18, 2016

Four Debaters Reach Quarterfinals at Harvard Tournament

Fifteen SHS debaters braved sub-zero temperatures to compete at last weekend’s 42nd annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament in Boston. More than 400 students from 75 schools around the country participated.

Alex Smith reached the semifinal round in the Congressional Debate Division, and three other Patriots joined him in the quarterfinals: Nakita Pradhan, Patrick DeMichele and Nikol Safronova. Also participating in the tournament were Aaron Merlin, Dylan Irlbeck, Pouya Akbarzadeh, Pratik Kamat, Ali Rahman, Aman Grover, Alexis Cacioppo, Tim Yoon, Anniket Nuthalapat and Sydney Glickson.

Winterfest Dance Saturday Night

The annual Winterfest Dance takes place Saturday night in the Field House. The doors open at 7 p.m., and all students must arrive by 8 p.m. The doors will remain locked until 10 p.m. Student drop-off will be in lot E. Students who are driving to the dance must park in lots B and E.

Students will need their school ID to be admitted, because their card contains their dance ticket information. No paper tickets are issued.

Bottled water will be provided. Students may check coats and personal items. If students want to check their shoes, they must have something to cover their feet. The music and lighting will be provided by Boom Entertainment.

On Friday, the school will hold a Winterfest pep assembly in the Sports Center beginning at 2:35 p.m. The school will follow the PM assembly schedule for the day, with classes ending at 2:30.

Stand Strong Offers Tips for a Safe Winterfest Weekend

With the Winterfest Dance coming this weekend, the Stand Strong Coalition — which is dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use among youth in the District 125 community — is reminding parents to talk with their students about the risks and challenges associated with substance use. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, parents remain the No. 1 influence on their child’s decision not to drink alcohol or use drugs. SAMHSA has lots of resources for parents at http://www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking. Plus, Stevenson’s Prevention Team recently rolled out its “Your Brain-Gray Matters” campaign to inform students about the harmful effects of alcohol and drugs on the teenage brain, which continues to develop until around age 21.

Stand Strong also has tips on its website at standstrongcoalition.com for parents who might be hosting a party, or whose student is going to a party. Look under the Parent/Social Hosting tab for suggestions on how to ensure an alcohol- and drug-free party (such as encouraging small parties that are by invitation only); checking your entire home prior to the party, including outside of the house and removable ceiling tiles; and making sure an adult chaperone is present and visible throughout the party.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Girls Basketball Team Seeks Regional Title Tonight

The girls basketball team has had one of the best seasons in program history under first-year head coach Ashley Graham. The Patriots are 25-5 overall, won the North Suburban Conference championship, and will face Zion-Benton for the IHSA Class 4A Wheeling Regional title tonight at 7 o’clock. A victory would match last year’s win total, and would be the most since the 2000-01 team went 31-5 and reached the state tournament. Graham has won more games in her first season than any other Patriot girls basketball coach. The News-Sun has a brief note about Madison Wicklund, who has been a key player off the bench this season. The 6-foot junior forward scored 10 points off the bench in last week’s NSC title game. For that effort, she was named the High School Girls Basketball Player of the Week in Lake County by the Daily Herald.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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!

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

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.

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.

CAREER EXPLORATION

In need of summer work? The Jobapalooza Expo and Job Fair is coming to the College of Lake County on Thursday, March 2, from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake Campus.  Learn more by visiting www.clcillinois.edu/cjpc.

Applications for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s summer internship for future healthcare professionals are now being accepted until April 6. This is only open to juniors and Seniors. For more information, please click here.

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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Lancer Scholarship Application is available to be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123). This $2,500 scholarship is for Lake County high school seniors pursuing higher education at the College of Lake County this fall.  One student will be selected from Stevenson High School to be a recipient of this scholarship. The application deadline is Friday, March 11. Please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center if you have any questions.

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Rauner wants more money for K-12 education, ties it to funding reform

Claypool rebuts Rauner: CPS kids get “raw deal,” not “special deal”

District: Four Highland Park schools to close if referendum fails

Black CPS student suspension rates fall, but still highest by far

As Illinois universities await funding, some students looking out of state

Chicago principal retires early to save teacher jobs from CPS budget cuts

City Colleges of Chicago chancellor faces heat from faculty over changes

Five teens face charges after threatening comments at Huntley High

Superdog revenue did not go to Lincoln-Way school district: records

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Parents, teachers, children rally for public education across country

The elusive goal of on-time graduation

Free online high school set to open for Wisconsin students

10M California student records about to be released to attorneys

Where are the minority professors?

Colleges offer micro-grants to low-income students pay bills

Univ. of Texas president reluctantly allows concealed handguns in class

Why can’t more Tennessee students read?

Early classes canned at Michigan college for collaborative time, meetings

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