Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Stevenson Ranked No. 1 in State by Niche.com

Stevenson is the top-ranked high school in Illinois, and No. 5 in the country, according to the latest rankings of American high schools by Niche.com. The website ranks schools based on several factors, including test scores, student and parent reviews, facilities and resources, and co-curricular and athletic opportunities. This is the second straight year SHS has led the Illinois rankings.

Science Olympiad Captures Huntley Invitational Title

The Science Olympiad team continued its romp through the regular season, capturing the Huntley High School Invitational on Saturday. As usual, the team split into two squads, Green and Gold. The Green team finished first, and completed the regular season undefeated. The Gold team was fourth. Between them, the two teams won eight of the 23 events. Five students were part of two first-place teams: Elaine Xiao, Katherine Liu, Josey Zhang, Rebecca Nelson and Teresa Mao. Also on the roster of event winners were Caroline Fatina, Andrew Ding, Maitreyee Malpekar, Amber Hu, Rachel Zhang, Katia Villevald, Julianne Yang and Hannah Yan. Click here for the entire list of medal winners.

Project Dance Registration Underway

Registration for Project Dance, the school’s annual fundraiser for Lincolnshire’s Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund, is underway. This is the 10th edition of Project Dance, in which students create fundraising teams to gather pledges, then spend an evening dancing and playing games in the Sports Center. This year’s Project Dance will be held Saturday, April 9. Click here for details, including a registration link for students.

Educators From Six States Visiting SHS Today

More than 75 educators from 12 institutions in six states will be visiting Stevenson today as part of the school’s latest Site Visit Day for Educators. The schools and districts sending representatives to SHS today include: Skyridge High School in Lehi, Utah; the State College Area School District in State College, Pennsylvania; Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky; Edina High School in Edina, Minnesota; and Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, and New Glarus High School in New Glarus, both in Wisconsin. There also are six Illinois schools coming: ACE Technical Charter High School in Chicago, Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Oswego East High School in Oswego, Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Eisenhower Middle School in Rockford, and Lyons Elementary School District 103 in Lyons.

Student Archer Sets Personal Best, Wins Peoria Honor

Sophomore Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won first place in the High School Division at the Anteros Classic archery tournament in Peoria on Saturday. She posted a personal-best score of 287 points, which included 18 bullseyes. She also shot a perfect round at 15 meters. Senior Max Papushin finished in the top 10 with a score of 277 and 14 bullseyes.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

NSC Boys Basketball Title Game On Air, Online

Stevenson’s boys basketball team will hit the road Wednesday to take on North Chicago in the North Suburban Conference championship game. The Patriots (21-6) are seeking their fourth consecutive conference championship. SHS and North Chicago squared off a little more than one month ago, with the Pats capturing a 68-49 decision in the Sports Center on January 19. This is the fourth straight season in which Stevenson has won 20 or more games, and the sixth time in head coach Pat Ambrose’s 17 years on the bench. For those unable to attend the game, WRLR 98.3 FM will broadcast the contest live on terrestrial radio and also at its website, WRLR.FM. The pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m., with tip-off at 7.

Family Atmosphere Boosts Geick at State Wrestling

Dylan Geick learned a lot of things during his first year in the Stevenson wrestling program. One of the most valuable lessons he learned was that the team takes the idea of family very seriously. As he warmed up for a crucial wrestleback Saturday morning at the state tournament, the 152-pound junior looked up into the stands and saw 60 of his teammates wearing neon green shirts with the word “Family” imprinted on them. He went on to win the match with ease, and ended up finishing fourth in the state.

Rudy Overcomes Illness for State Medal

There’s always a story behind the story, and Kaitlyn Rudy’s second straight medal at the girls bowling state tournament is no exception. The senior battled bronchitis in the days leading up to state, and was still able to finish 12th, capping a career that also saw her take third in state in 2015. Rudy also talked with Pioneer Press about her decision to focus on bowling over softball after her freshman year, and also about the impact of head coach Gina Johnson on her development.

IHSA Girls Basketball Sectional

Stevenson is serving as host for a Illinois High School Association Class 4A sectional tournament. Action begins in the Sports Center tonight with the semifinals between top-seeded Fremd against No. 4 Hersey at 6 o’clock, followed by No. 2 Buffalo Grove versus No. 6 Zion-Benton at 7:30. The sectional championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sodexo Offering Farmer’s Market Today

Sodexo will have a fresh (farmer’s) market in the West and Wood Commons during all lunch periods today.

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.

Showcase 2016 Ticket Sales Underway

Ticket sales for Showcase 2016 are available every school day during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons until Friday, March 4. 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 and Saturday, March 4-5 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!

Did You Take the Clay Mask Class During Odyssey?

Students who participated in the Clay Mask class during Odyssey on Tuesday, February 9 can pick up their masks in Room 1422.

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. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 16 in the West Auditorium.

CLUB NEWS

Students Helping Soldiers will have its next meeting during the activity period on Wednesday in Room 5044.

After a very informative field trip to the Save-A-Pet Adoption Center in Grayslake, the Animal Welfare Club would like to introduce its Adoptable Dog and Cat of the Month! Our February Dog Of The Month is Sammy, a Great Dane/Lab mix, and our Cat Of The Month is Bunny. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at http://shsanimalwelfare.weebly.com/pets-of-the-month! Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at http://www.saveapetil.org/, all waiting for love!

INTRAMURALS

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

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. 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.

In need of summer work? The Jobapalooza Expo and Job Fair is coming to the College of Lake County on Thursday, March 3, 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.

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.

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: tonight at 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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North Shore District 112’s $198M referendum divides Highland Park

Graduation numbers inflated at nearly all CPS high schools

Feds confirm civil rights investigation into Waukegan District 60

Report: Ex-CPS officials departed with average $13K in unused vacation time

Amid budget standoff, DePaul plans to cover state student aid

Rauner continues positioning on education ahead of battle with Democrats

SIU president: Rauner’s proposed budget would lead school to gut programs

CPS teacher suspended after students find Jewish, Muslim rant videos

Elk Grove District 59 planning to build on former Lively land (+)

Residence hall taking stand against “Unofficial St. Pat’s Day” at UI

Rockford University announces new president

Bartlett students upset over denial of gym class waivers (+)

South suburban P.E. teacher wins “Biggest Loser” competition

Teaching Laquan McDonald

Watch this teacher’s triumphant return to school after battling cancer

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

What if America’s teachers made more money?

In the age of Common Core, states still defining “proficient” differently

Many “A” students still barred from college-level classes

White House sets out to fight chronic absenteeism

The state that pulled the plug on online testing

Statehouses fighting transgender choice in school facilities

Career technical education transforms southern California school district

Got an A in algebra? That’s worth $120

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