Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Special Schedules for Testing Next Week

Stevenson will have special schedules in place three days next week to accommodate testing for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Normal bell schedules will be followed Monday and Wednesday, with special schedules on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesday, grades 9-11 will have testing in the morning, and will be released early in the afternoon. Seniors will be excused from school on Tuesday. Juniors will be taking the ACT exam from 8 a.m. until approximately 1:15 p.m. Sophomores will have a practice ACT exam from 8:30-1:15. Freshmen will take two-thirds of the language arts portion of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam from 8:30-1. After-school activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Thursday, March 17 will feature PARCC mathematics testing beginning at 8 a.m. Students who have been selected for the testing need to arrive by 7:30. They will attend their sixth, seventh and eighth period classes after testing ends. All other students will follow a late arrival schedule, with first period beginning at 10:30 a.m.

On Friday, March 18, freshman will complete their PARCC language arts testing from 8-10 a.m. Meanwhile, the school will reverse its normal daily eight-period schedule. Students not taking the PARCC exam will start their day at 8:05 a.m. with their eighth-period class. Their last class of the day will be their first period class. Students taking the PARCC exam will join the reverse schedule once their testing ends.

Business Professionals Club Brings Home Four State Titles

Thirteen members of the Business Professionals of America club won state championships at the BPA State Leadership Conference in Oak Brook last week. All of the state champions qualified for the BPA National Competition, which will be held May 6-9 in Boston.

Winning state championships were Kevin You in Advanced Accounting; the Financial Analyst Team of Bijan Moazezi, Jack Novak, Wen Kang Wei and Kathy Xiang; the Administrative Support Team of Alice Liu, Annie Wu, Emily Wu and Jennifer Zhang; and the Small Business Management Team of Adi Alkalay, Gary Braznichenko, Sahil Jain and Morgan Kindwald.

In addition to the state championship-winning students, 13 other club members qualified for the national competition: David Hou, Alex Anton, Yeshi Cai, Edmond Shao, Conrad Oberhaus, Noah Krakman, Derek Chen, Hendy Lee, Ali Ladha, Lesya Protasova, Ayano Nakamura, Vivien Liu and Michelle Sun. The club sponsor is Jason Ford.

Overall, 75 BPA club members competed in more than 60 business-related events. The competition included nearly 1,100 students from more than 40 high schools in Illinois.

Senior Selected for Intel Science Fair

Senior Rebecca Nelson has been selected to participate in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The event takes place in Phoenix in May. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. Nelson’s project was entitled “The Effect of Seed Source and Flower Color on the Genetic History of Castilleja,” and relates to the field of environmental restoration. Nelson is the third Stevenson student to be selected for ISEF, and all three have come in the past three years. She joins classmate Blandon Su, chosen in 2015, and Itamar Allali, picked in 2014.

Senior Earns Berth in National Debate Tournament

Senior Patrick DeMichele won a First Place Award in his House chamber at last weekend’s Northern Illinois National Speech and Debate Tournament. He also earned an invitation to the National Speech and Debate Association’s national tournament, which will be held in Salt Lake City June 12-17. Serena Goldberg, a junior, earned a Second Alternate honor in the Senate chamber. Also competing were junior Alexis Cacioppo and freshmen Melanie Zhang, Mary Polupan, Victor Rodriguez and Aarim Khan.

Making College Completion a Reality

The Lincolnshire Review this week has an article about the Stevenson Foundation’s new Stevenson to College program and its leader, Breann Whitford. The program’s aim is to provide adult mentors to SHS students at risk of not attending college (or not completing college), beginning in their junior year of high school. Mentors sign up for a six-year commitment: the students’ final two years at Stevenson, and four years of college. So far, 20 mentors have signed up.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 27, Glenbrook North 5: Alex Kapecki scored five goals, while five other Patriots tallied four apiece in their season opener in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Cristiano Tomasetti, Andrew Shashin, Kurt Holzer, Dan Maleski and Eric Osuch all had four goals. Collin Kapecki added two.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 55, Jacobs 36: Noah Lukz won two events to pace the Patriots in the Field House. He captured the 55-meter dash (6.7) and one-lap dash (19.1). Also winning for SHS were Caleb Oh in the 800 (2:04.3), Anand Batbaatar in the shot put (41-2) and Brett Lucas in the 1,600 (4:48.5), plus the 1,600 relay team. – Daily Herald

SHS-Deerfield Winner Will Face Niles Notre Dame

If the Patriot boys basketball team gets past Deerfield in tonight’s Glenbrook South Sectional semifinal, it will face Niles Notre Dame in the championship game Friday night. The fourth-seeded Dons knocked off the top seed, Evanston, 68-56, Tuesday night. SHS is the No. 3 seed in the sectional, and Deerfield is No. 2. The Warriors reached the sectional by beating Lake Forest on a three-pointer at the buzzer in the regional final. Tonight’s game tips off at 7 o’clock.

Water Polo Fundraiser Set for Saturday

The girls and boys water polo teams are holding a fundraiser at the Vernon Hills Potbelly from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The Potbelly is located at 700 N. Milwaukee Avenue. 25% of all sales will benefit the teams. No flyer is necessary when ordering.

Cashaw Cracks Starting Lineup at Rice

Most people are aware of how the top player from last year’s state championship boys basketball team is doing. Jalen Brunson is firmly entrenched as a starter for Villanova, which has been one of college basketball’s top teams all season. The other all-stater from last year’s squad, Connor Cashaw, also is off to a strong collegiate start. Cashaw has become a fixture in the starting lineup for Rice University, starting the Owls’ last 16 games. He’s one of four freshmen playing heavy minutes. Cashaw is averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in about 29 minutes per game. After starting the season 2-of-16 from three-point range, Cashaw has connected on 41 of his last 91 shots beyond the arc. He now leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (40.2%), and is 10th in Conference USA. The Owls open conference tournament play today.

Swimming Alum Part of Record Effort for St. Louis

Riley Kirby, a sophomore on the St. Louis University women’s swim team, finished seventh in two events at the Atlantic 10 Championships last month. She finished seventh in the 100-yard backstroke (56.23) and was seventh in the 200 backstroke (2:03.63). Kirby also swam the first leg of the Billikens’ 200 medley relay, which broke the school record time of 1:43.92 and finished eighth. Her backstroke split time of 26.22 seconds was the fastest in SLU history.


Sophomores, Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Download your application here or pick one up in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

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 will be available. All items are $1.

Sectional Basketball Ticket Information

Tickets for tonight’s sectional boys basketball game between Stevenson and Deerfield at Glenbrook South are available in the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods. Tickets are $5. Tickets also are available in the Athletic Office during periods 1-6. The Athletic Office only accepts cash. The Patriot Superstore takes cash, check, credit card and Patriot Dollars.

Auditions for Spring One Acts March 15-16

Auditions for the 2016 Spring One Acts, a festival of student-written and directed one-act plays, will be held after school Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15-16, in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Sign up for an audition slot on the Theatre Call Board outside the Studio Theatre (Room 2400). Click here for the audition packet. There will be an informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Little Theater. If you want to learn more about the plays and auditioning, come join us!

Winter Play Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Winter Play, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” are on sale for $5 through the Patriot Superstore. The play, a tale of love and mistaken identity, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium.

Informational Meeting for Fashion Show March 16

There will be an informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 16 in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15. Those interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles. Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at

College Essay Workshop for Juniors This Summer

Juniors can get a head start with their college essays this summer by taking the College Essay Workshop. The workshop will be offered three times during summer school: the first week of the first session, and the first and last week of the second session. You can get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for college applications. The workshop can help you finish your essay before senior year begins. Last year, more than 150 students received help with their essays! This is a non-credit course. Check the summer school catalog for details at


Attention sophomores: Plan to attend our “Planning Your Future” program tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Bring your parents! College Counselors Dan Miller and Ann LePage will give a formal introduction to our online career and college program, Naviance, help you begin your college search, and give insight to college questions that need answering. This program should leave you much better prepared for your junior and senior years. Hope to see you there!

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 17. Please turn your completed packet into Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).

The Illinois Regional College Fair will be held Tuesday at the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. in the Physical Education Center (Building 7) at the Grayslake campus. There will be 150 college and university representatives at the College Fair, which is open to all high school students and their parents. There also will be two financial aid sessions in Room 706. The CLC campus is located at 19351 W. Washington Street in Grayslake. Park in Lots 2 or 3 on the north side of the campus, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance.  See the CLC website for more information:

The Lancer Scholarship Application is available for seniors to pick 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. Please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center if you have any questions.


Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a three-person team sealed tournament after school Thursday. The cost is $2.50 per person, and you’ll get four packs to play with! You must be able to stay until 6 o’clock to participate. New members are always welcome!

Have you followed “Making a Murderer”? Do you want to know how phrasing of questions can lead to different answers? Join a joint meeting of Psychology Club and Law Club on Thursday after school in Room 7054. All are welcome.

Attention Animal Welfare Club and Student Helping Soldiers members! Stop by Room 2414 (Green Student Services) and drop off supplies to help the K-9 groups servicing our military overseas. When you bring in an item you can receive a community service hour! Visit or email Ms.Polisky, Ms. DeHoyos, Mr. Moran or Ms. Bush for a list of items needed.


Due to overwhelming response, we cannot accept any more new Career Shadow applications at this time. If you have already filled out an application or sent an email to Mrs. Willock, you will be contacted regarding an appointment. We will resume accepting applications again after Spring Break, so please check back! If you have general career questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Willock. Summer career camps and programs can be found on the Career Exploration web page, and make sure to follow the College and Career Center on Facebook for any upcoming college and career-related events and information!

Interested in a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Plan on attending Fermilab’s Career Expo on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Batavia. This is a free event and no registration is required. Read more here

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


All hockey players in grades 8-11 who live in Stevenson High School District 125 are invited to get to know the SHS coaches and players during a free skate at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Full equipment is required.


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