Friday, March 11, 2016

Nine Students Earn Medals at Chinese Speech Contest

All nine students who participated earned medals at the Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance’s eighth speech contest Saturday at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago.

Sophomores Kaily Chou and Steven Xia, who are enrolled in Chinese 3 Accelerated, won gold medals in Division III-H for Chinese heritage students. Juniors Youn Je Lee and Ayla Kim, also in Chinese 3 Accelerated, captured gold medals in Division III-C for third-year students. Sophomores Lydia Lim and Gabrielle O’Brien (Chinese 2 Accelerated) claimed gold in Division III-B for second-year students. Freshmen Jeesu Choi and Noah Chiou (Chinese 1) got gold, and classmate Rachel Potula won a bronze in Division III-A for first-year students.

Junior Wins Best of Show Honors in Photo Contest

Junior photography student Judy Kupchan won Best of Show honors Sunday at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. Kupchan’s photograph was judged by professional artists competing against 100 schools. She won $500 and received a gift bag containing a gift card to a photography store for $90, another gift card to Blick’s Art Store for $60, and other art materials ( a T-shirt, medal and mug).

Journalism Teacher Writes About Moving to EBR in Classroom

Journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw had an article published in the winter edition of Adviser Update magazine from the Dow Jones News Fund. In “Uncommon Journalism,” Bradshaw wrote about moving a journalism program into evidence-based reporting with a strong connection to the Common Core. Click here to see the article, which appears on pages 12-13.

Science Olympiad Teams Seeks Regional Title

Stevenson is one of 11 high schools participating in the Grayslake Regional Science Olympiad competition Saturday at the College of Lake County. The top four teams will advance to the state competition April 16 at the University of Illinois. SHS is the defending state champion, and has won the state title twice in the last three years.


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Winter Sports Awards Night Monday

All winter sports athletes and their parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Monday in the Sports Center. Several honors will be bestowed, including ESPPA and Big Gun awards.

Baseball Team Has “Unfinished Business”

The theme for this year’s Patriot varsity baseball team is “unfinished business.” SHS finished 2015 with a 27-12 record, getting hot late in the season and coming one win away from the state semifinals. Stevenson has a new head coach, 2001 alumnus Pat Block, but he’s not new to the program. Block led the freshman team for the past eight seasons. He’ll have a strong nucleus returning, including seniors Patrick Loeffler, Jack Trotter, Christian Dutler, Dylan Molek, Justin Stark and Tyler Pauly.

Wrestling Alum Earns Third Trip to NCAA Tournament

Purdue University wrestler Danny Sabatello (Class of 2011) finished fifth at 141 pounds at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships, earning his third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships starting next Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sabatello, a redshirt senior for the Boilermakers, was a two-time state champion for Stevenson.


Special Schedules Next Week for Testing

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. Click here for all the details.

ILC, Testing Center Closing Early on Tuesday

The ILC will close at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Testing Center, meanwhile, will be closing at 3:30.

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. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Informational Meeting for Fashion Show Wednesday

There will be an informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show on Wednesday 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

Last Chance to Attend Operation Snowball

If you missed the Operation Snowball retreat in December, here’s the second chance you’ve been looking for. The next Operation Snowball retreat is Friday through Sunday, March 18-20 at YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a weekend of making new friends, having new experiences, relieving stress, taking healthy risks, understanding yourself and others, communicating with peers and adults, singing, eating, dancing, and having fun. More information and a registration links are online at You can also find out more information at the Student Activities Office, or by contacting Mr. Mazzuca at or in Room 7080, Mr. Hutchins at or in Room 6028, or Ms. Czaplewski at The registration deadline is Wednesday.

Auditions for Spring One Acts Tuesday and Wednesday

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 in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Auditions will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sign up for an audition slot on the Theatre Call Board outside the Studio Theatre (Room 2400). Click here for the audition packet.

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.

Odyssey Clay Masks Available in Room 1422

Students who participated in either day of the Clay Mask class during Odyssey can pick up their masks in Room 1422.

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


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.


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

Come to the $1 Music and Movies Night after school on Wednesday, April 6, sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and Diversity Council. For just $1, you can watch the movie “Dope” and have free pizza and soda. This movie is an R-rated comedy/drama, and you’ll need to get parent permission to watch. Click here to download the permission form, or pick one up in the Student Activities Office. The movie will start at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1414.


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!

Will you be staying home over Spring Break? Interested in a career in engineering? The Career Exploration Program has an opening for three individuals to participate in a one-day career shadow in engineering with Underwriter’s Laboratories. You must be available over Spring Break! Please message Mrs. Willock at and let her know if you are interested!

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.


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!


Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet deadline has been extended to next Thursday. 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:

Attention seniors: 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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