Thursday, March 17, 2016

State Recognizes District 125 Financial Health Again

Stevenson has once again reached the top level in the state’s financial profile of all 857 school districts in Illinois. District 125 achieved the Recognition level for the 10th consecutive year, and also had the highest possible score for the eighth straight year. All six of the elementary districts that provide students to Stevenson also earned Recognition, as did about two-thirds of all state districts.

Financial ratings are based on five indicators of performance: fund balance-to-revenue ratio, expenditure-to-revenue ratio, days’ cash on hand, percentage of short-term borrowing ability remaining, and percentage of long-term borrowing ability remaining. Stevenson also was in a minority of districts that were not involved in deficit-spending for the current fiscal year.

Junior Earns Medal in National Writing Contest

Junior Katherine Liu, co-president of the Write Club, has been selected for a 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Medal. She was honored with the American Voices Medal for her personal essay, “Distance.” Nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7–12 this year, and only 1% were chosen for national medals.

Liu joins a legacy of celebrated authors and artists who have received National Medals, including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Lena Dunham and Ken Burns. Liu has been invited to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Thursday, June 2.

She also received third place in the Princeton University Poetry Contest, which received hundreds of entries and was judged by creative writing faculty such as Paul Muldoon and Tracy K. Smith.

Former Student at World Figure Skating Championships

Former SHS student Lindsay Weinstein is participating in this week’s World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. Weinstein and her skating partner, Jacob Simon, qualified for the world championships by finishing second in the junior pairs event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last month.



Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 20, Chicago De LaSalle 2: Andrew Shashin connected on seven goals, Cris Tomassetti scored five times, and goalie Charlie Day made eight saves in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Dan Maleski and Justin Ginsberg each added two goals while Collin Kapecki, Kurt Holzer and Rahul Arun each scored once. –

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 12, York 6: Head coach Grant Johnson’s debut was a success as the Patriots claimed their season-opener in the Field House. SHS won five of the six doubles matches and seven of 12 singles contests. Ashley Richardson posted a 21-12, 21-13 win at No. 1 singles, and teamed with May Ling for a 19-21, 21-14, 21-15 decision at No. 1 doubles. Shirley Cao, Shu Zhang, Anastasia Stanley, Emily Leng, Katarina Stanley and Elaine Xiao also won in singles and doubles. Cao earned a 21-15, 22-20 victory at No. 5 singles, and paired with Anastasia Stanley for a 21-11, 21-18 triumph at No. 3 doubles. Stanley also recorded a 21-17, 21-12 win at No. 7 singles. Zhang prevailed at No. 6 singles, 21-17, 23-21, and paired with Katarina Stanley for a 21-18, 21-17 decision at No. 5 doubles. Stanley also added a 21-13, 21-14 win at No. 10 singles. Leng and Niveda Tennety rallied for a 19-21, 21-15, 21-19 victory at No. 4 doubles, and Leng also enjoyed a comeback win at No. 9 singles, 14-21, 21-18, 21-11. Xiao posted a 21-7, 21-18 decision at No. 11 singles, and joined with Katherine Zeng to claim a 19-21, 21-19, 21-14 win at No. 6 doubles.

Richardson Named to News-Sun All-Area Basketball Team

Ashley Richardson continues to add to her awards collection. The junior guard has been  named to the News-Sun First-Team All-Area Girls Basketball Team.


Special Schedule for Friday

The bell schedule will be backward on Friday to make up for the afternoon classes lost to testing on Tuesday. The first period of the day will be eighth period, the second will be seventh, etc. Students taking PARCC English exams need to report by 7:30, with testing going from 8-10. After PARCC testers finish, they will attend periods 6-1. Click here for all the details.

Receive Graduation Announcements Tuesday

Seniors who ordered graduation announcements from Jostens can pick them up during seventh or eighth period Tuesday in the Wood Commons by the Student Activities Office.

Spring Fling Planning Meeting Next Thursday

It’s time to begin planning for Spring Fling. Send a representative from your team to meet during lunch periods Thursday, March 24 in Room 2104.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student

Looking for some summer excitement without leaving home? Hosting an international student for the month of July might be the answer! Two students from Denmark will be attending second-semester summer school at SHS, so please call 847-415-4500 if you would like more information about welcoming one or both of them into your home. We appreciate your interest!

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 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.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation April 7

The next Visiting Artist of the Month presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 during fourth and fifth periods. Mark Jackson, studio director for Project Onward, will be the featured speaker at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building.

Pick Up Your PSAT Results in Room 2416

Students who took the PSAT exam in October can pick up their results in the West Attendance Office (Room 2416). Students will be required to show their current ID.

Patriot Nation, Got News?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories, photos, videos, and more with us. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.


Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in the College Career Center. All sophomores are invited to join in the fun!

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 “Drumline” and have free pizza and soda. You’ll need to get parent permission to attend. 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.


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

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

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!


Attention seniors: Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.


PREP has a lot of upcoming classes including Yoga/Pilates Fusion, HoopFit, Adult Guitar, Zumba, Yin Yoga and much more. Check out the complete calendar and register today!

Terrific Truffles … need we say more? This new PREP class is being offered by Stevenson’s Executive Chef, Joel Meyers. If you like sweets or want to impress friends and family with a new dessert, then you need to join us in this hands-on class. We’ll take you through an education of chocolate, and you’ll learn how to prepare different kinds of truffles, how to flavor them with different ingredients, and how to coat them. The class meets Thursday, March 24. Register now!


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