Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Do Drink the Water at SHS

The quality of drinking water in schools has been a hot topic of late, particularly in Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey. What’s the situation at Stevenson? The school is in compliance with state and federal regulations, thanks to an aggressive testing program. The Village of Lincolnshire, which is the source of Stevenson’s water supply, visits quarterly for testing. (Click here for the village’s most recent drinking water quality report.) EcoLab visits the school twice a year to test the drinking water for legionella and a variety of other contaminants, and GEEN Industries comes to SHS to test the water involved with the school’s heating and cooling systems. Also, as part of its LEED-certification renewal process, the school is in the process of changing its existing drinking fountains into bottle-filling stations with filters.

Sophomore First Symposium Finalist From Stevenson

Sophomore Justin Lee was selected as a finalist and presenter at the 41st annual Chicago Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Loyola University on Saturday. He is the first Stevenson student to qualify as a finalist and presenter. The highly competitive event, sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and Loyola University Chicago, promotes research and experimentation in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) at the high school level. Lee’s astrophysics project was entitled, “Novel Algorithms Effect on Computing Time for an n Body Simulation.”

Senior Wins Technical Theatre Award

For the second straight year, a member of Stevenson’s StageCrafters club has won the student-level Founders Award from the Midwest Regional Section of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. Matt Chase, a senior and president of StageCrafters, was announced as the award winner at the institute’s national convention last week in Salt Lake City. He joins Alexis Handler (Class of 2015) as Stevenson recipients of the award, which is given annually to an exceptional high school student who has made outstanding contributions to his or her school’s theatre program, and plans to pursue higher education and a career in the field. Chase will be officially presented with his award at Stevenson’s Theatre Awards Day on May 18.

Spring Orchestra Concert Tonight

Get in the mood for Spring Break by soaking in the sounds of the SHS orchestras as they perform their contest repertoire during the Spring Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Burger Challenge Will Benefit a Local PTO

The Introduction to Business classes are having their semi-annual Burger Challenge at Tom and Eddie’s restaurant in Vernon Hills on Wednesday, April 27. During the event, burger concepts designed by each Introduction to Business class will be available for purchase, and a portion of the sales will go to a local parent-teacher organization. Last semester, 15% of proceeds went to the District 96 PTO. This semester, a PTO from District 102 or 103 will benefit, and you can decide. Click here to vote for one of these four school PTOs: Sprague, Half Day, Pritchett or Tripp. Voting ends Sunday, April 3. The more burgers sold, the greater percentage of sales that will be directed to the winning organization.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson 2, Glenbrook South 0: Five pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout in the host Patriots’ season opener, which marked the debut of new head coach and SHS alum Patrick Block. Justin Stark was the starting and winning pitcher, giving up no hits and striking out three in two innings of work. Michael Kingery followed with two scoreless innings, striking out three. Michael Marchese and Daniel Lubelfeld then threw one inning apiece, each fanning one. Bronson Litcher closed it out in the seventh. Offensively, Robert McGaha drove in Jack Cappalli with a groundout to give SHS a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, and Brandon Grant’s RBI bunt in the fifth closed the scoring. McGaha, Dylan Molek and Christian Dutler had the Pats’ three hits. – Daily Herald

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 17, Glenbrook North 1: The Patriots rolled in the Field House, winning 14 matches in straight sets. All six doubles teams were victorious. Ashley Richardson and May Ling posted a 21-5, 21-6 decision at No. 1, followed by Kelsey Huang/DaMin Paik (21-17, 17-21, 21-19), Shirley Cao/Ana Stanley (21-8, 21-10), Niveda Tennety/Emily Leng (21-17, 23-21), Shu Zhang/Kat Stanley (21-8, 19-21, 21-4) and Elaine Xiao/Kitty Zeng (21-8, 21-12). Richardson was a 21-8, 21-13 winner at No. 1 singles, followed by Ling (21-12, 21-16), Paik (21-15, 21-15), Huang (21-17, 21-8), Cao (21-10, 21-5), Ana Stanley (21-10, 21-15), Tennety (12-21, 21-12, 21-12), Leng (21-13, 21-11), Kat Stanley (21-7, 21-7), Xiao (19-21, 21-13, 21-12) and Zeng (21-10, 21-13).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 21, Palatine 6: Cris Tomassetti scored a game-high five goals, including three in the first quarter as SHS (9-1) scored eight times before the Pirates (3-5) would answer. Dan Maleski scored four goals, and four other players had two: Collin Kapecki, Kurt Holzer, Andrew Shashin and Alex Kapecki. Also scoring were Rahul Arun, Varun Ganesh, Eric Osuch and Andrew Lefebvre. Stevenson, which led 17-3 at halftime, outshot Palatine, 39-22. Charlie Day made 12 saves. – Daily Herald (+)

Swimming Alum Wins Division III National Title

Julia Wawer (Class of 2014) of Emory University won the 200-meter freestyle at the NCAA Division III women’s national championships last Thursday, helping her team capture its seventh consecutive national title on Saturday. (Click here to watch her post-race interview.) The sophomore became the first Eagle to win the 200 freestyle national crown, one year after finishing third in the event. Wawer also was part of Emory’s national champion 800 free relay team, which finished with a school-record time. During her two seasons on the team, Wawer has earned All-America honors five times.

Soccer Alum With U.S. National Futsal Team

Gordy Gurson (Class of 2010) is one of 15 players taking part in the U.S. Futsal National Team’s international training camp in Argentina this week and next. During their stay, the U.S. team will play four games against Argentinian national teams. The training trip is in preparation for the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in Costa Rica beginning May 4. Gurson is also a member of the Cedar Rapids Rampage in the Major Arena Soccer League. He is providing updates from Argentina on the Rampage’s Facebook page.

Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser Underway with Greenhouse

The girls lacrosse teams are selling Leider Greenhouse gift certificates to help benefit their annual spring trips. Certificates are available in amounts of $25, $50 or $100, and do not have an expiration date. You can order gift certificates by contacting any Patriot girls lacrosse player, or contact Michele Murphy at emmjmurphy@att.com or 847-726-2254. Leider Greenhouse is located at 1625 Leider Lane in Buffalo Grove, just off Aptakisic Road.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pick Up Graduation Announcements Today

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

Activity Period on Wednesday; All Freshmen Affected

All freshmen will report to the Performing Arts Center during the activity period on Wednesday. There also will be some clubs that meet during the activity period; check with your sponsor to see if yours is one of them.

Patriot Connections: Life Balance Tips from Your Social Workers

Here is this week’s tip from the SHS social workers: It’s OK to take a break sometimes! Listen to music, watch a show you love … anything! Take some time for yourself this week.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, cherry and apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Time to Sign Up for Project Dance

It’s time to sign up for the 10th annual Project Dance, which will be held April 9 in the Sports Center. If you’re not familiar with Project Dance, this is the school’s annual fundraiser to help two worthy causes: The Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire, which works with adults who have developmental disabilities, and the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need Fund, which helps families struggling to pay for basics in order to attend school. Click here to register, and for more information.

Spring Fling Planning Meeting Thursday

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

ILC, Testing Center Closing Early Thursday

The ILC and the Testing Center will be closing at 3:30 on Thursday.

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.

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!

COLLEGE NEWS

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

CLUB NEWS

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.

Animal Welfare Club’s adoptable Dog of the Month is Jack Daniels, and our Cat of the Month is HBO. 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!

ATHLETICS

The baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Stiletto’s, 394 W. Half Day Road, in Buffalo Grove through Friday. Mention SHS baseball and customers will get 10% off the purchase price, and 10% of the transaction will be donated to the team.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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!

PREP ANNOUNCEMENTS

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!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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2016 Golden Apple Award finalists announced

Lincoln-Way to refund about $400K in improperly collected driver ed fees

10 sex assaults at North Central College in three years, reports show

Joliet Junior College president resigns abruptly

New chemistry lab to open at CLC’s Southlake campus

District under contract for law owned by school board president’s relative

CPS parents: Prepare for three Fridays off in a row

Test program sends cop to Beach Park Middle School

A closer look at five options for a new Champaign high school

Former Education Secretary Duncan will help Chicago dropouts find jobs

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Why big-city school systems are going broke

Sophisticated test scams from China making way into the U.S.

A longer school day? In Massachusetts, some schools see big payoff

Principals’ roles changing in Denver area as some seek more autonomy

District first in U.S. to establish day of remembrance for Armenian genocide

In New Jersey, more than half of school board races are uncontested

University of Kansas professor cleared to teach after furor over race

To woo students, more colleges now hand-deliver acceptances

At 15, she desegregated an all-white school. At 73, she’s doing it again

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