Friday, April 8, 2016

AP Test Prep App Developed at SHS Taking Off

An Advanced Placement test preparation app created at Stevenson has sold more than 10,000 downloads in its first year, and is poised for more with a new addition. The iScore5 app was envisioned by AP Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin and two colleagues from the southern U.S., and developed by SHS alum Sonia Doshi (Class of 2012) and a fellow student at the University of Michigan. The app launched in March 2015, offering a game approach to help students get ready for the AP Human Geography exam. Sherwin and his two collaborators developed the questions. Now, there’s an iScore5 app for AP Psychology, thanks to the efforts of Stevenson teachers Laura Brandt and Nancy Fenton. The pair reached out to their peers around the country to create more than 500 AP-style practice questions and 800 review terms for students. The iScore5 AP Psychology app launched last week. You can download the iScore5 apps through iTunes and Google Play.

SHS to Host National AP Art Exhibit

Stevenson will serve as host for the National AP Studio Art Exhibit starting Monday through Thursday, June 2. SHS is one of only four host sites chosen to host the exhibit during the 2015-16 school year. The exhibit represents a selection of some of the finest artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the AP Studio Art Exam in May 2015, including a piece by 2015 Stevenson graduate Jessie Wang. The exhibit will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery and the Student Artist Gallery of the West Building. Click here for more information.

Elton John Tribute Concert, Vacation Raffle Drawing April 16

The Stevenson Foundation is sponsoring Rocket Man: The Ultimate Elton John Tribute at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature Rus Anderson performing as the English rocker in the early and mid-1970s. The nostalgic night will be filled with Elton John’s greatest hits, fierce piano playing and outrageous costumes. The opening act will be the SHS Jazz Lab Band. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.StevensonFoundation.org. In addition to great music, the winner of this luxury trip raffle will be announced. Raffle tickets are still available.

Evening of Jazz Will Be Shown on SBN

If you can’t make it to tonight’s Evening of Jazz concert at 7 o’clock in the West Auditorium, the event will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn.

Teachers Give Presentation at Health Education Conference

Health teachers Chad Dauphin and Tom Loew gave a presentation on “New Ideas and Activities in Health Education” Thursday morning at the SHAPE America national convention in Minneapolis.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson 7, Warren 4: The host Patriots (6-2-1, 2-0) scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 4-1 deficit and sweep the season series with the Blue Devils. Robby McGaha tripled and drove in three runs, while Jack Trotter and Dylan Molek each went 2-for-3. Winning pitcher Michael Marchese allowed two hits and one earned run in seven innings, striking out six and walking two. – Daily Herald

Softball

Stevenson 16, Vernon Hills 12 (8 inn.): Trish Porzycki’s bases-loaded triple in the top of the eighth inning highlighted a four-run outburst as the Patriots (4-3) survived the North Suburban Conference crossover slugfest. The two teams combined for 40 hits, including 11 for extra bases. SHS sent the game into extra innings by scoring four runs over the last two innings. Gina Shanley’s two-run double in the seventh tied the game at 12-12 and sent it into extra innings. Mic Faunce went 5-for-5 with a double, triple and three runs batted in, while Alyssa Pauly drove in four runs. Pauly, Porzycki, Shanley, Emma Oriatti and Alana Labaschin each had three hits. Faunce and Porzycki each scored four times. Riley Housinger earned the victory with 4.1 innings of relief work. GameChanger.com

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 11, North Chicago 0: Daniella Adjunta scored three goals, and Brianna Van Zanten and Savannah Kruse each added a pair for the Patriots in the Stadium. Also scoring were Jill Steinbrink, Hannah Lapeire, Aisling Grant, Mackenzie Connington and Jamie Granick. Goalkeepers Hannah Petrich (first half) and Zoey Friedman (second half) shared the shutout. – Daily Herald

Badminton

Stevenson 15, Glenbrook South 3: In the Field House, the Patriots (5-0) rolled to their third win in three days. Winning singles players were No. 1 Ashley Richardson (21-14, 21-3); No. 2 DaMin Paik (21-10, 21-9), No. 4 Shirley Cao (21-18, 21-10), No. 5 Shu Zhang (21-15, 19-21, 21-19), No. 6 Ana Stanley (21-10, 24-22), No. 7 Sarah Hou (21-15, 17-21, 21-14), No. 8 Niveda Tennety (21-7, 21-14), No. 9 Emily Leng (19-21, 29-27, 25-23), No. 10 Kat Stanley (21-12, 19-21, 21-11) and No. 12 Julie Zhu (21-15, 21-5). In doubles, wins came from No. 1 Kelsey Huang/Cao (21-13, 21-11), No. 2 Ana Stanley/Hou (21-7, 21-14), No. 3 Richardson/Paik (21-9, 21-10), No. 4 Zhang/Kat Stanley (21-18, 21-14) and No. 5 Tennety/Leng (21-14, 23-21).

Bozek, U.S. Women Win World Hockey Championship

Stevenson alum Megan Bozek (Class of 2009) assisted on the only goal of the game as the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team beat Canada, 1-0 in overtime, to earn the gold medal at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship earlier this week. The U.S. won all five of its games in the tournament and has now captured the gold medal in six of the last seven IIHF Women’s World Championships. The game marked the 17th time Team USA and Canada played for the gold medal of the WWC; no other country has reached the title game since the tournament’s inception in 1990.

Pioneer Press All-Area Basketball Honors Announced

Justin Smith, a junior forward who averaged 19 points and nine rebounds per game, was named to the Pioneer Press All-Area Boys Basketball First Team during Spring Break. The 6-foot-7 Smith is widely regarded as one of the top players in the state’s Class of 2017. Senior guard Jessica Burke, junior guard Ashley Richardson and sophomore forward Klaire Steffens earned honorable mention on the Pioneer Press All-Area Girls Basketball Team announced earlier this week.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Chance for AP Pre-Administration Sessions is Today

Today is the last chance for any student signed up for an AP exam to attend their required pre-administration session. Sessions will be held during the lunch periods in Room 2104. You may only attend during your regularly scheduled lunch period.

Pick Up Your Odyssey Mask Today

Any student that participated in the Clay Mask class during Odyssey needs to pick up their masks in Room 1422 today. Any masks left after today will no longer be available for pick up.

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for Project Dance

The 10th annual Project Dance is Saturday night in the Sports Center, starting at 6:30 p.m. and running until 10:30. 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. We’ve already met our fundraising goal of $40,000, so let’s shoot for $50,000! Click here to register, and for more information.

Tickets for Mr. SHS On Sale at the Superstore

The Senior Class Board’s Mr. SHS is an event spotlighting senior boys that is so different it’s hard to explain! Call it a “Man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it you have to call it fun! This year’s Mr. SHS contest is at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available now at the Superstore for $5 each or $7 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Donate Your Used Children’s Books to the ILC

Celebrate National Library Week! Donate your gently used children’s books to the ILC Book Drive and get a gently used YA book in return! Bring your books to the West ILC circulation desk between Monday and next Friday, April 15. If you don’t have any children’s books sitting around, you can still get a free book by signing up to follow the ILC on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!  

Earn Service Hours, Help With Special Olympics

Students can earn 8-10 hours of community service by helping out with a Special Olympics bocce ball event at Stevenson on Sunday, April 17. This is a terrific event in which volunteers work with the athletes and help keep score, time the games and hand out awards. No experience with bocce ball is necessary. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be a training session during eighth and ninth periods on Tuesday (you pick one). Click here to sign up. If you have questions, contact Mr. Salituro at csalituro@d125.org.

Did You Take Wheel Throwing in Odyssey? Read This

Students who participated in the Odyssey Wheel Throwing classes may come in to glaze their work until Friday, April 22. The following times and rooms are available to you to glaze: 7:40-8:00 a.m. and 1st hour – Room 1422; 5th, 6th and 8th hour – Room 1426; and 3:25-4:30 p.m. (only on Tuesdays) – Room 1422. If you do not come in to glaze or pick up your artwork by Friday, April 22, your work will no longer be available to take home.

Catalyst Holding Fundraiser at Menchie’s on Wednesday

The Catalyst Club is holding a fundraiser at Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Show this image and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Catalyst.

Collection Drive for Orphans of the Storm

The Animal Welfare Club and Best Buddies is holding a collection drive to benefit Orphans of the Storm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Collection bins will be located around school so you can donate towels, baking soda, cat litter and pet toys.

CLUB NEWS

The Catalyst Club is having a bowling night at the Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove, 350 McHenry Road, from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, April 16. The cost is $25, which includes unlimited bowling (and shoes), laser tag, pizza and soda. Pay at the Superstore by Thursday. No permission slip is required.

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 seriksen@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

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.

The girls basketball team is a finalist for Chicago Sky High School Team of the Year. Voting is open until April 30 at http://sky.wnba.com/hstoty-vote/. The winner will be announced at halftime of the Sky’s season opener on Saturday, May 14.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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 soon, 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!

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention freshman students and parents: Please attend our “Looking Ahead” program for freshman families at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. This is a great way to learn about what your next three years will entail, and help you to get excited about beginning your college journey. In addition, there will be an IEP/504 Mini-Session in the Recital Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, Room 1123.

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 ANNOUNCEMENTS

PREP’s second session of Watercolor Painting starts soon! Whether you are just starting or have been painting for awhile, this class will expand your skills. For more information or to register, click here. You won’t want to miss out on this awesome class!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Is Chicago’s school-choice system hurting students?

New District 214 discipline procedures could mean fewer suspensions (+)

Illinois Wesleyan’s “All In” day raises $539K

Lewis gets third term as Chicago Teachers Union cancels election

Geneva schools oppose TIF proposal (+)

Illinois Math and Science Academy in crosshairs of state budget crisis (+)

Willowbrook principal one of four finalists for Golden Apple leadership award (+)

ECC president one of three finalists for College of DuPage job

Five suburban community colleges make website’s top 10 for state (+)

Sterling High uses partnership to boost AP course participation

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Remedial classes have become a hidden cost of college

Virginia heading for dramatic high school overhaul

Are grad students employees? Labor board to again weigh in

Governor signs funding bill to keep Kansas schools open

Student-led parent-teacher conferences gaining traction

What’s the latest course in preschool? Vegan food

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