Monday, August 15, 2016

Stevenson Begins 52nd Year of Operation

Stevenson High School begins its 52nd year of serving the community today, with approximately 4,100 students expected to attend. (The school’s official enrollment will be determined on Monday, August 22, the sixth day of school.) After eight straight years of enrollment decline, the SHS student body will be growing for the third consecutive year. Stevenson has added approximately 300 students in the last three years.

The new school year marks the start of a new era, with classes beginning about a week earlier than usual and the school day beginning 25 minutes later. The school’s academic calendar was changed so that the first semester would end before Winter Break, allowing for a true two-week respite for students, and so the school year would conclude before Memorial Day. The daily bell schedule, meanwhile, was changed from an 8:05 a.m. start to 8:30 for three main reasons: more time for students to receive help from teachers before school starts, more collaboration time for teachers and their curriculum teams, and more sleep for students.

New Stevenson Parents Invited to Parent U. Tuesday

Parents of freshmen or transfer students are invited to find out some of the basics about Stevenson High School during the first session of Parent University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. The free program will cover topics such as academic supports available to students, the Freshman Mentor Program, class placements, and how Patriot parents can collaborate within the school community to support their students. Two more Parent University programs are coming up soon. Find out more about them at

PPA Meeting Tuesday Night

The Patriot Parent Association will hold its first general meeting of the 2016-17 school year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Multi-Purpose Room (Room 5044), in the area between the Main Office (principal’s office) and the Performing Arts Center entrance. Any SHS parent who joined the PPA is invited to attend.

School Board Meeting Tonight

The District 125 Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 tonight in the District Administration Center, which is the building directly north of the SHS Stadium. Click here to see the meeting agenda.

Fundraiser for Alum Who Lost Two Children in Crash

A Go Fund Me page has been established for a 1992 Stevenson alumnus and her husband who lost two of their three daughters in a fatal traffic accident last month. Jenny Roock, whose maiden name is Luby, was not in the van driven by her husband, David, when it was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 55 in downstate Logan County July 31. Two of the Roocks’ daughters, Abby and Maya, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were under 5 years old. Their third daughter, Maddy, remains hospitalized in Peoria. David Roock also was injured and remains in the hospital.

Students Help Organize UMMA Center Event

Several SHS students have helped organize a fundraiser this weekend for the Urban Muslim Minority Alliance Center, which provides educational services and a food pantry for the poor in Lake County. The UMMA Center’s 5K and Field Day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 Buckley Road, in Libertyville. For details on the event and to register, visit

Ready for Life’s Newest Chapter

Freshman Justin Rodriguez was one of 12 new high school ninth-graders featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Life+Style section on Sunday. (The article is not available online.) The incoming freshmen talked about what makes them nervous as they prepare to start high school, and what advice they have for their peers. Rodriguez had this to say: “I’m most nervous about learning my way around. I’d tell other people that if you’re going to high school, don’t be nervous. Don’t be scared to talk to other people; expand your social circle because it’ll help you in the long run.”


All-America Honors for Water Polo, Swimming

Several members of Stevenson’s water polo and swimming teams earned All-America recognition from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association last month. In water polo, four players were honored, two from the girls’ team and two from the boys: June graduate Allison Travetto received first-team honors on the girls’ team, while senior Andrew Shashin earned second-team on the boys’ side. Fellow senior Dan Maleski was selected to the boys’ sixth team. Lauren Burns, who graduated in June, was an honorable mention selection. In swimming, four members of the boys swimming team were named All-Americans. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of June graduate Alex Kapecki,  junior Nick Baginski, and sophomores Topher Stensby and John Roh received All-America honors by posting the 82nd-fastest time in the country (1:25.62) during the 2015-16 season.

Catchings Seeks Fourth Olympic Gold Medal

The U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team, which includes former SHS student Tamika Catchings, plays Japan in the quarterfinals on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. captured all five of its preliminary round games, with an average margin of victory of 40 points. The 37-year-old Catchings, who will end her illustrious playing career when the WNBA season concludes this fall, is seeking her fourth Olympic gold medal. She played on the U.S. teams that won gold in 2004 (Athens, Greece), 2008 (Beijing, China) and 2012 (London). Catchings attended Stevenson for her first two years of high school before moving to Texas. As a sophomore in 1995, she helped lead the Patriot girls basketball team to the state championship in 1995, the first of back-to-back titles for Stevenson. Catchings was named Ms. Basketball in Illinois in 1995. She later went on to earn All-America honors at the University of Tennessee, playing for the late Pat Summitt, and has been a member of the Indiana Fever for her entire career.

Golf Alum Wins Illinois Women’s Open

2013 alumnus Stephanie Miller, a two-time state champion golfer for Stevenson, won the Illinois Women’s Open in July. The University of Illinois senior shot three consecutive rounds of 3-under-par 69 at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, topping her nearest competitor by three strokes.


Time Running Out for Senior Yearbook Portraits

Time is running out for seniors to schedule a yearbook portrait appointment through Visual Image Photography. The remaining dates are Monday through Saturday, August 22-27. Click here for times and more information. In order to appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographers submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

Freshman Mixer Friday Night

All freshmen are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, featuring a DJ and refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons in the West Building. The Freshman Mixer is a free, lock-in event, so students must stay for the entire two hours. Freshmen must have their student ID to be admitted. Parents and guardians should drop off their freshmen in parking lot E. The event is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.

Big Fish Pre-Audition Vocal Clinic Thursday

Students who want to audition for this year’s school musical, Big Fish, are encouraged to participate in the pre-audition vocal clinic from 3:40-6 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held after school Monday, August 22, also in the PAC. Students interested in auditioning can download the audition packet at The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate.


Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting Thursday after school. We’ll be handing out free Magic: the Gathering Intro Decks to all members, signing up for RPG adventures, and learning new board games. IGC meets every Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room).

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:35 Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.


The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at by August 31.


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