Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer School Enrollment Rises Again

Stevenson’s summer school enrollment increased for the third straight year, the District 125 Board of Education learned at its monthly meeting Monday night. A total of 1,714 students attended summer school, 82 more than the previous year and the highest level since 2009. Approximately 71% of the freshman class took summer school, with the majority (420 of 726) enrolling in World History, which is a course required for graduation. This year’s summer school also saw increases in enrollment by students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The number of incoming seniors (250) was the highest since at least 2000, as they took advantage of college essay workshops led by SHS Communication Arts teachers. The number of incoming juniors (282) reached its highest level since 2009, and the number of incoming sophomores (409) climbed past the 400 mark for the first time in four years.

Student DJs Bringing the Beat to Freshman Mixer

A Stevenson senior who was selected to perform at this year’s Lollapalooza will be part of the DJ roster at Friday night’s Freshman Mixer dance party. Avery Delgado, who goes by the stage name DJ Smiirk, will be headlining the event, along with fellow senior and DJ Matt Rusinek, known as Dubriot. The opening DJ act will be sophomore Anupam Murikurthy. All three are members of the SHS DJ Club. The Freshman Mixer run from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons of the West Building, and is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division. Admission is free, but ninth-graders will need to show their student ID to be admitted.

Host Families Needed for Danish Students

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark from September 9-14. Applications and information are available by clicking here, or by contacting Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or spaloian@d125.org.

2016-17 Visiting Artist Series Begins

Richard Shipps, a Chicago artist who works primarily with cut paper, has opened the Stevenson Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series for the 2016-17 school year. Samples of his work will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery of the West Building through Friday, September 23. Shipps will visit the school to talk with students about his work and life as an artist. The date has not yet been determined. Click here to read more about Shipps and see samples of his work.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sixth Annual Night of Champions August 26

The Stevenson High School Athletic Department will recognize team and individual division, conference, Lake County, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2015-16 school year at its sixth annual Night of Champions event prior to the home football game against Palatine on Friday, August 26. Click here for details, and to see all of the individuals and teams to be honored.

Mandatory Meetings for Student-Athletes

All Stevenson students participating in athletics this year must attend a 30-minute meeting that will cover sportsmanship, health and nutrition, the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct, leadership opportunities are more. Students should attend a meeting before their season begins, or while their season is underway. Meetings will be held on late-arrival days, with the first set for Thursday, August 25. To see the meeting schedule, click here.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Transfer Student Resource Fair Tuesday

Calling all transfer students: sophomores, juniors, and seniors! The Transfer Student Resource Fair provides transfer students a unique opportunity to be introduced to the resources and activities available at Stevenson. Transfer students also will have the chance to meet with their school counselors at the end of the fair. This event will take place from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. All transfer students should attend and will receive a free Stevenson T-shirt and breakfast to start the day.

SNN Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Monday and continue throughout next week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild (pfairchild@d125.org) and Mr. Aronoff (raronoff@d125.org).

Represent Your School: Be the Patriot

Stevenson needs enthusiastic and athletic students who want to be the face of SHS spirit! All students are invited to open tryouts to become the Patriot mascot. Tryouts will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Aerobics Room (2110). Be prepared to dress as the Patriot in full costume, and show how you will act while the school song plays, and how you will interact with fans during an event. Questions? Contact Mr. Eddy in the Student Activities Office or at deddy@d125.org.

Want to Perform at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake?

If you are interested in performing this year at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake, there will be an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1500. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

West ILC Hiring Student Aides

The West ILC is hiring library aides to work during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

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 Today

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 until 6 o’clock today in the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held after school Monday, also in the PAC. Students interested in auditioning can download the audition packet at www.d125.org/audition. The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate.

CLUB NEWS

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 seriksen@d125.org.

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 from 3:30-4 p.m. on Monday. The 2015-16 Poster Design Club Portfolio can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/iXKu1n. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

All of Stevenson’s theatre clubs will have a Welcome Back Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. You’ll find out about the plays planned for this year, plus get information about the International Thespians Society, StageCrafters Technical Theatre Club and TBA Playwriting Club. You’ll also get a tour of the PAC, and watch the safety video that is required viewing for anyone who wants to be cast in a show or part of the crew. For more information, contact Mr. Carmody at scarmody@d125.org.

Chinese Club will have its first meeting of the year after school Tuesday in Room 2812. The meeting will last until 4:30.

The Boys Badminton Club informational meeting will be held today from 3:35-4 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (5044). If you’re unable to attend and are interested in joining the club, email Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting today 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).

CAREER EXPLORATION

A big welcome to all incoming freshman and returning Stevenson students. The Career Exploration Program will accept Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year beginning next week. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).

INTRAMURALS

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. Tuesday in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

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

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

ATHLETICS

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  tbetthauser@d125.org by August 31.

 

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