Friday, August 19, 2016

Street Fest Offers New Look to Help Charities

The National Honor Society chapter’s annual fall charity fundraiser has a new name and a new approach. Stevenson Street Fest, known previously as Spirit Fest, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, September 10 in the Sports Center parking lot (E) at Stevenson High School. The chapter hopes to raise $30,000, with the money going to three charities rather than one:

  • Live4Lali, which works to prevent and raise awareness of substance use among individuals, families and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use.
  • Bernie’s Book Bank, which collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
  • The Ryan Briere Foundation, which raises funds for the benefit of various children’s charities and institutions that provide educational services. The charities have a direct impact on the Stevenson community and hold a special place in the hearts of many students and staff.

In addition to a name change, Street Fest will feature a new approach to entertainment. The event will feature a 50-foot stage with a DJ provided by BOOM Entertainment, plus food trucks. The evening will conclude with a fireworks show, as it has done in recent years.

Admission to Street Fest will be $10. Tickets are available at There also are three colors of T-shirt available, one for each charity. T-shirts are $10 and are available at the same link.

Archers Take Aim in Iowa

Junior Sami Hartman Stackhouse, the top high school female archer in the state in 2016, placed third at the Iowa Summer Games last month. She posted a score of 289 in the high school female competition, with two perfect sets of 50 at 10 meters. Also competing from the school’s archery team were junior Brandon Raef, who shot a personal-best 271 and tied for 11th in the high school male division, plus sophomores Kara Carter and Mae Pazzol. Hartman Stackhouse is scheduled to be honored at Monday’s Buffalo Grove Village Board meeting.

Alumni Featured in Mariano’s Magazine

Stevenson loves to hear from its alumni, especially when their message includes a line like this: “We wanted to thank Stevenson High School for helping us grow into the women we are today.” Those were the concluding words in a note that Erica Shin (Class of 1999) sent to us on behalf of her and her sister Maria (Class of 1990). The Shin sisters are featured in the latest edition of Mariano’s magazine (not available online, unfortunately), representing their family business, Vernon Hills-based Swagger Foods. Swagger makes seasonings and spices along with packaged dishes and entrees.

Former Superintendent Featured in PLC Article

Retired District 125 Superintendent Dr. Richard DuFour is featured in this article about the adoption of the professional learning community model by a Florida middle school. DuFour led Stevenson to become one of the first, and best known, PLCs in the country.



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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Highland Park 172, Stevenson 178: Olivia Stomberg shot a 5-over-par 41 to lead the Patriots in their season-opening match at Highland Park Country Club. Joyce Bai carded a 44, Katie Hannahs recorded a 46, and Gina Shanley and Tanya Chanprung each had a 47. Bai and Shanley each birdied a hole for SHS, which also saw Olivia Hancock shoot a 52.

SHS Picked for City-Suburban Showdown

The Patriot boys basketball team has been selected to play in the 22nd annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at Robert Morris University in Arlington Heights. Stevenson will square off against Chicago Class 3A power Morgan Park, which features one of the top players in the state in 6-foot-3 junior point guard Ayo Dosunmu. The Mustangs were 26-4 last season, while the Class 4A Patriots went 24-7 and return 6-foot-7 senior forward Justin Smith, also considered one of the best in Illinois. The second game of the Showdown will feature Evanston Township against Simeon.

Soccer Team’s Strategy: Get the Ball to Nunez

Boys soccer coach Mark Schartner is entering his 30th year at the helm, so he has seen lots of changes and trends on the pitch. The latest discussion is about on-field strategy, and whether professional soccer strategies translate to the high school level. Schartner shared his thoughts with Pioneer Press. He has a young squad heading into the 2016 season, with only three starters returning from last year’s team that qualified for the regional final. Leading the way is senior forward Jake Nunez. “He’s a great player who has it all: size, speed, passing ability, quickness and great vision for the game,” Schartner said.

Girls Volleyball Leaning on All-Stater Radtke

The girls volleyball team went 31-9 and reached the supersectional last year. Coach Tim Crow says this year’s team has less experience, but might be more talented. “I really like our roster and the defensive skill set of our team,” he told Pioneer Press. “We have seven girls that could play six rotations.” Conversation about the Patriots’ prospects begins with senior all-stater Jori Radtke, who will play for Northern Illinois University next year.


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

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.

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 ( and Mr. Aronoff (

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.

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

Freshman Mixer Tonight

All freshmen are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, featuring a DJ and refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. tonight 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.


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 (


Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2017. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 21. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Saturday, October 15.


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.


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.


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

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!  

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: If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Anime Club will start Monday! We will meet in Room 1414, at 3:30. Join us to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

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

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

Want to help out your fellow students? Peer Tutors is the place for you! Apply online at the club’s website, before the first meeting. The first meeting of Peer Tutors will be after school Thursday in Room 3032.


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