Monday, August 22, 2016

Free Practice ACT for All Juniors Thursday

Although the state of Illinois is requiring all 11th-grade students to take the SAT exam this school year, Stevenson will honor its commitment to juniors who have been preparing the last two years for the ACT exam. The school will give all juniors the opportunity to take a practice ACT exam on Thursday to help them prepare for taking the ACT at SHS in February. Both exams are free to juniors. On Thursday, juniors need to report by 8:15 a.m. The practice ACT will start at 8:30. Click here for testing locations and other details. Thursday is a late-arrival day for all other students.

Band and Color Guard Exhibition Night Tuesday

The Marching Patriots and Color Guard will give a preview performance of their 2016 halftime show at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. Admission is free. This year’s show will feature the music of Michael Jackson, with custom arrangements by SHS alumnus Isaiah Walker (Class of 2014).

Senior Instrumental Soloists Selected

The Music Department has selected its senior instrumental soloists for the 2016-17 school year. They were chosen during the annual Senior Solo Audition Night last Thursday in the Recital Hall. The four senior soloists, and the piece they perform with the Patriot Orchestra, are: Jean Choi (Liszt’s Piano Concerto), Nicole Zukowski (Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto), Young Fenimore Lee (Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto) and Aryn Harmon (Dvorak’s Cello Concerto).

SHS Mentioned in Language Honors Article

Stevenson receives mention in this News-Sun article about Warren Township High School’s decision to offer the state Seal of Biliteracy program this year. The program honors seniors who have demonstrated in English and a second language. Stevenson implemented the program in the 2014-15 school year, with 147 students earning a seal on their diploma. Another 27 students received the Commendation of Biliteracy, which meant their proficiency level in a second language was lower than that required for a Seal of Biliteracy. Last year, 163 graduating seniors received the seal, demonstrating proficiency in Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Latin and Japanese. Additionally, 29 students received the Commendation of Biliteracy.


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Catchings Earns Fourth Olympic Gold Medal

Former SHS basketball great Tamika Catchings earned her fourth Olympic gold medal on Saturday as the United States beat Spain, 101-72 in Brazil. She is one of only five athletes in history with four Olympic gold medals in basketball. Catchings is tied with three other Americans for most games played in Olympic women’s basketball history, and is third all-time in rebounding.


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.

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.

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. today 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

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


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 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.

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.

IM Ultimate Frisbee will hold its informational meeting after school on Monday, August 29 in Room 2104. For more information, see the IM Ultimate Frisbee web 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 Wednesday, August 31.


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

The Meteorology Club meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled. The club’s first meeting will be after school Monday, September 12. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Model United Nations will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 7038-7034. Questions? Contact or

Join the Food Revolution! The Food Revolution Club meets Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in the Foods Lab, Room 1406. Make food at every meeting and earn community service hours.

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.

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!  

Best Buddies is a one-of-a-kind club in which students make friendships that last a lifetime. Informational meetings are being held Wednesday and Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This is a required meeting and you must attend one to receive a packet and sign up for an interview! If there are any conflicts, feel free to email

Anime Club starts today! We will meet in Room 1414, at 3:30. Join us to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is 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. today. The 2015-16 Poster Design Club Portfolio can be viewed here: If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday, September 6. The club meets in Room 2818 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.


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 (


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