Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Class of 2016 Sets All-Time ACT Record

Stevenson’s Class of 2016 posted the highest ACT score in school history, according to results released today. The school’s average composite score this year was 26.9, surpassing the previous high score of 26.5 first set in 2013 and matched in 2015. The state and national averages were 20.8 this year.

SHS established new standards in three of the four content areas covered in the exam: English (27.0), science (26.4) and reading (26.6). The mathematics score (27.0) was the second-highest in school annals.

Stevenson’s ACT composite score has shown extraordinary growth in recent years, rising from 25.3 in 2007 to 26.9 this year. Twenty years ago, the school’s ACT average was 24.2.

Patriot Savings Cards On Sale

The SHS Band Parents Organization is holding its annual sale of Patriot Savings Cards featuring year-long discounts at dozens of area merchants. The cards are $12 each, and can be purchased from any member of the band or Color Guard. Cards also are available in Room 2400 and at the Main Office (circle drive entrance). Proceeds from the card sales will help students pay for their performance trip in 2017. Participating businesses include Real Urban BBQ, Gail’s, Culver’s, Chili’s, Jersey Mike’s, Wendy’s, TGI Friday’s, Sports Clips, Brunswick Zone, ABC Cleaners, Michael Thomas, the Puffy Pup and more. Click here to see all the Patriot Savings Card partners.  

Thursday Schedule Reminder

Due to tonight’s parent open house, the school will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m., with bus routes beginning at 9:20. However, juniors taking the practice ACT exam need to arrive by 8:15. Testing begins at 8:30.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Buffalo Grove 0: The Patriots breezed to victory in their season-opening dual at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, losing only one set in seven matches. Gina Kondos, a freshman, beat her opponent in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. The other singles wins came from No. 2 Dhwani Kumar, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 Maria Sarabia, 6-0, 6-1. The No. 1 doubles team of Kate Harvey and Athena Kolli, another freshman, earned a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 triumph. The other victorious tandems were No. 2 Alexandra Zoubareva and Elizabeth Ferdman, 6-2, 6-2, No. 3 Samantha Burger and Paige Nierman, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 4 Alyssa Glaser and Bronwyn Heidkamp, 6-1, 6-1.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Barrington, 25-13, 25-19: Jori Radtke slammed 10 kills, while Sophie Sorenson had five kills and served four aces for the visiting Patriots in their first match of 2016. Alex Cuc distributed 17 assists and also chipped in with two kills and an ace. Chloe Robinson and Radtke led SHS with seven digs, while Sorenson added six. Taylor Erickson served two aces while Sarah Woodstein had one to go along with three kills.

Girls Golf

Stevenson 181, Glenbrook South 190: Three Patriots recorded rounds of 45 at their home course, Crane’s Landing at the Lincolnshire Marriott. Joyce Bai, Katie Hannahs and Olivia Stomberg each had a 45, while Olivia Hancock shot a 46. Gina Shanley carded a 50 and Tanya Chanprung added a 57.

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High School vs. Club Volleyball: Different Approaches

Senior Jori Radtke and head girls volleyball coach Tim Crow are among the interview subjects in this Pioneer Press article looking at the differences between high school and club teams.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory Meeting for Transfer Students on Friday

All transfer students — sophomore, juniors and seniors — should attend a mandatory six-week transfer student group on Fridays during their lunch periods. The first group will take place this Friday in Room 2104 and will run during fourth, fifth and sixth periods. Come for the free pizza, to make new friends, and to learn valuable insider information about Stevenson that will help you transition smoothly and successfully! Please contact Mrs. Seeger, School Counselor, or Mrs. O’Brien, School Psychologist, with any questions. See you then!

Operation Snowball Looking for Teen Staff

Have you ever been a camp counselor? Are you looking for leadership or service opportunities? If so, becoming an Operation Snowball teen staff member would be a great fit for you. Operation Snowball 2016 will take place December 1-3 with additional Tuesday afternoon meetings starting September 13. Interested sophomores, juniors and seniors should pick up an application in the Student Activities Office and return it by September 2, or fill out the online application. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski (MCzaplewski@d125.org) with any questions.

CLUB NEWS

Superhero Club starts today! Join us in Room 1414, at 3:30 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition today 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!

Cultural Cuisine Club will have its first meeting at 3:30 today in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). There will be an ice cream social so members can get to know the club and each other better. All grades and skill levels are welcome!

Best Buddies is a one-of-a-kind club in which students make friendships that last a lifetime. Informational meetings are being held today 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 bestbuddiesaeshs@gmail.com.

The Indian Student Association’s first meeting of the year is Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 7096. Meet new people and learn about the group’s exciting events for the year. Stay until the end for free samosas!

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.

Anyone interested in playing Table Tennis? We meet on Thursdays after school in the Lower East Commons. All levels (beginning through experienced) are welcome!

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you cannot make it or for more information, email Mrs. Palffy.

Catalyst, a student leadership club dedicated to battling underage drinking and drug use at SHS, is looking for new students interested in joining our cause. There will be a new member orientation meeting from 8-8:20 a.m. Thursday, September 1 in Room 2104. There are many committees to get involved with, including outreach, evaluation and recruitment, and alternative activities. For more information, email ccortesti@d125.org or just show up on September 1!

INTRAMURALS

IM Ultimate Frisbee will hold its informational meeting after school on Monday 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.

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