Thursday, August 25, 2016

Special Events for SHS Parents Coming Up

There are several special events for Stevenson parents coming up in the next three weeks. The events, all free, include these:

Senior Parent Night, Monday, 7-8:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center: The school’s college counselors, Dan Miller (Class of 2001) and Sara English, will walk parents through the college application timeline for senior year (which is also being shared with all seniors during the first two weeks of school in their English classes. Seniors who have missed the presentation are welcome to attend.) The college counselors also will provide a list of important dates for college applications, along with the procedures for sending transcripts and general application information. Visit the College Career Center web page to see which colleges are coming to visit next week.

Parent University: SHS Online and Web Review, Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 2104 (West Building): Learn how to use the SHS Now app, the school website and other digital resources to review grades, add money to your student’s Patriot Dollars Account, and stay informed about what’s happening at Stevenson. Note: The location for this event was moved to Room 2104 from the District 125 Administration Center following the large turnout for the first Parent University event. Visit to see other sessions planned during the 2016-17 school year.

Open House Night No. 2, Thursday, September 1, 7-9:30 p.m.: Parents and guardians who weren’t able to attend last night’s first open house are encouraged to come for the second and final night. Parents will meet their students’ teachers, view the school, and have a number of opportunities to find out about resources available at Stevenson. Click here for more information.

Marijuana: The Latest Research, Tuesday, September 13, 6-7:30 p.m., West Auditorium: Dr. Bertha Madras, a professor of psychobiology at Harvard University Medical School, is one of the nation’s leading experts on the effects of marijuana on teenagers and their developing brains. She will discuss how marijuana use can affect students’ academics and health. Madras served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and has served as an advisor to the National Football League and World Health Organization. This event is sponsored by the Stand Strong Coalition, of which Stevenson is a member. Space is limited; register at

Parent University: Teaching and Learning, Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8 p.m., West Auditorium: “How am I doing?” “How am I acting?” “How am I growing?” These are the questions students use to assess their learning. Find out about these questions as well as resources to support the transition from the ACT to the SAT.

The learning continues into October, when Larry Silverberg comes to the West Auditorium for “The Character Formula: Fundamental Values of True Living.” The interactive presentation will answer life’s toughest parenting questions. Silverberg‘s  presentation is at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6. The evening is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson Foundation, and SHS. RSVP and get more details at

Alums’ Family Holding Fundraiser on Sunday

The family of two Stevenson alumni who died from overdoses are holding a charity event this weekend to raise money for teens to participate in residential camps and other recreational activities. The Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation will hold its Experience Hope 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Citizens Park, 511 N. Lake Zurich Road, in Barrington. Registration is $30. Stom (Class of 2008) died from a heroin overdose in 2009, and his older brother Jean (Class of 2001) died from a drug overdose in 2010. Their sister, Sayra, graduated from Stevenson in 2003. Their mother, Ciri, talked with the Daily Herald about the fundraiser and her family’s ordeal.


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Fall ESPPA Award Nominations Now Open

The fall sports season has just begun, but great memories are already being made. Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Fall ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through October 28.


Tell Others About Academic Integrity

All students are invited to participate in a poster contest promoting academic integrity at Stevenson. Design a poster using a slogan or catchphrase based on one of these academic integrity values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. Submissions are due by December 2. For more details, visit

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 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 ( with any questions.


The Career Exploration Program is accepting Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year. 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 (


Fall college visits begin next week in the College Career Center. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be visiting on Wednesday, followed by the College of Lake County, the University of Missouri and the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, September 1. Interested juniors and seniors should continue to check Naviance daily for a complete updated list of all of our college visits. Colleges visit Stevenson from September through November.  

You will need to sign up for all college visits through Naviance. From the Naviance homepage, click on the “Colleges” tab. Click on the “View all Upcoming College Visits” tab. Then select “Sign Up” next to the college visit in which you are interested in attending. This is your confirmation page. Please print the confirmation page and put your name and school ID number on that page. Have your teacher for the period of the college visit sign this confirmation page at least two days in advance of the college visit.  Bring this signed confirmation page to the College Career Center (Room 1123) or the designated location on the day of the college visit. If you need any assistance with this, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


Interactive Gamers Club will have an Open Play day on all RPGs, card games and board games after school today in Room 1204. If you’re interested in learning how to play board games like Munchkin or Ticket to Ride, or card games like Hearthstone or Magic: the Gathering, please join us! New players always welcome. Email Mr. Fedewa at with any questions.

The Indian Student Association’s first meeting of the year is today 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!

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

Ambassador Yearbook Club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2710. We need new copy, photo and design editors, as well as photographers and journalists! Please join yearbook now and help record the best year at Stevenson yet!

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.

Video Game Club will be meeting after school on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 in Room 1204. Come by and play your favorite modern or old school console games. See Dr. Schroeder in Room 6028 if you have questions. Everyone is welcome.  

Join us at Spanish Club after school on Wednesday in Room 2808! We’ll be making DIY Piñatas with authentic Spanish candy while munching on salsa and chips! Beginners always welcome! For any questions contact Señor Figueroa or Judy Kupchan.

The Stevenson Styler will have its next 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! It’s not just about fashion! We need your knowledge of DIY, food, lifestyle, travel and more! New members are always welcome!  

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 or just show up on September 1!


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.


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.


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