Friday, September 2, 2016

Helping Parents Understand Grading Practices

The majority of courses at Stevenson now feature evidence-based reporting for student grades. With grades starting to appear in Infinite Campus, the school is offering some resources to help parents who wonder how EBR works compared to traditional grading. First, the next session of Parent University will be addressing EBR and grading. Parent U. starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 14 in the West Auditorium. (You’ll also find out how we’re helping students prepare for the SAT college-entrance examination.) Parents also are invited to download the two-page guide to EBR at, which also includes a link to our Speaking of Stevenson podcast on EBR.

Look Who’s Cooking at Street Fest

Food has always been a part of Stevenson’s annual fall charity fundraiser, but this year Street Fest is taking it to a higher level. There will be at least five food trucks on hand, including Mario’s Cart Race, which has been bringing its Italian and Mexican offerings to the Village of Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays this summer. Also coming to Street Fest are Ana’s Eats and Treats (American), JB Alberto’s (Italian/pizza), Dosa (Asian/Indian) and Auntie Vee’s (desserts). They will be joined by Sunset Foods’ popcorn wagon. Street Fest runs from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, September 10 in parking lot E, just west of the Stadium. Admission is $10, and you can sign up now.

Visiting Artist Presentation Next Thursday

Visiting Artist of the Month Richard Shipps will visit the school during fifth and sixth periods on Thursday to talk with students about his work and life as an artist. His presentation will take place by the Visiting Artist Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the West Building. Samples of his work will be on display in the gallery from through Friday, September 23. To read more about Shipps, click here.

Charity Basketball Tourney to Honor Alumnus

A charity basketball tournament has been established to raise awareness about drug prevention and intervention services within the District 125 community. The SeanB 3on3 Basketball Tournament is named for 2008 alumnus Sean Bardos, who died last fall from a prescription drug overdose. The tournament has divisions for ages 12 and older. Registration ends Friday, September 16, and the tournament will take place on Sunday, October 9 in the Sports Center. In addition to online registration, tickets are being sold at the school during lunch periods. The tournament will benefit Stevenson’s Catalyst Club, which is dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use; the Stand Strong Coalition, a community anti-drug group in which Stevenson participates; and Live4Lali, a substance abuse awareness organization named for another SHS alum who died from an overdose, Alex Laliberte. In addition to the tournament, SeanB 3on3 and the Lincolnshire Police Department will hold a Drug Take Back Day on October 9. District residents can bring expired, unwanted or unused medications, including pharmaceutical controlled substances, to be disposed safely at no charge.

Alum Co-Authors Atlantic Education Articles

Stevenson alumnus Hayley Glatter (Class of 2012) is co-author of several articles on education running this week on The Atlantic magazine’s website. The pieces are part of a week-long series of articles asking various voices in the field to “build an educational Garden of Eden.” Topics have included the usefulness of homework, how much time students should spend in class, whether classes should be taught by one or multiple teachers, and what students should know by the time they finish school. Glatter is working for the magazine’s education section as part of the Atlantic Media Fellowship program. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in June, and was editor-in-chief of The Statesman while at Stevenson.

No School, No Digest on Monday

The Daily Digest will not be published on Monday because the school is closed in observance of Labor Day. The Digest will return Tuesday.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 182, Mundelein 274: Joyce Bai earned medalist honors by shooting a 6-over-par 41 at the Patriots’ home, Crane’s Landing Golf Course. Bai posted the only birdies of the match, on holes 5 and 7. Olivia Stomberg was two shots behind at 43, while Katie Hannahs and Gina Stanley each recorded a 49. Also competing for SHS (2-2, 1-1) were Olivia Hancock and Ashley Richardson; both carded 51s.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 4, Glenbrook North 3: In a matchup of two teams that finished in the top five at last year’s state tournament, the host Patriots (6-0) prevailed at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. At No. 2 doubles, Paige Nierman and Samantha Burger rallied for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory over a Glenbrook pair that qualified for state in 2015. Athena Kolli was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles. Alyssa Glaser and Bronwyn Heidkamp claimed their No. 3 doubles match, 6-3, 6-4, while Hanna Anssari and Shelby Liu earned a 7-6 (3), 6-2 decision at No. 4. Two of Stevenson’s three losses came to 2015 state qualifiers, including the No. 1 doubles team that took third-place honors at state. SHS was second in Illinois last fall, while the Spartans were No. 5.

Boys Soccer

Loyola 2, Stevenson 1: Ben Brandt’s second-half goal tied the game at 1-1, but the Ramblers (3-0-1) scored with two minutes remaining to upend the Patriots (1-1) at the Glenbrook South Invitational. Anthony Watrach had the assist on Stevenson’s goal. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Mundelein 150, Stevenson 152: James Dvorak shot a 34 to tie for medalist honors, while Jackson Bussell added a 36 at Steeple Chase Golf Club. Kevin Chin shot a 40 and Mark Noonan recorded a 42. – Daily Herald

Marchese Brothers Part of High-Powered Offense

Head football coach Bill McNamara said his Patriots would have a high-powered offense this season, and they backed it up in the season-opener against Palatine last week. Stevenson had more than 500 yards of total offense, including 305 in the first half when it racked up 20 points. Senior brothers Michael and Henry Marchese combined to catch 13 passes for more than 170 yards and a touchdown. The Marchese boys come from a strong football background. Their father, John, was a reserve running back for Iowa’s 1986 Rose Bowl team, oldest brother Joe is currently the backup center for Maryland, and another brother, Jimmy, is a linebacker at Illinois.

JV Boys Cross Country Wins County Title

Stevenson won the junior varsity boys cross country race at the Art Campbell Lake County Invitational on Wednesday. Nine of the top 20 runners were Patriots, led by Ethan Simanek, who finished third. Jake Lapiere was fifth, Michael Szura sixth, Raven Jo seventh and Tim Green eighth. Other Pats in the top 20 included Cameron Coffey, Eric Lee, Aaron Portman and Cameron Sprague. On the girls’ side, SHS finished fourth. Michelle Yu was seventh and Alyssa Collins 16th.

Fall Sports Previews From the Daily Herald

The Daily Herald has a number of fall sports preview pieces looking at Stevenson and other area schools. Here are articles on boys soccer, girls tennis and girls and boys cross country.


Early Bird Homecoming Dance Tickets On Sale

Get your Homecoming Dance tickets at a discounted rate by buying them between now and Thursday at the Patriot Superstore. If you buy tickets before next Thursday, they are only $20 per person. After next Thursday, the price goes up to $25. For more information on the Homecoming Dance, visit Want to find out the dress-up days for Homecoming Week? Go to

Political Campaign Fair in the Forum Tuesday Night

All Stevenson students are invited to attend the Political Action Club’s campaign fair from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Forum. Students will have the chance to visit a variety of campaign tables to ask about candidates’ stances and talk about opportunities to help. This is not a candidate forum. Invited campaigns include the U.S. Senate, Illinois comptroller, 10th Congressional District, Sixth Congressional District, 29th District State Senate, 26th District State Senate, 59th District State Representative, 58th District State Representative, and Lake County State’s Attorney. You do not have to be a PAC member to attend.

Co-Curricular Vocal Group Auditions Next Week

The Choral Department will hold auditions next week for its three co-curricular vocal groups the week: Just The Guys (Tuesday, 7 p.m.), Jazz Etc. (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. for guys/7 p.m. for girls) and Ladyjazz (Thursday 6:30 p.m.). All auditions take place in the Choir Room (2202). Visit the choir web page for audition packets. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Nuteson ( or Mrs. Snelten (

Fall Play Tickets On Sale Tuesday

Tickets for the fall play, The Dream of the Burning Boy, will go on sale Tuesday at the Patriot Superstore. Tickets will be $6 each. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 15-16, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, September 17.


The following colleges are sending representatives to meet with SHS students next week: St. Mary’s College, the University of Rochester, Monmouth College, Hope College, Drew University, Penn State University, Northern Michigan University, American University, Columbia College and the University of Chicago. Interested juniors and seniors should continue to check Naviance daily for a complete updated list of all of our college visits. Find out how to sign up for college representative visits at


Attention junior and seniors interested in a career in healthcare: The Advocate Condell Penwasciz Program will be accepting online applications for the 2016-17 healthcare career program on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. only. Thirty students will be accepted into this extremely competitive program which allows students the opportunity to be exposed to various healthcare career specialties within the hospital setting. The link will only be open within the specified time frame:


Attention sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in joining the Student Ambassador Club: We will be having our first general information meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wallace or Ms. McCauley.

Food Revolution Club will be meeting in Room 1406 Tuesday after school from 3:30-4:30. Come for food and service hours!

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

The Ambassador Yearbook Club needs new photographers, journalists and page designers. The club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712. Please join us in recording history!

Model United Nations meets every Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 7044. New members are always welcome. If you have any questions, contact Mr. O’Connell at

The Animal Welfare Club continues to work with Save-A-Pet to promote adopting our local four-legged friends! Our September Dog of the Month is Lavernia, and our Cats of the Month are Aladdin and Jasmin (these two are inseparable and are looking to be adopted together; two for the price of one!). If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!

Student Congress is having its first meeting during the activity period on Wednesday in the West Faculty Dining Room. Ask your second-period teacher to be your class representative! You can email Calli Taitz at with any questions.

Are you interested in teaching or working with children? Future Educators of America might be the right club for you. The first meeting will be held before school from 7:50-8:25 in Room 1414 on Wednesday. If you plan on participating in the tutoring program you will need to attend the meeting.

Future Business Leaders of America will have its first meeting of the year at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday in the West Staff Dining Room.

The Archery Club will start Wednesday on the Sport Courts from 3:30-5 p.m. New members are always welcome. No experience or equipment needed. Contact Ms. Klewin with questions.

Have you ever wanted to play Pokemon Go at school? Well, now you can with Club Israel in its version of Israel Go! Join us for our first meeting on Thursday after school in Room 1414. Any questions, ask Mrs. Argentar.


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