Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Special Schedule Planned for October 19

With the state’s adoption of the SAT as Illinois’ college readiness exam, Stevenson will be administering the PSAT to its freshmen, sophomores and juniors as a way to determine how well-prepared they are.

Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) on Wednesday, October 19. PSAT 9 testing for freshmen will be held on November 10, which also is a late-arrival day. The PSAT 9 is a precursor of the PSAT/NMSQT.

Because of the number of rooms required to administer the test to approximately 2,000 sophomores and juniors on October 19, plus the amount of faculty needed as proctors, the school is modifying its late-arrival schedule for the day.

Juniors and sophomores will come to school as normal, since testing will begin at 8:30 a.m. Their bus routes will run as usual. Freshmen will not report to school until 10:30; their bus routes will start at 9:20. Seniors, meanwhile, will have the day off from school.

Since PSAT testing will run until around noon, classes during periods 1-3 on October 19 will be skipped. Instead, freshmen will participate in a Student Activities Division-led activity in the Field House from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., which is when periods 1-3 would be held. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will attend their regular classes during periods 4-8, following the late-arrival bell schedule.

Details on PSAT 9 testing for freshmen will be announced soon.

Visitors From Five States, China Coming to SHS

Eighty people from school districts in five states and China will be visiting Stevenson on Wednesday during the school’s first site visit for educators of the 2016-17 school year. Of the 12 schools sending representatives to SHS, eight are in Colorado: Arvada High School, Arvada West High School, Pomona High School and Drake Middle School, all in Arvada; Welchester Elementary School and the Jefferson County Public Schools, in Golden; Cherry Creek School District in Centennial; and Standley Lake High School in Westminster. Also on the visitor list are Gamble Rogers Middle School in Saint Augustine, Florida, Northwest Learning Community in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Salina High School South in Salina, Kansas, State College Area School District in State College, Pennsylvania, and the Wuhan Yangtze International School in Wuhan, China.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Barrington 1: The Patriots went on the road and improved to 13-0, upending a team that finished 11th in the state last year. SHS, which was second in the state in 2015 and 2014, swept all three singles matches, and four of five in doubles. Dhwani Kumar posted a 6-0, 6-2 decision at No. 1 singles, while Nos. 2 and 3 Athena Kolli and Hanna Anssari were extended to three sets. Kolli prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, while Anssari outlasted her opponent, 6-1, 3-6, (10-5). The Nos. 2-5 doubles teams were all straight-set winners. No. 2 Alexandra Zoubareva and Paige Nierman rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 victory, while Alyssa Glaser and Bronwyn Heidkamp earned a  6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 3. Maria Sarabia and Samantha Burger outlasted their competition at No. 4, 6-2, 6-4, and Ellen Ma and Shelby Liu cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5.

Girls Volleyball

Palatine d. Stevenson, 14-25, 27-25, 25-20: Despite an 18-kill effort from Jori Radtke, the Patriots (21-4) fell to the Pirates in the Sports Center. Radtke also led SHS with 18 digs and four service aces. Sophie Sorenson had seven kills, 11 digs and an ace, while Chloe Robinson made 13 digs, had four assists and served an ace. Alex Kuc dished out 25 assists on 72-of-73 setting.

Basketball Standout Smith Chooses Indiana

Senior Justin Smith announced on Twitter Monday night that he intends to continue his basketball career at Indiana University after graduating from Stevenson. The 6-foot-7 senior forward reportedly chose the Hoosiers over defending national champion Villanova, where his former teammate Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) plays, and Illinois, where his parents went to college. Smith averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game last season, and has helped the Patriots win 86 games in his three years on the varsity roster. He is ranked the No. 3 prospect in the state by City/Suburban Hoops Report.

Correction

Saturday’s varsity boys soccer game with Buffalo Grove ended in a 1-1 tie, not a 2-1 loss, as was reported in Monday’s Daily Digest.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spirit Revolution Supply Drive for Flood Victims

Stevenson’s Spirit Revolution, the school’s cheerleading and pom teams, will hold a supply drive this week to help flood victims in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The supply drive will take place Wednesday and Thursday. Bins will be available at the Field House and Sports Center doors, where people can drop off supplies between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Local resident Mark Walton, who has three children that have graduated from Stevenson, will load a truck and drive the supplies to Baton Rouge on October 4. To see a list of most-needed items, click here. Also, Stevenson Athletics is offering free admission to Friday night’s varsity football game against Libertyville to anyone who brings a case of water or sports drink to the east entrance gate prior to the game.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, pumpkin and apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Green Team Electronics Recycling Drive

The Green Team is holding an electronics recycling drive beginning today and running through Wednesday, October 5. The club will have three collection locations on campus: the Sports Center, the Field House, and the Forum (or “Point”) entrance to the West Building. Students will receive one service hour for each electronic device they donate (up to three). The following items will be accepted: cell phones, tablets, computers, laptops, batteries, and cords and wires. Televisions, light bulbs, kitchen appliances and products containing mercury will not be accepted.

Yearbook Photo Retakes October 20-21

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who didn’t have their yearbook picture taken during orientation in August will have a final chance in October. Yearbook retakes will be done on Thursday and Friday, October 20-21, in the Recital Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.

INTRAMURALS

The information meeting for IM Dodgeball will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wood Commons. Play begins on Saturday, October 29. Visit the IM Dodgeball page to see the season schedule.

CLUB NEWS

Key Club will hold its first meeting of the year after school today in Room 7032. New members are welcome to attend.

Come to Spanish Club on Wednesday to help prepare for DIY Guacamole Day by creating posters and banners to advertise! Earn service hours and get free food from 3:30-4:30 in Room 2808.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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