Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Math Division Welcomes ISU, St. Xavier Students

The Math Division opened its doors to 30 pre-service math teachers along with three faculty members from Illinois State University and St. Xavier University on Tuesday, October 4. The day-long visit consisted of the students and faculty members observing teacher-student interactions in various classrooms. Nearly 20 SHS math teachers shared what effective teaching and learning looks like with the teachers-in-training. The culminating event was a seven-teacher panel participating in a Q&A session. The annual event at Stevenson is a formative experience for the pre-service teachers, and many have shared that it deeply impacts their own vision for their future classrooms.

Why the Campus Flags are at Half-Staff

Why are the flags on campus be flying at half-staff? Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act, which includes Stevenson, are to fly their U.S. and State of Illinois flags at half-staff in honor of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder, who was killed in the line of duty last Thursday. Flags were lowered at sunrise Tuesday and will remain at half-staff until sunset on Thursday. The governor has a standing order that flags be flown at half-staff for every Illinois member of the “armed forces, police force, fire service and other groups covered by the Act” killed in the line of duty.


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Girls Cross Country Team Aiming High

After finishing 13th at last fall’s state meet, girls cross country coach Maureen LeVanti has even higher hopes for her team this year. “For us, we do have high goals, and I’m willing to share them,” LeVanti told Pioneer Press. “We definitely want to be in the top 10 at state, and honestly, what we’ve narrowed it down to is the top seven. We’re also the first ones to say that having high goals isn’t necessarily scary, it’s more a matter of, ‘This is what we’re reaching for, this is what we want.’ And we’re not afraid to say it, because this is what we’re working for.” With most of last year’s team back, including junior Isabelle Sparreo, who was 10th in the state in 2015, Stevenson has reason to be positive heading into Saturday’s North Suburban Conference meet.

JV Girls Tennis Team Wins Conference Title

Not only did the varsity girls tennis team win the North Suburban Conference tournament last weekend, but the junior varsity did, too. The JV Patriots won six of seven championships and also had one second-place finish. Freshmen Maggie Gong,  Alexis Lee and Nicole Waxman won the Nos. 1-3 singles titles, respectively. In doubles, first-place honors went to the No. 1 team of juniors Carly Lefar and Ambika Singh, the No. 2 tandem of seniors Shanna Anssari and Alana Labaschin, and the No. 3 team of sophomore Julia Pablos Sarabia and freshman Sneha Yellapantula. The No. 4 team of juniors Ana Koruna and Hannah Neubauer finished in second place. In addition to winning the NSC tournament, the junior varsity went undefeated in conference dual meets and was 11-2 overall.


Operation Snowball Registration Now Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3, at YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a program planned by teens for teens that gives you a chance to learn about yourself, your peers, and a wide variety of topics. Sign up today through the online school store. The registration deadline is November 18.

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


The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Rice University, Tufts University, Michigan State University, Denison University, United States Army, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Kansas, Florida Atlantic University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Baldwin Wallace University, Moore College of Art and Design, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Luther College, Truman State University, University of Vermont, Southern Methodist University, Colorado State University, DePaul University, University of Oklahoma, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, St. Olaf College, University of Kentucky, Lawrence Technological University, Hofstra University, Kansas State University, Vanderbilt University, Boston College, Carleton College, Duke University, Northwestern University, Washington University, Oberlin College, Iowa State University, Wesleyan University and Swarthmore College. Please check Naviance for the dates and times, and also for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit. Remember to print your confirmation page, put your school ID on the page, and have it signed by your teacher for that class period two days prior to the visit. Bring the signed confirmation page on the day of the college visit.


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 (


The girls gymnastics team is having an informational, preseason meeting on Friday for anyone interested in trying out. The meeting will be held at 3:30 in Room 2002. No experience is necessary.

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.


Don’t forget to turn in your team packet this week for the IM Dodgeball League. If you need to pick up a team packet or if you are looking for a team to join, stop by the Student Activities Office.


The Animal Welfare Club’s October Dog of the Month is a senior pup named Bellah and our Cat of the Month is a playful 4-year-old named Aristotle. 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! 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!


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