Wednesday, October 19, 2016

“Mindful” Menu Offering Healthy Returns for School

Stevenson’s move toward healthier food choices in its cafeterias is paying off. The school’s corporate partner, Sodexo, reports that food sales have increased 56% this year since implementing its “Mindful” program. Total sales in the cafeterias (including the Jazzman’s cafes in each building) were $461,424 from the start of the school year through September 30, compared to $295,276 during the same period last year.

Stevenson is the first high school in the country to use the Mindful program, joining many corporations and colleges. The Mindful menu features low-fat, healthy meals at affordable prices. Some of the program’s highlights include meals and entrées that fill a plate with less than 600 calories due to the use of more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and less fat; significantly reduced sodium in soups (less than 700 milligrams per 8-ounce serving) by replacing salt with more fresh herbs and spices; and no trans fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fats in all menu selections.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Sean Carney told the District 125 Board of Education on Monday that fewer students are leaving campus for lunch, as evidenced by an increase of total transactions from 92,000 to 159,000. Despite the change to healthier options, Carney pointed out that the average transaction cost has increased only 12 cents, from $3.19 per transaction to $3.31.

Normal Schedule on Thursday

Stevenson parents and students are reminded that the school will follow its normal schedule on Thursday. An earlier version of the 2016-17 academic calendar had slated October 20 for a late-arrival day, but because of today’s PSAT exam and late arrival, Thursday was changed to a normal schedule. The date for today’s PSAT exam was set by the College Board and could not be moved.

“No Homework Night” Coverage in the Daily Herald

Yesterday’s Digest item on next Tuesday’s “no homework night” caught the attention of the Daily Herald, which writes here about the school’s effort to have parents and their students talk about short- and long-term goals.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lakes, 16-25, 25-17, 25-18: Junior Alex Kuc was 61-of-63 setting with 34 assists and also served two aces, and senior Jori Radtke slammed 16 kills as the Patriots (27-7) rallied past the visiting Eagles (23-10). Radtke also had a team-high eight digs for SHS, which wraps up the regular season tonight at Warren. Sophomore Sophie Sorenson added nine kills, five digs and two aces. Hope Havenhill, a junior, made six kills, had three solo blocks and also assisted on three blocks. Junior Sara Bufe also had three solo blocks and three block assists, plus two kills. Junior Chloe Robinson served a team-best three aces and recorded six digs. – Daily Herald

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots won four events in their home water, beginning with the opening 200-yard medley relay. Seniors Jessica Lenhart and Danielle Fang and sophomores Ashley Carollo and Claire Huang touched first in 1:50.75. Lenhart won the 100 butterfly (58.66), Carollo captured the 100 backstroke (1:00.05) and junior Iza Pelka claimed the 500 free (5:10.56). Pelka also was second in the 100 butterfly (59.32), and swam a leg on two second-place relays: the 200 free with Bosse, Huang and junior Sasha Kokhan (1:42.22), and the 400 free with Bosse, Carollo and Huang (3:40.01). Bosse also took second in the 200 free (1:57.78) and 100 free (54.87). Carollo was third in the 100 free (56.04). Two others earned third-place honors: junior Eva Holsen in the 500 free (5:21.31) and Fang in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.98).

Boys Soccer at Barrington Regional Tonight

The boys soccer team begins postseason play tonight when it takes on Round Lake in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Barrington Regional at 6:30. The Patriots are the No. 10 seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, while the Panthers are No. 7. The two teams battled to a 0-0 draw October 7 in the Stadium. The winner of tonight’s match will face No. 2 Barrington or No. 15 Buffalo Grove in the regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday.

“Pure Sweat” Basketball Clinic at SHS Sunday

Professional performance coach Alan Stein and elite skills coach Jordan Delp will lead the “Pure Sweat” clinic for boys and girls basketball players age 10 and older starting at noon Sunday in the Field House. The event features three parts: a performance clinic from noon to 2 p.m., a question-and-answer session with coaches from 2-3 p.m., and a skills clinic from 3-5 p.m. The cost for the full session is $89 for players. The cost for those who want to attend the performance clinic only is $59, and for those who only want the skills clinic, the cost is $40. See this flyer for more information or visit


Place Your Graduation Cap and Gown Order

Seniors can order their graduation cap and gown, and graduation announcements, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the West Building Patriot Lobby by Room 2400. Orders also can be placed online at

Sign Up for S-Factor Auditions

Auditions for S-Factor, the Kiva Club’s annual student vocal competition, will be held next Monday through Wednesday in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Audition slots will be every five minutes from 3:15-4:30 p.m. each day. To audition, students must be available the week after Winter Break, January 4-6. The deadline to sign up is 3:30 p.m. Friday. Sign up at

Turn In Senior Party Forms on Thursday, Friday

Attention all seniors! The Senior Class Party is only eight months away but the time to register is now. Sign up and guarantee your spot on the Odyssey. Forms were distributed during the senior class’ picture day earlier this month. Forms also are available in the Student Activities Office, at the Patriot Superstore, and online. You can turn in your completed form with payment at the tables in the Patriot Lobby on Thursday and Friday. The Senior Class Party is Thursday, May 25, 2017. For only $35 you can enjoy a two-hour cruise aboard the Odyssey, transportation to and from Navy Pier, a full lunch buffet, dessert station, unlimited soda and juice, and DJ entertainment. Spots are limited. Don’t miss out on this fun event!

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Friday

Visiting Artist of the Month Tom James will be giving presentations to students during third and fifth periods Friday at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Click here to read more about the artist.

Sign Up for Nightmare on Stevenson Drive at Lunch

If you’re looking for a “spook-tacular” start to Halloween, come to the Nightmare on Stevenson Drive on Saturday. It’ll be a real scream. You can sign up at the registration table all week in the Wood Commons during lunch periods. Get details here.

Yearbook Photo Retakes Thursday and Friday

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who didn’t have their yearbook picture taken during orientation in August will have a final chance this week. Yearbook retakes will be done on Thursday and Friday in the Recital Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days. Parents can pay for yearbook photos in advance by selecting the “School Portraits Pay Ahead” option at this link.


Anyone considering trying out for the girls basketball team should attend the informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). Tryouts will take place Monday and Tuesday, October 31 and November 1, from 3:45-6 p.m. Freshman tryouts will be in the Field House, and all others in the Sports Center.

There will be a sophomore boys basketball informational meeting on Wednesday, October 26 from 7:30-8 a.m. in Room 2900. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach David Hess at


Morning Strength Training and Conditioning will be held from 6:15-7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting this week in the Cardio Fitness Room (5042). MSTC will run through Thursday, February 9, and is open to all students. No one is too busy; it’s a matter of priorities!


The Political Action Club will hold a campaign fair from 7:15-7:45 p.m. tonight, followed by a debate watch party from 8-9:30 p.m., all in the QLC.

University of Illinois at Chicago philosophy professor David Hilbert will be visiting the Philosophy Club after school Thursday in Room 7060. Students will have an opportunity to ask Professor Hilbert questions to facilitate a discussion on philosophical subjects.  Students and faculty are welcome to drop by!

Senior Class Board will meet Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 2004.


Stevenson juniors and seniors and their parents can learn about nearly 175 colleges and universities at the Illinois Regional College Fair hosted by the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The fair will be held in the Physical Education Center, Building 7, on the CLC Grayslake Campus. Parking is available in lots 2 or 3, on the north side of the CLC campus, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance, 19351 W. Washington St. College financial aid information sessions, presented by staff from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, will be held in room 706 of the Physical Education Center from 6:30-7 p.m. and 7:15-7:45 p.m. For information, call 847-543-2588 or visit for a list of colleges that will be represented.

The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Oberlin College, Macalester College, Iowa State University, Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, University of Colorado, Whitman College, University of Illinois at Chicago, Southern Illinois University, McGill University, Carthage College, Elmhurst College, University of Northern Iowa, Tulane University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, University of Alabama, California Institute of Technology, Williams College, Occidental College, University College Dublin, College of the Holy Cross, Rockford University, University of Dayton, Grand Valley State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Cornell College and Union 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.


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