Thursday, October 20, 2016

School Considering East Building Addition

Faced with growing enrollment and the need for more classrooms, the District 125 Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the creation of detailed designs for a potential addition to the East Building.

The board authorized the architectural firm Wight and Company to expand on earlier conceptual drawings, developing a more detailed rendering of an addition that would add 21 classrooms. The building addition is considered to be the most viable option to address Stevenson’s enrollment and space challenges, when compared to running a split schedule for students or bringing mobile classrooms onto campus.

Stevenson’s enrollment is expected to hit 4,300 by the 2019-20 school year and reach 4,500 by 2025-26. This year’s official enrollment was 4,137. The student body’s size has increased by more than 350 students in the past three years. (Click here to see Stevenson’s enrollment history.)

In addition, the school has lost 20-25 classrooms in the past decade, due to two factors: science lab renovations, with each science lab equal to the size of 1.5 classrooms; and renovations made to accommodate the return of special education students to Stevenson following its withdrawal from the Special Education District of Lake County. The special ed-related renovations, which modified rooms to accommodate students with unique learning and behavioral challenges, led to a loss of classrooms on the first floor of the East Building.

Currently, the school has 193 classrooms, and they are being used on average for 6.5 periods in an eight-period day. To maintain its current class sizes, school officials have told the board that 206 classrooms would be needed for 4,300 students and 214 for 4,500.

If an addition were approved for the East Building, the goal would be to break ground in the fall of 2017 and open the new wing in the fall of 2019.

The Daily Herald has an article about the potential addition in today’s editions. Click here to read the article.

Junior Families Invited to “Finding the Fit” College Night

All juniors and their parents are invited to the College Career Center’s annual “Finding the Fit” program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2018. Postsecondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months.

Political Action Club Hosting Event for Early Voters

Stevenson’s Political Action Club will be hosting a “Parade to the Polls” on Saturday, October 29. All interested voters and community supporters are invited to join the club at 10 a.m. as the SHS Marching Patriots leads them on a march to the early voting center at the Vernon Township Building at 3050 N. Main Street in Buffalo Grove. Interested participants should use the school’s Half Day Road (Route 22) entrance and park in Lot E near the Sports Center by 9:45 a.m. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m.

The Political Action Club is part of the Mikva Challenge’s network of suburban schools looking for “action civics” opportunities to demonstrate that “democracy is a verb.” First-time voters from other Lake County high schools have been invited to participate in the event.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional: Senior Jake Nunez’s goal in the 65th minute broke a 1-1 tie and the Patriots went on to defeat Round Lake, 2-1, advancing to Saturday’s regional final. SHS (10-5-2), the No. 10 seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, will face No. 2 seed Barrington (18-3-1) in the regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday. Freshman Benjamin Dixon and senior David Brandt were credited with assists on the Nunez goal. Steven O’Reilly scored in the opening minute against the seventh-seeded Panthers (13-3-5). Sophomore goalkeeper Zachary Klaber earned the win. – Daily Herald | Class 3A Pairings/Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Warren, 25-23, 25-19: Senior Jori Radtke slammed 16 kills and sophomore Sophie Sorenson added seven for the visiting Patriots (28-7, 5-2) in their regular-season finale. Junior Alex Kuc dished out 28 assists on 51-of-52 setting, and also served an ace. Chloe Robinson, also a junior, made 12 digs and served three aces, both team leaders. Classmate Hope Havenhill had four kills, two solo blocks and two block assists. Senior Sarah Woodstein contributed three kills for SHS, which begins postseason play on Tuesday. Stevenson is the No. 2 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Lakes Sectional, and will open with a match at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Grove Regional. The Patriots will play the winner of Monday’s match between No. 15 Wauconda and No. 19 Buffalo Grove. – Class 4A Sectional Seeds | Sectional/Regional Pairings

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook South 1, Stevenson 0: The Titans earned their first victory in four Scholastic Hockey League games, scoring at the 6:44 mark in the first period and making it hold up at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. The Patriots fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the SHL. Junior goalie Nick Almenara made 31 saves.

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Allied Bowling

Stevenson 124, Round Lake 114: Junior Tim Phelps led the Patriots with a 164 at the Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills. Sophomore Tommy Pappas rolled a 124, freshman Daniel Seo shot a 118, senior Shankar Narayanan contributed a 108 and senior Ethan Wismer added a 103.

Find Out Football Playoff Pairings Saturday Night

Who will Stevenson face in the state football playoffs? You can find out Saturday night by watching the Illinois High School Association’s sixth annual Playoff Pairing Show on CSN Chicago. The show will air live from 8-10 p.m. Saturday. Brackets and first-round match-ups of all 256 playoff qualifiers across eight classes will be revealed. You can also watch the show online at and

Girls Tennis State Tourney Starts Today

Stevenson has two of the top 16 doubles seeds in the Illinois High School Association Class 2A girls tennis state tournament, which begins today. Sophomore Elizabeth Ferdman and freshman Gina Kondos are a 5-8 seed, while senior Paige Nierman and junior Kate Harvey are a 9-16 seed. Two other Patriots are competing at state in the singles competition: senior Dhawni Kumar and freshman Athena Kolli. You can follow  first-day results here.

Tennis Alum Second at Regional Tournament

Carthage College tennis player Pawel Jaworski (Class of 2013) and his partner finished second in doubles at the 2016 ITA Midwest Regional Championship at Gustavus Adolphus College on Sunday. The senior finished the fall season with an 8-1 record in doubles while going 2-3 in singles. Jaworski’s younger brother, junior Lukasz Jaworski (Class of 2014), also is on the Carthage roster.


Turn In Senior Party Forms Today, 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 today 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.

Second-Semester Driver Education Permit Information

Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester at SHS can complete the permit application process (including vision test) between 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, October 24-28, in Room 7096. You only have to attend one meeting date. Click here for details.

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

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.

Orchestra, Guitar Polo Shirts Are Here

Orchestra and guitar students who ordered polo shirts can pick them up at the Patriot Superstore.

Yearbook Photo Retakes Today 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 today 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.

Place Your Graduation Cap and Gown Order

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


University of Illinois at Chicago philosophy professor David Hilbert will be visiting the Philosophy Club after school today 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 today from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 2004.


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 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.


Anyone considering trying out for the girls basketball team should attend the informational meeting at 3:45 today 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 from 7:30-8 a.m. in Room 2900. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach David Hess at


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