Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Parents Can Step Up to the Plate Tonight

Tonight’s a big night for Stevenson families, and we’re not talking about the World Series. It’s “no homework night,” a time when parents and guardians are encouraged to have a conversation with their student about the future.

For students in grades 9-11, the evening will give students and parents a chance to highlight courses for the 2017-18 school year that will help them toward their goals. A Course Book was mailed last week to each family with a freshman, sophomore or junior student. (Families without a Course Book can see it at www.d125.org/coursebook.)

Parents also received via email some questions to help guide the discussion (in the form of a card game), and also a reflection sheet. Students who turn in their reflection sheet on Wednesday will be entered into a drawing for $25 Jazzman’s gift cards.

For seniors, tonight presents an opportunity to talk with their parents about their college and career plans after high school.

To provide time for these conversations, the school has told its teachers that no homework should be given, and that there be no tests administered or projects due on Wednesday.

SHS Students Celebrate Food Day

The Family and Consumer Sciences Department celebrated the annual Food Day on Monday with a variety of activities for SHS students. Food Day seeks to encourage Americans to change their diets and the country’s food policies.

All Food Preparation, Gourmet Foods, and Food and Nutrition classes combined forces to prepare recipes from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, Lindsey Shifley of Lake County Food Revolution, and chef Robert Collins, president of the Youthage Culinary School in Mundelein. You can see the recipes on our Facebook page.

Stevenson’s Food Revolution Club also was active on Monday, visiting Fairhaven, Diamond Lake and West Oak schools in District 76 to provide healthy apple snacks during lunch. This is the second straight year the club has participated in the Lake County Apple Crunch, which brings healthy apple snacks to area schools. In addition to the District 76 schools, the Food Revolution Club has supplied thousands of apples this fall to Twin Groves, Woodlawn and Country Meadows in District 96, Mechanics Grove in Mundelein District 75, and St. Mary of the Annunciation in Mundelein. The club received apple donations from Preferred Meals, Harvest Time Orchard, Royal Oak Orchard, Mariano’s, Costco and Sunset Foods.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Girls Volleyball Team in Regional Tonight

The girls volleyball team faces Wauconda at 5:30 today in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional semifinals. The Patriots are the No. 2 seed in the Lakes Sectional, while the Bulldogs are No. 15. The winner of today’s match will take on No. 7 Wheeling or No. 10 Grayslake Central for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Heiss Named to All-State Field Hockey Team

Senior Lauren Heiss has been selected to the 2016 Illinois Field Hockey All-Star Team. She is among 40 players selected to the team, which will play in an all-star game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 1 at Northwestern University’s Lakeside Fields.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Start Next Week

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the PPA’s annual student variety/talent show, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, November 2-3, and Tuesday through Thursday, November 8-10, during all lunch periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. No act is too unique! Singers, dancers, bands, musicians, comedians, magicians and actors are wanted! The PPA is looking for creative acts to “showcase” your talent. Showcase acts must have a minimum of three performers unless the act is very “unique.” If you need help finding a group try the Showcase Facebook page, or contact Edie Eiseman-Axe at  edie0609@aol.com or Sherrie Getlin at sherri.davidson@hotmail.com. Showcase 2017 variety act auditions will be held January 12 and 18. Band auditions will be held January 14. Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during audition sign-ups. Emcee/anchor auditions will be held January 9. Please fill out the Audition Sign-Up Form and bring it to sign-ups on the days listed above. The form and more detailed information can be found at www.d125.org/ppa/showcase.

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. any day this week in Room 7096. You only have to attend one meeting date. Click here for details.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1 per item.

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.

Did You Know There’s a 5:30 Activity Bus?

The school has added another activity bus after school. There is now a 5:30 bus every afternoon, to go along with the 6:30 bus every evening and the 4:30 bus on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All activity buses load at the Forum (or “Point”) entrance. Make sure you have your ID card when getting on the bus.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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 (dwillock@d125.org).

COLLEGE NEWS

The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: University of Connecticut, Xavier University, Lincoln College, Washington and Lee University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Syracuse University, Calvin College, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Michigan Technological Institute and Dominican University. 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.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the CCC today to pick up your application. The deadline to return a completed application is November 15.

Seniors interested in the University of Virginia: The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full scholarships to UVA to students who have demonstrated uncommon academic ability, exceptional leadership and a commitment to the community at large.  Stevenson may nominate one student for this prestigious scholarship. If you are interested, please pick up an application from the CCC. Please return this application to the CCC by November 15.

ATHLETICS

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 dahess@d125.org.

The varsity boys basketball team will hold a tryout meeting at 8 a.m. Monday, October 31 in Room 2900. If you cannot attend, email Coach Ambrose at pambrose@d125.org.

Attention all boys interested in the swimming and diving team: There will be a short informational meeting in the pool balcony after school on Thursday, November 3. If you cannot attend please see the team web page for more information.

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 Friday.

INTRAMURALS

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

CLUB NEWS

The Video Game Club meeting for today is canceled. The club will meet again on November 1,  which will also be its first Smash Bros tournament of the year.  

Spanish Club meets Wednesday after school from 3:30 until 4:30 in Room 2808. They will be making and decorating DIY Sugar Skulls to celebrate Día de los Muertos! There will be complimentary salsa and chips. See you there!

Archery Club will meet inside Wednesday in Room 5044 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Who likes pizza? Club Israel will be having a pizza party this Thursday.Come to Room 1414 right after school. Everyone is welcome!

Senior Class Board will meet Thursday at 3:40 in Room 2004 to finish banners for the ice cream social. The club yearbook picture also will be taken also during the meeting!

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