Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Students to Vote in Nationwide Mock Election

Stevenson students will be participating in a nationwide mock presidential election next Tuesday. Students will cast votes online during the activity period for president, as well as their choices for the 10th Congressional District race and U.S. Senate.

The election is sponsored by VOTES (Voting Opportunities for Teens in Every State), which is celebrating its 28th anniversary. VOTES was started by a teacher at Northfield Mount Hermon High School in Gill, Massachusetts, and is the only mock election that simulates the electoral college voting process.

Stevenson is one of several area high schools, and among approximately 150 in the nation, whose students will vote in the mock election. Results will be announced Sunday, November 6 during a two-hour broadcast by students at the Massachusetts school. Since the first VOTES mock election in 1988, participating students have correctly predicted the results of six of the last seven presidential elections.

Government Students Participate in Civics Forum

Several Advanced Placement Government students took part in the Village of Buffalo Grove’s annual Civics Forum on Monday. The Stevenson contingent, along with peers from Buffalo Grove High, spent the afternoon at the village hall learning from department heads about the process of creating budget requests. Working with their assigned departments, the teens created spending requests for up to $2,000. Ideas that emerged included expanding the village’s flu vaccination program to adding an automated defibrillator to a mobile communications vehicle. Students later played the parts of trustees and key village administrators as the funding requests were made. The Daily Herald covered the Civics Forum, and quoted seniors Hannah Petrich and Eric Zalewski.

Conneen and Larsen on “Speaking of Stevenson”

Speaking of civics, that’s the topic of the latest Speaking of Stevenson podcast. The guests are AP Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen. They talked about a wide range of issues, including their role in the passage of the state’s “Suffrage @ 17” law, whether teachers should share their personal views in the classroom, and how their better known outside of Stevenson than inside. Click here to listen to the episode.

Choral Guild Taking Holiday Cheesecake Orders

The Choral Guild is taking orders for holiday cheesecakes through Monday. See a choir student to place an order or contact Alice Nuteson at Cheesecakes will be delivered on Saturday, November 19.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional: The Patriots dispatched Wauconda, 25-16, 25-20, advancing to the regional championship match against Wheeling at 6 p.m. Thursday. SHS (29-7) will be seeking its seventh consecutive regional title. Against Wauconda, senior Jori Radtke led the attackers with 10 kills. Sophomore Sophie Sorenson had six kills and junior Hope Havenhill added four. Junior Alex Kuc was 45-of-46 setting with 21 assists. Chloe Robinson, also a junior, made eight digs. Stevenson is the No. 2 seed in the Lakes Sectional, while Wheeling is No. 7.

Cross Country Teams Prepare for Sectional

The boys and girls cross country teams will run in the Illinois High School Association Regional Saturday morning at Waukegan Sports Park. The girls’ race begins at 10 a.m., followed by the boys at 11. The first five placing teams and first seven runners who are not members of the first five placing teams in each sectional will advance to the state final meet on Saturday, November 5 in Peoria. The Patriot girls are looking to return to the state finals for the second straight year; they finished 13th in 2015. The boys are looking to qualify as a team for the first time since 2005. If you’re going to watch the race Saturday, please note that there will be a $5 parking fee for spectators.


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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

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 or Sherrie Getlin at 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

What is the School’s Halloween Costume Policy?

Students and staff can wear Halloween costumes to school. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include no face coverings such as masks, disguising makeup, or sunglasses; no double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on the person; and no inappropriate props such as look-alike weapons. The rules are in effect not only during the school day but also during any after-school activity or event on campus on Monday.

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.

Half-Wit Submission Deadline November 7

Freshmen and sophomores are invited to submit their poetry, fiction, essays, plays or  music lyrics for the next edition of the Half-Wit, Stevenson’s literary journal for underclassmen. Send your submission to Mr. Barnabee at by Monday, November 7. Please include your student ID number.


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.


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

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.


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!


Spanish Club meets today 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 today 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!


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 (


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