Thursday, November 3, 2016

PSAT 8/9 Testing for Freshmen

As part of Stevenson’s ongoing commitment to ensure success for every student, all freshmen will be taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT 8/9) exam on Thursday, November 10. Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Buses will run similar to a regular school day schedule to get freshmen to school on time for the exam. (Sophomores, juniors and seniors will have a late-arrival start — buses will run again later in the morning.) The exam will finish around 11:30 a.m. Click here for more information about the PSAT 8/9.

Biology Teachers To Present at National Conference

Four SHS biology teachers will be making presentations at the National Association of Biology Teachers National Conference this week in Denver, Colorado. Christina Palffy and Karen O’Connor will present “Improving Science Practices Through Evaluating Scientific Journal Articles.” Kellie Dean and Christine Pfaffinger will present “Engaging Students with Literacy Strategies.”

Graduation Cap & Gown Orders Due

Final cap and gown orders for the Class of 2017 will be taken at school on Monday, November 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. outside the Student Activities Office.  Parents may also order online at www.jostens.com.

An “Un-fur-gettable” Engagement for Two Alums

Chris Walton (Class of 2007) and Lauren Peters (Class of 2009) did not know each other while attending Stevenson, but now they are engaged. The story of how Walton proposed to Peters is told in this article from Best Friends, an organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s animal shelters. Walton chose to propose at Best Friends’ Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, where he had a life-changing visit five years earlier while attending the University of Illinois. He invited Peters with him to the Sanctuary, along with his parents, Bob and Jacqui (who works for the SHS security staff). Peters and Walton met at the Stevenson Alumni Association Homecoming gathering in 2013, and were introduced by Stevenson Foundation President Al Scaletta (Class of 1979) and his wife, Pam.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Girls Volleyball Sectional Final Tonight

Tonight’s matchup in the Lakes sectional championship against Libertyville will begin at 6 p.m. at Lakes Community High School. For those coming to cheer on our Patriots, wear your patriotic gear because it’s a USA Out!  Read more about the Patriot victory over rival Lake Forest in the semi-finals earlier this week.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fall Musical Tickets on Sale

Tickets for Big Fish, the 2016-17 school musical, are available online through the Patriot Superstore. The cost is $12. All seats are reserved. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., November 18-19, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, in the Performing Arts Center.

Freshman/Sophomore Play Audition Packet Available

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s freshman/sophomore production of Crimes of the Heart is now available for download. The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate. Auditions for Crimes of the Heart will be held in the Studio Theater (Room 2204) at 3:40 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, November 21-22. Interested students should sign up for an audition slot on the Call Board outside the Studio Theater.

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Continue Today, Next Week

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the PPA’s annual student variety/talent show, will be held today, 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 on January 12 and 18. Band auditions will be held on 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.

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 jbarnabee@d125.org by Monday, November 7. Please include your student ID number.

Free Ice Cream for Seniors on Friday

All seniors are invited to celebrate the end of the college application season with free ice cream starting eighth period and until 4:15 Friday in the Glass Commons.

CLUB NEWS

The Animal Welfare Club’s November Cats-Of-The-Month are a 6-month-old social butterfly, Wilfred, and a senior cat named Cypress who is VERY animal friendly. 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 at http://shsanimalwelfare.weebly.com/pets-of-the-month !  You can inquire about these animals by calling Save-A-Pet at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends, all waiting for love at http://www.saveapetil.org

CAREER EXPLORATION

Trying to figure out which career is best for you? Plan on attending the Stevenson High School Career Expo on Thursday, November 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about different careers in one place on one night! Representatives from dozens of industries including healthcare, engineering, law, education, fine arts and more will be in attendance, and some will even be offering internships for students. New this year will be a presentation in the West Auditorium entitled “Connecting Careers to College” from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the career exhibition in the Forum, West and Wood Commons from 6:30-8:30pm. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org if you have any questions. This event is free and open to all students.

ATHLETICS

Attention all boys interested in the swimming and diving team: There will be a short informational meeting in the pool balcony after school today and again at 8 a.m. tomorrow. You may attend either one. If you cannot attend please see the team web page for more information.

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 in the Cardio Room 5042. No one is too busy, it’s a matter of priorities!

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