Tuesday, November 8, 2016


PSAT 8/9 Testing for Freshmen on Thursday

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. This is an opportunity for students to get a sense for what an actual SAT is like, and to give them personalized feedback based on their individual results. The SAT is the State of Illinois’ college readiness exam for juniors beginning with the 2016-17 school year. 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. Students will be excused for 1st and 2nd period. Students will follow their regular schedule beginning with 3rd period.

Model United Nations Members Earn Awards

Several members of the Model United Nations Club won awards while competing at the St. Ignatius conference on Saturday in Chicago. Devanshi Gupta, Kevin Li and Wilson Liu were named Best Delegates. Six others were Honorable Mention selections: Adam Elkins, Nishant Jain, Benjamin Kulis, Pranathi Posa, Joy Wang and Chris Yang.

Stevenson To Host Inaugural “Vet Fest” on Friday

School is in session on Friday, November 11, regular schedule. During lunch hours, Students Helping Soldiers, Catalyst Club, and Sodexo, our school food service provider, will host Stevenson’s inaugural “Vet Fest” in the Wood Commons. Veterans are invited to “Chat and Chow” with students to share their military experiences. Guests are asked to wear their VFW or Legion uniform, jacket, hat or some type of military clothing to represent their branch of service.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Invitational: At Brunswick Zone in Deerfield on Saturday, the Patriots finished third among 24 teams. Zach Singer lead SHS with a 1,432 six-game series. His brother, Josh Singer, had the team’s high game for the day, a 279. SHS had a six-game total of 6,278 pins. On the individual leaderboard, senior Zach Singer ranked third, while fellow senior and brother, Josh Singer, was fifth.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Attend the SHS Election Night Broadcast

All students are invited to attend tonight’s SHS election night broadcast in the QLC at 6:30 p.m. Create and bring your own fun signs to display behind the anchor desk, similar to ESPN’s College GameDay. Follow SHS student election night coverage tonight at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuQau5c21r0

Tickets on Sale for Girls Volleyball State Finals and Pep Bus

Tickets for the girls volleyball state finals are on sale in the school store before and after school, and during lunch periods through Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. Game tickets are $8 for each game.  The Athletic Department is offering a pep bus to the ISU Redbird Arena in Normal Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12.  The cost of the pep bus and admission is $15 each night. Friday’s bus will leave at 3:45 p.m. from Lot B. Saturday’s bus will leave at 4 p.m. for a 7:25 p.m. third-place game or 5:30 p.m. for an 8:55 p.m. first-place game. A signed permission slip and game ticket are required and no refunds will be issued. Students are required to ride the pep bus to and from the game. Permission slips are available online or at the school store and are due no later than Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. The first 40 students who turn in their permission forms will receive a free ticket for the game and bus, compliments of the Sports Boosters.

Students Helping Soldiers and Catalyst Club Team Up to Honor Vets

Catalyst Club will be collecting care package items for soldiers (playing cards, squishy balls, yo-yos, magazines, hard candy, beef jerky, gum, protein bars, Swedish Fish, peanuts, cookies, powder-type drink mixes like Propel, lip balm, letter-writing materials, DVDs, etc.)  Collection bins will be placed at the Point and Sports Center entrances. After school on Friday, Catalyst will host a pizza party during which the items will be packaged and sent to soldiers. Afterwards, club members will head to Menchie’s for dessert and a portion of sales will benefit student substance prevention. On Friday, Students Helping Soldiers will welcome veterans to attend their inaugural “Vet Fest” during the lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Students will be able to talk with veterans about their military experience and thank them for their service.

Sophomores Invited to “Glow Up” Friday Night

The SHS DJ Club is sponsoring a “Sophomore Glow Up”  6:30-8 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons. Admission is free to all sophomores who present their student ID. There will be glow sticks, food and fun. Dubriot, B2B and Anupam will perform, and UR MAI WAIFU will be the featured artist.

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Continue This Week

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the PPA’s annual student variety/talent show, will be held today through Thursday 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.

CLUB NEWS

Breakfast with Books will be meeting Tuesday, November 15 at 7:45 a.m. in the Upper ILC. Everyone is welcome!

Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Commander tournament on Friday, November 11 in Room 1508/1510. The cost is $10 to attend, and every participant will get a 100-card pre-made deck.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Considering a career in health care? Want to know what a day in the life of an FBI agent is like? Think a career in finance is right for you?  Come meet and talk to professionals in these fields and more and discover what career is your fit at the Stevenson Career Expo on November 17 from 6-8:30pm.  There will be a brief presentation by our Post-Secondary Counselors, Mr. Dan Miller and Mrs. Sara English from 6-6:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium entitled “Connecting Careers to Colleges” followed by our exhibition of careers from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum, West and Wood Commons.

COLLEGE NEWS

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

Anyone interested in playing girls’ softball in the spring should come to a meeting on Tuesday, November 15 before school at 8 a.m. or after school at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2004. You only need to attend one of the meetings.

All girls interested in Stevenson Strength and Conditioning (SSC) should attend an informational meeting with Coach Walker on Friday, November 11 in Room 7096 at either 7:30 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. to learn more about the before-school conditioning program.

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (November 10 is a late arrival day). Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The other meeting dates for this school year (all late arrival days) are December 1, February 16 and March 16, at the same time and location.

INTRAMURALS

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Co-Ed Volleyball League will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, in the Student Activities Office. This is a combined meeting for both leagues.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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