Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Niche Names Stevenson Best Public High School in U.S.

Stevenson has been named the best public high school in America by Niche.com, a Pittsburgh-based website that analyzes public data and reviews to provide rankings for every K-12 school and college in the United States. The school’s teaching staff was named third-best in Illinois, and SHS also was ranked fourth in the Chicago metropolitan area for STEM programs, and was selected as the best school for athletics in the state.

Stevenson has scored well in Niche’s annual rankings, which started three years ago. Last year, SHS was ranked as the No. 5 public high school in the country and was No. 2 in 2014.

Niche’s ranking of 18,794 U.S. public high schools is based on a number of criteria, with half of the overall weight placed on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents. The website also looked at factors such as teacher pay and quality, school culture and diversity, health and safety, resources and facilities, and co-curricular opportunities. Stevenson received an A+ rating on nine of 10 areas in the Niche.com report card, and a B in diversity. Fast Company offered this positive profile of Niche in 2014.

Come to the Next Session of Parent University

Parents are invited to attend the next Parent University meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Quiet Learning Center (QLC) to discuss how Stevenson is supporting students through the transition from ACT to SAT. Topics covered will include: important dates for the PSAT, ACT and SAT, what counselors and academic divisions are doing to support the transition, and remediation and tutoring available for students. The QLC is located in the West Building, near the Auditorium. Park in lot B for easiest access.

VEX Robotics Team Opens Competition Season

Stevenson’s VEX Robotics team opened its 2016-17 season Saturday at Niles West High School’s “Starstruck” competition. Three of the team’s five robots (in a field of 38) reached the elimination round and one of them, Team Sharkrado, made it all the way to the finals before losing to robots from Niles. The Sharkrado roster included juniors Elliot Segal and Ryan Mitchell, and sophomores Ethan Gordon, Jacob Shupak, Erik Rademacher, Chase Duvall and Alan Tokarsky. In addition, Team CLH won the Judges Award, given to teams displaying special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, as well as accomplishments. The CLH team featured seniors Opasan Bondad, Aryn Harmon, Chris Lee, Lisa Rosov and Serge Zvenigorodsky, and junior Abby Starr.

Intro to Business Classes Holding Burger Challenge

The Introduction to Business classes are holding their semi-annual Burger Night fundraiser from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at Tom and Eddie’s restaurant in the Vernon Hills Town Center. Students have come up with three burger recipes, and patrons will determine the winner based on which one is ordered most. The more burgers that are sold means more proceeds will go to the event’s selected beneficiary, the Stevenson Foundation. To see which burgers will be on the menu, click here.

Band Parents Benefit Night at Mug’s on Thursday

The Band Parents Organization is holding a benefit night at Mug’s Pizza and Ribs, 1695 Weiland Road in Buffalo Grove, from 3-10 p.m. Thursday. Mug’s will donate 20% of sales to the Band Parents Organization if you show this flyer or mention “Stevenson Band” when ordering. The offer is valid for carryout and delivery orders from the Buffalo Grove location only.

Baseball Team Holding Mom’s Night at Stilettos

The baseball program is holding a Mom’s Night at Stilettos Boutique, 394 W. Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Anyone making a purchase during the fundraiser will receive 10% off their purchase price and a free gift. Ten percent of the evening’s proceeds will go to the SHS baseball team.


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Eight Named to All-NSC Football Squad

Eight players from Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion football team have earned all-league honors. Patriots named to the All-NSC squad include seniors Aidan O’Connell (quarterback), Henry Marchese (wide receiver), Michael Marchese (safety), Anthony Sibo (running back), Zachary Pritt (defensive end), Brad Drazner (offensive guard) and Danny Mass (linebacker), plus junior Sam Marks (linebacker). Three players, all seniors, received honorable mention: Alex Iancau (linebacker), Charlie Bourbon (cornerback) and Tyler Kozub (defensive end).

Three Selected to All-Sectional Soccer Team

Three members of the boys soccer team have been selected to the one of the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Sectional Teams. Seniors Ben Brandt and Jake Nunez and junior Ethan Kalis were chosen for the team representing Section 4 of the state, with junior Matthew Brickman receiving honorable mention. The IHSSCA breaks the state into 14 sections.

Hockey Captain’s Late Brother Still Inspires

Sunday’s Daily Herald included this article about senior ice hockey captain Daniel Wolfe and the impact of his late brother, Ethan, who died two years ago at the age of 12 from CHARGE Syndrome, a rare genetic syndrome. Daniel said that his younger brother was the “single most impactful person” in his life whose resilience was inspiring. Because of his experience in caring for his brother, Daniel has worked as a volunteer at a summer camp for kids with special needs, and assists the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation with its events. The Wolfe family also established the Ethan Wolfe Recreational Assistance Program to provide recreational equipment and activities for people with CHARGE Syndrome.

Marchese Brothers Featured on CSN Chicago

Seniors Michael and Henry Marchese from the Patriot football team were featured in this segment on post-game recovery workouts on the “High School Lites” program on CSN Chicago.


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., and 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the Performing Arts Center.

Mandatory Showcase Meetings This Week

Showcase 2017, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be presented on March 17-18. If you signed up to audition for Showcase, please remember that at least one member of each of your groups must attend a participation meeting to be eligible to audition. Each person auditioning as an emcee must also attend one of the meetings. Participation meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). You need to only attend one meeting. If you are still interested in auditioning for Showcase 2017, please email edie0609@aol.com to check on audition availability and plan on attending one of the participation meetings. For updated information, please check out “Showcase-Stevenson High School” on Facebook.

Interested in Being an FMP Mentor?

Sophomores and juniors who are interested in becoming Freshman Mentor Program student mentors are invited to attend an informational meeting during the lunch periods on Friday. Meetings will be held every half lunch period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b) in the Recital Hall.

Senior Shirts On Sale Now!

Students in the Class of 2017 must place their orders online by Thursday at this link.

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.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Pumpkin and apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.


Trying to figure out which career is best for you? Plan on attending the Stevenson

High School Career Expo on Thursday 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.


The Stevenson Styler fashion magazine is here! Get yours at the Fashion Design Lab in Room 1612.

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is hosting some new events! This Wednesday,  come and DIY your very own fashion-forward choker and learn more about the club! We will be in Room 1612 at 3:30. Hope to see you there!

The Spanish Club is holding a Guacamole-making contest after school Thursday in the Foods Lab. Bring friends and participate as a team. Don’t worry about bringing anything! Spanish Club will provide all the necessary ingredients.

The Indian Student Association will have its Diwali celebration from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $4.

Senior Class Board will be making cookie-ingredient mason jars for each Give-A-Thon family from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, November 18 in the Foods Lab. Seniors, please sign up on UGIVE by Thursday!


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


The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Bennington College, Saint Joseph’s College, Central Michigan University, Johnson and Wales University, and the U.S. Navy. 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.


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