Thursday, November 17, 2016

School Musical Takes Stage This Weekend

Approximately 1,100 eighth-graders from Stevenson’s consortium schools converged on the campus today to take in a special performance of the annual musical, Big Fish. Seniors Jordan Radis, Rebecca Koltun and Johnny Barboza, and junior Lydia Johnson were chosen for the lead roles in the musical, which is the story about an Alabama family and the complications that arise from the stories they tell, and don’t tell. Click here for the entire cast list. Public performances will be held this weekend in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. You can purchase tickets online through the Patriot Superstore. All seats are reserved. Any unsold tickets will be sold at the door for each performance.

Junior Chosen for National Mathematics Contest

Junior Andrew Hwang has been selected to be one of 10 contestants in the “Who Wants to be a Mathematician?” national championship January 7 in Atlanta. He and the other students will be competing for the top prize of $10,000. They qualified by scoring the highest on two rounds of online tests this fall. The contest is sponsored by the American Mathematical Society.

Journalism Students Excel at Indianapolis Conference

Three senior members of the Statesman, Stevenson’s student newspaper, earned Excellent rankings at the fall Journalism Educators Association national conference in Indianapolis last weekend. Sami Sparber earned an Excellent rating in Sports Writing, Nikol Safronova received an Excellent in Newspaper Design, and Annie Wu was awarded an Excellent in Infographic Design. Their rankings represent the top 10-15% of 3,200 competitors from more than 300 high schools in the United States, United Kingdom and China. The Statesman’s sponsor, Communication Arts teacher Dean Bradshaw, gave a presentation called “Review a Movie; Review the World” to about 100 students at the conference. He also was recognized for recently passing JEA’s certification test and earning the title of Certified Journalism Educator.

World Languages Teachers Presenting in Boston

Seven members of the World Languages Division will be giving presentations this weekend at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ annual conference in Boston. On Saturday, Spanish teacher Elfie Repel will lead a presentation on “Practical Strategies to Co-Construct Feedback in a Standards-Based Classroom,” and will be joined by colleagues Amanda Cummings, Samuel Figueroa and Christina Suarez. On Sunday, Director of World Languages Justin Fisk will lead a session on “Co-Constructing Learning in a Standards-Based Classroom Through IPA (Integrated Performance Assessment).” He will be joined by Spanish teachers Patrick Grady and Shannon Ramirez, and Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation Anthony Reibel, who formerly taught Spanish at SHS.

Senior Class T-Shirt Ordering Glitch

The deadline for ordering a senior class T-shirt has been extended to midnight Monday because the website for placing orders has been inaccessible the past two days. Apparel Enthusiast, the Elk Grove company selling the shirts at, said it is working to provide a new link for those who wish to place an order. Once the new link becomes available, it will be shared through Stevenson’s social media sites and in the Daily Digest.

Deadline Extended for Senior Yearbook Ads

The deadline has been extended for senior parents who would like to salute their graduating student with an advertisement in the 2017 Ambassador yearbook. The cost of an ad is $50, and you can design the layout, pick your own text, and upload your own photos. Click here for details. The deadline is Friday, December 16.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Glenbrook South 4: Junior Michael Dowd’s goal at the 16-minute mark in the third period broke a 4-4 tie as the visiting Patriots (7-8) snapped a three-game losing streak. SHS took a 4-0 lead in the first period behind goals from senior Daniel Wolfe, junior Jackson Leptich, sophomore Max Slavin and senior Benjamin Stavola. The Titans responded with four unanswered goals to tie the game at 4-4 heading into the third. Leptich and fellow junior Jake Camp had two assists apiece, while Dowd and Stavola also registered an assist. Junior goalie Nicolas Almenara made 10 saves. Each team had 14 shots on goal. – Boxscore

McNamara Steps Down as Head Football Coach

Head football coach Bill McNamara, who guided the Patriots to the state championship in 2014, announced his resignation Tuesday night after seven seasons. McNamara broke the news to his team after the Fall Sports Awards Night festivities, and told the Daily Herald that it was “just time to pass the torch.” McNamara became head coach in 2010 after serving as an assistant to Bill Mitz for 20 seasons. During his seven seasons as head coach, McNamara’s teams posted a 67-16 record and six North Suburban Conference championships. Stevenson reached the state playoffs in each of his seven seasons, capturing the Class 8A championship with a 14-0 record two years ago. McNamara, who will be retiring from teaching in four years, told the newspaper that he intends to remain on the football coaching staff, but not at the varsity level. “Personally, I would like to move down to be a lower-level staff member and, out of respect to the new (head coach), stay out of his shadow,” McNamara told the Herald. “But I still want to contribute and be there if there are any questions or if he needs anything.” Several players contacted by Pioneer Press said they were surprised by the news, but grateful for the opportunity to play for McNamara.

Martial Arts Background Benefits State Swimmer

Today’s Daily Herald has a feature article on senior swimmer Rachel Song, who is one of several Patriots competing in the IHSA state meet starting Friday. Song credits years of taekwondo — in which she earned a black belt — with developing her flexibility and core strength. Head coach Kevin Zakrzewski says Song has just begun to tap into her swimming potential, and thinks her best days are still ahead. She is planning to attend Emory University in Atlanta.


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.

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. Interested students should sign up for an audition slot.

Band Parents Benefit Night at Mug’s Tonight

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. tonight. 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.

Host a German Exchange Student in March

Twenty high school students from Germany will be visiting Stevenson from March 5-17, and we need your help! Please consider hosting one or more students for an experience your family will talk about for years to come! Information is available by emailing Suzanne Paloian at or by calling 847-415-4500. This Student/Family Information Form should be completed and emailed to or returned to Room 2414. Forms will be accepted in the order received.


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

High School Career Expo tonight 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 if you have any questions.


The Spanish Club is holding a Guacamole-making contest after school today 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 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.


Beat the winter doldrums by supporting SHS Baseball! Tickets are now on sale for the third annual SHS Baseball Trivia Night on Friday, January 27, at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. The evening will include a buffet dinner, cash bar, fantastic trivia, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 each or $500 per table for a group. The first 50 people who purchase tickets have a chance at winning gift cards for iTunes, Starbucks and Visa, among others. Proceeds help SHS baseball play teams from around the country during Spring Break so they’re ready to compete in conference play when the season starts. Click here to purchase tickets.


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