Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Classes End Early Wednesday

Classes will end early Wednesday. The school day will end at 2:37 p.m. and the PM Assembly schedule (without an assembly) will be followed. There will be no school Thursday or Friday.

Eight Students Win Awards in Writing Competition

Eight students won awards at the annual University of Wisconsin Creative Writing Festival and Competition, which featured fiction, drama and poetry from approximately 1,500 high schoolers in Illinois and Wisconsin. Three seniors won first-place honors: Emily Nicole Pease (personal essay), Sarah Berkowitz (flash fiction) and Justin Han (poetry). Senior Annamarie Wellems earned second place in personal essay. A trio of students received third-place awards: senior Eliza Sullivan (short fiction), junior Hayley Brenner (drama) and junior Katherine Chiasson (flash fiction). Senior Sonya Borkhovik was an honorable mention choice in flash fiction.

Don’t Let Your Student Be Hurt by “Blackout Wednesday”

Stevenson’s Student Assistance Program and the Stand Strong Coalition are urging parents to avoid letting their students become victims of “Blackout Wednesday” tomorrow. Blackout Wednesday is a phrase coined by AAA because of the high levels of alcohol consumed the night before Thanksgiving. The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that the rate of binge drinking among those aged 18-25 was 40.6%, with an even higher percentage during the holidays. Underage youth can be vulnerable during the Thanksgiving weekend because of young legal-age drinkers back home from college, in addition to other family and friends. The Stand Strong Coalition recommends parents concern themselves with five “W’s”: What are your teen’s plans? Who will your teen be with? Where are they going? What time will they be home? Who is driving? The coalition also adds a sixth W: Wait up for them and have a conversation about their evening. Additional information and materials on how to help prevent underage drinking are available at www.standstrongcoalition.org.


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Wrestling Team Opens in Preseason Top 15

The SHS wrestling team, winners of the last two North Suburban Conference championships, opens its season Wednesday night in the Sports Center with a 5 p.m. triangular meet with Wheaton North and Prospect. All three teams are ranked in the preseason top 20 by The Illinois Best Weekly, which has covered high school wrestling for the past 33 years. Stevenson is ranked No. 15, while Wheaton North is No. 12 and Prospect is No. 16. Head coach Shane Cook returns seven starters and four state qualifiers from last year’s 20-2 team, led by senior Dylan Geick, who was 42-6 and finished fourth in the state at 152 pounds. The other returning state qualifiers are seniors Eric Carter (132), Robert Pavlovich (160) and Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (170).

Volleyball Alumni Earn Major Honors

Two former members of the Stevenson girls volleyball program have earned prestigious honors with their college teams. Northern Illinois University senior Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013) has been named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. She is the sixth Huskie to earn the honor, and the fourth in the last seven seasons. Radtke also became the first NIU player in more than 20 years to earn first-team all-conference honors at least three times. Howard University junior Khaila Donaldson (Class of 2014) was named Outstanding Player as the Bison won their second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship on Sunday. Howard earned its second straight NCAA Tournament berth by winning its league title.

Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at Fremd Invitational: The Patriettes finished second in Lyrical and third in Jazz in the 24-team 3A Division.


Testing Center Closing Early Wednesday

The Testing Center will close at 2:37 p.m. Wednesday, when classes end for Thanksgiving Break.

Submit Your Design for the new Fine Arts T-Shirt

All students are invited to compete in the Fine Arts T-shirt Logo Design Contest. Your logo must be submitted by Friday, December 2. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Click here for details.

Visiting Artist of the Month Coming to SHS Next Tuesday

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, painter and historian Howard Schwartz, will visit the school on Tuesday, November 29 during periods 5 and 7 to talk about his work. Students are invited to attend his presentation, which will be held at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building, by the art rooms. Click here to read more about the artist.

Operation Snowball Registration Ends Next Week

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3, at YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a program planned by teens for teens that gives you a chance to learn about yourself, your peers, and a wide variety of topics. Sign up today through the online school store. Click here to watch the video! The registration deadline is Tuesday, November 29.

Tell Others About Academic Integrity

All students are invited to participate in a poster contest promoting academic integrity at Stevenson. Design a poster using a slogan or catchphrase based on one of these academic integrity values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. Submissions are due by December 2. For more details, visit www.d125.org/honesty.

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 spaloian@d125.org or by calling 847-415-4500. This Student/Family Information Form should be completed and emailed to spaloian@d125.org or returned to Room 2414. Forms will be accepted in the order received.

Benefit Night at Chipotle for Free the Children Club

The Free the Children Club is having a benefit night at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, November 30. Half of all proceeds will go to the club, which seeks social change on a global scale.


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 (dwillock@d125.org).


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, December 1 from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (December 1 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 February 16 and March 16, at the same time and location.


Seniors can now pick up applications for the General Henry Dearborn American History Scholarship, which is part of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution North Shore Chapter. Applicants must plan to major in American History and plan to attend a junior college, four-year college or university in Illinois. Applications can be picked up in the CCC and must be submitted by February 1.

Seniors can now pick up applications for the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship. Interested students must complete both the Illinois DAR Financial Need Form along with the application and plan to attend a junior college, four-year college or university in Illinois. Application materials can be picked up in the CCC and must be submitted by February 1.

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.


University of Illinois wants deal-free state funding

Fenwick takes IHSA to court in dispute over playoff loss

With CPS contract cap, only one new charter school proposed

Evanston-Skokie district, teachers union agree on three-year deal

Teachers reject Springfield school district contract offer

Hastert fights for return of teacher pension

Palatine PTA treasurer accused of theft

Teen pleads guilty to bringing handgun to Evanston Township High

Ex-Northwestern students plead guilty to vandalizing chapel

Chicago high school classroom treated for bedbugs

Mundelein High business students preparing to market hairbrush

New greenhouse to help disabled students at Lake Zurich High


Five children killed in Chattanooga school bus crash; driver charged

College textbook costs decline for first time in 17 years, report says

Education Secretary urges states to stop corporal punishment for students

World’s largest K-12 reading survey identifies trends, best practices

How effective is school drug testing? Evidence is scarce, inconsistent

The emotional weight of being graded, for better or worse

Oakland schools chief to be nominated for D.C. chancellor’s post

College mascots: The good, the bad, and the just plain weird


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