Thursday, December 8, 2016

97% of the Class of 2016 Attending College

Almost 97% of Stevenson’s Class of 2016 is attending college with about half staying in the state of Illinois, according to the SHS College Career Center. The center has released its annual report on college attendance for Stevenson’s most recent graduates. Some of the report highlights include:

  • 96.7% of the class is college-bound, with 86.2% attending four-year schools and 10.5% attending two-year schools.
  • Of the four-year college attendees, 71% of the class is attending a public institution, 29% is attending a private institution. 43% of the class is planning to begin their college education within the state of Illinois.
  • The Class of 2016 can be found on 173 different campuses.
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign remains the top destination for Stevenson graduates, with 151 students planning to attend this fall; this represents 19.2% of the four-year, college-bound students.
  • The 10 most popular four-year universities for the Class of 2016 are: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (151), University of Iowa (43), Indiana University (32), University of Wisconsin-Madison (32), Illinois State University (25), University of Michigan (23), Loyola University Chicago (22), DePaul University (20), University of Illinois at Chicago (18) and Northwestern University (18).

The report is based on responses from 919 members of the Class of 2016. The post-secondary plans of 13 graduates was unknown.

Parents Invited to Take Online Survey About SHS

Stevenson parents are invited to share their thoughts about the school as part of the Illinois State Board of Education’s fourth annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The online survey is open until January 16. Parents’ identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to them or their student. The 5Essentials Survey is designed to gather data about schools in five “essentials” that affect and predict school success: effective leadership, collaboration among teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. Students also will be asked to take the survey. Parents who do not want their student to participate in the survey must fill out and return the form that was emailed to them. The deadline to return the form is Friday, December 16.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 57, Lake Forest 29: Senior Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 18 points and junior Klaire Steffens added 15 as the Patriots (6-2, 3-0) took control of the contest early and never let up in the Sports Center. SHS led 18-7 after the first quarter, 29-13 at halftime, and 48-21 heading into the fourth. Richardson nailed a trio of three-pointers for the Pats, who had six on the night. Senior Madison Wicklund added 10 points. Stevenson’s defense held the Scouts under nine points in each quarter, and LFHS (2-1 in the NSC) only went to the free-throw line twice. – Daily Herald

Radtke Named to All-State Volleyball Team

Senior Jori Radtke was named to the Champaign News-Gazette All-State Girls Volleyball Team on Tuesday, becoming the first Patriot to receive first-team all-state honors since 1992. Radtke led Stevenson to a third-place finish at this fall’s state tournament, the best in school history. She recorded 552 kills, 253 digs and 68 aces as the Pats went 33-8. Radtke, an outside hitter who has committed to Northern Illinois University, was a second-team selection by the newspaper last year and was an honorable mention choice in 2014.

Steffens Embraces New Role for Girls Basketball Team

The varsity girls basketball team features a more diverse look offensively, and part of the reason is Klaire Steffens. The 6-foot junior has become a “stretch guard“ who looks to extend defenses. She also is getting used to guarding other guards. Steffens, a three-year varsity player, said the team’s preseason workouts provided a valuable boost physically.

Current, Former Patriots Place in Turkey Trots

Several cross country alumni finished in the top 25 at Thanksgiving Turkey Trot races in Long Grove and Highland Park. Jared Borowsky (Class of 2016), who won the state 3,200-meter championship in May, took top honors in the 5K portion of the North Shore Turkey Trot in Highland Park, with fellow 2016 graduate Daniel Engel placing 14th. At the Long Grove Turkey Trot, 2016 graduate Jakob Bloomfield was second in the 5K race, with current senior Zachary Sprague placing sixth. Other top 25 finishers were junior Ethan Simanek (ninth), freshman Cameron Coffey (16th) and 2015 graduate Sammy Oh (18th).


Class Rings to be Delivered at School Monday

Brian Walter from Jostens will be here to deliver class rings on Monday during lunch hours outside the Student Activities Office. Remember to bring your final payment.

Freshman Band Students, Pick Up Your PE Shirts

All first-semester Freshmen Band students should come and pick up their Physical Education shirts from the Patriot Superstore before second semester begins. The Superstore is open during semester exams.

Illinois State Scholar Certificates Available in 2414

Attention all Illinois State Scholars! Your certificate is available for pick up in Room 2414 (Green Student Services). Please have your ID ready to show when you pick up your certificate.

Parking Change for Seniors After Break

Attention seniors: There will be a small change to the senior parking area in parking lot D starting after Winter Break (fourth grading period). As a reminder, yellow-lined spots are for faculty/visitors and white-lined spots are designated for students. Security will be available to provide stickers for cars and to alert students to the new arrangement on Wednesday, January 4.

Parking Reminders During Exam Week

As we approach semester exams, here are a few parking reminders. Final exam days are part of the third marking period, so students must have a valid parking permit if driving or parking on campus during school hours. The strip and Port Clinton lots are for senior and staff overflow parking, and should be used when necessary. One-day parking passes are for the Port Clinton lot only. The fourth marking period begins after Winter Break. Any senior students beginning to park in January should have their vehicle stickers put on in parking lot D beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4. If you have parking questions, stop by Room 2400.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

The Testing Center will have the following hours during final exams: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, December 15, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, December 16. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs a call or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled.

West Jazzman’s Closing for Remodeling

The West Building Jazzman’s will be closing after school Friday for remodeling during Winter Break, and will remain closed until the start of second semester.

Is the Superstore Open During Semester Exams?

The Patriot Superstore will be open during semester exams.

Bright Lights Candle Sale Today and Friday

The Bright Lights Candle Company will sell be selling candles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday in front of the Performing Arts Center. The votives are $4, small are $8 and three-wick are $10. Several special holiday scents are available, such as Noel, Welcome Home, Autumn Harvest and Icicles, plus Bright Lights favorites Birthday Cake, Spring Rain and Clean Cotton. The Bright Lights Candle Company is a vocational training program at Stevenson.

Sports Boosters Flash Sale Friday

If you‘re looking for holiday gift ideas, the Sports Boosters will have a “flash sale” featuring Stevenson apparel and other items at the school on Friday. The sale starts during the lunch periods in the Field House lobby, then continues after school from 3:30-6 p.m. inside the Field House.

Sign Up to Become an Alternative PE Leader

If you are interested in becoming an alternative PE leader for the 2017-18 school year,  please fill out this application by Monday, January 9. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Sommers at

Madrigal Singers Audition Information Available

The Choral Department will hold auditions for the Madrigal Singers (a capella choir) on Thursday, January 5 at 3:45 p.m. in the Choir Room (2202). Visit the choir web page for audition information. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Singer at

Senior Men Invited to Sign Up for Mr. SHS

Applications for the annual Mr. SHS contest are now open. Senior guys can look for the application here. Applications will be open through Friday, December 16.

Winter Play Audition Packet Online

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s winter production, The Heidi Chronicles, is now available for students. Click here to download the packet. Auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, January 10, with callbacks after school on Wednesday, January 11. Sign up for an audition slot on the Theatre Call Board, located outside the Studio Theatre (Room 2204).

Sign Up for the MLK Day of Service

Students are invited to sign up for the fourth annual Day of Service on Monday, January 16, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday. Students will engage in two hours of work at local charity sites as part of a daylong event focusing on service. All students who take part will receive five service hours. Students may register individually or in teams of up to four people. There is a limit of 375 students for the Day of Service. The registration deadline is Monday, January 9. Click here to register.


Registration is now open for the Stevenson Ski and Snowboard Club. If you register by next Wednesday, you get a free sweatshirt. The first trip is to Cascade Mountain on January 7. If you have questions, stop by the Student Activities Office.


What do you say to an angry potato? Nothing, you just butter him up! Come to Club Israel today and help make latkes and potato pancakes. We meet in the Food Lab right after school.

Spanish Club meets today for its annual Chocolate & Churros Holiday Party in Room 2808. We will be watching the movie Elf in Spanish while munching on freshly made churros! New members at all levels are always welcome.

Junior Class Board will have its next meeting after school today in the College Career Center. The group will be taking its yearbook club photo and then celebrating  terrific first-semester accomplishments with a holiday party!

Breakfast with Books will meet Tuesday morning from 7:45-8:20 in the Upper ILC. All students are welcome!

Are you interested in being a Peer Tutor second semester? We are having an orientation meeting after school Thursday, January 12 in Room 7032.


Applications are now available for the Lake County Federation of Teachers’ Joe Hutten $1,000 Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor the late educator Joe Hutten. Students must intend to attend an Illinois public institution (two- or four-year) to qualify. All other scholarship requirements are listed on the application. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) for an application. The application deadline is January 23.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.


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 (


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