Tuesday, December 13, 2016

S-Factor Singing Lineup Set

Fourteen students will compete in the S-Factor singing competition at 7 p.m. Friday, January 5 in the Performing Arts Center. The contestants scheduled to perform are seniors Kristen Cardella, Kelley Cronin, Julie Friedman, Lilly Helchen and Grant Mower, juniors Owen Albrecht, Katie Coughlin, A.J. DePew and Emily Lee, sophomore Caroline Powers, and freshmen Ryan Chu, Kya King, Samhita Madduru and Nya Thomas. They will perform in front of teacher-judges Patrick Block, David Frantonius, Kristen One and Kristina Wrona for the opportunity to advance to the final round, where the audience will select the winner via text vote. The S-Factor is sponsored by the Kiva Club. Tickets are $7, with proceeds benefitting micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the worldwide non-profit organization Kiva. To purchase tickets, click here.

Stevenson Looking for Substitute Teachers

Do you have bachelor’s degree, like kids, and would welcome some extra income?  Stevenson is seeking substitute teachers! To be eligible, an applicant must hold a substitute license from the Illinois State Board of Education. To be eligible for a substitute license, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree. Information on the requirements and application process can be seen here. Once the applicant holds the substitute license, he or she can apply to work at Stevenson via the District 125 website at www.d125.org. All applicants complete a background check. Questions may be directed to Kim Clauser, Stevenson Substitute Coordinator, at kclauser@d125.org or 847-415-4202.

Parents Want to Help “the Parking Men”

A group of Stevenson parents is looking to spread holiday cheer and appreciation for the Sodexo employees who direct traffic on campus every morning by creating a gift card fund for them. Any interested parent can make a contribution to the PayPal account https://paypal.me/mmondschain by Thursday. Contact Melissa Mondschain at melismond@mac.com with any questions. Note: This is a privately-led effort using a private PayPal account and has no connection to the school. The school is not responsible for the collection of funds or their distribution.

Last Digest Until January 4

This is the last Daily Digest of the first semester, and for 2016. The Digest will be on hiatus until the first day of second semester, Wednesday, January 4. In the meantime, you can get Stevenson updates by following the school on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google Plus. Important news also will be posted on the school website at www.d125.org.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 53, Zion-Benton 32: Senior Madison Wicklund scored a game-high 20 points for the host Patriots (8-2, 5-0), who won their sixth straight contest. SHS led 16-9 after the first quarter and gradually extended its lead during the remaining periods. Senior Ashley Richardson scored 12 points and junior Klaire Steffens added eight. Stevenson held the Zee-Bees under 10 points in each quarter.

More Football Honors for O’Connell, Marchese Twins

Senior wide receiver Henry Marchese was named to the Chicago Tribune All-State Football Team second team on Sunday. The 6-foot-3 Marchese caught 63 passes for 1,052 yards and 16 touchdowns, all school records. Two other seniors received special mention honors: quarterback Aidan O’Connell and defensive back Michael Marchese. O’Connell on Friday was named the News-Sun Player of the Year and was joined on the newspaper’s first team by the Marchese twins. Second-team honors went to seniors Zach Pritt and Anthony Sibo and junior Sam Marks.

Morrissey Earns All-Academic Big Ten Honors

A program-record 22 Michigan State University football players earned All-Big Ten academic honors, including Matt Morrissey (Class of 2014), who earned selection for the second time. The sophomore safety and finance major has a 3.58 grade-point average.

Boys Swim Team Fundraiser at Chipotle, Menchie’s

Take a break from your post-holiday shopping on Wednesday, December 28 and help raise money for the boys swimming and diving team by having dinner and dessert at the Lincolnshire Chipotle and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (right next door). The fundraiser at Chipotle runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and at Menchie’s from noon to 9 p.m.


In Monday’s fencing results from the Midwest High School Open, sophomore Chloe Myers finished eighth in women’s sabre, not women’s foil. Also, senior Nikita Jhangiani and junior Rachel Aranyi were fifth and sixth, respectively, in women’s epee, rather than tied for fifth.


Click here for the semester exam schedule and information

Stevenson Foundation Children’s Play Auditions After Break

Auditions for the Stevenson Foundation children’s play “The Princess and the Pea” will be held Wednesday and Thursday, January 4-5, from 4-6 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Interested students should prepare a children’s poem or nursery rhyme to perform. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage so be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. Bring your enthusiasm and energy!

Textbook Return, Pick-Up Information

Textbook returns, exchanges and pick-up for one-semester classes will take place in Room 1416 Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After Winter Break, textbooks can be returned or picked up in Room 1416 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, January 5. Beginning Friday, January 6, all textbook needs will be handled in academic division offices.

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, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sign Up to Become a PE or Alternative PE Leader

If you are interested in becoming a PE leader or an alternative PE leader for the 2017-18 school year, please fill out an application by Monday, January 9. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Piekarski (for PE leader) at kpiekarski@d125.org or Mr. Sommers (for alternative PE leader) at scsommers@d125.org.

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.

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 esinger@d125.org.


Registration is now open for the Stevenson Ski and Snowboard Club. If you register by 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.


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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