Friday, January 13, 2017

Monday Last Day for Parents to Complete Survey

Monday is the deadline for Stevenson parents to share their thoughts about the school as part of the Illinois State Board of Education’s fourth annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Click here to take the survey.

The 5Essentials Survey is designed to gather data about schools in five areas that affect and predict school success: effective leadership, collaboration among teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. Research has shown that schools which are strong in at least three of those areas are 10 times more likely to improve student learning in mathematics and reading than those that are weak on three or more of the essentials.

Parents’ identity and survey responses are confidential and will never be connected to them or their student.

No School on Monday

Classes will not be held Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. School will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Winter Play Cast List Announced

The cast for the winter play, The Heidi Chronicles, was announced Wednesday night. Senior Angela Kotsonis was chosen for the lead role of art historian Heidi Holland, who is finding her way in a rapidly changing world. Senior Jordan Radis and junior Sam Litwin will play the roles of Holland’s love interests, Dr. Peter Patrone and Scoop Rosenbuam, respectively. The remainder of the cast includes seniors Mallory Weber, Rebecca Koltun and Vlad Berez, and juniors Courtney Shub, Jeremy Tracz, Chinmayee Sakhare, Hayley Brenner, Pia Russo and Hannah Lichtenstein. The play’s director is Cynthia Burrows. Her student directors are seniors Mia Katz, Michelle Katz and Sammie Landau, and sophomore Nikolette Olson. The Heidi Chronicles will be performed March 10-11.

Table Tennis Team Triumphs in Triangular

The varsity table tennis team defeated Grayslake North, 6-3, and Naperville North, 5-4, in a triangular meet at SHS Thursday evening. The junior varsity squad won its match by a 6-3 score. Stevenson’s participants included seniors Akshay Chaubal, Reuban Gutmann, Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla and Tarun Rao, juniors Jack Greeley, Sathvik Gurupali, Rohan Tuli and Trever Pokot, sophomores Tejas Ambravan, Michael Hu, Andrew Huang, Victor Lu and Nicholas Pantelis, and freshmen Grant Gillis, Andrew Lukz and Jason Segal.

Alum’s Goal: Easier Access to Scientific Research

2006 graduate Brian Kung is co-founder of Project Credo, which seeks to make scientific research more accessible for the general public. The website “makes it easy to curate, comment on, and share lists of research papers,” Kung says in this video. Kung and his partner began meeting at the Vernon Area Public Library last June, and have been meeting there for several hours a week since. The library wrote about Kung and Project Credo here.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,108, Glenbrook North 2,726: On Senior Night at Lakeside Lane, the Patriots capped their regular season by finishing 11-0 in match play. SHS featured an all-senior lineup, led by defending state champion Zach Singer, who posted the team’s top series (736) and game (259). Singer’s brother, Josh Singer, rolled a 648 (245), Gabe Gordon recorded a 610 (217), Jake Kozak shot a 560 (219) and Will Jacob had a 554 (205). Other seniors honored were Michael Bell, Jake Cullen, Brett Israel and Daniel Oh. Stevenson will compete in the IHSA Lake Zurich Regional on Saturday at the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park.

City-Suburban Showdown Tickets On Sale Tuesday

Tickets for the boys basketball team’s game in the 22nd Annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown will go on sale Tuesday in the Patriot Superstore before school and during lunch periods. Stevenson will play Morgan Park at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at the Robert Morris University Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. General admission is $10, which includes the 8 p.m. game between Evanston and Simeon. Ticket sales end February 15.

Donations Pouring in for Baseball Trivia Night

The SHS baseball team will hold its third annual Trivia Night at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire on Friday, January 27. Funds raised will help the varsity team play in a tournament before conference play begins this spring. The evening will include a buffet dinner, raffle, silent auction and trivia. Items for auction/raffle include a rooftop party for four at Wrigley Field, a one-week stay at a condo in Cabo San Lucas, tickets to Dan and Shay, and tickets to ComedySportz and one improv class, among many others. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased (or donations made if you can’t attend) at Thanks to our Grand Slam donors (donations worth $500 or more): Mathnasium, Sky Fitness, Slammers, Original Bagel and Bialy, and the Cappalli family. Thanks also to our Home Run donors (donations in value of $250 or more): ComedySportz-Chicago, Hitz Pizza, Pauly Honda and Pauly Acura, Z Fit Sports (Scott Zilligen, trainer), and Player’s Edge Baseball and Softball Academy.

Baseball Alum Attends Panel With MLB Commissioner

George Washington University senior Jordan Sheinkop (Class of 2013) was one of several players from the Colonials’ baseball team invited to attend a recent roundtable discussion with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and three prominent journalists who cover the sport. Sheinkop wrote about the experience here.


Friday Deadline to Apply for Project Dance Committee

Applications are now being taken for the Project Dance Planning Committee. Students on the committee will plan and run this annual fundraiser for the Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire and the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund. The committee will meet every Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning January 24. Project Dance will take place April 8. To apply and for more details, click here.

Host Families Needed for German Students

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 unforgettable family experience. Information is available by emailing Suzanne Paloian at or by calling 847-415-4500. If you are interested, complete this Student/Family Information Form and email it to or return it to Room 2414 at your earliest convenience. Forms will be accepted in the order received.

Mandatory Meeting for Orchestra Italy Trip

All students (and their parents) interested in participating in the strings program’s 2017-18 trip to southern Italy will have a mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Orchestra Room (2200).


Attention seniors: Are you considering attending the College of Lake County? Would you like to take a field trip to learn more about its opportunities? We are offering two dates for field trips to CLC: Wednesday, February 1 (designed for seniors who have an IEP or 504 plan) and Wednesday, February 8 (for seniors who do not have an IEP or 504 plan). Both field trips will depart at 8:30 a.m. from parking lot C. Students will return to SHS in time for fifth-period lunch. If interested, seniors should pick up the permission slip and interest form at the College Career Center (Room 1123) by Friday, January 27. Each trip will be limited to 40 seniors. We hope you will join us!

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.


Because we do not have school on Monday, Anime Club will meet on Tuesday. Come to Room 1414 to relax, watch movies and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

The Stevenson Styler fashion magazine will have its first meeting to begin planning the spring/summer edition at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 1612. The magazine is looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more. New members are always welcome!

Do you like ice skating? Catalyst invites you to skate the “ribbon” at Maggie Daley Park in Chicago after school on Friday, January 20. The bus will leave from Stevenson at 3:45 and return by 10:30. You won’t have to wait in line for skate rental because Catalyst has a private room scheduled. The cost is $20, which includes transportation, rentals and light snacks. (Bring extra money to buy more food if you’re hungry.) Pay at the Patriot Superstore and make sure you turn in this permission form.

The Animal Welfare Club’s January Dog of the Month is a 7.5-year-old Malamute/Husky mix named Cinderella and the Cat of the Month is a playful 3-year-old named Floyd. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at! These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, who can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


Quincy teachers will strike Tuesday if new contract agreement not reached

University of Illinois proposes to freeze in-state tuition for third straight year

Lake Zurich High AD, football coaches resigning in wake of hazing scandal

Chicago Public Schools putting 40 empty school buildings up for sale

$400M property tax increase could save CPS finances: Moody’s

Quincy University receives $1M anonymous gift

Former Chicago teacher gets probation for abuse of teenager

Waukegan police called for incident involving kindergarten student

Northwestern transgender student tests the bounds of sorority life

Nine vie for four spots on Beach Park District 3 school board

Objection to Sterling board members’ petitions overturned

NIU alumnus named acting vice president and general counsel

Outgoing DePaul president will take health care post


Nearly 200 for-profit colleges almost 100% federally funded

The return of the MOOC

Native American students sue U.S. government over dismal education

Report highlights barriers to teaching for multilingual paraprofessionals

Regents approve mergers affecting four south Georgia colleges

Louisiana offering special diplomas in construction, welding, auto repair


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