Thursday, February 9, 2017

Former SHS Principal, Superintendent DuFour Dies

Dr. Richard DuFour, who led Stevenson High School into national prominence and later became one of the country’s most respected voices for education reform, died Wednesday at his home in Virginia after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

DuFour spent 19 years at Stevenson, joining the school as its principal in 1983 and later serving as superintendent from 1991 until his retirement in 2002. During his Stevenson career, the school earned a reputation as one of America’s best high schools, and was named “the most recognized and celebrated high school in the United States in the 1990s” by the U.S. Department of Education.

“While we have many amazing current and former colleagues that have helped to build Stevenson High School into a model of school reform and a nationally recognized school of excellence, Rick was instrumental in helping to shape our culture and sustain our mission of ‘Success for Every Student,’” said District 125 Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell, who worked closely with DuFour as the school’s director of social studies in his early days at SHS.

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Madrigal Dinner Reservations Available

Reservations for the 2017 Madrigal Dinner are now being accepted. The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Tickets, which include a three-course meal, are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 14. Reservations are due by March 1. Click here to download the Madrigal Dinner reservation form.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 34, Lake Zurich 29: Seniors Madison Wicklund and Ashley Richardson scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, as the visiting Patriots finished the regular season with a 22-5 record. The North Suburban Conference champions also concluded their league schedule with a 13-1 mark. SHS held the Bears to 10 first-half points and led by seven at halftime. After Lake Zurich (11-16, 7-7) closed to within five to start the fourth quarter, Richardson and Wicklund scored all 10 of Stevenson’s points in the final frame to secure the victory. The Patriots will face the winner of the Grayslake North-Waukegan game in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 5, Stevenson 2: The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Scholastic Cup quarterfinal series at Northbrook Ice Arena. The second game is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Northbrook.

Cheerleaders Earn All-Conference Honors

Six members of Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion varsity cheerleading team have been selected for all-league honors. Seniors Makayla Schneider and Lexi Brand and junior George Hashemi were named to the All-NSC Team, while senior Casey Cushing, junior Alexis Ohm and sophomore Lauren Mass received honorable mention.


Come Pick the Next Mr. SHS Friday Night

Which senior boy should be Mr. SHS? You can help decide during the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Call it a “man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it, you have to call it fun! Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore, online or at the door.

National Honor Society Application Deadline Next Week

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at as soon as possible.

Did You Know There’s a 5:30 Activity Bus?

The school has added another activity bus after school. There is now a 5:30 bus every afternoon, to go along with the 6:30 bus every evening and the 4:30 bus on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All activity buses load at the Forum (or “Point”) entrance. Make sure you have your ID card when getting on the bus.


Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at for any questions regarding career exploration!


The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at

All baseball players are invited to take part in open gym in the Field House on Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Hitting, defense and throwing will be the focus.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at for varsity, Coach Sorkin at for sophomore, and Coach Smith at for freshman.


Junior Class Board will be meeting today after school in the College/Career Center to work on Winterfest decorations. All juniors are invited to help.

Tu B’Shvat is this weekend. Celebrate the birthday of the trees by making chocolate bark-and-fruit smoothies. Join Club Israel today in the Food Lab (Room 1406) right after school.

The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its next meeting to inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting is after school Monday in Room 7068.

The Animal Welfare Club’s February Dog of the Month is a small dog with a big attitude named Faye, and its Cat of the Month is a playful “talker” named Knolan. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new 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, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


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.


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