Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Annual Co-Curricular Fair in Field House Tonight

The Student Activities Division will hold its annual Co-Curricular Fair from 6:30-8:30 tonight in the Field House. The event is for all incoming freshman families, plus any current SHS family, interested in clubs, athletics, intramurals and other activities at Stevenson. Admission is free.

10 Earn Medals at National Skating Competition

Five students who won gold medals at an international synchronized skating competition in Croatia last month have added to their list of honors. Seniors Laura Malis and Lauren Scott, juniors Jocelyn Kalkman and Mollie Kiven, and sophomore Aliyah Shaikh were part of the Skokie Valley Starlights team that won a bronze medal in the Junior Division at the U.S. Figure Skating Synchronized Skating Championships in Rockford. Also, five SHS freshmen were part of the Starlights squad that earned fourth place in the Novice Division: Haley Bauman, Abigail Berkowitz, Kyle Grumet, Olivia Laskoe and Hannah McDougall.

Band Program Fundraiser at Portillo’s Thursday

The Band Parent Organization is having a fundraiser at Portillo’s, 221 Townline Road in Vernon Hills, from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Mention “Stevenson High School Band” so a portion of the sale will go to the band program. Barnelli’s also is participating in the fundraiser. The fundraiser is only for in-person orders; online orders are not valid.

World Languages Faculty Lead Presentations at Conference

Ten members of the World Languages Division were part of four presentations at the Central States Conference of the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ annual conference held March 9-11 in Chicago.

Spanish teachers Jen Zizzo, Jori Greenhill and Megan McCullough led a session entitled “Us vs. Them: For Whom is the Feedback, Anyway? An Exploration of Dialogic Student Driven Feedback.” Amanda Cummings, Christina Suarez, Elfie Repel and Samuel Figueroa, also Spanish teachers, offered “Practical Tricks to Co-construct Feedback in a Standards-Based Classroom.” Paulina Glowacka, who teaches German, joined with Director of World Languages Justin Fisk to present “How Can a “Language Portfolio” Serve as an Effective Assessment Tool in a Standards-Based Classroom?” Finally, Fisk and Spanish teacher Patrick Grady discussed “Co-Constructing Feedback and Learning in a Standards-Based Classroom through Integrated Performance Assessment.”

Junior Picked to Present at Loyola Symposium

Junior Justin Lee was selected as a finalist and presenter at the 42nd Annual Chicago Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held Saturday at Loyola University. This is the second straight year Lee was chosen for the honor. The highly competitive event, sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and Loyola University, promotes research and experimentation in the sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) at the high school level. Lee’s astrophysics project was entitled, “Asteroid Ring Formation through Inelastic Collisions.”

Showcase Videos Now Online

Three of the approximately 160 students who participated in last weekend’s 28th annual Showcase student variety show are interviewed in this Pioneer Press article about the event. Senior Mike Komarovsky, junior Allison Chen and freshman Ria Kumari are quoted in the article, and several other students’ names are mentioned as well. The article also includes a comment from Sherri Getlin, one of the co-chairs of Showcase, which is run by the Patriot Parent Association. Videos of both Showcase nights are now available through the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

Last Daily Digest Until After Spring Break

The Daily Digest is getting a head start on Spring Break and won’t be published on Thursday or Friday. The Digest will return Monday, April 3.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 18, Fenwick 11: Sophomore goalie Anna Mossakowski made six saves and junior Brigitte Lefebvre had four as the host Patriots (7-0) knocked off the defending state champions. SHS jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter, extended the margin to 10-4 at halftime, and finished the third quarter with a 16-7 advantage.


Stevenson 18, Waukegan 0: The host Patriots (3-0-1) won every match in two sets. The winning teams in doubles were freshmen Jenny Yang and Kaitlyn Yu at No. 1 (21-5, 21-3), senior May Ling and junior Shirley Cao at No. 2 (21-3, 21-4), freshman Esther Shi and senior Ashley Richardson at No. 3 (21-6, 21-5), sophomores Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah at No. 4 (21-7, 21-6), freshman Megan Wei and junior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 5 (21-6, 21-6), and sophomore Kitty Zeng and freshman Jasmine Zhang at No. 6 (21-9, 21-7). Shi posted a 21-3, 21-2 win at No. 1 singles, followed by Richardson (21-5, 21-1), Yang (21-5, 21-4), Ling (21-5, 21-5), Cao (21-3, 21-5), Lu (21-2, 21-4), Sivarajah (21-6, 21-7), Shanmugasundaram (21-4, 21-6), Zhu (21-2, 21-2), Zhang (21-6, 21-7), Wei (21-4, 21-5) and Zeng (21-7, 21-7).

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Glenbrook North 1: Senior goalie Hannah Petrich made eight saves for the host Patriots in their season opener. Junior Brianna Van Zanten scored the SHS goal off an assist from sophomore Hannah Lapeire. – Daily Herald


New Trier 8, Stevenson 4: The Patriots dropped their season opener at Kerry Wood Cubs Field in Chicago. Senior Henry Marchese hit a two-run single that closed the gap to 6-4. – @SHSBaseball2017

Brunson Testing the NBA Waters?

Villanova’s second-round loss in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is fueling speculation about Jalen Brunson’s future with the team. The sophomore guard and 2015 SHS graduate had a breakout season, and there is speculation he may enter the NBA draft. Villanova head coach Jay Wright addressed Brunson’s future on Monday.


Pick Up Graduation Announcements on Thursday

Seniors can pick up their graduation announcements ordered through Jostens during seventh and eighth periods Thursday in the Wood Commons.

Testing Center Closes Early on Friday

The Testing Center will be closing at 4 p.m. Friday.

Weight Room Open During Spring Break

The Weight Room will be open for students from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday of Spring Break.

Fashion Show T-Shirts for Sale Online

The fourth annual Fashion Show is around the corner and you can buy a T-shirt to support its charity, Dress for Success. Men’s and women’s fits are available, and the shirts are less than $12. Click here to order a shirt. Please place your order by Monday, April 3. We look forward to seeing you at the Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 in the PAC!

In a World Languages Class? Speak a Language Other than English?

Students in World Languages classes and students who already speak a language other than English have the option to take an exam that can help them be recognized by the State of Illinois in its Seal of Biliteracy program. The Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam will be offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean (new!), Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Students interested in Latin can take the Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) test. The cost is $20 for the AAPPL and $10 for the ALIRA. Students need to sign up by Tuesday, April 4. The tests will be administered after school on Thursday, April 6. For more information about any of these exams and to register, please stop by Room 2434 and ask for Mrs. Buccieri.

Catalyst Sponsoring Logo Design Contest

Catalyst, a student leadership group dedicated to producing community-wide change by supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle, is sponsoring a logo design contest for SHS students. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Here are contest details:

° Primary Text to Include: “Catalyst”

° Secondary Text (optional): “Courage” and/or “Be The Change”    

° Colors: Try to use a maximum of two colors. Blue, black and white should be the primary color selections.

° Additional Design Components: Visually interesting designs/imagery to capture the themes of change, majority, strength, etc. Do not use images of drugs or alcohol.

° Art/File Size: Should be able to be printed on something as large as a banner and as small as a postcard. Digital submissions should be high resolution at 300 dpi.

Submissions are due by Friday, April 21. Drop off or email designs to Dr. Cristina Cortesi in Room 2400 or at


Juniors and their families are invited to meet with one of the postsecondary counselors for a 30-minute Post-High School Family Planning Meeting. The appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. This is a great opportunity to discuss your journey after Stevenson High School. Please complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (You can also get a copy of the worksheet in the College Career Center in Room 1123.) Once you have turned in a completed worksheet to Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment. Worksheets are due in the CCC by Monday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGurn.

Rotary International District 6440 is awarding 11 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each. These scholarships are for students who are preparing for careers that require less than a four-year degree (associates degree, diploma or certificate). Applications must be submitted to the Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship committee by April 7. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The Waukegan alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is awarding two scholarships to African-American males who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application for this scholarship. The application must be submitted by May 15. If you have any questions, see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: Students should apply by March 31.


Junior Class Board will meet after school Thursday in the College Career Center. New members are welcome!

The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Modern Masters Draft after school Thursday in Room 1204 (the Faculty Dining Room). The cost is $10 to attend, and all players are welcome! Players must be able to stay until 6 p.m. to participate. Please contact Mr. Fedewa with any questions.


Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit and for more information.


If you played on a winter sports team, don’t forget to fill out the student participation survey at before you leave for Spring Break.

The girls lacrosse team is selling gift certificates to Leider’s Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove to raise money for its annual trips and other activities. Certificates are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, and they do not expire. Click here to download an order form. Order forms must be turned in by April 30. For more information, contact Caren Keane at


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