Monday, April 3, 2017

All Juniors Taking SAT on Wednesday

All juniors will be taking the SAT college-entrance exam on Wednesday as part of state graduation requirements. The exam will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 1:45 p.m. After the exam, juniors will be excused from classes for the remainder of the day. There will be buses available to take students home after the exam, if they choose. The buses will depart at approximately 2:15 p.m.

Students’ scores on the state-sponsored are considered official SAT scores, and will be included in their College Board portal with scores from any other SAT tests they’ve taken. Scores from Wednesday’s statewide exam will be available in students’ College Board portal accounts in approximately six to eight weeks. No paper copies of scores will be mailed or distributed.

Sodexo Employee’s Son Hit by Car, Dies

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with funeral costs for the 13-year-old son of a Sodexo employee who was killed over the weekend in Vernon Hills. Adrian Marinez, the son of Ana Marinez, died after he was struck by a car Friday night while walking across Townline Road near Milwaukee Avenue. Ana Marinez has been part of the Sodexo staff at Stevenson for 10 years. Her son was a seventh-grader at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein, which planned to hold a moment of silence for him today.

Reminder: April Parent University Events Cancelled

The Parent University events scheduled for this month, which were scheduled for the next two Tuesdays, April 4 and 11, have been cancelled. The content scheduled to be discussed at the events is being covered in college counseling nights for sophomore and freshman parents. The sophomore night was held last month, and the freshman night is Wednesday, April 19.

Senior Soloist at Klezmer Concert

Senior Sam Sitzmann, a member of the SHS Patriot Orchestra, was the featured soloist at the Maxwell Street Junior Klezmer Orchestra concert Sunday at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Buffalo Grove. He is a longtime participant in the Junior Klezmer Orchestra. Sunday’s concert also featured members of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.


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Girls and Boys Water Polo Teams Improve to 8-0

The varsity boys and girls water polo teams return to action this week with 8-0 records. Each team posted a win to close out March. The boys beat Lincoln-Way East, 11-10, on March 25 behind four goals from junior Eric Osuch and three from senior Andrew Shashin. Junior Claire Haas scored five goals as the girls beat Evanston, 16-3, on March 23 and improved to 8-0 on the season. Eileen Hoang, also a junior, scored three goals for SHS, which led 13-0 at halftime.

Boys Volleyball Wins Bracket at Joliet West Invite

The varsity boys volleyball team won four of its five matches at the Joliet West Invitational March 24-25, capturing the Silver Bracket and improving to 5-1 on the season. SHS beat St. Charles North (27-25, 25-17) and Oak Forest (25-12, 25-15) on the opening day. After falling to Plainfield South to start Day 2 (25-20, 26-28, 16-14), the Patriots rebounded to beat Wheaton North (25-21, 25-23) and Bolingbrook (25-20, 25-20). Senior Grant Maleski and junior Leo Chen led Stevenson with 35 and 32 kills, respectively. Sophomore Will Sorenson led the team with 60 assists and 11 service aces. Senior Austin Zhou served 10 aces and made a team-high 36 digs. Junior Haddon Kay contributed 36 assists. Senior Yesuntumen Baatarkhuu recorded four solo blocks and six block assists, while classmate Sudhish Gogula had three solo blocks and nine block assists.

Sparreo Fourth in Mile at Top Times Classic

Junior Isabelle Sparreo finished fourth in the Class 3A 1,600-meter run for girls at the Illinois Prep Top Times Classic held March 25 at Illinois Wesleyan University. She posted a time of 5:03.26. On the boys’ side, senior Noah Lukz finished 11th in the Class 3A 200 (23.17) and competed in the 60-meter dash, finishing 16th in the preliminaries (7.11). Junior Brett Lucas placed 15th in the 3,200 (9:59.40).

Baseball Posts 5-1 Record in Florida

The varsity baseball team won five of six games during its Spring Break trip to Vero Beach, Florida, returning to Illinois with a 5-2 record. Stevenson won three ballgames by one run, and another by two. SHS captured its first three games of the trip, beating Loveland (6-5), Kings (6-5) and Bloomington Central Catholic (17-15). The Patriots bounced back from a loss to Medina (13-9) with wins over D’Evelyn (7-6) and Highland (12-1, six innings). Senior Michael Marchese went 8-for-17 at the plate, drove in 11 runs, scored seven and stole five bases. He hit two home runs. Twin brother Henry Marchese was 9-for-22 with seven RBI and seven runs, including a homer. Senior Charlie Ling collected 11 hits in 21 at bats, scored seven times and drove in seven. Junior Jack Housinger was 8-for-20 with seven runs scored, while senior Charlie Bourbon was 7-for-12 and scored seven runs. On the mound, junior Michael Thon won two games and earned a save. Stevenson is scheduled to begin North Suburban Conference play this afternoon with a home game against Lake Forest.

Girls Lacrosse Wins Season Opener

The varsity girls lacrosse team beat Conant, 13-5, in its season opener on March 23 before embarking on a road trip to Tennessee last weekend. Freshman Kilian Weber scored four goals in the win over Conant, with senior captain Courtney Patten and sophomore Erica Speiler adding two apiece. In Tennessee, the Patriots beat Brentwood, 15-13, and fell to Franklin and Ravenwood.

Boys Lacrosse Comeback Falls Short

Lyons Township’s goaltender made a last-minute save to preserve its 11-10 win over the varsity boys lacrosse team on March 25. Junior goalie Chad Winter made 12 saves for SHS (0-2). Senior Demetre Crews, junior Austin Masters and sophomore Cole Okmin each scored two goals for the Patriots, who play host to Grayslake North on Tuesday.

Badminton Downs Libertyville

The varsity badminton team improved to 4-0-1 on the year with a 15-0 win over Libertyville on March 23. Every Patriot entry claimed a straight-set victory. In singles, the winners were freshman Esther Shi (21-2, 21-3), senior Ashley Richardson (21-1, 21-5), freshman Jenny Yang (21-4, 21-7), senior May Ling (21-5, 21-9), junior Shirley Cao (21-3, 21-3), junior Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-12, 21-5), sophomore Julie Zhu (21-6, 21-4), freshman Jasmine Zhang (21-11, 21-5), freshman Megan Wei (21-10, 21-10) and sophomore Kitty Zeng (21-8, 21-6). The winning doubles tandems were Ling/Cao (21-3, 21-6), Shi/Richardson (21-1, 21-4), Yang/Zhu (21-7, 21-10), Wei/Shanmugasundaram (21-9, 21-12) and Zeng/Zhang (21-9, 21-6).

Krames Posts Strong Marks at Mundelein

Senior Matt Krames won three events during the varsity boys gymnastics team’s 152.7-129.8 loss at Mundelein on March 22. Krames, the defending state champion in floor exercise, won that event with a 9.6 score, and also captured the still rings (8.9) and parallel bars (8.7). He finished second on horizontal bar (9.3), and was runner-up in the all-around with a career-high 52.0.

Softball Coach Prepares for Father-Son Showdown

New head softball coach Perry Wilhelm has coached a lot of games in his career, but never against family. The streak ends Tuesday when Stevenson travels to Mundelein, coached by his son, Brett. Before the family reunion, however, the elder Wilhelm and his Patriots have a more immediate concern. SHS is scheduled to play host to Lake Forest today in its North Suburban Conference opener. The Pats dropped their season opener to Lakes, 11-5, on March 23. Seniors Mic Faunce and Emma Oriatti each had two hits, with Faunce driving in a pair of runs. Stevenson then traveled to Tennessee for a Spring Break trip that included a contest against another Chicago-area team, Dundee-Crown. Sophomore Riley Housinger tossed a two-hit shutout against the Chargers, 1-0.


AP Pre-Administration Sessions This Week

Students taking Advanced Placement exams are required to attend one pre-administration session this week to complete demographic information. Dates and times for these sessions are listed here. Please allow approximately 15 minutes for each exam you are taking to complete this information.

Last Day to Order Fashion Show T-Shirts

The fourth annual Fashion Show is around the corner and today is the last day to 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. 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. The tests will be administered after school on Thursday. For more information about any of these exams and to register, please stop by Room 2434 and ask for Mrs. Buccieri.

Juniors, Don’t Put Your Senior Year in Jeopardy

Most of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 has failed to comply with the state’s meningitis immunization mandate, jeopardizing completion of their senior year. The state requires that before October 15, all students in 12th grade will provide evidence of having a meningitis vaccination on or after their 16th birthday, or of receiving two meningitis vaccinations, with the first dose given on or after their 10th birthday and the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. Students failing to comply with the state mandate by October 15 will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.


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

Rosa Parks. Marie Curie. Your pediatrician. Your grandmother. What woman has inspired you? In honor of Women’s History Month, the Lean In Feminism club invites you to share in the celebration of influential women. Check out the banner posted outside of the Student Activities Office, grab a marker, and write the names of women who have inspired you!


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.


All football players and their parents and guardians are invited to the Parent/Player Football Night from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Come meet Coach Hjorth and the 2017 staff as they discuss the following: core values of the program, player expectations, summer camp, player safety and college recruitment.

The Chicago Sky is holding its annual High School Team of the Year contest, and Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball squad is in the running. Online voting runs through Saturday, April 22 at The High School Team of the Year will receive a complimentary basketball clinic led by Sky coaches and players, and the opportunity to host the Sky’s 50/50 charity raffle to raise funds for its team and athletic department. The winner will be announced at halftime of Opening Night on Friday, May 19.


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Chicago Teachers Union pushing for broader strike, bargaining rights

Fight over Bellwood school board turns nasty

Peoria schools back off new start times after parent backlash

Chicago State audit finds it improperly reported federal awards

Dorm days are over? Some parents buy condos, houses for students


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Judge approves $25M Trump University lawsuits settlement

Report: Lawyer tapped for USDE role helped Trump campaign attack Clinton

Seattle teachers reject proposal to walk out over funding

Arizona taxpayer-funded vouchers helps students in more affluent areas

Hartford superintendent selection punctuated by discord, confusion


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