Friday, April 28, 2017

New Era of School Board Leadership Begins

The District 125 Board of Education underwent a major leadership change this morning, as President Bruce Lubin stepped down from his position after 10 years at the helm. He will remain on the board, which he first joined in 2002. Steven Frost, who had been serving as vice president, is the new president. Current board member David Weisberg was named the new vice president, and longtime secretary Terry Moons was picked to continue in her position.

“It’s been my honor to serve as president, and it will be an honor to continue to serve (as a board member),” Lubin told the rest of the board, adding that “10 years is long enough.”

Lubin’s resignation as board president occurred during the board’s annual meeting to canvas the April election votes and to choose officers for the upcoming school year. The meeting took place in the District Administration Center.

“I want to say a very sincere thank you for your leadership,” Frost told Lubin after receiving the gavel from the outgoing president. “You guided us through some difficult times and also led us through the most successful years in school history. I know the community is grateful for your service, as am I. We are also grateful that you will remain a part of this board.”

Lubin was appointed to the board in 2002, shortly after helping lead an overwhelmingly successful referendum effort that stabilized the district’s finances through the end of the decade, allowing it to weather the “Great Recession” of 2007-09. The district has not sought a referendum since the 2002 request, which passed with nearly 70% voter approval. During his tenure, the school has continued to flourish based on various academic, financial and achievement indicators.

Frost has been a member of the board since 2000, Weisberg since 2011, and Moons since 1985. Frost was re-elected to a four-year term earlier this month, as was colleagues Gary Gorson and Sunit Jain.

Two in Running for U.S. Presidential Scholar Honor

Seniors Katherine Liu and Kathy Xiang are among 723 students nationwide selected for the final round of the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition sponsored by the Department of Education. They are among 25 semifinalists from Illinois.

Becoming a semifinalist is extremely difficult. Only about 4,000 graduating seniors nationwide were identified as candidates for the program, and only 161 will be selected as Presidential Scholars.

U.S. Presidential Scholars will be announced in early May, and they will be recognized in June in Washington, D.C.

Three Stevenson students have been named U.S. Presidential Scholars since the program was created in 1964, all in the past 10 years: Vivian Wang (2013), Zach Blumenfeld (2011) and Michele Trickey (2006). Last year, 2016 graduates Kazemi Adachi and Emery Liu were semifinalists.

Gobble Receives Regional Principal of the Year Honor

Principal Troy Gobble was named High School Principal of the Year on Wednesday by the Lake Region of the Illinois Principals Association. He was honored at the region’s Student Recognition Breakfast. With the honor, Gobble becomes a finalist for the Horace Mann/IPA High School Principal of the Year award.

Gobble was honored for providing high-quality learning opportunities for students and being willing to take risks to improve student learning; for demonstrating creativity and imagination in ensuring a positive school climate; for working collaboratively with teachers and other staff to improve the quality of the school; and for making contributions to his profession.

Gobble is finishing his fifth year as Stevenson’s principal. He was appointed on June 18, 2012, after serving for two years as assistant principal for teaching and learning. Prior to joining SHS, he spent nine years at Riverside Brookfield High School. He taught physics (earning the Outstanding Illinois High School Physics Teacher Award in 2006), then was promoted to chairman of the science department, and finished his tenure there as assistant principal. He began his teaching career at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park in 1992.

Baroque Ensemble Concert Tonight

The Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consorts will perform tonight at 7 o’clock in the Recital Hall. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at and on The Cube.

Help With the SHS Staff Luncheon Needed

The Patriot Parent Association, with help from community families, will be holding a luncheon for approximately 560 Stevenson faculty and staff members on Tuesday, May 9. Any parents or community members interested in donating and helping the PPA thank the staff for all it does can click here.

Your Last Chance to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card is Today

Today is the last day to complete a three-question survey from the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) and have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Click here to fill out the survey. Isaac Brubaker (Class of 2002) is the PREP program manager.

Health Teacher Rounds Up Impressive List for Twitter Chat

Health teacher Chad Dauphin (@ChadDauphin) has organized a Twitter chat at 8 p.m. Monday for SHAPE America, the national physical education and health organization. The chat topic is “The Kinesthetic Classroom,” and Dauphin has gathered five panelists with impressive resumes: LaVonna Roth (@LaVonnaRoth), founder of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E. initiative; bestselling author Michael Kuczala (@kinestheticlass), “The Kinesthetic Guy”; Jean Moize (@actionblearning), award-winning educational consultant and speaker for Action Based Learning; Jorge Rodriguez (@PhysedNow), a leading physical education teacher in Houston and member of the SPARK iTeam; and New Trier health and physical education teacher Andrew Milne (@carmelhealth), the National Health Education Teacher of the Year for 2017. You can join the Twitter chat by using the hashtag #SHAPEHealthEd.

WIT Editor’s Poem Published by Lewis University

Seowon Lee is a published author. The junior’s poem, “YakGwa,” was published in the spring edition of Jet Fuel Review, an online magazine run by Lewis University. Yakgwa is a traditional Korean dessert. Lee is one of the editors of the WIT, Stevenson’s student literary magazine.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser for Freshman on Sunday

The restaurant at the Four Points hotel in Buffalo Grove is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser for SHS freshman Matthew Abrams from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Abrams family. Matthew has been battling leukemia since last fall. The hotel is located at 900 W. Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 16, Carmel 8: The host Patriots (9-11) hammered three home runs, including a grand slam by senior Emma Oriatti, en route to the nonconference rout of the Corsairs. Seniors Vera Pflugradt and Mic Faunce also homered. Pflugradt and Oriatti scored three runs apiece. Senior Alana Labaschin had four hits, drove in two runs and scored three times, while junior Gina Shanley collected two hits and three RBI. Sophomore Riley Housinger was the winning pitcher.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots finished 11th out of 19 teams at Deerfield. Junior Kesina Daley had the highest placing for SHS, taking second in the high jump (4-9). The 3,200-meter relay team of seniors Abby Pucek and Claire Sullivan, and juniors Lauren Appell and Gabriela Jagielo finished third (10:09.91). Senior Juhi Jhaveri was involved in four top-10 finishes. She was fourth in the 100 (13.05) and ran legs in three relays: the fourth-place 800 relay with senior Sydney Erickson and juniors Bridget Holzer and Haley Tokars (1:49.59), the seventh-place 1600 relay with Sullivan, Erickson and junior Meghan Liss (4:29.05), and the seventh-place 400 relay with Erickson, Tokars and Emily Ossentjuk (52.07). Senior Mel Keith was seventh in the shot put (31-0), Jagielo placed eighth in the 800 (2:27.81) and junior Natalie Sparreo was eighth in the 1,600 (5:33.07). – Daily Herald

Girls Soccer

Libertyville 2, Stevenson 1: Senior Jill Steinbrink scored the lone goal for the host Patriots (2-6-2, 1-3), off an assist from sophomore Hannah Lapeire. – Daily Herald

Mundelein Hires Former SHS Teacher, Coach for Wrestling

Former physical education instructor and coach Craig Stocker has been named the varsity wrestling coach at Mundelein High School. He currently is the head wrestling coach and a PE teacher at Lakes High School. Stocker was part of the wrestling and football coaching staffs while at Stevenson.


Prom, Post-Prom Ticket Sales End Monday

Tickets for the Prom and the post-Prom event at Six Flags Great America are on sale through the Superstore. Tickets for the Prom are $90, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore during sixth hour or online at this link. Prom ticket sales end Monday. Click here to see the 2017 Prom booklet. Tickets for the post-Prom event are $55. The post-Prom event runs from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The school will provide bus transportation from the Prom to Great America, and then back to the school. For details and the required permission slip, click here.

One-Act Plays Take the Stage Tonight, Saturday

The Theatre Department continues its tradition of one-act plays and monologues as its spring production. This year’s one-act shows will be held at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Admission is $6. Click here to purchase tickets in advance. Concessions sold at the show will go to the family of Sodexo employee Ana Marinez, whose 13-year-old son was struck and killed by a car on March 31. Donations also will be accepted. Check out this video for more information.

You’re Invited to Apply for National Service Honors

The organization that runs the website has some national award opportunities for all students. There are three levels of recognition based on volunteer hours. All you have to do is share a few details and a photo of your service activity completed between June 1, 2016 and now. To apply, visit Online applications are due by Friday, May 5.


The Intramural Department will have open gym basketball for any interested student from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID. There also will be open gym basketball on Monday, May 8, 15 and 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the Field House.


The boys volleyball team will be selling T-shirts during the lunch periods today as part of its Diabetes Awareness Night fundraiser. T-shirts are $10 for small through extra-large, $12 for XXL and $13 for XXXL. Shirts also will be sold at the team’s matches against Fremd on Monday in the Sports Center.

Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Spring ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through Tuesday.


Due to a large volume of interest, summer shadow applications will not be accepted after Monday. Look for the career application form at


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.


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