Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

A Bridge Over Troubled Water Pressure

Stevenson resumed classes this morning after being forced to close early Thursday due to a water main break in Lincolnshire that restricted water pressure throughout the village. Here are responses to some of the questions people have raised in the past 24 hours:

  • The Village of Lincolnshire boil order is in effect until 8:30 p.m. tonight. The boil order is precautionary, and does not mean the water is or was contaminated.
  • In the interest of student and staff safety, access to all drinking fountains is prohibited today. Fountains have been covered with blue plastic bags to make clear they are not in use. Water dispensers in office areas also have been covered.
  • Students and staff can use the bathrooms, and the water is safe to use for washing hands. Locker room showers are also safe to use.
  • The school purchased 20,000 bottles of water for distribution to students and staff today, at a cost of $1,800 (11 cents per bottle). Approximately 2,000 bottles will be set aside for after-school activities, including the annual Freshman Mixer (see below for an update on the event).
  • The food courts in both buildings are open, but there are menu limitations. The use of steamers, ice machines and coffee brewers has been suspended for the day. Sodexo, Stevenson’s food service partner, has purchased pre-cut fruits and vegetables. (Sodexo also arranged for the delivery of hundreds of gallons of desperately needed coffee for faculty and staff.)
  • The school will be in contact with the Lake County Regional Office of Education early next week to determine if Stevenson will be required to hold a make-up day for Thursday. If the school must have a make-up day, the likely date will be Thursday, Dec. 21, which already had been designated as a potential snow emergency makeup date.

Thursday’s early closure brought out the creative side in Stevenson students. They created an online petition seeking to sway the administration into canceling classes, and hatched plans to turn Friday into a “beach day” at school. Many students wore beach wear to school today, and a few brought rubber ducks.

Freshman Mixer Still On, Coming Late OK

Tonight’s Freshman Mixer sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the Student Activities Division will be held as scheduled. The start time is 7 p.m., but ninth-graders involved in after-school activities that don’t finish by then can still attend. However, once they arrive students must remain at the mixer until it ends at 9 p.m. There will be a place for students coming from sports practices to check in their athletic bags.

Senior Soloist at Arts Festival in New York

Senior Derek Chung was the guest piano soloist at Alfred University’s MostArts Festival in July. He earned the honor by winning the university’s MostArts Young Pianist Competition last year.

Sophomore Says Thanks With Toy Donation Drive

Sophomore Matthew Stein donated about 200 new toys to Advocate Children’s Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge in June. He collected the toys as part of his Eagle Scout project. Stein chose to donate the toys to the hospital, where his sister Lauren, a senior at SHS, received life-saving open heart surgery when she was 15 months old. “I have been wanting to do something to pay them back for saving my sister’s life,” Stein told the Daily Herald.


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Volleyball Alum Has Her Eyes on Wall Street

Patriot volleyball alumnus Khaila Donaldson (Class of 2014) is nearing the end of her volleyball career, and is getting ready for the next chapter in her life. The Howard University senior, a finance major, took part in an internship at JPMorgan Chase and Co. in New York this summer, and plans to move to the Big Apple after graduation. However, Donaldson has one more season with the Bison. The reigning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year is hoping to lead Howard to its third straight league championship and NCAA tournament berth.


Complete Your Hallway Locker Survey by Sunday

All students received a hallway locker survey at their Stevenson email address on Thursday. The survey deadline is Sunday. Students requesting lockers will receive their assignments on Friday, Aug. 25. If you don’t fill out the survey by Sunday, you can still request a hallway locker. However, students who complete the survey on time will receive priority.

Freshmen, Go for the Gold: Come to Tonight’s Mixer

All incoming freshmen are invited to the Freshman Mixer from 7-9 p.m. tonight in the Wood Commons. There will be a DJ and refreshments. Students must have their ID card to enter. Enter and exit through parking lot E (Sports Center entrance, enter campus off Port Clinton Road). The mixer is a “lock-in,” so students must stay the entire two hours. (Students involved in sports and other after-school activities may arrive after 7 o’clock, but must stay until 9.) The Freshman Mixer is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the Student Activities Division.

Pre-Audition Clinic for Fiddler on the Roof Today

The pre-audition clinic for this year’s school musical, Fiddler on the Roof, will take place after school today in the Performing Arts Center. All music for auditions will be reviewed. Audition information can be found at Auditions will be held after school Monday.

Special Event for Transfer Students on Tuesday

There will be a Transfer Student Resource Fair from 8 a.m. through first period on Tuesday in Room 2104. The fair is for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are transfer students. During the fair, transfer students will have the opportunity to meet one another and their buddies. They’ll also learn about the Transfer Student Group, SPINS (Stevenson Patriots in New Situations), co-curricular opportunities, and important resources and supports available at SHS. Breakfast will be served.

Make Money Filming Hockey Games This Year

The Scholastic Hockey League, of which Stevenson’s boys ice hockey team is a member, is looking for individuals to film high school ice hockey games for internet streaming broadcasts. This is a paid position at $50 per game. For more information, please contact Coach Tom Wood at

West ILC Hiring Student Aides

The West ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

Want to Help at Snow Flake at Daniel Wright?

Anyone interested in performing and facilitating at Snow Flake at Daniel Wright in March should come to a meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1916. No experience is necessary! All are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley at

Did You Take Ceramics or Art and Design Last Year?

If you had Ceramics, or Art and Design with Mrs. Hyken last year, and left your clay pieces in Room 1422, please pick them up by Monday, Aug. 28 or they will be thrown out. The room is available for pick up every period except fourth.

Open Auditions for Dance Companies Aug. 29-31

All students interested in joining the Mélange or Repertory dance companies are invited to open auditions after school Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 29-31 in Dance Studio 2010. Here is the audition schedule:

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 3:45-5:30 p.m.: Open company audition for any students who have missed the first round of auditions. Come prepared to take a technique class, learn movement combinations, and perform 60 seconds of your own choreography in silence.

Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 30-31, 3:45-6 p.m.: Company placement auditions. Please be prepared to take class and learn movement combinations to determine which company you will be placed in.

SNN Anchor Auditions Next Week

Auditions for Stevenson Network News anchors will be held Monday through next Friday. This opportunity is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students must have eighth hour completely free to be an anchor. The sign-up sheet and information packet is available in the Student Activities Office. Also, students must complete this application, print it out and bring it to their audition.

If You’ve Lost Something, Check These Lost-and-Found Areas

If you’ve lost a backpack, sweatshirt or some other item of importance, check one of the lost-and-found areas to see if it’s been turned in. Lost and found items are placed in Room 2416 in the West Building, and in Room 5024 (in the Field House lobby) in the East Building.


Do you like Indian music, Indian food, or any other aspect of Indian culture? If so, please come to Indian Student Association’s first meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday in Rooms 8036 and 8040.

Come to Anime Club at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 1414. Join us for snacks and your favorite Anime! Everyone is welcome!

SHS-TV and the SHS DJ Club will have their first meetings after school Monday in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). SHS-TV will meet from 3:45-5 p.m., and SHS DJ Club will meet from 5-6:30 p.m.

The boys badminton club will have its first meeting from 3:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. If you are interested in having fun while playing a great sport, please attend. The club is open to all grade and ability levels, and all equipment will be provided, including rackets and birdies. Proper attire is required, which includes athletic shoes; no jeans, please. For questions, contact Coach Johnson at Hope to see you there!


The IM flag football captains meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. Team packets will be given out at the meeting. You must be part of a team in order to play. If you have any questions, see Mr. Wellington in the Student Activities office.

The IM golf meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 6014. The first trip to Vernon Hills Golf Course is set for Wednesday, Aug. 30. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Wise or Mr. Argentar.

Open baseball on the varsity field will start Tuesday, Aug. 29 and run every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-5 p.m. through Oct. 19. If you have questions, contact Coach Block at


Seniors who have general questions about applying to college, or need help, are invited to attend a “Drop-In Tuesday!” session in the College Career Center before school or during eighth period. Sessions will be held every Tuesday except Sept. 11. No appointment is necessary.

Congressman Brad Schneider will be hosting an information session for students interested in attending a U.S. service academy from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mundelein High School. Parents and guardians are invited to attend with their student. To register for the information session, please visit: At the session, representatives from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will speak about their institution and discuss the admissions process. Information also will be provided about receiving a congressional nomination from Rep. Schneider’s office. For questions about the event or the nomination process, contact Greg Claus at 847-383-4870 or More information about the application process is available at the congressman’s website.


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