Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

Eclipse Watch Update

The school intends to follow through on its plan to have students and staff watch the eclipse this afternoon in the Stadium. Here is the special schedule for the day.

Open House Night for Parents, Guardians on Wednesday

The first of Stevenson’s two annual open house nights for parents and guardians will be held Wednesday. The evening is intended for families whose last name begins with the letters A-L. However, parents and guardians who are unable to attend the second open house night on Thursday, Aug. 31 may attend on Wednesday. The school will follow a late-arrival schedule on the day after each open house. Parents and guardians of freshmen and transfer students will have a chance to meet with their counselor from 6:15-6:45 p.m. each night. Visit our open house page for more details.

Foundation Debuts ARTalks Program on Thursday

For the past several years, students at Stevenson have had the opportunity to view artwork by professional artists and even hear from them every month during the school year. Parents, guardians and other adults haven’t had the same opportunity … until now. The Stevenson Foundation will highlight the Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month through its new ARTalks program, which makes its debut at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Anne Hughes will be the featured artist. ARTtalks is free and open to the public. For easiest access to the Visiting Artist Gallery, park in lot B and enter the West Building at the Forum (“point”) entrance. Walk down the first hallway on the left upon entering the building.

Marching Band Exhibition Night on Tuesday

The Marching Patriots will give a preview of their 2017 halftime show during their annual Exhibition Night performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. The public is invited to this free event. There will be a reception and information session for all band and color guard parents and family members at the Performing Arts Center and Glass Commons area beginning at 6 p.m.

Alumnus Opinion Piece Featured by NBC News

Award-winning author, sociologist and SHS alumnus Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Class of 1995) authored this opinion piece for the NBC News website, which was published Friday. Van Cleve, an assistant professor in the criminal justice department at Temple University, wrote about how important it is for parents to talk with their children about racism. She echoes the advice of the mother of the late Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fame), who urged children to “look for the helpers” during challenging times. Van Cleve is the author of Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court.

String Parents Association Meeting Tonight

The String Parents Association will meet at 6 o’clock in the MIDI Room, which is adjacent to the Orchestra Room.


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Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 173, Highland Park 178: Sophomore Joyce Bai earned medalist honors with a 5-over-par 41 at White Deer Run Golf Club. She shot the only birdie of the match, on the par-4 seventh hole. Freshman Kelly Dong posted the second-lowest score of the day, a 42, while senior Katie Hannahs, sophomore Jackie Lee and freshman Sophia Zhuang each carded a 45. Senior Olivia Stomberg shot a 47. Dong led SHS with five pars, while Lee had four.

Hockey Alum Helps Raise $140K for Special Olympics

Stevenson boys ice hockey alumnus Topher Scott (Class of 2003) was one of the lead organizers of the inaugural Chicago Hockey Charity Classic that raised nearly $140,000 for Special Olympics Chicago. The Aug. 5 event included current Blackhawks player Patrick Kane and several former Blackhawks, plus SHS alum Megan Bozek (Class of 2009). Scott, who has two brothers with special needs, has run three similar events in the past in New York, where he attended Cornell University.

Alum Heads to Montreal Seeking Disc League Title

Jeff Maskalunas (Class of 2014) is a member of the Madison Radicals, who are two wins away from capturing the American Ultimate Disc League championship. Maskalunas joined the team in June (see “The Outside In”) after he had participated on the University of Wisconsin’s men’s ultimate team that reached the national collegiate quarterfinals. He made a crucial block late in Madison’s 22-21 double-overtime win over the Indianapolis AlleyCats in July. The Radicals, the top seed in the AUDL playoffs, will face the San Francisco FlameThrowers in the semifinals on Saturday in Montreal. The championship game will be played Sunday.

Athletic Director Earns Top Certification Level

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser has been recognized as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. To earn the distinction, she had to demonstrate exemplary knowledge, contributions and ongoing professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of Betthauser’s educational background, experience, NIAAA leadership courses and professional contributions, and culminated with a practical written project.


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.

Musical Auditions After School Today

Auditions for the fall musical, Fiddler on the Roof, take place after school today in the Performing Arts Center. Audition details are available at

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Yearbook Portrait

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior yearbook portrait session! Times are available now, but they fill up fast. You need to have your portrait taken by the end of September if you want it in the yearbook. Please make an appointment online at or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

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


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.


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.


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. today in Rooms 8036 and 8040.

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.

Anime Club starts today. Join us after school in Room 1414 to relax and watch your favorite Anime! Everyone is welcome.

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!

Would you like to help create artwork for the fine arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 6016. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

The Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204. The club will be joining RPG groups, teaching students how to play board games, and introducing any card games that you’re interested in!


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