Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

Summer School Enrollment Highest in 11 Years

Summer school enrollment increased more than 10 percent this year, and reached its highest level in 11 years. A total of 1,894 students enrolled in one or both semesters of summer school, up from 1,714 in 2016. This was the highest summer school enrollment since 1,903 students took part in 2006. Here is the 2017 summer school report.

Attendance increased among all four grade levels. As always, the highest percentage of students came from the incoming freshman class. This year, 74% of ninth-graders enrolled in summer school, compared to 71% last year. The percentage of rising sophomores (40%), juniors (29%) and seniors (33%) also increased. Overall, approximately 45% of Stevenson’s student body participated in summer school.

Other summer school highlights from data shared at Monday’s District 125 Board of Education meeting:

  • 79 Stevenson faculty members taught summer school, the largest number since 2006.
  • The enrollment for the second semester was 1,125, the highest since at least 2000.
  • World History continues to be the most popular summer school offering, with 530 students enrolled in the two-semester course. Most of them (92%) were incoming freshmen.
  • 12 summer school courses featured evidence-based reporting (EBR) to determine student grades.
  • More than 280 students took part in the four-day College Essay Workshop taught by SHS Communication Arts teachers. The workshop is designed to help students with the essays they may be required to submit as part of the college application process. There were 16 sessions of the workshop during the two-month summer school.
  • 79 students participated in summer travel enrichment classes, receiving one academic credit for their experience. Trips were taken to Spain (27 students), Iceland (26), and central Europe (26). First-hand accounts of the Advanced Placement European History trip to central Europe and the excursion to Iceland are available through these blog links: AP Euro | Iceland

After the Eclipse

Monday’s eclipse-watching event in the Stadium went smoothly, although the weather could have been cooperative. Our Facebook page has videos documenting the event, and the school also received coverage from CBS 2 Chicago and Pioneer Press. Several students were interviewed in the media reports, along with Director of Science Steve Wood.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots captured the 16-team tournament at Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course in Zion with a score of 299, two strokes ahead of conference rival Lake Forest. Senior Matt Schawel led SHS with a 3-over-par 74, tying for third place, and was followed by a trio of 75s from juniors Jackson Bussell, Mark Noonan and Philippe Kim, who were in a five-way tie for eighth. Stevenson’s other golfers were senior Brett Ekenberg (80) and junior Alex Kim (84). – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots broke the school record by 11 strokes and came within one shot of winning the 16-team tournament at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club in Carpentersville. SHS posted a team score of 317, one stroke behind champion Deerfield. Stevenson’s score eclipsed the previous 18-hole tournament record of 328 set in 2012 at the Rockford Guilford Invitational. Sophomore Joyce Bai led the Pats with a 4-over-par 76 and finished fifth overall. She posted an even-par 36 after the first nine holes, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole. Bai also had five pars in her round. Freshman Kelly Dong was seventh with a 78, and she also eagled the fifth hole. Freshman Sophia Zhuang (81) and senior Olivia Stomberg (82) finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Stevenson’s two other competitors were sophomore Julia Yoo (90) and senior Katie Hannahs (93), who also had an eagle on the fifth hole. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 6, Buffalo Grove 0: The Patriots, who finished in Illinois last fall and return several state tournament veterans, opened their season with a win on the road. All of the matches were in doubles, and all were decided in straight sets. State medalists Kate Harvey, a senior, and Elizabeth Ferdman, a junior, recorded a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles. Harvey won the state doubles title in 2014, was second in 2015 and also qualified last fall, while Ferdman was state runner-up in doubles last year and is a two-time state qualifier. Sophomore Athena Kolli, a state entry in singles as a freshman, paired with two-time state qualifier senior Zoe Taylor for a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2. Stevenson’s other wins came from sophomore Margaret Gong and senior Bronwyn Heidkamp at No. 3 (6-0, 6-4), junior Alyssa Glaser and senior Samantha Burger at No. 4 (6-0, 6-4), senior Ambika Singh and sophomore Ellen Ma at No. 5 (6-0, 6-0), and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula and senior Carly Lefar at No. 6 (6-0, 6-1).


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 studio.il.vipis.com or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, studio.il.vipis.com. 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 twood@d125.org.

Students Invited to Enter Art for Calendar Contest

All students are invited to enter the 2018 YouthArt Calendar Competition sponsored by the Village of Buffalo Grove Arts Commission and American Enterprise Bank. Students may submit artwork in a variety of visual media. Winning images will be included in the 2018 Community YouthArt Calendar, and will be displayed at American Enterprise Bank. Winning artists also will receive $50 from the bank, with two grand prize winners getting $100 each. The deadline to submit artwork is Saturday, Oct. 14. Read this document for more details.


The boys badminton club will have its first meeting from 3:45-5:45 p.m. today 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 grjohnson@d125.org. Hope to see you there!

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

Peer Tutor information meetings will be held on Thursday before school at 10 a.m. and after school in Room 7066. Come and find out if the Peer Tutor club is for you!

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 jgrice@d125.org.

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!

Breakfast with Books will hold its first meeting from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29 in the upper ILC. The club is very excited for the upcoming year and has some fun things planned. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!


Seniors are invited to attend a Common Application Workshop to learn how to use this online application. Workshops will be held in the College Career Center (Room 1123) during eighth period on Monday and at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

The College Career Center will hold an Essay Writing Workshop next week for seniors preparing college applications. The workshop dates are 7:45 a.m. Monday and eighth period on Thursday, Aug. 31. The CCC is located in Room 1123.

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 Tuesday, Aug. 29. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Wise or Mr. Argentar.


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