Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

Enrollment Up for Fourth Straight Year

The official enrollment of Stevenson High School this year is 4,190, an increase of 53 students from 2016-17 and the fourth consecutive year of student body growth. Enrollment is at its highest level since the 2011-12 school year, when 4,205 students attended. Stevenson’s peak enrollment of 4,573 came in the 2005-06 school year.

Each grade level has more than 1,000 students this year, with the freshman class being the largest. There are 1,061 students in ninth grade, 1,055 in the junior and senior classes, and 1,019 sophomores. Overall, there are 2,165 male students and 2,025 female students.

The ethnicity breakdown of Stevenson’s student body looks like this: 58.6% is caucasian (2,456 students), 29.4% is Asian (1,233), 7.1% is Hispanic/Latino (299), 2.7% is two or more races (115), and 1.8% is black/African-American (74). The remaining 0.4% comprises 13 students who are classified as American Indian/Alaska native, native Hawaiian, or from another Pacific Island.

School officials expect enrollment growth to continue, but do not anticipate receiving updated projections until the end of the calendar year. The East Building addition, which is being undertaken to add more classroom space to accommodate the growth, will open for the beginning of the 2019-20 school year, when enrollment is expected to climb between 4,400 and 4,500. Construction on the East Building addition will begin in October.

Annoying, But Nothing to be Alarmed About

The 2017-18 school year is off to a good start, but there has been one noticeable hiccup: The West Building has been emptied three times in the first two weeks of school due to the fire alarm going off. The latest episode occurred this morning before classes began, around 8 a.m. In all three cases, there was no fire and no students or staff were endangered. On two occasions, the alarm was triggered by steam from the kitchen area. This morning’s alarm was set off by dust particles pulled into the building by tuck pointing work taking place in the alley behind the West Building.

Coming to Senior Parent Night? Bring This With You

If you’re a senior parent or guardian heading to the College Career Center’s Senior Parent Night on Monday, please bring a device that will allow you to access your Gmail account (if you have one). Postsecondary counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will be using an online platform called Pear Deck that will allow for audience participation during the evening. However, access to a Gmail account is required to use Pear Deck. Parents and guardians who don’t have their own Gmail account can bring their student’s school-issued iPad to access his or her Stevenson Gmail account. The Senior Parent Night begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 16, Buffalo Grove 46; Stevenson 18, Dundee-Crown 45; Stevenson 18, Highland Park 44: In the first-ever meet at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the sixth-ranked Patriots opened their season by claiming six of the top 10 spots. Senior Isabelle Sparreo posted the fastest time among all runners, covering the 5-kilometer course in 18:48.42. Junior Natalie Sorenson was runner-up (18:57.03), senior Gabriela Jagielo was fifth (19:36.65), Sparreo’s twin sister Natalie took sixth (19:38.21), sophomore Caimin Xi placed eighth (19:51.32) and junior Kendall Roberts was ninth (19:56.80). Also scoring for Stevenson was sophomore Michelle Yu, who placed 12th overall (20:38.46). Other Pats in the top 20 included seniors Lauren Appell (14th, 20:59.38) and Shea Kirby (15th, 21:09.95), and juniors Taylor Yen (17th, 21:33.94) and Alyssa Collins (18th, 21:50.40).

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson 20, Buffalo Grove 37; Stevenson 27, Dundee-Crown 28: Senior Brett Lucas was the fastest runner in the field as the Patriots swept their first-ever meet at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Lucas covered the 5K course in 15:25.39, more than 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Dundee-Crown. Senior Tim Green was fourth (16:39.40) and classmate Nikita Smyrnov finished sixth (16:51.76). Other Pat runners who figured in the scoring were junior Alex Beckerman (10th, 16:59.83), senior Jacob Sparreo (11th, 17:00.20), senior Ethan Simanek (17th, 17:23.83) and senior Raven Jo (18th, 17:31.17). Also in the top 20 were sophomore Corey Pacernick (19th, 17:39.04) and senior Aaron Portman (20th, 17:39.51).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Carmel, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16: Sophomore Lily Cozzi recorded 10 kills, and seniors Lauren Micek and Hope Havenhill each added seven for the Patriots (1-1) in Mundelein. Senior Alex Cuc was 49-of-52 setting with 26 assists. Junior Becca Sullivan served three aces. Senior Chloe Robinson made 17 digs and also dished out three assists. Cozzi added 11 digs. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson 184, Deerfield 190: At the Vernon Hills Golf Club, freshman Kelly Dong paced the Patriots (4-0) with a 7-over-par 43. Sophomore Julia Yoo shot a 45, and senior Olivia Stomberg and sophomore Joyce Bai each recorded a 48. Also competing for SHS were freshman Sophia Zhuang (49) and senior Katie Hannahs (52).

Field Hockey

Loyola Academy 3, Stevenson 1: In Winnetka, the Patriots led 1-0 at halftime but were unable to hold off the Ramblers, who reached the state quarterfinals last fall. – @PatMahoneyAD

Soccer Alum on Top-Ranked Division III Team

Caroline Dempsey (Class of 2015) is a junior midfielder for the defending national champion Washington University Bears, who are the top-ranked team in the United Soccer Coaches Division III preseason coaches poll. She started 21 of the team’s 24 games last season and was sixth in scoring. Dempsey converted a penalty kick in Washington’s 5-4 shootout victory over Messiah in the national championship game last season. She also was an academic all-conference selection. Washington opens its season on Friday, Sept. 1.


Going to the Football Games at Palatine Today?

If you’re going to watch the sophomore or varsity football games at Palatine today, Stevenson Athletics has some expectations for you: No signs can be brought into the stadium; your student ID is required for admission; spectators must wear shirts; no full face paint is allowed; no artificial noisemakers are allowed; and no re-entry will be allowed into the stadium.

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 or they will be thrown out. The room is available for pick up every period except fourth.

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.

Meningitis Vaccination Requirement for Seniors

The State of Illinois requires that before Oct. 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 Oct. 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.


The Green Team meets Mondays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2506, and the first meeting is this Monday.

Zumba Club will host its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Aerobics Room (2110). The club is open to all grades and no experience is required. Zumba Club meets every Tuesday at 3:45. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Antillera at

Breakfast with Books will hold its first meeting from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday 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!

Students Helping Soldiers will have its first meeting after school Tuesday in Room 5044.

Are you interested in science research? Do you have your own ideas of what you want to learn more about? The first Science REACH meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 1916. Contact Mrs. Palffy or Mr. Robinson if you have any questions.

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will hold its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. Information on events and activities being planned for the year will be shared, and the club will also be making DIY tassel necklaces. All students are welcome! Do you have any questions? Contact the faculty sponsor, Mrs. Erickson, at

Kiva Club will have its first meeting after school Wednesday in Room 7066. Free pizza will be included!


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 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.

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. 12. No appointment is necessary.


IM Golf: The first outing to Vernon Hills Golf Course is on Tuesday. To join IM Golf, just register online. You can turn in your money and permission slip for the club in at the Student Activities Office. Questions? Contact Mr. Argentar at or Mr. Wise at

Registration for IM Flag Football is now open, so join a team and get signed up! Stop by the Student Activities Office if you have questions.

An information meeting for IM Ultimate Frisbee will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. The group will start playing after school on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Open field girls softball will begin Wednesday and will meet every Wednesday through Oct. 4. Each week’s session will run from 4-5:30 p.m. on the varsity softball field.

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


The varsity boys ice hockey team is holding a fundraiser at Rockin’ Jump in Buffalo Grove from 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Discounted tickets are just $15 for two hours. If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can still purchase discounted tickets and use them at a later date. Visit to purchase your tickets. Thank you for your support!


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