Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

SAT Support Program Starts Next Week

Stevenson is collaborating with Academic Tutoring to run an on-campus, after-school  SAT group course designed for seniors who want to improve their test score before the SAT exam on Oct. 7. The course begins next week. Use this link to register online.

The course will feature four workshop sessions (students can choose Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) and one practice exam, which will be administered on Saturday, Sept. 23. Classes will be led at SHS by an Academic Tutoring instructor. The workshop sessions will run from 5-8 p.m., and the practice test on Sept. 23 will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (with no testing accommodations). The maximum class size will be 25 students.

The cost is $35. Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until all 75 slots are filled. Families will have their money refunded if their student attends and completes all five sessions. (No absences, tardies, or leaving early will be accepted.) Stevenson will provide a snack for students during each session.

For questions, contact Ellyn Ross at 847-415-4556 or

College Career Center Launching Facebook Live Sessions

Postsecondary counselors Sara English and Dan Miller (Class of 2001) have been expanding the College Career Center’s online presence this summer. They have more than doubled the amount of content available through, and next week the pair will begin a series of Facebook Live sessions with college representatives on campus to meet with SHS students.

The first session will feature Charles Murphy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign beginning at approximately 12:02 p.m. Tuesday (the start of fifth period). Indiana University’s Scott Siegel will appear at 1:58 p.m. Wednesday (the start of seventh hour on an activity period schedule), and Stephanie Duff from the University of Missouri will be on at 11:10 a.m. Thursday (the beginning of fourth period). Representatives from the College of Lake County, Lawrence University, Ohio State University and the University of Iowa will be part of Facebook Live sessions later this fall. You can watch next week’s sessions at the College Career Center’s Facebook page.

PPA General Meeting Tuesday Night

All members of the Patriot Parent Association are invited to attend its next general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Principal’s Conference Room. Park in lots B or D for easiest access to the room, which is near the Performing Arts Center.

No School, No Digest on Monday

The school will not hold classes Monday in observance of Labor Day. The Daily Digest will not be published, either.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 169, Mundelein 264: Sophomore Joyce Bai earned medalist honors for the second straight match, shooting a 4-over-par 39 at Countryside Golf Course. Bai birdied two of the last five holes. Seniors Katie Hannahs and Olivia Stomberg each carded a 42, with Stomberg recorded the team’s other birdie. Senior Gina Stanley and freshman Faith Wang each shot a 46 for the Patriots, who improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. Briana Fidman, a freshman, added a 47.

Boys Soccer

Wheeling 1, Stevenson 0: At the Glenbrook South Invitational, the Patriots (2-2) outshot the Wildcats, 12-7, but fell to 2-1 in the tournament. SHS will play for third place on Saturday. Wheeling scored its goal in the first half.

Spring, Winter Sports Honored for Academics

Every team involved in an Illinois High School Association-sponsored sport last spring and winter earned an IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award in 2016-17 for maintaining a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during its season. Overall, 24 of 29 sports earned the award.


The varsity field hockey game scheduled for today was rescheduled, and so there will be no Stevenson Broadcast Network livecast.


Wondering About the New Community Service Program?

All interested students are invited to hear about the school’s new approach to community service from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Tuesday in the the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4200). Mr. Erdmann will lead “Transforming Community Service,” and he will address the following topics: the InnerView website (which replaces uGIVE); senior service recognition (replacing the 300 Club); revised National Honor Society admissions requirements; and the Inspiring Service Awards. He also will answer your questions.

Early Bird Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales End Today

Early bird ticket sales for the Homecoming dance are underway. You can buy a ticket to the dance for $20 through 3 p.m. today at the Patriot Superstore or through the Online School Store. Ticket prices go up to $25 starting at 3:01 p.m. Friday. If you’re bringing a guest who’s not a Stevenson student to the dance, fill out this form and have it signed by the guest’s dean.

Half Wit Accepting Work From Frosh, Soph Writers

All freshmen and sophomores: The Half Wit, Stevenson’s underclassmen-only literary magazine, is accepting your submissions of fiction, poetry, drama, music lyrics, essays, rants, and any other writing you’ve done. Send submissions to Mr. Barnabee at

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of September by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.

How You Can Help Harvey Victims

The National Honor Society and Student Council will be raising money during the lunch periods today to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can make a donation in cash, check or with Patriot Dollars. Donations will be given to GlobalGiving to assist in its efforts to provide food, water and shelter in the Houston area.

Pay NHS, FBLA, Student Council Dues Online

If you’re a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council or Future Business Leaders of America, you can pay your dues online through the Online School Store, or at the Patriot Superstore.

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.

Patriot Nation, Got News?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories, photos, videos, and more with us. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.


Seniors thinking about applying to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are invited to attend an application workshop in the College Career Center. Workshops will be held during eighth period Wednesday, and at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

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.

Illinois, Indiana, Alabama and Arizona are all coming to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2018. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return nomination forms is Tuesday, Sept. 26. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Sunday, Oct. 15.

Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2018. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the nomination forms is Friday, Sept. 15. If selected, the nominee will need to complete the Wells Scholarship application by Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend a college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. The deadline to return a completed application is Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Seniors interested in the University of Virginia: The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full scholarships to UVA to students who have demonstrated uncommon academic ability, exceptional leadership and a commitment to the community at large.  Stevenson may nominate one student for this prestigious scholarship. If you are interested, please pick up an application from the College Career Center (Room 1123). Please return this application to the CCC by Nov. 21.


Student-athletes who aspire to play college sports, and their parents, are invited to the NCAA Eligibility Workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Mundelein High School Auditorium. The evening, sponsored by North Suburban Conference schools including Stevenson, will provide insights on NCAA academic requirements and recruiting.


Students interested in healthcare careers, mark your calendars: Advocate Condell Medical Center Penwasciz Healthcare Career program will accept applications online for 2017-18 at on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. only. You will not be able to access the application prior to that time. More information can be found on the Career Camps and Internships web page or by emailing Mrs. Willock at

Applications are now being accepted for students wishing to participate in a career shadow during the first semester. Please visit the Career Exploration web page or come to the College Career Center for an application. If you have general career questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet about career planning, please send Mrs. Willock an email at  


Open fencing begins Wednesday from 3:45-5:45 p.m. in the East Commons. Equipment will be provided.

Morning strength and conditioning starts next week. Sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 a.m. in the Field House during September and October. Exceptions: No sessions on Sept. 21 or Oct. 19.

CLUB NEWSSee the master list of clubs for 2017-18

Sophomores, juniors or seniors: Interested in representing Stevenson to visiting educators and showing your Patriot pride? The Student Ambassador Club is hosting two upcoming informational meetings. Please come to the Recital Hall (Room 4100) at 10 a.m. today or at 8 a.m. Thursday to hear about the club, and the opportunities to get involved. Questions? See Dean Wallace or Dean McCauley.

Yearbook Club is seeking new members! If you love writing, photography or design, this is the club for you. We meet today after school in Room 2712. Please join us for fun, friends and food.

Video Game Club will meet after school Tuesday in Room 1204. Everyone is welcome to come by and play new and old-school video games. Contact Dr. Schroeder if you have any questions.

Do you want to be a part of this historic year in Stevenson sports? Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be holding an informational meeting after school Wednesday in Room 1634. New members are always welcome!  Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the West Science Office, Room 1514.

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. Wednesday in Room 6016. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

If you missed the introductory meeting for Science REACH due to a conflict, the alternate meeting is Wednesday during the Activity Period. The room number is TBA. Contact Mrs. Palffy or Mr. Robinson if you have any questions.

Chess Club will hold its first meeting of the school year after school Thursday. The meeting will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 2818.

The first general meeting of the Catalyst Club, a leadership club dedicated to prevention of underage drinking and drug use, will take place at 7:40 a.m. Thursday in the East Lower Commons. Come learn more about how you can help create a safer and healthier school and community for teens! For more information, please email Dr. Cortesi at or Mrs. Epstein at

The Wit and the Half Wit, Stevenson’s incredible, award-winning magazines of student fiction, poetry, drama, music lyrics, essays, rants, and so much more, has begun meeting every Thursday after school in Room 2015. If you love writing and love publishing, come join the club. Just stop by or email Mr. Barnabee at

Do you want to hang out and play awesome board games? What about getting service hours for it? Come to Stevenson’s new Board Game Club! The club meets from 3:45-5:45 p.m. every Monday beginning Sept. 11 in Room 1500-1502. Every week, a new strategy, deduction or cooperation game will be featured. For more information, contact or


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