Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Let’s Talk About Your Future: 2018-19 Course Selection

Stevenson is encouraging all families to mark their calendars for the second annual “Let’s Talk About Your Future” night on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Parents and guardians are encouraged to have discussions with their students about interests, passions and goals for the future, and to select courses for the 2018-19 school year that can allow students to grow in those areas. To help promote the conversations on Oct. 24, teachers have been told to give no homework that night. As the evening approaches, the school will share suggestions through email and social media on how families can shape their discussions. Students will receive a copy of their 2018-19 Coursebook during the school day on Monday, Oct. 23.

Two New Courses Being Added to Curriculum

Two new courses will be added to the school’s curriculum next year, following their approval last week by the District 125 Board of Education.

The new courses will be iOS App Development and Programming (Mobile Makers), and Current Events ELL for students within the English Language Learning program. The Mobile Makers course will be an elective course to support the growing interest of students in exploring and creating work products with computer technology. Current Events ELL will develop students’ academic, social and instructional language across the five standards developed by WIDA, a consortium of 37 states that designs and implements language proficiency standards for K-12 students.

Other curriculum changes for the 2018-19 school year include the creation of an online version of Advanced Placement Comparative Government, and the elevation of Advanced Clothing and Design to an honors-level course since it will be available as a dual-college credit course with Harper College.

Four Seniors Named National Hispanic Scholars

Four seniors have been selected as National Hispanic Scholars through the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program. Victor Canseco, Giovana Guimaraes, Angelica Lopez and Jeremy Quinteros are four of the approximately 5,000 current seniors nationwide honored for scoring in the top 2.5% among all Latino students who took the PSAT/NMSQT test last fall.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 8, Hinsdale South 0: The Patriots (15-0) opened a long homestand by breezing to their 31st consecutive dual victory. SHS won all three singles matches and all five doubles matches in straight sets. In singles, senior Zoe Taylor posted a 6-2, 6-0 decision at No. 1. Sophomore Athena Kolli won at No. 2, 6-0, 6-2, and classmate Ellen Ma rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3. Senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman earned a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 1 doubles, while senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser prevailed at No. 2, 6-4, 6-0. The other three doubles tandems surrendered just one game between them. Seniors Ambika Singh and Samantha Burger blanked their opponent at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0, senior Carly Lefar and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula were in control at No. 4, 6-0, 6-1, and sophomores Maggie Gong and Kaya Rand posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5. Stevenson won’t play away again until the state tournament. SHS seeks to close out a perfect North Suburban Conference schedule this afternoon against Warren at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The team also has home matches on Wednesday (Deerfield) and next Tuesday (New Trier), followed by the conference and sectional tournaments at VHAC.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Palatine, 24-26, 25-17, 25-12: Senior Natalie Mun’s eight-point service run in the second set shifted the momentum as the visiting Patriots (11-8) rallied past the Pirates (11-7), who were playing at home for the first time this season. Mun’s run came after a kill from junior Annie Armgardt gave SHS a 17-16 lead in the second set. Mun ended the night 15-of-16 serving with three aces. As a team, Stevenson made only four serving errors in 74 attempts, with 13 aces. Senior Chloe Robinson was 14-for-14 serving with three aces and 15 digs, while junior Becca Sullivan went 15-for-16 with three aces. The leading hitter for the Pats was junior Sophie Sorenson, who had 13 kills to go along with three digs and a pair of aces. Sophomore Lily Cozzi added seven kills. Rochester University commit Hope Havenhill, who celebrated her birthday along with senior classmate Riana Doretti, chipped in with four kills. Senior setter Alex Cuc dished out 24 assists and was perfect on all 61 attempts. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Stevenson 1, Antioch 0 (OT): No details reported. – News-Sun

Spirit Revolution Raises Money for Diabetes Research

The freshman and junior varsity Spirit Revolution teams raised $2,142 for the American Diabetes Association’s annual “Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes“ at Didier Farms on Saturday. The walk is one of several community service events in which Spirit Revolution participates during the school year.

Girls Golf Team Enters NSC Tourney with Momentum

The varsity girls golf team will carry a busload of optimism into the North Suburban Conference tournament on Wednesday. Coach Emma Degen’s squad went undefeated in 12 regular-season matches, capping the schedule with its lowest round of the year, 162, in its finale against Warren. Degen told Jon Kerr of the Pioneer Press that she’s looking forward to the conference and regional tournaments because with its depth, Stevenson has several golfers capable of earning medalist honors on any given day. The varsity boys golf team, meanwhile, has its conference tournament today.

Volleyball Alum New Head Coach at Deerfield

Blake Orlov (Class of 2000) is the new head girls volleyball coach at Deerfield High School. Orlov played for Stevenson’s state runner-up boys volleyball squad in 2000, and later played on a national club championship team at the University of Arizona. After college, he served as an assistant at Carthage College for Leanne Ulmer, who was his coach at Stevenson. In addition to serving as Deerfield’s head coach, Orlov runs the Chicago Bounce Volleyball Club, which he founded 12 years ago. Daily Herald prep sports writer John Leusch talked with Orlov about his journey back to prep volleyball.

Shashin Top Goal-Scorer for Navy Water Polo

2017 graduate Andrew Shashin, who helped lead the boys water polo team to its first state championship last spring, is the leading goal-scorer for the Naval Academy water polo squad. He has 10 goals in seven games for the Midshipmen, who currently carry a 5-5 record.

State Champion Hoopster Johnson Transfers to Gannon

Matt Johnson (Class of 2014), who helped Stevenson win its first boys basketball state championship three years ago, has transferred to NCAA Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pa., from Triton Community College. Johnson, a 5-foot-11 guard who has three years of eligibility remaining, earned second-team all-conference honors at Triton last year after averaging 7.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. Triton posted a 30-3 record.


Monday’s Digest incorrectly listed boys ice hockey player Carter Devlin as a sophomore. He is a junior.


Sophomores Can Order Class Rings Thursday

Sophomores can order class rings from Jostens during the lunch periods Thursday in the Wood Commons. You can design your own ring at www.jostens.com.

Germany, Iceland Summer Trip Meetings This Week

Students thinking of going on a school-sponsored trip to Germany or Iceland next summer should attend an information meeting with their parents or guardians this week. The Germany trip meeting is tonight at 6:30 in the Black Box Theater (Room 2204), which is upstairs from the Sports Center entrance. The Iceland trip meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104.

Looking for Meaningful Community Service Opportunities?

Service Outreach has begun for the year and meets every weekday after school in the Lower Glass Commons except for Wednesdays. Every day offers a unique community service opportunity, and is a great way to reach out to local organizations and gain experience. On Mondays, you can help with the Cherished Children Early Childhood Center. Tuesdays are spent with Bernie’s Book Banks, Thursdays involve tutoring at Holmes Middle School, and Fridays mean assisting with Home of the Sparrow. Also, one Friday of the month includes a chance to help A Just Harvest. More details about these organizations and how to sign up can be found at my.innerview.org.

Student Parking Cut Back at Metra Station

Parking at the Prairie View Metra Station is limited to those students with an existing parking pass that was purchased from Vernon Township. No additional passes for Metra Station parking will be available at this time. Daily parking for students is no longer permitted.

Additionally, student parking in the Vernon Township parking lots is not permitted. Violators will risk having vehicles ticketed or towed. Vernon Township is offering a limited number of parking passes at Peterson Park on Buffalo Grove Road. For further information, contact Vernon Township at 847-634-4600.

Students who choose to park in the Port Clinton parking lot on campus must purchase spots 24 hours in advance in Room 2400.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, “puppy chow” and more will be on sale, all for $1.

Tips for Railroad Safety Week

This is the first-ever national Railroad Safety Week. While the number of highway-rail crossing collisions, deaths and injuries has dropped over the past five decades, about every three hours in the U.S. a person or vehicle is hit by a train. Here are some railroad crossing safety tips:

* Look for signs that warning of approaching railroad tracks. They could be painted road markings with the letter “X” or “RR,” or signs erected on a pole.

* Approach with caution. Look and listen for trains in both directions (turn off radio and fans and roll down window).

*  Be prepared to stop at any time, day or night.

*  Never stop on railroad tracks. Be sure you can cross completely over the tracks without stopping.


Interested in a career in a STEM field? The College of Lake County’s STEM Speaker Series hosts evening presentations focusing on different careers. On Thursday, there will be a free event for students interested in engineering and computer science careers. The event will take place at the Grayslake campus and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Find out more by visiting clcillinois.edu/stem.

We have an excellent opportunity for students to participate in a career shadow on Columbus Day, Oct. 9, for those interested in careers in finance and business. Please send an email to Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org if you are interested. Spots are limited.


Superhero Club meets after school Wednesday in Room 1414. Join us for your favorite superhero movies!

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. The club will be making style boards to compete in a fashion competition for Boy Meets Girl, the new brand selling at Macy’s. There will be one guaranteed winner from Stevenson! In order to participate in the contest, you must be at the meeting. Hope to see you there!

The Scholastic Bowl teams will have their informational meeting and first practice on Wednesday. If you’re a fan of trivia games, “Jeopardy!” or just want to know more about the team, please come to Room 8036! New players are always welcome.

Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Pokemon card game tournament after school Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room (Room 1204), by the Sports Center. The tournament is free to join, and there will be pods for experienced and new players.

The Physics Club will hold its first meeting of the year after school Friday in Room 1630.

All members of the Thespian Club and StageCrafters are invited to the Battle House laser tag field trip on Saturday, Oct. 14. The last date to sign up is Monday. The cost is $30, with pizza lunch included. Here is the link to pay, along with trip information (times, locations, etc.) and forms. You will need your parent or guardian to fill out the e-waiver for Battle House, and the paper copy form for the field trip permission. Make the $30 payment online through the link. Questions? Contact Mrs. Jensen at juljensen@d125.org.


Patriot Baseball 2018: Please let all parents know that we will have a meeting for parents of players trying out for the team next spring at 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 2104. The meeting is not mandatory, but will cover the upcoming season, tryouts and events this year.

ESPPA award nominations for the fall season are now being accepted through Oct. 30. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Hodge at mhodge@d125.org.


There will be open lacrosse for boys and girls every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. at the JV softball field.


Ohio State, Rice, Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon, USC, Princeton, Illinois State and Butler are just some of the colleges 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 www.d125.org/RepVisits.

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 during eighth period today. No appointment is necessary.

Students interested in studying in the United Kingdom can hear from representatives from six UK universities during an event at Beacon Academy in Evanston on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The “Best of U” event will include information on applying to colleges in England, advantages to studying overseas, and individual college presentations. All students and their families are welcome to attend. Visit this link for more information and to register.


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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

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