Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Chess Team Pays It Forward With Club for Kids

Senior Alex Bian and other members of the chess team were featured in this Illinois Chess Association article for founding a local chess club for kids. The King’s Knights Chess Club, which has about 40 participants ranging from kindergarten through middle school age, meets on Sunday nights. Other SHS chess club members serving as coaches with Bian are seniors Gurasees Bajaj, Andrew Luo and Conrad Oberhaus; juniors Shanky Bala, Kavin Lavari, Miranda Liu and Jack Xiao; sophomore Adam Wallach; freshman Allen Guo; and 2017 graduates Rahul Dhiman and Adit Ghosh. According to the article, Bian currently ranks in the top 10 nationally among 17-year-olds, and won the U.S. Junior Open Championship summer in Minnesota.

Did You Miss the Summer 2018 Travel Meetings?

Parents or guardians who missed the summer 2018 travel information meetings in September are encouraged to visit www.d125.org/travel to see the opportunities available. Information packets and applications for some of the trips also are available.

3-on-3 Tournament to Benefit Catalyst, Live4Lali

Monday is the deadline to register a team for the SeanB 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, a community event designed to raise awareness about drug prevention and intervention services. The tournament will be held in the Sports Center on Sunday, Oct. 22. To register a team or to make a donation, visit this link.

The tournament was created in memory of SHS alumnus Sean Bardos (Class of 2008), who died in 2015 from a prescription drug overdose. The event is sponsored by Stevenson’s Catalyst club, in conjunction with Live4Lali and the Stand Strong Coalition.

Several age divisions are available in the tournament. All proceeds will benefit Catalyst and Live4Lali. Members of the Lincolnshire Police Department will be on hand to accept unused or expired medication for safe disposal. For more information, visit seanb3on3.com.

Bass Fishing Team Takes Control of Series

Junior twins Jack and Cameron Grisamore won first place for the SHS bass fishing team at the second tournament in the Golden Sabre series last weekend. They caught 15 fish worth keeping on Diamond Lake, and the top five weighed 14.4 pounds. Sophomore Jason Qualich and junior Daniel Salas took fourth place with 11.18 pounds. There were 19 boats in the tournament, including one piloted by the defending state champion from Buffalo Grove.

The team’s total weight over the first two tournaments, more than 42 pounds, puts Stevenson solidly in first place in the series standings. The series concludes Saturday, Oct. 21 with a tournament at Bangs Lake.

PPA Meeting Tonight

The Parent Parent Association meets tonight at 7:30 in the Principal’s Conference Room. All PPA members are welcome to attend.

Activity Period Schedule on Wednesday

The school will follow an activity period schedule on Wednesday. Juniors will be meeting with their counselors and seniors will gather in the Sports Center. A few clubs and organizations also will meet. See the Student Announcements below for details.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Hersey, 23-25, 25-17, 26-24: Junior Sophie Sorenson tallied 14 kills, served two aces and made 12 digs as the host Patriots (13-8) rallied past the Huskies in the Sports Center. Senior Hope Havenhill recorded eight kills and sophomore Lily Cozzi added seven. Senior Chloe Robinson made 19 digs and junior Becca Sullivan had 11 for SHS, which has won seven of its last eight matches and three straight. Robinson added two aces and Sullivan had one. Senior Alex Cuc was 70-of-71 setting with 30 assists, and also had nine digs and two aces. Stevenson plays host to Lake Zurich Wednesday in its next-to-last home match. Hersey fell to 15-5. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis Looks to Complete Unbeaten Dual Season

The girls tennis team will attempt to clinch its second consecutive unbeaten dual-match season and its third in the last four years today. The Patriots will play host to New Trier at 4:30. SHS carries a 17-0 record into today’s contest at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, and has won 32 consecutive matches dating back to October 2015. If Stevenson wins today, it would tie the school record for victories in a season, first set in 2014. Coach Tom Stanhope’s team went 18-0 in 2014, followed up with a 16-1 record in 2015, and were 15-0 last year.

Sorenson’s Return to Health Bolsters Cross Country Team

The girls cross country team runs in its final regular-season meet this afternoon in Waukegan, its final tuneup before the North Suburban Conference championship race on Oct. 14. The Patriots are 8-0 this season, including a 5-0 mark heading into today’s NSC finale against Waukegan and Libertyville. One of the best stories emerging this fall has been the return to form of junior Natalie Sorenson, whose first two seasons were marred by stress fractures. This year, she has been a regular presence among the Patriots’ top runners, and posted a personal-best time at the Palatine Invitational on Sept. 23.

Football Alum Scores First Collegiate TD

Northwestern sophomore superback Cameron Green (Class of 2015) scored his first collegiate touchdown Saturday, catching a 1-yard pass that gave NU a short-lived lead at Wisconsin. Green has played in all four of the Wildcats’ games this season, catching four passes.


All Juniors Meet With Their Counselor Wednesday

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period Wednesday. Juniors must attend this meeting, even if they are a member of a club that meets during the activity period. Here is the list of room locations by counselor.

All Seniors Meet in Sports Center During Activity Period

All seniors will meet in the Sports Center during the activity period Wednesday. They must attend this meeting, even if they are a member of a club that meets during the activity period.

Club Meetings During Activity Period Wednesday

The following clubs will be meeting during the activity period on Wednesday (room number/name in parenthesis): VEX Robotics (Room 1428), 1Stevenson (2104), Freshman Class Board (Lower Sports Center lobby), Students Helping Soldiers (5044), Student Congress (West Faculty Dining Room), German Club (2926), Free the Children (East Commons).

Testing Center Closed Oct. 11

The Testing Center will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 11 due to the special schedule in effect for the day.

Have You Seen Those Pictures in the West Building?

The latest Visiting Artist of the Month has photos of the outdoors hanging in the West Building’s Visiting Artist Gallery. But these aren’t normal photos; they’re inverted, or reversed. If you’d like to find out how JD Dennison made those pictures, or if you want to hear about his travels, stop by his free ARTalks presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. Snacks will be provided.

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.

Operation Snowball Retreat Registration Underway

Registration is open for the next Operation Snowball retreat, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 30-Saturday, Dec. 2 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, Wis. All grade levels are invited. However, a limited number of openings are available. Students will be added to the retreat roster in the order in which they register and turn in the required permission and medical form packets. Register and download the necessary forms at the Online School Store. For more information on the retreat, visit the Operation Snowball web page.


Are you interested in learning more about being a physician assistant? A physician assistant will be visiting the College Career Center from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 to talk with students about PA programs and schools, educational requirements, and specifics of the job. Space is limited, so please send a message to Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org to register.

Applications are still 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 dwillock@d125.org.


Today and Thursday are the last days for open baseball. Meet at the varsity baseball field after school.

Wednesday is the last date for open softball. Players are invited to meet at the varsity softball field from 3:45-5 pm.


The varsity boys ice hockey team is holding a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Visit www.stevensonhockey.org for the flyer and mention the fundraiser before ordering. The offer is valid for carryout and delivery orders, too.

Interested in bowling? If you have years of experience or if you’ve never bowled before, come and try out this season for the boys bowling team. Come to the informational meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday in Room 2628. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Mathias at cmathias@d125.org.

The girls gymnastics team will have a pre-season meeting after school Friday, Oct. 13 in Room 2002. Anyone interested in joining the team is welcome. No experience is necessary.


The first Science Bowl meeting will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today in Room 8066. Science Bowl is a fun, team-based, competitive club that tests scientific knowledge, with the chance to win a fully-paid, week-long trip to Washington, D.C. Come to Room 8066 to learn more, or talk to Mrs. Humes in Room 8080.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students (BASS) is a club dedicated to exploring black culture at SHS, and in the U.S. and the world. BASS discusses how current events, history and pop culture relate to and affect black culture. Meetings include social activities as well as service opportunities, field trips and more. BASS is open to anyone with an interest in black culture. Join us to connect, unwind and eat tasty treats after school Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 6018!

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 1612. The Styler is looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome. The group also will be watching a documentary about one of New York’s hottest designers, Alexander Wang. Hope to see you there!

Interactive Gamers Club will host a two-headed giant Magic tournament with the brand new Ixalan set after school Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room (1204). Play with vampires, pirates and dinosaurs! The cost is $5, and each student will receive six Magic packs. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you! New members are always welcome.


Iowa, Georgia, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, Florida State, Pepperdine and Wisconsin-Whitewater 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 applying to colleges that offer interviews are welcome to attend an Interview Workshop Thursday at 7:30 a.m. or during eighth period in the CCC. Alumni from Harvard University will be on campus to facilitate these interview workshops, which will teach seniors various tips for college application interviews. Registration is required to attend either session. Seniors or students planning to graduate this school year may register at this link.

Connect with more than 400 colleges and universities during National College Fairs in Chicago and Milwaukee in October. In addition to meeting with college representatives, the fairs will feature educational workshops to learn more about the college search process. The Chicago National College Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at McCormick Place. The Milwaukee National College Fair runs from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Wisconsin Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Here are registration links, which include a list of participating schools: Chicago | Milwaukee.


Niles North varsity football team reinstated after hazing investigation

Metamora-area schools closed today after shooting threat on social media

Two juveniles detained after Airsoft gun found at Niles West

Residents rally behind U46 board member after her flag comments

Lincoln-Way officials warned district about financial peril, records show

Whitney Young choir joins anthem protest during Homecoming rally

City Colleges puts downtown headquarters on the market

Chicago poet, publisher gives papers to University of Illinois

Round Lake District 116 school board adds new member

Wheaton parks leader defends talk of possible land swap with District 200

Parkland College board member resigns to retain teaching position

Fox Lake principal lets it go to make good on promise to his students


At least four victims of Las Vegas massacre were educators

Kansas Supreme Court: School funding increase wasn’t enough

How legalizing marijuana could hurt student achievement

Bill to extend Federal Perkins Loan Program fails

The evolution of Betsy DeVos and private school choice

Nearly 1 in 11 NYC students switched schools in a year, report finds

The rural higher-education crisis

80 Evergreen State College students disciplined over protests


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