Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

FAFSA Completion Night on Tuesday

The College Career Center will hold its annual FAFSA Completion Night from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Families interested in attending are asked to make an appointment beforehand by calling Chris McGurn at 847-415-4517.

Representatives from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, who are trained in the specific details of the FAFSA, will be here to answer questions and help families complete the process.

Families are encouraged to create their Federal Student Aid identification numbers prior to the appointment, and to start the FAFSA. A separate FSA ID is required for a parent and for the student. Families can use the following links to get started: Create a Federal Student Aid ID | Steps on Filling Out a FAFSA Form

String Parents Sponsoring Three Fundraisers in October

The String Parents Association is partnering with Schwan’s Cares home food delivery service to raise money for the school’s orchestra and guitar programs. More than 300 food items are available, along with eGift Cards. When you order by Monday, Oct. 16, 20% of product and 40% of eGift Card sales will go to the String Parents Association. There are two ways to order: Online through this link, or by calling 855-870-7208 and mention campaign ID number 34177. Here is a promotional flyer for the fundraiser.

The String Parents Association has two other fundraisers this month. SPA will have a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. Mention Stevenson, and 50% of the sale will go to the String Parents. SPA will hold a fundraiser at Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac N Cheez in Vernon Hills from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. The restaurant will donate 20% back to the SPA. The RSVP deadline is Oct. 21. Commit to eat at this link.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Fremd Regional: The Patriots qualified for sectionals for the fourth consecutive season by finishing third at Hilldale Golf Club in Hoffman Estates. SHS posted a score of 315, behind champion Highland Park (301) and Deerfield (314). Junior Mark Noonan led Stevenson with a 76, good for fifth place overall. Freshman Conan Pan tied for 11th with a 79. Senior Matt Schawel and juniors Jackson Bussell and Alex Kim all shot an 80 and tied for 14th place for the Pats, who will play in the Warren Sectional at Bittersweet Golf Course in Gurnee on Monday. Bussell will be making his third consecutive sectional appearance, while Noonan, Kim and Schawel will play in their second straight sectional. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 5, New Trier 3: The Patriots (18-0) completed an unbeaten run through its regular-season dual matches for the second straight season and the third time in four years. With the win, SHS tied the school’s single-season record for victories, set in 2014, and also won its 33rd straight match dating back to October 2015. The Pats swept all three singles matches at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, and took two of five doubles contests. Senior Zoe Taylor shut out her opponent at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0, sophomore Athena Kolli rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2, and sophomore Ellen Ma earned a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 3. In doubles, senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser triumphed at No. 2, 6-3, 6-1, while seniors Samantha Burger and Ambika Singh prevailed at No. 3, 6-2, 6-3. Next up for Stevenson is the North Suburban Conference tournament, which will be played at VHAC on Friday and Saturday. SHS has won the last four NSC titles, and five in the past six years.

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 15, Waukegan 50; Stevenson 27, Libertyville 29: At the Waukegan Sports Complex, the Patriots completed their second consecutive perfect regular dual-meet season. SHS finished 10-0 overall and 7-0 in North Suburban Conference meets. Stevenson also was 10-0 last year. Junior Natalie Sorenson led the Pats with a second-place showing, finishing the 3-mile race in 18:41. Sophomore Caimin Xi was third (19:09), senior Natalie Sparreo placed sixth (19:34), senior Gabriela Jagielo took seventh (19:38) and junior Kendall Roberts finished ninth (19:59). Other Stevenson runners in the top 20 were sophomore Michelle Yu (10th, 20:03), senior Lauren Appell (12th, 20:19), senior Shea Kirby (15th, 20:54) and junior Alyssa Collins (18th, 21:39).

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson 18, Waukegan 45; Stevenson 25, Libertyville 34: The Patriots claimed two of the top three spots at the Waukegan Sports Complex, and six of the top 10. Seniors Nikita Smyrnov and Brett Lucas finished second and third, respectively. Smyrnov completed the 3-mile run in 15:26, while Lucas crossed the finish line in 15:37. Junior Alex Beckerman was sixth (16:27), and a trio of seniors rounded out the top 10. Jacob Sparreo was eighth (16:31), Ethan Simanek placed ninth (16:36) and Tim Green took 10th (16:40). Other Pats in the top 20 were senior Ari Machtinger (11th, 16:45), senior Raven Jo (12th, 16:52), sophomore Corey Pacernick (14th, 17:06) and senior Aaron Portman (19th, 17:37).

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 4, Warren 0: Steven O’Reilly scored a pair of goals and senior keepers Ethan Kalis and Kyle Swanson combined for the shutout for the host Patriots (6-7-1, 2-4-1) in the Stadium. O’Reilly, a senior, staked SHS to a 1-0 halftime lead with his first goal, which was assisted by classmate Borler Wu. SHS erupted for three goals in the second half, including the second from O’Reilly. Sophomore Matthew Brickman and senior Ryan McGrogan each had a goal and an assist. Junior Kai Mayahara also recorded an assist. Kalis made six saves and Swanson had three against the Blue Devils (8-10-2, 2-5). Stevenson plays its final home match of the regular season Friday against New Trier. The start time is 4:45 p.m. at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS will serve as host for an IHSA Class 3A regional Oct. 17-21. The regional games will be played in the Stadium. – Daily Herald | IHSA Pairings

Brunson Receives Preseason All-America Honor

Villanova University junior Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) has been named a preseason first-team All-American by FanRag Sports. A starter since he arrived on campus, Brunson and the Wildcats have gone 67-9 in his first two seasons and won the NCAA title in 2016. Last year, he averaged 14.1 points per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the floor. “There’s nobody better in college basketball at running a team than this kid,” the website said. Brunson and Mikal Bridges are expected to form one of college basketball’s most dynamic duos this season. Villanova will make two trips to the Midwest within driving distance of Lincolnshire. The Wildcats play at DePaul’s new Wintrust Arena on Dec. 27, and at Marquette on Jan. 28.


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.

All Juniors Meet With Their Counselor Today

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period today. 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 today. 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 Today

The following clubs will be meeting during the activity period today (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.

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 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


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. today. Visit 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

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 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 today 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 today 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!

Peer Tutor Club has a mandatory meeting after school Thursday in Room 7066.

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.


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.

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

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.


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

Thursday is the last day for open baseball. Meet at the varsity baseball field after school.


New state employee pension plan coming, but not soon

Bill links private school tax break to public school funding

Ninth-grade GPAs predict kids’ futures, and Chicago is raising them

Barrington District 220 mulls stadium sponsorships to pay for renovations

Metamora parents seek unity, education following racist video

High school students to host gubernatorial primary debate today

Unloaded gun at Naperville Central, manhunt leads to D204 “soft lockdown”

Glenbrook North hall monitor had weapon on campus, police say

Starter pistol found in locker at Sycamore High

Hinsdale District 86 backs off balancing enrollment question

Millikin president defends players who kneel during national anthem

EIU advisory group urges consideration of Douglas Hall name change

Aurora student returning from golf tournament killed in car crash

Chicago high school to host first game in new $3M stadium


Why flipped learning is still going strong 10 years later

UW-Milwaukee team linked to work that won Nobel Prize in physics

When it comes to grading, is “50” the new “zero”?

New York’s “free college” program only reaches 6% of students

Ohio schools adjusting to state’s new attendance law

After stabbing, training for NYC teachers on defusing behavior issues

The battle over immunizations in Vermont

Colleges turn to Snapchat to recruit new generation of students

Scholars renew calls for U.S. to fund research on gun violence

UNLV students “outraged” classes not canceled after shooting

College with liberal reputation wants more conservative students

University’s “colored” water fountain scandal was a student hoax

The desegregation of New Orleans schools … in the 1870s

USC professor detained after “breakdown” led to active shooter scare

At UCLA, a dorm floor dedicated to first-generation students


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