Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Seven More Students Post Perfect ACT Scores

Stevenson students continue to post perfect scores on the ACT college-entrance exam. The latest Patriots to earn a 36 composite score are senior Antony Simonoff, and juniors Shreya Karpoor, Miranda Liu, Rohit Mandava, Varun Putcha, Andrew Yoon and Josephine Zhang. According to the ACT, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the exam earn a 36. Antony’s perfect score brings to 32 the number of SHS seniors who have reached the peak of ACT performance.

Band Fundraiser at MOD Pizza on Tuesday

The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser at MOD Pizza in Vernon Hills from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. Bring in this flyer, and MOD will donate 20% of your bill to the Stevenson band program. This offer is valid for dine in, take out or phone orders, but not for online orders.

Senior Selected as Dance Soloist in “The Nutcracker”

Senior Stephanie Eggers has been selected for a soloist role in the Barrington Dance Ensemble’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” She is cast as the Snow Queen in the ballet’s first act. The show will be performed at Barrington High School on Dec. 1-3, with a special performance for area high school students at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. To order tickets and for more information, visit Stephanie is enrolled in the Dance Leadership class at Stevenson.

Anti-Drinking, Drug Videos to Make Debut

Brief videos promoting alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles among students will be shown during the morning announcements in coming weeks. Stevenson’s Catalyst Club and the Stand Strong Coalition are sponsoring the videos. The first, which makes its debut next week, addresses the impact that one night of drinking can have on athletic performance. Watch the 35-second video.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

Stevenson 2, Lakes 1

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson d. Waukegan

Boys Soccer

Evanston 5, Stevenson 0

Tennis Team Dominates Sectional Seedings

Stevenson has the top two seeds in the singles and doubles brackets in its Illinois High School Association Class 2A sectional tournament, which starts today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Zoe Taylor is the top seed in singles, while sophomore Athena Kolli is second. In doubles, senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman are No. 1, and senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser are second. Visit the IHSA website for sectional results.

Soccer Alum Stellar in Goal for Augustana

Augustana College men’s soccer keeper Jeremy Klaber (Class of 2016) has surrendered fewer than two goals per game on average this season, and recently recorded two straight shutouts for the Vikings. The sophomore has allowed 1.94 goals per game and has made 58 saves for Augie, which has scored six goals in 11 games this year.


Mandatory Meeting for String Students Going on Tour

String students going on the trip to Sicily and Rome in 2018 will have a mandatory fundraiser meeting from 3:30-4 p.m. Monday in the Orchestra Room.

Parent-Student Driver Education Meeting

Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester, and their parents or guardians, will have an information meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Students will complete an online permit application and permit test, while parents and guardians will receive information about the SHS driver education program. Please RSVP at this link. If your parents or guardians are unavailable, you may attend the meeting and start the permitting process. For those unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, there will be mandatory meetings for students only during the week of Nov. 6-11. Read this letter for more details.

Volunteer at Woodlawn’s Haunted House

Woodlawn Middle School’s Fall Fest Halloween Party is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. The school is looking for student volunteers to help with haunted house props, and to be actors in the haunted house. This is a great opportunity for students who enjoy acting, drama or stage-crafting. You can sign up through SHS’s InnerView for this opportunity.

Yearbook Photo Make-Ups Next Week

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who didn’t have their yearbook photo taken during orientation, or who want to have it taken again, will have another chance next month. Yearbook photo make-ups will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20 in the Recital Hall. For questions, contact

Half Wit Accepting Work From Frosh, Soph Writers

All freshmen and sophomores: The Half Wit, Stevenson’s underclassmen-exclusive literary magazine, wants your work! Send us your poetry, drama, screenplays, short stories, essays, songs … we’ll read every word. Get published! Submit your writing to  Mr. Barnabee at by Nov. 20.


All juniors and their parents are invited to the College Career Center’s annual “Finding the Fit” program from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Performing Arts Center. The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2019. Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. The presentation will be using a web-based program called Pear Deck, so juniors and their families are encouraged to bring their SHS iPads or an electronic device connected to a Gmail address. There also will be a special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in the Recital Hall, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

Students and their parents can learn about nearly 180 colleges and universities at the Illinois Regional College Fair from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the College of Lake County. The fair will be held in the Physical Education Center, Building 7, on CLC’s Grayslake campus. For more information, including the financial aid sessions and a list of colleges being represented, call 847-543-2588 or visit

Representatives from more than 60 art schools and universities will be on hand at the National Portfolio Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. To reserve a spot, see a list of participating schools and get more information, visit this link.

Seniors who have demonstrated intellectual and personal achievement, along with significant leadership ability, are invited to apply for the John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College. Up to eight Belk Scholars are selected in every entering class. For each scholar, the Belk Scholarship provides comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room and board), plus two special study stipends of $3,000 each. Interested students can pick up an application in the College Career Center (Room 1123). Students need to submitted their completed application to the CCC by Friday, Oct. 27.


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  


Heading to Waukegan on Saturday to watch Patriot football? The freshmen play at 9 a.m., followed by the sophomores at 11 a.m. and the varsity at 1:30 p.m. All games are at Weiss Field. Admission is $3 for students with Stevenson ID. (Student ID is required for admission.) Patriot fans should enter at Entrance 3 off Lewis Avenue. Waukegan will be having a “pink out” on Saturday to raise money for breast cancer research and prevention efforts.

The freshman boys basketball informational meeting will take place at 8 a.m.  Wednesday in Room 8046. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Gimre at

The sophomore boys basketball team is seeking a manager. You can earn volunteer credit for the experience. Contact Coach Hess for details at


Yearbook Club is meeting after school today in Room 2712. If you think taking photographs, designing pages, or writing short stories is fun, then this is definitely a club to check out! New members are needed.


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Carl Sandburg College soccer coach steps down amid complaints

New online mental health service coming to SIU-Edwardsville

Northwestern beefs up security on Chicago campus after crime spree

Student hit by car at Palatine High; police say driver had suspended license

WIU water bottle stations divert more than 1M bottles from landfill

Chicago Teachers Union demands more funding for CPS

NIU student’s lawsuit on ex-president’s severance pay nears final ruling

Elgin High boys soccer team being investigated for using illegal player

Monopine tower erected at Monmouth College


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The monumental task of re-opening Puerto Rico’s schools

Education Department releases priorities for competitive grant program

Career tech courses becoming core subjects in some schools

Atlanta school board policy change means recess can’t be withheld

Oregon’s state schools chief forced out

What’s behind the push to eliminate Michigan’s state education board?

Google announces $1B commitment to tech education

Apple co-founder wants tech education revolution, starting in Arizona

How listening to podcasts helps students read and learn

Utah state school board approves “Hamilton” program over objections


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