Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

American Psychological Association Features SEL Coordinator

Stevenson’s Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, Molly Gosline, recently wrote about SEL for the American Psychological Association’s “Psych Learning Curve” for educators. She discussed the gap in schools that separates knowledge of SEL from implementing SEL into the classroom. Gosline also pointed out that little SEL data has been collected at the high school level, and discussed what Stevenson has done to gather meaningful information from its students. She also encouraged her fellow educators to view SEL “as a process, not a product.” Gosline and School Counselor Patty Martin discussed Stevenson’s SEL initiative on this “Speaking of Stevenson” podcast.

CCC Seeking Feedback for “Finding the Fit”

Did you attend Wednesday night’s “Finding the Fit” college presentation for junior families? The College Career Center would like your feedback. Please complete this brief survey so they can support Stevenson families better.


The first course selection evening for incoming freshmen will be Jan. 25, not Jan. 26 as reported in Thursday’s Digest.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A State Tournament: The Patriots stood in second place after the first day, behind Highland Park. SHS won six of its eight matches and amassed 12 points, tying with Hinsdale South and Glenbard West. Highland Park has 14. Three of Stevenson’s four entries won both of their matches. Senior Zoe Taylor, a 5-8 seed, defeated opponents from Lincoln-Way Central (6-1, 6-1) and Fremd (6-3, 6-3). She will face Madeline Fidel of Wheaton North in the third round this morning. In doubles, the Patriots’ 3-4 seed of senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman reached the third round with victories over tandems from Normal (7-5, 6-2) and Libertyville (6-1, 6-2). They will take on 9-16 seed Maggie Hines and Elizabeth Witkowski of Loyola Academy this morning. Stevenson’s other doubles qualifier, senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser, overcame a slow start and won two matches. The 9-16 seed rallied past Deerfield in the first round (1-6, 6-2, 6-3), then defeated York (6-1, 6-3). They will battle 3-4 seed Sarah Badawi and Kathryn Treiber of Hinsdale Central in the third round today. Sophomore Athena Kolli dropped both of her singles matches and was eliminated. – Singles Results | Doubles Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Warren 101, Stevenson 85: Senior Iza Pelka won two events in the Patriot Natatorium: the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.90) and the 100-yard butterfly (59.05). Junior Ashley Carollo won the 100 backstroke (58.29). Iza and Ashley formed half of the winning 400 free relay with sophomores Madeleine O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens (3:40.78).

Schawel Wins Tribune Athlete of the Month Award

Senior golfer Matt Schawel won the Chicago Tribune Lakeshore Area High School Athlete of the Month online voting competition for October. In recognition of Matt’s win, Country Financial will donate $500 to the school. The check will be presented at the Fall Sports Awards Night on Monday, Nov. 13.


Catalyst Sponsoring Trip to Fright Fest at Great America

The Catalyst club is hosting an all-school trip to Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America on Saturday, Oct. 28. A bus will leave SHS at 4 p.m. that day and will return to campus after midnight. The cost is $37 per person. For an additional $35, student can add unlimited access to the Six Flags haunted houses that are opened during Fright Fest. Tickets are available at the Patriot Superstore and through the Online Store. Permission slips, which are required, also are available at the store. If a student has a Six Flags season pass that includes Fright Fest, he or she must still sign up with a permission slip, but will not be charged to attend. The registration deadline is Thursday. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Epstein at

Winter Guard Audition Information

Winter Guard is open to all students (female and male) who are interested in performing precision routines, interpreting music through dance and flag/rifle work. (Watch last year’s show.) Winter Guard is competitive and performs at different high schools in the Midwest. Pre-audition clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Auditions will be held from 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 30-31 in the Wood Commons. If you have questions, send them to

National Honor Society Blood Drive Next Friday

Students who are age 17 or older, and weigh more than 110 pounds, are encouraged to participate in the National Honor Society blood drive on Friday, Oct. 27. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) from third through eighth periods. You can earn community service credit by participating in the blood drive. To register, and to download the required permission form, visit this link.

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.

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.

If You’ve Lost Something, Check These Lost-and-Found Areas

If you’ve lost a lunch bag, water bottle, pencil case, 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.

What Marijuana Does to Your Brain

Did you know that smoking marijuana can cut your IQ by eight points? Pot can do more than that to your brain, according to this week’s video from Catalyst and the Strong Strong Coalition.


Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:25 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading. The club will take its yearbook photo during this meeting.


Bradley, Northwestern, Maryland, South Carolina, Arizona State, Wake Forest and Syracuse are among the more than 25 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

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 the application to the CCC by Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Have you done something to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness? If so, consider applying for a Rebecca’s Dream Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by Rebecca’s Dream, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the community by promoting awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder. The application deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, visit


The Buffalo Grove/Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is looking for a social media intern to work one or two days during the week. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC if you are interested and for more information.

If you are interested in participating in a career shadow over Winter Break, please make sure to fill out a Career Shadow Application Form that can be found on the Career Exploration web page and turn in to the CCC. If you would like some information on developing a career plan or have general career questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Willock in the CCC at


Fencing tryouts will be held from 3:45-5:45 p.m. Monday in the Field House. Please be sure you are registered and a current physical is on file with the Athletics Office.

Tryouts for the cheerleading and Patriettes winter season will be held Monday from 3:30-6 p.m. Cheerleading tryouts will take place in the Wood Commons, and Patriettes tryouts will be in the Field House. New student-athletes must register for the sport and have a current physical on file. To register, visit

The girls basketball informational meeting is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you are unable to attend the meeting, contact Coach Graham at

Allied Spirit Revolution will have a parent/student informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2700. If you cannot attend, please contact one of the following coaches: Ms. Avers (, Ms. Peters (, or Mrs. Rubenstein (

The sophomore boys basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:35 p.m. Thursday in Room 2900. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Hess at


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Campus racism and black students’ college enrollment

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