Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Stevenson SAT Results Among Best in State

Stevenson was one of only 14 public high schools in Illinois to post an average score of 1,200 or higher on the state-required SAT college entrance exam last spring, according to data released today.

Stevenson’s junior class had an average score of 1,233 on the exam, the sixth-highest in the state. The state average was 1,015.9. A score of 1,233 falls somewhere between a 25 and 26 on the ACT, while a score of 1,015 is between 19 and 20.

The other schools exceeding 1,200 on the SAT, according to the Chicago Tribune, were: New Trier (1,258), Hinsdale Central (1,218), Neuqua Valley (1,214), Glenbrook North (1,214), Libertyville (1,204), Deerfield (1,203), Hersey (1,202) and Lake Forest (1,201) in the suburbs, and five selective-enrollment schools in Chicago: Payton (1,375), Northside (1,329), Young (1,290), Jones (1,247) and Lane Tech (1,223). The Daily Herald has created an online database to check scores. Meanwhile, this Excel file at the Illinois State Board of Education website has data for all K-12 public schools in Illinois.

SHS did well on both portions of the SAT, with an average score of 622 in mathematics and 611 in English language arts. The state averages in those areas were 511.5 in ELA and 504.4 in mathematics.

Slightly more than three-fourths of Stevenson juniors met state proficiency standards in both areas: 78.6 percent in math and 77.2 percent in ELA. The state levels were 39.7 percent in ELA, and 36.3 percent in math.

The majority of junior high schools that graduate students to Stevenson fared well on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test last spring. The PARCC test is given to students in third through eighth grades.

While about two-thirds of Illinois students did not meet expectations on the PARCC test, all six of Stevenson’s consortium districts matched or exceeded state benchmarks. The four middle and junior high schools that account for the greatest number of Stevenson students had results that were more than double the state proficiency percentages: Daniel Wright (81.7%), Twin Groves (73.7%), Woodlawn (72.5%) and Aptakisic (65.6%).

The Illinois State Board of Education will not release state report card data for schools until Friday.

Relive the Music of Woodstock Saturday night

The Stevenson High School Foundation celebrates three days of music and peace in one night with The Woodstock Generation on Saturday. This tribute to the mother of all music festivals features the music of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Santana, Blood Sweat & Tears, and many other artists who redefined music for generations. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online at StevensonFoundation.org or by calling 847-415-4121.

Students Attend Illinois Global Scholar Summit

Five students and their sponsor attended last weekend’s student summit sponsored by Illinois Global Scholar at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Freshmen Amelia Landau and Zachary Kutnick, sophomore Daniel Dahan, and juniors Rebecca Azevedo and Leeza Turchin joined Social Studies Division teacher Melissa Fainman for the event, which featured speakers from the U.S. State Department and the Center for Conflict Resolution. The students attended skill-development workshops with peers from throughout Chicagoland, and also was performances by activists in dance and spoken word.


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Junior Fencer Qualifies for National Competition

Junior Geeta Jhangiani won the gold medal in cadet-level women’s epee at the United States Fencing Association Junior Olympics qualifying competition Saturday at New Trier High School. With her performance, Geeta qualified for the 2018 USFA Junior Olympics, which will be held Feb. 16-19 in Memphis. Geeta and the rest of the SHS fencing team open their season Saturday at an invitational in Indiana, then return to host their annual tournament Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Field House.

Spotlight Shining on Brunson, Villanova

With preseason accolades falling all around him, Villanova University point guard Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) is maintaining the laser-like focus he displayed in leading Stevenson to the state title three years ago. “I expect to graduate most importantly,” the junior said at last week’s Big East Media Day. “I talk to my mom and dad all the time, and obviously I want to play in the NBA—that’s my goal, but the NBA isn’t going anywhere. I just want to get my degree. I just want to fulfill that part first, before I try doing anything else.” Brunson was voted  Preseason Big East Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches, is one of 20 finalists for the Cousy Award watch list, and heads up one of the game‘s best backcourts. He’s even been projected as a late first-round draft pick in CBS Sports’ 2018 Mock Draft. Villanova is No. 1 in the Pomeroy College Basketball Rankings, and head coach Jay Wright says we haven’t seen the real Brunson yet. Amid the preseason hype, Creighton coach Greg McDermott might have paid Brunson the biggest compliment: “I think he’s what’s right about college basketball. He’s not standing on a mountain, banging his chest and saying, ‘Look at me.’ He’s about his team, about the program. It’s refreshing to see that.”


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All Sophomores Meet With Counselors Wednesday

All sophomores have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Wednesday. They must attend the meeting, even if a club to which they belong is gathering during the same time. Here are the meeting locations by counselor:

Dwyer Recital Hall (4100)
Ely Little Theater (4200)
Grove 1508-1510
Jones 1916-1918
Kellogg West Auditorium (2206)
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kogan West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 8036-8040
Perkins 1500-1502
Puglisi West Auditorium (2206)
Roznowski 2500-2502
Scanio Recital Hall (4100)
Seeger Little Theater (4200)
Sullivan 7096
Timm 8046-8048
Vazquez Performing Arts Center
Walton Performing Arts Center

Clubs Meeting During Wednesday Activity Period

The following clubs will be meeting during the activity period on Wednesday:

Group Location
Senior Class Board eBoard Room 1123
Patriot Pride Student Activities Office
Junior Class Board Wrestling Room
Freshman Class Board Lower Sports Center Lobby
TYMP (orals) Room 7056
VEX Robotics Club Room 1428
Fashion Show Room 1612
BASS Room 2706
Student Congress West Staff Dining Room
1Stevenson Room 2104
FIRE Room 1416
Students Helping Soldiers Room 5044
Free the Children Lower Glass Commons
Operation Snowball Room 7002
HOSA Room 2004

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Pumpkin pie, cheesecake, “puppy chow” and more will be available, all for $1.

Join the Fashion Industry Trip to NYC Next Spring

The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City next spring from May 29-June 1. The trip is open to all SHS students. Informational packets are available in Room 1410 and at  www.d125.org/travel. The trip registration deadline is Dec. 1. If you have any questions see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410, or email her at cerickson@d125.org.


The Stevenson Styler will have another meeting to continue planning its 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. Feel free to bring a friend!


Are you thinking about studying music in college? Midwest Young Artists Conservatory is holding its free “College Night at the Fort” at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. This event is for students who want to pursue a career in music, or who want to continue to perform while exploring other career opportunities. There will be a panel discussion with college faculty and professional musicians from the Chicago area. The event will be held at 878 Lyster Rd. in Highwood.


Anyone interested in playing on the sophomore baseball team in the spring should come to a meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2004. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Moran at dmoran@d125.org.

The boys swimming and diving team will have informational meetings before and after school on Thursday. The before-school meeting will be held at 7:45 a.m., and the after-school meeting at 3:45 p.m. Both meetings will take place in the pool balcony.


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