Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

SHS Continues to Provide “Bang for the Buck”

Stevenson is one of the highest-performing public high schools in Illinois, even though its per-pupil spending is well below many of its peers, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

District 125 ranked No. 21 out of 97 Illinois high school districts for operating expenses per student during the 2015-16 school year, the latest available. Stevenson’s per-pupil operating expense was $18,918.17, slightly higher than the average expense of $17,043.60 for students in all 97 of the state’s high school districts. The top per-pupil outlay was $26,951.49, while the lowest was $8,553.26. Here is a list of per-pupil spending for all of the state’s high school districts.

Alum Gaining Notoriety for His Art

SHS alum Jeffrey Cole (Class of 2007) is a graphic artist who has become known for his images pairing sneakers and pop culture references. However, Cole’s main focus is on building the business he created, IKONICK, a Los Angeles-based online art gallery. You can read more about Cole through recent interviews he did with Nous Culture and the Wanderset blog.


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Soccer Alum Begins Hunt for Another NCAA Title

The defending national champion Washington University women’s soccer team, whose starting lineup includes junior midfielder Caroline Dempsey (Class of 2015), upset top-ranked Chicago on Saturday to win the University Athletic Association title. The Bears (15-1-1) were ranked sixth heading into the contest with the previous undefeated Maroons (17-1). Dempsey has started 15 of 17 games for the Bears, who will play host to Dominican University in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament this weekend.

This Sale is Not for Turkeys Only

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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 Monday, Nov. 20.


The CCC will be hosting Community College Week next week. The following community colleges will be sending representatives to meet with students: Harper College, College of Lake County, Kirkwood Community College, and College of DuPage. Students should sign up for these rep visits in Naviance or see Mrs. McGurn with any questions.


Anyone interested in playing girls softball in the spring should come to a meeting next Wednesday. Meetings will be held at 7:45 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2002. You only need to attend one of the meetings. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Ruchim at


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