Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018

AP Exam Registration Begins Monday

Registration for Advanced Placement exams begins Monday. Registration takes place online. Students may register for exams at the $94-per-exam rate until 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 5. After that time, a $25 late fee will be assessed for each exam. No registrations will be accepted after 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after April 16. There is a $25 processing fee for exam cancellations.

Students are required to attend one pre-administration session to complete demographic information the week of April 2-6. AP exams will be administered during the week of May 7-11 and May 14-18.

Visit our Advanced Placement page to register, and for details on pre-administration sessions and testing.

SHS Cited as Reason for Chinese Firm’s Move to BG

Crain’s Chicago Business published an article last week with the following lede: “Why would a real estate company in China hoping to become a channel for Chinese investors buying property in America open its first U.S. office in a Buffalo Grove strip mall? Stevenson High School.” The article goes on to outline Beijing-based real estate firm 5i5j’s plans to provide housing opportunities for buyers moving to the U.S. from China. John Robinson, publisher of Mandarin Quarterly, told Crain’s that “(t)he Chinese are obsessed with buying property in districts where there are great schools. … Even if they can afford to spend more, they won’t if the schools aren’t the top.”

51 FBLA Members Capture First-Place Honors

Stevenson’s Future Business Leaders of America club had a dominating performance at the Northern Area FBLA Conference held Sunday at Wauconda High School. Fifty-one students placed first in their event, 94 students qualified for the FBLA state competition in Springfield April 6-7, and 186 students placed in the top 10. Read this article to see all of the top 10 finishers.

Next Foundation Concert Up in the Air, Literally

The C5 Aerial Dance Company, the headlining artist at Odyssey next week, will give a public performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Performing Arts Center. C5 combines dance choreography and aerial acrobatics. (Check out the story behind the group’s name.)

C5 will be performing new material, including a special performance from the Stevenson Dance Department. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Click here to order tickets online until 3 p.m. on the day of the show. At 6 p.m., more than 40 items donated by Odyssey artists, including original artwork, will be on display as a kickoff to the Stevenson Foundation’s online auction. Money raised during the auction, which runs from Feb. 8-15, will be used to support the foundation’s Kids In Need fund and the Stevenson to College program.

Senior Performing in Concert Bound for NPR

Senior Haddon Kay and several other area teen musicians will perform with the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory today in a private concert that will be recorded for National Public Radio’s “From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley.“ The concert will be broadcast by podcast the week of Feb. 26 at Haddon will perform in a trio with two of his MYA peers. “From the Top” features performances and interviews with young classical musicians throughout the country.


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How to Watch the State Cheerleading Finals

Patriot fans who can’t make the trip to Bloomington for the Illinois High School Association state cheerleading finals can watch them online. The NFHS Network will broadcast the action live on Friday and Saturday. (A fee is required to watch.) Stevenson competes in the preliminaries at 6:45 p.m. Friday. The finals start at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Qualley Earns Player of the Week Honor

Senior Jackson Qualley has been named Daily Herald Lake County Boys Basketball Player of the Week after leading Stevenson to wins over Warren and Mundelein last week. Jackson scored 38 points in the two games.

Ambrose Earns Coaching Kudos

Prep basketball writer Joe Henricksen lauds SHS boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose in his weekly “City/Suburban Hoops Report Three-Pointer” for the Chicago Sun-Times. “This season he’s putting together one of his finest coaching jobs of his career,” Henricksen wrote, citing Stevenson’s 12-6 record despite having a fairly inexperienced roster. Ambrose has never had a losing season in his 18 years at SHS. The Patriots return to action at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a home game against Lake Forest.


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Peer Helpers Applications Available for 2018-19

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are available online or in the Student Activities Office.  Applications are due no later than 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 16. Visit the Peer Helpers in the student lounge during lunch, or see Ms. LaFrancis for questions or more information.

ILC, ELC, QLC, Testing Center Hours During Odyssey

The Information and Learning Center, East Learning Center and Quiet Learning Center will only be open after school on Odyssey days. The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey.


Attention graduating seniors: It’s time to apply for the Stevenson Foundation scholarships! More than 24 scholarships are made possible by the foundation through the generous contributions of donors and are designed to recognize graduating seniors with a variety of backgrounds and plans following graduation. Applications are available online: ttps:// The foundation will host information sessions on the completion of applications during the lunch periods on Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100), and on Friday, Feb. 9 in Room 2104. Students should bring their iPads to the sessions.


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Police, Cary-Grove High officials investigate social media threat

Applications for private school scholarship program on hold

Winthrop Harbor district picks new superintendent

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Scores of teachers file for Kentucky legislature, demand “seat at table”

Federal for-profit loan forgiveness program could see major cut

AltSchool has been quietly testing its platform in public schools

Former Maryland schools superintendent indicted for perjury

After editorial flap, history’s premier journal announces major shift

San Diego Unified’s mysterious budget thermometer, explained


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