Snow Makeup Day Will Be March 5, Pulaski Day
Monday, March 5, which is Pulaski Day, will be the makeup date for Friday’s snow day. Pulaski Day was one of two dates chosen before the school year began as a potential make-up date. The other is Friday, March 23, which is before the start of Spring Break on Monday, March 26. Any snow day between now and March 22 would be made up on March 23.
Changes Coming to Stevenson’s Wireless Networks
Stevenson is making changes to its wireless networks to improve the performance of student technology in the classroom. The changes will take place Thursday, Feb. 22.
The biggest change is that only devices issued by SHS will be able to access the district’s WiFi network in the classroom. Students who want to use their mobile phones, laptops or other personal devices must use one of the 15 commons areas in the school, which allow for access through a public WiFi connection.
The reason for the change is analogous to a highway onramp. More vehicles on the ramp slows access to the highway. In each classroom, there is one access point for WiFi access. With 25 or more students in a class, and possibly more than 50 devices in the room (personal and school devices) automatically connecting to WiFi, access to the network is slowed considerably. Eliminating WiFi access to personal devices will optimize the speed at which school-issued devices function during class. Areas that are being hindered now by slower access — wireless presenting, collaboration and security — will improve.
Students may still use their phones and other personal devices, but for WiFi access they will have to be in a commons area and use the d125_public wireless network. Parents and other members of the public will be able to use the d125_public wireless network as well.
The d125_public network will be available in the following areas: Wood Commons, West Commons, Forum, West Auditorium, Sports Center, Information Learning Center (upper and lower), Quiet Learning Center, College Career Center, Glass Commons, East Glass Commons, Performing Arts Center, Little Theater, Recital Hall, East Learning Center and Field House.
Next ARTalk to Feature Chicago Sculptor
Chicago sculptor Taehoon Kim, the SHS Art Department’s current Visiting Artist of the Month, will discuss his exhibition, “The Boy is Still Running,” and his career during the next ARTalks presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday. His talk will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Admission to ARTalks is free and open to the public. ARTalks is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. View this link for more information about Taehoon Kim.
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SHS Battles Libertyville in Girls Basketball Regional
The varsity girls basketball team takes on Libertyville tonight for the third time this season, but the stakes are much higher than before. The two teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A regional semifinals at Highland Park High School. The regional is one of four in the Fremd Sectional. Stevenson is the No. 6 seed in the sectional, while Libertyville is No. 11. The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of the 6 p.m. semifinal between third-seeded Palatine and No. 14 Highland Park for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Patriots defeated Libertyville on Feb. 2 (47-33) and on Dec. 16 (58-33).
Freshman Girls Basketball Team Goes Undefeated
The freshman A girls basketball team finished its season undefeated with a 26-0 record, including 12-0 against North Suburban Conference teams. The Patriots captured tournament titles at Schaumburg and Maine West, and for the season outscored their opponents by an average score of 43-18. Ella Wicklund was the team captain and leading scorer with 302 points (11.6 per game). Lydia Lueck set a freshman girls record for three-point shots made in a season (50). This was the first undefeated season for head coach Mike Fitzgerald in 35 years of coaching girls basketball. His assistant coaches were Mark Peterson and Alex Mak. The remainder of the roster included Haley Barnes, Emily Chowaniec, Emily Freedman, Gabriella Khvalabov, Carly King, Sophie Lichtenstein, Abigail Osuch and Emma Potocki.
JV Boys Swim Team Wins League Title
The junior varsity boys swimming and diving broke four records and won all 12 events en route to capturing the North Suburban Conference championship at Lake Forest on Saturday. Sophomore Cameron Coffey set two new records, in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.66) and the 100-yard butterfly (52.80). Fellow sophomores Jake Kim and Ari Zaritsky also had record-setting performances: Jake in the 200 freestyle (1:48.70) and Ari in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.25). Jake also won the 100 free (49.37). Other individual first-place finishes for Stevenson came from sophomore Mark Lozovnoy in 1-meter diving (252.30), junior Richard Lee in the 50 free (22.43), senior Spencer Guercio in the 500 free (5:05.38) and junior Nikolas Ebeling in the 100 backstroke (57.74). Senior John Tan was part of two winning relays, as were Richard, Cameron and Jake. John swam in the 400 free relay with those three (3:19.86), and in the 200 free relay with Jake, Richard and freshman Dima Kobets (1:30.90). Cameron, Nikolas and Ari were joined by junior Filip Mihajlovic in the 200 medley relay (1:42.63). In the team standings, Stevenson outscored runner-up Warren, 447-235.
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SPARK Information Meetings on Thursday
Informational meetings for the 2018 SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program will be held during each half-lunch period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b) Thursday in the Student Activities Office. Students should bring their own lunch and will be provided with complete application information. All interested students must attend. The purpose of SPARK is to provide an immersive summer internship experience for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) research. Here is a synopsis of the program.
PPA Bake Sale Wednesday, Buy a Treat for Your Sweet
The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, pies, cheesecake, muffins, puppy chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.
Guitar Club will meet today and every Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200). You may use one of the 40 school guitars or bring your own instrument. No experience is necessary! For more information, contact Mr. Zimmerman at email@example.com.
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