Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

String Parents Raffling Trip for Two to Paris

The String Parents Association is raffling off a four-day, three-night trip to Paris. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit SHS string students’ performance trip to Italy during Spring Break at the end of March. The trip includes round-trip airfare for two, and the winner will travel to Paris during Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 8-12, 2018) or Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (Jan. 17-21, 2019). Raffle tickets are $25 each or $100 for five. The drawing will be held prior to the orchestra’s pre-trip concert on March 16. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing, which will take place in Room 2104. Visit this link for more information and to order raffle tickets.

Illinois Youth Survey Opt-Out Deadline Tuesday

Parents or guardians who do not want their student to participate in the Illinois Youth Survey on Feb. 28 must contact Dr. Cristina Cortesi at ccortesi@d125.org by Tuesday. During the survey, students will answer questions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, what their families have communicated about substance use, and other topics related to student well-being. Parents are invited to participate in a parallel survey created by the Stand Strong Coalition that will be accessible until Feb. 28. Click here to take the parent survey. For more information on the Illinois Youth Survey, follow this link.

Mr. SHS Contest to be Streamed Live

Friday’s Mr. SHS contest is scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. The live stream can be seen at www.d125.org/sbn.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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State Wrestling Tournament Begins Today

Juniors Max Gomez and Tommy Frezza will compete in the IHSA Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament today at the University of Illinois. This will be the second straight state appearance for Tommy, who qualified at 113 pounds last year. Tommy will take a 36-5 record into his first match against Stagg junior Domenic Zaccone, who sports a 30-1 record. Illinois Matmen calls their bout the best first-round contest at 120. Tommy is seeded 11th at his weight, and Domenic is sixth. Max, making his first trip to state, will wrestle Moline senior Hunter Henning in a first-round match at 195. Max enters with a 36-10 record and is the No. 14 seed, and Hunter is 35-7 and the No. 3 seed. The 3A matches are scheduled to begin today around 5 p.m. IHSA.tv will carry the action live.

Girls Basketball Team Seeks Regional Title Tonight

Stevenson will take on Palatine at 7 o’clock tonight for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Highland Park Regional championship. The Pirates (22-7) are the No. 3 seed in the sectional, while the Patriots (16-12) are No. 6. The two teams squared off on Jan. 27 in Palatine, with the Pirates claiming a 32-28 win in overtime.

Hockey Team Opens SHL Playoff Semifinals

The boys ice hockey team takes on New Trier Green tonight in the Scholastic Hockey League playoff semifinals. The first game in the best-of-three series starts at 8:05 at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. The two teams are familiar with one another, having played four times. New Trier won three of the four contests, all of which were played before Jan. 1. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and New Trier No. 2.

New Junior Patriots Lacrosse League Starting

For many years, Stevenson’s PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has been offering several Junior Patriots sports programs to children who live in District 125. The latest entry is the Junior Patriots Lacrosse League. The league is open to boys and girls in seventh and eighth grade, and runs from approximately April 1 to June 15. No experience is required. Players will have one or two practices per week, with most games on weekends. Practices and home games will be held at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex and at Stevenson. Uniforms will be provided, but players must have their own equipment. The Junior Patriots Lacrosse League is affiliated with the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association and the Illinois Girls Lacrosse League. For more information, contact Aaron Wellington at awellington@d125.org or 847-415-4141. To register, use one of these links: Boys | Girls

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Parking Reminders for the Next Grading Period

The fourth six-week grading period ends Friday, and the fifth grading period begins Tuesday. Students who haven’t picked up their parking sticker for the fifth grading period should do so before school Tuesday morning in parking lot D. Stickers are available from security personnel in the black pickup truck. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces in lots D, E and “the Strip,” with overflow spaces in the Port Clinton lot. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking privileges for the fifth grading period can purchase one-day parking passes for the Port Clinton lot at least a day in advance in Room 2400.

Mandatory Meeting for One-Act Auditions

All students who will audition for this spring’s one-act plays must attend an information meeting at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 (a late arrival day) in the Studio/Black Box Theater. The audition packet is online at www.d125.org/audition. Auditions will take place at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the West Auditorium. Sign up for an audition slot on the Fine Arts Callboard.

COLLEGE NEWS

The Stevenson Foundation has several locally funded scholarships for seniors. This year, the application process will be completed online. All seniors are invited to an information session during the lunch periods Friday in Room 2104 to hear about completing the application and to learn more about scholarships being offered. Visit this link to see the application and for a description of the scholarships.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Mundelein High expansion proposal $50M, referendum likely

Judge sides with Waukegan charter school in lawsuit filed by district

Shepard High student arrested after posing with AK-47 on Snapchat

Second lawsuit alleging abuse filed against school bus company

Three students, driver injured in Bloomington school bus accident

New principal selected for Woodstock High School

Clinton County high school names new principal

Freshman’s goal: First girl to win state wrestling tournament match

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Florida shooting suspect had been expelled, flagged as threat

Football coach “died a hero” while shielding students

Florida lawmakers repeatedly denied pleas for more school-safety money

Michigan prepares to unveil new school ratings system

Clash expected over proposed changes to New York teacher evaluations

Court overturns Alabama town’s plan to secede from school system

Philadelphia elementary school paying kids not to fight

California high school’s student government bans national anthem

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