Thursday, March 1, 2018

Stevenson Earns Project Lead the Way Honor

Stevenson is one of only 10 high schools in the state, and among 340 in the country, to receive a Distinguished School Award from the national Project Lead the Way program.

The Distinguished School recognition is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW, and student success in their PLTW coursework, all from the 2016-17 school year.

The other Illinois high schools honored were Fremd, Glenbrook South, Hononegah, Huntley, Neuqua Valley, Normal, Pleasant Plains, Prairie Ridge and Yorkville.

No School Friday, But Classes in Session Monday

There is no school for students on Friday due to the annual Institute Day for SHS faculty and staff. However, there will be school on Monday, which is Pulaski Day. Monday was one of two dates selected prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year as emergency snow days. The Daily Digest will be published on Friday.

Child Development Classes Help the Less Fortunate

Stevenson’s Child Development classes celebrated a baby shower last week to mark the beginning of its “virtual child” simulation project. Rather than bringing presents, students collected donations for Share Our Spare, a nonprofit organization that provides essentials for low-income families. The two Child Development classes, taught by Michelle Backes and Courtney Croak, collected diapers, wipes, gently used and new clothing, children’s books, pacifiers, toiletries and monetary donations. Ms. Croak delivered the items to Share Our Spare’s Chicago location.

Former SHS Dean’s Shooting Response Highlighted

Former SHS teacher and dean Amy Read, who is now principal at Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook, wanted to do something to reassure her students in the wake of the shooting in Florida two weeks ago. So she brought her “comfort” dog, Buster, to school. Read and her dog have been part of a therapy and crisis response team for the past two years. Although she has led multiple schools to win Blue Ribbon awards, Read says she is most proud of her work with the response team.


Wednesday’s item on the success of the Winterfest Dance should have stated that the event ended at 10 p.m., and students were expected to be gone by 10:30. However, due to the failure of parents to pick up their students in a timely fashion, some remained at the school until 11:30.


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Wednesday, Feb. 28 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 80, Elgin Larkin 18, St. Viator 16: The Patriots won 11 of 13 events in the Field House to capture their season-opener and give head coach Andy Farrissey (Class of 1977) his 200th career victory as a head track coach at SHS. Farrissey, now in his 21st season leading the boys program, has a 177-54-1 record. He also went 24-8 as head girls track coach from 1997-99. Sophomore Jahleel Perrin won two events. He captured the 160-meter dash in 19.3 seconds, and tied senior Ahmad Dinkins for first in the 55-meter dash (6.7). Other individual winners for Stevenson included senior Marcus Engstrom in the high jump (5 feet, 7 inches), junior Anand Batbaatar in the shot put (48-1), senior Raven Jo in the 3,200 (10:59.8), senior Nikita Smyrnov in the 800 (2:07.4), sophomore Jordan Vincent in the 300 (39.8), junior Sam Farber in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.4) and senior Brett Lucas in the 1,600 (4:44.5). The Patriots also won the 640 relay (1:17.8) and the 1,600 relay (3:45.1).

Hockey Team Takes Aim at State Quarterfinals

The varsity boys ice hockey team takes on St. Rita at 8:45 tonight at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the 32-team field, while St. Rita is No. 14. The winner of tonight’s game advances to the quarterfinals next Wednesday at the Edge. The opponent will be the winner of Friday’s contest between No. 6 Providence Catholic and No. 22 Hinsdale Central.

Pair Picked for All-NSC Girls Basketball Team

Seniors Klaire Steffens and Kiana Cencula have been named to the All-North Suburban Conference Girls Basketball Team. Sophomore Avery King was received honorable mention. This is Klaire’s third straight season making all-conference. Kiana earned all-NSC selection after receiving honorable mention last year.


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WIT Submission Deadline is March 8

Thursday, March 8 is the deadline for WIT submissions. All students are invited to submit their fiction, poetry, drama, essays, music lyrics, raps, rants and other writing to Mr. Barnabee at to be a part of the award-winning publication.

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of March by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


Monday is the last day for seniors to submit applications for scholarships sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. Seniors can find a list of scholarships and the online application at this link.


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