Friday, March 2, 2018

Winter Play Tackles Sensitive Subjects

A panel discussion is planned after each performance of next week’s winter play, Luna Gale, to address the subjects raised in the show. The play contains adult themes, frank discussions regarding violent, domestic abuse, and adult language.

Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi will be part of the post-performance panel, which also will include representatives from the Lake County State’s Attorney Office, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Zacharias Center, and the Stand Strong Coalition. The organizations also will have information tables in the lobby area outside the West Auditorium before and after the show.

Here is a synopsis of Rebecca Gilman’s 2014 play, provided by director Cynthia Burrows: A veteran social worker named Caroline (played by senior Hannah Lichtenstein) thinks she has a typical case on her hands when she meets Peter (junior Ethan Murphy) and Karlie (junior Ananya Shah), two teenage drug addicts, accused of neglecting their baby. But when she places their infant daughter in the care of Karlie’s mother (senior Courtney Shub), Caroline sparks a family conflict that exposes a shadowy, secretive past — and forces her to make a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences.” The cast also includes seniors Chinmayee Sakhare, Sam Litwin and Jeremy Tracz.

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6, and may be purchased through the Online Superstore. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Woodlawn Wins 2018 DuFour Award

Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove last week became the first middle school in the United States to win the DuFour Award, established in honor of Stevenson’s former superintendent and principal, Dr. Richard DuFour. Woodlawn was announced as the third recipient of the award during the Summit on PLC at Work conference in Phoenix Feb. 22. The annual DuFour Award, established in 2016, honors one model professional learning community that demonstrates exceptional levels of student achievement. The other finalists for this year’s award were Pioneer Middle School in Tustin, Calif., and Thermopolis Middle School in Thermopolis, Wyo.

Buffalo Grove Alters Turning Restriction Time Near Campus

Buffalo Grove village trustees have changed the afternoon turning restriction time from Prairie Road onto Brockman Avenue from 4-7 p.m. to 3-6 p.m. because of Stevenson’s 3:25 dismissal time.

Club Sponsoring German Fun Night March 9

The German Club is holding its first-ever German Fun Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 9 in Room 2926. The evening will consist of games, crafts, food, treats and a movie. The free event is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending is asked to fill out this form.

Barnabee Mentioned in eSports Article

Communication Arts teacher James Barnabee (Class of 1987), who is sponsor of the school’s eSports team, gets a mention in this Chicago Tribune article on the growth of the activity in high schools and colleges.

A-V Manager’s Movie Now on Amazon

“Boot the Pigeon,” a romantic comedy directed by Audio-Visual Manager Todd Slotten that features appearances by many current and retired teachers, is available for rental and purchase on Amazon. Among those making on-screen appearances are retired teachers Jeremiah Enright and Bob Taylor, and current faculty and staff members Don Carmichael, Patrick Fairchild, Joe Pine and Cynthia Burrows. Stevenson High School and Chicago also receive plenty of screen time. Check out the film’s trailer.


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Thursday, March 1 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, St. Rita 1: Senior Jackson Leptich scored a goal and assisted on three others as the third-seeded Patriots advanced to the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament. SHS (52-17-2) will play the winner of tonight’s contest between No. 6 Providence Catholic and No. 22 Hinsdale Central at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson never trailed against No. 14 seed St. Rita, with senior Frank Wiest-Puchala scoring the eventual game-winning goal that broke a 1-1 late in the first period. Frank added two assists. Senior Michael Dowd opened the scoring for the Patriots and also had two assists. Other goals came from seniors Trevor Hilt and Jake Camp, and junior Adam Offenbach. Jake, Trevor and junior Sam Shellist also recorded assists. SHS outshot St. Rita, 31-15, and senior goaltender Elias Sandholm made 14 saves.

Qualley, Steffens Named to All-Area Teams

Senior forwards Jackson Qualley and Klaire Steffens have been selected to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys and Girls Basketball Teams, respectively. Klaire earned her third straight All-Area selection, leading the Patriots with 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Jackson led the boys in scoring (12.6 points per game) and rebounding (5.1 rebounds per game). Sophomore Matthew Ambrose and senior Samvit Ram were honorable mention picks on the boys’ side, while senior Kiana Cencula and sophomore Avery King received the same on the girls’ team.

Stensby Nominated for Athlete of the Month

Junior Topher Stensby, who won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle championships at last weekend’s IHSA state meet, is one of three nominees for the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Area Athlete of the Month for March. You can vote for Topher at this link.

Alum Makes First Start for UCLA Volleyball

With its leading scorer out, UCLA’s men’s volleyball coach called on Grant Maleski (Class of 2018) to make his first collegiate start against top-ranked Long Beach State last week. The freshman delivered in a losing effort, leading the second-ranked Bruins with 13 kills after having only one coming into the match. Here are some highlights from the Pac-12 Network.

Get 20 Percent Off on Sideline Store Orders

BSN Sports is offering 20 percent off any order of $100 or more at Stevenson’s Sideline Store now through March 25. Use the promo code Mar18 when ordering.


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Donate Your “Gently Used” Dresses

Do you have a dress from Prom or another school dance and won’t be using it again? The Lake County YMCA is looking for “gently used” formal dresses for its annual “A Dress to Remember” event on Friday, March 9 in Gurnee. Dresses will be sold to local teens for affordable prices. If you have a dress to donate, or are interested in attending the event, contact Program Director Rhonda Hoekenga at


Schools seek to balance safety with civic engagement in walkouts

Rauner vetoes bill to curb power of state charter school commission

UI graduate students announce demands as strike enters fourth day

Cary-Grove student charged in connection with social media threat

North Mac High School alerts parents about “hit list”

Norridge District 80 parents launch effort to save band program

DePaul law professor subject of complaints for use of “N-word” in class

Fate of Antioch District 34 bus driver remains up in the air

McLean County Unit 5 board president resigns to move out of state

SIU-Edwardsville bucks trend of colleges cutting childcare for students


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At least 13 “copycat” school threats in Iowa since Florida shooting

Education Department gives $1M to Florida schools for recovery

How much is too much to pay for college?

SAT or ACT may replace state test in California

Little-known ESSA provision next educational equity battlefield

New York City offers top schools job to Miami-Dade superintendent

Alabama town will cease efforts to create new school system

Secret probe points to enrollment fraud at acclaimed DC school

DeVos softens message on school choice

“Personalized learning” for teachers: Big ambitions, big questions

Some colleges cracking down on student-teacher romances


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