Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Record Percentage of Students Attend Summer School

Nearly half of Stevenson’s current students enrolled in this year’s summer school, an all-time high. Forty-seven percent of the 2018-19 student body enrolled in one or both sessions of summer school.

The total number of students who attended summer school was 2,007, a 5.6 percent increase from last year’s enrollment of 1,874. This year’s enrollment came close to the high-water mark of 2,055 set in 2004. Incoming freshmen accounted for 800 students, followed by 449 sophomores and 427 seniors. Click here to read the 2018 summer school report.

As is customary, the most popular course was World History, which is required for graduation. More than 500 incoming freshmen enrolled in the course, which covers both sessions. The second-most popular option was the College Essay Workshop. The weeklong workshop, in only its third year, drew 387 rising seniors, about 100 more than last year.

Summer school also included Stevenson’s first international service-learning trip. Fifteen students traveled to Ecuador with science teacher Kristen One and Director of Science Dr. Steve Wood. Working with the College Board’s WE Service program, they helped build the foundation for a new school kitchen and cafeteria in the Amazon basin. One, a 2010 Stevenson graduate, talked with Pioneer Press in July about the trip, which grew out of work done last year by the Free the Children club.

Foundation Events Lineup Includes “Hamilton” Homage

The Stevenson High School Foundation has several community events planned for the fall, ranging from an afternoon for “Hamilton” lovers to evenings devoted to bocce and cooking. Here is a look at the fall lineup:

The Hamilton Affair: Dramatist Barbara Rinella depicts Eliza Schuyler Hamilton from the historical fiction novel “The Hamilton Affair” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 in Room 2104 (West Building). Tickets are $20.

An Evening of Bocce: Enjoy a night of good fun and good fun at the Highwood Bocce Club on Saturday, Oct. 13. The evening includes open and tournament play on indoor and outdoor courts, and an Italian buffet dinner. The cost is $50.

Chef Addie Gundry: The culinary school valedictorian, who has worked with iconic names such as Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Martha Stewart, will show how to make a no-bake Thanksgiving dessert. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Room 2104. The cost is $20.

Children’s Theater: “Rapunzel,” a production featuring Stevenson students, will take the West Auditorium stage on Sunday, Oct. 21. Show times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $7.

ARTalks: The Foundation is sponsoring a series of free presentations by Stevenson’s Visiting Artists of the Month during the 2018-19 school year.

To purchase tickets for any event, visit or call 847-415-4472.

Facebook Live “Lunch With Jim” Today

Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey will host another “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at 12:15 today. He’ll be offering suggestions on how parents and guardians can make the most out of their Parent Open House Night experience. Here is the link to Stevenson’s Facebook page.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 21 Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Barrington, 25-21, 25-21: Senior Sophie Sorenson smacked nine kills and junior Lily Cozzi added six as the Patriots won their season-opening match in Barrington. Junior Grace Tully distributed 19 assists on 51-of-52 set attempts, served three of the team’s four aces, and added a pair of kills. She also assisted on two blocks. Senior Annie Armgardt had two solo blocks and two block assists to go along with a trio of kills. Sophomore Makayla Uremovich also had three kills. Junior Abby Keevins made seven digs and Sorenson added six.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 2, McHenry 1: Junior Camron Mahdavian and sophomore Anthony Skordilis scored second-half goals as the Patriots opened their season with a nonconference win on the road. The final score was not indicative of Stevenson’s dominance, as SHS outshot the Warriors 21-3. Sophomore Segi Odongo assisted on Camron’s goal, which came at the 18-minute mark, while Anthony converted a penalty kick. The Warriors’ goal came in the final minute. Senior Zach Klaber made two saves. – Daily Herald, Northwest Herald


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Reminder: Late Arrival on Thursday

Because of tonight’s Parent Open House Night, classes will not start until 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The late arrival schedule will be followed. Bus routes will start at 9:20.

When It Comes to Your Brain, the Future is Now

Your brain has three critical developmental stages, and the teenage years is one of them. This week’s video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition reminds students that they have great control over how their brain will function now and in the future.


Breakfast with Books will hold its first meeting from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. Come find out about the fun activities planned for the year. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!

Yearbook Club meets after school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Room 2712. New members are needed to help make this year’s Ambassador the best yearbook yet!


Open Diamond Baseball starts Tuesday after school from 3:45-5 p.m. It’s open to anyone, and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Click here for the fall schedule.


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