Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

Parents Invited to Talks on Teen Stress

Award-winning clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Bradley, author of “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!,” will give a presentation on teenage stress at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Performing Arts Center. His talk is sponsored by the Stand Strong Coalition, of which Stevenson is a member.

The topic of Bradley’s talk is also the title of his new book: “Crazy-Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens With love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience.” He will discuss new research and offer parenting strategies. The event is free, but those planning to attend are asked to register in advance at this link.

Bradley also will give a morning presentation on Sept. 13. His talk, “When Things Get Crazy with Your Adolescent/Teen: The Why, The How, The What to do Now,” will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Vernon Area Public Library Annex. Click here to register.

This is the second time Bradley has spoken at Stevenson. In 2012, he talked about his first book during a presentation sponsored by the Community Parent Network.

More Student Writing Awards Announced

Results from the 2018 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Prose and Poetry Contest continue to trickle in to the school. Senior Josey Zhang was a winner in the prose competition for her essay, “Counting Up.” Senior Abhiram Kakuturu (“Literature is a Grand Master”) and junior Kevin Hu (“The One Fall”) were runners-up. Junior Heather Birdsell (“爸爸”) received honorable mention.

How Much Space is Too Much?

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

While it is developmentally appropriate for relationships outside the family to become a priority during adolescence, parents are still extremely important in their teen’s life. Because the brain is not fully formed until age 25, teens need parents to help them find balance, set boundaries, make decisions and guide them through challenges. While they may seem to be pushing you away, be creative about spending quality time together. Stay engaged in their lives and get to know their friends. They need you (and want you) to be more involved than you may think. For more information on staying engaged, click here.


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Monday, Aug. 27 Varsity Results

Field Hockey

Glenbard West 5, Stevenson 0 – Watch On Demand at NFHS Network

New Baseball Coach Ready to Roll

New head baseball coach Nick Skala didn’t attend Stevenson, but the Long Grove native has a long association with the school, going back to his American Legion playing days. He talked with Jon Kerr of the Pioneer Press about his new position, and the style of play he wants from his Patriots. The article also includes comments about Skala from Athletic Director Trish Betthauser, and his high school coach, Mike Manno of St. Viator.

Save 15% During BSN Fall Sale

Stevenson’s BSN online sideline store is having a fall sale starting Wednesday and running through Sept. 29. Patriot fans can purchase custom Nike and Under Armour apparel and save 15 percent on orders of $75 or more by using the promo code FALL18. Click here to start shopping.


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Service Fair to Promote Volunteer Opportunities

Students and parents who want to help improve the community and beyond are invited to the school’s first-ever Service Fair from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in the Forum (“point”) area of the West Building. The fair is sponsored by Key Club.

The fair’s purpose is to connect students and parents with outside service organizations such as GLASA, Arboria, KAN-WIN, Roberti, Special Gifts Theater, and Fill a Heart 4 Kids. Several SHS community service clubs, including Art From the Heart and the National Honor Society, also will be on hand to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Children’s Play Auditions Next Week

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.” Auditions for the fall children’s play, Rapunzel, will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 and 4:45-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the Little Theater section (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for a monologue. Then, tell how you intend to get Rapunzel out of the tower; make the responses clever and creative. Wear working clothes and shoes; students will be working with movements for the show on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The first Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale of the year is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world.  Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2019. Interested Seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the nomination forms is Tuesday, Sept. 11. If selected, the nominee will need to complete the Wells Scholarship application by Friday, Sept. 14. Students who are using an Early Decision plan at another school cannot apply for the Wells Scholarships.


Have you ever listened to the announcers during a game and thought, “I can do that”?  Do you want to be a part of this historic year in Stevenson sports? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be holding an informational meeting after school on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in Room 1906. New members are always welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the West Science Office (Room 1514).

Are you interested in the latest fashion, hair and make-up trends? Do you want to create some cute DIY projects? Want to write for the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine? Then you should come to the Stevenson Styler Fashion Club meeting from 3:30 to 4:30 on Wednesday in Room 1612. Club members will be making a DIY wall yarn art project and plan for the semester! Bring a friend, all students are welcome!

Are you interested in performing at Snow Flake at the junior high schools? If so, please consider joining Stevenson Peer Theater. The club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 2516. No experience is necessary! All are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley at tfoley@d125.org.


Open Field Softball starts Thursday, and will run every Tuesday and Thursday until the end of September. Each session runs from 3:30-5 p.m. on the varsity softball field. Click here for the fall schedule.


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