Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

Visual Arts Program Named Best in Illinois

Stevenson’s Visual Arts Department has been named the Best School Art Program in the state for 2018 by the Illinois Art Education Association. The department includes six educators who teach 25 unique classes: Maureen Connolly, Patrick Fairchild, Katie Hyken, Tim Myers, Cristal Sabbagh and Natalya Sturlis. They will be honored at the annual IAEA Conference in Normal on Friday, Nov. 9, and earned an invitation to present at next year’s conference. The award is based on teaching methods, leadership, collaboration with colleagues, art advocacy, and personal qualities. Click here to read more about the Visual Arts team.

“Our team works tirelessly to improve our students’ artistic experience and opportunities,” said Director of Fine Arts Jonathan Grice. “Most recently this has included revising our 20-plus art courses to increase artistic voice and the diversity of artists we study. Our teachers regularly present at state and national conferences and we have greatly improved ‘ARTiculation’ with our Consortium 125 art colleagues. Our Visual Arts faculty, program, school and community are extremely deserving of this recognition. I couldn’t be more proud!”

“Share the Love” Gets Some Love

The Peer Helpers’ “Share the Love” campaign was featured on the front page of the Daily Herald on Wednesday. Reporter Russell Lissau talked with Peer Helpers sponsor Sarah LaFrancis about the campaign, and also interviewed senior Evghenia (Jane) Pijuc and juniors Vrushali Thakkar, Aimee Staemmer and Mariam Reichert. Here is a link to the article.

Retired College Counselor Earns NACAC Honor

Stevenson’s retired director of college counseling, Sue Biemeret, will be honored next week with the highest award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She will receive the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award at the association’s annual conference Thursday, Sept. 27 in Salt Lake City. The Wilson Award honors NACAC members for outstanding service to the college counseling profession.

Biemeret has been a college counselor for 47 years, and 27 of them were spent at Stevenson. She came to SHS in 1989 to develop a college counseling program, and retired in 2016 as one of the most recognized counselors in the Midwest. She earned the state’s Those Who Excel Award in 2001, and was a guest contributor for the New York Times’ “The Choice” blog in 2010.

In 1999, Biemeret founded the Academy for College Admission Counseling, and still serves as its executive director. The academy provides summer workshops, seminars and courses for high school counselors to help them improve their ability to provide college counseling to families.

PM Assembly Schedule on Friday

Stevenson will operate under the PM Assembly schedule on Friday due to the Homecoming pep rally. Each class period will be six minutes shorter than normal. The assembly runs from 2:42-3:25 p.m. in the Sports Center.


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Patriot Football Prepares for Lake Zurich

Stevenson moved into the top 10 in the Associated Press Class 8A football rankings this week. The Patriots, who are 4-0, checked in at No. 9 after having been on the poll’s periphery the past two weeks. SHS plays host to Lake Zurich (2-2) for its Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed live on the NFHS Network, and will be broadcast by the school’s radio station, WAES 88.1 FM. Stevenson has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools, but the Bears captured last year’s matchup, 28-0. The games between Lake Zurich and SHS have been close in recent history; seven of the last 10 have been decided by seven points or less.

Bauer Honored by Daily Herald

Senior linebacker Zach Bauer was named Lake County Defensive Player of the Week by the Daily Herald. He was honored after intercepting two passes during Stevenson’s 51-14 win at Zion-Benton last week.

Basketball Alum Discusses Hops Hullabaloo

Indiana University sophomore Justin Smith (Class of 2017) has been known for his leaping ability since high school. But breaking IU’s record with a 48-inch vertical jump earlier this summer has sent his stock soaring. Smith talked with Bob Narang of the Pioneer Press about the hullabaloo over his hops.

Today on NFHS Network

Three Patriot sporting events can be viewed live on NFHS Network today: the freshman football game against Lake Zurich at 4:30 p.m., and the freshman and sophomore girls volleyball matches versus Niles North at 5 and 6 p.m., respectively. Catch all the action at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Parking Reminders for Next Grading Period

The first six-week grading period ends Friday. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day passes for the Port Clinton Road lot at least a day in advance in Room 2400. The second six-week grading period begins Monday. Students who haven’t picked up their parking sticker can do so Monday morning in Lot D before school. Stickers will be available from the pickup truck marked “Security.” Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in Lots D, E, the “Strip,” and in the overflow to Port Clinton.

Taking Driver Education Next Semester?

Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester can take the first step toward getting their learner’s permit next week, and it will only take about 10 minutes. Visit Room 6086 before school or during lunch to pick up a “Rules of the Road” booklet, fill out a short form, and take an eye exam. Students must bring or wear their contact lenses or glasses. Students should make sure their prescription is up to date. They will need 20/40 vision or better to pass the eye exam. The next step after next week is attending the Parent Information Meeting/Student Permit Application and Test event on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Read this document for all the details.

Don’t Invite Trouble Into Your House

With Homecoming this weekend, Catalyst offers a reminder than when you drink alcohol at home, you’re putting more than yourself at risk. Watch this video to find out more.


Students curious about engineering and engineering careers are invited (with their parents or guardians) to the College of Lake County’s Engineering Night. The free event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Lower Level A-wing at the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. During the night, students can mix and mingle with professional engineers, hear from CLC engineering professors, and meet with representatives from area engineering schools. For more information and to pre-register, visit


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. The scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, students must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the College Career Center today to pick up an application. The deadline to return a completed application is Tuesday.


Chemistry Club meets every Monday after school from 3:30 to 4:30 in Room 1804 for lessons and fun labs.


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