Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Oct. 15 Deadline for Freshman/Transfer Student Health Documents

All freshman and transfer students are required by the state of Illinois to submit the following documents by Monday. Oct. 15:

1)   Evidence of a Current Physical Exam

2)   Complete Immunization History

3)   Health Emergency Form

The documents can be submitted by:

  • Email (
  • Fax: 847-634-2902 or 847-634-2905
  • Drop off in either nurses office (Room 2436 or 6042)

Students failing to comply with the state mandate will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.

Those Who Excel Winner: Tech Ed Department

Several members of the Stevenson community are receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this month. Here is a brief article on the seven-member Technology Education Department, which was chosen for the Award of Excellence in the Team category.

Stevenson’s Technology Education Department has a long, proud history, thanks to groundbreaking teachers such as Tom Loch, Mary Finlay and Richard Johannsen. However, their retirements, along with diminishing enrollment and staffing, left the department on life support about 10 years ago.

Today, the department is flourishing like never before. Seven full-time teachers lead 16 courses in engineering, architecture and media arts with approximately 900 students a year. How did the Technology Education Department find its way back? Project Lead the Way and Illinois State University.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national K-12 program featuring rigorous STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses. In 2010, Director of Applied Arts Dr. Wendy Custable, current media arts teacher Kelly Smith and former architecture teacher Tim Tomaso brought the PLTW engineering sequence to Stevenson, and the department’s revival began. As the program grew, Custable hired six teachers, all graduates of Illinois State University (as are Custable and Smith): Michael Anderson, Alex Mak, Ryan May, Frank Radostits, Kait Rossi and Matt Schwenk. This summer the six, along with Smith, were chosen for the Award of Excellence, the highest honor in the Those Who Excel program.

The team has built the Project Lead the Way program into a PLTW Distinguished School, and its growth has helped Stevenson receive the AP+PLTW Student Achievement Award the last two years for having the most students in the nation taking and succeeding in rigorous STEM-related courses. The team also has extended its reach into Stevenson’s sender schools, providing engineering design challenges for eighth-graders and, with the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, teaching coding skills through an annual Hour of Code event for middle school students. Other accomplishments include lowering the Technology Education course failure rate to less than 1 percent, and providing co-curricular opportunities in robotics, print media, architecture and engineering. The VEX Robotics team won the state competition in 2017 and 2018, and also competed in the world tournament.

“The Technology Education team loves teaching and it shows every day by their positive energy and incredible work ethic,” Custable said. “They stop at nothing to ensure all students have successful learning experiences inside and outside the classroom that prepares them for college and career.”

Parents Invited to Help With Next PPA Bake Sale

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up on Wednesday. The PPA is looking for adult volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.


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Thursday, Oct. 11 Varsity Results

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson at Lakes: The Patriots were defeated by Lakes Community (0,1) in double overtime. Junior Olivia Holsen saved 22 of 23 shots on goal including a penalty stroke.

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 118, Warren 68: The visiting Patriots claimed nine of 12 events. Sophomore Jessica Nyborg captured the 200 IM (2:13:18) and the 100 breast (1:08:46) and senior Jennifer Xiong touched first in the 200 free (2:00:05) and the 500 free (5:28:47.) Senior Ashley Carollo took first by more than 10 seconds in the 100 back (50.70.) The Pats won all three relay races: the 200 medley relay with Corollo, Nyborg, junior Abigail Li and senior Natalie Wess (1:50.01); the 200 free relay with freshman Claudia Rzeznik, Li, Nyborg, and junior Madeleine O’Donnell (1:41.37.) and the 400 free relay with  Rzeznik, sophomore Elizabeth Cao, junior Lucy Stevens and O’Donnell (3:44.62.) Patriot divers were awarded the top-three honors including freshman Shreeya Sinha (209.25) freshman Eleanor Kowalski (187.15) and senior Sherry Mestan (182.05).

Stevenson Hosts Girls Tennis Sectional

Stevenson serves as host to an Illinois High School Association Class 2A girls tennis sectional today and Saturday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The top two finishers in singles and doubles will qualify for the state tournament, which begins Thursday. Check this link for sectional results.

NSC Cross Country Championships at VHAC Saturday

The North Suburban Conference cross country championships for boys and girls will be held Saturday morning at Stevenson’s home course, the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The races get underway at 10 a.m.

Patriettes Fundraiser at Chipotle Tuesday

The varsity Patriettes are holding a fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincolnshire Chipotle, 950 Milwaukee Ave. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the Patriettes, or show the flyer on the Patriettes web page, and 33 percent of the sale will be donated to the team.


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Yearbook Photo Re-Takes Next Week

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to get their yearbook photo taken (or taken again) throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19 in the Recital Hall. Parents can order in advance here. The senior yearbook portrait deadline has been extended to Dec. 1. Seniors can reserve studio time at Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio at or by calling 847-499-9300. VIP is the only photographer approved by Stevenson’s yearbook.

Seniors who want to be in the yearbook but are not interested in ordering prints have a free option. They can schedule a traditional head-and-shoulders session. There is no fee for the session, during which seven to 10 photos will be taken. Approximately two weeks after the session, parents will receive notification that the images have been posted online. There will then be a two-week window to select a yearbook image. If an image is not selected, one will be chosen by VIP. More information is available on the Senior Yearbook Portraits web page.

Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

The Class of 2019 is invited to “come sail away” with classmates on Lake Michigan aboard The Odyssey during the Senior Class Party on Thursday, May 23. After graduation practice wraps up, hop on a bus and head to Navy Pier for a two-hour cruise that features incredible skyline views, a full lunch buffet, desserts, unlimited soft drinks, DJ entertainment and more. Register now through the Online Superstore.


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