Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

SHS Students Reach AP Peaks in 2017-18

Stevenson’s Advanced Placement program had another banner year in 2017-18. A record number of students wrote the most exams in school history, and the average score was the highest in 20 years.

Nearly half of the student body, 2,018 out of 4,248, took at least one AP exam last spring. Overall, 5,606 exams were taken, up nearly 8 percent from 2017. The average score was 4.0 (on a scale of 1-5), the highest since 1998 — when the participation numbers were half of what they are today.

Of the students completing AP exams, 91.6 percent earned a score of 3 or higher on at least one test. Most colleges offer credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Of the 150,628 AP exams in Illinois that earned a 3 or higher, approximately 3.5 percent (4,973) came from Stevenson. There are about 1,600 high schools in the state.

Slightly more than half of students (51.8 percent) took one or two AP exams last spring, while 30.6 percent completed three or four, 15.8 percent had five or six, and 1.8 percent took between seven and 12.

The AP results are from the forthcoming 2017-18 Student Achievement Report, which was previewed at the District 125 Board of Education meeting Monday night.

String Parents Holding Fundraiser Friday

The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser at the Panera restaurant, 2001 Milwaukee Ave., in Riverwoods on Friday. The fundraiser runs from the store’s opening at 6 a.m. until it closes at 9 p.m. Show this flyer when ordering and a portion of the sale will go to Stevenson’s strings program.

Former Principal Announces Retirement

Former SHS Principal Douglas Domeracki, who has served as superintendent of West Chicago High School District 94 since 2013, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the school year. Domeracki was principal at Stevenson from 2004-06 before leaving to become principal at Warren Township High School. He served as superintendent of the Cuba City, Wis., school district from 2009-13.

German Teacher Leads Virtual Conference Session

World Languages teacher Paulina Glowacka Tuman was one of the presenters at the third annual GETVICO, a virtual conference for German teachers in the United States and Canada, on Sept. 28. Tuman led a session entitled “Für Schüler/innen von Schüler/innen: Portfolio im Fremdsprachenunterricht,” which gave an overview of the Language Portfolio model she uses with her students. There are two portfolios in the model, a process portfolio and a product portfolio. The Language Portfolio has two main objectives: to motivate learners by recognizing their efforts and language skills at all levels, and to document the linguistic and intercultural skills they have acquired in the three communication standards. The conference was sponsored by the Goethe-Institut, the American Association of Teachers of German, and Canadian Association of German Teachers.


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Wednesday, Oct. 17 Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Libertyville Regional: Sophomore Alem Duratovic scored his second goal of the night with 11.8 seconds remaining in overtime as the Patriots outlasted Zion-Benton, 2-1, in the regional semifinals. SHS (11-3-2), the No. 7 seed in the Barrington Sectional, will face undefeated and top-seeded Libertyville (17-0) for the regional championship at 3 p.m. Saturday. The two teams met Sept. 6, with the Wildcats earning a 3-2 victory. LHS is ranked ninth in the nation by USA Today and United Soccer Coaches. Against the ninth-seeded Zee-Bees, Alem scored the game’s first goal in the seventh minute of action on a penalty kick. Zion (14-5-3) tied the contest 20 minutes later. Senior keeper Zach Klaber made six saves, and classmate Hunter Tam also stopped a Z-B goal. Stevenson will be seeking its first regional championship since 2012, when the Patriots finished fourth in the state. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lake Forest, 25-18, 25-22: The host Patriots captured their first North Suburban Conference championship since 2008 behind 17 kills from senior Sophie Sorenson and 57-of-57 setting and 24 assists from junior Grace Tully. The victory also marked the regular-season finale for SHS (24-11, 7-0), which will face Lake Zurich or Grant in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Sports Center. Sophomore Makayla Uremovich and junior Lily Cozzi each recorded four kills. Junior Molly Bourbon served three of the team’s eight aces, while senior Vanessa Obrycki and junior Abby Keevins had two apiece. Abby made a team-high 10 digs and also was 5-of-5 setting. Sophie made eight digs, sophomore Emerson Kouri had six and Molly added five. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Sports Boosters Donates More Than $14K

The Stevenson Sports Boosters recently approved more than $14,000 in donations to the athletic program for the 2018-19 school year. Boys and girls volleyball, fencing, football, wrestling and Patriettes are the beneficiaries of the latest round of Sports Boosters largesse. The $14,000 does not include the Boosters’ annual funding for ImPACT testing and scouting software for all teams, nor does it include complimentary meals for teams and individuals advancing to the state finals. The Boosters raise funds through membership and spirit apparel sales. Apparel will be available at Friday’s football games against Lake Forest, and also during “flash sales” (the next one is Dec. 8), and at the annual Co-Curricular Night on March 21. Online apparel sales are available by clicking this link; BSN is offering 20 percent off on order of $100 or more until Saturday, Oct. 27. To see details on the Sports Boosters donations, and for information on becoming a member of the organization, visit the Sports Boosters web page.

Football Team Gearing Up for Playoffs

Stevenson’s varsity football team concludes its regular season with a home game against Lake Forest at 7:30 p.m. Friday. At 6-2, the Patriots are assured of making their record 30th consecutive state playoff appearance. The 4-4 Scouts, meanwhile, must win to get in. The contest will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through Stevenson’s NFHS Network site, and also carried live by WAES 88.1 FM. On Saturday, the Patriots will find out who they face in the playoffs. The IHSA will announce playoff pairings beginning at 8 p.m., with the Class 8A bracket scheduled to be revealed around 9:20. Visit this page to see the pairings and to watch the Football Playoff Pairings Show live. The show also will be carried live by NBC Sports Chicago+. Click here to find the channel in your area.

Seniors Lead Stout Patriot Defense

Stevenson looks to bounce back from a 21-0 loss at Warren, one of five shutouts the Blue Devils have recorded this season. The Patriot defense has been strong, too, giving up just 10 points per game and shutting out three opponents. Head coach Josh Hjorth told the Daily Herald that senior linebackers David Pentek, Michael D’Angelo, Maema Njongmeta and Danny Hynes deserve much of the credit for the stout defense. They’ll be among several players honored Friday during pregame Senior Night festivities. Among the seniors to be recognized is Isaiah Hart, the subject of this Daily Herald story about the relationship between he and his mother, Beth. She adopted Isaiah and all three of his siblings.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s freshman football games will be streamed live from the Stadium on the NFHS Network. The 8-0 freshman A team caps its season against Lake Forest at 4:30, while the freshman B squad closes its schedule against St. Laurence at 6 o’clock. Watch both games at Stevenson’s NFHS Network site.


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