Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019

Former SHS Teacher Named Superintendent

Former Stevenson science teacher Paul O’Malley has been named superintendent of Butler Elementary District 53 in Oak Brook. He has been the leader of Norridge District 80 since 2015. O’Malley taught at SHS from 2001-05, then moved on administrative roles at Oswego Unit District 308, Niles Township High School District 219, Glenbard High School District 87, and Ridgeland Elementary School District 122.

Want to Get Away? Foundation Raffle Can Make It Happen

Ticket sales for the Stevenson High School Foundation Luxury Vacation Raffle begin today and run through Thursday, March 7. This year’s winner will choose a vacation package for one of four destinations. Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $125. No more than 400 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday, March 9 during the New Shanghai Circus performance at Stevenson. The winner need not be present. Click here for more details.

Science Olympiad Team Sweeps Top Spots in Huntley

Stevenson swept the top two places in their division at the Huntley High School Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday. The Gold team took first place and the Green team was second in Division C, which featured 42 teams from schools around the Chicago area.

SHS won 14 of 23 events, and senior Tony Tan was involved in four of them. He paired with sophomore Richard Bi to win Fermi Questions, captured Astronomy with freshman Andrew Liu, and joined sophomore Jared Machtinger to take two events, Circuit Lab and Thermodynamics. Andrew added a second victory in Dynamic Planet with junior Anna Wang, who also earned two wins. She and junior Erin Yuan took top honors in Water Quality, while Erin in turn finished first in Write It Do It with senior Kitty Zeng.

Other double-winners included junior Shannon Kang and sophomores Michael Kim and Krishna Patel. Shannon and Michael combined to claim Forensics, and she went on to place first in Protein Modeling with senior Andrew Ding and junior Roy Zhou. Michael added a second first in Anatomy and Physiology with freshman Greycen Ren. Krishna’s victories came in Mousetrap Car with freshman Jonathan Abraham, and in Boomilever with sophomore Emily Liu. The other winners for Stevenson were junior Radha Patel and freshman Kelly Mao (Mission Possible), and junior Andrew Lee and sophomore Phyllis Wang (Sounds of Music). Click here for all SHS results.

The Science Olympiad team completes its invitational schedule at Loyola Academy on Feb. 23, where it will face the state’s top-ranked team in New Trier.

Neuroscience Club Participates in Brain Bee

Stevenson’s Neuroscience Club participated in the Chicago Brain Bee on Saturday at Lake Forest College. In addition to tours of the college’s science facilities, lectures by neuroscientists from Chicago-area universities including Lake Forest and the University of Chicago, students competed in a competition on neuroscience knowledge and research. Senior Tajes Khanna placed in the top 10 and represented Stevenson in the final round.

Polish Community Night Set for Feb. 22

Stevenson’s second annual Polish Community Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in the Glass Commons and East Glass Commons near the Performing Arts Center. Polish food, music, games and more are planned, and admission is free. For more information, contact Paulina Glowacka at pglowacka@d125.org.

Chamber Orchestra Concert Live Stream Available

For those unable to attend tonight’s Chamber Orchestra Concert, the event will be streamed live through the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page. Performances are scheduled for 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Here are the links for each live stream: 6 p.m. | 7:30 p.m. To view the program for tonight’s concert, click here. For those who will be attending, admission is free.

Planning to Host a Post-Winterfest Dance Gathering?

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.

With Winterfest approaching, you may hear your teen discussing plans for the time between the end of the dance and curfew. If you plan to host other students in your home, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Encourage small group gatherings that are invitation only as they are easier to control and monitor. Do not allow for last minute changes.
  2. Set clear ground-rules with your teen and their friends before the party. Specify consequences if expectations are not met.
  3. Obtain cell phone information for all attendees’ parents.
  4. Contact parents of every attendee before the party. Share your expectations of a sober event and ask parents to share these expectations with their teen. If a teen is sleeping over, ask their parents to check their bag prior to leaving home.
  5. Invite other parents to stop by and help chaperone.
  6. Check your entire home for hidden substances prior to the party. Areas of focus include: entrances/exits, bushes and other areas around the outside of the house, removable ceiling tiles, window sills, storage areas, etc.
  7. Remove all access to alcohol and prescription drugs currently in the home.
  8. An adult chaperone should be present and visible throughout the party. Do not allow siblings to chaperone and do not remain in a different area throughout the party. Monitor all entrances/exits and watch for inappropriate or prolonged activity outdoors, in the restrooms, or elsewhere in your home. Do not have your own guests over unless they agree to help chaperone.
  9. All keys should be collected when guests arrive. All keys to the home and family car should be safely locked away.
  10. Anyone who leaves the party should not be allowed to return. If this happens, notify the guest’s parents.
  11. Be alert for signs of alcohol or other drug use. If you suspect a teen is intoxicated, call 911 and then call their parent. Do not hesitate to call the police if the party gets out of hand. You can not be charged with a social host violation if you contact the police before they contact you!


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SHS Hires New Football Coach

Stevenson’s new head football coach has a familiar name, but it’s not who you think. Mike Morrissey was hired Monday night as the fifth head coach in program history. The 36-year-old guided Moline High School to a 16-5 record over the last two seasons, reaching the Class 7A state playoffs each year. He is no relation to former Patriot all-state football player Mike Morrissey (Class of 2006), who played for Boston College. Click here to read more about the new coach, who also will teach physical education at SHS. Morrissey talked about the hiring process with the Moline Argus-Dispatch.

Girls Basketball Team Opens Regional Play Tonight

The Patriot girls basketball team takes on Round Lake in the IHSA Class 4A Hersey Regional semifinals tonight at 7:30 in Arlington Heights. Stevenson enters the game with a 21-9 record and is the No. 5 seed in the Libertyville Sectional, where the regional winner will wind up. The 12th-seeded Panthers (21-9) beat No. 21 seed Deerfield, 46-33, Monday night. If the Patriots win, they will face the winner of the other semifinal between No. 4 seed Hersey (18-9) and No. 19 Grayslake North (10-21) for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday. Stevenson, seeking its second straight regional title and 15th in program history, did not face any of the Hersey Regional entrants this season.

JV Boys Swimmers Post Shattering NSC Performance

The junior varsity boys swimming and diving team matched the varsity in winning the North Suburban Conference championship Saturday. The JV Patriots broke eight league meet records in the Patriot Aquatic Center, with junior Cameron Coffey having a hand in four of them. Cameron won the 200-yard individual medley (1:55.55) and 100-yard butterfly (51.14) in record time. His times were faster than the winning varsity times. Cameron also was part of the 200 medley relay (1:38.33) with freshman Brandon Xiong, sophomore Christopher Oei and senior Alex Guo, and the 400 free relay (3:16.77) with seniors Nikolas Ebeling, Jacob Minin and Filip Mihajlovic. Alex and Jacob each won two events and set new marks. Alex captured the 50 free (21.91) and 100 free (47.48), and Jacob claimed the 200 free (1:47.87) and 500 free (4:57.53). Alex, Filip and Christopher swam in the victorious 200 free relay (1:28.09) with junior Mark Holzer. Nik won the 100 backstroke (55.66) and Christopher captured the 100 breaststroke (1:03.35). Stevenson recorded a team score of 417, well ahead of runner-up Warren’s 266.


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PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale 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.

Want to be a One-Act Plays Director or Playwright?

Friday is deadline day for students who want to be directors or playwrights for the annual spring production, an evening of one-act plays. Those interested in directing a play must fill out the One-Acts Director Application Form. Prospective playwrights must submit their plays in Google Doc format to Mr. Fitzpatrick at jfitzpatrick@d125.org no later than 3:30 p.m.

Going to the Boys Basketball Game Tonight?

If you’re going to watch the boys basketball game in Waukegan tonight, make sure you remember to take your Stevenson ID. You will not be admitted without it.


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