Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

Emphasizing the Green at Stevenson

Stevenson’s efforts to promote environmental responsibility received attention in the Daily Herald today. Reporter Russell Lissau wrote about parking spaces that have been set aside for low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicles driven by faculty and staff. There are 46 LEV/FEV spaces, with 20 in parking lot B, 16 in lot E and 10 in lot D. In addition, the school has set aside four parking spaces in lot E for teachers and support staff members who drive electric cars. There are two charging stations adjacent to the parking spaces. Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey provided this quote to the newspaper: “Providing parking spaces for eco-friendly and electric vehicles is an acknowledgment of their increasing popularity, and also conveys a message that taking care of the environment is important. If we’re teaching our students to be good stewards of the environment, then we should be modeling that behavior.”

Jazz Faculty Recital Tonight

Five instructors involved with Stevenson’s jazz band program will perform during the Jazz Faculty Recital at 7 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The following are scheduled to perform: SHS Jazz Band Directors Maddie Vogler (saxophone) and Gustavo Cortinas (drums), Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) teachers Neil Carson (saxophone) and Sam Peters (bass), and Kenny Thompson (guitar).

Children’s Book Drive Underway

Stevenson’s Key Club is holding a children’s book drive, with donated items going to Bernie’s Book Bank. The club will accept gently used books for children from newborns through sixth grade. Textbooks, religious books, or books for teens will not be accepted. Collection bins will be available at the school’s public entrances (Forum/Point, Sports Center, Field House and Circle Drive) until Oct. 2.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 3, Lake Zurich 2: Christian Yen scored two goals, and Alem Duratovic added a goal and an assist for the Patriots (3-5-1, 1-1) on the road. Alem set up Christian’s first goal, which gave SHS a 1-0 lead, then scored off an assist from Evan Paldrmic for a 2-0 advantage at halftime. Anthony Skordilis recorded the assist on Christian’s second-half goal.

Girls Field Hockey
Stevenson 2, Deerfield 0 (OT): In a game that was scoreless through regulation, a 10-minute overtime and a 10-minute sudden death, Molly McCoy and Rebekah Jin scored during the shootout phase to lift the visiting Patriots to victory. Goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 24 saves en route to the shutout.

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: The Patriots (10-1) won their eighth consecutive match, losing only two games in seven matches at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. All three singles players — Sonia MehtaAinika Hou and Thea Surya — won by 6-0, 6-0 scores. All four doubles matches also were straight-set victories. The winning duos were Athena Kolli and Alaina Kolli (6-1, 6-0), Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma (6-1, 6-0), Alexis Lee and Angela Ran (6-0, 6-0), and Sneha Yellapantula and Abby Schueneman (6-0, 6-0).

Girls Golf
Stevenson 145, Lake Forest 190: Kelly Dong earned medalist honors with a 1-over-par 37 at The Arboretum in Buffalo Grove as SHS improved to 9-0. Allie Santos shot a 38, Emily Duan had a 39 and Julia Yoo recorded a 41 to round out the Patriots’ team score. Joyce Bai recorded a 42 and Sophia Zhuang had a 44.

Quick Hits

Chucky Sullivan (Class of 2015), a member of Stevenson’s 2014 state championship football team, is having a breakout season for Southern Illinois University. The junior defensive end recorded eight tackles and two sacks during SIU’s 45-20 over Massachusetts on Sept. 7, the Salukis’ first win against an FBS opponent since 2007 and just the fourth FBS win in school history. Sullivan said changing his eating habits has been a significant part of his emergence. … The current Patriot football team plays host to Zion-Benton in its Homecoming game tonight at 7:30 in the Stadium. Both squads are 1-2 entering the contest, which will be broadcast by SHSTV through the NFHS Network, beginning at 7 o’clock. Here is the link to watch (subscription required). The junior varsity football game also will be streamed live at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. Kickoff for the JV game is at 5 o’clock.


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SHS Starting National Art Honor Society Chapter

Stevenson is starting a chapter of the National Art Honor Society, an organization that strives to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. NAHS supports members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character and service, and to bring art education awareness to the school and community. If you are interested in applying to be a member of NAHS, read through the chapter bylaws to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for membership. If you qualify and are interested, please complete the application by Monday, Sept. 30. If you have any questions, please speak with the NAHS sponsors: Mr. Myers or Mrs. Hyken.


Sign-up is underway for the newest intramural activity, cricket. The cost is $10. Students can sign up for IM Cricket at


The Breakfast with Books club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome! The only requirement is a love for reading.


Students considering careers in visual arts and design are invited to the National Portfolio Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. More information can be found at


Teachers in North Shore School District 112 were scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to authorize union negotiators to call a strike if they feel negotiations for a new five-year contract are coming to a standstill. The next federal mediation session is scheduled for Oct. 3.

Students at Chicago-area schools were among the tens of thousands across the country planning to participate in today’s Global Climate Strike nationwide walkout. Chicago Public Schools officials allowed students to join the march but said they would receive an unexcused absence if they didn’t return to class afterward. Students at several suburban schools also were expected to participate.

Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board members Thursday agreed that a proposed policy granting transgender students unrestricted access to locker rooms needed more time and details than would be possible for them to vote on at their next meeting Oct. 17.


Districts nationwide are tackling absenteeism with a variety of innovative tactics. From going door-to-door to talk with students and their families about the importance of going to school, to sending text messages and automated calls, many administrators are getting personal through a technique called “nudging” in particular.

Schools across New York began the academic year with a new tool intended to prevent student suicides and violence: the ability to ask a court to remove a troubled person’s access to firearms. New York is the first state to empower schools to petition a court themselves for such an order, rather than go through local law enforcement.

New York clothing company Bstroy has introduced school shooting hoodies that have bullet holes in them and feature the names of four schools where nearly 100 students were shot to death, including Sandy Hook, Columbine, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Virginia Tech.

Cheerleaders at a North Carolina high school are on probation after posing with a Trump 2020 banner at a football game last month — a decision that has sparked criticism and debates about student rights to free speech.

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