Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

A Magical Birthday for Son of SHS Alumni

The outpouring of community support for alumni Bobby Stineman (Class of 2001) and Brittany Sulentic Stineman (Class of 2003), and their son Nash, was featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight” on Sunday. Nash suffers from a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress (SMARD). His doctors told the Stinemans that Nash was unlikely to live past the age of 2. So when he turned 3 recently, a parade of trucks and well-wishes drove by Nash’s Lincolnshire home to help him celebrate.

Winter Art Fest This Week
The Winter Art Fest showcasing student work takes place Wednesday and Thursday in the West Building. Students will be able to view artwork during the school day both days. A public reception for the artists will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum. Admission is free.

German Nights Start Wednesday
The German program will host its second German Portfolio Night for students and parents on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 3:40-9:30 p.m. each night in Room 2618. Parents will hear their students’ presentations in German. Contact Paulina Glowacka-Tuman at for more details.

PPA Needs Bake Sale Help
The Patriot Parent Association is still in need of baked goods and volunteers for its bake sale on Wednesday. To see what is needed, or to volunteer, use this SignUp Genius link.

Business Students Get a Slice of the Marketing Life
Students in Introduction to Business classes are working with a local restaurant as part of their marketing project this semester. Students created pizza recipes and marketing campaigns for Bill’s Pizza & Pub, 624 S. Lake St., in Mundelein. The restaurant has picked the top three recipes, and will be selling slices from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (dine-in only). SHS students also will be able to buy slices during periods 4-8 and after school Wednesday in the Wood Commons. In addition to seeing which students’ recipe sells the most slices, Bill’s will donate 10% of proceeds to the Patriot Parent Association.

Band, Dance Fundraisers This Week
Fundraisers for the band and dance programs will take place Tuesday. The band fundraiser runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bonta, 430 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention or show this flyer when ordering. The dance fundraiser goes from 5-8 p.m. at Portillo’s, 221 E. Townline Rd., in Vernon Hills. Show this flyer when ordering. Another band fundraiser will take place from 6:30-11 a.m. Thursday (a late arrival day) at Strawberry Field Cafe and Pancakes, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention “SHS Band”’ when ordering.

Cyber Monday: Stevenson Edition
Take advantage of Cyber Monday deals through two Stevenson affiliates today. The BSN Sports Sideline Store has Stevenson apparel available for 25% off. Order through this link. If you’re looking for photos of your student, Visual Image Photography has all images 15% off today. Click here for Stevenson’s VIP photo page.


Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson hosted Thanksgiving Invitational: The Patriots beat New Trier Blue (5-0) and New Trier White (3-0) to capture the championship of their annual tournament at Twin Rinks. SHS won all five of its games in the two-day tournament, outscoring its opponents, 22-0. In the championship game against New Trier White, freshman Davis Jegers scored a goal and added an assist, while junior Rafael Biedron and senior Josh Wright also had goals. Josh scored three times against New Trier Blue, while Davis and junior Reece Polatsek also lit the lamp. Senior Andrew Slivka recorded four assists on the day, and set up all three of Josh’s goals against Blue. – Boxscores: New Trier Blue | New Trier White

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 52, York 39: The Patriots captured the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic championship at Palatine, improving to 4-0 on the season. Senior RJ Holmes, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, led SHS with 12 points. Classmates Matt Kaznikov and Matt Ambrose scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. After taking an 18-11 lead into the halftime break, Stevenson erupted for 20 points in the third quarter and led 38-27 heading into the fourth. Matt scored seven points during the third-quarter eruption. The Dukes dropped to 3-1. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson hosted Thanksgiving Invitational: The Patriots beat Libertyville/Vernon Hills, 4-0, at Twin Rinks. Senior Brett Stokes scored a goal and assisted on another, while juniors Jacob Weinstein and Giorgi Gagua, and freshman Davis Jegers also scored. Senior Josh Wright had two assists. – Boxscore

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Rockford Harlem Invitational: Junior Ryan Grabiner won the individual championship, leading the Patriots to fourth place out of 24 teams at Forest Hills Lanes in Loves Park. Ryan rolled a six-game series score of 1,435, the sixth-highest in program history, and had a high game of 267, the top score of the day for Stevenson. He outpaced the runner-up from Lake Park by 28 pins. Freshman Ender Starr shot a 256 game en route to a six-game series score of 1,263. Also participating in all six games were juniors Nicholas Sternes (1,211 series, 219 high game) and Joey Gluck (1,085, 218). The other SHS slot was split between juniors Ryan Lerman and Josh Lerner. Ryan bowled four games (723 series, 235 high game) and Josh had two (404, 225). Stevenson posted a team score of 6,121, with a high game of 1,137 during the morning session.

Stevenson at Moore-Pettyman Invitational: Freshman Lorenzo Frezza won the 113-pound championship and sophomore Cole Rhemrev finished second at 120 pounds at Barrington. Lorenzo, the brother of 2018 state medalist Tommy Frezza (Class of 2019), beat Barrington’s state qualifier from last year, 1-0 in the quarterfinals. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson hosted Thanksgiving Invitational: The Patriots defeated Lyons Township (6-0) and Kenosha (4-0) on the opening day of their annual tournament at Twin Rinks. Senior Brett Stokes scored two goals against Lyons, while junior Daniel Kabakov had three assists. Junior Andrew Chambers scored twice and had an assist versus Kenosha, and also had a goal against Lyons. – Boxscores: Lyons | Bradford

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 51, Palatine 44: Seniors Matt Ambrose and John Ittounas hit back-to-back 3-pointers as the Patriots (3-0) went on a late third quarter run to overpower the host Pirates (1-2) at the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic. Palatine led 33-32 with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter before SHS rallied to reclaim the lead for good. John led Stevenson with 15 points, while Matt added 10. Younger brother Evan Ambrose, a junior, scored nine points and senior Matt Kaznikov had eight points and seven rebounds. – Daily Herald

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 49, Jacobs 31: The Patriots (2-0) held the Golden Eagles scoreless during the second quarter at the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic at Palatine. The stingy defense allowed SHS to build a 22-10 halftime lead. On the night, Jacobs (1-1) connected on 10 of 38 shots. Junior Evan Ambrose scored a game-high 14 points and dished out six assists for the Patriots, while senior John Ittounas had 10 points and four rebounds. – Daily Herald, MaxPreps

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 66, Willowbrook 53: The Patriots (5-1) beat the host Lady Warriors in their Thanksgiving tournament to finish second with a 4-1 record behind Montini. Sophomore Simone Sawyer led SHS with 21 points and was named to the all-tournament first team. Ava Bardic, also a sophomore, tallied 17 points and was a second-team selection. Senior Avery King added 14 points for Stevenson, which outscored Willowbrook 22-5 in the second quarter to take a 37-17 halftime lead.

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 71, Elk Grove 40: Four players scored in double figures, led by senior RJ Holmes’ game-high 25 points, as the Patriots rolled in their season-opener at the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic at Palatine. SHS scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back. RJ scored 11 straight points in the second quarter and had 17 at halftime. Also scoring in double digits were seniors Matt Ambrose (14) and John Ittounas (11), and junior Evan Ambrose (10). – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
St. Viator 2, Stevenson 0: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 20 saves for the Patriots at Twin Rinks.

Monday, Nov. 25 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 68, Plainfield Central 48: Sophomore Simone Sawyer scored 22 points to lead the Patriots (4-1) past the Wildcats at the Lady Warrior Thanksgiving Invitational at Willowbrook. Simone hit a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the opening quarter as SHS took a 21-12 lead that grew to 43-19 at halftime. Classmate Ava Bardic sank four 3-pointers for 12 points, and senior Avery King added 10 points.


Student-athletes who are freshmen, transfers or upperclassmen in athletics for the first time are required to attend one 30-minute meeting led by the athletic director during the 2019-20 school year. Meetings will be held on late-arrival days. The next opportunity is at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. The doors close once the meeting starts. Students will be excused early so they can attend the “Pop-Up Pep Rally” in the Sports Center. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.


The University of Illinois has taken questions about criminal history off the initial application for undergraduate enrollment but will ask students about criminal background once they have been accepted. It’s a response to the “ban the box” movement that calls for eliminating criminal history questions from job applications or college admissions.

Many teachers and students cut classes Wednesday, the first of Chicago Public Schools’ makeup days after this year’s contentious teachers strike. While CPS said it could not provide an official count, teachers and students at several schools said absences appeared higher than usual on a day that had originally been scheduled to be the first day of Thanksgiving break.

Drivers who fail to stop for a school bus dropping off or picking up students in North Shore School District 112 will soon be held accountable even if no police officer is within sight. Cameras attached to school buses will record the license plate numbers of offending drivers, who can either pay the $100 fine or request an administrative hearing with the City of Highland Park.


Pursuing equity—however it’s defined—has become a rallying cry for K-12 educators and advocates alike. More than half of America’s 50 million students today are nonwhite, and a growing number of them are English-language learners or students with special needs. The issue is likely to come under renewed scrutiny with the Every Student Succeeds Act’s new requirement for public release of school-by-school spending data as an element of states’ school report cards.

In a major shift, the leading Democratic presidential candidates are backing away from supporting charter schools, and siding with the teachers’ unions that oppose their expansion. The move has left some black and Latino families, who see charters as a way out of failing district schools, feeling betrayed.

A Florida high school is the first in the country to use synthetic frogs for dissections instead of real ones. The imitation frogs are made of water, fibers and salts, and are free of chemicals, such as formaldehyde. While the fake frogs cost $150, they can be reused. PETA says 3 million frogs are killed for classroom use each year.

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