Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

Five Students in All-State Theatre Festival
Five SHS students will be participating in the all-state production of “Aida” at the 45th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival this weekend at Illinois State University. Four Patriots are part of the pit orchestra: Seniors Jacob Bauman (drums) and Juan Gonzalez (guitar), junior Adina Shaikh (percussion), and sophomore Eileen Kang (cello). Meanwhile, senior Ella Kalis will be involved with makeup and wigs. Weekend rehearsals for the musical began in August.

Alumna Designs New Lincolnshire Logo
The Village of Lincolnshire debuted a new logo on Jan. 1. The logo was designed by village native and SHS alumna Erin Rice (Class of 2012). The Lincolnshire native was a student at the University of Notre Dame in 2016 when, as part of a class project, she developed logo design options for the village. She eventually pitched the designs to village officials and was hired. Rice now works as an artist for Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida. She talked with the Daily Herald about the project, which had great meaning for her.

All Rise: Getting the Day Off to a Good Start
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.

As we get back to school in this new year, encourage your teen to have a consistent morning routine that can increase their energy, productivity and positivity — leading to improved mental health. Have your student begin each morning at the same time with a nutritious breakfast, natural light, some gentle stretching or exercise, and a proactive attitude to get things off to a balanced start. For specific suggestions on easing into the day, click here.


Boys Basketball Game on WCIU Friday Night
The varsity boys basketball team plays host to Mundelein in a North Suburban Conference showdown Friday night at 7 p.m. that will be televised live from the Sports Center by WCIU-TV. Both teams have unblemished league records thus far, and the Mustangs are unbeaten on the season. See “The U” channel finder.

The game also will serve as a fundraiser for SmashSMARD, a local charity created by SHS alumni Bobby Stineman (Class of 2001) and Brittany Sulentic Stineman (Class of 2003), whose son Nash suffers from a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress (SMARD).

During the game, there will be a 50-50 raffle. Half of the proceeds will go to SmashSMARD and half will go to the winner. Tickets will be sold before and during the game. Donation jars and T-shirts also will also be available. All proceeds will go to SmashSMARD. In addition, 100% of concession sales will go to SmashSMARD.

Stevenson also will be featured on WCIU’s morning show, “The Jam,” between 6-8 a.m. Friday. All students and staff are encouraged to come to the Sports Center any time between 7-8 a.m. to see the show in action, but especially at 7:30 to show their Patriot spirit to Chicagoland viewers. Students and staff should wear green and gold spirit apparel or a purple SmashSMART shirt on Friday.

Here is the tentative schedule for appearances by Stevenson student groups during “The Jam” broadcast Friday morning. All groups will be in the Sports Center unless listed otherwise:

  • 6:00-6:15 – State champion girls golf team
  • 6:15-6:30 – Aviation/Aerospace Club
  • 6:30-6:45 – Cricket Club
  • 6:45-7:00 – SNN News (from the East Building “living wall”)
  • 7:00-7:15 – VEX Robotics Club
  • 7:15-7:30 – Wrestling team
  • 7:30-8:00 – Pep rally with Pep Band, Patriot mascot, “bucket brigade,” boys basketball team, cheerleaders and Patriettes

Quick Hits
Patriot football alumnus Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) caught a career-high and Miami bowl-record 10 passes for 107 yards during Miami University’s 27-17 loss to Louisiana in the LendingTree Bowl on Monday. … Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Carmel will be streamed live from the Sports Center through Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game tips off at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … Two varsity girls basketball players received nice write-ups recently from Pioneer Press. Senior Avery Kingwho just joined the 1,000-point scorers’ club, is a late bloomer whose late grandfather was a North Shore coaching legend. Junior Nikki Ware, meanwhile, has turned out to be the “unsung hero” of this year’s team. … Another consummate team player is senior Jacob Tenner, who is the first person off the bench for the varsity boys basketball team. He talked with Pioneer Press about overcoming setbacks in junior high to become a better player.

Tryouts for eSports Teams Coming Up
Experienced players are invited to try out for the winter season of the following eSports teams at Stevenson: League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, and Rocket League. The teams compete at the national level as part of the High School eSports League. If you are interested, contact Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org or come to the eSports Club meeting after school on Wednesday in the East Learning Center (Room 7026).

Student Aides Needed in Upper ILC
The Upper ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC, please visit the circulation desk or email Mrs. Gorman (tgorman@d125.org) for an application. This is a paid position.


Attention Class of 2021: The Coolidge Scholarship is a one-of-a-kind, full-ride merit scholarship for juniors, covering tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study that can be used at any accredited American university. Scholars are selected based on academic excellence, with an interest in public policy and an appreciation and understanding of the values President Calvin Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Any junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2021, and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident, is eligible to apply. All applications must be completed online and submitted by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Interested juniors can find more information at www.coolidgescholars.org.


Open gym volleyball runs from 6-7 a.m. Wednesday in the Sports Center. Other scheduled dates are Jan. 15, 22 and 29, and Feb. 12 and 19 (with possible session on Feb. 26). Contact Mr. Wellington at awellington@d125.org for more information.


The eSports Club is open to any casual players of these games: League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, Rocket League, Fortnite, Minecraft, SuperSmash Brothers, and OSU. The club meets every Wednesday from 3:45-6 p.m. in the East Learning Center (Room 7026).


The boys volleyball team will have information meetings on Friday in Room 1912. Meeting times are 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and athletes only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at egoolish@d125.org.

There will be a softball information meeting for all prospective athletes from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Ruchim at hruchim@d125.org.


An administrator in one of the country’s largest school districts will be the next superintendent in Indian Prairie School District 204. Adrian Talley, from Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools, will succeed Karen Sullivan, who is retiring in June.

Buffalo Grove High School’s orchestra director is one of 10 finalists for a national Grammy Music Educator Award. Elizabeth Bennett, who has taught at BGHS since 2008, was among more than 3,300 music teachers initially nominated for the seventh annual award.

A former counselor and basketball coach at St. Viator High School who previously was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to students now has been charged with groping another student in his office at the Arlington Heights school.


From 2000 to 2015, the percentage of Latino students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools swelled from 16% to 26%. How to educate those with limited English skills remains a debated subject. Complicating matters are factors such as a critical shortage nationwide of teachers who can speak and teach in Spanish and English, and resistance in some districts to the use of Spanish as a teaching tool.

One of the largest school districts in the country is trying something new: Starting next month, students in Fairfax County, Va., can take one day off per school year to engage in political activism. Students between seventh and 12th grades will get one excused absence per year for a “civic engagement activity.” The policy is believed to be the first in the nation.

Portraits on university campuses usually portray school founders, presidents and donors. But at Princeton University, portraits of blue-collar campus workers are now taking center stage. A new set of paintings are offering a fresh perspective on the working class, racial struggle and empowerment at the Ivy league school.

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