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Friday, August 26, 2016

Foundation Announces 2016-17 Performance Series Lineup

Tribute shows honoring Paul McCartney and Audrey Hepburn, and a rollicking romp through the history of rock ’n’ roll with one of the original cast members of Million Dollar Quartet, highlight the Stevenson Foundation’s annual Professional Performance Series.

Lance Lipinsky, an original cast member of Million Dollar Quartet, brings his band The Lovers to the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 10 for “Rock Baby Rock.” The show provides a tour through the early years of rock music, featuring songs from such 1950s and ’60s titans as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and the Comets, Johnny Cash, and many more. Tickets are $20.

On Saturday, January 28, “The McCartney Years” comes to town, showcasing the music of Paul McCartney from his two decades in The Beatles and Wings. The show has received accolades from former Wings guitarist Denny Laine, and original Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein. Tickets are $20.

Hilary Ann Feldman and Beckie Menzie, who honored comedian Carol Burnett as part of the Foundation’s series last year, returns Sunday, March 12 with “A Musical Tribute to Audrey Hepburn.” The show traces the rise of Hepburn from World War II refugee to award-winning actress and world-renowned humanitarian. Tickets are $15.

The Foundation’s series kicks off with a free concert by the Great Lakes Naval Station show band, Liberty Call, on Sunday, October 30 in the West Auditorium. The patriotic group will perform a wide array of songs in advance of Veterans Day.

Also on the series docket are two children’s plays: Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, October 23, and The Princess and the Pea on February 5. Performances will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. each day in the West Auditorium, and tickets are $5.

To order tickets, visit the Foundation’s website at www.StevensonFoundation.org or call 847-415-4121.

Junior Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Junior Jake Shapiro, a member of Boy Scout Troop 815 in Mequon, Wisconsin, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Shapiro conducted book drives in Lake Forest, Lincolnshire and Mequon to collect new and used children’s books for the Next Door Foundation of Milwaukee’s “Book for Kids” program. With the help of his fellow Scouts from Troop 815, he collected, cleaned and donated more than 1,500 books. On the road to Eagle Scout status, Shapiro held various leadership positions within his troop, including Senior Patrol Leader. He also earned 26 merit badges and was elected to the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Carmel, 25-15, 25-16: The visiting Patriots improved to 2-0 thanks in part to 10 aces and nearly flawless ball handling by setter Alex Cuc. She was 39-of-41 setting with 15 assists, and also served one of the team’s aces. Jori Radtke led offensively with nine kills, and served three aces and made five digs. Taylor Erickson also had three aces and five digs. Sophie Sorenson chipped in with four kills, four digs and an ace. Chloe Robinson made four digs and served two aces. Sarah Bufe made two solo blocks and had a block assist.

Are You Ready for Some Football?

The first game of the football season is tonight, but it has the feel of a playoff matchup. Stevenson welcomes Palatine to the Stadium for a 7:30 kickoff, and both teams enter the game well-regarded by pundits. The Pirates are ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press Class 8A poll, while the Patriots are No. 13. SHS, meanwhile, is No. 17 in the Chicago Tribune’s preseason top 20. Coach Bill McNamara’s crew also is the top-ranked team in the News-Sun coverage area, and will look to capitalize on its offseason “all-commitment team” initiative. One footnote to tonight’s game is that Stevenson’s sophomore coach, Dave Jacobson, is a 2001 graduate of Palatine. Pregame festivities include the Night of Champions celebration at 7 o’clock, preceded by the Freshman BBQ from 4:30-5:30. If you can’t make it to the game tonight, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will carry it live through The Cube, and a broadcast will air on the school’s radio station, WAES 88.3 FM. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and children under 5 will be admitted for free. NSC, Sports Boosters and Event passes will be accepted. A replay of the game will be shown on Comcast Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, and at 7 p.m. Monday. Comcast subscribers also will be able to watch anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tell Others About Academic Integrity

All students are invited to participate in a poster contest promoting academic integrity at Stevenson. Design a poster using a slogan or catchphrase based on one of these academic integrity values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. Submissions are due by December 2. For more details, visit www.d125.org/honesty.

COLLEGE NEWS

Fall college visits begin next week in the College Career Center. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be visiting on Wednesday, followed by the College of Lake County, the University of Missouri and the University of Notre Dame on Thursday. Interested juniors and seniors should continue to check Naviance daily for a complete updated list of all of our college visits. Colleges visit Stevenson from September through November.  

You will need to sign up for all college visits through Naviance. From the Naviance homepage, click on the “Colleges” tab. Click on the “View all Upcoming College Visits” tab. Then select “Sign Up” next to the college visit in which you are interested in attending. This is your confirmation page. Please print the confirmation page and put your name and school ID number on that page. Have your teacher for the period of the college visit sign this confirmation page at least two days in advance of the college visit.  Bring this signed confirmation page to the College Career Center (Room 1123) or the designated location on the day of the college visit. If you need any assistance with this, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

Ambassador Yearbook Club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2710. We need new copy, photo and design editors, as well as photographers and journalists! Please join yearbook now and help record the best year at Stevenson yet!

The Stevenson Green Team will hold its first meeting from 3:35-4:30 p.m. Monday in Room 1618. Come and find out how you can get involved in sustainability, climate change, and making a positive impact on the school and community. The team also will be talking about its upcoming electronics recycling drive.

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you cannot make it or for more information, email Mrs. Palffy.

Video Game Club will be meeting after school on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 in Room 1204. Come by and play your favorite modern or old school console games. See Dr. Schroeder in Room 6028 if you have questions. Everyone is welcome.  

Join us at Spanish Club after school on Wednesday in Room 2808! We’ll be making DIY Piñatas with authentic Spanish candy while munching on salsa and chips! Beginners always welcome! For any questions contact Señor Figueroa or Judy Kupchan.

The Stevenson Styler will have its next meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! It’s not just about fashion! We need your knowledge of DIY, food, lifestyle, travel and more! New members are always welcome!  

Catalyst, a student leadership club dedicated to battling underage drinking and drug use at SHS, is looking for new students interested in joining our cause. There will be a new member orientation meeting from 8-8:20 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104. There are many committees to get involved with, including outreach, evaluation and recruitment, and alternative activities. For more information, email ccortesti@d125.org or just show up on September 1!

INTRAMURALS

IM Ultimate Frisbee will hold its informational meeting after school on Monday in Room 2104. For more information, see the IM Ultimate Frisbee web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.

ATHLETICS

The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at  tbetthauser@d125.org by Wednesday.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Career Exploration Program is accepting Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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State test data suggests up to 70% of student unprepared for college (+)

Waukegan to replace water fountains used by youngest students

Fixing terms could avert Chicago teachers strike

Why Rauner fears teacher pension board vote

Governor signs law inspired by Crystal Lake South bleacher debacle

Fenton High School teachers, board approve two-year contract (+)

Renovation work delaying West Chicago High opening to Sept. 6 (+)

Olympian welcomed back like champion at Libertyville High (+)

Elgin cleric admits abusing Islamic school student, employee

61-year-old Barrington P.E. teacher preparing for first triathlon (+)

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Median income down, public college tuition way up

The new North-South divide: Public higher education

Good school, rich school; bad school, poor school

Indianapolis board approves sweeping restructuring of district schools

New York hires first “privacy officer” to safeguard student data

South Carolina, U.S. agencies settle dispute over recession-era cuts

New federal sanctions may doom ITT Tech

Online public school founder admits to $8M in tax fraud

Finding a fit for wearable tech in education

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Special Events for SHS Parents Coming Up

There are several special events for Stevenson parents coming up in the next three weeks. The events, all free, include these:

Senior Parent Night, Monday, 7-8:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center: The school’s college counselors, Dan Miller (Class of 2001) and Sara English, will walk parents through the college application timeline for senior year (which is also being shared with all seniors during the first two weeks of school in their English classes. Seniors who have missed the presentation are welcome to attend.) The college counselors also will provide a list of important dates for college applications, along with the procedures for sending transcripts and general application information. Visit the College Career Center web page to see which colleges are coming to visit next week.

Parent University: SHS Online and Web Review, Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 2104 (West Building): Learn how to use the SHS Now app, the school website and other digital resources to review grades, add money to your student’s Patriot Dollars Account, and stay informed about what’s happening at Stevenson. Note: The location for this event was moved to Room 2104 from the District 125 Administration Center following the large turnout for the first Parent University event. Visit www.d125.org/ParentU to see other sessions planned during the 2016-17 school year.

Open House Night No. 2, Thursday, September 1, 7-9:30 p.m.: Parents and guardians who weren’t able to attend last night’s first open house are encouraged to come for the second and final night. Parents will meet their students’ teachers, view the school, and have a number of opportunities to find out about resources available at Stevenson. Click here for more information.

Marijuana: The Latest Research, Tuesday, September 13, 6-7:30 p.m., West Auditorium: Dr. Bertha Madras, a professor of psychobiology at Harvard University Medical School, is one of the nation’s leading experts on the effects of marijuana on teenagers and their developing brains. She will discuss how marijuana use can affect students’ academics and health. Madras served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and has served as an advisor to the National Football League and World Health Organization. This event is sponsored by the Stand Strong Coalition, of which Stevenson is a member. Space is limited; register at StandStrongCoalition.org.

Parent University: Teaching and Learning, Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8 p.m., West Auditorium: “How am I doing?” “How am I acting?” “How am I growing?” These are the questions students use to assess their learning. Find out about these questions as well as resources to support the transition from the ACT to the SAT.

The learning continues into October, when Larry Silverberg comes to the West Auditorium for “The Character Formula: Fundamental Values of True Living.” The interactive presentation will answer life’s toughest parenting questions. Silverberg‘s  presentation is at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6. The evening is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson Foundation, and SHS. RSVP and get more details at CommunityParentNetwork.org.

Alums’ Family Holding Fundraiser on Sunday

The family of two Stevenson alumni who died from overdoses are holding a charity event this weekend to raise money for teens to participate in residential camps and other recreational activities. The Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation will hold its Experience Hope 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Citizens Park, 511 N. Lake Zurich Road, in Barrington. Registration is $30. Stom (Class of 2008) died from a heroin overdose in 2009, and his older brother Jean (Class of 2001) died from a drug overdose in 2010. Their sister, Sayra, graduated from Stevenson in 2003. Their mother, Ciri, talked with the Daily Herald about the fundraiser and her family’s ordeal.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Fall ESPPA Award Nominations Now Open

The fall sports season has just begun, but great memories are already being made. Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Fall ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through October 28.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tell Others About Academic Integrity

All students are invited to participate in a poster contest promoting academic integrity at Stevenson. Design a poster using a slogan or catchphrase based on one of these academic integrity values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. Submissions are due by December 2. For more details, visit www.d125.org/honesty.

Mandatory Meeting for Transfer Students on Friday

All transfer students — sophomore, juniors and seniors — should attend a mandatory six-week transfer student group on Fridays during their lunch periods. The first group will take place Friday in Room 2104 and will run during fourth, fifth and sixth periods. Come for the free pizza, to make new friends, and to learn valuable insider information about Stevenson that will help you transition smoothly and successfully! Please contact Mrs. Seeger, School Counselor, or Mrs. O’Brien, School Psychologist, with any questions. See you then!

Operation Snowball Looking for Teen Staff

Have you ever been a camp counselor? Are you looking for leadership or service opportunities? If so, becoming an Operation Snowball teen staff member would be a great fit for you. Operation Snowball 2016 will take place December 1-3 with additional Tuesday afternoon meetings starting September 13. Interested sophomores, juniors and seniors should pick up an application in the Student Activities Office and return it by September 2, or fill out the online application. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski (MCzaplewski@d125.org) with any questions.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Career Exploration Program is accepting Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).

COLLEGE NEWS

Fall college visits begin next week in the College Career Center. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be visiting on Wednesday, followed by the College of Lake County, the University of Missouri and the University of Notre Dame on Thursday, September 1. Interested juniors and seniors should continue to check Naviance daily for a complete updated list of all of our college visits. Colleges visit Stevenson from September through November.  

You will need to sign up for all college visits through Naviance. From the Naviance homepage, click on the “Colleges” tab. Click on the “View all Upcoming College Visits” tab. Then select “Sign Up” next to the college visit in which you are interested in attending. This is your confirmation page. Please print the confirmation page and put your name and school ID number on that page. Have your teacher for the period of the college visit sign this confirmation page at least two days in advance of the college visit.  Bring this signed confirmation page to the College Career Center (Room 1123) or the designated location on the day of the college visit. If you need any assistance with this, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

Interactive Gamers Club will have an Open Play day on all RPGs, card games and board games after school today in Room 1204. If you’re interested in learning how to play board games like Munchkin or Ticket to Ride, or card games like Hearthstone or Magic: the Gathering, please join us! New players always welcome. Email Mr. Fedewa at RFedewa@d125.org with any questions.

The Indian Student Association’s first meeting of the year is today from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 7096. Meet new people and learn about the group’s exciting events for the year. Stay until the end for free samosas!

Anyone interested in playing Table Tennis? We meet on Thursdays after school in the Lower East Commons. All levels (beginning through experienced) are welcome!

Best Buddies is a one-of-a-kind club in which students make friendships that last a lifetime. Informational meetings are being held Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This is a required meeting and you must attend one to receive a packet and sign up for an interview! If there are any conflicts, feel free to email bestbuddiesaeshs@gmail.com.

Ambassador Yearbook Club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2710. We need new copy, photo and design editors, as well as photographers and journalists! Please join yearbook now and help record the best year at Stevenson yet!

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you cannot make it or for more information, email Mrs. Palffy.

Video Game Club will be meeting after school on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 in Room 1204. Come by and play your favorite modern or old school console games. See Dr. Schroeder in Room 6028 if you have questions. Everyone is welcome.  

Join us at Spanish Club after school on Wednesday in Room 2808! We’ll be making DIY Piñatas with authentic Spanish candy while munching on salsa and chips! Beginners always welcome! For any questions contact Señor Figueroa or Judy Kupchan.

The Stevenson Styler will have its next meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! It’s not just about fashion! We need your knowledge of DIY, food, lifestyle, travel and more! New members are always welcome!  

Catalyst, a student leadership club dedicated to battling underage drinking and drug use at SHS, is looking for new students interested in joining our cause. There will be a new member orientation meeting from 8-8:20 a.m. Thursday, September 1 in Room 2104. There are many committees to get involved with, including outreach, evaluation and recruitment, and alternative activities. For more information, email ccortesti@d125.org or just show up on September 1!

INTRAMURALS

IM Ultimate Frisbee will hold its informational meeting after school on Monday in Room 2104. For more information, see the IM Ultimate Frisbee web page.

ATHLETICS

The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at  tbetthauser@d125.org by Wednesday.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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CTU urges teachers to strike if no deal by October

Illinois officials: TRS pension change could be “devastating”

Chicago Board of Education approves budget with property tax hikes

Local schools take note of Texas transgender ruling

Chicago students find STEM solution for food crisis

Police: Evanston high school substitute teacher faces child porn charge

Freshmen warned: No “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings” at U. of Chicago

New law would allow U-46 CEO to become superintendent (+)

Facebook post leads some to think Peotone school banned U.S. flag

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

ACT scores drop nationwide as more students take test

Resistance to ending corporal punishment in U.S. schools

School takeovers leave parents in poor communities without a voice

Report: College students benefit from waiting to declare major

Big Ten universities become bigger with international students

Stanford hard-liquor ban sparks debate about sexual assault

Some Seattle-area schools trimming supply lists to save families money

Wooster, College of Charleston embrace “tiny living” dorms

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Class of 2016 Sets All-Time ACT Record

Stevenson’s Class of 2016 posted the highest ACT score in school history, according to results released today. The school’s average composite score this year was 26.9, surpassing the previous high score of 26.5 first set in 2013 and matched in 2015. The state and national averages were 20.8 this year.

SHS established new standards in three of the four content areas covered in the exam: English (27.0), science (26.4) and reading (26.6). The mathematics score (27.0) was the second-highest in school annals.

Stevenson’s ACT composite score has shown extraordinary growth in recent years, rising from 25.3 in 2007 to 26.9 this year. Twenty years ago, the school’s ACT average was 24.2.

Patriot Savings Cards On Sale

The SHS Band Parents Organization is holding its annual sale of Patriot Savings Cards featuring year-long discounts at dozens of area merchants. The cards are $12 each, and can be purchased from any member of the band or Color Guard. Cards also are available in Room 2400 and at the Main Office (circle drive entrance). Proceeds from the card sales will help students pay for their performance trip in 2017. Participating businesses include Real Urban BBQ, Gail’s, Culver’s, Chili’s, Jersey Mike’s, Wendy’s, TGI Friday’s, Sports Clips, Brunswick Zone, ABC Cleaners, Michael Thomas, the Puffy Pup and more. Click here to see all the Patriot Savings Card partners.  

Thursday Schedule Reminder

Due to tonight’s parent open house, the school will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m., with bus routes beginning at 9:20. However, juniors taking the practice ACT exam need to arrive by 8:15. Testing begins at 8:30.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Buffalo Grove 0: The Patriots breezed to victory in their season-opening dual at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, losing only one set in seven matches. Gina Kondos, a freshman, beat her opponent in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. The other singles wins came from No. 2 Dhwani Kumar, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 Maria Sarabia, 6-0, 6-1. The No. 1 doubles team of Kate Harvey and Athena Kolli, another freshman, earned a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 triumph. The other victorious tandems were No. 2 Alexandra Zoubareva and Elizabeth Ferdman, 6-2, 6-2, No. 3 Samantha Burger and Paige Nierman, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 4 Alyssa Glaser and Bronwyn Heidkamp, 6-1, 6-1.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Barrington, 25-13, 25-19: Jori Radtke slammed 10 kills, while Sophie Sorenson had five kills and served four aces for the visiting Patriots in their first match of 2016. Alex Cuc distributed 17 assists and also chipped in with two kills and an ace. Chloe Robinson and Radtke led SHS with seven digs, while Sorenson added six. Taylor Erickson served two aces while Sarah Woodstein had one to go along with three kills.

Girls Golf

Stevenson 181, Glenbrook South 190: Three Patriots recorded rounds of 45 at their home course, Crane’s Landing at the Lincolnshire Marriott. Joyce Bai, Katie Hannahs and Olivia Stomberg each had a 45, while Olivia Hancock shot a 46. Gina Shanley carded a 50 and Tanya Chanprung added a 57.

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High School vs. Club Volleyball: Different Approaches

Senior Jori Radtke and head girls volleyball coach Tim Crow are among the interview subjects in this Pioneer Press article looking at the differences between high school and club teams.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory Meeting for Transfer Students on Friday

All transfer students — sophomore, juniors and seniors — should attend a mandatory six-week transfer student group on Fridays during their lunch periods. The first group will take place this Friday in Room 2104 and will run during fourth, fifth and sixth periods. Come for the free pizza, to make new friends, and to learn valuable insider information about Stevenson that will help you transition smoothly and successfully! Please contact Mrs. Seeger, School Counselor, or Mrs. O’Brien, School Psychologist, with any questions. See you then!

Operation Snowball Looking for Teen Staff

Have you ever been a camp counselor? Are you looking for leadership or service opportunities? If so, becoming an Operation Snowball teen staff member would be a great fit for you. Operation Snowball 2016 will take place December 1-3 with additional Tuesday afternoon meetings starting September 13. Interested sophomores, juniors and seniors should pick up an application in the Student Activities Office and return it by September 2, or fill out the online application. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski (MCzaplewski@d125.org) with any questions.

CLUB NEWS

Superhero Club starts today! Join us in Room 1414, at 3:30 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition today at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!

Cultural Cuisine Club will have its first meeting at 3:30 today in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). There will be an ice cream social so members can get to know the club and each other better. All grades and skill levels are welcome!

Best Buddies is a one-of-a-kind club in which students make friendships that last a lifetime. Informational meetings are being held today and Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This is a required meeting and you must attend one to receive a packet and sign up for an interview! If there are any conflicts, feel free to email bestbuddiesaeshs@gmail.com.

The Indian Student Association’s first meeting of the year is Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 7096. Meet new people and learn about the group’s exciting events for the year. Stay until the end for free samosas!

Want to help out your fellow students? Peer Tutors is the place for you! Apply online at the club’s website, before the first meeting. The first meeting of Peer Tutors will be after school Thursday in Room 3032.

Anyone interested in playing Table Tennis? We meet on Thursdays after school in the Lower East Commons. All levels (beginning through experienced) are welcome!

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you cannot make it or for more information, email Mrs. Palffy.

Catalyst, a student leadership club dedicated to battling underage drinking and drug use at SHS, is looking for new students interested in joining our cause. There will be a new member orientation meeting from 8-8:20 a.m. Thursday, September 1 in Room 2104. There are many committees to get involved with, including outreach, evaluation and recruitment, and alternative activities. For more information, email ccortesti@d125.org or just show up on September 1!

INTRAMURALS

IM Ultimate Frisbee will hold its informational meeting after school on Monday in Room 2104. For more information, see the IM Ultimate Frisbee web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Preliminary numbers show record freshman class at UI

District 103 board approves additions at Half Day, Sprague schools (+)

Illinois colleges face stronger regulations regarding sexual assaults

Father, son who scammed schools out of millions, plead guilty

Hinsdale High School District 86, teachers agree to four-year contract

Park Ridge-Niles District 64 tentative contract agreement reached

Initiatives looming to address Waukegan school suspensions

Peoria board tables plan to hire online substitute teachers

Northwestern, U. of Chicago grad students can unionize, NLRB says

CPS budget denounced by good government, disability rights groups

Emanuel promises schools will open on time, dismisses strike talk

District 300 gives conditional approval to charter school contract renewal (+)

New teacher raps to reach fourth-graders at top of school year

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Teacher tenure protections upheld in California court decision

These are the most economically segregated school districts in America

Poll: Parents like tests, but don’t know how much school costs

After 21 years, local control returning to Newark schools

High school staff allowed to carry guns in three California districts

App helps English Language Learners build confidence

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

First Parent Open House Night is Wednesday

The first of two open house nights for parents and guardians will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a special program for parents of freshmen and transfer students from 6:15-6:45. Parents and guardians whose student’s last name begins with the letter A-L are asked to come Wednesday, and last names M-Z on Thursday, September 1. However, those who have a schedule conflict can attend either night. On the day after each open house, the school will operate on a late-arrival schedule, with classes starting at 10:30 a.m.

School Welcomes Back Hebrew Teacher

Among the new teachers at Stevenson this year is someone who has taught here before. Hebrew teacher Anna Gorbikoff has returned after a four-year hiatus. She taught full-time at SHS during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, then moved into part-time roles at Congregation Solel in Highland Park and at Deerfield High School. Pioneer Press talked with Gorbikoff and Director of World Languages Justin Fisk about her return to the classroom.

SHS Hosts Special Olympics Illinois Flag Football Event

Special Olympics Illinois held its first flag football competition in northern Illinois in the SHS Stadium on Sunday. An estimated 150 athletes and coaches participated. You can read more about the event in this Daily Herald article.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots opened their season with a third-place finish among 15 teams at Fox Lake Country Club. Jackson Bussell led SHS with a 2-over-par 74, tying for sixth place overall. James Dvorak and Kevin Chin were right behind at 75, and Alex Kim added a 79. Stevenson had a team score of 303, one shot behind second-place Mundelein and six shots back of Warren. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: SHS finished fifth with a team score of 361 at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, five shots behind Highland Park and six behind Lake Forest. Olivia Stomberg led the Patriots with an 84 on the par-72 course and Joyce Bai carded an 86. Katie Hannahs shot a 90 and Olivia Hancock recorded a 96. Libertyville won the tournament with a 331 score and Barrington was second at 337. – Daily Herald

Patriots Take Aim to Sink Pirates in Football Opener

The Patriot football team opens its 2016 campaign with a tough test at home against Palatine at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Stadium. Both teams enter the contest ranked in the CSN Chicago top 15. Stevenson is No. 12, while the Pirates are No. 7. The two teams squared off in last year’s season opener, with SHS holding on for a 26-24 victory. Leading the way last fall was quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who came off the bench in relief of injured starter Jack Sorenson. One year later, O’Connell enters the season as the starter at QB, and looks to continue the program’s tradition of strong leaders under center. Friday’s game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through The Cube and on WAES-FM 88.1, the student radio station. The contest also has been selected as the Comcast CN100 Game of the Week. A delayed broadcast will be shown on Comcast cable channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, and at 7 p.m. Monday. Before the game, two special events will take place. The sixth annual Night of Champions ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m., while the Freshman BBQ runs from 4:30-5:30 behind the home (east) bleachers. Because of the large crowd expected to attend the varsity game, overflow parking and shuttle bus service will be available at Quill Corporation, 100 Schelter Road, just south of the intersection or Schelter and Route 22.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Operation Snowball Looking for Teen Staff

Have you ever been a camp counselor? Are you looking for leadership or service opportunities? If so, becoming an Operation Snowball teen staff member would be a great fit for you. Operation Snowball 2016 will take place December 1-3 with additional Tuesday afternoon meetings starting September 13. Interested sophomores, juniors and seniors should pick up an application in the Student Activities Office and return it by September 2, or fill out the online application. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski (MCzaplewski@d125.org) with any questions.

Host Families Needed for Danish Students

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark from September 9-14. Applications and information are available by clicking here, or by contacting Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or spaloian@d125.org.

Want to Perform at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake?

If you are interested in performing this year at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake, there will be an informational meeting after school today in Room 1500. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting is today at 3:45 in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 today in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

IM Ultimate Frisbee will hold its informational meeting after school on Monday in Room 2104. For more information, see the IM Ultimate Frisbee web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.

CLUB NEWS

Join the Food Revolution! The Food Revolution Club meets today from 3:30-4:30 in the Foods Lab, Room 1406. Make food at every meeting and earn community service hours.

Model United Nations will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 today in Room 7038-7034. Questions? Contact akatz8@students.d125.org or rsingh7@students.d125.org.

Chinese Club will have its first meeting of the year after school today in Room 2812. The meeting will last until 4:30.

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!

Cultural Cuisine Club will have its first meeting at 3:30 Wednesday in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). There will be an ice cream social so members can get to know the club and each other better. All grades and skill levels are welcome!

Superhero Club starts tomorrow! Join us in Room 1414, at 3:30 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

Best Buddies is a one-of-a-kind club in which students make friendships that last a lifetime. Informational meetings are being held Wednesday and Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This is a required meeting and you must attend one to receive a packet and sign up for an interview! If there are any conflicts, feel free to email bestbuddiesaeshs@gmail.com.

The Indian Student Association’s first meeting of the year is Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 7096. Meet new people and learn about the group’s exciting events for the year. Stay until the end for free samosas!

Want to help out your fellow students? Peer Tutors is the place for you! Apply online at the club’s website, before the first meeting. The first meeting of Peer Tutors will be after school Thursday in Room 3032.

Ambassador Yearbook Club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2710. We need new copy, photo and design editors, as well as photographers and journalists! Please join yearbook now and help record the best year at Stevenson yet!

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday, September 6. The club meets in Room 2818 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

COLLEGE NEWS

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2017. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 21. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Saturday, October 15.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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CPS wants approval for $1.5B in short-term loans

High levels of lead found in 10% of Waukegan schools

Chicago Magazine ranks top public schools in metropolitan area

Refurbished Round Lake High makes its debut (+)

U-46 making kindergarten more fun, less stressful (+)

Eastern Illinois University botanist gets a plant to call his own

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Texas judge blocks Obama administration’s transgender directive

Wells Fargo to pay $4M for illegal loan practices

D.C. celebrates opening of first all-boys public high school

Stanford bans hard liquor from undergraduate parties after assault

$69.9M high school stadium: America’s most expensive?

Marvel champions education, pairing science and superheroes

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Free Practice ACT for All Juniors Thursday

Although the state of Illinois is requiring all 11th-grade students to take the SAT exam this school year, Stevenson will honor its commitment to juniors who have been preparing the last two years for the ACT exam. The school will give all juniors the opportunity to take a practice ACT exam on Thursday to help them prepare for taking the ACT at SHS in February. Both exams are free to juniors. On Thursday, juniors need to report by 8:15 a.m. The practice ACT will start at 8:30. Click here for testing locations and other details. Thursday is a late-arrival day for all other students.

Band and Color Guard Exhibition Night Tuesday

The Marching Patriots and Color Guard will give a preview performance of their 2016 halftime show at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. Admission is free. This year’s show will feature the music of Michael Jackson, with custom arrangements by SHS alumnus Isaiah Walker (Class of 2014).

Senior Instrumental Soloists Selected

The Music Department has selected its senior instrumental soloists for the 2016-17 school year. They were chosen during the annual Senior Solo Audition Night last Thursday in the Recital Hall. The four senior soloists, and the piece they perform with the Patriot Orchestra, are: Jean Choi (Liszt’s Piano Concerto), Nicole Zukowski (Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto), Young Fenimore Lee (Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto) and Aryn Harmon (Dvorak’s Cello Concerto).

SHS Mentioned in Language Honors Article

Stevenson receives mention in this News-Sun article about Warren Township High School’s decision to offer the state Seal of Biliteracy program this year. The program honors seniors who have demonstrated in English and a second language. Stevenson implemented the program in the 2014-15 school year, with 147 students earning a seal on their diploma. Another 27 students received the Commendation of Biliteracy, which meant their proficiency level in a second language was lower than that required for a Seal of Biliteracy. Last year, 163 graduating seniors received the seal, demonstrating proficiency in Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Latin and Japanese. Additionally, 29 students received the Commendation of Biliteracy.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Catchings Earns Fourth Olympic Gold Medal

Former SHS basketball great Tamika Catchings earned her fourth Olympic gold medal on Saturday as the United States beat Spain, 101-72 in Brazil. She is one of only five athletes in history with four Olympic gold medals in basketball. Catchings is tied with three other Americans for most games played in Olympic women’s basketball history, and is third all-time in rebounding.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Want to Perform at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake?

If you are interested in performing this year at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake, there will be an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1500. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

Transfer Student Resource Fair Tuesday

Calling all transfer students: sophomores, juniors, and seniors! The Transfer Student Resource Fair provides transfer students a unique opportunity to be introduced to the resources and activities available at Stevenson. Transfer students also will have the chance to meet with their school counselors at the end of the fair. This event will take place from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. All transfer students should attend and will receive a free Stevenson T-shirt and breakfast to start the day.

Represent Your School: Be the Patriot

Stevenson needs enthusiastic and athletic students who want to be the face of SHS spirit! All students are invited to open tryouts to become the Patriot mascot. Tryouts will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today in the Aerobics Room (2110). Be prepared to dress as the Patriot in full costume, and show how you will act while the school song plays, and how you will interact with fans during an event. Questions? Contact Mr. Eddy in the Student Activities Office or at deddy@d125.org.

Host Families Needed for Danish Students

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark from September 9-14. Applications and information are available by clicking here, or by contacting Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or spaloian@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2017. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 21. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Saturday, October 15.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m.  Tuesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

IM Ultimate Frisbee will hold its informational meeting after school on Monday, August 29 in Room 2104. For more information, see the IM Ultimate Frisbee web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.

ATHLETICS

The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at  tbetthauser@d125.org by Wednesday, August 31.

CLUB NEWS

Chinese Club will have its first meeting of the year after school Tuesday in Room 2812. The meeting will last until 4:30.

The Meteorology Club meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled. The club’s first meeting will be after school Monday, September 12. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Model United Nations will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 7038-7034. Questions? Contact akatz8@students.d125.org or rsingh7@students.d125.org.

Join the Food Revolution! The Food Revolution Club meets Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in the Foods Lab, Room 1406. Make food at every meeting and earn community service hours.

Want to help out your fellow students? Peer Tutors is the place for you! Apply online at the club’s website, before the first meeting. The first meeting of Peer Tutors will be after school Thursday in Room 3032.

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!  

Best Buddies is a one-of-a-kind club in which students make friendships that last a lifetime. Informational meetings are being held Wednesday and Friday from 7:15-7:45 a.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This is a required meeting and you must attend one to receive a packet and sign up for an interview! If there are any conflicts, feel free to email bestbuddiesaeshs@gmail.com.

Anime Club starts today! We will meet in Room 1414, at 3:30. Join us to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 from 3:30-4 p.m. today. The 2015-16 Poster Design Club Portfolio can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/iXKu1n. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday, September 6. The club meets in Room 2818 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

CAREER EXPLORATION

A big welcome to all incoming freshman and returning Stevenson students. The Career Exploration Program will accept Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year beginning next week. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Latest CPS lead-testing results show 113 schools with high levels

Women make up 25% of UI College of Engineering’s freshman class

Woodland District 50 school board vacancy filled

Documents: Fired Marian Central superintendent plagiarized work

Prospect students savor opportunity with Italian olive oil company (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Displaced teachers add another challenge to flood-ravaged Louisiana

When schools are threatened, untold learning time is lost

Ten colleges honored for student assessment practices

For students studying abroad, international unrest presents hard decisions

The gold-medal journey of America’s most elite high-school mathematicians

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Street Fest Offers New Look to Help Charities

The National Honor Society chapter’s annual fall charity fundraiser has a new name and a new approach. Stevenson Street Fest, known previously as Spirit Fest, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, September 10 in the Sports Center parking lot (E) at Stevenson High School. The chapter hopes to raise $30,000, with the money going to three charities rather than one:

  • Live4Lali, which works to prevent and raise awareness of substance use among individuals, families and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use.
  • Bernie’s Book Bank, which collects, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
  • The Ryan Briere Foundation, which raises funds for the benefit of various children’s charities and institutions that provide educational services. The charities have a direct impact on the Stevenson community and hold a special place in the hearts of many students and staff.

In addition to a name change, Street Fest will feature a new approach to entertainment. The event will feature a 50-foot stage with a DJ provided by BOOM Entertainment, plus food trucks. The evening will conclude with a fireworks show, as it has done in recent years.

Admission to Street Fest will be $10. Tickets are available at classy.org/streetfest2016. There also are three colors of T-shirt available, one for each charity. T-shirts are $10 and are available at the same link.

Archers Take Aim in Iowa

Junior Sami Hartman Stackhouse, the top high school female archer in the state in 2016, placed third at the Iowa Summer Games last month. She posted a score of 289 in the high school female competition, with two perfect sets of 50 at 10 meters. Also competing from the school’s archery team were junior Brandon Raef, who shot a personal-best 271 and tied for 11th in the high school male division, plus sophomores Kara Carter and Mae Pazzol. Hartman Stackhouse is scheduled to be honored at Monday’s Buffalo Grove Village Board meeting.

Alumni Featured in Mariano’s Magazine

Stevenson loves to hear from its alumni, especially when their message includes a line like this: “We wanted to thank Stevenson High School for helping us grow into the women we are today.” Those were the concluding words in a note that Erica Shin (Class of 1999) sent to us on behalf of her and her sister Maria (Class of 1990). The Shin sisters are featured in the latest edition of Mariano’s magazine (not available online, unfortunately), representing their family business, Vernon Hills-based Swagger Foods. Swagger makes seasonings and spices along with packaged dishes and entrees.

Former Superintendent Featured in PLC Article

Retired District 125 Superintendent Dr. Richard DuFour is featured in this article about the adoption of the professional learning community model by a Florida middle school. DuFour led Stevenson to become one of the first, and best known, PLCs in the country.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Highland Park 172, Stevenson 178: Olivia Stomberg shot a 5-over-par 41 to lead the Patriots in their season-opening match at Highland Park Country Club. Joyce Bai carded a 44, Katie Hannahs recorded a 46, and Gina Shanley and Tanya Chanprung each had a 47. Bai and Shanley each birdied a hole for SHS, which also saw Olivia Hancock shoot a 52.

SHS Picked for City-Suburban Showdown

The Patriot boys basketball team has been selected to play in the 22nd annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 18 at Robert Morris University in Arlington Heights. Stevenson will square off against Chicago Class 3A power Morgan Park, which features one of the top players in the state in 6-foot-3 junior point guard Ayo Dosunmu. The Mustangs were 26-4 last season, while the Class 4A Patriots went 24-7 and return 6-foot-7 senior forward Justin Smith, also considered one of the best in Illinois. The second game of the Showdown will feature Evanston Township against Simeon.

Soccer Team’s Strategy: Get the Ball to Nunez

Boys soccer coach Mark Schartner is entering his 30th year at the helm, so he has seen lots of changes and trends on the pitch. The latest discussion is about on-field strategy, and whether professional soccer strategies translate to the high school level. Schartner shared his thoughts with Pioneer Press. He has a young squad heading into the 2016 season, with only three starters returning from last year’s team that qualified for the regional final. Leading the way is senior forward Jake Nunez. “He’s a great player who has it all: size, speed, passing ability, quickness and great vision for the game,” Schartner said.

Girls Volleyball Leaning on All-Stater Radtke

The girls volleyball team went 31-9 and reached the supersectional last year. Coach Tim Crow says this year’s team has less experience, but might be more talented. “I really like our roster and the defensive skill set of our team,” he told Pioneer Press. “We have seven girls that could play six rotations.” Conversation about the Patriots’ prospects begins with senior all-stater Jori Radtke, who will play for Northern Illinois University next year.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Represent Your School: Be the Patriot

Stevenson needs enthusiastic and athletic students who want to be the face of SHS spirit! All students are invited to open tryouts to become the Patriot mascot. Tryouts will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Aerobics Room (2110). Be prepared to dress as the Patriot in full costume, and show how you will act while the school song plays, and how you will interact with fans during an event. Questions? Contact Mr. Eddy in the Student Activities Office or at deddy@d125.org.

Want to Perform at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake?

If you are interested in performing this year at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake, there will be an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1500. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

West ILC Hiring Student Aides

The West ILC is hiring library aides to work during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

Transfer Student Resource Fair Tuesday

Calling all transfer students: sophomores, juniors, and seniors! The Transfer Student Resource Fair provides transfer students a unique opportunity to be introduced to the resources and activities available at Stevenson. Transfer students also will have the chance to meet with their school counselors at the end of the fair. This event will take place from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. All transfer students should attend and will receive a free Stevenson T-shirt and breakfast to start the day.

SNN Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Monday and continue throughout next week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild (pfairchild@d125.org) and Mr. Aronoff (raronoff@d125.org).

Time Running Out for Senior Yearbook Portraits

Time is running out for seniors to schedule a yearbook portrait appointment through Visual Image Photography. The remaining dates are Monday through Saturday, August 22-27. Click here for times and more information. In order to appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographers submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

Host Families Needed for Danish Students

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark from September 9-14. Applications and information are available by clicking here, or by contacting Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or spaloian@d125.org.

Freshman Mixer Tonight

All freshmen are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, featuring a DJ and refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. tonight in the Wood Commons in the West Building. The Freshman Mixer is a free, lock-in event, so students must stay for the entire two hours. Freshmen must have their student ID to be admitted. Parents and guardians should drop off their freshmen in parking lot E. The event is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.

CAREER EXPLORATION

A big welcome to all incoming freshman and returning Stevenson students. The Career Exploration Program will accept Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year beginning next week. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).

COLLEGE NEWS

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2017. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 21. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Saturday, October 15.

INTRAMURALS

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m.  Tuesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.

ATHLETICS

The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at  tbetthauser@d125.org by August 31.

CLUB NEWS

All of Stevenson’s theatre clubs will have a Welcome Back Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. You’ll find out about the plays planned for this year, plus get information about the International Thespians Society, StageCrafters Technical Theatre Club and TBA Playwriting Club. You’ll also get a tour of the PAC, and watch the safety video that is required viewing for anyone who wants to be cast in a show or part of the crew. For more information, contact Mr. Carmody at scarmody@d125.org.

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!  

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 from 3:30-4 p.m. on Monday. The 2015-16 Poster Design Club Portfolio can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/iXKu1n. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Anime Club will start Monday! We will meet in Room 1414, at 3:30. Join us to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:35 Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Chinese Club will have its first meeting of the year after school Tuesday in Room 2812. The meeting will last until 4:30.

Want to help out your fellow students? Peer Tutors is the place for you! Apply online at the club’s website, before the first meeting. The first meeting of Peer Tutors will be after school Thursday in Room 3032.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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SIU at the crossroads: Leaders weigh future of Carbondale campus

Champaign district to place $183.4M referendum on November ballot

Arlington Heights district considering $35M bond sale to fund additions (+)

New College of DuPage president promises accountability, transparency

Glen Ellyn district at odds with some parents over approach to special needs (+)

Legendary York cross country coach to retire after 61 seasons

Bedbugs shut down University of Chicago student radio station

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Louisiana flood might affect quarter-million students

Study: Nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, not likely to improve

Few public universities inefficient with tax dollars, research suggests

Retirement plan lawsuits could be just the beginning in higher education

Can new wave of virtual guidance services help low-income kids?

Los Angeles adds more magnet schools to compete with charters

Tennessee takeover district plagued by its own problems

Marijuana tax money impacting small Colorado school districts

Colleges modernize disaster recovery in the cloud

As Google steals its education thunder, what can Microsoft do?

Alabama’s most powerful political force is a “dark money” ed group

Arkansas principal’s problem-solving rule for parents goes viral

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer School Enrollment Rises Again

Stevenson’s summer school enrollment increased for the third straight year, the District 125 Board of Education learned at its monthly meeting Monday night. A total of 1,714 students attended summer school, 82 more than the previous year and the highest level since 2009. Approximately 71% of the freshman class took summer school, with the majority (420 of 726) enrolling in World History, which is a course required for graduation. This year’s summer school also saw increases in enrollment by students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The number of incoming seniors (250) was the highest since at least 2000, as they took advantage of college essay workshops led by SHS Communication Arts teachers. The number of incoming juniors (282) reached its highest level since 2009, and the number of incoming sophomores (409) climbed past the 400 mark for the first time in four years.

Student DJs Bringing the Beat to Freshman Mixer

A Stevenson senior who was selected to perform at this year’s Lollapalooza will be part of the DJ roster at Friday night’s Freshman Mixer dance party. Avery Delgado, who goes by the stage name DJ Smiirk, will be headlining the event, along with fellow senior and DJ Matt Rusinek, known as Dubriot. The opening DJ act will be sophomore Anupam Murikurthy. All three are members of the SHS DJ Club. The Freshman Mixer run from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons of the West Building, and is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division. Admission is free, but ninth-graders will need to show their student ID to be admitted.

Host Families Needed for Danish Students

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark from September 9-14. Applications and information are available by clicking here, or by contacting Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or spaloian@d125.org.

2016-17 Visiting Artist Series Begins

Richard Shipps, a Chicago artist who works primarily with cut paper, has opened the Stevenson Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series for the 2016-17 school year. Samples of his work will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery of the West Building through Friday, September 23. Shipps will visit the school to talk with students about his work and life as an artist. The date has not yet been determined. Click here to read more about Shipps and see samples of his work.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sixth Annual Night of Champions August 26

The Stevenson High School Athletic Department will recognize team and individual division, conference, Lake County, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2015-16 school year at its sixth annual Night of Champions event prior to the home football game against Palatine on Friday, August 26. Click here for details, and to see all of the individuals and teams to be honored.

Mandatory Meetings for Student-Athletes

All Stevenson students participating in athletics this year must attend a 30-minute meeting that will cover sportsmanship, health and nutrition, the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct, leadership opportunities are more. Students should attend a meeting before their season begins, or while their season is underway. Meetings will be held on late-arrival days, with the first set for Thursday, August 25. To see the meeting schedule, click here.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Transfer Student Resource Fair Tuesday

Calling all transfer students: sophomores, juniors, and seniors! The Transfer Student Resource Fair provides transfer students a unique opportunity to be introduced to the resources and activities available at Stevenson. Transfer students also will have the chance to meet with their school counselors at the end of the fair. This event will take place from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. All transfer students should attend and will receive a free Stevenson T-shirt and breakfast to start the day.

SNN Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Monday and continue throughout next week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild (pfairchild@d125.org) and Mr. Aronoff (raronoff@d125.org).

Represent Your School: Be the Patriot

Stevenson needs enthusiastic and athletic students who want to be the face of SHS spirit! All students are invited to open tryouts to become the Patriot mascot. Tryouts will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Aerobics Room (2110). Be prepared to dress as the Patriot in full costume, and show how you will act while the school song plays, and how you will interact with fans during an event. Questions? Contact Mr. Eddy in the Student Activities Office or at deddy@d125.org.

Want to Perform at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake?

If you are interested in performing this year at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake, there will be an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1500. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

West ILC Hiring Student Aides

The West ILC is hiring library aides to work during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

Time Running Out for Senior Yearbook Portraits

Time is running out for seniors to schedule a yearbook portrait appointment through Visual Image Photography. The remaining dates are Monday through Saturday, August 22-27. Click here for times and more information. In order to appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographers submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

Freshman Mixer Friday Night

All freshmen are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, featuring a DJ and refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons in the West Building. The Freshman Mixer is a free, lock-in event, so students must stay for the entire two hours. Freshmen must have their student ID to be admitted. Parents and guardians should drop off their freshmen in parking lot E. The event is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.

Big Fish Pre-Audition Vocal Clinic Today

Students who want to audition for this year’s school musical, Big Fish, are encouraged to participate in the pre-audition vocal clinic from 3:40 until 6 o’clock today in the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held after school Monday, also in the PAC. Students interested in auditioning can download the audition packet at www.d125.org/audition. The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate.

CLUB NEWS

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:35 Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 from 3:30-4 p.m. on Monday. The 2015-16 Poster Design Club Portfolio can be viewed here: https://goo.gl/iXKu1n. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

All of Stevenson’s theatre clubs will have a Welcome Back Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. You’ll find out about the plays planned for this year, plus get information about the International Thespians Society, StageCrafters Technical Theatre Club and TBA Playwriting Club. You’ll also get a tour of the PAC, and watch the safety video that is required viewing for anyone who wants to be cast in a show or part of the crew. For more information, contact Mr. Carmody at scarmody@d125.org.

Chinese Club will have its first meeting of the year after school Tuesday in Room 2812. The meeting will last until 4:30.

The Boys Badminton Club informational meeting will be held today from 3:35-4 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (5044). If you’re unable to attend and are interested in joining the club, email Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting today after school. We’ll be handing out free Magic: the Gathering Intro Decks to all members, signing up for RPG adventures, and learning new board games. IGC meets every Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room).

CAREER EXPLORATION

A big welcome to all incoming freshman and returning Stevenson students. The Career Exploration Program will accept Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year beginning next week. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).

INTRAMURALS

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m.  Tuesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.

ATHLETICS

The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at  tbetthauser@d125.org by August 31.

 

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