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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two New Laws Have Connections to Stevenson

Two pieces of legislation with ties to Stevenson became laws last month, one state and one federal.

17-year-olds throughout Illinois now have expanded political participation rights after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 6167, also known as “Suffrage@17 – Part 2.” The new law allows 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the time of the November general election to sign and distribute candidate petitions, as well as serve as deputy voter registrars. The legislation, which takes effect next year, adds to the original Suffrage@17 law from 2013 that granted 17-year-olds the right to vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the time of the general election. Both Suffrage@17 laws originated at Stevenson, led by Andrew Conneen, Dan Larsen and other members of the Social Studies faculty. Watch Conneen, Larsen and SHS alum Neli Farahmandpour (Class of 2014) talk about the original Suffrage@17 law in this January 2014 episode of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”

The other Stevenson-connected law, signed by President Obama, affects the nation. Called “Lali’s Law” in honor of SHS alum Alex Laliberte, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act provides funding for states to make naloxone, an opioid-overdose antidote, more readily available. The law also calls for courts to place a greater emphasis on treatment instead of imprisonment. Laliberte died of a heroin overdose shortly after his graduation in 2008. His sister, Chelsea (Class of 2003), has been tireless in her efforts to promote opioid awareness since Alex’s death. She is the executive director and co-founder of Live4Lali, and was one of the main driving forces behind the legislation. Live4Lali is one of three area charitable organizations that will benefit from Stevenson’s Street Fest in September.

Last Chance for iPad Pick-Up, Training

Today is the last chance for students who have not picked up their school-issued iPad, and gone through the required training and orientation. iPad pick-up and orientation takes place at 3:30 in Room 3012, in the Link Labs located midway through the corridor that connects the West and East buildings. Click here for details.

Junior Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Junior Matthew Adams, a member of Boy Scout Troop 79 in Long Grove, has earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills.  He also must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and must lead a project that benefits the community. Adams’ project was the construction and installation of nesting boxes for the declining screech owl population at Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve in Long Grove. Scouts from Troop 79 and current Stevenson students assisted Adams with his project.

Safety Drills During Activity Period Today

The school will hold two safety drills during the activity period this morning, from 10:06-10:49 a.m. The annual drills are conducted to ensure that faculty, staff and students know what to do in case of an emergency, and to verify that the school’s safety protocols are working properly. There will be some first responders on campus during the drill, but no heavy equipment.

SHS Community Invited to Stand Strong Meeting

Stevenson is a member of the Stand Strong Coalition, which is dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by District 125 youth. Community members are invited to the first Stand Strong meeting of the 2016-17 school year. The meeting will take place at the Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, from 7-8:30 p.m. Also open are the coalition’s alcohol and prescription drug committee meetings, which start at 6 p.m.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Hersey Invitational: The Patriots opened their season by finishing fourth among 12 teams at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. James Dvorak led SHS with a 73. Jackson Bussell shot a 76, while Drew Mix and Mark Noonan each carded a 79. Stevenson posted a team score of 307, 17 shots behind champion Loyola, which was followed by Glenbrook South (302) and Prospect (305). – Daily Herald

Several Green-Gold Games on Tap Thursday, Friday

Several fall sports will hold their Green-Gold intrasquad competitions on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the boys soccer teams will have Green-Gold matches at 4:30 p.m., while the girls volleyball squads take the court at 5 and 6 p.m. Football scrimmages will follow at 6:30 (freshman-sophomore) and 7:30 (varsity). On Friday, the field hockey teams will hold their Green-Gold games at 6 p.m.

High-Powered Offense Fuels Football Optimism

After scoring nearly 30 points a game en route to a 7-4 record last year, the Patriot football team believes its offense can be even better in 2016. Head coach Bill McNamara welcomes back several key starters, led by the speedy wide receiver duo of twin brothers Henry and Michael Marchese, both seniors. Throwing to them will be senior quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who came off the bench in the opener at Palatine last season and led the Pats to a 26-24 win. Other weapons include seniors Anthony Sibo, Noah Lukz and Lucas Wax, and junior Alex Capstick. “I think this year we have some skill kids that are pretty exceptional, and it will be exciting to watch them on the field,” McNamara said. SHS opens its season at home Friday, August 26 against Palatine. The Patriots are aiming for their 28th consecutive appearance in the state playoffs. CSN Chicago has Stevenson ranked No. 12 in its preseason power rankings.

Smith Emerges as One of Nation’s Top Hoops Prospects

Justin Smith has emerged as one of the top three basketball prospects in Illinois and one of the top 100 in the nation, according to Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The 6-foot-7 senior forward drew rave reviews for his play at the NY2LA Summer Jam in July, and head coach Pat Ambrose is looking for big things from him this season. “It’s been a slow, steady improvement in a lot of different areas with Justin,” Ambrose said. “The game has slowed down for him and things have come more natural for him. He’s more mature, more aware of things. As a result, he is playing with more confidence.” Smith has a long list of colleges after him, including defending national champion Villanova (with Smith’s former teammate, Jalen Brunson), Stanford, Xavier, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Northwestern.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Big Fish Pre-Audition Vocal Clinic Thursday

Students who want to audition for this year’s school musical, Big Fish, are encouraged to participate in the pre-audition vocal clinic from 3:40-6 p.m. Thursday 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.

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.

CLUB NEWS

The Boys Badminton Club informational meeting will be held Thursday 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 Thursday 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).

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.

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 the week of August 22. 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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Despite CEO’s optimism, experts say CPS operating in “crisis mode”

CPS wants permission to borrow up to $945M in new bonds

Marian Central Catholic superintendent fired after conduct complaints

Harper College spends $44M to renovate one of its original buildings

Foundation forms to help Round Lake-area schools (+)

Antioch District 34 to use new classroom evaluation method

Macomb school board, teachers reach agreement on new contract

Danville school officials may move to new site

Former top Chicago cop named police chief at Northeastern Illinois U.

City group encouraging Bradley University students to see more of Peoria

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

More states start funding colleges based on outcomes

Feds to test financial aid for non-traditional college programs

Pennsylvania Supreme Court sides with Philadelphia teachers in dispute

Vanderbilt returning 83-year-old donation to remove “confederate” name

Breaking up is hard to do in higher education leadership

Embattled Cal-Berkeley chancellor stepping down

Football stadiums a financial boon for some high schools

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Senior Earns Gold Medal at International Physics Olympiad

Senior Jason Lu earned a gold medal at the 47th International Physics Olympiad held last month in Zurich, Switzerland. He tied for 17th place overall among approximately 400 students from 86 countries. Lu was the second-highest scorer member of the five-member United States Physics Team, and one of only two to earn a gold medal. This is the second medal Lu has earned at the International Physics Olympiad. He garnered a silver medal at the 2015 Olympiad held in Mumbai, India. Lu is the second Stevenson student to be selected for the U.S. Physics Team. Richard Zhu was chosen in 2014.

Kennedy Center Picks Senior’s Play

Senior Andrew Projansky has been selected as one of the winners in the 2016 VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Projansky’s one-act play, Supernova, will be performed at the Kennedy Center during Labor Day weekend, and he has been invited to Washington to participate in two days of activities. Supernova is about a boy’s daily struggles with depression, and how it affects his relationships with others. Projansky is the first Stevenson student to earn honors in the contest, which began in 2003. He spoke with Pioneer Press about the honor.

SHS Featured on ABC 7 Chicago

Stevenson was featured in this back-to-school report on ABC 7 Chicago’s 5 p.m. newscast on Monday. The report includes interviews with juniors Zoey Friedman and Spencer Greenstein, and Applied Arts teacher Ryan May, who is in his first year at SHS.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Soccer Seniors Help Club Team Win State Title

Varsity boys soccer captains Ben Brandt and Jake Nunez and their club team, FC United U-17 Boys Select 1, won the 2016 Illinois State Cup championship in June. Brandt had a goal and an assist in the tournament semifinal, while Nunez added an assist. Both are seniors. Brandt plans to play soccer for the University of Chicago next year, while Nunez is uncommitted. In addition to playing for the Patriot soccer team, the pair have assisted with the school’s Allied Soccer team.

Volleyball Alum Picked as Preseason Player of the Year

Howard University junior Khaila Donaldson (Class of 2014), a former all-conference and all-area volleyball player for Stevenson, has been picked as the Preseason Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Donaldson was a key player for the Bison last season, earning all-conference honors as Howard won the MEAC championship and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Thursday

Students who want to audition for this year’s school musical, Big Fish, are encouraged to participate in the pre-audition vocal clinic from 3:40-6 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held after school Monday, August 22, 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.

SNN Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Monday and continue throughout the week of August 22. 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).

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.

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 Boys Badminton Club informational meeting will be held Thursday 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 Thursday 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).

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.

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 the week of August 22. 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 Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 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. on Tuesday, August 23 in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on 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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Timeline unclear for judge’s decision in District 211 transgender case

Palatine Elementary District 15 wants to build two new schools (+)

CPS students rally against “racist and discriminatory” layoffs

New law mandates students learn what to do during traffic stop

Ex-Christian school worker admits stealing nearly $300K, gets probation

U-46 won’t make controversial meeting recording public (+)

Revamped Round Lake High readies for debut (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Florida universities take lead on Zika research and awareness

Leaders seek help from communities in quest for equity in education

California’s first all-girls school in 20 years to open in Los Angeles

Employees sue four more universities over retirement plan fees

Thousands sign petition opposing new Alabama state superintendent

D.C. teachers union blasts Walmart for back-to-school promotion

What’s happened in the rural school district Obama fought to save

Why kindergarteners might still be suspended in New York City

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Stevenson Begins 52nd Year of Operation

Stevenson High School begins its 52nd year of serving the community today, with approximately 4,100 students expected to attend. (The school’s official enrollment will be determined on Monday, August 22, the sixth day of school.) After eight straight years of enrollment decline, the SHS student body will be growing for the third consecutive year. Stevenson has added approximately 300 students in the last three years.

The new school year marks the start of a new era, with classes beginning about a week earlier than usual and the school day beginning 25 minutes later. The school’s academic calendar was changed so that the first semester would end before Winter Break, allowing for a true two-week respite for students, and so the school year would conclude before Memorial Day. The daily bell schedule, meanwhile, was changed from an 8:05 a.m. start to 8:30 for three main reasons: more time for students to receive help from teachers before school starts, more collaboration time for teachers and their curriculum teams, and more sleep for students.

New Stevenson Parents Invited to Parent U. Tuesday

Parents of freshmen or transfer students are invited to find out some of the basics about Stevenson High School during the first session of Parent University at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. The free program will cover topics such as academic supports available to students, the Freshman Mentor Program, class placements, and how Patriot parents can collaborate within the school community to support their students. Two more Parent University programs are coming up soon. Find out more about them at www.d125.org/ParentU.

PPA Meeting Tuesday Night

The Patriot Parent Association will hold its first general meeting of the 2016-17 school year at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Multi-Purpose Room (Room 5044), in the area between the Main Office (principal’s office) and the Performing Arts Center entrance. Any SHS parent who joined the PPA is invited to attend.

School Board Meeting Tonight

The District 125 Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 tonight in the District Administration Center, which is the building directly north of the SHS Stadium. Click here to see the meeting agenda.

Fundraiser for Alum Who Lost Two Children in Crash

A Go Fund Me page has been established for a 1992 Stevenson alumnus and her husband who lost two of their three daughters in a fatal traffic accident last month. Jenny Roock, whose maiden name is Luby, was not in the van driven by her husband, David, when it was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 55 in downstate Logan County July 31. Two of the Roocks’ daughters, Abby and Maya, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were under 5 years old. Their third daughter, Maddy, remains hospitalized in Peoria. David Roock also was injured and remains in the hospital.

Students Help Organize UMMA Center Event

Several SHS students have helped organize a fundraiser this weekend for the Urban Muslim Minority Alliance Center, which provides educational services and a food pantry for the poor in Lake County. The UMMA Center’s 5K and Field Day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 Buckley Road, in Libertyville. For details on the event and to register, visit www.ummafieldday.site.

Ready for Life’s Newest Chapter

Freshman Justin Rodriguez was one of 12 new high school ninth-graders featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Life+Style section on Sunday. (The article is not available online.) The incoming freshmen talked about what makes them nervous as they prepare to start high school, and what advice they have for their peers. Rodriguez had this to say: “I’m most nervous about learning my way around. I’d tell other people that if you’re going to high school, don’t be nervous. Don’t be scared to talk to other people; expand your social circle because it’ll help you in the long run.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

All-America Honors for Water Polo, Swimming

Several members of Stevenson’s water polo and swimming teams earned All-America recognition from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association last month. In water polo, four players were honored, two from the girls’ team and two from the boys: June graduate Allison Travetto received first-team honors on the girls’ team, while senior Andrew Shashin earned second-team on the boys’ side. Fellow senior Dan Maleski was selected to the boys’ sixth team. Lauren Burns, who graduated in June, was an honorable mention selection. In swimming, four members of the boys swimming team were named All-Americans. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of June graduate Alex Kapecki,  junior Nick Baginski, and sophomores Topher Stensby and John Roh received All-America honors by posting the 82nd-fastest time in the country (1:25.62) during the 2015-16 season.

Catchings Seeks Fourth Olympic Gold Medal

The U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team, which includes former SHS student Tamika Catchings, plays Japan in the quarterfinals on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro. The U.S. captured all five of its preliminary round games, with an average margin of victory of 40 points. The 37-year-old Catchings, who will end her illustrious playing career when the WNBA season concludes this fall, is seeking her fourth Olympic gold medal. She played on the U.S. teams that won gold in 2004 (Athens, Greece), 2008 (Beijing, China) and 2012 (London). Catchings attended Stevenson for her first two years of high school before moving to Texas. As a sophomore in 1995, she helped lead the Patriot girls basketball team to the state championship in 1995, the first of back-to-back titles for Stevenson. Catchings was named Ms. Basketball in Illinois in 1995. She later went on to earn All-America honors at the University of Tennessee, playing for the late Pat Summitt, and has been a member of the Indiana Fever for her entire career.

Golf Alum Wins Illinois Women’s Open

2013 alumnus Stephanie Miller, a two-time state champion golfer for Stevenson, won the Illinois Women’s Open in July. The University of Illinois senior shot three consecutive rounds of 3-under-par 69 at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, topping her nearest competitor by three strokes.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Thursday

Students who want to audition for this year’s school musical, Big Fish, are encouraged to participate in the pre-audition vocal clinic from 3:40-6 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held after school Monday, August 22, 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

Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting Thursday 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).

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.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23 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. on Tuesday, August 23 in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on 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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Judge to hear arguments in District 211 transgender locker room access case

Chicago teacher pension fund overpaid 234, wants its money back

Why suburban schools are starting so early this year (+)

IIT to build first academic building on campus in 40 years

Crayons and scissors don’t cut it anymore on school supply lists (+)

State budget woes a factor in two UI professors’ departures

What an assistant principal learned from shadowing a freshman

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

What causes achievement gaps? More Americans point to wealth inequality

Utah schools can now hire teachers without training

Harvard’s new approach to America’s teacher deficit

Just paying teachers more won’t stop them from quitting

Inside the online school that could radically change how kids learn

Vermont schools now have more computers than students

Marines turn to high school girls’ sports teams for recruits

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Stevenson Bids Farewell to 10 Retiring Faculty, Staff

Today marks the end of the 2015-16 school year, and also the retirements of 10 faculty and staff members who have more than two centuries of collective experience in education. Stevenson’s newest retirees are Susan Biemeret, Inga Buttelmann, Debbie Durham, Nick Haan, Patricia Jackson, Judy Merola, Mark Michelini, Gary Novak, Lori Polin-Silva and Susan Taylor.

Summer Homework Assignments Online

Students enrolled in Communication Arts classes for 2016-17 can see their required summer reading assignments at www.d125.org/summerreading. Also listed on that page is summer homework for Mathematics, Science and Social Studies courses.

Fall Play Audition Packet Now Available

The audition packet for the fall play, The Dream of the Burning Boy, is available for download here. Auditions will take place Monday, August 8, with callbacks following immediately after the initial auditions. Rehearsals start Tuesday, August 9, and performances are scheduled Thursday through Saturday, September 15-17 in the Studio Theatre.

Band, Color Guard Prepping for “Thriller” Season

The Band and Color Guard will pay homage to Michael Jackson during its halftime show this fall, with music custom-arranged by SHS alumnus Isaiah Walker (Class of 2014). The season starts with Band Camp for all Band and Color Guard members on August 1. Incoming freshmen can check out instruments from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchestra Room. To view the Band Camp webpage and required forms, visit d125.org/band-camp.

Junior Selected for Northwestern Memorial Internship

Junior Jordan Gregg has been selected for an internship this summer in the two-year Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program. She will be placed in Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s oncology department. The first year of the internship begins June 20 and runs through July 29.

Share Your Graduation Images With Us

If you’re attending tonight’s commencement ceremony, share your photos and videos with SHS. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at shareSHS@d125.org.

Digest Going on Hiatus, But SHS News Isn’t

This is the final Daily Digest of the 2015-16 school year. We’ll be back on Monday, August 15, when the new school year begins. During the summer, you can follow Stevenson news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Nine Water Polo Players Earn All-State Honors

The SHS boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the state for many years, and 2016 was no exception. The Patriot boys finished second in Illinois while the girls took third. Several players earned all-state honors from Illinois Water Polo. On the boys’ side, juniors Andrew Shashin and Dan Maleski were chosen to the first team, senior Cris Tomassetti was named to the second team, senior Alex Kapecki was picked for the third team, and sophomore Collin Kapecki was tabbed for the fourth team. On the girls’ side, seniors Allison Travetto and Lauren Burns and sophomore Claire Haas were first-team selections. Sophomore Eileen Hoang was chosen for the second team. Travetto received the Dave Perry IWP Scholarship Award. Stevenson’s all-staters will compete in the Illinois Water Polo All-Star Games in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Sunday. The girls game will be held at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 1:45. An age-group water polo clinic open to anyone in eighth grade or below will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday. The clinic will be run by the SHS girls and water polo teams. Click here to register.

Five Chosen for All-Conference Baseball Squad

Five Patriots were picked for the All-North Suburban Conference Baseball Team. Seniors Justin Stark (pitcher), Patrick Loeffler (third base), Christian Dutler (catcher) and Dylan Molek (outfielder), and junior Henry Marchese (outfielder) were selected. Four players were honorable mention choices: seniors Justin Kopech (pitcher), Robert McGaha (first base) and Jack Trotter (shortstop), and junior Michael Marchese (outfielder).

Two Named to All-NSC Boys Volleyball Team

Two members of the boys volleyball squad have been selected to the All-North Suburban Conference Team. Senior Justin Leonard and junior Grant Maleski, both outside hitters, were chosen. Senior libero Peter Drozdzewicz received honorable mention.

Brunson, Villanova Teammates Honored at White House

Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the NCAA champion Villanova University men’s basketball team were honored by President Obama during a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Click here for the final exam schedule

Clean Out Your Locker Today

All lockers must be cleaned out by the end of finals today. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Textbook, Library Book Return Deadlines

All textbooks and library books must be returned today. Textbooks should be returned to the Lower Sports Center Lobby and library books to the West ILC. Any fines due must be paid today in Room 2426.

Celebrate the End of Finals With the Balloon Pop Challenge

Don’t miss the second annual end-of-the-year Balloon Pop Challenge in the West Commons after final exams end today. Challenge a classmate to come and pick the subject you pop this year! The entry is $1, and you’ll have a chance to win a $10 gift card from Lou Malnati’s. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College program. This event is sponsored by DIVCO and the Homework Center.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Survey: Illinois schools could survive five months without state funding

Claypool: Chicago Public Schools won’t open in fall without state funding

Rauner pits Chicago against downstate in push for budget

Parents push back against school report cards with no letter grades

Lake View seniors soar as STEM school sheds “last resort” reputation

University of Chicago considering replacing old day school with hotel

Lincoln-Way to keep daycare in schools for 2016-17

North Central College strips Hastert of honorary degree

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The great “shadow grade” debate on college campuses

Vermont voters to decide on largest school reorganization in 125 years

Kansas education chief calls for more counselors in schools

San Diego’s school construction mess proves money doesn’t solve everything

Why is a high school in one of America’s richest counties still failing?

Professor killed in UCLA murder-suicide

UNC Press to offer publishing services for professors’ DIY textbooks

In Omaha, a library with no books brings technology to all

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Class of 2016 Graduates Thursday Night

The Class of 2016 will graduate during the 51st annual commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event takes place at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. This year’s graduation speakers are seniors Madhavi Murali and Keyu Guo. For those unable to attend, the commencement ceremony will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. You can watch at www.d125.org/sbn or through SBN’s page on The Cube.

“Suffrage@17” Update Heading to Governor’s Desk

Legislation originating at Stevenson that would expand political participation rights for 17-year-olds throughout the state is on the verge of becoming law. HB6167 (Suffrage@17 — Part 2), which was overwhelmingly approved by the Illinois House in April, cleared the state Senate by a 54-0 vote on Friday. However, because the Senate made some changes to the bill before its vote, the approved version was sent back to the House for one last vote. That vote occurred on Tuesday, with the House approving the final version, 110-7. The bill will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

The bill, created by Stevenson’s Political Action Club, would allow 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the time of the November general election to sign and distribute candidate petitions, as well as serve as deputy voter registrars. The legislation, which would take effect in 2018 if enacted, adds to the “Suffrage@17” law that took effect in 2013. The 2013 law also traces its origin to Stevenson.

Entrepreneurship Classes Raise $1,000 for UNICEF

The school’s two Entrepreneurship classes raised more than $1,000 for UNICEF as part of their end-of-semester business simulation last Wednesday. Each class created a lemonade stand to meet the needs and wants of the Stevenson community. They were led by project managers Elizabeth Spiegel and Anthony Sibo, both seniors.

Long Grove President Praises SHS Foundation

Long Grove Village President Angie Underwood offers words of praise for the Stevenson Foundation in the latest post at her blog, Life in Long Grove. She took part in the Foundation’s annual Local Scholars Reception last week, presenting a scholarship on behalf of the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club to senior Gwendolyn Heidkamp. The president also extolled the new Stevenson to College program, which helps identify and provide mentors to SHS students who might not otherwise attend college.

Your Chance for a Hole in One … Without Swinging a Club

Speaking of the Stevenson Foundation, there is still time to participate in “The Great $10,000 Golf Ball Drop” that is part of the annual golf outing on Monday, June 13 at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. A helicopter will hover over one of the greens at the course and will drop all the golf balls that have been purchased. If a marked ball goes into the hole, the winner will get $10,000. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 are available for others closest to the hole. The entry fee is $10 for one ball, $20 for three and $50 for eight. All proceeds will benefit Stevenson Foundation programs, including the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College. Click here to order golf balls.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Six Named to All-NSC Girls Soccer Team

Six members of the North Suburban Conference championship girls soccer team have been named to all-conference, according to the Daily Herald. Seniors Savannah Kruse (forward), Amanda Konopacki (defender) and Mackenzie Connington (midfielder), juniors Hannah Petrich (goalkeeper) and Jill Steinbrink (midfielder), and sophomore Brianna Van Zanten (midfielder) were selected. Two other players earned honorable mention: senior Emma Jaeger (midfielder) and freshman Hannah Lapeire (midfielder).

Basketball Alum Seeking Shot at National Tourney

Stevenson alumnus Nate Johnson (Class of 2010) is one of several former area high school basketball standouts on an all-star team seeking entry into a 64-team national amateur tournament that pays out $2 million to the winner. Johnson played at the University of West Florida.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Click here for final exam schedules

Senior Class Party Bus Check-In Information

Attention all seniors attending the Senior Class Party: Today, please arrive at school by 12:15 p.m. to check in on the bus you are assigned. The buses will be departing promptly at 12:45 from the Field House (lot D). You may park in any student designated spot in either lot D or lot E, and do not need a sticker/placard for this day. Buses will return to SHS approximately 7 p.m. There will be no bus changes. Please bring your school ID to get on the bus. You must stay with your bus group until you get on the boat, and you will return on the same bus. You are required to take the bus both ways. If you are not able to attend please advise someone in Room 2400 or call 847-415-4002 prior to the Wednesday departure. Remember that you must follow all school rules and regulations throughout the event. Violation of any school rules might result in your ability to participate in graduation.

Textbook, Library Book Return Deadlines

Seniors must return all textbooks and library books by today, while all other students must return their textbooks and library books by Thursday. Textbooks should be returned to the Lower Sports Center Lobby and library books to the West ILC. Any fines due must be paid by Thursday in Room 2426.

Clean Out Your Locker by Thursday

All lockers must be cleaned out by Thursday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Get a New ID Photo Taken for 2016-17

Any current freshman, sophomore or junior students who have not had a new ID photo taken in the past week, please drop in at either attendance office, Room 2416 in the West Building or Room 5024 in the East Building, to have your photo taken during final exams.

Movie, Pizza and Soda … All for $1 Today  

Come watch the movie “Stomp the Yard” and have Lou Malnati’s pizza and soda, all for $1, at the $1 Dollar First Wednesday end-of-year party sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and DIVCO. The party starts after the last exam today in Room 1414. “Stomp the Yard” features Columbus Short, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Meghan Good.

Celebrate the End of Finals With the Balloon Pop Challenge

Don’t miss the second annual end-of-the-year Balloon Pop Challenge in the West Commons after final exams end on Thursday. Challenge a classmate to come and pick the subject you pop this year! The entry is $1, and you’ll have a chance to win a $10 gift card from Lou Malnati’s. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College program. This event is sponsored by DIVCO and the Homework Center.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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General Assembly fails to approve school funding bill before end of session

Is your school district keeping its new teacher’s contract secret? (+)

Lincoln-Way North High School set to graduate final class

19 apply for seat on Glen Ellyn District 41 school board (+)

Lake Zurich District 95 instructional coaches report on first year (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The revolution on America’s college campuses

Rich school districts get millions in federal money meant for poor kids

Colleges pledge to send more students abroad

Active-shooter drills help schools prepare for the worst

Despite policy successes, teachers unions still haven’t forgiven Rhee

North Carolina student tries to help others escape “corridor of shame”

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Scholastic Bowl Ties for 13th in the Nation

Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl teams competed at the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament in Dallas last weekend, with the A team tying for 13th in the country and the B team tying for 34th. The A team consisted of juniors Nathan Cha, Young Lee and Ali Saeed and senior Kazuma Shimanaka. They won 10 of 14 matches. The B team comprised freshman Olivia Lamberti and sophomores Deepak Moparthi, Conrad Oberhaus and Shamsheer Rana. They won eight of 13 matches. Individually, Saeed finished ninth in the nation and was named to the tournament all-star team. Lamberti had the second-highest score among all freshmen, and was named to the Freshman Rising Stars Team.

1978 Alum Climbs Mount Everest

SHS alum Joel Schauer (Class of 1978) recently climbed Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. The Hawthorn Woods businessman spoke with the Daily Herald about his accomplishment, which had been delayed by tragedy in each of the last two years.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: Senior Jared Borowsky won the 3,200-meter state championship with the fastest time of his career, becoming the first Patriot runner to win the event since Pat Joyce finished first in 1992 and 1993. Borowsky posted a personal-best time of 9:07.47, 10 seconds faster than his previous best, and beat rival Jack Aho from Grayslake Central by four seconds. The University of Colorado-bound Borowsky also finished 12th in the 1,600 with a time of 4:36.71. Borowsky is Stevenson’s first state champion in boys track and field since Ian Cronin won the 1,600 in 2001. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots tied for eighth, their 10th straight top-10 finish at state. All three of Stevenson’s entries finished the three-day tournament with winning records. Juniors Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg (30-6) had the longest run, winning five of their seven matches and reaching the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket. Sophomore Sam Komis and senior Ben Bush (26-9) went 4-2 in doubles, reaching the seventh round of the consolation bracket. Freshman Zach Kim (25-9) won three of five singles matches, and made it to the fifth round of the consolation bracket. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+)

Softball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional: The Patriots lost to top-seeded Libertyville, 9-2, ending their season with a 12-16 record. SHS, the No. 9 seed, scored both of its runs in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Trisha Porzycki and a run-scoring groundout by Alyssa Pauly. – Daily Herald (+)

Baseball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Palatine Regional: The third-seeded Patriots fell to No. 6 Lake Forest in the regional championship game, 7-3, closing their year with a 24-10-1 record. Robert McGaha drove in Patrick Loeffler, who had tripled, for Stevenson’s first run in the fourth inning. Charlie Ling and Jack Cappalli also had triples, and Cappalli added two stolen bases. Michael Marchese pitched four innings of one-hit scoreless ball in relief. – Daily Herald (+), GameChanger.com

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Click here for final exam schedules

Textbook, Library Book Return Deadlines

Seniors must return all textbooks and library books by Wednesday, while all other students must return their textbooks and library books by Thursday. Textbooks should be returned to the Lower Sports Center Lobby and library books to the West ILC. Any fines due must be paid by Thursday in Room 2426.

Senior Class Party Bus Check-In Information

Attention all seniors attending the Senior Class Party: On Wednesday, please arrive at school by 12:15 p.m. to check in on the bus you are assigned. The buses will be departing promptly at 12:45 from the Field House (lot D). You may park in any student designated spot in either lot D or lot E, and do not need a sticker/placard for this day.  Buses will return to SHS approximately 7 p.m. There will be no bus changes. Please bring your school ID to get on the bus. You must stay with your bus group until you get on the boat, and you will return on the same bus. You are required to take the bus both ways. If you are not able to attend please advise someone in Room 2400 or call 847-415-4002 prior to the Wednesday departure. Remember that you must follow all school rules and regulations throughout the event. Violation of any school rules might result in your ability to participate in graduation.

Clean Out Your Locker by Thursday

All lockers must be cleaned out by Thursday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Get a New ID Photo Taken for 2016-17

Any current freshman, sophomore or junior students who have not had a new ID photo taken in the past week, please drop in at either attendance office, Room 2416 in the West Building or Room 5024 in the East Building, to have your photo taken during final exams.

Movie, Pizza and Soda … All for $1 on Wednesday  

Come watch the movie “Stomp the Yard” and have Lou Malnati’s pizza and soda, all for $1, at the $1 Dollar First Wednesday end-of-year party sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and DIVCO. The party starts after the last exam Wednesday in Room 1414. “Stomp the Yard” features Columbus Short, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Meghan Good.

Celebrate the End of Finals With the Balloon Pop Challenge

Don’t miss the second annual end-of-the-year Balloon Pop Challenge in the West Commons after final exams end on Thursday. Challenge a classmate to come and pick the subject you pop this year! The entry is $1, and you’ll have a chance to win a $10 gift card from Lou Malnati’s. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College program. This event is sponsored by DIVCO and the Homework Center.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Rauner pushes interim budget to ensure schools open on time in August

University of Illinois’ College of Media future up in the air

Union: Privatizing all CPS buildings could harm city pension fund

District 214’s Educator Prep aims to identify, support future teachers (+)

Supreme Court nominee delivers Niles West commencement address

Fans raising money for statue of beloved NIU mascot Diesel

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

New federal education law: Bipartisan no more

As charters grow, public schools see sharp enrollment drop

Court ruling raises possibility Kansas schools can’t open this fall

Students accused in campus sex assaults target federal rules

New collaboration to set guidelines for early childhood educators

What one district’s data mining did for chronic absence

Inside the school that abolished the “F” and raked in the cash

Standout Nebraska student-athlete stands out for his silence

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fine Arts Division Announces 2016-17 Theater Lineup

The Fine Arts Division has announced its lineup of theatrical productions for the 2016-17 school year. The biggest show of the year, the fall musical, will be Big Fish, the story about the relationship between a traveling salesman and his adult son who questions the veracity of his father’s tall tales. Big Fish will take the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center November 18-20. David West Read’s The Dream of the Burning Boy, a story immersed in tragedy, secrets and torn relationships, will be the fall play and will be performed September 15-17. The freshman-sophomore production will be Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart, set for February 3-4. The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981, is about three sisters who wrestle with their dysfunctional upbringing after one of them shoots her abusive husband. Another Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles, Wendy Wasserstein’s story about a young woman’s journey into adulthood during the rise of feminism in the 1960s and ’70s, will be the winter production March 10-11.

SHS Administrator Named Principal in California

Stevenson’s Director of Student Learning Programs, Dr. Rowena Mak, has been named the new principal of Ramona High School in southern California. Ramona High is part of the Ramona Unified School District, about 40 miles northeast of San Diego.

No Digest on Monday

The Digest will not be published on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The Digest will resume Tuesday, with its final edition of the year on Thursday, the last day of school.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots stood in a three-way tie for second place after the first day of the three-day tournament. New Trier was in first with 24 points, followed by SHS, Highland Park and Naperville Central with 16. Both of Stevenson doubles entries won their three matches, and will play in the round of 16 today. Sam Komis and Ben Bush (25-7) lost only one game in their three matches, and will face New Trier’s 5-8 seed. Komis and Bush, who are a 9-16 seed, breezed by competitors from Minooka (6-0, 6-0), Fenwick (6-0, 6-0) and Hinsdale Central (6-0, 6-1). Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey, also a 9-16 seed, matched Komis and Bush with a trio of straight-set victories. They defeated opponents from O’Fallon (6-1, 6-1), Effingham St. Anthony (6-0, 6-2) and Belleville West (6-3, 6-4) to set up today’s fourth-round matchup against the No. 2 seed from Hinsdale Central. In singles, Zach Kim won his first two matches in straight sets before dropping his third-round match to a higher seed. Kim beat rivals from Normal (6-1, 6-0) and Burlington Central (6-2, 7-6 (6)) before falling to the 5-8 seed from Dunlap (6-0, 6-1). He will face a competitor from Bradley-Bourbonnais in the fourth-round consolation bracket today. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Baseball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Palatine Regional: Henry Marchese hit a solo home run to tie the game, and Jack Cappalli followed with a solo shot one batter later as the Patriots rallied past 19th-seeded Glenbrook South in the regional semifinals, 5-3. SHS (24-9-1), the third seed in the Stevenson Sectional, will face the winner of today’s semifinal between No. 6 Lake Forest and No. 10 Palatine for the regional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday. Marchese’s homer tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning and Cappalli’s blast made it 4-3. The Pats added a run in the sixth when Christian Dutler’s sacrifice scored Robert McGaha, who opened the inning with a triple. Marchese went 2-for-3, including a triple that scored his brother Michael for Stevenson’s first run in the third. Dutler tied the game at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Justin Stark earned the victory with 2-⅓ innings of scoreless and hitless relief work. He struck out three, including the final two batters of the game. – GameChanger.com

Softball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional: The ninth-seeded Patriots beat eighth-seeded Loyola Academy, 3-1, advancing to the regional championship against top-seeded Libertyville at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Loyola game was suspended by storms in the bottom of the second inning on Wednesday with the score tied 0-0.

Athletic Trainer Loew Honored in National Contest

Stevenson’s head athletic trainer, Tom Loew, earned Honorable Mention status in the fourth annual Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award contest sponsored by School Health and Training and Conditioning magazine. The award honors high school athletic trainers who have earned the respect of coaches they work with and student-athletes they care for, go beyond their job description to support student-athletes, put in extra effort to make the athletic training program the best it can be, and serve the local or larger community through community service.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Textbook, Library Book Return Deadlines

Seniors must return all textbooks and library books by Wednesday, while all other students must return their textbooks and library books by Thursday. Textbooks should be returned to the Lower Sports Center Lobby and library books to the West ILC. Any fines due must be paid by Thursday in Room 2426.

Get a New ID Photo Taken for 2016-17

Any current freshman, sophomore or junior students who have not had a new ID photo taken in the past several days, please drop in at either attendance office, Room 2416 in the West Building or Room 5024 in the East Building, to have your photo taken during a free hour today or during final exams.

Clean Out Your P.E. Locker Today

All P.E. lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Friday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

SNN Film Festival Tonight

The 14th annual SNN Film Festival, featuring student-made movies, takes place at 7 o’clock tonight in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2.

Return Comm Arts Books, Pick Up AP History Books at Superstore

All Communication Arts books should be returned to the Superstore. Also, AP U.S. History, AP European History, and American Studies students can purchase their 2016-17 books at the Superstore.

Testing Center Final Exam Guidelines

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during finals. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or P.E. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that is has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

Missing Your Favorite Pen or Pencil? Stop by 2416

Did you lose your pencil case with your favorite pens and pencils? Come to Room 2416 and check the filled bin for yours. Also, check for your glasses and other items.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student in July

Looking for some summer excitement without leaving home? Hosting an international student for the month of July might be the answer! A student from Denmark will be attending the second semester of summer school at SHS. Please call 847-415-4500 if you would like more information about welcoming her into your home from July 1-30.

Pick Up Yearbooks at the Patriot Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, or if you want to buy a yearbook, stop by the Patriot Superstore.

Movie, Pizza and Soda … All for $1 on Wednesday, June 1  

Come watch the movie “Stomp the Yard” and have Lou Malnati’s pizza and soda, all for $1, at the $1 Dollar First Wednesday end-of-year party sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and DIVCO. The party starts after the last exam Wednesday in Room 1414. “Stomp the Yard” features Columbus Short, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Meghan Good.

Celebrate the End of Finals With the Balloon Pop Challenge

Don’t miss the second annual end-of-the-year Balloon Pop Challenge in the West Commons after final exams end on Thursday. Challenge a classmate to come and pick the subject you pop this year! The entry is $1, and you’ll have a chance to win a $10 gift card from Lou Malnati’s. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College program. This event is sponsored by DIVCO and the Homework Center.

CLUB NEWS

Animal Welfare Club’s adoptable Dog-of-the-Month is Sir Scruffles and its Cat-of-the-Month is Kramee. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to the family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at http://shsanimalwelfare.weebly.com/pets-of-the-month! These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at http://www.saveapetil.org/, all waiting for love!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Palatine District 15 contact caps teacher salaries at $121K (+)

Palatine teachers’ 10-year contract raises concerns over health care costs

Cicero school officials spend thousands on swanky travel

Former teacher pleads not guilty to sexual abuse of Zion-Benton student

North Central College looks to acquire Chicago-based Shimer College

Transgender student wants to join lawsuit against District 211 (+)

DePaul investigates reports of noose found on campus

Teen’s death at Lake County residential treatment center decried by DCFS

Graduation ban no longer automatic punishment for Waukegan students

Lincoln-Way’s Superdog training school under federal investigation

Grayslake District 46 hopes diversity policy will boost achievement (+)

Lake Villa school board member to step down

Marengo district hires retired administrator as interim superintendent

St. Charles schools look at how to pay for turf fields at high schools (+)

Homeless man charged with attempted luring of Elgin student

Beloved Villa Park teacher back in classroom after brain injury (+)

Chicago police officer donates SUV to South Side school

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Federal guidelines proposed for school accountability

College graduation rates rise, but racial gaps persist

Maine schools dismiss iPads as “toys,” ready MacBooks instead

Discussing past suicide attempts, Cincinnati president aims to lessen stigma

Baylor University to demote president, fire football coach over abuse allegations

How schools can fuel female STEM participation

White House arts program teams up with Kennedy Center

First Student to pay $11.5M to settle San Francisco lawsuit

The Colorado paradox: Jobs abound, but locals not equipped to fill them

Company says it can predict whether a teacher will be good

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