Friday, December 19, 2014

Junior, Senior Families Invited to Financial Aid Night

Junior and senior families are invited to the College/Career Center’s annual Financial Aid Evening on Tuesday, January 6. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. in the Performing Art Center. Jerry Cebrzynski of Lake Forest College will be discussing the philosophy, methodology and logistics of the federal financial aid process. Stevenson’s Financial Aid Tips publication also will be available that evening.

Alum Visits SHS to Talk With Health Classes

Danielle Gordon, a 1992 Stevenson alumnus who is a prevention specialist at the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee, visited Health and Applied Health classes this week to talk with students about stopping toxic relationships and keeping them safe and respectful. Gordon, whose maiden name was McElroy, will return to visit with students January 6 and 8.

No Digest During Winter Break

The Daily Digest will go on hiatus during Winter Break. The next Digest will be published on Monday, January 5.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 106, Vernon Hills 70: Five Patriots won individual races as SHS geared up for Saturday’s Lake County Invitational, which will take place in the Aquatic Center. Daniel Ng won the 200 free (1:52.46), Nick Koto captured the 200 IM (2:06.62), Matthew Krames claimed the diving competition (169.75), Varun Ganesh touched first in the 500 free (5:28.81), and Nathanael Wingfield won the 100 breast (1:06.12). Ng also swam on Stevenson’s two victorious relays: the 200 free relay, with Koto, Wingfield and Alex Kapecki (1:32.79); and the 400 free relay, with Kapecki, Nick Baginski and Daniel Ko (3:24.45). Kapecki also finished second in the 200 free (1:59.95) and 100 free (51.45). SHS also received runner-up finishes from Aaron Becker in the 500 free (5:36.58), Andrew Shashin in the 100 back (1:04.08), and Sam Zaritsky in the 100 breast (1:09.64). SHS improved to 2-0 in dual meets this season.

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 9, Wauconda 0: Kaitlyn Rudy fired a 643 series at Fairhaven Lanes, her sixth straight 600-plus effort in dual matches, to lead the unbeaten Patriots (11-0). Rudy had games of 241, 221 and 181. Shu Wang shot a 210 game as part of a 545 series. Sam Szura had a 200 game and a 532 series. Xanthe Coulson added a 528 series and Sammi Sladek contributed a 510.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Deerfield 0: The Patriots improved to 11-0 on the season, and were led at the Brunswick Zone Deerfield by Zach Singer, who rolled games of 267, 235 and 223 for a career-best 725 series. His series, which topped his previous best by one pin, tied for the sixth-highest three-game series in school history. Richy Zenner added games of 225, 217 and 202 for a 644 series. Ted Tapas had games of 213 and 193, Eddie Mendrala contributed games of 212 and 193, while Josh Singer added games of 200 and 194. SHS outshot the Warriors, 3,087-2,510.

Wrestling

Stevenson 67, Wauconda 12: The visiting Patriots won 12 of 14 matches, improving to 8-1 in overall dual meets and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference. SHS won seven matches by forfeit. Patriots posted victories on the mat included pins by Gabriel Oriatti at 138 (5:34), Roberts Pavlovics at 160 (2:57) and Michael Kordek at 182 (2:36), plus decisions from Jacob Simon at 126 (3-2) and Juwon Anderson at 170 (13-5). – Daily Herald

 

Basketball Team Moves Up in National Rankings

Stevenson has moved up to No. 7 in the latest MaxPreps Top 25 national boys basketball rankings. The 10-0 Patriots also are ranked by three other national outlets: PrepNation (No. 4), Grassroots Hoops Fab 50 (No. 6) and USA Today (No. 16). Two teams on Stevenson’s schedule also are highly ranked. Findlay Prep from Henderson, Nevada, is a top-5 choice by all four. The two teams square off January 17 at the Spalding HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Chicago’s Simeon, which the Pats play February 21, is ahead of SHS in the USA Today poll (No. 12), and included in the other three. There’s plenty of action before those marquee matchups, however. Stevenson opens play in the Proviso West tournament on Monday. The Patriots are looking to be the tournament’s first repeat champion since St. Joseph won three in a row from 2004-06.

Service Time, Along With Sweat Time, for Hoops Team

The varsity boys basketball team will balance sweat with some service during Winter Break. On December 29, the Patriots will visit the Claremont Rehabilitation and Living Center in Buffalo Grove. They will talk about their experiences of being in the spotlight as the state’s top-ranked team, then will join other youth volunteers in talking one-on-one with Claremont residents. Their experience is part of a program called Lifting the Human Spirit by Visiting the Sick, sponsored by the Team Spirit Institute.

Brunson Has Chance to Be County’s All-Time Scoring Leader

Jalen Brunson is already the school’s all-time leading scorer, and according to Jeff Bonato of the News-Sun, the senior has a chance to finish his career as the top scorer in Lake County history. Brunson has scored 2,039 points, and has a chance to eclipse Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough, who concluded his career last winter with 2,621. Also standing in front of Brunson are Deerfield’s Ryan Hogan (2,407) and North Chicago’s Aaron Simpson (2,140).

Rivalry Set Aside for Larger Concerns

Stevenson has a strong rivalry with Lake Forest on the hardcourt, but when it comes to cancer, the two schools are on the same team. An assistant coach on the Lake Forest boys basketball team has a daughter battling lymphoma, and the school had a fundraising event in her honor last week. Among the items being sold to raise money were special T-shirts with the girl’s name. Upon hearing about the fundraiser, a Stevenson representative called Lake Forest and said the school would purchase any unsold shirts — which proved unnecessary. “It was awesome to see,” said Jack Traynor, co-captain of the Scouts’ varsity boys basketball team. “It shows you can battle somebody on the court but how much respect they have for you off the court. It shows how they rise above [the rivalry] for something like this.”

Extra Muscle Suits Swimmer Koto

This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about swimmer Nick Koto, whose offseason weight program has paid dividends in the water. He posted a personal-best time in the 200 free earlier this fall.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Buy Tickets for the S-Factor

The Kiva Club will hold its annual S-Factor student singing competition at 7 p.m. Friday, January 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online for $5 at Sfactor2015.peatix.com. Tickets will be $7 at the door.

SMARTdesk Advice: Run an iCloud Backup Today

Can your SHS iPad be located via iCloud? Check now before the long break! Take a minute to complete these steps:

• Log into iCloud with your SHS Apple ID on the iPad and turn on “Find My iPad.”

• On your SHS iPad’s home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud. If you’re asked to sign in, enter your SHS Apple ID. Example: abrowns8@students.d125.org with as password of Shs########. If Find My iPad is turned off, tap to turn it on.

• When you set up Find My iPad, Activation Lock is turned on automatically. Activation Lock makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your iPad if it’s ever lost or stolen.

The SMARTdesk will be closed during Winter Break. You are strongly recommended to run an iCloud backup before the end of today. If you need help, visit the SMARTdesk. If you are having a problem, email nhudson@d125.org.

Freshman Band Students: Pick Up Your PE Uniform

Freshman band students: Pick up your PE uniforms for second semester at the Superstore.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

ILC, Testing Center Closing Early Today

The Information and Learning Center, and the Testing Center, will close at 3:25 today.

Become a PE Leader

The application to become a PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.

Become an Alternative PE Leader

The application to become an Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.

CAREER EXPLORATION

If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to jobs@zingitmobile.com.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Two St. Charles East students expelled for shutting down school’s network

Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin

South Carolina college administrator picked as new UIC chancellor

High school once named Obama Prep could be built along Chicago River

Gurnee-based school districts OK tax breaks for tech firm

Instructor at Jacksonville school for the visually impaired arrested on abuse allegations

Huntley High swim coaches resign over bus disagreement

Oakwood teachers union, district reach contract agreement

Some Bloomington-area schools hit hard by flu bug

Sangamon Valley superintendent leaving for new post in Nashville

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Education Department releases framework for rating U.S. colleges and universities

Students bankrolling public colleges more than ever before

U.S. law school enrollments drop 6.9% in 2014

University of Massachusetts president leaving to take over University of Maryland

Marquette University professor suspended for critical comments in personal blog

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Eight Members of Debate Team Win Awards

Eight students won awards at Saturday’s Illinois Congressional Debate Tournament at Rolling Meadows High School. Senior Jake Glaser won first place speaker in his chamber. Second place awards went to sophomore Alexis Cacioppo, juniors Pratik Kumar and Alex Smith, and seniors Tyler Kim and Anvesh Jalasutram. Third place was awarded to senior Michelle Hu. Sophomore Tarun Rao won Best Presiding Officer in his chamber.

Kiva Club’s S-Factor Singing Competition January 9

The Kiva Club will hold its annual S-Factor student singing competition at 7 p.m. Friday, January 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online for $5 at Sfactor2015.peatix.com. Tickets will be $7 at the door.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at Libertyville 128.05, Stevenson 125.65: Mikaela Webb won the all-around competition with a 35.4 score, and captured three individual events: vault (9.2), uneven bars (9.0) and balance beam (9.0). Elizabeth Shank won floor exercise (9.3), was second in vault (9.1) and balance beam (8.6), and was runner-up in the all-around (33.2). – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball Game on WCIU Friday Night

Stevenson’s home boys basketball game against Warren Friday night will be broadcast live on WCIU-TV at 7 p.m. This is the first of three Patriot games on WCIU this season. In addition to the game, the Fine Arts Division will be featured in a segment at halftime. Click here to see where WCIU is located on your TV channel provider.

Girls Basketball 1 of 5 Undefeated Teams in D-C Tourney

Stevenson is one of five currently undefeated teams in the lineup at the upcoming Dundee Crown Charger Classic girls basketball tournament. The Patriots will face Barrington in their opening-round game on Friday, December 26.

Remembering a Friend

The Daily Illini recently had a touching article about 1997 graduate Michelle Dasso, who is the women’s tennis coach at the University of Illinois. In her office, Dasso keeps a wooden racquet on the wall … and it’s not hers.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Potbelly Lincolnshire Today

The Stevenson Choral Guild will hold a fundraiser at the Potbelly restaurant in Lincolnshire, 275 Parkway Drive, Suite 317, from 4-8 p.m. today. Proceeds will benefit the choral program at SHS.

SMARTdesk Advice: Run an iCloud Backup By Friday

Can your SHS iPad be located via iCloud? Check now before the long break! Take a minute to complete these steps:

  • Log into iCloud with your SHS Apple ID on the iPad and turn on “Find My iPad.”
  • On your SHS iPad’s home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud. If you’re asked to sign in, enter your SHS Apple ID. Example: abrowns8@students.d125.org with as password of Shs########. If Find My iPad is turned off, tap to turn it on.
  • When you set up Find My iPad, Activation Lock is turned on automatically. Activation Lock makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your iPad if it’s ever lost or stolen.

The SMARTdesk will be closed during Winter Break. You are strongly recommended to run an iCloud backup before Friday. If you need help, visit the SMARTdesk. If you are having a problem, email nhudson@d125.org.

Freshman Band Students: Pick Up Your PE Uniform

Freshman band students: Pick up your PE uniforms for second semester at the Superstore.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Testing Center Closing Early on Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 Friday.

Become a PE Leader

The application to become a PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.

Become an Alternative PE Leader

The application to become an Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.

CLUB NEWS

Sophomore Class Board meets today after school in Room 1500 from 3:35-5 p.m.

Join French Club for its annual holiday celebration! Enjoy traditional French holiday treats and a French holiday movie! Today after school in Room 2632.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC.

CAREER EXPLORATION

If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to jobs@zingitmobile.com.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Oak Park school district, teachers reach tentative deal

Barrington District 220 nearing deal to buy 21 acres for $2.35M

UIC set to name new chancellor

Former middle school tutor charged with child porn possession

Urbana board considers renaming school for retired superintendent

Bucktown’s Pulaski School gets IB program after 4-year effort

East St. Louis teachers, supporters call for contract talks with administrators

Lexington superintendent leaving for Clinton

Crystal Lake-based District 47 mulls parking arrangement with church

NIU offering live video stream of dorm demolition

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S.-Cuba announcement will have higher education implications

Colleges consider how much finals flexibility to have with student protesters

Proposed NCAA concussion settlement rejected by federal judge

Three emerging technologies reimagining higher education for 2015 and beyond

University of Pennsylvania suspends fraternity over controversial Christmas card

School punishes blind child by replacing cane with pool noodle

Dads give beloved crossing guard awesome surprise

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Model UN Students Win Awards at Chicago Conference

Six students won awards at last weekend’s 11th annual Chicago International Model United Nations Conference in Chicago.

The conference had interconnected committees in which the students simulated decision-making bodies globally both in the present day and in 1983. Most SHS students represented Algeria, Botswana or Chile in the United Nations committee, while others represented a specific individual.

Pawan Sajnani earned Best Delegate honors and Delegate’s Choice Award for his representation of the Minister of Information in the 1983 Iraq Cabinet. Nuha Hamid earned Best Delegate honors for her representation of Algeria in the 1983 International Court of Justice. Two other students received Outstanding Delegate honors: Aileen Acuna (Algeria in the League of Arab States) and Erin Knapton (Secretary of Defense in the 1983 United States Cabinet). Mariel Boden and Sush Subramanian received an Honorable Mention award for their joint representation of Botswana in the present-day Economic and Social Committee.

About 1,200 students took part in the four-day event at the Hilton Chicago. Stevenson brought 28 students.

Baroque Ensemble Concert Tonight; Choral Concert Thursday

The Fine Arts Division wraps up a busy month of performances and exhibitions over the next two days. The Winter ArtFest concludes today, and tonight, the Baroque Ensemble will perform at 7 o’clock in the Recital Hall. On Thursday, the Stevenson choirs will be in concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admission to all the events is free.

Electronics Recycling Option Cut Short for SHS, Community

Stevenson and District 125 residents will not be able to recycle electronic items through the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County after Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. SWALCO has told area municipalities that it is suspending electronics recycling services because the cost exceeds the return. The electronics recycling program started in 1999, and Stevenson has contributed countless items over the years.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Libertyville 0: At Lakeside Lanes, the Patriots improved to 10-0 with another record-setting performance. SHS had a three-game series pin total of 3,158, which is the eighth-best in school history. Stevenson was led by Josh Singer with games of 234, 233 and 213 for a 680 series. Matt Poetker rolled games of 248, 225 and 205 for a 678 series. Michael Aranyi shot 231 and 213 with a 634 series, and Richy Zenner added games of 223 and 220 for a 618 series. This is the fourth time in the past month the team has recorded a three-game series that stands among the 10 best in program history.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 56, Zion-Benton 45: Taylor Buford scored a game-high 21 points as the visiting Patriots improved to 10-0 on the season, and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. Sophia Way added 12 points and Ashley Richardson contributed 10. – News-Sun, Daily Herald

Stanhope Named Girls Tennis Coach of the Year

Tom Stanhope, who guided the girls tennis team to a second-place finish at the state tournament in October, has been chosen as the 2014 Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association. Stanhope’s squad went 18-0 in dual meets this year and won its fourth consecutive sectional championship. In addition, Stanhope coached the state’s doubles champion for the second straight year. Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey won the IHSA doubles crown in October; Kendall Kirsch and Alexxis Kiven captured the title in 2013. (Stanhope also is the head boys tennis coach at SHS, and he had the state doubles champion in 2014, too.) In his five seasons leading the girls program, Stanhope has won four sectional titles, has placed second and third at the state tournament, and has a 75-13 dual-meet record. Stanhope will be honored during the IHSTCA awards ceremony January 23 in Aurora.

Patriettes Claim Awards at Waubonsie Valley and at Home

The Patriettes took part in back-to-back invitationals last weekend. At Waubonsie Valley on Saturday, the varsity finished first in the Lyrical division and 10th in Jazz, while the junior varsity took first in Lyrical and was fifth in Kick. Sunday brought the Patriot Challenge at Stevenson, and all three levels of Patriettes had top-10 showings. The varsity was second in Lyrical and 10th in Jazz out of 29 teams. The JV was third in Lyrical and fourth in Kick, and the freshmen were sixth in Lyrical and 10th in Kick. The JV and freshman teams competed in the 14-team JV competition.

Girls Basketball Team Meeting Coach’s Hopes Thus Far

Coming into the season, girls basketball coach Tom Dineen thought his squad had the opportunity to be the best he’s led in six seasons at SHS. So far, his thinking has been vindicated. The Patriots improved to 10-0 with a win over Zion-Benton Tuesday night. Dineen talked with the Chicago Tribune prior to the win about his team’s performance this season.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Potbelly Lincolnshire

The Stevenson Choral Guild will hold a fundraiser at the Potbelly restaurant in Lincolnshire, 275 Parkway Drive, Suite 317, from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Proceeds will benefit the choral program at SHS.

Come Visit Winter ArtFest Today

Winter ArtFest 2014 ends today! Stop by the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building between periods 1-7 to see works by every first semester art student. All students and classes are welcome to attend. Come during your free period or lunch period if you can.

SMARTdesk Advice: Run an iCloud Backup By Friday

Can your SHS iPad be located via iCloud? Check now before the long break! Take a minute to complete these steps:

  • Log into iCloud with your SHS Apple ID on the iPad and turn on “Find My iPad.”
  • On your SHS iPad’s home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud. If you’re asked to sign in, enter your SHS Apple ID. Example: abrowns8@students.d125.org with as password of Shs########. If Find My iPad is turned off, tap to turn it on.
  • When you set up Find My iPad, Activation Lock is turned on automatically. Activation Lock makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your iPad if it’s ever lost or stolen.

The SMARTdesk will be closed during Winter Break. You are strongly recommended to run an iCloud backup before Friday. If you need help, visit the SMARTdesk. If you are having a problem, email nhudson@d125.org.

Freshman Band Students: Pick Up Your PE Uniform

Freshman band students: Pick up your PE uniforms for second semester at the Superstore.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Testing Center Closing Early on Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 Friday.

Become a PE Leader

The application to become a PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.

Become an Alternative PE Leader

The application to become an Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.

CLUB NEWS

Join French Club for its annual holiday celebration! Enjoy traditional French holiday treats and a French holiday movie! This Thursday after school in Room 2632.

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today and Thursday in the East ILC.

Sophomore Class Board meets Thursday after school in Room 1500 from 3:35-5 p.m.

CAREER EXPLORATION

If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to jobs@zingitmobile.com.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Warren Township school board calls for member’s resignation

Illinois to get second-largest preschool grant from federal government

Emotional U46 board crowd applauds, criticizes South Elgin “Black Lives Matter” march

Lombard District 44 hires new superintendent

University of Illinois trustee Strobel to step down in January

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

John Hopkins University mistakenly says “yes” to hundreds of rejected applicants

25 colleges to accept nontraditional students’ online course credits

New University of Texas center will seek to curb troubling behavior by athletes

NYC teens dupe magazine; claimed to have made $72M in stock market

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Students Earn Honors at History Contest

Stevenson took part in the Northern Illinois History Bowl and Bee at Loyola Academy on Saturday. Several students won awards, and three qualified for April’s National History Bee High School National Championships in Washington, D.C.

In the History Bee part of the tournament, senior Jonathan Mishory placed in the top four in the varsity division, while sophomore Ali Saeed was the junior varsity champion. Freshman Conrad Oberhaus also finished in the JV top 10. All three students qualified for the National History Bee.

In the team-based History Bowl competition, the JV team of Saeed, Oberhaus, sophomore Nathan Cha and freshman Chris Muth finished second.

This was the first time Stevenson has participated in the Northern Illinois History Bowl and Bee.

Stevenson Participates in Hour of Code Campaign

Stevenson participated in the worldwide “Hour of Code” campaign last Tuesday. Forty students and two teachers from St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove came to SHS and worked alongside Computer Science students. The goal of the program is to expose junior high school students to the basic features of programming code, and to encourage them to consider pursuing programming in the future. Stevenson plans to broaden its Hour of Code scope to its consortium schools next year.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Potbelly Lincolnshire

The Stevenson Choral Guild will hold a fundraiser at the Potbelly restaurant in Lincolnshire, 275 Parkway Drive, Suite 317, from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Proceeds will benefit the choral program at SHS.

Students Selling Candles at ArtFest Reception Tonight

Anyone coming to the Winter ArtFest public reception tonight (which runs from 6-8 p.m. in Room 2104) is invited to take part in a candle sale being led by the Bright Lights Candle Company, a new non-profit venture started by students in the Stevenson Transition Program. Large candles are $12 and small candles are $8. Money raised from candle sales tonight will be used to purchase materials and supplies for the program.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Follow us on Twitter: @aeshssports

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 9, Lakes 0: Kaitlyn Rudy posted the best game and highest series among all bowlers at Bertrand Bowling Lanes. Rudy had a 245 game, and added games of 192 and 182 for a 619 series. Colleen VanDerMeulen and Sam Szura chipped in with 579 and 578 series, respectively. VanDerMeulen recorded games of 199, 191 and 189, while Szura rolled a 235 along with scores of 182 and 161. Xanthe Coulson added a 202 game as part of her 548 series. SHS outscored Lakes, 2,793-2,111.

Cheer Teams Sweep Patriot Challenge

Stevenson’s Spirit Revolution — the cheerleading and competitive dance squads — hosted the Patriot Challenge Invitational on Sunday. An estimated 4,000 people came to campus to watch more than 120 cheer and dance teams perform. The varsity, junior varsity and freshman cheerleading teams all won their divisions. Results for the Patriettes were unavailable.

Three JV Patriettes to Dance at New Year’s Day Bowl Game

Three members of the junior varsity Patriettes will be dancing in the halftime show at the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day in Orlando. Juniors Kate Qualley, Shannon Will and Natasha Kirchens were selected for the honor during a camp last summer at Carthage College. The game will feature Missouri against Minnesota.

Vravick Wins TribLocal Athlete of the Month Vote

Jason Vravick won the voting in the TribLocal December Athlete of the Month contest last week. He is scheduled to be featured in Thursday’s Libertyville/Lake Forest TribLocal.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come Visit Winter ArtFest Today and Wednesday

Winter ArtFest 2014 opens today in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building. ArtFest is open during all periods today, and during periods 1-7 on Wednesday. Also, there will be a public reception for students, parents and friends tonight from 6-8 p.m. Every first semester art student will have work in the show. All students and classes are welcome to attend. Come during your free period or lunch period if you can.

SMARTdesk Advice: Run an iCloud Backup By Friday

Can your SHS iPad be located via iCloud? Check now before the long break! Take a minute to complete these steps:

  • Log into iCloud with your SHS Apple ID on the iPad and turn on “Find My iPad.”
  • On your SHS iPad’s home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud. If you’re asked to sign in, enter your SHS Apple ID. Example: abrowns8@students.d125.org with as password of Shs########. If Find My iPad is turned off, tap to turn it on.
  • When you set up Find My iPad, Activation Lock is turned on automatically. Activation Lock makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your iPad if it’s ever lost or stolen.

The SMARTdesk will be closed during Winter Break. You are strongly recommended to run an iCloud backup before Friday. If you need help, visit the SMARTdesk. If you are having a problem, email nhudson@d125.org.

Freshman Band Students: Pick Up Your PE Uniform

Freshman band students: Pick up your PE uniforms for second semester at the Superstore.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Testing Center Closing Early on Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 Friday.

CLUB NEWS

Attention all animal lovers: The Animal Welfare Club will be hosting a showing of The Dolphin Tale today at 3:45 in Room 2115. Come and relax before break. All are welcome.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

Join French Club for its annual holiday celebration! Enjoy traditional French holiday treats and a French holiday movie! This Thursday after school in Room 2632.

Write Club meets Wednesday after school in Room 7018.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today, Wednesday and Thursday in the East ILC.

Sophomore Class Board meets Thursday after school in Room 1500 from 3:35-5 p.m.

CAREER EXPLORATION

If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to jobs@zingitmobile.com.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Nearly 10% of Oak Park school district absent with cold, flu

All-day kindergarten push continues in Grayslake

New Trier to hold classes on four holidays to ensure construction work gets done

Illinois Wesleyan president plans to retire next summer

Under UIC plan, part of Obama library complex would sit atop expressways

Spain designates Woodstock school as “International Spanish Academy”

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Study says U.S. 15-year-olds have far less homework than peers around world

What does the “1 in 5” campus assault statistic mean?

Audit: U.S. Department of Education lacks plan to fight student-loan defaults

In Mississippi, education money gaps grows to $1.5B

New Jersey college buys Atlantic City casino for dorm, branch campus

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Orchestra Concert in the PAC Tonight

Stevenson’s orchestras will play tonight in the Performing Arts Center. The free concert begins at 7 p.m.

Winter ArtFest Begins Tuesday

Winter ArtFest will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building. The exhibit hours are periods 1-8 on Tuesday and periods 1-7 on Wednesday. A public reception for students, parents and friends will be held Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. Every first semester art student will have work in the show.

Science Olympiad Wins Hinsdale South Invitational

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team captured the top two places at the 24-team Hinsdale South Invitational on Saturday. Every member of the Patriots’ two teams earned a medal in at least one event, and several individuals brought back multiple medals. Eric Qian was part of three first-place entries, while Brian Zhou, Kevin Cao, Jason Lu and Katherine Liu each were part of two winning teams. Other students who were on first-place teams included Tyler Gordon, Hannah Yan, Kevin Li, Becca Nelson, Shravya Gogula, David Liu, David Cao, Caroline Fatina, Borcheuh Wu, Sophia Liu, Kevin Cao, Emma Buckardt, Owen Simon, Alex Hong and Jaymo Kang.

Improv Group to Perform at SHS Tuesday Night

Stevenson’s improvisational troupe, the Failed Presidential Candidates, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. An article about the group appeared in the Daily Herald last weekend.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 59, Lake Zurich 42: Four players scored in double figures as the visiting Patriots (9-0, 3-0) remained undefeated. Ashley Richardson, Janine Fajardo, Taylor Buford and Sophia Way each scored 10 points, while Kiana Cencula added 8. SHS shot 7-for-15 from 3-point range, and only turned the ball over six times. Lake Zurich fell to 4-5, 2-2. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 3, Loyola 2: At the Heartland Ice Center, the Patriots scored the game’s first three goals, then held off the Ramblers’ rally. Jordan Marcelletti opened the scoring in the first period, with assists going to Justin Pantle and Max Spiro. Bahri Kurapey made it 2-0 with help from Daniel Levey, and Pantle provided what turned out to be the decisive goal in the second period, assisted by Marcelletti and Richard Chen. Goalie Jacob Shellist made 30 saves for SHS. – Stevenson Hockey.org

Wrestling

Stevenson at Wheeling Invitational: Zach Horwitz and Eric Carter won their weight classes, helping the Patriots to a third-place finish in the team standings behind Sandburg and Wheeling. Horwitz (11-2) used a last-second escape to win the 195-pound championship, 3-2, while Carter won the 120-pound division by a 7-3 score. SHS also received second-place finishes from Ben Ponto (126), Juwon Anderson (170), Tyler Harrington (182) and Nick Grujanac (285). Alec Nolan (106) and Nathan Reinsdorf (132) placed third, and Robert Pavlovics (152) was fourth. – Daily Herald

Fencing

Stevenson at Maine West Invitational: The Patriot girls won their four matches on the day, improving to 8-0 on the season. SHS beat Deerfield/Highland Park (37-11), Evanston (47-1), New Trier (32-16) and Maine West (44-4). The Patriot boys won three of four matches, moving to 7-1. SHS beat Deerfield/Highland Park (33-15), Evanston (40-8) and Maine West (34-14), and fell to New Trier (28-20).

Friday’s Varsity Results

Wrestling

Stevenson 42, Lake Zurich 12: The visiting Patriots improved to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. SHS started the night with a pin from 285-pounder Nick Grujanac in 2:52, then received an 11-2 major decision from Alec Nolan at 106 to take a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Tyler Harrington improved to 11-0 on the year with a pin in 1:33 at 195. Zach Horwitz moved to 9-2 with a 13-3 major decision at 220, and Juwon Anderson added a 13-4 major decision at 170. Other Patriot wins came from Eric Carter at 120, 7-3; Ben Ponto at 126, 7-1; Evan Rodriguez at 138, 7-2; Robert Pavlovics at 152, 5-3; Nikita Nepomnyashchiy at 160, 8-4; and Michael Kordek at 182, 2-1. Lake Zurich fell to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the division. – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

SMARTdesk Advice: Run an iCloud Backup By Friday

Can your SHS iPad be located via iCloud? Check now before the long break! Take a minute to complete these steps:

  • Log into iCloud with your SHS Apple ID on the iPad and turn on “Find My iPad.”
  • On your SHS iPad’s home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud. If you’re asked to sign in, enter your SHS Apple ID. Example: abrowns8@students.d125.org with as password of Shs########. If Find My iPad is turned off, tap to turn it on.
  • When you set up Find My iPad, Activation Lock is turned on automatically. Activation Lock makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your iPad if it’s ever lost or stolen.

The SMARTdesk will be closed during Winter Break. You are strongly recommended to run an iCloud backup before Friday. If you need help, visit the SMARTdesk. If you are having a problem, email nhudson@d125.org.

Freshman Band Students: Pick Up Your PE Uniform

Freshman band students: Pick up your PE uniforms for second semester at the Superstore.

Testing Center Closing Early on Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 Friday.

 

CLUB NEWS

Attention all animal lovers: The Animal Welfare Club will be hosting a showing of The Dolphin Tale Tuesday at 3:45 in Room 2115. Come and relax before break. All are welcome.

Sustainability Council meets today from 3:40-4:40 in Room 2430.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Geography Club meets today after school in Room 7004.

Anime Club meets today in Room 2113 at 3:30.

Meteorology Club meets today at 3:45 in Room 2118.

Join French Club for its annual holiday celebration! Enjoy traditional French holiday treats and a French holiday movie! This Thursday after school in Room 2632.

CAREER EXPLORATION

If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to jobs@zingitmobile.com.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Is ACT a true measure of college readiness?

Judge dismisses lawsuit against NIU fraternity tied to party death

Report: Ex-Winnetka teacher accused of abuse continued to work in schools

Chicago archbishop won’t halt school closures

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. schools are saying goodbye to foreign languages

Two years later, still learning from Sandy Hook

D.C. explores widening the road to earning a high school diploma

Teacher attrition levels continue to rise in Oklahoma

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Acting 3 Class Production Tonight

Stevenson’s Acting 3 class will feature “An Anthology of the Invisible,” a collection of original pieces written, directed and performed by students, at 7 p.m. tonight in the Studio Theatre, which is located near the Sports Center entrance. Admission is free. Park in lot B or E for easiest access.

Choir Students to Perform in Saturday Benefit Concert at SHS

The Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers will join the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra for a holiday concert extravaganza Saturday afternoon in the Performing Arts Center. Performances will take place at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, with one ticket covering an entire family. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or can be ordered at www.mya.org/store/tickets.php. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Stevenson High School Foundation and Midwest Young Artists. Click here to read more.

PPA Book Fair at Deer Park Barnes and Noble Saturday

The Patriot Parent Association will hold its first-ever book fair Saturday at the Barnes and Noble in Deer Park. The fundraiser runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will feature appearances and performances by SHS students. To see the schedule, visit the PPA web page.

Food Preparation Students Getting Help From Industry Experts

Students in the Food Preparation classes have been working with experts in the food industry this semester as part of an in-class competition to develop a healthy, refrigerated children’s meal. Students recently visited Kraft Foods headquarters to hear from nine specialists. On Tuesday, three other food industry insiders will come to SHS and meet with the students. Click here to read more.

Room Location Change for Special Ed Meeting

The room location has changed for Tuesday night’s Special Ed Community Board meeting. The meeting now will be held in Room 7096 of the East Building, beginning at 7 p.m.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, New Trier 0: Zach Singer rolled a career-best 724 series, one of the highest in school history, to pace the host Patriots (9-0) at Lakeside Lanes. Singer posted games of 245, 243 and 236. His 724 series is the ninth-best in program annals. SHS also set two other records on the day: The three-game pin total of 3,190 was fifth-highest in school history, while the third game score of 1,125 was the 10th-best single game showing. Eddie Mendrala rolled games of 243, 237 and 215 for a 695 series. Michael Aranyi shot 213, 207 and 176 as part of a 596 series. Matt Poetker pitched in with a 196, 194 and 192 for a 582 series. Richy Zenner added games of 234 and 180.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 125.5, Warren 59.5: Andrew Lefebvre and Daniel Ng each won two events to lead the Patriots in home water. Lefebvre won the 200 free (1:55.18) and 500 free (5:07.22), while Ng captured the 200 IM (2:05.10) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.44). Other individual winners included Alex Kapecki in the 50 free (22.72), Nick Baginski in the 100 butterfly (54.18) and Dmitriy Pelutis in the 100 free (51.20). SHS also won all three relays, with Baginski and Nathanael Wingfield participating in each. They were joined in the 200 medley relay by Ng and Nick Koto (1:42.89); on the 200 free relay by Kapecki and Viktor Makarskyy (1:30.63); and on the 400 free relay by Ng and Koto (3:25.00). Koto had a pair of runner-up finishes, in the 100 butterfly (56.96) and 100 backstroke (58.59). Alan Fang was second in the 200 IM (2:12.48) and in the 100 breast (1:03.66). Makarskyy was second in the 100 free (52.45), Patryk Wierzchucki was second in diving (137.3), and Daniel Mikrut placed second in the 500 free (5:26.90). The 200 medley relay team of Fang, Makarskyy, Kapecki and Kurt Holzer was second (1:43.23), while the 400 free relay unit featuring Kapecki, Makarskyy, Lefebvre and Pelutis also was second (3:26.32).

 

Senior Jordan Atkins Selected for Service Award

Jordan Atkins is one of three high school football players in the Chicago area chosen to receive the Chicago Bears Community Champion Award for excellence in community and volunteer work. Atkins, a senior, was one of the captains on Stevenson’s state champion football team. He will receive a $4,000 scholarship. Atkins and other award recipients will be honored at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter’s annual awards ceremony Monday, February 16 at Halas Hall in Lake Forest.

Football Team to be Honored at Halftime of Dec. 21 Bears Game

The state champion football team will be honored at halftime of the Chicago Bears game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, December 21 at Soldier Field.

Newman Bounces Back From Foot Fracture to Help SHS Hoops

When senior Jordan Newman suffered a fracture in his left foot on September 22, doctors told him he likely would miss the start of basketball season. Newman, however, had other ideas. He worked relentlessly in rehab and was able to come off the bench in the Patriots’ season opener.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pick Up Your PSAT Scores

PSAT scores are available for pick up in the Attendance Office, Room 2416. Please be prepared to show your ID.

Applications Online for PE, Alternative PE Leaders

Applications to become a PE Leader or Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 are available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the applications. All applications are due January 9.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Were You Named an Illinois State Scholar?

Attention Illinois State Scholars: Certificates are available for pick up in Room 2414.

Be Smart, Be Safe at Railroad Crossings

Did you know that it is illegal to cross over, under or around a railroad crossing gate when it is lowered or being raised? Someone found guilty faces a mandatory $250 fine or 25 hours of court-ordered community service for the first offense. A second offense brings a mandatory $500 fine. Many pedestrians are killed or injured each year because they misjudged the speed of an approaching train, or were fixated on a stopped train and failed to notice another coming on the opposite track.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms to Superstore

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey. Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/parents/ppa/senior-class-party. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

CLUB NEWS

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email RFedewa@d125.org.

Attention all animal lovers: The Animal Welfare Club will be hosting a showing of The Dolphin Tale on Tuesday at 3:45 in Room 2115. Come and relax before break. All are welcome.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Do you want to learn about countries you may have never heard of before? Have you taken or are you currently taking AP Human Geography? Then get Djibouti over to Geography Club! We meet every Monday after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

Anime Club meets Monday in Room 2113 at 3:30.

Meteorology Club meets Mondays at 3:45 in Room 2118. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to jobs@zingitmobile.com.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Warren board member apologizes for remarks, but won’t resign

District 211 considers moving first-semester finals before winter break

Student stabbed at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake

CPS quietly changes test growth scores, affecting rankings for 16 schools

Community shows support for charter school in Waukegan

Morrison school district shaken by sudden death of superintendent

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Is technology actually making higher education less efficient?

FCC increases money for E-Rate program for Internet in schools, libraries

Student retention rates, never that high to begin with, declining in U.S.

Oregon, needing funds for education, offers to sell forest

Teacher tracks down students 20 years later to return letters to themselves

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Give-A-Thon Wraps Up Another Successful Year

The 30th edition of Stevenson’s Give-A-Thon was one of its best. The annual all-school fundraiser, which wrapped up last week, will help hundreds of people in a number of ways, Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann said. In an email to faculty and staff, he outlined this year’s Give-A-Thon success:

  • Supported 293 Lake County families with holiday gifts
  • Supplied the Vernon Township Pantry with six months of food
  • Provided enough baby supplies to support Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) for about one year.
  • An additional $300 in gift cards were provided to families, and $500 in gift cards were given to the pantry, through T-shirt sales, restaurant benefit nights and online donations through the SHS Web Store.
  • National Honor Society members made 250 fleece blankets to help low-income families stay warm this winter.
  • The inaugural Jingle Bash raised more than $750 to provide water irrigation pumps for developing countries through Heifer International.

More than 700 student leaders and 180 faculty and staff collaborated on Give-A-Thon this year, Erdmann said.

“Beyond the numbers, you helped provide a wonderful learning experience for our students,” he said in his email to faculty and staff. ‘They learned motivational and fundraising strategies, they heard stories of people in need, they made commitments, they set goals, they formulated action plans, and they had to revise their plans when things didn’t go as expected. They could not have done any of this without your guidance and supervision. Give-A-Thon is one of the major ‘grass roots’ student-led campaigns at the school. I’m so proud that our faculty/staff puts trust in our students to lead such a massive effort, supports them when they fail, and cheers them on when they succeed.”

Students Invited to Sign Up For MLK Day of Service

Students are invited to sign up for the second annual Day of Service, which will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19. The deadline to register is Monday, January 12.

On the Day of Service, students provide two hours of volunteer work at a local not-for-profit organization. They also will take part in activities at Stevenson, including hearing from motivational speaker Tyler Hughes of Free The Children, and packing food for the Vernon Township food pantry. The event is free, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Band, Guitar Concert Videos Online

If you weren’t able to make it to the Holiday Band Concert on Monday, or Wednesday night’s Guitar Concert, you can watch videos from the Stevenson Broadcast Network on High School Cube.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 78, Libertyville 55: Matt Johnson began the game with a four-point play en route to a game-high 18 points, and he also added four steals, as the Patriots (6-0, 2-0) won their home opener in the Sports Center. Justin Smith scored 16 points, Jalen Brunson had 14 points and 11 assists, and Connor Cashaw also chipped in with 14 points for SHS, which built a 47-18 lead in the second quarter. The Wildcats (3-3, 0-2) closed the gap to 15 points midway through the third quarter, but Stevenson went on a 7-0 to squelch the rally. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald | Watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network replay

Five Earn All-Area Honorable Mention in Volleyball

Five members of the girls volleyball team earned honorable mention selection on the Pioneer Press All-Area Team: senior Dana Pflugradt, juniors Morgan Berland, Corissa Kurth and Isabella Milejczyk, and sophomore Jori Radtke.

Patriettes Dance Routine Featured in Daily Herald

The Daily Herald today includes an article about the varsity Patriettes, the school’s poms team, which this year has added a unique dance to its performance routine. The dance is a statement on cancer, courage and the value of life, performed to music and a poem.

Registration Underway for Patriot Baseball Trivia Night

SHS baseball fans are invited to get their teams together for the first-ever Patriot Baseball Trivia Night on Saturday, January 31. The fundraising event will feature trivia questions on a variety of topics, not just baseball. In addition, there will be raffle prizes, a live auction, and a cash prize for the winning team. Bring your own appetizers and beverages. Details and registration form are available at www.d125.org/baseball.

Alum Part of Lehigh’s Best Start in 30 Years

Lehigh University is one of only 15 undefeated teams in Division I women’s basketball, and a Stevenson alum is part of the roster. Kari Moffat (Class of 2013) is a sophomore guard for the 7-0 Mountain Hawks, who are off to their best start in 30 years. Moffat has played in six of Lehigh’s first seven games.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Acting 3 Production Tonight and Friday Night

You are cordially invited to this year’s Acting 3 production: An Anthology of the Invisible. Students have written, directed and will perform their original pieces tonight and Friday night in the Studio Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is free!

Pick Up Your PSAT Scores

PSAT scores are available for pick up in the Attendance Office, Room 2416. Please be prepared to show your ID.

Applications Online for PE, Alternative PE Leaders

Applications to become a PE Leader or Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 are available online at www.d125.org/PEleader. There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the applications. All applications are due January 9.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Were You Named an Illinois State Scholar?

Attention Illinois State Scholars: Certificates are available for pick up in Room 2414.

CLUB NEWS

There will be another meeting for those interested in being a part of the leadership team for the second annual Fashion Show. We will meet in Room 1612 today at 3:30. Hope to see you there!

Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting today in Room 2612 to watch Awakenings. The meeting will run from 3:45-5:30; all are welcome.

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets today after school in the Band Room.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts.

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

Chess Club meets today in Room 7022 from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Attention all animal lovers: The Animal Welfare Club will be hosting a showing of The Dolphin Tale on Tuesday at 3:45 in Room 2115. Come and relax before break. All are welcome.

CAREER EXPLORATION

If you are great with PCs and web-based tools, and want to get paid for working with computers, this opportunity is for you. Local tech company is looking for tech help. Must have solid knowledge of software and hardware. Interested candidate need to provide resume with relevant skills and experience to jobs@zingitmobile.com.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois Supreme Court picks March to start pension reform trial

Warren Township board member under fire for remarks about gays, lesbians

Audit: $21M in “urgent” repairs needed for Palatine Elementary District 15

Elgin Community College trustee says board too secretive; appeals to AG

Third former Gavin teacher pleads not guilty

Fenton High principal finalist for Kaneland superintendent position

New high school opens in downstate Knoxville

UI-Springfield offering free online course on wrongful convictions

CPS teacher running “therapy horse” program gets $100K grant

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. university enrollment continues to slide

University of Virginia students challenge Rolling Stone assault account

From potatoes to salty fries in school: Congress tweaks food rules

Colorado Supreme Court asks: What defines a public school?

Storm warning prompts school closures in California

Here’s the new way colleges are predicting grades

Why kids won’t quit technology

The Texas school board isn’t as powerful as you think

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