Friday, November 21, 2014

24-Hour Theatre Project Performance Saturday Night

The SHS Theatre Department’s annual 24-Hour Theatre Project charity fundraiser will conclude with a public performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $5.

All proceeds will go to Gilda’s Club Chicago, which provides free programs for individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Gilda’s Club offers support groups, educational lectures, healthy lifestyle programs, resource referrals, and social opportunities.

In the 24-Hour Theatre Project, students will come together after school today, and develop a script from scratch. They will determine who will fill the roles, and then will rehearse to prepare for the public performance. The director is Lauren Rawitz.

Band Chamber Concert Set for Monday

The Honor Band and Advanced Symphonic Band will perform in the Band Chamber Concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Four Students Win Awards at Whitewater Writing Festival

Four students won awards at the annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival. Jianna Lubotsky finished second in the drama category. Three other students received honorable mention honors: Victoria Lee (tales of terror and mystery), Ari Lasko (short fiction) and Abbie Brenner (drama). Approximately 1,500 students from Illinois and Wisconsin participated in the festival.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Deerfield 0: Zach Singer rolled a 697 series, Matt Poetker had a 684, and Josh Singer added a 659 as the Patriots (3-0) breezed to a 500-pin win at Lakeside Lanes. SHS, which outscored the Warriors 3,080-2,510, has yet to lose a game this season. Zach Singer had games of 246, 238 and 213, while brother Josh recorded scores of 243, 215 and 201. Poetker posted a 236, 220 and 205. The highest game of the day came from the arm of Eddie Mendrala, who had a 250. Rafa Rideo contributed a 212 game.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 75, Schaumburg 42: Sophia Way led all scorers with 21 points as the Patriots (2-0) bolted to a 19-8 first quarter lead and never looked back. SHS hit a school-record 12 3-pointers, with Way and Melanie Despinich each sinking a trio. Ashley Richardson, who had 14 points, nailed a pair of 3-pointers. Kiana Cencula added 10 points, including one trey. Despinich had 9 points. – Daily Herald

CSN Chicago to Broadcast State Semifinal Football Game

Saturday’s state semifinal football game will be shown live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Glenbard West. The game also will be streamed lived by IHSA.tv, but you’ll have to pay to watch unless you’re already a subscriber (packages start at $9.99).

Six Patriots at State Swim Meet Today

Six members of the Patriot girls swimming and diving team will compete in the IHSA state finals beginning today at Evanston Township High School. Ashlin Ruiz will swim in four events: the 100-yard butterfly and 500 freestyle, and the 200 medley and 400 free relays. She will be joined in the 200 medley relay by Irune Andres, Casey Kirby and Rachel Song. Ruiz’s partners in the 400 free relay include Andres, Shayna Salzman and Iza Pelka. Andres also will swim in the 200 individual medley, while Kirby will compete in the 100 backstroke. Click here to follow state meet results.

Buford Plans to Play for Butler Women’s Basketball

Taylor Buford, a four-year member of the girls basketball team, will continue her playing career at Butler University in Indianapolis. Buford earned selection to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Basketball Team after last season, and also was an all-county choice by the News-Sun. Buford led the Patriots in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocked shots last season. She will be returning to the area in which she lived prior to moving to District 125 before her freshman year.

Football Alum Finalist for National Award

Patriot fans are invited to vote for SHS alum and University of Iowa running back Mark Weisman, who has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Burlsworth Trophy, given to the most outstanding football player in the country that began his career as a walk-on. Fans can vote at www.burlsworthtrophy.com. Three finalists will be announced Tuesday. The award will be handed out on December 8.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

FMP Mentor Informational Meetings Today

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods in the Recital Hall today.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through next Wednesday. Bring your iPad to complete the online survey, which will offer the Steering Committee valuable feedback as it moves forward with the hiring process.

Find Out Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, please visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” banner.

Testing Center Closing Early Next Wednesday

The Testing Center will close at 2:30 on Wednesday.

CLUB NEWS

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500.

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

Heard stories about pit bulls? Think all pit bulls are aggressive? Animal Welfare Club invites you to come hear a presentation from “It’s a Pittie Rescue,” an animal rescue group for pit bulls. Learn more about pit bulls and interact with a pit bull that is a certified therapy dog. We will be meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2115.

Chinese Club invites you to play Mahjong, an authentic and popular game in China. Come enjoy the game and Chinese food with us in Room 2812 on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

ATHLETICS

Preseason softball workouts are being held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Cardio Room. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org or visit the softball web page.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Key ruling on Illinois pension law expected today

Teachers union, advocates protest CPS borrowing

Rauner faces uphill battle on education, finances

Duncan not taking sides on CPS’ request to delay PARCC testing

Palatine High cross country runner hit by car; driver cited

Chicago schools chief backs mayor’s minimum-wage proposal

College of DuPage trustee bites back at criticism over criticism over meal expenses

Downstate Paxton-Buckley-Loda High to try free breakfast for all students

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Not a pretty picture: A call to action for black girls in school

Cisco CEO, wife give $100M gift to University of Wisconsin

Why working with young children is (still) a dead-end job

At Ferguson High School, everyone has a Michael Brown story

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Social Worker’s Thanksgiving Tradition Helps Children of Addicts

For most students, next week’s Thanksgiving break will be a time for family gatherings filled with good food and wonderful memories. For students who have family members struggling with alcoholism or drug abuse, however, time at home can be extraordinarily stressful.

“Holidays and long weekends are dreaded by these kids,” said Social Worker Janet Sushinski. “The dysfunction they face at home or at a relative’s house is a real challenge for them.”

For most of her 20 years at Stevenson, Sushinski has provided a positive Thanksgiving experience for students in the Children Of Addicts support group, one of 15 support groups offered by Stevenson’s Student Services Division. On the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, she brings the group together for a midday meal filled with turkey, stuffing, potatoes and other treats.

In addition to food, there are games, conversation, and a brief talk from one of the students (typically a senior) who gives a short talk about why they are there and what the meal means. They eat, they laugh and sometimes they cry, but unlike at home, there’s no waiting for the other shoe to drop. Here, they are safe.

“Our goal is to provide them a role model for what Thanksgiving should be like,” she said.

This year, between 15 and 20 people are expected to attend, about half of them current students and half alumni who once belonged to the group.

“This is the highlight of the year for some of these kids,” said Sushinski, who has been a social worker for 28 years, 20 of them at Stevenson. “It becomes a real sense of family, between the students who are here and the alumni who come back. This year, we’ve even got one alum who’s rearranging her exam schedule so she can make it. This is their sober family.”

When Sushinski started working at Stevenson, the Children of Addicts group didn’t exist but she soon saw the need for one.  Early in her tenure, she attended a conference and heard about the Thanksgiving meal idea, and decided to give it a try.

From the beginning, the meal has been a labor of love for Sushinski and the Student Services Division, which includes the school’s counselors, deans, social workers, nurses, registrars and others. They bring in side dishes, sweets and drinks, and will take care of preparing and cleaning up in the College/Career Center, where the meal is held. Until the last couple of years, Sushinski’s father and stepmother cooked the turkey. Now, all the hot food is prepared by Sunset Foods, which is owned by the family of the school’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Cristina Cortesi.

The group draws students from a broad range of backgrounds, underlining the ubiquity of substance abuse.

“Our students are from across the board,” Sushinski said. “We have high-achievers, kids who are barely getting by, and everything in between.”

The group meets regularly to talk about the challenges and the frustrations that come with having a family member who is addicted to alcohol or drugs — or who is trying to stay sober.

“No matter what their background is, these kids have a lot in common because of the addiction,” she said. “They share the same struggles and they speak the same lingo. Kids will say at the end of the year that this group was the thing that saved them. It’s what keeps them going through the year.”

Health Teachers Giving Presentation in St. Charles

Health teachers Tom Loew and Chad Dauphin will give a presentation today on “New Ideas and Activities in Health Education” at the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s annual conference in St. Charles.

Stained Glass Window Feedback Deadline Extended

The deadline to provide feedback on the stained glass window designs has been extended to Wednesday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Carmichael Selected for Diving Coaches Hall of Fame

Stevenson girls diving coach Don Carmichael will be inducted into the Illinois Swimming and Diving Coaches Association Hall of Fame on December 8. Carmichael has been named the state’s top diving coach four times, in 1998, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and has coached two state champions: Jessie Mowrer (1998) and Kerrin Seymour (2006 and 2009). Carmichael has served as the school’s girls diving coach since 1985, and also was the boys diving coach from 1985-1998. In 2011, he was inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame.

State Semifinal Football Notes

TribLocal writes about the Marchese family’s impact on SHS football. First came Joe, a 2013 graduate who now plays on the offensive line for the University of Maryland. Now, the Patriot roster includes senior Jimmy, an inside linebacker, and sophomore twins Henry and Michael. Henry has been part of the varsity receiving corps all season, while Michael was just added to the expanded playoff roster. … No shuttle service will be available from alternate parking lots to the Glenbard West campus on Saturday, so SHS fans are advised to carpool and arrive early. … Two members of the SHS coaching staff are Glenbard West graduates: Josh Hjorth and Erik Jensen. … Glenbard West has won two football state championships. The Hilltoppers captured the Class 7A crown in 2012 and the 5A title in 1983. Glenbard West also has two runner-up finishes.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Help SWAT Celebrate the Great American Smokeout

Stop by the Wood Commons during all lunch periods today to help celebrate the Great American Smokeout. The SHS SWAT Team (Students Working Against Tobacco) will be present, along with a representative from the American Cancer Society. The Great American Smokeout event encourages smokers to make this the day to quit or make a plan to quit. You’ll also be able to sign-up for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which will be held next June.

FMP Mentor Informational Meetings on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods in the Recital Hall on Friday.

Pep Bus Available for Saturday’s Football Game

A pep bus will be available for students who want to attend Stevenson’s IHSA Class 8A state football semifinal game at Glenbard West on Saturday. Students who want to ride the bus must turn in a completed permission form (click here to download) and $10 to cover the cost of a game ticket and transportation. Presale tickets are available through Friday in the Superstore for $6. The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through next Wednesday. Bring your iPad to complete the online survey, which will offer the Steering Committee valuable feedback as it moves forward with the hiring process.

Find Out Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, please visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” link to the right. www.d125.org/academics/science.aspx

Testing Center Closing Early Next Wednesday

The Testing Center will close at 2:30 on Wednesday.

CLUB NEWS

Heard stories about pit bulls? Think all pit bulls are aggressive? Animal Welfare Club invites you to come hear a presentation from “It’s a Pittie Rescue,” an animal rescue group for pit bulls. Learn more about pit bulls and interact with a pit bull that is a certified therapy dog. We will be meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2115.

Chinese Club invites you to play Mahjong, an authentic and popular game in China. Come enjoy the game and Chinese food with us in Room 2812 on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

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

Law Club meets today at 3:45 in Room 7054.

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

Pass on the Beat meets today after school in the Band Room.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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.

ATHLETICS

Preseason softball workouts are being held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Cardio Room. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org or visit d125.org/softball.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report says Illinois schools making progress, but not enough

Barrington, Elk Grove, Gurnee districts honored for digital learning programs

Campus debate about racism at University of Chicago leads to ugly Facebook hack

Aldermen turn up heat on CPS bond deals; public jeers school board chief

Teacher reprimanded over survey plans run for Batavia school board

NIU professor named Illinois Professor of the Year

Harper, College of Lake County going smoke-free January 1

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Gunman killed, 3 students wounded in Florida State University shooting

Washington state school district tries arming administrators to protect students

What California’s college tuition hike says about the future of higher education

Colleges’ prestige doesn’t guarantee a top-flight learning experience

Principal’s retweet triggers student walkout in Virginia

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stained Glass Window Feedback Deadline Friday

Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice talked with Pioneer Press about the stained glass window project underway to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. The window, which will cover the four glass panels above the Sports Center entrance, is scheduled to be installed by the end of May. Students, staff and all members of the Stevenson community are invited to offer feedback on the window design proposals, which are on display in the Information and Learning Center through Friday.

Class of 2014 Artwork on Display at Village Hall

Artwork by several members of the Class of 2014 will be on display at the Lincolnshire Village Hall through early January. The artwork is part of the school’s permanent collection. Students in the show include Rebecca Weisz, Danielle Rudy, Jack Cottle, Margaret Krebs, Dylan Tuckman, Tessa Kamp, Kylee Twarowski, Nick Averill and Andrea Hunt. The Lincolnshire Village Hall is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during evening meetings.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 44, Evanston 32: Ashley Richardson scored a career-high 19 points, including a 10-for-13 performance from the free throw line, and the visiting Patriots rallied past the Wildkits in their season opener. SHS outscored Evanston 16-0 in the fourth quarter, after entering the period trailing, 32-28. Janine Fajardo added 12 points. – Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Libertyville 0: At Lakeside Lanes, Matt Poetker led the Patriots (2-0) led a trio of bowlers with three-game series scores above 600. Poetker rolled games of 236, 220 and 198 for a 654 series. Eddie Mendrala had a 625 series, with games of 225, 210 and 190. Zach Singer added a 616, which included a 214 plus a pair of 201s. Richy Zenner bowled a 572 (213, 207, 152). Rafa Ridao appeared in two games, recording scores of 222 and 184. Michael Aranyi had a 203 in his lone appearance. SHS broke the 3,000-pin barrier again, outscoring the Wildcats, 3,075-2,605.

Three Patriots Picked for All-NSC Girls Volleyball Team

Three members of the Patriot girls volleyball team earned spots on the All-North Suburban Conference team, while two others received honorable mention. Selected to the team were junior libero Morgan Berland, junior setter Corissa Kurth, and sophomore outside hitter Jori Radtke. Honorable mention honors went to senior libero Dana Pflugradt and junior outside hitter Isabela Milejczyk.

Former Volleyball Coach Earns Top Honor in CCIW

Former Stevenson volleyball coach Leanne Ulmer earned Coach of the Year honors in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. She guided Carthage College to the league championship. The Lady Reds finished the year with a 36-4 record and reached the championship match of the NCAA Division III Regional in Kenosha before falling to top-ranked Calvin College.

Water Polo Fundraiser at Go Roma Lincolnshire Today

Stevenson’s water polo teams are having a fundraiser today at Go Roma in Lincolnshire from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Twenty percent of sales will come back to the water polo program by using this flyer (PDF).

Correction

Monday’s Digest incorrectly reported that the girls fencing team won the overall championship of the SHS Fencing Invitational last Saturday. Stevenson won the women’s foil title.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Bake Sale Today

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

FMP Mentor Informational Meetings on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods in the Recital Hall on Friday.

Pep Bus Available for Saturday’s Football Game

A pep bus will be available for students who want to attend Stevenson’s IHSA Class 8A state football semifinal game at Glenbard West on Saturday. Students who want to ride the bus must turn in a completed permission form (click here to download) and $10 to cover the cost of a game ticket and transportation. Presale tickets are available through Friday in the Superstore for $6. The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods.

Help SWAT Celebrate the Great American Smokeout

Stop by the Wood Commons during all lunch periods on Thursday to help celebrate the Great American Smokeout. The SHS SWAT Team (Students Working Against Tobacco) will be present, along with a representative from the American Cancer Society. The Great American Smokeout event encourages smokers to make this the day to quit or make a plan to quit. You’ll also be able to sign-up for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which will be held next June.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through Friday.

Find Out Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, please visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” link to the right. www.d125.org/academics/science.aspx

CLUB NEWS

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.

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

Law Club meets Thursday at 3:45 in Room 7054.

COLLEGE NEWS

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the College/Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up the nomination form. The form is due back to the CCC by Friday.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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

Schools plead different sides of proposed school funding shakeup

University of Illinois names new president

Third teacher surrenders; charged with not reporting suspected abuse

80 semi-retired Oakton Community College teachers could lose their job

SIU-Edwardsville professor to serve on Ferguson commission

Chicago Public Schools changes school ratings … again

Forest Ridge District 142 official will pay for buyout from contract with old district

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Feds investigating K-12 districts for mishandling sexual assault allegations

Department of Education calls tracking a modern-day form of segregation

Citywide school enrollment plan recommended for Detroit

Are selective colleges with big-time sports at greater risk of compromising academics?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eight From Congressional Debate Team Win Awards

Eight members of the Congressional Debate team won awards at Saturday’s Illinois Congressional Debate Association Region III conference at Naperville North High School. Senior Jenny Zhang won Best Quality Speaker honors out of the 500 students who competed. She also earned a First Place Speaker award, along with classmate Matthew Rice and junior Anvesh Jalasutram. Second Place Speaker honors were given to juniors Bill Wei, Alex Smith and Pratik Kamat. The Third Place Speaker award went to senior Barton Hwang. Junior Pouya Akbarzadeh was elected the best Presiding Officer in his chamber.

Freshman Speaks at TEDxYouth@LakeVilla

Freshman Tanvee Patankar was one of the speakers at the inaugural TEDxYouth@LakeVilla event held Saturday during the worldwide TEDYouthDay. She advocated the creation of personal finance classes in high school to help students better handle their money. Patankar was the final speaker of the day; you can watch it here, beginning at the 2:26:10 mark. TEDxYouth@LakeVilla took place at Lakes Community High School. One hundred and twenty-five middle school and high school students took part.

Communication Arts Faculty to Present at NCTE Conference

Twelve members of the Communication Arts faculty will be giving presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Presenters and their topics include:

  •      “Making Meaning From the Outside In and the Inside Out” by Kirsten Voelker, Melissa Mack and Denise Foster;
  •      “Stories in New Forms: Teaching Digital Literacies” by Laura Brown;
  •      “Slaying the Dragons: How the Story of My Learning Empowers Students as Heroes” by Bill Fritz, Nicole Smith, Mark Patton and Liz Kenney;
  •      “Evaluating Student Writing Quickly and Effectively” by Steve Heller and Martha Keller, with Jocelyn Chadwick of the Harvard Graduate School of Education;
  •      “An Actor’s Toolbox: Using Theater Techniques to Unlock a Text” by Director of Communication Arts Doug Lillydahl, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Mark Onuscheck, and his wife, professional actor Julie Onuscheck;
  •      “Now Screening at NCTE 2014 (aka the Film Festival)” by Liz Kenney and retired Communication Arts teacher Mary Christel.

Chinese Teachers Giving Presentation in San Antonio

Stevenson’s Chinese teachers will be giving a presentation on “Collaborative Learning in the Chinese Classroom” on Saturday at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language’s annual conference in San Antonio.

Glowing Review for “Cabaret”

Alan Bresloff, who runs the Around the Town Chicago website, wrote a glowing review of last weekend’s production of “Cabaret.” If the production were ongoing, Bresloff said he would give it four stars. He lavished praise on a number of people involved with the musical, both on stage and off.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tickets on Sale for State Semifinal Football Game

Presale tickets for Saturday’s IHSA Class 8A state semifinal football game at Glenbard West are available for $6 through the Patriot Superstore. The store is open before school and during the lunch periods. Pep buses for students will be available. Students who want to ride the bus must turn in a completed permission form (click here to download) and $10 to cover the cost of a game ticket and transportation.

Football Broadcast Information

Plans for live broadcast coverage of Saturday’s semifinal are still coming together, but replay times are locked in place. The contest will be the CN100 Game of the Week, and will be shown on Comcast cable channel 100 at noon on Sunday, and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 25.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

FMP Mentor Informational Meetings on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods in the Recital Hall on Friday.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through Friday.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Find Out Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, please visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” link to the right. www.d125.org/academics/science.aspx

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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.

CLUB NEWS

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

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

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

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

Write Club meets Wednesday after school in Room 7018.

COLLEGE NEWS

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the College/Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up the nomination form. The form is due back to the CCC by Friday.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

University of Illinois has third-most international students among U.S. colleges

Pleasant Plains teachers picket amid stalled contract negotiations

Controversial professor sues University of Illinois over access to documents

New Trier renovations might mean longer summer breaks, fewer holidays

Court puts hold on Crystal Lake South bleacher demolition

Mundelein High School ready to sell Village Green Golf Club

Demolition begins today on original home of Libertyville High School

Springfield school district braces for loss of $6M in categorical funding

Fire destroys former elementary school in Lincoln Park

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

FCC wants to give schools an extra $1.5B for Internet access

Controversial Texas textbooks headed to classrooms

Colleges and universities charge more, keep less, new report finds

Watchdog probe finds Boston school officials created “slush fund”

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Social Studies Faculty to Give Presentations in Boston

Eleven members of the Social Studies Division faculty will be giving presentations at the 94th National Council for Social Studies annual conference in Boston Thursday through Sunday. Presenters and their topics include:

  • “Psychology Peer Evaluation” by Jenna Breuer, Nancy Fenton, Laura Brandt, Stephanie Levenbrook and Laurie Feinzimer;
  • “Improving Literacy Skills for All Students in the Government Classroom” by Michelle Stone and Maureen Rubenstein;
  •  “Civic Education in Sociology through Service Learning and Action Research” and “Reading/Writing for High School Sociology in the Classroom to Engage Critical and Creative Thinking” by Chris Salituro;
  • “Active Citizenship in AP Government” by Andy Conneen and Vanessa Lal;
  • “Civics in Action Reducing the Federal Budget by 2020” for AP Government and AP Macroeconomics by Sandra Wright and Michelle Stone;
  • “US History Formative Assessment: Merging Content and 21st Century Literacy Skills” by Dave Elbaum and Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation Tony Reibel.
  • “Map It Out” by Greg Sherwin and Parisa Watson of Westosha Central High School in Salem, Wisconsin.

School Expecting Visit From 45 Educators in Five States

Forty-five visitors from seven schools or school districts are scheduled to visit Stevenson on Tuesday as part of the monthly site visit program for educators. The visitors will be representing: Chaska High School in Chaska, Minnesota; Farrington High School in Honolulu, Hawaii and Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii; Little Chute Area School District in Little Chute, Wisconsin and Lomira High School in Lomira, Wisconsin; Taylor Community School in Kokomo, Indiana; and Sesser-Valier High School in Sesser, Illinois.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 8A State Quarterfinal: The Patriots beat New Trier, 38-10, earning a 12th victory for the second time in school history and setting up a state semifinal showdown at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glenbard West. SHS is the top seed in the Class 8A playoffs and the Hilltoppers are No. 2. This will be Stevenson’s second straight semifinal appearance and the fourth in program history. The win was head coach Bill McNamara’s 50th in five seasons at the helm. Against New Trier (10-2), Stevenson started slowly and fell behind 3-0 as the Trevians controlled the action. The Patriot defense took control early in the second quarter. James Mahoney intercepted a pass at the Trevian 33, and four plays later, Cameron Green caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Willie Bourbon as SHS took a 7-3 lead and never looked back. Mahoney had a second interception that also led to a Stevenson score. Overall, the Patriot defense forced five turnovers. Green caught nine passes on the day for 108 yards. Bourbon was 16-of-27 passing for 222 yards and two TDs, and also ran for a score. Jack Joseph carried the ball 13 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Lucas Wax returned a fumble 34 yards for a score in the third quarter. Mike Gambino added an 18-yard field goal. New Trier scored its touchdown with 28 seconds left in the game.  - Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots qualified six swimmers for this weekend’s state meet at Evanston Township High School. Leading the way will be Ashlin Ruiz, who will swim in four events. She finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (58.02), fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:06.93), and was a member of two third-place relay teams: the 200 medley with Casey Kirby, Irune Andres and Rachel Song (1:48.55), and the 400 free with Andres, Shayna Salzman and Iza Pelka (3:34.79). Andres tied for second in the 200 individual medley (2:10.42) and Kirby was fourth in the 100 backstroke (58.90). SHS finished third in the team standings with 220.5 points, a half-point behind Barrington. Fremd won top honors with 299.5 points. – Official results | Daily Herald

Fencing

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriot girls captured the women’s overall team trophy, and had six individual placewinners. Kristen Rehberger finished second in women’s foil while Nicole Strezewski tied for third. Lisa Rosov tied for third in women’s sabre, and Jiyun Yu and Nikita Jhangiani tied for third in women’s epee. Sharon Kim was eighth in women’s foil. On the boys’ side, two Patriots placed in men’s epee: Zimo Zhu tied for third, and James Daigler was eighth.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 3, Barrington 3

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory Meeting for All Sophomores Today

Sophomores: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period today. You must attend this meeting even if you have a club meeting during the activity period. Counselor locations will be posted throughout the school.

FMP Mentor Informational Meetings on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods in the Recital Hall on Friday.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through Friday.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Find Out Science Opportunities Available for Students

For information on upcoming science events, contests, career exploration, awards and scholarships outside of SHS for students, please visit the science web page and click on the “Student Opportunities” link to the right. www.d125.org/academics/science.aspx

COLLEGE NEWS

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the College/Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up the nomination form. The form is due back to the CCC by Friday.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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.

CLUB NEWS

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

Anime Club meets today in Room 2113 at 3:30. For more information, contact Mrs. Praljak at dpraljak@d125.org.

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Geography Club meets today after school in Room 7004.

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

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets today 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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Lawmakers refocus on state school funding formula

Did Chicago really have the worst school system in the nation?

Truant officers might return to Chicago Public Schools

Southern Illinois to lose regional education office to consolidation

Report: Colleges, universities in Chicago’s Loop contribute $3.2B to region economy

David Schwimmer attends Mundelein High’s production of his play

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Information on 8,000 Seattle school students improperly released

Washington state schools chief: No more tests for high school graduation

Applications by the dozen, as anxious high school seniors hedge college bets

Search tuition and fees for more than 3,100 colleges and universities

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Feedback Sought on Stained Glass Window Designs

All 11 design proposals for the SHS 50th anniversary commemorative stained glass window are on display in the Information and Learning Center through Friday, November 21. Students, staff and the community are invited to provide feedback on the proposals to help guide the hiring and design committee.

As part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration, several parent and student organizations are commissioning an artist or studio to help design and create a four-panel stained glass window that will be placed above the Sports Center entrance. The selected studio will be asked to capture the ideas presented by SHS student Sabrina Zhang’s design that was submitted for the 50th anniversary logo contest. Although the window design doesn’t have to be an exact representation, artists are asked to honor the spirit of Zhang’s image, which reflects the school’s mission of “Success For Every Student,” plus its history and diversity.

The stained glass studios submitting proposals were: Art and Glass Studio of Wheaton; Botti Studio of Architectural Arts from Evanston; Colored Smith of Riverside; Conrad Schmitt Studios in New Berlin, Wisconsin; Circle Studio in Chicago; Flying Glass Studio of Grafton, Wisconsin; Gilbertson’s Stained Glass Studio from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Larry Zgoda Studio in Chicago; Radina Glass Studio of Aurora; Solstice Art Source in Chicago; and Suevel Studios in Arlington Heights.

Choral Groups to Sing at Benefit Concert for Foundation, MYA

Stevenson’s Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers will join the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra for a holiday concert extravaganza on Saturday, December 13. There will be two performances, at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, with one ticket covering an entire family. Tickets 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. A wide range of holiday music will be performed, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. There also will be a performance of “Let it Go” from the animated film Frozen.

The Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra is composed of students from area high schools who have completed a rigorous audition process. The concerts will feature arrangements by MYA choral faculty member Gary Fry, who is the Emmy Award-winning composer behind the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Welcome Yule!” performances.

Fry has worked with Stevenson’s choral program before. Last year, he was commissioned by the Fine Arts Division and Choral Guild to write “The Things That Are To Be,” a song inspired by the words of Adlai E. Stevenson II, the school’s namesake. The song made its debut at last December’s Choral Concert.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, New Trier 0: Matt Poetker rolled a 715 series to lead the Patriots in their season-opening match at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove. Poetker recorded games of 265, 258 and 192. Richy Zenner had a trio of games over 200 (227, 212, 203) as part of a 642 series. Eddie Mendrala added a 258 game and a 629 series. The Patriots outscored the Trevians, 3,006-2,371, over three games.

Boys Ice Hockey

Rockford 6, Stevenson 1

Crowded Campus Scene Set for Saturday

Stevenson’s campus will be buzzing Saturday, as three major sporting events will take place. The Patriot football team takes on New Trier at 1 p.m., several hours after the start of two other gatherings. SHS is a host site for an Illinois High School Association girls swimming and diving sectional that includes 12 schools (click here to check results later Saturday), and the fencing program opens its season with the annual Stevenson Fencing Invitational in the Field House.

Stevenson vs. Simeon Hoops Debate

The first basketball game hasn’t been played yet, but the debate is already underway: Should Stevenson or Simeon be No. 1 in the preseason rankings? Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times makes the case for both schools.

Following Coach’s Plan Pays Off for Oh

This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about senior Sammy Oh and the path he took to finish sixth at last weekend’s state cross country meet. Oh trusted that head coach Scott Summers’ plan at the start of the season would pay off, and it did in a big way: Oh posted a personal-best time of 14 minutes, 33.18 seconds in the state final, the third-fastest run in school history. “Some schools try for their best times along the way in the season,” Sommers told the paper. “That’s not how we do it here. We set up a practice routine and I kept telling him if it works in practice, it will work in the races.”

Bright Outlook for Girls Volleyball Team

Four of the top six players from the regional champion girls volleyball team are expected to return in 2015. Leading the way will be Jori Radtke, who as a sophomore racked up 346 kills, the highest single-season total in head coach Tim Crow’s 13 seasons. “I can’t say enough about what a competitor Jori is,” Crow told the Lincolnshire Review. “She was willing as a sophomore to put everything on her shoulders. I really like this group. It was amazing to see the growth from the beginning of the season.”

Volleyball Alum Earns Rookie of the Week Honors Again

For the third time this season, 2014 graduate Khaila Donaldson has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. Donaldson, a freshman on the Howard University women’s volleyball team, recorded 23 kills and 22 digs in a pair of victories last weekend against Morgan State and Coppin State, helping the Bison earn a share of the MEAC Northern Division title.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory Meeting for All Sophomores Monday

Sophomores: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Monday. You must attend this meeting even if you have a club. Counselor locations will be posted throughout the school.

FMP Mentor Informational Meetings November 21

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) in the Recital Hall on Friday, November 21.

ILC Celebrating Diwali With Henna Painting Today

The ILC and the Indian Student Association are celebrating Diwali on Friday. The ILC will have henna painting during the lunch periods.

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.

CLUB NEWS

Today after school in Room 1500 the Interactive Gamers Club will host its annual Commander tournament. The cost is $10, and students will receive one pre-constructed deck to play with. New players always welcome!

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

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? The Green Team and SAVE have merged and become Sustainability Council. Come join us Mondays 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.

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Geography Club meets Monday after school in Room 7004.

Anime Club meets Monday in Room 2113 at 3:30. For more information, contact Mrs. Praljak at dpraljak@d125.org.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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

Three teachers charged for failing to report abuse in Gavin District 37

University of Illinois clears way for convicted radical to teach again

University of Illinois expects to name new president before December 1

Why so few white kids attend Chicago public schools, and why it matters

District 300 may phase out valedictorians at its high schools

Bloomington mayor asks state attorney general to rule on school land dispute

East St. Louis truancy officer charged with drug offenses near school

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Thousands of Colorado high school students refuse to take state tests

Using data to predict students headed for trouble

Houston approves plan for Arabic-immersion school

Tennessee’s polarizing education commissioner resigns

GAO: Oversight needed of Native American schools

Student’s protest sparks debate over weighing at school

Omaha school board backs plan to scrap property tax levy shared by 11 districts

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Musical Takes the Stage This Weekend

The Fine Arts Division will present its fall musical, Cabaret, this weekend in the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. This is the second time in Stevenson’s 50-year history that “Cabaret” has been performed as the fall musical. The first time was in 1995.

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased through the SHS Web Store or in person at the Patriot Superstore. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Approximately 100 students are involved in the production as part of the cast, crew or pit orchestra. The lead roles will feature Allison Phillips, who is the central figure in a complex relationship with two men, played by Alex Knezevic and Andy Cohen. Other speaking roles will feature Sammie Landau, Matanel Roitman, Emma Harmon, Noah Chisman and Blake Zimmerman. Click here to see the entire cast, crew and pit orchestra.

Today, the cast and crew will have a dress rehearsal performance before more than 500 local eighth-grade students, plus another 60 students in Stevenson’s Creative Writing and Special Education Arts Survey courses.

Proposed Development to Have Minimal Impact on SHS

A proposed townhouse development in Lincolnshire would have a minimal impact on Stevenson, according to the company seeking its approval. The Lincolnshire Review reports that Pulte Homes is asking the Village of Lincolnshire for permission to build 102 townhouses on 20 acres of undeveloped land in the Sedgebrook retirement complex. A Pulte representative told the Village Board on Monday that the new neighborhood would provide five additional students to SHS, and six or seven to Aptakisic-Tripp Elementary District 102 and Lincolnshire-Prairie View Elementary District 103. The development area would fall equally in both elementary districts.

Baroque Ensemble Mentors to Perform in Grayslake

New Comma Baroque, a professional trio that works closely with Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble — the first period-instrument musical group among Illinois public schools — will perform Sunday afternoon at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. The concert, which kicks off the 13th annual Early Music Series, will feature music by composers favored by Frederick the Great of Prussia, including Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Click here for more information.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Nine Patriots Sign National Letters of Intent

Nine student-athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday to continue their playing careers in college. The list included Willie Bourbon (Northwestern, baseball), Jalen Brunson (Villanova, men’s basketball), Connor Cashaw (Rice, men’s basketball), Tyler Harrington (North Dakota State, wrestling), Colin Harvey (Michigan State, men’s tennis), Kendall Kirsch (Wisconsin, women’s tennis), Zoe Manion (Xavier, women’s tennis), Matt Poetker (Mount Mercy, men’s bowling), and Shayna Salzman (Wright State, women’s swimming).

Football Team Seeks Second 12-Win Season in School History

The SHS football team has won 12 games in a season one time: 1996. This year’s edition would become the second if it can defeat New Trier in the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state quarterfinals in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday. This will be the third time the Patriots and the Trevians have clashed in the state playoffs. SHS has come out on top in the first two meetings, winning first-round matchups in 2010 (21-0) and 2009 (28-7). Pioneer Press previews Saturday’s game.

There’s good news for Patriot fans who can’t attend Saturday’s game and would like to watch it online. The game will be shown for free by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube, rather than at IHSA.tv, which would have required a fee.

Fall Sports Awards Night Tuesday

Student-athletes who have participated in athletics this fall are invited to bring their parents to the Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The evening begins in the Sports Center, followed by individual sport recognition ceremonies held in rooms throughout the building. Read Athletic Director Trish Betthauser’s blog for more information on awards nights.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Costa Rica Trip Application Deadline Friday

Do you want to go to Costa Rica? The Stevenson Science Division is giving you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Costa Rican wilderness for nine days next June. All application materials can be found on Stevenson’s Student Travel Experiences website.  Hurry! Space is limited and applications are due Friday. Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080) or Ms. Dean in the West Science Office (Room 1514).

ILC Celebrating Diwali With Henna Painting Friday

The ILC and the Indian Student Association are celebrating Diwali on Friday. The ILC will have henna painting during the lunch periods.

Submit to the Half-Wit by Friday

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org by Friday along with your name and ID number.

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.

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

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/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

CLUB NEWS

Psychology Club will be meeting in Room 2612 at 3:45 today for yearbook pictures and a discussion of Positive Psychology.  All are welcome.

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. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

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

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

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Do you want an opportunity to earn some service hours? Do you want free food? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then come join the Sustainability Council! Last spring, Green Team and SAVE came together to participate in the green initiative of renewing SHS’s LEED Gold certification. Now they have merged to make one club that would include the work days of SAVE and the school/community green initiatives of Green Team. Green Team + SAVE= Sustainability Council! The Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. Come join us! For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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

University of Illinois trustees to vote on $180K bonus for retiring president

Oswego District 308 says nothing “unethical or illegal” about emails

Waukegan students will have to make up all days missed due to teacher strike

District 300 plans shift in weighting of grades for elective courses

Prairie Grove District 46 board member resigns with scathing letter

Elgin Community College board split on offering 4-year degrees

Evergreen Park High School’s first school nurse dies

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Cost of college education continues to increase

U.S. to focus on equity in assigning of teachers

Schools increasingly using technology to work around snow days

Common Core leading to major changes in reading instruction

Maryland school district scraps all mention of religious holidays from calendar

Communities struggle to reach homeless students living in the shadows

Director of education think tank resigns in wake of flawed New Orleans study

New York high school principal’s 100-mile run leads to $100K donation

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