Friday, October 31, 2014

Stevenson Stands Tall Among State Schools

Today marks the annual release of standardized testing results for public schools in the state of Illinois, and Stevenson stands out in every category.

Stevenson had an average score of 26.4 on the ACT college entrance exam in the 2013-14 school year, the top mark among Lake County public high schools, and 87.5% of students who took the Prairie State Achievement Exam last spring met or exceeded state standards. Statewide, only 54% of students met or exceeded state standards. State-released data also shows that 86% of Stevenson students are prepared for college, versus 46% of all Illinois high schoolers. Click here to see Stevenson’s state report card.

District 125’s consortium schools — elementary and junior high schools from which SHS draws most of its students — also did well. Lincolnshire-Prairie View District 103, Kildeer Countryside District 96, and Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 were among the county’s leaders in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. Those districts also ranked near the top in student growth measurements.

Daily Herald: Stevenson High again earns top marks on report cards

Senior Second in First Amendment Contest

Senior Kellie Roth took second place in the annual First Amendment essay and art contest sponsored by the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, and the Chicago Tribune. She and the other contest winners will be honored at the chapter’s Jerold S. Solovy Freedom Award Dinner Tuesday, November 11 in Chicago. This year, several thousand middle and high school students were invited to enter the contest and submit essays, works of art, and multimedia that answered the question, “How does the First Amendment affect my daily life?” Winners attending the event will read excerpts of their work and receive scholarships from the ADL.

Free Concert By Great Lakes Naval Show Band on Sunday

The Great Lakes Naval Station show band, Liberty Call, will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the West Auditorium. Although the show is free, the Stevenson Foundation is requesting that those planning to attend register online at stevensonfoundation.org. Sunday’s concert is part of the foundation’s Professional Performance Series. Future free shows include the Natya Dance Troupe (January 25), Q101 morning show personality Kathy Hart (February 8) and “breakfast queen” Ina Pinkney (April 19). Also scheduled are a March 20 appearance by Close to You, a Carpenters tribute band, and a children’s play, “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin.” Tickets for Close to You are $20, while “Aladdin” tickets are $5. Tickets can be ordered at stevensonfoundation.org or by calling 847-415-4121.

Foundation Director Shares Lincolnshire Favorites

Stevenson Foundation Executive Director Greg Diethrich is featured in this week’s “Splash” supplement produced by Sun-Times Media. He talks about some of his favorite spots in Lincolnshire to eat and for entertainment.

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 4A Regional: Jori Radtke slammed 17 kills and Corissa Kurth served 7 aces and dished out 27 assists as the Patriots upset second-seeded Hersey, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, to capture its fifth consecutive regional championship. SHS (23-13), which lost twice to the Huskies (31-6) earlier this season, advances to the Glenbrook North Sectional. The seventh-seeded Patriots will face No. 3 Carmel (32-5) in the sectional semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. After losing the second set to Hersey and falling behind in the third, Stevenson rallied behind the serving of Kurth and Morgan Berland, who had 22 digs, and strong frontline play from Anna Drozdzewicz (2 blocks), Emily Brasier and Jacqueline Green. Isabella Milejczyk finished off the match with her 11th kill of the night. Radke added 15 digs and Kurth had 14. SHS had six blocks. The regional championship was the 10th in head coach Tim Crow’s 13 seasons, and the 24th in program history. – Daily Herald

Basketball Team Ranked No. 21 by USA Today

Stevenson’s boys basketball team is ranked No. 21 in the first USA Today Super 25 of the 2014-15 season. The Patriots will open play November 24 against Argo in the Lyons Township Thanksgiving Tournament. The game will take place at Hinsdale Central.

Football Game on SBN/High School Cube Tonight

Tonight’s Stevenson-Lyons Township playoff football game will be broadcast by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube at 7 o’clock tonight. The link to watch is at: http://hscu.be/e/383171. Today’s Daily Herald has an article featuring head coach Bill McNamara and his thoughts on the Class 8A northern bracket, which might be the toughest in the state. The article also has a note about a special visitor who stood on the sidelines for last week’s game at Libertyville: Northwestern University head football coach Pat Fitzgerald, who came to see Cameron Green, one of his recruits. Green didn’t disappoint, catching two touchdown passes.

Cross Country Teams Ready for Sectional

The girls and boys cross country teams will run in the IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional on Saturday, hoping to qualify for the state meet in Peoria. The girls finished third at last weekend’s Libertyville Regional, with two Patriots posting top 10 finishes: Jessica Philipp (fourth) and Isabelle Sparreo (ninth). The boys were fourth at the Libertyville Regional, and two runners finished in the top four: Sam Oh, who was runner-up, and Jared Borowsky, who placed fourth. Link for sectional results: Boys | Girls

Meeting for Wrestling Parents Tuesday Night

There will be a meeting for parents of SHS wrestlers at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Wrestling Room (2111).

Purdue Anticipates Big Year for Wrestling Alum

Purdue University’s student newspaper, The Exponent, on Thursday published an article about Stevenson’s two-time state wrestling champion Danny Sabatello (Class of 2011). The Boilermakers are expecting big things from the junior, who qualified for last season’s NCAA tournament. They’re also expecting a prank here or there.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Yearbook Portrait Appointment Deadline is Today

The final deadline for seniors to make an appointment for a yearbook portrait is today. Seniors can call 847-499-9300 to make an appointment. This also will ensure that they will be featured in the 50th anniversary Ambassador yearbook.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. 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 along with your name and ID number.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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

Help Animal Welfare club and Jamie Daigler (as part of his Eagle Scout project) collect supplies for PAWS, a local animal shelter. Donations may include pet food, blankets, animal toys, towels or gift cards. Boxes are located inside the Point, Sports Center and Field House entrances.

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

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.

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

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?

ATHLETICS

The varsity boys basketball team will have a very important meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2900 for anyone interested in trying out. This meeting will be short and will cover the basics of trying out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Ambrose if you plan to try out. If you are still in a fall sport, you must still come to the meeting.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 Tuesday in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting Tuesday in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org if you cannot attend.

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org if you cannot attend.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

State officials: No more “failing” schools this year

86% of Waukegan teachers vote to ratify new contract, ending 20-day strike

Chico praised for role in helping to end Waukegan teachers strike

Bomb threat cancels activities at Neuqua Valley on Thursday; school open today

Judge again orders Crystal Lake South bleachers to come down

Batavia school district employees criticized over referendum involvement

Ex-Northwestern research doctor to pay $475K to settle grant fraud claims

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The rise (and projected fall) of teacher union membership, influence in America

Elite colleges exploring alternative to Common Application

Obama retreats on for-profit college crackdown

This is what happens when you criticize Teach for America

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Senior’s Choreography to be Highlighted at National Conference

Senior Maggie Guetzloff has been chosen to present a dance piece she choreographed at the National Dance Education Organization’s annual conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place next Wednesday. Guetzloff will perform her duet, entitled “Impermanence,” with Alex Krueger. The piece was featured at the 2014 Spring Dance Concert.

District 103 Seeks Community Input

School District 103 is seeking community members to be part of a strategic planning process that will help guide its work for the next five years and ensure the academic success of each student. District 103 invites all residents to provide input whether or not they have a child attending its schools. The community survey is open until November 10 and takes about 10 minutes to complete. To access the survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V68PM3R.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Football Playoff Preview

Stevenson will take on Lyons for the third time in the last four seasons when the two teams clash in the first round of the Class 8A football playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday in the Stadium. The Patriots (9-0) are the top seed in Class 8A while the Lions (5-4) are No. 16. Lyons beat SHS in 2011 and the Pats returned the favor in 2012. Both were regular season contests. High School Cube News has a preview of Friday’s game.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wearing a Halloween Costume to School? Check This First

Students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, however, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include:

  • No face coverings such as masks, disguising make-up, or sunglasses
  • No double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on your person
  • No inappropriate props such as things that look like weapons.

The rules are in effect not only during the school day, but also during any after-school activity or event on campus Friday.

Senior Yearbook Portrait Appointment Deadline is Friday

The final deadline for seniors to make an appointment for a yearbook portrait is Friday. Seniors can call 847-499-9300 to make an appointment. This also will ensure that they will be featured in the 50th anniversary Ambassador yearbook.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. 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 along with your name and ID number.

ATHLETICS

The varsity boys basketball team will have a very important meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2900 for anyone interested in trying out. This meeting will be short and will cover the basics of trying out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Ambrose if you plan to try out. If you are still in a fall sport, you must still come to the meeting.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 Tuesday in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting Tuesday in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org if you cannot attend.

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org if you cannot attend.

Preseason softball is here! Join last year’s freshman, JV and varsity players for optional morning workouts and weekend open gym sessions. Improve your softball skills, learn an appreciation for the game, make lifelong friends, and develop a sense of Stevenson pride as a member of the Patriot softball program. Workouts are from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Cardio Room. Open gym sessions TBA. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org or visit d125.org/softball.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Winona State University, Truman State University, University of Illinois-Springfield, Colby College, St. John’s College, University of Kentucky, Eastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and IDC Herzliya-Raphael Recanati International School. A United States Army recruiter also will be visiting.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Juniors and seniors: A United States Air Force recruiter will be visiting the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during fourth period Monday. A United States Army recruiter will visit the College/Career Center during fifth period on Wednesday. Students who are interested in meeting with either recruiter need to sign up in Naviance and have their printed attendance confirmation signed by the classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit. If you happen to have lunch or no scheduled class during these periods, a pass is not required.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in Room 2119. Don’t miss this week’s meeting! We’re having our yearbook club photo taken!

Help Animal Welfare club and Jamie Daigler (as part of his Eagle Scout project) collect supplies for PAWS, a local animal shelter. Donations may include pet food, blankets, animal toys, towels or gift cards. Boxes are located inside the Point, Sports Center and Field House entrances.

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

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

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

District 60, Waukegan teachers reach tentative contract agreement

College of Lake County to expand Vernon Hills campus

Archdiocese of Chicago will close nine schools

University of Chicago police accused of racial profiling

Financial plan: UI medical school in Urbana would require $235M

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

States backtrack on student tracking technology

Many schools lack Internet capacity to give online tests

Are online courses democratizing education or killing colleges?

Connecticut family sues over school’s Ebola fears

What makes a good Common Core math question?

KIPP charter schools making major investment in blended learning

Graduation rates for college athletes reach record high

Big sports names to participate in Buffalo schools athletics task force

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Wednesday, October 29

Senior’s Project Earns Siemens Semifinalist Honor

Senior Jeremy Lan was named a regional semifinalist for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. He is the third Stevenson student to have earned Siemens regional semifinalist status in the past three school years. Two years ago, Rohan Dasika and Rahul Maramreddy were regional semifinalists.

With its high academic standards, rigorous judging process and emphasis on authentic scientific research, the Siemens Competition is regarded as the leading science and mathematics research-based competition for high school students.

Lan’s project, “Effect of Silica Substrate Type on Platinum Nanoparticle Catalyst Efficiency,” was among the top 300 projects out of approximately 1,800 entries. A record 4,428 students registered for this year’s competition. Lan completed his experimentation at Texas State University and presented as part of Stevenson’s SPARK program and the Science Reach club. List of Siemens Competition semifinalists (PDF)

AP Human Geography Teacher to Lead Webinar Tonight

Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin will lead a webinar tonight for the National Council for Geographic Education. Sherwin’s presentation, “Observing Cultural and Urban Landscapes Everywhere You Go,” begins at 7 p.m. Sherwin will show participants how they can apply geography in the classroom, whether talking about familiar places or exotic locations. The cost is free for NCGE members and $20 for all others. To register, go to: www.ncge.org/webinar-schedule.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 4A SHS Regional: The Patriots rallied past Buffalo Grove, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20, in the semifinals, and will take on Hersey for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Sports Center. Corissa Kurth had 7 aces, 5 kills, 22 assists and a pair of solo blocks to lead SHS (22-13). Jori Radtke had 17 kills and also added 2 aces. Isabella Milejczyk had 9 kills and 10 digs. Morgan Berland made 18 digs. – Daily Herald

 

Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Chipotle on Thursday

The varsity boys basketball team is holding a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Mention the team or show the flyer posted on the boys basketball web page, and Chipotle will donate 50% of the order amount to the program.

Golfing Alum Earns Big Ten Honors

Stephanie Miller, a 2013 Stevenson graduate who was a two-time state champion golfer, was named Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week for helping the University of Illinois women’s team capture the Hoosier Fall Invitational.

Alums From Same Family Playing Professional Basketball

Kelsey Simon (Class of 2010) will be playing for a professional women’s basketball team in Poland this winter. Simon, who graduated from Miami University in Ohio last spring, has a one-year contract to play center for Basket Gdynia. She didn’t begin playing basketball until her sophomore year at Stevenson, but went on to be a four-year letterwinner at Miami, and was the Redhawks’ starting center her senior year. Her older brother, David (Class of 2000), also is a professional basketball player. He played professionally in Europe for the past 10 seasons, and is about to begin his first season in South Korea

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blood Drive Registration Ends Tonight

Want to donate at Friday’s blood drive? The deadline to sign up is 11:59 p.m. tonight. Click here for information and to register. Reminder: The blood drive is open only to students and staff.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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.

Farmer’s Market in the Wood Commons Today

Sodexo is sponsoring a farmer’s market in the Wood Commons during the lunch periods today. Here’s an opportunity to have some fresh food for lunch!

Wearing a Halloween Costume to School? Check This First

Students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, however, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include:

  • No face coverings such as masks, disguising make-up, or sunglasses
  • No double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on your person
  • No inappropriate props such as things that look like weapons.

The rules are in effect not only during the school day, but also during any after-school activity or event on campus Friday.

Senior Yearbook Portrait Appointment Deadline is Friday

The final deadline for seniors to make an appointment for a yearbook portrait is Friday. Seniors can call 847-499-9300 to make an appointment. This also will ensure that they will be featured in the 50th anniversary Ambassador yearbook.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. 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 along with your name and ID number.

CLUB NEWS

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

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

Freshman Class Board meets Thursday after school in Room 2119. Don’t miss this week’s meeting! We’re having our yearbook club photo taken!

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

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

ATHLETICS

Interested in wrestling? The pre-season meeting is today at 3:30 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Contact Coach Cook if you have any questions.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 Tuesday in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

The varsity boys basketball team will have a very important meeting at 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2900 for anyone interested in trying out. This meeting will be short and will cover the basics of trying out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Ambrose if you plan to try out. If you are still in a fall sport, you must still come to the meeting.

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting Tuesday in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org if you cannot attend.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school on Wednesday, November 5 in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Winona State University, Truman State University, University of Illinois-Springfield, Colby College, St. John’s College, University of Kentucky, Eastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and IDC Herzliya-Raphael Recanati International School. A United States Army recruiter also will be visiting.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Juniors and seniors: A United States Air Force recruiter will be visiting the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during fourth period Monday. A United States Army recruiter will visit the College/Career Center during fifth period on Wednesday, November 5. Students who are interested in meeting with either recruiter need to sign up in Naviance and have their printed attendance confirmation signed by the classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit. If you happen to have lunch or no scheduled class during these periods, a pass is not required.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on Wednesday, November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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

Talks to resume in Waukegan after chaotic school board meeting

Chicago school evacuated over high carbon dioxide levels

State panel rejects Elgin charter school plan but urges a rewrite

Northwestern professor accused of sexual assault sues accuser for defamation

Substitute teacher accused of using racial slur in Carol Stream classroom

Bradley University launching five new online graduate degree programs

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

11 civil rights groups urge Obama to drop test-based K-12 “accountability” system

University of Oklahoma to offer first TV network-sponsored course for credit

Detroit forgives $11.6M in Detroit Public Schools debt in exchange for empty schools

Dartmouth, Stanford apologize after political science experiment gone wrong

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, the ancient world’s teaching superstar

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ILC Honored for Design by School Library Journal

Stevenson’s Information and Learning Center won the Editor’s Choice award in the School Library Journal’s inaugural “Build Something Bold” design contest. The winners were announced last weekend. Three years ago, the school remade its former library into a space that combined it with the existing tutoring center, added more seating and collaborative workspace for students, and created an amphitheater-style area for casual gatherings and occasional classroom presentations. The venue also features recycled materials and skylights. The Build Something Bold contest is also sponsored by LEGO Education.

Educators From 7 States, Canada Visiting SHS Today

Educators from six states and Canada will be visiting Stevenson today for the school’s monthly site visit program. Schools and districts represented include: Summit High School from Spring Hill, Tennessee; Maplewood-Richmond Heights Schools from Maplewood, Missouri; Franklin Community High School from Franklin, Indiana; Orangeville District Secondary Schools from Orangeville, Ontario; Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Northwest Learning Community from Alpharetta, Georgia; CESA No. 3 from Fennimore, Wisconsin and CESA No. 5 from Portage, Wisconsin; and, closer to home, Lyons Township High School from LaGrange.

Two Speech and Drama Team Members Earn Honors

At the speech and drama team’s season-opening tournament at Huntley High School last weekend, two students won honors in the novice division. Sophomore Katherine Liu earned a first place tie in poetry reading, while senior Saloni Nahar was fifth in informative speaking.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Regional Volleyball Semifinals in Sports Center Tonight

Stevenson’s volleyball team takes on Buffalo Grove at 6:30 tonight in the IHSA Class 4A SHS Regional in the Sports Center. The winner of tonight’s match will face Hersey or Glenbrook North for the regional title at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Special Events Attached to Football Playoff Game

Friday night’s football playoff game against Lyons has been designated a “Coaches vs. Cancer ‘A Crucial Catch’ Pinkout.” Pink shirts are being sold this week during the lunch periods for $10 each. Proceeds from shirt sales and at the game will be donated to the American Cancer Society. In addition to the fundraiser, there will be a special halftime ceremony honoring five people who have played key roles in SHS athletics: Assistant football coach Bob “Bubba” Smith, head groundskeeper Jeff Green, and three members of the Sports Boosters: June Daar, Jenni Vravick and Robin Borok. All five will be retiring from their posts this school year.

Alum’s Team Ranked No. 4 in Preseason Basketball Poll

Andy Stempel (Class of 2013) and his Illinois Wesleyan University men’s basketball teammates are ranked fourth in the d3hoops.com national preseason rankings. The Titans went 27-5 last year and reached the NCAA Division III Final Four. Stempel, now a sophomore, played in eight of IWU’s games last season.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wearing a Halloween Costume to School? Check This First

Students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, however, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include:

  • No face coverings such as masks, disguising make-up, or sunglasses
  • No double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on your person
  • No inappropriate props such as things that look like weapons.

The rules are in effect not only during the school day, but also during any after-school activity or event on campus Friday.

Blood Drive Registration Ends Wednesday Night

Want to donate at Friday’s blood drive? The deadline to sign up is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Click here for information and to register. Reminder: The blood drive is open only to students and staff.

Senior Yearbook Portrait Appointment Deadline is Friday

The final deadline for seniors to make an appointment for a yearbook portrait is Friday. Seniors can call 847-499-9300 to make an appointment. This also will ensure that they will be featured in the 50th anniversary Ambassador yearbook.

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.

Farmer’s Market in the Wood Commons Wednesday

Sodexo is sponsoring a farmer’s market in the Wood Commons during the lunch periods on Wednesday. Here’s an opportunity to have some fresh food for lunch!

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. 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 along with your name and ID number.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on Wednesday, November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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 and Friday after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

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

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the East ILC.

Freshman Class Board meets Thursdays after school in Room 2119. Be sure not to miss this week’s meeting! We’re having our yearbook club photo taken!

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.

ATHLETICS

Interested in wrestling? The pre-season meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Contact Coach Cook if you have any questions.

INTRAMURALS

The final Intramural Archery session is Wednesday after school on the Sports Courts.

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school on Wednesday, November 5 in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Winona State University, Truman State University, University of Illinois-Springfield, Colby College, St. John’s College, University of Kentucky, Eastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and IDC Herzliya-Raphael Recanati International School. A United States Army recruiter also will be visiting.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Juniors and seniors: A United States Air Force recruiter will be visiting the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during fourth period next Monday. A United States Army recruiter will visit the College/Career Center during fifth period on Wednesday, November 5. Students who are interested in meeting with either recruiter need to sign up in Naviance and have their printed attendance confirmation signed by the classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit. If you happen to have lunch or no scheduled class during these periods, a pass is not required.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Fremd High School automotive instructor named Illinois Teacher of the Year

Both sides in Waukegan teacher strike to meet with federal mediator today

Bullying incident involving football team roils downstate high school

FBI asked to investigate East St. Louis teacher’s relationship with boy

Scandal-plagued Chicago charter school group forces out two officials

Man charged after car crashes into Hoffman Estates school

Districts decentralize from Galesburg-based special education cooperative

Self-insured Peoria District 150 to buy $1M in insurance protection

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Competency-based education arrives at Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue

Los Angeles school officials order review of every senior’s transcript

Rose-Hulman adding psychological test to admissions process

Why did no one flag the University of North Carolina’s bogus classes?

Another high school football season canceled over hazing

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

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Monday, October 27, 2014

WIT Wins First Place in National Literary Magazine Contest

The 2013-14 edition of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine, won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s national literary magazine competition. The judge who reviewed the publication said the WIT shows “superior efforts of talented and creative editors, writers, artists, photographers, layout/graphic designers, staff members and advisor.” The 2014 WIT’s senior editor was 2014 graduate Joanne Jun, and the editors were current seniors Kathryn Roach and Noelle Lee.

Rao, Harvey Win State Doubles Title; Tennis Team Second

Junior Vinaya Rao and freshman Kate Harvey won the Illinois High School Association state doubles championship Saturday, leading Stevenson to a second-place finish in the team standings. The team will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044 near the Performing Arts Center. Guests must check in at the Main Office (circle drive entrance) and provide an ID. More in the Sports section.

Online Auction Ends at 9 p.m. Tonight

Today is the final day of the fifth annual Stevenson Online Auction. Bidding ends at 9 p.m. There are nearly 150 items available. The auction is a fundraising event by the Stevenson High School Foundation, in partnership with the Band and Color Guard Parents Organization, Sports Boosters, Special Education Community Board, Choral Guild, and supporters of the varsity boys basketball, girls lacrosse and fencing teams. Click here to see which items are available, and to place your bid.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Rockford 4, Stevenson 1: Jake Cimarusti scored the Patriots’ goal at Carlson Ice Arena in Rockford East. Rockford tallied three goals in the third period to break open a 1-1 game. Goalie Aryel Furman made 19 saves for SHS (6-6-2), which outshot the Icemen, 29-23. Rockford improved to 4-3 in the Scholastic Hockey League, while the Pats dropped to 3-3. – Scholastic Hockey League.org

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey won the state doubles championship, the third Stevenson doubles title in the past year. Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch won the girls doubles crown in 2013, while Harvey’s older brother, Colin, and Andrew Komarov captured the boys doubles championship last May. Rao and Harvey led Stevenson to a second-place finish overall, behind Hinsdale Central, which won its seventh state title in the past nine years. Stevenson’s second-place finish tied its best showing in the state tournament, matching the 1996 squad’s runner-up effort. Rao and Harvey won all seven of their matches in straight sets, facing their stiffest battle in the championship match. They prevailed over Hinsdale Central’s Erika Oku and Stephanie Dolehide, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor, who gave Rao and Harvey their only defeat of the year in the sectional championship, finished fifth. Dong and Taylor bounced back from a loss in the fourth round to win their next five matches, making them 8-1 in the three-day tournament. Also contributing points for the Patriots were singles players Kendall Kirsch and Zoe Manion. Kirsch won her first four matches and reached the quarterfinals before losing to last year’s state champion. Manion won three of her five matches and lasted until the fifth round of the consolation bracket. – Official results | Daily Herald, High School Cube News

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional: The Patriots lost to Highland Park in two overtimes, 2-0, in the regional championship, ending their season with a 7-7-6 record. – IHSA

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Regional: The Patriots finished third as a team, qualifying for Saturday’s Schaumburg Sectional. Leading the way for SHS at Adler Park was Jessica Philipp, who ran the 3-mile course in 19:27.54 and placed fourth, the highest regional performance by an individual Patriot since at least 2000. Isabelle Sparreo was ninth (19:50.08), followed by Julide Ozmeral (19th, 20:54.06), Sydney Pacernick (22nd, 21:00.03), Shea Kirby (23rd, 21:01.79), Jessica Woodard (24th, 21:02.06) and Lauren Appell (32nd, 21:20.60). – Official results | Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Regional: Sam Oh finished second and Jared Borowsky placed fourth, leading SHS to a fifth-place finish. The Patriots qualified as a team for Saturday’s Schaumburg Sectional. Oh covered the 3-mile course at Adler Park in 15:40.94, six seconds behind the winner from Buffalo Grove, while Borowsky clocked a time of 16:08.27. Oh and Borowsky almost posted identical finishes to last year, when they were second and fifth, respectively. Paul Udoni finished 21st (17:04), followed by Paul Halliday (38th, 17:35), Adam Butler (43rd, 17:58), Nikita Smyrnov (48th, 18:14) and Malcolm Fitts (51st, 18:18). – Official results | Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson 34, Libertyville 14: The visiting Patriots (9-0, 6-0) scored on their first play from scrimmage and never trailed en route to achieving their sixth undefeated regular season in school history and earning a second consecutive North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship. Quarterback Willie Bourbon tossed a lateral to Jack Sorenson, who turned and threw a pass to Cameron Green for a 58-yard scoring play to put SHS on the board. Bourbon and Green connected on a 42-yard touchdown pass and Jack Joseph ran for a 3-yard TD as the Pats took a 21-0 lead at halftime. Stevenson’s defense had two interceptions and three sacks in the first half. Green caught three passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. After the Wildcats (6-3, 3-3) scored on their opening possession of the second half to make the score 21-7, Stevenson marched down the field over the next six minutes, culminating in a 1-yard TD plunge by Joseph that extended the lead to 27-7 with five minutes remaining. Bourbon finished the game 12-of-14 for 205 yards and two TDs. – High School Cube News (video highlights), Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald

Football Team Receives No. 1 Seed in State Playoffs

Stevenson will play host to Lyons Township in the first round of the IHSA Class 8A football playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday. The 9-0 Patriots are the top seed in Class 8A, while Lyons is an at-large qualifier with a 5-4 record. Stevenson will be making its 26th consecutive appearance in the state playoffs and 27th overall, and has an all-time playoff record of 29-26. Lyons is in the playoffs for the sixth straight season and 17th overall, with a 12-16 playoff mark. The two schools have never met in the state playoffs. The winner of Friday’s game will face either Warren or Loyola Academy, which ended Stevenson’s 2013 season in the state semifinals. Class 8A playoff bracket | Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, High School Cube News

SHS Hosts Volleyball Regional Starting Tonight

Stevenson is one of four regional sites within the IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook North Sectional for girls volleyball. Play begins tonight with a play-in game between GBN and Zion-Benton. The Patriots will take on Buffalo Grove at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the second regional semifinal, following the contest between Hersey and the winner of tonight’s match. SHS is the No. 7 seed in the sectional while Buffalo Grove is No. 10. Hersey is the No. 2 seed. The regional championship match will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday. All matches will be played in the Sports Center.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Yearbook Portrait Appointment Deadline is Friday

The final deadline for seniors to make an appointment for a yearbook portrait is Friday. Seniors can call 847-499-9300 to make an appointment. This also will ensure that they will be featured in the 50th anniversary Ambassador yearbook.

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.

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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: We’ve added one more Drop-In Day for you to ask questions about the Common Application, the University of Illinois’ application, transcripts, and other issues. The College/Career Center will be opened from 7:30-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday (second day of the week schedule) for you to get questions answered.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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.

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

Geography Club meets today after school in Room 7004.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today, Tuesday and Friday after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesday after school in Room 6012.

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

ATHLETICS

Interested in wrestling? The pre-season meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Contact Coach Cook if you have any questions.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school on Wednesday, November 5 in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

New disagreement in Waukegan teacher’s strike: School lunches

Schools bill would redistribute funding at expense of North Shore districts

Benedictine University in Springfield to end traditional undergraduate program

Batavia school district wants to borrow $15 million for upgrades

Illinois State University fraternity could face sanctions in barn dance event

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Washington high school shooting death toll at three; teacher credited as hero

Combined spending in California state education superintendent race: $24M

How Mississippi’s juvenile justice system fails special education students

The economic impact of school suspensions on African-American girls

Curiosity: It helps us learn, but why?

Nebraska district will allow seniors to pose with guns in yearbook portrait

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Friday, October 24, 2014

School Board Approves Summer 2015 Improvements

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday gave its approval to improving several of the school’s academic facilities next summer. Bids for an estimated $12.9 million in construction work and maintenance projects will be sent out, and the board will be asked to give final approval to projects in February. Planned projects include:

  • Creation of a new space for the school’s Response to Intervention (RtI) program, continued renovation of science and mathematics labs, renovation of the Special Education resource center, remodeling of the Culinary Arts room, and moving the Information Services Division offices to Room 1316.  
  • Maintenance projects including: carpet replacement, West Building roof replacement, dimmer replacement in the Performing Arts Center, a new fence around the football stadium, parking lot E reconfiguration, and and resurfacing of the fitness trail.
  • Infrastructure projects include: air handling units for the 1900 and 2900 hallways of the West Building, an air handling unit for the RtI hallway, and replacement of the East Building domestic hot water heaters.

Normally, the district spends about 5% of its operating funds on renovations and improvements. However, for the next three years, the district will increase its spending due to its issuance of $25 million in bonds earlier this year. Funds from the sale must be spent within three years of when the bonds are issued.

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots stood in second place behind Hinsdale Central after the first day of action, and three of four entries went 3-0. The doubles teams of Kaylin Dong/Zoe Taylor and Vinaya Rao/Kate Harvey, the top two seeds, posted a trio of straight-set victories, as did Kendall Kirsch in singles. Dong and Taylor defeated teams from Wheaton Academy (6-2, 6-0), Lincoln-Way East (6-2, 6-0) and Prairie Ridge (7-5, 7-5), and will face a 9-16 seed from Lyons in the fourth round today. Rao and Harvey breezed past their three opponents, from Sandburg (6-0, 6-1), Lakes (6-0, 6-0) and Loyola Academy (6-2, 6-2), setting up a showdown with Highland Park’s 9-16 seed today. Kirsch also sailed through her first three matches, beating entries from St. Ignatius (6-0, 6-2), Morton (6-1, 6-1) and Rock Island (6-0, 6-2). She will face Alex Mella from Warren, a 9-16 seed, in the fourth round. Zoe Manion won her first two singles matches over players from Sycamore (6-1, 6-0) and Whitney Young (6-0, 6-2), before falling to Geneva’s top entry, 6-2, 6-4. She’ll take on a player from Neuqua Valley in the fourth round consolation bracket. – Official results | Daily Herald

Football Team Seeks Sixth Perfect Regular Season

The Patriot football team will attempt to finish the regular season undefeated for the sixth time in school history tonight at 7:30. SHS takes an 8-0 record to Libertyville, and will face a Wildcat squad that enters the game with a 6-2 mark. Stevenson went unbeaten in the regular season during head coach Bill McNamara’s first season in 2010, and also recorded 9-0 records in 2009, 2005, 1996 and 1995. Libertyville has the highest-scoring offense in the North Suburban Lake Division, averaging more than 37 points per game. Stevenson, meanwhile, has the stingiest defense, surrendering less than 9 points per contest. For those going to the game, here’s a reminder about the lean parking outlook at Libertyville High. For those who aren’t going to the game, it can be seen on High School Cube. The game also will be carried on WRLR (98.3 FM), and can be heard at WRLR.fm and through WRLR on the Tune-In app. WRLR’s pre-game show with Rusty Silber starts at 7. Daily Herald preview

Boys Soccer Team Seeks Regional Title at Barrington

The SHS boys soccer team takes on Highland Park at 6 p.m. Saturday for the championship of the IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional. Neither school was expected to be playing for the regional title; Stevenson is the No. 13 seed in the sectional, and Highland Park is No. 12.

Cross Country Teams Running in Regional Saturday

The girls and boys cross country teams will run in the IHSA Libertyville Regional at Adler Park on Saturday, trying to qualify for the Schaumburg Sectional, which takes place November 1.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Chance for Yearbook Re-Takes

Did you have a bad hair day when your yearbook photo was taken in August? Never had your yearbook photo taken? Your last chance to have another yearbook photo is today from 10:45 to 3:30 in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570.

Help Us Celebrate Food Day 2014

Today is Food Day 2014, and we need a very important ingredient: You! Use today to start — or celebrate —eating a healthier diet and putting your family’s diet on track. Food Day is not just a day; it’s a year-long catalyst for healthier diets and a better food system. Let’s use this energy to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference! Help us celebrate Food Day today by stopping by the Wood Commons during your lunch period for a cooking demonstration and free food samples. Students from Gourmet Foods, along with the chefs and cooks from Sodexo, will be making vegetable stir fry. Find out more about Food Day, and how you can “eat real” and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path, at foodday.org.

Blood Drive Sign-Ups End Today

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive end today. You can sign up in the East and West Commons areas, and also online through this link: http://stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com/. Anyone 17 years or older can sign up with a parent permission slip. The sign-up information, forms, and downloadable permission slips are all located at the link. All permission slips should be returned to the Student Activities Office or turned in when entering Room 2111 on the date of the drive. Students must have a full free period to donate. Students may ask their applied health or PE teachers for special permission to donate during those classes. The blood drive will be held Friday, October 31, during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). The theme is “Starve a Vampire and Save a Life!”

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders End Today

Measurements for graduation caps and gowns will take place today from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the West Building’s Patriot Lobby (by Room 2400). Visit this web page for prices and details.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey today. The PPA will be in the Patriot Lobby with Jostens as you complete your order for graduation cap and gowns. Don’t forget — space on the cruise is limited and it will sell out! Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. After this week, permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: We’ve added one more Drop-In Day for you to ask questions about the Common Application, the University of Illinois’ application, transcripts, and other issues. The College/Career Center will be opened from 7:30-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday (second day of the week schedule) for you to get questions answered.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, stop by.

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

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

Geography Club meets Monday after school in Room 7004.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Tentative three-year contract agreement reached in Mundelein District 75

Don’t expect swift action on school funding proposal

Waukegan teachers union president sends email with “the whole truth”

Teacher claims firing from West Dundee school was retaliatory

Former teacher’s aide guilty of child porn possession

Thornton Township board members asks federal intervention with colleagues

“Soft lockdown” at Hoffman Estates High after suspicious package found

Skokie school to reopen today after police investigate Instagram threat

University of Chicago annual fundraising reaches record $511 million

Mt. Prospect District 57 buys land near Westbrook School

Chicago board members acknowledge more planning needed in school closings

Demolition date set for old Brainerd school building in Libertyville

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Common Core revolt goes local

How colleges let sexual predators slip away to other schools

What happens when students control their own education?

Wake Forest University ending traditional MBA program

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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

ISBE to Honor Math Teacher With Early Educator Award

Mathematics teacher Cassandra “Cassie” Fenton is the centerpiece of the Illinois State Board of Education’s announcement this week about Saturday’s 40th annual Those Who Excel awards banquet in Bloomington-Normal. More than 230 educators and school staff members from around the state will be recognized. Fourteen people from the Stevenson community are among the honorees.

One individual every year is chosen as the Outstanding Early Career Educator, and this year the honor goes to Fenton, who has worked at Stevenson for five years.

“Cassie is an extraordinary teacher who brings hope to students who have long been resolved as ‘math unable,’” SHS Director of Mathematics Darshan Jain said in the announcement. “As an early career educator, she has challenged the labels placed on students with needs and placed the responsibility of bridging the gap on herself. She is developing as a leader of differentiated instruction.”

State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch said: “Learning about teachers who demonstrate a strong connection to students in their first few years of their career is exciting. I am happy to have the chance to bring attention to educators who are making a difference early in their careers because they represent the future of what I and many others still believe is one of the most important professions. Cassie is clearly a teacher who is making a difference in our classrooms.”

Plenty of Bid Opportunities in SHS Online Auction

Bids have been placed on about 60% of the items available in the fifth annual Stevenson Online Auction, which runs through 9 p.m. Monday. The highest bid so far is $1,000, placed on a one-week stay at a retreat in Utah valued at $2,800. The retreat is an outlier, however. Most of the 147 items in the auction are valued at $200 or less, and only 22 have a required minimum bid above that level. A wide variety of items are available, ranging from dining opportunities at area restaurants and gift cards, to life-improvement lessons and tickets to sporting events and theatrical productions. Click here to see what’s available, and to place a bid.

It’s Vegas in Lincolnshire, Baby!

The Stevenson High School Foundation invites you to step back into the golden era of Las Vegas during a performance by the Chicago Rat Pack at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. The Chicago Rat Pack features a trio of performers who faithfully bring back to life the music and antics of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., with the backing of an 11-piece orchestra. The Chicago Rat Pack has appeared in New York, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Miami, among other places. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance and can be ordered online at stevensonfoundation.org, or by calling 847-415-4121. There also is a VIP package for $40 that includes VIP seating and a post-concert reception at Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Tickets at the door Saturday night will cost $25.

Special Ed Parents Invited to SECB Meeting

The Special Ed Parent Community Board (SECB) invites parents and guardians of Stevenson special education students to its first parent gathering of the school year from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. The board wants to know how parents feel the start of the school year has progressed. What went well? What didn’t go well? The board also seeks ideas for discussion topics for future meetings. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Mara Grujanac at mgrujanac@d125.org or 847-415-4128.

SHS Asks You to Take a Short Communications Survey

Stevenson is asking students, parents and other community members to take a brief 10-question survey about the school’s communications efforts. The survey, which is anonymous, asks respondents how they get their Stevenson information and which of the school’s communication vehicles they refer. Click here to take the survey.

 

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

Stevenson at IHSFHA Playoff: New Trier brought an end to the Patriots’ season, winning by a 3-0 score. The Trevians are the No. 2 seed in the state playoffs, while SHS was No. 15. – IHSFHA.org

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 3, Stevenson 1: GBN (17-4, 2-2) scored twice in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and earn the Scholastic Hockey League victory at Northbrook Ice Center. The Patriots fell to 3-2 in the league and 6-5-2 overall. – Scholastic Hockey League.org, Stevenson Hockey.org.

 

State Football Playoff Field to be Unveiled Saturday Night

Stevenson’s varsity football team knows it will be playing in the state playoffs for the 26th consecutive season. Its opening-round opponent, on the other hand, remains a mystery. The suspense will end at 8 p.m. Saturday, when the Illinois High School Association unveils the playoff brackets on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and at IHSA.tv and CSNChicago.com.

Bourbon Looks to Close Football Career on Top

Quarterback Willie Bourbon is very impressive on the football and baseball fields, and the senior also shines in this interview with Beth Long from High School Cube News. Bourbon talked about the Stevenson’s top-ranked football team, saying that “I truly believe we have something special here,” and also gave kudos to Patriot fans and the school. He also discussed his decision to retire from football after this season and play baseball in college.

Volleyball Alum Earns MAC Honor

Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013), a sophomore on the Northern Illinois University women’s volleyball team, recently earned Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week honors. Radtke, who also earned the honor during her freshman season, was selected October 13 after leading the Huskies to victories the previous weekend over Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders Today and Friday

Measurements for graduation caps and gowns will take place today and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the West Building’s Patriot Lobby (by Room 2400). Visit this web page for prices and details.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey this week. The PPA will be in the Patriot Lobby with Jostens as you complete your order for graduation cap and gowns. Don’t forget — space on the cruise is limited and it will sell out! Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. After this week, permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

Help Us Celebrate Food Day 2014 on Friday

Friday is Food Day 2014, and we need a very important ingredient: You! Use Friday to start — or celebrate —eating a healthier diet and putting your family’s diet on track. Food Day is not just a day; it’s a year-long catalyst for healthier diets and a better food system. Let’s use this energy to make a meaningful and long-lasting difference! Help us celebrate Food Day on Friday by stopping by the Wood Commons during your lunch period for a cooking demonstration and free food samples. Students from Gourmet Foods, along with the chefs and cooks from Sodexo, will be making vegetable stir fry. Find out more about Food Day, and how you can “eat real” and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path, at foodday.org.

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups End Today

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, are today during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Showcase variety act auditions will be held December 4-8. Band auditions are set for December 6. Emcees/anchors auditions will be held December 2. Showcase 2015 will be held March 6-7. For more information on Showcase, visit d125.org/ppa/showcase.

Blood Drive Sign-Ups End Friday

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive will take place today and Friday in the East and West Commons areas. Students also can sign up online through this link: http://stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com/. Anyone 17 years or older can sign up with a parent permission slip. The sign-up information, forms, and downloadable permission slips are all located at the link. All permission slips should be returned to the Student Activities Office or turned in when entering Room 2111 on the date of the drive. Students must have a full free period to donate. Students may ask their applied health or PE teachers for special permission to donate during those classes. The blood drive will be held Friday, October 31, during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). The theme is “Starve a Vampire and Save a Life!”

Last Chance for Yearbook Re-Takes on Friday

Did you have a bad hair day when your yearbook photo was taken in August? Never had your yearbook photo taken? Your last chance to have another yearbook photo is ’Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570.

Want to be Known for Your Writing? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Do you love to write? Is it frustrating when you spend hours on an essay only to receive a letter grade? Do you want to be published? Do you want to be famous within the hallways of Stevenson? Now you can! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number, and you, yes you, could have the chance to get your writing published in the Half-Wit.

CLUB NEWS

Have you heard of GAGA? No, not Lady GAGA, but GAGA the game? It’s an Israeli game that’s all the rage! If you know it and want to play it, or if you want to learn more about it, join Club Israel today in Room 1508-1510. Any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar.

Would you like to help create designs for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting by Room 6008 on Friday at 7:30 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

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

Sophomore Class Board will have a meeting after school today in Room 1500.

Freshman Class Board is meeting today after school in Room 2119. New members are welcome.

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. The club meets every Thursday after school in the Band Room.

Video Game Club meets today from 3:45-5:30 in Room 6072.

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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Students and parents: The College of Lake County in Grayslake is hosting the Lake County Area College Night (ICE Fair) tonight from 6-8 p.m. This is a great way for you to network with many colleges (more than 150), all under one roof.  Attending colleges can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight. See you at the fair.

Seniors: We’ve added one more Drop-In Day for you to ask questions about the Common Application, the University of Illinois’ application, transcripts, and other issues. The College/Career Center will be opened from 7:30-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday (second day of the week schedule) for you to get questions answered.

The following colleges and universities will be visiting Stevenson next week: Washington and Lee University, Monmouth College, Michigan Technological University, Coe College, Saint Mary of the Woods College, Ferris State University, Bowling Green State University,Whitman College, College of Lake County, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, University of Tennessee, College of the Holy Cross, University of Tulsa, Valparaiso University, University of Nebraska, North Central College and the United States Air Force recruiter.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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 is here! Join last year’s freshman, JV and varsity players for optional morning workouts and weekend open gym sessions. Improve your softball skills, learn an appreciation for the game, make lifelong friends, and develop a sense of Stevenson pride as a member of the Patriot softball program. Workouts are from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Cardio Room. Open gym sessions TBA. 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

Waukegan schools to remain closed for rest of the week due to strike

Instagram threat forces Skokie middle school to close for second day

CPS wants to delay new test even though state already said “no”

Warren Township school board scolds member for divulging private information

Lake County educator named Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Did a central Illinois school district fail to protect student from bullying?

Chicago sells first shut-down school for $3.5 million

Lewis’ replacement as CTU leader has a message for Rahm Emanuel

Illinois State University upgrades network to support classroom technology

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Fake classes, inflated grades: North Carolina scandal went back two decades

New York may offer job-focused tests as graduation option

7% of New Orleans public school teachers considered ineffective

Principal punishes school newspaper for refusing to print name of its sports teams

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