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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Computer Science Club Members Create Hacking Competition

Four members of the Computer Science Club have created a legal online hacking competition for high school and middle school students that will help them better understand programming, cybersecurity and other computer science topics.

EasyCTF, which stands for Easy Capture the Flag, begins Saturday and will run through December 6. The team of students who created the competition is led by Michael Zhang. Other team members include Carter Feldman, Emily Lang and Austin Zhou. Robert Gammelgaard is the Computer Science Club sponsor.

EasyCTF is designed to help students learn many topics in computer science including programming and cybersecurity through non-intimidating problems. These problems will involve the participants using skills that they learn to hack, reverse-engineer, or solve obstacles to obtain a “flag,” or a piece of information hidden behind security.

To learn more, visit the EasyCTF website at http://easyctf.com.

Freshman-Sophomore Play Cast Selected

The cast list for the freshman-sophomore play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” was announced Tuesday night by director Lauren Rawitz. The cast will consist of Johnny Barboza, Dani Lopez, A.J. DePew, Jordan Radis, Angela Kotsonis, Sam Litwin, Mallory Weber and Emma Bloomfield. The student directors will be Sammie Landau and Becca Faber. The stage manager will be Andrew Hirsh. “Lend Me a Tenor” performances will take place Friday and Saturday, February 13-14, in the Little Theatre (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center.

Award Winners Talk With Lincolnshire Review

The Lincolnshire Review recently spoke with two members of the Stevenson community who were selected for Heart of the Community Awards by the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin talked about how his course “ain’t your mommy and daddy’s geography.” Another article featured Amy Morrissey, a longtime SHS supporter who has had three children graduate from the school: Matt (2014), Anna (2009) and Michael (2006). She was honored for her role with the Apples Around Town campaign in Lincolnshire.

Buffalo Grove Named One of 10 Best Places for Families

Real estate blog Movoto has named Buffalo Grove to its 10 best places for families in Illinois today, the third time since 2013 the village has appeared in such a list. The village also has been named to Money Magazine’s Best Small Places to Live and Neighborhood Scout’s Safest Cities lists in the last two years. Movoto uses statistical factors including level of education and GreatSchools score, crimes per 100,000 people, unemployment rate and commute time, among others, to determine its rankings. To view the rankings, visit movoto.com/il/best-family-cities-in-illinois.

No Digest Until Monday

There will be no Daily Digest on Thursday or Friday, as school is out for Thanksgiving break.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 67, Wheaton Warrenville South 34: Taylor Buford scored 11 points to lead the Patriots (4-0) into the championship game of the Schaumburg Tournament. SHS will face St. Charles East (4-0) for the tournament championship at 10 a.m. Friday. Buford was one of 10 Pats who scored in the game. Janine Fajardo and Sophia Way each had 9 points for Stevenson, which led 16-2 after the first quarter and 37-6 at halftime. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 71, Lyons 39: Jalen Brunson scored 30 points and dished out five assists as the visiting Patriots (2-0) pulled away after a tight first quarter. SHS led 19-16 after one period, but stretched its advantage to 14 at halftime and 24 after three quarters. Brunson scored 23 points in the first half. Justin Smith had 12 points and five rebounds for the Patriots. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 2: At the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park, four bowlers broke the 600-series barrier as the Patriots moved to 4-0 on the season. Matt Poetker bowled games of 233 and 258 as part of his 669 series. Eddie Mendrala added games of 233 and 226 and had a 649 series. Richy Zenner rolled a high game of 224 and recorded a 623 series. Josh Singer bowled a 610 series. Zach Singer added a 258 game and Ted Tapas contributed a 216 game.

Football Team Facing Familiar Foe in State Title Game

The football teams from Stevenson and Homewood-Flossmoor will battle for a second time this season, and this time the stakes couldn’t be higher. The two teams will face off for the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. In the second game of the year, the Patriots (13-0) rallied for a 33-24 win on the road, one of two losses for the Vikings (11-2) this year. This will be the third time in the last four years the two teams have played each other. SHS is looking for its first state title in football; the Patriots made it to Champaign in 2002, but fell to Lockport, 35-14. H-F, meanwhile, has tasted a championship, beating Naperville North, 13-12, for the 6A title in 1994.

Football Team Send-off Saturday Morning

Patriot fans are invited to “Flood the Forum” at 11 a.m. Saturday, as the school gives a send-off celebration to the football team for its trip to Champaign. The Forum is located inside the West Building, off parking lot B, in the area commonly called “The Point” entrance. The team buses will be receiving a police escort to the expressway.

Need a Ticket to the Game? SHS is Out

The school has sold its allotment of 1,000 tickets for Saturday’s game. The best advice for Patriot fans who haven’t purchased tickets is to buy them at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-ILLINI1, but there will be a handling charge.

Can’t Make it to the Game? Watch on CSN Chicago

The championship game will be broadcast live by Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Saturday. Click here to find where to find CSN Chicago on cable or satellite.

Green, Vravick Named to All-State Football Team

The postseason honors are starting to roll in for the SHS football team. Seniors Cameron Green and Jason Vravick have been selected to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 8A All-State Team. This is the second straight year Green, a wide receiver, has earned a spot on the team, while for the linebacker Vravick it’s a first. Players are nominated by their coaches, and a selection panel then chooses the honorees. Senior Willie Bourbon received honorable mention.

Salazar Making Stops for Girls Hockey Team

Two Stevenson students are members of the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team: senior forward Theresa Shanley and sophomore goalie Corynn Salazar. Shanley has played in two games for the team, while Salazar has appeared in six. She is 4-1-1 in goal, and has only given up five goals. Salazar has made 78 saves, including 33 in a 1-1 tie with New Trier on Sunday.

Senior Tennis Player Receives TribLocal Honor

Senior tennis player Kendall Kirsch has been named High School Athlete of the Month by TribLocal for the month of November. In recognition of her win, Country Financial, the program’s sponsor, will donate $250 to the school. She will be honored before the varsity boys basketball game against Libertyville on December 10.

Vote Online to Help Weisman Win Walk-On Award

Mark Weisman (Class of 2010) is one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Award, given to the nation’s best college football player who started his career as a walk-on. Weisman began his career at the Air Force Academy, then transferred to the University of Iowa, where he earned a place on the roster as a walk-on. Since then, he has become one of the top running backs in Hawkeye history, scoring the fifth-most rushing touchdowns in school history. The Burlsworth Award winner will be determined in part by online fan voting. You can vote once a day at www.burlsworthtrophy.com through December 6.

Alum Earns Cross Country All-America Honors

Kevin Wood, a 2011 Stevenson graduate and senior captain of the Middlebury College men’s cross country team, capped his collegiate career with a personal-best time of 24 minutes, 36 seconds in the 8K NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship in Mason, Ohio. Wood’s time earned him 34th place and All-American honors. Middlebury placed 13th as a team. This was Wood’s fourth appearance in the NCAA final.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Football Pep Bus Information

Pep buses will leave parking lot B at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and return from Champaign after the game concludes. Make sure you bring the paper ticket you received when buying the pep bus ticket package; that’s your boarding pass for the bus. You will receive a game ticket on the bus. Make sure to dress warmly and bring money for food.

Testing Center Closing Early Today

The Testing Center will close at 2:30 today.

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Basketball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

CLUB NEWS

Interact Club will be meeting Thursday, December 4, from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. in Room 2115. Come for free bagels, stay to learn how you can earn volunteer hours, and make new friends at the same time! We will also be having a craft day; you can earn volunteer hours by joining us at our meeting! Questions? Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: Grand Canyon University, Saint Mary’s University (Minnesota) and the University of South Alabama will be visiting Stevenson the first week in December. 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

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

District 214 surpasses goal, collects 120,000 cans for area pantries

Glen Ellyn District 41 looking to add full-day kindergarten

Highland Park athletic director to be kept on paid leave until June 30

Racist tweet puts downstate high school on high alert

Goreville student disciplined for compromising district’s Wi-Fi connection

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

High school music groups grapple with gender gap

Judge invalidates part of Alaska’s school funding mechanism

Computer science spreads as high school graduation requirement

How strict is too strict? The growing backlash against “no excuses“ discipline

In California, it’s Jerry Brown versus Janet Napolitano over UC tuition hike

College applicants sanitize online profiles as colleges pry

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tech Ed Department Receives $5,000 Grant

The Technology Education Department this morning received a $5,000 grant from the Michigan-based Dart Foundation that will be used to purchase a laser engraver. A grant check was presented in the engineering labs to teacher Frank Radostits, who applied for the grant on behalf of the Technology Education team.

The laser engraver will allow engineering students to design and manufacture working prototypes, cut with precision, and create models. The engraver also will allow students to build package designs and engrave projects with complex vector art. About 350 students would be able to make use of the engraver in these classes.

Football Team Send-off Saturday Morning

Patriot fans are invited to “Flood the Forum” at 11 a.m. Saturday, as the school gives a send-off celebration to the football team for its trip to Champaign for the state championship game. The Forum is located inside the West Building, off parking lot B, in the area commonly called “The Point” entrance.

Early Dismissal on Wednesday

Classes will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for Thanksgiving. The school will follow the PM Assembly schedule. There will be no school on Thursday or Friday.

Science Olympiad Team Wins 8 of 23 Events at Palatine

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team won eight of 23 events at the season-opening Palatine High School Invitational on Saturday. SHS also finished second in four events.

Brian Zhou and Kevin Li teamed to win two events (Astronomy and Bungee Drop), while David Cao also was a part of two winning teams. He paired with Kevin You (Dynamic Planet) and David Liu (GeoLogic Map). Other first-place teams included Carolyn Fatina and Amber Hu (Bridge Building), Borchueh Wu, Sophia Liu and Alex Hong (Protein Modeling), Katherine Liu and David Zhang (Cell Biology), and Shravya Gogula and Eric Qian (Forensics).

Second-place honors went to these teams: Gogula and Hu (Bungee Drop), Becca Nelson and Daniel Tao (Fossils), Emma Buckardt and Owen Simon (Scrambler), and Katherine Liu and Shu Zhang (Wright Stuff).

Third-place finishes were recorded by: Owen Simon and Tyler Gordon (Air Trajectory), Shravya Gogula and Alex Hong (Anatomy and Physiology), Katherine Liu and Hannah Yan (Bridge Building), Borchueh Wu and David Cao (Cell Biology), Brian Zhou and Kevin Li (Compound Machines), Hannah Yan, David Liu and Elaine Xiao (Experimental Design), Katherine Fatina and Caroline Fatina (Forensics), Katia Villevald and Teresa Mao (It’s About Time), Eric Qian (Mission Possible), Katherine Liu, David Zhang and Kevin Cao (Protein Modeling), Sophia Liu and Shu Zhang (Scrambler), Teresa Mao and Julia Kim (Wright Stuff), and Tyler Gordon and Hannah Yan (Write It Do It).

The tournament featured 42 teams from schools in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana. Read descriptions of Science Olympiad events.

Chess Team Rolls Past Highland Park, Waukegan

The chess team won a pair of North Suburban Chess League matches on Friday, defeating Waukegan (68-0) and Highland Park (62-6). SHS, which improved to 4-0, had 15 wins and one draw. Friday’s participants were seniors Phillip Engstrom and Liam (William) Holzer, junior Allen Guo, sophomores Rahul Dhiman, Adit Ghosh and Sritej Vontikommu, and freshmen Alexander Bian and Conrad Oberhaus.

Family and Consumer Science Teachers Give Presentation

Family and Consumer Science Department members Michelle Backes, Christina Erickson, Sara Lohrmann, Jamie Scharfe and Sue Taylor gave a presentation on “The Implementation of Standards-Based Grading in the FCS Classroom” Thursday at the Association for Career and Technical Education Vision 2014 national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The team also presented on the topic in June at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Conference.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 80, Argo 36: Connor Cashaw scored 22 points and Matthew Johnson added 18 as the Patriots rolled in their season-opening game at the Hinsdale Central-Lyons Thanksgiving Tournament. SHS was never challenged, leading 24-12 after the first quarter and 38-18 at halftime. Coach Pat Ambrose pulled his starters in the fourth quarter. – Chicago Tribune

Cashaw Grows Into Leading Role for Boys Basketball Team

Connor Cashaw was surprised to find himself on the varsity boys basketball roster during his freshman year at Stevenson. Now, to no one’s surprise, Cashaw finds himself preparing to play in college at Rice University. He talked with the Daily Herald’s Patricia Babcock McGraw about his growth as a player, his relationship with his older brother Colby (Class of 2012) and teammate Jalen Brunson, and his decision to pick Rice over Harvard and Lehigh. Meanwhile, Pioneer Press takes a look at the intense preparation Cashaw and Brunson put in during the offseason as they seek to win the state championship.

Buford to Revisit Hoosier Roots at Butler

The Daily Herald’s Joe Aguilar today writes about senior Taylor Buford, who last week made a verbal commitment to continue her basketball career at Butler University in Indianapolis. In joining the Bulldogs, Buford will be reunited with former Indiana University star Damon Bailey, who is an assistant coach. Buford, the Patriot girls basketball team’s co-captain for the second straight season, also received offers from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Howard University.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

State Football Championship Tickets for Sale

Tickets for Saturday’s state championship football game are on sale for $10 at the Superstore until the end of sixth hour on Wednesday. You can ride the pep bus for $25; the cost includes your game ticket. A signed permission form must be turned in when purchasing a pep bus ticket package. Click here to download the form. Pep bus ticket sales will end at the conclusion of the lunch periods Wednesday. Buses will leave parking lot B at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and return from Champaign after the game concludes. Students should dress warmly and bring money for food.

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 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.

SHS Burger Challenge Voting Ends Today

Don’t forget to vote in the SHS Burger Challenge. Today is the last day to help decide which three burgers will be on the menu at Tom and Eddie’s next month. Click here to see the five burgers in the challenge, and to place your vote.

Testing Center Closing Early Wednesday

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

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Basketball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: Grand Canyon University, Saint Mary’s University (Minnesota) and the University of South Alabama will be visiting Stevenson the first week in December. 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

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.

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 today 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 today from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

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

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

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

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois universities asked to explore budget cuts

Attorney general Madigan will appeal pension ruling to high court

Champaign resident among Rhodes Scholars from Great Lakes

Interim Chicago State vice president named to position permanently

U-46 delays superintendent search until after April

Hall of Fame Libertyville High School football coach dies

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Should the U.S. have fewer, but harder, standardized tests?

New Jersey high school cancels midterms, finals to focus on state tests

Study: Students who wake up and go to class get most out of college

Inside Detroit’s plan to woo middle-class parents to its public schools

22-year-old to open new charter school in Rochester, New York

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Monday, November 24, 2014

State Football Championship Information

For only the second time in school history, Stevenson High School will play for the state football championship. The Patriots will face Homewood-Flossmoor for the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNetChicago.

Here is information on purchasing tickets and, for students, riding a pep bus:

Tickets: Tickets are on sale in the Patriot Superstore through Wednesday, before school and during the lunch periods. Tickets are $10 and customers can pay by cash, check, credit card, or Patriot Dollars. Tickets also will be sold on a cash-only basis in the SHS Athletic Office from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Wednesday.

Pep Buses: Several coach pep buses for students will be available. The cost is $25, which covers a game ticket and transportation. A signed permission form must be turned in when purchasing a pep bus ticket package. Click here to download the form. Pep bus ticket sales will end at the conclusion of the lunch periods on Wednesday. Buses will leave parking lot B at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 29 and return from Champaign after the game concludes. Students should dress warmly and bring money for food.

24-Hour Theatre Project Raises $1,380

Last weekend’s 24-Hour Theatre Project fundraiser collected $1,380 for Gilda’s Club Chicago, which provides free programs for individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by cancer. The money was raised through ticket and T-shirt sales. Two Gilda’s Club Chicago representatives were on hand for Saturday night’s performance, including the organization’s CEO. The project’s sponsors were Paula Nowak and Lauren Rawitz.

Scholastic Bowl Team Qualifies for National Tournaments

Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl teams hosted the IHSSBCA Kick-Off tournament last weekend, featuring 34 teams from 17 schools. Stevenson’s A-team placed fifth in theCompetitive Division, earning a berth for two national championship tournaments in May and June. Stevenson’s B-team took second in the Standard Division. Individually, senior Jonathon Mishory finished ninth in the Competitive Division, while junior Marco Laudati was eighth in the Standard Division.

Five Speech and Drama Team Members Win Awards

Five members of the speech and drama team earned awards at the Antioch High School speech tournament on Saturday. Junior Kayla Guo won first place in Special Occasion Speaking; freshman Bella Greenspan tied for second in Humorous Interpretation; senior Saloni Nahar tied for third in Informative Speaking; senior Avi Samuels was fourth in Oratorical Declamation; and freshman Ambika Singh took sixth in  Oratorical Declamation.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson at IHSA Class 8A State Semifinal: Jack Joseph scored the game’s only touchdown with 58 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Marchese intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play to preserve a 7-3 win over host Glenbard West. The undefeated Patriots, who won a 13th game for the first time in school history, advance to the state championship game against Homewood-Flossmoor on Saturday at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. SHS and H-F squared off in the second game of the season, with the Pats rallying from a 24-7 deficit to claim a 33-24 victory in Flossmoor. Joseph’s TD capped an 89-yard drive that began after the SHS defense stopped the Hilltoppers (12-1) on fourth down at the Patriot 11. Stevenson stopped Glenbard West inside the 20 four times, including twice in the final 3 minutes. Offensively, Jack Sorenson caught 12 passes for 91 yards. Willie Bourbon was 21-for-36 passing for 148 yards, and had a critical 19-yard run during the scoring drive. The Patriots’ only state final appearance came in 2002, when they lost to Lockport, 35-14. – Chicago Tribune (sidebar), Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, CSN Chicago,

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 72, Rockford Boylan 61: Ashley Richardson scored a career-high 22 points, while Taylor Buford and Sophia Way added 15 and 14, respectively, for the Patriots (3-0) at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament. Richardson went 9-for-11 from the free-throw line, and also hit a 3-pointer. Way had a pair of 3-pointers. SHS led by one, 21-20, after the first quarter, then outscored Boylan 32-22 over the next two periods. – Daily Herald

Fencing

Stevenson at Catholic Memorial Invitational: In Waukesha, Wisconsin, eight Patriots earned honors, led by Jiyun (Jina) Yu, who won the women’s epee. Amelia Baumgartner finished second in the same weapon, while Nikita Jhangiani tied for third. Lisa Rosov placed second in women’s sabre. Marko Koruna and Zimo Zhu tied for third in men’s epee. In women’s foil, Kristen Rehberger took fifth and Nicole Strezewski was seventh. – Official results

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: At Evanston Township High School, none of the Patriots’ entries made the finals. SHS had three top-25 finishes in the preliminaries, led by the 400 free relay team of Ashlin Ruiz, Iza Pelka, Irune Andres and Shayna Salzman (3:36.24), which placed 22nd. Ruiz posted a personal-best time of 57.66 in the 100 butterfly, finished 23rd. She also was 23rd in the 500 freestyle (5:09.41). – Official results

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Shirt Pickup Tuesday

Calling all seniors: Go to Room 2104 (by the Patriot) on Tuesday before school for free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, music, and more! If you ordered a senior shirt, this is where you will come pick it up! All seniors must bring their IDs and money if they want to purchase a shirt or pay for one they pre-ordered.

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 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.

Testing Center Closing Early Next Wednesday

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

CLUB NEWS

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.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesday after school in Room 6012.

The Speech and Drama Team meet at 3:45 Tuesday in the East ILC.

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: Grand Canyon University, Saint Mary’s University (Minnesota) and the University of South Alabama will be visiting Stevenson the first week in December. 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

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Landmark state pension law struck down by Springfield judge

Former state superintendent plans to open private high school in Batavia

Suburban school board candidates face longer trip to get on ballot

CPS teachers, principals say evaluation system OK, but find process stressful

Chicago Teachers Union turns tables on politicians with “candidate evaluation”

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Los Angeles school district to pay $139M to victims abused by teacher

University of Virginia suspends fraternities in wake of rape article

Nonprofit program expands access to AP courses in Colorado

What it costs to attend private high schools across the country

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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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