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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Open House Night is Wednesday

The first of two Open House evenings for parents and guardians will be held Wednesday from 7-9:30 p.m. To ease traffic congestion, parents and guardians whose students have a last name beginning with the letters A-L are suggested to attend Wednesday’s Open House, while those with last names M-Z are encouraged to come Thursday, September 11. However, parents who have a calendar conflict with their designated evening may attend on the other date. (Parents do not need to inform the school if they are coming on a different night.) On the mornings after each Open House, the school will operate on a late arrival schedule with classes beginning at 10:30.

Cast List for Cabaret Announced

The cast list has been announced for Cabaret, this year’s school musical, which will be performed November 14-16. The lead roles will be filled by Andy Cohen, Alex Knezevic, Sammie Landau, Matanel Roitman, Emma Harmon, Allison Phillips, Noah Chisman, Jacob Shellist and Blake Zimmerman. Click here to see the rest of the cast.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at New Trier Invitational: The Patriots dominated their three opponents, winning 19 of 20 matches, only one of which went to three games. SHS beat New Trier twice (5-0 and 4-1), Highland Park (5-0) and Glenbrook South (5-0). Kendall Kirsch went 3-0 at No. 1 singles, while Zoe Manion also was 3-0, winning twice at No. 2 singles and once at No. 1. Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor won three matches at No. 1 doubles, and Taylor added a victory at No. 2 singles. Katherine Harvey and Vinaya Rao won all four matches in which they played. The pair combined for two wins at No. 2 doubles and one at No. 1. Harvey won a No. 2 singles match while Rao teamed with Michelle Tulchinskaya for a win at No. 2 doubles. Tulchinskaya also joined with Gwendolyn Heidkamp to win three other doubles matches, one at No. 2 and two at No. 3. Caroline Kelmis and Lindsey Waxman won at No. 3 doubles.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at Glenbrook South Invitational: The Patriots (2-1-1) tied Warren, 2-2, in the third-place game, shortly after defeating Loyola Academy, 5-1. Jun Min scored both of Stevenson‘s goals against the Blue Devils, and had one versus the Ramblers. Ethan Marx scored twice against Loyola, and Avery Delgado and Zach Sherman had the other goals. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Crosstown Classic: The Patriots (4-2) finished second to host Libertyville in the Gold bracket, falling to the Wildcats in the championship match, 25-15, 25-22. SHS rallied past DeKalb, 17-25, 26-24, 26-24 in the semifinals to reach the title match. The Pats were 4-1 in the two-day tournament. Jori Radtke had 16 kills in the win over DeKalb, and 34 in the tournament. She led Stevenson with 5 kills against Libertyville, while Isabella Milejczyk had 4. Corissa Kurth served 6 aces against DeKalb. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson 35, Indian Trail 0: The host Patriots (1-0) rolled in their season opener, which was called less than 4 minutes into the second quarter due to lightning delays. Stevenson’s defense was stifling, holding the Hawks (1-1) to one first down. SHS led 21-0 after the first quarter, behind TD runs from Tyler Vincent (6 yards), Jack Joseph (25 yards) and quarterback Willie Bourbon (4 yards), who was 6-of-10 passing for 137 yards. Bourbon connected with Cameron Green on a 19-yard scoring strike that made the score 28-0, and Joseph ran it in from 7 yards out before the lightning delays hit. –  Daily Herald | Watch the SBN Video

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Crosstown Classic: At Libertyville, the Patriots (3-1) dispatched all three of their opponents in two games. SHS defeated Evanston (25-16, 25-19), Round Lake (25-15, 25-19) and Wauconda (25-21, 26-24).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Student Musicians Needed for Pit Orchestra

If you play an instrument, consider signing up to be part of the pit orchestra for the fall musical, “Cabaret.” Mr. Beyer is looking for about 50 musicians. String players, brass players, piano players, even banjo players; lots of different talents are needed. If you’re interested in applying for pit orchestra, click here.

Color Fun(d) Run Registration Clock Winding Down

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fun(d) Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fun(d) Run work? It’s simple: Run, walk, crawl or make some type of forward motion while people dump different colors on you. And it’s all for a good cause, the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. Friday is the last day to sign up and be certain that you’ll get a free T-shirt. For more information, go to stevensonfoundation.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding three workshops, and you only need to attend one! On Wednesday (second day of the week schedule), workshops are at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The last workshop is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. (eighth period) on Thursday, September 11. All workshops are in the College/Career Center (Room 1123).

CAREER EXPLORATION

Planning for your future means planning for a career. Find out how you can make the most of your career planning by visiting the Career Exploration website at www.d125.org/careerexploration or contacting Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org. View upcoming events, jobs and opportunities, and find out more about participating in a career shadow.

CLUB NEWS

StageCrafters will hold its official beginning of the year meeting today in the Little Theatre (4200) from 3:30-5 p.m. We will welcome new members, discuss the upcoming performance season, have some snacks and take a tour of the Performing Arts Center facilities.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning today in Room 7022. Meetings run 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. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills! The informational meeting is today; all are welcome!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Are you interested in science? Would you like to do your own research and experiments and enter science fairs and competitions? If so, come to the first Science REACH Club meeting on Wednesday after school in Room 1708. For more information contact Mrs. Palffy.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will have its first meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room (near the Sports Center entrance).

Club Israel is ready! Are you? We’ll have food and drink, friends and fun! Need to be Jewish? Nope, everyone is welcome! Need to know Hebrew? Nope, every language is welcome!  Need to have fun? Yup! Join us for our first meeting Thursday after school in Room 1414.  Any questions? Ask Mrs. Argentar.

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

INTRAMURALS

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

It’s not too late to register for IM Golf! IM Golf meets Tuesdays and transportation is provided to Vernon Hills Golf Course. Registration packets can be picked up in the PREP Office, Room 3040. For more information please visit the IM Golf Website, the PREP office, or contact Mr. Wise (bwise@d125.org) or Mr. Argentar (dargentar@d125.org).

Open Field Baseball meets today, weather permitting, on the sophomore baseball field from 3:45 to 6. Click here for details.

Intramural Archery meets Wednesdays after school on the Sports Courts.

IM Yoga is back and starting soon. Attend the informational meeting next Monday at 3:30 in Room 5044. Visit the IM Yoga website for more information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Roosevelt University move part of “tectonic shift” in education

Cary District 26, teachers union reach tentative deal

Negotiations over teacher contract stall in Richmond-Burton District 157

Former alternative ed teachers in Aurora seek remedy for lost pay

Heyworth teacher faces drug charges

St. Charles District 303 settles playground bully lawsuit

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: 1 in 5 students miss a month of school per year

Can universities be embarrassed into raising graduation rates?

Obama administration finds rating teachers not as easy as 1, 2, 3

Seoul, other Asian cities, provide surge of foreign students to U.S. universities

California passes first-ever bill to define sexual consent on college campuses

New Orleans public schools, pre-Katrina and now, by the numbers

Penn State aiming to be first school on the moon

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Enrollment Up for First Time in Nine Years

Stevenson High School’s student body has grown for the first time in nine years. The official enrollment for 2014-15 is 3,887, an increase of 101 students from 2013-14.

Stevenson’s population jump is the largest since 2002-03, but still pales in comparison to the 13-year stretch from 1990-2002 during which the enrollment increased by around 188 annually. See Stevenson’s enrollment history

The largest grade this year is the freshman class, with 1,024 students. The senior class has 1,004, followed by the juniors (937) and sophomores (922).

This year’s enrollment increase was slightly larger than projected within the past two years by Dr. John Kasarda. He is the North Carolina-based demographer who has provided District 125 and most of its consortium districts with projected enrollment data for more than two decades. In January 2012, Kasarda’s most likely scenario for this fall was 3,833 students. His most recent report in January 2013 showed a best estimate of 3,816. Three years earlier, he projected a 2014-15 enrollment of 3,932.

Kasarda foresees Stevenson having around 3,850 students annually for the remainder of the decade, then calls for a steady decline of about 200 students by 2026-27.

Meridian Teacher’s Arrest Provides Challenge for SHS Employee

Serving on a school board has its challenges, and few are tougher than dealing with the fallout from an employee’s alleged transgressions. That’s the situation Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 Board of Education President Ellyn Ross faced on Thursday. Ross, an assistant in Stevenson’s Human Resources Division, was faced with the news that a veteran teacher at Meridian Middle School was charged in a federal child pornography investigation. Ross and her colleagues convened an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss the situation, and afterward spoke with ABC7 Chicago. The teacher has been placed on an unpaid suspension by District 102.

Marching Patriots in Buffalo Grove Days Parade

The annual Buffalo Grove Days Parade is Sunday, and Stevenson’s Marching Patriots will be part of the show. The parade is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Sophomore’s Weekend DJ Gig Nothing to Smirk About

Avery Delgado, a sophomore from Vernon Hills who goes by the stage name DJ Smiirk, will perform at the North Coast Music Festival this weekend in Chicago’s Union Park. He earned a performance slot by winning the DJ competition at the fifth annual “Toast of the Coast” competition in June. Delgado talked about his accomplishment recently with Ronnie Wachter from Pioneer Press.

Event for Alum’s Late Son to Benefit Pediatric Patients

The fourth edition of “Ryan’s Run,” a 5K run/walk created in memory of a 1988 Stevenson alumnus’ child will take place Sunday, September 7 at Century Park in Vernon Hills. Ryan’s Run is named for Ryan Briere, the son of Lori (Reisin) Briere, a District 125 resident. He died in 2011, three weeks shy of his third birthday. Proceeds from the run will support children’s activities and programming for pediatric patients in the new Lake Forest Hospital. Click here for details and registration.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 3, Glenbrook South 1: Mitch Gullett and Ethan Marx each had a goal and an assist for the Patriots (1-1) at the Glenbrook South Invitational. Gullett scored on an assist from Marx, then returned the favor as SHS built a 2-0 halftime lead. Dennis Katsman added another score in the second half, assisted by Avery Delgado. Jonathan Weissman and Jeremy Klaber split time in goal. – Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 22, Buffalo Grove 38; Stevenson 25, Highland Park 32: At Half Day Forest Preserve, the Patriots placed their top five runners in the top 10 en route to the sweep. Isabelle Sparreo paced the Pats with a third-place finish in 18 minutes, 45 seconds. Jessica Philipp placed fourth (19:19), followed by Shea Kirby in sixth (19:57), Julide Ozmeral in ninth (20:38) and Gabriella Jagielo in 10th (20:40). Sydney Pacernick was 11th (20:43) and Amy Lin finished 16th (21:10).

Boys Cross Country

Buffalo Grove 22, Stevenson 40; Highland Park 26, Stevenson 33: Sam Oh finished second in 14 minutes, 46 seconds, just one second shy of the winner from Buffalo Grove, who set a Half Day Forest Preserve course record at 14:45. Jared Borowsky also finished in the top 10, placing seventh (15:56). Paul Udoni placed 12th (16:04). – Daily Herald

Are You Ready for Some Football?

It’s been 364 days since Stevenson’s football team committed seven turnovers en route to a 15-14 loss at Kenosha’s Indian Trail High School to open the 2013 season. The Patriots also lost their next game but rebounded to finish 10-3 and reached the Class 8A state semifinals. Tonight, a new season begins, and payback is on the minds of the Pats. Indian Trail comes to Lincolnshire for a rematch that kicks off at 7:30, following the fourth annual Night of Champions ceremony.

Stevenson returns 13 players who were starters or spent a lot of time on the field last year, which is one reason why the Chicago Tribune has ranked Bill McNamara’s team No. 2 in its preseason poll. SHS is ranked No.1 in the Daily Herald’s suburban rankings, No. 2 in the Associated Press’ Class 8A statewide poll, No. 3 in the Chicago Sun-Times, and No. 9 in MaxPreps.

Sun-Times football writer Mike Clark says Northwestern-bound seniors Willie Bourbon at quarterback and Cameron Green at wide receiver are two of the top 100 players in the Chicago area, and each is on the short list of potential player of the year candidates. Daily Herald preps writer Patricia Babcock McGraw, whose husband Mike covers the Bulls and is a 1981 Stevenson graduate, profiles Green and his “Megatron” peer at Warren, Caleb Reams. The prolific pass catchers reflect the dramatically different offensive landscape now found in the once run-heavy North Suburban Conference.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Color Fun(d) Run Registration Clock Winding Down

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fun(d) Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fun(d) Run work? It’s simple: Run, walk, crawl or make some type of forward motion while people dump different colors on you. And it’s all for a good cause, the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. The last day to register is next Thursday. For more information, go to stevensonfoundation.org.

NHS Hosting Spirit Fest Benefit Car Wash Saturday

National Honor Society is hosting a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Culver’s, 450 McHenry Road, in Buffalo Grove. Donations from the car wash and a percentage of food sales will go directly to the 2014 Spirit Fest charity, the Lexi Kazian Foundation.

Student Musicians Needed for Pit Orchestra

If you play an instrument, consider signing up to be part of the pit orchestra for the fall musical, “Cabaret.” Mr. Beyer is looking for about 50 musicians. String players, brass players, piano players, even banjo players; lots of different talents are needed. If you’re interested in applying for pit orchestra, click here.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC, West Student Services

The ILC and West Student Services are looking to hire student aides for most periods of the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. To apply for a West Student Services position, see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2412 or Mrs. Moffat in Room 2414.

Interested in Learning How to Dive?

Any Patriot girl interested in learning how to dive is invited to contact Coach Carmichael in Room 1618 or at the Patriot Aquatic Center. No experience is necessary.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding three workshops, and you only need to attend one! On Wednesday (second day of the week schedule), workshops are at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The last workshop is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. (eighth period) on Thursday, September 11. All workshops are in the College/Career Center (Room 1123).

CAREER EXPLORATION

Planning for your future means planning for a career. Find out how you can make the most of your career planning by visiting the Career Exploration website at www.d125.org/careerexploration or contacting Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org. View upcoming events, jobs and opportunities, and find out more about participating in a career shadow.

CLUB NEWS

StageCrafters will hold its official beginning of the year meeting Tuesday in the Little Theatre (4200) from 3:30-5 p.m. We will welcome new members, discuss the upcoming performance season, have some snacks and take a tour of the Performing Arts Center facilities.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday in Room 7022. Meetings run 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. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills! The informational meeting is today; all are welcome!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Are you interested in science? Would you like to do your own research and experiments and enter science fairs and competitions? If so, come to the first Science REACH Club meeting on Wednesday after school in Room 1708. For more information contact Mrs. Palffy.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will have its first meeting at 10 a.m. next Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room (near the Sports Center entrance).

Club Israel is ready! Are you? We’ll have food and drink, friends and fun! Need to be Jewish? Nope, everyone is welcome! Need to know Hebrew? Nope, every language is welcome!  Need to have fun? Yup! Join us for our first meeting Thursday after school in Room 1414.  Any questions? Ask Mrs. Argentar.

INTRAMURALS

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

Open Field Baseball meets today, weather permitting, on the sophomore baseball field from 3:45 to 6. Click here for details.

Intramural Archery meets Wednesdays after school on the Sports Courts.

IM Yoga is back and starting soon. Attend the informational meeting next Monday at 3:30 in Room 5044. Visit the IM Yoga website for more information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

School lockdown lifted after gunshots, manhunt in Beach Park

Indiana University student from Libertyville dies in sorority house

Peru superintendent’s Common Core complaints go viral

Illinois State University selects interim vice president

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

14 Mississippi school districts sue state over underfunding

Still little consensus on role of MOOCs in higher education

Florida ready to challenge federal testing rules for students learning English

Practice doesn’t make perfect? Study says 10,000-hour rule is not real

Wanted: A few brave men to teach pre-K

Student-built apps teach colleges a thing or two

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Color Fun(d) Run Will Give Helping Hand to Students

Stevenson is an affluent school, but there are a significant number of students walking its halls whose families are in financial distress. They can’t afford a healthy breakfast or a winter coat, can’t pay for class expenses, and sometimes can’t afford urgent medical care. To help these students, the Stevenson Foundation established the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund. Since its establishment in 2001, the KIN Fund has provided more than $100,000 in assistance to nearly 1,000 students in order to help them achieve academic success and personal well-being.

The KIN Fund operates solely on private donations. With these funds, the KIN Fund provides:

  • Free breakfast program for any student who qualifies for free/reduced lunch
  • Summer school tuition (if a class is needed to graduate)
  • Tech Campus expenses for vocational career-bound students
  • Co-curricular expenses
  • Emergency fund (for medical/catastrophe relief), winter clothes, and holiday gifts

From 2011 to 2013, the number of students taking advantage of KIN’s free breakfast program rose 71%. The Foundation’s overall KIN Fund budget went up 60% during the same period. Still, the Foundation is unable to answer all requests for help.

To help the KIN Fund, the Foundation and the SHS cross country team are sponsoring the second annual Color Fun(d) Run on Sunday, September 14. The 5K run/walk will be held on the north side of campus beginning at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Although the event is still two weeks away, registration will close Thursday, September 4. The cost is $30 per person, or $25 per person for those who are in teams of five or more. The price includes a free Color Fun(d) Run T-shirt and one colorful packet to throw at the end of the race. Click here to register … and for tips on making sure the memories last forever, but not the mess on your skin and hair.

Students have a special opportunity to sign up during their lunch periods today and Friday in the Wood and Glass commons areas.

Fall Play Cast List Announced

The cast list has been announced for the fall play, Marvin’s Room, which is about two feuding sisters brought together by illness. Claire Katz-Mariani was tapped for the role of Bessie, a woman with leukemia who also is the faithful caretaker for her dying father. Abby Conlon will play Lee, Bessie’s sister, who would rather put their father in a nursing home. She also has the bone marrow Bessie needs to be cured. Other members of the cast include Kyle Ringham, Ray Weisz, Logan Tobler, Dani Lopez, Scott Weinberg, Brandon Sak and Jianna Lubotsky. The play will be performed September 18-20 in the Studio Theater. Tickets will go on sale the week of the show.

5K Run/Walk Planned to Remember 2008 Alum

The Jeremy Stom Remembrance Foundation will hold its annual 5K run/walk on Sunday, September 14 at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda. Stom was a member of Stevenson’s Class of 2008 who died the following year from a drug addiction. The foundation was created in his name to aid in the personal growth of adolescents with limited resources by sponsoring their participation in recreational activities at outdoor camps. Click here for event details and to register.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 172, Mundelein 209: Myra Peterson and Stephanie Namkoong tied for medalist honors at Crane’s Landing by carding 5-over-par 40s in the Patriots’ North Suburban Conference opener. Olivia Hancock shot a 45 and Olivia Stomberg had a 47. – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer

Schurz 2, Stevenson 1: In their season-opening match at the Glenbrook South Invitational, Dennis Katsman gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the first half off an assist from Sam Zwirn. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

St. Charles North d. Stevenson, 25-21, 25-20: Isabella Milejczyk had five kills and Jori Radtke added four for the host Patriots in their season opener. Corissa Kurth distributed 14 assists. Morgan Berland made eight digs, while Dana Pflugradt and Kurth each had six. – Sun-Times Media, Daily Herald

Basketball Team to Play in Two National Tournaments

Stevenson’s boys basketball team will step onto the national stage during the 2014-15 season, traveling to Massachusetts and West Virginia to play in prestigious tournaments against regional powerhouses. The Patriots will travel to Wheeling, West Virginia to participate in the Cancer Research Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University January 2-3, then will fly to Springfield, Mass., for the Hoophall Classic at the National Basketball Hall of Fame on January 17.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

NHS Hosting Spirit Fest Benefit Car Wash Saturday

National Honor Society is hosting a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Culver’s, 450 McHenry Road, in Buffalo Grove. Donations from the car wash and a percentage of food sales will go directly to the 2014 Spirit Fest charity, the Lexi Kazian Foundation.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC, West Student Services

The ILC and West Student Services are looking to hire student aides for most periods of the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. To apply for a West Student Services position, see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2412 or Mrs. Moffat in Room 2414.

Interested in Learning How to Dive?

Any Patriot girl interested in learning how to dive is invited to contact Coach Carmichael in Room 1618 or at the Patriot Aquatic Center. No experience is necessary.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding three workshops, and you only need to attend one! On Wednesday (second day of the week schedule), workshops are at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The last workshop is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. (eighth period) on Thursday, September 11. All workshops are in the College/Career Center (Room 1123).

Interested in Indiana University? SHS is able to nominate two seniors for the Wells Scholars Program, which pays full tuition, academic fees and an annual living expenses stipend. In the past, winners have been in the top 5% of the class with an ACT composite score above 30. SHS cannot nominate students who have applied or who definitely intend to apply for admission by early binding decision at another university. Interested students should pick up an application packet from the College/Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the completed internal application to the College/Career Center is September 10.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2015. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 10. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Wednesday, October 1.

CLUB NEWS

The Sophomore Class Board will meet at 3:35 today in Room 1500. New members are always welcome.

Freshman Class Board: Our first meeting of the school year is today after school in Room 2119. We will be working on Homecoming decorations and our first class unity project. Class board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. Refreshments will be served. See you there!

THE WIT and HALF WIT— the club that produces the school’s literary magazines — will have its first meeting today at 3:35 in Room 2516. If you like writing, poetry, fiction, drama, art and editing a magazine, come join us. All are welcome.

StageCrafters will hold its official beginning of the year meeting Tuesday in the Little Theatre (4200) from 3:30-5 p.m. We will welcome new members, discuss the upcoming performance season, have some snacks and take a tour of the Performing Arts Center facilities.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday in Room 7022. Meetings run 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. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills! The informational meeting is Tuesday; all are welcome!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Are you interested in science? Would you like to do your own research and experiments and enter science fairs and competitions? If so, come to the first Science REACH Club meeting on Wednesday after school in Room 1708. For more information contact Mrs. Palffy.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will have its first meeting at 10 a.m. next Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room (near the Sports Center entrance).

INTRAMURALS

You should join Ultimate Frisbee! Come to the informational meeting for more details. The meeting is at 3:30 today in Room 1420. We hope to see you there. For more information, visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Galesburg teacher strike ends; tentative agreement reached

State employee unions want expedited ruling in pensions suit

Hinsdale District 86 will ask voters what they think about pension bumps for teachers

Illinois giving Chicago schools $10 million to expand Safe Passage program

Chicago Board of Education changes how it ranks schools

Gurnee-based Woodland District 50 to offer full-day kindergarten

Darien woman charged with selling heroin outside Hinsdale Central High School

Ex-Wheaton North booster president skips sentencing; arrest warrant issued

Days after appointment, interim Kaneland superintendent resigns

Sales tax brings air conditioning to all Taylorville schools

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Americans’ satisfaction with education system increases

This fall, minorities will outnumber white students in U.S. schools

Duncan: Testing issues are taking “oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools”

Generations later, poor are still rare at elite colleges

What it really takes for schools to go digital

North Dakota universities crumble as oil cash pours in

Magazine’s college ratings challenge U.S. News

 

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer School Enrollment Returns to Typical Levels

Stevenson’s summer school enrollment jumped 19 percent this year, according to a report submitted to the Board of Education at its August meeting. A total of 1,550 students enrolled in one or both semesters of summer school, an increase of 252 students from 2013.

Of the 1,550 students in summer school, almost half (746) were freshmen. The freshman figure accounts for about 73% of the incoming ninth-grade class, the highest level since 2011. Overall, about 40% of the SHS student body took summer school,

Director of Curriculum and Development Mark Onuscheck told the board that this year’s numbers represent a return to typical summer school enrollment levels, and that 2013 should be considered an anomaly. Other items from his report:

  • 72 of the 101 summer school teachers were Stevenson faculty members, the highest number since 2009.
  • World History continued to be the most popular summer school course. A graduation requirement taken primarily by incoming freshmen, World History had an enrollment of more than 400 students. The course extends through both semesters.
  • 72 students participated in summer travel enrichment classes. Students traveled to New York City to see and meet with leaders in the fashion industry (19 students); to major European cities as a follow-up to having taken Advanced Placement European History or AP Human Geography (15 students); and to Spain as part of a language and cultural immersion program (38 students).

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Patriot Football Aims to Clip Hawks in Season Opener

Stevenson opens its football season Friday at home against Indian Trail from Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Hawks beat the Patriots, 15-14, in the season opener last year in Wisconsin, and will bring a 1-0 record into Friday night’s game. Indian Trail beat Plymouth, Wisconsin, 27-19, last Thursday. SHS is expected to field one of Illinois’ top teams again, one season after advancing to the Class 8A state semifinals. The Patriots are ranked No. 3 by CSN Chicago, and likely will inhabit similar territory when the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald release their preseason rankings. Going to the game? Here’s a spectator guide to parking and more.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday

On Thursday, there will be a special schedule for all students. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking tests from 8 a.m. to 10:30. Seniors don’t have any tests, and can come to school at 10:30. Classes will start for all students at 10:30 on Thursday, and we will be on the late arrival schedule. The tests being taken by juniors, sophomores and freshmen are all connected to future performance on the ACT college entrance exam. Freshmen will take the EXPLORE test in the West Building, sophomores will take the PLAN test in the East Building, and juniors will take a practice ACT test in the Sports Center and Field House. Juniors with last names A-Lee will test in the Field House, and Lef-Z will test in the Sports Center. Room assignments for freshmen and sophomores will be posted around the school.

Special Bus Schedule for Seniors on Thursday

For seniors taking the bus to school Thursday morning, there will be a modified pick-up schedule in effect. Click here to see the stops scheduled by route (PDF).

NHS Hosting Spirit Fest Benefit Car Wash Saturday

National Honor Society is hosting a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Culver’s, 450 McHenry Road, in Buffalo Grove. Donations from the car wash and a percentage of food sales will go directly to the 2014 Spirit Fest charity, the Lexi Kazian Foundation.

Register for the Color Fun(d) Run at Lunch This Week

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fund Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fund Run work? It’s simple: Run, walk, crawl or make some type of forward motion while people dump different colors on you. And it’s all for a good cause, the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. The cross country team and the Foundation will be signing up students for the Color Fun(d) Run during lunch periods today, Thursday and Friday in the Wood and Glass Commons. The last day to register is Thursday, September 4. For more information, go to stevensonfoundation.org.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC, West Student Services

The ILC and West Student Services are looking to hire student aides for most periods of the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. To apply for a West Student Services position, see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2412 or Mrs. Moffat in Room 2414.

Interested in Learning How to Dive?

Any Patriot girl interested in learning how to dive is invited to contact Coach Carmichael in Room 1618 or at the Patriot Aquatic Center. No experience is necessary.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

Thursday, August 28 9:30 (Late Arrival for Seniors)
Thursday, September 4 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 8 2:35 (Eighth Period)
Tuesday, September 9 7:30 (Second Day of the Week)
Wednesday, September 10 2:45 (Eighth Period/Activity Day)
Friday, September 12 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 15 2:35 (Eighth Period)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding three workshops, and you only need to attend one! On Wednesday, September 3 (second day of the week schedule), workshops are at 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The last workshop is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. (eighth period) on Thursday, September 11. All workshops are in the College/Career Center (Room 1123).

Interested in Indiana University? SHS is able to nominate two seniors for the Wells Scholars Program, which pays full tuition, academic fees and an annual living expenses stipend. In the past, winners have been in the top 5% of the class with an ACT composite score above 30. SHS cannot nominate students who have applied or who definitely intend to apply for admission by early binding decision at another university. Interested students should pick up an application packet from the College/Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the completed internal application to the College/Career Center is September 10.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2015. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 10. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Wednesday, October 1.

CLUB NEWS

Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”? Do you want to be a part of this historic athletic year at Stevenson? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be meeting after school today in Room 8000. New members are welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office.

The Sophomore Class Board will meet at 3:35 Thursday in Room 1500. New members are always welcome.

Freshman Class Board: Our first meeting of the school year is Thursday after school in Room 2119. We will be working on Homecoming decorations and our first class unity project. Class board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. Refreshments will be served. See you there!

THE WIT and HALF WIT— the club that produces the school’s literary magazines — will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 in Room 2516. If you like writing, poetry, fiction, drama, art and editing a magazine, come join us. All are welcome.

StageCrafters will hold its official beginning of the year meeting Tuesday in the Little Theatre (4200) from 3:30-5 p.m. We will welcome new members, discuss the upcoming performance season, have some snacks and take a tour of the Performing Arts Center facilities.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday beginning Tuesday, September 2 in Room 7022. Meetings run 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. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills! The informational meeting is Tuesday; all are welcome!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 3 from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Are you interested in science? Would you like to do your own research and experiments and enter science fairs and competitions? If so, come to the first Science REACH Club meeting on Wednesday, September 3 after school in Room 1708. For more information contact Mrs. Palffy.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:30  today in Room 2113. For more information, visit the SFFL page.

Intramural Archery begins September 5 and we hope you’ll be joining. We meet on Wednesdays at Stevenson on the Sports Courts. Attend the informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 6012. More information can be found on the IM Archery website.

You should join Ultimate Frisbee! Come to the informational meeting for more details. The meeting is at 3:30 Thursday in Room 1420. We hope to see you there. For more information, visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Galesburg teachers, school board reach impasse in contract talks

Pediatricians’ warning won’t force CPS to push back start times

Crystal Lake South High School bleachers flap still unresolved

Batavia school board approves four-year contract with support staff

Sycamore school district experiencing financial stress

More students, fewer cars on University of Illinois campus

Maine Township District 207 appoints new school board member

Oak Park River Forest’s “Feelings” class popular elective among seniors

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Louisiana governor files suit against federal government over Common Core

Are the lazy days of summer killing our nation’s academic progress?

Michigan unions brace for teacher opt-out decision

Public school support staff growth explodes nationally

How professors in St. Louis are teaching the lessons of Ferguson’s unrest

The fading art of diagramming sentences

Students want Obama and Oprah to pay their college tuition

 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seven Seniors to Compete for Orchestra Solo Slots

Seven seniors will perform solos before a panel of faculty and outside judges at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall, vying for four soloist opportunities with the Patriot Orchestra during the 2014-15 school year. The eight contestants are Joshua Cheng (violin), Matthew Cheng (violin), Chris Gao (cello), Autumn Hoang (cello), Phillip Kwon (piano), Monet Lee (violin) and Allen Wang (piano). The Senior Orchestra Solo Auditions are open to the public, and also are scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube.

CLC Foundation Names SHS Alum New Development Director

Jamie Samsel, a 1987 graduate of Stevenson, is the new director of development for the College of Lake County Foundation. She has more than a dozen years of experience as a development professional, including working for Indiana University and the Sierra Club. Under her direction, the Sierra Club’s fundraising efforts in the Chicago area grew from $230,000 per year to more than $1.8 million.

Man Charged With Homicide in Death of SHS Alumnus

Lincolnshire Police have charged a Wood Dale man with drug-induced homicide in connection with the death of SHS alumnus Connor Moore, who died July 28. Police said Moore, 26, died of a overdose less than 24 hours after purchasing heroin from 26-year-old John Smolinski in Chicago.

Lincoln Museum to Add Stevenson Exhibit

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum reportedly will add a new exhibit highlighting Adlai E. Stevenson II, as well as his father, who was vice president of the United States, and his son, Adlai III, who represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate from 1970-1981. The exhibit’s opening date has not been announced.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots tied for second with Deerfield with a score of 150, but won a tiebreaker by having a lower No. 2 score. Jason Gohde, Kamaren Sandhu and Kevin Chin each carded a 37 at Fox Lake Country Club, three strokes shy of the medalist. Luke Feder and Jake LaBow recorded 39s and Will Sebastian had a 40. The invitational was shortened to nine holes due to storm delays. Lake Forest won the team championship with a 148. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, the Patriots placed fifth among 15 teams. SHS posted a team score of 371, one stroke out of third place. Libertyville won the team title with a 341 score. Alexia Fidman led the Pats with an 88, tying for 13th place. – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday

On Thursday, there will be a special schedule for all students. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking tests from 8 a.m. to 10:30. Seniors don’t have any tests, and can come to school at 10:30. Classes will start for all students at 10:30 on Thursday, and we will be on the late arrival schedule. The tests being taken by juniors, sophomores and freshmen are all connected to future performance on the ACT college entrance exam. Freshmen will take the EXPLORE test in the West Building, sophomores will take the PLAN test in the East Building, and juniors will take a practice ACT test in the Sports Center and Field House. Juniors with last names A-Lee will test in the Field House, and Lef-Z will test in the Sports Center. Room assignments for freshmen and sophomores will be posted around the school.

Special Bus Schedule for Seniors on Thursday

For seniors taking the bus to school Thursday morning, there will be a modified pick-up schedule in effect. Click here to see the stops scheduled by route (PDF).

Register for the Color Fun(d) Run at Lunch This Week

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fund Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fund Run work? It’s simple: Run, walk, crawl or make some type of forward motion while people dump different colors on you. And it’s all for a good cause, the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. The cross country team and the Foundation will be signing up students for the Color Fun(d) Run during lunch periods Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Wood and Glass Commons. The last day to register is September 4. For more information, go to stevensonfoundation.org.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC, West Student Services

The ILC and West Student Services are looking to hire student aides for most periods of the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. To apply for a West Student Services position, see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2412 or Mrs. Moffat in Room 2414.

Earlier Start Time for Bus Route 118 Begins Wednesday

Are you a riding on bus 118 in the morning? Starting Wednesday, the route will begin its run 10 minutes earlier. Route 118 will begin at 6:48 a.m. instead of 6:58.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

Thursday, August 28 9:30 (Late Arrival for Seniors)
Thursday, September 4 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 8 2:35 (Eighth Period)
Tuesday, September 9 7:30 (Second Day of the Week)
Wednesday, September 10 2:45 (Eighth Period/Activity Day)
Friday, September 12 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 15 2:35 (Eighth Period)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Interested in Indiana University? SHS is able to nominate two seniors for the Wells Scholars Program, which pays full tuition, academic fees and an annual living expenses stipend. In the past, winners have been in the top 5% of the class with an ACT composite score above 30. SHS cannot nominate students who have applied or who definitely intend to apply for admission by early binding decision at another university. Interested students should pick up an application packet from the College/Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the completed internal application to the College/Career Center is September 10.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2015. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 10. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Wednesday, October 1.

CLUB NEWS

Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”?  Do you want to be a part of this historic athletic year at Stevenson? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be meeting after school on Wednesday in Room 8000. New members are welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office.

The Sophomore Class Board will meet at 3:35 Thursday in Room 1500. New members are always welcome.

Freshman Class Board: Our first meeting of the school year is Thursday after school in Room 2119. We will be working on Homecoming decorations and our first class unity project. Class board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. Refreshments will be served. See you there!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 3 from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

INTRAMURALS

Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 today in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf website.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:30  Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information, visit the SFFL page.

Intramural Archery begins September 5 and we hope you’ll be joining. We meet on Wednesdays at Stevenson on the Sports Courts. Attend the informational meeting at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 6012. More information can be found on the IM Archery website.

You should join Ultimate Frisbee! Come to the informational meeting for more details. The meeting is at 3:30 Thursday in Room 1420. We hope to see you there. For more information, visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website.

IM Yoga is back and starting soon. Attend the informational meeting on Monday, September 8 at 3:30 in Room 5044. Visit the IM Yoga website for more information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago Public Schools’ graduation rate jumps 4% to record high

Barrington latest suburban high school to end first semester before winter break

Chicago teachers get creative to find more time for professional development

Lake Zurich schools without air conditioning will close early

North Shore schools to add program for at-risk students

Energy conservation efforts at Downers Grove high schools save millions

Prosecutors to ex-West Oak teacher accused of molestation: Accept deal or go to trial

Two BB gun incidents reported at Elgin High School

Springfield’s Sacred Heart Griffin mourns death of longtime teacher

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Colleges adjust to new reality: More students juggle work, family

Los Angeles halts contract for iPads in wake of scrutiny

Turnitin and the debate over anti-plagiarism software

Michigan teacher files suit over removal from classroom linked to online reviews

Sperling, for-profit college pioneer, dies at 93

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Campus Closed Briefly Due to Afternoon Storm

Stevenson officials closed the campus for about 25 minutes today due to a severe storm that passed through the area around 12:40. The campus was closed from approximately 12:40 to 1:05, and students were prohibited from leaving the building unless they were being picked up by a parent.

Stevenson to Host Stand Strong Community Event

Stand Strong, a community coalition dedicated to keeping District 125 youth drug- and alcohol-free, is sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Not My Kid?!” at Stevenson on Tuesday, September 30.

The panel will feature several experts on the front lines of teen behavior in the area. They will answer questions about the challenges teens face when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, and will offer tips on how parents can keep their children safe. Panelists will include Assistant State’s Attorney Claudia Kasten; Dr. Laura Parise, an adolescent psychiatrist specializing in addictions with NorthShore University HealthSystem; Maura Mooney, a social worker and counselor, also with NorthShore University HealthSystem; Chelsea Laliberte, co-founder and executive director of Live4Lali, an organization named for SHS alumnus Alex Laliberte, who died from a heroin overdose ; Dr. Cristina Cortesi, substance abuse prevention coordinator at Stevenson; Lincolnshire Police Officer and SHS liaison Tom Branick; and SHS Principal Troy Gobble.

The event will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. “Not My Kid?!” is free, but reservations are encouraged. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-my-kid-tickets-12621963633 to register. Send questions to standstrongcoalition@gmail.com.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with Stand Strong is invited to attend its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincolnshire Village Hall.

PREP Fall-Winter Course Catalog Released

Stevenson’s Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) this month released its 2014-15 Fall/Winter community education schedule of classes. The catalog is full of programs for all ages. To view the brochure and to register, please visit the PREP website at www.d125.org/prep. 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Painful Memory Spurs Football Team’s Preparation

Stevenson’s football team came within one minute of making the Class 8A state championship game last year, falling 15-14 to Loyola Academy. The painful loss has served as a motivator in the offseason, coach Bill McNamara told the Daily Herald.

Night of Champions Set for Friday Night

The Athletics Division will recognize team and individual division, conference, Lake County, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2013-14 school year at its fourth annual Night of Champions event prior to the home football game against Kenosha Indian Trail on Friday. | List of teams/individuals to be honored

Volleyball Matches “Rained Out” in Barrington

Volleyball is an indoor sport, but even it is not immune from nasty weather. Today’s matches scheduled at Barrington have been postponed because the air conditioning system in its gymnasium isn’t working, and there is a buildup of condensation on the court exacerbated by today’s midday storm.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday

On Thursday, there will be a special schedule for all students. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking tests from 8 a.m. to 10:30. Seniors don’t have any tests, and can come to school at 10:30. Classes will start for all students at 10:30 on Thursday, and we will be on the late arrival schedule. The tests being taken by juniors, sophomores and freshmen are all connected to future performance on the ACT college entrance exam. Freshmen will take the EXPLORE test in the West Building, sophomores will take the PLAN test in the East Building, and juniors will take a practice ACT test in the Sports Center and Field House. Specific room assignments will be posted around the school. 

Register for the Color Fun(d) Run at Lunch This Week

Stevenson wants you to get all messed up on Sunday, September 14. That’s when the second annual Color Fund Run will take place on campus. How does the Color Fund Run work? It’s simple: Run, walk, crawl or make some type of forward motion while people dump different colors on you. And it’s all for a good cause, the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund. The cross country team and the Foundation will be signing up students for the Color Fun(d) Run during lunch periods Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Wood and Glass Commons. The last day to register is September 4. For more information, go to stevensonfoundation.org.

Now Hiring Student Aides for ILC, West Student Services

The ILC and West Student Services are looking to hire student aides for most periods of the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or study hall to be eligible. To apply for an ILC position, see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. To apply for a West Student Services position, see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2412 or Mrs. Moffat in Room 2414. 

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

Thursday, August 28 9:30 (Late Arrival for Seniors)
Thursday, September 4 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 8 2:35 (Eighth Period)
Tuesday, September 9 7:30 (Second Day of the Week)
Wednesday, September 10 2:45 (Eighth Period/Activity Day)
Friday, September 12 9:30 (Late Arrival)
Monday, September 15 2:35 (Eighth Period)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. 

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2015. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 10. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Wednesday, October 1. 

CLUB NEWS

Meteorology Club meets Mondays from 3:30-5 in Room 2118.

Anime Club starts today. Join the club in Room 2113 at 3:30. Everyone is welcome.

Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”?  Do you want to be a part of this historic athletic year at Stevenson? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be meeting after school on Wednesday in Room 8000. New members are welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office.

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 3 from 3:30-4:30 in Room 1612. We are looking for students who are interested in photography, writing, editing, modeling and layout. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410. 

INTRAMURALS

Open diamond baseball (aka the Adlai Baseball Club) is canceled today. The group will start Tuesday from 3:45-6 on the sophomore baseball field. The club will meet Mondays through Thursdays, weather permitting, until October 9. Click here for details. Contact Mr. Skala at nskala@d125.org if you have questions.

Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf website.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information, visit the SFFL page. 

Intramural Archery begins September 5 and we hope you’ll be joining. We meet on Wednesdays at Stevenson on the Sports Courts. Attend the informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 6012. More information can be found on the IM Archery website. 

You should join Ultimate Frisbee! Come to the informational meeting for more details. The meeting is at 3:30 Thursday in Room 1420. We hope to see you there. For more information, visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website. 

IM Yoga is back and starting soon. Attend the informational meeting on Monday, September 8 at 3:30 in Room 5044. Visit the IM Yoga website for more information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Man killed in McHenry County school bus accident

Can Barbara Byrd Bennett save Chicago’s schools?
U. of Illinois feels backlash from scholars angered by Salatia case

CPS students scramble for new school after charter opening delayed

Heat causes early closure at two St. Charles schools

Aurora University student charged with abusing fellow student

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Pediatricians’ group pushes for later start to middle, high school day

Latest waiver move could weaken key Obama priority

Kids’ brains reorganize when learning math skills

Report: Los Angeles school officials had close ties with Apple, Pearson before deal

Universities sue FAA over drone ban

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Special Schedule for Testing on August 28

Stevenson will follow a special schedule Thursday, August 28. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking assessment tests from 8-10:30 a.m. Seniors do not need to report to school until 10:30, when classes begin.

The assessment tests are all connected to future performance on the ACT college entrance exam. In fact, the tests were developed by ACT as part of its Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS).

Freshmen will take the EXPLORE test in the West Building, sophomores will have the PLAN test in East Building classrooms, and juniors will take the practice ACT in the Sports Center and Field House. | Full story

SHS Looking to Make More Paper Cuts

Stevenson High School has cut back on its paper use in recent years. For example, the total number of copies printed on campus declined by 7% between April 2013 and April 2014. Still, the school uses a lot of paper: 14.9 million sheets through the first nine months of the 2013-14 school year.

In its attempt to further reduce paper use, district officials are seeking to digitize all of its records. Next month, the District 125 Board of Education will be asked to approve a scanning solution expected to cost between $20,000 to $25,000. Assistant Superintendent for Business Mark Michelini told Pioneer Press that if approved, scanning records instead of printing them would cut paper use by another 10%.

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Green-Gold Games Derailed by Lake County Vortex

The weather played havoc with outdoor Green-Gold scrimmages planned for Thursday; boys soccer and football scrapped their scrimmages. The boys soccer Green-Gold games have been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.  Football scrimmages will not be rescheduled. Tonight, the field hockey team will have its Green-Gold games at 7 p.m. in the Stadium … weather permitting, of course.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freshman Mixer Friday Night

All ninth-grade students are invited to attend the Freshman Mixer from 7-9 p.m. tonight in the Wood Commons. Admission is free to this lock-in event, but freshmen must have their student ID to enter. Water and snacks will be provided, and there will be a DJ. Students must be dropped off in parking lot E (use the Port Clinton Road entrance) and use the Sports Center entrance to get to the Wood Commons. Parent volunteers and student FMPs should park in lot B. The mixer is sponsored by the Student Activities Division and the Patriot Parent Association.

ILC Hiring Student Aides

The ILC is looking to hire student aides for most periods throughout the school day. This is a paid position. You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

CLUB NEWS

Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”?  Do you want to be a part of this historic athletic year at Stevenson? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be meeting after school on Wednesday in Room 8000. New members are welcome! Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office.

Anime Club starts Monday. Join the club in Room 2113 at 3:30 to relax, watch movies and enjoy snacks. Everyone is welcome. Contact Ms. Praljak at dpraljak@d125.org if you have questions.

Meteorology Club meets Mondays from 3:30-5 in Room 2118. For more information, contact Mr. Eriksen at seriksen@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf website.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information, visit the SFFL page.

Open field baseball — which is being called the Adlai Baseball Club — starts Monday on the sophomore baseball field from 3:45 to 6. The club will meet Mondays through Thursdays, weather permitting, until October 9. Click here for details. Contact Mr. Skala at mskala@d125.org if you have questions.

Intramural Archery begins September 5 and we hope you’ll be joining. We meet on Wednesdays at Stevenson on the Sports Courts. Attend the informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 6012. More information can be found on the IM Archery website.

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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