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Monday, October 20, 2014

Stevenson Online Auction Begins Today

The 2014 Stevenson Online Auction opens today at 9 a.m. The auction is a collaborative partnership between the Stevenson Foundation, Special Education Community Board, Band and Color Guard Parent Organization, Choral Guild, Sports Boosters, fencing supporters, boys varsity basketball supporters, and girls lacrosse boosters. Since the online auction began in 2010, the event has raised $90,000 to benefit these and other booster groups’ support of students’ academic and co-curricular needs. Among the items up for bid this year are:

  • Getaways to Utah, Palm Desert, California and Indiana Dunes, among other locations.
  • Tickets to performances in a number of area venues, including the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Center and Citadel Theatre.
  • A variety of sports-related items, including tickets to Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Northwestern football games, autographed memorabilia and golfing opportunities. Opportunities to travel with the SHS varsity boys basketball team to tournaments in West Virginia and Massachusetts also are available.
  • Restaurant and retail gift cards to more than a dozen local restaurants and other businesses.
  • Health and beauty items such as massages, personal training, haircuts, facials, teeth whitening, and spray tans.
  • Lunch at Wildfire with the superintendents of District 125.
  • VIP parking passes to Stevenson events.
  • A variety of lessons, including guitar, lacrosse, fencing, piano, knitting, cooking and horseback riding.
  • Getting picked up and dropped off at school in a Lincolnshire police car.

To see all the auction items available and to place a bid, visit d125.auctionanything.com.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Tournament: Jason Godhe shot a 77 to close out his high school career, ending the two-day tournament with a score of 159, 15 over par. He finished in a three-way tie for 50th place. Kamaren Sandhu, a sophomore, improved by five strokes on Day 2, posting an 83 and finishing the tournament at 171. – Official results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots won their fourth consecutive sectional championship, and had all six participants qualify for this week’s state tournament at Buffalo Grove High School. Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor defeated Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey for the doubles championship, 7-5, 7-5. Zoe Manion defeated Kendall Kirsch by default for third place in singles. Kirsch fell in the semifinals, her first loss of the season. In the team standings, SHS finished with 31 points, ahead of runner-up Barrington, which had 25. Saturday’s matches were moved indoors due to rainy conditions. – Official results | Daily Herald, High School Cube News

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: Sam Oh and Jared Borowsky posted top-five finishes, leading the Patriots to third place at Lake Forest‘s West Campus. Oh placed second in a time of 14:47, three seconds behind the champion from Lake Zurich, which won the team title. Borowsky was fifth in 15:12, two seconds out of fourth place. Paul Udoni was 18th in 15:59. Head coach Scott Summers said most of his top seven runners posted season-best times. – Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: Isabelle Sparreo and Jessica Philipp earned medals, leading the Patriots to a seventh-place finish at Lake Forest’s West Campus. Sparreo finished eighth, running the 3-mile course in 18:11, while Philipp was 13th in 18:32. Lake Zurich won the NSC title for the third time in the last four years. – Daily Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots finished second to Fremd, 410-406.5, in the 11-team field. No individual results were available. – High School Cube News

Friday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson 42, Mundelein 6: The host Patriots (8-0, 5-0) exploded for 28 points during a 6-minute stretch in the first half en route to the Homecoming victory. Willie Bourbon threw for three touchdowns, two to Cameron Green and one to Tyler Vincent, Jim Marchese returned an interception 17 yards for a TD, and Jack Joseph scored on a 1-yard run in the first half. All 63 players on the roster got into the game, with reserves playing the entire second half after SHS took a 35-0 halftime lead. Ben Herschman ran 63 yards for Stevenson’s final TD in the fourth quarter. The Mustangs (0-8, 0-5) scored in the third quarter, the first TD allowed by the Patriot defense in nearly a month. – High School Cube News, Daily Herald | SBN Video

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lake Forest, 25-12, 20-25, 25-21: Jori Radtke had 14 kills, 14 digs, served 2 aces and made a pair of blocks as the visiting Patriots (20-13, 6-1) reached the 20-win mark for the 11th consecutive season. Isabella Milejczyk had 7 kills and an ace. Corissa Kurth dished out 26 assists and added an ace. Morgan Berland led SHS with 22 digs. Anna Drozdzewicz and Jacqueline Green each contributed 2 blocks and Kendall Frisch had an ace. – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pumpkin Carving and Design Contest for Students

Sodexo is sponsoring a pumpkin carving and design contest! They will be providing pumpkins to the first 50 students who enter, so remember to check your school email on Tuesday for more information and to sign up.

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders Thursday and Friday

Measurements for graduation caps and gowns will take place Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the West Building’s Patriot Lobby (by Room 2400). The cost of a cap, gown and tassel is $27 (including tax) and must be paid at the time of measurement. Fees can be paid in cash or by check made out to Jostens.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

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

Yearbook Re-Take Days Wednesday and Friday

Did you have a bad hair day when your yearbook photo was taken in August? Never had your yearbook photo taken? You’ll have a second chance during yearbook re-take days next Wednesday and Friday, October 22 and 24, from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570.

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright Meeting Tuesday

Are you interested in performing at Snow Flake at Daniel Wright? If so, there will be a meeting after school in Room 2702 on Tuesday. No experience is required, and all are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley. See you there!

New Date for Blood Drive; Sign-Ups Continue This Week

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

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Tuesday Through Thursday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held Tuesday through Thursday during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Everything! Singers, dancers, bands, comedians, magicians, gymnasts, jugglers, “yo-yoers” or any other creative acts. Showcase acts must have a minimum of 3 performers unless the act is very “unique.” Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during audition sign-ups.

Fill out this audition sign-up form and bring it to one of the sign-up days. If you need help finding a group, try the Showcase Facebook page or contact Lisa Weisner at lweisner@aol.com or Edie Eiseman-Axe at edie0609@aol.com.

Showcase variety act auditions will be held December 4-8. Band auditions are set for December 6. Emcees/anchors auditions will be held December 2. Showcase 2015 will be held March 6-7. For more information on Showcase, visit d125.org/ppa/showcase.

ATHLETICS

There will be a meeting for all girls planning on trying out for basketball at 3:35 Tuesday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Information on tryouts, open gym, clothing and shoes will be distributed. If currently out for a fall sport or unable to attend, stop by on your way to practice and pick up a packet. Contact Coach Dineen at tdineen@d125.org if you have any questions.

An information meeting for girls gymnastics will take place Tuesday at 3:30 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Harwood at jharwood@d125.org.

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Do you have questions about the Common Application, applying to the University of Illinois, transcripts, etc? The College/Career Center will be open from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Tuesday so you can get your questions answered.

Seniors with disabilities who are heading to college are invited to attend the Choices regional college fair at Vernon Hills High School Tuesday night. The event begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 9. Students and their parents can attend information sessions and also meet with representatives from various colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.postsecondarychoices.org.

The Illinois Regional College Fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the College of Lake County (Physical Education Building). This is a great opportunity to meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities all under one roof. A list of the colleges can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight.

Seniors: The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 7.

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 November 22.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

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

CLUB NEWS

SPINS Club is going to the Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove on Friday. Permission forms can be obtained from the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons.

Chinese Club is looking for volunteers to help host a booth at the Country Meadows Elementary School Fall Fest next Thursday evening. Community service hours will be provided. Please email Chinese club sponsors Li Ye (li.ye1@d125.org) or Michelle Cheng (mcheng@d125.org) for details.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesdays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

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

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

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

Breakfast With Books will meet Tuesday from 7:45-8:25 a.m. in Room 1313 of the Lower ILC. Breakfast will be served. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Dettling in the West ILC or email her at ldettling@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: K-12 funding in Illinois down 9% since 2008

Waukegan schools closed today as strike continues

Is indicted ex-suburban official running for Schiller Park school board?

Chicago Teachers Union paid part of cost of critical charter school study

Michelle Obama recalls stressful time in Chicago elementary, high schools

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

State education funding lags behind pre-recession levels

How AP U.S. History became the new culture war battleground

The new vocabulary of urban education

Native American schools: Decayed buildings, poverty

Washington high school teacher’s “Wheel of Misfortune” hits bankrupt

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Friday, October 17, 2014

10 Math Teachers Presenting at State Conference

Ten members of the mathematics faculty will be giving presentations at the 64th annual Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference Friday and Saturday in Tinley Park. No school in the state will have more presenters at the conference. Stevenson’s presenters will be:

  • Jen Parisi and Andrea Siwik, “Motivating Struggling Students Using Formative Assessments and Other Strategies”: The pair will share how teachers can motivate students and improve instruction through the practical use of foldables, differentiation and formative assessments.
  • Melissa Dudic and Kate Hoopes, “Building CCSSM Algebra 1: Success For All Students”: The two will share how their team reset curricular expectations while building appropriate supports for learning among all Algebra 1 students.
  • Todd Sikora, Valerie Tomkiel, Julisa Ruiz, Filip Dudic and Heather Nissenberg, “Implementing CCSSM Statistics Standards Into Algebra” and “CCSSM Implementation Year 1: Experiences in Algebra”: The change in standards can be overwhelming, and one that brings unprecedented change to traditional Algebra 1 curriculums. The team will share lessons from their year-long effort to redesign the curriculum to strengthen students’ understanding algebraic relationships through context-driven problems.
  • Cassie Fenton, “Assessing and Reporting Mathematical Understanding to Promote Student Learning”: She will re-examine aspects of the traditional grading and reporting system and offer improved ways to accurately communicate mathematical understandings and promote students’ growth mindset.

Internet Safety Training for Students Today

Melissa Hemzacek, an Internet safety specialist from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office-High Tech Crimes Bureau, is giving presentations to students during their regularly scheduled math courses today. Hemzacek is discussing about self-representation online, privacy settings, dangers of connecting with anonymous users, and legal ramifications of cyber bullying and other online activity.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 7, Stevenson 0

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Providence Catholic 5, Stevenson 2

 

Football Team Seeks Third Straight Shutout

Stevenson’s top-ranked football team returns to home turf tonight to take on Mundelein for Homecoming. The Patriots (7-0, 4-0) feature the stiffest defense in the North Suburban Conference, allowing just a shade over 9 points per game. SHS is seeking its third consecutive shutout, and hasn’t allowed a touchdown since September 19. The Mustangs (0-7, 0-4) have struggled offensively, scoring around 11 points per game. In addition to being Homecoming, tonight’s game also is Senior Night. Senior members of the football team and Spirit Revolution will be honored. Also at halftime, there will be a performance featuring area kids who took part in the SHS cheerleading and pom clinic during the summer.

Tonight’s game is sponsored by Bridgeview Bank, and will be broadcast on WAES-FM (88.1) and on the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. B96 FM will be promoting promoting the game from 2-7 p.m.

Important Notice for SHS Cross Country Fans

SHS cross country parents and other fans heading to Saturday’s North Suburban Conference championships at Lake Forest High School are asked to carpool and come in as few cars as possible. Nearly 1,000 runners will be competing, with an even larger number of spectators expected. Unfortunately, many grass areas meant to be used for parking have been knocked out of commission by this week’s heavy rains. Once the lots at Lake Forest’s West Campus are full, traffic will be directed to off-campus parking. Shuttles will be available from off-campus parking to the course. Spectators should allow additional time in case they have to park off campus.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Room Assignments for Saturday’s PSAT Exam

Are you taking the PSAT exam Saturday morning? Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. Testing starts at 8 in the East Building. Click here to see your room assignment.

Pumpkin Carving and Design Contest for Students

Sodexo is sponsoring a pumpkin carving and design contest! They will be providing pumpkins to the first 50 students who enter, so remember to check your school email on Tuesday for more information and to sign up.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Next Week

Did you have a bad hair day when your yearbook photo was taken in August? Never had your yearbook photo taken? You’ll have a second chance during yearbook re-take days next Wednesday and Friday, October 22 and 24, from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570.

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright Meeting Tuesday

Are you interested in performing at Snow Flake at Daniel Wright? If so, there will be a meeting after school in Room 2702 on Tuesday. No experience is required, and all are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley. See you there!

New Date for Blood Drive; Sign-Ups Continue Next Week

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

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups October 21-23

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held next Tuesday through Thursday, October 21-23, during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Everything! Singers, dancers, bands, comedians, magicians, gymnasts, jugglers, “yo-yoers” or any other creative acts. Showcase acts must have a minimum of 3 performers unless the act is very “unique.” Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during audition sign-ups.

Fill out this audition sign-up form and bring it to one of the sign-up days. If you need help finding a group, try the Showcase Facebook page or contact Lisa Weisner at lweisner@aol.com or Edie Eiseman-Axe at edie0609@aol.com.

Showcase variety act auditions will be held December 4-8. Band auditions are set for December 6. Emcees/anchors auditions will be held December 2. Showcase 2015 will be held March 6-7. For more information on Showcase, visit d125.org/ppa/showcase.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Do you have questions about the Common Application, applying to the University of Illinois, transcripts, etc? The College/Career Center will be open from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Tuesday so you can get your questions answered.

The Illinois Regional College Fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. next Thursday at the College of Lake County (Physical Education Building). This is a great opportunity to meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities all under one roof. A list of the colleges can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight.

The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Southern California, Transylvania University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Eureka College, Landmark College, Reed College, Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California-San Diego, University of Kansas, Beloit College, University of Toronto, Loyola University Chicago, Memphis College of Art, University of Notre Dame, Arizona State University, St. Lawrence University, Drake University, Villanova University, Central College, University of New Hampshire, Kent State University, Northern Illinois University, Furman University, Ripon College, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Otterbein University, Lynn University, St. Ambrose University, Washington and Jefferson College, Wittenberg University, Baylor University, Hofstra University, Rice University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Macalester College.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in design or architecture as a career? Attend the Chicago Architecture and Design College Day, where more than 50 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions and provide information on their programs. The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harold Washington College, Lake Street and Wabash Avenue, in Chicago. Visit chicagocareerday.org for registration and more information.

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

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

CLUB NEWS

SPINS Club is going to the Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove on Friday, October 24. Permission forms can be obtained from the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons.

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

Chinese Club is looking for volunteers to help host a booth at the Country Meadows Elementary School Fall Fest next Thursday evening. Community service hours will be provided. Please email Chinese club sponsors Li Ye (li.ye1@d125.org) or Michelle Cheng (mcheng@d125.org) for details.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Mondays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

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

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

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

Breakfast With Books will meet Tuesday from 7:45-8:25 a.m. in Room 1313 of the Lower ILC. Breakfast will be served. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Dettling in the West ILC or email her at ldettling@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

There will be a meeting for all girls planning on trying out for basketball at 3:35 Tuesday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Information on tryouts, open gym, clothing and shoes will be distributed. If currently out for a fall sport or unable to attend, stop by on your way to practice and pick up a packet. Contact Coach Dineen at tdineen@d125.org if you have any questions.

An information meeting for girls gymnastics will take place Tuesday at 3:30 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Harwood at jharwood@d125.org.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Waukegan teacher strike enters 10th day; no talks set

Seeking federal grant, Illinois promises huge investments in early childhood ed

Barrington District 220 superintendent wages funding battle

District 155 ordered to tear down Crystal Lake South bleachers

University of Illinois, University of Chicago working together on tech startup pilot program

Officials hope Arlington Downs apartment complex stays in District 214

Cary District 26 to honor teacher with writing day

Southern Illinois schools participate in earthquake preparedness drills

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

How schools are responding to the Ebola situation

Texas universities rethinking use of MOOCs

Embattled Los Angeles schools superintendent resigns

The beginning of the end for for-profit charter schools?

One scholar’s path from homeless shelter to the halls of Georgetown

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

One of the biggest challenges facing efforts to curb underage drinking in the Stevenson community is the fact that some parents allow or encourage parties in their homes featuring illegal alcohol use. The Stand Strong community coalition, of which Stevenson is a member, offers the following reminders about “social hosting” laws as Homecoming weekend approaches:

  • Parents or guardians who knowingly allow underage drinking in their homes can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and face fines ranging from $500-$2,500.
  • If a minor dies or is seriously injured as a result of illegally provided alcohol, the provider can be charged with a Class 4 felony and sentenced to 1-3 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. The provider also risks being sued in civil court.
  • The first two examples come from state law. However, many towns and villages in Illinois, including most in District 125, have stronger ordinances with harsher penalties and higher fines. In Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills, for example, even if the parents (or owners of the house) are not aware that underage drinking is happening, they can still be charged with social hosting. The burden of proof falls on the owners of the house to prove that they took all necessary steps to prevent underage drinking to occur, including controlling access to the house and the alcohol in the house. Buffalo Grove’s ordinance goes further: Homeowners do not have to be present to be guilty of social hosting.
  • Local ordinances also expand the scope of the state law. Police officers can charge not only homeowners with social hosting, but anyone deemed to be in “control” of the home, including a minor. The ordinances apply not only to residences, but any property controlled by an individual, including a hotel or motel room, limousine, bus or boat.

What should parents do if they find out that underage drinking is taking place without their knowledge? Call the police before they call you to avoid social host charges. No charges will be filed if parents request assistance from law enforcement after discovering the illegal activity.

For more information, contact Stand Strong at standstrongcoalition@gmail.com.

SHS Social Media Leader to Give INSPRA Presentation

Electronic Communications Specialist Jennifer DiBella will give a presentation on social media use by schools on Friday at a meeting of the Illinois chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. She will explain how schools can develop a social media marketing campaign, identify the best platforms to reach different audience types, incorporate analytics for strategic planning, and incorporate tools such as Hootsuite and Buffer to maximize the value of items shared via social media.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Mundelein, 25-21, 25-15: Jori Radtke led the visiting Patriots (19-13, 5-1) with 10 kills and also added 10 digs. Corissa Kurth distributed 18 assists and Morgan Berland made 16 digs. Jen Lichtenstein had 11 digs. Emily Brasier contributed 4 kills and Anna Drozdzewicz had 3. – Daily Herald

SHS to Host Girls Tennis Sectional This Weekend

Stevenson will host an Illinois High School Association girls tennis sectional at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex on Friday and Saturday. SHS has won three consecutive sectional titles. The Patriots have the top seeds in singles and doubles, Kendall Kirsch and the tandem of Zoe Taylor and Kaylin Dong. Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey are the No. 2 seed in doubles, and Zoe Manion is a 3-4 seed in singles. Ten schools will compete in the sectional. Click here for sectional results this weekend.

Manion to Play Tennis for Xavier

Zoe Manion announced on Twitter Wednesday that she has verbally committed to continue her tennis career at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Manion will be seeking a third trip to the IHSA girls tennis state tournament when she and her Patriot teammates compete in the Stevenson Sectional beginning Friday. Last fall, Manion won five matches in the singles bracket at state, helping SHS to a fourth-place finish. She also qualified as a freshman.

Gohde, Sandhu Prepare for State Golf Tournament

Jason Gohde and Kamaren Sandhu are traveling to Bloomington today to get ready for the IHSA Class 3A boys golf state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. Gohde will tee off at 10 a.m. Friday, with Sandhu following at 10:18. Three boys golfers in school history have earned medals at state: Reed Aren (2012), Tom Bydalek (2001) and Magnus Tedestedt (1990). Click here for state golf results. State golf tourney preview podcast from Pioneer Press

We Are Family

The football and girls tennis teams aren’t the only ones aiming for No. 1 this fall. So are the students who regularly turn out for a number of Patriot sporting events, including many athletes involved in other sports. The Journal and Topics newspaper recently talked with some of the leaders of the Patriot student section.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Room Assignments for Saturday’s PSAT Exam

Are you taking the PSAT exam Saturday morning? Please arrive by 7:45 a.m. Testing starts at 8 in the East Building. Click here to see your room assignment.

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Today

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held today and October 21-23 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Everything! Singers, dancers, bands, comedians, magicians, gymnasts, jugglers, “yo-yoers” or any other creative acts. Showcase acts must have a minimum of 3 performers unless the act is very “unique.” Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during audition sign-ups.

Fill out this audition sign-up form and bring it to one of the sign-up days. If you need help finding a group, try the Showcase Facebook page or contact Lisa Weisner at lweisner@aol.com or Edie Eiseman-Axe at edie0609@aol.com.

Showcase variety act auditions will be held December 4-8. Band auditions are set for December 6. Emcees/anchors auditions will be held December 2. Showcase 2015 will be held March 6-7. For more information on Showcase, visit d125.org/ppa/showcase.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Next Week

Did you have a bad hair day when your yearbook photo was taken in August? Never had your yearbook photo taken? You’ll have a second chance during yearbook re-take days on Wednesday and Friday, October 22 and 24, from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570.

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright Meeting Tuesday

Are you interested in performing at Snow Flake at Daniel Wright? If so, there will be a meeting after school in Room 2702 on Tuesday. No experience is required, and all are welcome. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley. See you there!

COLLEGE NEWS

The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Southern California, Transylvania University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Eureka College, Landmark College, Reed College, Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California-San Diego, University of Kansas, Beloit College, University of Toronto, Loyola University Chicago, Memphis College of Art, University of Notre Dame, Arizona State University, St. Lawrence University, Drake University, Villanova University, Central College, University of New Hampshire, Kent State University, Northern Illinois University, Furman University, Ripon College, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Otterbein University, Lynn University, St. Ambrose University, Washington and Jefferson College, Wittenberg University, Baylor University, Hofstra University, Rice University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Macalester College.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in design or architecture as a career? Attend the Chicago Architecture and Design College Day, where more than 50 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions and provide information on their programs. The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harold Washington College, Lake Street and Wabash Avenue, in Chicago. Visit chicagocareerday.org for registration and more information.

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

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

CLUB NEWS

Do you think you know what makes people insane? If you were on a jury could you determine who was sane or insane at the time of a crime? Please attend a joint meeting  of Psychology Club and Law Club in 7096 today at 3:45. All are welcome!

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

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

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

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

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

Breakfast With Books will meet Tuesday from 7:45-8:25 a.m. in Room 1313 of the Lower ILC. Breakfast will be served. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Dettling in the West ILC or email her at ldettling@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

The boys bowling team is having an informational meeting today after school in Room 2113 from 3:30-4:15. If you can’t make the meeting, contact Coach Lapping in the West ILC in the math section.

An information meeting for girls gymnastics will take place Tuesday at 3:30 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Harwood at jharwood@d125.org.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

White students no longer majority in Illinois public schools

Waukegan strike talks break down; negotiations set for today cancelled

Koch pushing legislation that makes state intervention easier in failing districts

Chicago joins Tennessee in offering tuition-free community college plan

Revised ISBE School Report Card will feature new data, metrics

Durbin says for-profit schools hurting Southern Illinois University

WTTW executive appointed to Lake Forest High School District 115 board

CTU president Lewis thanks supporters as she battles illness

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

School standardized testing under growing attack, leaders pledge changes

D.C. educators praise benefits of mandatory SAT tests

Texas community college rejects applicants from Africa, citing Ebola outbreak

Florida’s public universities creating private foundations to hide information

California college paid Oscar-winning screenwriter $26K not to sue

The latest — and unlikeliest — man to reinvent online education

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Those Who Excel Winners: Tom Kelly and Jay Miller

Today we conclude our brief look at the individuals who have been chosen to receive Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education. They and other recipients from around the state will be honored at a banquet in Normal on October 25. Our final recipients are Assistant Director of Science Tom Kelly and Director of Special Education Jay Miller.

Tom Kelly – Award of Recognition – Classroom Teacher

Tom Kelly has taught every level of science at Stevenson since 1990, and this fall added the duties of assistant science director. As is the case with many people at SHS, titles and words fail to capture the impact Kelly has had on students and colleagues over the past 24 years. He typically arrives at school around 5 a.m. to prepare for the day and to be ready for the steady stream of students who stop by his classroom starting at 7. “Tom is the most energetic teacher I have ever seen in a classroom,” says Director of Science Steve Wood, one of many faculty members whom Kelly mentored.

Kelly has been a leader in showing other teachers effective uses of data and developing a curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. What really sets him apart, however, are the things that can’t be measured. It’s not uncommon for Kelly to spend time during class talking with students about everyday concerns, whether they be the transition from high school to college, to dealing with an event that has had an emotional impact on them.

While acknowledging that the content in his classes is important, Kelly says the most significant role he has as a teacher is in helping his students become good people who are compassionate, honest and teach others with respect. “I hold close to my heart the saying that, ‘People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel,’” he wrote in a letter to the Those Who Excel committee. “When students leave my class I want them to be aware that other people in this world need their help.”

Jay Miller – Award of Excellence – School Administrator

Jay Miller worked as a management consultant for many years before deciding to enter the field of special education. However, he was familiar with special education long before making it his career. His sister had significant disabilities while he was growing up, and Miller remembered the substandard facilities where his parents would take her for help.

Miller has worked at Stevenson since 1995, first as a program supervisor with the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL), and as the school’s special education director since 2006. Since becoming director, Miller has worked to expand special education support systems and services for SHS students. His work has been so successful that after this school year, Stevenson will withdraw from SEDOL because it is able to educate all special education students within its walls. Miller’s commitment to parental involvement was emphasized by his founding of the Special Education Community Advisory Board, which has been recognized by the state for its efforts to discuss and address the perspectives and challenges facing parents of students with special needs.

“In his book Schools of Hope, Douglas Heath suggests that our schools need teachers and leaders who inspire their colleagues to look beyond themselves and imagine new and more enriching possibilities for our individual and collective lives,” Superintendent Eric Twadell wrote in his Those Who Excel nomination. “Jay Miller is one of those leaders.”

Skaters Compete in Midwest Regional Competition

Two students who are competitive ice skaters took part in the Upper Great Lakes Midwest Regional Championship October 5-8 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Freshman Taylor Morris won the Novice Ladies division (free skate), while junior Rudi Baruch was eighth among 36 competitors. In the short program, Morris was second and Baruch 11th. By finishing in the top four, Morris automatically moves on to the Midwest Sectional in Geneva next month. Joining her will be freshman Lindsay Weinstein, who received a bye from regionals due to her participation in an international competition. Weinstein will skate in the Pairs and Intermediate Ladies categories.

Another Day, Another Perfect ACT Score

Add one more senior to the list of those with perfect scores on the ACT. Yancheng Du earned a 36 on the exam given in September, making him the 19th member of the Class of 2015 to post a perfect ACT score.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Lake Forest Sectional: Kamaren Sandhu and Jason Gohde earned berths in this weekend’s state tournament in Bloomington. Both will be going downstate for the first time. Sandhu shot a 2-over-par 74 and tied for fifth, 4 strokes behind the medalist from Lake Forest, and Gohde had a 75 and tied for eighth. SHS nearly qualified for state as a team. The Patriots tied for third with St. Charles East but lost a tiebreaker. This will be the fifth time in the past six seasons that at least one boys golfer from Stevenson has made the state tournament. – Official results | Sun-Times Media, Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class AA Warren Sectional: At Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, Alexia Fidman finished her final seven holes and ended up with a round of 83, tying for 11th place and missing a state tournament berth by two strokes. – Official results

Boys Soccer

New Trier 1, Stevenson 0: Jeremy Klaber made 9 saves for the visiting Patriots (6-6-5). – Daily Herald

Football Team Remains No. 1 in Rankings

Stevenson remains No. 1 in this week’s three major prep football rankings. SHS was the top vote-getter in the statewide Associated Press Class 8A poll, and also sits atop the polls in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, which rank the best teams in the metropolitan area regardless of IHSA classification. The Patriots will play host to Mundelein in their Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Today and Thursday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held today and Thursday and October 21-23 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Everything! Singers, dancers, bands, comedians, magicians, gymnasts, jugglers, “yo-yoers” or any other creative acts. Showcase acts must have a minimum of 3 performers unless the act is very “unique.” Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during audition sign-ups.

Fill out this audition sign-up form and bring it to one of the sign-up days. If you need help finding a group, try the Showcase Facebook page or contact Lisa Weisner at lweisner@aol.com or Edie Eiseman-Axe at edie0609@aol.com.

Showcase variety act auditions will be held December 4-8. Band auditions are set for December 6. Emcees/anchors auditions will be held December 2. Showcase 2015 will be held March 6-7. For more information on Showcase, visit d125.org/ppa/showcase.

Blood Drive Sign-Ups This Week

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive will take place this week during lunch periods in both commons areas. The “Save a Life, Starve a Vampire” drive will be held Friday, October 24. To see what it takes to be a blood donor, click here.

ATHLETICS

The fencing team will have an informational meeting today in Room 2104 at 3:30. Please contact Coach Delgado at fdelgado@d125.org if you cannot attend.

The boys bowling team is having an informational meeting Thursday after school in Room 2113 from 3:30-4:15. If you can’t make the meeting, contact Coach Lapping in the West ILC in the math section.

An information meeting for girls gymnastics will take place Tuesday at 3:30 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Harwood at jharwood@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

All juniors and parents, the college search process is officially underway! Plan to attend a most informative meeting on how to choose the college that’s right for you at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller, Stevenson’s college counselors, will highlight and outline the steps students and parents should be taking this year to find the college that provides the greatest fit. Join the College/Career Center staff as they help juniors “Find the Fit.”

The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Southern California, Transylvania University, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Eureka College, Landmark College, Reed College, Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California-San Diego, University of Kansas, Beloit College, University of Toronto, Loyola University Chicago, Memphis College of Art, University of Notre Dame, Arizona State University, St. Lawrence University, Drake University, Villanova University, Central College, University of New Hampshire, Kent State University, Northern Illinois University, Furman University, Ripon College, University of Colorado, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Otterbein University, Lynn University, St. Ambrose University, Washington and Jefferson College, Wittenberg University, Baylor University, Hofstra University, Rice University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Macalester College.

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

Lewis University will be hosting its 10th annual Aviation Career Conference on Saturday, November 22. This is an opportunity for students to talk to professionals who work in the aviation industry. More information and registration can be obtained at www.lewisu.edu.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in design or architecture as a career? Attend the Chicago Architecture and Design College Day, where more than 50 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions and provide information on their programs. The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harold Washington College, Lake Street and Wabash Avenue, in Chicago. Visit chicagocareerday.org for registration and more information.

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

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

CLUB NEWS

FCCLA will meet today in Room 1406 from 3:30-5:30 to meet with Mrs. Lohrmann and Mrs. Backes about your FCCLA project to get started! If you are not able to meet please contact the sponsors ASAP to discuss.

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

Calling all seniors! Senior Class Board invites all seniors to help decorate for their last Homecoming. We will be decorating our East Hallway by Room 6000 today from 3:30-5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Service hours provided. Any questions? Contact Mrs. Jensen at jjensen@d125.org or Mrs. Peterson at npeterson@d125.org.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

Do you think you know what makes people insane? If you were on a jury could you determine who was sane or insane at the time of a crime? Please attend a joint meeting  of Psychology Club and Law Club in 7096 on Thursday at 3:45. All are welcome!

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

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

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

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

Breakfast With Books will meet Tuesday from 7:45-8:25 a.m. in Room 1313 of the Lower ILC. Breakfast will be served. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Dettling in the West ILC or email her at ldettling@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Gavin District 37 will fire three teachers in wake of molestation case

Negotiations resume to end strike in Waukegan

McHenry County lawmakers, school officials warn of funding proposal impact

Richland school district hires p.r. firm after no-confidence vote by teachers

District wants state Supreme Court to weigh Crystal Lake bleachers case

Mold leads to closure of Urbana middle school gym until December

SIU interim chancellor diagnosed with treatable carcinoma

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Are these America’s worst colleges?

N.J. school officials defend decision to scrap football season in wake of hazing

Job market booming for new college graduates, study says

Highly educated, unemployed and tumbling down the ladder

University of California-Santa Cruz creates first “computational media” department

FTC: Alex Trebek-endorsed education program duped parents

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Elbaum to Receive History Teacher of the Year Award Friday

David Elbaum will be honored as the 2014 Illinois History Teacher of the Year on Friday during the Illinois Council of Social Studies’ annual conference at Harper College in Palatine on Friday. Elbaum, who was first announced as the recipient in late May, will receive $1,000, and an archive of books and historical resources will be presented in his name to the Information and Learning Center.

Junior Families Invited to “Finding the Fit” Wednesday

Juniors and their parents are invited to “Finding the Fit” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Stevenson’s college counselors will discuss how to focus your college search, what colleges look for in applicants, how to do research about colleges, and all the ways SHS can assist you in your college search and selection.

Stevenson Online Auction Begins Next Monday

The 2014 Stevenson Online Auction will open at 9 a.m. Monday, October 20 and will close at 9 p.m. Monday, October 27. More than 150 items will be available, including: restaurant and retail gift cards, theater tickets, sporting event tickets, golf foursomes, vacation getaways, sports memorabilia, health and beauty items, SHS Spirit Wear, unique experiences and much more. A banner promoting the auction will be placed on the SHS website at d125.org beginning October 20.

Children’s Play Set for Sunday

The Stevenson Foundation brings Dr. Seuss to the stage this weekend when it presents its fall children’s play, “The Cat in the Hat,” on Sunday. Performances are scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, can be purchased online or by calling 847-415-4121. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Senior Earns Perfect Score on ACT Exam

Fuyan Jiang became the 18th member of the Class of 2015 to earn a perfect score on the ACT exam when she notched a 36 on September 30.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Lake Forest Sectional: Play was suspended after Lake Bluff Golf Course was deemed unplayable. About 20% of the field had not finished, and will return today. SHS was among the teams able to finish Monday, and posted a score of 306, which entering today is tied for third with St. Charles East. Kamaren Sandhu led the Patriots with a 2-over-par 74. Jason Gohde shot a 75, Luke Feder had a 76 and Kevin Chin posted an 81. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class AA Warren Sectional: Rain caused play to be halted in the afternoon at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, and it is unclear if action will resume today or be delayed until Wednesday. When play resumes, Alexia Fidman will be aiming to earn a berth in the state tournament. She posted a 39 on the front nine and has seven holes remaining. – Daily Herald

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Glenbrook South 2: Goalie Aryel Furman turned away 25 shots and the Patriots erupted for four unanswered goals after falling behind early at Twin Rinks. Daniel Levey tied the game at 1-1 and Sam Spector scored the go-ahead goal for SHS, which has won four straight. Luke Favia assisted on Levey’s goal and later added a goal of his own. Richard Chen was credited with the assist on Spector’s score. Jake Cimarusti had a goal and an assist. Sam Spiro had the final Stevenson goal and Michael Dowd assisted on Cimarusti’s goal. – Stevenson Hockey.org

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Tournament: The Patriots won the conference crown handily over Lake Forest, 38-25. The two teams tied for the tournament title last year. SHS won four of the five flights and also had a second-place finish. Kendall Kirsch won the No. 1 singles title, defeating Warren’s Karyna Bihel, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, and improved to 23-0 this season. Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor breezed to the No. 1 doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lake Forest, one of three doubles titles for SHS. Also winning doubles crowns were No. 2 Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey (6-4, 6-4) and No. 3 Michelle Tulchinskaya and Gwen Heidkamp (6-0, 6-1), with wins over Lake Forest. Zoe Manion was second at No. 2 singles. The tournament was played at Lakes Community High School in Round Lake. – Daily Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at Conant Invitational: The Patriots won the tournament title, topping Hersey by comfortable 274-204 score. SHS claimed all three levels of the invitational, classes A, B and C. Stevenson had a slew of individual winners, led by Shayna Salzman, who won two events and swam on two winning relays. Salzman captured the Class A 100 free (1:02.54) and Class B 200 free (2:13.94). She was part of the Class A 400 free relay with Ashlin Ruiz, Isabelle Pelka and Irune Andres (4:13.69), and the Class B 200 free relay with Danielle Kameristy, Elyse Spearman and Bailey Polster (1:59.69). Pelka won two Class C events, the 100 back (1:14.98) and 100 fly (1:11.83), and also swam on the Class B 200 medley relay (2:14.76). The other four-race winner was Danielle Fang. She won the Class B 100 breast (1:21.90) and Class C 200 IM (2:43.96), was part of the Class B 200 medley relay with Spearman, Pelka and Kameristy (2:14.76), and the Class C 200 free relay with Alexandra Kokhan, Annika Hotchkiss and Melissa Gartenberg (2:03.00). The other Class A winners were Ruiz in the 200 free (2:12.71),  Casey Kirby in the Class A 100 back (1:10.18), and the 200 medley relay unit of Kirby, Andres, Rachel Song and Alice Jeong (2:07.99). Other Class B winners included Song in the 100 fly (1:09.73) and 100 back (1:12.00), Andres in the 100 free (1:03.46), and the 400 free relay team of Kameristy, Joy Liu, Jessica Lenhart and Kamila Wawer (4:28.15). Other Class C winners included Pelka in the 100 fly (1:11.83) and 100 back (1:14.98), Delaney Weiland in the 200 free (2:26.09) and 400 free (5:03.58), Liu in the 100 breast (1:26.80), Jeong in the 100 free (1:06.35), the 200 medley relay with Gartenberg, Wawer, Lenhart and Liu (2:16.99), and the 400 free relay grouping of Gartenberg, Polster, Hotchkiss and Kokhan (4:28.41). – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Invitational: Jori Radtke had 14 kills, 8 digs and 2 aces as the Patriots (18-13) outlasted Morton, 30-32, 25-14, 25-19 in their final match of the two-day tournament. Radtke also led SHS with 7 kills and 4 aces during a 25-23, 26-24 win over Buffalo Grove. Isabella Milejczyk (8 kills, 11 digs), Corissa Kurth (34 assists, 6 kills) and Morgan Berland (17 digs, 7 aces) also stood out against Morton. Berland had 17 digs in the Buffalo Grove match. Kurth had 13 assists and Kendall Frisch had 8 digs and 2 aces. – Daily Herald, Buffalo Grove Journal

Friday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson 41, Zion-Benton 0: Jack Joseph ran for four touchdowns, including three in the first half, as the Patriots (7-0, 4-0) stung the Zee-Bees (3-4, 1-3) in Zion. The SHS defense, meanwhile, shut out its second straight opponent, and hasn’t yielded a touchdown in the past three games. Joseph ran for 177 yards on 17 carries, and had TD runs of 7, 10, 11 and 46 yards. Tyler Vincent had a 1-yard run, and Willie Bourbon connected with Henry Marchese on a 14-yard pass for the other two scores. SHS built a 34-0 halftime lead, scoring on its first four possessions. – Sun-Times Media

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Glenbrook North Invitational: The Patriots fell to Maine West (14-25, 25-19, 16-14) and Glenbrook South (25-20, 25-20). Isabella Milejczyk led SHS with 11 kills and also has 12 digs against Maine West, and Jen Lichtenstein had 6 kills and 3 aces. Abby Trebilco contributed 19 assists and 8 digs. Jori Radtke had 14 kills and 12 digs in the Glenbrook South match, while Corissa Kurth had 21 assists, 4 kills, 3 aces and 3 digs. – Buffalo Grove Journal, Daily Herald

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson hosted Patriot Quadrangular: At Half Day Forest Preserve, the Patriots prevailed over Lake Forest, Elgin Larkin and Waukegan. Isabelle Sparreo won the meet in a time of 18:33, followed by Jessica Philipp (18:39), Shea Kirby (19:26), Julide Ozmeral (19:28), Jessica Woodard (19:42), Sydney Pacernick (19:45) and Amy Lin (19:58) in places 2-7.

Field Hockey

Glenbard West 2, Stevenson 1 – Chicago Tribune

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Wednesday and Thursday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held Wednesday and Thursday and October 21-23 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Everything! Singers, dancers, bands, comedians, magicians, gymnasts, jugglers, “yo-yoers” or any other creative acts. Showcase acts must have a minimum of 3 performers unless the act is very “unique.” Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during audition sign-ups.

Fill out this audition sign-up form and bring it to one of the sign-up days. If you need help finding a group, try the Showcase Facebook page or contact Lisa Weisner at lweisner@aol.com or Edie Eiseman-Axe at edie0609@aol.com.

Showcase variety act auditions will be held December 4-8. Band auditions are set for December 6. Emcees/anchors auditions will be held December 2. Showcase 2015 will be held March 6-7. For more information on Showcase, visit d125.org/ppa/showcase.

Blood Drive Sign-Ups This Week

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive will take place this week during lunch periods in both commons areas. The “Save a Life, Starve a Vampire” drive will be held Friday, October 24. To see what it takes to be a blood donor, click here.

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright Meeting Today

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright is having an informational meeting after school today in Room 2702. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley. All are welcome! See you there!

CLUB NEWS

Calling all seniors! Senior Class Board invites all seniors to help decorate for their last Homecoming. We will be decorating our West Hallway today from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Patriot Lobby, and our East Hallway by Room 6000 on Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Service hours provided. Any questions? Contact Mrs. Jensen at jjensen@d125.org or Mrs. Peterson at npeterson@d125.org.

Freshman Class Board members: After school today, we need your help decorating our West Hallway for Homecoming. You can’t beat it — fun, community service hours, and pizza! Meet us by The Point reception desk. New members are welcome; all freshmen are invited to help!

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

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.

FCCLA will meet on Wednesday in Room 1406 from 3:30-5:30 to meet with Mrs. Lohrmann and Mrs. Backes about your FCCLA project to get started! If you are not able to meet please contact the sponsors ASAP to discuss.

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

Do you think you know what makes people insane? If you were on a jury could you determine who was sane or insane at the time of a crime? Please attend a joint meeting  of Psychology Club and Law Club in 7096 on Thursday at 3:45. All are welcome!

ATHLETICS

The fencing team will have an informational meeting Wednesday in Room 2104 at 3:30. Please contact Coach Delgado at fdelgado@d125.org if you cannot attend.

The boys bowling team is having an informational meeting Thursday after school in Room 2113 from 3:30-4:15. If you can’t make the meeting, contact Coach Lapping in the West ILC in the math section.

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Do you have questions about the Common Application, applying to the University of Illinois, transcripts, etc? The College/Career Center will be open from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Wednesday so you can get your questions answered. The CCC will also hold a drop-in day at the same time on Tuesday, October 21.

All juniors and parents, the college search process is officially underway! Plan to attend a most informative meeting on how to choose the college that’s right for you at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller, Stevenson’s college counselors, will highlight and outline the steps students and parents should be taking this year to find the college that provides the greatest fit. Join the College/Career Center staff as they help juniors “Find the Fit.”

Lewis University will be hosting its 10th annual Aviation Career Conference on Saturday, November 22. This is an opportunity for students to talk to professionals who work in the aviation industry. More information and registration can be obtained at www.lewisu.edu.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a healthcare career? Apply to the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday. Find out more at http://community.nm.org/medical-explorers.html or message Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org.

Interested in design or architecture as a career? Attend the Chicago Architecture and Design College Day, where more than 50 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions and provide information on their programs. The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harold Washington College, Lake Street and Wabash Avenue, in Chicago. Visit chicagocareerday.org for registration and more information.

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

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Hinsdale District 86, teachers union reach tentative deal to avoid strike

Chicago Teachers Union president has brain tumor, will not run for mayor

Study: Chicago charter schools lag traditional ones

Lawsuit alleges bullying led to CPS student suicide

Police investigating assaults on University of Illinois campus

College of Lake County’s lakeshore campus expansion a year behind schedule

Rockford school district announces 5-year, $250M construction plan

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

It’s 2014. All children are supposed to be proficient. What happened?

Enrollment in California teacher preparation programs plummets

Who needs algebra? New approach to college math helps more pass

Columbus, Ohio schools taking back bonuses based on cheating

Higher education ballot measures on the light side this year

Indiana University opening five overseas offices to raise global profile

University of Wisconsin faces criticism over list of safety tips for students

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

SHS to Add Stained Glass Window to Sports Center Entrance

As part of Stevenson High School’s 50th anniversary celebration during the 2014-15 school year, several parent and student organizations are commissioning an artist or studio to help design and create a four-panel stained glass window that will be placed above the Sports Center entrance. The request for proposals is open to interested artists and companies until Friday, November 7, when all proposals are due.

Click here for the proposal document (PDF)

The selected artist or studio will be asked to capture the ideas presented by SHS student Sabrina Zhang’s design that was submitted for the 50th anniversary logo contest. Although the window design doesn’t have to be an exact representation, artists are asked to honor the spirit of Zhang’s image, which reflects the school’s mission of “Success For Every Student,” plus its history and diversity.

Artists are invited to Stevenson at 5 p.m. Monday, October 20 to view the stained glass window’s location and ask questions of Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice. Anyone planning to attend the site visit is asked to RSVP with Julie Hill at jhill@d125.org.

Band’s Annual Citrus Fruit Sale Starts Next Week

The SHS band program’s annual Citrus Fruit Sale begins Wednesday, October 15 and ends Tuesday, October 28. Fruit orders will be available Saturday, December 6. Proceeds from the sale will go toward band students’ trip accounts.

Products available include

  • Florida oranges in 18-pound boxes ($27)
  • Florida red navel oranges in 18-pound boxes ($27)
  • Florida red grapefruit in 18-pound boxes ($19.50)
  • The “Citrus Sampler” featuring 24 red navel oranges and 12 red grapefruit in 25-pound boxes ($39.50)
  • The “Junior Citrus Sampler” with 12 red navel oranges and 6 red grapefruit in 13-pound boxes ($24.50)
  • The “2-Ti-Fruit,” a mix of 10 red navel oranges and 12 sunburst tangerines in 11-pound boxes ($21)
  • “Simply Citrus,” a collection of 6 red navel oranges, 6 grapefruit and 6 tangelos in 13-pound boxes ($22.50)

To place an order, contact any band member or fruit sale co-chairs Michelle and Mitch Cohn at m.cohn@comcast.net. There also is an option to make a purchase and have the fruit donated to a local homeless shelter.

Fundraiser Scheduled for Senior with Muscular Disorder

A fundraiser will be held next month for senior Nate Halterman, who was diagnosed at age 6 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive neuromuscular disorder without a cure that has relegated him to a wheelchair.

Despite the disorder, Halterman does well in the classroom. He is enrolled in Advanced Placement Calculus AB Honors and Advanced Spanish Conversation/Culture, among other courses. He also serves as manager of the varsity boys basketball team and also participates in intramural bowling.

The fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 8 at The Cotillion in Palatine. The evening will include raffles and a silent auction. For more information, to buy tickets, or to donate a raffle or silent auction item, visit www.fightfornate.com.

Former Board Member to Lead B.G. Arts Commission

Former District 125 Board of Education member Elliott Hartstein was appointed this week as chairman of the Buffalo Grove Arts Commission. Hartstein was president of the Village of Buffalo Grove for 12 years after serving eight years on the School Board.

No Digest Friday or Monday

With no school on Friday or Monday, the Digest will be off until Tuesday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class AA Lake Forest Regional: At Deerpath Golf Course, the Patriots tied Buffalo Grove for fourth place and had two players advance to Monday’s Warren Sectional: Alexia Fidman (84) and Stephanie Namkoong (93). SHS had a team score of 372, 13 strokes behind regional champion Barrington. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 19-25, 28-26, 25-22: On Senior Night, the Patriots rallied to improve to 16-11 overall and 4-1 in the North Suburban Conference. Kendall Frisch and Emily Braiser each had 10 kills, while Jen Lichtenstein added 6. Abby Trebilco dished out 27 assists. Dana Pflugradt and Lichtenstein had 24 and 20 digs, respectively. All are seniors. – Daily Herald

Koenig Earns Daily Herald Player of the Week Honor

Senior linebacker Rory Koenig has been named Lake County Defensive Player of the Week by the Daily Herald for his performance in last week’s 21-0 shutout of Lake Zurich. Koenig had 8 tackles, including 4 for loss, as SHS did not allow a touchdown for the second straight game.

Football Fans Going to Zion Invited to Help Coat Drive

Patriot football fans heading to Zion-Benton for Friday night’s game are invited to donate coats that will go to the Veterans Assistance Commission and will be provided to military veterans in need. The coat drive is being led by Z-B’s National Honor Society.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Juniors Meet With Counselors Today

Juniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period today. You must attend this meeting even if you have a club meeting scheduled. Counselors will be located in these rooms:

Franklin 7044-7046 Perkins 2114 Lecture Hall
Grove Studio Theater (2204) Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Jones 2104 Scanio 8046-8048
Kellogg 2113 Lecture Hall Seeger 6048-6050
Kulla Chorus Room (2202) Sullivan Recital Hall (4100)
Martin 7014 Timm Little Theater (4200)
Moran West Auditorium (2206) Vazquez 2104

Blood Drive Sign-Ups During Homecoming Week

Sign-ups for the National Honor Society’s upcoming blood drive will take place next week during lunch periods in both commons areas. The “Save a Life, Starve a Vampire” drive will be held Friday, October 24. To see what it takes to be a blood donor, click here.

Senior Portrait Reminder

Seniors: Have you had your yearbook portrait taken yet? The deadline is fast approaching! You can make your appointment by calling VIP at 847-499-9300 or by going online at: http://studio.il.vipis.com/senior-portraits/scheduling.

CLUB NEWS

Do you like music? Do you like to dance? Do you want to be active and fit? Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba Club. Informational meeting at 3:35 today in Room 2626.

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

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

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

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

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

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

Calling all seniors! Senior Class Board invites all seniors to help decorate for their last Homecoming. We will be decorating our West Hallway on Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Patriot Lobby, and our East Hallway by Room 6000 on Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Service hours provided. Any questions? Contact Mrs. Jensen at jjensen@d125.org or Mrs. Peterson at npeterson@d125.org.

FCCLA will meet on Wednesday in Room 1406 from 3:30-5:30 to meet with Mrs. Lohrmann and Mrs. Backes about your FCCLA project to get started! If you are not able to meet please contact the sponsors ASAP to discuss.

ATHLETICS

The boys bowling team is having an informational meeting Thursday, October 16 after school in Room 2113 from 3:30-4:15. If you can’t make the meeting, contact Coach Lapping in the West ILC in the math section.

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Do you have questions about the Common Application, applying to the University of Illinois, transcripts, etc? The College/Career Center will be open from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Wednesday so you can get your questions answered. The CCC will also hold a drop-in day at the same time on Tuesday, October 21.

Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson: University of California-Los Angeles, Augustana College, DePaul University, University of Delaware, Pennsylvania State University, Brandeis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Mount Union, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Roosevelt University, Xavier University, DePauw University, Carthage College, University of Chicago, California Institute of the Arts and Carthage College.

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

All juniors and parents, the college search process is officially underway! Plan to attend a most informative meeting on how to choose the college that’s right for you at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller, Stevenson’s college counselors, will highlight and outline the steps students and parents should be taking this year to find the college that provides the greatest fit. Join the College/Career Center staff as they help juniors “Find the Fit.”

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a healthcare career? Apply to the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 15. Find out more at http://community.nm.org/medical-explorers.html or message Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org.

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.

Mark your calendars! The biennial Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to talk to professionals representing a variety of different careers in healthcare, engineering, technology, law, business, the arts and more!

Need some extra cash? There are lots of part-time jobs available for students. View them all on the Career Exploration webpage at www.d125.org/careerexploration.

Available lab technician internship available at local company. 10-20 hours per week. Please stop into the CCC to see Mrs. Willock if you are interested in this opportunity.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Waukegan schools still closed due to strike; chief district negotiator speaks out

Plainfield teachers reach contract agreement

Court upholds District 214 firing of teacher who attacked son’s molester

District 220 buying 33 acres near Barrington High School

Chicago Public Schools under fire over dirty conditions, rotten food

Rockton teachers, district fail to reach deal

Former teacher, wrestling coach gets 6 years for child porn conviction

Pension challenge remains on fast track

Student fees pump up budgets for wealthier Chicago schools

BB gun found in Elgin school, parents angry

DePaul’s “Play for Change” games tackle bullying, mental illness

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Philadelphia School Reform Commission cancels teachers’ contracts

What keeps women out of elite colleges? Their SAT scores, study says

Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes in Washington

Common Core copyright: What does it really mean? Executive director explains

South Carolina to allow unhealthy food fundraisers in schools

Princeton nixes suggested limit on “A” grades

120 students out sick at northwest Indiana elementary school

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Go Roma, Choral Concert Today

The Choral Guild is holding a dining benefit at the Lincolnshire Go Roma from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, which is the same day as the Fall Choral Concert. Have lunch or dinner before tonight’s 7 p.m. concert, and Go Roma will donate a portion of the sale to the Choral Guild. You’ll need to present this flyer when ordering.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Warren Regional: The Patriots finished third behind Mundelein and Lake Forest at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, qualifying for Monday’s Lake Forest Sectional. Kevin Chin and Jason Gohde led SHS with 78s, followed by  Kamaren Sandhu with a 79. Will Sebastian and Jedi Jhu each carded an 86, and Luke Feder had an 87. SHS had a team score of 321, three strokes ahead of fourth-place Deerfield. Mundelein posted a score of 311 and Lake Forest had 313. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Lake Forest 4, Stevenson 2: Erica Cole scored the Patriots’ first goal on an assist from Megan Lillis. Colie Keane had the other goal, assisted by Sydney Goldberg.

1995 and 1996 Girls Basketball State Champs to be Honored

Stevenson’s back-to-back girls basketball state championship teams from the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons will be honored at the current varsity squad’s game against Lake Forest on Friday, February 6. The champs will be recognized at halftime in the Sports Center, and there also will be a special dinner for them prior to the game. One of the players from the 1995 state champion, Tamika Catchings, told the Daily Herald’s Patricia Babcock McGraw that she plans to retire from the WNBA in 2016.

Bump, Set, Sing

When technical difficulties jeopardized the playing of the national anthem at Monday night’s varsity girls volleyball match, Patriot players took charge and led the Sports Center crowd in song.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Juniors Meet With Counselors Thursday

Juniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Thursday. You must attend this meeting even if you have a club meeting scheduled. Counselors will be located in these rooms:

Franklin 7044-7046 Perkins 2114 Lecture Hall
Grove Studio Theater (2204) Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Jones 2104 Scanio 8046-8048
Kellogg 2113 Lecture Hall Seeger 6048-6050
Kulla Chorus Room (2202) Sullivan Recital Hall (4100)
Martin 7014 Timm Little Theater (4200)
Moran West Auditorium (2206) Vazquez 2104

West ILC Looking for Selfies to Promote Teen Read Week

As a way to help promote reading, and sharing students favorite books, we are looking for selfies of kids with their favorite books to create a collage in the ILC window for Teen Read Week next week. We will put a link on the photo that leads to the book in our library collection. Email your selfies to jwilson@d125.org and include “I Read” in the subject line.

Senior Portrait Reminder

Seniors: Have you had your yearbook portrait taken yet? The deadline is fast approaching! You can make your appointment by calling VIP at 847-499-9300 or by going online at: http://studio.il.vipis.com/senior-portraits/scheduling.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a healthcare career? Apply to the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 15. Find out more at http://community.nm.org/medical-explorers.html or message Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org.

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.

Mark your calendars! The biennial Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to talk to professionals representing a variety of different careers in healthcare, engineering, technology, law, business, the arts and more!

Need some extra cash? There are lots of part-time jobs available for students. View them all on the Career Exploration webpage at www.d125.org/careerexploration.

Available lab technician internship available at local company. 10-20 hours per week. Please stop into the CCC to see Mrs. Willock if you are interested in this opportunity.

INTRAMURALS

Intramural Archery meets today after school on the Sports Courts.

CLUB NEWS

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

Do you have the talent for surprising your friends by knowing information about sports, art, science, history or another subject? Join the Frosh/Soph Scholastic Bowl team. All freshmen and sophomores are welcome. The first meeting is after school today in 8046. Contact Mrs. Humes or Mr. Fedewa with any questions.

Freshman Class Board: We’re meeting today after school in Room 2119. We will be finishing our Homecoming entranceway and window designs. New members are always welcome!

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

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

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

Do you like music? Do you like to dance? Do you want to be active and fit? Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba Club. Informational meeting at 3:35 Thursday in Room 2626.

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

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

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

Calling all seniors! Senior Class Board invites all seniors to help decorate for their last Homecoming. We will be decorating our West Hallway on Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Patriot Lobby, and our East Hallway by Room 6000 on Wednesday, October 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. New members are always welcome. Service hours provided. Any questions? Contact Mrs. Jensen at jjensen@d125.org or Mrs. Peterson at npeterson@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson: University of California-Los Angeles, Augustana College, DePaul University, University of Delaware, Pennsylvania State University, Brandeis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, University of Mount Union, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Roosevelt University, Xavier University, DePauw University, Carthage College, University of Chicago, California Institute of the Arts and Carthage College.

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

All scholarships that come to our attention will be listed in Naviance under “Scholarship List.” Scholarships will be posted throughout the school year, so check the site often. If you have any questions, please stop by the College/Career Center in Room 1123.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

CTU President Karen Lewis “not well,” but union mum on details

Union leader details Waukegan teachers’ side of strike

Elected school board referendum bumped off ballot in Chicago again

Barrington District 220 gives early support to all-day kindergarten

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Study: Teachers expect less from black and Hispanic students

Google, Apple, Pearson missing from companies signing student privacy pledge

Dartmouth professor creates app that measures students’ moods, mental health

After 30 years of perfect attendance, father-to-be will miss a day of school

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