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Friday, October 24, 2014

School Board Approves Summer 2015 Improvements

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

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

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

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

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

Football Team Seeks Sixth Perfect Regular Season

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

Boys Soccer Team Seeks Regional Title at Barrington

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

Cross Country Teams Running in Regional Saturday

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

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Chance for Yearbook Re-Takes

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

Help Us Celebrate Food Day 2014

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

Blood Drive Sign-Ups End Today

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

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders End Today

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

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

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

COLLEGE NEWS

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

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

CLUB NEWS

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

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

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

Geography Club meets Monday after school in Room 7004.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Tentative three-year contract agreement reached in Mundelein District 75

Don’t expect swift action on school funding proposal

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

Teacher claims firing from West Dundee school was retaliatory

Former teacher’s aide guilty of child porn possession

Thornton Township board members asks federal intervention with colleagues

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

Skokie school to reopen today after police investigate Instagram threat

University of Chicago annual fundraising reaches record $511 million

Mt. Prospect District 57 buys land near Westbrook School

Chicago board members acknowledge more planning needed in school closings

Demolition date set for old Brainerd school building in Libertyville

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Common Core revolt goes local

How colleges let sexual predators slip away to other schools

What happens when students control their own education?

Wake Forest University ending traditional MBA program

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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

ISBE to Honor Math Teacher With Early Educator Award

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

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

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

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

Plenty of Bid Opportunities in SHS Online Auction

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

It’s Vegas in Lincolnshire, Baby!

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

Special Ed Parents Invited to SECB Meeting

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

SHS Asks You to Take a Short Communications Survey

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

 

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

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

Boys Ice Hockey

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

 

State Football Playoff Field to be Unveiled Saturday Night

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

Bourbon Looks to Close Football Career on Top

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

Volleyball Alum Earns MAC Honor

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

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders Today and Friday

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

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

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

Help Us Celebrate Food Day 2014 on Friday

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

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups End Today

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

Blood Drive Sign-Ups End Friday

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

Last Chance for Yearbook Re-Takes on Friday

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

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

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

CLUB NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE NEWS

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

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

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

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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

Instagram threat forces Skokie middle school to close for second day

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

Warren Township school board scolds member for divulging private information

Lake County educator named Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year

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

Chicago sells first shut-down school for $3.5 million

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

Illinois State University upgrades network to support classroom technology

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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

New York may offer job-focused tests as graduation option

7% of New Orleans public school teachers considered ineffective

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

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Report: SHS Spends Less Per Student Than Many Local Districts

Stevenson spends significantly less per student than many high school districts in the area, according to Illinois State Board of Education data shared at Monday’s school board meeting. During the 2013-14 school year, Stevenson’s total per-pupil expenditure was $18,286, less than Libertyville and Vernon Hills ($20,271), Glenbrook North and South ($21,577), Lake Forest ($22,917), and Deerfield and Highland Park ($23,184), among others.

22 Students Earn All-District Music Honors

Twenty-two Stevenson students have earned selection to the Illinois Music Educators Association All-District Festival on November 8 at New Trier High School in Winnetka. They were chosen based on performances at auditions held in early October. More than 1,500 students auditioned. The following SHS students were selected:

Band: Eowyn Bakke (french horn), Torin Bakke (clarinet), Ben Cheng (trumpet), Eric Kang (Bassoon), Kevin Li (clarinet), Mandy Weaver (clarinet) and Timothy Klem (percussion).

Choir: Kaitlin Feely (soprano), Koyomi Funahashi (soprano), Monique Hsu (soprano), Alex Knezevic (tenor), Cynthia Liu (alto) and Jamie Sergay (soprano).

Orchestra: Jonathan Chang (viola), Jean Choi (violin), Junwon Choi (cello), Autumn Hoang (cello), Monet Lee (violin), David Luo (violin) and Nicole Zukowski (violin).

In addition, four choir students were selected for the ILMEA All-District Jazz Choir and will perform at the Jazz Festival on November 22 at Barrington High School: Knezevic (tenor), Sergay (soprano), Johnny Barboza (tenor) and Annamarie Wellems (soprano).

At the All-District Festivals, students will be further evaluated to determine which ones should participate in the ILMEA All-State Conference, which will be held in Peoria January 28-31. All-State selections will be announced in early December.

Charities Invited to Participate in Stevenson’s Day of Service

Area charities are invited to be part of Stevenson’s second annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 19. On that day, Stevenson students will volunteer at charity sites for two hours, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Last school year, 190 students participated; the number is expected to be much higher this year.

Stevenson will provide transportation to and from charity sites. A minimum of 14 and maximum of 47 students can work at a site. For more information, contact Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Today

The SHS Band Parents Organization will hold a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Make a dine-in, carryout or delivery order, and a portion of the sale will go to the band program. Make sure you show this flyer when ordering.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional: The Patriots (7-6-6) stunned Barrington, 1-0, in two overtimes thanks to Max Warren’s goal and an extraordinary effort by goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber. He made 26 saves against the Broncos, who were the No. 4 seed in the sectional. SHS, the No. 13 seed, will face No. 12 Highland Park for the regional title at 6 p.m. Saturday. Highland Park was an upset winner over No. 5 Hersey, 1-0. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Stevenson hosted IHSFHA Playoff: The Patriots beat Elgin Academy, 2-1, in a play-in game in the Stadium, advancing to a first-round matchup at second-seeded New Trier tonight at 6 o’clock. SHS is the No. 15 seed in the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association playoffs; Elgin Academy was the No. 18 seed. SHS and Elgin met in the second game of the regular season, with the Patriots earning a 3-0 win. Tonight’s contest will be the first of the year between Stevenson and New Trier. – IHSFHA.org

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Grant, 25-20, 25-12: Isabella Milejczyk and Jori Radtke each had 6 kills in the home crossover victory, while Anna Drozdewicz added 4 kills and 2 blocks. Radtke and Jackie Green also had 2 blocks apiece. Corissa Kurth had 16 assists, 3 kills and 2 aces. Morgan Berland made a team-high 7 digs.

 

Girls Tennis Team Prepares for State Tournament

The IHSA girls tennis state tournament begins Thursday at several area high school courts. Stevenson is seeking to break through the championship monopoly held by Hinsdale Central and Lake Forest, which are the only teams to win state over the past eight seasons. SHS finished fourth in Illinois last year and was third in 2011.

This year, the Patriots will have six players at state: singles players Kendall Kirsch and Zoe Manion, and the doubles teams of Kaylin Dong and Zoe Taylor, and Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey. Dong and Taylor won the sectional championship over Rao and Harvey, and have yet to lose a match this season. Dong and Taylor are the No. 1 seed in the state doubles bracket, while Rao and Harvey are No. 2. Their only loss came to Dong and Taylor.

Kirsch only has one loss as well, coming in last weekend’s sectional semifinal. She is a 5-8 seed in singles, while Manion is a 9-16 seed. Kirsch, Manion, Dong and Rao all have previous state experience, while Taylor and Harvey are freshmen. Kirsch won the state doubles championship last fall with Alexxis Kiven, who now plays for Dartmouth. It was the first doubles title won by Stevenson in girls tennis.

Stevenson’s players will be scattered for their opening-round matchups. Taylor and Dong will play at Prospect, while Harvey and Rao will open at Rolling Meadows. Kirsch travels to Barrington and Manion will take the court at Palatine. State tournament seeds and all first-round matches

Miller Helping Illini Women’s Golf Get in the Swing

Two-time state champion golfer Stephanie Miller (Class of 2013), who now plays for the University of Illinois, helped lead the Illini to back-to-back invitational victories, the Daily Herald reports.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reminder: Late Arrival on Thursday

Thursday is a late arrival day. Classes start at 10:30. Buses begin their routes at 9:20.

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Today Through Thursday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held today and 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.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Today 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 today and Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570.

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). Visit this link for pricing and details.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

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

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!”

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

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

Help Us Celebrate Food Day 2014 on Friday

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

INTRAMURALS

Intramural Archery meets today after school on the Sports Courts.

CLUB NEWS

The Stevenson Styler will meet today at 3:30 in Room 1612. Rough drafts will be due for the editors to look over and make changes. Contact Mrs. Erickson if you can’t make it, so you can update her on your progress. See you then!

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese Club is looking for volunteers to help host a booth at the Country Meadows Elementary School Fall Fest 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.

COLLEGE NEWS

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

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

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

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Waukegan mayor, aldermen call for end to teachers strike

Mundelein District 75 teachers, school board hope to avoid strike

Private donors contribute $11 million to fund art in Chicago schools

U46 teachers, board debate new grading system

High school on Chicago’s southwest side to become selective-enrollment

CPS enrollment dips below 400,000 for first time in years

12 New Trier students sent to peer jury in sexting case

Belvidere North High School teacher pleads guilty to sexual assault charge

North Central College seeking to build 5-story dorm in downtown Naperville

University of Chicago to construct new forum building with gift

Kankakee Community College first in nation to earn clean energy award

New Barrington District 220 kindergarten plan doesn’t include transfers

Murphysboro school district changing kindergarten to attendance centers

“The Secret Lives of Teachers” series features Chicago educator

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Free online Advanced Placement courses make their debut

New report urges overhaul of way school, student success is measured

Continued rise in giving to colleges; Stanford University tops list

New Jersey high school suspends coach, four assistants in hazing scandal

NCLB architect looks back on failed reforms

Maine teacher who flew to Dallas for seminar put on leave over Ebola fear

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CPN Hosts “The Pressured Student” Tonight

Psychologist, parenting expert and bestselling author Dr. Michael Thompson will discuss “The Pressured Student: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life,” at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. 

Thompson’s focus will be on “pressured parents” who may have forgotten the realities of school life. He will share stories and take the audience into the school day experience of children, illuminating how they manage their school careers and how educators and parents can support them along the way. 

The program is free and open to parents and educators of students in grades K-12. This is an adults-only event. Click here to RSVP and for more information. The free program is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, and the Deerfield Parent Network.

Tribune Highlights Teacher’s Work to Promote Food Day

The Chicago Tribune on Monday wrote about Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Christina Erickson, who is one of the local leaders of the worldwide Food Revolution movement run by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. Every year on October 24, the foundation promotes Food Day, which encourages people to make healthy changes in their diets and to push for improved food policies. This year’s Food Day will have a special focus on food access and justice for food and farm workers.

Erickson and the rest of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department have partnered with Sodexo to bring live cooking demonstrations to students on Friday. During all lunch periods in the Wood Commons, students in the Gourmet Foods course will cook alongside Sodexo chefs and cooks to provide samples of vegetable stir fry with a homemade sauce. Students also will receive Food Day materials, including a cookbook link and James Beard’s new Vegetable Recipe app.

After school Friday, Erickson and her friend and fellow Food Revolution ambassador, Lindsey Shifley, are sponsoring the third annual Mundelein Food Day. They will offer meal-planning and community recipe sharing at the Fremont Township Administration Center, 2285 W. Route 60, in Mundelein from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at the Mundelein Food Revolution Facebook page.

Six Communication Arts Faculty Present at IATE Conference

Six members of the Communication Arts faculty gave presentations at the annual Illinois Association of Teachers of English conference last weekend in Crystal Lake. The conference’s chairwoman, Kimberly Musolf, also is part of the SHS Communication Arts faculty. The presenters were: 

  • Doug Lillydahl and Jacquie Cullen, “21st Century Classroom Decisions”: The presentation focused on how decision-making strategies at the department, team and teacher levels lead to to meaningful literacy instruction. The pair offered examples of decision-making tools to provide focus, manage conflicts, and promote collaboration.
  • Brian Wise and Dan Argentar, “Inquiry and Reluctant Readers: Engaging the Next Generation”: Educators attending this session discovered how students in a Tier 2 reading intervention course are able to generate individualized inquiry questions to engage in rigorous reading tasks. Argentar and Wise showed how students use focused reading strategies to develop and enhance literacy skills with a variety of texts and topics.
  • Ryan Aronoff and (Prospect High School teacher) Jason Block, “That’s Not Entertainment: A ‘Second Education’ Through Mass Media”: Teenagers today spend more time consuming media than they spend in school. In this presentation, educators explored strategies to challenge the ways students consume information through television and other entertainment media, both inside and outside of school.
  • Laura Brown and (retired SHS Technology Trainer and current District 102 Creativity and Innovation Specialist for Mobile Pedagogy) Charlene Chausis, “The Future of the Book: Connected, Adaptable, Flexible, and Customized”: The future offers myriad possibilities as print text migrates to more dynamic forms on laptops and mobile devices. In their presentation, Brown and Chausis considered how the book is being reinvented and how that changes the teaching of literacy

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Late Varsity Results 

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: Fremd edged the Patriots for the championship in the 11-team meet, 410-406.5. In individual races, SHS had two second-place finishes: Irune Andres in the 200 IM (2:13.10) and Ashlin Ruiz in the 100 fly (59.38). Two Pats also placed third: Casey Kirby in the 100 back (59.84) and Danielle Fang in the 100 breast (1:09.71). Stevenson had two runner-up relays: the 200 medley, with Kirby, Andres, Ruiz and Alice Jeong (1:50.66), and the 400 free, with Ruiz, Andres, Shayna Salzman and Isabelle Pelka (3:38.30). The 200 free relay unit of Kirby, Jeong, Ruiz and Rachel Song was third (1:41.88). – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer Regional Semifinal Today

Stevenson’s boys soccer team travels to Barrington for a 5 o’clock matchup with the host school in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Barrington Regional. The Patriots are the No. 13 seed in the Palatine Sectional, of which the Barrington Regional is one quadrant. The Broncos are the No. 4 seed. The winner of today’s contest will face Hersey or Highland Park for the regional title at 6 p.m. Saturday. | Daily Herald sectional previews

Limited Parking Available for Football Game at Libertyville

Convenient parking might be hard to find for Patriot football fans when they head to Libertyville for the regular-season finale Friday night. Limited parking will be available at LHS; Patriot fans can park at the Libertyville Metra station and take a shuttle bus to the school. Stevenson, champions of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division, will look to go 9-0 in a tune up for its first-round Class 8A playoff game the following week. The Wildcats are 6-2 and also are playoff bound in Class 7A. 

Dynamic Dowd Duo Gives Hockey Team Winning Identity

The Daily Herald last week included a feature story on brothers Daniel and Michael Dowd, who play for the SHS varsity boys ice hockey team. Daniel, a junior, is in his third varsity season, while Michael is a freshman. They are considered two of the reasons why Stevenson has the makings of a top-10 team this year.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Snow Flake at Daniel Wright Meeting Today

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

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Today Through Thursday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be held today 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.

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 Wednesday and Friday from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must call Visual Image Photography at 800-577-9570. 

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). Visit this link for pricing and details.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms With Cap and Gown Orders

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

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!”

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

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

COLLEGE NEWS

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

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

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

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

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 

Chinese Club is looking for volunteers to help host a booth at the Country Meadows Elementary School Fall Fest 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 Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. Rough drafts will be due for the editors to look over and make changes. Contact Mrs. Erickson if you can’t make it, so you can update her on your progress. See you then! 

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

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012. 

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

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018.

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

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.

ATHLETICS

There will be a meeting for all girls planning on trying out for basketball at 3:35 today 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 today 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.

INTRAMURALS

Intramural Archery meets Wednesday after school on the Sports Courts.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago Public Schools to sell headquarters for $28 million

Hinsdale District 86 board votes to approve two-year contract with teachers

Waukegan teachers decide to return to negotiating table

Student senate rejects resolution blasting UI chancellor email on Salaita

St. Xavier University gets $2.2M from state for science building renovations

Lake Forest teacher who beat breast cancer honored at Bears game 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Teachers unions putting themselves on November’s ballot

U.S. high school dropout rates fall, especially among Latinos

Is this working? A look at how teachers maintain classroom discipline

Social mobility index rates colleges by a new measure

National school boards group ends tobacco partnership

University of Oklahoma marching band spends $20K to criticize school president

Indiana substitute teacher spotted on “To Catch a Predator”

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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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