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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jazz Concert Set for Friday Night
Five jazz groups will perform during the annual “Night of Jazz” concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. Groups taking the stage will be the Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Band 1, along with vocal groups Jazz, Etc., Ladyjazz and Just the Guys.

Scheduled vocal soloists include Megan Pinkley, Jack Dreyer, Nicole Westley and Jamie Sergay (Jazz, Etc.); Kristen Cardella, Emma Harmon and Maya Cohen (Ladyjazz); and Mike Komarovsky, Johnny Barboza, Andrew Connors and Jonthan Lugthart (Just the Guys). Click here to see the rosters for each group.

April 14 Presentation to Kick Off “Healthy Patriot” Initiative
Stevenson student-athletes, their parents and coaches, plus faculty and staff are encouraged to attend a presentation by Northwestern University Head Athletic Trainer Tory Lindley from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 in the Performing Arts Center.

Lindley’s presentation, which kicks off the school’s new “Healthy Patriot” initiative, is entitled “The Athletic and Academic Performance Advantage: It’s a Choice!” During his talk, Lindley will address issues commonly faced by student-athletes, including proper nutrition and rest, and concussions.

A follow-up breakfast meeting for parents will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at Stevenson (location TBA). The event will feature SHS athletic trainers Adam Kehoe and Tom Loew.

The next “Healthy Patriot” program will be an appearance by former NBA player and recovering heroin addict Chris Herren on Wednesday, May 7. His presentation also will be followed-up by a breakfast for parents featuring Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Cristina Cortesi.

SHS to Host Student Film Festival
The inaugural Stevenson Interregional Film Festival, featuring movies submitted from high school students around the Chicago area, will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here. All seats are reserved. Money raised by the event will benefit the Stevenson High School Foundation’s Kids In Need fund, which provides underprivileged children with the tools they need to learn.

Pat-Triathlon Celebrates 10th Year on April 27
The Physical Welfare Division’s 10th annual Pat-Triathlon will be held Sunday, April 27. The event consists of a 3-mile bike ride on campus, a 1-mile run on the Stadium track, and a 200-yard swim in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The Pat-Triathlon is free for all SHS students, faculty and staff, and $15 for family, junior high school students and other community members. People can participate individually or relay teams. For more information and to download a registration form, visit the Pat-Triathlon web page.

Science Faculty Attending Conference in Boston
Six members of the SHS Science Division are in Boston through Saturday participating in the National Science Teachers Association annual conference. Three of the teachers will be giving presentations.

Jin Hwang and Christine Pfaffinger will discuss their use of e-books, apps, and other digital learning tools, while Dave Eddy will share how he has implemented self-reflection and formative assessment strategies to drive more authentic student learning. Also attending the conference are Brandi Argentar, Deanna Warkins and division director Steve Wood.

Bozek to Appear at Buffalo Grove Fundraiser
SHS alum and U.S. Olympian Megan Bozek will talk with fans and pose for pictures as part of a fundraiser Friday night in Buffalo Grove for Special Olympics. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Continental Restaurant, 788 Buffalo Grove Road. Admission is free, but a donation to Special Olympics is requested for those wanting a photo with Bozek.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Baseball
Stevenson 6, Palatine 3: L.J. Austin gave up only one earned run in five innings, and Conrad Tyrell followed with two shutout innings as the visiting Patriots improved to 2-1. Austin struck out four while earning the win, while Tyrell racked up three strikeouts en route to the save. Offensively, Sean Wilson (2-for-3) and Michael Banakis each drove in a pair of runs. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Softball
Glenbrook North 10, Stevenson 9: Jordan Cortesi and Abby O’Connor each hit a pair of two-run homers for the Patriots (1-4), but the host Spartans had a walk-off RBI single with one out to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Trisha Porzycki went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Five players hit doubles: Cortesi, O’Connor, Taylor Koenigs, Dana Morgan and Kat Trotter. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Boys Volleyball
Glenbrook South d. Stevenson, 25-14, 25-11: Keenan Herman led the Patriots with four kills in their season opener. Timothy Park made nine digs. Lucas Creevy had five assists. Eric Chang served an ace, had six digs, and added one solo block and one block assist. – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors: Jostens will be at school today to deliver graduation announcement orders during lunch hours in the Wood Commons. Please stop by the Jostens table during your lunch hour to pick up your graduation announcement order.

The first-ever Stevenson High School Fashion Show will be held Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. We will be showing not only the amazing garments that students make in Clothing and Design, but also the latest fashions from local boutiques. If you are interested in modeling, working backstage or assisting in the organization of the event, please attend the required meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1424. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org. Hope to see you on the 9th!

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than Tuesday. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

AP Microeconomics first semester students: There will be an AP exam review from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in Room 7066. The topic will be review and materials. On Saturday, April 26, there will be a review from noon to 4 p.m. in Room 7066 covering tests and essay. Questions? Ask Dr. Wright or Mr. Haan.

Buy breakfast at SHS, and you might win a prize!Any student who buys a breakfast item in the East or West cafeteria between now and mid-May is eligible to enter a drawing for free prizes. The grand prize is a mountain bike. There also will be 10 iTunes cards ($10 value each) given away. The contest is sponsored by Sodexo.

The school is looking for students interested in serving as docents (someone who can speak knowledgeably about the school) and ambassadors for the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium on Friday, April 18. For students who are interested, there will be a meeting after school Monday at 3:30 in Room 2626. Students who have questions can contact Ms. Erickson at kerickson@d125.org, Ms. Lubecke at klubecke@d125.org or Mr. Carney at scarney@d125.org.

Do you want to earn 10 community service hours in one day? How would you like to volunteer with Special Olympics? Mr. Salituro is taking students to volunteer for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday, April 13. No experience with bocce ball is necessary to volunteer. We will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and be back at 4 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a box lunch. Signup at tinyurl.com/SHSbocce or contact Mr. Salituro in either Social Studies office for details.

COLLEGE INFORMATION

Vernon Hills High School will be hosting an information meeting for the five United States service academies and the ROTC tonight from 6-8:30 p.m. Each service academy will give a brief description of its program. In addition, Sen. Mark Kirk and Congressman Brad Schneider will talk about the nomination process. At the end of the program there will be a Q&A opportunity for you to speak to officers and cadets.

Juniors and seniors: A College of Lake County representative will be in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) on Friday during third period to answer all questions about admission to CLC and to help register seniors for the fall. Go to Naviance to sign up for this visit. Print the confirmation page. Take the confirmation page to the teacher for his/her signature, and then bring the signed confirmation page to the 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 planning to attend CLC this fall:  The College of Lake County Foundation is offering the CLC Superintendent’s Scholarship, which will cover tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year. This scholarship is awarded to the SHS senior who has earned the most credits. (In the case of a tie, the scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest unweighted GPA.). If you have already submitted your CLC application, you will automatically be considered for this award. If you haven’t yet applied to CLC, you have until Monday, April 21 to be considered for the scholarship.

INTRAMURALS

Spring IM Archery starts Wednesday, April 9. Join today so you can attend. New and old members are always welcome. For more information or to register visit the IM Archery website at www2.d125.org/im/archery.html or visit the PREP office (Room 3040).

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

On Friday after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Draft in Room 1500. The cost to enter is $5. If you have a DCI number, please bring it. If you don’t have a DCI number, Mr. Fedewa will get one for you on Friday. Interactive Gamers Club also meets today after school in Room 2115. Questions? Contact Mr. Fedewa at rfedewa@d125.org.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching!Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics next Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

Best Buddies is hosting a benefit night at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills Monday from 4:30-8 p.m. The night will support the Friendship Walk on April 13 that Stevenson’s chapter of Best Buddies is hosting. 25% of the proceeds from the benefit night will go to Best Buddies Illinois.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
State senator proposes major school funding changes
Legislation seeks to have hearings probing IHSA operations
Illinois House endorses smoking ban on public college campuses
Durbin among sponsors of bill seeking oversight of for-profit colleges
District U46 settles lawsuit by former Bartlett High wrestler
Parents, staff urge CPS to avoid “turnaround” at tech school
IRS mix-up taxing patience of Burlington District 301
Huntley District 158 wants to ban e-cigarettes on campuses
Frankfort school district picks new superintendent
Doctors in central Illinois open cadaver lab for high school students

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Cyber attacks paralyze Kansas state math, reading testing
ACT: Only 10% of black students prepared for college
House Republicans propose freezing Pell Grants, ending endowments
Some states seeking to have prayer blessed in public schools
U. of California-Santa Cruz teaching assistants strike, 20 arrested
Connecticut school warns parents about “eraser challenge” game
Minnesota’s fastest growing high school sport? Trapshooting
Honor student who sued parents picks a college

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hirayama’s Sister Expected to Make Full Recovery
Rinka Hirayama, the 9-year-old sister of Yuki Hirayama, is expected to make a full recovery from injuries sustained in a car crash Friday night that claimed her brother and parents. The Chicago Tribune reported today that District 103 Superintendent Scott Warren sent parents an email saying that the girl is alert and will recover. Rinka’s condition has been upgraded from critical to fair at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. More coverage: Daily Herald | Lincolnshire Review

Alumni Participate in Clinton Global Initiative University
Two Stevenson alumni who are attending the University of Illinois were selected to participate in the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative University 2014 student activist conference at Arizona State University March 21-23.

Hannah Schlacter and Elizabeth Shancer, both 2013 graduates, were among more than 1,000 student activists from around the world who attended the event to discuss potential solutions to global issues. The two Patriots were selected based on their roles as co-founders of ActGreen, a green business initiative within the University of Illinois College of Business. ActGreen’s goal is to educate undergraduate business students on the connection between environmentalism and the students’ area of study. Two other 2013 SHS alums, Danielle Rudy and Jayne Chorpash, are part of the ActGreen team. Click here to read more about Schlacter’s and Shancer’s plans for ActGreen.

Students Chosen to Study in China This Summer
Senior Jana Nudelman (Chinese 2X) and junior Carter Feldman (Chinese 3X) have received full scholarships to study Mandarin for six weeks this summer in China through the National Security Language Initiative Program for Youth. The program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, provides merit-based scholarships for high school students to study less-commonly taught languages in overseas immersion programs. The program is part of a government initiative to prepare American citizens to be leaders in the world. Nudelman is enrolled in the Chinese 2X class, while Feldman is in Chinese 3X.

In other Chinese class news, Hyung Eun “Ginny” Lee, a senior in Chinese 2X, participated in the sixth Midwest Chinese Speech Contest held March 22 at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. She won a bronze medal in High School Division III-B.

Teachers Presenting at AP Human Geography Conference
SHS teachers Greg Sherwin and James Dzialo are among the presenters at the second annual AP Human Geography Conference: Technology for Today (and Tomorrow) at Illinois State University on Saturday, April 12. Sherwin and Crystal Williams of ISU will be giving a presentation about using GPS in AP Human Geography classes, while Dzialo will join Matthew Wahl of Dundee-Crown High School for a presentation called “Apps, Maps and AP Human Geography.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson 17, Glenbrook South 1: Becky Callen and Allison Travetto scored four goals apiece to pace the Patriots (9-1). Melissa Gartenberg, Annika Hotchkiss and Autumn Hoang all had a pair of goals, while Alex Adams, Joanie Newland and Jordyn Landau each scored once. Callen also split time at goalkeeper with Lauren Burns. Callen made seven saves and Burns had five.

Badminton
Stevenson 16, Evanston 2: The Patriots (5-0) remained undefeated, sweeping all six doubles matches and claiming 10 of 12 singles contests. The No. 1 team of Vivian To and Margaret Chen earned a 21-8, 16-21, 21-11 decision, followed by No. 2 Katelyn Schroeder/Neva Lui (19-21, 21-19, 21-15), No. 3 Nicole Xia/Michelle Ling (21-8, 21-13), No. 4 Elizabeth Onishchenko/Yixuan Wang (10-21, 21-19, 21-14), No. 5 Julia Son/Michelle Hu (21-11, 21-15), and No. 6 Sophia Liu/Naomi Econow (21-8, 21-14). Chen was a 21-19, 21-12 winner at No. 2 singles. Other singles victories came from No. 3 Schroeder (21-16, 10-21, 21-10), No. 5 Onishchenko (21-14, 21-14), No. 6 Ling (17-21, 21-14, 21-11), No. 7 Xia (21-17, 21-17), No. 8 Son (21-16, 21-6), No. 9 Hu (21-12, 21-12), No. 10 Wang (21-19, 11-21, 21-14), No. 11 Liu (18-21, 21-10, 21-7), and No. 12 Econow (16-21, 21-17, 21-15). – Daily Herald

Baseball
Glenbrook South 10, Stevenson 0: Titans pitcher Conor McCarthy, who has signed to play for Villanova University, no-hit the host Patriots (1-1). – Daily Herald (linescore)

Boys Basketball State Gear On Sale
Stevenson boys basketball fans that would like to buy 2014 IHSA state tournament gear can place orders online through Friday, April 11. T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants are available. Click here to view items and place an order. Items will be delivered to the school for pickup.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors: Jostens will be at school Thursday to deliver graduation announcement orders during lunch hours in the Wood Commons. Please stop by the Jostens table during your lunch hour to pick up your graduation announcement order.

Buy breakfast at SHS, and you might win a prize!Any student who buys a breakfast item in the East or West cafeteria between now and mid-May is eligible to enter a drawing for free prizes. The grand prize is a mountain bike. There also will be 10 iTunes cards ($10 value each) given away. The contest is sponsored by Sodexo.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than Tuesday. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Don’t miss the “Night of Jazz” concertat 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Students in Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Band I, Ladyjazz, Jazz Etc. and Just the Guys will be performing. Come out and show your support.

Do you want to earn 10 community service hours in one day? How would you like to volunteer with Special Olympics? Mr. Salituro is taking students to volunteer for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday, April 13. No experience with bocce ball is necessary to volunteer. We will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and be back at 4 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a box lunch. Signup at tinyurl.com/SHSbocce or contact Mr. Salituro in either Social Studies office for details.

COLLEGE INFORMATION

Vernon Hills High School will be hosting an information meeting for the five United States service academies and the ROTC on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. Each service academy will give a brief description of its program. In addition, Sen. Mark Kirk and Congressman Brad Schneider will talk about the nomination process. At the end of the program there will be a Q&A opportunity for you to speak to officers and cadets.

Seniors planning to attend CLC this fall:  The College of Lake County Foundation is offering the CLC Superintendent’s Scholarship, which will cover tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year. This scholarship is awarded to the SHS senior who has earned the most credits. (In the case of a tie, the scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest unweighted GPA.). If you have already submitted your CLC application, you will automatically be considered for this award. If you haven’t yet applied to CLC, you have until Monday, April 21 to be considered for the scholarship.

Juniors and seniors: A College of Lake County representative will be in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) on Friday during third period to answer all questions about admission to CLC and to help register seniors for the fall. Go to Naviance to sign up for this visit. Print the confirmation page. Take the confirmation page to the teacher for his/her signature, and then bring the signed confirmation page to the 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.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Interactive Gamers Club meets Thursday after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying 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 e-mail RFedewa@d125.org.

Best Buddies is hosting a benefit night at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills next Monday from 4:30-8 p.m. The night will support the Friendship Walk on April 13 that Stevenson’s chapter of Best Buddies is hosting. 25% of the proceeds from the benefit night will go to Best Buddies Illinois.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching!Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics next Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Volunteer Lincoln-Way gymnastics coach charged with abuse
Lyons Township High officials look for ways to reduce student stress
Google blocks UIC from emailing its own students
Popular Glenbrook South horticulture teacher dies
Guilty plea in 2011 murder of NIU student
Sex offender arrested near Mundelein elementary school
Barrington District 220 names administrators for laptop program
Naperville District 203 changing learning support for early grades

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
States looking to expand preschool confront debate over results
Students look for scholarships in some unusual places
Georgia high school holds its first racially integrated prom
U. of Phoenix chooses Michigan’s CFO as its new president
How businesses use your SAT scores

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Eighteen FBLA Students Qualify for Nationals
Ten Stevenson students won first place and 36 placed in the top 10 in their event at the Illinois Future Business Leaders of America state competition in Springfield on Friday and Saturday. Eighteen students qualified for the national competition, which will be held June 29-July 2 in Nashville, Tennessee.

First-place honors went to Becky Cacioppo (Business Law) and Allen Wang (Personal Finance), and the teams of Michael Brown, Lee Cohen and Kevin Dong (Banking and Financial Systems), Daniel Kochman, Sonia Thosar and Rahul Kosgi (Management Decision Making), and Aman Grover and Ali Ladha (Marketing).

The Website Design team of Lianne Ramahi and Lexi Schmidt earned second place. Third place went to Wen Kang Wei (Accounting I), and the teams of Shahreen Chowdhury, Esther Kaydanovsky and Niki Patel (E-Business), and Stefanie Blake and Angelica “Rosie” Errigo (Public Service Announcement). All of Stevenson’s first-, second- and third-place winners qualified for the national competition. Click here to see the other top 10 finishers.

The competition was the largest in state FBLA history, with 1,426 students from 65 schools taking part.

Additional Details Emerge on Fatal Crash
Details emerged Monday that added another layer of sadness to the tragic deaths of sophomore Yuki Hirayama and his parents during Spring Break. The Arizona Department of Public Safety told multiple media outlets that the Hirayamas died Friday night after their car was hit head-on by a pickup truck attempting to elude police about 90 miles north of Flagstaff, near the Grand Canyon. The truck crossed the centerline of U.S. Route 160, hit the Hirayamas’ vehicle and burst into flames, police said. Both occupants of the truck died and were burned beyond recognition. Police suspect the driver was drunk. The only survivor of the crash, 9-year-old Rinka Hirayama, remains hospitalized. Daily Herald | Chicago Tribune | Pioneer Press | Arizona Daily Sun

WIU Wind Ensemble Performing at SHS Tonight
The Western Illinois University Wind Ensemble will give a concert at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert is expected to last about an hour. The wind ensemble’s director, Dr. Mike Fansler, is working with SHS students today and Wednesday.

Junior Named Semifinalist in Science Competition
Junior Kevin Cheng was named a semifinalist in the American Museum of Natural History’s Young Naturalist Awards competition. His project tested for allelopathic effects of invasive buckthorn berries and fruits on the germination of native Illinois species. Cheng completed the project as a member Stevenson’s Science Reach Club.

Alumni Honor Three Mathematics Teachers
Three SHS mathematics teachers have been honored by recent alumni for having had a significant impact in their lives. Neal Roys was nominated by Peter Karalis (Class of 2010) for Northwestern University’s Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award, while Deb Wiersema and Chris Thibaudeau were listed as major influences by Aaron Zalewski and Brandon Axe, a pair of 2013 graduates attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Baseball
Stevenson 5, Loyola 0: Mitchell Goll starred on the mound and at the plate as the host Patriots won their season opener. Goll threw six shutout innings, giving up only two hits while striking out five, and went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in. The game was scoreless until Austin Black scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. Goll then singled home Will Bourbon to make it 2-0. In the fifth, Black knocked in Alex Hochman with a single and then scored along with Sam Harris on Goll’s two-run double. Bourbon also recorded a double. – Daily Herald (linescore), @SHS_Baseball1

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors: Jostens will be at school Thursday to deliver graduation announcement orders during lunch hours in the Wood Commons. Please stop by the Jostens table during your lunch hour to pick up your graduation announcement order.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than Tuesday, April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Do you want to earn 10 community service hours in one day? How would you like to volunteer with Special Olympics? Mr. Salituro is taking students to volunteer for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday, April 13. No experience with bocce ball is necessary to volunteer. We will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and be back at 4 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a box lunch. Signup at tinyurl.com/SHSbocce or contact Mr. Salituro in either Social Studies office for details.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Key Club meets today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7036. Come sign up for community service trips. New members are always welcome.

Best Buddies is hosting a benefit night at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills next Monday from 4:30-8 p.m. The night will support the Friendship Walk on April 13 that Stevenson’s chapter of Best Buddies is hosting. 25% of the proceeds from the benefit night will go to Best Buddies Illinois.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching!Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics next Monday and Wednesday and Thursday, April 9-10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

COLLEGE INFORMATION

Seniors: As you receive notices about scholarships from colleges and other agencies, please be sure to let the College/Career Center know (even if you are not accepting them!). You can send a copy of your award letter to Mrs. Biemeret via email or by bringing a copy of the scholarship award letter to the CCC. Accepted scholarships are placed in the graduation booklet as well as a tally for the Class of 2014’s award total will be announced at graduation!

Seniors planning to attend CLC this fall:  The College of Lake County Foundation is offering the CLC Superintendent’s Scholarship, which will cover tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year. This scholarship is awarded to the SHS senior who has earned the most credits. (In the case of a tie, the scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest unweighted GPA.). If you have already submitted your CLC application, you will automatically be considered for this award. If you haven’t yet applied to CLC, you have until Monday, April 21 to be considered for the scholarship.

Juniors and seniors: A College of Lake County representative will be in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) on Friday during 3rd period to answer all questions about admission to CLC and to help register seniors for the fall. Go to Naviance to sign up for this visit. Print the confirmation page. Take the confirmation page to the teacher for his/her signature, and then bring the signed confirmation page to the 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.

Vernon Hills High School will be hosting an information meeting for the five United States service academies and the ROTC on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. Each service academy will give a brief description of its program. In addition, Sen. Mark Kirk and Congressman Brad Schneider will talk about the nomination process. At the end of the program there will be a Q&A opportunity for you to speak to officers and cadets.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Concealed carry? Not at Illinois colleges and universities
Palatine Elementary District 15 school board demotes principal
Man charged with assaulting UIC student in campus dorm
Western Illinois University increasing tuition 3 percent this fall
College of Lake County approves two-year increase in tuition, fees
Decatur native chosen to be superintendent of school district
SIU professor vindicated by Toyota outcome
Greenview school district celebrates 150 years with community help

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
U.S. students strong at problem solving, but trail other nations
Teacher tenure, dismissal on trial in California, other states
Community colleges go big with corporate consortium
Virginia names new education chief
He’s all-Ivy: Accepted into all eight Ivy League schools

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sophomore, Parents Killed in Car Accident
Yuki Hirayama, a 16-year-old sophomore, and his parents were killed in a car accident in Arizona during Spring Break. His 9-year-old sister survived and remains hospitalized in an Arizona hospital. No details of the accident are available, and funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

Hirayama transferred to Stevenson at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. He participated in the fencing program and also was a member of SPINS (Stevenson Patriots In New Situations), a club for transfer students. Click here for information on counseling availability for students.

Scholastic Bowl Team Second, Basketball Third in State
The Scholastic Bowl team finished second, and the boys basketball team was third, at their respective Illinois High School Association state tournaments during Spring Break. For Scholastic Bowl, it was the third runner-up finish in the last 10 years. The basketball team’s accomplishment marked its third top-four finish in the last seven years. During the boys basketball team’s semifinal loss to eventual champion Whitney Young, junior Jalen Brunson scored 56 points, the most ever recorded in an IHSA state tournament game.

Junior Reaches State Congressional Debate Finals
Junior Jenny Zhang reached the Finals Congress in the congressional debate division at the Illinois High School Association state tournament March 22. She was one of 16 debaters to reach the finals; 167 were entered in the competition. Zhang was one of five SHS debaters who made the semifinals. She was joined by seniors Peter Hwang and Dhruv Luthra, junior Michelle Hu and sophomore Alex Smith.

Genocide Survivor’s Visit Featured in Tribune
The Chicago Tribune today published an article about Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana’s March 19 visit to Stevenson.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Softball
Stevenson at Barrington quad: Emma Oriatti went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, including one during the decisive fourth inning, as the Patriots (1-3) beat Elk Grove, 11-7, for their first win of the year. Oriatti singled home a run and Abby O’Connor added an RBI double as SHS scored four runs in the fourth to break a 4-4 tie with the Grenadiers (1-1). Vera Pflugradt also went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as part of the Pats’ 15-hit attack. Lexi Yonkovic and Trisha Porzycki each collected two singles. Dana Morgan added an RBI single. Myra Peterson earned her first varsity victory on the mound. Earlier in the day, SHS lost to Barrington, 11-1. Porzycki hit a solo homer for the Patriots’ lone run. Pflugradt went 2-for-3. The win over Elk Grove left head coach Larry Friedrichs, who graduated from EGHS, three away from career victory No. 500. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson at Lyons Invitational: The Patriots (8-1) finished second, winning two games before tasting their first defeat of the season at the hands of the host school in the championship contest, 8-7, in overtime. SHS beat Lyons’ B team, 18-4, and Evanston, 8-7, to reach the championship game. – Illpolo.com

Girls Lacrosse
Evanston 8, Stevenson 6 – IHSWLA.org

Friday’s Varsity Results

Softball
Barrington 7, Stevenson 2: At The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont, the top-ranked Fillies held the Patriots (0-2) to four hits. Abby O’Connor tripled and doubled, and scored both runs for SHS. She was driven in by a grounder from Kat Trotter in the second and a single by Dana Morgan in the seventh. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Baseball Team Serves Dinner for the Less Fortunate
The varsity baseball team served a community dinner for more than 200 people at the Emmaus House in Lake Zurich on March 23. Emmaus House is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, food and clothing to families and individuals in need.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors: Jostens will be at school Thursday to deliver graduation announcement orders during lunch hours in the Wood Commons. Please stop by the Jostens table during your lunch hour to pick up your graduation announcement order.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than Tuesday, April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Do you want to earn 10 community service hours in one day? How would you like to volunteer with Special Olympics? Mr. Salituro is taking students to volunteer for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday, April 13. No experience with bocce ball is necessary to volunteer. We will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and be back at 4 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a box lunch. Signup at tinyurl.com/SHSbocce or contact Mr. Salituro in either Social Studies office for details.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Key Club meets Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7036. Come sign up for community service trips. New members are always welcome.

Best Buddies is hosting a benefit night at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills next Monday, April 7 from 4:30-8 p.m. The night will support the Friendship Walk on April 13 that Stevenson’s chapter of Best Buddies is hosting. 25% of the proceeds from the benefit night will go to Best Buddies Illinois.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching!Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
New president says Illinois State U. won’t “miss a beat”
Some higher ed officials resist new law on teacher basic skills test
CPS seeking input on what to do with shuttered school buildings
Hillside elementary teachers hope to get married on live TV

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Four states trying different avenues to post-secondary education
Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?
Wal-Mart has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard
Schools increasingly check students for obesity, sparking debate
Pay increases for academic professionals outpace inflation
Dad’s viral math gripe: Common Core or poorly written curriculum?

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Friday, March 21, 2014

State Basketball TV, Radio Information
Stevenson’s boys basketball team will face Chicago’s Whitney Young in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A state semifinals at 6:30 tonight in Peoria. The two schools are the top-ranked squads in the state. Game previews: Chicago Tribune | Chicago Sun-Times | Daily Herald (prediction)| News-Sun | Peoria Journal-Star

The other semifinal features Benet Academy, which SHS beat during the regular season, and Edwardsville, which the Patriots knocked off in last year’s state semifinals. The Benet-Edwardsville game starts at 8:15 p.m.

The winner of tonight’s game will play for the state championship at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. The loser will compete for third place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tonight’s semifinal games and Saturday’s third-place game will be broadcast on The U Too, which can be found at channels 248 and 360 on Comcast and Xfinity. (Other cable provider options include RCN 35 and WOW 170, plus over-the-air channel 26.2.) Xfinity TV subscribers also can watch the games online for free at www.nfhsnetwork.com/channels/illinois/.

Stevenson’s student radio station, WAES, will broadcast tonight’s game and you can listen through the Stevenson Broadcast Network page at www.d125.org/sbn. The game also will be broadcast by WRLR 98.3 FM and WRLR.fm.

Saturday’s championship game can be seen on WCIU (“The U”). Channel options are Comcast 6/10/13/26/183, Xfinity 183, U-Verse 10/1010, RCN 6/606, WOW 6/10/207, Dish Network 26 and DirecTV 26.

Brunson Named Gatorade Player of the Year in Illinois
Jalen Brunson, the all-state guard on Stevenson’s boys basketball team, today was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He is the first boys basketball player from Stevenson to earn the honor. Tauja Catchings was named the Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 1996, the season in which SHS won its second straight state championship. With the award, Brunson becomes eligible for the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced later this month. Click here for more information. On Thursday, Brunson was named to the Associated Press Class 4A All-State First Team. Classmate Connor Cashaw earned honorable mention.

Co-Curricular Fair Attendance Reaches 10-Year High
The attendance at Wednesday night’s Co-Curricular Fair for incoming freshmen was the highest in the last 10 years. The SHS Student Activities Division said 563 incoming freshmen came to the two-hour event, nearly 100 more than in 2013 and about a dozen more than the previous best year of 2012. Between 900 and 1,000 students are expected to be in this fall’s incoming freshman class.

Junior to Lobby for 4-H in Springfield During Spring Break
Junior Avni Patel will be in Springfield Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program. She will be among a group of student leaders meeting with state legislators and other government officials to discuss issues of importance to more than 175,000 Illinois 4-H participants. The Speaking for Illinois 4-H program was developed to provide older teens involved with 4-H an advanced leadership opportunity focused on using and enhancing their public presentation skills.

Spring Break Instragram Photo Contest for Students
Stevenson students are encouraged to show their Patriot pride during Spring Break by snapping and sharing pictures of themselves in SHS spirit wear — whether they are overseas, in their back yard or somewhere in between. Students can tag @stevensonhs on Instragram and include the #Patriotpride hashtag under comments. The contest opens today at 3:30 and ends at 9 p.m. Monday, March 31. Click here for contest details.

No Digest During Spring Break
The Daily Digest will be on hiatus next week while the school is on Spring Break. The Digest will return Monday, March 31.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson 9, Oak Park-River Forest 8: SHS prevailed in a back-and-forth contest in the Patriot Aquatic Center to remain undefeated. The Patriots (6-0) were led by Melissa Gartenberg’s six goals. Annika Hotchkiss, Ashley Oliver and Alexa Kotlyar each had one. Stevenson led 4-1 after the first quarter, but the Huskies scored five unanswered goals in the second to take a 6-4 lead at halftime. The Pats tied the game with two goals in the third, and then outscored Oak Park 3-2 in the final period. Goalie Becky Callen made 12 saves. – Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson 60, Huntley 41: Tim Vestuto won three events for the Patriots in the Field House. Vestuto captured sprint races at 55 meters (6.7), 160 (19.2) and 400 (56.7). Jared Borowsky won the 1,600 (4:37.5) and Brandon Golub captured the 800 (2:12.3). SHS also claimed the 3,200 relay (8:59.5). Scott Stone was second the 55 high hurdles (8.6) and 55 intermediate hurdles (8.5). Henry Sise was runner-up in shot put (43-7), Jason Pitts was second in high jump (5-6) and Daniel Oh finished second in the 800 (2:18.5). David Goncharov was second in the 160 (19.5), while Michael Gambino was second in the 400 (58.5) and third in the 160 (20.4).

Girls Soccer
Stevenson 1, Maine South 0: Katy Karabetsos’ goal on a corner kick in the 23rd minute was the lone score of the game as the Patriots (1-1) gave head coach Kevin Heffernan his first win at Stevenson. Goalkeeper Sophia Godoy made three saves to earn the shutout. The Hawks had the game-tying goal nullified by an offside penalty late in the game. – Daily Herald

Girls Badminton
Stevenson 15, Wheeling 0: The visiting Patriots opened their season with straight-set victories in every match. Singles wins came from Vivian To (21-13, 21-15), Margaret Chen (21-2, 21-8), Katelyn Schroeder (21-13, 21-13), Elizabeth Onishchenko (21-17, 21-15), Neva Lui (21-16, 21-9), Michelle Ling (21-6, 21-4), Nicole Xia (21-8, 21-12),  Jane Wang (21-11, 21-15), Naomi Ecanow (21-3, 21-10) and Shu Zhang (21-8, 21-10). The winning doubles tandems were To/Chen (21-3, 21-13), Schroeder/Lui (21-18, 21-4), Xia/Ling (21-15, 21-6),  Onishchenko/Wang (21-12, 21-17) and Ecanow/Zhang (21-14, 21-9).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Before leaving today, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

Seniors interested in being one of the speakers at graduation must turn in their application to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Download the application and get more information at www.d125.org/graduation.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today! http://www.d125.org/prep.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching! Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
New Big Ten university in Illinois? Two state senators want it
CPS test change irks Catholic schools chief
Madigan proposes education tax for state millionaires
Five Lake County school districts consider sharing grant writer

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
School data finds pattern of inequality along racial lines
Results-based financing for preschool catching on
Harvard Business School enters online education fray
Calculator apps OK’d for use on Texas state exams

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stevenson Earns State’s Top Financial Rating
For the eighth consecutive year, District 125 has earned the state’s highest rating for its financial management practices. Stevenson received Financial Recognition status from the Illinois State Board of Education based on five indicators: fund balance-to-revenue ratio; expenditure-to-revenue ratio; days cash on hand; percentage of short-term borrowing maximum remaining; and percentage of long-term debt margin remaining. SHS received a perfect score from the state for the sixth consecutive school year. Statewide, 560 districts earned the Financial Recognition rating, the lowest number since 2007.

New World Languages Director Selected
The District 125 Board of Education on Monday approved the hiring of Justin Fisk as the school’s next director of the World Languages Division. Fisk joined Stevenson in 2011 as a full-time Spanish teacher, and has taught many levels of the language, including Advanced Placement, over the past three years.

Prior to joining SHS, Fisk taught Honors Spanish and German for two years at Lake Forest High School. He also taught all levels of Spanish at St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago for one year, and at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Maryland for four years.

Fisk will replace Rowena Mak, who has been appointed as the new director of student learning programs. She has served at Stevenson since 2002, and has been director of the World Languages Division since 2009.

Send-Off Ceremony Draws Around 200 to Forum
About 200 people attended a sendoff ceremony for the boys basketball, debate and Scholastic Bowl teams this morning before the start of school. All three are participating in Illinois High School Association state tournaments this weekend. Coaches and students on each team were introduced one by one by teacher (and athletics public address announcer) Tim Tomaso, then walked down the Forum stairs and through a congratulatory tunnel lined by students and staff. The festivities included the SHS drum line as well as junior Breda Moran on bagpipes. Check out photos from the ceremony at our Facebook site.

Archery Team Takes Aim at State Trophy
The school’s archery team will compete in the Illinois State NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) Tournament in Springfield on Saturday. Stevenson is one of approximately 20 high schools involved. The team includes Cole Tyrrell, Hyunkyung Sung, Jeehyun Sung, Albert Argubright, Samuel Argubright, Valerie-Jessica Valko, Samip Koirala, Naoki Maeda, Eric Wang, Sarun Chanprung, Jeison DeLeon Gonzales, Melissa Banuelos, Sophia Cohen, Asha West and Ethan Klein. The archery team is one of four SHS teams competing in state competitions this weekend, joining the boys basketball, debate and Scholastic Bowl teams.

Junior to Appear in “Les Mis” at Drury Lane Theatre
Jennifer Lauren Baker, a junior at SHS, has been selected to be a member of the adult ensemble in the production of “Les Miserables” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook. The show runs from March 29-June 8. This is the third professional theater performance for Baker in the past year. She also appeared in “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora last spring, and in the world premiere of “Appropriate” at Victory Gardens Theater last fall.

Senior, Alum Elected Precinct Committeemen
One current student and one 2013 alumnus were elected precinct committeemen during Tuesday’s Lake County primary. Senior Joel Spiegel was elected as the Democratic committeeman for precinct 283, while 2013 graduate Marko Sukovic was selected as the Republican committeeman for precinct 251.

Superintendent’s Assistant Featured in Magazine
Carol Adamczyk, who is administrative assistant to the superintendent and the school board, is one of six people featured in the March-April issue of Office Pro. The magazine is published by the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the leading association for administrative assistants worldwide. Adamczyk joined SHS in December 2012, but has been working in education for more than 25 years. She moved to the Chicago area from Michigan after her husband, Michael, became the assistant superintendent for business and auxiliary services for Palatine District 15.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer
New Trier 6, Stevenson 0: The Trevians spoiled new head coach Kevin Heffernan’s debut, scoring twice in the first half and adding four more goals in the second. – Daily Herald

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics
Stevenson d. Barrington

Boys Water Polo
Loyola 9, Stevenson 7 – Illpolo.com

Boys Basketball Team Taking Business-Like Approach
Stevenson’s boys basketball team is following the lead of head coach Pat Ambrose and taking a business-like approach to the state semifinals. It helps that several members of the team return from last year’s state runner-up. This is the third time Stevenson has reached the state semifinals under Ambrose, making him the first coach in Lake County history to reach the Final Four that many times.

Brunson Named to Sun-Times All-State Team
Jalen Brunson is the lone junior selected to the Chicago Sun-Times Class 4A All-State First Team. He joins seniors Jahlil Okafor (Young), Tyler Ulis (Marian Catholic), Milik Yarbrough (Zion-Benton) and Cliff Alexander (Curie). Michael O’Brien calls the all-state list an embarrassment of riches.

College Lacrosse Game to be Played in SHS Stadium
Stevenson’s Stadium will be the host site for a collegiate women’s lacrosse match between Minnesota and Michigan State at noon on Sunday, March 30. Admission is free. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Both teams are members of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Before Spring Break, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. Please stop by the offices on school days until 4 p.m. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

Seniors interested in being one of the speakers at graduation must turn in their application to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Download the application and get more information at www.d125.org/graduation.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Parking for 5th grading period: For those seniors that have purchased less than 5 grading periods of parking, we have opened up a few parking permits for the rest of the 5th grading period. Please come to Room 2426 if you are interested.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today! http://www.d125.org/prep.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching! Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Alum gives $10M to Loyola University
Barrington District 220 giving iPads, laptops to all students
Chicago Public Schools to distribute free condoms at 24 high schools
IHSA takes passive approach on enforcement front
Bremen board accepts resignation of accused Tinley Park teacher
Morehouse students volunteer in Chicago during spring break
Convicted ex-Wheaton College professor’s sentence reduced
District 300 music teacher dies at age 37

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
SAT’s about-face on essay presents colleges with a tough question
The never-ending controversy over all-girls education
Education startup Parchment raises $10M to deliver e-transcripts
High school theaters turn to product placement … just like Hollywood
The most-watched TED talk: “How schools kill creativity”

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Boys Basketball Team Heading to State Semifinals
Stevenson will play Whitney Young in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A boys basketball state semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Peoria. The Patriots qualified for the semifinals by beating Rockford Auburn, 63-49, Tuesday night for the DeKalb Supersectional championship. (Game details in the Sports section below) Tickets are on sale today and Thursday in the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office. The school will be providing pep buses to Peoria on Friday and Saturday, since SHS is assured of playing both days. Click here for ticket and pep bus details.

Former School Board Member Dies
A funeral will be held today for former District 125 Board of Education member and 1996 Heritage Award recipient Frank Clayton Jr. He died Saturday near his retirement home in South Carolina at the age of 80. Clayton served on the school board from 1974-80, and was president during the last three years of his tenure. He also served on the District 96 school board. His wife, Verna, is a former state representative and mayor of Buffalo Grove. Their two children, Valerie (Class of 1976) and Barry (1979) are Stevenson graduates. Daily Herald article

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Tells His Story to Students
Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana told SHS students on Tuesday to learn from the horror that afflicted his homeland in 1994. Habimana spoke to students during two of the lunch periods and also after school. Habimana was 9 years old when the Hutu tribe embarked on its slaughter of Habimana’s people, the Tutsi. Nearly 1 million Tutsi — about 80 percent of the tribe’s population — were killed in 100 days.

“Day of Dance” Recital to be Streamed Live
The Dance Department will hold its annual “Day of Dance” all-day recital during every class period Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. All of the school’s dance classes will perform. The recital will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network.

Conneen Discusses 17-Year-Olds and Primary Voting
More than 3,400 Chicagoans who are 17 years old were registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary, according to the Chicago Board of Election. SHS Government teacher Andrew Conneen, who along with colleague Dan Larsen created the new state law allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries, told WTTW the number was a “good start.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A DeKalb Supersectional: Jalen Brunson lifted the slow-starting Patriots onto his shoulders, scoring 35 points and leading them to a 63-49 win over Rockford Auburn and their second straight supersectional championship. Stevenson, making its fourth state finals trip in state history (1991, 2007, 2013, 2014), will face Whitney Young in the state semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Peoria’s Carver Arena. (Ticket/pep bus information) Brunson scored all 13 of the team’s second-quarter points and 14 of its 21 fourth-quarter points. The Knights (29-6) frustrated SHS early, taking a 12-9 lead after the first quarter and holding the Pats to 35 percent shooting in the first half. With the game tied 22-22 at halftime, Stevenson asserted itself in the third quarter, taking a nine-point lead. Despite its early shooting woes, the Pats maintained consistent defensive pressure, leading the Knights to commit 19 turnovers on the night. Brunson was the only Patriot in double figures. He also had six assists. Connor Cashaw had nine points and eight rebounds, while Matt Johnson hit a pair of three-pointers en route to eight points. The only other players to score for SHS were starters Matt Morrissey (six points, nine rebounds, four assists) and Parker Nichols (five points and took two charges). – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News, Rockford Register-Star

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson 10, Loyola 7: Allison Travetto scored five goals and the host Patriots withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Ramblers to improve to 5-0 on the season. Melissa Gartenberg scored twice for SHS, which also received goals from Ashley Oliver, Sara Ploch and Alexa Kotlyar. The Pats held Loyola to one goal in each of the first three quarters, building a 7-3 lead that held up in the final frame. Goalkeeper Becky Callen made 10 saves. – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors interested in being one of the speakers at graduation must turn in their application to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Download the application and get more information at www.d125.org/graduation.

Before Spring Break, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. Please stop by the offices on school days until 4 p.m. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Parking for 5th grading period: For those seniors that have purchased less than 5 grading periods of parking, we have opened up a few parking permits for the rest of the 5th grading period. Please come to Room 2426 if you are interested.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today! http://www.d125.org/prep.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching! Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

COLLEGE

Attention Daniel Wright graduates: The District 103 Oscar T. Bedrosian Memorial Scholarship is now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. The completed application should be submitted to District 103 by Friday, April 11.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Round Lake High School expansion rejected
Mergers of school districts rejected in central Illinois
McLean County voters reject sales tax for school facilities
District 96 board member Rouleau steps down
Johnsburg District 12 voters OK referendum
Author and historian Goodwin to be paid $50K for SIU visit
“Brazen” use of e-cigs at McHenry schools leads to new ordinance
Leggings stir controversy at Evanston school
Kenwood Academy students, teachers get “Happy”

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
As Common Core tests approach, so does a sea change in schools
To fill skills gap in U.S., schools look abroad
Sophisticated mobile apps reshaping college campus safety
Undercover TV reports on school security raises ethical questions
Teacher charged in drowning death of student in Detroit high school

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

School Board OKs SEDOL Withdrawal Agreement
The District 125 Board of Education Monday night approved Stevenson’s withdrawal from the Special Education District of Lake County at the end of the 2014-15 school year. The board voted 5-0 in favor of a joint agreement reached between SEDOL, Stevenson and Districts 96 and 103, that will allow the three school districts to withdraw and form their own special education cooperative.

The Lake County Regional Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the withdrawal agreement at its April 7 meeting. If approved, the agreement would go the Illinois State Board of Education for a final OK.

Students to Take 5Essentials Survey on Wednesday
Students will have the opportunity to complete the state’s 5Essentials Survey during the activity period on Wednesday. Students can use their iPads or phones to complete the survey. Those who don’t have an electronic device can use iPads that will be available in the commons areas.

The survey, which also is open to parents, faculty and staff, seeks to find ways to improve schools beyond test scores. The survey will be open to the public until April 25.

Co-Curricular Fair Wednesday Night
Incoming freshmen and their parents or guardians are invited to attend Stevenson’s annual Co-Curricular Fair on Wednesday. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Field House. Representatives from the school’s clubs, athletic teams and intramurals will be on hand to share information with members of the Class of 2018.

Stevenson Grad Leads Unusual Art Project at NU
Megan Hovany (Class of 2003), assistant scenic artist for the theater department at Northwestern University, helped oversee an 18-feet tall by 21-feet wide remake of Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” Here’s the catch: Students had to use 21 separate canvases, which were then pieced together to create the final product. Pioneer Press talked to Hovany about the project.

Games People Play? SHS Alums Hope It’s Theirs
Stevenson graduates and twin brothers Michael and Stephen Stagliano (Class of 2002) are the co-owners of Stesso Games, a maker of board games since 2011. Their latest effort is “Mice and Dice,” which they describe as “Candyland meets Yahtzee with cheese.“ The brothers, now based in southern California, have mounted a Kickstarter campaign to obtain funding for the project.

Q&A Series Starts With Senior
The Lincolnshire Review has begun a weekly segment of Q&A articles featuring Stevenson students. First up is senior Varun Medhal, a distinguished finalist winner in the annual Prudential Awards for Community Service.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Basketball Supersectional Tonight
Stevenson takes on Auburn High School from Rockford tonight in the IHSA Class 4A DeKalb Supersectional at the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m., following the Class 3A Supersectional game between Rockford Lutheran and Peoria Notre Dame, which starts at 6. The doors to the Convocation Center will open at 5. SHS (30-1) and Auburn (29-5) feature similar styles, with guard-oriented play and up-tempo pace. The Patriots are looking for their second straight trip downstate, while the Knights are seeking a third berth in the last three years. Auburn finished third in the state in 2012, and also qualified in 2011. Preview articles: High School Cube News | Daily Herald | Rockford Register-Star

The game will be shown live online through IHSA TV and the NFHS Network. Illinois (and Georgia) XFINITY subscribers can watch the event for free with their account. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay $9.95 for access. Broadcast link

Buford, Way Named to News-Sun All-County Team
Taylor Buford and Sophia Way have been selected to the News-Sun’s All-Lake County girls basketball team. The pair led the Patriots to a 21-9 record.

Basketball Alum’s Team to Play in Division III Final Four
Stevenson basketball alumnus Andy Stempel and his Illinois Wesleyan teammates will play in the NCAA Division III Final Four against Wisconsin-Whitewater at 5 p.m. Friday (Central time) in Salem, Virginia. The Titans will be making their sixth national semifinal appearance. Stempel, a freshman, has played in eight games this year for IWU.

Baseball Alum Helps Harvard Past Michigan State
Mike Martin, a 2011 Stevenson graduate, went 2-for-3 and scored two runs as Harvard University’s baseball team beat Michigan State, 7-3, in Greenville, South Carolina on Monday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

A survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Emmanuel Habimana, will visit Stevenson today. He will give presentations to students during periods 5 and 6 in Room 2104 (students can bring their lunch), and after school at 3:45 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Habimana is a filmmaker and activist working on a documentary about the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda.

There will be a Apples Around Town meeting at 3:3o p.m. today in Room 6008 to review all design submissions and provide a calendar with upcoming painting dates. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Grice in the East Fine Arts Office (Room 6076).

Parking for 5th grading period: For those seniors that have purchased less than 5 grading periods of parking, we have opened up a few parking permits for the rest of the 5th grading period. Please come to Room 2426 if you are interested.

Before Spring Break, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. Please stop by the offices on school days until 4 p.m. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today! http://www.d125.org/prep.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Chinese Club will have a game day today, playing Majiang and having competitions (chopsticks and ring toss) in Room 2812 after school. Snacks and water will be provided.

Guitar Club meets today after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff.

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching! Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email jhill@d125.org.

COLLEGE

Attention Daniel Wright graduates: The District 103 Oscar T. Bedrosian Memorial Scholarship is now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. The completed application should be submitted to District 103 by Friday, April 11.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Report: CPS planned to market, sell shuttered schools
Elimination of middle school reading rankles some in U46
Waukegan teachers, district officials to continue contract talks
Women make college gains with low-profile sports
Lawmaker wants to open GED test prices to competition
Quincy high school teacher running for Congress

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
No, kids don’t have more homework than they did 30 years ago
Gates stands up for Common Core standards
What do teachers want more than new technology? Training to use it
University of Louisville pays administrators for silence
How the cost of college went from affordable to sky-high
Milwaukee’s onetime premier arts school now caught in violent spiral
Does teaching kids “grit” help them get ahead?

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Basketball Supersectional Ticket Information
Tickets for Stevenson’s IHSA Class 4A DeKalb Supersectional game against Rockford Auburn at Northern Illinois University are on sale today and Tuesday in the school. The Patriots advanced to the supersectional by defeating Fremd Friday night (details in the Patriot Sports section below).

Tickets are $10. For an additional $5, students can ride a pep bus to and from the game. Tickets are on sale at the Patriot Superstore during lunch periods and before school, and in the SHS Athletic Office until 4 p.m. today and between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Click here for more information, including a link to a permission form that students must have signed before purchasing pep bus tickets.

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Sectional, Heads to State
Stevenson won the IHSA Class AA Scholastic Bowl sectional competition at Fremd High School on Saturday, qualifying for this weekend’s state finals in Peoria. SHS defeated Grayslake Central (450-180), Fremd (440-210) and Barrington (450-280). The varsity roster consisted of Jason Asher, Justin Millman, Jeeho Lee, Jonathan Mishory, Braden McDowell and Zach Pease. Stevenson will be making its first appearance at state since finishing third in 2011.

“Suffrage at 17” Law Opens Voting to 17-Year-Olds
Tuesday is Election Day in Illinois, which means many 17-year-olds will be able thanks to a new law that traces its origins to SHS Government teacher Andy Conneen, his colleagues and students. Under the new law, 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the Nov. 4 general election are eligible to vote in Tuesday’s primary. The Daily Herald talked with several students excited about their opportunity, including senior Jennie Matz.

Junior Earns Photography Award
Junior Rebecca Tsivin received honorable Mention at the VIP Photography Exhibit on Saturday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson hosted SHS Mini-Invite: The Patriots went 3-0 on the day, beating Wheeling (13-3), Whitney Young (18-1) and Palatine (13-6), improving to 4-0 on the season. Allison Travetto scored six goals in the win over Palatine, while Melissa Gartenberg had five in the win over Young. Against Wheeling, Travetto scored four times, Gartenberg three, and Erin Kempers and Joanie Newland each scored twice. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Lake Zurich Sectional: The Patriots beat Fremd, 63-48, to win their second straight sectional championship and give head coach Pat Ambrose his 300th career victory. The win also was the 30th of the season for SHS (30-1), a school record. Stevenson handed the Vikings (28-1) their first defeat of the season by employing a tough defense that held FHS to 33 percent shooting. Jalen Brunson led all scorers with 27 points and also made four steals. Connor Cashaw scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News, News-Sun, Journal and Topics

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson 72, Carmel 17: Janine Fajardo won two events and ran in two first-place relays for the host Patriots in the Field House. Fajardo captured top honors in the 55-meter high hurdles (9.2) and 55 low hurdles (9.1). She also ran the final leg on the 1,600-meter relay team (4:47) with Charlotte Langbo, Emilie Cabaud and Claire Marvet, and was part of the four-lap relay unit of with Jessica Karluk, Lily Marks and Juhi Jhaveri. Other individual winners included Langbo in the one-lap dash (22.8), Jhaveri in the 55-meter dash (7.9), Jackie Setina in the high jump (5-2), Megan Toni in the 400 (1:11) and Abbie Pucek in the 1,600 (6:19). The 3,200-meter relay team of Nina Jaeger, Jessie Goldberg, Amy Lin and Rachel Cole also earned first place.

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson 77, Carmel 9: Scott Stone, Jason Pitts and Jared Borowsky each won two events to pace the host Patriots in the Field House. Stone claimed the 55-meter high hurdles (8.7) and intermediate hurdles (8.5), Pitts won the high jump (5-6) and 400 (58.3), and Borowsky captured the 800 (2:05.7) and 1,600 (4:40.5). Other individual winners included Tim Vestuto in the 55 dash (6.8), Matt Poetker in the shot put (43-9) and David Goncharov in the 160 dash (19.7). Goncharov also was second in the 55 dash (6.9). Sam Oriatti had a pair of runner-up showings, in the 400 (58.5) and the 160 (19.71). Nischay Vallabhaneni was second in the 55 high hurdles (9.1) and 55 intermediate hurdles (8.7). Other runners-up were Brandon Golub in the 800 (2:09.2), Jonathan Gilbert in the shot put (40-1) and Jeremy Bloomfield in the 1,600 (4:55.6). SHS won all three relays.

Hoops Coach Ambrose Enjoying the Ride
The Crystal Lake-based Northwest Herald on Sunday put the spotlight on Stevenson boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose, who lives in Cary. Ambrose, who won his 300th game at SHS with Friday night’s sectional championship, told the newspaper that he has a special group of players unlike any in 15 seasons on the bench.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parking for 5th grading period: For those seniors that have purchased less than 5 grading periods of parking, we have opened up a few parking permits for the rest of the 5th grading period. Please come to Room 2426 if you are interested.

A survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Emmanuel Habimana, will visit Stevenson on Tuesday. He will give presentations to students during periods 5 and 6 in Room 2104 (students can bring their lunch), and after school at 3:45 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Students may bring their lunch for the presentations in 2104. Habimana is a filmmaker and activist working on a documentary about the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda.

There will be a Apples Around Town meeting at 3:3o p.m. Tuesday in Room 6008 to review all design submissions and provide a calendar with upcoming painting dates. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Grice in the East Fine Arts Office (Room 6076).

Before Spring Break, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. Please stop by the offices on school days until 4 p.m. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today! http://www.d125.org/prep.

ATHLETICS

The Winter Sports Awards Night is tonight at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center. All student-athletes who participated in a winter sport, and their parents and guardians, are invited to attend. Please come a little early so you can provide feedback on your athletic experience through the winter sports parent and student-athlete survey. The survey can be accessed on the Stevenson website with a smartphone or iPad. iPads will be available for checkout in the Sports Center at 6:30 p.m. An ID is required for checkout. The link will remain accessible on the Athletics website for 48 hours after the awards night, as well.

COLLEGE

Attention Daniel Wright graduates: The District 103 Oscar T. Bedrosian Memorial Scholarship is now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. The completed application should be submitted to District 103 by Friday, April 11.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at jkramer@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
College admissions offices mine data on prospective students
District 300 looking to install bullet-resistant entrances
Downstate educator named Outstanding Illinois History Teacher
Palos District 118 selects next superintendent
McKendree University undergoing building boom

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Years after promises to fix it, FAFSA form still thwarts students
Raises for public-college faculty edge past those at private colleges
Study: LA charter schools outperform traditional district schools
When wooing graduation speakers, colleges have their talking points
Colleges slowly killing off men’s running programs

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rwanda Genocide Survivor Coming to SHS
Emmanuel Habimana, a filmmaker, activist and survivor of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, will visit Stevenson on Tuesday. He will give presentations to students during periods 5 and 6 in Room 2104, and after school at 3:45 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Students can bring their lunch to the period 5 or 6 presentation.

Habimana is co-director of Komora: to heal, a documentary about the orphan survivors of the 1994 genocide and the people who stepped up to raise them. The documentary also addresses the challenges Rwandan genocide survivors face in living among those who perpetrated the killings. Click here to see the documentary trailer.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson 21, Palatine 12: The host Patriots moved to 2-0 on the season in a rematch of last year’s sectional championship game. SHS has scored 44 goals in its first two matches.

Basketball Sectional Championship Game Tonight
Stevenson takes on the only undefeated team in the state tonight when it faces 28-0 Fremd for the IHSA Class 4A Lake Zurich Sectional championship at 7 p.m. The Vikings feature a large, methodical team with two 6-foot-6 starters and another one who is 6-5. The 29-1 Patriots, by contrast, are a guard-oriented, high-scoring offense with the tallest starter being 6-4 Connor Cashaw. Here is what the Chicago Tribune’s Mike Helfgot thinks will happen tonight. Fremd held Highland Park to 26 points in its sectional semifinal win on Wednesday, the third-lowest total in a Class 4A sectional game since the state went to four classes in 2008. The Patriots, meanwhile, have not been held under 60 points since a 52-51 win over Warren on December 20. SHS is averaging slightly less than 74 points per game. (Plus, the Pats did this clever Sports Center-esque commercial for today’s morning’s announcements.)

The doors open at 5 p.m. for tonight’s game; there will be an IHSA sectional three-point shooting contest at 5:30. Stevenson received 100 more tickets this morning after selling out its original allotment. Tickets are available in the Patriot Superstore during lunch periods and in the Athletic Office until 4 p.m. (or when they are sold out).

The winner of tonight’s game will play in the DeKalb Supersectional at Northern Illinois University at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Track and Field Update
The boys and girls track and field teams will host a coed meet against Carmel at 4:30 today in the Field House. On Tuesday, the boys lost to Jacobs, 64-36. Individual winners were Jared Borowski in the 3,200-meter run (10:17), Henry Sise in the shot put (46-9) and Jason Pitts in the high jump (5-6).

Heller Overcomes Injury for Stellar Senior Season
Michael Trapp finished his senior season for the SHS hockey team second in goals and assists despite missing nearly a month with a partial tear in his left MCL. He had the assist on Matt Heller’s series-winning goal against Rockford in the Scholastic Hockey League playoffs.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guildenstern: I think I have it. A man talking sense to himself is no madder than a man talking nonsense not to himself.

Rosencrantz: Or just as mad.

Guildenstern: Or just as mad.

Decide for yourself tonight and Saturday as the winter production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, sets sail at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Tickets are on sale during all lunch hours in the Patriot Superstore. Don’t miss the madcap madness!

Parking for 5th grading period: For those seniors that have purchased less than 5 grading periods of parking, we have opened up a few parking permits for the rest of the 5th grading period. Please come to Room 2426 if you are interested.

Apples Around Town designs may be dropped off in the Fine Arts East Office (6076) or emailed to Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org no later than Monday. Also, there will be an Apples Around Town meeting at 3:3o p.m. Tuesday in Room 6008 to review all design submissions and provide a calendar with the upcoming painting dates.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Before Spring Break, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. Please stop by the offices on school days until 4 p.m. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today! http://www.d125.org/prep.

ATHLETICS

The Winter Sports Awards Night is Monday at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center. All student-athletes who participated in a winter sport, and their parents and guardians, are invited to attend. Please come a little early so you can provide feedback on your athletic experience through the winter sports parent and student-athlete survey. The survey can be accessed on the Stevenson website with a smartphone or iPad. iPads will be available for checkout in the Sports Center at 6:30 p.m. Monday. An ID is required for checkout. The link will remain accessible on the Athletics website for 48 hours after the awards night, as well.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Potbelly’s is having a giveback night for Relay for Life today from 5-8 p.m. Potbelly’s will donate 25% of the proceeds. Grab your friends and family and join us on Friday for good food and a good cause! Potbelly’s is located at 1520 E. Lake Cook Road in Buffalo Grove.

COLLEGE

Attention seniors: Engineering Pathways offers qualifying College of Lake County students guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Only seniors who plan to enroll for the first time to CLC are eligible to apply through an extended deadline by Friday. Click here for more information.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Lake County officials warn of rise in heroin use among students
Northwestern U. to launch $3.75B fundraising campaign
Superintendents blame state for their financial struggles
Schaumburg Oks District 54 early childhood center
Lawsuit filed over Springfield high school’s accessibility
Gurnee District 56 administrator earns statewide award
Refurbished “Alma Mater” statue to return to U. of I. campus in April

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Google under fire for data-mining student email messages
Obama Administration sets new rules for for-profit schools
Gates Foundation gives Notre Dame $23M
Controversial Arizona education program has unions on edge
Idaho to allow guns on public college and university campuses
Math geeks and others celebrate Pi Day around U.S.

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.