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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SHS Model UN Earns 12 Awards at Brown University

Stevenson’s Model United Nations club traveled to Providence, Rhode Island last weekend for Brown University’s annual high school conference. About 900 students took part in the three-day event, mostly attended by prep and private schools from the Northeast. Stevenson brought 24 students.

The conference included several United Nations committees (on which SHS students represented the Netherlands, Yemen or Kyrgyzstan), and also small committees of historical and local or national interest in which students simulated a specific individual.

Stevenson students came home with 12 awards and recognitions. Aileen Acuna earned Best Delegate honors for her work in the Nigerian People’s Democracy. Three other students received Outstanding Delegate standing: Karen Whisler (Argentine Opposition 1973), Pat DeMichele (Venice Council of 10), and Natalie Wu (Nepal’s Constituent Assembly). Marco Laudati was selected as Commendation Delegate in the Delian League, and Serene Goldberg was honored for her efforts representing Yemen on the UN Disarmament Committee.

Students receiving verbal commendations included Erin Knapton, Nichole Bacher, Andrew Jin, Olivia Nye, Ananditha Raghunath and Max Weiss.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Football Welcomes New Trier for State Quarterfinals

Stevenson’s football team will compete in the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state quarterfinals for the third time in the last four seasons when it plays host to New Trier at 1 p.m. Saturday. Stevenson enters the game with an 11-0 record, while New Trier is 10-1. The winner of Saturday’s game will face Glenbard West or Barrington in the state semifinals. The gates will open Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Parking will be limited due to the IHSA girls swimming and diving sectional, and the Stevenson Fencing Invitational. Overflow parking will be available at the Quill Corporation headquarters on Schelter Road, just off Route 22/Half Day Road. Buses will transport spectators to and from the Stadium.

Football Alum Earns Division III Academic Honor

Jonathan Way, a 2012 Stevenson graduate who plays defensive back for the Washington University football team, was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 5 Division III first team. Way, a two-time selection on the All-University Athletic Association Academic Team, has a 3.76 grade point average. He is a double-major in finance, and economics and strategy.

NIU Volleyball Clinches MAC West Title With Alum’s Help

Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013) registered six blocks (one solo, five assisted) as the Northern Illinois University women’s volleyball team beat Western Michigan, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15, last week to clinch the Mid-American Conference West Division title. The division championship is the second in the past four seasons for the Huskies, who are 20-8 overall and 13-1 in the MAC.

Correction

Monday’s Digest incorrectly stated that Sammy Oh’s sixth-place finish at the IHSA Class 3A boys cross country state meet was the best showing by a Stevenson runner in 31 years. In fact, it was the highest finish by an SHS harrier in 22 years. Pat Joyce won back-to-back state titles in 1991 and 1992.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Costa Rica Trip Application Deadline Friday

Do you want to go to Costa Rica? The Stevenson Science Division is giving you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Costa Rican wilderness for nine days next June. All application materials can be found on Stevenson’s Student Travel Experiences website.  Hurry! Space is limited and applications are due Friday. Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080) or Ms. Dean in the West Science Office (Room 1514).

Be Smart, Be Safe at Railroad Crossings

Did you know that it is illegal to cross over, under or around a railroad crossing gate when it is lowered or being raised? Someone found guilty faces a mandatory $250 fine or 25 hours of court-ordered community service for the first offense. A second offense brings a mandatory $500 fine. Many pedestrians are killed or injured each year because they misjudged the speed of an approaching train, or were fixated on a stopped train and failed to notice another coming on the opposite track.

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org by Friday along with your name and ID number.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms to Superstore

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey. Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

INTRAMURALS

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 today in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

CLUB NEWS

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

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Fifth student arrested in alleged sexting, cyberbullying case

8-year-old legal case shows benefits, pitfalls of district insurance pools

Another controversial faculty decision looms at the University of Illinois

University of Chicago’s Policy School finding new home with $32.5M gift

Former Northwestern rabbi heavily criticized for allowing underage drinking

Elgin Community College looks to expand outreach to non-English speakers

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: Majoring in education easy route to good college grades

Study: School cafeteria lunches may be healthier than lunch at home

Five tools that are transforming STEM education

Google’s Chromebooks top K-12 computer sales in U.S.

The challenge of teaching science education in rural America

9 in 10 Iowa schools move to hours-based calendar

Massachusetts school installs military-style shooter-detection system

A growing trend: Campuswide bans on fraternity, sorority parties

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Pedestrian Hit on Stevenson Drive Sunday Morning

A 31-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car and seriously injured Sunday morning on Stevenson Drive. The pedestrian, who was not identified by police, was hit by the driver of a 2014 Kia Soul near parking lots C and D around 9:42 a.m. The pedestrian was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with life-threatening injuries, and the Daily Herald reported the individual was listed in critical condition. The driver’s identity was not released. No citations have been issued.

Reminder of Police Activity on Campus Tuesday

Lincolnshire Police and other first-responders will be on campus Tuesday morning to conduct a training drill between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the West Building. Access will be unavailable from the Wood Commons south to the 2900 and 1900 hallways. Security staff will be available to help students gain access to the Sports Center and nearby rooms.

Chess Team Cruises in League Opener

Stevenson breezed to a pair of victories in the opening round of North Suburban Chess League competition on Friday, beating Evanston, 56-12, and Niles North, 58.5-9.5. Junior Allen Guo, sophomores Rahul Dhiman and Sritej Vontikommu, and freshmen Conrad Oberhaus and James Wei won both of their games. Also participating were senior Phillip Engstrom, juniors Prithvi Velpuri and Matthew Xi, and freshman Alexander Bian. The team next plays November 21 against Highland Park and Waukegan.

No Digest Tuesday

Stevenson will not have classes Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day. The Daily Digest will not be published.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Loyola Gold 3, Stevenson 0

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 8A Playoff: The Patriots (11-0) beat Loyola Academy, 24-21, avenging last year’s state semifinal loss and earning a berth in the state quarterfinals for the fourth time in the last five years. SHS, the top seed in Class 8A, will play host to fourth-seeded New Trier (10-1), a 28-27 overtime winner over Curie. The day and time have not yet been announced. Against Loyola, Stevenson jumped out to a 17-0 lead, then held off the eighth-seeded Ramblers (8-3) as they were poised to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. On a fourth-and-1 with less than a minute remaining in the game, defensive lineman Blake Drazner sacked Loyola quarterback Aidan Walsh to secure the victory. Drazner’s sack was one of six by the Patriot defense; two came from his line mate, Nick Dillon. Drazner also made a key play in the third quarter, recovering a fumble that led to Jack Joseph’s 11-yard touchdown run and extended the lead to 24-14. SHS dominated most of the first half, opening the game with a 12-play, 91-yard scoring drive capped by a 26-yard TD pass from Willie Bourbon to Henry Marchese. Bourbon was 14-for-24 passing for 213 yards and two TDs. He also connected with Jack Sorenson on a 39-yard scoring strike. Mike Gambino added a 42-yard field goal for the Pats. Cameron Green caught six passes for 84 yards. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: Sammy Oh finished sixth among 217 runners, the highest finish by a Patriot in 31 years, and had the third-fastest time in program history. Oh covered the 3-mile course at Detweiller Park in Peoria in 14:34, 23 seconds behind the champion, Jesse Reiser of McHenry. Oh’s sixth-place finish was the best showing by a Stevenson runner since Olympian Mark Deady placed sixth in 1983. The only Patriot to do better was two-time state champion and All-American Pat Joyce in 1991 and 1992. Oh is the eighth medalist in program history. Oh’s final high school race was his best, as he topped his personal best by 11 seconds. The only faster times run by a Patriot were 14:28 by Deady in 1983, and 14:30 by Joyce in 1992, both in the state final. Oh’s final time also was 13 seconds faster than what he posted at the North Suburban Conference meet, 44 seconds faster than his sectional effort, and almost a minute better than his regional time. – Official results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: The Patriots finished third with 232 points, behind Lake Forest (318) and Libertyville (285), and had one individual champion. Ashlin Ruiz won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:07.64, nearly 9 seconds ahead of teammate and runner-up Shayna Salzman (5:16.07). Ruiz also was second in the 100 butterfly (58.09), and swam the anchor leg on the 200 medley relay with Casey Kirby, Irune Andres and Rachel Song. They finished third in 1:50.04. Kirby was third in the 100 backstroke (59.78) and fifth in the 100 free (54.11). Andres placed third in the 100 breast (1:07.92) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:12.46). Other top-five finishes came from Salzman in the 200 free (fourth, 1:57.18), Danielle Fang in the 100 breast (fifth, 1:09.01), Jessica Lenhart in the 100 butterfly (fifth, 59.53), and the 200 free relay team of Kirby, Song, Alice Jeong and Iza Pelka (fifth, 1:41.22). – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org by Friday along with your name and ID number.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms to Superstore

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey. Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

INTRAMURALS

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

CLUB NEWS

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Wednesday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions: nbsmith@d125.org.

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

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.

CAREER EXPLORATION

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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

ATHLETICS

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

State already warning parents against opting kids out of new PARCC test

Interim chancellor of Southern Illinois University dies suddenly

District 214 works to close STEM gender gap

Rockford voters approve $250M, 10-year facilities plan

Illinois State University assessing damage from water pipe burst in dormitory

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Hispanics making steady progress in mathematics, study says

The real student debt problem no one is talking about

Teacher-led schools and the changing role of the principal

Growing national movement carves out class time to apply for college

Five great teachers on what makes a great teacher

The uncertain fate of college radio

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Friday, November 7, 2014

No School Monday or Tuesday, But Campus Still Busy

There are no classes Monday and Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean things will be quiet at Stevenson. On Monday and Tuesday, the Field House entrance will be closed during the day due to the completion of chiller work, which requires the use of a crane. Because of this, most of parking lot D will be closed. Students coming for athletic practices or tryouts must enter the school from the circle drive entrance (by the principal’s office) and enter the Field House using the hallway behind the pool. The work will not affect pool use at night.

Also on Tuesday, the Lincolnshire Police will be training in the West Building during the morning in the Wood Commons south to the 2900 and 1900 hallways. Security staff will be available to help students gain access to the Sports Center and nearby rooms.

Talking SSTs at Next Healthy Patriot

The “Healthy Patriot” discussion series for parents continues Wednesday with a look at the school’s Student Support Teams and how they work with SHS families. “What is a Student Service Team? …and how can it help my student?” will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the District 125 Administration Center. The event is free, and breakfast items will be provided. For more information on the Healthy Patriot program, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at 847-415-4128 or mgrujanac@d125.org.

Marching Patriots at Deer Park Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight

The SHS Marching Patriots will lead the procession for the Deer Park Town Center’s annual tree lighting ceremony tonight at 6 o’clock. The band will clear the way for Santa Claus, who will be riding in a fire truck rather than a sleigh. After his arrival, Santa will visit with children before the event is capped off with fireworks. Deer Park Town Center is located at 20530 N. Rand Road in Deer Park.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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At Long Last, SHS Football Gets Its Rematch With Loyola

Stevenson’s football team has stewed for 351 days since losing a 15-14 heartbreaker to Loyola Academy in last year’s IHSA Class 8A state semifinals. The Ramblers scored the winning touchdown and two-point conversion with about one minute remaining in the game. On Saturday, the Patriots get their chance at revenge when they play host to Loyola in an 8A second-round game at 1:05 p.m. in the Stadium. A large crowd is expected for the game; overflow parking will be available at Quill Corporation headquarters on Schelter Road, just east of campus. A shuttle bus will be available to take fans to and from the field. Admission is $5. For those unable to attend, the game will be shown live on CSN Chicago. Previews: CSN Chicago, Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune

The Beet Goes On for Jack Joseph

Of those football players motivated by last year’s season-ending loss to Loyola, perhaps none has been as driven as Jack Joseph. The senior running back changed his diet and improved his workout regimen to get ready for 2014. The results have been significant: He lost 20 pounds, gained speed, and has 15 touchdowns this year versus six last season. Patricia Babcock McGraw of the Daily Herald (whose husband Mike, the newspaper’s Chicago Bulls beat writer, is a 1981 Stevenson alum) talked with Joseph about the changes, which includes a pre-game ritual of drinking beet juice.

Several Pats Picked for All-Area Volleyball, Soccer Teams

The Daily Herald on Thursday announced the rosters for its Lake County All-Area girls volleyball and boys soccer teams, and several Patriots were included.

In girls volleyball, junior setter Corissa Kurth and sophomore outside hitter Jori Radtke were named to the All-Area team, with juniors Morgan Berland and Isabella Milejczyk earning special mention at middle hitter (although she’s a libero) and outside hitter, respectively.

In boys soccer, senior midfielder Ethan Marx made the All-Area squad, while honorable mention went to senior midfielder Mitch Gullett, junior goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber and junior midfielder Kuzuki Niimi.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

No School Monday and Tuesday

Reminder: There are no classes on Monday and Tuesday. Classes will resume at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday. The second day of the week schedule will be observed on Thursday.

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms to Superstore

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey. Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

INTRAMURALS

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

CLUB NEWS

Chinese Club is having a cooking event after school today. They will be making and eating “Hot Pot” in the Foods Lab — Room 1406 — from 3:30 to 5:30. The cost is five dollars per person.

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

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Wednesday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions: nbsmith@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Teachers in Richland District 88 nix contract proposal

Three students may face charges in Warren Township High sexting case

Lyons school closed by stomach flu reopened after deep-clean

University of Chicago among colleges extending early decision deadlines

Program brings education to underprivileged youth in Chicago

Educators supporting students by taking on Naperville Marathon

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Sit-in by students at Syracuse University enters fourth day

As charters take over, New Orleans school board members fight for relevancy, money

Harvard secretly photographed classrooms to monitor attendance

Indiana Department of Education website hacked for second time this week

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Teacher, Alum to Receive Heart of the Community Awards

Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin and 2012 alumnus Alex Sheck will be among those honored at the 2014 Heart of the Community Awards Gala Saturday night at the Arboretum Club, 401 W. Half Day Road, in Buffalo Grove. The event, sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Buffalo Grove Bank and Trust, honors individuals and businesses for their dedication and service to the Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire communities. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and the awards program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. To order tickets, call 847-541-7799. Click here for more information about Sherwin and Sheck.

Stevenson on Fox News Chicago Morning Show

Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey appeared on Fox News Chicago’s “Good Day Chicago” this morning to talk about Stevenson’s No. 2 ranking among the country’s public high schools by Niche.com. Watch the video

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Oh Prepares for State Cross Country Final

Senior Sammy Oh will run his final cross country race on Saturday in a place where all harriers hope to end their prep careers: At the Illinois High School Association state finals in Peoria. Oh will take part in the IHSA’s 69th annual boys state meet at Detweiller Park, seeking to become the first Patriot boys medalist since Kevin Wood placed 19th in 2010. The Class 3A boys final is the last race of the day, and is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Hockey Coach Talks About Young Varsity Squad

Head boys ice hockey coach Jim Wood talked about the relative youth of this year’s team, and assessed their progress, in this video interview with the Scholastic Hockey League.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms to Superstore

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey. Forms are available for download at www.d125.org/ppa/senior_class_party.aspx. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.

INTRAMURALS

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 next Wednesday in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

CLUB NEWS

Chinese Club is having a cooking event after school Friday. They will be making and eating “Hot Pot” in the Foods Lab — Room 1406 — from 3:30 to 5:30. The cost is five dollars per person.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Do you want an opportunity to earn some service hours? Do you want free food? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then come join the Sustainability Council! Last spring, Green Team and SAVE came together to participate in the green initiative of renewing Stevenson’s LEED Gold certification. Now they have merged to make one club that would include the work days of SAVE and the school/community green initiatives of Green Team. Green Team + SAVE= Sustainability Council! The Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. Come join us! For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

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

Sophomore Class Board will meet today after school in Room 1500.

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in Room 2119. New members are welcome. Class Board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours.

Pass on the Beat meets today after school in the Band Room.

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

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

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

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting next Wednesday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions: nbsmith@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Flu shuts down Lyons elementary school

Mundelein High School board decides to put golf course up for sale

Downstate school cancels classes after two students killed in crash

Chicago Teachers Union delegates endorse Garcia for mayor over Emanuel

LaGrange-area schools seek to sever ties to tainted township treasurer’s office

District 214 wants to collect 100K items for food pantry as part of centennial celebration

Ex-substitute teacher must stay in home pending child porn case

Teens suspected in Bradley University incidents

Career program for Champaign-area high schoolers on the way

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Study: Not all college work boosts future earnings

Teachers unions spent $60M on mid-term elections

Tennessee teachers organize against state-run school district

Emory University suspends frat activities after rape allegation

West Virginia University freshman becomes nation’s youngest lawmaker

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stevenson and Politics On the Air Election Day

Advanced Placement Government teacher Andy Conneen was featured on WBEZ Radio Tuesday morning in a piece about efforts to get students involved in the political process. This year, about 50 SHS students served as election judges at local polling places. Conneen also co-hosted Tuesday night’s Political Action Club “Room 2B” election special with colleague Dan Larsen. The show featured reporting and analysis by several students, and also included an appearance by SHS alum and campaign consultant Brad Goodman (Class of 1999). Last night’s show was broadcast live from the Information and Learning Center. Click here to watch a replay.

Former Art Faculty Featured in Visiting Artist Gallery

This month’s Visiting Artist of the Month display features the works of several people who called Stevenson home for many years. Several former SHS art faculty members have works on display in the Lower Rotunda Gallery through December 16. They are: Julie Bentle, John DePinto, Chris Franken, Donna Stewart Hickman, Gloria Huntoon, Katie Hyken, Robin Faulkner Simunek, Kimm Stastny, Lisa Staton and Barbara Wismer. The art faculty alumni display is part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.

SHS Parents Invited to Stand Strong Meeting

Stand Strong, the new community coalition dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by youth, invites parents to attend their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. The group plans to brainstorm strategies to combat underage drinking. For more information, contact StandStrongcoalition@gmail.com.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook North Sectional: In a rematch of last year’s sectional semifinal, the seventh-seeded Patriots fell to No. 3 Carmel, 25-18, 25-20, ending their season with a 23-14 record. SHS hung close in both games, but the Corsairs (33-5) eventually pulled away. Carmel overcame a 10-8 deficit in the first game, and in the second game fought off the Patriots after they rallied to tie the game at 19-19. Jori Radtke led all attackers with 13 kills, and also had 5 digs and a block. Corissa Kurth passed out 17 assists, made 9 digs and added an ace. Isabella Milejczyk had 3 kills, 4 digs and an ace. Emily Braiser added 2 kills and 2 blocks. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald | High School Cube video

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 6, Stevenson 2: The Trevians prevailed at Twin Rinks. No details were available. – Scholastic Hockey League.org

Rankings for Football, Boys Basketball

Stevenson remains No. 1 in the latest prep football rankings from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. The Patriots’ 21-17 win over Lyons was the lead item in High School Cube’s “Inside the Huddle” roundup of first-round playoff action. Meanwhile, the SHS boys basketball team is No. 10 in the MaxPreps national preseason top 25.

Soccer Alum Earns Atlantic Sun Honor

Jack Rubin (Class of 2011), who played two years for Stevenson’s boys soccer program before sticking strictly with club, was named Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. He earned the honor after making five saves in a 2-0 win over Jacksonville that clinched a spot for his team, the University of South Carolina Upstate, in the upcoming A-Sun tournament. The shutout was Rubin’s second of the season and Upstate’s third. Rubin originally started his career at DePaul then transferred to Upstate.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Career Fair for Students Tonight in the Forum/West Commons

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

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number.

ATHLETICS

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 today in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org if you cannot attend.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school today in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

COLLEGE NEWS

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

Juniors and seniors: We are coming to the end of this year’s college and university visits. The remaining colleges visiting Stevenson will be: Lincoln College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Procedures to sign-up through Naviance: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

CLUB NEWS

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Thursday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions: nbsmith@d125.org.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Do you want an opportunity to earn some service hours? Do you want free food? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then come join the Sustainability Council! Last spring, Green Team and SAVE came together to participate in the green initiative of renewing Stevenson’s LEED Gold certification. Now they have merged to make one club that would include the work days of SAVE and the school/community green initiatives of Green Team. Green Team + SAVE= Sustainability Council! The Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. Come join us! For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

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

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

Sophomore Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 1500.

Pass on the Beat meets Thursday after school in the Band Room.

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

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

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Mundelein District 75 teachers to get average 15.3% salary increase over three years

Voters overwhelmingly approve New Trier’s $89M referendum

Hinsdale voters say “no” to boosting teacher pensions

Round Lake District 116 voters approve borrowing $29M to expand high school

Batavia voters reject $15M bond measure to pay for athletic field improvements

Champaign voters reject new high school, renovation of existing high school

Voters in downstate Brooklyn choose to keep high school open

U46 Board of Education backs school funding reform measure

Chicago start-up provides free app, website to help students with college applications

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

In one election cycle, Congress loses a number of higher-ed stalwarts

Results of higher education-related referenda and other ballot measures

Maryland police: Teen admits to planning school attack

Hawaii may delay test-based teacher rating system over fairness concerns

Colorado school district opts for isolation over expulsion

Incumbent state superintendent wins in California’s most expensive race

UCLA faculty approve diversity course requirement for students

New twist for Nashville high schools as school choice process opens

Alabama school district paid ex-FBI agent to monitor student social media use

Philadelphia schools: Another year, another budget crisis

Should the NCAA prevent convicted criminals from playing college sports?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Career Fair for Students Wednesday Night

Stevenson’s Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO) program holds a career fair for students every two years. The next Career Fair is Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum and West Commons areas of the West Building. More than 65 representatives from fields such as medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, management, advertising, fashion, finance, technology will be on hand. The professionals will talk with students not only about their jobs, but can answer other questions, including which college or courses are best for their field. Students and parents driving to the fair can park in lot B for easiest access to the West Building. Admission is free.

Chess Team Wins Evanston Invitational

The SHS chess team took first place in the Evanston Invitational last weekend, and was the only one out of approximately 40 teams to finish with a perfect score. The four-round tournament was a state-qualifying tournament, and Stevenson’s strong showing placed it in the running for the No. 1 seed in Illinois.

Players winning all four of their matches were freshmen Alex Bian, Conrad Oberhaus and James Wei, and sophomore Sritej Vontikommu. Other members of the team are: senior Phillip Engstrom, junior Allen Guo, and sophomores Rahul Dhiman and Adit Ghosh. Vincent Springer is the head coach, and Scott Oliver is his assistant.

Two Students Earn Honors at Wheeling Speech Tournament

Sophomore Serena Goldberg tied for fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking at Saturday’s Wheeling Speech Tournament. Junior Allison Bell, in her first-ever speech competition, tied for sixth in Prose Reading.

Political Action Club Pushes GOTV Effort

Not only has the Political Action Club been busy preparing for tonight’s online election special on CitizenU.org, but the group also has been active in get-out-the-vote efforts for both candidates in the 10th Congressional District campaign. As part of the Mikva Challenge Day of Action in Lake, Cook and DuPage counties on Saturday, club members made more than 2,800 phone calls and knocked on more than 700 doors for both candidates. In all, Mikva Challenge student activists from the three counties made more than 5,200 personal voter contacts for Republican and Democratic 10th Congressional and gubernatorial candidates on the last weekend of the campaign.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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CSN Chicago to Carry Playoff Game; Advertisers Needed

Stevenson’s football playoff game against Loyola on Saturday will be broadcast live by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Local businesses interested in advertising during the broadcast need to contact SHS Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at 847-415-4226 or tbetthauser@d125.org by noon Wednesday. The commercial options are: $800 for a 60-second commercial, $400 for 30 seconds and $200 for 15 seconds. There also is a 10-second billboard that will include a company logo for $150. Also, businesses can purchase space in the ticker that runs on the lower-third of the screen during the event for $150. The game will be carried throughout the Chicago area on every cable and satellite provider, plus 23 other Midwest markets.

Football Alum Weisman Adds to Legacy at Iowa

Mark Weisman (Class of 2010) continues to climb the record charts for the University of Iowa football team. The senior running back scored ran for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns during the Hawkeyes’ 48-7 rout of Northwestern on Saturday, his fifth straight game with one or more rushing TDs. Weisman has 29 career rushing touchdowns, the third-most in school history. He moved into eighth place in career rushing yards with 2,311, passing Shonn Greene and Ronnie Harmon. He is one of only eight Hawkeyes with 2,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing TDs.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Political Action Club Plans Live Election Night Special

The Political Action Club will broadcast live election coverage from a student perspective tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Stevenson Broadcast Network (via High School Cube) and at citizenu.org. The program will include student-produced segments on what to expect from today’s midterm elections, as well as live analysis of the results.

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Share Your Halloween Photos Today

It’s time for the second annual Ambassador Yearbook Halloween Photo Contest!  Students, upload your scary images today to ReplayIt. The ReplayIt App is also available for your smartphone. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Photos will be featured in the 50th Anniversary Ambassador Yearbook.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number.

CLUB NEWS

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Thursday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions: nbsmith@d125.org.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Do you want an opportunity to earn some service hours? Do you want free food? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then come join the Sustainability Council! Last spring, Green Team and SAVE came together to participate in the green initiative of renewing Stevenson’s LEED Gold certification. Now they have merged to make one club that would include the work days of SAVE and the school/community green initiatives of Green Team. Green Team + SAVE= Sustainability Council! The Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. Come join us! For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

Help Animal Welfare club and Jamie Daigler (as part of his Eagle Scout project) collect supplies for PAWS, a local animal shelter. Donations may include pet food, blankets, animal toys, towels or gift cards. Boxes are located inside the Point, Sports Center and Field House entrances.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting today in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org if you cannot attend.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 today in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org if you cannot attend.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

COLLEGE NEWS

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

Juniors and seniors: We are coming to the end of this year’s college and university visits. The remaining colleges visiting Stevenson will be: Lincoln College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Procedures to sign-up through Naviance: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Half of all Illinois public school students considered low income

Emanuel preschool plan could double cost, boost investor profits

Chicago gas stations fight to sell flavored cigarettes closer to schools

What’s the key to better school food? Lose these seven ingredients

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

29 states have cut per-pupil spending since 2008

College endowments see double-digit returns for second year in a row

Florida eliminates special diploma option for students with disabilities

Marysville students return amid grief, outpouring of support

Should wealthy towns be able to secede from higher-poverty school districts?

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Website Ranks Stevenson No. 2 in Country

Stevenson has been ranked No. 2 among all public high schools in the country by Niche.com, a website that uses data to help people find the top colleges, K-12 schools, and neighborhoods. SHS is rated behind only High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. Other public Illinois high schools to make the top 20 include Chicago selective-enrollment institutions Payton College Prep (6), Whitney Young (9) and Northside College Prep (17), followed by locals Glenbrook North (18), Glenbrook South (19) and New Trier (20).

Niche’s rankings include academics, administration and policies, educational outcomes, extracurriculars, food, health and safety, resources and facilities, sports and fitness, student culture and diversity, and teachers.

Stevenson ranked No. 1 in facilities and administration and policies, third in food, seventh in extracurriculars, 11th in sports and fitness, 13th in educational outcomes, 15th in academics, and 59th in health and safety. The rankings are a combination of data and student and parent reviews. No single factor accounts for more than 15% of a school’s overall rating. See details on Stevenson’s ratings.

Fast Company in September called Niche the most effective “data explainer” website.

Political Action Club Plans Live Election Night Special

Stevenson’s Political Action Club will broadcast live election coverage from a student perspective from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Stevenson Broadcast Network (via High School Cube) and at citizenu.org. The program will include student-produced segments on what to expect from Tuesday’s midterm elections, as well as live analysis of the results. Some special guests are expected to drop by the studio set up in the Information and Learning Center.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: Senior Sam Oh finished ninth, qualifying for his first state meet and becoming the first Patriot to run downstate since 2010. Oh, who also is president of the SHS Student Council, ran the 3-mile course at Busse Woods in 15:18.10. He overcame a rough start, getting tripped and falling to the ground in the first 50 meters. Jared Borowsky was 14th in 15:34.82, missing a state berth by about 6 seconds. Stevenson finished 16th as a team. Other runners for SHS were Paul Udoni (16:29.97, 93rd), Nikita Smyrnov (17:18.12, 132nd), Adam Butler (17:20.85, 133rd), Malcolm Fitts (17:31.44, 137th) and Daniel Engel (17:53.87, 141st). – IHSA official results, MyChicagoAthlete.com | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: The Patriots finished 13th as a team and did not have anyone qualify for the state meet. Isabelle Sparreo placed 23rd among 140 runners, crossing the finish line in 18:18.33. She was one of only two freshman to place in the top 25. Jessica Philipp was 32nd (18:28.98). Other runners for SHS were Sydney Pacernick (19:33, 77th), Shea Kirby (19:44, 88th), Julide Ozmeral (19:46, 91st), Jessica Woodard (19:57, 101st) and Lauren Appell (20:31, 122nd). – IHSA official results, MyChicagoAthlete.com | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook South 4, Stevenson 2: Max Spiro and Luke Flavia had the goals for the visiting Patriots (7-7-2 overall; 4-4 Scholastic Hockey League) at the Glenview Ice Center. Spiro’s goal was assisted by Richard Chen and Daniel Levey. SHS outshot the Titans, 39-26. Goalie Jacob Shellist made 22 saves. – Stevenson Hockey.org

Friday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 8A First-Round Playoff: The top-seeded Patriots rallied to beat Lyons, 21-17, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with less than 3 minutes remaining and then recovering an LTHS fumble to clinch the win. SHS (10-0) advances to a long-awaited rematch with Loyola (8-2), which ended its 2013 season in the state semifinals. SHS will play host to the Ramblers at 1:05 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. The 16th-seeded Lions (5-5) trailed 14-10 at halftime, but took the lead on a TD with 2:32 left in the third quarter. The Stevenson defense held firm from that point, stopping Lyons on fourth down on three consecutive possessions. Jack Joseph, who gained 100 yards rushing, ran for an 18-yard TD to regain the lead for SHS. On Lyons’ next possession, Tyler Vincent forced a fumble around midfield that was recovered by Pat O’Connell. The Patriots then ran out the clock. – High School Cube News, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald | Stevenson Broadcast Network/High School Cube video

Girls Volleyball Prepares for Fifth Straight Sectional Semifinal

Stevenson’s girls volleyball team finds itself in familiar territory, preparing for its fifth consecutive appearance in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A sectional semifinals on Tuesday. The Patriots (23-13), seeded seventh, will take on third-seeded Carmel (32-5) at 6:30 p.m. at Glenbrook North. Last year, SHS beat the Corsairs to reach the Conant Sectional title match. The winner will face No. 1 Libertyville or No. 4 Glenbrook South, which square off at 5:30. The sectional championship match will be played at 6 p.m. Thursday.

SHS Hosting Class 2A Boys Soccer Supersectional Tuesday

Stevenson is serving as host for a IHSA Class 2A Boys Soccer Supersectional on Tuesday. St. Viator will face Foreman at 6:30 p.m. in the Stadium.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Share Your Halloween Photos by Tuesday

It’s time for the second annual Ambassador Yearbook Halloween Photo Contest!  Students, upload your scary images by Tuesday to ReplayIt. The ReplayIt App is also available for your smartphone. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Photos will be featured in the 50th Anniversary Ambassador Yearbook.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

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

CLUB NEWS

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Thursday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions: nbsmith@d125.org.

Help Animal Welfare club and Jamie Daigler (as part of his Eagle Scout project) collect supplies for PAWS, a local animal shelter. Donations may include pet food, blankets, animal toys, towels or gift cards. Boxes are located inside the Point, Sports Center and Field House entrances.

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

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

Geography Club meets after school today in Room 7004.

ATHLETICS

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting Tuesday in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org if you cannot attend.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 Tuesday in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org if you cannot attend.

COLLEGE NEWS

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

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Plainfield teacher contract talks to continue Wednesday; workload an issue

Chicago’s schools have paid $31M to three “clout consultants” since 2012

Salaries edging up at University of Illinois

Alleged victims of ex-Winnetka teacher share memories online

Years after helmet safety study, high school equipment still mixed

University of Chicago police no longer allowed to monitor its own ranks

Western Illinois high school to honor Medal of Honor recipient

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Once sleepy campaign issue, education gains clout

Your edu-watching guide to the 2014 mid-term elections

How to recognize warning signs of a potential school shooting

Parents, teachers deliver more than 100K signatures to Time demanding apology

Heiress’ surprise $40 million gift pumps life into Virginia school

Report: Minneapolis’ worst teachers are in the poorest schools

What the eight most sustainable U.S. college campuses are doing right

Fatally ill college basketball player fulfills dream, scores first points of season

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