Thursday, June 4, 2015 – Final Digest Until August 2015

Class of 2015 Graduates Tonight

The Class of 2015 will graduate tonight during the commencement ceremony at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. For those unable to attend, commencement will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube at this link. As of Tuesday, 966 seniors were scheduled to graduate. This year’s student speakers will be seniors Allison Phillips and Jacob Victor.

Farewell to Retiring Faculty, Support Staff

In addition to bidding farewell to its latest graduating class, Stevenson also says farewell today to 16 people with more than 400 years of service to students: Joan Ackerman-Zimny, Helen Berger, Susan Crook, Nancy Eberhardt, Gerald Franklin, Nancy Gold, Marianne Grieco, Christina Kelly, Terry Maloney, Vicky Nordhem, Richard Pierce, Catherine Rauch-Morse, Michael Reimer, Cheryl Singley, Robert “Bubba” Smith and Barbara Thill. Four others retired earlier in the 2014-15 school year: Jeff Green, Jean Harrison, Ruth Hedberg and James “Smokey” Murray.

Clarification on Helicopter Ball Drop

Wednesday’s Digest item about the $10,000 helicopter ball drop at the June 29 Stevenson Foundation golf outing failed to mention this: A predetermined number will be randomly selected prior to the outing. If a ball with that number is the first into the hole, the holder of that ball wins $10,000. If you want to buy a golf ball for the drop, one is $20 and three are $50. Click here to order.

Sophomore Selected to Study in South Korea

Sophomore Eric Kang will study Korean this summer in South Korea as part of a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship for 2015-16 he received from the U.S. State Department. Kang is one of only 620 students from across the United States who will receive a scholarship to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish overseas this year. While in South Korea, Kang will receive formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment.

Last Daily Digest Until August

Today is the final day of the school year, and the last day for the Daily Digest until the 2015-16 year begins in August. What began as a moment of post-referendum whimsy in 2002 has lasted for 13 years, and we are grateful to our readers for their support.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 4A Sectional: Jake Nusinow and Tyler Pauly combined for a four-hit shutout as the eighth-seeded Patriots beat No. 5 Glenbrook South, 6-0, and advanced to the sectional championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday. SHS (26-11-1) will face the winner of today’s semifinal between Warren and Mundelein. Nusinow improved to 5-0, giving up four hits, striking out two and walking none in five innings for SHS, which avenged a 2-0 loss to the Titans (22-12) in last year’s regional semifinal. No. 9 hitter Dylan Molek went 3-for-3 and had a two-run single in the third inning that gave the Pats a 5-0 lead. He also stole two bases. SHS scored five runs in the first four innings, had 12 hits in the game, and played errorless defense. Jimmy Marchese, Willie Bourbon, Robby McGaha and Charlie Ling each drove in a run. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook South Sectional: The 10th-seeded Patriots (17-15) blasted No. 9 Lake Zurich in the sectional semifinal, 12-1 in six innings, and will take on No. 6 New Trier for the championship at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Trevians defeated top seed and defending state champion Warren in the other semifinal. Winning pitcher Myra Peterson allowed just five hits in six innings, and her defense was errorless for the second straight game. Offensively, the Pats pounded out 14 hits while avening two regular-season losses to the Bears, including a 12-0 blanking. Leadoff hitter Vera Pflugradt had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs. Two others had three hits: Hannah Epstein went 2-for-4 with two triples and two runs batted in. Taylor Koenigs, who had a triple and two singles, and Trish Porzycki, who had three singles. Kayliegh McGovern hit a two-run double. Stevenson ended the game early with an eight-run sixth inning. – Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Textbook Return Information

All grades can return textbooks to the Wood Commons today until 1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

The Testing Center is open today until 3 p.m. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until Friday. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Freshman B Soccer Team Photo at Superstore

Freshman B soccer players can pick up their replacement team yearbook photo at the Superstore.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Tentative teachers contract reached in Wheaton Warrenville District 200 (DH – $)

Northwestern professor’s case highlights clash of Title IX, academic freedom

New Trier breaks ground on $100M campus addition

University of Illinois president says job cuts coming

Former Lincoln-Way West aide faces sex charges

University of Chicago charter school thriving

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

All Baltimore school students to get free meals

Colorado school kitchen manager fired for giving poor students free lunches

The rich get richer: Harvard receives $400M gift, its largest ever

California district backs down, will let student wear eagle feather to graduation

In Colorado, teaching to a changing climate

Some Berkeley parents wonder if their school district is too nice to outsiders

Are online schools a better option for teen mothers?

##################################################################

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Foundation Golf Outing Features Chance to Win $10K

The Stevenson Foundation’s annual golf outing will be held Monday, June 29 at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. The day begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed with tee offs at 12:30. A dinner, awards ceremony and auction will conclude the event. Click here for details, including sponsorship opportunities.

There also will be the “Great $10,000 Golf Ball Drop,” in which numbered golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter prior to the start of the outing. The first hole-in-one has a grand prize of $10,000. Otherwise, the closest ball to the pin will win its owner $1,500. You can buy one ball for $20 and three for $50. The deadline to purchase a ball is June 26. Click here to take part in the ball drop.

All proceeds from the golf outing and ball drop will benefit foundation programs, including the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and student scholarships.

Science Reach Club Members Present at Northwestern

Eight members of the Science Reach Club presented research and design projects at Northwestern University’s eighth annual High School Project Showcase on Monday. Freshmen Shreya Sriram and Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla; sophomore Ravanth Bellam; juniors Rohan Bhattaram, Kevin Cao and Ajay Varadhan; and seniors Han Song Huang and Haji Sefarian were chosen to present their work. Huang’s project was one of six to earn Outstanding designation.

Two Students Earn Eagle Scout Honors

Senior Aaron Becker and freshman Daniel Powers earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in Boy Scouts, this spring. They are members of Troop 140 from St. Mary Catholic Church in Buffalo Grove. To earn Eagle Scout rank, scouts must hold various leadership positions, perform hours of service, learn camping skills, participate in training, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, and lead a project that benefits the community.

For his Eagle Scout project, Powers worked to improve the beachfront patio and stairs at the Ukrainian Youth Camping Organization in Round Lake, which is used by a number of organizations. He removed old timbers and overgrown weeds, replaced the timber with a brick retaining wall and fresh landscaping, and also scraped and repainted the metal patio railing. Powers earned 50 Merit Badges.

Becker’s Eagle Scout project entailed collecting, donating and sorting books for Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Forest. With the help of Troop 140, friends and family who helped him canvas his neighborhood, Becker was able to collect more than 3,700 books, which were eventually donated to school children in Chicago. Becker earned 28 merit badges.

Social Media Leader to Speak at National Conference

Electronic Communications Specialist Jennifer DiBella will join two colleagues from District 214 in speaking about social media at the National School Public Relations Association’s 62nd annual seminar in Nashville, Tennessee on July 13. DiBella, along with Erin Brooks and Jennifer Delgado, will discuss “Sharing With Strategy, Not Haphazardly.” Their presentation will outline steps schools can take to create a social media marketing plan, develop an editorial calendar, explain analytics, and highlight successful content ideas and hashtag campaigns. They also will finish with a panel discussion of best practices. DiBella coordinates Stevenson’s social media channels.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Baseball, Softball Sectional Semifinals Today

The baseball and softball teams continue their quest for postseason glory today with IHSA Class 4A sectional semifinal contests. The eighth-seeded Patriot baseball team will play host to No. 5 Glenbrook South, while in softball, No. 10 seed SHS takes on No. 9 Lake Zurich at Glenbrook South. Both games start at 4:30. | Baseball bracket | Softball bracket

Stevenson Wins 11th Straight NSC All-Sport Title

Stevenson won the North Suburban Conference All-Sport Championship for the 11th consecutive year. The all-sport championship is based on accumulated point totals based on each league school’s final standing in fall, winter and spring sports. SHS was followed by Libertyville, Warren, Lake Forest and Vernon Hills.

10 Water Polo Players Earn All-State Honors

Senior Melissa Gartenberg and sophomore Andrew Shashin have been selected as the top girls and boys high school water polo players in the state by Illinois Water Polo. Gartenberg was the top vote getter among Illinois girls, and was joined on the first team by junior Allison Travetto. Junior Lauren Burns and freshman Claire Haas were second-team selections, and senior Annika Hotchkiss was placed on the fourth team.

On the boys’ side, Shashin was joined on the first team by senior Shaurya Gilani. Junior Alex Kapecki was named to the second team, senior Liam Holzer made the third team, and sophomore Dan Maleski was a fourth-team choice. The all-state players will participate in all-star games in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Sunday afternoon. Two high school all-star games will be played: Girls at 12:30 p.m. and boys at 2 p.m.

Prior to the all-star games, there will be an age-group clinic from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and is open to boys and girls in eighth grade and under (ages 6 to 14). All clinic participants will get free admission into the all-star games. The clinic cost is $25. Click here to register. For more information, contact girls water polo coach Jeff Wimer at jwimer@d125.org or boys water polo coach Sean Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Menchie’s Tonight

Treat yourself to delicious frozen yogurt tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Menchie’s! 20% of your purchase will go the SHS Choral Guild. Menchie’s is located in the Lincolnshire Commons at the corner of Milwaukee and Aptakisic. Bring this flyer with you.

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

All grades: Today-Thursday – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Today, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours today, but seniors must follow their final schedule today. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until Friday. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Freshman B Soccer Team Photo at Superstore

Freshman B soccer players can pick up their replacement team yearbook photo at the Superstore.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Emanuel won’t say if CPS can make $634M teacher pension payment

Crystal Lake city council rejects District 155 bleacher request

College of Lake County, Gurnee tech firm launch partnership (DH – $)

Eisenhower High “boot camp” sharpens skills for AP classes

Sex abuse victims allege secrecy at three Chicago-area Catholic schools

North Lawndale Prep to help pay out-of-pocket college expenses

University of Chicago to help build giant telescope

Northwestern president calls on United to apologize to Muslim chaplain

Morton school district cost study: Options start at $74M

Family of student hit in head by pole sues Belleville school district

Anonymous donor saves jobs at southern Illinois grade school

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The states that spend the most and the least on education

Partnerships between colleges, corporations on the rise

Is the anti-Common Core movement just “suburban white moms”?

Udemy raises $65M to become Netflix for education

An app that predicts college GPA

##################################################################

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Introducing the New Stevenson Community Orchestra

Stevenson has three orchestras for its students, and now there will be one for adults. The new Stevenson Community Orchestra is getting off the ground, and adult musicians who want to keep playing are invited to join. SHS Orchestra Director Enrique Vilaseco, who will lead the new group, is looking for amateur and semi-professional performers in all instrument families: strings, winds, brass and percussion. Interested musicians are asked to complete this online Community Orchestra Interest Form. No audition is required. For more information, contact Enrique Vilaseco at evilaseco@d125.org or 847-415-4771. The Stevenson Community Orchestra is sponsored by the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP).

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Menchie’s on Wednesday

The SHS Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Lincolnshire’s newest restaurant, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Patrons who present this flyer when ordering will see 20% of their purchase go to the Choral Guild. Menchie’s is located in the Lincolnshire Commons at the northwest corner of Milwaukee and Aptakisic roads.

Lemonade Sales Raise More Than $900 for Cancer Society

The Entrepreneurship classes raised more than $900 for the American Cancer Society during their end-of-semester tradition of selling lemonade in the Wood Commons last Thursday. Each Entrepreneurship class worked to develop a sales plan and product to satisfy the needs and wants of the Stevenson community as part of their third six-week grading period business simulation. The first-period class made the most money, led by project managers Jordan Zatz and Adrian To. The seventh-period class was led by Carly Fishbein.

Junior Earns Eagle Scout, Helps Lincolnshire Park

Junior Marco Laudati earned his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts on April 25. He is part of Lincolnshire Troop 78. His Eagle Scout project involved managing the renewal of Bicentennial Park in Lincolnshire. He worked to break down and remove old playground equipment, helped install new playground equipment, and built a concrete platform for a park bench. He also raised money to purchase mulch, which he distributed around the three-acre park.

Best-Selling Author Visiting Stevenson on Sunday

Best-selling political thriller writer Nelson DeMille will come to the West Auditorium on Sunday to speak about his latest book, Radiant Angel, the seventh in his series featuring wise-cracking ex-NYPD homicide detective John Corey. DeMille will speak at 1 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at nelson-demille.eventbrite.com. His appearance is sponsored by the Vernon Area Public Library.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Softball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Libertyville Regional: The No. 10-seeded Patriots knocked off No. 3 Libertyville, 9-4, for the 10th regional championship in program history and first since 2008. SHS (16-15) will face No. 9 seed Lake Zurich in the Glenbrook South Sectional semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Against Libertyville (24-12), the Pats blew open a close game by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-1 lead, then held off the Wildcats’ late rally. Myra Peterson went the distance on the mound, scattering eight hits and was aided by errorless defense. LHS took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Stevenson rallied for two in the top of the second. Both runs scored on fielder’s choice groundouts from Alana Labaschin and Vera Pflugradt. In the fifth, Molly Thon’s RBI single made the score 3-1, and then the floodgates opened. Hannah Epstein followed with a two-run double, then came a two-run single from Taylor Koenigs, and a two-run double from Kayliegh McGovern. – Daily Herald ($)

Three Named to All-NSC Baseball Team

Three members of the SHS baseball team earned All-North Suburban Conference honors: Seniors Willie Bourbon (third base) and Jacob Nusinow (pitcher), and junior Robby McGaha (designated hitter-catcher). Honorable mention went to senior Carter Baretz (infield), and juniors Christian Dutler (catcher) and Patrick Loeffler (shortstop).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

All grades: Today-Thursday – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Senior Class Party Boarding Information

Seniors attending the cruise aboard the Odyssey on Wednesday need to arrive in parking lot D by noon to board buses. Check in at the Field House. No bags or backpacks are allowed on the buses. Staff will assist with check-in. Students will arrive downtown and cruise from 3-5 p.m., returning by bus to SHS at approximately 7 p.m. Please carpool with friends so there is plenty of parking.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Today, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours today, but seniors must follow their final schedule today and Wednesday. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until Friday. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Freshman B Soccer Team Photo at Superstore

Freshman B soccer players can pick up their replacement team yearbook photo at the Superstore.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

All students at Libertyville, Vernon Hills high schools to receive laptops (DH – $)

Chromebook rollout excites Waukegan students, teachers, parents

Labor board: St. Xavier U. must count adjunct unionization votes

Emanuel starts cleaning house at Chicago school board

Emanuel faces another tough call on selection of CPS leader

CTU on Byrd-Bennett resignation: “We’d like to see a clean sweep”

Emails show firm played up clout in pitch for controversial no-bid CPS deal

OPRF school board president backs documentary despite initial reservations

Lake Zurich High seniors pull clean, “green” prank

McHenry County school superintendents happy with PARCC testing changes

Central Illinois school districts swapping superintendents

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

For the poor, the college graduation gap is even wider than enrollment gap

Anxious students strain college mental health centers

College Board, Khan Academy join for free SAT prep

What Obama’s new military equipment rules mean for K-12 school police

Google says these are the words Americans cannot spell

##################################################################

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Monday, June 1, 2015

2015-16 Theatrical Productions Schedule Announced

The 2015-16 theatrical productions schedule was released this week. The year begins with the fall production, Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, followed by the musical, Miss Saigon. The freshman-sophomore play will be The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, and the winter production will be William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Audition dates for those productions, as well as the spring one-act plays, are listed on the auditions and rehearsals page.

In addition to Stevenson students, the Miss Saigon cast will include a child. Director Lauren Rawitz is looking for a child actor for a non-speaking role. Details

Birthday Bash Coverage

Pioneer Press stopped by the 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday, and filed this report.

Scholastic Bowl Teams Compete at Nationals

Both of Stevenson’s varsity Scholastic Bowl teams competed in the NAQT National Championship last weekend. Each team won seven of 12 matches, made the playoff round, and tied for 53rd place. The A team roster included Jonathan Mishory, Zachary Pease, Jay Patel and Young Lee, while the B team featured Ali Saeed, Nathan Cha, Marco Laudati and Kazuma Shimanaka. A total of 272 teams from around the nation took part.

Two Students Earn Archery Medals at Schurz

Freshman Sami Hartman Stackhouse and junior Sam Argubright earned medals at the Bulldog Archery Tournament at Carl Schurz High School in Chicago on Saturday. Stackhouse finished fourth overall in the female division with a score of 268, and had seven bullseyes. Argubright was fifth among males with a score of 252, which included seven bullseyes.

Waukegan Basketball Coach Walking Away to Teach at SHS

Waukegan boys basketball coach Mike Wasielewski is stepping down so he can become a history teacher at Stevenson. Wasielewski told the News-Sun the teaching opportunity was something he couldn’t pass up, even though it means walking away from coaching. Wasielewski has some familiarity with Stevenson: He has taught summer school here for four years.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots finished fifth for the second straight year, and their ninth consecutive top-five showing at state. Senior Colin Harvey, the team captain, concluded his four-year varsity career by being selected for the Tom Pitchford Sportsmanship Award. Harvey finished his Patriot career with one state championship (the 2014 doubles title with Andrew Komarov), two state medals and four state tournament berths. He reached the singles bracket consolation quarterfinals. Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Senior Sammy Oh finished seventh in the 1,600 and classmate Henry Sise was 11th in the shot put for the Patriots. Oh ran the mile in a personal-best 4:15.48, while Sise had a top throw of 53 feet, 8.75 inches. Jared Borowsky, a junior, was 24th in the 3,200 (9:41.15). Oh earned his first state medal in track, and is Stevenson’s first medalist in the mile since Micky Cobrin placed fourth in 2003. Oh also finished sixth in the state cross country meet last fall. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Palatine Regional: The eighth-seeded Patriots scored eight runs in the top of the eighth inning to knock off top-seeded Glenbrook North, 14-9, in extra innings for the regional championship. SHS (25-11-1) will play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at home against the winner of today’s Glenbrook South Regional final between St. Viator and Glenbrook South. Stevenson had a number of offensive standouts. Jimmy Marchese was 2-for-5 and drove in four runs, while Robby McGaha went 4-for-6 with a triple and an RBI. Patrick Loeffler went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Willie Bourbon walked five times, and was 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jack Trotter was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two walks. Glenbrook North led 3-1 after four innings, but the Pats put up five runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead. GBN responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. Two scoreless innings followed before SHS erupted in the first extra frame. Justin Stark was the winning pitcher in relief, throwing 3-⅓ innings. – Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Libertyville Regional: The game was postponed until today at 4:30.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: Colin Harvey lost his fourth-round singles match to defending state champion Eddie Grabill of Hinsdale Central, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, then bounced back to win twice and advance to Saturday’s consolation quarterfinals. Stevenson’s other three entries were eliminated: the doubles teams of Adam Maryniuk/Matt Harvey and Josh Cheng/Ben Bush both reached the seventh round of the consolation bracket, while Brian Weisberg was eliminated in the fourth round of the singles consolation bracket. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Two Patriots qualified for the finals with their performances in the preliminaries: Henry Sise was second in his heat of the shot put (53-8.75), while Sammy Oh was fourth in his heat of the 1,600 (4:17.26). Two other Pats competed but did not reach the finals. Tim Vestuto was sixth in his heat in the 400 (50.22), and Aaron Lund was eighth in his heat in 110 high hurdles (17.21). – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clean Out PE Lockers Today

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of day today. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Pick Up AP Environmental Science Materials Today

Are you taking AP Environmental Science next year? You must come to the East Math/Science office in Room 8080 today to pick up your summer reading packet and textbook.

Senior Class Party Boarding Information

Seniors attending the cruise aboard the Odyssey on Wednesday need to arrive in parking lot D by noon to board buses. No bags or backpacks are allowed on the buses. Staff will assist in check-in. Students will arrive downtown and cruise from 3-5 p.m., returning by bus to SHS at approximately 7 p.m.

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

Seniors: Today – Recital Hall – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All grades: Tuesday-Thursday – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Tuesday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours today, but seniors must follow their final schedule today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until Friday. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Freshman B Soccer Team Photo at Superstore

Freshman B soccer players can pick up their replacement team yearbook photo at the Superstore.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

CPS chief resigns amid federal criminal investigation

Teachers at Urban Prep in Chicago to vote on unionization Wednesday

UI chancellor expects AAUP censure in response to Salaita dispute

Hastert resigns from Wheaton College board in wake of indictment

The woman who brought a revolution to College of DuPage (DH – $)

Chicago struggles to redesign neighborhood high schools

University of Notre Dame expanding business college space in Chicago

Despite missing goal, Bronzeville Catholic high school will remain open

U-46 considers outsourcing meal prep for elementary schools (DH – $)

Bloomington High, State Farm Insurance team up for STEM class

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. colleges expelled as many as 8K Chinese students in three years

Homeschooling increased 62% in last decade, U.S. Department of Education says

Michigan teachers union leaders spike own pensions

Past National Spelling Bee champs talk about their life after winning

##################################################################

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Lu Chosen to Represent U.S. Physics Team in India

Sophomore Jason Lu on Wednesday was one of five students selected to represent the United States Physics Team at the 46th International Physics Olympiad in India in July. He and the other four team members will receive extensive training at the University of Maryland from June 1-25, head to Thailand for more training, then move on to Mumbai for the Olympiad June 27-July 15.

Lu was one of 20 students chosen in early May for the U.S. Physics Team, from among approximately 4,300 students nationwide who took part in a rigorous exam process. He is the second Stevenson student in the last two years chosen for the team, joining Richard Zhu in 2014.

The other students picked for the U.S. Physics Traveling Team are Zachary Bogorad of Solon, Ohio; Adam Busis of Silver Spring, Maryland; Kevin Li of Princeton Junction, New Jersey; and Saranesh Prembabu of San Ramon, California.

Stained Glass Window Installed; Dedication at 10:45 Saturday

The new stained glass window, which was paid for by donations from various parent groups and the Stevenson Foundation, has been installed by the Sports Center entrance. A formal dedication ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. Saturday as part of the SHS 50th Birthday Bash.

It’s Finally Here: The SHS 50th Birthday Bash

The stained glass window ceremony is just of several highlights of Saturday’s 50th Birthday Bash, which is open to the entire District 125 community. Retired teacher and longtime coach Paul Swan will receive the district’s Heritage Award at 9:30 a.m., and the winner of the Stevenson Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle will be announced. There also is a free pancake breakfast for the community starting at 9 a.m. in the West Staff Dining Room, plus student-led tours of the school, musical performances and art exhibits by students, activities for kids involving the state champion football and boys basketball teams, and a poms clinic for kids by Stevenson’s Patriettes.

Incoming Freshman Tripped Up by “Tristeza”

Incoming freshman Aniket Nuthalapati was knocked out of the national spelling bee semifinals on Thursday. After spelling his first word correctly — “osteitic,” which refers to bone inflammation — Nuthalapati was eliminated by “tristeza,” a deadly disease affecting citrus trees.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Palatine Regional: Willie Bourbon hit two home runs and drove in five runs as the Patriots (24-11-1) beat Libertyville, 5-4, and advanced to the regional championship game against Glenbrook North at 10 a.m. Saturday. Bourbon’s first homer, a three-run shot, gave SHS a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. After the Wildcats (20-15) rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth, Bourbon went deep with Carter Baretz on base. Both of Bourbon’s homers came with two outs. Justin Stark earned the win with two scoreless innings of work in relief of starter Tyler Pauly. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots finished Day 1 of the three-day tournament in second place behind reigning state champion Hinsdale Central, 24-21, and have three of four entries still alive in the front draw. Colin Harvey (19-9) won a trio of straight-set victories at Hoffman Estates. He beat Jay Niebrugge of St. Anthony in Effingham, 6-0, 6-2; Bill Johnson of Moline, 6-0, 6-0; and Charlie McDonough of Wheaton Warrenville South, 6-1, 6-2. Harvey will face defending state champion Eddie Grabill (28-4) of Hinsdale Central today at Hersey. Adam Maryniuk and Matt Harvey won their three doubles matches at Fremd in straight sets, improving to 26-8 on the season. They beat Trevor Johnston/Brian Chard of Benton, 6-0, 6-0; Connor Anderson/Alexander Winters of St. Charles East, 6-0, 6-1; and rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the first game against Edwardsville’s Jonathan Koons/Alex Gray en route to a 7-5, 6-2 win. Maryniuk and Harvey will face Oak Park-River Forest’s Joe Gullo/Jacob Pailey at Buffalo Grove. Josh Cheng and Ben Bush won three matches at Buffalo Grove, and will face 5-8 seed Kiran Patel-O’Connor/Zach Settelmyer (32-2) of Peoria Richwoods this morning. They won all three matches Thursday in straight sets: 6-1, 7-5 over Stephen Kovach/Pete Mannebach of Benet Academy; 6-1, 6-1 over Michael Yoo/Hayden Dodds of Champaign Central; and 6-0, 7-6 (5) over 17-32 seed Scott Apmann/Matt Mulligan of Barrington. Brian Weisberg was the only Patriot to taste defeat on Thursday, losing his opening match against Noah Rosenblat of Deerfield, 6-1, 6-0. However, he bounced back with three straight wins: 6-1, 6-2 over Shaul Latif of Springfield; 6-3, 6-3 over Ryan Mitchell of Lincoln-Way East; and 6-3, 6-3 over Miguel Rayos del Sol of Romeoville. He will face Blake Oslan of North Shore Country Day in the fourth round of the consolation bracket today at Rolling Meadows. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Correction

Thursday’s Digest listed the wrong record for the varsity softball team, following its regional semifinal win on Wednesday. The Patriots are 15-15 heading into the regional championship game. SHS will play host Libertyville at 11 a.m. Saturday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come to the 13th Annual Film Fest Tonight

The 13th Annual Film Fest is tonight from 7-9 p.m. in the West Auditorium. There will be 15 student-made films in categories ranging from comedies, to music videos, to dramas. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased at the door.

Last-Chance Senior Party Bus Sign-Up Today

Last-minute Senior Class Party bus sign-ups for the Senior Class Party will take place today during lunch and eight period in the Patriot Lobby. This late sign-up is for the 65 seniors who paid for the party, but did not sign up for a bus last week. Those 65 will receive an email asking them to confirm by midnight Friday that they are attending the Senior Class Party. If they do not respond by then, their seat will be filled with a senior on the waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be contacted this weekend.

Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Pick Up AP Environmental Science Materials by Monday

Are you taking AP Environmental Science next year? You must come to the East Math/Science office in Room 8080 to pick up your summer reading packet and textbook before Monday.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until June 5. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students next week:

Seniors: Monday – Recital Hall – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All grades: Tuesday-Thursday – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Tuesday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours on Monday, but seniors must follow their final schedule on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

CAREER EXPLORATION

No plans for the summer yet? Interested in a career in healthcare or medicine? We still have spots open in the second session of our Careers in Healthcare and Medicine course that will take place June 22-July 2 at Stevenson. There will be a variety of professionals presenting, as well as interesting field trips to help you decide what career might be a good fit. Register online by visiting www.d125.org/academic/summer-school.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Loyola University joins Chicago tech incubator

College of DuPage sees applications rise amid controversy

Community colleges face caps on contracts, severances

Northeastern Illinois University breaks ground on first-ever residence hall

Two Barrington High student startups awarded $44K in funding (DH – $)

Northwestern to settle suit involving book on Leopold and Loeb murder trial

Uber wants teachers, and is willing to pay

Hawthorn Woods school’s beautification project honors beloved secretary (DH – $)

Chicago high school teacher moonlights as rock ‘n’ roll photographer

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

A behavioral snapshot of today’s teens

Dozens of degree programs phased out in University of North Carolina system

Parent choice leading to less diversity in San Francisco schools

Why are so many states replacing Common Core with carbon copies?

Does alma mater really matter? Where MacArthur “Genius” fellows went to college

Many students in Silicon Valley community not reading by third grade

Universities, feds fight to keep lab failings secret

##################################################################

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Incoming Freshman in National Spelling Bee Semifinals

Incoming freshman Aniket Nuthalapati, an eighth-grader at Aptakisic Junior High School, is the only Illinois student among the 49 semifinalists in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

He survived Wednesday’s preliminary round, which consisted of two off-stage multiple-choice tests covering 12 spelling words and 12 vocabulary questions, followed by two on-stage spelling opportunities. He spelled “camouflage” correctly in the first round, then nailed “auriphrygiate,” which means embroidered or decorated with gold.

Nuthalapati will have to take another off-stage test in preparation for today’s semifinal on-stage spelling round, which is being carried on ESPN2 until noon. The finals start at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

State Champions Honored in Springfield

Thirty-one students representing Stevenson’s six state championship teams were honored in Springfield on Wednesday. Students from the mathematics, Science Olympiad, boys gymnastics, girls water polo, boys basketball and football teams visited the state capitol, as did coaches Chris Thibaudeau (math), Eric Liva (gymnastics), Josh Hjorth (football) and Paul Swan (basketball).

Rep. Carol Sente honored the championship teams with a resolution in the House and Sen. Terry Link honored the students with a resolution in the Senate. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger, a former Stevenson parent and football/basketball mom, also presented  a proclamation honoring the championship teams. The students and coaches also met with Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan — but not at the same time.

Modified Version of AP Credit Equity Bill Passes House

While in Springfield, students from the state championship teams and the SHS Political Action Club watched as a modified version of the Advanced Placement Credit Equity bill, HB 3428, passed the House of Representatives by a 113-0 vote. The bill was created by club members and their teachers, and sponsored by Rep. Sente. Political Action Club members met with Gov. Rauner to advocate for his approval of the legislation.

Less Than 70 Vacation Getaway Raffle Tickets Remain

Less than 70 tickets remain in the Stevenson Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle, which offers the winner a choice of three destinations, with airfare for two included. The trip choices are a golfing excursion to Scottsdale, Arizona’s TPC Stadium Course; a wine lover’s vacation to the Meritage Resort in California’s Napa Valley; and a beach getaway to the Cabo San Lucas Hilton Resort. Tickets are $50 each or three for $125. The winner will be announced at the SHS 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the new Stevenson to College program. To purchase raffle tickets, click here.

Alumnus to Become Principal of Diamond Lake School

Wednesday’s Digest item about Diamond Lake District 76 changes missed a Stevenson alumnus. Kurt Preble, who graduated from SHS in 1993, is going to become the principal at Diamond Lake School. He currently is principal of Hollywood School in Riverside District 96.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Softball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Libertyville Regional: The 10th-seeded Patriots scored all their runs late to rally past No. 7 Deerfield, 7-6, in the regional semifinal. SHS (13-15) will play in the regional championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday versus Libertyville or Hersey, which square off today. Trisha Porzycki had a two-run double, and also made a game-saving play from right field, throwing out the tying run at home from about 200 feet away. Taylor Koenigs went 2-for-4. On the mound, Myra Peterson pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits and striking out four in seven innings. After Deerfield hit a two-run home run to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, Stevenson responded with three runs in the top of the fifth and added four more in the sixth, through a combination of small ball and aggressive baserunning. The Pats played error-free defensively.

State Boys Tennis Tournament Starts Today

Six members of the SHS boys tennis team will play in the IHSA state tournament beginning today at several Mid-Suburban League courts. The highest-seeded Patriots are senior Adam Maryniuk and sophomore Matt Harvey, who are a 5-8 seed. Their first match will take place at Fremd against Trevor Johnston and Brian Chard of Benton. The other SHS duo to make state, senior Josh Cheng and junior Ben Bush, is a 9-16 seed. They will take on Stephen Kovach and Pete Mannebach of Benet Academy at Conant. Senior Colin Harvey, a 9-16 seed in singles, faces Jay Niebrugge of St. Anthony in Effingham at Hoffman Estates. Sophomore Brian Weisberg battles Noah Rosenblat of Deerfield at Schaumburg. State tournament seeds

Five Patriots Prepare for State Track Meet

The boys track and field team is sending five Patriots to Charleston for the IHSA Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University, which begins with the preliminaries on Friday. The SHS contingent will include seniors Henry Sise (shot put), Sammy Oh (3,200 and 1,600), Aaron Lund (110 high hurdles) and Tim Vestuto (400), and junior Jared Borowsky (3,200). Most of Stevenson’s qualifiers had sectional efforts that put them in the top 20 of qualifiers for their events.

Baseball Alumni Trio on Teams in NCAA Tournament

The University of Illinois baseball team, whose starting shortstop is Stevenson alumnus Adam Walton, earned the No. 6 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament. The Fighting Illini will host an NCAA Regional this weekend with Ohio, Notre Dame and Wright State. UI plays Ohio at 7 p.m. Friday. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN. Walton started all 56 games for Illinois, which has a 47-8-1 record. He tied for the team lead in runs scored (48), and was second in hits (71) while hitting .293. Two other Patriot baseball alumni made the tournament. Matt Allen and Tyler Radtke play for the University of Iowa, which made the tournament for the first time since 1990. The Hawkeyes will play in the Springfield (Missouri) Regional with Missouri State, Oregon and Canisius.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last-Chance Senior Party Bus Sign-Up on Friday

Last-minute Senior Class Party bus sign-ups for the Senior Class Party will take place Friday during lunch and eight period in the Patriot Lobby. This late sign-up is for the 65 seniors who paid for the party, but did not sign up for a bus last week. Those 65 will receive an email asking them to confirm by midnight Friday that they are attending the Senior Class Party. If they do not respond by then, their seat will be filled with a senior on the waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be contacted this weekend.

Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until June 5. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

Seniors: Monday – Recital Hall – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All grades: Tuesday-Thursday, June 2-4 – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Tuesday, June 2, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, June 3, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, June 4, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours on Monday, but seniors must follow their final schedule on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

ATHLETICS

The girls cross country team will have a preseason meeting today in the West Faculty Dining Room from 3:40-4:30 p.m. If you plan on running cross country this fall, you need to attend this meeting. Coach LeVanti will be handing out information about summer running. If you have any questions, please contact her at mlevanti@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

No plans for the summer yet? Interested in a career in healthcare or medicine? We still have spots open in the second session of our Careers in Healthcare and Medicine course that will take place June 22-July 2 at Stevenson. There will be a variety of professionals presenting, as well as interesting field trips to help you decide what career might be a good fit. Register online by visiting www.d125.org/academic/summer-school.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Aptakisic student is Illinois’ only semifinalist in National Spelling Bee

Rauner paying education czar $275K from agency that funds autism services

Evanston’s effort to close achievement gap gets national attention

Glenbard District 87 to fund boys swim teams (DH – $)

“Hoop Dreams” filmmaker producing doc about race, achievement at OPRF

Batavia High may drop out of federal lunch program (DH – $)

Law firm looking into athletes’ allegations will charge UI $425 per hour

14 apply for vacant seat on Harper College board (DH – $)

Special Education District of McHenry County closing after 50 years

University of Chicago professor known for landmark translation dies

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Key numbers from national education report to Congress

Indiana governor replaces half of state’s board of education

Districts turn to automated essay graders, but do they work?

Private colleges target community college grads they once shunned

Non-academic skills are key to success. But what should we call them?

##################################################################

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

317 Students Entering National Honor Society Tonight

Three hundred and seventeen students will be inducted into Stevenson’s National Honor Society chapter tonight. Each spring, eligible sophomores and juniors are invited to apply to the National Honor Society if they have maintained a 3.9000 weighted cumulative grade-point average or higher. To be admitted, students also must submit evidence of completing 20 leadership hours and 20 service hours. They also must pass an evaluation of character through a survey of SHS faculty. Click here to view the list of students to be inducted.

Daily Herald Highlights Stevenson’s 50 Years Today

The Daily Herald today has a front-page article ($) about Stevenson’s celebration of its 50th year. The article includes interviews with original faculty member Tom Baumann, who also was the school’s first football coach (and was an assistant on this year’s state championship team), and Greg Mercier, the first Student Council president. The article also features Stevenson Foundation President Greg Diethrich, who has led the organizing effort for Saturday’s Birthday Bash.

Stained Glass Window Installation Begins

Installation work was scheduled to begin this morning for the stained glass window that will be placed above the Sports Center entrance. The four-panel work, based on a conceptual design by sophomore Sabrina Zhang, was created by Colorsmith Studio in Riverside, which is also the school’s Visiting Artist of the Month. The public is invited to see the new stained glass window on Saturday during the 50th Birthday Bash. The window will be formally dedicated at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. For more details on the Birthday Bash, visit www.StevensonFoundation.org.

Former SHS Teacher Named Administrator in District 76

Former SHS Spanish teacher Laura Vladika has been named the new director of language programs for Diamond Lake Elementary District 76 in Mundelein. She currently serves as director of evaluation, development and early language learning in Skokie District 69. Vladika is one of four new administrators for District 76, the Daily Herald reports ($), who will be part of the leadership team with a new superintendent.

Also in District 76 news, Stevenson alumnus Tanya Fergus, who was principal of Fairhaven School for six years, is leaving to take the same post at Mechanics Grove School in Mundelein Elementary District 75.

Proud of Your Student? Put Their Name on a Brick

Time is running out for the Stevenson community to purchase a brick or superbrick for summer installation. Brick pavers are $150 for three lines of 12 characters, and superbricks are $275 for five lines of 12 characters. Click here to order online. The deadline for orders is Sunday. Call the Stevenson Athletic Office at 847-415-4226 with questions. Bricks will be installed near the entrance to the Stadium.

Concert Dance Class Performing Friday

The Concert Dance class will perform during sixth hour (12:05-12:50) on Friday in the West Auditorium. The student choreographers for the concert are seniors Amy Shin and Christina Wilde, junior Danielle Affrunti and sophomore Celeste Courtney.

Spring Fling, Film Fest Set for Friday

One of the highlights of the year for Stevenson students is Spring Fling, which takes place Friday after school. Student teams will participate in softball, volleyball, kickball, and an ultimate frisbee tournament. This year, students will have free food thanks to a generous donation from Weiner Take All, which came to the aid of the SHS Student Council when its food fun ran low.

In addition to Spring Fling, the 13th annual Film Fest will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Fifteen student-made films ranging from comedies to music videos to dramas will be shown. Admission is $2.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Warren Regional: The ninth-seeded Patriots saw their season come to an end with a 28-26, 27-25 semifinal loss to eighth-seed Deerfield, which followed a 25-10, 25-9 win over No. 24 Chicagoland Jewish in the quarterfinals. SHS finished the year with a 21-15 record. Grant Maleski had 18 kills in the two matches, including 10 against Deerfield. Jesse Kesner had nine kills on the night, while Justin Leonard and Hudson Haverhill each had five. Eric Zalewski dished out 24 assists, while Jeffrey Wang had 14. Luke Feder made 12 digs, including 10 versus Deerfield.

Football Players Collect 3,635 Items for Lake County PADS

Patriot football players collected a record 3,635 items to donate to Lake County PADS on Tuesday, more than twice as many as the previous record of 1,379 items collected last year. The donation effort springs from the football team’s leadership training program, in which huddle group leaders train to meet and achieve goals.

Water Polo Ceremony Thursday; Apparel Deadline Today

The state champion girls water polo team will be honored during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall. Also, state championship apparel is available for purchase online until 5 p.m. today. Here are ordering instructions:

  1.     Go to www.spiritproducts.net
  2.     Click Team Order Form tab on top right of page
  3.     Find Stevenson 2015 Water Polo State Champion Apparel and enter Access Code 910078
  4.     Click the item, Enter Quantity then Add to cart.
  5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

The apparel will be delivered to and distributed at the high school.

Allied Soccer Program Featured in News-Sun

Stevenson’s Allied Soccer program for students with disabilities, as well as the two other Allied Soccer programs in the county, are featured in this article from the News-Sun. Between student-athletes and their student “buddies,” there are nearly 50 students involved in Stevenson’s team. Mark Schartner, who runs the team with Shannon Mauro, says in his 71 total seasons of coaching soccer at the high school and collegiate levels, “This is the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Oh Selected for State Track Meet Honor

Not only will senior Sammy Oh run in this weekend’s IHSA state track meet. He’s also been selected to read aloud the competition rules for all those taking part. Oh was selected to the IHSA All-State Academic Team in February.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Choral Guild Benefit Night at Malnati’s Today

The Choral Guild is having a benefit night at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove today. Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales for all dine-in, delivery and carryout orders. Bring in this flyer or show it on a mobile device when ordering.

Spring Fling Captains: Pick Up Information Today

All Spring Fling captains must report to the table outside of Student Activities during lunch periods on Wednesday to pick up important information for their teams.

Last-Chance Senior Party Bus Sign-Up on Friday

Last-minute Senior Class Party bus sign-ups for the Senior Class Party will take place Friday during lunch and eight period in the Patriot Lobby. This late sign-up is for the 65 seniors who paid for the party, but did not sign up for a bus last week. Those 65 will receive an email asking them to confirm by midnight Friday that they are attending the Senior Class Party. If they do not respond by then, their seat will be filled with a senior on the waitlist. Students on the waitlist will be contacted this weekend.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

Pre-ordered yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until June 5. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visa or MasterCard will be accepted.

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

Seniors: Monday, June 1 – Recital Hall – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All grades: Tuesday-Thursday, June 2-4 – Wood Commons – 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

During finals, the Testing Center will be open as follows: Tuesday, June 2, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Wednesday, June 3, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday, June 4, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The TC will be open for regular hours on Monday, but seniors must follow their final schedule on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Other important reminders:

  • Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up.
  • If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the TC needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
  • Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the TC during that class time, but must have written notification from their teachers or counselors.

If you have any questions see Mrs. Miller or Ms. Plante in the TC.

ATHLETICS

The girls cross country team will have a preseason meeting on Thursday in the West Faculty Dining Room from 3:40-4:30 p.m. If you plan on running cross country this fall, you need to attend this meeting. Coach LeVanti will be handing out information about summer running. If you have any questions, please contact her at mlevanti@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

No plans for the summer yet? Interested in a career in healthcare or medicine? We still have spots open in the second session of our Careers in Healthcare and Medicine course that will take place June 22-July 2 at Stevenson. There will be a variety of professionals presenting, as well as interesting field trips to help you decide what career might be a good fit. Register online by visiting www.d125.org/academic/summer-school.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Lake Forest High delays principal hiring after parent backlash

Former New Trier cheerleader suing school district over injury

State rejected consulting company tied to man at center of CPS criminal probe

St. Charles schools hold off delaying school start times (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

What galvanized standardized testing’s opt-out movement?

The cost of an adjunct

The time, money and outreach it took to bring 532 freshmen to one university

Fewer students studying botany, more colleges closing plant collections

Former Tampa schools chief named New York state school superintendent

Many National Spelling Bee contestants following in siblings’ footsteps

##################################################################

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.