Tuesday, February 9, 2016

 

Stevenson Claims Loyola Science Olympiad Invitational

Stevenson won the varsity and junior varsity divisions of the Loyola Academy Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday. The tournament, considered a “mini-preview” of the state tournament, featured the top four current teams in the state: Stevenson, New Trier, Lyons Township and Hinsdale Central. SHS captured 20 first-place medals. Every team member earned at least one medal, with senior Rebecca Nelson capturing five medals, four for first place and one for second. Click here for the entire list of award-winners.

Winter Guard Wins Lincoln-Way North Competition

The Stevenson Winter Guard finished first out of 14 teams in the Scholastic Regional A Division on Saturday at Lincoln-Way North High School, its second competition of the Midwest Color Guard Circuit season. They also took home the honor of having the highest score across all divisions. The team includes captains Naomie LaPointe, a senior, and Hannah Speers, a junior, plus senior Olivia Meyer, junior Sabrina Sullivan, and freshmen Madalyn Casaletto, Jasmine Ealom, Caroline French, Amanda Jimenez, Hanna Kloepfer and Kennedy Schooley. Click here to watch a video of their performance. The Winter Guard will present its award-winning show at the sophomore boys basketball game on February 19.

Student Archers Finish 1-2 at Chicago Event

The SHS archery team had the top two competitors at Saturday’s Phoenix Shootout in Chicago. Sophomore Samantha Hartman-Stackhouse finished in first place overall with a personal-best score of 286. She had 18 bullseyes, and fired two perfect rounds that scored five bullseyes each. Senior Max Papushin finished second overall with a personal best score of 283. He had 13 were bullseyes.

Alumni “Mom-Preneur” Featured for Online Business

The Buffalo Grove Countryside featured SHS alum Jodie Kaplan in last week’s edition. The former television journalist has moved into the entrepreneurial ranks, starting an online business called KidStylin, which she calls a “social marketplace for kids’ fashion.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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SHS Alum Named Head Boys Lacrosse Coach

Assistant boys lacrosse coach Patrick Fitzgibbons, a 1997 Stevenson alumnus, has been promoted to the head coach role for the 2015-16 season. Fitzgibbons has been with the Patriot program since 2004, serving as the varsity assistant coach and junior varsity coach. There will be an informational meeting for all boys interested in coming out for lacrosse at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, February 11 in Room 2104. Players who are unable to attend are asked to email Coach Fitzgibbons at pfitzgibbons@d125.org.

Two Pats at Girls Gymnastics Sectional Tonight

Senior Mikaela Webb and freshman Zoe Hinz will compete in the Illinois High School Association girls gymnastics sectional at Mundelein tonight starting at 6 o’clock. Webb will take part in the all-around competition, and in all four individual events: vault, uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Hinz will perform on bars and beam. Results will be posted here tonight. Webb qualified for the state tournament last year in the all-around, vault and bars.

Patriots Have Payback in Mind for NSC Title Game

Revenge is a primary motivator for the girls basketball team as it prepares for Wednesday night’s North Suburban Conference championship game at Antioch. The Patriots (23-5) lost to the Sequoits (24-4) in last year’s title game, 68-54. “I definitely recall the loss to them last year and we want to win really bad,” junior guard Ashley Richardson told Pioneer Press. “The key for us is to play good defense and keep them under 40 points.” The game tips off at 7 p.m.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

#SHSOdyssey 2016 Instagram Contest

Odyssey 2016 is today and Wednesday, and we’re asking for your help to capture the moment and share #SHSOdyssey. It’s easy! Turn your iPad around and snap a picture/video of your Odyssey experience and share it on Instagram. Tag us @stevensonhs, add a caption and the hashtag #SHSOdyssey. You could win free SHS fan gear or a gift card to Jazzman’s. This contest is open to all SHS Odyssey 2016 participants. Be sure to follow the community guidelines on Instagram and our school social media guidelines.

Pick Up Your PSAT Results in Room 2416

Students who took the PSAT exam last fall can pick up their results in the West Attendance Office (Room 2416). Students will be required to show their current ID.

2016 Yearbook Orders Due By Friday

Friday is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Trivia Night on Friday to Benefit South Sudan

Stevenson’s Interact Club and Geography Club are partnering together to host their first-ever Trivia Night on Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 7096 of the East Building. The event will feature a Kahoot-style trivia game with teams of five. Admission is $5, and pizza, water and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit CARE, an organization that provides clean drinking water and food for citizens in the South Sudan.

AP Art Portfolios Due By Friday

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option) and AP 3D for next school year, please remember that your artwork portfolio is due by Friday in the East Art Office (Room 6080). The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher or contact Mrs. Hyken at khyken@d125.org.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Watch the Faculty Basketball Game Wednesday

What are you doing after school Wednesday? Come and support your favorite teachers in the faculty basketball game from 3:30-4:30 in the Field House.

ATHLETICS

Girls badminton will have an informational meeting Wednesday in Room 2104 at 3:45 p.m. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Edstrom at medstrom@d125.org or 847-415-4416, or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org or 847-415-4589.

There will be an informational meeting for boys baseball on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:20 a.m. in the following locations: Varsity, Room 6050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org); sophomores, Room 7050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org); and freshmen, Room 7066 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org).

The girls softball team will have an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 16 in the Recital Hall. Meeting times are 7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. You only need to attend one of the meetings. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

The informational meeting for boys track and field will be Tuesday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Field House. Practice will begin immediately after the meeting, so come prepared to practice. All paperwork must be turned in to the Athletic Office before the meeting.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

SHS Wins Science Bowl Regional, Qualifies for Nationals

The Science Bowl’s A team won the National Science Bowl regional championship at Fremd High School on Saturday, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the 26th annual national finals from April 28-May 2. The A team roster included seniors William Chang, Allen Guo and Andrew Jin, and sophomore Zachary Chin. Although it fell short, the B team also competed well. Its roster included sophomore Jessica Bae, and freshmen Tejus Ambravan, Aishani Dutta and Aniket Nuthalapati. Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl coach is Caroline Humes. Daniel Wright Middle School in Lincolnshire won the middle school regional championship, and also earned a berth in the national finals.

Freshman Captures History Bee State Championship

The varsity and junior varsity squads enjoyed impressive results at Saturday’s Illinois History Bowl and Bee State Championship at Loyola Academy.

Freshman Olivia Lamberti was the state champion in the History Bee competition, and the JV History Bowl team of Lamberti and sophomores Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus was the state runner-up.

Senior Kazuma Shimanaka was second in the state in the History Bee for the second consecutive year, while junior Ali Saeed was third and senior Marco Laudati was fourth. The Varsity History Bowl team comprising Shimanaka, Saeed, Laudati and junior Nathan Cha tied for third in the state.

The History Bowl and Bee team will next compete at the national tournament in Virginia in late April. Peter Anderson is the team’s sponsor.

Senior Advances to Sectional Speech Tournament

The speech and drama team competed in the Illinois High School Association regional tournament at Warren Township High School on Saturday. Senior Kayla Guo came in fourth place in Special Occasion Speaking, and will move on to compete in the sectional tournament at Fremd this week. Junior Serena Goldberg was a finalist in Extemporaneous Speaking and sophomore Ambika Singh was a finalist in Oratorical Declamation.  

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Cheerleading

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: At U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, the Patriots finished eighth in the Large Team Division, their seventh top-10 finish since the IHSA started competitive cheerleading in the 2005-06 school year. This also was the 11th state finals appearance in the last 12 years for SHS, which placed eighth in its last trip downstate in 2014. – Official Results

Wrestling

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Deerfield Regional: The Patriots barely missed qualifying for their first team sectional in program history. SHS and Deerfield tied for the team title with 168 points each, but after a 90-minute delay, the Warriors were awarded the sectional bid based on the fourth tiebreaker, the number of individual titles won during the day. Deerfield had five individual titles compared to two for Stevenson, which had more wrestlers advance to the individual sectional (eight) than any of the nine teams in the regional. The Pats’ titles came from Dylan Geick (36-3) at 152 pounds and Michael Kordek (35-4) at 182, both of whom encountered little resistance en route to first place. Kordek finished third in the regional and missed a sectional berth last year, wrestling at 220, which was 35 pounds over his actual weight. The other sectional qualifiers include three runner-ups, Eric Carter (132), Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (170) and Nick Grujanac (285), and three third-place finishers, Ben Ponto (138), Roberts Pavlovics (160) and Turbold Badral (195). Brandon Zisman was fourth at 126. The Barrington Individual Sectional will be held Saturday. –  Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+)

Fencing

Stevenson at Great Lakes High School Conference Championships: SHS won the women’s overall championship, one of six team trophies earned in the season-closing tournament at New Trier. The girls placed first in women’s foil and women’s epee, and was second in women’s sabre. The boys were third in men’s epee and third in men’s sabre. Nine fencers won individual medals, led by Lisa Rosov and Zimo Zhu, who won for the second straight year. Rosov captured the women’s sabre and Zhu claimed the men’s epee. Also taking home top honors in a weapon was Rachel Aranyi, who led women’s epee. Sophia Siegel (women’s sabre) and Nikita Jhangiani (women’s epee) were runners-up. Third-place honors went to Nicole Strezewski (women’s foil) and Robin Cheifetz (women’s epee). Geeta Jhangiani was fourth in women’s epee and Angelica Lopez placed fifth in women’s foil.

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Vernon Hills Regional: Kaitlyn Rudy won the individual championship with a six-game score of 1,305, 63 pins ahead of her nearest competitor. Rudy broke the 200-pin mark in five of six games at the Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, and saved her best for last, recording a 259 in the final game. This is Rudy’s second regional championship in four years. She won the Buffalo Grove Regional in 2014, and finished third at last year’s regional. Rudy advances to this week’s Round Lake Sectional, along with Xanthe Coulson, who finished 17th overall with a 1,098 series and earned an at-large bid. Stevenson finished eighth in the team standings; the top four schools advanced to the sectional. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 5, Stevenson 0: The Spartans concluded a sweep of the best-of-three Scholastic Cup playoff series. Stevenson will play host to Deerfield in the first round of the Blackhawk Cup Red Division state tournament on Thursday, February 25. – StevensonHockey.org

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 65, Lake Forest 46: In Lake Forest, the Patriots (17-6, 7-2) remained on top of the NSC Lake Division with a strong all-around effort. SHS opened the game on a 12-0 run, held the Scouts (12-8, 5-4) to four points in the first quarter, and harassed LFHS into 12 first-half turnovers en route to a 28-15 halftime lead. Offensively, Stevenson hit five three-pointers in the first half, and 12 of 19 in the game. Justin Smith led all scorers with 21 points, eight coming in the opening quarter. Ryuji Aoki nailed four three-pointers on his way to a 16-point night. Aidan O’Connell scored nine points and also made five steals. Rodney Herenton had seven assists and four rebounds. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+)

Brunson, No. 1 Villanova at DePaul on Tuesday

Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the top-ranked Villanova University men’s basketball team will travel to Rosemont on Tuesday to face DePaul in a 7:30 p.m. matchup at the Allstate Arena. Villanova is ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. The game will be shown live on FS1. Brunson has started 22 of the Wildcats’ 23 games this season, averaging 10.2 points per game. He’s also second on the team in assists (64). Villanova is 20-3 this season. Brunson and his teammates will return to the area later this month for an afternoon game against Marquette in Milwaukee on Saturday, February 27.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

#SHSOdyssey 2016 Instagram Contest

Odyssey 2016 is Tuesday and Wednesday, and we’re asking for your help to capture the moment and share #SHSOdyssey. It’s easy! Turn your iPad around and snap a picture/video of your Odyssey experience and share it on Instagram. Tag us @stevensonhs, add a caption and the hashtag #SHSOdyssey. You could win free SHS fan gear or a gift card to Jazzman’s. This contest is open to all SHS Odyssey 2016 participants. Be sure to follow the community guidelines on Instagram and our school social media guidelines.

Pick Up Your PSAT Results in Room 2416

Students who took the PSAT exam last fall can pick up their results in the West Attendance Office (Room 2416). Students will be required to show their current ID.

2016 Yearbook Orders Due By Friday

Friday is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Trivia Night on Friday to Benefit South Sudan

Stevenson’s Interact Club and Geography Club are partnering together to host their first-ever Trivia Night on Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 7096 of the East Building. The event will feature a Kahoot-style trivia game with teams of five. Admission is $5, and pizza, water and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit CARE, an organization that provides clean drinking water and food for citizens in the South Sudan.

AP Art Portfolios Due By Friday

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option) and AP 3D for next school year, please remember that your artwork portfolio is due by Friday in the East Art Office (Room 6080). The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher or contact Mrs. Hyken at khyken@d125.org.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Watch the Faculty Basketball Game Wednesday

What are you doing after school Wednesday? Come and support your favorite teachers in the faculty basketball game from 3:30-4:30 in the Field House.

ATHLETICS

Girls badminton will have an informational meeting Wednesday in Room 2104 at 3:45 p.m. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Edstrom at medstrom@d125.org or 847-415-4416, or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org or 847-415-4589.

There will be an informational meeting for boys baseball on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:20 a.m. in the following locations: Varsity, Room 6050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org); sophomores, Room 7050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org); and freshmen, Room 7066 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org).

The girls softball team will have an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 16 in the Recital Hall. Meeting times are 7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. You only need to attend one of the meetings. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

The informational meeting for boys track and field will be Tuesday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Field House. Practice will begin immediately after the meeting, so come prepared to practice. All paperwork must be turned in to the Athletic Office before the meeting.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Odyssey 2016 Arts Celebration Tuesday, Wednesday

Stevenson’s Odyssey 2016, the all-school fine arts festival, will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. Hundreds of visiting artists, community volunteers and distinguished guests will descend upon the school to teach, perform and support the fine arts festival, which first began in 1996 and is held every two years.

Odyssey school days begin at 10:15 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m., and buses will run on the late arrival schedule. The campus is closed and students may not leave for lunch. Students should prepare to buy lunch or bring their own food to school. Students are recommended to wear comfortable clothes that may get dirty, since there is a likelihood that they will be in classes requiring physical activity or working with art supplies. Read More

“Political Animals” Bring Energy to 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club held a debate Wednesday night between the two Democratic candidates in the 10th Congressional District race. Students worked some new features into the debate, which was the fifth since the club was started in 2006. Pioneer Press talked with club sponsor Andrew Conneen, plus two club members, senior Max Weiss and sophomore Sophia Siegel, about the club’s passion for politics.

Adlai Stevenson: Born This Day in 1900

Today is the birthday of Adlai E. Stevenson II, the school’s namesake. He was born on February 5, 1900 in Los Angeles, and died July 15, 1965. Stevenson High School opened less than two months later. Here’s a C-SPAN documentary about Stevenson and his effect on U.S. politics.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 46, Libertyville 31: The visiting Patriots led wire to wire and captured the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship for the second straight year. SHS (23-5, 11-1) will travel to Antioch on Wednesday and face the Sequoits in a rematch of last year’s NSC title game. Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 17 points, and Klaire Steffens poured in 14 points and grabbed six rebounds for Stevenson, which scored the game’s first 13 points. The Wildcats (13-12, 6-6) cut a 17-point halftime deficit to 10 by the end of the third quarter. Kiana Cencula opened the fourth with a three-point play and Steffens followed with a layup to extinguish the threat. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 2, Stevenson 1: The Spartans captured the opening game in the best-of-three series in the Scholastic Cup playoffs. Game 2 will be played at Glenbrook North’s rink at 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

Senior Hockey Player Named to All-League Team

Daniel Levey, a senior defenseman on the boys ice hockey team, was named to the second-team All-Scholastic Hockey League Team. In the Patriots’ first 40 games this season, Levey scored 10 goals and assisted on 20 others.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Room Assignments Posted for Saturday ACT

Are you taking the ACT exam at Stevenson on Saturday? Room assignments are now posted on the school website. Click here to view.

#SHSOdyssey 2016 Instagram Contest

Odyssey 2016 is next week and we’re asking for your help to capture the moment and share #SHSOdyssey. It’s easy! Turn your iPad around and snap a picture/video of your Odyssey experience and share it on Instagram. Tag us @stevensonhs, add a caption and the hashtag #SHSOdyssey. You could win free SHS fan gear or a gift card to Jazzman’s. This contest is open to all SHS Odyssey 2016 participants. Be sure to follow the community guidelines on Instagram and our school social media guidelines.

Pick Up Your PSAT Results in Room 2416

Students who took the PSAT exam last fall can pick up their results in the West Attendance Office (Room 2416). Students will be required to show their current ID.

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales End Today

Today is the last day that “early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Pick up a coupon at the Student Activities Office. After today, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Boys Bowling Celebration Moved to Monday

The celebration of the state champion boys bowling team has been moved to 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Trivia Night February 12 to Benefit South Sudan

Stevenson’s Interact Club and Geography Club are partnering together to host their first-ever Trivia Night on Friday, February 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 7096 of the East Building. The event will feature a Kahoot-style trivia game with teams of five. Admission is $5, and pizza, water and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit CARE, an organization that provides clean drinking water and food for citizens in the South Sudan.

AP Art Portfolios Due By February 12

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option) and AP 3D for next school year, please remember that your artwork portfolio is due by Friday, February 12 in the East Art Office (Room 6080). The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher or contact Mrs. Hyken at khyken@d125.org.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Watch the Faculty Basketball Game Wednesday

What are you doing after school Wednesday? Come and support your favorite teachers in the faculty basketball game from 3:30-4:30 in the Field House.

ATHLETICS

The boys water polo informational meeting will be held Monday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

Girls badminton will have an informational meeting Wednesday in Room 2104 at 3:45 p.m. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Edstrom at medstrom@d125.org or 847-415-4416, or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org or 847-415-4589.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

CLUB NEWS

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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More than 1,000 teachers march through downtown Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union has triple the public support of Emanuel

CTU yanks funds from bank in protest

Madigan makes move to slow down push for school funding changes (+)

U46 board member’s Facebook post on Black History Month angers some (+)

Yoga used to help kids cope with violence in Chicago

Will College of DuPage meet deadline to pick new trustee? (+)

Former Secretary of Education Duncan comes home to Chicago

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Districts turning to outside groups to tackle biggest impediments to learning

The end of college rankings as we know them: Gallup getting in the game

In Airbnb era, colleges count on housing contracts to deter dorm-room rentals

Threats prompt three Seattle-area schools to close

The real cost of a bomb threat at your kid’s school

Alaska’s education commissioner forced out by governor

New Louisiana governor scraps predecessor’s Common Core lawsuit

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

This year’s freshman-sophomore play is “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theatre (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5.

The cast includes Sam Litwin, A.J. DePew, Hayley Brenner, Isabel Koleno, Hannah Lichtenstein, Oliver Chisman, Pia Russo, Kyle Soonthornsima, Angela Spilotro, Sneha Thirumurugan, Nikolette Olson and Elyse Baden. The student directors are Hanako Walrath, Jaclyn Rosenberg and Brigette Lefevbre. The director is Paula Nowak.

Trivia Night February 12 to Benefit South Sudan

Stevenson’s Interact Club and Geography Club are partnering together to host their first-ever Trivia Night on Friday, February 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 7096 of the East Building. The event will feature a Kahoot-style trivia game with teams of five.

Admission is $5, and pizza, water and snacks will be available for purchase. The event is open to the public. All proceeds from the event will benefit CARE, an organization that provides clean drinking water and food for citizens in the South Sudan. CARE also teaches long-term sustainability skills, including farming techniques, and also helps communities build irrigation systems and infrastructures.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Cheerleading Team Heads to State Tournament

The varsity cheerleading team will find itself in a familiar place on Friday: U.S. Coliseum in Bloomington, home of the Illinois High School Association state finals. This is the 11th time in the last 12 years that Stevenson has qualified for state, and the seventh time under head coach Jessie Murphy. SHS has finished in the top 10 six times since the IHSA started the state competition in the 2005-06 school year. Most recently, the Patriots were eighth in 2014. Stevenson will perform in the Large Division preliminaries at 6:35 p.m. Friday, and you can watch the action live through IHSA.tv (pay to view). The top 10 teams from the preliminaries advance to the final round on Saturday.

Girls Basketball Looks to Wrap Up Division Title

The varsity girls basketball team can win its second straight North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship tonight with a win at Libertyville. The game begins at 7 p.m. If the Patriots prevail, they will play Prairie Division champ Antioch in the NSC title game next Wednesday. Tonight’s game is scheduled to be streamed live by that school’s Wildcats Productions on its YouTube page. Click here to watch.

Alum Earns Academic Honor at North Carolina

Lexi Capalli (Class of 2012) was one of 26 University of North Carolina student-athletes honored Monday as a recipient of the school’s Athletic Director Scholar Athlete Award. (She is second from right in the photo accompanying the article.) The award recognizes outstanding academic performance by varsity athletes during their careers at UNC. Capalli is a senior gymnast for the Tar Heels, who opened their season in January. Last year, Capalli was a second-team All-East Atlantic Gymnastics League performer on the uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around. Last week, she wrote this piece about the effect that being a Tar Heel has had on her life.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Hockey Team Holding Fan Appreciation Night Tonight

The varsity boys ice hockey team will hold Fan Appreciation Night at its Scholastic League Playoff game against Glenbrook North at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. All students who attend who receive free T-shirts.

Room Assignments Posted for Saturday ACT

Are you taking the ACT exam at Stevenson on Saturday? Room assignments are now posted on the school website. Click here to view.

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

AP Art Portfolios Due By February 12

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option) and AP 3D for next school year, please remember that your artwork portfolio is due by Friday, February 12 in the East Art Office (Room 6080). The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher or contact Mrs. Hyken at khyken@d125.org.

Boys Bowling Celebration Moved to Monday

The celebration of the state champion boys bowling team has been moved to 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web. Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Watch the Faculty Basketball Game Next Wednesday

What are you doing after school next Wednesday? Come and support your favorite teachers in the faculty basketball game from 3:30-4:30 in the Field House.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey next Tuesday and Wednesday.

CLUB NEWS

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a three-person team sealed tournament after school today in Room 1204. The cost is $2.50, students can pay with their ID, and each participant will receive four packs. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players always welcome!

Juniors, it’s time to start decorating for Winterfest! Come to a Junior Class Board meeting on Thursday at 3:40 in Room 2004 to join in the fun! New members are always welcome.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

The boys water polo informational meeting will be held Monday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

Girls badminton will have an informational meeting next Wednesday in Room 2104 at 3:45 p.m. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Edstrom at medstrom@d125.org or 847-415-4416, or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org or 847-415-4589.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago State University declares financial crisis due to state budget mess (+)

Western Illinois University laying off 30 faculty due to state budget impasse

Chicago Public Schools borrows $725M at huge cost (+)

Turmoil between CTU, CPS persists at House of Delegates meeting

CTU calls Rauner takeover talk an “educational abomination”

University of Chicago fraternity’s racist emails revealed

Woodland District 50 taking charter fight to state high court (+)

U-46 proposes spending $23M to upgrade schools (+)

Three College of DuPage trustees end boycott (+)

Northwestern University police officer faces child porn charges

College auditorium renovated for $3M being sold for $100

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Education Department helps states cut standardized testing

University of Missouri struggles to bridge its racial divide

Higher Education Act overhaul unlikely in election year

Cal-Berkeley deals with backlash from secret monitoring

With district in disarray, Detroit schools’ emergency manager quits

NYC schools hire first liaison to LGBT community

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

“7 Essential for Raising Successful Teens” Tonight

Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent. Tonight, parents can get some down-to-earth, practical advice on navigating the sometimes choppy waters of adolescence. Acclaimed child psychologist and author Dr. Laura Kastner will discuss “Wise Minded Parenting — 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens” in the Performing Arts Center from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free for the event, which is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation. Anyone planning to attend is asked to register here.

Course Selection Evenings for Incoming Freshmen

The first of two Course Selection Evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents will take place Thursday in Room 2104 of the West Building. Students with last names A-L are asked to come Thursday, and those with last names M-Z are asked to come next Tuesday. However, if a family has a scheduling conflict, they may attend either night and do not need to notify the school.

Counselors will be available from 4-7 p.m. each evening to answer questions parents and students may have about elective courses. Parents may submit completed forms during the evening. A nurse will be available each evening to answer questions related to the Certificate of Child Health Examination form, immunization requirements, administration of medication during the school day, and how the school works with students who have chronic illnesses.

District 96 Board Member, SHS Parent Dies

Stevenson parent and District 96 school board member Lauren Gordon died Monday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 55 years old. Her husband David died last June from complications of open heart surgery. They have two sons, Gabe, who is a junior at Stevenson, and Ethan, who is a student at Princeton University. The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove, with burial to follow at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Gordon was first elected to the District 96 school board in 2011, and was re-elected last year. She worked for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago for 12 years, including four years as executive director of the Northwest Suburban JCC in Buffalo Grove. District 96 Superintendent Julie Schmidt offered this reflection on Gordon. Here is the Daily Herald article about Gordon’s passing.

Boys Bowling Celebration Moved to Monday

The celebration of the state champion boys bowling team has been moved to a different day out of respect for team member Gabe Gordon, whose mother passed away two days ago. (See the item above) The celebration has been moved to 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 44, Mundelein 30: Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 14 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark as the visiting Patriots clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. SHS (22-5, 10-1) can capture the division outright by winning at Libertyville on Thursday. After scoring only two points in the first quarter, the Patriots assumed control. Stevenson pulled ahead by halftime, 19-17, then outscored the Mustangs (5-20, 1-10) by 12 in the second half. Richardson, a junior, now has 1,010 career points in three varsity seasons. Janine Fajardo sank four three-pointers to finish with 12 points. Klaire Steffens added seven points. – Daily Herald (+)

National Letter of Intent Signings Today

Several Patriot student-athletes are scheduled to sign national letters of intent today, to continue their playing careers in college. Six members of the football team will be honored: Cade Gilbert (Drake University), Nick Grujanac (Wabash College), Mike Maskalunas (University of Wisconsin), Matt Norton (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Sorenson (Miami University) and Tyler Vincent (University of Dayton). Also honored will be girls water polo player Lauren Burns (Brown University). A signing ceremony will take place in the Forum at 2:30 today.

Wrestling Team Prepares for Regional

Stevenson’s wrestling program has sent many individuals to the state tournament, but the Patriots have never qualified as a team. SHS can take a major step toward making history on Saturday, when it participates in the nine-team Illinois High School Association Class 3A regional at Deerfield High. The top-scoring team on Saturday will advance to the dual team sectional, which is one step away from state. Stevenson and Deerfield are the favorites in Saturday’s regional. The Patriots are ranked sixth in the state and the Warriors are No. 7, and between them have six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their individual weight class. Stevenson and Deerfield met on the mat during the SHS Invitational on January 16, with the Pats earning a 33-30 victory. Saturday’s regional gets underway at 9 a.m.

Hockey Team Holding Fan Appreciation Night Thursday

The varsity boys ice hockey team will hold Fan Appreciation Night at its Scholastic League Playoff game against Glenbrook North at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. All students who attend who receive free T-shirts.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate Tonight

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Watch the Faculty Basketball Game February 10

What are you doing after school on Wednesday, February 10? Come and support your favorite teachers in the faculty basketball game from 3:30-4:30 in the Field House.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9-10.

CLUB NEWS

The Stevenson Styler will meet today at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

Juniors, it’s time to start decorating for Winterfest! Come to a Junior Class Board meeting on Thursday at 3:40 in Room 2004 to join in the fun! New members are always welcome.

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a three-person team sealed tournament after school Thursday in Room 1204. The cost is $2.50, students can pay with their ID, and each participant will receive four packs. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players always welcome!

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is today at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school today at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The boys water polo informational meeting will be held Monday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

Girls badminton will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 10 in Room 2104 at 3:45 p.m. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Edstrom at medstrom@d125.org or 847-415-4416, or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org or 847-415-4589.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Teachers call CPS’ $100M in cuts an “act of war”

Rauner tries to jump-start dead CPS takeover plan

CPS institutes “lifetime ban” for students who lie to get into top schools

After long legal battle, smaller bleachers OK’d for Crystal Lake South

University of Chicago professor resigns amid sexual misconduct probe

Parents complain about cold classrooms, leaky roof at Waukegan school (+)

Oswego District 308 leader chosen as superintendent in Arkansas (+)

Marengo district hires current administrator as new superintendent

Two McHenry County districts approve economic incentive concept

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Nation’s prominent public universities shifting to out-of-state students

The reality of trying to bring computer science to every U.S. student

Should states be worried about teacher shortages?

Baylor U. accused of mishandling campus rape claims against athletes

DNA got a kid kicked out of school — and it’ll happen again

The one-room schoolhouse is the next big thing in education

Minnesota’s Concordia College cutting nine majors to balance budget

The high school diploma is now a moving target

Pearson leaving learning management systems market in 2018

These photos will help you understand Detroit’s education crisis

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chess Team Clinches League Championship

Stevenson won the North Suburban Chess League championship on Saturday, winning all four of its matches against New Trier, Glenbrook South, Evanston and Maine South.

Sophomore Alex Bian, who has emerged as one of the top high school chess players in the state, went 4-0 on the day. Freshman Kavin Lavari, who entered the tournament as an alternate, helped secure the championship by securing a draw at a higher board than his usual level in the last round. Other team members included Allen Guo, Miranda Liu, Conrad Oberhaus, Jack Xiao, Rahul Dhiman, Shashank Bala, Sritej Vontikommu and Adit Ghosh. Next up for SHS is the Illinois High School Association state chess tournament, which will be held February 12-13 in Peoria. Based on winning the league championship, Stevenson will be in the running for the No. 1 seed.

College Q&A Night for Junior Parents

Stevenson’s college counselors will answer college-related questions for parents and guardians of juniors at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. There is no formal presentation; parents will set the agenda. This is a parents-only evening.

Archery Team Second at Schurz Competition

Stevenson’s archery team finished second at the Schurz High School Bulldog Shootout in Chicago last weekend. Max Papushin was the top male archer with a score of 269, including 11 bullseyes, and finished second overall. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished second among female archers with a score of 265, including 11 bullseyes, and was third overall. Go Ogata was third among male archers with a 252 and seven bulleyes, and placed seventh overall. Cloud Wang placed fourth in the male division with a 247, had nine bullseyes, and was eighth overall.

Alum’s Murder Revisited in “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

A sad chapter in the history of the Stevenson community is reopened tonight at 9 p.m. when FX debuts “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The 10-part series centers around the 1994 murders of SHS graduate Ronald Goldman (Class of 1986) and Simpson’s wife, Nicole, and the subsequent trial that riveted a nation’s attention. Simpson was charged with their murders, but later found liable for Goldman’s death in a civil trial. The Daily Herald’s Burt Constable talked with Goldman’s younger sister, Kim, about the challenge of reliving her brother’s death and its aftermath. The Goldman family moved to southern California a year after Ron’s graduation from Stevenson, but Kim said they still have ties to Buffalo Grove, where they once lived.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Regional: Mikaela Webb won the all-around competition, propelling the Patriots to a second-place finish behind Carmel, which won its 14th consecutive regional title. Webb won the vault (9.325), finished second on uneven bars (9.30) and placed fourth on floor exercise (9.125). Webb automatically advances to next week’s sectional at Mundelein. SHS must wait until all other regionals are completed to see if it will receive an at-large berth as a team, or if any other Patriots receive at-large spots. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Retired Athletic Director Martin to be Honored

Retired SHS Athletic Director John Martin has been chosen for induction into the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame this spring. He will be honored on Saturday, April 30 during the association’s annual conference in East Peoria.

During his 20 years at Stevenson, Martin guided the growth of the school’s athletic program into the largest in the state of Illinois. Under his guidance from 1990 until retiring in 2010, Stevenson’s athletic program grew from 23 sports with 71 levels and 1,013 athletes, to 35 sports with 110 levels and 2,388 athletes. In 20 years, Martin saw SHS win 15 team state championships and 43 individual state championships.

Prior to joining Stevenson, Martin served as athletic director at Hoffman Estates High School for three years. In 1996, he was named Illinois Outstanding Athletic Director of the Year, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Lake County High Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. Martin also was responsible for developing the North Suburban Conference Leadership Workshop, which every summer brings nearly 1,000 student-athletes from across the conference to Stevenson to learn about and develop leadership characteristics and skills.

Two Named to All-NSC Competitive Dance Team

Two members of the varsity Patriettes have been named to the 2016 North Suburban Conference Competitive Dance team. Seniors Kirsten Bosman and Elizabeth Spiegel were selected for the 30-member squad.

Boys Bowling Team Finds Its Lane

The SHS boys bowling team knew it had the talent to compete with the best schools in the state, but putting it all together had proven elusive until last weekend’s state finals. The Patriots performed like never before, shattering several records en route to their first state championship. Head coach Cody Mathias and state individual champion Zach Singer talked with Pioneer Press about the experience, and about the future: Three of the team’s top five bowlers return next season.

Junior Makes 46 Saves for Girls Hockey Team

Corynn Salazar, a junior goaltender for the Lake Forest co-op girls hockey team, made 46 saves during an 8-1 loss to Upper Fox Valley on Sunday. In the team’s last five outings, she has stopped 123 shots. Salazar had 20 saves, including 13 in the third period, during a 3-0 shutout of Fenwick on January 10. Katie Wynn, a junior forward, has scored at least one point in four of the team’s last five games. She is fourth on the team in scoring this season.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons!  Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Boys Bowling Celebration Thursday Morning

The state champion boys bowling team will be honored during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

CLUB NEWS

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

The Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a three-person team sealed tournament after school Thursday in Room 1204. The cost is $2.50, students can pay with their ID, and each participant will receive four packs. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players always welcome!

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The nomination deadline is February 22 for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago Teachers Union rejects proposed four-year contract

Student applications to University of Illinois up 11% for 2016

Senate Democrats will wait to send Rauner college funding bill

Libertyville-Vernon Hills District 128 again looking at athletic facilities (+)

Elgin U46 will expand dual-language program to middle schools (+)

Amid turmoil, Lincoln-Way District 210 school board president resigns (+)

Vallas opposes shifting suburban schools’ special ed funds (+)

Chicago teacher who loved his school leaves $500K to it in his will

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Per-pupil spending in nation’s schools falls for third straight year

Rising costs bring new focus on how colleges set their prices

GED, Common Core changes highlight that college isn’t for everyone

Education Department suspends student-aid programs for several for-profits

MIT dean leaves to start university without lectures, classrooms

San Francisco schools consider giving condoms to middle schoolers

The science of getting kids organized

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Boys Bowling Team Wins State Championship

The boys bowling team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday, the first in program history and the 34th state title since Stevenson opened in 1965. Seven of the 34 state championships have come in the past five years. Junior Zach Singer won the individual championship, the first Patriot bowler to win a state title. His classmate Richy Zenner was second, marking the first time in IHSA state bowling tournament history that the top two finishers have come from the same school. The team will be honored at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104.

The bowling championship capped an extraordinary weekend for Patriot athletics. The Patriettes finished second at the IHSA Class 3A competitive dance state finals, and the wrestling team won its second straight conference championship. Details on all the accomplishments are available in the Patriot Sports section below.

Summer School Registration Opens

Registration for Stevenson’s summer school opened this morning. Online registration is available at www.d125.org/summer, and walk-in registration is open between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 2414. Although registration is open until June 3, the critical date for interested families is March 11, which is when the school determines how many sections of summer school courses (and teachers) will be needed. After March 11, all registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. More information is available in the summer school course catalog, which also is available at www.d125.org/summer. For summer camps and other programs offered by the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP), click here.

Freshman Photograph Selected for State Poster

Freshman Carissa Silet was recently named an Illinois Youth Art Month finalist. Her black-and-white, hand-colored photograph of her cousin created in Photography 1 class will be on the 2016 Illinois Youth Art Month poster. She also will be entered into Sargent Art’s free trip to New York competition. Click here to see the photo.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots won their first state championship with a record-setting performance, and junior Zach Singer became the first individual state bowling champion for SHS. Stevenson set a state record by accumulating 13,371 pins over the two-day, 60-game competition, edging defending state champion Rockton Hononegah by 40 pins. The Patriots’ final pin count broke the previous record set in 2006 by Andrew (13,161). Singer and classmate Richy Zenner finished 1-2 in the individual standings, the first time that has happened in state finals history. No Patriot had ever finished in the top 12 before Saturday. Singer vaulted from seventh-place after Friday’s competition to claim top honors with a total score of 2,899, a 241.6 average. Zenner was only 20 pins behind, and averaged 239.9 over his 12 games. SHS demolished several school records, including highest one-game score (1,263), three-game series (3,499) and six-game series (6,739). Ted Tapas concluded his high school career by finishing 18th (2,704, 225.3 average). Junior Josh Singer was close behind at 2,621 (218.4), good for 37th place. Senior Eddie Mendrala bowled nine games (1,711, 190.1 average), junior Gabe Gordon rolled two on Saturday (388, 194 average), and sophomore Lucas Pinkus recorded a 159 in his only game on Friday. Head coach Cody Mathias won a state championship in his first year; his assistant was Paul Mazzuca. – Official Results (Day 2) (Day 1) | Day 2 coverage: Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)| Day 1 coverage: Daily Herald (+)

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: The Patriettes finished a close second to Neuqua Valley in Bloomington, posting their best state finals score in the process. Stevenson earned a score of 94.88, just 1.1 points behind Neuqua, and higher than any score it has recorded in three previous state finals appearances. Head coach Kristin Piekarski’s teams scored 96.46 while finishing second in 2013, the first year of the IHSA state finals, then received a 92.74 in 2014 (third) and a 92.60 last year (fourth). – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Cheerleading

Stevenson at IHSA Lake Zurich Sectional: The Patriots finished second behind the host school by less than a point, 91.10-90.87, earning their 10th state finals berth in the last 11 years. SHS will perform in the preliminary competition Friday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Wrestling

Stevenson at NSC Championships: The Patriots rallied on the second day of competition at Wauconda to win their second straight conference championship. Two wrestlers won individual titles. Michael Kordek (31-4) captured the 182-pound crown with a 10-1 major decision in the final bout. Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (30-4) reigned atop the 170-pound division, clinching first with a 6-1 decision in the championship match. Nine other Patriots were medalists. Nick Grujanac (27-10) was runner-up at 285, while Dylan Geick (33-3) and Robert Pavlovics (27-10) finished second at 152 and 160, respectively. Eric Carter (25-9) finished third at 132, while Tommy Frezza (23-9) took third at 106. Alec Nolan (14-15) and Ben Ponto (16-15) placed fourth at 120 and 138, respectively. Brandon Zisman (24-16) took fifth at 126 and Max Gomez (4-12) was sixth at 195. In the team standings, Stevenson defeated Grant, 192.50-169.50. Last year, SHS edged Grant by a half-point for the title. – Daily Herald (+), Pioneer Press

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 64, Zion-Benton 51: Ryuji Aoki scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the final three minutes of the third quarter, propelling the host Patriots (16-6, 6-2) into sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Lake Division. Aoki, who had 15 points in the second half, scored eight straight points as SHS cut the Zion lead to 41-40 by the end of the third quarter. He had four three-pointers in the game, and also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Justin Smith put the Pats ahead for good, 45-43, with a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter. Smith scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth. He also had six rebounds on the night, and went 7-for-8 from the line. Willie Herenton scored 11 points, while Rodney Herenton had 10 points and four assists for Stevenson, which has won eight of its last 10 games. The Pats held the Zee-Bees (15-9, 4-4) to 21 points on 8-of-24 shooting in the second half. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)

Fencing

Stevenson at Glenbrook South Tournament: The Patriots walked away with a slew of trophies, including the overall women’s championship, plus top honors in women’s foil, women’s epee and men’s epee. SHS also was second overall in the men’s division. Several Pats earned individual honors, led by Lisa Rosov, who took first in women’s saber. Nikita Jhangiani finished second in women’s epee, while Zimo Zhu was second in men’s epee. Sophia Siegel placed third in women’s saber, and Andrew Kim claimed third in men’s saber. Rachel Aranyi finished fifth in women’s epee.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at NSC Championships: The Patriots finished second to Warren at Fountain Square Lanes in Antioch, and had three bowlers earn all-conference honors. Kaitlyn Rudy finished fourth with a six-game pin total of 1,148, while Samie Schmidt was eighth at 1,108. Xanthe Coulson was the third all-conference Patriot, placing 13th (1,074). Rudy and Coulson repeated as all-conference bowlers. SHS posted a team pin total of 5,063, 127 pins behind Warren, which led from the opening frame of the tournament. After finishing the morning three-game session in fifth place, the Patriots rallied in the afternoon to move past Antioch (5,035), Lake Zurich (4,920) and Libertyville (4,833). – Daily Herald (+)

Girls Basketball

Zion-Benton 48, Stevenson 43: Despite the road loss, the Patriots (21-5, 9-1) retained a one-game edge over the Zee-Bees (16-7, 8-2) in the NSC Lake Division with two games remaining. After falling behind by 11 points late in the fourth quarter, SHS rallied to within three, 44-41, with a minute left but could get no closer. Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 15 points, while Jessica Burke added 12. Klaire Steffens had nine points and 12 rebounds. Stevenson travels to Mundelein on Tuesday, and to Libertyville on Thursday. – Daily Herald (+)

 

Girls Gymnastics Regional at SHS Tonight

Stevenson plays host to an IHSA girls gymnastics regional tournament tonight at 6 o’clock in the Field House. The regional will include SHS, Lake Forest, Evanston and Carmel.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

CLUB NEWS

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

The Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The nomination deadline is February 22 for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago Teachers Union will vote on new contract proposal today

What is “college and career ready”? District 214 has a new answer (+)

St. Charles schools: Students won’t buy healthy lunches (+)

Round Lake High $29M expansion, remodeling on schedule (+)

West Chicago High to get $5M science wing renovation (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Obama launches $4B initiative to bring computer science to all students

No more timed testing on state exams for New York students in grades 3-8

Survey: College students waste 20% of classroom time on digital devices

Atlanta superintendent proposes turnaround strategy for 26 failing schools

MIT students win Elon Musk’s hyperloop design contest

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