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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Spirit Fest Returns September 12

Stevenson’s annual Spirit Fest, a community event featuring fun and games for charity, will be held Saturday, September 12 in the SHS Stadium. Eighty percent of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association, while the other 20% will go to the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

The evening will feature games and activities for the entire family. New this year will be a dual-racing mobile zipline from Backyard Bounce. Other activities will include a dunk tank, a “human wrecking ball,” and a “human foosball.” There also will be raffles, entertainment (including a DJ and student musical acts), a 5K Spirit Walk, and a concluding fireworks show.

In addition, the Spirit Fest custom of seeking to break a Guinness World Record will continue. This year, the goal is to set a world record attempt for “largest group in a water balloon toss” in a single venue. According to Guinness, the world record is 902 people, achieved by Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, last September.

A minimum donation of $10 is requested, but any donation amount will be accepted. Click here to register or to make an online donation.

Senior Parent Night Set for Monday

Parents of seniors are invited to attend the College/Career Center’s annual Senior Parent Night from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Sue Biemeret and Dan Miller will walk parents through the college application timeline for senior year (which also will be shared with all seniors during the first two weeks of school in their English classes). They will provide a list of important dates for college applications, along with the procedures for sending transcripts and general application information.

Physics Teacher Honored by Former Student

Advanced Placement Physics teacher Sheila Edstrom has been honored by two national organizations representing a different wing of science. The Society of Chemical Industry and American Chemical Society recently recognized Edstrom for her role in the formation of Stevenson alumnus Radhe Patel (Class of 2011). Patel received a summer internship with Honeywell as a SCI Scholar, which is given to outstanding college sophomores and juniors studying chemistry or chemical engineering. She graduated this spring from Columbia University with a degree in chemical engineering. Scholars are asked to nominate a teacher who played a significant role in their choice of college major, and Patel selected Edstrom. She received $1,000 to use in the classroom.

Stevenson Video Wins Telly Award

Stevenson High School has been named a Bronze winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards for its video titled “Welcome to Stevenson: Video Tour.” The video was produced by Audio/Visual Specialist Eric Anderson and Electronic Communications Specialist Jennifer DiBella. More than 12,000 entries were submitted from all 50 states and numerous countries. To view the winning video, visit Adlai E. Stevenson High School on YouTube or go to https://youtu.be/l4OgqoVTG4s.

Patriot Savings Cards Still Available

If you’d like to buy a Patriot Savings Card to benefit the Band and Color Guard, they are available for $12 in Room 2400 and at the Main Office (circle drive entrance), or from any Band member. You can pay with check (payable to Stevenson Band Parents) or cash. The card features discounts at more than 100 area merchants, and a third of them are new to the card this year.

Editor’s Note

The Daily Digest will not be published on Friday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Buffalo Grove 1: The Patriots opened their season on the road, earning a decisive victory. Zoe Taylor was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, while Bronwyn Heidkamp and Samantha Burger posted a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 1 doubles. Other singles victories came from No. 2 Dhwani Kumar (6-1, 1-0 ret.) and No. 4 Julia Pablos Sarabia (6-1, 6-0). The other three wins came in doubles from No. 2 Gwendolyn  Heidkamp/Alexandra Zoubareva (6-1, 6-0), No. 3 Elizabeth Ferdman/Paige Nierman (6-0, 6-1), and No. 4 Alyssa Glaser/Shelby Liu (6-1, 6-1).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Carmel, 25-20, 25-21: Northern Illinois commit Jori Radtke smacked 10 kills and made 11 digs, and Corissa Kurth recorded 21 assists for the host Patriots (2-0), who never trailed in either set. Morgan Berland led SHS with 12 digs. Isabella Milejczyk had 5 kills and served 2 aces. Jordyn Taborek posted two blocks. The Corsairs fell to 1-1.  – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Buffalo Grove 176, Stevenson 185: Alexia Fidman led the Pats with a 41 at the par-35 Crane’s Landing in Lincolnshire. Myra Peterson posted a 43, Maddie Schaetzlein had a 48, and Tanya Chanprung recorded a 53. – Daily Herald

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

St. Ignatius 5, Stevenson 2: Nicole Keane and Hannah Wynne scored the Patriots’ goals in their season opener.

SHS to Play in Hinsdale Central Holiday Hoops Tournament

Stevenson is one of two defending state champions that will take part in the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament in December. The Patriots will be joined in the 16-team field by Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California. The Celts won the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV title earlier this year. Every school on the tournament roster had a winning season in 2014-15, and eight were conference champions, including SHS.  

Patriettes Raising Money to Attend NDA National Championship

The Patriettes are holding a fundraiser in early October in hopes of raising enough money to participate in the National Dance Alliance High School National Championship in Orlando February 26-28. “Patriot Parent Palooza,” a fun trivia night featuring a silent auction, prizes and more, will be held at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, October 3. The cost is $30 per person. You must be at least 21 years old to participate, and can bring your own beverage. Food will be provided. RSVP by September 19 to joanasher@hotmail.com or sibleyshandra@gmail.com.

Youth Cheerleading, Pom Clinic at SHS in September

Stevenson’s cheerleading and Patriettes programs are sponsoring a cheer and pom youth clinic from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, September 19 in the Field House. The clinic is open to girls and boys ages 5-15. The clinic will be run by the SHS cheerleading and Patriettes coaches, and members of the varsity teams. All children who participate will perform at halftime of the sophomore football game on Friday, September 25. The cost of the clinic is $20, with all proceeds going to charity. To register through PREP, click here.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Have You Updated Your iPad to iOS 8 Yet?

Students, have you updated your iPad to iOS 8? Not having iOS 8 will impact the use of our Self Service App and other apps needed for classes. Please stop by the SMARTDesk for details.

SNN Auditions Begin Friday

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Friday and continue next week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild (pfairchild@d125.org) and Mr. Aronoff (raronoff@d125.org).

Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Registration is now available online for the 2015 Color Fun(d) Run! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table next week during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Student Art Contest for Room 8080

The Mathematics and Science Divisions are sponsoring a student artwork contest to decorate their newly renovated office in Room 8080 of the East Building. The artwork will be displayed prominently on glass panels behind the division assistant’s desk at the entrance of the room. Artwork should capture the artist’s interpretation of students’ learning experiences within Stevenson’s Mathematics and Science classes. Students can submit artwork ideas individually, or as a team. Multiple submissions are allowed.

Click here to see contest details. The deadline to submit artwork is September 30. Interested students are encouraged to visit Room 8080 to see the glass panel.

Want to Be Part of Snow Flake at Daniel Wright?

If you are interested in being part of this year’s Snow Flake at Daniel Wright, please attend our first meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1708. No experience is necessary! All are welcome. See you there! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

Who’s Hiring? The West ILC and Superstore

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details. Also, the West ILC is hiring student aides to work throughout the school day. Come have fun and get paid! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

Spirit Fest Fundraiser at Giordano’s on Mondays

Giordano’s of Vernon Hills is donating 15% of any order placed on any Monday during September to Spirit Fest. Proceeds will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association. Use this flyer on the Spirit Fest page when ordering.

CLUB NEWS

The first meeting for the Interactive Gamers Club will be today in Room 1204. The club will meet from 3:30-6 p.m. to discuss the year’s upcoming tournaments, board games, and RPGs. There will also be a free Magic: the Gathering Pack Wars tournament. New players are always welcome to join!

Junior Class Board is getting geared up for Homecoming and will have its first meeting today at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

Club Israel starts today in Room 1414 right after school. Everyone is welcome!  Hope to see you there. Any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar in Room 3024.

Sophomore Class Board’s first meeting is after school today in the College/Career Center. New members are welcome to help in our Homecoming preparations. SCB has a lot to offer — friends, fun, snacks, leadership opportunities, and community service hours. Don’t be shy, come on by!

Table Tennis starts today. The club meets almost every Thursday in the lower East Commons. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 p.m.

Best Buddies will have informational meetings before and after school (7:15-7:45 and 3:30-4:15) on Wednesday in the Recital Hall. Students will get application packets only if they attend the meeting. At that time, they also will sign up for an interview.

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

Do you have a passion for fashion? The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting on Wednesday in Room 1612 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students are responsible for the production of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine.  Photography, writing, editing, layout, and other opportunities are available when joining. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Video Game Club will begin next week. We have a new day (Tuesday) and a new room (Staff Dining Room, 1204). VGC will meet from 3:30-5:30.  

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you are unable to make it, there will be an alternative meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in 1904. If you plan to come to the alternative meeting or for more information, e-mail Mrs. Palffy at cpalffy@d125.org.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning September 21 in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Thursday, October 15.

INTRAMURALS

All ballplayers are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball starting at 3:45 p.m. Monday on the sophomore baseball field. Open Field Baseball dates are listed on the baseball web page and the Intramurals page.

The start of IM Ultimate Frisbee is just around the corner! Ultimate Frisbee will be meeting this fall on Mondays and Wednesdays. Our first day will be Monday at 3:30 p.m. on Practice Field 12. Before you attend, be sure to register online or in the PREP Office (Room 3040). For more information visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website. See you Monday!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Technology reshapes education, “making thinking visible”

Lake County schools face possibility of student medical marijuana patients

CPS budget approved unanimously despite $450M deficit

Female students at McHenry schools cancel planned dress code protest

Nurses fear for health of Dyett High School parents on hunger strike

Grayslake District 46 seeks to stop last-minute student registration

Salaita attorneys again say U. of Illinois destroyed evidence

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

If Congress finally overhauls NCLB, will states be ready?

Analysis finds higher expulsion rate for black students in public schools

Tuition discounts continue to grow at private colleges and universities

Study finds peak months for college students’ first drug use

California officials delete 15 years of test results before releasing new scores

Is Teach for America flunking out?

Why Duke University freshmen refuse to read graphic novel “Fun Home”

Iowa teachers sing “One Day More” before students return to school

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Class of 2015 Matches School-Record ACT Score

Stevenson’s Class of 2015 had an average score of 26.5, tying the school record set two years ago and soaring well above the state and national averages. The national average, or composite, score was 21.0, while the average score in Illinois was 20.7.

SHS did well in the four subject areas: English, mathematics, reading and science. The reading score of 26.3 was the best in school history, while the 25.8 mark in science matched the previous best set in 2013. The mathematics score was 26.8, near the all-time record of 27.2, and the English average was 26.5, near the 26.7 set last year. Stevenson’s scores in mathematics, reading and science improved from 2014.

Sampling of national/local media coverage:

Sophomore Selected as Soloist for Area Orchestra

Sophomore Haddon Kay has been selected as the featured soloist for the New North Shore Chamber Orchestra’s concert on November 15. He has studied cello for 11 years, and has won numerous honors as a soloist and with the groups Prometheus Trio and Piano Trio Royale. He was a featured soloist in the Young Steinway Concert Series earlier this year, and last year was a winner in the DePaul Concerto Festival. Kay also plays in a trio named HA-HA-HA with older siblings Harrison (Class of 2008) and Hannah (Class of 2012).

Special Ed Case Manager Goes the Distance for Science

Erik Campbell, a case manager in the Special Education Division, was part of a group that swam across Lake Michigan in 24 hours last weekend, raising more than $50,000 for cancer research. Campbell was among 11 swimmers who took hour-long turns in the water, starting at the 31st Street beach and ending 43 miles later in New Buffalo, Michigan. Campbell, a veteran of several Ironman Triathlons, overcame an early bout with mild hypothermia in the 49-degree lake water to swim between 6-7 miles of the route. Originally, plans called for 20 swimmers to take part, but the number dwindled to 11 after the event was rescheduled two times. In all, the group of 20 raised $50,350 for cancer research at Rush University Medical Center through the Swim Across America program.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Football Team Reloads, Prepares to Defend State Title

Stevenson’s defending state champion football team lost several key players to graduation, but there’s plenty of talent returning — enough for the Chicago Tribune to put the Patriots sixth in its preseason rankings. (SHS is ranked No. 10 by the Sun-Times.) One big change is at quarterback, where senior Jack Sorenson will take over after playing wide receiver last year. Quarterback is Sorenson’s natural position, but he moved to the edge with all-stater Willie Bourbon entrenched under center. Sorenson verbally committed to Miami University this summer, and head coach Bill McNamara says he’s looking forward to having the athletic senior touch the ball on every offensive play. Stevenson opens its season at Palatine Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Directions

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a special schedule on Thursday. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking EXPLORE, PLAN and practice ACT tests at 8 a.m. After the testing is finished, the school will operate on a late arrival day schedule, with classes starting at 10:30. Seniors do not need to report to school until their first class. Regular bus service will be provided for grades 9-11, while two bus runs will cover all routes for seniors starting at 9:20. Click here for more details.

Have You Updated Your iPad to iOS 8 Yet?

Students, have you updated your iPad to iOS 8? Not having iOS 8 will impact the use of our Self Service App and other apps needed for classes. Please stop by the SMARTDesk for details.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Today

The SHS Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Potbelly, 1520 W. Lake Cook Road, in Wheeling from 5-8 p.m. today. Potbelly will donate 25% of sales during the three-hour fundraiser to the BPO.

SNN Auditions Begin Friday

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Friday and continue next week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild (pfairchild@d125.org) and Mr. Aronoff (raronoff@d125.org).

Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Registration is now available online for the 2015 Color Fun(d) Run! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table the week of August 31-September 4 during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Want to Be Part of Snow Flake at Daniel Wright?

If you are interested in being part of this year’s Snow Flake at Daniel Wright, please attend our first meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1708. No experience is necessary! All are welcome. See you there! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

Who’s Hiring? The West ILC and Superstore

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details. Also, the West ILC is hiring student aides to work throughout the school day. Come have fun and get paid! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

CLUB NEWS

The first meeting for the Interactive Gamers Club will be Thursday in Room 1204. The club will meet from 3:30-6 p.m. to discuss the year’s upcoming tournaments, board games, and RPGs. There will also be a free Magic: the Gathering Pack Wars tournament. New players are always welcome to join!

Junior Class Board is getting geared up for Homecoming and will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

Club Israel starts Thursday in Room 1414 right after school. Everyone is welcome!  Hope to see you there. Any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar in Room 3024.

Sophomore Class Board’s first meeting is after school Thursday in the College/Career Center. New members are welcome to help in our Homecoming preparations. SCB has a lot to offer — friends, fun, snacks, leadership opportunities, and community service hours. Don’t be shy, come on by!

Table Tennis starts Thursday. The club meets almost every Thursday in the lower East Commons. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 p.m.

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

Do you have a passion for fashion? The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting on Wednesday, September 2 in Room 1612 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students are responsible for the production of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine.  Photography, writing, editing, layout, and other opportunities are available when joining. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you are unable to make it, there will be an alternative meeting on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:30 a.m. in 1904. If you plan to come to the alternative meeting or for more information, e-mail Mrs. Palffy at cpalffy@d125.org.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning September 21 in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Thursday, October 15.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held today at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

All ballplayers are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball starting at 3:45 p.m. Monday on the sophomore baseball field. Open Field Baseball dates are listed on the baseball web page and the Intramurals page.

The start of IM Ultimate Frisbee is just around the corner! Ultimate Frisbee will be meeting this fall on Mondays and Wednesdays. Our first day will be Monday at 3:30 p.m. on Practice Field 12. Before you attend, be sure to register online or in the PREP Office (Room 3040). For more information visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website. See you Monday!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Little-noticed pension perk for teachers widespread in Illinois

University of Illinois ranked among “best bang for the buck” colleges in U.S.

District 103 may move fifth-graders to Half Day as part of expansion plan

Civic Federation tells Chicago Board of Education to reject CPS budget

Mumps outbreak at University of Illinois continues to grow

Talks stall in Barrington High janitor strike

Former Maine West social sciences director dies

Busing woes mar start of school year in Orland Park

Star scholar resigns from Northwestern in dispute over academic freedom

East St. Louis teachers could strike if settlement not reached soon

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Authorities: Teacher calmed teen who held classmates hostage in W. Va.

Houston, largest school district in Texas, phasing out physical textbooks

How New Orleans proved that urban-education reform can work

Nearly 100 Los Angeles school district emails tied to Ashley Madison hack

Study: Foreign universities show little interest in U.S. expansion

Finding purpose for 3D printers in schools

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AP Selects June Graduate for National Exhibit

2015 graduate Jessie Wang is one of 30 student artists whose work has been chosen by the College Board to appear in the Advanced Placement Studio Art Exhibit that will travel the country next year. The exhibit will be featured in Stevenson’s Visiting Artist Gallery during the months of April and May, and also will be on display at the National Art Education Association conference in Chicago in March. The pieces were chosen from close to 50,000 portfolios submitted.

Fine Arts Division Issues Call for Odyssey Artists

The Fine Arts Division is looking for artists and performers for the school’s biennial art festival, Odyssey, which will take place February 9-10. Students participate in special fine arts performances and hands-on workshops during the festival. Artists and performers from all creative disciplines including visual, music, theater, dance, literary and media arts are needed to provide students with new opportunities to explore. If you are interested in leading an Odyssey 2016 class, click here to complete the Odyssey Proposal Form.

2003 Alumnus Publishes First Novel

Brandon Stec, a 2003 Stevenson graduate, published his first novel in June. Hostile Takeover: A Novel looks at what life would be like if the technology we take for granted were not available. He talked with Pioneer Press about the novel, and about what prompted him to write, earlier this summer.

Freshman Wags the Dog

Anyone can run for president, just ask Jacob Rubin. The SHS freshman and his younger brother filled out all the official paperwork to make their black Labrador, Bailey D. Dog, one of the roughly 800 candidates for 2016. Jacob told the Chicago Tribune that he was inspired to make his canine a candidate after seeing other oddly named contenders, such as “Deez Nuts.” The dog‘s campaign slogan is Forward Pawgress.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Barrington, 25-17, 25-10: The Patriots won their season opener in the Sports Center behind 6 kills and 4 digs from Jori Radtke, and 11 assists and 5 service aces by Corissa Kurth. Morgan Berland and Isabella Milejczyk added 6 and 5 digs, respectively. Milejczyk and Jordyn Taborek each recorded a pair of kills. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots placed second behind Lake Forest at Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course. SHS posted a team score of 325, while Lake Forest had 301. Highland Park also scored 325, but the Pats earned the runner-up nod based on having a lower score from their fifth golfer. Freshman Jackson Bussell led Stevenson with an 8-over-par 80, which tied for 10th overall. Kamaren Sandhu shot an 81 and took 12th, while Jake Labow and Kevin Chin each had 82s. Zach Orlowsky recorded an 86 and Jedi Jhu had an 88. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots finished fourth, and were led by Alexia Fidman, who finished fifth with an 8-over-par 79 at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club. Myra Peterson shot an 83, good for 13th place. SHS also received a 91 from Olivia Stomberg and a 96 from Madeline Schaetzlein. – Daily Herald

NCAA Eligibility Workshop September 10

The North Suburban Conference’s annual NCAA Eligibility Workshop will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 10 at Libertyville High School. Stevenson student-athletes thinking of competing in college sports, and their parents, are encouraged to attend. The evening will provide insights on NCAA academic requirements and recruiting.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a special schedule on Thursday. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking EXPLORE, PLAN and practice ACT tests at 8 a.m. After the testing is finished, the school will operate on a late arrival day schedule, with classes starting at 10:30. Seniors do not need to report to school until their first class. Regular bus service will be provided for grades 9-11, while two bus runs will cover all routes for seniors starting at 9:20. Click here for more details.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The SHS Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Potbelly, 1520 W. Lake Cook Road, in Wheeling from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Potbelly will donate 25% of sales during the three-hour fundraiser to the BPO.

Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Registration is now available online for the 2015 Color Fun(d) Run! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table the week of August 31-September 4 during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Want to Be Part of Snow Flake at Daniel Wright?

If you are interested in being part of this year’s Snow Flake at Daniel Wright, please attend our first meeting after school on Tuesday, September 1 in Room 1708. No experience is necessary! All are welcome. See you there! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

Who’s Hiring? The West ILC and Superstore

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details. Also, the West ILC is hiring student aides to work throughout the school day. Come have fun and get paid! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

INTRAMURALS

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 6066. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

All ballplayers are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball starting at 3:45 p.m. Monday on the sophomore baseball field. Open Field Baseball dates are listed on the baseball web page and the Intramurals page.

CLUB NEWS

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 at 3:30 p.m. today. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

The first meeting for the Interactive Gamers Club will be Thursday in Room 1204. The club will meet from 3:30-6 p.m. to discuss the year’s upcoming tournaments, board games, and RPGs. There will also be a free Magic: the Gathering Pack Wars tournament. New players are always welcome to join!

Junior Class Board is getting geared up for Homecoming and will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

Club Israel starts Thursday in Room 1414 right after school. Everyone is welcome!  Hope to see you there. Any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar in Room 3024.

Sophomore Class Board’s first meeting is after school Thursday in the College/Career Center. New members are welcome to help in our Homecoming preparations. SCB has a lot to offer — friends, fun, snacks, leadership opportunities, and community service hours. Don’t be shy, come on by!

Table Tennis starts Thursday. The club meets almost every Thursday in the lower East Commons. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 p.m.

Chess Club starts Tuesday, September 1. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning September 14 in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

ATHLETICS

Are you thinking about joining a fall sports team? The last day to join a no-cut sport is Wednesday by 3:30 p.m. (The deadline has already passed to be part of a team with limited roster sizes.) Stop by the Athletic Office to find out how to join a team.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

University of Illinois provost resigns, follows chancellor out of administration

Parents in eighth day of hunger strike to save Chicago school

Geneva teachers get raises in new contract

Bronzeville’s De La Salle Institute will become coed in 2017

Arlington Heights schools not giving up on healthier lunches

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Portland State University tantalized by $100M gift that vanished

Federal intervention in schools? It happens less than critics think

In the NSF’s priciest grant-fraud settlement, Northeastern U. will pay $2.7M

Ivy League schools divided over whether to require SAT essay

Ongoing student churn staggers charter schools and Kansas City school district

Meet the modern school bus

Old Dominion fraternity suspended after uproar over suggestive banners

Confederate flag flies proudly at Virginia high school

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Monday, August 24, 2015

New AP Exam Credit Law Started at Stevenson

Illinois students will have more opportunities to earn college credit for their scores on Advanced Placement exams under a law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in mid-August. The law is based on legislation first drafted by Stevenson Social Studies teachers and students in the Political Action Club.

The new law brings uniformity to the granting of credit based on AP exam scores, which are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Some Illinois colleges required a 4 or 5 for credit, while others granted credit for as low as a 2. The new law requires all public colleges and universities to grant credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Colleges will be allowed to determine what type of credit they grant.

Illinois is the 15th state to enact a law requiring public universities to grant college credit to any student who receives an AP exam score of 3 or higher.

In addition to seeking consistency in granting credit for AP exam scores, the Stevenson contingent that drafted the legislation also had other goals in mind. They believed it would keep the state’s best students in Illinois, rather than attending schools in other states that would offer credit for AP scores. They also argued that a change would make higher education more affordable by reducing the need to take a college course already covered by the AP program, and would also provide an incentive for high schools to offer AP courses. A final purpose behind the legislation was to improve equity for minority students. Fifty-six percent of African-American students earn a 3 on AP exams, and 45% of Hispanics. Almost half of low-income students taking AP exams (46%) earn a 3 or better.

“For years, we’ve watched Stevenson seniors graduate and take their AP credits to universities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota which give fair credit for all AP exam scores of 3 and higher,” said AP Government teacher Andrew Conneen. “With the governor signing this legislation, every public university and community college in Illinois will now review their AP credit policies and offer more fair credit to successful AP students.”

Special Schedule on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a special schedule on Thursday. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking EXPLORE, PLAN and practice ACT tests at 8 a.m. After the testing is finished, the school will operate on a late arrival day schedule, with classes starting at 10:30. Seniors do not need to report to school until their first class. Regular bus service will be provided for grades 9-11, while two bus runs will cover all routes for seniors starting at 9:20. Click here for more details.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The SHS Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Potbelly, 1520 W. Lake Cook Road, in Wheeling from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Potbelly will donate 25% of sales during the three-hour fundraiser to the BPO.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Prospect Invitational: The Patriots finished fifth with a score of 366 at The Bridges of Poplar Creek, behind New Trier (313), St. Charles North (315), Glenbrook South (327) and Prospect (340). Myra Peterson led SHS with an 85 on the par-70 course, followed by Alexia Fidman (86), Olivia Stomberg (91) and Madeline Schaetzlein (102). – Daily Herald

5th Annual Night of Champions Set for September 4

The Athletic Department will recognize team and individual division, conference, Lake County, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2014-15 school year at its fifth annual Night of Champions event prior to the home football game against Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday, September 4.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Miss Saigon Auditions Today

Auditions for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, will begin at 3:30 p.m. today in the Performing Arts Center. The audition packet is posted on the Theatre Department’s Auditions and Rehearsals page.

Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Registration is now available online for the 2015 ColorFun(d)Run! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table the week of August 31-September 4 during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Who’s Hiring? The West ILC and Superstore

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details. Also, the West ILC is hiring student aides to work throughout the school day. Come have fun and get paid! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

ATHLETICS

Are you thinking about joining a fall sports team? The last day to join a no-cut sport is Wednesday by 3:30 p.m. (The deadline has already passed to be part of a team with limited roster sizes.) Stop by the Athletic Office to find out how to join a team.

INTRAMURALS

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6066. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

CLUB NEWS

Anime Club starts today! We will have a short informational meeting. Join us in Room 1414 at 3:30. Everyone is welcome!

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Junior Class Board is getting geared up for Homecoming and will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

Table Tennis starts Thursday. The club meets almost every Thursday in the lower East Commons. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 p.m.

Chess Club starts Tuesday, September 1. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

New Illinois law requires colleges take steps to address sexual assault

District 103 seeks community input on facilities Wednesday night

University of Illinois faculty leaders request controversial professor be rehired

How lawmakers gave Chicago mayors ways to ruin CPS finances

Huntley High School debuts “library of the future”

Every District 214 student gets an iPad this year

Woodland District 50 expanding Wi-Fi access

Ex-CPS CEO confided in figure in federal probe, emails show

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. schools too focused on standardized testing, poll says

Colleges shift to using “big data” in admissions decisions

How the attempt to fix student loans got bogged down by the Education Dept.

New U. of Texas rules give campus presidents admissions authority

Lawmakers look to do away with optional kindergarten in California

Purdue’s analytics program gives students early warnings to keep them on track

How the world’s biggest education company will spend its next $2 billion

Legal showdown looms over the NCAA’s ban on paying athletes

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Inselberger Named State’s Top Biology Teacher

Amy Inselberger has been named the 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Illinois from the National Association of Biology Teachers. She has spent her entire 20-year teaching career at Stevenson.

Every year, the NABT recognizes outstanding biology educators in grades 7-12 in each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., Canada, Puerto Rico, and overseas territories. Teachers are judged on their teaching ability and experience, cooperativeness in the school and community, inventiveness, initiative, and relationships with students.

She and the other recipients will be honored at a special luncheon Saturday, November 14 at the NABT Professional Development Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

Summer School Enrollment Highest Since 2009

Summer school enrollment reached its highest level since 2009, with 70% of the incoming freshman class attending, the District 125 Board of Education learned at its monthly meeting Monday night. The summer school enrollment was 1,632, the most since 1,762 attended in 2009. Almost half of the summer school enrollment, 750, was incoming freshmen.

FCCLA Trio Wins National Awards

Three members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club won awards at the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in July. The event was held in Washington, D.C.

Juniors Robin Cheifetz and Jordan Zatz earned gold medals in the Advocacy event, for their development of healthy lesson plans to promote healthy eating with children and reduce childhood obesity. The lesson plans were made available online and taught in classrooms across the county.

Madison Randol, also a junior, earned a silver medal in the Focus on Children event for her study finding that the color orange produced increase number recognition in preschool children. More studies are needed support the finding, but a simple change from black print to orange could increase attention and memorization in children.

FBLA Members Earn Honors at National Conference

Two members of the Future Business Leaders of America club finished in the top 10 in their events, and two others placed in the top 15, at the 2015 National FBLA Leadership Conference in Chicago earlier this summer. Kevin You, a junior, took fourth place in the Accounting 1, while June graduate Allen Wang secured seventh place in Securities and Investments. The tandem of junior Ali Ladha and senior Varun Malhotra advanced to the finals in Global Business, meaning they finished in the top 15. Nine other FBLA members competed at the conference.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Athletic Teams Excel in the Classroom

Stevenson athletic teams had an extraordinary year in 2014-15 — four Illinois High School Association team state championships, plus the doubles crown in girls tennis — and they did very well in the classroom, too. For the third straight year, every varsity team playing a sport sanctioned by the IHSA maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, earning the organization’s Team Academic Achievement Award.

Feeding the Football Herd

Everyone knows the effect that teenage boys and their ravenous appetites can wreak on a household food budget. Now, imagine trying to feed about 60 varsity football players every Wednesday night. Stevenson’s football parents have been doing just that for years during the season, and Pioneer Press talked with their leader and “head chef,” Julie Marchese.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come to the Freshman Mixer Tonight

All freshmen are invited to the Freshman Mixer in the Wood Commons tonight from 7-9 p.m. It’s free! All you need to get in is your school ID. This is a great event to reconnect with your old friends, while at the same time meet and make new ones. This is a lock-in for freshmen only, which means you cannot leave once you are checked in. There will be a DJ, snacks and water. Entry and exit is only at parking lot E, which is located at the back of the school by the Sports Center entrance. Enter campus from Port Clinton Road for easiest access. The Freshman Mixer is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.

Miss Saigon Auditions Monday

Auditions for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. The audition packet is posted on the Theatre Department’s Auditions and Rehearsals page.

Who’s Hiring? The West ILC and Superstore

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details. Also, the West ILC is hiring student aides to work throughout the school day. Come have fun and get paid! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible.  Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

CLUB NEWS

Anime Club starts Monday! We will have a short informational meeting. Join us in Room 1414 at 3:30. Everyone is welcome!

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Junior Class Board is getting geared up for Homecoming and will have its first meeting Thursday at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2004! All juniors are welcome to attend.

Table Tennis starts Thursday. The club meets almost every Thursday in the lower East Commons. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 6:30 p.m.

Chess Club starts Tuesday, September 1. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

ATHLETICS

Are you thinking about joining a fall sports team? The last day to join a no-cut sport is Wednesday by 3:30 p.m. (The deadline has already passed to be part of a team with limited roster sizes.) Stop by the Athletic Office to find out how to join a team.

INTRAMURALS

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6066. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Schedule on Thursday, August 27

Stevenson will follow a special schedule on Thursday, August 27. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be taking EXPLORE, PLAN and practice ACT tests at 8 a.m. After the testing is finished, the school will operate on a late arrival day schedule, with classes starting at 10:30. Seniors do not need to report to school until their first class. Regular bus service will be provided for grades 9-11, while two bus runs will cover all routes for seniors starting at 9:20. Click here for more details.

PPA Seeks Bake Sale Volunteers

The PPA is looking for volunteers to provide homemade or purchased treats for its 15 bake sales planned for the 2015-16 school year. If you can help, please sign up at http://www.mysignup.com/pick_your_dates.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

State makes it harder to get religious exemptions from vaccinations

District 21, Buffalo Grove at loggerheads over crossing guards

Education, not peanut ban, for Arlington Heights District 25

College of DuPage board to begin termination process for president

UI pans proposal to ditch parking ordinance

Illinois State president says 10-year full accreditation is “a big deal”

Little people push back against downstate school with “Midgets” mascot

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

CDC urging high schools, middle schools to start their day later

New study looks at role of genetics in educational achievement

Who’s picking up the cost of graduate student debt? You are

State online course options called “school choice on steroids”

The problem with making education a campaign issue

Supporters of legalized pot in Arizona say it would mean $40M for education

The hidden force behind for-profit college closures

Virginia school replaces lockers with laptop charging stations

Prep school counselor charged with seducing student with promise of Harvard

How autistic people helped shape the world

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

SHS Listed Among Newsweek’s Top 100 High Schools

For the fifth time in the last 13 years, Stevenson has been ranked among the top 100 public high schools in America by Newsweek. The latest rankings were released Wednesday. SHS is listed No. 82 overall and No. 7 in Illinois. Stevenson has appeared in the top 200 every year since Newsweek began its rankings in 2003 (no rankings were done in 2004). Earlier this summer, Stevenson was named the No. 3 public high school in the country by BestColleges.com.

Math Director Receives Presidential Award for Excellence

Director of Mathematics Darshan Jain was one of 108 educators selected to receive the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest honor given by the United States government to K-12 math and science educators. Jain and the other recipients received their awards from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House in late July. He is the fifth person with Stevenson connections to receive the Presidential Award.

Junior, U.S. Physics Team Earn Silver Medal in India

Jason Lu and the United States Physics Team tied for second place at the 46th International Physics Olympiad held earlier this summer in Mumbai, India. The junior was one of five Americans selected for the team, which competed against top physics students from more than 80 nations. In addition to the team honor, Lu also earned a silver medal in the individual competition.

New Book Written by Four From SHS

Four Stevenson educators have authored a new book that helps teachers reach a deeper level of understanding about how well their students are learning. Proficiency-Based Assessment: Process, Not Product, which will be published in September, was written by Eric Twadell, Troy Gobble, Mark Onuscheck and Anthony Reibel. Twadell is superintendent of District 125; Gobble is the principal; Onuscheck is director of curriculum, instruction and assessment; and Reibel is director of assessment, research and evaluation. Their book pushes aside outdated ways of determining how well students are learning, in favor of a more rigorous, common-sense approach.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sports Boosters Helps Purchase New Stadium Fencing

Stevenson’s Stadium fencing received a long-overdue overhaul this summer, aided greatly by a $100,000 donation from the SHS Sports Boosters. Every year, the organization contributes thousands of dollars for the improvement of Patriot athletic facilities, and also to other worthy school causes. To see a list of 2014-15 Sports Boosters donation, and to find out how to become a Sports Boosters member, visit the Sports Boosters web page.

Basketball, Golf Alums Make News

Two recent Stevenson alumni made news this summer with breakout performances in their respective sports.

Jalen Brunson, who just graduated in June, earned most valuable player honors at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece in early July. He led Team USA to the gold medal, and had the fourth-highest scoring game by a U.S. player in U19 competition when he scored 30 points in 31 minutes against the home country.

Brunson has already been named the 11th-best college basketball player for the upcoming season by USA Today, even though he has yet to play a college game. And one website is already touting him for Big East Player of the Year. Check out the boys basketball blog for Brunson updates and other Patriot hoops news.

Stephanie Miller, a two-time state champion in golf during her days at Stevenson, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships that were held earlier this month in Portland, Oregon. Miller, who plays for the University of Illinois, earned the bid by finishing second at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier in July. You can read more in the girls golf blog.

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 181, Highland Park 190: Olivia Stomberg won medalist honors with a 42 at Crane’s Landing as the Patriots won their first dual meet of the season. Alexia Fidman was right behind with a 43, while Myra Peterson and Olivia Hancock each shot 48.

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Mundelein Invitational: The Patriots finished second behind Mundelein at the rain-shortened event at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. MHS posted the lowest score of 144, while SHS had 156. Niles West was third at 166. The invitational was held to nine holes because of bad weather. Alex Kim led the Patriots with a fourth-place finish, shooting a 36. Zach Orlowsky shot a 38, and Jeffry Zheng and Ethan Gunnlaugsson each had a 41. Another group of SHS golfers took part in the Hersey Invitational on Monday, but it wasn’t completed due to stormy weather. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Barrington Invitational: The Patriots tied for fifth with Highland Park at Bonnie Dundee Golf Club. Both schools posted a team score of 330. Barrington won the tournament with a 297 score. Alexia Fidman led SHS with a 4-over-par 75, good for fifth place overall. Dhruvi Mehta shot an 84, Myra Peterson had an 85 and Olivia Stomberg carded an 86. – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come to the Freshman Mixer Friday Night

All freshmen are invited to the Freshman Mixer in the Wood Commons Friday night from 7-9 p.m. It’s free! All you need to get in is your school ID. This is a great event to reconnect with your old friends, while at the same time meet and make new ones. This is a lock-in for freshmen only, which means you cannot leave once you are checked in. There will be a DJ, snacks and water. Entry and exit is only at parking lot E, which is located at the back of the school by the Sports Center entrance. Enter campus from Port Clinton Road for easiest access. The Freshman Mixer is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.

Miss Saigon Vocal Clinic Today

Auditions for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. Students planning to audition are encouraged to attend the pre-audition vocal clinic at 3:30 p.m. today in the Performing Arts Center. Excerpts from Movie In My Mind, Bui-Doi, and This Is The Hour will be taught. There will also be a review of callback vocal selections. The vocal selections and audition packet are posted on the Theatre Department’s Auditions and Rehearsals page.

Dance Company Placement Auditions Thursday and Friday

Placement auditions for the Melange and Repertory dance companies will be held from 3:45-7 p.m. today and Friday in Room 2010. Students must attend both days. The placement auditions are for students who attended the general auditions last spring. If you are transfer student interested in the companies, please contact the Dance Office.

Want to Work at the Superstore?

The Superstore has openings available to sophomore, juniors or seniors during their lunch periods. Interested applicants should stop by the Superstore for more details.

COLLEGE NEWS

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Thursday, August 27 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Tuesday, September 1 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6066. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

CLUB NEWS

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Chess Club starts Tuesday, September 1. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

ATHLETICS

Are you thinking about joining a fall sports team? The last day to join a no-cut sport is Wednesday by 3:30 p.m. (The deadline has already passed to be part of a team with limited roster sizes.) Stop by the Athletic Office to find out how to join a team.

PARENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Seeks Bake Sale Volunteers

The PPA is looking for volunteers to provide homemade or purchased treats for its 15 bake sales planned for the 2015-16 school year. If you can help, please sign up at http://www.mysignup.com/pick_your_dates.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

UI expected to have record enrollment; president eyeing 100K system-wide

Lincoln-Way board votes to close North High School in 2016

Crystal Lake-based High School district 155 ditching class rank

Tornado damage at Grayslake Central cost $350K

Kaneland, Geneva schools to start year without teacher contracts

Barrington High custodians plan to strike

Algonquin-based District 158, teachers union in mediation over contract

Despite controversies and being on leave, COD president gets raise

Interim superintendent snag resolved in District 113

Kenilworth’s answer to New Trier cut-through traffic? Close the roads

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Is there a teacher shortage, or just a teacher pipeline problem?

Billions in Pell grants go to college students who never graduate

Why poor students drop out of college even when financial aid covers the cost

Should students learn coding? Poll finds students, schools disagree

Failed union bid won’t stop reform in college athletics

How nanodegrees are disrupting higher education

Getting to the “why” of discipline disparities

New Hampshire makes SAT the statewide assessment for high school juniors

Networks, stars to raise awareness for education

The Michigan town that decided to send all its kids to college

Paul Smith’s College will get $20M … if it changes its name

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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

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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?

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