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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Special Event for Incoming Freshmen Parents  

Three representatives from Stevenson will be speaking at the Parent Empowerment Event for eighth-grade parents sponsored by the Stand Strong community coalition on Wednesday, April 15. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at the new Noah’s of Lincolnshire at 200 Barclay Boulevard. Admission is free.

Speaking from SHS will be Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Athletic Director Trish Betthauser, and Lincolnshire Police Officer Tom Branick, who is the school’s police liaison. They will be joined by Laurie and Stuart Kessler, the parents of a Stevenson alumnus who is a recovering drug addict; Dr. Susan Sirota, a pediatrician and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine; and Maura Mooney, a certified alcohol and drug counselor at Northshore University HealthSystem’s Doreen Chapman Center.

The speakers will provide practical strategies and information on communicating clearly with children about alcohol and other drugs; following local laws associated with social hosting; the effect of alcohol and marijuana on a teenager’s developing brain; and the work that Stand Strong is doing in the community to keep teens safe.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. To register, go to http://standstrongcoalition.eventbrite.com. For more information about the event or the Stand Strong coalition, contact Jamie Epstein at standstrongcoalition@gmail.com.

SHS Scores Successes at Youth and Government Assembly

Stevenson had a strong showing at the 66th annual Illinois YMCA Youth and Government Assembly in Springfield last weekend. The assembly is the capstone event for the state’s Youth and Government program, which provides high school students experience in two of the three branches of government, legislative and judicial.

In the judicial competition, all five attorney teams from SHS received awards:

  • Karen Whisler received special recognition as defendant in the People v. Weaver case. She dominated the competition by receiving first place awards for written brief, oral argument and combined scores.
  • Nuha Hamid and Cindy Luan received a first place award for written brief and a second place award award for combined scores as defendant in the People v. McNeill case.
  • Matthew Rice and Zuyi Chen received a second place award for oral argument representing the state in McNeill.
  • Allison Silverman and Nikol Safronova received a third place award for their oral argument representing the state in Weaver.
  • Shelby Hayden Liu and Andrew Shida Jin received a third place award for oral argument and a third place for combined scores as defendant in McNeill.

The legislative arm of Stevenson’s Youth and Government club had its best showing ever. All bills offered by students made it through both houses and were signed by the youth governor. In addition, two students won individual awards: Amanda Loutris was named most influential senator in the Gray Division, and Giovanni Rodriguez was selected as most influential lobbyist in the Gray Division.

Nine Students Honored in Mega Math Challenge

Nine students earned rare honors in the annual Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, an open-ended, applied math modeling problem focused on a practical issue. This year’s 14-hour challenge focused on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Of the 1,128 papers submitted in this year’s challenge, 53 received honorable mention awards. Two of the papers were written by a pair of SHS student teams: Jaymo Kang, Brian Zhou, Timothy Klem, Alex Hong and Emery Liu wrote one of the papers, while Patrick DeMichele, Sergey Papushin, Devin Deng and Michael Zhang wrote the other. Only 5.8% of submitted papers were selected for recognition.

Each team received $1,000 in scholarship prizes to be divided equally among its members. The individual amounts will be paid directly to the colleges or universities at which the students ultimately enroll.

19 Qualify for American Invitational Math Exam

Nineteen students qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, which was given last Thursday. The AIME is a 15-question, three-hour exam that is part of a series of tests that culminate in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most difficult secondary math exam in the world. Stevenson’s qualifiers included Junghyun Hwang, Timothy Klem, Patrick DeMichele, Jason Lu, Jaymo Kang, Alex Hong, David Liang, David Liu, Emery Liu, Tim Ye, Reuben Gutmann, Allen Cao, Kathy Xiang, Haoyang Yu, Derek Chen, Amber Hu, Chris Lee, Zhenhao Li and Deepak Moparthi. They qualified for the AIME based on their scores in the American Mathematics Competitions in February.

Seniors Wins Award for Technical Theatre Achievements

Senior Alexis Handler received the United States Institute of Theatre Technology-Midwest Regional Section’s Founder’s Student Award for Excellence last weekend. The award is given annually to an exceptional high school student who has made outstanding contributions to his or her school’s theatre program, and plans to pursue higher education and a career in the field. Alexis is a member of Stevenson’s StageCrafters club, and last semester was enrolled in the Theatre Design and Stagecraft class. “Alexis is a very bright lighting designer who has a luminous future ahead of her and is more than deserving of this award,” said Stephen Carmody, who is the sponsor for StageCrafters.

Next Daily Digest: April 6

The Daily Digest will not be published Friday, nor during Spring Break. The Digest will return Monday, April 6.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Ambrose Knows: Defense Wins Championships

There’s a reason why the old adage, “Defense wins championships,” continues to have currency. Just ask boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose, whose team won the state championship Saturday night. In its two games in Peoria last weekend, the Patriots surrendered just 83 points. For the season, SHS held opponents to 51 points per game, and in 18 of 33 games kept them under 50.

Soccer Alum Named MASL Rookie of the Year

Gordy Gurson (Class of 2010) was named Rookie of the Year in the Major Arena Soccer League for the 2014-15 season last week. Gurson, a forward, was second in the league in goals and points. He began the season with the Seattle Impact, and was traded to the St. Louis Ambush in January. Gurson also was voted all-second team MASL. Gurson is currently playing for the U.S. National Arena Soccer Team in the World Mini-Football World Cup. The U.S. team plays Germany in the semifinals Friday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If it wins, the U.S. would play in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates against Canada or Romania. The championship game is at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Sears Centre.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring Fling Captains Meetings Today and Friday

Spring Fling is coming soon! Captains’ meetings are today and Friday, and on April 9-10 after Spring Break. Meetings will take place during all half lunch periods in the Student Activities Office.

We Day Application Deadline is Friday

NHS Service Outreach’s We Day applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. There are at least 75 spots left, so make sure to get your applications in! Click here to apply. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Testing Center, ILC Closing Early Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 on Friday. The ILC will close at 3:30.

Don’t Wait to Sign Up for Summer School

Are you thinking about registering for summer school classes? Don’t wait and miss out on the class you want. You can sign up online at www.d125.org/summer.

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Information Meeting

Would you like to take a field trip to experience the 50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window being created and visit a Frank Lloyd Wright Home in person? Please attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6008. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Mark Your Calendar: Fashion Show April 10

Don’t make any plans for the Friday after Spring Break, because that is the night of the second annual Fashion Show! It will be on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC, admission will be $5 and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. There will be a red carpet photo op, refreshments and the chance to see all the amazing fashions your friends are making in Clothing and Design. Hope to see you there!

Where Are You Going on Spring Break? Share With Geography Club

What are your plans for Spring Break? Are you staying local, traveling within the United States or visiting abroad? The Stevenson Geography Club wants to know. Show off your school spirit and email your Spring Break photos to SHSGeoClub@gmail.com or tweet with the hashtag #shsgeoclub. You just may see your photo shared on the morning announcements.

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

Register by April 6 to Take SAT Exam at Stevenson

Each year, the SAT and SAT subject tests are offered at SHS in May. This year, the tests will be administered on Saturday, May 2. The registration deadline is Monday, April 6. Students and parents can register or learn more about the tests at https://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests.

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available on the Peer Helpers website or in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 on Tuesday, April 7. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

AP Microeconomics Reviews Start April 11

All first-semester AP Microeconomics students: AP exam reviews start April 11 in Room 6048 at 11 a.m. See Mr. Haan or Mrs. Wright for details.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

CLUB NEWS

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in the College/Career Center. New members are welcome.​

This Friday after school in Room 1500, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Sealed tournament. The cost is $5, and each student will receive six packs.

The Chinese Club is recruiting e-board members for the 2015-16 school year. The positions are open to all students enrolled for next year, regardless of cultural heritage. If you are interested, please read and fill out the following form: http://goo.gl/XjfF9n.

Do you want to help direct Peer Tutors? The Peer Helpers Executive Board is open to any active Peer Tutor. Online applications for Executive Board are due by Sunday. Find the link on Facebook SHS Peer Tutors! or in your email.

The Video Game Club is back! We meet today after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at anschroeder@d125.org.

Zumba club is meeting after school today in Room 5044, the East multi-purpose room. Bring your workout shoes, ditch the workout and join the party!

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

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

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

INTRAMURALS

Spring IM Archery starts Wednesday, April 15. New and old members are always welcome. For more information, attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6012. You can also visit the IM Archery website at http://www.d125.org/students/shs-intramurals/archery.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP will not be running any classes during Spring Break, but we have plenty starting the week of April 6! Check out the calendar at this link and see what we have in store for the month of April!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago Public Schools to adopt Latino Studies curriculum for all in K-10

Parents lobby in Springfield for option to skip standardized testing

Principal of one of Chicago’s top elementary schools leaving, blames “over-testing”

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Young girls are much better readers than boys, and have been for a long time

Maryland to consider school district requests to waive days lost to snow

University of Phoenix has lost half its students

Dartmouth fraternity accused of branding members during hazing

New vocational high school in Texas guarantees its graduates a high-paying job

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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, March 25, 2015

How Would State Funding Changes Affect District 125?

The Illinois State Board of Education this week released details on how school districts would be impacted by the passage of Senate Bill 1, which changes the way state funds are distributed for elementary and secondary school education. District 125 will receive less funding under the proposed legislation, but it won’t have a major impact on Stevenson’s educational efforts. According to an ISBE analysis of the bill, state funding to District 125 would be cut by 70%. However, only about 2% of Stevenson’s annual operating budget comes from state money. In actual dollars, funding would be cut by about $1.7 million, down to about $700,000. The Daily Herald today published an article ($) showing how the bill would impact various districts in the suburbs.

Senior’s Tutoring Business for Younger Students Takes Off

Senior Matthew Zalewski is featured in the Daily Herald today ($) for starting his own tutoring business for elementary and middle school students. His company, Epiphamatics, specializes in math support. The name reflects the “epiphany moments” Zalewski hopes his clients have in math and other subjects.

Zalewski first thought of starting a tutoring business during his junior year, but on the advice of his parents, went to work for a local tutoring company to gain some practical experience. He launched Epiphamatics last fall, and Zalewski says he now spends up to 20 hours a week helping students. Business is going so well that he has added six other SHS students to his tutoring staff: Jaymo Kang, Ashley Kang, Nicole Chen, Sam Zaritsky, Shravya Gogula and Jesse Kesner. For more information on Epiphamatics, visit www.epiphamatics.com.

Correction

Tuesday’s Digest misnamed one of the Chicago Bears players who came to the Best Buddies gathering on Monday. Cornelius Washington joined teammate David Bass.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 14, Fenwick 5: Allison Travetto scored nine goals and goalie Lauren Burns made 14 saves as the host Patriots (6-0) knocked off the defending state champions for the first time in program history. Melissa Gartenberg scored three goals, assisted on seven others, and made eight steals. Annika Hotchkiss and Claire Haas had one goal apiece. SHS jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter, took an 8-2 advantage into halftime, and extended the lead to 12-4 after three quarters. SHS is ranked No. 2 in the latest Illpolo.com poll, while the Friars are No. 4. – Illpolo.com (Daily Herald boxscore – $)

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Glenbrook South, 23-25, 25-22, 27-25: Grant Maleski had 13 kills and Eric Zalewski dished out 19 assists as the Patriots rallied in each of the final two games to win their season opener in the Sports Center. Zalewski, whom coach Eric Goolish said had only practiced with the team for 90 minutes this season because of basketball commitments, added five kills, including the match-concluding point. Jesse Kessner added six kills and an ace for SHS. Justin Leonard had four blocks, and Mark Kanaris had three. Luke Feder served a pair of aces. – Daily Herald ($) (boxscore)

Brunson Named Mr. Basketball of Illinois

As expected, Jalen Brunson on Tuesday was named Mr. Basketball for Illinois by the Chicago Tribune and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. He won the award by a wide margin, finishing with 552 points in statewide voting by coaches and media, and was named first on 99 of 132 ballots. Charles Matthews of St. Rita was second with 157 points, and Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux was third with 128. Brunson averaged 23.3 points, 5.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game this season.

Brunson also was the top vote-getter on the Illinois Class 4A state boys basketball team announced by media around the state on Tuesday. Classmate Connor Cashaw was an honorable mention selection.

Also on Tuesday, Brunson made the rounds on Chicago media to promote next Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center, in which he will play. Brunson appeared on the WGN and Fox News Chicago morning shows, and also had radio appearances on WGCI and ESPN 1000.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

State Basketball Championship Celebration

Come to the Forum at 7:30 Thursday morning as we celebrate the boys basketball team’s state championship.

Spring Fling Captains Meetings Thursday and Friday

Spring Fling is coming soon! Captains’ meetings are this Thursday and Friday, and on April 9 and 10 after Spring Break. Meetings will take place during all half lunch periods in the Student Activities Office.

We Day Application Deadline is Friday

NHS Service Outreach’s We Day applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. There are at least 75 spots left, so make sure to get your applications in! Click here to apply. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Testing Center, ILC Closing Early Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 on Friday. The ILC will close at 3:30.

Don’t Wait to Sign Up for Summer School

Are you thinking about registering for summer school classes? Don’t wait and miss out on the class you want. You can sign up online at www.d125.org/summer.

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Information Meeting

Would you like to take a field trip to experience the 50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window being created and visit a Frank Lloyd Wright Home in person? Please attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6008. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Mark Your Calendar: Fashion Show April 10

Don’t make any plans for the Friday after Spring Break, because that is the night of the second annual Fashion Show! It will be on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC, admission will be $5 and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. There will be a red carpet photo op, refreshments and the chance to see all the amazing fashions your friends are making in Clothing and Design. Hope to see you there!

Where Are You Going on Spring Break? Share With Geography Club

What are your plans for Spring Break? Are you staying local, traveling within the United States or visiting abroad? The Stevenson Geography Club wants to know. Show off your school spirit and email your Spring Break photos to SHSGeoClub@gmail.com or tweet with the hashtag #shsgeoclub. You just may see your photo shared on the morning announcements.

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

Register by April 6 to Take SAT Exam at Stevenson

Each year, the SAT and SAT subject tests are offered at SHS in May. This year, the tests will be administered on Saturday, May 2. The registration deadline is Monday, April 6. Students and parents can register or learn more about the tests at https://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests.

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available on the Peer Helpers website or in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 on Tuesday, April 7. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

CLUB NEWS

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

Freshman Class Board meets Thursday after school in the College/Career Center. New members are welcome.​

This Friday after school in Room 1500, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Sealed tournament. The cost is $5, and each student will receive six packs.

Do you want to help direct Peer Tutors? The Peer Helpers Executive Board is open to any active Peer Tutor. Online applications for Executive Board are due on Sunday, March 29. Find the link on Facebook SHS Peer Tutors! or in your email.

The Video Game Club is back! We meet on Thursdays after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at anschroeder@d125.org.

Zumba club is meeting after school Thursday in Room 5044, the East multi-purpose room. Bring your workout shoes, ditch the workout and join the party!

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

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

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

INTRAMURALS

Spring IM Archery starts Wednesday, April 15. New and old members are always welcome. For more information, attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6012. You can also visit the IM Archery website at http://www.d125.org/students/shs-intramurals/archery.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP will not be running any classes during Spring Break, but we have plenty starting the week of April 6! Check out the calendar at this link and see what we have in store for the month of April!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago Teachers Union calls for $15-per-hour minimum wage for CPS employees

Fiscal oversight, reform become focus of College of DuPage race

CPS cost Wells High School $1M, athletic field, fundraisers say

Judge: Grayslake charter school should not have been renewed (DH – $)

University of Illinois to set up center for minority PhD students

Officials: Crystal Lake teen suicides highlight prudence needed in response (Trib – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Indiana Supreme Court: State constitution doesn’t require school bus service

Ole Miss community rallies around ousted chancellor

Does student motivation even matter?

University of Arizona launches online campus with 21 undergrad programs

How an elite women’s college lost its base and found its mission

When it does matter where you go to college

Blind kids, touchscreen phones and the end of Braille?

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Orchestra Concert Tonight

Stevenson’s orchestras will perform tonight during a 7 p.m. concert in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn.

Co-Curricular Fair for Incoming Freshmen Wednesday Night

Incoming freshmen and their families are invited to the annual Co-Curricular Fair, which runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Field House. Representatives from Stevenson clubs, sports teams and intramurals will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

State Basketball Celebration Location Set

Thursday’s state basketball celebration will take place in the Forum, the main entrance of the West Building. The event begins at 7:35 a.m. and is open to the public.

Seniors Earn Prizes at VIP Photography Show

Megan DeSilva, a senior enrolled in Advanced Placement Photography, won first prize in the Visual Image Photography Show in Wheeling on Saturday. She received $100. Allison Lackey, another senior in AP Photography, took second place and earned $50. Two sophomores in Advanced Photography, Alyssa Pauly and Judy Kupchan, received honorable mention awards.

Chicago Bears Players Visit Best Buddies

The Best Buddies Club had a couple of special visitors at its after-school gathering on Monday. Chicago Bears players David Bass and Claudius Washington stopped by to talk with club members and autograph footballs that had been donated. Here’s a photo from Bass’ Instagram account.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 18, McHenry 2: Dan Maleski scored five goals, and Andrew Shashin and Cris Tomasetti each had four for the host Patriots (8-1). Colin Kapecki and Liam Holzer added two goals apiece, and Rahul Arun added one. – Illpolo.com

Basking in That Championship Glow

There were several feel-good stories coming out of the boys basketball team’s state championship run. One was the extraordinary turnout of Patriot fans in Peoria to watch the team claim its first state title. More than 1,000 Stevenson supporters were estimated to have made the trip downstate. Another story was the 3-point basket scored by Josh McMullen with about a minute left in the game. When the shot was made, the Patriot sideline erupted; several starters could be seen bouncing wildly in the air with joy. Why so much excitement? The unheralded senior was one of the emotional leaders of the team, leading the pre-game huddle before tipoff every game. He also was a model of perseverance and hard work: According to the basketball coaching staff, McMullen was listed 37th among players his freshman year. This video tribute was put together shortly after the championship game.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

We Day Application Deadline is Friday

NHS Service Outreach’s We Day applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. There are at least 75 spots left, so make sure to get your applications in! Click here to apply. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Testing Center, ILC Closing Early Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 on Friday. The ILC will close at 3:30.

Mark Your Calendar: Fashion Show April 10

Don’t make any plans for the Friday after Spring Break, because that is the night of the second annual Fashion Show! It will be on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC, admission will be $5 and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. There will be a red carpet photo op, refreshments and the chance to see all the amazing fashions your friends are making in Clothing and Design. Hope to see you there!

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

Register by April 6 to Take SAT Exam at Stevenson

Each year, the SAT and SAT subject tests are offered at SHS in May. This year, the tests will be administered on Saturday, May 2. The registration deadline is Monday, April 6. Students and parents can register or learn more about the tests at https://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests.

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available on the Peer Helpers website or in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 on Tuesday, April 7. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

CLUB NEWS

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

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets today after school in Room 2202.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP will not be running any classes during Spring Break, but we have plenty starting the week of April 6! Check out the calendar at this link and see what we have in store for the month of April!

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on Wednesday: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Fewer losers in new school funding proposal, ISBE analysis says

Unions win round over Rauner in “fair share” fee lawsuit

Huntley District 158 moving 600 elementary school students with boundary change

Naperville man admits taking thousands from Islamic school

Students who opt out of PARCC tests given “sit and stare” time (Trib – $)

Air conditioning coming to two Woodland District 50 schools (DH – $)

Geneva OKs Sixth Street School demolition (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Privacy bill won’t stop data mining of kids

Police find no evidence of University of Virginia frat gang rape reported by magazine

Study: Zero-tolerance school drug policies make drug use worse

Fundraising site for teachers illuminates classroom disparities

Obama to young scientists: “Keep asking why”

How a wheelchair challenge mobilized a high school to be more accessible

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Monday, March 23, 2015

State Championship Celebration, Apparel Information

Celebration plans are being mapped out to honor the boys basketball team, which won the Illinois High School Association Class 4A state championship on Saturday. The celebration will take place at 7:35 a.m. Thursday, but the location has not yet been determined.

State championship apparel can be ordered from 5 p.m. today through 5 p.m. Friday. Click here for the link. Orders will be available for pick up the week of April 6, which is after Spring Break. Non-apparel orders such as stickers, coffee tumblers and hats, will take two to three weeks for delivery.

The state title is the first in program history, and the first for a Lake County boys basketball team. This also is the third state championship for Patriot athletics during the 2014-15 school year. SHS won the IHSA title in doubles at the girls tennis state tournament in October, and in November captured the Class 8A state football championship.

This is the third time in Illinois history that a school has won boys basketball and football state championships in the same school year. Carlyle won the Class 2A football title and the Class A basketball crown in 1989-90, and Maroa-Forsyth won Class 2A football and Class A basketball in 2007.

The state championship capped a three-year run that saw head coach Pat Ambrose’s squad finish first, second (in 2013) and third (in 2014) in Illinois, and compile a record of 91-10.

More championship coverage is in the Sports section.

Early Voting Begins Today for School Board, Other Offices

Early voting for the April 7 election begins today for all registered Lake County voters. The District 125 Board of Education race is uncontested. Incumbents David Weisberg, Bruce Lubin, Terry Moons and Merv Roberts are running unopposed. Vernon Township voters can go to the Vernon Township office at 3050 N. Main Street in Buffalo Grove. Ela Township voters can visit the Ela Township office at 1155 E. Route 22 in Lake Zurich. Fremont Township voters can use the Fremont Public Library at 1170 N. Midlothian Road in Mundelein. Early voting hours at all locations are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ends April 4. For more information, visit LakeVoterPower.info or call 847-377-2406.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 57, Normal 40: The Patriots led from start to finish in the Peoria Civic Center to capture their first IHSA Class 4A state championship and finish the season with a 30-3 record. Jalen Brunson capped his outstanding career by setting a Class 4A title game record with 30 points, his second IHSA state tournament scoring record. Last year, he set the IHSA mark for most points in a state finals game by scoring 56 in the semifinals. The Villanova-bound senior guard shook off a slugging shooting performance Friday night and hit 9-of-15 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range, and 9-for-9 from the free throw line. In six IHSA state finals games over the past three seasons, Brunson averaged 26.7 points per game. Justin Smith added 12 points and 7 rebounds. Connor Cashaw closed his career with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Matt Johnson added 6 points. SHS pulled out to a 16-9 lead after the first quarter, led 25-19 at halftime, and extended the margin to 34-25 after three quarters. The Pats opened the fourth with a 10-5 run that eliminated any doubt about the outcome. – Official boxscore | Chicago Tribune (sidebar on Cashaw), Daily Herald ($), CSN Chicago, Associated Press, Bloomington Pantagraph, Peoria Journal-Star (sidebar)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: The Patriots beat St. Ignatius, 13-5, in the tournament’s third-place game. Alex Kapecki, Cris Tomasetti, and Kurt Holzer each scored three goals while Andrew Shashin added two scores. Earlier in the day, SHS (7-1) fell to eventual champion Fenwick, 16-9. Shashin led the Pats with two goals. – Illpolo.com

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots finished second to the host Bison, 40-32, and had the runner-up in all levels of singles and doubles. Margaret Chen, Michelle Ling, Shu Zhang and Niveda Tennety were second in 1-4 singles. In doubles, the Patriot 1-4 tandems were Nicole Xia/Sophia Liu, Ashley Richardson/Kelsey Huang, Linsey Nowack/Naomi Ecanow, and Sarah Hou/Emily Leng. – Daily Herald ($)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 63, Bolingbrook 43: Connor Cashaw scored 14 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made 6 steals to spark the Patriots in the IHSA Class 4A semifinal. The game was close for most of the first half, and the Raiders (24-7) led 21-19 with 1:19 remaining before halftime. The Patriots (29-3) then went on a 20-1 run over an eight-minute stretch in the second and third quarters to build an insurmountable lead. Jalen Brunson scored 21 points, with most of them coming in the second half. He was 13-of-14 from the free throw line. Justin Smith added 11 points. – Official boxscore | Daily Herald ($), Chicago Tribune (sidebar) (sidebar 2), Joliet Herald-News, Peoria Journal-Star

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Krupicka Varsity Invitational: The Patriots won the 10-team meet at Hinsdale Central, edging the host school, 141.85-138.11. Arie Feltman-Frank won the horizontal bar (8.2), was third in still rings (8.1), parallel bars (8.6) and in the all-around (49.3), and placed seventh on pommel horse. Elijah Klaber won the parallel bars (8.8), placed second on pommel horse (8.5), finished fourth on still rings, and tied teammate Matt Krames for 10th on horizontal bar. Krames was second in vault (9.3), fifth in floor exercise, and sixth in the all-around. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: The Patriots beat Naperville North, 7-3, and advanced to the tournament semifinals on Saturday. Alex Kapecki and Dan Maleski led SHS (6-0) with two goals apiece, while Cris Tomasetti, Collin Kapecki and Kurt Holzer all scored one. – Illpolo.com

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Announcement Orders to be Delivered Tuesday

Seniors: Jostens will be at school to deliver graduation announcement orders on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, directly outside of the Student Activities Office. Final payments are due at that time. Please feel free to call Jostens at 847-818-8419 with any questions or concerns.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a career in pharmacy? Available over Spring Break? The Career Exploration Program has an opportunity for a student to shadow a pharmacist over break. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org for more details.

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

CLUB NEWS

Anime Club meets today in Room 1414 at 3:30.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? Come to the Meteorology Club’s next meeting at 3:45 today in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets today from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact Ms. LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after school in Room 2712.

Pass on the Beat provides service through music to the community. Membership is open to all interested students. The club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 2202.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesdays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Do you want to learn about countries you may have never heard of before? Have you taken or are you currently taking AP Human Geography? Then get Djibouti over to Geography Club! We meet every Monday after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on Wednesday: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago schools’ debt rating drops again, could trigger $228M in penalties

State education chairman says East St. Louis could regain local control of schools

New York teacher unions backing Chicago mayoral challenger Garcia

Former charter schools CEO earning $250K as Rauner adviser, double predecessors

15-year-old boy detained at Hinsdale Central after ammunition found on campus

Lisa Madigan leads summit on preventing sexual assault on college campuses

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

“Parent-trigger” showdowns loom throughout country

Congressional bill would limit use of student data

Obama to announce $240M in new pledges for STEM education

Indiana school district bans energy, supplement drinks

Students’ requests for their admissions records prompts colleges to purge documents

Bar exam, the standard to become a lawyer, comes under fire

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Basketball Team at State; Brunson Wins Gatorade Award

The big news at Stevenson today is actually to be found in Peoria, where the boys basketball team prepares for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A semifinals tonight against Bolingbrook. SHS is attempting to win the first state championship in program history, and to become the first Lake County boys basketball team to ever win the state title. Other major basketball news was announced this morning: Jalen Brunson has been named Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season. Details on all the basketball happenings can be found in the Sports section below.

PARCC Opposition Fails to Materialize at SHS

While some suburban schools have seen large numbers of students refuse to participate in state-mandated PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing, that has not been the case at Stevenson. Only one student opted out, at the request of his or her parents. Approximately 15 students have taken either the Algebra 1 or English portion of the PARCC exam, but not both. They have until April 10 to complete the testing. Here is a Daily Herald article ($) with a look at the suburban PARCC scene.

Three Students Earn National Honors for Art, Writing

Three students have earned national recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which has honored young artists and writers since 1923.

Sophomore Katherine Liu and junior Rebecca Nelson each received a national Gold Medal for their work, and will be invited to participate in the award ceremony at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on June 6. Liu was honored for her poetry collection, entitled “Heredity, Rinsing.” Nelson won for her personal essay/memoir, “In Searching.” Liu and Nelson are the founding members of Stevenson’s Write Club.

Senior Jennifer Kong won two Silver Medals, one for her art portfolio, “REM Sleep,” and one for her painting, “Weaving into Reality.”

This year, more than 300,000 works were submitted to regional affiliates. Ultimately, 2,000 works were awarded with national Gold Medals.

Past winners of Scholastic Art and Writing Awards include Andy Warhol, Kay WalkingStick, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Myla Goldberg, Joyce Carol Oates and Richard Avedon, among many others.

In addition to her Scholastic honor, Liu also on second place in Gannon University’s national high school poetry contest. Her poem, “Mooncake,” was judged one of the best among several hundred poems from all around the country.

Senior Selected for Honor Orchestra of America

Monet Lee represented Illinois as a concertmaster in Music for All’s 2015 Honor Orchestra of America. The senior violinist joined 87 other musicians from 22 states in the orchestra’s performance last weekend with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Indianapolis.

The Honor Orchestra of America selection was just the latest in a long list of accolades Lee has earned while at Stevenson. She was chosen to participate in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Youth in Music Festival. As part of the festival, Lee had the opportunity to play under the baton of CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti in an open rehearsal in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center last month. In November, she was a violin Merit winner in the National Young Arts Foundation’s annual contest. Lee is a three-time member of the Illinois Music Educators Association’s All-State Honors Orchestra, serving as concertmaster in 2013 and assistant concertmaster this January.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Need a Meningitis Shot? “Well – Well – Well” Can Help

Did you know the state has a new meningitis immunization requirement for the Class of 2016? (Details) You can take care of that requirement Sunday by stopping by “Well – Well – Well: Everybody’s Got Something,” a community wellness event in the West Building from 1-3 p.m. A number of health care providers, support groups and others will be on hand to offer health screenings, consultations, immunizations and more. Click here for details.

Eating Up the Niche.com Rankings

Stevenson’s ranking as the No. 2 public school in the country last November by Niche.com continues to reverberate around the Internet. On Wednesday, a trade publication called Food Service Director picked up on Niche’s rankings, which included a category for best food offered by high school cafeterias. Stevenson also ranked No. 2 on that list.

Order Your 50th Anniversary Yearbook

Own a piece of Stevenson history by ordering the 50th anniversary yearbook. Featuring more than 350 pages and 400 historical photographs covering the school’s tradition and excellence, this limited edition yearbook will be a keepsake for all Patriots. The cost is $50. Order yours today at www.jostens.com. The deadline is Friday, March 27.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 50.5, Huntley 49.5: The Patriots won the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, to rally past the Red Raiders. Leading the way individually were Sammy Oh and Aaron Lund, who won two events apiece. Oh captured the 3,200-meter run (10:01.9) and the 1,600 (4:36.6), while Lund finished first in the 55 high hurdles (8.0) and 55 intermediate hurdles (7.9). Andrew Goncharov won the 300 meter dash (39.9). Jared Borowsky was second in the 800 (2:03.8) and 1,600 (4:45.2). Other runner-up finishes came from Brett Lucas in the 3,200 (10:45.9), Tim Vestuto in the 55 dash (6.8), and Henry Sise in the shot put (51-1).

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 11, Oak Park-River Forest 2: The host Patriots moved to 5-0 behind five goals from Allison Travetto and four from Melissa Gartenberg, and 12 saves from goalie Lauren Burns. Annika Hotchkiss and Claire Haas had the other goals for SHS, which shutout the Huskies in two of the four quarters. – Illpolo.com

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 20, Lincoln Way East 5: At the Fenwick Invitational, Collin Kapecki scored four goals, and Alex Kapecki, Dan Maleski, Kurt Holzer and Luke Gable-Preze all netted three as the Patriots moved to 5-0. – Illpolo.com

Girls Soccer

Maine South 3, Stevenson 2: Savannah Kruse and Rachel Blumenthal scored unassisted goals for the visiting Patriots in their season opener. Keepers Emma Marx and Hanna Petrich made five and four saves, respectively. Marx left the contest with a concussion. – Daily Herald ($)

Stevenson Basketball Takes Aim at Making History

Stevenson’s boys basketball team has a chance to make history this weekend. Not only are the Patriots striving for the first state championship in program history, but also are looking to become the first Lake County boys basketball squad to capture the state title. Two wins stand between SHS and those goals. The first hurdle is Bolingbrook, which Stevenson will play at 6:30 tonight at the Peoria Civic Center. (Ticket/broadcast information) If the Patriots win, they will face Normal or Geneva for the Class 4A state championship at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. If the Patriots lose, they will play in the third-place game at 6:30. SHS students, staff, parents and other fans gave the team a rousing send-off Thursday morning in the Forum. (Coverage: Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($))

Previews and predictions:

Chicago Sun-Times: Joe Henricksen preview | 13 reasons to be interested in the state finals | Beyond the Arc (videocast)

Daily Herald ($): Semifinal preview | Marty Maciaszek predictions

Chicago Tribune: Jon Kerr semifinal preview/prediction |  Mike Helfgot prediction

Brunson Named Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year Again

Jalen Brunson has been named the Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season, the school learned this morning. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior guard has led the Patriots to a 28-3 record and a berth in tonight’s Class 4A semifinals. He has averaged 23.1 points, 5.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 steals per contest thus far, shooting 48.7% from the field, 38.3% from 3-point range, and 82% from the free throw line. Off the court, the Villanova-bound Brunson has maintained a 3.22 weighted grade point average. In addition to donating time as a voter registrar, he has volunteered at his church and as a youth basketball instructor. With the state award, Brunson becomes eligible for the national Gatorade Player of the Year award.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Watch Day of Dance Live Today

Students in all dance classes will perform their most recently developed choreography during every period of the day today during the annual Day of Dance in the Performing Arts Center. Click here to watch through the Stevenson Broadcast Network.

Graduation Announcement Orders to be Delivered Tuesday

Seniors: Jostens will be at school to deliver graduation announcement orders on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, directly outside of the Student Activities Office. Final payments are due at that time. Please feel free to call Jostens at 847-818-8419 with any questions or concerns.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Register for the new college essay workshop offered this summer! The first week of each semester, you can come and get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for your college applications. Get suggestions and feedback. Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a career in pharmacy? Available over Spring Break? The Career Exploration Program has an opportunity for a student to shadow a pharmacist over break. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org for more details.

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

CLUB NEWS

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on Wednesday: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Visit https://registration.xenegrade.com/shsprep/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=1490 for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Rauner to state agencies: Divert “fair share” fees from unions

Chicago State U. president accused of falsely claiming harassment (Trib – $)

CPS principals say schools remain “filthy” under $340M janitorial contracts

Loyola University president to step down, move into chancellor post

Chicago parents fear loss of vouchers if Rauner has his way

Bloodied UVA student from Chicago known as leader, not problem

College of DuPage board formally hires Chicago PR firm for help (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

What if education reform got it all wrong in the first place?

Iowa House backs changes to teacher bargaining rules

New politics at the University of North Carolina

Former legislative aide, lobbyist named Michigan’s schools superintendent

Los Angeles schools hoping Hollywood will help boost arts education

Michelle Obama puts focus on empowering girls through education

Victoria’s Secret model ready to show off new look: College student

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

State Basketball Ticket Information

Tickets for Stevenson’s games at the IHSA Class 4A boys basketball state tournament are only available through TicketMaster or the Peoria Civic Center ticket office. Tickets can be ordered through TicketMaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at this link. TicketMaster charges an extra $4 per ticket surcharge. Ticket prices are $10.50, $8.50 and $6.50 for a single session (meaning the two games on Friday or the two on Saturday). The Peoria Civic Center’s number is 309-673-3200. The Civic Center ticket office will be open for walk-up sales beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

AP Exam Bill Crafted by SHS Teachers Passes Committee

The Illinois House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday approved by a 21-2 vote legislation that would make Illinois the 15th state to require public universities to grant college credit to any student who receives a score of 3 or higher on any Advanced Placement exam. The AP Credit Equity bill was filed by State Rep. Carol Sente, who worked with Stevenson’s Political Action Club, AP Government teachers Andy Conneen and Dan Larsen, and their colleagues, AP advocates Sandra Wright, Laura Brandt and Vanessa Lal to draft the bill. Larsen and Conneen traveled to Springfield Wednesday morning to testify on behalf of the legislation. They were joined by representatives from District 214 and Leyden District 212.

Day of Dance Friday in the PAC

The Dance Department will hold its annual Day of Dance on Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Dance students will perform during all eight class periods. Click here for the performance schedule. The performances will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on High School Cube. Click here to watch.

Co-Curricular Fair Next Wednesday

The Student Activities Division will hold its annual Co-Curricular Fair for incoming freshmen and their families from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Field House. Representatives from Stevenson clubs, sports teams and intramurals will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 17, Deerfield 7: Eleanor Fisher and Courtney Patten each scored five goals to lead the Patriots in their season-opening win on the road. Sarah Lillis added four goals. Goalie Katie Kritzmire had 11 saves.

One More Goal for Boys Basketball Team

The boys basketball team has had some extraordinary accomplishments over the past three years, but one thing has eluded them: A state championship. After finishing third last year and second in 2013, the Patriots will seek to finish No. 1. The quest begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Bolingbrook in the Class 4A semifinals. While SHS has been ranked first or second all season, the Raiders struggled early. Bolingbrook was 6-5 after holiday tournaments, but was won 18 of 19 games since. The winner of Friday’s semifinal will play Geneva or Normal in the championship game at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. The Chicago Tribune has an article about unsung senior Parker Nichols, who leads the team in drawing charges. In addition to TV coverage of Friday’s and Saturday’s games by Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Stevenson’s student radio station, WAES, will carry their broadcasts on High School Cube at http://thecube.com/cube/adlai-stevenson-1. Stephen Cohn, Jack Buttacavoli and Gabe Gordon will call the games.

Freshman to Play in National Hockey Championships

Will Spitzer, a freshman who plays for the Chicago Mission, a Tier 1 AAA youth hockey club, will head to New York next week to play in the USA Hockey National Championships in Buffalo. The Mission won the Bantam Majors regional championship in St. Louis last weekend. Spitzer scored the game-winning goal in the first game of the three-game tournament.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Buffalo Grove Candidates to Debate at SHS Tonight

The Political Action Club and the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are hosting public debates tonight featuring the two candidates for Buffalo Grove village president, and the six people running for three Buffalo Grove village board trustee positions. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 of the West Building. A debate between trustee candidates will take place first, followed by a debate between the village president candidates. Students will serve as moderators for both debates.

Graduation Announcement Orders to be Delivered Tuesday

Seniors: Jostens will be at school to deliver graduation announcement orders on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, directly outside of the Student Activities Office. Final payments are due at that time. Please feel free to call Jostens at 847-818-8419 with any questions or concerns.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Register for the new college essay workshop offered this summer! The first week of each semester, you can come and get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for your college applications. Get suggestions and feedback. Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

Juniors Invited to Apply for Summer Health Care Internship

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove

The Band Parents Organization is having a month-long fundraiser at the Culver’s in Buffalo Grove on McHenry Road (Route 83). Whenever you make a dine-in or carryout order, just mention “SHS Band Fundraiser” and a portion of the sale will benefit Stevenson band students.

CLUB NEWS

Join us for the first-ever joint meeting of Psychology Club and the Indian Student Association after school today. Vidya Nahar will be leading us for afternoon yoga in Room 2104. All are welcome to relax and rejuvenate!

Zumba club will be held, only for today, in Room 2626, at 3:45 p.m.

David Hilbert, professor of philosophy at UIC, will speak to Philosophy Club after school today. Hilbert will be presenting a talk on color and philosophy of perception. All faculty and students are welcome! Philosophy Club meets in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

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

The Video Game Club is back! We meet today after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at anschroeder@d125.org.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a career in pharmacy? Available over Spring Break? The Career Exploration Program has an opportunity for a student to shadow a pharmacist over break. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org for more details.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on Wednesday: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Visit https://registration.xenegrade.com/shsprep/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=1490 for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Protest held at University of Virginia after bloody arrest of Chicago student

Ex-lobbyist sues over pension earned as teacher for a day

Kildeer Countryside District 96 school board appoints new member

Former Lyons Township treasurer sentenced to 9 years after guilty plea

Report: Most vulnerable CPS students still suspended at high rates

Glenbard District 87 conduct code changes draw mixed reaction (DH – $)

District 214 candidate pays up after claiming two tax exemptions (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Civil rights complaints to U.S. Department of Education reach record high

Report says most K-8 math textbooks fail to align with Common Core

U.S. Department of Education eyeing parallel ratings systems for higher education

Study.com aims to replace community colleges

Country’s first all-black high school also named world’s “greenest”

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Basketball Team Headed to State for Third Straight Year

Stevenson’s boys basketball team will make its third consecutive trip to the Illinois High School Association Class 4A state finals after winning the Chicago State Supersectional Tuesday night. (Game details in the Sports section below.) The Patriots will play Bolingbrook in the first state semifinal game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Peoria’s Civic Center.

A send-off celebration for the team will take place at 10:05 a.m. Thursday in the Forum of the West Building. Thursday is a late arrival day; the team will leave for Peoria when school starts at 10:30.

Students can purchase a combination of game ticket and pep bus ticket for $20 through the Superstore or online the SHS Web Store. The combination is available for Friday and Saturday’s games. ($20 for each game) Stevenson is assured of playing Saturday, regardless of Friday night’s outcome. Once students board the pep bus, they will receive their game ticket.

When purchasing the combo ticket, students must submit a completed permission form with parent signature. Pep bus tickets will not be sold separately.

Single-game tickets in the upper bowl are available for the general public and students through the Superstore only until 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Upper bowl tickets are $8.50.

A replay of Tuesday night’s victory will be shown on Comcast Channel 100 at 7 p.m. tonight and Thursday. Visit cn100.tv for additional air dates and times.

Sophomore to Perform With Camerata Chicago

Sophomore Emily Frederick will showcase her piano skills in concert with Camerata Chicago as part of its “Rising Star” series next month. She will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, the “Jeunehomme,” in E-flat Major during the group’s concerts on Friday, April 17 and Sunday, April 19. The April 17 concert will take place at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago at 7 p.m., while the April 19 concert starts at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Park Ridge. In addition to Frederick’s appearance, each concert will feature Camerata Chicago performing Handel’s Water Suite Music No. 2 in D, and Schubert’s Fifth Symphony. Anyone connected with Stevenson High School  (attendees, parents, staff) will receive a 20% discount to either or both of the concerts when ordering online. Tickets for students of ages 16 and under are free when attending with a paying adult. Use the discount code AESHS when purchasing. Click here to purchase tickets. In addition to her piano-playing prowess, Frederick sings in the Advanced Chorus and is enrolled in the Advanced Placement Music Theory course.

Model UN Team Honored at University of Illinois Conference

The Model United Nations team took 32 students to MUNI (Model United Nations Illinois) in Champaign last weekend, which was attended by more than 20 other high schools. Delegates represented Egypt, Venezuela, Colombia, the United States and Georgia in larger, UN-based committees, and simulated historical figures in crisis-based cabinets as well. The team won 11 awards at the conference, including:

Best Delegate: Natalie Wu, Mariel Boden, Pawan Sajnani, Nuha Hamid, Kevin Wadowski, Marco Laudati

Outstanding Delegate: Max Weiss, Erin Knapton

Verbal Commendation: Aileen Acuna, Sushmetha Subramanian

Honorable Mention: Andrew Jin

The entire delegation also received a Verbal Commendation award based on its strong showing.

10 Students to Participate in Photography Exhibit Saturday

Ten students will be among the exhibitors in Visual Image Photography’s sixth annual Student Photography Art Show at its Wheeling location from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. SHS students whose work will be displayed include Taylor Spula, Judy Kupchan, Alyssa Pauly, Savannah Kruse, Allison Lackey, Megan Desilva, Alex Anstett, Carlie Manno, Rebecca Tsivin and Kristen Maleski. The professionally juried exhibition will feature more than 100 works from students at 12 Chicago-region high schools. VIP’s Wheeling studio is located at 600 Northgate Parkway in Wheeling.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 62, Riverside-Brookfield 45: Connor Cashaw scored a game-high 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six steals as the Patriots (28-3) dominated from start to finish. SHS led 20-4 after the first quarter and had a 23-point advantage at halftime. The Bulldogs (28-4) came no closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Jalen Brunson scored 13 points and became the all-time leading scorer in Lake County history. His fourth point of the night broke the old record of 2,621 points by Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough in 2013. Brunson, who now has 2,631 points, also added five assists. Justin Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Parker Nichols scored nine points and drew four charges. – Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press (main), Pioneer Press (Brunson sidebar), Shaw Media

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 20, Loyola Academy 6: Melissa Gartenberg scored five goals and Allison Travetto added four as the host Patriots improved to 4-0. SHS led 5-2 after the first quarter, extended the lead to 9-4 at halftime, then outscored the Ramblers 8-0 in the third to put the game out of reach. Annika Hotchkiss scored three goals, while Alex Adams, Claire Haas and Joanie Neeland each had two. Erin Kempers and Autumn Hoang also scored. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made 13 saves.

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson 151.9, Barrington 117.5: The visiting Patriots opened their season with an exclamation point, posting the highest score in the state thus far in 2015. Arie Feltman-Frank, Matt Krames and Elijah Klaber finished 1-2-3 in the all-around competition.

Wrestling Alum Prepares for NCAA Tournament

Stevenson alumnus Danny Sabatello (Class of 2011) is among a record eight Purdue Boilermakers who qualified for this week’s NCAA wrestling tournament, which starts Thursday in St. Louis. Sabatello is the No. 11 seed at 133 pounds. This is the second straight NCAA tournament appearance for Sabatello, who is a redshirt junior. He was an at-large qualifier at 141 pounds last year. Sabatello was a two-time state champion for Stevenson.

Former SHS Student’s Team in NCAA Tournament

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins Thursday, and one former Stevenson student’s team is in the field of 65. Chandler Levingston Simon is a member of the men’s basketball program at Valparaiso University, which faces Maryland on Friday. He is sitting out this season after transferring from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His father is former Chicago Bulls player Cliff Levingston.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Announcement Orders to be Delivered Tuesday

Seniors: Jostens will be at school to deliver graduation announcement orders on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, directly outside of the Student Activities Office. Final payments are due at that time. Please feel free to call Jostens at 847-818-8419 with any questions or concerns.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through Thursday, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Register for the new college essay workshop offered this summer! The first week of each semester, you can come and get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for your college applications. Get suggestions and feedback. Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop.

Buffalo Grove Candidates to Debate at SHS Thursday

The Political Action Club and the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are hosting public debates Thursday night featuring the two candidates for Buffalo Grove village president, and the six people running for three Buffalo Grove village board trustee positions. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 of the West Building. A debate between trustee candidates will take place first, followed by a debate between the village president candidates. Students will serve as moderators for both debates.

Juniors Invited to Apply for Summer Health Care Internship

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove

The Band Parents Organization is having a month-long fundraiser at the Culver’s in Buffalo Grove on McHenry Road (Route 83). Whenever you make a dine-in or carryout order, just mention “SHS Band Fundraiser” and a portion of the sale will benefit Stevenson band students.

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due this week! Sophomores are due today, and freshman are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.

CLUB NEWS

David Hilbert, professor of philosophy at UIC, will speak to Philosophy Club after school on Thursday. Hilbert will be presenting a talk on color and philosophy of perception. All faculty and students are welcome! Philosophy Club meets in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

Join us for the first-ever joint meeting of Psychology Club and the Indian Student Association on Thursday. Vidya Nahar will be leading us for afternoon yoga in Room 2104. All are welcome to relax and rejuvenate!

Zumba club will be held, only for Thursday, in Room 2626, at 3:45 p.m.

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

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

The Video Game Club is back! We meet on Thursdays after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at anschroeder@d125.org.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

Interested in a career in pharmacy? Available over Spring Break? The Career Exploration Program has an opportunity for a student to shadow a pharmacist over break. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org for more details.

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on Wednesday, March 25: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Visit https://registration.xenegrade.com/shsprep/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=1490 for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: Hundreds of students at Hersey, Rolling Meadows opted out of PARCC tests

Lawmakers balking at proposed state education cuts

Plainfield board fires teacher after charges of sex with student

Former Mundelein principal named leader of Warren Township District 121 (DH – $)

Rich Township school board candidate a convicted felon

Oak Park River Forest board worried about legal consequences after assembly

U-46 union president “surprised” by layoff numbers (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Is an obsession with elite colleges taking a toll on America’s students?

180 Days: A year inside an American high school

One building, two schools: New York City’s unequal education system

Montana requires teaching of Native American culture, history in schools

Harvard University Press to publish first comic book

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