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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bakke, Gao Chosen for National Youth Orchestra

Junior Torin Bakke and senior Chris Gao have been selected for the third annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. This is the second straight year Bakke, a clarinetist, has been selected to the orchestra, while Gao, a cellist, will be making his first appearance. The selections were announced Tuesday.

Bakke and Gao are among 10 students from Illinois picked to play in the 114-member orchestra, which includes musicians from 37 states. The orchestra will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on July 11, then will travel to China for seven concerts between July 15-26. Charles Dutoit, conductor laureate of the Philadelphia Orchestra and artistic director of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead the group. Internationally renowned pianist YUNDI will perform with the orchestra as a guest soloist.

Three Students Qualify for WYSE Sectional

Three students have qualified for the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge sectional competition at Vernon Hills High School on Friday, March 13. Rebecca Nelson, Emery Liu and Joshua Yoon earned berths in the WYSE sectional by finishing first or second in their division at the regional competition held at the College of Lake County on February 14.

Competing in the Unlimited division (1,500 or more students in their school), Nelson won the English category, while Liu captured the Math division. Yoon tied for second in Math.

Tiancheng Wu received a medal for posting the highest total standardized score for Stevenson. He finished third in Computer Science. Liyang Zhang tied for third in Math and Allen Cao was third in Physics.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 76, Elgin Larkin 11: Aaron Lund won two races and the Patriots captured nine of 11 events in their season-opening meet in the Field House. Lund finished first in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.0) and 55-meter intermediate hurdles (7.9). He was one of six Pats to win events. Joining Lund were Tim Vestuto (55 dash, 6.6), David Engstrom (high jump, 5-0), Henry Sise (shot put, 47-9.5), David Goncharov (1-lap dash, 19.6) and Jared Borowsky (1,600, 4:37.6). SHS also won the 3,200 relay (8:43) and 1,600 relay (3:50.4).

SHS Will Face Niles North for Regional Title

The boys basketball team will face Niles North for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sports Center. Niles North, the No. 8 seed in the Waukegan Sectional, defeated No. 9 Zion-Benton, 73-68, Wednesday night.

Koto Caps Swim Career With State Medal

The hard work paid off for Nick Koto. The senior swimmer intensified his out-of-water workouts to prepare for his final season, and the results were a sixth-place finish in the 200 freestyle and an 11th-place showing in the 500 free at last weekend’s state meet. Koto told Pioneer Press that he was pleased with the ending to his high school career.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

AP Exam Registration Deadline Monday

The last day to register for Advanced Placement exams without paying a late fee is Monday. After Monday, you will have to pay an extra $25 per exam. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

300 Club Applications Due by Friday

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday. Click here for application information.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until Friday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Have You Registered to Vote? Tuesday is the Last Day

Have you registered to vote for the April 7 primary election? If you’re a U.S. citizen and going to be 18 by April 7, you’re eligible. Tuesday is the deadline, and there are people in the school who can take care of your registration. These seniors can register voters: Jalen Brunson, Victoria Cruz, Talia Grossman, Evan Helchen, Caitlin Keeley, Dan Mortge, Parker Nichols, Bryan Pinkley, Colin Silverman and Haji Seferian. In the West/East ILC, ask for Julie Wilson, David Hess or Sarah Walker. In Room 2434, Director of World Languages/ELL Justin Fisk can register voters. Also, these teachers can register you: Vanessa Lal, Dave Elbaum, Sandra Wright, Pat Block, Dan Larsen, Andy Conneen, Michelle Stone and Christina Anker.

Project Dance Registration Deadline Today

The deadline to register for Project Dance is today. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. Click here to register.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is Friday. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

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 March 19, 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, March 21.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration has been extended to Tuesday. The Snowball weekend is March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit www.d125.org/snowball.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention sophomore families: Plan to attend our “Planning Your Future” program next Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will give a formal introduction to our online career and college program, Naviance, help you begin your college search, and give insight to college questions that need answering. This program should leave you much better prepared for your junior and senior years. Hope to see you there!

The College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair on Thursday, March 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the P.E. Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website: www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight.

ATHLETICS

All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.

There will be an informational meeting for Allied Soccer at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6058.

CLUB NEWS

Sophomore Class Board will meet today in Room 2004 from 3:30-5 p.m.

Freshman Class Board meets today after school in the College/Career Center.

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.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

Stress! We all have it, none of us wants it, but what can we do about it? Join Dr. Gregg Stern to discuss factors involved in your perception of stress, what stress can do to your body, and healthy natural methods you can use to best manage your stress. Dr. Stern’s class meets Monday at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Did you know that your breath is an essential connection between your own mind and body? PREP instructor Vidya Nahar will discuss and demonstrate several breathing techniques during the Yogic Breathing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Click here to register.

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Premium and Flavored Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Join us and learn how to add premium and flavored balsamic vinegar into your favorite recipes. Students will have the opportunity to sample taste several premium and flavored balsamic vinegar of Modena. Click here to register or for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, PREP will be holding its iPad Basics 101 class. If you’re not sure what to do with your iPad, then this class is for you! Participants will learn the basics of the iPad, from using its default applications to installing new ones, plus backing up your data, and general maintenance and troubleshooting. The class is $29 for adults and $19 for seniors. Reserve your space today at this link.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Opting out of PARCC proves murky process for parents, students

Two top-rated CPS schools welcoming PARCC opt-outs

School agenda bedevils Chicago mayor in race

Cornel West cancels speech at University of Illinois over Salaita dispute

District 113 will stay with same superintendent search firm despite controversy

College of DuPage reverses decision, will hold candidate forum (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

New study offers list of colleges that provide best “return on investment”

Where have all the teachers gone?

University of Tennessee backtracks, says it won’t seek to eliminate tenure

Some California professors banning wireless devices in class, saying they distract focus

After six suicides, University of Pennsylvania takes a tough look at its campus culture

More children eating fruit in school, study says

Shrink the FAFSA? Good luck with that

Instructional superintendent from L.A. chosen as new Boston schools chief

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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 4, 2015

Senior to Take Part in Women’s Conference at United Nations

Senior Lindsay Schwartz has been selected to represent Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Girls Scouts of the USA at the Commission on the Status of Women beginning Monday at United Nations headquarters in New York City. She will be among more than 5,000 women and girls participating in the event. The Commission on the Status of Women is dedicated to gender equality and advancement of girls and women worldwide. This year’s commission focus is on advancing the work begun 20 years on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Senior Selected for President’s Volunteer Service Award

Senior Avni Patel has been chosen to receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Patel is being honored for the number of volunteer hours she has put in while a student at Stevenson. She will receive a certificate and a signed letter from President Barack Obama. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes middle-level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 79, Maine East 38: Connor Cashaw scored a game-high 27 points to lead the top-seeded Patriots past the No. 17 Blue Demons in the first round of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Stevenson Regional. SHS (24-3) will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal between No. 8 Niles North and No. 9 Zion-Benton for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sports Center. Cashaw was 11-for-15 from the floor, and also had 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Jalen Brunson scored 17 points and dished out 11 assists. Ryuji Aoki (12 points) and Matt Johnson (10), returning from an injury, also scored in double figures. Aoki nailed four of his five 3-point attempts. The Patriots turned up the pressure early, forcing Maine East (12-16) into eight first-quarter turnovers while taking a 24-10 lead. The Blue Demons closed within nine points during the second quarter, but Stevenson went on a 14-3 run to close out the first half and take a 44-24 lead. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($) | SBN/The Cube Video

Brunson One of Six Finalists for McDonald’s Player of the Year

Jalen Brunson is one of six finalists for the 2015 McDonald’s All American Games Male Player of the Year Award. The finalists were announced Tuesday. The award recognizes the nation’s top high school senior who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in both his/her schoolwork and community affairs.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

300 Club Applications Due by Friday

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday. Click here for application information.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until Friday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Project Dance Registration Deadline Thursday

The deadline to register for Project Dance has been extended to Thursday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. Click here to register.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is Friday. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

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 March 19, 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 adolescents) 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, March 21.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration has been extended to Tuesday. The Snowball weekend is March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit www.d125.org/snowball.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention sophomores: Plan to attend our “Planning Your Future” program next Wednesday, March 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. College Counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will give a formal introduction to our online career and college program, Naviance, help you begin your college search, and give insight to college questions that need answering. This program should leave you much better prepared for your junior and senior years. Hope to see you there!

The College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair on Thursday, March 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the P.E. Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website: www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight.

ATHLETICS

All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.

There will be an informational meeting for Allied Soccer at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6058.

CLUB NEWS

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

Sophomore Class Board will meet Thursday in Room 2004 from 3:30-5 p.m.

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.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

Stress! We all have it, none of us wants it, but what can we do about it? Join Dr. Gregg Stern to discuss factors involved in your perception of stress, what stress can do to your body, and healthy natural methods you can use to best manage your stress. Dr. Stern’s class meets next Monday at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Did you know that your breath is an essential connection between your own mind and body? PREP instructor Vidya Nahar will discuss and demonstrate several breathing techniques during the Yogic Breathing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Click here to register.

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Premium and Flavored Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Join us and learn how to add premium and flavored balsamic vinegar into your favorite recipes. Students will have the opportunity to sample taste several premium and flavored balsamic vinegar of Modena. Click here to register or for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, PREP will be holding its iPad Basics 101 class. If you’re not sure what to do with your iPad, then this class is for you! Participants will learn the basics of the iPad, from using its default applications to installing new ones, plus backing up your data, and general maintenance and troubleshooting. The class is $29 for adults and $19 for seniors. Reserve your space today at this link.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

State superintendent warns of “perfect storm” for school districts

New critical-thinking state tests cause angst (DH – $)

Full-day kindergarten becoming the norm in most Illinois school districts

Emanuel says CPS had no choice but to back down in testing dispute

Northeastern Illinois University to build dorms on campus

U46 plan would call for ethnically diverse teachers, flexible methods

Parents who didn’t complete CPS elite school applications scrambling for resolution

More Naperville schools on alert for viral illness

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

U.S. Supreme Court weighs teachers’ role in reporting child abuse

New study suggests Teach for America teachers as effective as peers

Why principals matter

Teacher ratings highlight debate over NYC school fixes

529 plans may soon cover more college expenses

Some owners of private colleges turn a tidy profit by going nonprofit

3D printing heats up on college campuses

Dissecting a frog: A middle school rite of passage

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Math Team Wins Regional Championship

Stevenson’s math team won the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics 4AA Region 12 championship on Saturday. SHS, which hosted the regional, scored 984 points, the second-most among all 70 4AA schools in the state. Stevenson advanced to the ICTM state meet, which will be held May 2 at the University of Illinois.

Stevenson won nine of the 10 team events:

Algebra 1: Team members Albert Cao, Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Justin Lee, Hideki Maeda and Wilson Zhu. Cao, Yoon and Yu tied for first individually with perfect scores. Lee was fourth.

Geometry: David Liu, Jason Lu, Kevin Li, Kevin You, Chris Lee and Austin Zhou. Liu and Lu tie for first with perfect scores. Li was third.

Algebra 2: Emery Liu, Junghyun Hwang, Patrick DeMichele, Michael Zhang, Katerina Villevald and Devin Deng. Liu had a perfect score and finished first. Hwang was second and DeMichele third.

Pre-Calculus: Tim Klem, Jaymo Kang, Alex Hong, Sergey Papushin, Diana Kowalski and Zachary Pease. Klem finished third individually.

Frosh/Soph 8-person: Jason Lu, Kevin Li, Amber Hu, Kathy Xiang, Haoyang Yu, Hideki Maeda, Andrew Hwang and David Hou.

Junior/Senior 8-person: Tim Klem, Jaymo Kang, Brian Zhou, Cindy Luan, Junghyun Hwang, Emery Liu, Sarah Hou and Shu Zhang.

Frosh/Soph 2-person: Chris Lee and Josh Yoon.

Junior/Senior 2-person:  Junghyun Hwang and Jaymo Kang.

Oral Presentation:  The oralist was Tim Klem; prep room assistant was Emery Liu.

Stevenson finished third in Calculator. Team members were Alex Hong, Allen Cao, Jennifer Zhang, Reuben Gutmann and Deepak Moparthi.

Model UN Students Win Awards at Lyons Conference

Seven students won awards at last Saturday’s Model United Nations Conference at Lyons Township High School.

The winners included: Marco Laudati, Best Delegate in the Congress of Vienna historical committee; Pawan Sajnani, Best Delegate in the Indian Cabinet; Amanda Loutris and Lara Iriate, Outstanding Delegate in DISEC; Serena Goldberg, Outstanding Delegate in the Grand Economic Council; Michelle Fan, Outstanding Delegate in the committee for the Commission on Women’s Rights; and Kevin Acuna, Honorable Mention in the Modern Day Mt. Olympus committee.

The conference consisted of 15 committees in which the students simulated decision-making bodies. Most SHS students represented countries in United Nations committees, while others represented a specific individual in a crisis oriented committee. Stevenson brought 44 delegates to the conference, which featured 600 students from 28 schools.

Senior Wins Painting Category at Art Exhibition

Senior Jennifer Kong won the Best of Show award in painting at last weekend’s Illinois High School Art Exhibition in Chicago. She received a $500 check and a bundle of art supplies.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

SHS to Face Maine East in Boys Basketball Regional

Stevenson will face Maine East in the first round of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A SHS Regional at 7 o’clock tonight in the Sports Center. The Blue Devils won their play-in game against Niles West, 63-52, Monday night. Tonight’s game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through The Cube.

All Fall Sports Earn IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award

Every Illinois High School Association-sanctioned varsity fall sports team earned the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award in 2014 for maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout their season. These teams earned Team Academic Achievement Awards: Boys and girls cross country, football, girls and boys golf, girls tennis, boys soccer, girls volleyball, and girls swimming and diving. Stevenson is working on a third straight year of having every IHSA-sanctioned varsity team receive the Team Academic Achievement Award. Every Patriot varsity team accomplished the feat in the 2013-14 and 2012-13 school years.

Football State Champion Signs Installed

The Illinois Department of Transportation recently installed three Class 8A Illinois Football State Champions signs in Lincolnshire to commemorate Stevenson’s first state football championship, the Daily Herald reports today. Signs were posted on northbound Milwaukee Avenue, eastbound Half Day Road and westbound Half Day Road. The signs will be displayed for a year; after that, one of the signs will be given to the school.

Girls Basketball Alum Morrissey to Play at Sears Centre

2011 alumnus Anna Morrissey and her teammates on the Michigan State women’s basketball team will play in this week’s Big Ten Conference Tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The Spartans will play Michigan at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Morrissey has started 23 of MSU’s 29 games this year, averaging 3.9 points per contest. The senior guard was a walk-on when she first came to MSU, but earned a scholarship after her first two seasons. The Daily Herald writes about her return today ($).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

National Honor Society Applications Due Wednesday

Applications for the National Honor Society are due by midnight Wednesday. Eligible students received a letter earlier this month with an invitation to apply online. Click here for more information and for the application link.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration ends Wednesday. The Snowball weekend is March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit www.d125.org/snowball.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until Friday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Project Dance Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline to register for Project Dance has been extended to Thursday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. Click here to register.

300 Club Applications Due by Friday

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is Friday. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

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.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.

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 March 19, 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 adolescents) 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, March 21.

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! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.

CLUB NEWS

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

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

COLLEGE NEWS

The College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair on Thursday, March 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the P.E. Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website: www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight.

Attention seniors from District 96: Applications for the District 96 Foundation – Mr. Mark E. Spivak Service Scholarship and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship are available in the College/Career Center. These scholarships are in addition to the original Local Scholarship Packet currently in the CCC. The scholarships are available to District 96 alumni who have demonstrated high levels of academic dedication, leadership, and community or school service. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for each of the scholarships. The deadline to turn in the packets is Thursday, March 12.

ATHLETICS

All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Stress! We all have it, none of us wants it, but what can we do about it? Join Dr. Gregg Stern to discuss factors involved in your perception of stress, what stress can do to your body, and healthy natural methods you can use to best manage your stress. Dr. Stern’s class meets next Monday at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Did you know that your breath is an essential connection between your own mind and body? PREP instructor Vidya Nahar will discuss and demonstrate several breathing techniques during the Yogic Breathing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Click here to register.

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Premium and Flavored Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Join us and learn how to add premium and flavored balsamic vinegar into your favorite recipes. Students will have the opportunity to sample taste several premium and flavored balsamic vinegar of Modena. Click here to register or for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, PREP will be holding its iPad Basics 101 class. If you’re not sure what to do with your iPad, then this class is for you! Participants will learn the basics of the iPad, from using its default applications to installing new ones, plus backing up your data, and general maintenance and troubleshooting. The class is $29 for adults and $19 for seniors. Reserve your space today at this link.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

CPS reverses course, will administer PARCC test

In Mundelein appearance, Rauner calls for curbs on teacher unions’ power (DH – $)

Emanuel: Rauner taking “buzzsaw” to public education, health, safety programs

Chicago State, University of Illinois land on “worst of” list for campus free speech

Oak Park District 97 school board members honor deceased trustee

Two Danville administrators leaving to join new school district in Vermillion County

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Identity thieves in U.S. Department of Education caught stealing student data

Public colleges continue seeing pay rise faster than private peers

ACT names Netherlands executive as its next leader

Ex-Atlanta schools superintendent, charged in cheating case, dies at 68

California high school teacher hangs self in classroom

Sophisticated hackers target Carnegie Mellon faculty

Why more schools are letting their students sleep in

Teaching the Holocaust: New approaches for a new generation

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Stevenson BPA Captures Multiple State Championships

Seven members of Stevenson’s Business Professionals of America club won state championships at the BPA State Leadership Conference last weekend.

Bryan Pinkley won two state titles. He captured the Advanced Spreadsheet Applications division, and also joined with Sergey Papushin, Lee Cohen and Kenton Steffens to win the Financial Analyst Team category. Joining them as state champions were Rebecca Cacioppo in Payroll Accounting; Nikita Patel in Basic Office Systems and Procedures; and Andrew Doherty in Database Applications. Patel also received the Debbie Paul Memorial Scholarship for winning Basic Office Systems and Procedures.

Pinkley, Papushin and Patel already had state championship medals on their mantles. Pinkley won Business Meeting Management in 2013. Papushin captured Advanced Accounting last year, and C++ Programming in 2013. Patel won Basic Office Systems and Procedures in 2014.

Stevenson’s state champions earned automatic qualification for the BPA National Competition in Anaheim, California May 6-9. Seventeen other club members also qualified for nationals: Matthew Cabrera, Kevin You, Wen Kang Wei, William Chang, Jack Novak, Ali Ladha, Erik Jersild, Michael Horita, Annie Wu, Zuzanna Barczyk, Esther Kaydanovsky, Lesya Protasova, Adi Alkalay, Jennifer Zhang, Taylor Nelson, Shahreen Chowdhury and Alice Liu.

Overall, 67 Stevenson students competed in more than 60 business-related events at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Oak Brook on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The competition included 1,009 students from 40 high schools from around the state.

Table Tennis Team Finishes Third at State Meet

Stevenson finished third at the Illinois State Table Tennis Meet at Maine East High School on Saturday. SHS finished behind Loyola Academy and Naperville North in the eight-team field. The No. 1 doubles team of junior Al-Zahir Rahemtulla and younger brother Al-Sadiq, a sophomore, reached the championship match before falling in five games to a tandem from Naperville North. The Rahemtullas were seeded third heading into the tournament. Also on the team were Akshay Chaubal, Michael Dickens, Jack Greeley, William Grover, Daniel New and Prithvi Velpuri.

Stevenson’s Special Education Services Spotlighted

Stevenson was featured in a Daily Herald article on Sunday ($) about the increasing number of Illinois students qualifying for special education services. SHS was highlighted for having one of the lowest percentages of students receiving special education services in the suburban area — 8.9% compared to the state average of 13.7%. Director of Special Education Jay Miller spoke with the newspaper about how his division works with students and their families to determine how best to meet their needs. He said they try to have the least restrictive approach. Also appearing in the article are junior Rachel Katz and her mother, Dr. Belinda Radis.

Another Junior Joins Ranks of Perfect ACT Scorers

Junior Emery Liu joined the perfect ACT club last month when he recorded a 36 on the college entrance exam. He is the fifth member of the Class of 2016 to record a perfect score on the ACT. He and classmate Jeffry Zheng both had a 36 on the ACT administered on February 7.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Nick Koto concluded his high school career by earning two medals, finishing sixth in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 500 freestyle. Koto posted a finals time of 1:41.85 in the 200 free, an event in which he finished 12th last year and also qualified for state in two years ago. He reached the finals with a time of 1:41.25 in the preliminaries, the sixth-fastest among entrants. In the 500 free, Koto registered a time of 4:39.07 to earn his second medal in the event. He also finished 11th in 2013. Koto reached the finals with the ninth-fastest time in the preliminaries (4:38.17) on Friday. Koto also competed in the 400 free relay preliminaries with Dimitriy Pelutis, Alex Kapecki and Nick Baginski. Pelutis swam in the 200 free and Matthew Krames participated in diving. None of them advanced to the finals. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

 

Basketball Team Prepares for SHS Regional Opener Tuesday

The boys basketball team begins its quest for the state championship Tuesday night in the Sports Center, when it faces Maine East or Niles West in the first round of the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional. Maine East and Niles West square off in a play-in game tonight at 7 o’clock. SHS is the No. 1 seed in the Waukegan Sectional, while Niles West and Maine East are Nos. 16 and 17, respectively. The regional championship game is at 7 p.m. Friday. The other teams in the regional are No. 8 Niles North and No. 9 Zion-Benton. Tuesday night’s game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through The Cube.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Juniors Will Take ACT Exam on Tuesday

All juniors will take the ACT exam (with Writing) on Tuesday. The school will follow the second-day-of-the-week schedule for the day; juniors will not attend classes. Juniors with last names A – Leo will be in the Field House; those with last names Les – Z will be in the Sports Center. Students testing in an alternate setting (based on 504 and/or IEP accommodations) will be notified of their room assignment by their case manager. Juniors must report to their testing locations by 8:15 a.m. Testing begins promptly at 8:35 a.m. and should conclude by 1 p.m. Juniors will not attend any classes. Buses will be available when testing concludes. Test takers should bring: Wooden No. 2 pencils, student ID card and calculator. (Questions about your calculator? Check here.)

Don’t Forget: SDOW on Tuesday

The school is following the second-day-of-the-week schedule on Tuesday. Classes will begin at 8:35 a.m. for freshmen, sophomores and seniors. Juniors will have ACT testing starting at 8:35.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until Friday

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Project Dance Registration Deadline Extended

The deadline to register for Project Dance has been extended to Thursday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. Click here to register.

National Honor Society Applications Due Wednesday

Applications for the National Honor Society are due by midnight Wednesday. Eligible students received a letter earlier this month with an invitation to apply online. Click here for more information and for the application link.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration ends Wednesday. The Snowball weekend is March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit www.d125.org/snowball.

300 Club Applications Due by Friday

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is Friday. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

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.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.

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.

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! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.

 

CLUB NEWS

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.

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 today after school in Room 7004. Kenya make it?

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

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.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors from District 96: Applications for the District 96 Foundation – Mr. Mark E. Spivak Service Scholarship and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship are available in the College/Career Center. These scholarships are in addition to the original Local Scholarship Packet currently in the CCC. The scholarships are available to District 96 alumni who have demonstrated high levels of academic dedication, leadership, and community or school service. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for each of the scholarships. The deadline to turn in the packets is Thursday, March 12.

ATHLETICS

All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Plainfield Central teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Embattled new Highland Park superintendent resigns before she begins

Regional schools chief vows to fill Palatine District 15 board vacancy (DH – $)

Teacher fails to get no-contact order against student she says threatened her

Proposed legislation could put heroin overdose antidote in schools

Maine West gymnasium addition closer to approval (DH – $)

Wheaton District 200 splits apartment complex to balance enrollment

Joliet Catholic coaching legend Gillespie dies at 88

Longtime Wheaton North math teacher, coach dies

“Uptown Funk” parody seeks to reduce test tension at Franklin Park school

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts

House GOP leaders scrap No Child Left Behind vote due to lack of support

Philadelphia district nets $42M from selling former schools

Glut of Ph.D’s means long odds of getting jobs

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Friday, February 27, 2015

All Juniors Will Take ACT Exam on Tuesday

All Stevenson juniors will take the ACT exam (with Writing) on Tuesday. The school will follow the second-day-of-the-week schedule for the day; juniors will not attend classes.

Juniors with last names A – Leo will be in the Field House; those with last names Les – Z will be in the Sports Center. Students testing in an alternate setting (based on 504 and/or IEP accommodations) will be notified of their room assignment by their case manager.

Juniors must report to their testing locations by 8:15 a.m. Testing begins promptly at 8:35 a.m. and should conclude by 1 p.m. Juniors will not attend any classes. Buses will be available when testing concludes. Test takers should bring: Wooden No. 2 pencils, student ID card and calculator. (Questions about your calculator? Check here.)

Questions can be directed to 847-415-4200 or 847-415-4208.

School in Session Monday

School will be in session on Monday, which is Pulaski Day, to make up for the cancellation of classes on January 7.

Five Students to Compete at Illinois High School Art Exhibition

Five student-artists from Stevenson will compete with 87 others from Chicagoland high schools at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition on Sunday at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. Representing Stevenson will be seniors Jessie Wang (drawing), Jennifer Kong (painting), Rebecca Tsivin (photography), Megan DeSilva (graphic design) and Sneha Nair (three-dimensional). The opening reception is from 2-6 p.m., with the awards ceremony from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 30 colleges from across the country will be present. Last year, more than $5 million in scholarships and prizes was awarded.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Deerfield 3: The Patriots opened Blackhawk Cup state tournament play at Twin Rinks with a first-round win. SHS is the No. 12 seed in the tournament, while Deerfield was No. 21. No details were available from the game. Stevenson advances to a second-round game at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at The Edge West in Bensenville. The Pats will play the winner of Saturday night’s game between No. 5 Loyola Gold and No. 28 Hinsdale Central.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 106, Libertyville 5; Lake Zurich 63, Stevenson 59: Janine Fajardo won two events to pace the Patriots in their indoor season-opener in the Field House. Fajardo won the 55-meter high hurdles (9.3) and low hurdles (9.0). Lily Marks, Borchueh Wu and Isabelle Sparreo each won an event and ran in a winning relay. Marks captured the 55-meter dash (7.7) and Wu won the 160-meter dash (22.6). They joined Juhi Jhaveri and Julia Osuch in winning the 4-lap relay (1:32.2). Sparreo finished first in the 1,600-meter run (5:36.2) and was part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team with Eliza Sullivan, Claire Sullivan and Jordan Gregg.

SHS Competing at IHSA State Swimming and Diving Meet

Five members of the boys swimming and diving team will be competing at the Illinois High School Association state meet at New Trier High School today: Diver Matt Krames and swimmers Nick Koto, Dimitriy Pelutis, Alex Kapecki and Nick Baginski. Krames was competing in the diving preliminaries as today’s Digest was being written. The swimmers won’t start preliminaries until 3:30. Koto will compete in the 200 freestyle for the third straight year, and also will swim in the 500 free, and will join Pelutis, Kapecki and Baginski in the 400 free relay. Pelutis also qualified for state in the 200 free. Click here to follow the meet results.

Cimarusti Named to Illinois Hockey Showcase Team

Junior forward Jake Cimarusti has been named to the 23-member Illinois High School Showcase Team that will compete in the 31st annual USA Hockey America’s Showcase in Pittsburgh April 9-13. All-star teams from around the country will compete in front of scouts and college coaches. This is the third straight year Stevenson will have a player on Team Illinois, which has won the last two titles. Last year, Jared Projansky and Michael Trapp were on the team in 2014, while Trapp and Vince Moschea participated in 2013.

Salazar Stout in Lake Forest Co-Op Girls Hockey Win

Corynn Salazar made 22 saves for the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team as it beat Evanston, 3-0, in a Blackhawk Cup play-in game last week. The shutout was sixth of the season for Salazar, a sophomore goalie. She has a 1.32 goals-against average in 22 games this season. Lake Forest will play its next Blackhawk Cup game on March 15.

Harrington Leaves Legacy for Wrestling Program

When Tyler Harrington moved to District 125 in March 2013, he met with head wrestling coach Shane Cook and told him he wanted to win a state championship. Harrington wasn’t able to do that, but in his two years at Stevenson he had a dramatic impact on the wrestling program, Cook told Pioneer Press.

Female Student-Athletes Invited to See Documentary

All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Project Dance Registration Deadline Sunday

The deadline to register for Project Dance is Sunday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. If enough students sign up by Sunday, there will be a giant laser tag inflatable battle zone at the dance. Click here to register.

NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline Today

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. The drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You must be at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more to participate. Online registration is available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com and will close today. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. If you are 17 years old, you will need a parent permission form. Sign up at this Facebook event page to spread the love. Donate blood — you’re somebody’s type!

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration ends Wednesday. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit www.d125.org/snowball.

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.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.

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.

National Honor Society Applications Due Wednesday

Applications for the National Honor Society are due by midnight Wednesday. Eligible students received a letter earlier this month with an invitation to apply online. Click here for more information and for the application link.

300 Club Applications Due by March 6

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until March 6

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday, March 6 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

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! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.

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.

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 Monday in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

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?

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Sustainability Council meets every Monday 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 Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays after school in Room 2712.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Proposal to eliminate half-price tuition for state university employees’ kids draws ire

Teacher dies after collapsing at grade school in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood

CPS braces for consequences of snubbing state-mandated test

Some Chicago-area schools ditch online state exams, pick pencil and paper (Trib – $)

New District 113 superintendent cleared of wrongdoing in California

North Shore District 112 closing in on new contract for teachers; strike unlikely

Waukegan charter school advocates press on with proposal

Enrollment in McHenry County high school dual credit programs explodes

Critics say U. of Illinois chancellor should be fired over diversity shortfall

Plainfield teacher seeks no-contact order against student who posted online threats

Campaign text message likens College of DuPage president with Hitler (DH – $)

Prosecutors file felony charges in window-smashing incident at suburban school

Threat prompts increased security at Crete-Monee High School

Rauner appoints board members at three universities

Karen Lewis’ candidate made it to mayoral runoff, but illness kept her from celebration

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

More teachers writing their own curricula under Common Core, says new report

Financial aid for undocumented students losing its stigma

Leader of Georgia county school system named national superintendent of the year

California high school implements standing desks to increase student engagement

Stanford University discourages students from viewing their admissions files

Former University of Notre Dame president Hesburgh dies

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Immunization Requirement for Class of 2016

The State of Illinois is adding a new meningitis immunization requirement for students who will be seniors during the 2015-16 school year. Any student entering 12th grade will have to show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, one after age 11 and one after age 16, with at least 8 weeks between the two doses. If the first dose is administered when the child is 16 or older, only one dose is required. Stevenson’s Health Services Department mailed a letter to affected families on Wednesday.

SHS Participates in Harvard-MIT Math Tournament

For the first time ever, Stevenson participated in the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament, one of the largest high school competitions in the world. The event was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus on Saturday, February 21.

Three students traveled to Boston to compete on a team comprising Chicago-area students. Juniors Jung Hwang and Emery Liu, and sophomore Jason Lu were part of the Illinois Purple Cobras, which placed fourth in the team proof event.

The tournament is held twice a year, on Harvard’s campus in November, and at MIT in February. The February contest is considered to be the more difficult of the two, featuring problems similar to the more difficult ones from November, and some comparable to various national and international olympiads.

There also was an online version of the tournament that did not have awards, and seven SHS freshmen participated: Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Justin Lee, Wilson Zhu, Deepak Moparthi, Andrew Hwang and Albert Cao.

Winter Choral Concert Tonight

The Winter Choral Concert will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 60, Vernon Hills 39: The Patriots won their third consecutive North Suburban Conference championship game, pulling away from the Cougars after a tight first quarter. Jalen Brunson led SHS (23-3) with a game-high 20 points, and added 5 steals and 5 rebounds. Connor Cashaw had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Parker Nichols and Justin Smith each had 9 points and 5 rebounds, and Nichols took two charges to increase his school single-season record to 36. Ryan Rosenbaum grabbed 9 rebounds and also had 6 points. Vernon Hills (25-4) led by a point after the first quarter, but Stevenson built a 10-point halftime advantage. After the Cougars pulled to within 30-23 early in the third quarter, the Pats went on an 18-4 run to take control. The game will be shown on Comcast channel 100 at 7 p.m. tonight, and at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday. (Visit cn100.tv for additional air dates and times.). – Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune | SBN/Cube Video

 

Singer Selected for TribLocal Athlete of the Month Honor

Sophomore boys bowler Zach Singer was named the TribLocal Athlete of the Month for Lake Forest/Libertyville for February on Wednesday. Singer rolled the first 300 game in school history, and also set a new standard for three-game series, as the Patriots clinched their second consecutive Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference championship. Singer also shot games of 234 and 233 for a 757 series, four pins better than the previous mark set by Paul Ritt. He will be featured in the print edition next week.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.

Project Dance Registration Deadline Sunday

The deadline to register for Project Dance is Sunday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. If enough students sign up by Sunday, there will be a giant laser tag inflatable battle zone at the dance. Click here to register.

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. See your counselor and sign up!

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s Today

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove from 3-10 p.m. today. Culver’s will donate 20% of the group’s sales; just mention Choral Guild when ordering.

NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline Friday

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. The drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You must be at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more to participate. Online registration is available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com and will close Friday. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. If you are 17 years old, you will need a parent permission form. Sign up at this Facebook event page to spread the love. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type!

Mr. SHS Applications Due By Friday

Senior boys are invited to apply for the annual Mr. SHS contest, which will be held Friday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Center. Applications are due by this Friday. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. All seniors are invited to audition to emcee the event. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Emcee Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office.

300 Club Applications Due by March 6

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through Wednesday, March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit www.d125.org/snowball.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until March 6

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday, March 6 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

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! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

CLUB NEWS

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

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.

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

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Madigan, education groups renew push for “millionaire tax”

University of Illinois asks judge to dismiss Salaita’s federal lawsuit

School bus rolls over in Lake Villa; no injuries among four on board

Which CPS schools will be tested in two weeks still unknown

What are Chicago’s toughest high schools to get into?

Woodstock school district to open health clinic for high school students

Parents protest loss of Normal elementary school principal

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Unable to repeal Common Core, foes try sabotage

Why are so many college students turning down free money?

University of Iowa, SUNY-Buffalo law schools drop LSAT requirement; more to follow?

Five lessons education research taught us in 2014

Los Angeles teachers union leader declare impasse after six months of negotiations

College? Career tech? In Nashville, high school students do both

Two high school girls basketball teams banned for trying to throw the same game

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Junior Joins Perfect ACT Club

Jeffry Zheng recently became the fourth member of the Class of 2016 to earn a perfect score on the ACT exam. He earned a 36 on the exam, which was given February 7. He is the 23rd current Stevenson student to have recorded a perfect ACT score.

Spring One-Act Plays, Directors Selected

The student directors and playwrights have been selected for the one-act plays that will be performed in May. The playwrights and their works (with directors in parenthesis) are: Allison Phillips, Beat the World (Dana Sussman); Jianna Lubotsky, Bullet Proof (Abbie Brenner), I’m Okay (Claire Katz-Mariani), and Why I Stay (Hannah Behm); Ray Weisz, Roller Coaster (Emma Harmon); Jonah Rawitz, Super Kid (Julia Czoch); Abbie Brenner, Like Mother, Like Daughter (Josie Hannon-Geller). In addition, three students will have monologues: Scott Weinberg, Washington; Jonah Rawitz, Tough (Emi Naidoff); and Megan Rivkin, States of Mind (Maya Cohen). Auditions will be held March 16-17.

Alum Starting Group to Help Those With Eating Disorders

Mallory Silberman, a 2013 Stevenson graduate, is starting a new nonprofit organization, the Eating Disorders Mentoring Association. Silberman, who has recovered from bulimia, is seeking to help people who have eating disorders connect with others who have walked in their shoes and can provide advice. She talked with Pioneer Press about her new initiative.

Summer School Registration Site Will Be Down Briefly

The summer school registration website will be unavailable between noon and 2 p.m. today due to programming work.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Swimming Alum Sets Personal Best for Wisconsin

Madison Blaydes, a 2013 Stevenson graduate and sophomore swimmer for the University of Wisconsin, set a personal-record time of 1:56.90 in the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke at the Big Ten Championships last week. Her time also was the sixth-fastest in school history. She finished 12th in the conference finals.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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

Project Dance Registration Deadline Sunday

The deadline to register for Project Dance is Sunday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. If enough students sign up by Sunday, there will be a giant laser tag inflatable battle zone at the dance. Click here to register.

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. See your counselor and sign up!

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat is holding an iPod drive to support Music and Memory, an organization that works to help Alzheimer’s patients and people with special needs. Collection will take place in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods today and Thursday. All Apple music players in working condition will be accepted. Chargers are not required, but appreciated. Please contact Caitlin McGovern at cmcgovern@d125.org with questions.

NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline Friday

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. The drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You must be at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more to participate. Online registration is available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com and will close Friday. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. If you are 17 years old, you will need a parent permission form. Sign up at this Facebook event page to spread the love. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type!

Mr. SHS Applications Due By Friday

Senior boys are invited to apply for the annual Mr. SHS contest, which will be held Friday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Center. Applications are due by this Friday. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. All seniors are invited to audition to emcee the event. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Emcee Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s on Thursday

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove from 3-10 p.m. Thursday. Culver’s will donate 20% of the group’s sales; just mention Choral Guild when ordering.

300 Club Applications Due by March 6

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through Wednesday, March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until March 6

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday, March 6 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

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

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/dodgeball.html.

CLUB NEWS

Students interested in creating artwork for the fine arts events posters can attend the Poster Design Club meeting today at 3:40 p.m. or Thursday at 7:40 a.m. in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Cash-strapped Chicago school system seeking to borrow $700M

Chicago voters back non-binding call for elected school board

CPS: Dismissal of pregnant teachers was “consistent with business necessity”

Teachers complain about revised CPS discipline policy (Trib – $)

District U46 considers changes to bullying, dating-violence, protest policies

Attorney: Teacher didn’t believe Gavin colleague’s abuse claims (DH – $)

Chicago program uses home visits to boost Latino early education

Waukegan teacher celebrates win in first election campaign

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Testy over testing: More students snub standardized exams

As a new kind of college emerges, critics fret over standards

Los Angeles schools can’t afford tech device for every student

Chevron pumping $130M into STEM ed over next three years

University of North Carolina, academic whistleblower reach settlement

At Princeton, women make strides at clubs that once barred them

How Twitter is shaping the #CommonCore debate

Tracking the rise and painful fall of the Idaho Education Network

Taylor Swift donates $50K in song proceeds to New York City schools

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