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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Incoming Freshman in National Spelling Bee Semifinals

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

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

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

State Champions Honored in Springfield

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

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

Modified Version of AP Credit Equity Bill Passes House

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

Less Than 70 Vacation Getaway Raffle Tickets Remain

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

Alumnus to Become Principal of Diamond Lake School

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

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Softball

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

State Boys Tennis Tournament Starts Today

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

Five Patriots Prepare for State Track Meet

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

Baseball Alumni Trio on Teams in NCAA Tournament

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

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last-Chance Senior Party Bus Sign-Up on Friday

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

Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

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

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

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

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

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

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

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Aptakisic student is Illinois’ only semifinalist in National Spelling Bee

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

Evanston’s effort to close achievement gap gets national attention

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

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

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

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

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

Special Education District of McHenry County closing after 50 years

University of Chicago professor known for landmark translation dies

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Key numbers from national education report to Congress

Indiana governor replaces half of state’s board of education

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

Private colleges target community college grads they once shunned

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

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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, May 27, 2015

317 Students Entering National Honor Society Tonight

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

Daily Herald Highlights Stevenson’s 50 Years Today

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

Stained Glass Window Installation Begins

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

Former SHS Teacher Named Administrator in District 76

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

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

Proud of Your Student? Put Their Name on a Brick

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

Concert Dance Class Performing Friday

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

Spring Fling, Film Fest Set for Friday

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

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

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

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

Football Players Collect 3,635 Items for Lake County PADS

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

Water Polo Ceremony Thursday; Apparel Deadline Today

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

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

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

Allied Soccer Program Featured in News-Sun

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

Oh Selected for State Track Meet Honor

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

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

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

Choral Guild Benefit Night at Malnati’s Today

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

Spring Fling Captains: Pick Up Information Today

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

Last-Chance Senior Party Bus Sign-Up on Friday

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

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

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

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

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

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

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Lake Forest High delays principal hiring after parent backlash

Former New Trier cheerleader suing school district over injury

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

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

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

What galvanized standardized testing’s opt-out movement?

The cost of an adjunct

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

Fewer students studying botany, more colleges closing plant collections

Former Tampa schools chief named New York state school superintendent

Many National Spelling Bee contestants following in siblings’ footsteps

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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, May 26, 2015

Another State Championship for Stevenson

The girls water polo team won its first Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday, the fourth team IHSA title for Stevenson during the 2014-15 school year. Water polo joins football, boys basketball and boys gymnastics as athletic team state champions, and also is part of a list that also includes state titles in mathematics and Science Olympiad. More details on the championship in the Sports section.

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

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

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

Birthday Bash Indoors Saturday, Don’t Worry About the Weather

Don’t worry about Saturday’s weather forecast for the SHS 50th Birthday Bash. All the events are indoors. The morning-long bash starts at 9 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast, followed by the Heritage Award ceremony with 2015 recipient Paul Swan at 9:30. At 10:45, the new stained glass window at the Sports Center entrance will be installed. There also will be games and activities, student performances, and artwork on display, along with all the state championship trophies Stevenson has won this school year. In addition, the winner of the Stevenson Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle will be announced. Tickets are still available. Click here for details. The raffle will benefit the new Stevenson to College program.

Fine Arts Schedule Winds Down This Week

The Fine Arts Division closes its 2014-15 performance schedule with a flurry of events this week. The Spring Art Fest will take place Wednesday and Thursday in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum. There will be a public reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The same night, the Guitar Concert will be held in the West Auditorium at 7 p.m. On Thursday, the Concert Dance class will hold its final during sixth hour in the West Auditorium, and at 7 p.m. two events will take place: the Band Awards Night will go on in the Performing Arts Center, while the Musical Theatre Revue takes the stage in the Little Theater.

SHS Finishes Fourth in First Geography Bowl

Stevenson participated in a Geography Bowl for the first time, traveling to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus recently. SHS finished fourth among 15 teams, winning 10 of 15 matches. The Stevenson roster included captain Rohan Bhattaram, and Peter Drozdzewicz, Ariel Feldman, Laura Beth Harjanto, Megan Rivkin and Barrett Winston. All are juniors and members of the Geography Club, led by James Dzialo and Greg Sherwin.

Choral Guild Benefit Night at Malnati’s Wednesday

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

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson 14, Vernon Hills 2: Willie Bourbon homered and drove in three runs as the visiting Patriots (23-11-1) closed the regular season on a high note. Jack Cappalli went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, Jimmy Marchese had two hits and two RBI, and Carter Baretz also had two hits. Winning pitcher Kevin Chapman gave up only one hit in four innings of work, and struck out four. SHS scored 11 runs in the final three innings. Stevenson will take on Libertyville in the IHSA Class 4A Palatine Regional semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. – Daily Herald

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots beat New Trier, 11-3, to win their first state championship and capped a perfect season with a 36-0 record. SHS staked its claim as one of the best girls water polo teams in state history, setting an IHSA record for wins in a season, beating the previous mark of 35 set by Lyons Township in 2009. Stevenson won half of its games by 10 goals or more, and only had four contests decided by three goals or less. The Pats were the fifth team since water polo became a state sport in the 2001-02 school year to post a perfect record. In the championship game, Allison Travetto scored six goals and Melissa Gartenberg had two and three assists to lead the Pats. Alex Adams and Claire Haas also scored, and Autumn Hoang added three assists. Stevenson reached the title game with an 18-4 rout of eight-time champion Fenwick in the semifinals. The game was close for one quarter. SHS took a 5-3 lead, then held the Friars to one goal the rest of the way. Travetto scored eight goals and had three assists, while Autumn Hoang and Annika Hotchkiss each had three goals. Gartenberg scored twice, and Haas and Erin Kempers also had a goal. Gartenberg and Haas each had three assists. Goalie Lauren Burns, who had 10 saves in the title game, stopped 14 shots in the semifinal. – Championship boxscore | Semifinal boxscore | Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots (28-7) was runner-up in the state for the second time in the last three years, falling to Lyons Township, 9-6, in the championship game. Lyons (32-4) jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter, and led 7-3 in the third, but consecutive goals by Kurt Holzer, Andrew Shashin and Cris Tomassetti cut the lead to 7-6 with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Holzer and Shashin each had two goals in the game. Alex Kapecki also scored. Goalie Shaurya Gilani made 13 saves. SHS beat 10-time state champion Fenwick, 8-7, in the semifinals earlier in the day. The Pats scored the game’s first four goals, maintained a four-score advantage at halftime, then held off the Friars in the fourth quarter. Shashin scored three goals and Tomassetti had two. Holzer, Kapecki and Collin Kapecki also scored. Gilani had nine saves. Fenwick had beaten SHS three times during the regular season. Stevenson has brought home a state trophy in each of the last three seasons. In addition to second-place finishes in 2013 and 2015, SHS was fourth last year. – Championship boxscore | Semifinal boxscore| Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots edged Libertyville for the team title, 31-28, and qualified all four entries for this week’s state tournament. Matt Harvey and Adam Maryniuk (23-8) won the doubles championship, rallying past teammates Ben Bush and Josh Cheng (20-5) in the title match, 6-7 (7), 6-0, 6-1. Also qualifying for state were singles players Colin Harvey (16-9) and Brian Weisberg (19-12), who finished third and fourth, respectively. Harvey topped Weisberg in the third-place match, 6-1, 6-1. Colin Harvey will be making his fourth state appearance, but first in singles. He and Andrew Komarov made state three state times, winning the doubles title in 2014, finishing third in 2013 and also reaching the consolation semifinals in 2012. Matt Harvey, a sophomore, and Adam Maryniuk, a senior, played at state in 2014, winning three of five matches. Maryniuk also qualified for state doubles as a freshman in 2012. Bush, a junior, will be making his third straight trip to state. He went 3-2 in singles in 2013 and 2014. Cheng, a senior, and Weisberg, a sophomore, will play in the state tournament for the first time. – Official results | Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press

Baseball

Stevenson 2, Cary-Grove 1: Michael Kingery and Bronson Lichter combined to hold the Trojans (23-8-2) to three hits, and the host Patriots (22-11-1) scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Hochman scored on a botched pickoff move for the Pats. On the mound, Kingery threw the first 4-⅔ innings, striking out five and allowing one run. Lichter earned the win, throwing 2-⅓ hitless innings with two strikeouts. Hochman and Jack Cappalli doubled for SHS. – @SHS_Baseball1, Daily Herald ($), Northwest Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: Collin Kapecki scored four goals and Dan Maleski added three as the Patriots pummeled Lincoln-Way Central in the quarterfinals, 12-4. SHS (27-6) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 8-1 at halftime. Kurt Holzer and Andrew Shashin each scored two goals, and Alex Kapecki had one to go along with three assists. Goalie Shaurya Gilani made 12 saves. – Quarterfinal boxscore | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: None of the three Patriot qualifiers reached the finals: Isabelle Sparreo (1,600 and 800), Charlotte Langbo (long jump) and Janine Fajardo (100 hurdles). Langbo had the 18th-longest effort in the long jump (16 feet, 5.5 inches). Sparreo had the 20th-fastest time in the 1,600 (5:11.39) and the 24th-best time in the 800 (2:19.07). Fajardo was 26th in the hurdles. – Official results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Glenbrook North Regional: The Patriots fell to Lake Zurich in the regional championship game, 5-0, ending their season with a 10-8-1 record. – Daily Herald ($)

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring Fling Captains: Pick Up Information Wednesday

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

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

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

Textbook Return Information

Here is textbook return information for all students:

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

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

Clean Out PE Lockers By Monday

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

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

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

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

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Student concussion bill heads to Rauner

Chicago Public Schools forgot 22 schools when developing estimate for janitorial work

Lake Forest High parents upset about fast-track plan for principal hiring

Chicago among nation’s largest school districts dumping polystyrene trays

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Georgia education colleges will be measured on how well their graduates perform

Ohio district extends language software to all students, parents

Why Pennsylvania’s teacher pension plans are in trouble

International Literacy Association: Fold literacy learning into all subjects

Maryland students accused of releasing 72K ladybugs at school

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Friday, May 22, 2015

New Stained Glass Window Installation Next Week

Work will begin in the middle of next week to install the new stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. (Click here to see what it will look like.) The window, which is based on an initial design by sophomore Sabrina Zhang, will be dedicated at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 30 during the 50th Birthday Bash. (Birthday Bash details) Also, there are less than 100 tickets remaining in the Stevenson Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle, which is benefitting the new Stevenson to College program. The raffle winner will be announced at the Birthday Bash. Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $125. To buy a raffle ticket, and for information on the Stevenson to College program, visit StevensonFoundation.org.

Foundation Honors Local Scholars

The Stevenson Foundation held its 15th annual Local Scholars Reception Thursday night at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Nearly 40 graduating seniors received scholarships established through the contributions of families and businesses in the community. Click here to see the list of recipients.

Seven Students Honored in Journalism Contest

Seven students won awards in the Illinois Journalism Educators Association annual newspaper contest. Katy Roach and Hannah Jeon earned first-place honors in sports writing and advertising, respectively. Alice Vagun was awarded second place in both news writing and headline writing. She also received third place in two categories: front page design and infographic. Also earning third-place awards were Izabela Zaluska (review writing) and Brenda Reyn (editorial cartoon). Sabrina Szos (photography), Nitya Gupta (column writing) and Reyn (editorial cartoon) all received honorable mention.

SHS Hosts First Junior High Congressional Debate Tourney

Stevenson hosted its first Congressional Debate tournament for junior high school students on Monday, the culmination of a year-long effort. More than 40 students from Daniel Wright and Aptakisic junior high schools participated in the event, whose lead organizer was SHS junior Patrick DeMichele. Saketh Prazad, Nikol Safronova, Aman Grover, Aaron Merlin and Matthew Rice worked as judges, and Bhavana Muppavarapu and Alexis Cacioppo were presiding officers. The event also was graced by the presence of retired Stevenson tech trainer Charlene Chausis, who now works for Aptakisic-Tripp District 102.

Communication Arts Teacher Pushes for More Writing

An article written by Communication Arts teacher Stephen Heller appears in the latest edition of English Journal, a publication from the National Council of Teachers of English. His article, “Teaching Writing, Rather Than Writings,” argues that for students to become better writers, they must write more frequently. Combined with more frequent writing, though, must come faster feedback from teachers, he says. Article link (requires password)

Alum Chairs Upcoming Lupus Walk Fundraiser

Pam Selman (Class of 2010), is chairwoman of the upcoming Walk to End Lupus Now, a fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of America. The event will take place Sunday, May 31 at Montrose Harbor in Chicago. Registration and details are available at  lupus.donorpages.com/chicagowalk2015. Selman’s father, Phil, was diagnosed with lupus six years ago, and she spends much of her off-work hours caring for him and planning the walk.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson in IHSA State Tournament: The top-ranked Patriots twice overcame three-goal deficits to upend No. 2 St. Ignatius, 9-7, in the first quarterfinal to remain undefeated at 34-0. SHS will take on defending champion Fenwick (22-6-1) in the first semifinal at 9 a.m. Saturday. The two teams have faced each other twice in 2015. The Pats won 14-5 on March 24, then pulled out a 10-9 decision on April 11. Stevenson is one way from tying the state record for victories in a season, set by Lyons Township, which went 35-0 in 2010. There have been four undefeated seasons since girls water polo became an IHSA-sanctioned sport in 2001: Lyons in 2010, and Fenwick in 2004 (32-0), 2005 (32-0) and 2009 (33-0). Against St. Ignatius (25-2-1), Allison Travetto scored six goals to lead SHS, which rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 6-3. Melissa Gartenberg scored the other three goals. Annika Hotchkiss and Claire Haas each had an assist. Goalie Lauren Burns made 11 saves. The Patriots handed the Wolfpack their only other defeat on April 28. – Official boxscore | Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($)

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Palatine Sectional: Five Patriots qualified for next week’s state meet as SHS finished fifth in the team standings. Aaron Lund won the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.09 seconds to earn his first state berth. Sammy Oh qualified in two events. He was fifth in the 1,600 (4:21.36) and fifth in the 3,200 (9:21.61). Henry Sise placed third in the shot put (53 feet, 9 inches), while Tim Vestuto was third in the 400 (49.55). Jared Borowsky finished fourth in the 3,200 (9:21.16). Oh will be making his third state appearance, Borowsky his second and the other three their first. Oh qualified in the 3,200 and 1,600 last year, and in 2013 was part of the 3,200 relay team with Borowsky, who also qualified that year in the 1,600. – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Stevenson 15, Round Lake 9: Taylor Koenigs hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the Patriots scored eight runs in the top of the first inning. – Daily Herald

Baseball

Stevenson 9, Grant 3: Justin Stark gave the host Patriots (21-11-1) their third straight quality start on the mound, throwing five shutout innings and yielding only seven hits in the game. Offensively, Robby McGaha went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Willie Bourbon had two hits, drove in two runs and also scored a run. Pat Loeffler had a two-run single, while Evan Scaletta, Jack Trotter and Alex Hochman also had RBIs. Carter Baretz went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Jimmy Marchese doubled and scored. Jack Cappalli scored twice. – @SHS_Baseball1, Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo in State Quarterfinals; Soccer Seeks Regional Title

The boys water polo team plays Lincoln-Way Central in the IHSA state quarterfinals today at 5:45 in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The game will be televised by IHSA.tv. The girls soccer team faces Lake Zurich for the Glenbrook North Regional championship tonight at 7.

Gymnastics Alum Earns Academic Honor

Mike Wilner, a 2011 Stevenson graduate who just finished his collegiate gymnastics career at the University of Illinois, earned selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team for the second straight year. Wilner is a computer engineering major who holds a 3.76 GPA. His is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Wilner was a member of Stevenson’s 2010 state champion gymnastics team.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending today’s boys water polo state quarterfinal in the Aquatic Center will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The Patriots face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 today.

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook earlier this week, go to the Superstore to get your copy. Yearbooks can be picked up at the Superstore until June 5. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visas or MasterCard will be accepted.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

Clean Out PE Lockers By June 1

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, June 1. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois school districts still fatten pensions, pay millions in penalties

Report: Illinois college chiefs living in “fantasy world of lavish perks”

New College of DuPage policies give trustees more control over president (DH -$)

Libertyville-Vernon Hills District 128 board member resigns (DH – $)

Chicago Teachers Union president provides update on negotiations

Mom wears late son’s cap and gown, graduates in his place

Former Waukegan teacher who dined with JFK’s mother dies

University of Illinois Alma Mater statue vandalized

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

PARCC tests will be 90 minutes shorter next year

Financial gap growing in U.S. higher education

Temple physics department chair accused of selling sensitive information to China

Indiana University looking to freeze in-state tuition at its main campus

How many undocumented immigrants are actually getting in-state tuition?

The renaissance of student activism on college campuses

11-year-old graduates from California college with three degrees

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

2012 Alum Earns National Honor for Mental Health Work

Sonia Doshi, a 2012 Stevenson graduate finishing her junior year at the University of Michigan, has been selected to receive the 2015 Student Voice of Mental Health Award from The Jed Foundation. The award honors college and university students working to promote emotional health with, and prevent suicide among, their peers. She will be honored at the foundation’s 14th annual Bright Night gala in New York City on June 3.

Doshi’s interest in mental health issues began at Stevenson, when she witnessed first-hand her best friend’s struggles with depression. She resolved to reverse the stigma surrounding mental illness. Since then, Doshi has become a leader within the Healthy Minds Network, a mental health research team for young adults and adolescents. Last summer, HMN hired her as its research study coordinator, testing the effectiveness of internally-produced, short engaging video interventions to increase help-seeking and coping skill behaviors for college students. From that experience, Doshi organized the Tinyshifts National Film Competition last fall, which invited college students around the country to submit two-minute films portraying how they coped with stress. (Click here to watch the winning entry.)

This year, she started a student organization at Michigan called the Healthy Minds Student Leadership Coalition, which brings together students from across campus to discuss mental health research and increasing on-campus programming. Doshi produced the campus’ first Mental Health Monologues, in which students shared their stories related to mental health and illness through performances of spoken word, poetry and dance.

Doshi also has been heavily involved with the AthletesConnected Project, in partnership with the UM Depression Center and the school”s athletics department, which works to provide support and encourage help-seeking behaviors in the athletic community.

Juniors, Seniors Receive Department Awards

Hundreds of junior and senior students were honored with departmental awards Wednesday during separate ceremonies in the Performing Arts Center. Links to award winners: Seniors | Juniors

Two Seniors Named to Daily Herald Academic Team

Seniors Han Song Huang and Caroline Kelmis earned honorable mention status on this year’s Daily Herald Academic Team. Read more about them here.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Grant, 25-18, 25-19: Grant Maleski slammed 11 kills to lead the visiting Patriots (20-15, 8-3) in their North Suburban Conference finale. Joe Palminteri had five kills and Justin Leonard added four. Eric Zalewski and Jeffrey Wang each distributed 11 assists, and Zalewski also served two aces. Peter Drozdzewicz led the team with six digs, and Luke Feder made four.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson at IHSWLA Playoffs: Lake Zurich beat the Patriots, 15-10, in the second round of the state tournament at Conant High School. SHS, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, ended its season with a 10-11 record.

Water Polo Teams Seeking First State Title

Stevenson’s water polo teams will finish their seasons in home water this weekend, as the IHSA state tournament comes to the Patriot Aquatic Center. The boys and girls teams will be seeking their first state title. The Patriot girls finished third in Illinois last year, and this season will bring a school-record 33-0 record into today’s 4:30 quarterfinal matchup with St. Ignatius. The boys were fourth last year and second in 2013. SHS, which has a 26-6 record, faces Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday. Illpolo.com has a state tournament preview here.

Patriot Trio Prepares for State Track and Field Meet

Three Patriots are participating in the IHSA Class 3A girls track and field state meet beginning Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Freshman Isabelle Sparreo will run in the 800 and 1,600, while juniors Charlotte Langbo and Janine Fajardo will compete in the long jump and 100 high hurdles, respectively. You can see how their state-qualifying efforts compare with other competitors here.

SHS Hosts Tennis Sectional Today and Saturday

The boys tennis team will play host to an IHSA sectional tournament at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex this weekend. Action begins at 2 p.m. today and concludes on Saturday. The sectional will feature SHS and eight other schools, including conference rivals Libertyville, Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills, Mundelein and Wauconda. Matt Harvey and Adam Maryniuk are the No. 1 seed in doubles, while Ben Bush and Josh Cheng are a 3-4 seed. In singles, Colin Harvey and Brian Weisberg are 3-4 seeds. Click here for the Daily Herald preview ($).

Boys Track and Field Team at Palatine Sectional

The boys track and field team competes in the 17-team IHSA Palatine Sectional today. Almost half of the field — eight schools — is from the North Suburban Conference. Click here for results this evening.

Senior Tennis Player Makes College Commitment

Senior Michelle Tulchinskaya signed a letter of intent on Monday to play women’s tennis at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She is the college’s highest-rated recruit this year, with a ranking of 23rd among graduating seniors in Illinois and among the top 500 in the nation. Tulchinskaya won North Suburban Conference doubles championships in 2013 and 2014, and also qualified for the Illinois High School Association state tournament in 2013, when SHS placed fourth as a team.

State Champion Gymnastics Team Honored

The state champion boys gymnastics team was honored this morning before school during a ceremony in the Recital Hall. The Daily Herald stopped by to take photos and video ($).

Gartenberg Named TribLocal Athlete of the Month

Melissa Gartenberg won May Athlete of the Month honors from TribLocal’s Libertyville/Lake Forest edition. She will be featured in the May 28 edition of TribLocal. Gartenberg, a senior captain of Stevenson’s undefeated girls water polo team, led SHS in every major statistical category except for goals scored, in which she was second.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Looking for a Yearbook? Go to the Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, go to the Superstore to get your copy. Make sure you have your school ID. If you would like to buy a yearbook, a limited number are available for $50 at the Superstore. Cash, check, Patriot Dollars (student ID), Visas or MasterCard will be accepted.

Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending the girls and boys water polo state quarterfinal games will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The girls play St. Ignatius at 4:30 today, and the boys face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. next Wednesday (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

Clean Out PE Lockers By June 1

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, June 1. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

State says PARCC tests will have shorter, simpler format in 2015-16

District, city argue Crystal Lake bleachers case before state Supreme Court

CPS principal training deal got green light despite red flags

Charter school backers rally in Chicago, head to Springfield to oppose bill

Charters might move into closed CPS schools

Bartlett High selects student with Down Syndrome as Prom queen

Schaumburg Lutheran school principal prepares to leave after 42 years (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Survey finds U.S. schools ramping up safety measures

Unapproved calculators cause testing issues in several Florida counties

Rash of suicides sparks widespread training effort for teachers in D.C. area

Los Angeles school board seat is a pivotal win for charter school movement

Energy companies step in to help fund STEM education

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Finals Before Winter Break? School Board Wants Feedback

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday expressed a desire to examine whether the school should hold first-semester final exams before Winter Break. The board requested that a task force be created to look at the issue, which would impact not only Stevenson’s calendar, but also those of its consortium schools. A number of other factors would have to be weighed as well. If a change were made, the earliest it could take effect would be the 2016-17 school year. Members of the Stevenson community are invited to share their opinions by taking the survey on the school’s Facebook page.

AP Credit Equity Bill Highlighted

The Chicago Tribune today has a front-page article about the Advanced Placement Credit Equity bill developed by Stevenson teachers and students. The bill passed through the state House by a 90-22 vote, and the Senate is expected to take action this week. The bill would require all public colleges and universities in the state to grant credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher. Currently, standards vary widely.

AP Government teacher Andy Conneen, one of the bill’s creators, told the Tribune: “One great way to increase rigor in high school is to offer more AP classes, not just for elite students, but for anyone contemplating going to a university, so they have college-level experience before they hit college.”

The article also offers the perspective of the legislation’s primary opponent, the University of Illinois. The university is concerned that the bill will promote students to higher-level classes for which they are unprepared. Colleges also are concerned the bill would have a negative impact on tuition revenue, while supporters say it would save students money.

Friday Deadline for Heritage Award Breakfast With Swan

Friday is the deadline to RSVP for the May 30 breakfast honoring 2015 Heritage Award recipient Paul Swan. The breakfast takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30, followed by the award presentation at 9:30. If you would like to attend the breakfast, please contact Ellyn Ross at elross@d125.org or 847-415-4109. The Heritage ceremony will be one of several activities taking place during the school’s 50th Birthday Bash on May 30. For details, visit www.StevensonFoundation.org.

Bass Fishing Team Members Win Honors

Four members of Stevenson’s bass fishing team won awards at Tuesday’s season-ending Prospect Bass Fishing Invitational at Ben Watts Marina on the Chain of Lakes. Andrew Austin and Peyton Russell, both juniors, finished in second place with four bass weighing 8.28 pounds. Austin won a Big Bass award for catching a 2.49-pound bass. Jonathan Mitchell and Myles Slavicek finished fourth, catching three bass with a collective weight of 5.33 pounds. Earlier this month, SHS had two student teams finish sixth and seventh at the Illinois High School Association Chain of Lakes Sectional. The team resumes competition August 22 on the Illinois River, when SHS casts lines in the Illinois BASS Nation high school series.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Glenbrook North Class 3A Regional: The seventh-seeded Patriots beat No. 12 Glenbrook North, 4-3, on penalty kicks. SHS (10-6-1) registered the only successful penalty kick after two scoreless 10-minute overtimes. Jill Steinbrink had two goals for the Pats. Savannah Kruse also scored and assisted on Steinbrink’s first goal. Caroline Dempsey added two assists. Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich made 12 saves, including three on penalty kicks. SHS will face No. 2 Lake Zurich for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. – Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Lake Forest 1, Stevenson 0: The visiting Patriots (20-11-1, 6-6) received a strong pitching performance for the second straight day, but this time came out on the short end as the Scouts (22-7, 7-4) won on a walk-off hit. Tyler Pauly pitched 6-⅓ innings, allowing only three hits and one run. He struck out six and walked one. Alex Hochman went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Pats in their North Suburban Conference finale. – Daily Herald ($), @SHS_Baseball1

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Freshmen, Sophomores Pick Up Yearbooks Today

Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks today. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Summer Travel Meetings Tonight

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents tonight. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Senior Class Party Sold Out; Bus Sign Up Ends Today

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby today. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random. If you haven’t signed up for the Senior Class Party yet, it’s sold out. To be placed on the waitlist, bring your permission form and payment to the Superstore ASAP.

Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending the girls and boys water polo state quarterfinal games this week will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The girls play St. Ignatius at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the boys face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

ATHLETICS

State gymnastics championship apparel can be ordered online until 5 p.m. today. Apparel will be delivered and distributed at Stevenson. Here are ordering instructions:

  1.     Go to www.spiritproducts.net
  2.     Click Team Order Form tab on top right of page
  3.     Find Stevenson 2015 Gymnastics State Champion Apparel and enter access code 910077
  4.     Click the item, enter quantity then add to cart.
  5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

INTRAMURALS

IM Archery is cancelled for today.

CLUB NEWS

FCCLA members: Mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year celebration today from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 1406. We will make cookies, popcorn, watch a movie, and start making plans for next year!

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Federal judge allows “fair share” suit to continue without Rauner

Abuse allegations swirling around UI football, women’s basketball programs

Illinois State University plans $33M renovation of student center

Indian Prairie District 204 teachers reject two-year contract proposal (DH – $)

CPS confirms data breach impacting 4,000 students; vendors destroyed information

MacMurray College names new president

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

What’s the legacy of Head Start 50 years on?

Can racism be stopped in third grade? NYC school experiment has some fuming

New Jersey school district’s takeover by outsiders rankles the grass roots

Georgia teacher arrested for allowing students to have sex in classroom closet

Education apps open next frontier for teacher professional development

Harvard, nonprofit launch largest library of exceptional K-12 student work

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Junior’s Research Reaches Fruition With Full Tuition Offer

Blandon Su, a junior from Buffalo Grove, participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair last week in Pittsburgh. He came away with new friends, new ideas and something else: a full tuition scholarship to Drexel University.

Su is only the second Stevenson student to ever be invited to ISEF. Each year, approximately 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects and present their work at local science competitions with the hope of making it to ISEF. About 1,700 winners of local, regional, state, and national competitions are invited to participate in the week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Su is a member of Stevenson’s Science Reach Club, which helps students develop skills for independent research through creating projects for various competitions. He was chosen for ISEF based on his original, independent experimental research project, “Assessing the Influence of Swamp Areas on Rangeland Stream Flow Rate.” The project won top honors at the regional and state science fairs.

Orchestra Awards Concert Tonight

Tonight’s orchestra awards concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network, beginning at 7 p.m. Click here to watch.

New Director of Physical Welfare Selected

Eric Ramos was approved as Stevenson’s next Director of Physical Welfare on Monday by the District 125 Board of Education. He is finishing his first year at Stevenson as a physical education teacher, after serving for three years with Maine Township High School District 207, and one year with Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Ramos will replace Jill Lipman, who has chosen to return to the classroom.

Vacation Raffle Winner to be Announced at Birthday Bash

In conjunction with Stevenson High School’s 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 30, the SHS Foundation is sponsoring a vacation getaway raffle to benefit the new Stevenson to College program. The raffle winner will have a choice of three vacations:  a long weekend in Cabo, a golf weekend in Scottsdale, or a weekend in Wine Country. To purchase a raffle ticket, visit www.stevensonfoundation.org. Tickets are $50 each and three for $125. A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced at the Birthday Bash, but does not need to be present.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Baseball

Stevenson 10, Lake Forest 0 (6 inn.): Senior Jake Nusinow threw a no-hitter for the host Patriots, striking out four and walking two in six innings. The no-hitter was his first, and the seventh in school history. The 5-foot-6, 130-pound left-hander kept the Scouts off balance, relying primarily on off-speed pitches with an occasional fastball. Only one Lake Forest runner passed second base. Offensively, Pat Loeffler was the star of the game. He put the Patriots (20-10, 6-5) on the board with a two-run triple as part of a three-run fourth inning, and added a bases-clearing double in the fifth to finish the day with five runs batted in. Loeffler also scored on a suicide squeeze by Carter Baretz. Robby McGaha had two hits, while Jimmy Marchese singled, walked twice and scored two runs. Willie Bourbon had an RBI triple and ended the game by scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth. Jack Trotter also had an RBI single. This was the first no-hitter for Stevenson since Matt Robin blanked Hersey in five innings, 11-0, on April 15, 2008. Lake Forest fell to 21-7 overall and 7-4 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. – Prep Baseball Report, Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Tournament: At Lakes Community High School in Antioch, the Patriots finished second to Lake Forest, 38-28.5. SHS won one conference championship, as Ben Bush and Josh Cheng defeated Ben Kasbeer and Colton England of Lake Forest for the No. 2 doubles title, 6-3, 6-2. Three other Patriot entries finished second: the No. 1 doubles tandem of Matt Harvey and Adam Maryniuk, Brian Weisberg at No. 2 singles, and the No. 3 doubles team of Sam Komis and Ryan Yoo. The final matches were postponed to Monday by rain on Saturday. Stevenson will host an IHSA sectional Friday and Saturday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 18, Lake Forest Academy 5: The host Patriots won their opening-round game in the Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association state playoffs. SHS improved to 10-10 overall with its fourth straight win. Stevenson will face Lake Zurich at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Conant High School. – IHSWLA.org

Boys Lacrosse

Lake Forest 16, Stevenson 0: The Patriots’ season ended with a road loss in the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association state playoffs. SHS concluded the year with a 5-14 record. – IHSLA.org

Softball

Mundelein 7, Stevenson 5: Taylor Koenigs hit an inside-the-park home run, and Trish Porzycki and Emma Oriatti tripled for the host Patriots, who scored once and had the tying runs on base with two outs in the seventh before the Mustangs squelched the rally. Alana Labaschin went 2-for-3. – Daily Herald ($)

Stryganek Helps UI Win Big Ten Track Championship

Brandon Stryganek (Class of 2011) won the 100-meter dash and ran on the first-place 400 relay, helping the University of Illinois capture its first Big Ten championship in men’s track and field since 1994 on Sunday. The senior also finished third in the 200. Stryganek, who is one of two Patriots to win three state track medals, won the 100 with a career-best time of 10.27 seconds at Michigan State University’s track. The Illini 400 relay team claimed the conference crown with a time of 39.80 seconds. He ran the 200 in a season-best time of 20.83. At Stevenson, Stryganek finished third in the 100 and fourth in the 200 in 2010, and was fifth in the 200 in 2011.

Boys Basketball Team to Play in Hinsdale Holiday Tournament

Stevenson is one of two state boys basketball champions selected to play in the inaugural Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic in December. The Patriots will be joined in the 16-team field by Crespi Carmelite High School, which won the California Interscholastic Federation Division IV title in March. The tournament’s initial field also includes Homewood-Flossmoor, Perspectives Math and Science Academy, Richards, Rockford Auburn, St. Charles East, Urban Prep Englewood and Westinghouse. SHS wlll play in each of the tournament’s four days. Full-day admission will be $5. For more information on the tournament, including profiles of the top players and information on all 16 teams, visit www.hcholidayclassic.com.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Today

Caps and gowns will be distributed until 3:30 p.m. today. All seniors should go to the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center to pick up their cap, gown and tassel. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their purchase. Click here for more information.

Pick Up Yearbooks Today and Wednesday

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks today. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up Today and Wednesday

If you want to sit with your friends on the bus going to the Senior Class Party cruise, make sure you sign up in the Patriot Lobby today or Wednesday. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Sodexo Holding “Fresh Market” During Lunch Today

Sodexo will have a “Fresh Market” in the Wood Commons during the lunch hours today. Stop by for fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy items.

Dance Company Auditions This Week

Two-day general auditions for Stevenson’s Repertory and Mélange co-curricular dance companies (2015-16 school year) will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7:30 p.m. You must be present for both days to be considered. Auditions will take place in Dance Studio 2010. To register for the auditions and for more details, visit www.d125.org/dance.

Summer Travel Meetings on Wednesday

Students taking part in school-sponsored trips this summer are required to attend a meeting with their parents Wednesday. Students going on the AP European History trip will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 2104. Students traveling to Spain or Germany will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

Watch SHS Play in the State Water Polo Tournament for Free

The first 50 Stevenson students attending the girls and boys water polo state quarterfinal games this week will be admitted for free, thanks to the SHS Sports Boosters, who are paying their way. Make sure you have your school ID to take advantage of this great offer! The girls play St. Ignatius at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the boys face Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers Need to Help Transfer Students

Student volunteers are needed to help transfer students this fall. There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible in any Student Services office. Volunteers will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a mandatory meeting for all volunteers from 8-8:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 27 (second day of the week) in Room 6048.

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls basketball meeting for all student-athletes interested in participating in summer opportunities at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 2002.

State gymnastics championship apparel can be ordered online until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Apparel will be delivered and distributed at Stevenson. Here are ordering instructions:

  1.     Go to www.spiritproducts.net
  2.     Click Team Order Form tab on top right of page
  3.     Find Stevenson 2015 Gymnastics State Champion Apparel and enter access code 910077
  4.     Click the item, enter quantity then add to cart.
  5.     Proceed to checkout (create account and checkout online)

CLUB NEWS

Today is the day for film and fondue with the French Club! See you at 3:30 in Room 2632.

FCCLA members: Mark your calendars for the end-of-the-year celebration on Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 1406. We will make cookies, popcorn, watch a movie, and start making plans for next year!

PREP

Can you believe that summer camps start next month? Camps are available in sports, music, engineering, arts and crafts and careers. Registration is now open so check out what’s available and register today!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

PARCC opt-out bill gets one more week to get through House

New University of Illinois president says cuts may be less than proposed

Former Carpentersville teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

District 300 to change middle school grading policy (DH – $)

Investigator finds Hinsdale District 86 board member did not harass student

Construction ahead for half of Elgin District U46 schools

Little City expands services to aid students with autism

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

61 years after Brown v. Board of Education, many schools remain separate, unequal

Spending in race for three Los Angeles school board seats nears $4.6M

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Katrina teachers’ layoff lawsuit

Traumatized students sue California school district for support

Duke professor defends comments comparing Asians, blacks

Former Indiana state superintendent won’t face criminal charges

Texas ending 15-year standardized-testing relationship with Pearson

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