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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

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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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Monday, May 18, 2015

Boys Gymnastics Team Wins State Championship

The boys gymnastics team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Friday, the fifth in program history. SHS also won the boys gymnastics title in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2010. The team will be honored at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall. The gymnastics crown marks the fourth IHSA state title for Stevenson this school year, joining football, boys basketball and the girls tennis doubles team of Vinaya Rao and Katherine Harvey. Stevenson also won team state titles in mathematics and Science Olympiad. More details on the gymnastics championship in the Sports section.

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)

Science Olympiad Finishes 10th in Nation; Captures Two Events

Stevenson finished 10th at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Nebraska on Saturday, despite having none of its senior members available due to Prom. This was the club’s second-best showing at nationals; SHS was ninth in 2013 and 11th last year. Stevenson also set a program record by earning medals in six events.

Two sets of students won national championships in categorical events. Sophomores Katherine Liu and Eric Qian took top honors in Bridge Building, while sophomores Caroline Fatina and Jason Lu, and freshman Elaine Xiao finished first in Experimental Design. Liu and Qian each won $1,000 scholarships to the college of their choice from the Army ROTC, which is sponsor of the Bridge Building event.

Three groups of students were runners-up in the nation in their event: Lu and Qian in Disease Detectives; Rebecca Nelson and Owen Simon in Fossils; and Teresa Mao and Shu Zhang in Scrambler.

Qian and Fatina finished fourth in Mission Possible, and Katia Villevald and Amber Hu were fifth in Air Trajectory.

The National Science Olympiad featured the top 60 high schools from 49 states. Many of the 23 categorical events are aligned with concepts of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

Head coach Amerigo Carnazzola pointed out that Stevenson was the only team at the event with more female than male members; SHS had eight females and seven males. The Stevenson contingent featured seven sophomores, five juniors and three freshmen.

Improv Performance, Consortium Art Show on Campus Tonight

The Fine Arts Division has two events on campus this evening. The Failed Presidential Candidates improv troupe will perform at 7 o’clock tonight in the West Auditorium. Meanwhile, the 35th annual Consortium 125 Art Show, featuring works by K-12 students, is in the Field House from 6-8 p.m.

At the art show, three SHS groups will be selling items: Sports Boosters, the Special Education Division’s Bright Lights Candle Company, and students from the Ceramics and Foods classes.

The Ceramics and Foods students will be selling handmade bowls and homemade soup as part of this year’s Empty Bowls Project to benefit the Libertyville Township food pantry. The cost is $5, which includes a ceramic bowl and bowl of soup.

The Bright Lights Candle Company will be selling votives and other candles. The cost is $4 for votives, $8 for small and $12 for large. Cash and check payments will be accepted. All proceeds go back into the company for students to reinvest in more stock, and to continue to learn independent job skills. Any remaining candles will be available for sale in Room 6036 on Tuesday on a first-come, first-served basis.

School Board Meeting Tonight

The District 125 Board of Education meets at 7:30 tonight in the District Administration Center, north of the Stadium. Click here to see the agenda.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: One day after winning the team state championship, the three-man Patriots squad finished the season with four top-10 efforts in the individual events competition at Hinsdale Central. Arie Feltman-Frank finished second in the horizontal bar (8.55), and also took eighth on parallel bars (8.55). Elijah Klaber was sixth on parallel bars (8.60). Matt Krames tied for ninth on parallel bars (8.35), and tied for 10th on horizontal bar (7.60). – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Badminton

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: At Eastern Illinois University, the Patriots tied for seventh in the team standings with Lockport. Nicole Xia and Ashley Richardson reached the doubles quarterfinals in their first state appearance, falling to the eventual champions from Buffalo Grove. They won four of six matches in the two-day tournament, scoring 3.5 points. Margaret Chen contributed three points by four of her six singles matches. She reached the consolation quarterfinals in her third and final state tournament. May Ling split her four singles matches. – Official results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots beat Wheeling for the sectional championship, 15-7, to earn a berth in the state tournament at Stevenson. SHS (26-6) takes on Lincoln-Way Central at 5:45 p.m. Friday. Against sixth-seeded Wheeling, Collin Kapecki scored five goals and Andrew Shashin had four. Dan Maleski and Kurt Holzer each added two scores. Goalie Shaurya Gilani made 18 saves. After Wheeling (16-14) tied the game at 1-1, Stevenson scored nine unanswered goals to take a 10-1 advantage into halftime. – Illpolo.com, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The Patriots breezed to the sectional championship with a 14-1 victory over Palatine, improving to 33-0 on the year and qualifying for the state tournament at Stevenson. SHS will face St. Ignatius in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Against Palatine, Allison Travetto scored six goals, made three steals and had three assists. Melissa Gartenberg scored five times, had four assists and made seven steals. Claire Haas, Annika Hotchkiss and Alex Adams also scored. Hotchkiss also had two assists. Goalie Lauren Burns made 10 saves and had two assists. After a tight first quarter in which it led 2-1, SHS scored three more times in the second for breathing room, then put the game away with seven goals in the third. – Daily Herald ($)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: The Patriots, with only three gymnasts, won the fifth state championship in program history. SHS posted a score of 151.65 at Hinsdale Central, ahead of three-time defending champion Wheaton co-op (149.40) and Niles West (149.0). Seniors Arie Feltman-Frank and Elijah Klaber, and sophomore Matt Krames, had the top score in two of the six events, vault and horizontal bar, and were second on pommel horse and parallel bars. They also were third in still rings and fourth in floor exercise. In the all-around competition, Feltman-Frank finished fifth with a score of 51.3 (8.55 average), Krames had a career-best effort in finishing sixth (50.75/8.46) and Klaber was 12th (49.6/8.27). For head coach Eric Liva, the championship added to an already memorable year. His daughter Dana, a senior at Prospect, won the state diving championship in November. – Official results | Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (32-0) pummeled No. 4 Lake Forest, 16-4, in the semifinals, setting a school record for most wins in a season. Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg each scored five goals to lead SHS, which led 7-1 after the first quarter. Gartenberg also had five assists, three kickouts drawn, and six steals. Travetto made seven steals. Eileen Hoang had a goal and four assists, while Claire Haas recorded five steals and a goal. Also scoring were Autumn Hoang, Erin Kempers, Fiona Gaffney and Joanie Newland. Goalie Lauren Burns made 11 saves, and also had four steals.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Collin Kapecki scored four goals, and Nick Koto tallied three goals and added three assists, as the top-seeded Patriots upended No. 5 McHenry, 18-7 in the sectional semifinals. Dan Maleski added two goals for SHS (25-6). – Illpolo.com

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Fremd Sectional: Freshman Isabelle Sparreo qualified for the state meet in two events, while juniors Charlotte Langbo and Janine Fajardo also earned state berths. Sparreo finished third in the 800-meter run (2:18.04) and was fourth in the 1,600 (5:09.09). Fajardo took second in the 100 high hurdles (15.41) and Langbo was fourth in the long jump (17-6). Langbo also placed eighth in the triple jump (35-2.5), but did not qualify in that event. SHS had several other top-10 finishers: Natalie Sparreo was fourth in the 800 (2:21.07), Lily Marks took fifth in the 100 (12.68), and Megan Toni placed sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.83) and 10th in the 300 hurdles (50.16). Three Pats had seventh-place showings: Borchueh Wu in the 200 (26.71), Jessica Philipp in the 3,200 (11:29.50), and Amy Atkinson in the discus (105-1). Eliza Sullivan was 10th in the 400 (1:03.60). The 3,200 relay team of Claire Sullivan, Eliza Sullivan, Gabriela Jagielo and Abby Pucek finished fifth (10:01.18) and the 400 relay squad of Fajardo, Marks, Wu and Juhi Jhaveri was sixth (51.35). SHS finished eighth in the team standings. – Official results | Daily Herald ($), News-Sun

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Antioch, 25-14, 25-16: Jesse Kesner had 10 kills, and Chris Song and Joe Palminteri each added seven on Senior Night in the Sports Center. Jeffrey Wang passed out 16 assists and Eric Zalewski contributed 11. Luke Feder made 10 digs. Grant Maleski had four kills and five digs. Peter Drozdzewicz also had five kills. SHS improved to 19-15 overall and 7-3 in the North Suburban Conference.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Evanston 10: The Patriots (9-10) closed out their regular season with a win at home. – IHSWLA.org

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Tuesday

Caps and gowns will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. 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 Tuesday and Wednesday

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. 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.

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.

Senior Class Party Bus Sign Up Tuesday 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 on Tuesday 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 Tuesday

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

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.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning today, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

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.

CLUB NEWS

It’s time for film and fondue with the French Club! Join French Club for chocolate fondue and a movie at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2632.

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC.

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 among states where high school graduation rates are dropping

Brainstorming in pension fix abounds after Illinois high school rejected law (Trib – $)

Four charged in alleged Chicago high school hazing incident

Lawsuit: Sheriff’s liaison officer stalked student at Kane County high school

Facebook threat at Sauk Village school investigated

New science center key to North Central College’s future (DH – $)

Thornton Fractional football standout killed in post-Prom car crash

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Common Application making changes for 2015-16 school year

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Friday, May 15, 2015

AP Credit Equity Bill Clears Next Hurdle, But Fate Uncertain

The Illinois Senate’s Higher Education Committee on Tuesday gave its unanimous approval to a bill that would require all Illinois public colleges and universities to grant credit for Advanced Placement exam scores of 3 or higher. However, House Bill 3428, also known as the AP Credit Equity Bill, has not yet been scheduled for a vote by the full Senate, and is facing opposition from the higher education lobby.

At Tuesday’s hearing, senators from both political parties lamented that Illinois public universities are unwilling to support a change that would bring them in line with educational institutions in several other states, including Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. Committee chairman Pat McGuire, a Democrat from Joliet who is a former English high school teacher and school board member, said that Illinois universities seem content to “hold the door open” for students exiting to neighboring states.

AP Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen testified before the committee on Tuesday. Larsen reflected on how AP credit acceptance policies have changed during his 25 years of teaching. Conneen read a statement prepared by senior Corey Weil, who was unable to attend the hearing because he was taking the AP Government exam at Stevenson.

Incoming Freshmen Can Receive iPads for Summer School

Incoming freshmen who are registered for summer school are eligible to sign up to receive their iPads now. All other incoming freshmen can receive iPads beginning June 16. Click here to review the letter sent home to the Class of 2019. Click here to schedule an iPad pick-up appointment.

2015-16 Student Government Leaders Announced

Rohan Bhattaram, a junior from Kildeer, will be the Student Council president for the 2015-16 school year. He was elected during student government elections last month. Erica Cole and Jessica Herst will be the Student Council vice presidents, while Karin Eng and Caleb Oh will serve as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Paula Perez was chosen as the Student Council representative to the District 125 Board of Education, and Maxwell Kahn was picked to be council historian. Other class officers elected were:

Class of 2016: Reema Amin, president; Holly Youngberg and Izabela Zaluska, vice presidents; Mandy Gollay, secretary; and David Bailey, treasurer.

Class of 2017: Matthew Cabrera, president; Robin Cheifetz and Sushmetha Venkata Submanian, vice presidents; Stephanie Diao, secretary; and Scotty Orlov, treasurer.

Class of 2018: Sasha Lenox, president; Nicholas Duffy and Nicki Nouri, vice presidents; Jessica Bae, secretary; and Sarah Jacob, treasurer.

Baroque Concert Video Available

Thursday night’s Baroque Concert, featuring Rachel Barton Pine, was streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. Click here to watch the video.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Alex Kapecki and Colin Kapecki each scored four goals as the top-seeded Patriots (24-6) beat No. 8 Palatine, 19-5. Dan Maleski added three goals for SHS, which will face fifth-seeded McHenry in the sectional semifinal at 7 o’clock tonight. Luke Gable-Preze and Nick Koto each had two goals. Shaurya Gilani and Charlie Day combined to stop 13 shots. – Illpolo.com

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at NSC Championships: Jared Borowsky won the 3,200 meter run and finished second in the mile for the Patriots, who placed fifth overall at Lakes Community High School in Antioch. Borowsky posted a time of 9:18.75 in the 3,200, and ran the 1,600 in 4:22.39. Tim Vestuto finished second in the 100 (10.99) and was fourth in the 400 (50.52). Henry Sise placed third in the shot put (54-3). Aaron Lund was fourth in the 110 high hurdles (15.08) and Matt Poetker was fourth in the discus (148-8). Sammy Oh was fifth in the 3,200 (9:33.61) and in the 1,600 (4:26.13). David Goncharov finished sixth in the triple jump (40-10). SHS took fifth in the 400 relay (43.72) and sixth in the 800 relay (1:34.43). – Daily Herald ($)

Baseball

Stevenson 2, Crystal Lake South 0: Michael Kingery threw a complete-game two-hitter for the host Patriots (19-10-1), striking out two and only walking one. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Jimmy Marchese singled home Willie Bourbon, who had doubled. Carter Baretz drove in Robby McGaha with an RBI groundout. Baretz was 2-for-3, while McGaha went 2-for-2. – @SHS_Baseball1, Daily Herald ($)

Softball

Wauconda 3, Stevenson 0: The Patriots were no-hit on the road, as Kayla Wedl struck out 19 for the Bulldogs (21-10), who won their seventh straight game. SHS (11-14) had two runners reach base, both on dropped third strikes. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Lacrosse

Glenbrook South 16, Stevenson 3

Lacrosse Alum Member of National Club Champion Team

Lily Walker (Class of 2013) was a member of the University of Michigan club team that won the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates national championship on Sunday. The 19-1 Wolverines beat Virginia Tech, 11-8, in the Division I final in Virginia Beach. Walker is studying chemical engineering at Michigan.

Freshman Selected for USA Hockey Development Camp

Will Spitzer, a freshman, has been selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Boys Select 15 national development camp July 15-21 in Amherst, New York. He is one of 12 players from Illinois selected to the camp. Spitzer, a defenseman who does not play in Stevenson’s ice hockey program, survived three tryouts, two in Chicago and one last weekend in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The final tryout featured 160 players from six states.

Softball Coach Adjusting in First Season

First-year head softball coach Alex Vikartofsky talked with Pioneer Press recently about the experience of coaching her alma mater, and of the learning curve she and her players faced with a new style of leadership.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Food Revolution Day Today

The students in the Family and Consumer Science Department will be participating in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day today! As a part of the day, 300 students from the Culinary Arts and Design courses will be making Jamie’s “Squash It” sandwich and watching a Jamie Oliver video! Food Revolution Day is a day to celebrate real food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity. For more information about Food Revolution Day, visit www.foodrevolutionday.com. How are you going to celebrate Food Revolution Day? Show us on Instagram #FRD2015 #SHSFRD2015

Sodexo Holding “Fresh Market” During Lunch Tuesday

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

Mandatory Meeting for All Juniors on Monday

All juniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Juniors must attend the meeting even if their club is scheduled to meet. Click here to see room locations.

Graduation Cap and Gown Distribution Tuesday

Caps and gowns will be distributed between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. 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.

Dance Company Auditions Next 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.

Spring Fling Food Wristbands For Sale

Are you going to Spring Fling? This week during lunch periods, you can buy wristbands for food at Spring Fling. Wristbands are available for $3 each, and with each one you get a hot dog or hamburger, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water.

Pick Up Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday. 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 Tuesday 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 on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you don’t sign up for a bus, you’ll be assigned to one at random.

Freshmen Who Wear Red Monday Get a Free Donut

All members of the Class of 2018 who wear red on Monday will receive a free donut during their lunch period. May 18 is the official day of the Class of 2018. On every May 18 before it graduates, Class of 2018 members will get a free treat if they wear the designated color for that day. For those planning ahead, the colors are blue in 2016, yellow or gold in 2017, and green in 2018.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC ASAP

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC as soon as possible. Beginning Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Traffic Alert on Prom Morning

If you’re heading out for hair styling or a haircut Saturday morning before Prom, be aware that Riverwoods Road will be closed from 8-8:45 a.m. from Route 22 north to Riverwoods/Everett Road due to the District 103 PTO’s fifth annual Run for D103. If you want to run in the race, visit www.RunforD103.org.

CLUB NEWS

It’s time for film and fondue with the French Club! Join French Club for chocolate fondue and a movie at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2632.

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC.

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

Sprague School Principal earns leadership award from Golden Apple Foundation

VIDEO: Watch Adler’s reaction as award assembly (DH – $)

College of DuPage president ordered positive mailers before election (DH – $)

CPS employee used principals’ passwords in $870K scam, officials say

Waukegan school evacuated, students injured in two smoke bomb incidents

Proviso West cafeteria worker accused of having sex with student

Waukegan District 60 buys new X-ray machines, metal detectors

CPS school budgets delayed by pension problems

Trinity professor receives kidney from Bannockburn School math teacher

Former Highland Park substitute teacher accused of cyberstalking violates bond

New UI president optimistic about building team to tackle challenges

Stained glass windows back at St. Rita High School after years in storage

Scientist-in-residence at School of the Art Institute uses food to make math fun

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years, survey says

U.S. asks to join blind student suit against Ohio school

MIT works to relieve student pressure after suicides

Consumer agency opens inquiry on student loan services

Newtown school principal awarded doctorate posthumously

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