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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

“7 Essential for Raising Successful Teens” Tonight

Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent. Tonight, parents can get some down-to-earth, practical advice on navigating the sometimes choppy waters of adolescence. Acclaimed child psychologist and author Dr. Laura Kastner will discuss “Wise Minded Parenting — 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens” in the Performing Arts Center from 7-9 p.m. Admission is free for the event, which is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation. Anyone planning to attend is asked to register here.

Course Selection Evenings for Incoming Freshmen

The first of two Course Selection Evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents will take place Thursday in Room 2104 of the West Building. Students with last names A-L are asked to come Thursday, and those with last names M-Z are asked to come next Tuesday. However, if a family has a scheduling conflict, they may attend either night and do not need to notify the school.

Counselors will be available from 4-7 p.m. each evening to answer questions parents and students may have about elective courses. Parents may submit completed forms during the evening. A nurse will be available each evening to answer questions related to the Certificate of Child Health Examination form, immunization requirements, administration of medication during the school day, and how the school works with students who have chronic illnesses.

District 96 Board Member, SHS Parent Dies

Stevenson parent and District 96 school board member Lauren Gordon died Monday after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She was 55 years old. Her husband David died last June from complications of open heart surgery. They have two sons, Gabe, who is a junior at Stevenson, and Ethan, who is a student at Princeton University. The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Beth Judea, Route 83 and Hilltop Road in Long Grove, with burial to follow at Shalom Memorial Park, 1700 W. Rand Road in Arlington Heights. Gordon was first elected to the District 96 school board in 2011, and was re-elected last year. She worked for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago for 12 years, including four years as executive director of the Northwest Suburban JCC in Buffalo Grove. District 96 Superintendent Julie Schmidt offered this reflection on Gordon. Here is the Daily Herald article about Gordon’s passing.

Boys Bowling Celebration Moved to Monday

The celebration of the state champion boys bowling team has been moved to a different day out of respect for team member Gabe Gordon, whose mother passed away two days ago. (See the item above) The celebration has been moved to 7:30 a.m. Monday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 44, Mundelein 30: Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 14 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark as the visiting Patriots clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. SHS (22-5, 10-1) can capture the division outright by winning at Libertyville on Thursday. After scoring only two points in the first quarter, the Patriots assumed control. Stevenson pulled ahead by halftime, 19-17, then outscored the Mustangs (5-20, 1-10) by 12 in the second half. Richardson, a junior, now has 1,010 career points in three varsity seasons. Janine Fajardo sank four three-pointers to finish with 12 points. Klaire Steffens added seven points. – Daily Herald (+)

National Letter of Intent Signings Today

Several Patriot student-athletes are scheduled to sign national letters of intent today, to continue their playing careers in college. Six members of the football team will be honored: Cade Gilbert (Drake University), Nick Grujanac (Wabash College), Mike Maskalunas (University of Wisconsin), Matt Norton (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Sorenson (Miami University) and Tyler Vincent (University of Dayton). Also honored will be girls water polo player Lauren Burns (Brown University). A signing ceremony will take place in the Forum at 2:30 today.

Wrestling Team Prepares for Regional

Stevenson’s wrestling program has sent many individuals to the state tournament, but the Patriots have never qualified as a team. SHS can take a major step toward making history on Saturday, when it participates in the nine-team Illinois High School Association Class 3A regional at Deerfield High. The top-scoring team on Saturday will advance to the dual team sectional, which is one step away from state. Stevenson and Deerfield are the favorites in Saturday’s regional. The Patriots are ranked sixth in the state and the Warriors are No. 7, and between them have six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their individual weight class. Stevenson and Deerfield met on the mat during the SHS Invitational on January 16, with the Pats earning a 33-30 victory. Saturday’s regional gets underway at 9 a.m.

Hockey Team Holding Fan Appreciation Night Thursday

The varsity boys ice hockey team will hold Fan Appreciation Night at its Scholastic League Playoff game against Glenbrook North at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. All students who attend who receive free T-shirts.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate Tonight

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Watch the Faculty Basketball Game February 10

What are you doing after school on Wednesday, February 10? Come and support your favorite teachers in the faculty basketball game from 3:30-4:30 in the Field House.

Testing Center Closed During Odyssey

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey, Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9-10.

CLUB NEWS

The Stevenson Styler will meet today at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

Juniors, it’s time to start decorating for Winterfest! Come to a Junior Class Board meeting on Thursday at 3:40 in Room 2004 to join in the fun! New members are always welcome.

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a three-person team sealed tournament after school Thursday in Room 1204. The cost is $2.50, students can pay with their ID, and each participant will receive four packs. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players always welcome!

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is today at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school today at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The boys water polo informational meeting will be held Monday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

Girls badminton will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 10 in Room 2104 at 3:45 p.m. Please attend if at all possible. If you are unable to attend, please contact Coach Edstrom at medstrom@d125.org or 847-415-4416, or Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org or 847-415-4589.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Teachers call CPS’ $100M in cuts an “act of war”

Rauner tries to jump-start dead CPS takeover plan

CPS institutes “lifetime ban” for students who lie to get into top schools

After long legal battle, smaller bleachers OK’d for Crystal Lake South

University of Chicago professor resigns amid sexual misconduct probe

Parents complain about cold classrooms, leaky roof at Waukegan school (+)

Oswego District 308 leader chosen as superintendent in Arkansas (+)

Marengo district hires current administrator as new superintendent

Two McHenry County districts approve economic incentive concept

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Nation’s prominent public universities shifting to out-of-state students

The reality of trying to bring computer science to every U.S. student

Should states be worried about teacher shortages?

Baylor U. accused of mishandling campus rape claims against athletes

DNA got a kid kicked out of school — and it’ll happen again

The one-room schoolhouse is the next big thing in education

Minnesota’s Concordia College cutting nine majors to balance budget

The high school diploma is now a moving target

Pearson leaving learning management systems market in 2018

These photos will help you understand Detroit’s education crisis

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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, February 2, 2016

Chess Team Clinches League Championship

Stevenson won the North Suburban Chess League championship on Saturday, winning all four of its matches against New Trier, Glenbrook South, Evanston and Maine South.

Sophomore Alex Bian, who has emerged as one of the top high school chess players in the state, went 4-0 on the day. Freshman Kavin Lavari, who entered the tournament as an alternate, helped secure the championship by securing a draw at a higher board than his usual level in the last round. Other team members included Allen Guo, Miranda Liu, Conrad Oberhaus, Jack Xiao, Rahul Dhiman, Shashank Bala, Sritej Vontikommu and Adit Ghosh. Next up for SHS is the Illinois High School Association state chess tournament, which will be held February 12-13 in Peoria. Based on winning the league championship, Stevenson will be in the running for the No. 1 seed.

College Q&A Night for Junior Parents

Stevenson’s college counselors will answer college-related questions for parents and guardians of juniors at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. There is no formal presentation; parents will set the agenda. This is a parents-only evening.

Archery Team Second at Schurz Competition

Stevenson’s archery team finished second at the Schurz High School Bulldog Shootout in Chicago last weekend. Max Papushin was the top male archer with a score of 269, including 11 bullseyes, and finished second overall. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished second among female archers with a score of 265, including 11 bullseyes, and was third overall. Go Ogata was third among male archers with a 252 and seven bulleyes, and placed seventh overall. Cloud Wang placed fourth in the male division with a 247, had nine bullseyes, and was eighth overall.

Alum’s Murder Revisited in “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

A sad chapter in the history of the Stevenson community is reopened tonight at 9 p.m. when FX debuts “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The 10-part series centers around the 1994 murders of SHS graduate Ronald Goldman (Class of 1986) and Simpson’s wife, Nicole, and the subsequent trial that riveted a nation’s attention. Simpson was charged with their murders, but later found liable for Goldman’s death in a civil trial. The Daily Herald’s Burt Constable talked with Goldman’s younger sister, Kim, about the challenge of reliving her brother’s death and its aftermath. The Goldman family moved to southern California a year after Ron’s graduation from Stevenson, but Kim said they still have ties to Buffalo Grove, where they once lived.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Regional: Mikaela Webb won the all-around competition, propelling the Patriots to a second-place finish behind Carmel, which won its 14th consecutive regional title. Webb won the vault (9.325), finished second on uneven bars (9.30) and placed fourth on floor exercise (9.125). Webb automatically advances to next week’s sectional at Mundelein. SHS must wait until all other regionals are completed to see if it will receive an at-large berth as a team, or if any other Patriots receive at-large spots. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Retired Athletic Director Martin to be Honored

Retired SHS Athletic Director John Martin has been chosen for induction into the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame this spring. He will be honored on Saturday, April 30 during the association’s annual conference in East Peoria.

During his 20 years at Stevenson, Martin guided the growth of the school’s athletic program into the largest in the state of Illinois. Under his guidance from 1990 until retiring in 2010, Stevenson’s athletic program grew from 23 sports with 71 levels and 1,013 athletes, to 35 sports with 110 levels and 2,388 athletes. In 20 years, Martin saw SHS win 15 team state championships and 43 individual state championships.

Prior to joining Stevenson, Martin served as athletic director at Hoffman Estates High School for three years. In 1996, he was named Illinois Outstanding Athletic Director of the Year, and in 2009 he was inducted into the Lake County High Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. Martin also was responsible for developing the North Suburban Conference Leadership Workshop, which every summer brings nearly 1,000 student-athletes from across the conference to Stevenson to learn about and develop leadership characteristics and skills.

Two Named to All-NSC Competitive Dance Team

Two members of the varsity Patriettes have been named to the 2016 North Suburban Conference Competitive Dance team. Seniors Kirsten Bosman and Elizabeth Spiegel were selected for the 30-member squad.

Boys Bowling Team Finds Its Lane

The SHS boys bowling team knew it had the talent to compete with the best schools in the state, but putting it all together had proven elusive until last weekend’s state finals. The Patriots performed like never before, shattering several records en route to their first state championship. Head coach Cody Mathias and state individual champion Zach Singer talked with Pioneer Press about the experience, and about the future: Three of the team’s top five bowlers return next season.

Junior Makes 46 Saves for Girls Hockey Team

Corynn Salazar, a junior goaltender for the Lake Forest co-op girls hockey team, made 46 saves during an 8-1 loss to Upper Fox Valley on Sunday. In the team’s last five outings, she has stopped 123 shots. Salazar had 20 saves, including 13 in the third period, during a 3-0 shutout of Fenwick on January 10. Katie Wynn, a junior forward, has scored at least one point in four of the team’s last five games. She is fourth on the team in scoring this season.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Boys Bowling Celebration Thursday Morning

The state champion boys bowling team will be honored during a ceremony at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104. All are welcome to attend.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

CLUB NEWS

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

The Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a three-person team sealed tournament after school Thursday in Room 1204. The cost is $2.50, students can pay with their ID, and each participant will receive four packs. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players always welcome!

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The nomination deadline is February 22 for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago Teachers Union rejects proposed four-year contract

Student applications to University of Illinois up 11% for 2016

Senate Democrats will wait to send Rauner college funding bill

Libertyville-Vernon Hills District 128 again looking at athletic facilities (+)

Elgin U46 will expand dual-language program to middle schools (+)

Amid turmoil, Lincoln-Way District 210 school board president resigns (+)

Vallas opposes shifting suburban schools’ special ed funds (+)

Chicago teacher who loved his school leaves $500K to it in his will

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Per-pupil spending in nation’s schools falls for third straight year

Rising costs bring new focus on how colleges set their prices

GED, Common Core changes highlight that college isn’t for everyone

Education Department suspends student-aid programs for several for-profits

MIT dean leaves to start university without lectures, classrooms

San Francisco schools consider giving condoms to middle schoolers

The science of getting kids organized

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Boys Bowling Team Wins State Championship

The boys bowling team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday, the first in program history and the 34th state title since Stevenson opened in 1965. Seven of the 34 state championships have come in the past five years. Junior Zach Singer won the individual championship, the first Patriot bowler to win a state title. His classmate Richy Zenner was second, marking the first time in IHSA state bowling tournament history that the top two finishers have come from the same school. The team will be honored at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104.

The bowling championship capped an extraordinary weekend for Patriot athletics. The Patriettes finished second at the IHSA Class 3A competitive dance state finals, and the wrestling team won its second straight conference championship. Details on all the accomplishments are available in the Patriot Sports section below.

Summer School Registration Opens

Registration for Stevenson’s summer school opened this morning. Online registration is available at www.d125.org/summer, and walk-in registration is open between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 2414. Although registration is open until June 3, the critical date for interested families is March 11, which is when the school determines how many sections of summer school courses (and teachers) will be needed. After March 11, all registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. More information is available in the summer school course catalog, which also is available at www.d125.org/summer. For summer camps and other programs offered by the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP), click here.

Freshman Photograph Selected for State Poster

Freshman Carissa Silet was recently named an Illinois Youth Art Month finalist. Her black-and-white, hand-colored photograph of her cousin created in Photography 1 class will be on the 2016 Illinois Youth Art Month poster. She also will be entered into Sargent Art’s free trip to New York competition. Click here to see the photo.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots won their first state championship with a record-setting performance, and junior Zach Singer became the first individual state bowling champion for SHS. Stevenson set a state record by accumulating 13,371 pins over the two-day, 60-game competition, edging defending state champion Rockton Hononegah by 40 pins. The Patriots’ final pin count broke the previous record set in 2006 by Andrew (13,161). Singer and classmate Richy Zenner finished 1-2 in the individual standings, the first time that has happened in state finals history. No Patriot had ever finished in the top 12 before Saturday. Singer vaulted from seventh-place after Friday’s competition to claim top honors with a total score of 2,899, a 241.6 average. Zenner was only 20 pins behind, and averaged 239.9 over his 12 games. SHS demolished several school records, including highest one-game score (1,263), three-game series (3,499) and six-game series (6,739). Ted Tapas concluded his high school career by finishing 18th (2,704, 225.3 average). Junior Josh Singer was close behind at 2,621 (218.4), good for 37th place. Senior Eddie Mendrala bowled nine games (1,711, 190.1 average), junior Gabe Gordon rolled two on Saturday (388, 194 average), and sophomore Lucas Pinkus recorded a 159 in his only game on Friday. Head coach Cody Mathias won a state championship in his first year; his assistant was Paul Mazzuca. – Official Results (Day 2) (Day 1) | Day 2 coverage: Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)| Day 1 coverage: Daily Herald (+)

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: The Patriettes finished a close second to Neuqua Valley in Bloomington, posting their best state finals score in the process. Stevenson earned a score of 94.88, just 1.1 points behind Neuqua, and higher than any score it has recorded in three previous state finals appearances. Head coach Kristin Piekarski’s teams scored 96.46 while finishing second in 2013, the first year of the IHSA state finals, then received a 92.74 in 2014 (third) and a 92.60 last year (fourth). – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Cheerleading

Stevenson at IHSA Lake Zurich Sectional: The Patriots finished second behind the host school by less than a point, 91.10-90.87, earning their 10th state finals berth in the last 11 years. SHS will perform in the preliminary competition Friday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Wrestling

Stevenson at NSC Championships: The Patriots rallied on the second day of competition at Wauconda to win their second straight conference championship. Two wrestlers won individual titles. Michael Kordek (31-4) captured the 182-pound crown with a 10-1 major decision in the final bout. Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (30-4) reigned atop the 170-pound division, clinching first with a 6-1 decision in the championship match. Nine other Patriots were medalists. Nick Grujanac (27-10) was runner-up at 285, while Dylan Geick (33-3) and Robert Pavlovics (27-10) finished second at 152 and 160, respectively. Eric Carter (25-9) finished third at 132, while Tommy Frezza (23-9) took third at 106. Alec Nolan (14-15) and Ben Ponto (16-15) placed fourth at 120 and 138, respectively. Brandon Zisman (24-16) took fifth at 126 and Max Gomez (4-12) was sixth at 195. In the team standings, Stevenson defeated Grant, 192.50-169.50. Last year, SHS edged Grant by a half-point for the title. – Daily Herald (+), Pioneer Press

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 64, Zion-Benton 51: Ryuji Aoki scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the final three minutes of the third quarter, propelling the host Patriots (16-6, 6-2) into sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Lake Division. Aoki, who had 15 points in the second half, scored eight straight points as SHS cut the Zion lead to 41-40 by the end of the third quarter. He had four three-pointers in the game, and also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Justin Smith put the Pats ahead for good, 45-43, with a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter. Smith scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth. He also had six rebounds on the night, and went 7-for-8 from the line. Willie Herenton scored 11 points, while Rodney Herenton had 10 points and four assists for Stevenson, which has won eight of its last 10 games. The Pats held the Zee-Bees (15-9, 4-4) to 21 points on 8-of-24 shooting in the second half. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)

Fencing

Stevenson at Glenbrook South Tournament: The Patriots walked away with a slew of trophies, including the overall women’s championship, plus top honors in women’s foil, women’s epee and men’s epee. SHS also was second overall in the men’s division. Several Pats earned individual honors, led by Lisa Rosov, who took first in women’s saber. Nikita Jhangiani finished second in women’s epee, while Zimo Zhu was second in men’s epee. Sophia Siegel placed third in women’s saber, and Andrew Kim claimed third in men’s saber. Rachel Aranyi finished fifth in women’s epee.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at NSC Championships: The Patriots finished second to Warren at Fountain Square Lanes in Antioch, and had three bowlers earn all-conference honors. Kaitlyn Rudy finished fourth with a six-game pin total of 1,148, while Samie Schmidt was eighth at 1,108. Xanthe Coulson was the third all-conference Patriot, placing 13th (1,074). Rudy and Coulson repeated as all-conference bowlers. SHS posted a team pin total of 5,063, 127 pins behind Warren, which led from the opening frame of the tournament. After finishing the morning three-game session in fifth place, the Patriots rallied in the afternoon to move past Antioch (5,035), Lake Zurich (4,920) and Libertyville (4,833). – Daily Herald (+)

Girls Basketball

Zion-Benton 48, Stevenson 43: Despite the road loss, the Patriots (21-5, 9-1) retained a one-game edge over the Zee-Bees (16-7, 8-2) in the NSC Lake Division with two games remaining. After falling behind by 11 points late in the fourth quarter, SHS rallied to within three, 44-41, with a minute left but could get no closer. Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 15 points, while Jessica Burke added 12. Klaire Steffens had nine points and 12 rebounds. Stevenson travels to Mundelein on Tuesday, and to Libertyville on Thursday. – Daily Herald (+)

 

Girls Gymnastics Regional at SHS Tonight

Stevenson plays host to an IHSA girls gymnastics regional tournament tonight at 6 o’clock in the Field House. The regional will include SHS, Lake Forest, Evanston and Carmel.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.

CLUB NEWS

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

The Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The nomination deadline is February 22 for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago Teachers Union will vote on new contract proposal today

What is “college and career ready”? District 214 has a new answer (+)

St. Charles schools: Students won’t buy healthy lunches (+)

Round Lake High $29M expansion, remodeling on schedule (+)

West Chicago High to get $5M science wing renovation (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Obama launches $4B initiative to bring computer science to all students

No more timed testing on state exams for New York students in grades 3-8

Survey: College students waste 20% of classroom time on digital devices

Atlanta superintendent proposes turnaround strategy for 26 failing schools

MIT students win Elon Musk’s hyperloop design contest

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Stevenson Daily Digest – Friday, January 29, 2016

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FBLA Captures 89 Top 10 Spots at Conference

Twelve members of Stevenson’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter earned first-place finishes at the Northern Area Conference last Saturday at Warren Township High School. Overall, Stevenson had 89 students finish in the top 10. Students earning first-place honors included:

Seniors: Rohan Balel (Management Decision Making), Jessica Finn (Social Media Campaign), Sarah Lillis (Social Media Campaign), Varun Malhotra (Banking and Financial Systems), Sam Merrick (Social Media Campaign), Jack Novak (Securities and Investments), Parth Patel (Management Decision Making) and Matthew Treiber (Agribusiness).

Juniors: Mike Komarovsky (Impromptu Speaking), Ali Ladha (Banking and Financial Systems) and Kevin You (Accounting 2).

Sophomores: Shirley Cao (Introduction to Business Presentation), Harsh Dasika (3D Animation), Rebecca Lin (E-Business), Aditya Mansharamani (Global Business), Conrad Oberhaus (Global Business), Ananya Pati (Introduction to Business Presentation), Jessica Wang (Introduction to Business Presentation), Satvik Yagnamurthy (Global Business) and Jeremy Yu (E-Business).

Freshmen: Andrew Gan (Introduction to Financial Math) and Thivya Sivarajah (Job Interview).

Click here to see the other top-10 place-winners.

70 Students Compete in First SHS Tech Day

The SHS Technology Education Department held its first Tech Day Competition on Thursday, January 21. Approximately 70 Stevenson students participated in one of the following events: robotics, 3D architecture, media arts, 3D modeling, and a team design challenge. The top three in each event were:

Media Arts: Annie Kochevar, Angelica Levit, and the team of Sanjana Chunduri and Maiko Walrath.

Team Design Challenge: Bernardo Correia and Seth Katz, Chase Duvall and Nik Ebeling, and Denna Baniasad and Shreya Natesh.

3D Modeling: Akshay Chaubai, Michael Krebs and Vlad Berez.

3D Architecture: Zack Taylor, Nathan Pratt and Tony Savino.

Robotics: Team Decision Matrix (Abby Starr, Josh Kim, Alex Kim, Hebron Taylor, Noah Salk, Daniel Rong and Aryn Harmon), and The Bot Kickers (Idan Raiter, Aditya Mansharamani, Shirley Cao, Emily Leng, David Raskin, Anisha Rao, Seth Katz and Allison Chen. (No third-place winner.)

Winter Play Cast Announced

The cast has been selected for the winter play, William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The comedic romp centers on twins who survive a shipwreck in the Adriatic Sea but are separated. They eventually find each other, but not before a multitude of moments marked by mistaken identity. Jordan Radis and Megan Rivkin earned the parts of the twins. The rest of the cast includes Brandon Sak, Kate Liebl, Logan Tobler, Hannah Behm, Laura Thornburg, Andrew Projansky, Kevin Acuna, Barrett Winston, Sammie Landau, Angela Kotsonis, Arad Boxenbaum, Mallory Weber, Josie Hannon-Geller and Izzy Prybylo. The play will be performed March 11-12.

Table Tennis Team Sweeps Triangular

The SHS table tennis team defeated Maine East, 8-1, and Grayslake North, 9-0, in a triangular meet held Thursday at Maine East. Players cited for their performance were Tejas Ambravan, Akshay Chaubal, Jack Greeley, Reuben Gutman, Michael Hu, Tejaswi Reddy Kondammagari, Parth Patel, Nick Pantelis, Trever Pokot, Al-Zahir Rahemtulla, Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla and Prithvi Velpuri.

Senior Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Senior Daniel Phalen has earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. For his Eagle Scout project, Phalen spend a day helping the AYSO VIP program recruit youth volunteers to coach soccer, and also assisted on camping activities with special needs children. The VIP program provides soccer opportunities for children with physical and mental disabilities. He has been a volunteer in the program for the past eight years.

Correction

Thursday’s Daily Digest omitted a seventh student who will be part of this weekend’s Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. Eric Kang, a bassoon player, was added to the all-state list after the initial group was selected.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted NSC Championships: The Patriots finished third with 134.65 points, behind regular season champion Mundelein (143.1) and Warren (139.25). Mikaela Webb finished second on vault (9.45) and on bars (9.25), and was fourth in the all-around (36.1). SHS will serve as host to an IHSA regional on Monday. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 137, Mundelein 48: The visiting Patriots (7-0) won 11 of 12 events and broke two pool records en route to their sixth straight conference dual victory. The record-setting efforts came in the 200-yard freestyle relay with John Roh, Topher Stensby, Karl Wadowski and Nick Baginski (1:30.13), and Daniel Ng in the 200 individual medley (2:00.68). Other individual winners for Stevenson included Andrew Lefebvre in the 200 free (1:52.83), Jacob Rosenkranz in the 50 free (23.04), Matthew Han in the 100 fly (56.78), Wadowski in the 100 free (49.66), Ng in the 100 back (55.91), Alan Fang in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.63) and Matthew Krames in diving (223.30). The Pats also captured the 200 medley relay behind Wadowski, Joseph Song, Ng and Alex Kapecki (1:41.66), and the 400 free relay with Wadowski, Ng, Stensby and Baginski (3:18.29). – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 7, Stevenson 2

 

Bowlers, Patriettes in State Finals Today

Two Stevenson sports teams will participate in their state tournaments starting today. The Patriettes are in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A competitive dance state tournament in Bloomington, while the boys bowling team is at the IHSA state finals in O’Fallon, near St. Louis. The Patriettes will perform at 3:23 today, and you can watch it live via IHSA.tv. Results will be available here. The Patriot bowlers were scheduled to start at 9:45 today. Follow their results here.

Softball Team Fundraiser at Four Restaurants Saturday

The softball team is having a fundraiser involving four local restaurants on Saturday. Place an order at Philly G’s, Mambo Italiano, Hitz Pizza or Prairie House Tavern, and 10% will go to the SHS softball program. Hitz Pizza and Prairie House Tavern are offering additional discounts. Click here for the coupon to take with you.

“Team Herenton” Adjusting to Life at Stevenson

The Daily Herald published an article today about the Herenton brothers (+), senior Rodney and junior Willie, who play for the boys basketball team. The pair transferred to Stevenson this year from Whitney Young with younger brother Samuel, a freshman. Rodney played for Whitney Young when it beat SHS in the state semifinals and won the IHSA title in 2014. Rodney and Willie told the paper that they are glad they came to Stevenson, and are enjoying the quieter life of the suburbs. They’re also adjusting to playing for the defending state champions, which has several new faces on the roster this season. Rodney has received an offer from Dartmouth, and also has been asked to be a preferred walk-on at Stanford. Willie, meanwhile, has received interest from multiple schools, including St. Louis, DePaul, Northwestern, Air Force, Wofford, Siena and Memphis.

Sports Boosters Meeting Cancelled

The February Sports Boosters meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 has been cancelled. The next Sports Boosters meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

World’s Fair Returns This Weekend

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair, a celebration of the countries, cultures, and cuisines of the Stevenson community, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Student-led booths featuring cultural displays and culinary delicacies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, featuring food and fun activities. There will be special performances each day starting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. World’s Fair is a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. Read More

Calling All Showcase Performers

If you are performing in Showcase 2016, please complete your registration online through the Online Superstore. The participation fee increases to $14 on Monday. The sooner you register, the sooner we can determine your act’s performance night.

Winterfest Dance Ticket Sales Start Monday

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance will be available at the Patriot Superstore starting Monday. The cost of these tickets is only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday, February 5. After February 5, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on February 5

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday, February 5 in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on Monday. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to www.parchment.com and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

ATHLETICS

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago Teachers Union considering “serious” contract offer from CPS

Lincoln-Way parents file lawsuit to keep high school open

Suburban substitute teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Schools’ requests for low-interest loans exceed availability (+)

Possible EIU faculty furlough takes union leader by surprise

Loyola U. says student government will be punished for actions

Northwestern joins effort to increase number of Latino professors

Morgan Park High’s fight for fairness

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Detroit teachers sue district for “deplorable” conditions

Feds to states: If students don’t take tests, you’ll lose funding

States are closing the “honesty gap” in test results, study says

Colleges that ask applicants about brushes with the law draw scrutiny

Amid fraud fears, colleges vet China applicants with video

Colleges raised $1.2B in donations for sports last year

White House honors high school counselors

University of Missouri suspends professor in assault case

At least 145 sickened by apparent gas leak at Texas school

Lowering the bar for the new GED test

Angry Birds maker Rovio spins off education business

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

Stevenson’s Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The candidates will answer questions written by members of the Political Action Club, which is hosting its fifth student-moderated debate with congressional candidates.

Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

Seven Representing SHS at All-State Music Festival

Seven student-musicians will represent Stevenson at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria this weekend. The students chosen to participate include Torin Bakke (clarinet), Jean Choi (violin), Koyomi Funahashi (soprano), Eric Kang (bassoon), Justin Lee (violin), Charis Pao (double bass) and Olivia Watkins (soprano). The three-day festival that culminates in all-state concerts at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday afternoon.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 99, Mundelein 45: Four Patriots scored in double figures during the road romp as SHS improved to 15-6 overall and 5-2 in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. Justin Smith led the team with 17 points and also had four assists, while Willie Herenton scored 16 points. Ryuji Aoki and Kevin Yang scored 11 points apiece, with Yang also yanking down six rebounds. Mundelein fell to 1-22 overall and 0-7 in the Lake Division.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

World’s Fair Returns This Weekend

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair, a celebration of the countries, cultures, and cuisines of the Stevenson community, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Student-led booths featuring cultural displays and culinary delicacies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, featuring food and fun activities. There will be special performances each day starting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. World’s Fair is a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. Read More

Bringing a Guest to Winterfest?

If you’re bringing a guest to next month’s Winterfest Dance who isn’t a Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special form before buying their ticket. You can get the form from the Superstore in the Wood Commons, or download it here. Early bird ticket sales for the Winterfest Dance will start Monday, so fill out your form now so you’ll be ready on the first.

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.


Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at www.d125.org/audition. Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on Monday. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to www.parchment.com and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a two-headed giant sealed tournament in Room 1204 after school today. The cost is $5, and each participant will get six packs. Players must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players are always welcome!

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

ATHLETICS

The informational meeting for girls track and field is today at 3:30 in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at jwimer@d125.org.

The nomination window has opened for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here. The nomination deadline is February 22.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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VIDEO: Gov. Rauner State of the State address

Rauner urges lawmakers to reach “grand compromise”

Rauner: Help poor schools but don’t cut from others (+)

Rauner suggests working together on school funding amid distrust (+)

Elk Grove District 59 eliminating instructional fees (+)

Advisory panel suggests Barrington High start classes at 9 a.m. or later

Aptakisic-Tripp District 102, teachers agree on new three-year contract

Woodstock District 200 health center nixed over parental consent issue

Chicago Public Schools holds off on $875M borrowing deal

CPS delays plan for high school, two grade schools to share building

North Shore District 112 board backs bond plan if referendum passes

Lincoln-Way board president calls critics “animals,” criticizes ex-superintendent (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

New analysis of NAEP math, reading scores called “very disconcerting”

Study questions SAT’s ability to predict first-year college grades

Analysis: 45 states raised proficiency standards under Common Core

More K-12 districts gaining confidence in cloud storage for data

U.S. schools get failing grade for financial literacy education

When donors attach strings to their giving, universities walk a fine line

Claiming deceptive practices, FTC takes action against for-profit DeVry

Nevada attracts just three applicants for state’s top education job

Amherst College abandons controversial “Lord Jeff” mascot

Georgia Department of Education official fired after Facebook posts

The man who tried to kill math in America

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Website Highlights Faculty’s No. 3 National Ranking

The Business Insider website has picked up on the latest Niche.com national rankings that rate public schools on a number of criteria, including teachers. Stevenson’s faculty is ranked No. 3 in the country, behind only the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, and Bergen County Technical High School in New Jersey. The rankings are driven in large part by feedback from parents and students. One former student said this: “The teachers at Stevenson genuinely care about their students, and students oftentimes stay close and even become friends with teachers after classes end. Grading was always fair, classes were challenging but not absurd, and teachers genuinely tried to make lessons interesting and fun.” You can see how Stevenson stacked up in every category of Niche.com’s rankings here.

Final Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Night

The final Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Evening is tonight at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Beginning at 6 p.m. outside the PAC, information packets containing course selection and health forms, a 2016-17 Course Book, summer school catalog, and a co-curricular catalog will be available for pick up. In addition, a school tour will launch from the Forum (Point) entrance of the West Building starting at 6.

Late Arrival on Thursday

The school will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m.

What’s New at World’s Fair This Year?

Pioneer Press talked with Diversity Council sponsor (and SHS Foundation Executive Director) Greg Diethrich about the annual World’s Fair, which returns this weekend. He said there will be some new student booths this year in addition to the wide variety already available. The Unicef Club will have a booth for the first time, while Cameroon and Honduras are the newest nations to be represented. Student-led booths featuring cultural displays and culinary delicacies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, featuring food and fun activities. There will be special performances each day starting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. World’s Fair is a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. Read More

Community Orchestra Debuts, More Musicians Welcome

Director of Orchestras Enrique Vilaseco talked with the Pioneer Press about the Stevenson Community Orchestra’s inaugural concert, held last Saturday. Vilaseco directs the orchestra, which includes about 60 students and adults, including alumni. The community orchestra still has openings, and the participation fee has been lowered. Anyone interested in joining the community orchestra for its concert this spring can get more information from the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP).

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 103, Loyola Academy 81: The host Patriots improved to 6-0, and received a record-setting effort from Matthew Krames. The junior set a six-dive record score of 271.15. He finished second behind Loyola’s Christopher Canning, whose 295.45 set a pool record. Nick Baginski won the 50 freestyle (21.94) and the 100 butterfly (52.54), and also was part of two winning relays: the 200 medley relay with Daniel Ng, Alan Fang and Topher Stensby (1:40.35), and the 200 free relay with Stensby, Alex Kapecki and Andrew Shashin (1:28.60). Kapecki captured the 100 free (49.79) and John Roh claimed the 100 backstroke (56.32).

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 56, Carmel 46: Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 24 points, including four three-pointers, for the host Patriots (21-4), who hit 10 treys on Senior Night. Kiana Cencula and Jessica Burke each hit a trio of three-pointers. Cencula scored 13 points and Burke added 12. SHS built a 13-point halftime lead, then staved off a second-half comeback by the Corsairs (8-13), who hit five three-pointers. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

$1 Books On Sale at Superstore to Benefit Give-A-Thon

There is a new selection of books for sale outside the Superstore during the lunch periods. All books are $1, and proceeds will benefit Give-A-Thon.

Bringing a Guest to Winterfest?

If you’re bringing a guest to next month’s Winterfest Dance who isn’t a Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special form before buying their ticket. You can get the form from the Superstore in the Wood Commons, or download it here. Early bird ticket sales for the Winterfest Dance will start February 1, so fill out your form now so you’ll be ready on the first.

ILC Hiring Student Aides for Second Semester

The ILC is hiring student aides to work during most periods this semester. You must have a free period or a study hall that you would like to give up in exchange for a job in the ILC. This is a paid position! Please see Mrs. Gorman or any staff member in the Upper West ILC for an application.

Superstore Hiring for Sixth-Hour Position

The Superstore is looking for a sophomore or junior to work during sixth hour. This is a paid position. If you’re interested, see Mrs. Miller at the Superstore or email her at smiller@d125.org.

Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at www.d125.org/audition. Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on Monday. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to www.parchment.com and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a two-headed giant sealed tournament in Room 1204 after school on Thursday. The cost is $5, and each participant will get six packs. Players must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New players are always welcome!

The Stevenson Styler will have a meeting today from 3:30-4:15 in Room 1612 to begin planning for the spring/summer edition. We are looking for fashion and lifestyle writers, editors, photographers and more! New members are always welcome, hope to see you there!

ATHLETICS

The informational meeting for girls soccer is today at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Heffernan at kheffernan@d125.org.

The informational meeting for girls track and field is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.

The softball team is holding its first-ever Bowling Night fundraiser on Saturday at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. This is a 21-and-older event that runs from 2-5 p.m. In addition to bowling, there will be appetizers, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and awards for best-dressed bowling team. For more details, click here.

The nomination window has opened for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here. The nomination deadline is February 22.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago schools CEO wants predecessor to repay $10M

Lack of state money could create College of Lake County deficit (+)

Former Lincoln-Way Central coach sentenced for sex with student (+)

Fewer students taking extended winter breaks at largely Hispanic schools (+)

Loyola vows to make university better for students of color by 2020

Crystal Lake District 155 STEM conference for girls only (+)

“Vague” threat prompts extra security at Waukegan school

Woodstock District 200, village of Lakewood approve TIF agreement

Indian Prairie District 204 may change elementary school boundaries (+)

College of DuPage to pay taxes on restaurant meals, officials say (+)

Two kids test positive for whooping cough at Evanston preschool (+)

 

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Spending in nation’s schools falls again, with wide variation across states

Indianapolis principal dies trying to save students from wayward bus

Should more kids skip college for workforce training?

Growing numbers of Chinese teens coming to America for high school

New Hampshire university offers grads employment “guarantee”

Florida State pays landmark $950K Title IX settlement over alleged rape

College admissions offices increasingly use social media to scan applicants

Texas school suspends teacher who put duct tape over students’ mouths

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CPN Presenting Talk on “Wise-Minded Parenting”

Acclaimed child psychologist and author Dr. Laura Kastner will discuss “Wise-Minded Parenting — Seven Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens and Teens” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 3 in the Performing Arts Center. The event is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Click here to register.

“Wise-Minded Parenting” is one of five books written by Kastner, who is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Wisconsin. She also is a nationally recognized expert on teen behavior and development, but here body of work also spans the parenting spectrum from early childhood through the college years.

Kastner will give a presentation earlier on February 3, from 9:30-11 a.m., for parents of children ages 3-7 at the Royal Melbourne clubhouse, 4700 Melbourne Drive, in Long Grove. She will be discussing her new book, “Getting to Calm — The Younger Years.” The morning event also is free. Click here to register.

Each event will conclude with a Q&A session and book signing. Lake Forest Book Store will have copies of the book for sale at both events.

Final Incoming Freshman Parent Orientation Night

The final of three orientation evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Beginning at 6 p.m. outside the PAC, information packets containing course selection and health forms, a 2016-17 Course Book, summer school catalog, and a co-curricular catalog will be available for pick up. In addition, a tour of the school will start at 6 p.m. from the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Click here for more information.

Winter Guard Places Second at Naperville North

The Stevenson Winter Guard finished second out of 17 teams in the Scholastic Regional A Division on Sunday at Naperville North, its first competition of the Midwest Color Guard Circuit season. The team includes captains Naomie LaPointe, a senior, and Hannah Speers, a junior, plus senior Olivia Meyer, junior Sabrina Sullivan, and freshmen Madalyn Casaletto, Jasmine Ealom, Caroline French, Amanda Jimenez, Hanna Kloepfer and Kennedy Schooley. The Winter Guard has been preparing its show, “Diamonds,” since October. The song “Diamonds” by Josef Salvat serves as the soundtrack. Click here to watch a video of their performance.

National Publication Publishes Director’s Article

“Using Standards to Drive Change,” an article written by Justin Fisk, Director of World Languages and English Language Learning, is featured in the current issue of The Language Educator magazine. In the article, Fisk describes how his division is working to overcome stagnation by committing to two things: (1) teacher- and team-driven change, and (2) grounding any change in national language-learning standards. Fisk admits that when he was part of the Spanish II team prior to becoming director, he fell prey to the “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” mindset. However, as his team forged ahead and became one of the school’s first adopters of the school’s Evidence-Based Reporting (EBR) system, Fisk said that any remaining barriers to change faded away. Today, the entire division has adopted universal standards and learning targets for any course using EBR. The issue also includes an article by former SHS Spanish teacher Rachel Gressel, who now leads the World Languages/Bilingual Education Department at Evanston Township High School. Click here to read both articles.

Not Your Normal D.C. Pork Story Features Alum’s Family

The husband and children of Elizabeth Roukis Smith, a 1985 Stevenson alumnus, were featured in the Washington Post on Saturday for their efforts to save a piglet from dying in the snowstorm that rolled through the eastern seaboard.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

State Preliminary Performance Time Set for Patriettes

The varsity Patriettes are scheduled to perform at 3:23 p.m. Friday in the preliminary round of the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state tournament at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The preliminaries will be streamed live by the IHSA at ihsa.tv. If Stevenson makes the final round on Saturday, the action also will be carried by ihsa.tv, and the school’s own Christina Erickson will be doing analysis. Erickson will be doing on-air commentary for all of the finals Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SHS has placed in the top four of Class 3A in every year since the IHSA started competitive dance in the 2012-13 school year. The Patriettes were second in 2013, third in 2014 and fourth in 2015.

Boys Bowling State Tournament Starts Friday

Stevenson is one of 24 schools that qualified for the IHSA boys bowling state tournament, which starts Friday at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon, near St. Louis. The first round starts at 9:45 a.m., with the afternoon session at 1 p.m. The top 12 teams and 30 individuals will compete in the finals on Saturday. SHS finished eighth in its first-ever state appearance last year.

Basketball Alum Earns First Start for Butler

Taylor Buford (Class of 2015) had the best games of her young college basketball career last weekend. The freshman guard for Butler University came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points against St. John’s on Friday. On Sunday, she earned her first start of the season and scored 13 points versus Seton Hall. Unfortunately, both were losses. Buford has played in 12 of the Bulldogs’ 20 contests this year, averaging 5.3 points per game.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

World’s Fair Returns This Weekend

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair, a celebration of the countries, cultures, and cuisines of the Stevenson community, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Student-led booths featuring cultural displays and culinary delicacies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, featuring food and fun activities. There will be special performances each day starting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. World’s Fair is a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. Read More

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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

$1 Books On Sale at Superstore to Benefit Give-A-Thon

There is a new selection of books for sale outside the Superstore during the lunch periods. All books are $1, and proceeds will benefit Give-A-Thon.

Bringing a Guest to Winterfest?

If you’re bringing a guest to next month’s Winterfest Dance who isn’t a Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special form before buying their ticket. You can get the form from the Superstore in the Wood Commons, or download it here. Early bird ticket sales for the Winterfest Dance will start February 1, so fill out your form now so you’ll be ready on the first.

ILC Hiring Student Aides for Second Semester

The ILC is hiring student aides to work during most periods this semester. You must have a free period or a study hall that you would like to give up in exchange for a job in the ILC. This is a paid position! Please see Mrs. Gorman or any staff member in the Upper West ILC for an application.

Superstore Hiring for Sixth-Hour Position

The Superstore is looking for a sophomore or junior to work during sixth hour. This is a paid position. If you’re interested, see Mrs. Miller at the Superstore or email her at smiller@d125.org.

Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at www.d125.org/audition. Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on February 1. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to www.parchment.com and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.

CLUB NEWS

The Stevenson Styler will have a meeting on Wednesday from 3:30-4:15 in Room 1612 to begin planning for the spring/summer edition. We are looking for fashion and lifestyle writers, editors, photographers and more! New members are always welcome, hope to see you there!

ATHLETICS

The informational meeting for girls soccer is Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Heffernan at kheffernan@d125.org.

The informational meeting for girls track and field is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at edegen@d125.org.

The softball team is holding its first-ever Bowling Night fundraiser on Saturday at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. This is a 21-and-older event that runs from 2-5 p.m. In addition to bowling, there will be appetizers, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and awards for best-dressed bowling team. For more details, click here.

The nomination window has opened for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here. The nomination deadline is February 22.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Cullerton: Rauner pension deal likely, but school funding needs “turnaround”

Study: By 2024, retirees will cost Illinois more than current teachers

Woodstock District 200 to decide on school-based health clinic

Loyola University students face discipline after workers rights protest

Peoria plans to create middle school focused on math, science and art

Will theological debate “undo” Wheaton College? (+)

DeKalb County school await state policies for transgender students

Former CPS CEO continues to cooperate in case against co-defendants

Ex-Grayslake PTO treasurer who stole $17K pays final restitution (+)

EIU president outlines cuts in response to no state budget

NIU president: Operations will continue despite state budget stalemate

College of DuPage trustee: I wasn’t pushing for Breuder return (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

A look at the Detroit Public Schools teacher “sick-outs” situation

Once-lagging neighborhood schools now drive improvement in St. Louis

College classes for middle school students? It’s happening in California

For hungry D.C. kids stuck in snow, schools open their doors for meals

Ball State University president resigns after less than two years in office

Texas high school student suspended after helping asthmatic classmate

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