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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Junior to Appear on Episode of “Sirens” Tonight

Junior Jonah Rawitz will be appearing on the USA Network TV show “Sirens” at 9 p.m. tonight. He will be playing the son of former Saturday Night Live cast member Nora Dunn. Here is a brief promo for tonight’s episode. “Sirens,” which is in its second season, focuses on the lives of three Chicago emergency medical technicians. Comedian Denis Leary is one of the show’s creators.

Science Olympiad Cleans Up on Regional Medal Stand

Monday’s Digest highlighted the Science Olympiad team’s regional championship from Saturday. Almost every SHS student participated on one first-place team. Eric Qian, Caroline Fatina and Borchueh Wu each won four first-place medals, while 12 others earned three: Alex Hong, Shravya Gogula, Katherine Liu, Hannah Yan, Teresa Mao, Kevin Cao, Jason Lu, Daniel Tao, Amber Hu, Sophia Liu, Elaine Xiao and Shu Zhang. Here is a link to all of the students who won awards at the regional.

Carpenters Tribute Group Performing at SHS Friday

The music of Karen and Richard Carpenter receives a loving tribute Friday night from Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters in a concert that is part of the Stevenson Center for the Performing Arts Professional Performance Series, sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 847-415-4121 to order tickets or buy them online.

The opening act will feature a performance by the Stevenson co-ed pop/jazz vocal group Jazz Etc. The roster will include Talia Abrams, Johnny Barboza, Kaitlin Feely, Koyomi Funahashi, Anne Grujanac, Paul Halliday, Alex Knezevic, Sam Litwin, Cynthia Liu, Alyson Low, Megan Pinkley, Matt Poetker, Jonah Rawitz, Kelvin Rim, Jamie Sergay, Jacob Shellist, Jake Singer, Nicole Westley and Emily Wynn.

Archery Team Third at Clemente Tournament

Stevenson’s archery team took third place in the Novice Division at Clemente High School’s Wildcat Tournament on Saturday, earning the first team trophy in program history. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished first overall in the division. SHS travels to Springfield for the state archery tournament on Saturday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 79, Carmel 26; Stevenson 89, Palatine 13: Jared Borowsky, David Goncharav and Aaron Lund each won two events for the Patriots in the Field House. Borowsky captured the 1,600-meter run (4:48.1) and the 1,000 (2:43.8), and also finished second in the 3,200 (10:16.4). Goncharav won the 300 dash (39.7) and 160 dash (19.4). Lund claimed the 55-meter high hurdles (8.3) and 55-meter intermediate hurdles (8.1). Other winners included Sammy Oh in the 3,200 (9:48), Tim Vestuto in the 55 dash (6.6), and Matt Poetker in the shot put (42-10). SHS also won the 640 relay (1:18.7). Runner-up finishes came from Jake Calamari in the 55 high hurdles (8.9), Jordan Eng in the 300 dash (40.5), Cade Gilbert in shot put (41-2), John Worwa in the high jump (5-2), and Daniel Rong in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.4)

Boys Basketball Supersectional Tonight

Stevenson takes on Riverside-Brookfield at 7 o’clock tonight in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Boys Basketball Supersectional in the Jones Convocation Center at Chicago State University. Google Map for CSU The game features one team that is accustomed to the spotlight, and one hoping to take center stage. SHS (27-3) is in the supersectional for the third straight year, and fifth time in school history. The Patriots finished third in the state last year after placing second in 2013. The Bulldogs (28-3) are making their first supersectional appearance after winning their first sectional championship on Friday. Patriot fans attending the game are asked to wear green and gold. If you can’t make the game, it will be streamed live by the IHSA through the National Federal of High Schools Network at this link. As with Friday’s Waukegan Sectional final, the broadcast is free for Xfinity subscribers, but requires a fee from all others. You can purchase a 24-hour viewing pass for $9.99; other options also are available. The game will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 100 as the CN100 Game of the Week at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Visit cn100.tv for additional air dates and times. You can also watch the game anytime with Xfinity On Demand. Here are some game previews by Chicago-area media outlets: High School Cube | Chicago Tribune | Daily Herald ($) | Pioneer Press

Brunson Named Sun-Times Player of the Year

Jalen Brunson has been selected as the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season. He is the first Stevenson boys basketball player to earn the honor. Through the first 29 games of the season, Brunson was averaging 23 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. He is four points away from becoming the all-time leading scorer in Lake County boys basketball history. Brunson talked about how freshman-year struggles led him to commit fully to the sport, and intensified his work ethic to a higher level. Growing four inches, from 5-foot-10 to his current 6-2, also helped raise his game. Brunson also told the newspaper that he almost didn’t attend Stevenson. In fact, he was planning to enroll at Loyola Academy, but after playing basketball with teammate Connor Cashaw in eighth grade, decided to come to SHS.

Two Patriots Win State Frosh-Soph Wrestling Titles

Sophomores Ben Ponto and Nikita Nepomnyashchiy won their weight classes at the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Freshman/Sophomore State Wrestling Championships in Springfield. Ponto claimed the 132-pound title while Nepomnyashchiy captured the 160-pound crown. Two other Patriot wrestlers qualified for the event, which was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Sophomore Robert Pavlovics finished fourth at 152 pounds, and freshman Muzi Sitshela won two of his four matches at 113.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Supersectional Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Tickets for tonight’s supersectional boys basketball game at Chicago State University are available for $8 in the Patriot Superstore. You can get tickets in the Superstore until 1:30. The game starts at 7 o’clock. For $15, students can purchase a combo ticket which includes admission and transportation to and from the game on a pep bus. To ride the pep bus, students must turn in a signed permission form when purchasing tickets. Click HERE to download the permission form. Permission forms also will be available at the Superstore and Athletic Office. The pep buses will load at the Sports Center, parking lot E, at 4 p.m. We strongly encourage students to take the pep bus. The venue is located south of the city and traffic will be heavy during rush hour.

Auditions for Spring One Acts Today

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are today at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

Buffalo Grove Candidates to Debate at SHS Thursday

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

Juniors Invited to Apply for Summer Health Care Internship

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

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

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

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through Thursday, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

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

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

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

Band Parents Fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove

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

INTRAMURALS

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

CLUB NEWS

Today after school, come to Chinese Club in Room 2812 to learn how to play Mahjong and eat free dumplings.

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is after school today in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Sprague principal among area educators receiving Golden Apple honors (DH – $)

U-46 to lay off hundreds of teachers, support staff (DH – $)

Hinsdale South student claims harassment from District 86 board member

Ridgewood High students face charges over nude photos

Suit: CPS engineer forced out of his job because of age, race

Mundelein High assistant principal selected to lead Fenton High School (DH – $)

Springfield school board extends superintendent’s contract, questions teacher dress

UIC, University of Chicago celebrate unity in Obama library bids

Elgin Community College banning smoking on campus at end of March (DH – $)

Peoria brothers, 14 and 17, attending Knox College together

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Which colleges are the most generous with financial aid?

A new idea to attract good teachers to poor, rural schools

Penn State University fraternity suspended over secret Facebook page

Davidson math students lend a hand to basketball team

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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, March 16, 2015

Science Olympiad Teams Win Regional Titles

Stevenson took first place in the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the 26-team Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition held Saturday at the College of Lake County. For the first time in program history, the varsity team earned a medal in every event, and registered a school-record 30 points in 23 events. The varsity and JV teams are both undefeated this season. A link to individual award winners will be included in Tuesday’s Digest.

Stevenson will compete in the Illinois Science Olympiad state competition at the University of Illinois April 17-19. Unfortunately, there is only one competition level at state, so Stevenson will be limited to a roster of 15 students (plus some alternates). The top two teams from the Illinois finals will earn bids to the National Science Olympiad in May. Daily Herald coverage of Saturday’s regional ($)

Buffalo Grove Candidates to Debate at SHS Thursday

Stevenson’s Political Action Club and the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are hosting public debates Thursday night featuring the two candidates for Buffalo Grove village president, and the six people running for three Buffalo Grove village board trustee positions. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 of the West Building. A debate between trustee candidates will take place first, followed by a debate between the village president candidates. Students will serve as moderators for both debates. Anyone attending should park in lot B for easiest access, and enter the Forum or “Point” entrance.

Teachers to Promote Bill on AP Exam Credit Equity

Advanced Placement Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen will testify before a state committee in Springfield on Wednesday in support of legislation that would make Illinois the 15th state to require public universities to grant college credit to any student who receives a score of 3 or higher on any AP exam. Conneen and Larsen will testify before the Illinois House of Representatives’ Elementary and Secondary Education Committee’s School Curriculum and Policies subcommittee at 8 a.m. Wednesday. They will lend their support to the AP Credit Equity bill (HB 3428), filed by State Rep. Carol Sente. The bill seeks to address inconsistent practices on the part of Illinois universities and community colleges in granting credit for AP exam scores. Larsen and Conneen will push for passage based on four reasons:

  • Keeping the state’s best students in Illinois for college, and recruiting top students from other states. Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Minnesota are among the states that require public higher education institutions to grant college credit for AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
  • Making higher education more affordable by reducing the need to take a college course that already is covered by the AP program.
  • Providing an incentive for high schools to offer AP courses, which would lead to more students attending college. According to supporters, students who pass AP exams are more likely to graduate from college on time.
  • Improving equity for minority students. Fifty-six percent of African-American students earn a 3 on AP exams, and 45% of Hispanics. Almost half of low-income students taking AP exams (46%) earn a 3 or better.

The public is invited to register its opinions online at this link. When filling out the form, respondents are asked to select fill out all required fields, including school name/affiliation in the “Representation” area; select “Proponent” or “Opponent” in the “Position” section; and check the “Record of Appearance Only” box in the “Testimony” section to indicate a position without having to write any statement. If interested, participants can also file a written statement online.

Scholastic Bowl Team Concludes Season at Sectional

The Scholastic Bowl team competed in the Illinois High School Association Class AA Fremd Sectional on Saturday, winning one of three matches to conclude its season. SHS beat Carmel, 450-150, and fell to sectional champion Fremd, 440-380, and Barrington, 400-270.

Health Teachers Giving Presentation in Seattle

Health teachers Chad Dauphin and Tom Loew will be giving a presentation at the 2015 SHAPE America National Convention and Expo in Seattle on Tuesday. They will be sharing ideas and activities for teaching and assessing health education students with other educators from around the country.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: Head coach Jeff Wimer earned his 500th career victory as the second-ranked Patriots beat No. 8 Lyons Township, 10-2, to complete a 3-0 day. SHS also beat No. 16 Wheeling (18-3) and No. 11 Palatine (14-2) in its season-opening tournament. Wimer is the winningest coach in Illinois girls water polo history, with a record of 500-162-1 in 22 seasons. Most of his wins (329) have come during his 15 seasons at Stevenson; he also led Mundelein for seven years. In the water Saturday, Allison Travetto and Melissa Gartenberg were the leading scorers for SHS with 14 and 13 goals, respectively. Travetto scored seven times in the win over Wheeling, had five against Palatine, and two versus Lyons. Gartenberg scored seven goals on Lyons, five against Wheeling, and added one more versus Palatine. Annika Hotchkiss had seven goals in three games, including four against Palatine. – Illpolo.com

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: The Patriots, No. 3 in the Illpolo.com preseason rankings, moved to 4-0 on the season by outscoring its three opponents, 47-7. SHS defeated Wheeling (18-1), Fremd (16-4) and No. 13 Niles West (13-2), four days after a 20-2 season-opening victory over Evanston. Colin Kapecki was the leading scorer for the Patriots, notching 11 goals in three games, including five in the win over Wheeling. Dan Maleski had seven goals, including a team-leading three against Niles West. Kurt Holzer added six goals, with four coming versus Fremd. Rahul Arun had five steals against Fremd and Maleski added four. Andrew Shashin had three assists, three steals, two goals and drew a pair of ejections against Niles West. – Illpolo.com.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 57, Lake Forest 49: The Patriots beat the Scouts for the third time this season and captured the IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional championship, their third consecutive sectional title and fifth in program history. SHS (27-3) advances to Tuesday’s supersectional against Riverside-Brookfield (28-3) at Chicago State University. (Ticket and pep bus information below.) Against Lake Forest, the Patriots controlled the game from start to finish, but had to hold off several second-half surges by the Scouts (28-3). SHS scored the game’s first nine points, led 14-6 after the first quarter and 27-15 at half. LFHS came as close as three points late in the fourth quarter, 52-49, but Connor Cashaw made a crucial steal and Jalen Brunson followed with a pair of free throws to secure victory in the waning seconds. Brunson led Stevenson with 25 points, and is four points away from becoming Lake County’s all-time leading scorer. He went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Justin Smith scored 17 points, and Cashaw had 11. – News-Sun (main), News-Sun (sidebar), Chicago Tribune, Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 68, Carmel 38: Janine Fajardo won both hurdles events to lead the Patriots in the Field House. She finished first in the 55-meter high hurdles (9.1 seconds) and 55-meter low hurdles (8.9). Other winners included Isabelle Sparreo in the 3,200 (11:54), Lily Marks in the 55 dash (7.6), Claire Sullivan in the 800 (2:38), Amy Atkinson in the shot put (26-5.5), and Kasina Daley in the high jump (4-8).

Supersectional Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Stevenson will play Riverside-Brookfield in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Boys Basketball Supersectional at Chicago State University at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Google Map for CSU

Tickets are $8, and will be available in the Patriot Superstore and Athletic Office until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods, while the Athletic Office is selling tickets from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and 8-1:30 on Tuesday. The Athletic Office can only accept cash and checks; the Superstore takes credit, debit and Patriot Dollars in addition to cash and check.

For $15, students can purchase a combo ticket which includes admission and transportation to and from the game on a pep bus. To ride the pep bus, students must turn in a signed permission form when purchasing tickets. Click HERE to download the permission form. Permission forms also will be available at the Superstore and Athletic Office.

The pep buses will load at the Sports Center, parking lot E, at 4 p.m. We strongly encourage students to take the pep bus. The venue is located south of the city and traffic will be heavy during rush hour.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Auditions for Spring One Acts Tuesday

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

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

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

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through Thursday, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

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

INTRAMURALS

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

CLUB NEWS

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday after school in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Community colleges turn to high schools to keep students out of remedial math

Volunteer coach at Naperville middle school charged with abusing player

Chicago Public Schools to sell three more shuttered school buildings

Naperville-area schools get creative to combat substitute teacher shortage

Disabilities group to CPS: Make sure charter schools welcome special ed students

No controversy, just fine dining at student-run community college restaurants (DH – $)

Anita Hill blames Salaita conflict, “polarity” for not speaking at UI

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Maine educator wins “Nobel Prize for teaching”

Pearson monitoring social media for security breaches during PARCC tests

14 boys arrested at California high school for sex crimes

Michigan governor yanks school reform office from state’s education department

County school district suing state of Tennessee over funding

Disbanded University of Oklahoma fraternity considering legal action

College IT offices sever ties with terrorist acronym

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Seniors Earn Honorable Mention in C-SPAN Video Contest

Seniors Saloni Nahar and Linsey Nowack earned honorable mention honors in the 2015 StudentCam video contest sponsored by C-SPAN. The pair, who took Advanced Placement Government with Richard Pierce during first semester, created a video called “Small Beetle, Big Problem.” The video describes the effect that Emerald Ash Borer beetles have had on Buffalo Grove, and what the government has done to combat them.

Auction Items Sought for Foundation Golf Outing

The Stevenson Foundation is seeking select auction item donations for its 2015 golf outing and dinner reception on June 29. Items of interest include sports tickets, music/theater tickets, use of vacation properties, and golf foursomes. If you can help please contact Greg Diethrich at gdiethrich@d125.org or 847-415-4465. For more information on the outing or to register or sponsor, visit StevensonFoundation.org.

Students Helping Soldiers Holding Candy Fundraiser

Students Helping Soldiers is selling See’s Candies to raise money. Candy can be purchased at this link through Wednesday. Orders placed by community members can be picked up between 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday, March 26.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Basketball Team Seeks Third Straight Sectional Title

Stevenson‘s boys basketball team will attempt to win its third consecutive sectional championship and fifth in program history tonight when it faces Lake Forest at 7 o’clock at Waukegan High School’s historic gymnasium on the Washington Street campus. The Patriots and Scouts have faced twice already this season in North Suburban Conference action, with SHS prevailing 76-69 on January 15 and 65-48 on February 20 (SBN/Cube video). Conventional wisdom says it’s hard for one team to beat another three times in a season, but this News-Sun reports suggests otherwise. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Waukegan Sectional, and Lake Forest is the No. 2 seed. The game will be shown on the National Federation of High Schools Network. XFINITY subscribers can watch for free by signing in with their account. All others will have to pay $9.95 for a 24-hour pass. Gamecast link

Brunson Nominated for TribLocal Athlete of the Month

Jalen Brunson is Stevenson’s nominee for TribLocal Athlete of the Month for March. Voting is available at triblocal.com/vote-libertyville. You can vote every 12 hours until noon Tuesday, March 24.

Boys Tennis Team Features Depth, Experience

Pioneer Press has a preview of the upcoming boys tennis season. Stevenson, which finished fifth in the state last year, returns a deep team, including half of the 2014 state doubles champion in senior Colin Harvey. Also back are Harvey’s sophomore brother, Matt, and senior Adam Maryniuk, who qualified for state in doubles last year, along with state singles qualifier Ben Bush, a junior.

Girls Soccer Looks to Build on Strong 2014 Finish

The girls soccer team got off to a slow start last year, but wound up winning a Class 3A regional title. Nine players return from last year’s team, led by Northwestern-bound Kya Suzuki. Pioneer Press has a season preview.

Boys Water Polo Team Reloads for Another Run at State

The boys water polo team placed fourth in the state last year after taking second in 2013. Despite the loss of three of their five leading scorers, the Patriots return a lot of firepower. Leading the way are Andrew Shashin and Alex Kapecki, who finished second and third in goals in 2014. Daily Herald preview ($)

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anti-Bullying Presentations Today

Students will be participating in an anti-bullying presentation today during their regularly scheduled science class. Presentations will take place in the Performing Arts Center throughout the day. The presentations will be led by Julie Ganey, whose bullying prevention program, “Stand Up on the Schoolyard,” has been presented to schools around the country. She is an arts educator at three Chicago-area theaters, including the Goodman, and also performs and writes for the 2nd Story company.

Sectional Basketball Tickets Available Until 1:30 Today

Stevenson will play Lake Forest for the Waukegan Sectional championship tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased the Patriot Superstore or the Athletic Office until 1:30. If you turned in a permission form to ride a student pep bus, buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 and return after the game (to Lot E). Students must ride the bus to and from the game.

“The Laramie Project” Takes Stage This Weekend

The winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or at the door. “The Laramie Project” is a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the Tectonic Theatre Company members with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. Also, we have partnered with Susan Burk at The Matthew Shepard Foundation, who will be giving an introduction to each show. During intermission we will be selling “Erase Hate” T-shirts and bracelets, with proceeds going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, whose mission is to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance.”

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled After School Today

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school today in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Auditions for Spring One Acts Tuesday

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

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

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

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

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through next Thursday, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

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

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

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

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

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

CLUB NEWS

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500.

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday after school in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Mrs. Willock currently has a great opportunity for a student who is interested in a business career with an emphasis on science/biology research, to participate in a shadow at a large pharmaceutical firm over Spring Break on Wednesday, April 1. If you are available and interested, please contact her ASAP via email at dwillock@d125.org.

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Exciting news! A second Pasta Date Night Class has been added! The first class filled quickly and was such a hit that we decided to do it again. Reserve your spot quickly so you don’t miss out. Click here to register and for more information.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

PARCC testing signals new era of assessment for Illinois students

Illinois bill threatens professors’ cherished perk: Tuition breaks for their children

Ex-Diamond Lake teacher gets probation for molesting teen

Former bilingual coordinator sues Round Lake District 116 over dismissal (DH – $)

University of Illinois president to step down one month early

Gavin District 37 school board member quits to take different government post (DH – $)

Waukegan Park District looks to school district to help fund $7.5M pool expansion

New public relations firm triggers latest dispute at College of DuPage (DH – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Institutions experimenting with targeted MOOCs, eschewing global approach

The days of giant lecture hall courses may be numbered

For education majors, a new graduate degree is better than years of experience

Federal agents raid suspected fake schools in California

Arizona high school invites students into the budgeting process

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

More Than 100 Musicians Earn Superior Ratings in Contests

More than 150 student-musicians participated in the Stevenson High School Music Solo and Ensemble Contest last Saturday. Several others participated in the Illinois High School Class AA Solo and Ensemble Contest at Lake Zurich High School on the same day. Overall, more than 100 SHS students earned Division I (Superior) ratings, the top level attainable. Click here to see the list of Division I recipients.

Anti-Bullying Presentations Set for Friday

Students will be participating in an anti-bullying presentation on Friday during their regularly scheduled science class. Presentations will take place in the Performing Arts Center throughout the day. The presentations will be led by Julie Ganey, whose bullying prevention program, “Stand Up on the Schoolyard,” has been presented to schools around the country. She is an arts educator at three Chicago-area theaters, including the Goodman, and also performs and writes for the 2nd Story company.

Science Teachers Presenting at NSTA Conference in Chicago

Science teachers will be attending the National Science Teachers Association national conference in Chicago on Friday, and several will be giving presentations throughout the weekend.

On Friday, presentations will be given by Tommy Wolfe and some of his University of Illinois colleagues (“Food for Thought: Modeling the Role of Glucose”); Dean Barr and Steve Wood (“NGSS: Developing and Implementing Vertically Aligned Curriculum, Grades 6-12”); and Jill Lisius, Christine Pfaffinger, Jin Hwang and Molly Fitzgibbons (“Having Your Chemistry Classroom Support the NGSS”).

On Saturday, presentations will be offered by Matt Edstrom and Jason Carlson (“Argumentation in the Science Classroom”), and Wood and architect Wendy Watts (“Science Lab Renovations: Working Strategically with Architects to Create 21st Century Labs”).

Three more presentations are planned for Sunday: Ryan Fedewa and Sheila Edstrom (“Formative Assessment in the Physics Classroom”); Brett Erdmann and Christina Palffy (“A Culture of Learners: Using ‘Self-Service’ Tools, Reflection, Remediation, and Collaborative Problem-Solving to Cultivate Growth Mind-Sets”); and Pfaffinger, Kellie Dean and Caroline Humes (“Engaging Students with Literacy Strategies”).

In conjunction with the national conference, NSTA is also hosting the Global Conversations in Science Education Conference. As part of the initiative, NSTA asked Stevenson and Daniel Wright Junior High School to host some visitors from around the globe on Wednesday, visiting science classes and discussing science education in the United States. Visitors came from Argentina, Sweden, Japan, the United Kingdom, Turkey, the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Australia and Swaziland.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

SHS-Lake Forest for Sectional Basketball Championship

As expected, Stevenson and Lake Forest will tangle a third time this season. The two teams square off for the IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. The game will be played at Waukegan’s Washington Street campus, 1011 Washington Street, in Waukegan. Lake Forest (28-2) advanced to the sectional final by beating Evanston, 54-47, Wednesday night. The Scouts’ only losses this year have come at the hands of the Patriots (26-3).

JV Hockey Team in State Quarterfinals

The junior varsity boys ice hockey team is still alive in its state playoff chase. The sixth-seeded Patriots will face No. 3 Benet Academy in the Blackhawk Cup JV state tournament quarterfinals at 8:25 tonight at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. SHS advanced to the quarters with a 2-1 win over Evanston last Friday. The winner of tonight’s game will face Niles Notre Dame or Providence in the semifinals Sunday night.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sectional Championship Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Tickets for Friday’s Waukegan Sectional championship basketball game are available in the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office today and Friday. All tickets are $5. Stevenson will play in the championship game at 7 p.m.

The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods, and can accept cash, credit card, check or Patriot Dollars. The Athletic Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, and can only take cash and check.

For an additional $5, students can purchase a seat on pep buses provided by Stevenson. Students must turn in a completed permission form, and purchase a game ticket and pep bus ticket. Permission form link: http://goo.gl/1Ow5Ae.

Buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game (to Lot E). Students must ride the bus to and from the game.

“The Laramie Project” Takes Stage This Weekend

The winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or by calling 847-415-4126. “The Laramie Project” is a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the Tectonic Theatre Company members with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. Also, we have partnered with Susan Burk at The Matthew Shepard Foundation, who will be giving an introduction to each show. During intermission we will be selling “Erase Hate” T-shirts and bracelets, with proceeds going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, whose mission is to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance.”

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled for Friday

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school Friday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Auditions for Spring One Acts Tuesday

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre. There will be an informational meeting for all interested students at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Studio Theatre. Attendance is highly recommended.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

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

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

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

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

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

COLLEGE NEWS

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

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

CLUB NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday after school in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Mrs. Willock currently has a great opportunity for a student who is interested in a business career with an emphasis on science/biology research, to participate in a shadow at a large pharmaceutical firm over Spring Break on Wednesday, April 1. If you are available and interested, please contact her ASAP via email at dwillock@d125.org.

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Exciting news! A second Pasta Date Night Class has been added! The first class filled quickly and was such a hit that we decided to do it again. Reserve your spot quickly so you don’t miss out. Click here to register and for more information.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois pension law greeted with court skepticism

University of Illinois president endorses new medical school at Urbana-Champaign

Legislator: Let districts decide whether to offer physical education (DH – $)

School funding task force meets for first time

Chicago to be named a model for financial education

Lake Zurich District 95 hires Warren Township High administrator (DH – $)

Lake Zurich elementary school principal taking similar post in Hampshire

Wheaton College shares plans for new buildings (DH – $)

Chicago-based student achievement app Classkick rakes in $1.7M

UIC students likely to see health insurance rate increase

Naperville teacher’s slayer found guilty

Girl arrested after brawl at IHSA sectional basketball game

Bloomington high school plans to end Saturday detentions

Prairie Grove District 46 fills principal, assistant principal vacancies from within

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Are public universities becoming bastions of privilege?

When a teacher’s job depends on a child’s test

Privacy pitfalls as education apps spread haphazardly

Oklahoma president’s swift action on racist video carries risks

Why some schools serve local food and others can’t (or won’t)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins IHSA Regional Title

The Scholastic Bowl team won the Illinois High School Association Class AA Regional held at Stevenson on Monday. The team defeated Highland Park (370-110) in the first round, Deerfield (400-150) in the semifinals, and Hersey (390-15) in the regional championship match. The regional title is Stevenson’s ninth in a row and 13th in the last 15 years.

The team roster consisted of sophomores Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed, juniors Kazuma Shimanaka and Marco Laudati, and seniors Jonathan Mishory, Braden McDowell and Zachary Pease.

Stevenson will face Fremd, Barrington and Carmel at the Fremd Sectional Saturday morning. The winner of the sectional will advance to the IHSA state finals in Peoria on Friday, March 20.

Nordhem Named District PE Teacher of the Year

Longtime Stevenson educator Vicky Nordhem was selected on Wednesday as the 2015 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for the Northeastern District of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD). She will be presented with the award at the district’s banquet in October. Nordhem also becomes a candidate for High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in the Midwest District of SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators). Nordhem has taught physical education at Stevenson for 35 years.

Students to Sing at Sondheim Celebration

Two SHS students will be singing a duet later this month in a Chicago celebration of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday. Seniors Emily Wynn and Alex Knezevic will perform their duet during “Finishing the Birthday Hat” at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at The Pro Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, in Chicago. The event is a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Chicago, and is being sponsored by the Improvised Sondheim Project. Tickets are $15 and are available through Vendini.

Have You Taken the State’s 5Essentials Survey Yet?

Stevenson parents are encouraged to take part in the state’s third annual online 5Essentials Survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides an opportunity for teachers, students and parents to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. The survey window closes Friday. Click here to take the survey.

Glass Slipper Project Collects 293 Dresses

Last week’s Glass Slipper Project collection drive led by Student Council brought in 293 dresses, as well as jewelry, shoes and other accessories.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 78, Niles Notre Dame 77: The Patriots survived a late push from the Dons and advanced to Friday night’s IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional championship game. SHS (26-3) will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal between No. 2 Lake Forest (27-2) and No. 5 Evanston (20-8). Against Notre Dame, the Patriots appeared to have the game under control after a 24-9 third-quarter surge resulted in a 62-52 lead. Jalen Brunson scored 15 of his season-high 41 points in the period. However, the Dons (26-5) made a furious rally and pulled within 77-75 with 15 seconds left. After Brunson hit a free throw to make it 78-75, Notre Dame – which had no timeouts remaining — stunned the gymnasium by settling for a layup with 4.8 seconds left. SHS let the clock run out after the basket. Justin Smith was the only other Patriot in double figures, with 16 points. – Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune | The Cube Video

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 44, Jacobs 38: Jared Borowsky and Aaron Lund each won two events to lead the Patriots in the Field House. Borowsky captured the 1,600-meter run (4:41.1) and the 800-meter run (2:01), while Lund claimed both hurdles events, the 55-meter high (8.3) and 55-meter intermediate (8.1). Henry Sise won the shot put (49-10.5) and Matt Poetker finished second to give SHS a 36-32 lead, and Borowsky and Sammy Oh sealed the outcome by following their 1-2 finish in the 1,600. Oh also was third in the 800. Other second-place finishes came from Jake Calamari (55 high hurdles), Tim Vestuto (55 dash) and Daniel Rong (55 intermediate hurdles). Rong also was third in the 55 high hurdles. Other third-place finishers were John Worwa (high jump) and David Goncharov (160 dash).

Sectional Championship Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Tickets for Friday’s Waukegan Sectional championship basketball game are available in the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office today, Thursday and Friday. All tickets are $5. Stevenson will play in the championship game at 7 p.m. against Lake Forest or Evanston.

The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods, and can accept cash, credit card, check or Patriot Dollars. The Athletic Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, and can only take cash and check.

For an additional $5, students can purchase a seat on pep buses provided by Stevenson. Students must turn in a completed permission form, and purchase a game ticket and pep bus ticket. Permission form link: http://goo.gl/1Ow5Ae.

Buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game (to Lot E). Students must ride the bus to and from the game.

Lacrosse Alum Helping Holy Cross Reach New Heights

Brendan Sheehan (Class of 2012) and his Holy Cross men’s lacrosse teammates are in the midst of an historic season. The Crusaders earned the first national ranking in program history last month, and had the school’s first-ever wins over ranked teams with victories over No. 8 Loyola (Maryland) and No. 9 Army. Following a loss to No. 10 Harvard on Monday, Holy Cross’ record stood at 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League. Sheehan has played in five of the six games.

Walton, UI Baseball Team Earn Highest Ranking Since 1990

Adam Walton (Class of 2012) and the University of Illinois baseball team are ranked No. 19 in the D1 Baseball Top 25, its highest ranking in 25 years. The Illini moved into the top 20 after taking two of three games last weekend from then-No. 10 Oklahoma State. Walton, a redshirt sophomore shortstop, went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and triple in a 6-2 UI win that opened the series.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Bake Sale Today

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon. All goodies will be $1. Come get your favorite snacks!

Children’s Play Auditions Today and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation spring children’s play “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theater today and Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in for this audition. Be ready to answer the question: What you would wish for if you found Aladdin’s lamp? We will work through improv, dance, and script reading. Come join the fun as we present this classic story on April 19. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

“The Laramie Project” Takes Stage This Weekend

The winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or by calling 847-415-4126. “The Laramie Project” is a play about the reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the Tectonic Theatre Company members with inhabitants of the town, company members’ own journal entries, and published news reports. Also, we have partnered with Susan Burk at The Matthew Shepard Foundation, who will be giving an introduction to each show. During intermission we will be selling “Erase Hate” T-shirts and bracelets, with proceeds going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, whose mission is to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance.”

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled for Friday

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school Friday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Auditions for Spring One Acts Next Tuesday

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are next Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

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

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

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

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

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

COLLEGE NEWS

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

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

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

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

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

ATHLETICS

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

CLUB NEWS

Come to French Club to enjoy French snacks and a funny French movie Thursday after school in Room 2632.

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

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday after school in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

Attention all transfer students: The SPINS Club is going to the Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills on Friday, March 20. Please return your permission forms to attend.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Mrs. Willock currently has a great opportunity for a student who is interested in a business career with an emphasis on science/biology research, to participate in a shadow at a large pharmaceutical firm over Spring Break on Wednesday, April 1. If you are available and interested, please contact her ASAP via email at dwillock@d125.org.

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Hot off the press! A second Pasta Date Night Class has been added! The first class filled quickly and was such a hit that we decided to do it again. Reserve your spot quickly so you don’t miss out. Click here to register and for more information.

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

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

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois Supreme Court to hear arguments today on pension law

New engineering-focused medical school in Urbana could get green light today

University of Chicago, Northwestern retain top U.S. News graduate school rankings

College of DuPage misses deadline to pay for audit (DH – $)

Higher one-year tax cap could pay for air conditioning at Woodland School (DH – $)

Catholic high school expands into vacant Waukegan Kmart

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Common Core opt-out movement about more than tests, advocates say

White House floats bankruptcy process for some student debt

Most Teach for America instructors plan to flee teaching

How to spot a college about to go out of business

Why Las Vegas is desperate to hire thousands of teachers

Yale University plans to offer first online degree

The Oklahoma teacher who believes math equals love

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Junior Qualifies for International Science Fair

Junior Blandon Su on Saturday became only the second Stevenson student to qualify for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. His original, independent experimental research project, “Assessing the Influence of Swamp Areas on Rangeland Stream Flow Rate,” was chosen for the honor during the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 6 Science Fair at Niles North High School. He also won Best in Category in the Earth Science division.

Senior Kevin Cheng won Best in Category in Botany, and was chosen as a runner-up for the International Science Fair, with his project, “A Comparison of Genetic Diversity Within Collections of Brighamia insigis.” Sophomore Shivani Dhebar won Best in Category for Electronics with her project, “The Effect of Concentration of Electrolytes on EMF Produced by a Galvanic Cell.” Junior Rebecca Nelson won the award for the best paper at the regional with her project entitled, “The Effect of Percent Canopy Thinning on the Growth of Quercus Seedlings.”

Around 30 Science Reach Club members qualified for the IJAS State Science Fair based on their research work. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s state qualifiers and award recipients.

Foundation Sponsoring Community Health Fair March 22

The Stevenson Foundation is sponsoring a free wellness event for the District 125 community on Sunday, March 22. “Well – Well – Well: Everybody’s Got Something” will run from 1-3 p.m. in the West Building (use the Forum/Point entrance). A number of health care providers, support groups and others will be on hand to offer health screenings, consultations, immunizations and more.

Scholastic Bowl Team Fourth at State Masonic Academic Bowl

The varsity Scholastic Bowl team finished fourth in Class 3A at the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl on Saturday. SHS won four of its five matches in the morning, beating Wheaton North (310-210), Dunlap (320-230), Carbondale (330-160) and Providence (350-170), and falling to eventual champion Illinois Math and Science Academy (320-240). Stevenson advanced to the semifinals, where it fell to Bloomington (330-250), then was defeated by Fremd in the third-place match (290-270). The team consisted of sophomores Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed, junior Marco Laudati, and seniors Zachary Pease, Jonathan Mishory and Braden McDowell.

Six Students Win Regional IDEA Honors

Six students earned awards at the 38th IDEA Regional Drafting-Design Competition at the College of Lake County on Friday. Three of the six qualified for the IDEA State Competition at Illinois State University on April 11 by finishing first or second in their event.

Max Papushin finished first in 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) Modeling, while Quinn Cunningham took top honors in 3D Architectural CAD. Joining them at state will be Nikita Vakhrushev, who was second in 3D Architectural CAD. Three students finished third: Aryn Harmon (3D CAD Modeling), Peter Drozdzewicz (Assembly Modeling) and Zach Taylor (3D Architectural CAD).

Sophomore Chosen to Perform in New Dance Group

Sophomore Celeste Courtney has been selected to perform in the Cocodaco Dance Project. Cocodaco, which stands for Community of Contemporary Dance Companies, features collaborations on new choreography between dance professionals and pre-professional trainees and selected youths. Cocodaco will make its debut Friday and Saturday at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago, and March 21-22 at the Josephine Louis Theater at Northwestern University. Courtney is a member of the Concert Dance class at Stevenson.

Two Students Elected to HOSA Leadership Team

Two students have been elected to the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Board. Junior Yojan Shah was elected as the Northern Regional Vice President and sophomore Ali Ladha was chosen as the HOSA State of Illinois Vice President. Both will be serving a one-year term on the 2015-16 HOSA Illinois State Leadership Team. The students were elected based on the results of an application, a candidate interview, and tabulation of votes.

Archery Team Prevails in Chicago

Stevenson defeated Chicago’s Schurz High School in archery competition on Saturday. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished first overall and among all female students with a score of 279, which included 13 bullseyes. Go Ogata finished second overall with a score of 248 (4 bullseyes), and was the top male competitor. He was followed by Cole Tyrell, who was third overall (244, 8 bullseyes). Max Papushin was third among male students at 241 (4 bullseyes). SHS returns to Chicago this weekend for the Wildcat Shootout at Clemente High School.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Basketball Team in Sectional Semifinal Tonight

Stevenson’s boys basketball team will play Niles Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Waukegan Sectional at 7 p.m. tonight. The Patriots (25-3) are the No. 1 seed in the sectional, while the Dons (26-4) are No. 4. Tickets for tonight’s game are $5, and can be purchased at the Superstore during the lunch periods, or in the Athletic Office (cash and check only) until 1:30. The winner of tonight’s game will play for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Friday against the winner of Wednesday night’s semifinal between No. 2 Lake Forest (27-2) and No. 5 Evanston (20-8). As of this morning, no television, radio or live streaming coverage of tonight’s game was planned.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sectional Basketball Pep Bus Leaves at 5:30

For students who will be riding the pep bus to tonight’s sectional basketball game at Waukegan High School, buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game (to Lot E).  Students must ride the bus to and from the game.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday. All goodies will be $1. Come get your favorite snacks!

Children’s Play Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation spring children’s play “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theater on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in for this audition. Be ready to answer the question: What you would wish for if you found Aladdin’s lamp? We will work through improv, dance, and script reading. Come join the fun as we present this classic story on April 19. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

“The Laramie Project” Takes Stage This Weekend

The winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or by calling 847-415-4126.

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled for Friday

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school Friday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Auditions for Spring One Acts is Tuesday, March 17

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are next Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

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

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

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

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

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

COLLEGE NEWS

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

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

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

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

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

ATHLETICS

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

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

CLUB NEWS

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is Tuesday March 17 after school in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

Come to French Club to enjoy French snacks and a funny French movie this Thursday after school in Room 2632.

Attention all transfer students: The SPINS Club is going to the Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills on Friday, March 20. Please return your permission forms to attend.

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

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

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Hot off the press! A second Pasta Date Night Class has been added! The first class filled quickly and was such a hit that we decided to do it again. Reserve your spot quickly so you don’t miss out. Click here to register and for more information.

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

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

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Report: 1 in 10 state employees make $100K salary; many in education-related jobs

Rauner defends plan to overhaul state’s pension system

Watchdog group puts spotlight on six-figure pensions in Lake County

Calls for opt-out bill continue as Illinois starts PARCC test

Opting out not an option for Elgin-area students taking PARCC tests

Opportunity in failure: Companies see profit in Chicago dropouts

Could, should North Aurora have its own high school? (DH – $)

Maine Township District 207 prepares to adopt transgender student policies

Glen Ellyn District 41 lengthens elementary school day (DH – $)

Leyden high school students get Wi-Fi on school buses

Staunton administrators, teacher on leave due to fellow employees’ complaints

Illinois State University names former dean as new provost

Highland Park teacher uses Twitter to teach “Hamlet”

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The classroom racial gap hits all-time high; most teachers still white

Colleges not ready for “college ready” Common Core

Obama to announce student loan reforms as Education Department stalls

Arizona legislature passes deep cuts to public universities

Deadliest U.S. fraternity abolishes pledging for new members

Apple overhauling iPad in Education program to simplify sharing devices, apps

Public schools grapple with influx of migrant children

U.S. News releases annual graduate school rankings

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Monday, March 9, 2015

“Planning Ahead” for Sophomore Families Wednesday Night

All sophomore families are invited to attend “Planning Your Future” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will give a formal introduction to the school’s online career and college program, Naviance, and also will help parents and students begin their college search, and give insight to commonly asked college questions. The goal of the program is to leave sophomores and their parents much better prepared for their junior and senior years.

Stevenson Wins NSML Title in Record-Setting Fashion

Stevenson won the North Suburban Math League championship for the second time in the past three years, and the third time in school history, by capturing the conference meet on Thursday. SHS posted a winning score of 292, five ahead of defending state champion Whitney Young, and better than 55 other schools. Overall, Stevenson had a score of 1,611 points (out of 1,700) in five league meets, the highest single-season total in NSML annals.

The freshman team of Haoyang Yu, Josh Yoon, Albert Cao, Andrew Hwang and Hideki (Terry) Maeda won the meet with a perfect score of 75. Yu, Cao and Maeda wrote perfect papers. The freshmen finished the year first in conference with a perfect score of 375.

The sophomore team of Kevin You, Zhenhao (Kevin) Li, Chris Lee, Jason Lu and Amber Hu also finished first with a perfect score of 75. Perfect papers were written by Li, You and Lu. The sophomores finished second for the season.

The senior team finished the year in first place as well. At the conference meet, the team of Tim Klem, Jaymo Kang, Alex Hong, Sergey Papushin and Emery Liu finished second, with perfect papers from Klem and Liu.

The junior team of Liu, Junghyun Hwang, Pat DeMichele, Teresa Mao and Allen Cao finished third at the meet, and was third for the season. Perfect papers on Thursday came from Liu and DeMichele.

Earlier in the season, Klem secured a second-place conference finish in the Oral Presentation event.

“The Laramie Project” Takes Stage This Weekend

The winter play, “The Laramie Project,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $5, and may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore or by calling 847-415-4126. Click here to see the cast list.

SHS Alum, Ensemble to Perform in PAC Friday Night

2003 Stevenson alumnus Aimee Biasiello and the Chicago Q Ensemble will be performing Brahms, Mozart and more during their concert at SHS at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The concert is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. Click here to order tickets.

Senior Wins Sonnet Writing Contest

Senior Chris Moseley won the youth division of the annual sonnet writing contest hosted by the Sacramento Theatre Company. His sonnet will be published in the Sacramento Poetry Center’s Poetry Now magazine. Moseley also has been offered a slot on the Young Professionals Conservatory trip to Ashland, Oregon to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this weekend. Click here to read Moseley’s winning sonnet.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 86, Grayslake North 35; SHS 85, Waukegan 35: In the Field House, Janine Fajardo captured two events and was one of five individual winners. She won both hurdles events: the 55-meter high (9.3) and the 55-meter low (9.2). Isabelle Sparreo won the 800 meters (2:36) and also ran on two victorious relays with sister Natalie and the Sullivan sisters, Claire and Eliza: the 1,600 (4:34) and the 3,200 (10:47). Kesina Daley captured the high jump (4-6), Sydney Pacernick won the 1,600 (6:08) and Juhi Jhaveri finished first in the one-lap race (22.6).

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 84, Zion-Benton 60: Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the host Patriots to their third consecutive IHSA regional championship, and sixth in the last 10 years. SHS (25-3) advances to the Waukegan Sectional, and will face Niles Notre Dame in a semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. Tuesday (see ticket and pep bus information below). Stevenson has won every home game the past three seasons. Justin Smith added 17 points, while Connor Cashaw had 14 points and 11 rebounds. SHS beat Zion (18-9) for the third time this season. The Zee-Bees, who played in the game after Niles North forfeited its semifinal win over them, pushed the Patriots, closing to within three points late in the third quarter, 48-45. Brunson then took over, nailing a trio of 3-pointers during a 14-4 run to conclude the quarter. – Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press | SBN/Cube Video.

Sectional Basketball Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Tickets for Tuesday’s Waukegan Sectional semifinal basketball game are available in the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office on Monday. All tickets are $5. Stevenson will play in the first semifinal game at 7 p.m. against Niles Notre Dame.

The Superstore is open before school and during the lunch periods, and can accept cash, credit card, check or Patriot Dollars. The Athletic Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and can only take cash and check.

For an additional $5, students can purchase a seat on pep buses provided by Stevenson. Students must turn in a completed permission form, and purchase a game ticket and pep bus ticket. Permission form link: http://goo.gl/xoOLIu

Buses will leave Lot E at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game (to Lot E).  Students must ride the bus to and from the game.

Gymnastics Team Faces Long Odds With Small Roster

Stevenson’s boys gymnastics team finished second in the state last year, and third in 2013, but having only three varsity competitors this season will make returning tough. Third-year head coach Eric Liva has seniors Arie Feltman-Frank, who was third in the state on high bar last year and is a three-time state finalist in the event, and Elijah Klaber, who was sixth in Illinois on pommel horse; and sophomore Matt Krames. Liva told the Daily Herald ($) that Feltman-Frank continues to battle “serious wrist problems” from last year.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

AP Exam Registration Deadline Today

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

Children’s Play Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation spring children’s play “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theater on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in for this audition. Be ready to answer the question: What you would wish for if you found Aladdin’s lamp? We will work through improv, dance, and script reading. Come join the fun as we present this classic story on April 19. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Have You Registered to Vote? Tuesday is the Last Day

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

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled for Friday

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school Friday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

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

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday. All goodies will be $1. Come get your favorite snacks!

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

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

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

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

Yearbook Seeks Senior Selfies

Are you a senior running out of time to leave your mark on this school, but you’re already too busy with homework, clubs, sports, family, free time, etc.? Then say no more! Ambassador Yearbook is looking for seniors to submit their selfies for the 50th anniversary edition of the yearbook. Submit your silliest, prettiest and most photogenic selfie, and leave your mark as a Stevenson student. Submit your selfie to www.replayit.com.

COLLEGE NEWS

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

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

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

INTRAMURALS

Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.

ATHLETICS

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

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

CLUB NEWS

Geography Club meets today after school in Room 7004.

Sustainability Council meets today from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact Ms. LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

Meteorology Club’s next meeting is at 3:45 today in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

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

UPCOMING PREP CLASSES

Hot off the press! A second Pasta Date Night Class has been added! The first class filled quickly and was such a hit that we decided to do it again. Reserve your spot quickly so you don’t miss out. Click here to register and for more information.

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

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

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

$10M Pritzker gift helps U. of Chicago expand labs to tackle urban issues

CPS credit rating downgraded to one level above junk status

Students at Chicago charter school stage protest after learning principal won’t be back

Oak Park RF High parents upset “Black Lives Matter” assembly excludes other races

KKK skit shocks Wheaton College campus

“Assassin” game, gun rumor won’t result in discipline, Antioch High principal says

College of DuPage critics aim to force president out after election (DH – $)

College of DuPage officials drink, eat well on taxpayers’ dime (Trib – $)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Digital learning materials sounding the death knell of textbooks

Is the four-day school week gaining traction?

Getting tough on truancy not working as intended

University of Oklahoma fraternity closed after racist video posted online

New York City adds two Muslim holy days to public school calendar

University of Colorado students to staff NASA missions

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