Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Our Stevenson Family is about to get Bigger!
Each year, Stevenson High School, along with Districts 102, 103 and 96, receives and shares enrollment projections from DecisionInsite. Enrollment data is critically important, as this data guides our long-term planning and decision making for future generations of students.
Stevenson, already known as one of the largest high schools in the state, is about to get a lot bigger. DecisionInsite recently shared the most recent projections, which show that our student body is expected to boom to nearly 4,900 students by 2030! We are excited to share this news and will be prepared to welcome these students to our growing campus.

Spread the Word for Inclusion Week
Students involved in Best Buddies are participating in the global initiative “Spread the Word for Inclusion Week” to empower communities to bring awareness of how individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities need to be seen, heard and valued. They are asking the Patriot community to sign a pledge for inclusion.
Stevenson Best Buddies is a co-curricular club that is part of an international program to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that promotes one-to-one friendships. This club along with the Best Buddies Transition program practices and promotes inclusion year-round.


World’s Fair 2021
World’s Fair is back and will better than ever! In adherence with COVID-19 restrictions, World’s Fair 2021 will have a combination of booths and performances on an evening in late April, with breakout rooms designated booths for each country and pre-recorded performances showcased as a Zoom webinar. Performances are intended to celebrate the variety of cultures in the Stevenson student body and showcase students’ excitement in expressing their cultural identities. Students who are interested in performing must finalize performance details (including group members, if any) and fill out a Performance Proposal Form no later than Wednesday, March 3 by 11:59 p.m.

PREP Camp Patriot and PREP Summer Sports Camps
Camp Patriot will be held at Tripp School this summer June 14 – July 23. Registration is open for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and the camp is already at 50% capacity. Information on how to register, health and safety measures, camper drop-off, and pick-up are posted on the PREP Camp Patriot webpage.
This summer, the PREP program will be offering sports camps. We are currently monitoring COVID-19 guidelines, as well as the ongoing campus construction that is taking place before announcing firm dates for these camps High school camps will not begin until after the IHSA Summer season concludes and youth camp dates will be announced in the future on the PREP webpage.


Athletic Results for Feb. 26 – March 1
Girls Badminton, Feb. 26 and Feb. 27:
During Friday night’s athletic action, the girls badminton team dominated Libertyville 18-0. The doubles team of seniors Shibani Ram and Emily Hu only dropped eight points, winning their two sets 21-3 and 21-5. In singles, Hu won her match 21-2/21-0, only dropping two points, while sophomore Lindsey Wang only gave up nine points, winning 21-7/2-2.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, the program defeated Fremd 14-1 to bring their overall season record to 8-0. The doubles team of Wang and freshman Meghana Dixit won their match 21-7/21-4, only dropping 11 points, followed by senior Lily Ma and junior Veronica Liu who only dropped 13 points, winning 21-8/21-5. In singles, Hu won her match 21-0/21-3, followed by senior Benna Li, winning her match 21-6/21-1. Next up, the Patriots will take on Waukegan at home tonight at 4:45 p.m. Coach Grant Johnson will be honoring his Class of 2021 athletes on senior night.

Boys Basketball, Feb. 26 and March 1:
On Friday, Feb. 26, the boys basketball team rebounded from a mid-week loss to Waukegan by beating Lake Zurich 63-57 on the road, bringing their overall season record to 7-3 and 3-3 in conference play. junior Evan Porto dominated with 27 points and four steals. Both senior Darius Clemons and sophomore Jaison Williams contributed 10 points to the overall score and senior Andrew Chieng scored five points with 12 assists.
Yesterday, March 1, the team continued their winning streak in a win over Carmel Catholic 59-40 to bring their overall season record to 8-3. Clemons had high honors for the night with 15 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Porto also scored 15 points and rebounds and Chieng chipped in nine points and had five steals. Next up, the Patriots will play at Libertyville at 8 p.m. tomorrow, March 3.

Girls Basketball, Feb. 26 and 27:
The Patriots garnered a 55-46 victory on the road against Carmel on Friday night (Feb. 26). The team had a very balanced attack with freshman Kendall Williams contributing 17 points, junior Ava Bardic scoring 13 points, and both junior Simone Sawyer and freshman Emory Klatt ringing in 10 points.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, the team defeated Lake Zurich 58-49, moving to 11-0 overall and 6-0 in the North Suburban Conference. Bardic led all scorers, posting 15 points, followed by senior Nicole Ware who contributed 11 points. The team is back in action on the court against Libertyville on Wednesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stevenson Sports Center, where Coach Ashley Graham will honor her Class of 2021.

Boys Bowling, Feb. 26 and March 1:
On Friday, the boys bowling team had a clean sweep against Lake Zurich, winning all nine points to improve to 7-0 in the North Suburban Conference and 9-0 overall. The Patriots had a total pinfall of 3383, with a series high of 1204. Senior Nicholas Sternes had the highest pinfall of the night, racking in 733 points, followed closely by sophomore Ender Starr and senior Ryan Lerman who shot a 705 and 701, respectively.
On Monday, March 1, the boys bowling team improved to 10-0 overall with a non-conference win over Grayslake Central. The Patriots had a total pinball of 4068 and completed a program sweep. Starr had the highest overall pinfall of the night with a three-game series of 793 points and a single series high of 279, followed by Sternes who had a 761 pinfall and a series high of 258. Next up the team will hit the lanes in a conference matchup against Mundelein at Fairhaven Lanes tonight at 4:45 p.m.

Girls Bowling, March 1:
The girls bowling team put up a great fight in the lanes against Libertyville but ended up trailing the Wildcats 2275-2186. The Patriots did win the third game, in a close fight, 754-752. Senior Kelly Radelet had the highest pinfall of the night by over 75 points, posting a three series total of 539 points, followed by junior Diana Kwizera who posted a 452. The team is gearing up to take on Lake Zurich at Fairhaven Lanes on Wednesday, March 3rd at 4:45 p.m.

Competitive Cheer, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28:
The Patriot Varsity Cheer program competed in three virtual competitions this weekend, finishing in the top two spots in each event. In the Lockport Invite, their score of 96.76 earned them top honors with a first-place finish. In both the Huntley and Oak Forest Invites, they finished second with scores of 93.64 and 95.87, respectively.

Competitive Dance, Feb. 27:
The Varsity Patriettes captured the North Suburban Conference Championship with a score of 90.70. This is the second year in a row that Coach Kristin Piekarski-Cook’s program has won this title. They followed up on Friday night’s performance with an IHSA sectional championship performance on Saturday in the Deerfield Sectional. Their score of 95.43 is their highest of the season and has qualified them for the IHSA virtual state championship next weekend.

Fencing, Feb. 28:
The girls varsity team went 2-2 over the weekend, beating Marian Central Catholic and Libertyville/Vernon Hills, but lost to Deerfield/Highland Park and Evanston. The boys varsity team went 4-0 against the same four teams. senior Illia Svirinovskyi went undefeated against all competitors for the day.

Boys Ice Hockey, Feb. 26, 27 and 28:
Members of the boys ice hockey team avenged their prior loss to Hinsdale Central with a hard-fought overtime win on Friday night, 4-3. Sophomore Dylan Jette continued his scoring streak with a goal and an assist and seniors Bryce Stokes and Chance Bottcher added goals in regulation. Seniors Christopher LermerJake Weinstein and Ian Zhang also had assists in the game. Senior Daniel Kabakov brought home the win for the Patriots with a blast from the high slot a minute and a half into overtime.
Stevenson was back in action against Loyola Gold on Saturday night (Feb. 27) but didn’t fare as well losing 5-0. Goalie Junior Jonathan Adler had an impressive outing collecting 36 saves but the Loyola offensive attack proved too fierce.
Stevenson returned to the ice on Sunday night as Coach Tom Wood honored the seniors on senior night versus York. York jumped out to a 3-0 lead before sophomore Will Harlow broke the scoring drought late in the second period. Jette had the assist on Harlow’s goal. Bottcher added an unassisted power-play goal in the third period but it was not enough as Stevenson fell 5-2 to York. Congratulations to seniors Christopher Lermer, AJ Fieri, Daniel Kabakov, Giorgi Gagua, Ian Zhang, Jack Klebosky, Jake Weinstein, Max Brachfeld, Bryce Stokes, Chance Bottcher and Andrew Chambers. ThePatriots will move onto the Scholastic Hockey League Tournament starting tonight against Glenbrook North.

Boys Swimming & Diving, Feb. 27:
Stevenson defeated conference rival Mundelein on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Mustang’s home pool by a score of 117-77. The Patriots were led by the diving trio of junior Jack White, sophomore Danny Silverstein, and senior Jaden Pazol who swept the awards podium and provided early momentum for the win. The Patriot 200 medley relay team of sophomore Michael Wywrocki, freshman Colin Zhang, junior Josh Song, and sophomore Jack Curtin then broke a 2013 pool record while posting a winning time of 1:37.88. Colin, who is only a freshman, then proceeded to break the pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a winning time of 58.87. Among those celebrating on the pool deck was Boys Varsity Assistant and Girls Head Coach Ayrton Kasemets, the former Mustang swimmer whose record Colin broke! The Patriots moved to 4-0 in the conference while the Mustangs dropped to 4-1 in the race for the conference crown.

Sports Tryout Information
Student-athletes are encouraged to check the webpages for the sports they are interested in tryout out for as a number of teams have posted new information including:
Field Hockey
Changes have been made to the tryout schedule which begins today, please see the Field Hockey webpage for more information.
Boys Football
Please see the Football webpage for the tryout schedule which begins today.
Boys Gymnastics
A virtual information meeting will be held for students interested in boys gymnastics and their parents or guardians on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Soccer
Please see the Boys Soccer webpage for updated information on tryouts which have begun this week.
Boys Water Polo
Students interested in trying out for the boys water polo team are encouraged to attend a virtual information meeting on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend.


CLC Announces Details for new Advanced Technology Center
A former department store in Gurnee will be converted into an Advanced Technology Center by the College of Lake County. The new center will be used by students earning degrees in machining, manufacturing, welding, fabrication and industrial maintenance.

Consumers Warned About Student Loan Forgiveness Scam
Community members who receive a phone call offering information regarding student loan forgiveness for a fee or in exchange for private information are being warned about this and similar debt relief scams. There are currently no new broad-based load forgiveness programs available and those programs that are available do not require a fee to apply.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

Students Organize Supply Collection to Benefit the Homeless
Juniors Chahat Kapoor, Minal Mohammed, Diya Shah and Saanchi Sansare recently held an online fundraiser which netted more than $500 in personal-care donations for Home of the Sparrow benefiting individuals who are homeless.
These efforts were part of the Maple Project created by these students that resulted in donations such as hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies and diapers with help from the community. This project is part of a community awareness event for the co-curricular club Future Health Professionals – HOSA and these students hope to continue to raise awareness and provide resources for those who are homeless. This is another great example of students showing their Commitment to Others. Well done Patriots!

Spring Advanced Placement Exam Registration and Schedule
The schedule for the 2020-21 spring Advanced Placement exams at Stevenson has been posted along with resource links to help students navigate and prepare for this year’s exams. AP exam registration and full payment for all exams must be completed by March 5 and absolutely no AP exam orders will be accepted after that date. Registration is a two-step process. Both steps need to be completed and directions to register have been posted along with information on canceling a scheduled exam or requesting a refund.
It is recommended that students disregard the schedule of exams found in their MyAP College Board account as these times and dates are not accurate. Please only refer to the information posted on the SHS website.
A student’s counselor is the best resource for all questions related to AP coursework and exams. Questions about the AP exam registration process can be sent via email to shs_testing@d125.org.

No School on Friday and Monday
Classes will not be in session tomorrow, which is an Institute Day for Stevenson faculty and staff. Academic support will be available tomorrow through the virtual Informational Learning Center. Please see the Tutoring webpage to access ILC support links.
Classes will not be held on Monday, March 2, in observance of Casimir Pulaski Day and the Daily Digest will return on Tuesday, March 3. We hope our Patriot families have a safe and enjoyable weekend!


Best Buddies Kicks-off “Spread the Word for Inclusion Week” with Fundraiser
Students involved in Best Buddies will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Original Bagel & Bialy (105 McHenry Rd, Buffalo Grove) from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Patriot families can support this organization by mentioning the fundraiser when ordering for curbside pick-up or when dining at the restaurant. Students will also have a table outside the restaurant selling bracelets and cookies during the fundraiser.
Next week, this group will be participating in the global Spread the Word for Inclusion Week campaign and is asking community members to sign an online pledge to spread inclusion.

Community College Scholarships for Seniors
Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarship
The Palumbo Family Foundation will be awarding a minimum of $100,000 in scholarships this year ranging from $500 to $15,000 per award. Scholarship applications are available online through March 31.
Nursing Scholarship
The Auxiliary of NorthShore University Health System will be offering four $5,000 college scholarships to high school seniors who plan to pursue an education in the field of nursing. Applicants must have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater and be accepted into an entry-level/undergraduate college nursing program. Interested applicants should contact the Auxillary office to request an application and applications must be postmarked by May 7.
Tzu Chi Scholarship
Tzu Chi USA Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement and community involvement. This organization is planning on awarding 9-10 scholarships to Chicago-area students and one scholarship is designated for a student from Stevenson. Each recipient will receive an award of $1,500 and the application deadline is April 30.


Athletic Results for Wednesday, Feb. 24
Boys Basketball
A 60-46 non-conference victory over Dundee-Crown brought the boys basketball season record to 6-3. Junior Evan Porto led all scorers with 17 points and three steals. Following closely behind was senior Darius Clemons with 13 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Next up, the Patriots will travel to Lake Zurich on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
The girls basketball team defeated Waukegan by a score of 61-34 to move to 9-0, 5-0 in the NSC. Junior Ava Bardic led all scorers with 17. They travel to Carmel today for a non-conference matchup with the Corsairs. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

Boys Bowling
The Patriots won a non-conference matchup against Grant. The competition took on a different format as they competed six-on-six and dropped the low score. The team scores reflect the five-person total and also include all six bowlers and their three-game scores.
Stevenson Team Total: 1158 / 1221 / 1192: 3571
Individual Scores: senior Nicholas Sternes: 762 (280), senior Ryan Grabiner: 741 (270), senior Ryan Lerman: 712 (289), sophomore Ender Starr: 673 (248), senior Joey Gluck: 631 (236) and senior Josh Lerner: 623 (225)
The Patriots improve to 8-0 as they complete a three-game sweep and program sweep. With the five-person total, it again eclipses the three-game school record which was set a week and a half ago with 3537. Next up is a conference matchup against the Bears of Lake Zurich tonight.

Girls Bowling
The girls bowling team had a clean sweep in the lanes defeating Warren 9-0. The Patriots had an overall pinfall of 2195. Junior Jacqueline Vaysburg had the highest three-series game score of 465, followed by senior Kelly Radelet who had an overall score of 454.

Boys Hockey
The Patriots lost a tough one Wednesday night to Hinsdale Central, 4-1. The lone goal came from junior Rafi Biedron assisted by senior Andrew Chambers. Stevenson had multiple chances but was unable to capitalize on five power-play opportunities. They will be back in action Friday evening, Feb. 26, versus Glenbrook South.

Boys Swimming and Diving
The boys swimming & diving team defeated Zion-Benton by over 60 points, winning the meet 117-50 to bring their overall season record to 3-1. The 200-yard free medley team of freshman Timothy Yu, sophomore Johnny Farber and classmates Nathan Mossman, and David Kohan came in first place by just over 15 seconds with a time of 1:31.23. The 200-medley team of junior Brandon Xiong, senior Gordon Xu, sophomore Kunal Rajadhyax and senior Avi Roytman also received first-place honors with a time of 1:43.78. The Patriots travel to Mundelein on Saturday for a dual-meet matchup with the Mustangs.


Program for Disadvantaged Teens Raising Questions About Elite College Admissions
The factors elite universities use to make admission decisions are being challenged by a program that immerses underprivileged students in Ivy League classes. The success these students are demonstrating is raising questions on how elite universities make admission decisions.

Hybrid Harmonies
The Stevenson band, choir and orchestra classes have made adaptations under the current Hybrid Learning model. Statesman student-journalists explore how classes and rehearsals stay harmonious with some students participating from home and others participating on campus.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Two-Group Hybrid Learning Plan Begins March 3
At the February Board of Education meeting, we presented a tentative plan to give more students the opportunity to come to campus more often, as long as COVID-19 transmission rates remained low. We continue to monitor the data from both our population testing program and the Lake County Health Department, and the incidence rates and transmission have continued to remain extremely low on campus.
Given this continued downward trend in incidence rates in our community, we will be transitioning from the three-group model (Blue, Gold, Green) to a two-group model (Blue and Green) on Wednesday, March 3. We will create the two groups by dividing the Gold group in half and distributing those students into the Green and Blue Groups. Students will have the opportunity under this plan to come to school every day and see more fellow students in class. Students are asked to continue to bring their population test sample the first morning they attend class on campus each week, affixing the barcode to the sample tube vertically.
The Blue/Green Schedule has been posted on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.
Students and Patriot families received an email yesterday regarding this change including specific information relating to their current hybrid learning group.

Planning Your Future Sophomore Family Night for Parents, Guardians and Students
The College and Career Center will host a virtual Planning Your Future event for current sophomores and their families at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 on Zoom. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians.
Post-Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller, and Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock, will discuss what to expect during junior year as students begin to embark on the college and career exploration process. An introduction to Naviance, an online tool to assist Stevenson students with college and career planning, will be provided. There are also several pre-sessions available and the opportunity to request an interpreter.
Pre-Session in Spanish
A special session will take place for Spanish-speaking sophomore families before the main meeting from 6:15-6:45 p.m. on Zoom
Pre-Session for families of students with an IEP or 504
Parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans are invited to a pre-session from 6:30-6:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Requesting an Interpreter
Families who would like to request an interpreter for the main program or the pre-session for families of students with an IEP or 504 are asked to contact Michele Doczi at 847-415-4517, or mdoczi@d125.org by Monday, March 1.
We look forward to welcoming our sophomore students and families to this virtual event!

String Parents Talent, Treasure and Time Campaign
Tomorrow night’s String’s Winter Concert Showcase serves as the kickoff to the String Parent Association’s (SPA) “4 Weeks of Giving – Talent, Treasure and Time Campaign.” Students, parents and the community are invited to join their efforts to support and enhance music education at Stevenson.
This campaign focuses on:
Talent:Watch the Strings Winter Concert Showcase – a virtual presentation of works from members of the guitar and orchestra classes tomorrow, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
Treasure: Donate to this fundraiser through March 19. SPA has identified a donor who will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1000.
Time: SPA is seeking volunteers. They are looking for next year’s board members, committee chairs and organization members.
Please see the SPA webpage for more information about this parent organization.


Student Job Connection
Students seeking a summer or part-time job are encouraged to view the job openings posted on the Student Job Connection webpage. Recent additions include job openings for lifeguards, swim instructors, pool managers and gate attendants through Chicagoland Pool Management, and summer employment opportunities at Tamarak Day Camp.
Stevenson Camp Patriot just announced that a job posting for Camp Patriot role models, a position often referred to as camp counselors, has been published and applications from current sophomores, juniors and seniors are being accepted.


Athletic Results for Tuesday, Feb. 23
Boys Basketball
Head Coach Pat Ambrose recognized the senior members of the boys basketball team prior to last night’s matchup against Waukegan, one in which the Patriots dropped 46-52 in overtime. The Class of 2021 group, pictured above, includes Evan Ambrose, Andrew Chieng, Darius Clemons, Jacob Morris, Jaison Williams, and manager Daniel Shapiro. The loss drops the team to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the NSC and SHS (5-3, 2-3). Turning the game, senior Darius Clemons led the way 14 points and nine rebounds and classmate Jacob Morris contributed five points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Junior Evan Porto added eight points and three rebounds. They take on Dundee-Crown at Woodlawn Middle School tonight at 7:30 pm.

Boys Ice Hockey
The boys ice hockey team won a thriller versus Glenbrook South on Tuesday night, 4-3. In a game that featured 10 penalties, Stevenson’s power play stayed hot with power-play goals by senior Bryce Stokes junior Rafi Biedron and sophomore Davis Jegers, and assisted by senior Andrew ChambersJegers added an even-strength goal with an assist by senior Christopher LermerLermer also punched in the game-winning goal, a buzzer-beater with one second left on the clock. Stevenson will be back on the ice tonight versus Hinsdale.

Boys Bowling
The Patriots had a solid performance against Waukegan to bring their season record to 7-0, winning the match 3344-2644. The Patriots took all nine points in this conference match-up, with Senior Ryan Lerman having the highest total pinfall of 743 and an individual series high score of 259. Next up, the team has a non-conference match-up tonight against Grant.

Correction: Yesterday, girls basketball player Simone Sawyer was listed as a senior. Sawyer is a junior.

Girls Lacrosse Information Meeting
A virtual girls lacrosse Informational meeting for student-athletes interested in trying out for this team and their parents or guardians will be held on March 18 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Please see the Girls Lacrosse webpage for more information about this team.


New Illinois School Requirement Proposal Includes Reading List of Anti-Racism Books
Illinois House Bill 0080 includes a proposal that a list of 40 books about racism would be incorporated into K-12 curriculums in every public school in the 2021-22 school year. The bill has been referred to the rules committee for further action.

Shortages of Prep Athletic Officials Complicated by Condensed Sports Seasons
The shortage of high school athletic officials has been an issue that has worsened over the last year. One local league estimates their pool of available officials has been reduced by 40 percent. In addition to fewer officials, scheduling has become more challenging because of shortened and condensed high school sports seasons.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

Vaccinations at Stevenson Continue
Stevenson student-journalists recently outlined the vaccination efforts occurring at Stevenson and Round Lake High Schools for Lake County educators in an article titled Protecting Patriots written by sophomore Anika Krishnaswamy and senior Serena Mehta. In the article, Stevenson science teacher Jason Carlson shared:
“I think it is an incredible opportunity not only for the faculty, staff, and adults in the building, but it’s [also] an incredible opportunity for the community because this once again gives Stevenson a chance to be a leader.”
This vaccination effort has been a true Patriot effort with many staff working after their normal hours to help process educational staff arriving for vaccine appointments. Pictured is Matt Godlewski, SHS technical director and president-elect of the Stevenson Support Staff Association who recently shared:
“Personally, I’ve spent the last year feeling quite helpless by the situation. By doing this small part to help vaccinate school workers, I feel like I’m able to make a direct impact to combat the virus and bring a sense of normalcy back to my fellow support staff, teachers, and ultimately our students. Ever since Dr. Twadell announced his idea to partner with the Lake County Health Department to use Stevenson as a vaccination site, I knew I wanted to help out in any way I could. And, to do so alongside my fellow support staff, I could not be prouder to be a Patriot.”
We thank Matt and the many medical and support workers who are working to administer these vaccines.

Strings Showcase Benefit Concert and Fundraising Campaign
The Stevenson Strings Program is hosting a Strings Winter Concert Showcase featuring students from the guitar and orchestra programs in small solo and chamber settings Thursday, Feb. 25, on Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. This concert also serves as the kickoff to a String Parent Association’s (SPA) fundraising campaign.
The SPA is holding a “4 Weeks of Giving” campaign with a focus on talent, treasure and time. This initiative runs from Feb. 22 to March 19. The fundraising campaign will begin with the concert on Thursday and SPA has identified a donor who will match dollar-for-dollar every donation given to SPA during these four weeks, up to $1000. A SPA donation page has been established on the online Stevenson School store for families who want to participate in this fundraiser.


View the Half Wit: 2020 Edition
The 2020 Half Wit can now be viewed online! Read and listen to the interactive magazine filled with fantastic student writing. The Half Wit is entirely student-written and produced.
The WIT is Stevenson High School’s nationally award-winning literary magazine. The Half Wit is a literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores. Both magazines showcase the incredible student fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and art.
Congratulations to the students who have works featured and the students involved in the publication of this online magazine.

Project Pen Pal Bracelet Fundraiser
The Project Pen Pal co-curricular club is selling friendship bracelets to raise money for a writing scholarship for students in rural China.
Orders for customized bracelets can be placed and paid for online and the club is offering campus delivery, free shipping for orders being delivered within the D125 district and the option to arrange for shipping outside of the district. All orders will be accompanied by a note from club members.

Rotary Club Fundraiser
The Rotary Youth Club (Interact) in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary Club and Walker Brothers are taking online orders for Frozen Apple Pancakes through March 30.
All proceeds will benefit the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Purchasers are asked to print a copy of their receipt and bring it to a Walker Brothers restaurant for redemption.


Coach Wimer: Illinois Water Polo Coach of the Year
Stevenson Girls Water Polo Coach, Jeff Wimer, has been selected as the Illinois State Coach of the Year in Girls Water Polo by the National Federation of State High School Associations. This is the fourth consecutive year that Coach Wimer has been awarded this honor. His program, along with the boys program under Coach Sean Wimer, will begin their 2020-21 season on March 15.
Congratulations Coach Wimer!

Recent Athletic Results
At the Johnsburg Invitational on Saturday, the Patriot varsity team placed first with a score of 95.87.

Girls Basketball versus Lake Forest 
Yesterday, the girls basketball team defeated Lake Forest, in a non-conference meet, 48-42, to bring their overall season record to 8-0. Senior Simone Sawyer and freshman Emory Kltt lead the way by contributing 17 points. Next up, the Patriots will take on Waukegan in an away game, on Feb. 24.

Boys Tennis Tryout Meeting
There will be a virtual boys tennis tryout information meeting on Tuesday, March 2 at 4 p.m. on Zoom.

Contact Days for Summer Sports
Information regarding Contact Days for Summer Sports is now available on the Athletics webpage. Please note: Athletes planning to participate in a current SPRING sport should not sign up for SUMMER sport contact days. Athletes will need to do the following to be eligible to participate in contact days.

  1. Register for Spring Contact Days in the Sport – by March 6
  2. Complete the Covid Health History Form (you do not have to do this if you already did it for another sport)
  3. Complete the In-Person Co-Curricular Form (you do not have to do this if you already did it for another sport)


Ten More Universities Join IBM-HBCU Quantum Center
Last fall, 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities were inaugural members of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center with the goal of advancing quantum information science at member institutions and to promote STEM-based education in underrepresented communities. This week it was announced that another ten HBCUs have been added to this initiative.

Number of Americans with a Bachelor’s Degree Continues to Grow
A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that over the last 15 years the number of Americans 25 and older who hold at least a bachelor’s degree has steadily increased. This increase is consistent for every racial and ethnic group.

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

Patriot Hybrid Learning Will Resume Tomorrow Tuesday, Feb. 23
Earlier today, Stevenson experienced a weather-related power issue that affected our network connection and, as a result, necessitated remote learning for all students this afternoon. We want to notify all students and families that the power issue has been resolved, and after-school co-curriculars and athletics will continue as planned this afternoon and the Patriot Hybrid Learning schedule will resume as planned tomorrow morning. You may visit our COVID-19 Updates webpage for more information about the schedule.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank you for your flexibility, understanding and grace as we worked through this utility issue.

Chess Team: Third in State!
The Stevenson chess team continued their winning moves by recording a third-place finish at this year’s virtual Illinois High School Association state championship.
The Patriots, who won the state title in 2020 and 2008, were the top-seed going into the tournament. The field included 113 teams and the team finished the tournament with a final score of six wins and one very close loss.
We congratulate seniors David Wallach, Ricky Wang, Ryan Yao and Joseph Silberman; juniors Maanav Agrawal, Ashley Yan and Fred Yuan; sophomores Rohit Guha, Stella Pashyan and Srihas Rao; and freshmen Anish Deshpande and Aaron Gan.
Eight members of this year’s team were part of the 2020 state title team including Guha, Pashyan, Rao, Wallach, Wang, Yan, Yuan and Yao.
Since 2008, the team has placed in the top five in the state 12 times including 10 top-three finishes. The team is coached by Vincent Springer, Scott Oliver and Ken Wallach.

Stevenson Foundation Raffle & Auction Closes Tomorrow
There’s only one day left in the 2021 Online Raffle & Auction and you can set up auto-bids for your favorite packages including vacation packages and convenient parking spaces at Stevenson.
Click here to view the full catalog, purchase raffle tickets, and place your bids. Bidding and raffle sales are only open until tomorrow, Feb. 23, at 3:00 p.m. CT.
This year’s virtual event, generously sponsored by Laura George Consulting, benefits vital Foundation programs like Stevenson to College (S2C), Kids in Need (KIN), and Stevenson: One Family.


B.A.S.S. and Film Club Host Viewing of ‘Selma’
The co-curricular Black Association of Stevenson Students is partnering with the Film Club for a virtual screening on Zoom of the movie ‘Selma’ on Wednesday at 4 p.m. This movie highlights Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A discussion segment following the movie will provide an opportunity for students to examine the parallels of current and historical events.

Mind Your Mind Club Hosts Viewing of ‘Angst’
The Mind Your Mind co-curricular club is hosting a virtual viewing of the documentary ‘Angst’ on Feb. 26-27. This film aims to spread awareness about teen anxiety and mental health with an appearance by Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. When you register online, you will receive a ticket that will allow you to watch the movie at your convenience on either day. The club’s next meeting will be held on March 8 at 7 p.m. when anxiety will be discussed. All students are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Career Spotlight Event
Students can learn about careers in Data Analytics at the third-installment of the Career Exploration’s Career Spotlight Talks series on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. on Zoom.
Please see the Career Spotlight Talks document on the Career Exploration webpage for more information about this and future events!


Weekend Athletic Results
Girls Basketball vs. Zion-Benton
The girls basketball team defeated Zion Benton 74-13 on Friday to bring their season record to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference. Junior Simone Sawyer surpassed a milestone of 1,000 career points and now has a total of 1,007. Sawyer also led all scorers with 18 points. Freshman Kendall Williams contributed 10 points to help lead the team to victory. Overall, 10 players scored throughout the game. Full Daily Herald article

Girls Basketball vs. Dundee-Crown
The girls basketball team followed up Friday night’s victory with a win over Dundee- Crown 70-48, bringing their overall season record to 7-0. After surpassing 1,000 career points on Friday, junior Simone Sawyer scored 14 points. Junior Ava Bardic contributed 17 points and freshman Emory Klatt helped the team win by scoring 15 points. The team had a very balanced attack with seven players scoring to lead the team to victory. The Patriots are back in action tonight, Feb. 22, and will take on Lake Forest at Twin Groves Middle School at 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Zion-Benton
The boys basketball team secured another North Suburban Conference victory against Zion-Benton on Friday, winning 48-43 to bring their overall season record to 5-2, 3-2. Seniors Darius Clemens and Evan Ambrose both contributed 14 points to the game to help lead the Patriots to victory. Clemens also had seven rebounds and two blocks. Next up, the team will take on Waukegan at home on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Girls Bowling vs. Mundelein
The girls bowling team came up short against Mundelein on Friday with an overall score of 2181. Senior Kelly Radelet had the highest pinfall of the game, with a series total of 507 and a game-high of 194. Junior Diana Kwizera followed with a three series pinfall total of 469.

Boys Swimming & Diving
Junior Jack White and sophomore Daniel Silverstein placed second and third at the Lake County Swimming & Diving meet hosted by Stevenson on Saturday at the Aquatic Center. White finished with a score of 511.70 and Silverstein was close behind at 467.50. The Patriots are back in the pool on Saturday when they travel to Mundelein for a North Suburban Conference matchup. Full Daily Herald article.

The varsity cheerleading team finished second out of 32 teams with a score of 95.56 at the Buffalo Grove Invite on Saturday. They also submitted a routine to the Johnsburg virtual competition. It will be streamed live at 5 p.m. tonight, Feb. 22. Click here to view the performance.

Competitive Dance
The Varsity Patriettes submitted their virtual routine to two invitationals this weekend and took home two second-place finishes. At the Huntley Invite, the performance earned a score of 90.4, followed by a score of 92.58 at their own invite at Stevenson.

Fencing at Marion Central Catholic
This weekend, the boys and girls fencing teams both defeated Marion-Central Catholic and Evanston Township. The boys team won 24-4/22-5 to bring their season record to 4-0 while the girls won 19-8/18-9 to bring their overall record to 3-1. Senior Illia Svirinovskyi, sophomore Nicole Kim, junior Stephan Yi, sophomores Shreya Sharma and Kavya Jhangiani, and freshman Vincent Oriatti-Bruns all went undefeated in the meets.

Boys Hockey
The boys varsity hockey team had a busy weekend with four conference games. They lost a tough one on Friday night to Glenbrook North 7-1. Senior Daniel Kabakov scored the lone Stevenson goal. They then followed with two convincing wins versus Barrington High School, 8-2 and 7-3. Sophomore Dylan Jette led the scoring with five goals and two assists with a hat trick in the second game. Other notable scorers were sophomore Davis Jegers with three goals, two assists; senior Andrew Chambers with three goals; and senior Chance Bottcher with four assists. Varsity ended the four-game weekend with a tight game versus Saint Viator losing in overtime 4-3. Bottcher had two goals in the game and senior Christopher Lermer added his second goal of the weekend. The Patriots will be back in action on Tuesday night versus Glenbrook South.


Cold Weather Causes More Interruptions to Classes
Students in the south and midwest experienced additional learning disruptions in the aftermath of recent powerful storms. In some areas of Texas, students lost three to five days of class time due to power outages and water damage during extreme weather.

The University of Minnesota System Offers Free Tuition for Low-Income Students
Students whose families earn $50,000 or less per year may be eligible for free tuition under a new program launched by the University of Minnesota System. This is part of a five-year plan to reduce the average debt of undergraduates.

Friday, Feb. 19, 2021

Tickets Available for Interactive Virtual Play
The Patriot Theatre Company’s virtual production of ‘The Compass’ will be held in March. Because of the interactive nature of this production, only 100 tickets per show are available and tickets can now be reserved online for the following showtimes:

  • Friday, March 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m.

Please note that this play is recommended for mature audiences only, as it confronts issues such as racism and school violence.
A central component of ‘The Compass’ is a trial that determines the fate of a teenager who used an app to make a life-altering decision. In this play, every show will end differently depending on what the audience decides. See why Stevenson students feel this play is an important show for our community in this student-created video and please see the Fine Arts Event webpage for future updates about this production.

Flute Choir Performs ‘Washington Post March’
Members of the co-curricular Flute Choir recently assembled virtually under the direction of sponsor and director Nanci Karlin to perform ‘Washington Post March’, a fitting selection with the recent Presidents Day holiday. View the performance.
The Flute Choir is open to all Stevenson flutists in the band and is a non-cut club, meaning the participants do not need to audition to join.


This Weekend’s Light Show Includes Music!
Time slot reservations are still available for the Winterfest Light Show being held on campus tonight and tomorrow night from 5-9:30 p.m. The event is free and participants should enter campus from the Port Clinton entrance.
When you arrive, be sure to tune into 89.9 FM to hear the sounds of DJ Marquee & My Boom Tour while driving through the Light Show!
Please see the Winterfest webpage for links to other activities planned for this weekend including today’s Virtual Pep Assembly, Mr. SHS Talent Contest and the Wheels and Reels Drive-in Movie. Also, please note that an updated link to view the Mr. SHS Contest tonight has been posted.


Athletic Results for Thursday, Feb. 18
Girls Badminton
The girls badminton team improved their overall season record to 5-0 with an 18-0 win against Warren. The doubles team of seniors Emily Hu and Jyotsna Harikrishna won their match 21-3/21–2 only dropping five points. In singles, junior Meha Krishareddigari only gave up two points, winning her sets 21-2 and 21-0.

Boys Bowling
The Boys Bowling team continues their winning ways with a 3223-2829 victory over Warren. Varsity individual scores on the night were sophomore Ender Starr leading the way with a series 721 (266) and senior Nicholas Sternes followed closely behind with a 670 series (259). Seniors Josh Lerner 651 (245), Ryan Lerman 616 (258) and Ryan Grabiner 565 (192) also put up big numbers in the victory.


ISBE Seeking Standardized Testing Waiver Again
The Illinois State Board of Education is seeking a waiver for the second year in a row from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized tests normally given during schools’ spring semester. If approved this could impact certain state-required graduation requirements.

A Mismatch Between Residency Programs and Medical School Graduates
The number of medical school graduates is greater than U.S. residency programs leaving a large number of young doctors “chronically unmatched”. To manage the large number of applications, a number of residency programs use software to filter out graduates of international students or those with lower test scores. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 doctors have been consistently rejected from residency programs.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

Duo Selected to Attend ILMEA All-State Seminar
Seniors Alexander Grace and Nina Hoek have been selected to participate in the 2021 ILMEA All-State Future Music Educators Seminar which will take place virtually in the spring.
These Stevenson band members completed a rigorous interview as part of the selection process and they are part of a select group of student-musicians chosen to participate based on their nominations and virtual interviews.
We congratulate these student-musicians who both plan to continue with music education after graduation!


Winterfest Includes a Virtual Pep Assembly, Light Show and Drive-in Movie
Winterfest activities have been occurring all week and a Virtual Pep Assembly will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. See the Winterfest webpage for information on how to participate in all the Winterfest activities including:



German Movie Night
Students and families are invited to attend a German Short Movie Festival hosted by the German Club and German Honor Society.
Attendees will be able to watch and vote on their favorite German short films on Zoom tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 19, beginning at 5:15 p.m. and lasting until approximately 7 p.m.


Athletic Results for Wednesday, Feb. 17
Boys Basketball
The Patriots defeated Warren 52-35, to bring their season record to 4-2 overall. Senior Andrew Chieng led all scorers with nine points and three assists. Junior Evan Porto and senior Evan Ambrose both scored eight points while seniors Jason Williams and Darius Clemons along with junior Jaden Evans each scored seven points to lead the Patriots to victory. The team will be back on the court on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Zion-Benton at 3 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics
The girls gymnastics team hosted the Lake Forest Scouts in a North Suburban Conference competition and prevailed 140.50-137.90, improving their overall and NSC record to 3-1. Senior Ainslee Cutler finished first in the uneven bars with a score of 9.50. Junior Ally Gitler placed first in the floor exercise, second in the vault and uneven bars, fourth on the balance beam and claimed all-around honors with a score of 36.50. Sophomore Ashley Schabes recorded a score of 9.00 in the floor exercise, placing her third. Junior Maya Fergus and sophomore Emma Fang went 3-4 in the uneven bars with scores of 8.85 and 8.45, respectively. Fang also placed second on the balance beam and fourth in the all-around. Complete results from the meet can be found on meetscorer.com

Girls Bowling
The girls bowling team (1-3, 1-2) put up a good fight in the lanes but ended up trailing Zion-Benton 2482-2309. The Patriots took game three of the series, winning 823-753, but lost the first and second series. Senior Kelly Radelet had the series high score with a score of 585 and set a new personal record for a single game, scoring 215. Senior Yumin Kim had a three-game total pinfall of 486.


Historic Black Colleges Receive Funding for Campus Preservation
Eight historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a new initiative announced this week. The HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative seeks to preserve historically Black educational institutions and spaces that have historic and cultural significance.

Illinois Legislative Panel Approves Culturally Responsive Teaching Standards
The Illinois State Board of Education will be allowed to move forward with rules that will change how colleges and universities in the state train prospective teachers in order to make them more accommodating to diverse students. The new standards will take effect in 2025.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

The 20th Anniversary of the Girls Gymnastics State Title
Twenty years ago today, the Stevenson girls gymnastics team won the IHSA state title. Instead of hosting an in-person recognition of this anniversary this year, the Stevenson Athletics Department would like to honor the 2001 team with this video recap.
Coach Judy Harwood has coached the team since the 1994-95 season and has led five state championship teams (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009). We appreciate that some of the members of the 2001 team shared current photos of themselves and their families for this 20th-anniversary recognition. We congratulate the team once again.
Once a Patriot, always a Patriot!

Remembering Alumnus Jacob Grossman
It is with profound sadness that we share information about the loss of Jacob Grossman who was a member of the 2017 graduating class and participated in the Stevenson Transition Program.
Jacob passed away after a courageous battle with Fanconi Anemia on Friday evening surrounded by his family and sister. Jacob had an amazing sense of humor and zest for life and loved participating in many Stevenson activities including Best Buddies and Allied Sports. You can read more about Jacob’s life and/or leave a message for the family at legacy.com Jacob Grossman Obituary. The service will be streamed lived Monday at 10 a.m. at www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com.
We know that while grief is a normal reaction to loss, it is experienced differently by everyone. Students are encouraged to reach out to any member of their Student Support Team if needed.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Grossman family and friends during this difficult time.

Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners
Stevenson students received more than 70 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recently and the recipients will be invited to attend an online Scholastic Celebration premiering on March 7.
Gold Key Award winners include seniors Seohyun (Bella) Kim (four-time winner), Esha Raut (two-time winner), Laya Reddy and Varsha Vinod; juniors Rosie Wang, Victoria Feng (two-time winner), Tia Vasudeva, Clare Hu, Joy Qu and Glenna Wang; and freshmen Vivian Zhu and Jennifer Huang.
Silver Key Award winners include seniors Seohyun (Bella) Kim (recipient of six silver awards), Tanisha Gunashakar, Madeline Mitchell, two-time winners Laya ReddyEsha Raut and Hannah Stewart, and Maxine Tam; juniors Victoria Feng (two-time winner), Evelyn Jiang, Joy Quo (three-time winner), Tia Vasudeva (four-time winner), Sabrina Xue and Robert Yao (two-time winner); sophomores Dahyun (Julie) KimSrika Sudheer and Matthew Zhu; and freshmen Richard Lu, Veronika Upart, and Elizabeth Yuan who was a three-time winner.
Honorable Mention awardees include seniors Amber Atkinson (two-time selection), Seohyun (Bella) Kim, and four-time honorees Esha Raut and Hannah Steward; juniors Victoria Feng, Briana Iordan, Evelyn Jiang, Tia Vasudeva (two-time selection), Rosie Wang, Sabrina Xue and Robert Yao; sophomores Srika Sudheer and Matthew Zhu; and freshmen Jiya Mehta and Elizabeth Yuan.
For this competition, these students submitted original works in areas such as drawing, digital art, journalism, personal essay, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, short story, writing and more.
Congratulations Patriots!


Mr. SHS Talent Contest
Who will be crowned the winner of the 2020-21 Mr. SHS Talent Contest? You’ll have to watch the virtual show on Friday to see and audience members will help select the winner.
Ten Stevenson students are vying for the Mr. SHS title and they will be competing in the areas of talent, school spirit, and best dressed. This year’s contestants include Blake Finkel, Jordan Giddens, Shreyas Khati, Jack Lee, Anthony Lin, Jake Leyderman, Prabhav Peddinti, Shayaan Shaik, Rushil Vora and Shawn Zhu.
Part of the program is group dance and the contestants have been assisted by student choreographers Winnie Song and Katie Wu. The student-hosts for the evening will be Lindsey Grant, Abigail Mendoza and Trisha Arun.
This year’s Mr. SHS will be a free virtual show on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m., with a pre-show beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Zoom. Seniors are invited to purchase advance tickets to view Mr. SHS on-campus from their cars, drive-in style. Please note that the viewing will be limited to the first 100 sign-ups and costs $5 per car. Tickets for seniors can be purchased online. Drive-in attendees will receive a free cookie and popcorn, along with the option of pre-ordering pizza.
The Mr. SHS sponsors are teachers Jane Caballero and Courtney Croak.

Black History Month Meeting
The Diversity Council and Black Association of Stevenson Students (BASS) co-curricular clubs invite all students to attend their online meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. on Zoom to learn more about different aspects of Black history and culture through a virtual museum tour!


Athletic Scores from Tuesday, Feb. 16
Girls Badminton vs. Lake Forest
The girls badminton team had another clean sweep tonight against Lake Forest, winning 18-0, bringing their overall record to 5-0 and their North Suburban Conference record to 4-0. Doubles team of seniors Emily Hu and Iyotsna Harikrishna only dropped four points throughout their two sets, winning 21-2/21-2. In singles, senior Emily Hu did not drop a single point, winning both of her sets 21-0.

Girls Basketball vs. Warren
The girls basketball team beat Warren 56-59 to bring their overall season record to 5-0. senior Simone Sawyer is continuing her streak of leading all scorers and helped the Patriots win by contributing 26 points. Freshman Emory Klatt pitched in 12 points for the team. The team is back on their home court on Friday night, Feb. 19 against Zion.

Boys Bowling vs. Libertyville
Less than a week after setting a new school record, the boys bowling team has broken it again with a game score of 3537, moving to 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference and 5-0 overall. The Patriots now own the top-two three-game series in program history. The team also had the second-highest team game with a 1262, just one pinfall from tying the school record. Sophomore Ender Starr led all scorers for the night with a total three-game pinfall of 763 and an individual game-high of 278. Seniors Nicholas Sternes and Ryan Grabiner scored 744 and 742, respectively. Next up, the team will take on Warren on Thursday, Feb. 18.


Remote Learning Halted due to Power Outages
Even with remote learning plans in place due to the pandemic, many schools across the country canceled classes this week due to severe weather. The largest public school system in Texas serving almost 200,000 children has canceled classes for the rest of this week.

Assuring Accessibility for Students with Visual Impairments
A New York teacher was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Braille Institute for his work with students with visual impairments. His work became especially challenging during remote learning but he developed strategies to create a bridge between inaccessible and accessible content for his students who rely on tactile cues.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021

Strings Chamber Concert Tomorrow
Student-musicians in the Symphonic and Patriot Orchestra classes will hold a virtual Strings Chamber Concert Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. The digital program and a Zoom link to view the performance have been posted on the Fine Arts Event webpage.
Students will perform in trios, quartets, quintets and sextets using student-selected music. Students received virtual coaching by professional music chamber coaches including Emma Strohbusch, Renee Henley, Nazar Dzhuryn, and Morgan Little. The Symphonic and Patriot Orchestras are directed by Enrique Vilaseco and Tony Krempa.

Foundation Raffle and Auction Includes Parking Spots in Lot E
The Stevenson Foundation Online Raffle & Auction is now open! This year’s event, generously sponsored by Laura George Consulting, features more than 20 high-value packages including VIP student parking spots, luxury 2021-22 getaways, exclusive virtual experiences and more.
Among the raffle items is an opportunity for a rising junior (Class of 2023) and a rising senior (Class of 2022) to win a parking spot in Lot E for the 2021-22 school year.
To view this year’s catalog, purchase raffle tickets and start bidding see the Foundation’s Raffle & Auction webpage. Bidding and raffle ticket sales are open until Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 3:00 p.m. CST.
Online Raffle & Auction proceeds make programs like Stevenson: One FamilyKids in Need (KIN), and Stevenson to College (S2C) possible.

Stevenson Welcomes Virtual Site Visitors
Today and tomorrow are virtual Site Visit Days at Stevenson where educators from around the country have an opportunity to learn how Stevenson functions as a professional learning community. Visitors will attend online discussions throughout the day where they will talk with members of our community to learn about how our policies and procedures support our professional learning community. We welcome visitors from the following schools:

  • Park Hill School District, Kansas City, MO
  • Canyon View High School, Waddell, AZ
  • Verrado High School, Buckeye AZ
  • Dearborn Public Schools, Dearborn MI

Registration fees for this program are donated to the Stevenson Foundation Students to College (S2C) program.


Winterfest Community Drive-Thru Light Show
For three days and three days during Winterfest week, students, families and community members are invited to enjoy a spectacular night with music and colorful lights from the comfort of their car. This event will take place on the Stevenson campus on:

  • Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb 19 from 5:30- 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20 from 5:30- 9:30 p.m.

This event is free but a time slot reservation is required to attend.

Winterfest Wheels and Reels Drive-In Movie
Stevenson student council is hosting a “Winterfest Wheels and Reels”.
The Disney movie ‘Moana’ will be shown drive-in style on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Stevenson’s Parking Lot B with showings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The cost of admission is $5 per car for each show and tickets can be purchased online by students using their ID name and number.

Winterfest Student Council, Class Board and Club Events
Please see the Winterfest webpage for the most up-to-date information on activities scheduled for this week including Dress-Up Days and Class Board activities occurring all week long, the Virtual Pep Assembly and Mr. SHS scheduled for Friday, and Wheels and Reels on Saturday. Information was just posted about the Light Show on Saturday that is open to the community.
Some co-curricular clubs are also hosting Winterfest activities including:
Pass on the Beat Musical Fun
Pass on the Beat is hosting two fun musical activities: Name that Tune and Unscramble the Lyrics. Please join them virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. via Zoom.
Archery Club Winterfest Hashtag Challenge
The Scholastic 3D Archery club (S3DA) will be hosting a new hashtag challenge every day this week for Winterfest. See their daily posts on Twitter and Instagram. This is a great way to participate in Winterfest in a socially-distanced way!

PPA Winterfest Treats
As a Winterfest treat, the PPA (Patriot Parent Association) is offering students a free bag of freshly baked mini chocolate chip cookies. Students were sent an email with this offer and to redeem the free cookies, they or a family member should present a hardcopy of the email (a photo on a cell phone won’t be accepted) to the bakery department or service desk at Sunset Foods in Long Grove. This offer can be redeemed anytime between Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 21.


Weekend Athletic Scores
For Friday, Feb. 12:
Girls Basketball vs. Mundelein
The Patriots dominated in the paint and on the boards beating Mundelein 63-22. With a very balanced attack, they had 11 scorers contribute to the victory. Junior Simone Sawyer led all scorers with a solid 15 points, while junior Ava Bardic had 11 points in the game. Freshman Emory Klatt came off the bench, scoring eight points.

For Saturday, Feb. 13:
Competitive Dance in South Elgin and Andrew Invitationals
The 2020 IHSA 3A State Champions Varsity Patriettes started the 2020-21 Competitive Dance season out with two first-place finishes at South Elgin and Andrew, posting scores of 88.8 and 91.9 respectively.

Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Lake Forest
The boys swimming and diving team (2-1, 2-0) had a successful weekend in the water beating the Scouts from Lake Forest, 121-65. Divers junior Jack White and sophomore Danny Silverstein took first and second place, respectively scoring 281.00 and 278.70, crushing the competition by over 80 points. Freshman Colin Zhang took first place in the 200-meter IM, with an overall time of 1:58.79, being the only swimmer under the 2-minute mark.

Girls Gymnastics vs. Lake Zurich/Warren
The varsity girls gymnastics team scored a 142.50 in the North Suburban Conference triangular on Saturday at Lake Zurich. The home team finished with a 144.25, while Warren recorded a 112.75. Junior Ally Gitler won the vault with a score of 9.60 and finished third in the all-around (36.85). Junior Lauren Jackson placed fifth (33.60) and sophomore Emma Fang finished sixth (33.45).

Girls Badminton vs. Glenbrook South
The girls badminton team took their overall season record to 4-0 this weekend, winning 18-0 against non-conference foe Glenbrook South. Doubles teams of seniors Breanna Li and Emily Hu, and junior Ellie Ouyuang and freshman Meghana Dixit, only dropped six points throughout their two sets, both winning 21-4/21-2. Senior Emily Hu also garnered a win in singles, winning her sets 21-2 and 21-0.

Girls Basketball vs. Libertyville (non-conference)
The girls basketball team (4-0, 2-0) finished the weekend with a 62-52 win against Libertyville. Junior Ava Bardic scored 25 points and six of those were three-point shots, while junior Simone Sawyer shot 18 points. Freshman Emory Klatt had nine points and 18 rebounds. The Patriots brought their overall season record to 4-0. The team is back in action on the court on Tuesday, Feb. 16 against Warren. Read the full Daily Herald article.

Fencing vs. Glenbrook South
The boys and girls fencing teams both defeated Glenbrook South this weekend, winning their meets, 20-5 and 14-6, respectively. Junior Stephan Yi on the mens foil team has gone undefeated for two meets in a row. Freshman Sara Cao was also undefeated in the meet against Glenbrook South.

Boys Basketball vs. Mundelein
The boys basketball team came out cold on the road against Mundelein, and never recovered, losing 63-24. The Patriots are now 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the North Suburban Conference. Senior Andrew Chieng led scorers with 10 points and two assists, followed by senior Darius Clemons who scored six points and had three rebounds and two assists. Read the full Daily Herald article.

For Monday, Feb. 15:
Boys Basketball vs. Lake Forest Academy
The boys basketball team (3-2, 0-2) beat Lake Forest Academy on Monday night, 63-34, in a non-conference matchup. Senior Darius Clemons garnered 14 points, seven rebounds, and one block. Junior Jaden Evans scored 10 points with five rebounds and senior Andrew Chieng contributed nine points and three rebounds in the win. The team is back on the court on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and will face Warren Township at 7:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Middle School.

Girls Volleyball Tryout Meeting
There is a virtual information meeting on Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m. for all student-athletes interested in trying out for spring girls volleyball. Parents are invited to attend this meeting as well. For more information on when and where tryouts will take place, please visit the Girls Volleyball webpage.


Schools Livestream Athletic Events due to Limits of Fans in the Stands
Stevenson is one of several local schools streaming athletic events to off-set restrictions of the number of fans allowed in the stands. The North Suburban Conference only allows 50 fans at home games only and live streaming games will allow more fans to follow high school athletic action.

University Merger Talks on the Rise
In the last week, discussions about three institutional mergers have been in the news as a result of decreasing revenue and shrinking enrollment. Potential mergers of institutions in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have made recent headlines.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Go Behind the Scenes with Stevenson Fine Arts Students
We’re thrilled to welcome students back to campus and continue to be impressed with the creativity, resilience and generosity of the Patriot community. This video provides a look behind the scenes and screens at classwork, artwork, and rehearsals the many talented SHS Fine Arts students were involved with last month.

Hybrid Learning Plan for 2021 Summer School Classes
With extremely cold temperatures and snow in the forecast, it’s hard to imagine that Summer School is only four months away. Registration is currently open and students will continue to have the option to learn from home or to attend classes using our Hybrid Learning Plan.
There are two summer school sessions. Some classes are held for one semester and a few classes span both semesters:
First Semester: June 8 – July 1
Second Semester: July 6 – 29
Please see the Summer School Brochure for class descriptions, class times, attendance requirements and registration timelines.

No School on Monday
Classes will not be in session on Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The Daily Digest will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Correction. The name of one of the FCCLA Gold medal winners announced yesterday was misspelled. We congratulate Parker Lewis for his achievement in the Feb. 1 sectional competition.


SHS Winterfest 2021, A Fairytale “Mask-erade”
Grab a mask and fasten your seatbelt for Student Council Winterfest activities which begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16. This year’s theme is “Mask-erade” and the Winterfest webpage will be updated with links and details for the following events:
Dress Up Days:
Students are invited to dress for school following these theme days whether they are attending classes in-person or on Zoom:
Tuesday: Sleeping Beauty – pajama day
Wednesday: Red Riding Hood – wear red
Thursday: Alice in Wonderland – crazy hair and clothing
Friday: Cinderella – formal/fancy attire
Senior Class Tie-Dye Face Mask Making:
Tuesday, Feb. 16 (registration is closed)
Junior Virtual Jeopardy Game Night:
Thursday, Feb. 18 with the deadline to register on Feb. 17
Sophomore Cake Decorating Competition:
The submission deadline is Saturday, Feb. 20
Freshman Cookie Decorating Contest:
Thursday, Feb. 18, and the registration deadline is today.
Virtual Pep Assembly:
Friday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. The link to participate will be posted on the Winterfest webpage.
Mr. SHS Virtual Talent Competition:
Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. with a pre-show starting at 6:45 p.m. This can be attended virtually with no charge on Zoom or drive-in style for seniors only on campus with advance online ticket purchase, and only 100 tickets will be sold.
Wheels and Reels Drive-in Movie:
Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. SHS students and families may purchase tickets online to watch the Disney movie Moana in Parking Lot B from their cars.
There is something for everyone to participate in during this year’s Winterfest!


Athletic Results for Thursday, Feb. 11
Stevenson Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team was featured in the Kerr Report as reporter Jon Kerr shared his thoughts on the Patriot’s third game of the season versus Lake Forest on Wednesday night.

Boys Bowling versus Mundelein
The Patriots continue their winning ways, improving to 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference and 4-0 overall, following another record-setting night in their matchup against Mundelein. The Patriots finished with a 3417 total pinfall. The three-game series placed fourth on the all-time records list and included an individual game score of 1189, which is tied for seventh for all-time team games. Senior Ryan Grabiner and sophomore Ender Starr led the team with 719 and 706, respectively. Grabiner and Starr also tied for a single game-high score of 258 points. Next up, the team will face the Libertyville Wildcats in a conference rivalry match on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 4:45 p.m. Check out the Athletic Schedules page for information on competitions being live-streamed.

Girls Badminton versus Waukegan
The girls badminton team (3-0, 3-0) cruised past the Bulldogs of Waukegan, 18-0, continuing their winning streak. The senior doubles team of Shibani Ram and Emily Hu only dropped four points in two sets, winning 21-1 and 21-3 and the doubles team of seniors Brenna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna dropped five points, winning their sets 21-4 and 21-1. In singles, seniors Emily Hu and Brenna Li won 21-3/21-0 and 21-2/21-1 respectively. The Patriots face Glenbrook South on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Check out the Athletic Schedules page for information on competitions being live-streamed.

Boys Soccer Tryout Meeting
Boys soccer tryout information is available on the Stevenson Boys Soccer webpage. Tryouts begin Monday, March 1 and student-athletes must be registered for the sport and have an updated physical to be eligible for a tryout. A virtual meeting will be held today for interested student-athletes on Zoom at 5:30 p.m.

Girls Field Hockey Tryout Meeting
Girls field hockey tryouts begin on Monday, March 1. A mandatory meeting will be held on March 1 at 7 p.m. on Zoom for all student-athletes interested in trying out for the team. The remainder of the tryouts will be conducted March 2 – 5. Please see the Stevenson Girls Field Hockey webpage for more information including required registration. An updated physical is also required to tryout.

Updated Athletics Schedule Includes Allied Recreational Games
Please see the Revised IHSA Planned Start Dates for 2020-21 document on the Athletics webpage for the most current start dates for Stevenson athletic teams.A new entry on this schedule is Allied Rec. In lieu of Allied basketball this season, we will be offering Allied recreational games. Recreational games can be played safely and require no previous experience. These games and activities will provide a social outlet, positive peer interactions and will promote social-emotional wellness for students with disabilities. a Virtual Information meeting will be held on Thursday, March 11 at 4:15 p.m. on Zoom. Please see the Allied Rec webpage for more information.


The Rims are Different but the Game is the Same
The Stevenson Sports Center is now a COVID-19 vaccination site and a member of the Stevenson boys basketball team shared that There’s no better cause” to give up your home court than the distribution of the vaccine”.

New Hampshire Proposal to Merge Two-and Four-Year College Systems
As part of his budget plan, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu is proposing the state merge its two- and four-year college systems. He indicated this merge would create more flexible learning options for students.

Schools Around the Nation Prepare for Remote Learning to Continue Into the Fall
School leaders around the country are planning for the possibility that remote learning may continue next fall. Representatives from schools in North Carolina, Texas, California and New York share that in-person education is the goal but may not fully be the reality at the start of the 2021-22 school year.