Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

Visiting Artist Exhibition
The Stevenson Visiting Arts Program is a joint effort between the SHS Fine Arts Department and the Stevenson Foundation to connect students with professional artists. Each selected artist usually has their work on display in a West Building gallery for 6-8 weeks during the year. All students can view the exhibit and students in several visual arts classes hear from the artist during an in-person classroom visit. Members of the community also have the opportunity to view and learn from the artist during an ARTalk evening presentation.
This year, these exhibits are being shared virtually.
Entrepreneurial artist Sarah Stieber is the current Visiting Artist and her work can be viewed in this slideshow. Her biography and artist statement has been published on the Visiting Artists webpage.

Debate Tournament of Champions
Forty-five members of the Stevenson varsity debate team joined nearly 380 students from around the state for the Illinois Congressional Debate Association’s Invitational and Tournament of Champions which was held virtually on Jan. 23.
Best Presiding Officer honors were presented to senior Sailaja Nallacheruvu and junior Evelyn Jiang and 1st in chambers distinctions were awarded to freshman Benjamin Brodkin, sophomores Natalie Garayeva and Saanvi Sharma, junior Jesenia Parthasarathy, and senior Sailaja Nallacheruvu. Receiving 2nd in chambers awards were freshman Milind Kumnar, sophomore Pranav Atluri and junior Evelyn Jiang. Two students including freshman Vageesh Ramaswamy and sophomore Simran Agarwal received 3rd in chambers honors.
At the Tournament of Champions level junior Unit Mehta was selected as Best Presiding Officer. Sophomore Lindsay Wang and junior Mia Korsunsky progressed to the champion round in the TOC tournament. Earning first-place for the overall Quality Speaker Award was junior Jesenia Parthasarathy.
Stevenson took second-place in the Invitational Sweepstakes and third-place in the Tournament of Champions Sweepstakes.
Congratulations Patriots!


Key Club Virtual Service Fair Tomorrow
Looking for ways you can volunteer during the pandemic?
The Stevenson Key Club is hosting its first-ever Virtual Service Fair on Jan. 27 from 4-6 p.m. Students are invited to attend on Zoom to learn about local nonprofit organizations that have volunteer or job opportunities!


Spring and Summer Contact Days
IHSA Contact Days information for Spring and Summer Sports will be provided soon.


College of Lake County Creating Advanced Technology Center
After evaluating the workforce and economic needs in Lake County, CLC developed plans to provide an advanced manufacturing center to provide industry-related career pathways beginning in the fall of 2021.

Waukegan Schools Named for Slavery Supporters to be Renamed
Waukegan residents are being asked to submit suggestions to rename Thomas Jefferson and Daniel Webster middle schools. Students, staff and parents of each school will vote on a list of finalists that they hope will be more reflective of their community.

Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

Summer School 2021
Registration for Summer School 2021 is open. Please see the 2021 Summer School Brochure which is posted on our Summer School webpage for more information. We encourage families to review the Expectations Section of this brochure as regular attendance is required and attendance on the last day of each semester is mandatory.
For the most part, summer classes will meet from 7:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in a hybrid format with students having a choice of whether to attend classes virtually or in-person. Many classes are one semester in length while others span both semesters. This year, summer school will be held on:
First Semester: Tuesday, June 8 – Thursday, July 1
Second Semester: Tuesday, July 6 – Thursday, July 29
Each summer approximately 70% of our incoming freshmen enroll in summer school classes which are also attended by students in other grade levels. Information about summer sports and music camps through our Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) is expected to be posted after April 15. These camps are scheduled so they do not conflict with summer school classes.


NHS Invitations in the Mail
Invitations to apply to the Stevenson chapter of the National Honor Society were sent by email last week to current sophomores and juniors with a 3.9 minimum GPA (cumulative, weighted). Please direct any questions to NHS Sponsor Brett Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org.

PSAT/NMSQT Make-Up Testing for Juniors Tomorrow
Juniors taking the make-up PSAT/NMSQT exam tomorrow will receive an email today with an update on the exam start time which has been adjusted in anticipation of tomorrow’s (Jan. 26) snowy weather forecast.
The exam for all students will now begin at 10:00 a.m and most students will finish around 1:00 p.m. Students with accommodations will finish at various times. Room numbers and entrances have not changed. Questions can be sent by email to shs_testing@d125.org.
Please keep in mind that this exam is optional and does not fulfill any state graduation requirements. This exam is a qualifying exam for potential entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.


Winter Sports Update
Winter sports competitions in boys bowling, girls bowling, boys swimming & diving, girls gymnastics, and girls badminton begin the week of Feb. 1. Please check the Athletic Schedules webpage for specific dates and times.
No spectators are allowed at this time, but some competitions will be streamed live. The Athletic Schedules webpage will include a camera icon for contests being streamed.
The Athletic Department needs 1,000 subscribers to the Stevenson Athletics YouTube channel for streaming to occur. Please subscribe so the Stevenson community can follow all the action live!

Girls and Boys Basketball Tryout Meetings
Girls and boys basketball tryouts are tentatively scheduled to begin on Thursday, Jan. 28 for girls and Friday, Jan. 29 for boys. Please view the basketball tryout document for additional information on tryout locations and arrival times.
Prior to attending tryouts, athletes/families must do the following:

  1. Register for the sport – includes having an updated physical
  2. Complete the COVID Health History Form
  3. Complete the In-Person Co-Curricular Form

Student-athletes interested in basketball are encouraged to attend one of the following meetings:
Girls Basketball Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
For student-athletes who make a team, a Transportation Permission Form can be signed by a parent or guardian to opt-out of school-provided transportation to and from off-campus practices and games.
Links to all Athletic Participation Forms are posted on the Athletics webpage.
A board meeting for the Illinois High School Association will be held on Wednesday. If a decision is made to postpone the basketball season at this meeting, adjustments will be made to the Stevenson basketball tryout schedule.


Vermont Teacher Crafted Bernie Sanders’ Mittens
The Bernie Sanders’ memes have been widely circulated during the last week and the mittens Sanders during last week’s presidential inauguration activities were made by a second-grade teacher in Vermont. The teacher, Jen Ellis, made them in 2016 when she was making presents for her daughter’s teachers and had an opportunity to present them to the senator when he made an appearance at a family-owned preschool.

The University of Michigan Suspends All Sports Activities for Two Weeks
All Wolverine athletic activities will be postponed for two weeks after it was announced that multiple athletes have tested positive for the new B.1.1.7 COVID1-19 variant. The suspension of activities began yesterday.

Remote Learning Plans May End Snow Days Forever
The excitement over a potential snow day may be something that students never experience in the future now that most school districts have remote learning plans established. The Decatur Public School District is one of many school systems considering the elimination of snow days.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

First Week of Hybrid Learning is in the Books
It was wonderful to welcome students back to campus this week. There were many students new to Stevenson who found help finding their classes from administrators and staff wearing “Stevenson Strong” T-shirts.
Many student groups and departments showcased students in action this week including Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice who captured students in a guitar class shown above and students in other Fine Arts classes on Instagram.

Population Test Day Reminders on Weekly Hybrid Schedules
Stevenson students have done an excellent job bringing saliva samples to school this week. To make the Population Testing procedure easier, the weekly schedules posted on the COVID-19 Updates page now have a reminder on the days each group of students should bring their samples to campus.
Students may produce the sample the night before it’s due and samples are only supposed to be dropped off in the morning of the first day of the week students attend in-person classes. Students attending school remotely can drop off their samples by 9 a.m. in the Port Clinton Parking Lot. Thank you to the students, faculty and staff who have been diligent about participating in this program.


College of Lake County Virtual Field Trip
On Friday, Jan. 29 the College and Career Center is hosting a virtual field trip for juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the College of Lake County (CLC). On that day during periods 1-4, students will attend a general information session and virtual campus tour along with the opportunity to meet with additional on-campus staff who will support them as future CLC students.
In order to participate, students must ask their teacher for permission to attend. Juniors and seniors who have received permission from their teachers should fill out the required participation form by Jan. 27.

Career Exploration Webinars
Current Stevenson students are invited to attend Career Spotlight Talks beginning at the end of this month and continuing throughout the spring semester. Upcoming talks include:
Jan. 27: Careers in Oral Surgery and Dermatology
Feb. 4: Careers in Physical Therapy
The Career Exploration webpage includes the link to these opportunities and other options for students to explore potential careers.


Watch Allied Spirit Revolution in Action
On Tuesday, Jan. 26 the Patriot community is invited to watch a performance by Allied Spirit Revolution via Zoom beginning at 4:20 p.m.
Students with disabilities and their peer partners have an opportunity to compete in several co-ed interscholastic programs including Allied Spirit Revolution. Our Allied student-athletes are students who can’t participate in existing athletic programs without reasonable modifications but can participate and compete in our Allied programs with an Allied Student Partner.
Our Allied Spirit team has performed at Stevenson athletic events and pep assemblies and has been working hard to prepare for this end-of-season performance. They hope you can join them virtually on Tuesday!


Stevenson Alumnus Joins Biden Administration
Matt Hill graduated from Stevenson in 2012 and has been hired as the senior associate communications director on President Joe Biden’s communication staff. Since graduating from the University of Illinois, Hill has held positions as Biden’s deputy national press secretary during the presidential campaign and as media relations manager at Georgetown University.

A Sample of Educational Approaches in the US During the Pandemic
The New York Times assigned journalists to observe seven public school districts to understand the different ways school districts were providing education and the circumstances facing students and teachers.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021

Stevenson Hebrew Students Forge Virtual Friendships with Students in Israel
In the past, Stevenson students taking Hebrew classes had the opportunity to hone their language skills during in-person classroom visits with Jewish United Fund (JUF) Diller Teen Fellows from the Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat, Lachish, and Shafir.
Last spring due to travel restrictions, the annual visit did not occur. Instead, teacher Anna Gorbikoff, pictured here during last year’s event, created virtual connections with students in Israel through JUF. Students used Zoom and several other apps to get to know each other in English and Hebrew. Gorbikoff shared this virtual exchange in an article published by JUF News which was co-authored by senior Rayna Finn and juniors Liron KrupetskiBrooke Robbins and Abigail Rabin.

Health and Safety FAQs
An updated link to a Health and Safety Frequently Asked Questions document has been updated on the COVID-19 Updates webpage. Please carefully review the Health & Safety Plan, particularly if you or your student plans to attend in-person classes. The plan will detail each strategy and the related processes/protocols that students, faculty and staff must abide by.
The health and safety of our Patriot families, faculty and staff is of utmost importance and we appreciate the understanding our community members are demonstrating by following these safety measures.

Receiving News Alerts from Stevenson
This morning, Jan. 21, an unexpected power outage occurred on campus which resulted in the closure of campus and a change in today’s schedule from Hybrid Learning to Remote Learning. Power has been restored and today’s schedule will remain as a Remote Learning Day for academic classes. The schedule for the rest of the week is unchanged. The COVID-19 Updates webpage can be referenced to view the schedule for any day or week.
Notifications were sent to Patriot families this morning via email and phone message through our School Messenger system. A notice was also posted on our website, social media channels and the Route 22 marquee.
When needed, we use email, telephone messages and on occasion text messages to notify students, parents and guardians of significant schedule changes, emergency alerts or time-sensitive information that requires attention.
If you did not receive a notification this morning, we suggest logging into Infinite Campus (IC) to make sure the email and cell phone numbers listed for you are current. Once you are logged into IC, click on the ‘More’ menu item and then select ‘Family Information’ where you can make any updates. Parents who do not have an account can request access to Infinite Campus online and anyone having difficulty logging into the IC portal should contact the Data Processing Department at data_processing@d125.org.


Students Invited to Participate in Community Awareness Challenge
Senior Natali Freihammer and junior Abigail Froyshteter are working together to have others embrace their true self as part of a community awareness project through HOSA: Future Health Professionals Club.
They hope to reach members of the Stevenson community through The Love You Initiative Challenge that was created with the hope of bringing awareness to the physical and mental effects of body shaming, working to spread the idea of self-love and body confidence to high school students.
They and other teams of students will be presenting their community campaigns to a panel of judges at the virtual Illinois State HOSA Conference in March. This event aims to inspire members to be proactive future health professionals and promote community awareness of health-related issues.


The power outage that occurred this morning has been resolved and all previously scheduled winter sports practices will be held today, Jan. 21.


Community Colleges Moved Away From Standardized Test Scores for Placement
A report from the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness found several community college systems have moved away from only using standardized test scores to place students in developmental courses. The new methods may be better for students.

Plan for Returning Student-Athletes
The IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee identified a plan for recommended practice days for winter-sports athletes prior to competition for low-risk winter sports. The IHSA board will meet again on Jan. 27 when a more formalized schedule for the remainder of the year is expected to be discussed.

Proposed High School Graduation Requirements Causing Concern
During an Illinois State Board of Education board meeting on Wednesday, some members voiced concerns about an omnibus education bill pushed for by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus which includes new graduation requirements that may be difficult for schools to enforce.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

Incoming Freshman Course Selection
Incoming freshman families are invited to attend a virtual course selection meeting between 4-7 p.m on one of the following days:

  • Thursday, Jan. 21 (last names beginning with A-I)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 26 (last names J-R)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27 (last names S-Z)

An email from Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen was sent yesterday with Zoom links to attend. Following the meeting, families are asked to complete a Course Selection Worksheet by Jan. 29 and this video demonstrates the process to complete this document.
To prepare for fall course selection, incoming families were introduced to Stevenson and the many courses, athletic and co-curricular opportunities available to students during a virtual event on Jan. 13. In case you missed it, the recording of the Incoming Freshman Family Orientation has been posted.

COVID-19 Metrics
Last week while students were receiving instruction in Remote Learning, more than 1,700 saliva samples were dropped off as part of Stevenson’s Population Testing program. This number is expected to increase this week as students return to campus. Anonymized population testing data is posted on the COVID-19 Data tab of the COVID-19 Updates webpage which will be updated weekly.


Stevenson Library Hours – Librarians Available to Chat Live
The upper Information Learning Center (ILC) in the West Building is currently closed but the Digital Library is open and students can chat live with a librarian from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on days school is in session.


Practices Resume for Some Winter Sports Teams
Region nine has moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2 mitigations which means that winter sports classified as low-risk may resume practice under the new mitigation guidelines. Practices for cheer, competitive dance, bowling, fencing, and boys swimming/diving are scheduled to resume later this week.
More information regarding the IHSA season competition start dates will be posted on the IHSA webpage when they are determined.

Girls Badminton Tryout Meeting Today
Girls badminton tryouts begin tomorrow, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m. A virtual meeting will be held today, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m. for all interested student-athletes.


Low-Risk High School Sports in Illinois Back in the Game
The Illinois High School Association provided an update to school athletic directors yesterday outlining new guidance as most of the state’s regions have moved to different COVID-19 tiers in the last few days.

Tennessee Governor Proposes Holding Back Struggling Readers
Gov. Bill Lee proposes to strengthen a 2011 state law to retain Tennessee third-graders who are struggling to read beginning in the 2022-23 academic year. His goal is to increase the chances of success in middle and high school students but his proposal is drawing criticism.

Students and Professors Share Lessons Learned From Remote Learning
As the spring semester begins, university students and their professors shared lessons learned from previous semesters with pandemic-related changes.



Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

Population Testing
One of the nine mitigation strategies Stevenson has implemented is Population Testing. The process involves having students, faculty and staff drop off a saliva sample on a weekly basis. This population test is NOT a diagnostic test or screener. Rather, population testing is a tool to help us understand the potential incidence rates on campus and make informed decisions on mitigation strategies and the teaching and learning experience on campus.
For answers to frequently asked health and safety questions, please visit our COVID-19 Updates webpage which includes Population Testing directions and drop-off locations.

Debate Team Members Shine at Virtual Sunvitational Tournament
Earlier this month, 20 members of the Stevenson Debate Team virtually joined 185 debaters from around the country at the Sunvitational Speech and Debate Tournament, hosted by Nova Southeastern University School. Five Patriots advanced to the semi-finals including seniors Laya Reddy, Ojasvi Saxena, Arun Sivarajah, Michelle Velyunskiy and sophomore Natalie Garayeva.
Other Patriots who competed include seniors Jeanette HanSailaja Nallacheruvu and Melissa Liu; juniors Anmol DashNandhini NairEvelyn JiangPhil EdatPrachi GyanmoteUdit Mehta and Sneha Rao; sophomores Collin FanHannah YuNatalie GarayevaAngie Chang and Sudhi Chavadam; and freshman Vidushi Gupta.
Congratulations Patriots!


Seniors, check your email!
The Patriot Parent Organization will be celebrating the Class of 2021 on the 21st of each month.
Seniors should expect to receive an email each month with more information about ways safe and small the PPA will be helping to recognize Stevenson seniors.


Stevenson Athletic practices and games are currently paused.


Martin Luther King’s Legacy Lives on at Namesake School
A high school in Philadelphia was to be named Northwest High School. After Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the planned name for the school was changed as a tribute to the slain civil rights leader. King’s legacy lives on at this school which hosts the city’s annual day of service and a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

College Enrollment of CPS Graduates Increases but Degree Completion Does Not
More than 40% of Chicago Public School students attend a four-year college after high school graduation, however only half of them graduate from college. Efforts to support first-generation students and those from low-income families continues at CPS and other districts around the country.

SAT Changes Announced
Last week, the College Board announced a number of changes. The organization indicated it will discontinue the optional essay component of the SAT, and it will no longer offer subject-specific tests in several topics including U.S. history, languages and mathematics.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Safety Measures for Hybrid Learning
We look forward to welcoming students who opt to attend some of their classes on campus beginning next week. You can find centralized information for the Hybrid Learning and Health & Safety Protocols on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.
Please view this message from Principal Troy Gobble who shares changes students will see when they return to campus and changes students are asked to make before they leave home for school including:

  • Take your temperature and answer the Health Screening app questions each day you are scheduled for and elect to attend in-person classes. This should be done before you leave home.
  • Contact the SHS COVID Clinic if you receive a “thumbs down” on the Health Screening app or experience any potential COVID symptoms.
  • Come to campus only when you have a “thumbs up” on the Health Screening app and when you are not experiencing any potential COVID symptoms.
  • Provide a spit sample as part of Population Testing once per week.
  • Enter school with a clean mask on, with your color-coded ID and with your cell phone showing the “thumbs up” notice. Part of the entry process will also involve a temperature scan.
  • Students are expected to inform a teacher if they start to feel ill during class and can request to see a nurse at any time by using the Health Office Check-in app that is already installed on Stevenson-issued iPads. Nursing well offices and the SHS COVID clinic are both located in the offices inside the Circle Drive entrance formally known as the principal’s office and PREP office.

These processes will help us all stay safe. We also ask students to remember the three Ws:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance

This is not forever Patriots, but these are the procedures we need to follow for now.

SCoPE Post Secondary Meetings for Juniors
In December, the College and Career Center post-secondary counselors hosted a College Night for Junior Families. A recording of this presentation has been posted for any families who were unable to attend. As mentioned during the presentation, juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to make a 45-minute individual family appointment for a School Counselor Parent Engagement Meeting to discuss post-secondary plans. An email sent to junior families outlines the process to make an appointment and the deadline for making a SCoPE appointment is Friday, April 9.

No School on Monday
School is not in session on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The next edition of the Daily Digest will be sent on Tuesday, Jan. 19.


Senior Service Recognition Applications
The Senior Service Recognition was established to showcase outstanding community service efforts by Stevenson students. The application process is designed to capture service stories and then share them back to the school community to inspire other students. Seniors who have been committed to community service throughout their high school career are encouraged to apply and share meaningful stories of service. The application deadline is March 12.
At the 2020 commencement ceremony, we honored 82 students for their extraordinary commitments to community service throughout their four years at Stevenson. They shared their stories to help inspire our community. We look forward to sharing the stories submitted by this year’s applicants!


Stevenson Athletic practices and games are currently paused.


Coronavirus Financial Relief for Colleges and Universities
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released more than $21 billion in coronavirus relief money to colleges that funded by the rescue package Congress passed last month. Each higher education institution must split the funding between costs associated with the pandemic and direct aid for students.

Changes in This Year’s School Selection Process in Denver
Families in Denver have the option to apply to schools other than the ones they are assigned as part of a school choice process. Many parents have used school tours and ratings to make their decision. This year, the application process is the same but parents are relying on virtual tours and the new processes may have an upside. The virtual tours are accessible to more parents and bias may be removed from the decision process.

High School Sports Still in Limbo
Student-athletes, coaches and fans were hoping the Illinois High School Association would unveil a plan for the remainder of the 2020-21 high school athletic seasons at yesterday’s board meeting. That didn’t happen. The board will meet again on Jan. 27 to review options.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021

Senior Named Regeneron Scholar
This year, senior Sayalee Patankar was named one of the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search which is one of the nation’s oldest science and mathematics competitions for high school seniors.
This talent search provides students with a national stage to present original research. Patankar’s research project was titled Deep Learning-Based Computational Drug Discovery to Inhibit the RNA Dependent RNA Polymerase: Application to SARS and COVID-19.
For the project, Patankar explained that she used machine learning and other computational tools to propose five potential drugs to treat COVID-19. She completed this project as part of the Science REACH club which she has participated in the last four years.
The SHS Science REACH club helps students to complete individual or partner science research projects and enter state, national and international contests and symposia. Science teacher Christina Palffy serves as the club sponsor and each year approximately 50-70 club members complete research projects.
When notified of this award, Patankar wanted to thank sponsor Palffy who served as her research advisor, science teacher Cristina Higgins, counselor Lindsay Jurjovec, and mentor Dr. Pathum Weerawarna from the Silverman Lab at Northwestern University.
Congratulations Sayalee!


Campus Access and Arrival Procedures
For students planning on coming to campus for Hybrid Learning beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, there are three entrances you can use to enter the building:

  • The Point or Forum Entrance off of Parking Lot B for student drop-offs
  • Door 18 Entrance off of Parking Lot D (Please note that the Fieldhouse Entrance is closed)
  • The Sports Center Entrance off of Parking Lot E

The location of each parking lot can be viewed on this campus map.
We recommend that students recheck their schedules in Infinite Campus and bring a printed copy with them to school. Students also report that it is helpful to save a screenshot of their schedule to their cell phone home screen. Some room numbers have changed over the last week so it is especially important to double-check schedules in Infinite Campus prior to coming to campus.
As a reminder, follow the Hybrid Learning Checklist when coming to campus:

Prior to arrival

  • Complete your health screener prior to leaving home. If your screener results in a thumbs down or you don’t feel well, stay home and consult our Health & Safety Plan for next steps. Students may want to save the health screener app to the home screen of their phones to easily access this app.
  • Pack your iPad/charger, headphones, a clean mask and new color-coded ID.
  • Double-check your schedule on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.
  • If it’s the first day of the week you are coming to campus, follow the Population Testing instructions and bring your spit sample to school.

Upon arrival

  • Know your drop-off location (Parking Lot B) and entrances (Sports Center, the Forum
  • and door number 18 in the East Building Addition).
  • Seniors only: Know where to park (Parking Lot D and E).
  • If it is your day to drop off your population test spit sample, drop your testing kit in the collection bin located at each entrance.

During the day

  • Wear your mask and ID at all times.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from your peers and adults at all times.
  • “Wipe in” and disinfect your seat and desk prior to the start of each class.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.

For those students who will be on campus next week, we look forward to seeing you!


Winter Sports Update
The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors met yesterday. Some of the announcements from that meeting include:

  • IHSA sports remain in a pause until notification is received by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Potential rollbacks by region could be seen on Friday, but a chance exists that the status of sports may not change even if rollbacks occur.
  • The Board approved the resumption of “contact days” in all IHSA sports that are not in a season as soon as IDPH allows. That could mean that the state allows winter sports to start practices and fall/spring/summer sports could begin conducting contact days. It could also mean that the state rolls back mitigations, but not enough to begin any winter sports, at which point all IHSA sports could be eligible to conduct contact days.
  • Given our current pause, the Board did not think it was prudent to set the schedule for the remainder of the year, although they realize time is drawing short. They hope to do so on Jan. 27.

The full recap of the meeting can be read on the IHSA website.


Pandemic Brings New Appreciation for Early Childhood Educators
Many families, fellow educators and the general public have a new appreciation for the role early childhood educators and child care professionals have in daily life and for a smoothly functioning economy. Early childhood education advocates and practitioners are taking a fresh look at how educators are credentialed, receive training and advance their careers.

Enrollment Increases at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
An increase in enrollment of Black, first-time college students at HBCUs in states where hate crime reports increased has been reported. Several HBCUs have seen strong enrollment figures in the last several years including North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Albany State University in Georgia.

CPS Teachers Face Sanctions for No-Show Protests
Approximately 150 Chicago Public School employees were docked pay and locked out of their school buildings and computers earlier this week for failing to show up for work. A number of Chicago teachers receiving sanctions demonstrated Wednesday.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021

Incoming Freshman Family Orientation Tonight
We are looking forward to providing the Class of 2025 a warm digital welcome tonight during an Incoming Freshman Family Orientation Webinar which will begin at 7 p.m. on Zoom. The link for the webinar can be found on our Incoming Freshman webpage along with links to live Virtual Question and Answer Tables that will be hosted by many Stevenson divisions and departments after the live webinar. A sample of the tables you can visit is illustrated on the right.
The webinar will be held live with remarks from Stevenson administration members and an overview of the courses available presented by Stevenson Freshman Mentors and SHS faculty members. We hope this evening provides a foundation for our incoming families to learn more about the academic, athletic and co-curricular opportunities prior to Course Selection Evenings which will be held on Jan. 21, 26 and 27.
Incoming families may have specific questions and we encourage you to look at the Question and Answer Tables in advance to identify any areas you would like to learn more about. After the webinar, you can return to the Incoming Freshman page and click on any of the virtual tables to be connected to a live table host. The links to these tables won’t be live until the webinar has ended.
The Freshman webpage also contains information on enrollment, benchmark testing, course selection evenings, iPad distribution and a calendar of upcoming events.
We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2025 in the fall and look forward to your participation in tonight’s online event!

Second Semester Material Distribution Continues
This week, we are distributing curricular materials to more than 4,000 students. To optimize traffic flow, we are encouraging families to use the Port Clinton entrance in addition to the Route 22 entrance to access Parking Lot B.
Do not park when you arrive, instead, stay in the traffic flow leading to the Point entrance and call 847-415-4091 or 847-415-4092. If you receive a busy signal, please wait a minute and call back. These phone lines will not accept a voicemail. We also ask that you display a card with your student’s first and last name and ID number in the passenger-side window.
To minimize traffic back-ups we ask that families follow this schedule:

  • Wednesday, Jan 13: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Last name beginning with letters J – O
  • Thursday, Jan 14: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Last name letters P – Z
  • Friday, Jan 15: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Make up session

Specific pick-up procedures and items to bring are posted on the Parents webpage. We appreciate your patience as we undertake this effort.


Advanced Placement Exam Registration Deadline
AP Exam Registration is now open for second semester AP courses. Registration instructions are posted on the Stevenson Advanced Placement webpage.
Please note that AP exam registration and full payment for all exams must be completed by March 5, and that registration is a two-step process with both steps needing to be completed to take an exam.


Stevenson athletic activities continue to be paused.


Education Stories Anticipated in 2021
Education funding, waivers for testing requirements, reopening schools, provision of special education services in remote learning environments, new teacher mentorship and diversity of the education workforce are issues expected to be in the news during 2021.

Stevenson’s Hybrid Learning Plan in the News
As reported in the Chicago Tribune’s Lincolnshire Review, Stevenson’s Hybrid Learning Plan will be implemented on Jan. 19. Health and safety measures including services offered at Stevenson’s COVID-19 Clinic were also outlined.

Florida Schools Facing Financial Shortfalls
The nation’s seventh-largest school district located in Florida reports they could run out of money by June. Hillsborough County schools, located near Tampa, and other Florida school districts are experiencing COVID-related financial issues and are exploring cuts, program changes, additional fees and use of financial reserves. Florida Universities including the University of South Florida are resorting to budget cuts.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

Second Semester Material Distribution
An email was sent to students who have materials to pick up for second semester last week. Distribution begins today following this schedule in Lot B:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2 to 7 p.m. – Last names beginning with A – I
  • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2 – 7 p.m. – Last names J – O
  • Thursday, Jan. 14, 2 -7 p.m. – Last names P – Z
  • Friday, Jan. 15, Noon to 5:00 p.m. – Make-up session

Seniors who requested a parking permit should also plan on driving the family vehicle they will be driving to school during material pick-up times to receive their parking sticker.
The distribution schedule, items to bring, pick-up procedures and the full list of classes that have items to pick up are posted online.
This photo is a small sample of the material we are ready to distribute to more than 4,000 students this week!

Stevenson Statesman Continues to Collect Awards
Stevenson’s student newspaper, the Statesman, earned the highest rating possible for the fourth straight year at the annual fall journalism conference virtually hosted by the Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) on Oct. 16.
Twenty-three past and present students were also recognized in the KEMPA Newspaper Contest announced in January. Five students received Best in Show, the contest’s highest honor including alumni Alex Gergova and Ayla Durson (cover); Gergova and junior Bayarmaa Bat-erdene (two-page design); alumna Nellie Maloney, senior Sailaja Nallacheruvu and junior Jasmine Sun (sports feature); alumna Jini Grover, juniors Humza Qazi and Greycen Ren (investigative team reporting); and alumnus Dylan Hu, juniors Paulina Ornatsky and Vaasu Kakuturu (investigative team reporting).
The Statesman club sponsor is journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw. Congratulations Patriots!


Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Opportunity
The Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. is an organization founded by twenty-two college-educated women whose goals included a focus on scholarship, service, and sisterhood.
They are seeking help in identifying African-American high school students in need of funding for their education. Several academic and service merit scholarships for $1,000 are available for interested students to apply. The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 6.

Intramural Yoga Club
Stevenson’s new IM Yoga Club will meet virtually at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan.19. All students are invited to learn, meditate, and practice yoga. Registration is required to attend. You can stay up-to-date with this group on Instagram at @shsyogaclub.


On Monday, Stevenson’s Patriot Pride, an athletic leadership club, collaborated with members of Team InCourage, a nonprofit organization committed to building a more positive culture in youth sports, to present the third Athlete Summit of the 2020-21 school year.
The topic was Decision Making and more than 175 student-athletes participated in Monday’s virtual meeting.
The February Summit will focus on the Effects of Decisions on Teams. Information will be posted on social media as the date draws nearer including on Twitter: @SHSPatRiot and Instagram: @shspatriot.


CPS Vows to Change Schools Names for Slaveholders
The Chicago Sun-Times reviewed the name of every public school in Chicago and found at least 30 schools named for people who owned or traded enslaved Black or indigenous people. CPS said they will review the names and make changes.

States Move to Suspend School Report Cards
This year, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Tennessee are some of the state moving to suspend school accountability report cards or change the weight of certain accountability measures such as 2020-21 assessments.

Illinois Education Bill Advances
On Monday, The Illinois Senate passed HB 2170 which would change high school graduation requirements and place more students of color in advance courses.