Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

Senior Rachel Fischmar Wins S-Factor Competition
Senior Rachel Fischmar won the Kiva Club’s S-Factor student singing competition Friday night in the Performing Arts Center. She received $100 as first prize. Sophomore Ashwini Narayanan was second ($75), and freshman Arjun Nair ($50) placed third. Seniors Nate and Roya Lippe served as emcees. The event was a fundraiser for Kiva, which provides loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Alumnus Giving Talk on “Eating to Succeed”
The foods we eat impact more than our waistline. They also affect our behavior, our moods and much more. Stevenson alumnus Alex Stoller (Class of 2010) will offer parents some food for thought during “Eating to Succeed,” the next session in Stevenson’s Parent Engagement Series, at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. A students-only session will take place from 5:45-6:30.

Science Olympiad Team Dominates Crystal Lake Event
Stevenson dominated Saturday’s Crystal Lake Central Science Olympiad Invitational, winning 14 of 23 events and capturing two of the top three places in the final standings. The competition featured schools from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Patriot Green team took top honors and the Patriot Gold squad was third; a team from Madison, Wis. placed second. Seniors Josh Tsai and Anna Wang, and junior Emily Liu all took part in three winning events. Here were the SHS winners:

  • Boomilever – Junior Hannah Liu and Emily Liu
  • Circuit Lab – Junior Richard Bi and Josh Tsai
  • Designer Genes – Senior Radha Patel and junior Krishna Patel
  • Detector Building – Junior Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel
  • Dynamic Planet – Freshman Trisha Mondal and Anna Wang
  • Forensics – Senior Shannon Kang and freshman Eleana Liu
  • Fossils – Anna Wang and Emily Liu
  • GeoLogic Mapping – Junior Jared Machtinger and Anna Wang
  • Machines – Junior Phyllis Wang and Josh Tsai
  • Ornithology – Emily Liu and Sneha Mohan
  • Protein Modeling – Senior Eric Gan, Radha Patel and Shannon Kang
  • Sounds of Music – Senior Erin Yuan and Josh Tsai
  • Water Quality – Sophomore Kelly Mao and freshman Iris Li
  • Write It Do It – Senior Roy Zhou and Trisha Mondal

On Saturday, Stevenson travels to Ohio for the 26th annual Solon High School Science Olympiad Invitational, featuring several of the nation’s top-ranked teams.

PPA Bake Sale Help Needed
The Patriot Parent Association is looking for parents and guardians to provide baked goods and to serve as volunteers for its next bake sale on Wednesday. Click here for details and to sign up.


Patriot Girls Face Crucial Clash in Libertyville
Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball team plays a crucial North Suburban Conference road contest tonight at Libertyville. The Wildcats (18-4) enter tonight’s game with a 14-game winning streak, and currently lead the league with an 8-1 record. Coach Ashley Graham and her Patriots (20-6), who have won eight games in a row, are 6-3 in the NSC. The game will be live streamed on the NFHS Network, starting at 7 o’clock.

Quick Hits
Stevenson Athletics is sponsoring a pep bus for students who want to watch the varsity Patriettes perform at the Illinois High School Association competitive dance state finals Friday in Bloomington. Visit the Patriettes web page for details. Stevenson will perform at 5:27 p.m. … The wrestling team and Students Helping Soldiers are teaming up for “Headlocks for Heroes,” a military appreciation night at the Patriots’ home meet Wednesday against Warren in the Sports Center. The freshman and junior varsity matches start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at approximately 6:45. … Stevenson’s two recent charity basketball games provided a financial boost to two organizations. The boys basketball fundraiser for SmashSMARD on Jan. 10 collected $1,992 on campus, and another $2,100 in donations were made online the day of the game. Last Friday’s Think Pink/Kay Yow Night raised $1,100, which will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. … Tickets for Saturday’s NSC junior varsity wrestling championships can be purchased online, or by downloading the GoFan app. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for senior citizens.

Odyssey 2020 Arts Celebration Coming Next Week
Odyssey 2020 will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 4-5. During Odyssey days, hundreds of visiting artists, community volunteers, and distinguished guests visit the building to teach, perform, and help support exceptional experiences for students.

Odyssey school days begin at 10:15 a.m. and buses will run on the late arrival schedule. At 10:15 a.m., students will report to their regular second-period classroom to receive their daily Odyssey schedules/admission tickets. Students with science periods 1-2a or 2b-3, go to their science room. Morning Tech Campus students should report to the Applied Arts Office (Room 1410). Students who are unscheduled during second period should report to the Wood Commons to pick up their schedules.

During Odyssey, students are asked to do the following:

  • Show the visiting artists and volunteers appreciation for their participation.
  • Have fun, participate, and be a respectful audience member.
  • Listen attentively, respond enthusiastically, and turn off mobile devices in order to enjoy the live performances and engaging workshops.

Artists and the arts can touch on a variety of themes and topics that offer different perspectives than our own. If any student is uncomfortable during an Odyssey session, they should speak to an adult supervisor in the room and ask to leave. Students will be directed to the Student Service offices, where a counselor and social worker will be available to offer additional support.

Important reminders for students:

Pack: All students should have their iPads with them throughout Odyssey. Many photography and new media classes will require them. Students also should carry a water bottle.

Attire: Wear comfortable clothes that may get dirty. Students may be in classes where they are physically active or working with art supplies.

Lunch: The campus is closed and students may not leave for lunch. Students should prepare to buy lunch or bring their own food to school.

Student Schedule for Both Days of Odyssey:
10:15-10:25 Odyssey Homeroom (2nd Semester 2nd Period class)
10:35-11:25 Period 1
11:35-12:25 Period 2 (First Lunch Period)
12:35-1:25 Period 3 (Second Lunch Period)
1:35-2:25 Period 4 (Third Lunch Period)
2:35-3:25 Period 5

Odyssey Artist-in-Residence Mural Unveiling:
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 3:45 p.m., East Building addition, Third Floor
All students, faculty and staff are invited for the unveiling of an installation by Odyssey Artist-in-Residence Brandin Hurley. Working in the Upper Forum for the two days of Odyssey, Hurley will create an installation for the new Art Wall in the East Building addition. Her work will feature sculpted and embroidered insects native to Illinois.


The boys gymnastics team will hold an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Health Classroom 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Rogalski at jrogalski@d125.org.


Five Lake County school districts are set to receive property tax relief grants from the state, according to an Illinois State Board of Education announcement.The districts are Grayslake Community High School District 127, Zion Elementary School District 6, Zion-Benton Township High School District 126, North Chicago School District 187 and Round Lake Area District 116. They are among 39 districts in the state chosen for the grant program, which has $53.65 million available.

Lake Zurich Unit District 95 has hired Angela Stallion as its new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Since 2017 she has served as principal at Naperville District 203. She also held principalships at Community Consolidated School District 181 in Hinsdale and Channahon District 17 in Channahon.

The Francis W. Parker School near Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo has moved closer to owning and eventually demolishing two century-old condominium buildings to make way for a campus expansion. However, some neighbors are fighting the move, collecting more than 1,100 signatures on a petition to maintain residential zoning around the school.


Evidence is growing that smartphones and social media are not responsible for a recent spike in anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, especially among teenagers. The latest research, published earlier this month, is a meta-analysis of 40 studies examining the link between social media use and both depression and anxiety among adolescents.

Hundreds of Virginia teachers rallied at the state Capitol on Monday to call on lawmakers to increase state funding for public education and repeal a prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees. Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed more than $1 billion in new K-12 education spending in his budget plan, which includes a 3% raise for teachers and more money for struggling schools.

Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students. Only 177 schools were certified to open after engineers inspected them for damage caused by the magnitude-6.4 earthquake that killed one person and damaged hundreds of homes on Jan. 7.

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