Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

13th Odyssey Fine Arts Festival Concludes
Stevenson’s 13th Odyssey fine arts festival wrapped up Wednesday. The two-day immersion into the visual and performing arts, which began in 1996, is held every two years. This year’s Odyssey featured 560 classes. Here are some other numbers from the festival:

  • 250 visiting artists (including nine SHS alumni)
  • 51 artists from SHS faculty/staff
  • 52 performances
  • 60 student performers
  • 50 community volunteers
  • 130 student volunteers

Among the alumni artists was Kristoffer Neumann, who was a senior during the first Odyssey in 1996. Neumann taught classes on special effects makeup. He is featured in this Daily Herald article, as are Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice and freshman Caitlyn Altenberg.

“Dare Your Teen to Dream” Tuesday
Parents and guardians want to support their teens’ hopes and dreams, even if they seem to change every day. Come to the next Parent Engagement Series to learn strategies to support self-discovery and navigate the perils of passion. “Dare Your Teen to Dream” will run from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center.

Saturday’s Free SAT for Juniors: What Parents Need to Know
Around 500 members of the junior class will be taking a free practice SAT exam in the Field House Saturday morning. Students need to arrive at 7:30 a.m.; the exam will start at 8 o’clock. What to bring (and what not to bring), and other important information can be seen on our SAT web page.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Stevenson 2,309, North Chicago 1,639: The host Patriots closed the regular season by winning their first match of the year. Junior Kelly Radelet led SHS with a 508 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, including games of 181 and 179. Classmate Esther Lee rolled the highest game of the match, a personal-best 195, en route to a 487 series. Senior Noa Givati also shot a 487 series that included games of 171 and 172. Juniors Yumin Kim and Reilly Sullivan added a 446 and 381, respectively for Stevenson, which competes in the IHSA Schaumburg Regional on Saturday.

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Regional: Four Patriots automatically qualified for next week’s Mundelein Sectional by finishing in the top five of their individual events. Senior Emily Weinstein advanced in two events, placing second on uneven parallel bars (9.2) and fifth on vault (9.3). Freshman Ashley Schabes was third on bars (9.35) and sophomore Ally Gitler was third in floor exercise (9.225). Freshman Emma Fang placed fifth on bars (8.925). At-large sectional qualifiers will be announced by 10 a.m. Monday. The Patriots posted a team score of 142.20, behind champion Mundelein, which set a school record with 145.8 and earned an automatic sectional bid. The final four regional meets will be held tonight, and scores from those regionals will determine if Stevenson advances as a team to the sectional. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 115, Lake Forest 77: The Patriots improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference with the road victory. Senior Jake Kim won two individual events and also swam on a first-place relay. He captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.77) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.89), and swam a leg in the 400-yard free relay (3:21.57) with freshman Jonny Farber, and juniors Elik Gurovich and Andrew Thalos. Jonny touched first in the 100 backstroke (56.83), and was part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:44.19) with classmate David Kohan, junior Foster Swanson and senior Ari Zaritsky. David and Ari were the other individual event winners. David won the 100 butterfly (57.33) and Ari claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:03.86).

Three Selected for All-State Hockey Games
Three Stevenson ice hockey players have been selected to play in Monday’s Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois High School All-State Games at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Junior Abby Benjamin, who plays defense for the Lake Forest girls co-op team, was chosen, while two defensemen from the SHS boys team, senior Brett Stokes and junior Liam Jones, also were picked. Abby will play in the girls game at 6:40 p.m., while Liam and Brett take the ice at 8:35 p.m. for the boys game Admission is free to both games. For those unable to attend, the games will be steamed live on the Scholastic Hockey League’s YouTube page.

Brett and Liam also have been invited to tryout for the Team Illinois roster that will compete in USA Hockey’s America’s Showcase St. Louis from April 16-20. The showcase is designed to give players an opportunity to showcase their talents to scouts from every major hockey institution in the country.

Brunson Returning to Chicago; Special Ticket Deal for SHS
SHS alumnus Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the Dallas Mavericks will make their only visit of the 2019-20 season to the United Center on Monday, March 2 for a 7 p.m. game against the Chicago Bulls. Discounted ticket deals are available for the Stevenson community, with prices for some seats slashed by nearly 50%. Use this link to see what’s available.

Registered for an AP Art Class Next Year?
All students who registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2-D, and 3-D Design, or AP Photography and Digital Design for next school year, please submit your digital portfolio by joining the AP Art 2020/2021 Portfolio Review Google Classroom. The class code is: wfn2yq5. Directions for how to submit your portfolio are posted under the Classwork tab. The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration for these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken ( or Ms. Connolly ( You will be submitting your portfolio digitally through Google Classroom, and it needs to be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 21.


Get up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and become a teacher in Illinois. Apply for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program today: The application deadline is April 3.


All girls interested in trying out for the girls lacrosse team should attend the preseason meeting with their parents or guardians from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Room 2104. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at


The turmoil at Chicago’s Lincoln Park High School continues. Just days after she replaced a fired principal and assistant principal, a new interim administrator abruptly left after an allegation she had “improper contact” with a student when she grabbed his face in a school hallway — which was caught on video.

The head coach of the state’s top-ranked boys basketball team was ousted from Curie Metropolitan High School following an allegation that he got into a “physical altercation” with a student, according to a Chicago Public Schools official. Mike Oliver, a Curie graduate and security officer at the school, denies the allegation.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students for three years due to concerns over bullying and the test discriminating against disabled students. The move also comes after annual test results show a growing percentage of students scoring not healthy.

Indiana lawmakers may soon stop requiring students’ test scores in teacher evaluations, a major shift in policy. In 2011, lawmakers mandated that test scores account for a “significant” portion of teacher evaluations, amid other sweeping education policy changes.

Schools may be required to test water for lead if changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule are approved. While the proposed changes would require testing, states or schools would not be required to remove lead if it was found.

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