Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

Winter Play Opportunities for Students
The Patriot Theatre Company is excited to announce student audition information and sign-up opportunities for students interested in being involved in the cast, crew or a leadership position for two upcoming productions. Students should view the 2021 Winter Play Information Packet for full information including sign-up forms which are now open.
The Freshman/Sophomore Play “Almost, Maine” depicts residents of Maine experiencing the life-altering power of the human heart. The play, which has a tentative February performance, is a series of loosely connected tales about love. Rehearsals will be held after school beginning on Monday, Dec. 7, and will include at least six rehearsals over winter break. Both remote and in-person rehearsals may occur depending on current safety guidelines.
The name of the winter play will be finalized soon and rehearsals will begin virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 8 for this production which has tentative performance dates of March 5-7. Rehearsals in January, February and March may be a combination of remote or hybrid depending on safety guidelines and students will be expected to work on parts of the show over winter break.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break
We hope our Patriot families have a safe Thanksgiving holiday. Wednesday, Nov. 25 is an early dismissal day with classes ending at 2:37 p.m. To support student learning, ILC virtual tutoring will be available on Wednesday from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students should check the Canvas page for exact times tutors will be available by subject area.
Classes will not be in session on Thursday, Nov. 26 or Friday, Nov. 27. Please see the holiday safety tips provided by our medical partner PediaTrust.


Senior Cap and Gown Order Deadline Extended
The deadline for seniors to place graduation cap and gown orders has been extended to Dec. 1.
Please see the Jostens webpage for links to view cap and gown packages and ordering information for graduation accessories.


Mandatory Meeting for Freshmen Involved in Winter Sports
Stevenson Athletics will hold a virtual Winter Sports Mandatory Information meeting for all freshmen involved in a winter sport this season before school on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. This is a late arrival day so the meeting will be held before school.
Invitations for this event will be emailed to student-athletes this week. Attendance will be taken at the meeting which will be held via Zoom.


Paying for Groceries with Good Deeds at a High School Grocery Store
A high school in Texas opened a grocery store to serve students, faculty and staff. Students earn job skills working at the store and instead of using cash to pay for groceries, they pay with points earned from performing good deeds, jobs around school and positive referrals.

How a High School Experience Shaped the Career Path of a School Superintendent
Gregory Hutchings is a superintendent in Virginia but in 1993 he was a 10th-grade student in the same district he now oversees. While advocating for himself to gain entry into an honors class in high school, he found his voice which he continues to use to lead race and equity conversations.

Added Anxiety for Students Taking Selective Enrollment High School Entrance Exams
Chicago parents share their concerns surrounding COVID-related safety issues for students taking required entrance exams for Chicago’s selective enrollment schools. A Chicago Public Schools spokesman said virtual testing is not a viable option over concerns that the integrity of the exams could be compromised.

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