Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

An Opportunity to Help Local Families
Under normal circumstances, hundreds of families in our Stevenson community struggle to put food on the table. As the pandemic continues and we face an uncertain winter, the need in our community is growing. During this season of gratitude, we invite you to join us in helping our community.
The Foundation’s Stevenson: One Family program provides meals and crucial assistance to financially-fragile SHS families. Among the many services the program provides, the Foundation stocks the Exceptional Learners Collaborative (ELC) food pantry with groceries and necessities to help ensure families in our community have access to the food they need.
Over the last three months alone, families have visited the ELC food pantry more than 2,000 times and resources are running low. If you are interested and have the capacity to give, you may do so in one of two ways:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation to the Stevenson: One Family program by clicking here.
  • Make an in-kind donation of groceries to the ELC food pantry. You may drop off food donations on all school days from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Food donation boxes are located at the building doors. If you are delivering food that must be kept cold, please ring the doorbell, and someone will receive your donation at the door. The ELC is located at 990 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL.

Debate Team Members Earn Tournament of Champions Bid
This past weekend, 18 members of the debate team joined more than 220 students from around the country at the virtual Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament.
Participants included seniors Alex Zhou, Andy Zhang, Arun Sivarajah, James Xie, Kevin Fei; juniors Srusti Donapati, Samarth Arul, Aditi Ambravan Anna Xie, Mia Korsunsky, Jesenia Parthasarathy; sophomores Ajay Raut, Lindsey Wang, Gautham Kappaganthula, Pravan Atluri, Hannah Yu, Maddie Wang, and freshman Ben Brokdin.
The tournament ended on a high note with Xie, Ambravan, Wang and Parthasarathy progressing to the semifinal rounds. This quartet ultimately earned a bid to compete at the Tournament of Champions which is a national high school debate tournament traditionally held at the University of Kentucky in April.

Thanksgiving Break
We hope our Patriot families have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break. Several members of the Patriot community offer conversation suggestions as you gather remotely or in-person tomorrow.
Stevenson Social Emotional Learning Coordinator Molly Gosline shares this article about how to talk about thanks and giving from the Family Dinner Project.
If you expect the conversation at your dinner table may include discussions about recent political events, members of the Stevenson Political Action Club created a conversation guide to manage expectations and practice active listening during conversations with people who may have different political viewpoints. This guide was presented at a recent club meeting by seniors Isabel Perlin, Azima Aidarov and Mikayla Varghese who serve as PAC leaders.
The Daily Digest will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.


Peer Tutors Sought for Second Semester
Sophomores, juniors and seniors who are taking upper-level classes and have a strong academic history can apply to become a peer tutor. These students volunteer to tutor math, science, social studies, English, computer science, or world languages for a minimum of one hour a week.
The Peer Tutors Club is looking for new tutors for the second semester. Students who are interested in learning how to help their peers in an academic subject area are invited to attend an orientation meeting on Dec 3 from 3:30-4:15 on Zoom. The application will be explained and released at the meeting. Updates for this group can be found on their Instagram account.


Virtual Strength and Conditioning Camp
Alex Stoller will be leading another Virtual Strength and Conditioning Camp through the Stevenson Intramurals Program. Last summer more than 450 students enrolled in this highly successful program. The camp will be held again two days/week beginning Nov. 30 at a cost of only $20.
There are only 300 spots available so interested students are encouraged to register while spaces are still available.

Exercise Offers Hope
The Stevenson Athletics Department shares this quote about the benefits of exercise:
In The Joy of Movement, McGonigal writes about the science behind “hope molecules”—chemicals released by the muscles into the bloodstream during exercise to protect the brain from stress. “These chemicals can [actually] help people recover from trauma,” she says. “Every time you move, you are giving yourself an intravenous dose of hope.” Parade Magazine, January 2020


High School Students Cook Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
For the last eight years, students at a Chicago-area agricultural high school have raised turkeys and grown vegetables to feed Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens in their community. This year, they are continuing the tradition with some pandemic-related modifications and will deliver Thanksgiving meals rather than serving them at school.

Doctors Hope to Gain Insights Into Concussions While High School Sports are Paused
Comparing concussion data from Illinois where fewer athletes competed this fall to other parts of the country that did allow contact sports could help future concussion prevention and treatment.

Universities Using Technology to Create Positive Socially-Distanced Experiences
Studying wireless access points, offering virtual campus tours, promoting esports in place of in-person athletics and using collaboration hardware in classrooms are some of the ways universities are helping students keep their distance and still stay connected.

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