Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

Virtual Choir Concert
On Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m, members of the Stevenson curricular and co-curricular choral ensembles will hold a virtual concert on Vimeo. Students, parents and guardians, and members of the community are invited to hear choral pieces studied remotely during first semester under the direction of Stevenson choir teachers Alice Nuteson and Kirstin Snelten.

College Night for Junior Families
All juniors along with their parents and guardians are invited to the College Career Center’s annual College Night for Junior Families program on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Students are highly encouraged to attend with their parent/guardian.
The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2022. Postsecondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. Career Program Manager Diane Willock will discuss ways students can further explore career options.
A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. via Zoom.


Music Production Activist Playlist and Fundraiser
Students involved in Music Production 2 classes recently completed an activist songwriting project centered around the following topics selected by class members:

  • Black Lives Matter
  • LGBTQIA+ Rights
  • Mental Health

Prior to selecting these topics, students studied music throughout history with activist themes. They conducted additional research and submitted audio samples related to the selected themes.
The music they wrote can be heard on the Fine Arts YouTube Activist Playlist.
The students hope to use their music to raise money for the following organizations – Good Kids Mad CityYouth Empowerment Performance Project, and Sista Afya. They have established a page on the Stevenson Superstore for anyone who wants to contribute to this fundraiser. All donations will be split evenly between these organizations and donor names will remain anonymous.
Music Production 2 is one of 19 music courses offered within the Fine Arts Division at Stevenson. For more information on this course, see page 65 of the Coursebook.


Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


Medical School Applications Increase in Wake of Pandemic
Although a drop in college and university enrollment was seen in the fall, the number of medical school applications have risen 18 percent this year over last year. Reasons cited for the increase include increased visibility of front-line medical workers during the pandemic and high-profile public health figures.

A Most Beautiful Thing: Documenting the Unlikely Bond of Teens from Rival Neighborhoods
In the late 1990s, a group of teens from rival Chicago neighborhoods formed an unlikely bond when they became members of the first all-Black high school rowing team. Now, their story is at the center of a new documentary called A Most Beautiful Thing.

Students Help Launch Telemedicine Program for Seniors
Senior citizens in the Twin Cities area have access to a new telemedicine program which was launched by a group of high school robotic team members. During a summer internship with a Minnesota-based health organization, the students helped create a home base which allows seniors to virtually connect with a doctor and can be unlocked remotely for seniors to access flu medication and further health testing.


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