Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

DeStress with Student Services: Introducing DeStress 125
Self-care is more important than ever and members of the Student Services Division want to encourage students, staff and community members to take time for themselves each day. To help with that goal, they created DeStress 125 which is a hub of 125 ways to care of yourself.
The hub contains links, photos, videos and resources, to help you take some time to laugh, have fun, meditate, and more. You may see some familiar faces as many of the items in the hub were submitted by Stevenson students and staff.
To get you started, please enjoy this video that was created with help from faculty, staff and administrators at Stevenson to support students preparing for first-semester final exams which begin on Monday.

Go Behind the Screens with Fine Arts Students
Take a look ‘behind the screens’ in this video at classwork, artwork, rehearsals, and more that Stevenson Fine Arts students were involved with in November during Remote Learning+.

Choir Concert Rescheduled
The Virtual Choir Concert, originally scheduled for this evening, will now be streamed on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The Vimeo link will remain the same. The Stevenson Fine Arts Department is looking forward to sharing this performance with you on this new date and time!


Update on SHS Intramural Clubs and Activities
Due to state guidelines and restrictions, intramural basketball and the intramural ski and snowboard club have been canceled for the 2020-21 school year. Coed volleyball will be postponed in hopes that we may be able to offer it at a later date.
Stevenson has one of the largest intramural programs in the country and updates will be posted on the Intramural webpage if in-person activities can be resumed during second semester.


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


College Admission Trends
This year, changes in where and how students apply to college have been noted by many universities. Collage applications were down this year but the amount of the decline varies based on the reporting sources. There may also be a trend in applicants being more intentional in where they apply which could be a factor in the decrease. Universities are also reporting a decrease in applications from first-generation students and historically underrepresented demographic groups among other trends.

Managing 32 Schedules Inside a Learning Pod
Some families around the country are opting to use a learning pod during remote learning. A supervisor of a pod in Indianapolis shares what it is like to supervise nine students attending different virtual classes.

Illinois State Cancels Spring Break
Reversing his previous decision, the president of Illinois State University announced that spring break would be canceled for university students “at the urging of state officials”. Concerns regarding the safety of travel during spring break and the potential for a significant increase in COVID-19 cases on campus and in the community were cited as the reasoning behind the decision.

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