Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

2020-21 Semester One Prominent Patriot Award Winners
This semester, more than 50 students were nominated to receive the Prominent Patriot Award which recognizes students whose actions reflect someone with good character and who demonstrates what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community.
Over the last week, we highlighted some of the students recognized for their actions this semester in videos posted on Instagram. Two of this semester’s nominees, junior Trevor Abbott and senior Blake Finkel, have been selected as the Prominent Patriot Award winners who will have their names engraved on the Prominent Patriot statuette. Principal Troy Gobble shared why these students were nominated and selected for this award in the links below.
Congratulations to seniors Trevor Abbott and Blake Finkel!

German Portfolio Nights
During the first week of December, students taking all levels of German classes at Stevenson from German 1 through Advanced Placement German Language and Culture Honors participated in the annual end-of-semester Portfolio Nacht event which was held over three evenings. With the help of the German honor society’s peer tutors, students worked to prepare and practice for their final presentations.
While the German students weren’t able to decorate their classroom and invite parents with Kaffee und Kuchen to an in-person evening, this year’s event was nonetheless successful through Zoom. We congratulate all of our German students and dedicated German honor society volunteers who made this event as memorable and unforgettable as every year! Herzlichen Glückwunsch an alle!
View a recap video


2021 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
High school seniors who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2021 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This nationwide program provides college-bound students with a $10,000 renewable scholarships on an annual basis – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports the scholarship recipients as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 5 2021 at 3 p.m. CT or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first.


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


Call for Illinois to Create Agency to Oversee Early Learning
A statewide commission is expected to recommend that Illinois should create a state agency to oversee early education to increase accountability and transparency. Illinois currently spends approximately $1.9 billion on early education programs and the commission has estimated that Illinois should be spending about $13 billion.

California University System Announces Plan to Offer In-Person Classes Next Fall
In an announcement that could be an indicator of potential plans by other university systems, The California State University system has indicated it plans to offer most classes in-person in the fall. The 23-campus system was among the first higher education institutions to announce fall 2020 and spring 2021 plans to hold classes online.

College Students Weighing Safety Concerns Before Considering Holiday Travel Home
Three college students share their plans and concerns about traveling home for the winter holidays. While they balance their priorities for keeping themselves and their loved ones safe, they also face different family opinions about necessary safety measures.


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