Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021

Stevenson Hebrew Students Forge Virtual Friendships with Students in Israel
In the past, Stevenson students taking Hebrew classes had the opportunity to hone their language skills during in-person classroom visits with Jewish United Fund (JUF) Diller Teen Fellows from the Partnership Together region of Kiryat Gat, Lachish, and Shafir.
Last spring due to travel restrictions, the annual visit did not occur. Instead, teacher Anna Gorbikoff, pictured here during last year’s event, created virtual connections with students in Israel through JUF. Students used Zoom and several other apps to get to know each other in English and Hebrew. Gorbikoff shared this virtual exchange in an article published by JUF News which was co-authored by senior Rayna Finn and juniors Liron KrupetskiBrooke Robbins and Abigail Rabin.

Health and Safety FAQs
An updated link to a Health and Safety Frequently Asked Questions document has been updated on the COVID-19 Updates webpage. Please carefully review the Health & Safety Plan, particularly if you or your student plans to attend in-person classes. The plan will detail each strategy and the related processes/protocols that students, faculty and staff must abide by.
The health and safety of our Patriot families, faculty and staff is of utmost importance and we appreciate the understanding our community members are demonstrating by following these safety measures.

Receiving News Alerts from Stevenson
This morning, Jan. 21, an unexpected power outage occurred on campus which resulted in the closure of campus and a change in today’s schedule from Hybrid Learning to Remote Learning. Power has been restored and today’s schedule will remain as a Remote Learning Day for academic classes. The schedule for the rest of the week is unchanged. The COVID-19 Updates webpage can be referenced to view the schedule for any day or week.
Notifications were sent to Patriot families this morning via email and phone message through our School Messenger system. A notice was also posted on our website, social media channels and the Route 22 marquee.
When needed, we use email, telephone messages and on occasion text messages to notify students, parents and guardians of significant schedule changes, emergency alerts or time-sensitive information that requires attention.
If you did not receive a notification this morning, we suggest logging into Infinite Campus (IC) to make sure the email and cell phone numbers listed for you are current. Once you are logged into IC, click on the ‘More’ menu item and then select ‘Family Information’ where you can make any updates. Parents who do not have an account can request access to Infinite Campus online and anyone having difficulty logging into the IC portal should contact the Data Processing Department at


Students Invited to Participate in Community Awareness Challenge
Senior Natali Freihammer and junior Abigail Froyshteter are working together to have others embrace their true self as part of a community awareness project through HOSA: Future Health Professionals Club.
They hope to reach members of the Stevenson community through The Love You Initiative Challenge that was created with the hope of bringing awareness to the physical and mental effects of body shaming, working to spread the idea of self-love and body confidence to high school students.
They and other teams of students will be presenting their community campaigns to a panel of judges at the virtual Illinois State HOSA Conference in March. This event aims to inspire members to be proactive future health professionals and promote community awareness of health-related issues.


The power outage that occurred this morning has been resolved and all previously scheduled winter sports practices will be held today, Jan. 21.


Community Colleges Moved Away From Standardized Test Scores for Placement
A report from the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness found several community college systems have moved away from only using standardized test scores to place students in developmental courses. The new methods may be better for students.

Plan for Returning Student-Athletes
The IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee identified a plan for recommended practice days for winter-sports athletes prior to competition for low-risk winter sports. The IHSA board will meet again on Jan. 27 when a more formalized schedule for the remainder of the year is expected to be discussed.

Proposed High School Graduation Requirements Causing Concern
During an Illinois State Board of Education board meeting on Wednesday, some members voiced concerns about an omnibus education bill pushed for by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus which includes new graduation requirements that may be difficult for schools to enforce.

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