Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

Summer School 2021
Registration for Summer School 2021 is open. Please see the 2021 Summer School Brochure which is posted on our Summer School webpage for more information. We encourage families to review the Expectations Section of this brochure as regular attendance is required and attendance on the last day of each semester is mandatory.
For the most part, summer classes will meet from 7:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. in a hybrid format with students having a choice of whether to attend classes virtually or in-person. Many classes are one semester in length while others span both semesters. This year, summer school will be held on:
First Semester: Tuesday, June 8 – Thursday, July 1
Second Semester: Tuesday, July 6 – Thursday, July 29
Each summer approximately 70% of our incoming freshmen enroll in summer school classes which are also attended by students in other grade levels. Information about summer sports and music camps through our Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) is expected to be posted after April 15. These camps are scheduled so they do not conflict with summer school classes.


NHS Invitations in the Mail
Invitations to apply to the Stevenson chapter of the National Honor Society were sent by email last week to current sophomores and juniors with a 3.9 minimum GPA (cumulative, weighted). Please direct any questions to NHS Sponsor Brett Erdmann at

PSAT/NMSQT Make-Up Testing for Juniors Tomorrow
Juniors taking the make-up PSAT/NMSQT exam tomorrow will receive an email today with an update on the exam start time which has been adjusted in anticipation of tomorrow’s (Jan. 26) snowy weather forecast.
The exam for all students will now begin at 10:00 a.m and most students will finish around 1:00 p.m. Students with accommodations will finish at various times. Room numbers and entrances have not changed. Questions can be sent by email to
Please keep in mind that this exam is optional and does not fulfill any state graduation requirements. This exam is a qualifying exam for potential entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program.


Winter Sports Update
Winter sports competitions in boys bowling, girls bowling, boys swimming & diving, girls gymnastics, and girls badminton begin the week of Feb. 1. Please check the Athletic Schedules webpage for specific dates and times.
No spectators are allowed at this time, but some competitions will be streamed live. The Athletic Schedules webpage will include a camera icon for contests being streamed.
The Athletic Department needs 1,000 subscribers to the Stevenson Athletics YouTube channel for streaming to occur. Please subscribe so the Stevenson community can follow all the action live!

Girls and Boys Basketball Tryout Meetings
Girls and boys basketball tryouts are tentatively scheduled to begin on Thursday, Jan. 28 for girls and Friday, Jan. 29 for boys. Please view the basketball tryout document for additional information on tryout locations and arrival times.
Prior to attending tryouts, athletes/families must do the following:

  1. Register for the sport – includes having an updated physical
  2. Complete the COVID Health History Form
  3. Complete the In-Person Co-Curricular Form

Student-athletes interested in basketball are encouraged to attend one of the following meetings:
Girls Basketball Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball Virtual Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
For student-athletes who make a team, a Transportation Permission Form can be signed by a parent or guardian to opt-out of school-provided transportation to and from off-campus practices and games.
Links to all Athletic Participation Forms are posted on the Athletics webpage.
A board meeting for the Illinois High School Association will be held on Wednesday. If a decision is made to postpone the basketball season at this meeting, adjustments will be made to the Stevenson basketball tryout schedule.


Vermont Teacher Crafted Bernie Sanders’ Mittens
The Bernie Sanders’ memes have been widely circulated during the last week and the mittens Sanders during last week’s presidential inauguration activities were made by a second-grade teacher in Vermont. The teacher, Jen Ellis, made them in 2016 when she was making presents for her daughter’s teachers and had an opportunity to present them to the senator when he made an appearance at a family-owned preschool.

The University of Michigan Suspends All Sports Activities for Two Weeks
All Wolverine athletic activities will be postponed for two weeks after it was announced that multiple athletes have tested positive for the new B.1.1.7 COVID1-19 variant. The suspension of activities began yesterday.

Remote Learning Plans May End Snow Days Forever
The excitement over a potential snow day may be something that students never experience in the future now that most school districts have remote learning plans established. The Decatur Public School District is one of many school systems considering the elimination of snow days.

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