Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

Upcoming Stevenson Improv Team Performance
The Stevenson community is invited to a live virtual comedy show on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Twenty-seven very funny Stevenson students who are part of the Failed Presidential Candidates Improv Comedy Team have a virtual performance planned for that evening that will be full of laughter and fun. The performance will be held on Zoom and is appropriate for all ages.

Second Semester Student Check-In Days
During first semester, Student Check-in Days were established to allow students to connect with their teachers on a one-on-one or small group basis. The feedback we received from students and teachers was very positive and three check-in-days have been established for second semester. These dates are scheduled on the following late arrival days:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10
  • Wednesday, March 10
  • Wednesday, April 21

On these days, students will receive asynchronous assignments to work on at their own pace during each class period. While students are working on these assignments, teachers will have individual or small group Zoom meetings with students to provide extra help or to answer questions.


S-Factor Auditions Next Week
Students who want to compete in Stevenson’s premiere singing competition and show off their vocal skills are invited to submit an audition video to compete in S-Factor, Kiva club’s annual singing competition. Auditions will also be held for student emcees.
This year’s event will be held virtually on March 19 with prerecorded and live components. Interested students should complete the S-Factor Audition Form by Feb. 5 at 11:59 p.m. which includes audition guidelines. Thirteen contestants will be selected to compete and audition results will be released by Feb. 15.
Kiva club members raise money to loan to entrepreneurs in economically developing countries who want to start a business. The entrepreneurs then pay back the loan to the club and that money is used to loan to other entrepreneurs. The photos posted here are of contestants from previous years.

It’s Time to Update Those iPads
Students received an email from the SMARTdesk staff to update their school-issued devices to iPadOS 14.4. This update will take at least an hour to download and install and students who have a iPadOS version lower than 13.1 need to make an appointment with the SMARTdesk prior to updating. Please see the iPad webpage for directions for how to install this update.

Correction: National Honor Society invitations were sent by email to eligible sophomore and juniors on Jan. 21. They were not sent by mail.


Updated Start Dates for 2020-21 Athletic Seasons
The Illinois High School Association released information yesterday on the sports seasons for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Detailed start and end dates for winter, spring, and summer sports seasons can be found on the IHSA webpage.
For many multi-sport athletes, there is an overlap of seasons. Student-athletes involved in a current sport season will be allowed to participate in a tryout for a 
cut sport in the next season, but they will be expected to finish the current season in good standing before joining that next sport, provided they make a roster. If the sport in the next season is a no-cut sport, the athlete will be able to join that program after their current season is complete.
For more specific information on which sports at Stevenson are no-cut and cut sports, please visit individual team pages at

Spring Sports Contact Days
Stevenson Athletics will be conducting Winter Contact Day opportunities for spring sports beginning next week as facilities allow. Please be advised that schedules may change and see the List and Schedule of Winter Contact Days activities for field hockey, football, girls volleyball, boys soccer, boys and girls water polo, and boys gymnastics.
To be eligible for Contact Days, athletes and families should complete the following steps:

  1. Register for Winter Contact Days in the Sport – includes having an updated physical
  2. Complete the Covid Health History Form
  3. Complete the In-Person Co-Curricular Form


IHSA Announces Basketball Can Begin
The Illinois High School Association announced yesterday that basketball can begin. Teams will need seven days of practice before they can play games and the schools must be in COVID-19 regions that have reached Phase 4. Football teams can start practices on March 3 with games beginning on March 19. The season will end on April 24 and there will be no postseason. Traditional spring sports including baseball, softball and track can begin on April 5.

Applications to Large Selective Colleges on the Risk
A 10% increase in applications to large and selective colleges and universities has been reported. During the time period studied, individual applications only rose 1% and fewer applications were submitted by first-generation and low-income students.

College RAs take on New Role
Being a resident advisor for a college dorm has always involved upholding university policies but RAs are now being called upon to ensure students are complying with mask policies and COVID-19 safety measures.

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