Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

On Thursday, Feb. 4, Principal Troy Gobble will host a webinar regarding the Hybrid Learning Plan and Health and Safety Plan with live Spanish translation beginning at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
Familias Patriotas, esperamos que hayan tenido un comienzo feliz y saludable para el nuevo año.
Únanse a nosotros en una reunion de Zoom completamente en ESPAÑOL para aprender sobre el aprendizaje híbrido y los planes de seguridad & salud con el Director Troy Gobble de SHS. Esperamos poder responder a todas sus preguntas sobre la bienvenida a estudiantes de regreso en el campus.
¡Esperamos verlos en Zoom!
4 de febrero a las 7:00 p.m.

Pairing Students’ Career Interests with Classroom Speakers
Students taking the Family and Consumer Science course Teaching Young Children 2 with teacher Jamie Rieman were recently surveyed regarding their future education and career plans:

  • 58% plan on a career in education
  • 25% expect to enter the field of healthcare working with children
  • 13% are planning to go into social work or psychology
  • 4% were undecided

Reiman matched the interests identified by students and invited two Stevenson alumni to speak to her classes. Lisa Lindell, a second-grade teacher at Laura B. Sprague School recently visited three TYC 2 classes to discuss her career as an elementary school teacher. Lindell attended Sprague, Daniel Wright Junior High and Stevenson. Another alumna, Samantha Styne (Class of 2009) will discuss her career as a pediatric nurse at Lurie Children’s Hospital during an upcoming class.
Under the current Hybrid Learning Plan, students attending classes in-person as well as those attending from home have the opportunity to connect with these guest speakers.


Arrival Entrances for Co-Curricular and Athletic Activities
Starting Monday, Feb. 1, students who come to campus after school for in-person co-curricular and athletic activities can enter and check into the school at the following entrances:

  • Monday – Friday: The Forum and Door 18 (tented entrance by the East Building Addition)
  • Saturday – Sunday: The Forum and Circle Drive

If you have any questions about our protocols for after-school co-curricular activities, please contact your club sponsor or coach.

Masks and Clearance Merchandise Available at the Superstore
Students are invited to visit the Patriot School Store online or in-person. New items have been added to the online school including Stevenson masks. Visitors can view a clearance rack in person or visit the clearance tab online.
Students attending in-person classes can shop at the School Store in the Wood Commons from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on days when classes are in session on campus.

Evaluating Honor Roll Societies
Some Stevenson students have received an invitation in the mail to join a for-profit scholastic honor society called the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). The invitation states that students were selected for membership based on their achievements at SHS.
To clarify, Stevenson is not affiliated with this organization, has not released student names to this group and does not recommend students pay for a chance to receive college scholarships. In contrast, the legitimate Stevenson National Honor Society (NHS) Chapter just emailed invitations to eligible sophomores and juniors.
Students should weigh several factors before accepting an invitation to an honor society, including the age of the organization and whether the organization is not-for-profit.
Evaluating the merits of an honor society is not just for high school students. The Association of College Honor Societies has published a checklist for students to use to judge the credibility of an honor society.


Athletics Participation Links
As winter practices resume and Contact Days begin, please see the Stevenson Athletics webpage for quick links to register and participate.
An updated link to the IHSA Planned Start Dates for 2020-21 Sports has been posted.


Universities Using Technology to do More with Less
Northern Illinois University is one of a number of universities that have benefited from investing in technology prior to the pandemic. Schools that have undergone a digital transformation have seen greater operational efficiency and have been able to pivot more quickly to address changing student needs.

The Increasing Job Complexity of High School Athletic Directors
With this week’s announcement that high school basketball can resume, high school athletic directors are running a full-court press to make it happen. High School ADs around the state are scrambling to schedule events, secure facilities and follow new and changing safety guidelines.

Schools Around the Country Plan for Name Changes
An Atlanta school board is considering renaming a school after the late Hank Aaron. The school is currently named for a Ku Klux Klan leader. Other schools around the country are planning similar changes including the announcement that San Francisco plans to change the name of 44 schools.

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