Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021

Hear an Update on Hybrid Learning on Tuesday
While we are navigating very challenging times, there has been some good news here at Stevenson as we have seen the return of students to campus. We are in our third week of hybrid learning, sports have been given the “green light” by IDPH and IHSA to begin, and various clubs and activities are starting up again.
Please join us for a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 7 – 8 p.m. to hear updates about the hybrid learning experience thus far, our strategies to keep everyone safe on campus and feedback we’ve received from our students in recent surveys.
We will also provide information on our current planning efforts for summer school and updates on the Lake County Health Department’s vaccination efforts for Phase 1b educators.

The Patriot Theatre Company’s Maine Event
The Stevenson community is invited to a Patriot Theatre Company multimedia production of ‘Almost, Maine’ during four performances Feb. 12-14.
The cast and crew, made up of freshmen and sophomores, have been filming scenic vignettes at a variety of locations to produce these performances under the direction of Stevenson theatre teacher Joey Fitzpatrick. Students involved in the Stagecrafters and Poster Design Clubs have been involved and the production has also received support from the Theatre Parent Organization and Stevenson Fine Arts Department. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Read more about this production on the Theatre webpage.

5Essentials Survey
Parents, guardians, faculty, and students have the opportunity to participate in the 2020-21 Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Students and faculty will receive specific communication about how they can participate and parents and guardians are invited to complete this online survey between now and April 21.
The confidential online survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education and addresses five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for students.
We thank you in advance for completing this survey!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Alzheimer’s Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest
High school seniors impacted by Alzheimer’s disease can win up to $5,000 for college through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest.
Applicants must submit a 1,200 to 1,500- word essay describing how Alzheimer’s disease impacted their life and what they have learned about themselves, their family, or their community through their experience with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses. The essay submission deadline is Monday, Feb. 15.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Sports Photos Available
Team and individual sports portraits from picture day are now available to view and order online. Please use the link and instructions below to access your photos:

  1. Go to the Visual Image Photography website for Stevenson
  2. Select “Pay now” on the green Sports Team & Individual tile
  3. Select “Find my Photo!” in the view and order box
  4. Select your season and team photo (individual images will appear in the gallery with your team photo)
  5. Follow the instructions to select your package or products and enter your information
  6. You will receive a confirmation email

If you can’t find your team, it may have been photographed at a later date so please check back in a few days.
* Please note: There is a known error that VIP is fixing. If you click the green “Purchase Team/Group Only” button, you will receive an error message. To order just the team photo, click “Buy Now!” below the individual photo of your son/daughter. Within that area, you have the option to purchase just the team photo
If you have any questions, please contact VIP.

EDUCATION NEWS

Free College Tuition Program for Adults in Michigan
Michigan residents who don’t already have a college degree may be eligible for a tuition-free associate’s degree or skills certificate under a new $30 million program. Skills Scholarships will be available for high-demand careers in manufacturing, construction, information technology, healthcare and business management.

Colleges Add More In-Person Classes for Spring
Many U.S. colleges are beefing up their in-person offerings for spring semester, with more than a quarter of institutions recently surveyed reporting they will offer in-person instruction. This trend is being reported more at smaller schools and private four-year colleges.

First Black President of a US College Honored
A sculpture of scholar Martin Henry Freeman is now on display in the Vermont city where he was born. Freeman graduated from Middlebury College in 1849. He became president of Allegheny Institute in 1856, which later became Avery College, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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