Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

Little Patriots Show Their Inclusive Spirit
Students and staff walking by the Little Patriots Day School area in the East Building are reminded of how kindness, peace and manners can make everyone feel welcome.
Each year, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Little Pats teachers complete a unit on Dr. King. This preschool follows Illinois State Board of Education Learning Standards and this activity was part of a social science benchmark to “understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations”. Students learned about Dr. King’s message of inclusion during this unit, a message that is important year-round including this month during Black History Month.
Stevenson students that are interested in learning about child development and educational fields interact with children in the Little Pats Day School if they are enrolled in Teaching Young Children 1 or Teaching Young Children 2 courses.
This school is a community full-day childcare center for children ages 3-5 years that is located within Stevenson High School. The school accepts up to 20 children, many of whom are children of SHS faculty and staff as well as children from the local community.

Wit Award
Congratulations to the students involved in the publication of the 2020 WIT for its recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Last year’s WIT, created virtually during Remote Learning, was a silver medal recipient and a Crown Award Finalist.
The editor in chief was alumna Helen Han with co-editor Cheryl Chen. Other alumni editors include Joyce Bai, Zophia Gogojewicz, Samantha Goldwasser, Lia LaSpisa and Anastasiia Stas. The staff was made up of current students Madeline Mitchell, Katie Lee, Eshaan Agarwal, Sophia Li, Jennifer Cheng, Alisha Chowdhary, Mehwish Khan, Brianna Liu, Atishi Porwal, Tia Vasudeva and Sowmya Venkatachalam.
The WIT is currently accepting submissions for this year’s edition. All student-writers and artists are invited to submit their fiction, poetry, drama, song lyrics, music scores, nonfiction, and art by April 23.
The Wit and Half-Wit Club is sponsored by Stevenson communication arts teachers Jim Barnabee and Robert Zagorski.


Club-Based College Scholarship Recipient
Many Stevenson students are awarded college scholarships for their academic, athletic, service or project-based accomplishments. One recent scholarship recipient was eligible to apply for and ultimately received a scholarship based on his involvement in the Spanish Honor Society.
Senior Michael Zaslavskiy serves as president of the Stevenson National Spanish Honor Society and was recently awarded the Joseph Adams Senior Scholarship by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the organization which runs U.S.-based Spanish honor societies. Zaslavskiy is the second Stevenson recipient of this scholarship. His club sponsor, Spanish teacher Raquel Antillera shared that “Michael’s diligence, positive attitude, social skills, maturity and passion for the Spanish language and culture made him a remarkable candidate and the recipient of this scholarship.” Congratulations Michael!

Yearbook Ordering Deadline
Final yearbook orders will be placed soon and Feb. 28 is the last day to order to guarantee students will receive a yearbook on distribution day. Yearbooks can be ordered on the Jostens’ website and recognition ads can still be placed.


Boys Bowling
Boys Bowling racked up a victory against Waukegan yesterday afternoon, 3249-2771. Senior Nicholas Sterns had the highest score of the night at 690 followed by senior Ryan Grabiner with an impressive 677. Seniors Josh Luck, Josh Lerner, and Ryan Lerman also posted strong scores to help lead the Patriots to victory in their first competition of the season. Junior varsity bowler and sophomore Ender Starr also greatly assisted the varsity team. Starr played for three games shooting a total of 781 and tied for the third-highest score in program history. The Patriots are starting off the season 1-0.

Athletic Training Services for Students and Staff
Rebound Fitness, the approved vendor for Stevenson preventive care, provides athletic training for the Stevenson Athletic Teams and physical therapy services for all Stevenson students and staff. Please visit the Stevenson Athletic Training webpage to learn more about how to schedule an appointment.


Vaccination Sites Open for Lake County Educators and Staff Members
Stevenson and Round Lake High Schools are providing COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 20,000 Lake County educators and staff members beginning this week. Both locations were selected by the Lake County Health Department because of their central location as well as CLIA certification. All districts participating will share related costs.

Midwest Universities Receiving Program Donations
Marquette University recently announced they have received a $31 million donation from an alumni couple which will be used to “grow, diversify and innovate” Marquette’s College of Nursing. The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration also recently announced the receipt of a $75 million gift which is among the largest in the history of the university.

Culturally Responsive Teaching Standards Proposed by ISBE
The Illinois State Board of Education has proposed the implementation of culturally responsive teaching standards for teacher preparation programs by October 2025. These standards would train educators to connect with students of color in meaningful ways.

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