Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

Vaccinations Begin for Lake County School Workers
On Friday, Stevenson launched its COVID-19 vaccination site, dedicated to school workers who live and work in Lake County. The Sports Center was filled with positive anticipation, and by the end of the weekend, more than 900 educators received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations!
“I feel like I have more hope for all of us, that we are on the road to better, safer, and healthier days when we can join back together and move towards a new ‘normal,’” said fine arts teacher Katie Hyken, who received her first dose on Friday. “As more vaccinations continue to be administered, I am looking forward to the day that I can see more of my students in-person, and that we all feel safe and comfortable returning to the classroom again.”
Approximately 150 medical and nonmedical staff members worked this weekend to greet, screen and administer vaccinations to educators. Our gratitude goes to the vaccination site staff as well as our board member-volunteers Heena Agrawal, Steve Frost, Amy Neault, Terry Moons and Fei Shang who helped out at our vaccination site this weekend.

5Essentials Survey Begins This Week for Students
Stevenson will begin administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey to students during their mathematics class beginning this week – April 2. This survey asks students about their experiences in school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans.
Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Act. 20 parents and guardians have the right to review a copy of the questions asked. Survey questions can be found on the Illinois 5Essentials Support Center. Patriot families who don’t want their students to participate can complete an Opt-Out Form.
Parents and guardians are invited to complete this online survey between now and April 21.

Scholastic Bowl is Undefeated
Led by senior captains David Lee and Arjun Nageswaran, Stevenson’s varsity scholastic bowl team capped an undefeated North Suburban Conference regular season (14-0) by sweeping the conference tournament (3-0). The sweep included victories over Zion-Benton (450-20) in the first round, Lake Forest (540-50) in the semifinal, and Libertyville (470-50) in the final. Congratulations to the entire team including sophomores Andrey Vlasov, Dhruv Pendharkar, Rishabh Wuppalapati, Srikar Venkatesan, Aadit Juneja, and Arunabh Ganguli; juniors Anish Arora, Spandan Goel, Johnny Abraham, and Anmol Dash; and seniors Arjun Nageswaran, David Lee, Billy Bratton and Daniel Ding.

Spring Biliteracy Exam
Students interested in taking the Spring 2021 Biliteracy exam will have the opportunity to take the exam in a remote setting with parents/guardians as proctors or come to campus to complete the testing. The remote testing window is Feb. 16-26 and the exam will also be given on campus on Feb. 20 and Feb. 27.
The languages students can test for this spring are:

  • AAPPL exam: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and ESL.
  • ALIRA exam: Latin
  • Avant STAMP 4S exam: Hebrew or Polish

Registration and payment information for this exam will be made online through the Stevenson School Store and more information can be viewed on the Seal of Biliteracy tab on the World Languages-ELL webpage.


Late Arrival and Check-In Day on Wednesday
Wednesday, Feb. 10 is a Late Arrival Day with classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Please see the COVID-10 Updates webpage to view the schedule for any week. Wednesday is also a Check-in Day and students will be learning asynchronously from home to allow teachers to meet with students individually and in small groups during class time.
The Virtual Information Learning Center will be open on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please see the Tutoring Support Programs webpage and the ILC-Library webpage for more information about tutoring and virtual librarian assistance available to students.


Weekend Athletic Results
Girls Bowling
The varsity girls bowling team had their first NSC meet of the winter season against Warren on Friday. The Patriots posted an overall score of 2052 and beat the Blue Devils who posted 1947. The SHS team won two out of three games played. Senior Yumin Kim posted the highest score of the competition (478) while junior Diana Kwizera and senior Kelly Radelet came in a close second and third with scores of 461 and 460.

Boys Swimming and Diving
The Patriots had their season debut over the weekend hosting the Titans from Glenbrook South. Despite the 92-94 loss, there were several impressive finishes. The team claimed the first three spots in the 50-yard freestyle with junior Brandon Xiong, sophomore David Kohan, and sophomore Jack Curtin finishing first, second, and third, respectively. Junior Jack White won the diving competition with a score of 290.08, while junior Josh Song swam in a time of 50.68 in the 100-Yard butterfly and 53.30 on the 100-Yard backstroke to claim victory in those two races.

Boys Basketball
The boys varsity basketball team won their first game against Streamwood on Saturday by a margin of 63-59. Senior Darius Clemens led the way with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Evan Ambrose scored 14 points with five rebounds and senior Jacob Morris contributed six points with 12 rebounds and four assists. The 1-0 Patriots play host to Glenbard East on Tuesday and Lake Forest on Wednesday, both at 7:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Middle School. Check out the Daily Herald Season Preview.

Girls Basketball
The Patriots beat Lake Zurich, 61-50 on Saturday, in their first game of the season in non-conference competition. Junior Simone Sawyer led all scorers, posting 26 points and Junior Ava Bardic contributed 15 points to help lead the Patriots to victory. They travel to Lake Forest on Tuesday for their first conference matchup, then play host to Mundelein on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Twin Groves Middle School. Saturday’s matchup with Libertyville is on the road at 3:00 p.m. but it is a non-conference game. They will face off again on March 3 and the Daily Herald is tabbing that game as significant for conference standings.

Boys Soccer Meeting on Friday
A virtual information meeting for boys soccer will be held on Zoom on Friday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Please see the Boys Soccer webpage for more information.


University Professor Discusses the Importance of Recognizing Black History Month
UCLA Professor of Education Dr. Tyrone Howard outlines the important role teachers play in helping students understand the significance of Black history. He shares that “Black history is American history and American history is Black history.”

The Challenge of Wearing Face Coverings During Prep Sports
Student-athletes have added face coverings as part of their uniforms but athletes and coaches share the challenges of wearing face coverings during athletic contests. Referees are now also called on to monitor the use of face coverings during some athletic contests.

Florida Universities Changing Spring Break Plans
Several Florida universities have adjusted their school schedules to avoid or shorten spring breaks. Concerns about COVID-19 outbreaks coupled with the standard flu season prompted calendar adjustments from Florida International University, University of Miami, University of Florida and Florida State University.

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