Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Two-Group Hybrid Learning Plan Begins March 3
At the February Board of Education meeting, we presented a tentative plan to give more students the opportunity to come to campus more often, as long as COVID-19 transmission rates remained low. We continue to monitor the data from both our population testing program and the Lake County Health Department, and the incidence rates and transmission have continued to remain extremely low on campus.
Given this continued downward trend in incidence rates in our community, we will be transitioning from the three-group model (Blue, Gold, Green) to a two-group model (Blue and Green) on Wednesday, March 3. We will create the two groups by dividing the Gold group in half and distributing those students into the Green and Blue Groups. Students will have the opportunity under this plan to come to school every day and see more fellow students in class. Students are asked to continue to bring their population test sample the first morning they attend class on campus each week, affixing the barcode to the sample tube vertically.
The Blue/Green Schedule has been posted on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.
Students and Patriot families received an email yesterday regarding this change including specific information relating to their current hybrid learning group.

Planning Your Future Sophomore Family Night for Parents, Guardians and Students
The College and Career Center will host a virtual Planning Your Future event for current sophomores and their families at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 on Zoom. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians.
Post-Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller, and Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock, will discuss what to expect during junior year as students begin to embark on the college and career exploration process. An introduction to Naviance, an online tool to assist Stevenson students with college and career planning, will be provided. There are also several pre-sessions available and the opportunity to request an interpreter.
Pre-Session in Spanish
A special session will take place for Spanish-speaking sophomore families before the main meeting from 6:15-6:45 p.m. on Zoom
Pre-Session for families of students with an IEP or 504
Parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans are invited to a pre-session from 6:30-6:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Requesting an Interpreter
Families who would like to request an interpreter for the main program or the pre-session for families of students with an IEP or 504 are asked to contact Michele Doczi at 847-415-4517, or by Monday, March 1.
We look forward to welcoming our sophomore students and families to this virtual event!

String Parents Talent, Treasure and Time Campaign
Tomorrow night’s String’s Winter Concert Showcase serves as the kickoff to the String Parent Association’s (SPA) “4 Weeks of Giving – Talent, Treasure and Time Campaign.” Students, parents and the community are invited to join their efforts to support and enhance music education at Stevenson.
This campaign focuses on:
Talent:Watch the Strings Winter Concert Showcase – a virtual presentation of works from members of the guitar and orchestra classes tomorrow, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
Treasure: Donate to this fundraiser through March 19. SPA has identified a donor who will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1000.
Time: SPA is seeking volunteers. They are looking for next year’s board members, committee chairs and organization members.
Please see the SPA webpage for more information about this parent organization.


Student Job Connection
Students seeking a summer or part-time job are encouraged to view the job openings posted on the Student Job Connection webpage. Recent additions include job openings for lifeguards, swim instructors, pool managers and gate attendants through Chicagoland Pool Management, and summer employment opportunities at Tamarak Day Camp.
Stevenson Camp Patriot just announced that a job posting for Camp Patriot role models, a position often referred to as camp counselors, has been published and applications from current sophomores, juniors and seniors are being accepted.


Athletic Results for Tuesday, Feb. 23
Boys Basketball
Head Coach Pat Ambrose recognized the senior members of the boys basketball team prior to last night’s matchup against Waukegan, one in which the Patriots dropped 46-52 in overtime. The Class of 2021 group, pictured above, includes Evan Ambrose, Andrew Chieng, Darius Clemons, Jacob Morris, Jaison Williams, and manager Daniel Shapiro. The loss drops the team to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the NSC and SHS (5-3, 2-3). Turning the game, senior Darius Clemons led the way 14 points and nine rebounds and classmate Jacob Morris contributed five points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Junior Evan Porto added eight points and three rebounds. They take on Dundee-Crown at Woodlawn Middle School tonight at 7:30 pm.

Boys Ice Hockey
The boys ice hockey team won a thriller versus Glenbrook South on Tuesday night, 4-3. In a game that featured 10 penalties, Stevenson’s power play stayed hot with power-play goals by senior Bryce Stokes junior Rafi Biedron and sophomore Davis Jegers, and assisted by senior Andrew ChambersJegers added an even-strength goal with an assist by senior Christopher LermerLermer also punched in the game-winning goal, a buzzer-beater with one second left on the clock. Stevenson will be back on the ice tonight versus Hinsdale.

Boys Bowling
The Patriots had a solid performance against Waukegan to bring their season record to 7-0, winning the match 3344-2644. The Patriots took all nine points in this conference match-up, with Senior Ryan Lerman having the highest total pinfall of 743 and an individual series high score of 259. Next up, the team has a non-conference match-up tonight against Grant.

Correction: Yesterday, girls basketball player Simone Sawyer was listed as a senior. Sawyer is a junior.

Girls Lacrosse Information Meeting
A virtual girls lacrosse Informational meeting for student-athletes interested in trying out for this team and their parents or guardians will be held on March 18 at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Please see the Girls Lacrosse webpage for more information about this team.


New Illinois School Requirement Proposal Includes Reading List of Anti-Racism Books
Illinois House Bill 0080 includes a proposal that a list of 40 books about racism would be incorporated into K-12 curriculums in every public school in the 2021-22 school year. The bill has been referred to the rules committee for further action.

Shortages of Prep Athletic Officials Complicated by Condensed Sports Seasons
The shortage of high school athletic officials has been an issue that has worsened over the last year. One local league estimates their pool of available officials has been reduced by 40 percent. In addition to fewer officials, scheduling has become more challenging because of shortened and condensed high school sports seasons.

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