Monday, March 8, 2021

Guitar Chamber Concert
Students involved in the Stevenson Guitar Program will perform in quartets and quintets during a virtual Guitar Chamber concert on Monday, March 15 at 7 p.m. To prepare for this concert, students selected, rehearsed and individually recorded their performances. We hope you can join us for this showcase performance on Zoom. The link to view this online performance will be posted prior to the event on the Fine Arts Event webpage along with other information about this concert.

Project Homeless
Sophomore Ben Snider wanted to help others in the community who were struggling with the devastating impact of COVID-19. Snider created a “Project Homeless” online donation page and invited classmates Bhargav Devabhaktuni and Steven Nyc to be part of the project. This trio, who are all members of the co-curricular club KIVA, exceeded their goal of raising $2,000 and collected $2,570 through on-line donations in a one-month period!
The monetary donations were used by these Patriots to purchase personal items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks, water bottles, granola bars and hand wipes. The group used these items to create care packages that were delivered to local individuals who are homeless. They delivered these packages to four local homeless shelters prior to Valentine’s Day and because they exceeded their collection goal, they also provided donations to the Lake County Haven which helps women and children who are homeless due to domestic violence.
In addition to receiving many positive messages from community members as well as current and former teachers, the boys shared the impact this experience had. Snider said, I wish I could describe the gratitude I witnessed as we made their wish list deliveries. I can’t thank [the donors] enough for caring and wanting to make a difference to those who need a little help and compassion.”
Congratulations to these Patriots for demonstrating their Commitment to Others!


Career Spotlight Talk: Medicine – Oncology/Hematology
On Thursday, March 11 students are invited to attend the next Career Spotlight Talk, a virtual program organized by the Stevenson Career Exploration Program. Thursday’s event will be led by hematologist/oncologist Dr. Amara Hussain who will discuss her educational and career journey. Additional information, including the Zoom link to attend, can be found on the Career Spotlight Talks document.

Student Check-In Day on Wednesday
Wednesday is a Late Arrival Day with classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Students will be attending classes from home and will receive asynchronous assignments during each class period to allow teachers to meet with students individually and in small groups.
The Information Learning Center has expanded hours and will be open for virtual assistance all day on Wednesday. Please see the Tutoring webpage for details including the following expanded hours:

  • Communications Arts: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Mathematics: 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Science: 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Social Studies: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • World Languages: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We have received excellent feedback about these Student Check-In Days from students and teachers. The next scheduled Student Check-In day will be on April 21. Please see the weekly schedules posted on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.


Competitive Dance Team Wins Second Straight IHSA State Title
In a year of virtual practices and revised routine formats, the Patriettes left no question as to who is the best 3A Competitive Dance team in the State of Illinois. They repeated as the IHSA state champions posting a score of 95.64 on Saturday, the highest score of the day in all three classes.
This is the first time the program has won back-to-back titles and their third title overall, with the first title in 2017. All three titles have been under the direction of Head Coach Kristin Piekarski-Cook and Assistant Coach Laura Moschel.
Members of this year’s team include seniors Breanna Buan, Elli Freeman, Nicole Graff, Marina Halana, Leah Kochevar, Madison McCarty, Sarah Rainis, Josephina Ronson, Grace Schubert, Jocelyn Silk, Zoey Silver, Audrey Spewak and Madison Sturgeon; juniors Elizabeth Dubilirer, Maggie Feldstein, Samantha Habib, Jennifer Immell, Madden Larrea, Isabel McCool, Sarah Mestan, Casey Pak, Ysabelle Power, Evelyn Shen and Eve Traficanti; sophomores Zoe Fledderman, Natalia Lukasinski and Ricardo Tiongson; and freshman Tess Freeman, Nicolette Lagan, Katherine Petterec, Calleigh Schneider and April Tan.
Congratulations Patriots!

Athletic Results for Friday, March 5-6
Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team beat Warren on Friday by over ten points, winning the game 55-43, bringing their overall season record to 10-3. senior Darius Clemons dominated the scoreboard, shooting 13 points and also had seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior Evan Porto, sophomore Josh Thomas and senior Jacob Morris scored 10, 9, and 8 points, respectively.
Following their win over Warren, the Patriots defeated Palatine on Saturday in a close game, 42-39, to bring their overall season record to 11-3. Junior Jaden Evans led all scorers with 13 points. Morris brought in 11 points and had six rebounds, followed by Clemons who posted 10 points and also had six rebounds. Next up, the Patriots will take on Lake Forest at Stevenson on tomorrow, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. for the North Suburban Conference tournament semifinals.

Girls Basketball
On Saturday, the girls basketball prevailed over Huntley in overtime, winning 61-56 to move to 13-1 overall and 6-1 in the North Suburban Conference. Junior Simone Sawyer led all scorers with a whopping 25 points, followed by senior Lydia Lueck who came off the bench to post 14 points to the scoreboard. Next up, the Patriots will take on New Trier tonight for an away game with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

Competitive Cheer
The Cheerleading programs swept the varsity and JV divisions at the North Suburban Conference championships on Saturday, a virtual competition hosted by Libertyville High School. Varsity recorded a score of 97.07, earning them their eighth consecutive NSC championship, dating back to the 2013-14 season. The varsity program followed up Friday night’s competition with an IHSA sectional championship on Saturday with a top score of 95.83 to earn their sixth consecutive trip to the IHSA state finals in six years. The virtual performance will take place on Saturday, March 13 and can be viewed on the NFHS Network.

Boys Diving
The SHS boys diving team competed in a 14 team 11-dive invitational at the Stevenson Natatorium on Saturday. Junior Jack White finished second with a score of 470.90 points. Sophomore Danny Silverstein finished fourth with a score of 456.80. The dynamic diving duo won the team championship trophy by outscoring the second-place team from Riverside-Brookfield by eight points. The entire Patriot Diving Team will compete in their final event of the season, the North Suburban Conference Championship, at Libertyville High School on Friday, March 12 at 6 p.m.

The boys and girls fencing team both had a victory over Marian Central this weekend, winning 38-2 and 12-8 respectively. The fencers that went undefeated include seniors Prabhav PeddintiIllia Svirinovskyi; juniors Abby Cabrera, Michael Cui, Suhas Palwai and Stephan Yi; sophomores Johnathan Franke Gordon, Phillip Ivanov, Daron Sun and Brian Yoon; and freshmen Vincent Oriatti-Bruns and Molly Hayden. Next up, the Patriots will take on New Trier on Wednesday, March 10 at Stevenson.


Access to Technology Optimizes Equity in Education
Following a shift to remote and hybrid instruction last year, the need for digital equity became more clear and schools across the country are still working to provide internet access and digital devices to all students.

Robots Offer Relief from Winter Weather and COVID Concerns
Robots are replacing traditional delivery services on the campus of a Massachusetts University dispensing food and drinks. Fifteen universities are utilizing these robots and more than 1 million deliveries have been made so far. The robots are even programmed to be polite and a digital message of “Thanks a lot” can be heard from the robots after a delivery has been made.

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