Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Operation Snowball Aims to Build Community. Mission Accomplished.
Operation Snowball‘s 2-1/2 day retreat may have been pared down to a one-day event, but the event was packed with twice the fun! With safety precautions in place, 50 students and 11 SHS staff members participated in this year’s retreat. This event was planned by students for students to create a community with continuous positive energy that inspires confidence. Check out the video for a recap of the retreat!
Operation Snowball’s next retreat is tentatively scheduled for November 18-20 at Camp Timberlee in Wisconsin. Teen staff applications will be available next week, and participants will be able to sign up in the fall. Stay tuned for more!

Math Team Makes Top 6 in International Competition
Our Math Team is making waves!
The team competed in the MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge, in which high school teams are invited to explore and tackle real-life challenges using mathematical modeling. This year’s M3 Challenge centered on the digital divide: Students were challenged to model the cost, household need and planning needed to ensure equitable mobile access to high-speed internet.
In total, 535 papers were submitted to this year’s Challenge. Of these, TWO Math Teams placed in the top six teams overall for their outstanding approaches: Spandan Goel, Greycen Ren, Andrew Liu, Gabriel Visotsky, Joy Qu, Praneet Rathi, Sai Merneedi, Brandon Lu, Emily Hu, and James Kim. Next up: M3 Challenge will announce the final results on April 26, so stay tuned for that!
In the meantime, check out the Math Team’s spotlight on NPR, ABC-7 and SmartTalk Radio!

In Case You Missed It: Healthy Transitions Panel for Incoming Freshmen
Earlier this month, Catalyst and Stand Strong Coalition co-hosted panels for incoming freshmen families to assist them in making a safe and healthy transition to Stevenson High School. More than 250 parents and students tuned in and heard from Catalyst Club student leaders, Principal Gobble, Director of Student Activities Dr. Ted Georgen, Freshman Mentor Program Sponsor Ms. Zara Dittman, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi and other community experts!
In case you missed it, you can catch a recording of the student panel or the parent panel.

Correction: In yesterday’s edition of the Daily Digest, we incorrectly listed the recognition given to FCCLA club member Vanamali Dhurvaas at the virtual Illinois Section 5 FCCLA state competition. He received a gold medal in the Interior Design event (most outstanding).


Tune Into Tri-M’s Benefit Concert This Weekend
The SHS Tri-M Music Honor Society will perform a benefit concert with Crescendo for a Cause, a local Stevenson alumni-run non-profit organization with the mission to improve music education in underserved areas through fundraising, donating, and performing. We hope the Stevenson community will tune into the event and help the club reach their goal of raising $500!
The event will take place on Saturday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. through a YouTube Premiere. We hope to see you all there!

Reminder: All-Community Blood Drive Through April
Patriots, there is still time to participate in Stevenson NHS‘s all-community blood drive! The event is happening throughout the month of April, and students who schedule an appointment online (use group code PV01) can donate at any of the 17 Vitalant Illinois Donation Centers. Donors will receive coupons for free pizza from Papa John’s!
Help NHS reach their annual goal for donors, and Vitalant will donate $2,500-$3,000 to Stevenson to College (S2C) to help fund scholarship and mentorships for Stevenson students. Schedule an appointment online today!


Athletic Results for April 13
Boys Soccer
The boys soccer team beat Libertyville, 5-0, in a NSC matchup bringing their overall season record to 8-2 and their NSC record to 6-1. In the first half, Alem Duratovic scored two goals and Adam Hamad scored one goal. They were assisted by Anthony Skordilis and Jacob Stoga. In the second half, Alem Duratovic scored his third goal of the night and Gavin Blackley scored a goal. Next up, the Patriots will play on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at home in the North Suburban Conference Tournament.


TikTok is a thriving learning community—and may be the future of education, one columnist writes
The hashtag #LearnOnTikTok currently has more than seven billion views. An education startup founder makes the case for leaning into the social media platform for learning and education.

New certification programs aim to address teacher shortages in Pennsylvania
In an effort to help address teacher shortages in Pennsylvania in critical areas such as special education, English, social studies and math, Penn State Harrisburg is offering post-baccalaureate certification for individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree and want to become certified to teach in the commonwealth. The programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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