Monday, Oct. 25, 2021

Help Our Troops With Care Package Donations

Students Helping Soldiers is conducting a Thanksgiving care package drive every day this week, collecting non-perishable items that will be used in care packages for service members overseas.

Items such as beef jerky, tuna, Slim Jims, gum, hard candy (no chocolate), Girl Scout cookies, hygiene items, playing cards and other items that travel well are great.

Drop-off bins will be located at the Sportscenter and the main entrance. Please e-mail Mr. Moran ( if you have an address for a family member or friend in the service who would appreciate a care package.

Get Your 3v3 Hoops Teams Together For Ballapalooza!

So you’ve got game? On the hardwood? And so do a couple of your good friends?

Well, then get a team together and compete for prizes in KIVA Club’s annual 3v3 basketball tournament, Ballapalooza! The tournament is being held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday in the Sportscenter. The top three teams will receive a gift card and a 2021 KIVA Ballapalooza shirt.

To register your 3v3 team at the online school store, click here.

Student Announcements

Musical Monday: Band Chamber Concert Is Tonight

Fresh off the opportunity to work with top music professionals from the Chicagoland area, the Stevenson Band is ready to dazzle an audience at the Band Chamber Concert at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. The event features small-group performances by students from the top two band classes at Stevenson. Students independently chose their music and the concert preparation process started with a guest performance by “Quintet Attacca,” where students were able to ask questions to professional musicians about how they work together and prepare for concerts. Student groups were given only seven total in-class rehearsals to prepare for the concert, which will feature members of the Stevenson Flute Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Honor Band and Advanced Symphonic Band. This is not a ticketed event and there is no limited-seating protocol. For a copy of the program for the performance, click here.

Eat At Cafe Zupas Tomorrow To Benefit Stevenson Strings

The String Parents Association has partnered with Cafe Zupas in Vernon Hills to stage a fundraiser to benefit the Stevenson Strings. From 4-9 p.m. tomorrow, 25 percent of all orders at Cafe Zupas (887 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will go back to Stevenson Strings. Please mention this fundraiser to your cashier for dine-in or take-out orders. When ordering online or with the mobile app, enter FUNDRAISER25.

Choices College Fair Tomorrow Via Zoom

Stevenson families with students who have IEP’s and 504 Plans will have access to the CHOICES College and Educational Options Fair at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The CHOICES Committee is a consortium of counselors and special educators that represent high schools in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Each October, the consortium presents CHOICES: A College Fair and Post-High School Educational Options for Students with IEP’s and 504 Plans. CHOICES provides students with IEP’s and 504 plans, as well as parents and educators, with important information to assist in post-secondary transition planning. This year, the event, which will feature representatives from various colleges, including Illinois, Cincinnati and the College of Lake County, will be held virtually via Zoom. The webinar presentations will be recorded.

Patriot Sports News

Wang Wins State Tennis Singles Title; Patriots Finish As State Runners-Up

Sophomore Sarah Wang became just the fourth tennis player in Stevenson history to win a state singles championship. Over the weekend, Wang defeated Lake Forest’s Autumn Rabjohns, 6-3, 6-2, to not only capture her own title, but to help the Patriots bring home the Class 2A state runner-up trophy. Wang is in good company, joining other Stevenson state singles champions Sue Jaeger, a three-time champion (1976-78), Andrea Jaeger (1979) and Denise Muresan (2005). In doubles action, juniors Ainika Hou and Sonia Mehta battled through a three-set match with New Trier’s doubles team of Lucy Parrilli and Keri Rothenberg, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to secure the point that Stevenson needed for trophy status. To read the story in the Daily Herald, click here. The Stevenson athletic department plans to celebrate the entire tennis program’s season accomplishments, as well as the state title for Wang, later this week. Details will be announced as soon as possible.

Stevenson Boys Soccer Wins Regional Championship

Stevenson withstood an early charge by Buffalo Grove and squeezed out a 2-1 victory in Saturday’s regional championship. The Patriots tied the game with a goal from Adam Hamad on a penalty kick. In the second half, the Patriots went ahead on a goal by Adam Hamad, assisted by Owen Zakrzewski. Stevenson now moves into the sectional and will take on host Fremd at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Swim And Dive Managers (And Performers) Needed

The Boys Swimming and Diving team is looking for team managers to assist coaches with tasks at practice. Additionally, the team is again looking for students to perform the National Anthem to start our home meets. Whether you play an instrument or sing, perform solo or in a group, please contact Coach Lillydahl for information at

Wrestling To Hold Meeting on Wednesday

The wrestling season starts on Nov. 8 and to prepare, the coaches will be hosting a preseason meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday in the Wrestling Room

Athletic Results

Cross Country: In the girls Class 3A Regional at Adler Park in Libertyville, freshman Nanoko Seki advanced to the sectional with a time of 19:51.82. The IHSA Sectional is on Saturday at Busse Woods in Hoffman Estates. There were no individual qualifiers from Stevenson in the boys’ race.

Education News

Some Colleges Put New Vaccine Mandates In Place — For The Flu

As universities continue to weather the pandemic, they’re also preparing for a flu season that some health experts predict will be more severe than normal.

Illinois To Make Teacher Evaluations Optional For Second Year

For the second year in a row, Illinois school districts are being encouraged to evaluate teachers but will not be penalized for not doing so. Last school year, when districts were mostly remote due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state board of education provided districts with some flexibility on how to evaluate teachers. At the time, members said they hoped 2021-22 would return to normal. But with districts currently struggling to reopen amid staff and food shortages, board officials argued that it would be best to pause their evaluation system for another year.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Oct. 25: Activity Period – Sophomores

Oct. 25: Band Chamber Concert

Oct. 25-29: S*H*S Thanksgiving Care Package Fundraiser

Oct. 26: SPA Fundraiser

Oct. 28: Fall Guitar Concert

Oct. 30: Fall Biliteracy Exam

Oct. 31: Last Day For Sports Boosters Driven Fundraiser

Nov. 1: String Parents Association (SPA) Meeting

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