Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

Get Ready…Odyssey (Reimagined) Is Coming

Over the years, Stevenson has been proud to host the biennial Odyssey Festival, which has historically featured more than 250 guest artists for two days of performances and workshops, which students attend in lieu of their academic classes.

This year, we are excited to announce the return of this experience, reimagined, in order to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff and guest artists amid the ongoing pandemic.

The Odyssey Festival will be reimagined as Odyssey Fine Arts Week, scheduled for Feb. 7 to Feb. 11. Odyssey will provide a full week of optional classes, performances, and events to take place before and after school and during lunch periods. Students can expect to see pop-up performances and atmospheric artists on campus and may choose to take part in interactive creative activities. After school, shows featuring professional dancers, theatre artists, musicians, and visual artists will be available for students to attend safely in half-capacity venues. All contracted artists will provide proof of vaccination.

More detailed information about Odyssey Fine Arts Week will be communicated in the near future. We look forward to celebrating the arts with you!

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New Feature: Get Your Wellness News Right Here

Student Services would like to welcome you to the Patriot Wellness Connection! We started this school year off with our StreetFest Wellness Week, which reminded us that we all have mental health that we need to care for each day. We focused on a variety of ways for adults and students to engage in personal self care. We are excited to continue our conversations around wellness this year with our students, families, staff, and community. And we will be collaborating with student clubs to bring you content regarding various wellness topics twice per month right here in the Daily Digest! Our hope is that you find these topics, discussed through both the staff and student voice, not only informative but also applicable to your personal wellness journey!

Student Announcements

Register Now For Biliteracy Test

The mission of Stevenson’s Division of World Languages is to facilitate students’ acquisition of another language, and Stevenson offers students the opportunity to test in 15 languages. Stevenson students that have met the Seal of Biliteracy requirements will have an Official Seal affixed to their diplomas upon graduation, and that designation will be reflected on their official transcripts. Stevenson’s Fall Biliteracy exam opportunity is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 2104. The exam must be taken in-person and cannot be taken remotely. All students interested in registering for the test must complete the Registration Form and pay via the Stevenson School Store. The deadline to register for the Fall Biliteracy exam is Monday, Oct. 18 at 11:00 p.m.

Applying To College Early Decision? Required Meeting Tomorrow

Students considering applying to a college via an Early Decision (ED I or ED II) application plan are required to attend a mandatory 20-minute session hosted by the College Career Center. The sessions, held in the CCC, will be offered at two times tomorrow: 7:45 a.m. and during 8th period. Students who attended an Early Decision session hosted previously by the CCC on Sept. 14 are not required to attend a session tomorrow.

Seniors! Yes, It’s Already Time To Have Cap-And-Gown Orders On Your Radar

Sure, graduation on May 27, 2022 seems way far down the road, but it will actually be here before you know it. And Stevenson, along with graduation partner Jostens, is already preparing for your cap and gown orders. Students can pick up order forms from the Student Activities Office (1102) to place orders in person from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Upper West Lobby. Students can order online through Nov. 6. For more information about cap and gowns, the ordering process and deadlines, click here.

Patriot Sports News

Follow The Football Team To Waukegan Tomorrow Night

If you are traveling to Weiss Field in Waukegan tomorrow night for the football games, please be advised that the Freshman game starts at 5 p.m., with the varsity kickoff to follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 (adult) and $3 (student). There is no re-entry and spectators will not be admitted after halftime.

Athletic Results

Girls Tennis: Although darkness halted play, Stevenson still managed a 5-1 victory over Glenbrook South to improve to 18-1 on the season under first-year coach Jose Morales. Stevenson’s singles players raced to quick triumphs, dropping a combined 2 games in 6 sets in the nonconference dual. Patriots sophomore Sarah Wang won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1; freshman Abby Ma got a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 2; and Sophia Shlyakhta, another freshman, rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep on the No. 3 singles court. This week, Morales and fellow coaches Mindy Fitzgibbons, Jerry Franklin, and Gregg Winter recognized members of the senior class including Amise Calliste-David, Jenna Chen, Nayanika Madhav, Unnathi Pasupuleti, Sophia Lagen, Thea Surya, Sabrina Xu, and Ashley Yan. To read the story in the Daily Herald, click here.

Girls Volleyball: Stevenson swept host Waukegan 25-10, 27-25 to reach the 20-win mark and improve to 20-8 overall, and 4-1 in North Suburban Conference action. The Patriots will compete in the Glenbrook North Invitational tomorrow and Saturday.

Education News

California Is Mandating COVID Vaccines For Kids. Will Other States Follow?

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a first-in-the-nation statewide mandate for students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, it set off conversations about whether other states will soon follow. One key detail in California’s new rule, issued last week: The COVID-19 vaccine mandate won’t kick in right away. Rather, age groups will be phased in as vaccines win full approval from the Food and Drug Administration, which means the requirement would not be in place for older students until around July 2022, after the current school year is over.

Can The ‘Netflix For Textbooks’ Model Actually Improve Access?

Textbooks play a central role in discussions around higher ed affordability, and publishers have long been cast as the villain, pulling in high profits as textbook prices rise. These days some publishers are trying a new sales model they say will save students money: textbook subscription services. The latest player to jump in is Pearson, which released Pearson Plus over the summer as a “pay-as-you-go” alternative to traditional textbooks.

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. 7: First Generation College Admission Night

Oct. 8: NHS Blood Drive Promotion

Oct. 8: Improv Performance

Oct. 11: Non-Attendance Day

Oct. 11: SPA Restaurant Fundraiser – Culver’s

Oct. 12: Best Buddies MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Oct. 13: PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors

Oct. 13: Sports Boosters Meeting

Oct. 14: Illinois Regional College Fair

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