Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Bands From Five Programs Capped Two-Day Concert On Tuesday

It was a “Band-a-palooza” of sorts as students from five different band programs at Stevenson performed in a two-day Band Concert earlier this week.

Students in the Freshman, Concert, Symphonic, Advanced Symphonic, and Honor Bands executed spectacular musicianship at the Performing Arts Center.

For some students, it was their third concert performance of the semester. For others, it was their very first performance as students at Stevenson High School.

Finals Experience Week ~ Schedule And Services Announced

Final exams start next week and there will be adjusted schedules and services that are important to know. Here are the basics:

** Cafeteria Service

There will be normal food service on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, food service will be available until 1 p.m. Jazzman will remain open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday and until 3 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, breakfast will be served until 11:30 a.m., and Jazzman will be open until 1 p.m.

** Open Gym

Supervised Open Gym will be available in the Sportscenter, Weight Room and Cardio Fitness

Center during exam periods only.

Click here for information on:

** After School/Activity/Athletic Buses

** Academic Tutoring Hours

** ILC, QLC, and ELC Hours During Finals

** Testing Center Hours During Finals

Seasonal Favorites On Tap For Monday’s Orchestra Concert

Don’t miss an evening of intense musical literature accented by popular seasonal favorites as the Stevenson and Concert Orchestra and the Symphonic and Patriot Orchestra perform on Monday night in the Performing Arts Center.

This orchestra concert will feature highlights from the Nutcracker, Schubert’s famous Unfinished Symphony, Benjamin Britten’s passionate and exciting Simple Symphony, Mendelssohn’s picturesque Hebrides Overture, Leroy Anderson’s Popular Sleigh Ride and Kevin Gao performing the Rachmaninoff Piano concerto no. 3 and more!

The Stevenson and Concert Orchestras will perform at 6 p.m. with the Symphonic and Patriot Orchestras slated for a 7 p.m. start. This is a non-ticketed event with no attendance restrictions.

Student Announcements

You’ve Got The GREEN LIGHT To Update Your Stevenson iPad

The SMARTdesk has given the GREEN LIGHT to update your Stevenson iPad to iPadOS15.1. Please check your current iPadOS. If your iPadOS is less than 14.1, please visit the SMARTdesk BEFORE you update. For more information about the 15.1 update and the new features that will be made available, visit the Apple website. For step-by-step instructions about how to perform the update, please click here.

Get A Bagel…For A Buddy!

Best Buddies is hosting a fundraiser at Original Bagel & Bialy in Buffalo Grove from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For those who are unfamiliar with Best Buddies, it is an inclusive club that helps foster friendships between students with and without disabilities. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help to contribute towards future Best Buddies events.

Stevenson Baroque Ensemble To Perform At Byron Colby Barn On Sunday

The Stevenson Baroque Ensemble and faculty will be performing “Early Music At The Barn” at the Byron Colby Barn at Prairie Crossing in Grayslake at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door and Stevenson students and anyone under 16 are free! Get out and enjoy this historically-informed performance experience.

Patriot Sports News

The Stevenson football program recently partnered with Fill a Heart 4 Kids, which is located in Lake Forest and aims to build brighter futures for foster and homeless children. On Monday and Thursday, the Patriots helped to provide 1,350 children with hopes of a brighter future by organizing small cocoa kits that came with a joyful holiday message. According to Fill a Heart 4 Kids, approximately 20,000 children navigate their life without a home in Illinois.

Hockey Program Hosting Special “Sled Game” Tomorrow Night To Benefit GLASA

The Stevenson hockey program will be hosting a sled hockey game featuring Stevenson hockey players and competitive GLASA (Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association) sled hockey players at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks.

Concessions will be offered at the game with proceeds benefiting GLASA, which promotes and supports the optimal development and well-being of youth, adults and military veterans who have a physical or visual disability through the provision of inclusive recreation, fitness, and competitive sports activities. As a special treat, the Stevenson Skatriettes will be performing at the midpoint break of the game. In addition, there is a fundraiser on Saturday at Chipotle near Twin Rinks (950 Milwaukee Avenue, Unit A, Lincolnshire) from 5-9 p.m.

The Stevenson hockey program would like to raise awareness about the wonderful opportunities that GLASA offers, including education, leadership and training in collaboration with community-based organizations. GLASA has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for Stevenson students and adults in more than 23 adaptive sports! Please visit the GLASA website to learn more about programs offered and volunteer opportunities available.

Athletic Results

Girls Bowling: The Patriots have been busy with several matches in the last few days. Stevenson dropped its match against Lake Zurich on Wednesday, 2347 to 2003. A notable score came from Bianca Voica at 192. Last night, the Patriots secured a win against Zion-Benton, 2126 to 1821. Senior Diana Kwizera threw a new personal best of 205 and had a winning series of 513. Next up for the Patriots is a home match at 4:45 p.m. tonight against North Chicago at Fairhaven Lanes.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots traveled to Mundelein to take on the Mustangs in a conference match-up. The Patriots were in a fight the entire night, leading by only 70 pins going into the last game, but prevailed in a crucial match. The Patriots won all 3 games and had a total pinfall of 2995 to Mundelein’s 2877. The Patriots improved to 7-1 in conference play and 10-1 overall, heading into the final week of conference matches. The Patriots were led by Jacob Sroka (701) and Ender Starr (670). The newest bowler in the lineup on Thursday, Michael Portiera shot a 596 in his conference-match and varsity-match debut. Eric Vondrak and Jackson Sher also contributed to the Patriots’ victory. Stevenson heads to the Warren Invite on Saturday. The action starts at 9 a.m. at Bertrand Lanes.

Education News

Pritzker Signs Legislation To Create New Local School Councils, Protect Students From Grooming By Predators

“Faith’s Law” is named for Faith Colson, who was sexually abused by a teacher two decades ago. It expands the legal definition of grooming and adds resources and protections for sexual abuse survivors and their families.

Is Math Education Racist? Debate Rages Over Changes To How U.S. Teaches The Subject

Nadine Ebri, a math teacher and tech specialist for Duval County Schools in Florida, is using new techniques designed to promote equity. If kids of color, girls and low-income students engage, they’ll be more likely to pursue high-level math classes, the argument goes. That can open doors to competitive colleges and lucrative careers. After Ebri switched to emphasizing real-world problems and collaboration, her students, most of whom are Black, improved their scores on Florida’s math exam in 2020-21 – even with 1 in 3 learning from home.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Dec. 10: PPA Treat Day

Dec. 10: Jazz Cafe

Dec. 13: Orchestra Concert

Dec. 13: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Dec. 14: Acting 3 Production

Dec. 15-17: Finals Experience

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