Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

For 13 years and counting, Sergio Cabrera has been a dedicated member of Stevenson’s grounds team, dutifully tending to our expansive campus and ensuring the school’s athletic fields are in pristine condition. When you ask this veteran groundskeeper what he loves most about his job, though, his answer has nothing to do with his skills or deep knowledge of our campus.

“My favorite part of my job is directing traffic in the morning. It’s the one time I get to interact with families,” Sergio says with a wide smile.

Many students and staff have come to recognize — and appreciate — that beaming smile, the waves and warm welcomes from the man who directs traffic at Circle Drive every morning. Alumni who return to campus for visits often stop to say hello to Sergio. Families have sent him holiday cards. He was once recognized by the school for his service to our school community.

To read more about Sergio’s story, please visit Facebook or Instagram. The Facebook version includes a Spanish translation.

It’s “Band-A-Palooza!” Upcoming Band Concert To Feature Students From Five Different Programs

It will be a “Band-a-palooza” of sorts as students from five different band programs at Stevenson will be performing in a two-day Band Concert beginning on Monday and running again on Tuesday.

Students in the Freshman, Concert, Symphonic, Advanced Symphonic, and Honor Bands will be executing spectacular musicianship at 7 p.m. on Monday night and again at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at the Performing Arts Center.

For some students, this will be their third concert performance of the semester, for others, this will be their very first performance as students at Stevenson High School.

One Last Encore Performance For “SpongeBob”

Stevenson’s fall musical “SpongeBob The Musical” wrapped the weekend before Thanksgiving after three lively and colorful shows in front of robust crowds at the Performing Arts Center.

If you were unable to attend the shows in person, a replay of the entire show will be available via a free streaming event at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Student Announcements

Get Those Creative Juices Flowing: Submit A Play Or Musical For One Acts Production

One Acts, with the support of its Script Studio playwriting club and Stevenson’s creative writing classes, is looking for submissions for the 2022 One Acts production. The student-written, original plays should extend this season’s Patriot Theater Company’s theme: “Let Me Have Adventure.” This adventure can be grand in scope (external) or very personal (internal) in nature. The submissions should be no longer than 15 minutes per play and 20 minutes per musical. Please no monologues. In fact, we are encouraging large and flexible casts which highlight the diversity and diverse perspectives which form our Stevenson community. Submissions open on Monday and close on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11:59 p.m. Please click here for more information about making a submission.

Class Of 2025: New Merch Available Now; Get Your Swag

The Freshman Class Board is hosting a “Locker Shop” until midnight on Sunday. Fresh new frosh merch is available at this link!! Come on class of 2025, it’s time for you to get some swag!!

Patriot Sports News

Girls Basketball Staging “Toys For Tots” Drive Tonight During Libertyville Game

The girls basketball team is organizing a “Toys For Tots” Drive and will collect donations during its game tonight (5:30 p.m. sophomore game, 7 p.m. varsity) against North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville. Collection boxes will be placed outside the Sportscenter.

Get Tickets For Tonight’s Wrestling Meet Online Via GoFan

Fans who would like to go to tonight’s wresting meet at Libertyville are being asked to pre-purchase their tickets online via GoFan. The action starts at 5:30 p.m.

Athletic Results

Girls Bowling: The girls bowling team dropped a conference match to Warren, 3271-3741. Anna Reyes continued to improve on her personal best by 15 pins, scoring a 226, which was also the highest game for Stevenson. The Patriots are back in action tomorrow at the Fremd Bowling Invitational.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots took down Waukegan last night in a close match, 2949-2938. The Patriots improve to 5-1 in conference play and 7-1 overall. Waukegan won the first two games but the Patriots came out firing in game three to take the game and the match. Ender Starr and Jacob Sroka led the Patriots with series of 687 and 626. In the third game, Jackson Sher fired his biggest game of the night, a 211, and got help from Enders (249) and Sroka (219) to steal the match. Braden Kunik and Matthew McGowan both also contributed in the Patriots’ win. Next up is the Vernon Hills Invite tomorrow.

Education News

Why Digital Equity Is About So Much More Than Access And Infrastructure

With the ambitious goal of closing the digital divide, Congress approved and President Biden recently signed into law $65 billion for broadband infrastructure—the largest federal investment in history. While this new legislation should absolutely be celebrated, we must recognize it as only a critical first step toward digital equity and not as a conclusion reached or goal met. Achieving digital equity only just begins when students and teachers have sufficient access. Real digital equity requires more than just boxes and wires; it requires tailor-made planning best fit to meet school and district needs.

A famed Actor, An Arts Administrator And A Poet Laureate On Why Arts Education Is Essential

While 88% of Americans agree that arts education is an essential component of a well-rounded education, the arts remain undervalued among policymakers, who tend to treat them as a complement to other subjects, as electives, or as frills. They are none of these things. Most troubling, declines in arts education continue to reflect the persistent inequities in our educational system. Students in high-needs schools and historically underserved populations have been hit the hardest.

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. 3: Last Day Of Community College Week

Dec. 3: Last Day Of Freshmen Holiday Unity Event

Dec. 3-4: Winter Dance Concert

Dec. 5: SpongeBob Musical Streaming Event

Dec. 6: SPA Meeting

Dec. 6: Choral Guild Meeting

Dec. 6-7: Band Concerts

Dec. 7: BPO Meeting

Dec. 8: College Night For Junior Families

Dec. 8: PPA Bake Sale

Dec. 8: Sports Booster Meeting

Dec. 8-9: Winter Dance Auditions

Dec. 9: Choral Concert

Dec. 10: PPA Treat Day

Dec. 10: Jazz Cafe

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