Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

When it comes to TV, movie or stage performances, “behind the scenes” special effects can bring that extra magical touch that really brings a story to life. In Stevenson’s upcoming fall musical “SpongeBob,” freshman Vibha Muppidi has the unique opportunity to play one of the musical’s “foley fish,” creating fun sound effects alongside her collaborator, senior Nathan Zarkowsky.

“I have really enjoyed the whole creative process of making sounds from objects that you don’t normally use,” Vibha says. “For instance, there is a scene in the musical where the characters stretch a sofa, so we use pop tubes to create that sound. We also have squeaky toys for SpongeBob’s steps.”

Read more about Vibha and her role in “SpongeBob,” which premieres on Friday, Nov. 19, on either Facebook or Instagram.

Mark Your Calendars For An Early Thanksgiving Dismissal

We want to make Stevenson families aware of an important change to our school calendar. Typically, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is an early dismissal day in which the school day ends one hour early at 2:35 p.m. This year, we will be altering the schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 24 so that school starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1:25 p.m. We will send additional reminders to families in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving weekend.

By The Numbers: Math Team Surges To No. 1 In 50-Team League

The Stevenson Math Team hosted local area high schools Buffalo Grove, Fremd, Niles North, and Vernon Hills last week in the second of five North Suburban Math League (NSML) competitions. The Patriots won in decisive fashion with a total score of 289 points. Fremd placed second with 244 points. The win also puts Stevenson in first place across the entire league of more than fifty schools. Perfect papers were submitted by freshmen Audrey Hong and Aaroh Tak, juniors Ben Chen and Jack Chen, and senior Lillian You.

After two qualifying rounds, Stevenson is also the No. 2 seed in the 2021 AreteLabs/AMC Math Madness National Championship. Math Madness is a bracket style math tournament in which high schools across the country compete head-to-head by answering competition level math problems. Stevenson is looking to defend its 2020 title as the round of 64 continued this week.

By the way, it is not too late to join the Math Team. Fall athletes and new members are invited to join anytime by visiting the Math Team’s website or by e-mailing Mr. Kim at

Student Announcements

Check Out Monday’s Club Meeting Schedule During Activity Period

There are multiple club meetings scheduled to be held during Monday’s Activity Period. Don’t forget to double-check the schedule!

Pizza Time! Stevenson String Parent Association Sponsoring Lou Malnati’s Fundraiser

Eat some pizza for a good cause on Monday! Stevenson’s String Parent Association is sponsoring a fundraiser for Stevenson Strings in conjunction with three area Lou Malnati’s locations. Please mention this fundraiser during the location’s active times for the fundraiser on Monday and Lou Malnati’s will donate 20 percent back to Stevenson Strings.

  • Lou Malnati’s, Buffalo Grove, 85 South Buffalo Grove Road: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Lou Malnati’s, Libertyville, 1436 South Milwaukee Avenue: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Lou Malnati’s, Lake Zurich, 1225 Rand Road, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Help The Band Decorate For Its December Concerts; Buy Your Holiday Flowers Now

It’s that time of year again as the holidays near. Holiday flowers are on their way and the Band Parents Organization wants to decorate the stage more fully than ever before to celebrate being back in person for concerts. Please purchase red and white poinsettias, cyclamens and kalanchoes from the BPO to decorate the stage for the band concerts at Stevenson on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7. Then pick up your flowers after the concerts to take home and enjoy. All flowers are available in red or white and can be purchased through Nov. 22. Poinsettias are $10 while Cyclamens and Kalanchoes are $15. Questions: please e-mail To purchase your flowers, click here.

Senior Shout-Outs: Place Your Senior Recognition Ads For The Yearbook

Show our seniors some love and help them remember this very special year. Place your order for a “Senior Recognition Ad” in the yearbook. To place your ad, please visit the Jostens website. The ads cost $50.

Patriot Sports News

Tickets Available for Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals This Weekend

More tickets have been released by the IHSA for this weekend’s IHSA Swimming & Diving State Finals, being held at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont. Diving starts at 9 a.m. with the swim preliminaries to follow at 3:30 p.m., both today and Saturday. Click here for Spectator Information. For Session 2 tickets, click here. For Session 3 tickets, click here.

Fencing Kicks Off Home Season Tomorrow With Invitational

Stevenson will host an invitational on Saturday at the Fieldhouse to open its home season. Bouts beginning at 8:30 a.m. in epee, sabre, and foil in both the boy’s and girl’s JV and varsity divisions.

Girls Basketball To Tip Off Next Week With A “White Out” Theme

Hoops season is almost here! In fact, the girls basketball home opener is just one week away. The Patriots are coming off a 14-4 shortened Covid season and have an experienced lineup. They host New Trier on Friday, Nov. 19 (5:30 p.m. JV, 7 p.m. varsity) as part of the New Trier/Loyola Academy Girls Basketball 2021 Thanksgiving Tournament. Click here for the full tournament schedule. Tickets can be purchased in advance at GoFan. The theme for the night is “White Out.”

Athletic Results

Boys Bowling: The Patriots moved to 2-0 to start the season with a win over conference rival Lake Zurich, 2741-2622. Ender Starr bowled a 709, while Jak Sroka added a 583 and Jackson Sher tallied 575 pins. Next up is the Lake Park Invite on Saturday before a busy week ahead with three matches, two of which are against conference foes.

Education News

Stevenson Alum Kelly Bauer Named Chicago Journalist Of The Year

The Chicago Journalists Association named Kelly Bauer, breaking news editor for Block Club Chicago, as its Chicago Journalist of the Year. It’s the first time the award has been bestowed since 2015. She will be honored Nov. 19 at the group’s 2021 virtual awards ceremony.

The Infrastructure Bill Includes Billions For Broadband. What It Would Mean For Students

Students who struggle to access the Internet at home may get some relief through $65 billion in funding for broadband.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Nov. 12: Last Day of LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week

Nov. 12-22: BPO Flower Fundraiser

Nov. 15: Fall Sports Awards

Nov. 15: Activity Period

Nov. 15: SPA Fundraiser/Lou Malnati’s

Nov. 15: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Nov. 16: International College Fair

Nov. 16-19: Trades/Direct To Career Week

Nov. 17: PPA Bake Sale

Nov. 18: Late Arrival

Nov. 19-21: Fall Musical: SpongeBob

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