Monday, Nov. 1, 2021

Payment Deadlines For AP Tests Are Quickly Approaching

Students who are taking a full-year or first-semester advanced placement course and want to take an AP test in the spring will need to pay for the exam by Nov. 8.

To alleviate confusion, please understand that seeing “registered for exam” in your college board account does not mean that you have completed the process. To be fully recognized in the system and to receive a test on the testing day, you must pay (at least partially) for the exam by the Nov. 8 deadline. An exam will not be ordered unless the minimum payment of $40 is received first.

In order to make the at least the minimum payment, please log in to Total Registration system. The full payment of exams, which cost $100 each, is due by March. For more information about ordering AP exams, please refer to an email sent by the Testing Team on Oct. 22.

Student Announcements

Celebrate Día De Los Muertos Today

As a reminder, Spanish Club will be hosting a Día de los Muertos celebration today after school in Room 7118. Learn about this important holiday through crafts like painting alebrijes, decorating ceramic skulls, creating papel picado and cempasuchil flowers as well as watching the movie Coco! All are welcome to join. For more information, email

“Snake Lady” Coming To Animal Welfare Club Meeting Today

Attention Snake Lovers! The Animal Welfare Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today in Room 6110. Dr. Kristen Stanford, known as the snake lady and seen on the hit TV show, “Dirty Jobs” will be visiting.

Cheerleaders Look To Help “Keep Families Covered”

As our Patriots may know, our varsity cheerleading team is working with local organization, Keeping Families Covered to provide basic supplies to families in need. As a follow-up to their initial announcement, we would like our school community to know that the cheerleaders are specifically focused on collecting tampons for families.

There are three donation locations available for product drop-off through Nov. 19: Zizzo Auto Body; 138 Lilac Ln., Buffalo Grove; and 236 Southfield Dr., Vernon Hills. Thank you, Patriots, for your support!

Patriot Sports News

Girls Bowling Tryout Information Meeting Wednesday

Students interested in trying out for the Girls’ Bowling Team are encouraged to attend the virtual information meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. You can join the Zoom meeting by clicking here. If you are unable to join the meeting, please contact Gina Johnson at to get the information you need.

Tryouts for Girls Bowling will take place Nov. 15 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein.Transportation will be provided from Lot D after school.

Athletic Results

Girls Swimming & Diving: The Patriot divers stole the show on Friday evening at the NSC Diving Championships hosted by Libertyville High School. Nora Kowalski finished in first place with a new school record of 452.90. The patriots continued their domination with a 3rd and 5th place finish by Shreeya Sinha and Lada Volkov, respectively. Vie Fox won the Junior Varsity Division.

The Patriot swimmers continued the NSC domination into Saturday at Stevenson High School. The Patriots finished first in 6 of 11 events in the Varsity division. Individual event winners include Abby Collins (200 Free), Hana Wienckowski (50 Free & 100 Fly), Claudia Rzeznik (100 Free), and Delaney Umbleby (500 Free). The 400 Free Relay Team of Katie Makarska, Claudia Rzeznik, Hana Wienckowski and Abby Collins also finished atop of the podium and led a Patriot 1-2 finish in the final event of the day. Meanwhile, in the Junior Varsity division, the Patriots swept every event with a 1-2-3 finish.

The Patriots will compete in the Lake Forest Sectional on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Education News

U.S. News announces new rankings of elementary and middle schools

Last week, U.S. News & World Report announced the 2022 Best K-8 Schools rankings. For the first time, U.S. News has published rankings and data on more than 80,000 public elementary and middle schools across the country.

Schools debate: Gifted and talented, or racist and elitist?

Communities across the United States are reconsidering their approach to gifted and talented programs in schools as vocal parents blame such elite programs for worsening racial segregation and inequities in the country’s education system.

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. 1: String Parents Association (SPA) Meeting

Nov. 2: BPO Meeting

Nov. 3: PPA Bake Sale

Nov. 3: Choral Guild Fundraiser

Nov. 5: Interview Workshop

Nov. 7: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Streaming Event

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