Monday, Nov. 29, 2021

Give-A-Thon Enters Final Days; Online Donations End Today

Three days and counting…Give-A-Thon, Stevenson’s long-running holiday fundraiser, is nearing its fun and festive conclusion on Wednesday. Collection Day is tomorrow and the National Honor Society, Give-A-Thon’s organizer, is reminding students, faculty and staff to finish up any last-minute efforts for fundraising for gifts and for collecting food and baby items. All gifts should be purchased, wrapped and tagged by tomorrow. Students will bring their gifts to the PAC for Wednesday’s Delivery Day, where all of the donated items and gifts will be loaded onto trucks that will distribute them across Lake County. Finally, one more reminder that online donations for Give-A-Thon will continue to be accepted through today. To donate to Give-A-Thon online, please click here.

Winter Dance Concert On Tap For Friday and Saturday

A work in progress since the start of the school year, the upcoming 2021 Winter Dance Concert will feature a culmination of creations by students that include dance works, design lights and costumes for each piece.

The shows will be held in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and will include student choreography from Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies and the Concert Dance Class. The concert also features original work from guest choreographer Nicole De Matteo and faculty choreographer Janet Rothwell.

Student Choreographers are: Ashley Callen, Kamille Cortezano, Sophie Ezrol, Allie Fairman, Maya Faust, Maggie Feldstein, Caroline Feng, Emily Hsiao, Lauren Lee, Shreeya Ryali, Jennifer Stevens, Nicolett Tarnorutskaya, Alexis Trojan and Ava VanLue

Tickets are $6. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Auditions For Crew, Leadership And Acting Roles For Frosh/Soph Play And Winter Play Start This Week

If you’ve always wanted to be a part of a Stevenson theatre production, now is a great time to put yourself out there. There are all kinds of opportunities coming available for participation as the Patriot Theatre Company will be staging two separate shows this winter, and auditions start today and continue this week in the Little Theatre and the Recital Hall.

The Frosh/Soph Play, performed in January, will include two short productions from the Marvel Spotlight collection (“Mirror Of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play” and “Squirrel Girl Goes To College: A Squirrel Girl Play”) while the Winter Play, performed in March, is “Ranked.”

For more information, please check out this packet. Again, auditions and interviews begin this week and crew signups are also open now. For questions about the Frosh/Soph play, which will hold its auditions in the Little Theatre, please contact Ms. Chusid at For more information about the Winter Play, which will hold its auditions in the Recital Hall, please contact Mr. Fitzpatrick at For more information about the crew, please contact Mr. Gruber at:

Student Announcements

Coming This Week: Managed Apple IDs For All Stevenson Students

Starting this week, District 125 will be moving from personal Apple IDs to managed Apple IDs in order to provide the safest and most effective iPad experience to students. Managed Apple IDs are designed to help K-12 schools comply with student data privacy requirements, create and manage accounts at scale, and provide students with 200 GB of free iCloud storage. Currently, students have personal Apple IDs associated with their school e-mail addresses. On Wednesday, students will begin receiving e-mails from Apple outlining required steps to change the school e-mail address associated with their personal Apple ID. STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. Please wait until the e-mail from Apple arrives in your Stevenson e-mail. It will contain all the information needed to complete the transition steps. The Stevenson SMARTdesk will then send a follow-up e-mail to answer questions and outline next steps to log in and take advantage of the new managed Apple IDs.

Gear Up For Some Guac! Spanish Club Hosts Its Yummy Guacamole Event

Bring an appetite and join the Spanish Club for its Olé Guacamole Event from 3:45-4:30 p.m. tomorrow in room 1406 (Foods Lab) to make some delicious guacamole with friends! Space is limited so please sign up using this link.

Class of 2025: Holiday Unity Event Starting On Wednesday

The class of 2025 is hosting a three-day Holiday Unity Event for freshmen, beginning on Wednesday and running through Friday. On Wednesday, freshmen will be creating “Holiday Well Wishes” chains during the lunch periods (in both buildings) that will be hung over the student activities office. Any freshman student that makes part of the chain will receive a cosmic brownie as a reward for helping. On Thursday, they will be hiding 200 handmade snowflakes around the building and only freshmen will be able to search and turn them in for a raffle that consists of Winterfest tickets or Jazzman Gift cards. The turn-in-box for the Scavenger hunt snowflakes will be located outside the Student Activities Office and the East Attendance Office. Finally, on Friday, the freshmen will be hosting a Freshmen Social where freshmen can come and hang out with their peers, make crafts, watch a holiday movie, play board games, drink hot cocoa, and enjoy candy canes and eat cookies. These activities will take place from 3:30-6 p.m. in room 6110.

More Freshmen News: New Merch Available Now; Get Your Swag

The Freshman Class Board is hosting a “Locker Shop” from now through 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!!

Community College Week Starts Today

Seniors: Are you thinking about attending community college? The College Career Center is hosting its annual Community College Week, starting today through Friday. Below are the dates/times of the scheduled rep visits that will take place in the CCC. Please remember to register in Naviance for each rep visit and ask permission to attend from your teacher. We look forward to seeing you in the CCC to learn more about these community college opportunities.

College of Lake County: tomorrow during fourth period
Oakton Community College: Thursday during eighth period (Late Arrival Schedule)
Harper College: Friday during sixth period

Patriot Sports News

Stevenson Hockey Takes “Battle For The Bird” Championship

The Stevenson boys ice hockey team struck again, taking the 2021 “Battle for the Bird” tournament championship. The Patriots endured a three-day grueling schedule, beating high-level teams such as Highland Park, New Trier, Wheaton, BGHW Stampede and Glenbard.

Among the high scorers were Davis Jegers with 5 goals, Raffi Biedron and Brandon Schultz with 3 goals each, and James Mendelson with 2 goals. Goalie Jonathan Adler had 36 saves for the tournament. The Patriots will be back in action at 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday as they take on Glenbrook North at North Shore Ice Arena.

Athletic Results

Girls Basketball: Stevenson defeated Phillips last Wednesday to move to 4-1 on the season. Simone Sawyer led all scorers with 18 points and Emory Klatt contributed 15 points as a total of eight players got in the scorebook. The Patriots are back in action at 7 p.m. tomorrow in their conference opener against Lake Zurich in the Sportscenter.

Boys Basketball: Stevenson continued its winning streak at the Ed Molitor Classic in Palatine. The Patriots headed into Thanksgiving Day with a 2-0 record. Stevenson rolled Hersey, getting a 61-29 victory on Wednesday. Christian Uremovich put up 12 points and had 5 rebounds. Evan Porto and Jaden Evans each contributed 11 points. The Patriots then downed Palatine 53-44 to move to 3-0. Evans had 21 points and 3 assists. Christian Uremovich had 9 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds and Porto added 8 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. In the championship game, Stevenson was downed by Glenbrook South 79-42. Evans contributed 15 points, Christian Uremovich tossed in another 12 points and Porto sank 5 points with 4 assists. Evans and Porto were selected to the all-tournament team. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at 7 p.m. tomorrow against Carmel.

Wrestling: On Wednesday, Stevenson defeated Jacobs 65-12 and Prospect 49-22. Both Cole Rhemrev and Lorenzo Frezza produced tech falls against Jacobs while Themba Sitshela constructed a high-level pin. Themba was awarded a major against Prospect and Jacob Whiting initiated a pin to put the Patriots in the winners circle. Over the weekend at Barrington, in the Patriots’ first tournament, the Moore-Prettyman Invite, several wrestlers placed among the top eight in their weight class. Overall as a team, Stevenson took third place. Champions in their weight class included: Lorenzo Frezza won the 126-pound weight class by a decision of 5-0 and Cole Rhemrev won the 138-pound weight class by a 13-1 major decision. Other notable Patriots were: Andrew Chamkin (eighth place, 106 pounds), Yash Jagtap (fifth place, 113 pounds), Allan Kantor (sixth place, 120 pounds), Thomas Schoolman (fifth place, 145 pounds) Jacob Whiting (fifth place, 195 pounds). Stevenson next hits the road to take on Libertyville at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in a conference matchup.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots traveled to Loves Park to take on the state’s best teams in the Harlem Invite. Stevenson finished seventh in a loaded field showcasing many contenders for the state championship. The Patriots were led by junior Ender Starr with a total of 1267 and senior Jacob Sroka with a total of 1147. Also contributing to the Patriots’ team placement were Eric Vondrak, Braden Kunik, Jackson Sher, and Matthew McGowan. Next up for the Patriots is Warren at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at Bertrand Lanes.

Education News

Flu Vaccinations Among Children Are Down. That Could Spell Trouble for Schools

The convergence of flu and COVID-19 infections could exacerbate student absences and staff shortages.

‘It’s Imperative That We Listen’: What The Rittenhouse Verdict Meant In Five Classrooms

Chalkbeat heard from teachers about how their students responded to the Rittenhouse verdict. Some had robust debates, others struggled to squeeze lessons in amid holidays and tight schedules, and others didn’t see it as their place. Here, five educators who tackled the verdict reflect on those conversations.

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. 29: Activity Period

Nov. 29-Dec. 3: Community College Week

Nov. 30: Give-A-Thon Collection Day

Nov. 30: PPA Meeting

Dec. 1: Give-A-Thon Delivery Day

Dec. 1-2: Winter Artfest

Dec. 1-3: Freshmen Holiday Unity Event

Dec. 2: Late Arrival

Dec. 2: Hebrew Biliteracy Exam

Dec. 2: Music Production Showcase

Dec. 3-4: Winter Dance Concert

Dec. 5: SpongeBob Musical Streaming Event

Dec. 6: Band Concerts

Dec. 6: Choral Guild Meeting

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