Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Get Jazzy With The Jazz Cafe Performance Tomorrow In The West Auditorium

It’s finally time…Stevenson’s Jazz Program is making its first public performance of 2021 with “Jazz Cafe!”

The performances, which begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the West Auditorium, will feature students from the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Jazz Band, Lab Jazz Band, and each of the Jazz Program’s three student combos: Combo 1, Combo 2 and Combo 3.

Students in the Jazz Program rehearse after school two days a week and started their rehearsals in September. In October, they participated in a “Jazz Brunch” at school and got to perform for each other and get feedback from the jazz teachers. Then, they had snacks and played games together. In February, they will participate in the New Trier Jazz Festival.

Student Announcements

PPA To Wish Students Good Luck On Their Finals With Treat Day Tomorrow!

The Patriot Parent Association has its next FREE TREAT DAY scheduled for tomorrow! Free mini donuts will be passed out during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons as an extra special treat ahead of finals next week. (Two mini donuts per student.)

Congrats Illinois State Scholars! You’ve Got A Certificate Waiting For You In The CCC

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently announced its 2022-23 Illinois State Scholars. There are 392 Stevenson students who are Illinois State Scholars, and they can pick up their certificates in the College Career Center by showing their ID. Students with Illinois Standard Test Scores (ISTS) of 31 or higher are automatically designated as State Scholars. Students with an ISTS lower than 31 but who have a Weighted Selection Score (WSS) greater than or equal to the cutoff score of 47 are also designated as State Scholars.

Grab Some Friends For Friends International “Winter Holidays Special” Meeting

Like to decorate gingerbread houses for the holidays? Then join Friends International for its “Winter Holidays Special” Meeting today from 3:30-5 p.m. in the West Faculty Dining Hall. Friends International is a club that focuses on creating a safe space for students from different backgrounds through collaborative activities and interactive games. The environment created in this club helps students feel comfortable making connections with people they haven’t met before. Members leave meetings feeling closer to the peers they are surrounded by every day. Today’s meeting is focused around how different cultures celebrate Winter Holidays, showing how one holiday can be experienced in various ways. The decorating of the gingerbread houses will end with a contest, a friendly competition that will allow members to bond with each other while participating in a “Winter Holidays” tradition shared by many people. For more information on this meeting, please visit the Instagram page for Friends International. To sign up for the “Winter Holidays” Meeting, please click here.

Patriot Sports News

Sports Boosters Spring Into Action; Help Save The Holidays For Chicago Kids

The Stevenson Sports Boosters Club certainly showed its holiday spirit recently with a heart-warming act of kindness.

Along with the Illinois High School Association and the Power of Sport, the Boosters have come to the rescue of “Kidz Korna,” a non-profit which has distributed toys, new clothing, shoes, blankets and more to Chicago families in need for the last 26 years.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, thousands of dollars worth of holiday gifts for 2,500 children that were collected by “Kidz Korna,” and stored in a trailer in Englewood were stolen. The Sports Boosters quickly kicked into action and donated time, gifts and money to help replace the stolen gifts. On Friday, the new gifts will be distributed to children in need at locations within the Chicago Park District.

As many in the community know, the athletic programs at Stevenson would not be the same without the collaborative efforts of those who are involved with the Sports Boosters program. Now others throughout the Chicago area are familiar with the Boosters’ kindness and generosity as well.

Athletic Results

Boys Bowling: The Patriots traveled to Classic Bowl in Morton Grove to take on New Trier. The Patriots came out firing and took down the Trevians (3,320-3,158) in the non-conference matchup that featured 6-on-6 bowling. Stevenson, now 9-1 on the season, was led by Ender Starr with a series of 641, followed closely by Jacob Sroka at 584. Braden Kunik and Eric Vondrak added a 550 and a 545 respectively and Jackson Sher posted a 509 series. Finally, newcomer Michael Portiera, in his first-ever varsity match, posted a 490. Next up for the Patriots is a conference matchup at Mundelein at 4:45 p.m. tonight at Lakeside Lanes.

Boys and Girls Fencing: The Patriots prevailed against Libertyville/Vernon Hills and Marian Central Catholic High Schools in both girls and boys action. The girls defeated Libertyville/Vernon Hills (14-13) and Marian Central (26-1). Meanwhile, the boys also got wins over Libertyville/Vernon Hills (19-8) and Marian Central (27-0). Up next for the Stevenson fencers will be a dual meet at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in Culver, Indiana at Culver Military Academy/Culver Girls Academy.

Girls Gymnastics: The girls gymnastics team took on North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville last night and defeated the Wildcats 142.90 to 133.05. The Patriots placed at least one gymnast in the top three in each of the five rounds. On the vault, Ashley Schabes took third. On the beam, Schabes placed first and Maya Fergus placed third, respectively. On the floor exercise, Ally Gitler placed first and Schabes grabbed third. On the uneven bars, Fergus nailed her routine, taking first and Gitler finished third. Finally, in the all-around, Stevenson had four gymnasts place in the top five: Fergus nabbed second, with Gitler at third, Schabes at fourth, and Lauren Jackson rounded out the Patriots at fifth. Next up for Stevenson is the New Trier (Northfield Campus) Invitational at 12 noon on December 18.

Boys Hockey: The Patriots defeated Glenbrook South last night, 4-2. Davis Jegers scored 2 goals, Brandon Schultz had 1 goal, and Spencer Harman had 1 goal. Cam Schneider aided the Patriots with 2 assists. The Patriots out-shot Glenbrook South 42-20, however, the game was tied 2-2 with just over one minute left in regulation. Jegers broke the tie with a goal and then added an empty-net goal to seal the victory over the Titans! With this win, along with Loyola Gold’s loss to Glenbrook North, Stevenson increased its lead in the SHL Conference to 4 points. The Patriots are back in action at 7:20 p.m. tomorrow against York at Addison Ice Rink.

Education News

Oregon University Student Government Wants Critical Race Theory Graduation Requirement

A statement from the University of Oregon Office of the Provost indicated openness to discussing the proposal.

Education Dept.’s Civil Rights Data Collection Expands With Questions On Virus, Discipline, Sex

The long-running student survey, being conducted in back-to-back years for the first time in its history, is introducing new elements after being pared back during the last administration.

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. 9: Winter Dance Auditions

Dec. 9: Choral Concert

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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