Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

Take A Sneak Peak At The SpongeBob Musical: Behind The Scenes

The wait is almost over! It’s officially “SpongeBob Eve” here at Stevenson High School.

The highly anticipated fall musical “SpongeBob,” presented by the Fine Arts Department and the Patriot Theatre Company, will be debuting with a 7 p.m. show tomorrow in the Performing Arts Center. There is also a 7 p.m. show on Saturday and a 2 p.m. show on Sunday. Tickets for all three performances are still available.

On Wednesday night, the cast and crew of “SpongeBob” went through one of its final dress rehearsals and there was plenty of action happening behind the scenes. The production of the show has been months in the making and director Joey Fitzpatrick says that the light-hearted nature of “SpongeBob” comes at just the right time, as the theatre, just like the entire country, tries to resume some semblance of normalcy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You may ask, why this show? Why now?” Fitzpatrick said in his Director’s Note, which can be found in the official “SpongeBob” program. “‘The SpongeBob Musical’ encapsulates optimism. In a world where the citizens are uncertain of tomorrow and their sense of peace and home is threatened, SpongeBob shows us the power of kindness, inclusion, courage and love for all…with explosions of color, rocking music, nostalgia, comedy, and pure JOY! Isn’t that just the dynamic in a musical we all want to celebrate now?”

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Now is a good time to pause and think about the things in life for which you are grateful. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. Did you know that practicing gratitude has tons of positive side effects? For example, regular expressions of gratitude can help combat anxiety disorders and other problems! When we think about all that we are grateful for, it is natural to also think about how we give back to the world. How do you help others and make a positive difference in the space around you? Helping others ultimately helps each of us feel good, too! So let’s all find time for gratitude AND kindness this season!

Student Announcements

Coming Soon: Managed Apple IDs For All Stevenson Students

Just a reminder, starting in December, 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 Dec. 1, 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.

Learn How To Take Cool Pictures Through A Microscope; Have Your Picture Used As The Template For The Rotunda Mural

The Fine Arts and Science Divisions will host three Microscopy Photography workshops, open to all students. A photo taken in one of these workshops will be transformed into the mural that will be painted in the West Building Rotunda in January and February. Workshops will be after school on Monday, Tuesday and Dec. 3. For more information and the sign-up form, click here. The deadline to sign up is by 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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

Just a reminder that holiday flowers are on their way! 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.

Patriot Theatre Company Day At Culver’s Tomorrow

Support the Stevenson Patriot Theatre Company (PTC) when you dine in, drive through, or carry out at Culver’s of Buffalo Grove and Culver’s of Lincolnshire all day tomorrow. Please mention this fundraiser when ordering and Culver’s will donate 25 percent of all sales back to theatre programming at Stevenson!

FMP Looking For Next Generation Of Mentors

The Freshman Mentor Program has long contributed to a connected and collaborative school atmosphere at Stevenson and FMP wants YOU to continue that legacy! Will you help us lead freshmen on the road to success at Stevenson High School? The FMP informational meeting is open to any sophomore and junior interested in learning more about the program and application process. All are welcome to attend this non-binding meeting tomorrow during all half lunch periods (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) in Recital Hall.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Boys Ice Hockey: The Patriots posted their biggest victory of the season so far. In a battle between the two top-ranked teams in the state, No. 2 Stevenson defeated No. 1 Loyola Gold 3-1. Stevenson, now 13-4 on the season, jumped out to an early lead in the first period with a goal by Cam Schneider assisted by Nolan Jones and Ethan O’Gradney. Davis Jegers extended the lead to 2-0 early in the second period assisted by Dylan Jette and Mac Fitzpatrick. Loyola narrowed the lead to 2-1 before Jegers added his second goal of the night with an assist from Spencer Harman. Goalie Jonathan Adler was solid in net again against Loyola’s potent offense allowing only one goal in 22 shots. Stevenson will be back in action at 8 p.m. on Saturday with a home game against Barrington at Twin Rinks.

Education News

The Country’s Most Popular Law School Got An Unexpected Jolt

Georgetown University’s law school experienced a 41 percent increase in applicants for the fall 2021 entering class.

Kamala Harris’ Niece Pens WaPo Article On How Parents Can Teach ‘Anti-Racism’ At Home

In a piece published in the Washington Post, Meena Harris accused GOP state legislatures of barring educators from “discussing racism, equity and justice in classrooms” and complained that even schools in blue states don’t have “explicit plans to discuss anti-racism with an audience ready (and eager!) to learn about it.”

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. 18-22: BPO Flower Fundraiser

Nov. 18-19: Trades/Direct To Career Week

Nov. 18: Late Arrival

Nov. 19: PTC Fundraiser

Nov. 19-21: Fall Musical: SpongeBob

Nov. 20: Deadline For Cap & Gown Orders

Nov. 24: Early Dismissal

Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Day! No School!

Nov. 26: Non-Attendance Day

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