Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021

Give-A-Thon Holiday Fundraiser Sets Record On “Delivery Day”

This is the time of year when big kids often turn into little kids. And for Jaden Varghese, that newly-purchased skateboard from the kids’ toy department was just too hard to resist.

“I can’t lie, (the skateboard) was pretty cool, and it was a big enough size that I could try it out,” Varghese, a senior at Stevenson, said with a chuckle and a huge smile. “It was great. I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to raise enough money for the skateboard, but I’m so excited that we did and that we are able to provide that for the child.”

The child is on Varghese’s Give-A-Thon gift list. Varghese is on the executive board of the National Honor Society, which for weeks has been planning and working behind the scenes of Give-A-Thon, Stevenson’s long-running holiday fundraiser.

Earlier today, Give-A-Thon came to a dramatic conclusion with “Delivery Day,” in which gifts such as Varghese’s skateboard made their way to a record-number of less fortunate kids and families throughout Lake County via trucks that were stationed outside the Performing Arts Center.

To read more about Give-A-Thon’s record-breaking “Delivery Day,” please click here.

While Stevenson students were busy this morning loading trucks for Give-A-Thon “Delivery Day,” Fox 32 Chicago was on hand getting video and conducting interviews. The Fox 32 midday show ran a piece today LIVE from the Performing Arts Center!

Student Artwork On Display At Winter ArtFest

Stevenson has put together its own version of an art gallery via Winter ArtFest 2021, which kicks off today and continues all day tomorrow as well. Winter ArtFest is an art show for all first-semester art students. All students in a studio art class this semester have been invited to show off their favorite piece that they created this semester.

The show began this morning and will run through 3:45 p.m. this afternoon, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. The reception is open to the public and all students and their families are encouraged to attend. Tomorrow, the show continues from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All activities are located in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building.

Music Production Work Showcased With Live Performances

After touring Stevenson’s best artists at Winter ArtFest during the school day, come back tomorrow night and check out a sampling of the best that our Music Production program has to offer.

The Music Production Showcase, starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow, will include an array of Music Production student work including live performances, artist talks and displays of student projects from all of the first semester Music Production 1 and Music Production 2 classes. There will even be tours of the MIDI Lab classroom. This event will take place in the West Building in Room 2104 and in the West Auditorium.

Student Announcements

Finals Experience Week Schedule And Services Announced

Final exams are right around the corner and there will be adjusted schedules and services that will be important to know. Here are the basics:

** Cafeteria Service

There will be normal food service on Monday and Tuesday, Dec.13 and Dec. 14.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16, food service will be available until 1 p.m.

Jazzman will remain open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday and until 3 p.m. on Thursday.

On Friday, Dec. 17, breakfast will be served until 11:30 a.m., and Jazzman will be open until 1 p.m.

** Open Gym

Supervised Open Gym will be available in the Sports Center, Weight Room and Cardio Fitness

Center during exam periods only.

Click here for information on:

** After School/Activity/Athletic Buses

** Academic Tutoring Hours

** ILC, QLC, and ELC Hours During Finals

** Testing Center Hours During Finals

Tomorrow Is A Sleep-In Day: Late Arrival Schedule

Don’t forget to set that alarm for a bit later tomorrow morning. Tomorrow is a Late Arrival Day! First period begins at 10:30 a.m. Please note: In order for the SLP tutors to engage in professional development with their curricular divisions, the Lower ILC and the ELC will be closed for tutoring from 7-10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The Lower ILC and the ELC will open for tutoring at 10:30 a.m. and maintain their normal hours for the rest of the school day.

Check-In: Initial Designs For Quill Mural Competition Due On Friday

Calling all students who are participating in the Quill Mural Competition! Friday is the first check-in point and that means your initial designs and/or ideas for your mural are due. Please complete this Google Form and upload your sketches, preliminary designs, and/or ideas.

Have A Great Voice? “S-Factor,” Stevenson’s Premier Singing Competition, Is Accepting Audition Forms Through Friday

Whether you sing in the choir, or just in the shower, you may want to consider trying out for “S-Factor.” That’s right, “S-Factor” is back and better than ever! “S-Factor” is Stevenson’s largest and premier singing competition. Through “S-Factor,” not only are you able to compete against other talented singers in the Stevenson community, but you also get an opportunity to showcase your musical talent to all of your friends and peers. You must first audition for “S-Factor.” The audition form will close by midnight on Friday. This year, auditions will be submitted through a Google Form. The show itself will be in person on January 21 in the Performing Arts Center. More information is included in the Google Form. Even if you’re not totally sure about how your singing might stack up, you are encouraged to still try it out! “S-Factor” is fun and you may just eventually find yourself in the thick of the competition!

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Boys Basketball: Now 4-1 on the season, Stevenson shot past Carmel with a 66-52 victory. Evan Porto paved the way with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Jaden Evans added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. And Christian Uremovich also tossed in 14 points. Next up for the Patriots is Chicago Westinghouse in the Sportscenter at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Girls’ Basketball: Stevenson won its home conference game against Lake Zurich, 47-42. Ava Bardic scored a team-high 22 points and Simone Sawyer finished with 18 points. The Patriots are now 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. Next up for the Patriots is a home conference game against Libertyville in the Sportscenter at 7 p.m. on Friday. Don’t forget the “Toys for Tots” drive in the lobby of the Sportscenter. Collection boxes will be provided for your convenience.

Girls’ Bowling: Stevenson won its first dual match of the season, 2280 to 2069 against visiting Round Lake. The varsity took all three games in the series. Anna Reyes had her personal best with a score of 211. Meanwhile, both Bianca Voica and Allison Parks contributed their personal bests by hurling a 180 and 159 respectively. The Patriots are back in action at 4:45 p.m. tonight against Warren at Bertrand Lanes.

Boys’ Bowling: The Patriots improved to 4-1 in conference, 6-1 overall, after defeating Warren. Stevenson was led by Jacob Sroka in his high series of the year with a 709. Eric Vondraks had a 616, Ender Starrs had a 614 and Matthew McGowan had a season-high 605. Jackson Sher and Braden Kunik also contributed to the Patriots’ victory. Next up is Waukegan in another conference match-up at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at Fairhaven.

Education News

Oakton’s Apprenticeship Program Combines Work, Education

Oakton Community College student Juan Martinez has a clear pathway to graduating debt-free from OCC — through the college’s Apprenticeship Program. The program allows students to work part-time in a high-demand field and earn a salary while also completing a certificate or degree at Oakton. The employer pays tuition and fees. After completion of their Oakton credentials, students typically receive full-time employment at their apprenticeship site.

Teaching In The ‘Metaverse’? Roblox Looks To Make It A Reality

With millions in new grants to STEM organizations like Project Lead the Way, the gaming platform is moving into K-12 education.

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. 1: Give-A-Thon Delivery Day

Dec. 1-2: Winter Artfest
Dec. 1-3:
 Community College Week

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: Choral Guild Meeting

Dec. 6-7: Band Concerts

Dec. 7: BPO Meeting

Dec. 8: PPA Bake Sale
Dec. 8: Sports Booster Meeting

Dec. 8-9: Winter Dance Auditions

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