Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

Mural Project Moving Full Steam Ahead With New Artists And Inspiration From Sophomore Sonika Jalem

The Fine Arts Division is proud to announce that after a national search, interview process, and student/staff voting period, professional artists Nicole Salgar and Chuck Barrett of NS/CB Studio (right) have been selected to transform the West Building Rotunda ceilings into new works of art.

The first-floor rotunda, near the science labs, will be a mural inspired by a microscopy photo taken by sophomore Sonika Jalem in a recent workshop, and a rendering of what that photo will look like in the first-floor rotunda is shown above. The second-floor rotunda, near the foreign language classrooms, will be a mural containing Stevenson’s motto, “Success For Every Student” in every language spoken by Stevenson students and their families. As an accompanying project, students from the Computer Science club will create an interactive website where visitors can hear the motto spoken in each language.

Salgar and Barrett will be on campus painting for several weeks, beginning Jan. 24. The Stevenson community is invited to a reception in honor of the mural’s completion on the final day of the Odyssey Fine Arts Week, Friday, Feb. 11 at 3:45 p.m. under the first-floor rotunda. Guests will hear from the students, staff, faculty, and artists who made Stevenson’s latest Public Art Work possible.

Juniors: Time To Pick Your Classes For Senior Year

Juniors, it’s almost your turn to select courses for the next school year, but there’s been a slight change in plans! Typically, our counselors would meet with you during Monday’s activity period to provide information about what the course selection process will look like. Instead, you will receive materials to aid you in the course selection process during English class this Friday, Jan. 7 and Monday, Jan. 10. You may also access these materials here. Juniors will also have access to an informational video about course selection on the juniors’ Canvas page on Monday, Jan. 10.

The course selection window for juniors officially opens Jan. 12 and runs through Jan. 28. During this time, you will meet with your counselor during your English class to make your course selections. Have any questions? Contact your counselor!

Big picture

New Year’s Day on Jan. 1 would not be the same without a resolution or two. Although things may not always go as planned, failing to plan is planning to fail. Change is hard, but an opportunity for change is always a blessing. Every new year brings with it a multitude of opportunities for each one of us. It’s a time to hit the “refresh” button and start anew, and to create new habits, new relationships, new goals and a space and time to work on our health and wellness.

A new year is also a time to reflect and rethink our approach to wellness. Taking small steps towards improving our wellness can lead to significant lifestyle changes. Whether it is going for a walk, eating healthier, or practicing self care, taking time for ourselves can pay huge dividends. Self-reflection can help inspire growth as we look ahead to 2022. Reflection can also be purposeful as we endeavor into the next school year! Here’s to new beginnings!

Student Announcements

Stevenson Website Is Experiencing Issues

The Stevenson website ( has been experiencing issues since yesterday, with spotty performance and functionality. Please be assured that every effort is being made to rectify the situation. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to e-mail the Communications Team at:

Sophomores: Want To Be A PE Welfare Class Leader? Apply Now!

Did you know that there are two physical welfare leadership classes for physical education? Sophomores who are interested in a leadership opportunity in Physical Welfare should apply to be a PE leader in Physical Education and/or Alternative Physical Education. The deadline is Jan. 28. Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare page of the Stevenson website under PE/Pool Leadership.

Patriot Sports News

Get Ready For Spring Sports

Don’t forget…Spring is right around the corner…and so is the spring sports season. The athletic department has put together a comprehensive document with information about tryouts, preseason workout schedules and registration for spring sports.

Please note that the first meetings are coming up soon. The girls soccer program is hosting its information meeting for the upcoming Spring 2022 season at 3:45 p.m. on Friday in Room 2004. The boys volleyball program is hosting informational meetings at two times on Monday. Please attend only one meeting: 8 a.m. Monday in Rooms 8046/8048 or 3:30 p.m. Monday in Rooms 1508/1510.

Watch The Patriots On Stevenson’s New YouTube Channel!

Just a reminder: Stevenson Athletics has a NEW YouTube Channel! Don’t miss out on several live and recorded athletic events. Click the link here to subscribe now!

Athletic Results

Boys Wrestling: The Patriots defeated Warren, 62-6. Out of the 14 matches, Stevenson took 12, bringing the Patriots’ record to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the North Suburban Conference. Next up, the Patriots hit the road for a match at Waukegan on Friday. Action begins at 5:30 p.m.

Education News

Stevenson Alum Megan Bozek Recently Selected To USA Women’s National Hockey Team For February’s 2022 Olympics In China

Megan Bozek, a 2009 Stevenson graduate, was recently named to the USA Women’s National Ice Hockey Team for the 2022 Olympic Games. Bozek has had a highly decorated career as both an amateur and professional. She began her illustrious career playing on the 10U Squirt Major Boys AAA team. No stranger to the Olympic Winter Games, Megan represented the USA in 2014 when the team captured the silver medal. Most recently, she has played with the KRS Vanke Rays of the Zhenskaya Hockey League during the 2020–21 season.

Stevenson Alum Jennifer Warkins Ruddell Inducted Into National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Division Hall of Fame

Jennifer Warkins Ruddell, a Stevenson graduate, has joined 27 other members as the NWBA Intercollegiate Division Class of 2021. Warkins Ruddell is one of only three women represented in the Hall of Fame. Warkins Ruddell attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, starting her wheelchair basketball career as a graduate student in 2001. She finished her college career in 2006 with a fourth national championship, having scored 1,020 points in her career. Warkins Ruddell continued her success with Team USA, winning gold in Athens in 2004 and leading her teammates as co-captain for gold in Bejing in 2008.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 10: Consortium Choral Concert

Jan. 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent And Guardian Night Via Zoom

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

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