Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

Incoming Freshmen Family Orientation Tomorrow Via Zoom

Calling all soon-to-be Stevenson freshmen…In order to maintain the health and safety of our community, we are changing the format of this year’s orientation for incoming freshmen! Stevenson’s annual Incoming Freshmen Family Orientation Night will now be held virtually for one night only, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities as well as the steps needed to ensure a smooth transition to Stevenson next fall.

To participate in the Zoom session tomorrow night, please click here. If you cannot participate in the Zoom session, you may watch a replay of the recording on Stevenson’s website.

Stevenson has also sent out Welcome Packets in the mail that contain important materials, including a Transitions Guide, which provide an overview of the events, processes and programming designed to ensure a smooth transition to high school, as well as resources to help in the navigation of the course selection process. Please know that everything you need to know about the transition to Stevenson is on our website. We encourage families to bookmark this page for easy access moving forward.

Important Note: There will be interpreters available for the presentations in the following languages: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Korean. There may be interpreters for additional languages provided and that will be announced at the beginning of the webinar.

Student Announcements

Lake County Retired Teachers Association Offering Two Scholarships For Seniors In Lake County

Attention Seniors: Two scholarships are available from The Lake County Retired Teachers Association. High school seniors from Lake County who plan to pursue a career in education are eligible to apply. The association will recognize students with strong ability, achievement, and contributions to the community. For more information, click here. The deadline to apply is Mar. 25.

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.

Today, there is a boys volleyball meeting at 3:30 p.m. in Room 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 viewing live and recorded athletic events. Click the link here to subscribe now!

Athletic Results

Girls Bowling: The Patriots went up against a tough lineup at the Grant Invitational on Saturday. Out of 11 teams, Stevenson placed eighth. Vaishnavi Balmuri (photo, right) took ninth place overall and received an individual medal. Additional notable scores included: Alexis Alanis, who scored a 926 series, Jackie Vaysburg, who had an 854 series, Anna Reyes, who had an 844 series, Diana Kwizera, who had an 815 series and Allison Parks who had a 707 series. Stevenson was scheduled to face Warren tonight, but that contest has been canceled.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots (9-4, 2-1) got a 65-34 North Suburban Conference win over Waukegan on Friday. Evan Porto scored 21 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists while Christian Uremovich added 15 points and 8 rebounds. With full squad participation, David SulniusMike Maloney, and Josh Thomas each scored 6 points. Up next for the Patriots is Lake Zurich at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Sportscenter.

Girls Basketball: Stevenson remains undefeated (18-1, 7-0) in North Suburban Conference play after rolling over Waukegan 61-25 on Friday. Prior to the game, senior Ava Bardic was honored for becoming Stevenson’s 3-point field goal record holder and also reaching the 1,000 career points milestone! Nisha Musunuri led the Patriots with 13 points, followed by Simone Sawyer with 11 points. Bardic added 10 points while Emory Klatt had 9 points and Sarah Benson and Jordan Polen rounded out the scorers with 6 points each. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Lake Zurich at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Bowling: On Friday, the Patriots earned second place at the NSC tournament, just 14 pins behind the winner, Waukegan. Ender Starr bowled a 1305, topping all varsity bowlers to come in first place in the individual series. Jackson Sher finished with an 1156 while Jacob Sroka was at 1126, Matthew McGowan was at 1110 and Braden Kunik was at 935. Next up for the Patriots is Grayslake Central at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Fairhaven Lanes.

Cheer: On Sunday, the Varsity Cheer Team (photo, bottom left) participated in the Buffalo Grove Cheerleading Invitational and took first place. Stevenson scored a total of 93.25 points, which was 2.55 points ahead of the second-place team, Lockport. Next up for the Cheer Team is the Varsity and JV Invitational at Lockport High School on Saturday. The action will begin at 8 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics: The girls gymnastics team (photo, bottom right) took first place at the Evanston Invite on Saturday. Ally Gitler placed first on the floor routine, while Ashley Schabes placed first on the beam, vault and in the all-around competition. Rounding out the success on the day was Maya Fergus, who placed second on the vault and third in the all-around competition. Next up for the Patriots is a home meet and Senior Night against Mundelein on Wednesday. The action starts at 6 p.m.

Boys Hockey: On Saturday night, Stevenson, ranked No. 2 in the state of Illinois, hosted Carmel during a Fan Appreciation Night. The Patriots lost a tight battle 2-1 with their only score taking place in the first period by Brandon Schultz, on an assist by Cam Schneider and Ethan O’Gradney. Goalie Andrew Smoller had 10 saves on the night with an 83 percent save percentage. Next up for the Patriots is a home game against the Trevians of New Trier at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Twin Rinks!

Boys Swimming and Diving: Over the weekend, Stevenson (photo, bottom middle) had a day to remember! Divers Jack White and Danny Silverstein won the team title Saturday at the New Trier Winter Dive Classic. White placed second with a score of 488.95 while Silverstein placed fourth with a score of 442.65. Meanwhile, the varsity swim squad swam their way to success at the 56th Evanston Invitational and came away as team champions for the first time in program history! The top six individual finishers included: Jonny Farber (first place, 200 Free and second place 100 Free), Colin Zhang (second place 200 IM and second place 100 Breast), David Kohan (second place 50 Free and fourth place 100 Free), Josh Song (first place 100 Fly), Diego Rosario (fourth place 100 Fly), and Michael Wywrocki (100 Back). The Patriots were also victorious in two of three relay events as well. The 200 Medley Relay Team of Brandon Xiong, Zhang, Song, and Jack Curtin combined for a time of 1:36.18. Then the 200 Free Relay team of Kohan, Farber, Xiong and Curtin combined to win in a time of 1:26.34. Next up for the boys swimming and diving program is NSC opponent Libertyville in an NSC showdown on Thursday. The action starts at 5 p.m.

Wrestling: On Saturday, Stevenson participated in the Randy Conrad Invitational taking first place with an overall score of 273 points. Out of the 14 weight classes wrestled, Stevenson dominated in seven, taking first place in each of those divisions. First place finishes included: Andrew Chamkin at 106 pounds, Yash Jagtap at 113, Lorenzo Frezza at 126, Cole Rhemrev at 138, Thomas Schoolman at 145, Carter Rand at 152, and Jacob Whiting at 195. The remaining wrestlers achieved third or fourth place in their weight classes contributing to the overall win. Next up for the Patriots is their home meet and Senior Night against Lake Zurich on Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Education News

Time To Re-set Coronavirus School Policies? Here’s A Road Map.

U.S. schools are once again struggling to stay open amid a spike in cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus — and district officials are looking for guidance on how to proceed. The newest guidance differs a bit from that given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to PolicyLab Director David Rubin, who writes about the recommendations that place “greater emphasis on masking to reduce transmission during periods of high-case incidence in the community and among individuals with recent exposure or infection, while reducing routine school-based testing and contact tracing.”

More Young Americans Insist On College Degrees That Will Pay Off

Increasingly, students want college to open the doors to employment right after graduation. If they’re going to spend and borrow heavily to get their credentials, they want a decent ROI. Many haven’t been getting that.

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. 10: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Jan. 10: String Parents Association Meeting

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

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

Jan. 12: Junior Course Selection Begins (Through Jan. 28)

Jan. 12: Consortium Band Concert

Jan. 13: Late Arrival

Jan. 13: Visiting Artist Series Ends

Jan. 13: Avant STAMP 45 Hebrew Exam (Part 2)

Jan. 17: No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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