Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022

Odyssey (Reimagined) Is Coming…And In-Person Tickets Are Available Now For The Community

Get ready Patriots! Odyssey will soon be back. Reimagined…but back! Odyssey, typically a two-day event featuring more than 250 guest artists, has been reimagined this year to be Odyssey Fine Arts Week and will be held Feb. 7 through Feb. 11. There is now a special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website that gives an in-depth look at all of the fun activities and events that will take place that week, and also provides ticketing links as well. Please bookmark the page as you make plans for Odyssey Week!

While students will enjoy a taste of Odyssey during the school day throughout Odyssey Week, the Main Events will be staged daily after school and students can attend those for free as well. Students will scan their student IDs for general admission, which is on a first-come basis. A block of 200 spots in the Performing Arts Center will be reserved for parents and members of the community for the Main Events each day. Tickets for parents and members of the community are free and can be reserved by using links on the special Odyssey page.

The in-school activities for students during Odyssey Week will include black-light painting, doodle art, stained glass art, origami and tape art. The Main Events for Odyssey include: magician Scott Green on Monday, Comedy Dance Chicago on Tuesday, a Singer/Songwriter Concert on Wednesday, “Reeling,” LGBTQ+ FilmFest on Thursday, and the Mural Reception on Friday.

For more information on Odyssey, or to reserve Main Events tickets, please visit the special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website. For questions about Odyssey, please contact Odyssey Coordinator Amanda Long at

Up On His Soapbox: Sophomore Benjamin Nowakowski Was Selected As Finalist In Public Speaking Event

Stevenson sophomore Benjamin Nowakowski got up on his Soapbox recently.

Nowakowski participated in Project Soapbox, a public speaking program that calls on young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. Nowakowski was selected as a Project Soapbox finalist last month and presented his Soapbox speech in Chicago at a showcase event sponsored by the Mikva Challenge civic education organization. Nowakowski’s Soapbox speech about how schools can improve the teaching and assessment of students who are neurodivergent was selected as one of 10 finalists from more than 250 students who submitted speeches. Nowakowski worked on crafting his speech at a workshop event organized by Stevenson’s Political Action Club.

This is the 14th year that Mikva Challenge has hosted a Soapbox event for students. Nowakowski is the second student from a suburban Chicago high school to have been selected as a finalist. Stevenson’s Yael Lenga from the Class of 2020 was the first in 2019.

Stevenson Debaters Advance To Semifinals and Finals Of Sunvitational

At last weekend’s virtual Sunvitational Debate tournament, five Stevenson Congressional Debaters advanced to the semifinal round and earned a bid to the Tournament of Champions.

They were: Srusti DonapatiAditi AmbravanAnna XieKashyep Rajesh and Sara Zhang. Xie ultimately broke through to the final round of the tournament.

Student Announcements

Before Coming To Campus…Take A Quick Pulse Check Of Your Health

In an effort to help keep all students, faculty, staff and families safe, Stevenson would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant about their own health.

Prior to Coming to Campus…

  • If you are not feeling well, stay home! If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, please get tested.
  • If you receive a positive COVID test, complete this form.
  • Questions? Contact the nursing staff.

Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe!

Extra Zzzzzzzzs Tonight!

Don’t forget to adjust your alarm clock: Tomorrow is a Late Arrival Day. First period starts at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy that extra sleep!

In order for the SLP tutors to engage in professional development, the Lower ILC and the ELC will be closed for tutoring from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

The Lower ILC and the ELC will open for tutoring at 9:30 a.m. and maintain their regular hours for the rest of the school day.

Two Stevenson Clubs Join Forces In Musical Merger

It’s a musical merger! Stevenson Live and Pass On the Beat are becoming one! The two clubs, in which student musicians get together to hone their musical talents and explore their musical interests and perform around the community, many times for a charitable cause, will now be known as Stevenson AMPlified. The new meeting time and day for the club will be after school until 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Midi Lab. The first meeting will be tomorrow. For more information, follow AMPlified on Instagram.

Permanent Art Tour Has A New Home

The 2021-2022 Permanent Art Tour has moved to a new location: the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center, where it will be displayed through February. The artwork hangs on the gallery wall to the right of the main entrance and is open to the public. Visit the Fitness Center at 601 Deerfield Parkway in Buffalo Grove.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Basketball: It took double overtime but the Patriots came away with a 63-57 victory over Lake Zurich to maintain their undefeated record in North Suburban Conference play. Stevenson is now 8-0 in the league and 19-1 overall. Ava Bardic led the way with 20 points and Simone Sawyer contributed 19 points. Both Kate Arne and Emory Klatt battled under the boards and put up 10 points and 8 points respectively. Nisha Musunuri rounded out the scoring with 6 points. The Patriots are back in action against Palatine at 7 p.m. tomorrow when they team up with Hoops for Heroes to show appreciation for our military and those in the service.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots defeated Lake Zurich, 52-32. Evan Porto led the way with 19 points. Stevenson is back in action against Libertyville at 7 p.m.. on Friday and is teaming up with Hoops for Heroes to show appreciation for our military and those in the service.

Boys Ice Hockey: The Patriots lost a tough one to New Trier, 5-1. The game was even in the first period. New Trier Green took a 1-0 lead before Max Poretto scored on a nice tip-in with assists by Nolan Jones and Dylan Jette. In the second and third periods, New Trier dominated play, scoring 4 goals and eventually out-shooting the Patriots, 27-14. Stevenson still maintains a slim lead and first place in the SHL Conference. The Patriots have a short break until Jan. 22 when they take on Oak Park River Forest in a road game.

Education News

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 In Education Are Innovating Through The Pandemic

”We’re building the Netflix of high school education,” says Felix Ruano, 26, the featured honoree on the Forbes’ 2022 30 Under 30 list in Education. “A student anywhere in the world should be able to access any imaginable course, anytime, anywhere.” Ruano’s startup, Emile Learning, partners with high schools with sparse AP offerings and offers subscriptions to individuals for $10 a month. Emile breaks down lessons into bingeable segments that run for under 10 minutes, tailored to modern kids’ attention spans.

Disruptions In Hands-On Programs Contributed To Enrollment Drop At Community Colleges

The coronavirus pandemic defied college enrollment trends that came with past periods of economic contraction. Instead of more students returning to school to sharpen their skills, as occurred during the Great Recession, many didn’t pursue or exited postsecondary education. These enrollment declines were particularly precipitous for community colleges. The latest preliminary figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show a roughly 14% decrease in community college enrollment from fall 2019 to fall 2021.

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

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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