Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

Stevenson Singers Set To Shine In S-Factor

America’s Got Talent…and so does Stevenson!

S-Factor is a way to see (well, hear mostly) some of the best talent that Stevenson has to offer. S-Factor, hosted by Kiva Club, is Stevenson’s annual premiere singing competition, where 13 of Stevenson’s best singers will participate in two rounds of singing performances for members of the audience to watch and vote upon before they ultimately determine the winner.

As a reminder, the event will take place In-Person in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Masks and social distancing will be required, and CDC guidelines will be followed to help mitigate the spread.

The 13 S-Factor participants are: Ashwini NarayananAmise’ “Shay” Calliste-DavidTvishi KrishnakumarAbigail FroyshteterAriela CruzHeeva ManzouriAmita NairLondon CabreraLisa ComanSharvaani KulkarniKashvi NagpalMichelle Cabrera and Jo Song. They will be performing songs from popular artists such as AdeleBritney SpearsJustin BieberLady GagaRihannaParamoreColdplayMichael BubleEd Sheeran and many others.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online by 11:59 p.m. today. Please show your confirmation e-mail at the door as proof of purchase. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as well. All proceeds will go towards loans for entrepreneurs in economically developing countries. For more information, please contact Kiva Club at:

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

Just a reminder: 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

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Your mindset is made up of your attitude and your beliefs. It impacts the way you approach life. In this sense, your mindset is your reality and affects the way you engage with the world around you. It makes great sense then that cultivating self-awareness as it relates to your mindset can be incredibly important in terms of improving and maintaining good self-care. Practice really “tuning into” your thoughts and emotions. What is the “why?” behind your thoughts and the stories you are telling yourself about others, your abilities, or the situations you are in. This is especially important when you’re feeling off-balanced, challenged, or are struggling in some way. When you become conscious of your thoughts and mindset, that turns them from “automatic” to something that is “manual”. This gives you the power of control and choice- do you continue to automatically react to something that might not be helpful OR…do you swap out those thoughts for something that is more constructive?

Student Announcements

Change In Plans: Tomorrow’s “Salsa And Salsa” Event Cancelled

The Spanish Honor Society was scheduled to host its “Salsa and Salsa” event after school tomorrow. Regrettably, that event has been cancelled. We will keep you posted if it is rescheduled.

Last Day To Purchase Odyssey T-Shirt

Show your Odyssey Fine Arts Week spirit with an Odyssey t-shirt! Featuring the Odyssey logo design by Stevenson alum Emily Fujioka, this one-of-a-kind Fine Arts shirt is available to order online for $12 through today.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Bowling: The Patriots celebrated their seniors on Wednesday: Diana Kwizera (a 4-year bowler), Jackie Vasberg (a 2-year bowler), and Vaishnavi Balmuri (a 2-year bowler). Balmuri bowled her personal high of 196 against Waukegan en route to Stevenson’s 7-2 victory with a score of 2199 to 1995. That helped the Patriots rebound from their loss on Tuesday, a 9-0 shutout against Lake Zurich with a score of 2440 to 2047. Stevenson is back in action tonight against Warren and Libertyville in its final North Suburban Conference home match. The action starts at 4:45 p.m. at Fairhaven Lanes.

Girls Gymnastics: The gymnastics team faced Lake Forest in a dual conference meet on Wednesday and walked away with a 145.75 to 137.10 victory. Ally Gitler and Ashley Schabes came in first place and second place respectively in the all-around. On the vault, Schabes placed first with a score of 9.40, while Gitler came in second with a 9.30. Placing first and second again on the balance beam; Schabes took first with 9.45 and Gitler placed second with a 9.35. Once again, Gitler and Schabes ranked first and second on the floor exercise, with a 9.45 and a 9.25. Meanwhile, Maya Fergus finished first on the uneven bars with a 9.45 and third on the balance beam with a 9.10. Next up for the Patriots is the Varsity Invitational on Saturday at Niles West. The action starts at Noon.

Education News

Illinois School Staffing Shortages Could Persist For Years, A New Report Finds

A school staffing crunch in Illinois, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, could stretch into the next few academic years, according to a new report. In a survey of school leaders across the state, 88% of superintendents report a teacher shortage problem and 77% say the shortage is getting worse. Across the state, more than 2,000 positions were either unfilled or filled by someone who was not qualified to teach when the survey was conducted.

New Jersey Requires Schools Teach Asian-American History: ‘Education…Best Antidote For Hate’

“The members of our Asian-American/Pacific Islander community have contributed so much to our state and nation,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “By teaching students about the history and heritage of our AAPI community, we can ensure that the diversity of our state is reflected in our curriculum and create a more tolerant and knowledgeable future for New Jersey.”

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. 20: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

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