Friday, Feb. 4, 2022

Odyssey Is Next Week…And In-Person Tickets Are Available For The Community

Just a reminder: Odyssey kicks off on Monday!

Typically a two-day event featuring more than 250 guest artists, Odyssey has been reimagined this year to be Odyssey Fine Arts Week and will be held every day next week. There is 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, and also provides ticketing links for parents and members of the community as well.

  • 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 that will take place after school 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.

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.

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

Time To Register For Summer School!

It’s cold now…but the sunny, warm days of summer will be here before you know it, and so will summer school.

If you are interested in attending summer school at Stevenson, you can now register online. It is recommended that summer school registrations be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 4 to avoid a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Late registrations for summer school will be accepted up until 4 p.m. on June 3, but after March 4, all registrations are on a space-available basis and late fees will be applied.

The tuition fees (and additional lab, book, and/or field trip fees where appropriate) are listed in the course description. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Please contact the summer school office at (847) 415-4520 or via e-mail at with questions.

Student Announcements

Celebrate Adlai Stevenson’s 122nd Birthday With Some Ice Skating Today

Yes, there will be skating today at Stevenson! In the building! As part of the celebration of Adlai Stevenson’s 122nd birthday today, the Patriot Parent Association is sponsoring an ice rink in the Wood Commons for students to skate during their lunches and free periods. Tag the PPA on Instagram in your pictures!

Save The Date: D125 Night Market Is Coming Up Next Weekend

Get ready for an afternoon full of food, performances, and fun from a variety of Asian countries.

The Asian American Student Association will be presenting their annual D125 Night Market next Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Glass Commons. The event will kick off at 4 p.m. and will feature performances that will start at 6 p.m. It is free to attend Night Market but there is a cost for the pre-packaged food items.

Up Your Jewelry Game: Get a Rafiki Bracelet

Have you always wanted a Rafiki bracelet? Need a new one? Stevenson’s Free the Children club, which seeks to globally impact people through the five pillars of health, food, water, education and opportunity, is sponsoring a Rafiki fundraiser in which the proceeds from the sales benefit women and families in Kenya and Ecuador. Founded in 2009 to provide economic opportunity in WE Village communities, and a sustainable source of funding for the WE Charity, ME to WE has grown into a global force for good. The last day to place your order for a Rafiki bracelet is Thursday, Feb. 10. You must place an order with a Free the Children member or Ms. One at

Bullseye! Stevenson Archery Team Dominates At All-American Classic

The archery team took first place and second place in the All-American Classic at Phoenix STEM Academy in Chicago last weekend. Top scorers were junior Olivia Gancarz (280 with 12 bullseyes), freshman Zion Li (264 with 10 bullseyes), junior Alex Walker (260 with 7 bullseyes) and junior Mary Restis (259 with 7 bullseyes). All four archers finished in the top 10 at the tournament. This weekend, the team travels to Armstrong, Illinois for the Cupid Classic.

Patriot Sports News

Cheer Team Competing At State Finals In Bloomington!

The Stevenson Cheer Team will be competing at the IHSA State Cheer Finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington beginning with preliminary rounds today. The Patriots are slated to make their debut at 4:10 p.m. Since 2006, the first year for IHSA Cheer State Finals, Stevenson has placed at state four times — three third-place finishes (2006, 2018, 2019) and a second place in 2020.

Change In Location For Next Week’s Girls Lacrosse Meeting

If you are interested in trying out for the girls lacrosse team, please note that there is a new location for the information meeting next week. The meeting will be held on Monday (Feb. 7) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the lower Sportscenter Lobby. Tryouts start on Feb. 28. For more information on tryouts and practices for all Spring Sports, please refer to the Athletic Department’s Spring Sports Google Document.

Baseball Information Meeting Is Next Week Via Zoom

If you are interested in trying out for baseball, please plan on attending the Informational Meeting on Wednesday (Feb. 9) at 3:45 p.m. via Zoom. Coach Skala will outline the tryout dates, processes, need-to-know information and must-haves to tryout. If you cannot attend the meeting, please e-mail Coach Skala and he will send you the information.

Athletic Results

Boys Ice Hockey: Stevenson on Thursday defeated Carmel 3-0, taking the season series and wrapping up their regular season at 19-8 in the SHL and 32-11 overall. The teams played two scoreless periods before Will Harlow delivered the game-winning goal in the third period, taking the puck coast-to-coast through the Carmel defense. Max Poretto added another insurance goal with assists from Davis Jegers and Will Harlow and an empty-net goal from Zack Kulick assisted by Zach Meyers wrapped up the scoring. Goalie Jonathan Adler recorded another shutout win, stopping all 24 Carmel shots. Stevenson will await the final results from the SHL season this Sunday, which will determine its upcoming playoff schedule for the SHL Conference Championship and for the State Tournament.

Education News

Book Ban Efforts Are Nothing New In Schools, But Experts Call Recent Political Tactics ‘Startling’

Parents, activists, school board officials and lawmakers around the country are challenging books at a pace not seen in decades. The American Library Association said in a preliminary report that it received an “unprecedented” 330 reports last fall of book challenges, each of which can include multiple books.

Women-Led Colleges Have Better Pay Equity But Are Less Common

Only about one-third of college presidents are women, according to research from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. But senior officers, administrators and division heads who are women are all paid more at institutions with female presidents than at those with male presidents.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Feb. 4-28: Black History Month

Feb. 4-5: IHSA Cheer State Finals

Feb. 5: Practice SAT: Juniors

Feb. 7-11: Odyssey Week

Feb. 7: SPA Meeting

Feb. 7: Choral Guild Meeting

Feb. 10: SPA Fundraiser

Feb. 10: Choral Guild Fundraiser

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