Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022

Black History Month: Today’s After-School Activity Will Reveal Lesser-Known Visionaries

Throughout February, Stevenson is celebrating Black History Month by reaffirming our commitment to equity, access and inclusivity for our entire school community.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students (BASS) Club, in partnership with other student organizations such as FIRE Club, is proudly bringing you a series of celebrations, such as “Match The Vision To the Visionary,” a program that will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in Room 2104.

“Match the Vision to the Visionary” is designed to spark discussions about important figures in Black history and why they may be lesser known.

Come for a fun activity and treats, and enter the raffle to win one of ten $5 Jazzman’s gift cards!

It’s Odyssey Fine Arts Week…Day 4!

Odyssey Fine Arts Week is a combination of fun, in-school activities and after-school performances by professional artists sponsored by the Fine Arts Department. Here are the events and activities for today…and a look ahead to tomorrow.

The in-school activities include:

  • Today: Live Painting (10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Outside Link Doors Under Awning); Origami Cranes (Periods 4, 5, 6; In Front Of The PAC), Clown/Acrobat, Living Statue (Periods 4, 5, 6; Glass Commons), AMPlified (Periods 4, 5, 6; Wood Commons)
  • Tomorrow: Doodle Room Display (All Day; Upper Forum and Glass Commons); Student Lunch and Learn: SMARTISTRY (Periods 4, 5, 6; College Career Center); Tape Art (Periods 4, 5, 6; Patriot Lobby and 5044 Hallway); Karaoke (Periods 4, 5, 6; Wood Commons)

The Main Events after school include:

  • Today: “Reeling,” LGBTQ+ FilmFest (4 p.m.; Little Theatre. There will be a preview of the show during Periods 4A, 5A, 6B)
  • Tomorrow: Mural Unveiling Reception (3:45 p.m., West Building, First-Floor Rotunda)

Students will scan their student IDs for general admission to the Main Events, 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

Student Announcements

Senior Joyce Na To Take Over Stevenson Instagram At D125 Night Market

Make sure you follow Stevenson’s Instagram account on Saturday because it will be in the hands of senior Joyce Na (pictured right), who is president of the Asian American Student Association!

Na will be posting pictures and videos on Instagram, live from D125 Night Market, which is sponsored by the Asian American Student Association.

D125 Night Market will feature food, performances, and fun from a variety of Asian countries (see map below). The event will take place in the Glass Commons and kicks off at 4 p.m. Performances will start at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Performing Arts Center. It is free to attend Night Market but there is a cost for the pre-packaged food items.

Clubs represented at the event are: the Chinese Club, the Japan Club, the Korean Club, the Indian Student Association and the Filipino American Student Association. Other countries represented will be Mongolia, Thailand, Taiwan Hong Kong, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Register Now For The Snowball Retreat In Wisconsin; Please Note Date Correction For Event

Need a change of scenery? A different kind of social activity? Operation Snowball might be just the right experience for you! Operation Snowball is a fun-filled, two-and-a-half day retreat planned by students for students and packed with indoor and outdoor activities, speakers, small group sessions and more. It is held at an overnight camp in Wisconsin and gives students a chance to meet new people and step outside their comfort zone while building leadership skills. All Stevenson students are welcome. Registration is now open for the retreat, which will be held at the YMCA’s Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin from March 31 to April 2. In yesterday’s edition of the Daily Digest, the last day of the retreat was listed incorrectly. The cost is $125 for the weekend and that includes meals, housing, and activities. The registration period ends March 17 and there are a limited number of spots available on a first-come basis.

St. Baldrick’s Information Meeting On Monday

Interested in raising awareness for childhood cancer in a fun way? Come to the informational meeting for the upcoming St. Baldrick’s event at Stevenson. It will be held during Monday’s Activity Period in Room 2104A. Students can attend this meeting after completing their Student Health and Wellness Surveys. Become a leader in the Stevenson community and beyond by fundraising with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Money raised will go towards finding cures for children with cancer! Participants can choose to shave their heads, temporarily dye their hair, do an undercut or have a shaved design into their hair as a statement.

Patriot Sports News

Girls Basketball Wraps Up Conference Schedule In Perfect Fashion; 14-0 In North Suburban Conference

The girls basketball team won the North Suburban Conference championship on Wednesday night with a forfeit victory over Waukegan, and closed out league play with a perfect 14-0 record. The Patriots, who are ranked No. 1 in the state of Illinois in Class 4A, moved to 29-1 overall. They are the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A Warren Sectional and begin regional play at 7 p.m. on Monday. Stevenson is hosting the regional and will open with the winner of Saturday’s regional quarterfinal game between No. 17 Zion-Benton and No. 16 Waukegan. In the meantime, as a regional tune-up, the Patriots will hit the road tomorrow and face Nazareth Academy in a nonconference game. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Boys Track Meeting Set For Monday

If you would like to try out for the boys track team, please plan to attend the information meeting at 6 a.m. on Monday morning in the Fieldhouse. This is a no-cut sport with Varsity and Freshmen/Sophomore levels. For more information about meetings and tryouts for all Spring Sports, please view this Google Document from the Athletic Department.

Boys Basketball Heads To Libertyville Tomorrow Hoping To Move Up In North Suburban Conference Standings

The boys basketball team is in action at Libertyville at 7 p.m. tomorrow night in a key North Suburban Conference battle. Libertyville is in second place in the conference with two NSC losses and Stevenson is in third with three losses. So a Stevenson win would create a second-place tie with Libertyville. Lake Forest is in first place in the conference with only one loss.

Education News

Pritzker To Drop Mask Mandate Indoors By Feb. 28, But Not Yet For Schools

If COVID-19 metrics continue to improve, Illinoisans can cast off their masks indoors in most public spaces on Feb. 28, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday, but schools will need to wait until later in the spring. School environments pose a higher risk for COVID-19 infections, especially with the highly contagious omicron variant circulating and children ages 5 to 17 having lower vaccination rates than adults, officials said.

Why More Schools Are Adding Mental Health Breaks To The Calendar

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spread around the country, school districts in hard-hit regions of the country gave students and educators a chance to catch their breath. Schools in Battle Creek, Mich., devoted a day in October to giving students and staff a chance to “relax and reflect.” Rittnour, Mo., closed schools on November 1 for a surprise “staff self-care day,” and Alexandria, Va., elected to close for the entire week of Thanksgiving in “consideration of the high level of stress our students, family and staff have expressed.” These districts cited staffing shortages in their reasons for closing, but also pointed to burnout among parents, teachers and students.

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. 9-28: Black History Month

Feb. 9-11: Odyssey Week

Feb. 10: SPA Fundraiser

Feb. 10: Choral Guild Fundraiser

Feb. 12: D125 Night Market

Feb. 14: Activity Period

Feb. 14: Orchestra Chamber Concert

Feb. 14: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Feb. 15: Choral Concert

Feb. 16: Sports Booster Meeting

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