Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

A Week To Remember: Winterfest 2022!

A fun and event-filled Winterfest, sponsored by Student Activities and the Student Council, capped on Saturday with the dance, which included tons of great music, dance moves, decorations and fun activities like bounce houses and video games in the commons.

The week leading up to the dance was filled with Spirit Days, such as Tutus, Anything But A Backpack, Country Vs. Country Club and Class Colors, as well as fun lunchtime activities that included Animal Print Coloring, Flower Headbands, Into The Woods Wordle and Origami. A Pep Assembly and Treat Day added to the festivities on Friday.

Black History Month At Stevenson Ends February With “Speakers Of Color” In The Wood Commons

February is Black History Month in the United States and Stevenson celebrated throughout the entire month with various activities to fit the theme: “Our History. Our Legacy.”

While Student Activities and BASS had the main hall spaces decorated with elements of black culture, the cafeteria featured soul food items every Friday and videos of lesser-known black visionaries were featured on SNN.

Thanks to help from FIRE and Diversity Council, there were also main events throughout Black History Month that included today’s “Speakers Of Color: Mr. Gilbert Allen and Dr. Michael Allen” in the Wood Commons, “Operation Black History Month Showcase And Exhibit” that featured food and performances, “Match The Vision To The Visionary,” and the film “Hidden Figures.”

Musical Mix: Winter Band Concert On Tap For Tonight And Tuesday In The PAC Highlighted By Original Arrangements

Stevenson’s top ensembles will be performing some of the most challenging pieces that are available for high school bands to play in the Winter Band Concert.

Performances, starting at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, will be tonight and Tuesday. They are open to parents, students, faculty and staff and are also available on Vimeo.

The Winter Band Concert includes the Honor, Advanced Symphonic, Symphonic, Concert, and Freshman Bands, which will combine to perform two programs of music and original arrangements that they prepared and developed as a class in their second semester.

Student Announcements

Stevenson Follows CDC Guidance; Masks No Longer Required On School Busses

Just a reminder: In accordance with Centers For Disease Control guidelines, Stevenson is no longer requiring that masks be worn on school buses. On Feb. 25, the CDC lifted the requirement, stating that it no longer requires “the wearing of masks on buses or vans operated by public or private school systems, including early care and education/child care programs.”

Get Some Goodies! Hurry…Last Day To Buy Your Stevenson Foundation Raffle Tickets Is Tomorrow!

Feeling lucky? Check out the Stevenson Foundation Online Raffle & Auction before it’s too late!. The event, which benefits vital Foundation programs such as Stevenson to College (S2C), Kids in Need (KIN), and One Family, ends at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

In addition to 28 auction items and three “buy-it-now” vacations, the Stevenson High School Foundation’s 2022 Online Raffle & Auction features SIX exciting raffle packages created for our Stevenson families and community.

  • Starved Rock Glamping For 2: Boasting lavish, safari-style tents and all-inclusive meals, your two-night stay at Camp Aramoni (pictured above right) will be the ultimate ‘glamping’ experience. You and a guest will enjoy upscale amenities like air conditioning and heat, en-suite restrooms, personal bonfires, and more. To purchase raffle tickets, visit:
  • Smoky Mountains Getaway For 12: Your family and friends will enjoy three nights and majestic mountain views in a stunning cabin in Gatlinburg, TN (pictured bottom left). Boasting four suites and gorgeous outdoor spaces, the layout of this newly-constructed cabin is perfect for entertaining, while offering privacy for all. To purchase raffle tickets, visit:
  • VIP Graduation Experience: SHS senior in the family? You can enjoy a stress-free graduation experience (pictured bottom middle) with two VIP parking spots and eight reserved seats at Stevenson commencement on May 27 at the NOW Arena. To purchase raffle tickets, visit:
  • Reserved Parking Spaces: Park like a VIP for the ENTIRE 2022-23 school year! Three lucky winners will enjoy hassle-free mornings with reserved spots in Lot E – steps from the Sports Center entrance (pictured bottom right). One spot is available for rising juniors (Class of ’24), one for rising seniors (Class of ’23), and a third Wildcard spot is available for rising juniors and seniors, as well as all SHS employees.
  • For Class Of ’23 raffle tickets, visit:
  • For Class Of ’24 raffle tickets, visit:
  • For Wildcard raffle tickets, visit:

Final Days 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. Believe it or not, the deadline to register on time (and without late fees) for summer school is this week!

If you are interested in attending summer school at Stevenson, you can still register online. It is recommended that summer school registrations be submitted by 4 p.m. on FRIDAY 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 Friday, 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.

Juniors: Download The ISA 2022 App Now To Be Ready For Required Testing

Coming up on March 10, March 11, and March 14, juniors will take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) in accordance with the Illinois state mandate.

Prior to testing, juniors will need to install the ISA 2022 app onto their SHS iPad. The ISBE ISA app is already in Stevenson’s Self Service. It is recommended to do this as soon as possible to make sure that you have the app to test. An image of the app icon is pictured to the right.

The app can be found in the AESHS SMART Utility Apps group. It can also be found by using the search window and entering: ISA 2022. Students may visit the SMARTdesk if they need any assistance installing the app prior to test day.

The ISA aligns with our Illinois Learning Standards in science and satisfies federal accountability requirements. The ISA is a comprehensive exam, with three untimed sections, that assess knowledge in life, physical, Earth and space sciences, with engineering and technological design features embedded in the other science domains. The eight Science and Engineering Practices (SEP’s) are also represented throughout the ISA. The results provide administrators with important data to help them make broad curriculum decisions at the school and district levels.

Patriot Sports News

Boys Swimming And Diving Wins First State Championship In Program History!

It was an exciting weekend for the Stevenson Boys Swimming and Diving team, capping off one of its best regular seasons in school history with the program’s very first state championship!

The Patriots went undefeated in dual meets as well as weekend invites throughout the entire 2021-22 season. The state tournament was no different, as they outscored their opponents as a team with a score of 167, which was 50 points ahead of second-place Hinsdale Central.

Colin Zhang, won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.79. In addition, Zhang was also involved in a pair of victorious relays, the 200 medley and the 200 free. Zhang also silvered in the 200 IM. Josh SongMichael Wywrocki and David Kohan teamed up with Zhang in the medley relay, earning the gold. Kohan, Jack Curtin, Zhang and Brandon Xiong combined for a victory in the 200 free relay. The team of Song, Kohan, Xiong, and Curtain collected the silver in the 400 free relay. Song also touched fourth in the 100 fly while Wywrocki earned sixth in the 200 IM and tenth in the 100 backstroke. Finally, Kohan and Xiong placed seventh and 11th in the 50 free, respectively.

In diving, Jack White plunged to a second-place showing with a score of 533.1 points and teammate Danny Silverstein grabbed tenth with a score of 451.65.

Sulejmani Places Fifth At Girls State Wrestling, Earns All-State Recognition

Congratulations to Sajra Sulejmani for placing fifth in the 145-pound weight class at the IHSA Girls Wrestling State Finals in Bloomington over the weekend. Sulejmai’s finish also earned her all-state recognition. Teammate Samarah Goldstein made the trip downstate as well. She competed in the 105-pound weight class.

Super Duper! Girls Basketball Ready For Tonight’s Supersectional; Trying To Punch Ticket To State Finals!

One win! That’s all the girls basketball team needs to punch its ticket downstate for the IHSA Class 4A state finals. The Patriots will be vying for that crucial win tonight at the Hersey Supersectional, which is being played at Forest View Education Center, 2121 South Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights. Parking is available on both sides of Door 1. The entrance, marked “Robert Morris,” has a maroon awning. Tickets may be purchased online at GoFan. The cost is $9. Stevenson is offering a pep bus for any student who wants to come out and support the Patriots at the Supersectional. The bus will leave LOT E at 5:45 p.m. tonight.

Stevenson Students And Parents: You Need These Cool Lawn Signs!

It’s almost time to start decorating the yard again! Why not get into the Stevenson spirit and order a lawn sign from the Sports Boosters. Please take a look at this link to order the sign that is right for you!

Athletic Results

Boys Basketball: The Patriots stayed alive in the IHSA State Tournament, rolling past Prospect 59-43 to win the regional championship at Mundelein. Jaden Evans had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Christian Uremovich added 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists while Evan Porto tallied 9 points and 5 rebounds. Stevenson, now 20-8 on the season, will face Libertyville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Barrington in the Sectional Semifinal.

Boys Hockey: The No. 3-seeded Patriots played New Trier Gray on Saturday in their first game of the Illinois State Hockey Championships and won 10-0. Max PorettoJames Mendleson and Ethan O’Gradney each had two goals in the contest. Zack KulickBrendan SchultzNolan Jones and Davis Jegers added one goal apiece. Now in the Elite Eight, Stevenson will be back in action at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at The Edge in Bensenville against No. 6 St. Ignatius. Gate fees for games played at AHAI Sites are $5 for adults, $3 for senior and $2 for kids.

Education News

Teaching A Sea of Students

Large-enrollment courses have a bad reputation. Here’s how colleges can make them better.

Student Loan Scams Are On The Rise As The Pause On Payments Is Due To Expire

This winter, the Federal Trade Commission warned about an increase in student loan scams. Those scams prey on confusion. President Biden said during his campaign that he was open to forgiving some student debt, but that hasn’t happened yet. In the meantime, the federal government put federal student loan payments on pause during the pandemic. With that pause now set to expire at the beginning of May, people are anxious and scammers are swooping in. They’re promising to reduce payments or even cancel student debt entirely — if you give them your credit card number. They use social media, text messages and phone calls. And the scripts are pretty convincing.

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. 28: Last Day Of Black History Month

Feb. 28: Activity Period

Feb. 28-Mar. 1: Winter Band Concert

Mar. 1: BPO Meeting

Mar. 2: Sophomore Family College And Career Night (Zoom)

Mar. 3: Baroque Concert

Mar. 4: Institute Day: No School

Mar. 4-5: Winter Play: Ranked

Mar. 7: Pulaski Day: No School

Mar. 7: String Parents Association Meeting

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