Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Stevenson Pays Tribute To Youth Art Month

The month of March has been designated Youth Art Month by the Council for Art Education, National Dance Education Association, National Association for Music Education, and Educational Theatre Association.

As a tribute to Youth Art Month, the Stevenson Fine Arts Division would like to honor the contribution that Art, Dance, Music, and Theater make to our students and school.

To join in commemorating Youth Art Month, the Fine Arts Division is asking that students, faculty and staff please consider attending Fine Arts Events this month while also acknowledging the creative students and teachers who make a difference in our community. There will be a few pop-up performances around campus this month in honor of Youth Art Month:

  • Tomorrow, Before School: Melange Dance Company will preview the Spring Dance Concert on the PAC steps.
  • March 16, 5th Period: Students, staff, and faculty are invited to Dance Studio 2010 to preview the Dance 4 students’ “Day of Dance” performance
  • March 17, Before School: There will be an Open Piano Jam outside the Black Box Theatre.

Following the Fine Arts Division on Instagram is also a great way to stay up on all the latest Fine Arts news at Stevenson.

Guitar Students Ready To Impress At Chamber Guitar Concert

After weeks of hard work, it’s time for Stevenson’s guitar students to show off a little.

Students who will be performing in tomorrow’s Chamber Guitar Concert, which is slated for 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium, have worked on chamber music individually and in small groups for the past several weeks, detailing, practicing, rehearsing, and making musical decisions on pieces of music without the help of a teacher.

Guitar 2 classes and Patriot Guitar Ensemble are performing full ensemble and chamber ensemble literature ranging from Boccherini to Stevie Ray Vaughan and a variety of traditional pieces.

For those who cannot attend the concert in person, it will also be shown via Vimeo.

Student Announcements

Beware Of False Claims From For-Profit Honor Societies

Some Stevenson students may have received an invitation to join a for-profit scholastic honor society called National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). The invitation states that students were selected for membership based on their achievements at Stevenson. The claim is false and the organization is not related to the legitimate Stevenson chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).

To clarify, Stevenson is not affiliated with NSHSS, has not released student names to this group, and does not recommend students pay for a chance to receive college scholarships from NSHSS.

Students should weigh several factors before accepting an invitation to an honor society, including the age of the organization and whether the organization is not-for-profit.

Evaluating the merits of an honor society is not just for high school students. The Association of College Honor Societies has published a checklist they recommend students use to judge the credibility of an honor society.

Brush Up On Your Knowledge Of Random Facts: Trivia Night Is Back!

Do you know a lot of random facts? Are you good with current events? History? Pop culture? Then get your A-Game ready. Trivia Night is back! Stevenson’s Geography Club and Rotary Youth Club are partnering to restart this event in person after a nearly two-year hiatus. Trivia Night is a competition in which teams (capped at 6 members each) can flex their worldly knowledge in a Kahoot-based competition. The event will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday night in Room 2104. Check-in for the event starts at 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $5 per participant and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds go to Operation Warm.

There’s A Blood Shortage In The United States: Donate Blood At Stevenson On Friday

Did you know that the United States is currently facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade? Doctors have recently been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.

Please donate blood on Friday in the West Staff Dining Room. Not only will your donation help our national blood shortage, but it will also provide funding for our Stevenson To College program. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

NOTE: Students can donate only during their lunch or free periods and/or during PE classes.

Get Pumped For Extra Sleep Tomorrow Morning! It’s A Late Arrival Day

Don’t forget to adjust your alarm clocks tonight. Tomorrow is a Late Arrival Day, and First Period will begin at 10:30 a.m. In order for the tutors to be able to engage in professional development tomorrow morning, the ILC/ELC will be closed until 9:30 a.m. Tutoring, both in-person and by Zoom, will be available from 9:30 a.m. until the end of the day. The hours are provided on the link below. You can sign up for a specific Mandatory Targeted Tutoring time by visiting the tutors’ Canvas pages.

Tune Into Twitch To Watch The Patriot eSports Club

Call it “March Madness, eSports style.” The Stevenson Overwatch and League of Legends teams are playing in their Spring Tournament and the games can be watched on Stevenson Twitch.

Tune in at 4 p.m. every Tuesday for League of Legends and every Wednesday for Overwatch to support our players.

The Patriot eSports Club is made up of Stevenson’s competitive eSports teams. The club is open to most competitive PC-based games and is only limited by space. Currently, the club runs League of Legends, CS Go, Rocket League, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six: Siege, Fortnite, and Overwatch teams. Teams are constructed based on player rank in their respective games.

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

Coming up tomorrow, Friday, and Monday, March 14, juniors will take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) in accordance with the Illinois state mandate.

Just a reminder, 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

Girls Basketball State Champs Celebrated Over Breakfast!

The Stevenson girls basketball team, fresh off its 2022 Class 4A state championship, was celebrated this morning in the Sportscenter with a breakfast and presentation that was attended by parents, fellow students and faculty and staff.

As a video montage of the Patriots’ state championship victory over the weekend in Bloomington played on the big board above, the team was introduced by team announcer Joe Pine and then various speeches were delivered: from Principal Troy Gobble, Athletic Director Trish Betthauser (pictured right in white), Head Coach Ashley Graham (pictured right in black) and three players — seniors Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic as well as junior Kate Arne. The players talked about not only all the great on-the-court moments that came during Stevenson’s historic season (school-record 35 wins and the third state title in program history), but also the off-the-court moments that made this particular team so fun and special.

Congratulations Patriots!

Boys Hockey Set For State Semifinals Tonight!

Game Day is here for the Stevenson boys hockey team, which has its sights set on a state championship!

It will be a “Black Out” theme for Stevenson fans tonight at the state semifinals as the Patriots will take on Loyola Gold at 8:25 p.m. at the Edge Arena in Bensenville. There will be a Pep Bus for the game for students, and tickets can be purchased up until 4 p.m. today. All students must show their student ID at the door. The Pep Bus will leave tonight from Lot E at 7:15 p.m.

The State Final Four will feature four SHL Conference teams: No. 1 New Trier Green, No. 2 Loyola Gold, No. 3 Stevenson and No. 5 St. Viator.

BROADCAST NOTE: For those who cannot attend tonight’s semifinal game in person, it will be broadcast by the SHL Network on YouTube Live. The direct link will be given on social media, however, this link will take you to the SHL YouTube channel.

Get Your State Championship Gear For Girls Basketball And Boys Swim And Dive

To celebrate Stevenson’s two state champions that have been crowned over the last two weeks (the girls basketball team and the boys swimming and diving team), you can stock up on some championship swag.

Pease keep in mind:

  • All orders are processed once the store closes.
  • Orders will ship to the school/coach unless otherwise indicated.
  • Orders will not be accepted after the sale close deadline.
  • If an item you purchase becomes unavailable, you’ll be notified, and your credit card will be refunded.
  • Once your order ships, decorated items cannot be returned.
  • Please allow at least three weeks from the store close date to receive your product.

Athletic Results

Boys Track/Field: Last night the boys track team won its first triangular against Palatine and Vernon Hills. Stevenson led the way in the relays, posting a 1.35.3 in the 4×200 Relay and a 3.43.6 in the 4×400 Relay. Notable first place finishes included: Alex Xie on the triple jump with a distance of 11.42, Mark Hellwig on the high jump with the height of 6-foot-5 and Jimmy Davis in the 300 Dash with a time of 37.13. The Patriots also took the 3200 run with a time of 10.36. Next up for the Patriots is the Stevenson Varsity Invite at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Education News

Tuition-Free College Movement Gains Momentum, Despite Biden’s Stalled Plan

President Biden may have tabled his bid for universal free community college, but states and municipalities are keeping the momentum going with new or expanded programs to cover tuition. At least seven tuition-free initiatives have publicly launched since November, according to the College Promise campaign, which advocates making the first two or more years of college free. The governors of Pennsylvania and Maine are pushing for new programs, while the University of Texas System Board of Regents recently approved a $300 million endowment to cover tuition for more students at its public institutions.

Teach for America’s Incoming Class Expected To Hit A 15-Year Low

Facing a sharp drop in applications, Teach for America is expecting its smallest crop of first-year teachers in at least 15 years, new data from the organization shows. The organization expects to place just under 2,000 teachers in schools across the country this coming fall. That’s just two-thirds of the number of first-year teachers TFA placed in schools in fall 2019, and just one-third of the number it sent into the field at its height in 2013. The latest drops are a continuation of a years-long trend. Still, it’s a striking decline for an organization that’s played a prominent role in American debates about how to improve education and how to staff schools that often struggle to attract and retain teachers.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Mar. 9: PPA Bake Sale

Mar. 9: HOSA Fundraiser

Mar. 10: Late Arrival

Mar. 10: Chamber Guitar Concert

Mar. 11: NHS Blood Drive

Mar. 11: Percussion Solo Ensemble

Mar. 11: St. Baldricks Event

Mar. 11: Trivia Night

Mar. 12: SAT Test Day

Mar. 12: Solo & Ensemble Contest

Mar. 12: Spring Biliteracy Exam

Mar. 14: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Mar. 15: Orchestra Concert

Mar. 16: Co-Curricular Fair

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