Monday, April 4, 2022

Anti-Racism And Inclusivity Week Begins Today!

Get ready for some fun and thought-provoking activities this week!

Stevenson’s second annual Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week, running today through Friday, will be focused on the theme of “Allyship,” which is integral to our community’s collective commitment to equity, access and inclusivity. To be an ally requires that a person not simply notice an injustice, but also take action by bringing attention to the injustice and requesting that it be corrected.

Here is the schedule for today:

  • All Day: Social Media Takeover

Follow along with the Peer Helpers’ Instagram page all day for messages related to allyship.

  • Lunch Hours: Identity & Intersectionality: An Interactive Art Experience

Join the AASA as participants will create a color-coded post where students write a quick reflection on parts of the words “My Identity.”

  • After School: “RACE to Be Human:” Film Screening and Discussion

FIRE presents a screening and discussion of the indie film “RACE to Be Human.” Created for schools, communities and corporations, “RACE To Be Human” addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film examines micro-aggressions, allyship and the role of social media. It also shares how we can participate and build empathy through conversations at home, work and school.

Here are tomorrow’s highlights:

Dance Pioneers Allyship Trivia and SpeakUp! Protocol Review

For a full schedule of events, including times and locations, please visit the Anti-Racism and Inclusivity page on the Stevenson website.

Want To Attend Keynote Speech At Anti-Racism Week? You Need A Permission Slip

The keynote speaker of Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week is Dr. Laura Minero, who earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology and has dedicated her life-affirming work to revolutionizing systems that adversely impact undocumented, queer, trans, and communities of color.

Minero’s session, scheduled for Wednesday is titled: “2-SQT Latinx Communities: Why Intersectionality Matters.” The speech will take place during second and third periods in the West Auditorium. Seating is limited.

Students will need to turn in this permission slip in order to attend. The permissions slips may be dropped off at Room 2115B. Students can also get a permission slip from their sponsors or Dr. LeViis Haney to attend the event.

Families Can Watch “RACE To Be Human” Film; Then Attend In-Person Discussion

The film “RACE To Be Human” not only will be screened on campus as part of Anti-Racism And Inclusivity Week, Stevenson is also inviting the families of our students to get involved as well.

Families can watch the screening from home any time from today through Monday, April 11 and then are invited to participate in a special, in-person event at Stevenson designed to open a dialogue regarding racism, inclusivity and allyship.

On Tuesday, April 12, Dr. LeViis DHaney, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Stevenson will host a live discussion about the screening at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2104. Families can register to attend that event. Seating will be limited to 100 participants.

“RACE To Be Human” is a documentary film addressing the impact of race and racism on mental health through the lens of students, experts, and educators, as well as how we can collectively move towards equality. The movie explores how to foster healthy conversations about race and racism.

See Stevenson’s Best Artists In The AP & Advanced Art Show

It’s an ART-A-PALOOZA, Stevenson style!

Students enrolled in AP Art, AP Photography & Digital Design as well as Advanced Photography & Digital Design have put their best work together to be showcased tomorrow and Wednesday in the AP and Advanced Art Show.

The exhibition will take place in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum and is open to students and faculty and staff during periods 1 through 8 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) tomorrow and periods 1 through 7 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) on Wednesday. There will also be an evening reception tomorrow night from 7 p.m. to 9 pm.

Students participating include:

AP Art, Drawing, 2D & 3D Design: Jenna BalabanNaransolongo BatgerelAbigail CabreraJessica CallahanDylan ClavelJoy FeiVarsha GaneshJazmin GaytanDrew HeilmanAbigail JiangIshaan JoshiMia KorsunskyNatalie KoziolMadelyn LeeAmili PaerDeven PuttickHannah Robertson, Nicole Rose VestidasVin YollesNancy ZhangMarharyta Zhyvozhenko and Zachary Zimbalist.

AP Photography & Digital Design: Aniketh BhaskarBraden BurnsRachael ChenMaya FergusTrisha GannuAndrew KrawcewiczYaci LiMaja MancewiczNikita TuliTia Vasudeva and Eric Zhou.

Advance Photography & Digital Design: Skylar BeegunAarnav BhagwanSiyaa BhargavaKatie BorgerdingSophia BrownAnshul Dandapani, Karina DyakovAlly FrankElan GurevichZara HashmiKamila JablonskiVibha JoshiRia KarwandeSantosha PochirajuNick PosadasHannah SmithRachel StavolaSrika SudheerSamantha SyuhanovaSonya TodorovAudrey TuttyTiffany WashingtonLizzy Yuan and Nancy Zhang.

Student Announcements

Seniors: Be A Speaker At Commencement! Apply Now!

Ever think about what it would be like to be a speaker at your graduation?

Well, you no longer have to just think it, you can do it!

Traditionally, there have been two, 3- to 5-minute student speeches at Stevenson’s commencement ceremony. If you would like to be considered for either of the speeches, please complete this application no later than Friday. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Here are the two speeches:

  • The “Scriptor” Speech: The purpose of this speech is to give the graduating seniors the opportunity to look back at their years of education up to their graduation. Reflections on the experiences of students from kindergarten through high school, common experiences, and life lessons are typically mentioned in this speech.
  • The “Gubernator” Speech: The purpose of this speech is to give graduating seniors the opportunity to look ahead. This forward-looking speech focuses on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Yum! Bake Sale Coming Up On Wednesday!

Time to satisfy your sweet tooth with another Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale!

As always, everything is $1 at Wednesday’s Bake Sale, which will be held immediately after sixth period in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons. Cash or Patriot Dollars are accepted but students can make it through the line quickest with cash!

Families who would like to donate baked goods can fill out the sign-up form. And for families that don’t have time to shop for baked goods, the PPA is accepting online donations.

Ready, Set….Raise Money!

Like a challenge? Like helping others? Then the KIVA Challenge is for you!

The KIVA Challenge is a fundraising competition in which teams of four to six students can compete to raise the most money in a given time period. Each team will be given $20 to help start its campaign/fundraiser.

From there, teams will need to work together to use that $20 to raise more money. At the end of the KIVA Challenge Season, two prizes will be awarded: a prize for the team that raises the most money, and another prize for the team that has the most creative way of fundraising using the given money.

The ultimate goal of the KIVA Challenge is not only to spark an interest in fundraising and competitiveness but also to give participants a feel for how entrepreneurs in economically developing countries will use the given funding to support their businesses and livelihoods. All proceeds and funds generated from the KIVA Challenge will be given to entrepreneurs in economically developing countries through micro-loans that will help jump-start their businesses.

If you are interested in participating, gather a team and have the designated “captain” fill out the Google sign-up form by April 8. Once the team captain has signed up on behalf of the team, you will all receive additional information on how to get started.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots battled in the snow (pictured right) for a 16-7 win over Conant on Saturday. Michelle Cabrera was the leading goal scorer with 5, followed by Lili Sorenson (4 goals, 5 assists), Teagan Hendricks (4 goals), Jordyn Ackerman (2 goals, 1 assist), and Alex Varshavsky (1 goal, 1 assist). The Patriots will take on Carmel Catholic at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Stadium.

Girls Badminton: Stevenson hosted a very competitive quadrangular on Friday against Fremd, Neuqua Valley, and York. The Patriots took all three matches, winning 8-0 against Fremd, 7-1 against Neuqua Valley, and 8-0 against York. Next up for Stevenson is a conference match against visiting Libertyville at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Girls Water Polo: Stevenson had a great weekend at Fenwick with four games and a final record of 3-0-1. The Patriots tied Evanston 5-5, coming back from behind with 2 goals in the final two minutes. Becca Stone had 3 goals while Belle Cloeter had 4 steals. Katie Delaney had 8 blocked shots. Stevenson went on to defeat St. Ignatius 14-7, and Elizabeth White and Sophia Berger both scored 3 goals. Camilla Maya had 4 steals and Emily Headley had 6 blocked shots. The Patriots then took on Oakville and won 16-7. White had 8 goals. Faith Ma had 4 steals and Headley and Em Barron combined for 7 blocked shots. Finally, Stevenson defeated Fenwick 11-7, and Cloeter and White both had 5 goals apiece. Ma had 3 exclusions and 2 penalties drawn and White also had 6 steals. Delaney had 8 blocked shots. Next up for the Patriots is a home match against conference foe Warren Blue at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Boys Volleyball: Stevenson (6-1 overall) took on non-conference opponent Glenbrook South and won an incredible match, 25-20, 25-13. Stevenson was led by the Nuudel brothers, Sam and Daniel. Sam had 2 aces, 2 solo blocks, 6 digs, and 8 kills while Daniel had 2 aces, 1 kill, 4 digs and 21 assists. Karl Lutz contributed 6 kills and 1 ace, while Christian Headley added 5 kills and 6 digs. Libero Leo Kleban rounded out the Patriot win with 1 ace and 7 digs. Next up for the Patriots is an road match against Fremd at 6 p.m. tonight.

Girls Softball: The Patriots dropped a tough one on Friday to Fremd, 14-1. The only score for Stevenson came off an RBI from Lexi Gitler which allowed Michela Duffy to cross the plate. Pitcher Olivia Ringham had 2 strikeouts and Aubrey Jepson contributed 1 strikeout. Next up for Stevenson is a North Suburban Conference matchup at Lake Forest on its West Campus at 4:45 p.m. today.

Boys Baseball: Stevenson’s two pitchers didn’t allow a single hit, as the Patriots defeated Glenbrook South 4-0 on Friday. Joe Richardson recorded a strikeout for the last out of the game. Daniel Cabrales earned the win for the Patriots. The lefty went four innings, allowing no runs on no hits, while striking out 6 batters and walking 1 batter. Richardson threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Scoring one run each, all in the third inning was Richardson, Jordan SkolmarOwen Housinger, and Dylan Katz. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at North Suburban Conference foe Lake Forest at 4:45 p.m. today at the Lake Forest West Campus.

Boys Water Polo: The Patriots took on Hersey and New Trier on Saturday in a triangular. Splitting the day, Stevenson beat Hersey 19-3 and lost to New Trier 6-4. Against Hersey, senior Angelos Koutsogeorgas led the way with 5 goals. Andrew MossmanKunal RajadhyaxSully Swanson, and Jack Curtin each scored 2 goals. Filip WalOlin KusevskisJack OsmondDaniel LiBrian Povilus, and David Badarch each scored 1 goal. In the goal, Mark Younan and Armaan Gill each stopped 3 shots while each played a half. Against New Trier, Rajadhyax and Koutsogeorgas each scored 2 goals in the loss. Next up for the Patriots is a game at Warren at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Education News

Senate Democrats Urge Changes For Student Loan Borrowers In Bankruptcy

A group of Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), is requesting an update on efforts by the Education, Justice Departments to change how they handle petitions from student loan borrowers to discharge their debt through bankruptcy.

‘A Cry For Help’: CDC Warns Of A Steep Decline In Teen Mental Health

Nearly 30 percent of the teens surveyed said a parent or other adult in their home lost work during the pandemic, and a quarter struggled with hunger. Two-thirds said they had difficulty with schoolwork.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

April 4-8: Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week

Apr. 4: String Parents Association Meeting

Apr. 5-6: AP Art Show

Apr. 5: AP Art Show Reception

Apr. 5: BPO Meeting

Apr. 6: PPA Bake Sale

Apr. 6: Student Government Induction

Apr. 7: Freshmen Family Night

Apr. 8: Day Of Dance

Apr. 9: Math Circle

Apr. 9: Tri-M Smackdown

Apr. 11: Activity Period

Apr. 11: Choral Guild Meeting

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