Thursday, April 14, 2022

Tick-Tock: Tomorrow Is The Last Day To Tell Us What You Love About Your Teachers!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 through May 6 this year and Stevenson would like to show its deep appreciation and gratitude for everything our teachers do for us each and every day.

Don’t miss your chance to send us messages of gratitude for Teacher Appreciation Week. You have until TOMORROW! Please submit your messages using this form.

Design Challenge: What Tiny Home (Inside And Out) Do You Like Best? Cast Your Vote Now!

It’s always fun to pick your favorite home on those HGTV design shows. Now, you can pick your favorite home design by your fellow classmates.

Students in Advanced Architectural Design recently designed mobile, stationary and floating tiny homes of just 400 square feet or less. They interviewed a client from their class to develop the client’s dream home in 5 to 10 years. Students used Sketchup to create their designs and then rendered their final design using a new software called Enscape.

Check out the students’ designs and cast your vote for your favorite interior and exterior tiny home designs. There are four interior designs (pictured above left) and five exterior designs (pictured above right) to choose from on each ballot. Please kindly limit yourself to just one vote per person. The last day to vote is Thursday, April 28.

If you have any questions about this course or project feel free to reach out to instructor Kaitlin Rossi at

Multiple Medals At State For Stevenson’s FCCLA Team!

At the Illinois Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Competition last weekend in Springfield, Stevenson’s FCCLA students competed against more than 700 other students and took home multiple gold and silver medals. Some students also became national delegates and will have the opportunity to attend the FCCLA National Competition in San Diego June 29-July 2!

At state, Stevenson’s students competed in Design, Development, and Culinary events, creating projects to showcase their efforts within Family and Consumer Sciences coursework.

The winners and national delegates were:

Gold Medals

Jenna Landau (Frosted Cakes), Angela Zhou and Alice Lua (STAR Interior Design Level 3), Sonya Povilus (Fashion Construction Level 2), Anjini Thomas (Fashion Construction Level 3),

Kylie Faber and Gabriella Barshak (Sustainability Challenge), Elizabeth Mark (Focus on Children), Sohi Shah (Preschool Lesson), Brooke Robbins (Childcare Provider), Samantha Serpico (Focus on Children), Abby Crelman (Children’s Literature).

Silver Medals

Anna Beckstrom (Frosted Cakes), Namrata Muralidharan (STAR Interior Design Level 2), Vanamali Dhurvaas (STAR Interior Design Level 3), Jocelyn Kogan (Apparel Construction Semi-Formal), Grace Harrington (Focus on Children).

National Delegates

Namrata Muralidharan (STAR Interior Design Level 2), Angela Zhou and Alice Lua (STAR Interior Design Level 3), Sonya Povilus (Fashion Construction Level 2), Anjini Thomas (Fashion Construction Level 3), Kylie Faber and Gabriella Barshak (Sustainability Challenge), Elizabeth Mark (Focus on Children), Samantha Serpico (Focus on Children).

Student Announcements

Let’s Go Green, Stevenson! Earth Week Is Next Week!

Earth Week is an opportunity to celebrate our planet and increase awareness of what we can do individually and collectively to care for it. Throughout Stevenson’s Earth Week next week, there will be various service and educational opportunities that align with the Earth Day 2022 organization’s sustainability campaigns. The events at Stevenson will be hosted by the Green Team and include a greenhouse tour, a vegan bake sale, composting, up-cycling, chalk art, tree planting and a plastic cutlery reduction project. There will also be expanded vegan and vegetarian options at Jazzman’s. And, as is the case with most special weeks at Stevenson, there are theme days during Earth Week, too. There is Meatless Monday, “Tree-“ats Tuesday, Waste Wednesday and Thrifty Thursday.

Check Out Stevenson’s Final Visiting Artist of 2021-22…(She’s Not Visiting From Far!)

Stevenson is proud to feature Stevenson Fine Arts faculty member Cristal Sabbagh (pictured right) as the final artist in the 2021-2022 Visiting Artist Series. Sabbagh’s artwork (pictured above) will be exhibited in the Visiting Artist Gallery through May 20.

Sabbagh’s interdisciplinary practice includes traditional portraiture, ceramics, and performance. Her practice looks outward to portraits of the world around, taking the forms of traditionally drawn portraits, figurative ceramic sculptures, and nontraditional portraits on ceramic mugs. Not only do these works infuse the user’s everyday coffee and tea rituals, but their ceramic forms will stand the test of time, potentially outliving the user by thousands of years and leaving traces of how we lived recorded by Sabbagh’s hand.

No School Tomorrow!

Don’t forget: Tomorrow is a Non-Attendance Day. Enjoy your three-day weekend!

Archery Gets Multiple Perfect Rounds (“50 Pins!”) In Latest Shootout

Last weekend, the Archery Team traveled to downstate Canton for the Canton 10 Meter Shootout. Freshmen Joseph Jung and Zion Li, juniors Elle Gutin and Olivia Gancarz all earned “50 pins” by shooting perfect rounds. Gancarz also finished as the third-best overall female archer with a score of 291 while Jung finished tenth overall with a score of 278.

Scholarship Opportunities Available For Seniors With Learning Disabilities

The FranCenter is offering The Robert Cleveland and Kenneth Dodge Memorial Scholarships of $750, awarded annually to a high school senior with learning disabilities in Illinois to aid with continuing education at a four-year college or university. The award may be used for tuition and fees at a college or trade school. To apply, submit the two-page application form, one reference from a non-related person, and documentation of a diagnosed learning disability (such as a photocopy of your IEP). The deadline to apply is May 1.

Bring Your Appetite To “Comida Espanola!”

Join Spanish Club for its “Comida Española” event on Monday after school in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). You’ll prepare Tortilla de Patata (aka Tortilla Española) and Churros y Chocolate. Come learn about the cultural history of these foods and, more importantly, enjoy them! No Spanish or cooking experience necessary. Bring your friends!

Patriot Sports News

Book It! Softball Team Vounteers Time To Bernie’s Book Bank

The girls softball team on Wednesday headed to Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff as part of a community service project. Bernie’s Book Bank is an organization that sources, processes and distributes free, quality children’s books to increase book ownership among under-served children throughout Chicagoland. Not only does volunteering help improve one’s self-esteem, but it also helps build team camaraderie, something that softball head coach India Steward believes will help her team’s success on the field.

Athletic Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (7-0) defeated Carmel Catholic 2-0 during the third group match of the Lou Malnati’s Classic. The first goal was scored by Hailey Livesay off a corner kick by Ellie Egeland, making it 1-0 at halftime. Then in the 78th minute, Arria Chavez found the back of the net off a cross from Egeland (2). The Patriots advance to the semifinal game Saturday at New Trier’s Northfield Stadium. Stay tuned to the girls soccer social media feeds for time and opponent.

Boys Gymnastics: The Patriots (5-1) hosted Naperville North in a dual meet and got a 150.3-147 victory. Thor Mace won the all-around with a score of 53.8. He outperformed the competition in several events including the floor exercise (9.0), vault (8.7), parallel bars (9.4) and the horizontal bar (9.2). Finlay Oyston came in third in the all-around with a score of 49.8 and solid performances on the vault (8.7) and the horizontal bar (8.5). Next up for the Patriots is the York Invite on Saturday. The action starts at 12 noon.

Girls Badminton: Stevenson (9-0, 4-0) hosted Thornton Fractional and got an 18-0 shutout. The doubles team of Meha Krishareddigari and Riddhi Mallela was at it again, beating its opponent, 21-2, 21-9. Singles player Veronica Liu dominated her match 21-8, 21-2. Next up for the Patriots is a conference matchup at Warren. The action starts at 4:45 p.m. today at Warren’s O’Plaine Campus.

Boys Water Polo: The Patriots are next hosting St. Charles North on Monday at the SHS Pool. The start time for that match was incorrectly reported in Wednesday’s Daily Digest. The correct start time is 6:30 p.m.

Education News

After A Texas Teacher Saw His Students Struggling With Math, He Turned To Rap Music

Thomas Mayfield teaches at Title I schools, where at least 40 percent of students are economically disadvantaged. He grew up going to these types of schools in Fort Worth, too. To reach students in a way that was familiar and inviting, he brought rap music to the classroom. “It’s built confidence,” he said. “It helps to build a less traumatic experience, and they feel like they’re invited and welcomed into the classroom.”

Williams College Ditches Loans And Work Requirements From Financial Aid Packages

Williams College is cutting loans and work requirements from its financial aid packages beginning in the Fall of 2022, replacing the funding streams dollar for dollar with grant funding.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Apr. 14: Band Small Ensemble Concert

Apr. 14: Stevenson Styler Fashion Show

Apr. 15: Non-Attendance Day

Apr. 18: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Apr. 19. Percussion Ensemble Concert

Apr. 20: Senior Awards

Apr. 20: PPA Bake Sale

Apr. 21: Late Arrival

Apr. 21: NHS Induction

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