Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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inner workings of the patriot wellness center revealed!

We are often told not to judge a book by its cover.

Then there’s the brand new Patriot Wellness Center, a sparkling fitness facility at Stevenson that is set to debut in early August. It stands to get high marks from cover to cover, while being a real page-turner in between.

The attention-grabbing bells and whistles of the PWC will obviously catch the eye, but the inner workings will impress, too, as the construction of the PWC and the planning of its behind-the-scenes features was scrutinized to the smallest detail. There was an emphasis on green energy, high-tech capabilities and smart functionality that will make this facility trailblazing for a school building of its kind…and truly shine from the inside out.

From green ventilation and energy produced from solar panels to equipment that is synced with high-tech Wi-Fi that can be retro-fitted for future upgrades, the PWC has it all…and much, much more ~ and that is all illustrated in our latest Sneak Peek video on Instagram Reels.

“It’s important to our Board and our students that we build things that are sustainable. And this is sustainable,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Sean Carney, who has spearheaded the project from its genesis. “People talk about reducing the carbon footprint. And this building does that, but it’s more than that.”

To read more about the inner workings of the Patriot Wellness Center and the behind-the-scenes construction process, please click here.

registration for 2022-23 is now open online!

It’s sun, fun and beach time now…but soon, the start of the new school year will be here.

Every year, families are required to register their students (and pay fees) in order for them to attend classes in the fall. Stevenson utilizes online registration, which may be accessed by clicking here.

The registration deadline for Stevenson is Aug. 2. We encourage you to register online as soon as possible so that we are able to begin the school year with accurate student enrollment information. If you require assistance with online registration, please call (847) 415-4090, e-mail registration@d125.org or visit Room 2426 anytime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


Orientation Day For Freshmen ~ Wednesday, Aug. 10.

More information, including busing details, to be announced in early August. During Orientation Day, Freshman Mentor Program mentors will be on campus to greet freshmen and answer questions. In addition to schedules, books and school IDs, freshmen will get a tour of the school, participate in a welcome assembly and run through class schedules.

Orientation Day For Transfer Students ~ Tuesday, Aug. 9, Anytime between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Recital Hall (Room 4100)

Orientation Day For Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores

  • Senior Orientation Day ~ Thursday, Aug. 4, Anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or Noon to 3 p.m., Patriot Lobby
  • Junior Orientation Day ~ Friday, Aug. 5, Anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or Noon and 3 p.m., Patriot Lobby
  • Sophomore Orientation Day ~ Tuesday, Aug. 9, Anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or Noon and 3 p.m., Patriot Lobby

NOTE: Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores who cannot attend their designated orientation day may attend one of the other two orientation days.

For more information about registration, including the annual residency verification process or help with financial assistance, please visit the Parents Page on the Stevenson website and click on the letter dated June 15.

board of education presents “ambassador award” to multiple groups and individuals at recent meeting

Multiple student groups and individuals received Stevenson’s highest honor, the “Ambassador Award,” last week at the District 125 Board of Education Meeting.

The award honors students and staff who conduct themselves in such a way that brings distinction to our school. The Badminton, Math and Science Olympiad teams as well as the Science Reach Club were honored as was Ella O’Neall for her Track and Field state championship in shot put. Meanwhile, seven students (Aayush KashyapIris LiEvan LinElena LiuTrisha MondalSrihas Rao, and Andrew Zhang) were honored for achieving a perfect ACT score while one student (Andrey Vlasov) was honored for achieving a perfect SAT score.

For a gallery of pictures from the awards presentation, please click here.

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get out of the sun: summer artfest starts tomorrow in upper forum

Love art…and need a break from the summer heat?

Stevenson’s Summer ArtFest opens tomorrow in the Upper Forum and will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show will remain up until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

All faculty, staff and summer school students are invited to view amazing student work in Art & Design, Photography and Digital Art & Design.

parents: get involved; support the ppa

As students move through the online registration process, parents can register too, for roles as volunteers at Stevenson.

The PPA (Patriot Parent Association) is a volunteer organization for parents and guardians that provides fundraising and programming for student-related activities at school. To get involved, during the student registration process, you can:

  • Buy a family PPA membership and get access to the school directory.
  • Order a PPA Assignment Notebook for your student.
  • Sign up to volunteer at events — bring donuts to a bake sale, pass out free cookies at a Treat Day, help at the Freshman Mixer and more.

If you have already completed registration and still want to sign up to volunteer, use this form.

The PPA is active on social media, and invites parents and guardians of incoming freshmen to follow. You can find the PPA on Facebook and Instagram.

parked cars and ipads don’t mix in the summer heat

Summer has arrived with extremely hot temperatures, and those temperatures can be of concern for iPads.

Apple Support states that high temperatures (and also very low temperatures during the winter) might cause the device to change its behavior to regulate its temperature. Using or storing an iOS device in very warm (or cold) conditions outside of its operating range, such as a parked car, may temporarily shorten battery life and could cause the device to turn off. Battery life will return to normal when the device is brought back to ambient temperatures between 32º to 95º F.

For questions, contact the SMARTdesk team.

get in tip-top shape for the sat: join stevenson’s sat “bootcamp!”

Do you want to sharpen your skills for the upcoming SAT exams? You’re in luck. Spaces are still available for this summer’s “SAT Testing Bootcamp” that is taught by our own Stevenson faculty and staff. You can still register for this bootcamp:

** SAT Bootcamp: July 5 through July 14; 7:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., daily.

This summer experience includes a focus on: test-taking strategies, pacing guidelines, reinforcement of subject matter skills, and a simulation practice test on the last day of class where you will receive your immediate score report and feedback.

The late fee has been reduced for this experience!

Questions? Contact Marla Israel at misrael@d25.org or Ellyn Ross at elross@d125.org.

get ready! summer school session 2 starts next week!

The Summer School Sessions are in full swing and Session 2 begins next week, running July 5 through July 28.

All Session 2 students should have received their schedule via e-mail today.

Bus route information will be shared via a subsequent e-mail and posted to the Bus Routes page on the Stevenson website by the end of the week.

For more information about Summer School, please refer to the e-mail that was previously sent out by Summer School Principal Anthony Reibel.

patriot superstore running on summer hours now

The Patriot Superstore is open over the summer. Summer hours are as follows:

Monday Through Thursday: 8 a.m. to Noon
Friday: CLOSED

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stevenson athletes racking up state and national awards

Two Stevenson Swimmers Earn NISCA All-American Honors

The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) has announced its All-Americans for the 2021-22 season. Stevenson would like to congratulate Danny Silverstein and Jack White for earning the One-Meter Diving All-American Honors.

Housinger Named To All-State Baseball Team

The Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) released the Class 4A All-State Baseball team earlier this month and Owen Housinger earned a spot on the team, the first Stevenson baseball player to do so in seven years. Housinger had an outstanding season, posting a .440 batting average with 44 hits, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 47 RBI’s and 29 runs. Congratulations Owen!

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Competitive Coders Are The Future Of Esports And The Rising Stars Of Computer Science

The exponential growth of esports is undeniable. Projections for 2022 show revenue set to eclipse $1.38 billion and the global esports enthusiast audience is expected to reach 262 million. As competitive coding is now one of the fastest-growing segments in esports, educators are trying to fully explore its potential in the classroom.

LGBTQ Students Would Get Explicit Protection Under Title IX Proposals

But the U.S. Department of Education did not include transgender participation in sports in the latest version of revised Title IX regulations.

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the weeks ahead

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

June 30: Summer School Session 1 Ends

July 5-28: Summer School Session 2

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