Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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deadline for 2022-23 registration is next week

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.

fan finishes among top 25 percent of all physics students…in the world!

When Collin Fan turns on a faucet to wash his hands or fill a glass with water, his mind races into physics mode.

“I immediately start thinking about why the water gets narrower as it falls down,” Fan, pictured right, said. “Science is truly all around us and once you learn it and really get into it, you can see that.”

Fan, a rising senior at Stevenson, took his enthusiasm and curiosity for science on the road last month and represented the United States as part of a five-person team in the International Physics Olympiad. The team rolled up three gold medals and two silvers. Fan finished with a silver medal, ranking him among the top 25 percent of physics students in the world.

Approximately 400 students, five from 80 countries, competed in the event, which was supposed to be held in Belarus but was changed to a five-day virtual event out of Switzerland due to the war in Ukraine. The U.S. team gathered together in San Jose for the competition.

There were two rounds of exams at the Olympiad: theoretical and experimental.

The theoretical exam was a paper and pencil exam where students had to show their free response answers. The experimental exam was running advanced simulations to solve problems.

“One of the questions was that if you drop a ball from the top of a tower, how long would it take to fall and how far is it deflected (when it hit the ground). From that information, you had to determine wind speed, gravitational acceleration, air density and all that kind of stuff.

“I think this Olympiad was the toughest in history because the cutoffs were the lowest in history.”

The qualification process was pretty tough, too.

To make the U.S. team, Fan had to endure three rigorous rounds of competition against the best science students in the county. The field started at 6,000 students, was narrowed down to 400, then to 20. And from that 20, the five finalists were picked.

To read more about Fan, his adventures at the International Physics Olympiad and the encouragement he got from his science teacher Mrs. Sheila Edstromplease click here.

be our guest…sign up to audition for the fall musical: “beauty and the beast”

Everyone loves a good love story…and Stevenson will bring one of the best in the Disney collection to life with the Patriot Theatre Company’s Fall Musical, “Beauty And The Beast.” This is the story of “Belle,” a young woman in a provincial town, and the “Beast,” who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about auditions for this classic!

Audition and crew sign-ups open on Monday, Aug. 8 and there is an audition workshop at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Performing Arts Center.

Acting and vocal auditions will be held in the Performing Arts Center on Monday, Aug. 22 and Tuesday, Aug. 23. Dance auditions will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 24. In order to be considered for the cast, you must complete BOTH the acting/vocal audition AND the dance audition.

Also, future Stevenson students in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade will have the opportunity to audition for “Chip” on Monday, Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

More details about sign-ups and auditions will be posted in this document.

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freshmen: information about orientation on its way

Orientation Day for Freshmen is Wednesday, Aug. 10. Stevenson is excited to welcome the Class of 2026 and is busy putting together all of the details of Freshmen Orientation Day.

Please be on the lookout for an e-mail early next week that will be sent to all freshmen families and will contain specific information about the agenda of the day.

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.

mark your calendar: first day of school is 16 days away!

Just a gentle reminder: School will be here before you know it.

The First Day Of School at Stevenson for the 2022-23 school year is Thursday, Aug. 11!

plan ahead: traffic re-routing for first week of school

Please note that there will be a railroad closure near Stevenson that will affect entry to campus from Port Clinton Road during the first week of school.

The Canadian National (CN) Railroad has informed the Lake County Division of Transportation that it will close the CN’s Wisconsin Central railroad crossing on Buffalo Grove Road, south of Port Clinton Road for repairs. The closure of the railroad crossing will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 and end late in the afternoon on Friday, Aug. 12.

Detour Route: US Route 45, to IL Route 21, to IL Route 22. Local traffic will be allowed from IL Route 22 to N. Main Street and from US Route 45 to the railroad crossing. The railroad crossing will be closed to all traffic.

seniors: get your best smiles ready!

One week before school starts, on Thursday, Aug. 4, Visual Image Photography (VIP), Stevenson’s official photographer, will be on campus to take senior yearbook photos.

To appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographs submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

Seniors have two options for yearbook photos. They can:

1. Take a “Yearbook Only” photo on Senior Orientation Day on Aug. 4 in Room 2104 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2. Sign up for a “Premier Session,” which is available at VIP’s Wheeling or Lemont studios only. “Premier Sessions” are available by appointment only. Click here to make an appointment.

DEADLINE: Seniors must select their yearbook pose by Oct. 31 in order to appear in the school yearbook. If an image is not selected, VIP will select the image. This deadline cannot be extended.

RE-TAKE DAY: Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in The Recital Hall. There is no appointment needed to do the “Yearbook Only” photo on these dates listed above. If you sign up for a “Premier Session,” you do not need to attend one of the “Yearbook Only” days.

For more information, visit the Senior Page on the Stevenson website.

summer artfest opens tomorrow!

Stevenson’s Summer ArtFest will take place in the Upper Forum, opening tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and running through 12:30 p.m. on Thursday.

All faculty, staff, parents and summer school students are invited to view the work of students in Art & Design, Photography, and Digital Art & Design classes.

parents: help welcome staff back to stevenson with breakfast!

The Patriot Parent Association will be providing breakfast for the 550 teachers and staff at Stevenson at the annual Staff Welcome Breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and help is needed. If you are interested in volunteering the day of the event from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., or if you are interested in providing food, please click here. If you’d like to make a monetary donation, please click here.

patriot superstore temporarily closed for maintenance

The Patriot Superstore will be closed through Sunday, July 31, for scheduled maintenance.

Online orders can still be placed and pick-up can be scheduled. Please contact Alex Heredia at aheredia@d125.org with questions or to schedule a pick-up.

Starting on Monday, Aug. 1 and until school starts, the Patriot Superstore will be running on summer hours, which are as follows:

Monday Through Thursday: 8 a.m. to Noon

Friday: CLOSED

stevenson is hiring! apply today!

Know someone who would love to join the Stevenson family?

Encourage that person to visit the Employment Page on the Stevenson website. Included there, under Job Openings, are listing for positions ranging from athletic coaches to support staff to technology specialists, security personnel and substitute teachers.

Come join the team! Stevenson is a great place to work!

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nba star and former stevenson legend jalen brunson returns to campus for kids hoops camp

Within days of signing a brand new contract with the New York Knicks during the NBA’s free agency period earlier this month, former Stevenson star Jalen Brunson was in his happy place: back on campus hosting a basketball camp for local kids.

Brunson, Stevenson’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, a state champion and the 2015 Illinois Mr. Basketball, demonstrated drills and gave plenty of tips to middle schoolers at the Sportscenter. The four-day basketball camp included 75 boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade and was the fourth such camp Brunson has hosted at Stevenson.

“It’s been awesome to be back on the Stevenson campus again. I look forward to camp every summer because this is where I learned valuable lessons in hard work and resilience alongside teammates, coaches and friends,” said Brunson, who won two NCAA championships at Villanova before spending four seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. His new contract with the Knicks stands at $104 million over four years.

“It’s a privilege to work with these talented and fun young athletes, who I hope grow more confident in their basketball skills, as well as a sense of teamwork and leadership.”

Proceeds from camp registration will support vital Stevenson Foundation scholarships and programs, including several annual scholarships named in Brunson’s honor as well as the foundation’s One Family and Stevenson to College programs.

registration deadline for all fall sports is aug. 4

Fall sports at Stevenson, such as Allied Bowling, Football, Girls and Boys Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Boys Soccer, Girls and Boys Golf, Girls Volleyball, Girls Swimming and Diving, Girls Field Hockey, Cheer and Poms, will soon be gearing up.

There are information meetings, tryouts and practices scheduled for early next month, some for as soon as Aug. 5. Most tryouts begin on Aug. 8.

For more detailed information about the registration and tryout process by sport, please read this Google document from the Athletic Department.

Registration for all fall sports ENDS on Aug. 4.

**Need help navigating the registration portal? Here’s a cheat sheet to take you through the process step-by-step.

call out to cheerleaders: tryouts coming up in fieldhouse

There will be a one-night tryout for Cheer on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for both the JV and Varsity teams on Court 6 of the Fieldhouse.

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Biden Warns Schools Not To Over-Punish Students With Disabilities

The Biden administration issued new school discipline guidelines Tuesday aimed at cutting back on high rates of suspension and expulsion for students with disabilities by clarifying rules that the nation’s schools are required to follow. Federal officials called the guidance “the most comprehensive ever released” on the civil rights of students with disabilities and said it would help as schools continue to try to rebound from more than two years of pandemic learning.

Unusual Radio Signal Detected By Astronomers Billions Of Light-Years Away

Astronomers from U.S. and Canadian universities detected a radio signal from a far-away galaxy that lasts about 1,000 times longer than the average fast radio burst. MIT scientists theorize it could originate from a neutron star.

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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.

July 28: Summer School Session 2 Ends

Aug. 2: Registration Deadline

Aug. 4: Orientation Day For Seniors

Aug. 5: Orientation Day For Juniors

Aug. 9: Orientation Day For Sophomores

Aug. 9: Orientation Day For Transfer Students

Aug. 10: Orientation Day For Freshmen

Aug. 11: First Day Of 2022-23 School Year

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