Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022

READY, SET…GO! PWC Opens To Stevenson Students!

Just in time to coincide with the start of the new school year, the brand new Patriot Wellness Center has officially opened its doors.

A project more than two years in the making, the Patriot Wellness Center is a 106,000-square foot facility that will assist Stevenson students in every aspect of their wellness journeys ~ from fitness to nutrition to sleep to mindset and so much more. 

The PWC features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a healthy snack and smoothie shop and plenty of places to hang out and relax. Check out our PWC Hype Video, featuring Pat Riot, then get hyped…and head on over! The Patriot Wellness Center has got something for everyone…and Patriots, it’s all for you!

Freshmen Mentors Remember Their Own Freshmen Orientation Day

It’s three years later already, but seniors Charlie Grabiner and Christina Mo (pictured right) remember being on their Freshmen Orientation Day buses like it was yesterday.

Some images just stick with you. Especially when your nerves are frazzled.

“I got on that bus that day and I was like a deer in headlights, as I’m sure many freshmen are every year,” Grabiner said. 

“I was pretty nervous,” Mo said. “I’m the oldest child, so I really didn’t know what to expect with going to high school.”

Not to worry. Grabiner and Mo were well taken care of on that bus, and all day long, by their Freshmen Mentors, who answered all of their questions and made them feel comfortable and far less stressed and nervous…almost immediately.

“By the time I got (to school), there were so many mentors around and I knew that if I saw someone in a green shirt I could ask them anything about the school and they would be able to help me out,” Grabiner said. “Just the sheer presence of those mentors really alleviated my fears as a freshman.”

The experience of working with the FMPs that day was so positive and so powerful for Grabiner and Mo that they quickly realized that when they were in a position to do so, they wanted to become Freshman Mentors, too. And yesterday, they were part of a group of helpful and enthusiastic mentors who welcomed the 1,115 freshmen of Stevenson’s Class of 2026 to Freshmen Orientation Day.

“The FMP program makes Stevenson a much less scary place for freshmen. They know that they have not only adults on their side, but upperclassmen, too,” Mo said. “Having conversations is something I really like to do and I like to use that strength to help freshmen feel less stressed. 

“Stevenson is such a big place and while there are many opportunities, newcomers can feel overwhelmed. I think mentors can help freshmen feel comfortable so that they can truly take advantage of all the opportunities Stevenson has to offer.”

The mentors played introduction games yesterday with the freshmen to help them get to know each other, while also introducing them to all things Stevenson.

The freshmen met faculty and staff, toured the campus and also went through a mini schedule so that they could get familiar with their classes.  

“We wanted to make the freshmen feel special,” Grabiner said. “It’s all about creating those relationships.”

Grabiner and Mo, both second-year FMPs, had very close relationships with their FMPs.

“The main reason I wanted to join FMPs is that I really looked up to my mentor when I was a freshman,” Grabiner said. “I had many of the same interests as him. We both loved sports and he was actually the president of the club that I’m now the president of ~ Sports Analytics Club. We were also in a fantasy league together. Him being an FMP got my wheels turning and I was like, ‘Maybe I can be an FMP.’”

Mo and her FMP still talk, and Mo says that she hopes their relationship can be an inspiration to the current freshmen about how meaningful the FMPs can be on a very personal level.

“I still DM my FMP on Instagram, and we talk, and she’s going into her sophomore year of college,” Mo said. “The connections you make with your FMPs don’t just end in advisory. They can continue even past your freshman year.”

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!

To our veterans (Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores)…Welcome Back! It’s nice to see you on campus again!

To our new students (Freshmen and Transfers)…Welcome to Stevenson! We are so excited that you have joined the family!

We hope everyone had a great summer and is excited to start the 2022-23 school year!

Make-Up Orientation Day Is Tomorrow 

Attention: Students who missed the first day of school and did not attend an Orientation Day must report to Room 2104 after 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning to go through “Make-Up Orientation.”

Please bring your registration receipt as well as your e-mail showing your DocuSign signature of your Guidebook. After going through the Make-Up Orientation, you will get your schedule, pick up your ID and freshmen and transfer students will also get their iPads. You will then be able to go to your classes.
Throughout the day, you will be able to stop by any applicable academic offices to pick up your textbooks.

Plan Ahead: Traffic Re-routing Is Through Tomorrow

Please note that there will be a railroad closure near Stevenson that will affect entry to campus from Port Clinton Road through tomorrow.

The Canadian National (CN) Railroad has closed the CN’s Wisconsin Central railroad crossing on Buffalo Grove Road, south of Port Clinton Road for repairs. The closure of the railroad crossing began on Monday and will continue until late in the afternoon tomorrow.

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.

Is It Milk? Is It Tea? Bearology To Pass Out FREE Milk Tea Tomorrow

During the lunch periods tomorrow, Bearology of Vernon Hills, with help from Stevenson’s Student Government, will be passing out free samples of its Original Milk Tea! It’s just a little something extra for you on your “First Friday Of School!” 
The first 200 students in each lunch period will receive a sample so make sure to get one before they’re gone. Enjoy the milk tea? Make sure to visit Bearology in Vernon Hills to try more delicious drinks and bubble teas! (555 E Townline Rd Suite 27, Vernon Hills, IL 60061)

Be Our Guest…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 opened earlier this week 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.

Auditions Set For “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”

Once again, Stevenson will be producing a children’s play this fall, based off the classic “Alice in Wonderland.”

In “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” when Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in Wonderland, where the curious and confounding residents are all a bit mad. Join Alice at a race with no winners, a tea party with no manners, and – her final challenge – a trial with no justice.

Auditions for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” begin on Aug. 22 and rehearsals will start the following week on Aug. 29. Both auditions and rehearsals will be held in the Performing Arts Center. Rehearsal schedules vary based on the role you play.

Students of all grade and experience levels are encouraged to sign up to audition. 

Work Behind The Scenes At Stevenson’s Three Fall Productions

Love theatre, but are more of the quiet type who would feel more comfortable behind the scenes?

Stevenson’s Patriot Theatre Company invites you to join Stevenson Backstage as a crew member for the three upcoming productions this fall: “Beauty And The Beast,” “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland” and “Clue.”

Crew members will work on the set, tend to costumes, lighting, sound and props and assist with running the show as well. Schedules vary based on show and crew assignment.

There is a crew information session at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Performing Arts Center with the Patriot Theatre Company Kickoff Event to follow at 6 p.m. 

For more information and to sign up, please click here.

Patriot Theatre Company To Host “Meet-And-Greet” Next Week

Want to be a part of Stevenson’s award-winning theatre department? Join the Patriot Theatre Company to kick off the new school year at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Performing Arts Center!
Meet students, teachers, and directors and learn about all the ways to get involved onstage and offstage with our six main-stage productions including the fall musical, “Beauty and the Beast” and the freshman/sophomore play, “Romeo and Juliet.”

Information will also be shared on how to join our theatre clubs, including Stevenson Backstage, Scripts Studio Playwright’s Club, Failed Presidential Candidates Improv Team, and the International Thespian Society. All students and parents/guardians are welcome, and no previous theatre experience is necessary!

Call Out To Cheerleaders: Tryouts Coming Up In FieldhouseThere 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.

Mark Your Calendars: Mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting Coming Up 

All 2022-23 student-athletes are required to attend ONE general informational meeting during the school year. The first one is scheduled for Aug. 25 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 am in the West Auditorium.  

Attendance will be taken.

The full meeting schedule is: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 16, and  April 20.

VIP Will Be On Campus Next Week For Fall Sports Photos

Athletic teams at Stevenson will be having their pictures taken next week.

Once pictures are taken, athletes’ photos will be posted online within 3 weeks of the photo day for viewing and ordering. Please click here to sign up for an e-mail notification of when your photo is ready to view and order.

For questions about sports team and individual pictures, please contact Visual Image Photography at

Sports Boosters Seeking Board Members

Attention Parents: Stevenson Sports Boosters is seeking individuals to serve on its Executive Board for the 2022-23 school year! Meetings occur every second Wednesday of the month, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If interested, please e-mail

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Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.Aug. 11: First Day Of 2022-23 School Year
Aug. 15: Activity Period
Aug. 15: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Aug. 16: Transfer Parent/Guardian Meeting
Aug. 17: PPA Meeting

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