Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

Best Of The Best: Niche Names Stevenson Top Public School District In America For 2023!

Congratulations Stevenson Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff! We are No. 1!!

Niche, the leading platform connecting students and families with colleges and schools, has just published its new 2023 Best Schools and Districts rankings and Stevenson is the No. 1 Public School District in America, as well as the No. 1 Open-Enrollment Public High School in Illinois.

Now in their ninth year, the rankings include updated data for 92,743 public schools, 30,112 private schools, and 11,820 school districts nationwide. 

While traditional rankings rely almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance, Niche’s rankings combine user input  ~ ratings from current students, alumni, and parents ~ with quantitative data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and more. The 2023 Best Schools rankings include 2,906 newly ranked public schools, 1,018 newly ranked private schools, and 547 newly ranked school districts.The top five Best School Districts in America come from just two major metropolitan areas, Chicago and New York. Stevenson earned the No. 1 spot, followed by Glenbrook High Schools District 225 in the No. 2 spot. The remainder of the top five are all located on Long Island in New York. Great Neck Public Schools, Jericho Union Free School District, and Syosset Central School District rank No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 respectively.

This year, for the first time ever, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC has been named the #1 Best Public High School in America. Phillips Academy in Andover, MA remains the #1 Best Private High School in America for the third consecutive year. 

Busy Homecoming Week Continues…With Disco Roller Skating!

Happy Homecoming Week, Patriots! The fun continues with Homecoming activities during the lunch hours that will set the stage for Friday’s Homecoming Soccer and Football Games and the grand finale, Saturday’s Homecoming Dance.

Hopefully, you’re looking groovy in your DISCO 🎸👠💃🏻 gear as part of today’s Spirit Week theme of DISCO DAY!

Here is the rest of the Spirit Week Schedule:

  • Tomorrow ~ Holiday Day: Dress up in any holiday-themed outfit. This could be your favorite holiday, or a holiday that means something to you or your culture.
  • Friday ~ Color/Spirit Wars Day: Each class dresses up in their designated class color in attempts to out-do the other classes. Seniors wear GREEN, Juniors wear GOLD, Sophomores wear BLUE and Freshmen wear RED.

Other Fun Homecoming Activities This Week: 

  • Friday ~ TREAT DAY! During all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. As a way to celebrate Homecoming, the PPA will have free ice cream treats for everyone: bomb pops and ice cream sandwiches!
  • Friday ~ Homecoming Pep Assembly, Assembly Period starting at 2:42 p.m., Stadium

Bands Heat Up! Ready For Inspiring Fall Band Concert

The unique theme of this year’s Fall Band Concert ~ light, warmth and triumph ~ is sure to inspire.

Students from Honor, Advanced Symphonic, and Symphonic Bands have already tackled some challenging repertoire for the year and are working with great enthusiasm and energy in preparations for tonight’s show, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. 

This is not a ticketed event, and it can also be viewed on Vimeo.

HOWL-O-Ween Is Just Around The Corner: Dress Your Pets Accordingly…And WIN!!

It will be a HOWWWLING good time…with a little barking, too!

The Animal Welfare Club will be hosting its “Monstober Patriot Pet Howl-O-Ween Student and Faculty/Staff Contest” next month.

Got a pet that really likes to dress up for Halloween? Submit a picture of your pet in his or her “Howl-O-Ween” costume between Saturday (Oct. 1) and Friday, Oct. 14. Principal Troy Gobble will announce both the faculty/staff and student winners during the week of Halloween.

Please submit your entry using this Google form. For any questions please contact, Ms. Sassan

Calling World’s Fair Leaders: Deadline To Register Is Tuesday!

It’s already time to start thinking about one of Stevenson’s signature events: WORLD’S FAIR! 

The two-day extravaganza with international flair will be held Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 in the Wood Commons and the deadline to register to become a booth leader or a performance leader is coming up: Tuesday,Oct. 4, by 11:59 p.m.! No late responses will be accepted.

Booth leaders are responsible for communicating with booth volunteers and Diversity Council to organize a booth at World’s Fair. Performance leaders are responsible for coordinating their performance and will be the person of contact for Diversity Council.

Make sure to join the World’s Fair Facebook group and follow @shsdivco on Instagram for important updates like mandatory meeting dates as well as submission deadlines!

End Your Day With Something Sweet…PPA Bake Sale Today!

There will be a Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale starting immediately after sixth period today in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. Everything is $1 and students can get through the lines fastest with cash!

Heads Up!! Juniors Meet With Their Counselors During Monday’s Activity Period; Seniors Go To Sportscenter For Group Photo

There is an Activity Period on Monday and ALL Juniors will meet with their counselors, even if they have a club meeting. Counselor Room locations can be found HERE. Meanwhile, ALL Seniors will report to the Sportscenter for the Senior Class Group Photo, even if they have a club meeting. Seniors will also learn about Caps and Gowns for Graduation. 

The only clubs meeting during the Activity Period are:

  • Sophomore Class Board ~ Wrestling Room
  • Patriot Pride ~ Student Activities Office
  • Student Congress ~ West Faculty Dining Room

All other students will remain in their second-period classes for the Activity Period, which starts right after second period and runs from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.

Indian Student Association Meeting Today After School

Don’t forget that the Indian Student Association will meet at 3:35 p.m. today in Room 1916.

Club members explore Indian culture and identity through activities such as a Cricket tournament, Diwali, Holi and more. ISA hosts events in which Indian students and non-Indian students can come together to celebrate the rich heritage of India.

Guidebooks Are Waiting For You At The Patriot Superstore

If you ordered a Stevenson Guidebook, it is waiting for you at the Patriot Superstore and should be picked up by Oct. 15. Any Guidebooks remaining after Oct. 15 will be sold for $10 each.

The bookstore has a master list of student orders. Please bring your school ID for pick-up.

Yoga Classes Now Being Offered At PWC On Wednesdays

The Patriot Wellness Center is offering two separate Yoga classes in the cardio fitness room of the PWC every Wednesday, including TODAY!

Yoga One will run from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is great for training mobility, flexibility, and de-stressing with restorative exercise. Yoga Sculpt will be from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is perfect if you seek a more intense exercise experience. Participants will train mobility, and flexibility, and build strength while improving endurance.

What To Wear To Upcoming Homecoming Sports Events: Country…And Neon!

Girls Volleyball Team Goes County: It is COUNTRY NIGHT at tonight’s girls volleyball match against conference foe Lake Forest. The match is also part of the team’s first-ever “Middle School Volleyball Night.” So wear your flannel, boots and anything country, join the team in welcoming middle school players and cheer on the Patriots! The action starts at 6 p.m. at the Sportscenter. 

It’ll Be Bright; Put On Your Shades…It’s A “Neon-Out” For Soccer And Football Games: For both the Homecoming soccer and football games on Friday night, fans should come decked out in their NEON. The soccer game against Waukegan is first, beginning at 4:45 p.m. in the Stadium. Once the soccer game is completed, it will be time for the football game, which starts at 7 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets from GoFAN. 

Take A Seat! Sports Boosters Selling Comfy Stadium Chairs

Purchase your Stevenson High School Athletic Stadium Chairs and customize them to the sport you want. Sports Boosters is selling sport-specific stadium chairs for $65. 

Proceeds go to the sports teams.

The deadline to order is Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Get Geared Up With Stevenson Gear (For All Seasons!)

The autumn winds will start to blow soon and the Sideline Store has the gear you need to stay warm and looking fresh.

Fleece, jackets, sweaters, and all of your fall favorites are available now. Choose from one of our exclusive designs to create your own signature look. Our premium quality materials and fabrics will ensure that you’re ready for game time.

Visit your Patriots Sideline Store today and start shopping.

Athletic Results

Boys Soccer: Stevenson, now 12-0-2 on the season, hosted Timothy Christian in a nonconference matchup on Senior Night and won, 4-1. Stevenson started the game aggressively and scored the first goal in the 15th minute, off a corner kick when Daniel Sokolovsky directed the ball to the back post off an assist by Nazar Mormul. In the 18th minute, Rohan Gopalam found Filip Janda on a counter attack, and Janda passed the ball to Sokolovsky, who beat the goalie for the second goal. Mormul scored the third goal in the 53rd minute off a deflected shot and the final goal came from Ben Isthisone in the 70th minute from outside the box with an exquisite volley, assisted by Sebastian Palikot. The Patriots will take on Waukegan on Friday at 4:45 p.m. in the Stadium.

Girls Tennis: The Patriots (7-0) hosted the Wildcats from Libertyville and won 7-1. No. 1 singles player Sarah Wang dominated her match, winning 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 singles player Sophia Shlyahkta dropped her match, 1-6, 1-6. No. 3 singles player Kriti Mohan controlled her match with ease, winning. 6-0, 6-1. No. 4 singles player Maggie Kuang prevailed in her match, 6-1, 6-2. All the doubles teams had full command over their opponents winning all of their matches convincingly. Next up for Stevenson is Zion-Benton at 4:45 p.m. tonight at Zion-Benton.

Girls Cross Country: At Warren’s O’Plaine Campus, the Patriots (2-2) lost a close one to the host team by just 2 points. All of Stevenson’s runners earned times that were under 20 minutes: Adeline Gobble (18:45 ~ her first time under 19 minutes this season), Nanoko Seki (19:17), Stella Plendl (19:27), Isabel Edgcomb (19:35) and Sophia Pan (19:59). The following racers received a lifetime PR T-shirt for having a sub-20 race: Isabel Edgcomb (19:35), Anna Edgcomb (19:50) and Sophia Pan (19:59). And the following runners hit their personal record: Gobble, Seki, Plendl, I. Edgcomb, Pan and several others. Next up for the Patriots is a conference matchup with Mundelein and Lake Forest at Lake Forest’s West Campus at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Boys Cross Country: The Patriots (2-2) traveled to Warren’s O’Plaine Campus and lost to Warren, 41-15. The following runners scored for the Patriots: Gurshaan Sohi (16:43), Richard Klein (16:45), Andrew Brandt (17:12), Siddarth Paleati (17:18) and Alex Todorov (17:30). Next up for Stevenson is the Lockport Invite on Saturday at Dellwood Park, starting at 9 a.m.

Girls Field Hockey: The Patriots (2-6-1) traveled to Lakes and lost 2-1. Lili Sorenson scored Stevenson’s only goal of the night during a penalty stroke in the fourth quarter. Goalie Lilly Morrow had 18 saves on the night. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Lake Forest Academy at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow. 

Football Correction: Michael Maloney scored Stevenson’s first touchdown last week in its 35-6 win over Mundelein on a 22-yard run. He had 4 touchdowns on the night.

Lawsuit Aims To Stop Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan
The lawsuit, filed by an attorney at the California-based Pacific Legal Foundation, is the first legal challenge to President Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for tens of millions of borrowers.

Girls Flag Football Is Taking Off In The Chicago Area
The number of teams has more than doubled in the league’s second year. “This isn’t a boys sport. Girls can play too,” one coach said.

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

Sept. 28-30:Homecoming Week
Sept. 28:Fall Band Concert
Sept. 28:PPA Bake Sale
Sept. 28:FAN: The No Club ~ Putting An End To Women’s Dead-End Work
Sept. 29:CCC Financial Aid Night
Sept. 29:FAN: The Sleep-Deprived Teen ~ Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, And How Parents And Schools Can Help Them Thrive
Sept. 30:PPA Treat Day
Sept. 30:PM Homecoming Pep Assembly
Sept. 30:Homecoming Soccer Game
Sept. 30:Homecoming Football Game
Oct. 1:Homecoming Dance
Oct. 3: Activity Period ~ Junior Guidance
Oct. 5: Non-Attendance Day

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