Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

Talk About Your Future Tonight…Instead Of Doing Homework

Think, Dream, Discuss. With no homework, you’ve got the time tonight to really think about your future. And this morning, you had the chance to get the ball rolling.

On their way into school this morning, students were greeted with whiteboards and fruit snacks from Student Services (see the pictures above). The exercise was: write your favorite class or a class at Stevenson that you are excited to take in the future, on the whiteboard and grab a fruit snack to go. The hope was that thinking about those special classes would help stimulate big-picture, long-range ideas for students, and perhaps influence discussions they can have at home tonight.

Remember, TONIGHT is Stevenson’s “Let’s Talk About Your Future Night,” and its purpose is to get students to think carefully about their futures and about what courses they can take here over their high school careers that could better prepare them for that destiny.

“NO HOMEWORK” Night, “Let’s Talk About Your Future is designed to support family discussions about students’ interests, passions, and goals for the future so that students feel prepared to make decisions during the course selection process, which begins in a few weeks.

NOTE: Next week (Monday, Oct. 24), Sophomores will participate in an Activity Period to start “Course Selection Season,” in which all students who will be returning to Stevenson next year will pick their courses for 2023-24. The 2023-24 Coursebook is available on the Stevenson website.

Fall Orchestra Concert Was Frightfully Delightful!

With spooky themes fitting for October, the Stevenson Orchestra entertained with its Fall Orchestra Concert last night.

Julie Kim was featured as a viola soloist. She performed the Weber Andante and rondo ungarese with the Patriot Orchestra.

Please enjoy this full photo gallery from the event. Photos/video courtesy Joel Lerner.

Get The Most Out Of The PWC: Join A Fitness Program!

If you’re looking to maximize your time at the Patriot Wellness Center, don’t simply move weight or work out without a plan. 

Learn to challenge muscle and make tangible gains by joining a PWC Fitness Program. You can improve strength, increase speed, gain power, grow muscle and stretch your endurance.

Ask one of the PWC Wellness Coaches about joining a Fitness Program any time after school!

Times For Yoga: Yoga One will be on Wednesdays and Yoga Sculpt will be on Fridays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cardio Fitness Room in the PWC. Click here for the PWC’s full Weekly Schedule.

It’s A Late Arrival Tomorrow; Tutoring Hours Adjusted

Hey Patriots! Don’t forget to adjust your alarm clocks because tomorrow is a Late Arrival Day! First period starts at 10:30 a.m.

If you do plan to use the extra time for studying, keep in mind that the ILC/ELC will have adjusted hours. In order for the tutors to be able to engage in professional development during the Late Arrival, the ILC/ELC will be closed until 9:45 a.m.

Tutoring, both in-person and by Zoom, will be available from 9:45 a.m. until the end of the day for CommArts, Social Studies, and World Languages.

Tutoring, both in-person and by Zoom, will be available from 10:30 a.m. until the end of the day for Mathematics and Science.

You can sign-up for a specific Mandatory Targeted Tutoring time by visiting the tutors’ Canvas pages.

Check Out Stevenson’s Largest Annual Fair: World’s Fair!

Learn about different cultures and traditions from all over the world this weekend at World’s Fair, sponsored by Diversity Council.

World’s Fair, held Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Forum, Wood Commons and Performing Arts Center, is Stevenson’s LARGEST annual fair celebrating cultural diversity with a variety of performances and booths organized by students themselves and Stevenson’s many cultural affinity clubs. ALL community members are invited to attend! 

Booths will be offering a variety of cultural foods from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Forum and the Wood Commons, and performances will take place in the Performing Arts Center from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Admission: FREE, including performances.
  • Food Tickets: $1 each, can be purchased both days of the event. Cash Only.
  • Booth Locations: Click here for a map.
  • T-Shirts: $15, can be purchased both days of the event. Cash Only.
  • Social Media: @shsdivco for coverage of the event

‘Tis The Season To Prepare For Give-A-Thon!

The National Honor Society, proud host of Stevenson’s annual Give-A-Thon, is conducting a MANDATORY meeting on Oct. 24 for any students interested in being student leaders in their classrooms for Give-A-Thon. Meeting times are during the lunch periods in the Recital Hall.

The meetings will be offered every half period to make sure that even students who are in AP science classes can make it. Those students can grab lunch during the other part of the half period. 

Give-A-Thon shirts will be sold at the meeting for $12 (Cash or Patriot Dollars).

Don’t forget to also ask a teacher to be a Give-A-Thon leader in your class. Your teacher will register your class through an online link that they received in their e-mail. You will then help your class collect food donations and baby items, or raise money to purchase holiday gifts for a family.

Get Your Halloween Costume From Stevenson’s Costume Department At PTC Sale On Friday!

Need a quick, easy but AWESOME and UNIQUE costume for Halloween?

Check out the Patriot Theatre Company’s “Halloween Costume Sale” on Friday during the lunch periods AND from 3:30 p.m to 4 p.m. after school in the Performing Arts Center Entrance Lobby of the Glass Commons.

This is a CASH ONLY fundraiser that will support Stevenson’s Patriot Theatre Company.

Part 2 Of Warhammer Event Is Tomorrow!

The Interactive Gamers Club is hosting the second part of its big Magic: The Gathering sealed two-day event tomorrow after school.

The event features the new Warhammer 40,000 Commander Decks, which is a Universes Beyond collaboration for fans of Magic and Warhammer alike. The decks are filled with powerful legends and all-new cards.

Join IGC from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Room 7116 to play. Please contact Mr. Fedewa at with questions.

The Snow Is Coming…And So Is Operation Snowball!

A fun tradition each winter, Operation Snowball is a memorable two-night retreat where Stevenson students can have fun and make friends outside of their normal social circles.

How about being a part of the fun this year, Dec. 1 through Dec. 3, at Camp Timber Lee in East Troy, Wisconsin?

Students participate in team-building, play games, hear some presenters, and engage in lots of small group activities. Check out this photo gallery from last year’s Operation Snowball event!

Because of its popularity, Operation Snowball has a limited number of openings; availability is on a first-come basis, in the order that Registration and Permission Slips are received. 

REGISTRATION ENDS ON NOVEMBER 18 or when all spaces are filled. All online registrants must print/sign the Field Trip Permission Form and the Timber Lee Health Form. Both student and parent/guardian signatures are REQUIRED.

Submit completed/signed forms to the drop box in the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons. Registration is not complete until ALL permission forms are received. Students are responsible for their own medications. Transportation will be provided by Stevenson.

Pick Out Your Fav Outfit Tonight: Re-Take Days Are Tomorrow

“Re-Take Pictures” will be taken tomorrow and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). The Re-Take Days are for students who have not yet taken a Yearbook Portrait this year OR for students who have reported a need for a new picture.

  • Re-Take photos will be added to your online image gallery about a week after photo day.
  • If you have any questions, please e-mail:

NOTE: Seniors who took a photo on School Picture Day AND paid for a “VIP Premier Senior Portrait Session,” the image you choose from your Premier Session gallery will be your yearbook selection. If you’d rather use an image taken during the fall School Picture Day instead, please contact

Are You Ready For Some (Flag) Football? Girls Division Spotlighted Friday In Championship Game

It’s “23ENIORS” versus “PTERODACTYLS.” It’s Flag Football. It’s the Championship. It’s Friday! And…it’s on!
The championship of the girls division of the IM flag football league will be settled on Friday at the Stadium before the varsity football game. 

Come early to the football game and support the girls!

Make An Appointment For Tomorrow’s FAFSA Completion Night

The College Career Center FAFSA Completion Night TOMORROW runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the East Learning Center (ELC). Families that are interested in attending must make an appointment by calling Donna Wallach at (847) 415-4517. 

During this evening, senior families that have specific questions and/or need help completing their FAFSA can meet individually with trained staff to complete their applications. Families are encouraged to have their FSA IDs and to have started the FAFSA prior to attending.

This will not be a general presentation, but rather an opportunity to ask the individual questions that you have about completing the FAFSA. For more information on the FSA ID, click here.

Driver Education Zoom Meeting For Parents Tomorrow

Driver Education Students: If you are taking Driver Education second semester, please remind your parents/guardians to check their e-mail for a notice about an Informational Driver Ed meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow via Zoom. The link was e-mailed to all students and parents.

Athletic Results

Boys Soccer: The Patriots (17-0-3) traveled to Palatine for the Regional semifinals against Prospect and came away with a 2-1 victory. Filip Janda scored the first goal of the game with an assist by Daniel Sokolovsky in the tenth minute. Even though Stevenson had numerous chances to score, the scoreboard still read 1-0 at the half. The Patriots eventually scored their second goal in the 72nd minute by Sokolovsky assisted by Rohan Gopalam with a quick free kick. Prospect pushed for goals in the final minutes and Aidan Morris had a few excellent saves. Eventually Prospect came back and scored its one and only goal in the 78th minute. Stevenson will play Libertyville in the Regional Championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Palatine High School. 

Girls Swimming and Diving: The Patriots (7-0) hosted Zion-Benton and won convincingly. In Stevenson’s last home dual meet, the Seniors dominated, placing first in several races, starting with the 200-yard medley relay (Camilia MayaStephanie KirovaLili Sandor, and Milena Busma-1:51.66), the 200-yard free, the 200-yard IM (Sandor-2:15.54), the 100-yard free (Isabelle Gattone-55.03), and the 200-yard free relay. Gattone placed second in the 100-yard backstroke, while Elise Victoria Regalado placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke. Additional Seniors swimming in their last home meet were: Amy AndresAbby CollinsElizaveta KolbunovaOlivia BaczekElla BarronCatherine DelaneyKylie DonovanCaitlyn LiuElaine Rhee and Rebecca Stone. Next up for Stevenson is the NSC Championships Saturday, Oct. 28 at Lake Forest for swimming (11 a.m.) and at Warren for diving (6 p.m.). 

Girls Field Hockey: Stevenson (4-9-1) traveled to Antioch for the second round of Sectionals against Lake Forest and lost 6-0. Goalie Lilly Morrow had 27 saves on the night. The coaches and athletic department wish the seniors much luck and happiness in their future endeavors: Aditi Boddu, Teagan HendricksLindsay IannuzziMary RestisPravika SrivastavaSawani Khandekar and Lili Sorenson.

Sports Notes

Boys Swim/Dive Zoom Meeting TONIGHT: Listen to plans for this year’s tunnel vision on TEAM, get apparel ordering information and meet some of the key swimmers and divers for the upcoming season! If you didn’t go to the team’s in-person meeting this morning, please attend the online meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight via Zoom.

Football Game on Friday: It will be Senior Night on Friday for Stevenson Football, Cheer, and Student Trainers at the Stadium. Prior to warmups, join the Athletic Department in recognizing the Seniors. Fans are urged to purchase tickets in advance for the game via GoFan. Cash admission is available at the gate, but there may be a longer wait to enter the Stadium. Admission: Students with an ID ~ $3. Senior Adults ~ $3. Adults ~ $5

T-Shirts For SALE: During the lunch periods in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons today and tomorrow, the Athletic Department will be selling Black T-shirts for $5 for the Black-Out at Friday’s Football Game. All proceeds will be going to the Cancer Wellness Center!

Student-Athlete Meeting: Athletes who have not yet attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting can attend the meeting on TOMORROW from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and the meeting will start promptly.

Boys Hockey Community Service: On Saturday night, the Patriots are hosting conference opponent York, with whom they are partnering to support Habitat for Humanity Lake County. Habitat for Humanity Lake County has provided both teams with a wish list of easy-to-find construction items that are needed for the building of local houses. The hockey team is asking fans to please consider bringing an item to the game. Habitat for Humanity Lake County execs and staff will be present with information and volunteer opportunities in the rink lobby of Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove before the varsity game, which is slated for an 8 p.m. start. There will be a ceremonial puck drop and the student theme for the night is CONSTRUCTION.

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

Oct. 19:Let’s Talk About Your Future ~ No Homework Night
Oct. 20: Late Arrival
Oct. 20-21:Yearbook Photo Re-Take Day
Oct. 20:CCC FAFSA Completion Night
Oct. 20:FAN~Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts Of People Who Think In Pictures, Patterns, And Abstractions
Oct. 22-23:World’s Fair
Oct. 24: Activity Period ~ Sophomore Guidance
Oct. 25: FAN ~ Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations about Race and Racism

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