Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Nearly $47,000 Raised For Foundation At “Nashville Unplugged”

“Nashville Unplugged 2022,” sponsored by Wight & Company, hit just the right note two weekends ago at Wild Onion Brewery in Barrington.

The inaugural country music event raised nearly $47,000 for Stevenson Foundation programs such as Stevenson to College (S2C) and One Family. With the generous sponsorship and participation of Stevenson partners and supporters, students at Stevenson will be provided with assistance and opportunities they need to succeed not only at Stevenson but beyond.

Photos are courtesy of Joel Lerner Photography.

Come Out And Cheer On Your Friends: “Ballapalooza” Is TOMORROW!

Calling all Ballers! Lace up those high tops…“Ballapalooza” is about to tip-off!

KIVA Club is hosting its popular “Ballapalooza,” a 3-v-3 basketball tournament at Stevenson that will be held TOMORROW from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the Sportscenter. Come check out the hoops skills of your classmates!

KIVA Club, part of a national organization, raises money and lends it to entrepreneurs in economically developing countries who are looking to start a business. The entrepreneurs then pay back the loan to the club so it can use that money to loan to other entrepreneurs. 

At “Ballapalooza,” there will be gift card prizes for the top three winning teams consisting of $120 for first place, $90 for second place and $60 for third place. KIVA will then loan out more than $1000 to the choice entrepreneurs from the top three teams.

Patriot Guitar Ensemble Concert Strummed A Sweet Note

The Patriot Guitar Ensemble Concert last night was jam-packed with a variety of music, including full ensemble performances, solo performances, and a crowd-pleasing finale.

The show was the first of the school year for the Patriot Guitar Ensemble, the highest level guitar ensemble at Stevenson. 

For a full photo gallery from the event, please click here. Photos courtesy: Joel Lerner.

Catalyst Works At Junior High To Kick Off Red Ribbon Week

As part of Red Ribbon Week, which runs through Monday, more than 75 Stevenson students worked directly with students from Twin Groves and Woodlawn Junior High Schools to help unveil a program called Snow Flake that is in its inaugural year.

Snow Flake targets seventh graders and promotes wellness and positive decision-making especially as it relates to alcohol and other drugs. Stevenson students from Catalyst and Peer Theater were role models for the younger students and helped facilitate small group discussions. They worked collaboratively with District 96 as well as the Stand Strong Coalition to bring this initiative to both schools for the first time.

Students from Stevenson will have the opportunity to continue this work later in the year with District 102 and District 103 seventh graders as well.

“These really are phenomenal kids doing such amazing work,” Catalyst co-sponsor Dr. Cristina Cortesi said.

Catalyst is a leadership group dedicated to supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle for the youth in our community. There are more than 140 members already this year and they are empowered to have “Catalyst Courage” and to “Be The Change” in the community through education, policy change and other evidence-based initiatives. Each year, the group sets approximately 100 goals to accomplish.

Students in Stevenson Peer Theater write skits, perform them and then facilitate the small groups at Snowflake as well as during Red Ribbon Week at local middle schools. With Stevenson Peer Theater, students can also earn community service hours.

Sophomores To Host “Spooooook-tacular” Halloween Contest Monday! 

Put on your thinking cap over the weekend to come up with a funny, witty, clever, scary, colorful and “spooook-tacular” Halloween costume for Monday’s Halloween Contest, sponsored by the Sophomore Class Board.

From 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. on Monday (Oct. 31), stop by the Lower Sportscenter (the area with the vending machines by the elevator, also know as the Lower Sportscenter Lobby) to be entered into the Halloween Costume Contest.

You will have a chance to be spotlighted on Stevenson’s official Instagram and also win a Jazzman’s Gift Card. Three winners will be picked! “Ghoul” Luck!!

Monday: Get Your Tickets For Fall Musical “Beauty And The Beast!”

It will be here before you know it: Stevenson’s Fall Musical, “Beauty And The Beast.”

Tickets will go on sale for the production on Monday for three shows:

  • Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

All performances are at the Performing Arts Center on campus. Make sure to reserve your spot on MONDAY!!

Preparations For Frosh/Soph Play And Winter Play Begin Next Week

Colorful leaves are still on the trees, but the Patriot Theatre Company is already making plans for “Romeo And Juliet,” the Frosh/Soph Play and “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time,” the Winter Play, performed in February and March, respectively.

An optional (but encouraged) Audition And Interview Workshop will be held next Wednesday (Nov. 2) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre.  

Auditions and Leadership interviews will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and rehearsals will begin the following week.

Get Your Pre-Game Meal At Culver’s Prior To “Ballapalooza” Tournament

In conjunction with its “Ballapalooza” Tournament on Saturday, KIVA Club is hosting a benefit fundraiser at Culver’s in Lincolnshire all day TODAY.

Mention KIVA’s Culver’s Fundraiser when ordering at Culver’s and 25 percent of group sales will be donated back to KIVA. 

The revenue raised by KIVA Club from both the Culver’s Benefit and the revenue from the “Ballapalooza” event will be sent to help third-world entrepreneurs in need of financial aid in the form of micro-loans.

Start Your Trick-Or-Treating Early: PPA Treat Day Is FREE CANDY!!

As a tune-up for Halloween Night, get your candy collection started on Monday at school with Patriot Parent Association Treat Day, where the treat is FREE HALLOWEEN CANDY!!

The candy will be available during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons and will include a variety of chocolate candy and Airheads.

Cuteness Alert: Special Trick-Or-Treaters Will Walk The Halls Monday 

There will be 18 preschoolers from Little Patriots Trick-Or-Treating through the East Building Halls Monday morning during first period.

Make sure you say “Hello” and “Happy Halloween!!” 

Plan Ahead And Get Your Summer Job Lined Up: Be A Summer Camp Role Model At Camp Patriot

Camp Patriot is already looking for Role Models (counselors) for the Summer of 2023.

Applications open on Tuesday (Nov. 1) for current sophomores and older, and will close once all spots are filled.

To apply, please click here. For questions, please e-mail:

Sports Notes

🏈 Football Playoffs: Stevenson is in the playoffs! The Patriots start their postseason run with a familiar foe, North Suburban Conference rival Warren. The game will take place at Warren’s O’Plaine Campus at 7 p.m. TONIGHT. Admission is $5.00 plus a convenience fee, for all fans that use GoFan digital ticketing. No passes will be accepted. Gates will open for teams and spectators at 6 p.m. and Stevenson fans will be asked to sit in the East Bleachers. Please note: There is a no re-entry policy at Warren. The game will also be streamed on the NFHS Network.  The theme for fans is a WHITE-OUT!!

⚽️ Soccer Sectional CHAMPIONSHIP: The boys soccer team also needs its fans to cheer at the sectional championship game at Buffalo Grove High School. The Patriots will take on Waukegan at 5 p.m. TONIGHT at Buffalo Grove’s football stadium. General admission tickets are $7 and can be purchased via GoFan. The theme for fans is a WHITE-OUT!!

🏊🏼‍♂️ Boys Swim And Dive Needs You: This is the annual call out from the Boys Swim And Dive team for help from students. The team needs:

  • Students who are interested in being a manager for the team, working three days a week. 
  • Students who are interested in performing the National Anthem to kick off home competitions. Auditions will be held for this unique opportunity. Both singers or musicians are welcome to apply.

Please contact Coach Lillydahl at for more information.

🏆🎾 Wang Celebration: The Athletic Department invites you to join in recognizing junior Sarah Wang for her Girls Tennis Singles State Championship at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 1) in Room 5120.

🎥 Videographers Needed For Winter Sports: The Athletic Department is looking for individuals (adults and students) who can film varsity winter sports competitions for scouting purposes. This is a paid position and may require travel to away competitions. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at

🏆 Fall Sports Awards: The Sneaker Ball Awards are coming soon, so get your favorite sneakers ready and attend the Fall Sports Awards on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Dress to impress and win the best program award for the most fun sneakers. Attire: No sweats or pajama pants. 


☃️ Tryouts For Winter Sports: Winter Sports are getting underway! If you are interested in trying out for a winter sport, please see the tryout dates and times here. You may also go to the Athletics Page on the Stevenson Website to see further information regarding each winter sport provided.

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

Oct. 28:KIVA Culver’s Fundraiser
Oct. 28:IHSA Class 8A Playoffs, First Round: Stevenson At Warren
Oct. 29:Ballapalooza
Oct. 29: Jazz Brunch Festival
Oct. 31:PPA Treat Day
Oct. 31: Halloween! 🎃
Nov. 1:Chamber Band Concert

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