Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

Collection Day Numbers Hit Record Highs; Delivery Day Is Today! 

Not that he has a crystal ball, but senior Sammy Entin (pictured right) is already certain about one thing in his future: It will include charitable work.

He’s fallen in love with the idea of helping others, giving back…thanks to his four-year involvement in Give-A-Thon, Stevenson’s nearly 40-year tradition of helping local children and families during the holidays.

“I definitely see myself doing this kind of stuff in college and beyond,” Entin said. “This is my fourth year being involved in Give-A-Thon and it’s one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had at Stevenson High School. I encourage everyone to get involved.”

Entin, a member of the Executive Board of the National Honor Society, which runs Give-A-Thon, was the Group Leader during Tuesday’s Collection Day. Sporting a Santa hat and a red Give-A-Thon T-shirt, not only was he festive, he was also very busy keeping the bags and bags of donated gifts that were dropped off by Stevenson students at the Performing Arts Center organized and orderly.

The goal of the National Honor Society was to provide gifts and household goods and food to between 350 and 400 families, and Stevenson outdid itself, gathering items for more than 400 families. And more than 1,200 children will be supported with gifts, including 67 bikes!!

“I think we have definitely exceeded our expectations,” Entin said “When I look at all these gifts. It’s great to see. It’s really meaningful. A lot of us get gifts under the Christmas tree and it’s just great to know that children across the area will have a similar experience.”

The food and household gifts were plentiful, too, with more than 4,100 diapers, 2,800 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 86 boxes of canned soup, and many, many other items collected.

Junior Maya Sverdlov, also a member of National Honor Society and pictured left in front of boxes upon boxes of macaroni and cheese, was stationed in the room where all the donated food and household items were collected and sorted. This is her first year working behind the scenes during Give-A-Thon’s Collection Day.

“We’ve just been sorting through all this food that every class has collected. They bring it to us in boxes and then we re-sort it by food and then box it so that all the food is in one place,” Sverdlov said. “It’s so fulfilling to see that so much food is going to go to so many people. 

“I just love giving back. I know I have so much and I want to give back to people who don’t have so much. I think a lot of people here are like that because Give-A-Thon is so popular at Stevenson. People get super involved and it’s a really great community feeling to know that we’re all giving back.”
 Thank you Patriots for your spirited and generous participation in Give-A-Thon!

Today is Delivery Day, in which all the gifts and donated items that you provided will be loaded onto trucks and taken to locations around Lake County.

NHS students from Stevenson will personally help distribute the items at: Catholic Charities Warehouse in Libertyville, St. Mary of Vernon in Indian Creek and Vernon Township Pantry in Buffalo Grove.

You’re Up, Freshmen! Time To Select
Your Courses For Next Year!

The process of “Freshmen Course Selection” starts TODAY with presentations for freshmen from their counselors in their advisory classrooms. 

Freshmen will then begin selecting their courses for the 2023-24 school year starting on Dec. 15.

For more information about Course Selection, check out the “Course Selection Page” on the Stevenson website.

Planning Ahead: Final Experience Right Around The Corner!

Stevenson’s Final Experience will be here before you know it, and the timing of the two days is new this year.

Here’s a quick look at the structure of the schedule for Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 22.

More information about busing, tutoring, food services and Patriots Wellness Center hours during those two days is coming soon!

Want A Great Final Experience? Optimize Your Daily Health Behavior And Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!

Did you know that your brain is 75 percent water!?

Leading up to your Final Experience, there are science-based tips that you can use to help reach your greatest personal potential.

Studies show that you need to be only 1 percent dehydrated to experience a 5 percent decrease in cognitive function. A 2 percent decrease in brain hydration can result in short-term memory loss and trouble with math computations.

The best tip to optimize your potential is to: HYDRATE DAILY.
An easy strategy to ensure maximum hydration is to divide your body weight (in pounds) by two and consume that many ounces of fluid per day. Water, sports drinks, juice, and coffee or tea all count toward your daily fluid intake!

Why is it important to stay hydrated?
Water, which makes up about 60 percent to 70 percent of human body weight, participates in metabolism, maintains electrolyte balance, and has other functions. Humans need to keep the balance of water input and output. People may be dehydrated when their water input is less than their output. Dehydration may lead to negative results, such as decreased muscle endurance and strength, and decreased cognitive performance.

 Here are some tips for meeting your daily fluid needs for optimal cognitive performance:

Drink a full glass of water first thing when you wake up.

Drink a full glass of water before each meal.

Carry a refillable water bottle and drink it as often as needed to make up your remaining fluid requirement.

Ready, Set…Audition: Frosh/Soph And Winter Plays To Hold Auditions Starting TODAY; Backstage Roles Available Too

More opportunities to get involved with Stevenson’s awarding-winning theater program are coming your way.

Auditions and leadership interviews for the Frosh/Soph Play “Romeo And Juliet” and the Winter Play “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” start TODAY (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and run through tomorrow (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the Little Theatre, with rehearsals beginning next week.

“Romeo And Juliet” is a one-hour production that will run in February. Measures will be taken to make sure that students feel comfortable, confident and safe with Shakespearen text and some of the heavier themes of the story. Only freshmen and sophomores will be cast in the play.

The Winter Play, “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time,” will run in March and feature costume, scenic, lighting and sound design by the Advanced Stagecraft Class. The award-winning play concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by a young boy named Christopher, who has Autism.

Backstage Roles: Interested in learning more about the artists and technicians who work behind-the-scenes on live entertainment? As part of Stevenson Backstage, crew members work on the set, costumes, lighting, sound, props and assist with running the show.

Students of all grade and experience levels are encouraged to sign up to audition and join the crew! 

There is a Crew Information Session from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Black Box Theater. For more information and to sign up, click here for the Audition Packet.

Heads Up: New Campus Traffic Pattern Starting TOMORROW

Starting TOMORROW, Stevenson will change campus traffic flow during peak times.

From 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Stevenson Drive will be routed in such a way that will prevent cars from traveling from one end of campus to the other. When driving to campus during these peak times, please plan to exit the campus in the same location you entered.

Traffic that enters campus from Route 22 can access Lots B and C and will be routed back out to exit onto Route 22 only. Traffic that enters campus from Port Clinton Road can access Lots E and D/D Extension and will be routed back out to Port Clinton Road.

Calling All Ballers! Lace Up Those Sneaks And Join IM Hoops!

There will be a Captains/Informational Meeting for Stevenson’s Intramural Boys and Girls Basketball Leagues at 7:45 a.m. TOMORROW in the Student Activities Office.

Registration for the league will be open from Dec. 1 until Dec. 14.

Athletic Results
 Girls Basketball:
 Stevenson (4-1, 1-0) defeated Waukegan, 64-31. There were contributions from the entire team with Emory Klatt leading the way with 19 points. Nisha Musunuri added 17 points, Bri Welter put up 8 points and Kate Arne (pictured left) and Emma Brooks added 7 points and 6 points, respectively. The Patriots are back in action on Friday, hosting conference rival Libertyville at 7 p.m.

 Boys Bowling: The Patriots (5-1, 4-1) fell for the first time this season against Lake Zurich, 3053 to 2967. Stevenson was led by Shalimar Jacobs with a 660 series and a high game of 279, and Micheal Portiera with a 652 series and a high game of 274. In game three, Jacobs started the first eight frames with strikes, while Portiera started the first nine frames with strikes. Next up is a match at Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Sports Notes

United States Marine Corp: Stevenson will welcome local Marines on FRIDAY at 8 a.m. to engage in conversation and activity about leadership and teamwork. The event will take place on the Turf in the Patriot Wellness Center. 

Sports Boosters Annual Flash Sale: The Sports Boosters will be hosting their annual Winter Flash Sale on FRIDAY during Periods 4, 5 and 6 in Room 5120 (PWC).  Stop by and stock up on gifts for the holidays. Cash, credit and checks are accepted. Park in Lot D and enter through Door 19. Please check in with security personnel.

 Boys Basketball Manager Needed: The Varsity Boys Basketball team needs a manager to take statistics and assist with practice. Please e-mail Coach Ambrose at if you are interested. The deadline to express interest is FRIDAY.

Boys Lacrosse Information Meeting: Athletes who are interested in trying out for boys lacrosse this spring are invited to attend an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. on MONDAY in Room 5132. The meeting will take approximately 30 minutes. E-mail Coach Hake at with questions. NOTE: If you are in a Winter Sport, you should NOT attend.

Mark Your Calendars: Just a reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ If you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete meeting, there is one coming up on THURSDAY, Dec. 8 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.

Girls Basketball: The 2022 State Champion Girls Basketball team will be playing Huntley on SATURDAY, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the NOW Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

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

Nov. 30: Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30: FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions
Dec. 2: Music Production Showcase
Dec. 6-7:Winter ArtFest
Dec. 6: Winter ArtFest Reception
Dec. 7: Band Fundraiser ~ Noodles & Company

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