Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022

How To Get Plenty Of Rest And Sleep Ahead Of Final Experience!

Did you know that sleep cleans the brain of toxins?

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

Cells in the brain, called glial cells, which keep nerve cells alive, shrink during sleep. This increases the size of the gaps between brain tissue, allowing more fluid to be pumped in to wash the toxins away.

Teens need eight to 10 hours of sleep nightly. Incorporating sleep hygiene into your daily routine can ensure that you wake up feeling restored and perform optimally throughout the day.

Why is it important to focus on your sleep?

Poor sleep quality inhibits your brain’s ability to clear away toxins and inhibits other essential functions, which may impact mood, energy level and your ability to focus or create memories. Poor sleep also negatively affects long-term health.

Conversely, restorative sleep enhances learning and memory and improves your physical ability and cognitive performance.

Easy sleep hygiene strategies to improve sleep include:

Receive 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight first thing in the morning (even through the clouds). You can take the dog, or yourself, for a walk outside in the morning

Stick to a sleep schedule daily by choosing an ideal wake time, then tick the clock back 8 to 10 hours to determine an ideal sleep time. Then, stick to that schedule as regularly as possible. You can set a sleep schedule alarm on your phone indicating bed-time and wake-time.

Caffeine curfew by 2 p.m. You can replace an afternoon coffee with sparkling water.

Electronics curfew 30 minutes before ideal sleep time. Instead of looking at your phone or iPad in bed, read a book or practice breathing exercises.

Cool and dark bedroom. Lower the thermostat to 67 degrees to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or use a fan to cool your bedroom. Use blackout shades or throw a sheet over your blinds to make the room as dark as possible.

It’s “DeStress Days” This Week…With IG Messaging Today!

Ahead of the upcoming Final Experience (Dec. 21 and Dec. 22), DeStress Days, sponsored by Peer Helpers, will take place all week!

The Peer Helpers will be sending out helpful DeStress messaging all day today via their Instagram account! Check it out: @stevenson_peerhelpers

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:

Thursday: Kindness Cards ~ All Entrances, Before School
Friday: Trivia Activity ~ Glass Commons and Wood Commons, All Lunch Periods

Band Students Shine In Two-Day Musical Extravaganza

Students from the Honor, Advanced Symphonic, Symphonic, Concert and Freshman Bands performed in a musical extravaganza over the last two nights at the Performing Arts Center.

The performances included works ranging from core repertoire of the band literature to new modern music to whimsical holiday favorites.

Click here for a full gallery of photos from the event.

Photos: Joel Lerner

December Guitar Concert To Serve Up Eclectic Mix Of Music

Members of the guitar courses will perform in their first Stevenson concert of the year TONIGHT.

The December Guitar Concert, slated for a 7 p.m. start in the West Auditorium, includes students from Guitar 1, Guitar 2 and Patriot Guitar Ensemble. Students will play a mixture of classical music, jazz, movie music and more!

Guitar 2 classes and the Patriot Guitar Ensembles just recently performed at Roosevelt University at a concert on their campus. Guitar 1 students have worked this semester on learning all the skills needed to perform at this event.

The concert can also be viewed via Vimeo.

Choir Concert To Dazzle With Numbers From Different Genres!

Stevenson’s curricular and co-curricular vocal ensembles will perform a variety of songs from all different styles and genres TOMORROW in the December Choir Concert.

The event, slated for a 7 p.m. start in the Performing Arts Center, features the curricular choirs including the Stevenson Choir, the Advanced Choir and the Patriot Singers as well as the co-curricular groups including Low FrequencyNothing But Treble and Polyphonics.

The concert can also be viewed via Vimeo.

In conjunction with tomorrow’s December Choir Concert, there is a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Culver’s all day TOMORROW that will benefit Stevenson’s Choir Programs.

Please be sure to mention the fundraiser when you place your order.

Stevenson Shines On Illinois State Scholars List

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently announced its 2023-24 Illinois State Scholars.

Stevenson students who are Illinois State Scholars can pick up their certificates in the College Career Center by showing their ID.

Students with Illinois Standard Test Scores (ISTS) of 31 or higher are automatically designated as State Scholars. Students with an ISTS lower than 31 but who have a Weighted Selection Score (WSS) greater than or equal to the cutoff score of 47 are also designated as State Scholars.

Make A Home…For A Gingerbread Friend!
Check Out Friends International Meeting TODAY!

Get into the holiday spirit by decorating Gingerbread Houses at the last meeting of the semester for Friends International, from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. TODAY in Room 1204. 

Friends International is a club that focuses on celebrating different cultures and inclusivity around the world while creating a space for both mainstream and ELL students to exchange ideas, skills, language and culture through friendly conversation, media and food. Friends International also supports new students who have recently arrived from other countries.

Part Of The Ski And Snowboard Club? Zoom Meeting Tonight!

Attention Ski and Snowboard Club members: There will be a mandatory parent information meeting at 6 p.m. TONIGHTvia Zoom.

If you are registered for the club, an invite will be sent to your school e-mail account. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Johannsen.

Hungry? PPA Bake Sale Is TODAY!

Don’t forget that there is a Bake Sale TODAY sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association.

Everything is $1 and students can make it through the line quickest with exact change!

The Bake Sale starts immediately after sixth period in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons.

State Title Up For Grabs TODAY For eSports Club

Boasting an undefeated season thus far, the Varsity Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team from Stevenson’s eSports Club will be vying for a chance to become the IHSA’s first-ever undefeated Super Smash Bros. state champions.

The championship match of the Fall Season, sponsored by PlayVS, will start at 3:45 p.m. TODAY in the Recital Hall (4100). It will end at around 6 p.m., and anyone is welcome to cheer on the team in an arena setting.

The IHSA recognizes eSports as an official Illinois activity. The league that partners with IHSA offers a variety of games that host competitions at the State level or the Central Regional level, depending on the participation. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (SSBU) is a game that has competition at the State level with 76 competing teams.

Calling All Dancers/Choreographers: Auditions Start TODAY!

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies for the Spring semester will be held TODAYand TOMORROW from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 2112.

Students should come dressed to dance having prepared a 1-minute solo of original choreography to present.

Scan the QR code on the graphic or click here to sign up and see more detailed information.

Questions: Please e-mail Mrs. Rothwell (

Hey Freshmen! You Are Appreciated!
It’s Your Night At TOMORROW’s “Fan Appreciation” Hoops Game!

It’s “Freshmen Fan Appreciation Night” at TOMORROW’S varsity boys basketball game against Lake Forest, which will tip off at 7 p.m. in the Sportscenter.

Freshmen will get free entry and those who bring two canned items (pantry staples such as pasta, canned vegetables, mac and cheese, etc.) will receive a FREE Loyalty T-shirt!

The game is also a  “BLACK OUT,”  so all fans are encouraged to wear black.

Freshmen who show exceptional sportsmanship and pep will get Culver’s Free Scoop Tokens to be redeemed at the Lincolnshire Culver’s on Milwaukee Ave.!

Check Out IGC For Pokemon And Magic Events
The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Pokemon event with the newest set, Silver TempestTOMORROW after school!

Each player will receive six packs to make a deck and must be able to stay until 5:30 p.m. to participate. The cost is $5 to attend. Please contact Mr. Fedewa with any questions!

Also TOMORROW, IGC will host a Magic event with the newest set, JumpStart 2022. Each player will receive packs to make a deck and also must be able to stay until 5:30 p.m. to participate. The cost is $5 to attend.

New Patriot Dollars System Coming Soon!  

Hey Patriots! This is your heads up that a new Patriot Dollars system is headed your way starting Second Semester!

The experience will be virtually the same: Students will still use their ID to make food and beverage or Patriot Superstore purchases at school. The only thing that will change is the platform families will use to add funds to their accounts.

Please be assured that all current funds will remain in students’ accounts during this transition. Additionally, while the experience is intuitive, we will also be providing more information at the beginning of Second Semester about how to transition to the new platform.

Stay tuned for more!

Sports Notes

Girls Basketball: Toys For Tots is coming to Stevenson! On Friday, the girls basketball program is hosting a Toys For Tots Campaign. Be sure to bring a new, wrapped toy to the game to support our Patriots! Tip off is at 7 p.m. against Mundelein in the Sportscenter.

Boys Basketball: Stevenson will be participating in the highly competitive Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. The Patriots open up first-round action against Glenbard East at 9:30 a.m. next Friday, Dec. 23. Single-game tickets or tournament passes can be purchased via GoFan.

Sports Results

Boys Bowling: The Patriots (9-2, 8-1) won a tight battle against Mundelein in a crucial conference match, 3106 to 3086. Ender Starr again etched his name in the record books with a 769 series and a game high of 277. Jacob Heald had a 669 series with a high game of 256 and Jackson Sher had a 575 series with a high game of 247. Next up is Lake Zurich at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at Fairhaven Lanes for Senior Night. 

Girls Hockey: The girls hockey team (0-7-1) hosted the Burlington West Grizzlies and lost, 5-3. Stevenson’s Vanessa Magsino scored two of the three goals, assisted by Ella Droege and Vanessa Clavey. Stevenson teammate Cait Fitzpatrick scored the third goal assisted by Bryce Margolin. The team will resume play after the holiday break.

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

Dec. 14:PPA Bake Sale
Dec. 14:December Guitar Concert
Dec. 15: Chorus Fundraiser
Dec. 15:December Choir Concert
Dec. 16:PPA Treat Day
Dec. 16:Jazz Cafe
Dec. 19:Winter Orchestra Concert
Dec. 19:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Dec. 21-22: Final Experience
Dec. 23-Jan. 6: ☃️ WINTER BREAK!! ☃️
Jan. 9: No School ~ Teacher Institute Day
Jan. 10: Second Semester Begins

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