Monday, Dec. 19, 2022

Stevenson’s Jazz Students Got Jazzy For Jazz Cafe!

Students from Stevenson’s jazz programs, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Jazz Band, Lab Band, Combo 1, Combo 2 and Combo 3, were featured in both small and large group performances in Friday’s Jazz Cafe.

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

Photos: Joel Lerner

TONIGHT: December Orchestra Concert To Set Stage For Holiday Season

In what is promising to be a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season, Stevenson is bringing together its five orchestra classes ~ Patriot Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Stevenson Orchestra, the Stevenson Honors Chamber Ensemble ~ for the December Orchestra Concert.

The big, two-show event, with start times of 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. TONIGHT in the Performing Arts Center, features Stevenson’s best and brightest student musicians in a wide variety of pieces and styles…and holiday flair will be in full effect with a festive and robust program of Winter Concert favorites.

Highlights include senior soloist, Joyce Hu in a performance of the Eduard Lalo Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, and works by TchiakovskyDvorakMozartBizetRimsky-KorsakovHandelLeroy Anderson and more!

NOTE: Flowers will be sold for parents and friends to present to the performers as a small benefit to the Strings group.

The event can also be viewed via Vimeo.

Get Ready For Final Experience: Wednesday And Thursday!

It’s almost the end of the semester, Patriots! The finish line is near.

Stevenson’s Final Experience is Wednesday and Thursday, and the timing of the two days is new this year (see chart to the left).

For more information about busing, tutoring, food services and Patriots Wellness Center hours, please click here.

 Good luck this week, Patriots! Finish strong!

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Coming After Break

Got an eighth grader in the family? Then please save the date for Freshmen Orientation Evenings after Winter Break, and please be aware of other important dates for incoming freshmen in January.

Orientation Evenings ~ There will be three Orientation Evenings: Jan. 11 (last names A-G), Jan. 12 (last names H-O) and Jan. 17 (last names P-Z) beginning at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from our students, directors and our principal.

Enrollment ~ During the week following Winter Break, families of incoming freshmen will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed beginning Jan. 10 and is due by Jan. 27.

Course Selection ~ During the week of Jan. 16, families will receive a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Shortly after this information is mailed, Stevenson will host three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families on Jan. 19 (last names A-G), Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director some time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings will be posted on the Incoming Freshman Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

WEDNESDAY: Absence Request Change ~ Starting Wednesday, Infinite Campus Absence Requests will no longer be accepted.

CHECKING GRADES: Time To Log In To The IRC ~ We are nearly at the end of the FIRST SEMESTER! Final Experience starts Wednesday. All projected grades will be replaced with final grades by Jan. 11. If you have any questions, reach out to your teacher. For a refresher on what each section details, click here. How To Access The IRC ~ Click here to access the IRC. To log in, students should use their G-Mail credentials, and parents should use their Infinite Campus credentials. If you are having issues logging in, click here.

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Reminder For Drop-Off, Pick-Up ~ Earlier this month, Stevenson changed its traffic flow on campus during peak times. A reminder…
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.

START OF SECOND SEMESTER: New Patriot Dollars System ~ 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.

Counselors are available to meet with JUNIORS for a Post Secondary SCoPE (P-SCoPE) meeting from mid-January through mid-June. The P-SCoPE meeting is a 45-minute individual family appointment with a post-secondary counselor to discuss options after high school, and answer questions your family might have. Families may make one such appointment per student. To ensure the availability of appointments for the Class of 2024, please submit a completed worksheet by March 14 to or drop it off at the CCC (1123). Interpreters can be available for the meeting with proper advanced notice.

THURSDAY, JAN. 12:  FAN | You Need a Manifesto: How to Craft Your Convictions and Put Them to Work This is a rescheduled event and is slated for a 7 p.m. start, virtually via Zoom.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18: Tech Campus Event ~ Representatives from Lake County Tech Campus will be on campus to give presentations to students interested in learning about the different programs and classes offered to junior and senior students. Presentations will take place in the College Career Center during each student lunch period (fourth, fifth and sixth periods). Students will also learn about how Tech Campus can help them make the jump from high school to college or from high school directly into a career through dual credit and internship/networking opportunities. Students interested in attending should sign up in advance.

FRIDAY, JAN. 20: STEM Careers Presentation ~ Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman, will visit Stevenson on Jan. 20 to speak to students about Careers in STEM during fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches. Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Pick Up A Copy Of “The Statesman” Tomorrow

Need some great reading for over Winter Break?

Make sure to get your copy TOMORROW of the latest issue of “The Statesman.” The title of the issue is “Handle With Care,” which gives student perspectives on mental health. What impact does the desensitization and romanticization of mental illness have on students? What does it mean to be neurodivergent at Stevenson? How do teachers, social workers and student-athletes respond under pressure?

To read the magazine online, go to To receive monthly updates on community news, columns and multimedia from the “Statesman,” subscribe to its newsletter.

Heads Up: No Computer Science Club Meeting TODAY!

The Computer Science Club will NOT be meeting today.

Please join the club for its first meeting of the New Year on Monday, Jan. 23.

It’s Good To Be GREEN: Green Team Working On New Project 

Starting next semester, Stevenson’s Green Team will be launching three waste reduction initiatives as part of the Illinois Green Schools Project. The “Path to Zero” initiatives involve minimizing waste from Jazzman’s Cafe, school cutlery, and school decorations.

In order to gather baseline data and evaluate the impact of its work, the Green Team is conducting a survey. The Google Form survey is open to the Stevenson community until TOMORROW. Questions: E-mail Mrs. Suntharanund.

PWC Hours For Final Experience/Winter Break; Backpack Protocol

 Wednesday and Thursday: Open 12 noon to 4 p.m.

PWC Closings
Friday, 12/23 through Monday, 12/26: Closed
Friday, 12/30 through Monday, 1/2: Closed

PWC Winter Break Open Hours
Tuesday, 12/27 through Thursday, 12/29: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/3 through Friday, 1/6: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 1/7 and Sunday, 1/8: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Backpack Protocol
When students are using the PWC to work out after school, they must keep their backpacks in the East Locker Room across from the Pool Locker Rooms where it is supervised until 6 p.m. Students are expected to use the East Locker Room when entering the PWC anytime before 5:30 p.m. and to remove their bags from the locker room before 6 p.m.

Sports Notes

Boys Hockey: Davis JegersTristan Caridei and Will Harlow were selected last week to play in the Scholastic League All-Star game against the Chicago Catholic League on Dec. 30 at AllState Arena. The game starts at 1 p.m. In addition, Dylan JetteBryan Wojdelko and Andrew Lermer will be participating in the skills competition during the intermission of the Wolves game. The Patriots will be in action over the holiday break Dec. 26 through Dec. 28. Pictured in the photo from left to right are: Wojdelko, Jegers, Harlow, Caridei, Lermer and Jette.

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


Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team will be competing in the prestigious 39th Annual Komaromy Basketball Classic over Winter Break. The Patriots will take on Naperville Central at 4 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 26) at Dundee Crown High School. Single game tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door with cash.

Sports Results

Boys Swimming and Diving: The Patriots (3-0) traveled to Vernon Hills High School for the Lake County Invite and won the meet with a score of 382, 181 points ahead of the second-place team, Barrington. Jack Curtin was a huge part of the Patriots’ win, placing first in both the 400-freestyle relay with David KohanJonny Farber and Colin Zhang and the 200-medley relay with Zhang, Diego Rosario-Freytes and Michale Wywrocki. Zhang placed first in the 200-individual medley with a time of 1:53.65, surpassing his previous year’s time. Farber placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.04. Next up for Stevenson is a home meet against conference opponent Waukegan at 5 p.m. on Jan. 5. 

Cheer: The Patriots headed to Johnsburg High School to participate in the Skyhawk Invitational and finished as champions in their final competition of the calendar year with a 95.48. Varsity Cheer will compete again after the holidays on Jan. 14 at the Grayslake North Invite, starting at 7:45 a.m.

Girls Basketball:
 The Patriots (7-5, 4-2) defeated Mundelein 42-24 on Friday behind Emory Klatt’s 25 points, Nisha Musunuri’s 8 points and 7 points from Kate Arne. Stevenson will be back in action on Wednesday against St Viator in the Sportscenter. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball:
 After the Patriots’ (8-1, 3-0) win over Lake Forest on Thursday, they were back on the court against Carmel on Saturday and won, 59-55. Guard Aidan Bardic scored 19 points and had 4 rebounds and 3 assists. David Sulnius contributed 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Brandon Sorokin put up 11 points and Michael Maloney scored 10 points along with his 6 rebounds and 2 assists. The Patriots begin action on Friday in the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic against Glenbard East at 9:30 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics: The Patriots (1-2) headed to New Trier for the Holiday Classic and finished tenth in a very competitive meet with a score of 128.18. Clara Cavalcanti came in seventh on the vault with a score of 9.10 and Emma Fang finished first on the uneven bars with a score of 9.35. Next up for Stevenson is the Evanston Invite at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7.

Wrestling: The Patriots finished seventh out of 25 teams at the Hinsdale Central Rex Whitlatch Invite. Lorenzo Frezza was the 138-pound champion while Themba Sitshela placed eighth in the 152-pound weight class, Thomas Schoolman placed third at 160 pounds and Richie Gueorguiev finished fourth at 170 pounds. Next up for Stevenson is the Conant Quad at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Girls Bowling: The Patriots participated in the sNOw Invite at the Bowlero in Vernon Hills and finished 12th out of 18 teams. In the second game, the Patriots dominated the field with a 1079 game. Allison Parks had a 242, Alexis Alanis had a 243, Amanda Xumsai had a 243 and Jenna Reaume had a 255, beating all the other teams in that round. Alanis finished 15th out of 95 bowlers, leading the way for Stevenson. Next up is a conference match against Zion-Benton at 4:45 p.m. tonight at Fairhaven Lanes.

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

Dec. 19:Winter Orchestra Concert
Dec. 19:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Dec. 21-22: Final Experience
Dec. 23, 26-28:Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic ~ Boys Basketball Tournament
Dec. 23-Jan. 6: WINTER BREAK!!
Dec. 26:Komaromy Basketball Classic ~ Girls Basketball Tournament
Jan. 9: No School ~ Teacher Institute Day
Jan. 10: Second Semester Begins

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