Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Let’s Tour Stevenson…Minecraft Style!

It’s been years in the making…much like the real-life Stevenson campus.

Senior Dan Rybin (pictured left) has been working on a Minecraft version of the Stevenson campus for a realism project since he arrived on campus, and is still putting on the final touches. But for the most part, he has completed his labor of love and is sharing his creations through an impressive photo gallery.

“I have been working on it since my freshman year (2019) and I completed the entire structure of the school days before this school year started,” Rybin said. “I still have to add in the parking lots and athletic fields, meaning that topography will be the biggest challenge.”

The West Building took Rybin slightly more than two years to complete (October 2019 to December 2021) while the East Building was completed over the summer (June 2022 to August 2022) and includes the Patriot Wellness Center, which, amazingly, took only three days to complete.

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Continue TONIGHT!

Got an eighth grader in the family? Please be aware of an e-mail that was sent to all incoming freshmen families last month. The letter contains all kinds of important information, including “Save-The-Dates” for Freshmen Orientation Evenings that CONTINUE TONIGHT. 

Orientation Evenings ~ There will be two more Orientation Evenings: TONIGHT (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 ~ Families of incoming freshmen received an e-mail on Tuesday with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed now through 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 sometime 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 Freshmen Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

For more information about the Incoming Freshmen, please visit the Class of 2027 page on the Stevenson website.

Seniors: Showcase Yourself In “Senior Showcase!”
Deadline To Apply Is FRIDAY!

“Mr. SHS” has gotten a name change. Introducing…“Senior Showcase!”

The Senior Class Board is currently taking applications for contestants for the first annual “Senior Showcase,” a talent competition that is open to everyone… as long as you are a SENIOR.

Participants will be judged in talent, theme wear, and a public speaking/Q-and-A. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a “talent,” the Senior Class Board can help you pick one!

The application is open until FRIDAY at 3:30 p.m., at which time it should be completed and turned into Student Activities. 

Senior Showcase will be held on Friday, Feb. 17. The winner of Senior Showcase will receive two Prom tickets. The runner-up will win one Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality will win one Prom ticket.

Buy A Yearbook Ad For Your Senior! Deadline Is FRIDAY!

Show your Senior some love in the 2023 Yearbook. Buy a Senior Recognition Ad.

The closing date is FRIDAY. Get those ads in while you still have a chance!

Sign Up For Next Week’s Tech Campus Event

Representatives from Lake County Tech Campus will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 18 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 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.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker Next Week

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation on Friday, Jan. 20 hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the 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).

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center. Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on Jan. 23.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Half-Off Sale: Get Your PPA Guidebooks Now!

The Patriot Parent Association is having a sale on the 2022-2023 Guidebooks.

They will be on sale in the Patriot Superstore for $5, which is half-price.

PPA Could Use Donations For Next Week’s Bake Sale

The Patriot Parent Association will be hosting its first Bake Sale of 2023 next Wednesday (Jan. 18), and could use some help.

Families that would like to donate store-bought treats for the sale can sign up here.

If families don’t have time to shop, monetary donations can be made online.

Thank you, Patriot Families!

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.

“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. Starting NOW, the Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 23 by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Mandatory Meeting: A reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ DON’T FORGET that if you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting, there is one Thursday, Jan. 19 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 we will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Girls Track and Field: There is an Informational Meeting about the upcoming spring season for Girls Track and Field from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Room 5132.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead

FRIDAY ~ Competitive Dance: Stevenson will be hosting the North Suburban Conference Dance Competition starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are available only on GoFan and are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. NSC passes will be accepted. 

FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ Wrestling: Tickets for the Illini Classic Wrestling tournament at Lincoln-Way Central High School on Friday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.) are $6 for adult admission and $3 for students with an I.D. Tickets can be purchased through GoFan:

SATURDAY ~ Boys Basketball: IT’S A GRAY OUT!! Don’t forget to wear your gray to Saturday’s boys basketball game at the Sportscenter. The Patriots will be hosting conference rival Libertyville and tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson will put its perfect 5-0 North Suburban Conference record on the line. Overall, the Patriots are 13-2 on the season. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased via GoFan.

SATURDAY ~ Boys Swimming: Tickets for the 2023 Boys Swimming Trevian Relays at New Trier High School on Saturday will be sold ONLINE ONLY at GoFan: The fees are: $5 for adults and $2 for students. Please purchase tickets before coming to the event for ease of entry.

SATURDAY ~ Competitive Dance: For the South Elgin High School Dance Invite, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, all spectators should enter through Door 51 (Gym Entrance). Admission for the day is $10 for adults and $5 for students with a school ID. Cash tickets will be sold but spectators can also purchase tickets through GoFan:

SATURDAY ~ Girls Gymnastics: The Lake County Invite will take place at Stevenson, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Prices via GoFan are: $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5  are free. Prices via cash are: $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5 are free. NSC, Sports Boosters and Event passes will be accepted.

Sports Results

Boys Hockey: The Patriots (23-9, 12-9) took on Barrington in a conference matchup and won, 8-3. Stevenson dominated the first period, scoring 3 goals, one each from Zach KulickBrandon Schultz and Davis Jegers. In the second, Zach Meyers and Schultz struck, scoring 2 more goals for the Patriots. Three more goals came in the third period from Tristan Caridei, Jegers, and Alan Wu. 

Wrestling: The Patriots (4-1, 6-2) won their dual matchup against Zion-Benton, 78-3. Next up for Stevenson is the Illini Classic at Lincoln-Way Central High School starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Boys Bowling: Stevenson (12-3, 8-2) hosted Grayslake Central and got a 3547 to 3097 victory. Jude Snider led the way with a 665 series and a high game of 245. Jacob Heald had a 633 series with a game high of 253. Ender Starr had a series high of 622 and a high game of 248. Nathan Fierer finished with a series high of 594, Shalimar Jacobs with a 585 series and Jackson Sher with a 548 series. This match was 6-on-6 and all 6 scores were recorded. Tonight is Stevenson’s final match of the season against Glenbrook North at River Rand North, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Saturday begins the state playoffs with the IHSA Regional hosted by Libertyville at Lakeside Lanes.

Girls Gymnastics: Stevenson (2-2, 2-2) hosted conference opponent Mundelein and won 133.40 to 129.70. Clara Cavalcanti took first in the vault with a score of 9.10. Samantha Matzek tied for second with a score of 8.90. Emma Fang placed first on the beam with a score of 9.05 and second on the uneven bars, floor exercise and the all-around. Ashley Schabes placed second on the beam with a score of 8.80. Next up for the Patriots is the Lake County Invite on Saturday,
starting at 1 p.m. in the Stevenson Fieldhouse.

Girls Bowling: The Patriots (1-7, 3-7) traveled to Bertrand Lanes to take on Waukegan and lost by only 74 pins, 2306 to 2232. Allison Parks bowled a high game of 183, followed by Jenna Reaume with a high game of 177, Anna Reyes with a 166 and Alexis Alanis with a 163. Next up for the Patriots is Antioch on Friday at Fairhaven Lanes beginning at 4:45 p.m.

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

Jan. 12: Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Jan. 12: FAN ~ You Need a Manifesto: How to Craft Your Convictions and Put Them to Work
Jan. 16: No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 16: shsHacks 2023 Fundraiser
Jan. 17: Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Jan. 18: PPA Bake Sale
Jan. 18: Consortium Jazz Festival
Jan. 19: Late Arrival Day 
Jan. 19: Start Of Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 19: Consortium Orchestra Concert

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