Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Black History Month Begins Today; Weekly Slate Of Activities And Events

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, and Stevenson will be celebrating throughout the entire month with various activities and events

The Black Student Union (BSU) has an event planned for each week of the month. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Strengths And Overcoming Adversity As A Black Community.”

Here are the weekly activities, starting with a movie TOMORROW:

 TOMORROW, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: There will be a screening of the movie “The Banker” in the West Staff Dining Room. All are welcome to join and snacks will be available.

 THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: There will be a Food Lab Activity in Room 1406. Come to learn to cook a delicious dish from the Black community.

 THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: For Black Student Union Club Members (only), there will be Chill Time in the West Staff Dining Room. This will be a kickback with karaoke, games, and potluck.

 THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: The annual “Operation Black History Month” event will be celebrated in Room 6110. This culminating activity of Black History Month will showcase the talents of our black students here at Stevenson. There will be booth exhibits, food, games, prizes and much more!

Love Is In The Air: “Romeo And Juliet” In Little Theater

February is the month of LOVE, so what better way to celebrate that than to attend a Stevenson play that is all about LOVE: “Romeo And Juliet!”

Join the Patriot Theatre Company as it shares the classic tale of the ever famous “star-crossed lovers” through this abridged, one-act, one-hour version of Shakespeare’s original “Romeo And Juliet.”

Conceptualized in a celestial world where the day and the night are indefinitely separated and ushered by popular and favored music of today’s era, this Freshmen/Sophomore production will help the audience reimagine how love can indeed be born from hate.

The production will feature three shows, running TOMORROW (7 p.m.), FRIDAY (7 p.m.) and SATURDAY (7 p.m.) in the Little Theater.

Tickets are $7 and are available on GoFan.

This is a fundraiser event with snacks and water on sale for $2 apiece or 3 items for $5.

Peer Helpers Have Just The Fix For The “Winter Blues”  

Do the cold temperatures and dark mornings color your mood “blue” for the day? If they do, you are not alone.

The “Winter Blues” are actually extremely common, and can manifest in different forms from person to person: from low mood and low energy to decreased focus on activities or hobbies that typically make you happy.

There are a variety of ways that we can beat these feelings, and the Peer Helpers have some great suggestions in the above video.

If you or someone you know is struggling with the “Winter Blues” and would like to connect with an adult about this, please be sure to reach out to a member of your Student Services Team. You can stop by any Student Services office and make an appointment during the school day or online via Calendly.

Lean In Feminism To Showcase One Of Stevenson’s Own!

There’s a World Champion among us here at Stevenson!

Join Lean in Feminism Club as it welcomes Masters World Weightlifting Champion Danielle Colan to its meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Room 2614. All are welcome!

Colan will be sharing stories and answering questions about the challenges and triumphs she has experienced on her impressive journey. 

A 2008 graduate of Stevenson, Colan (nee Mall) is now a Communication Arts teacher at Stevenson. She is also a board-certified health and wellness coach and owner of Warrior Wellness Coaching.

After high school, in which she was a decorated three-sport (volleyball, basketball and track and field) athlete for the Patriots, Colan played basketball and threw the discus for Davidson College, won a national championship in kickboxing, and in more recent years, became a four-time national champion and two-time world champion and world record holder in weightlifting for her age and weight class.

Colan was inducted into the Stevenson Athletics Hall Of Fame in 2021.

Looking For Ways To Give Back?
Check Out Stevenson’s Service Club Opportunities

Service is a meaningful way for students to take direct action towards causes that align with their values.

Service is fulfilling and truly a privilege for Stevenson students to engage in. Whatever it is that students want to work towards, be it sustainability, aid/relief, equality, education, Stevenson students have many opportunities to volunteer through co-curriculars and local organizations.

Check Out Stevenson’s Service Club opportunities!

The Reminders For Students section tightens our Student Announcements section by including information about events/action items that have already been fully promoted in the Digest, but that have yet to happen or are still open-ended with deadlines (submissions/applications/permission slips). These reminders, which will run every day, will include direct links to applicable websites or documents, and/or to previous editions of the “Digest” that feature the full listing about the event. Please check here regularly! 

ACADEMICS ONGOING ~ Register Now For Summer School: Online registration for Summer School courses is open NOW until March 23. To get started, please go to Infinite CampusClick here for instruction on how to registerSummer School is open to current Stevenson studentsas well as current eighth graders who will be registered as incoming freshmen in the Class of 2027. *NOTE: Summer School registration is different from the academic school year registration/fees payment process that will begin in mid-May. Contact the summer school office at 847-415-4520 or with questions. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

FRIDAY: Deadline To Opt Out Of 2023 Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Share your thoughts about education in Illinois in the 5Essentials Survey that addresses five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for students. Students will receive specific e-mail communication about how they can participate in the survey during their Mathematics class. Parents who would like their student to opt-out of this survey can complete this form by FRIDAY. Parents are also welcome to complete the 5Essentials Survey.

THURSDAY, Feb 9: CLC Visit: The College And Career Center is hosting a series of College Of Lake County workshops throughout the Second Semester, starting next week with a visit on THURSDAY (Feb. 9) from CLC during all lunch periods in the CCC. (Seniors ~ and juniors ~ are welcome to join a session.) This is the first of SIX total events in this CLC workshop series. The second date in the series is an application workshop on THURSDAY, Feb. 23. Full “Daily Digest” listing, including more information and all dates. 



ONGOING: Winterfest 2023: Arcade! Get your tickets for the upcoming Winterfest Dance, which will be held on SATURDAY, Feb. 25 (7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the West Commons and Sportscenter). The price is$25 through Feb. 24. Tickets will be available at the door for $40. NOTE: If you would like to bring a guest (a student from another school) to the Dance, you must fill out a guest form. Guest forms may be submitted NOW through Feb. 17. 
CORRECTION: In Monday’s edition of the “Daily Digest,” in a story about the donations made to micro-loans using the proceeds from KIVA’s S-Factor event, Colombia was spelled incorrectly. We apologize for the error. 

Hall Of Fame For Former Boys Hockey Coach Jim Wood!

Former Stevenson Hockey Coach Jim Wood was inducted last month into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame.

Wood (pictured above middle) coached the Patriots for 14 years before leaving the post in 2016. He was succeeded by his son, Tom Wood (pictured above right), a 1998 Stevenson graduate who is still the head coach today. Wood’s other son Dan (pictured above left) is currently a varsity assistant coach in the program.

Stevenson won two Metro North Championships, two Metropolitan Scholastic Cup Championships and reached the Elite Eight of the state tournament seven times under the elder Wood’s direction. When the Scholastic Hockey League was formed, Wood ensured that Stevenson became one of the original members of this competitive high school league.

Stevenson remains a member of the SHL to this day and is the reigning State High School Champion.

In 2007, the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association awarded Wood with the Billy Reay Coach of the Year award. In 2008, AHAI presented him with the High School Coach of the Year award at the United Center.

 Sports Events Ahead

FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ Competitive Cheer State Finals: Stevenson will be competing in the IHSA Competitive Cheer State Finals on FRIDAY (prelims, 7:25 p.m.) and SATURDAY at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. General admission tickets are available online and at the door. Admission is $12 at the door and $12 plus online fees. No outside food or beverages may be brought inside the Arena. There is also a clear bag policy to enter the Arena. The competition will be streamed live on the NFHSNetwork/IHSATV.  

FRIDAY ~ Competitive Cheer PEP BUS: There will be a Pep Bus for Stevenson students who want to cheer on the Competitive Cheer Team at STATE on Friday. The Pep Bus will depart from Circle Drive on Friday at 12 noon and return at approximately 10 p.m. The Pep Bus will cost $15 and students must also purchase a ticket to the event online or at the door. 

SATURDAY ~ Boys Swimming And Diving NSC Open Invite: The Patriots will compete in the North Suburban Conference Open Invite on SATURDAY at Lake Forest High School. Action starts at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at GoFan. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.

 Sports Reminders

Similar to the new Reminders For Students section, Sports Reminders is a daily sports section that includes sports items that have already been fully promoted in the “Digest,” but that have yet to happen or are still open-ended with deadlines. Please check here regularly!

ONGOING ~ Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HEREAll Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

TOMORROW ~Girls Badminton Meeting: There will be an Information Meeting for all athletes interested in trying out for the girls badminton team this Spring. The meeting will be held THURSDAY from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 2104. The meeting will cover program expectations and tryout information while providing an opportunity to meet the coaches. Any freshmen unable to attend can contact Coach Shanmugasundaram ( or Coach Edstrom ( for information. Any upperclassmen unable to attend can contact Coach Johnson (

FRIDAY, Feb. 10 ~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. Nominate a WINTER athlete for an Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) by FRIDAY, Feb. 10. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

Sports Results

Boys Swimming and Diving:
 The Patriots (8-0, 6-0) hosted Zion-Benton and won, 111-31. Stevenson dominated the lanes, placing first and second in almost all races. 

Boys Basketball: Stevenson (18-4, 9-1) edged host Lake Forest in a nail-biter, 45-43. Jack Dabbs put up 10 points, along with 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Aidan Bardic also added 10 points for the Patriots with 4 assists. David Sulnius also scored 10 points, and added 3 assists. Stevenson hosts Zion-Benton at 7 p.m. on Friday for Senior Night and will honor Sulnius, Raj MohapatraMichael Maloney and Brandon Sorokin.

Girls Basketball:
 The Patriots (19-9, 9-4) fell to Lake Forest 45-42 in a tough and physical matchup. Nisha Musunuri and Emma Brooks both contributed 12 points for Stevenson with Emory Klatt chipping in with 11 points. Sydney Rosland added 5 points. The Patriots will hit the road and take on Prospect at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. NOTE: Sophomore David Simmons, a budding photographer, was at the game, the team’s “Think Pink” game, and got the shot to the right.

Girls Bowling: Stevenson traveled to the Bowlero to take on Vernon Hills in a nonconference match and lost, 2459 to 2304. Anna Reyes bowled a high game of 233, with a 573 series. She was followed by Allison Parks with a high game of 174 and a 454 series. Next up for the Patriots is the IHSA Regional on Saturday at Bertrand Bowl in Waukegan. Action starts at 9 a.m.

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

Feb. 1-28:Black History Month
Feb. 2-4:2023 Frosh/Soph Play: Romeo and Juliet
Feb. 6-10:CCC Presents ~ College Week
Feb. 6:PPA Meeting
Feb. 8:Girls Water Polo Fundraiser ~ Chipotle
Feb. 8:Sports Boosters Meeting

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