Monday, Apr. 17, 2023

Get Green, Stevenson!! It’s “Earth Week!”

Spring seems to be the perfect time to focus on nature, the weather and the environment, and Stevenson is celebrating all things Mother Earth this week with “Earth Week 2023!”

Throughout the week, there will be daily lunchtime activities in the Wood Commons as well as various service and educational opportunities that align with the Earth Day 2023 organization’s sustainability campaigns.

Events will be hosted by the Green Team as well as Horticulture ClubChemistry Club, the Fashion Program, Art From The Heart, local conservation organizations and more. Use the hashtags “#shsearthweek” or “#investinourplanet” or tag “@shs.greenteam” to show how you are taking action this Earth Week!

Lunch (All lunch periods, Wood Commons): 
Write an eco-commitment to share ideas on how you can reduce your carbon footprint. Get an Oreo for your participation…and yes, the Oreos are vegan! Hosted by the Green Team.
After School (3:45 p.m., Room 8066): The Green Team is kicking off “Earth Week” with a collaboration with the Chemistry Club! In honor of Meatless Monday, make environmentally-friendly, VEGAN SOAP in the lab and take it home. Sign up HERE as there is a limited supply.
Before School (8 a.m., Room 8024):
 Did you know that Stevenson has its own vermi-composting bin? Vermicomposting is a popular method of composting with live worms. Catch a glimpse of these red wrigglers in action!
More Fun: Check out Tuesday’s Daily Digest for the rest of tomorrow’s “Earth Week” schedule. Check out this flyer for a full schedule of “Earth Week” activities.

Questions? Please e-mail Mrs. P. Sunny Suntharanund (

WEDNESDAY FIELD TRIP NOTE: There is an “Earth Week” field trip on WEDNESDAY as part of the Habitat Restoration Project at the Westfork Savanna to help clear invasive species. There is room for 50 students to attend from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Permission slips must be completed and turned in by TUESDAY. 

Prom Hits Biggest Numbers…EVER!

With a fancy fashion and arts theme of New York-meets-Hollywood, Saturday’s 2023 Met Gala Prom was a huge success.

In fact, turnout for this year’s Prom was the largest in the history of Proms at Stevenson High School!

There were 1,010 tickets sold for the event, which was held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Please enjoy this gallery of photos from Prom. Photos: Joel Lerner.

Get Emotional: Percussion Ensemble Covers All The Emotions!

From love to anger, sadness and madness and more, the Percussion Ensemble ConcertTOMORROW night will feature works of contemporary literature inspired by various emotions.

The show is slated for a 7 p.m. start in the Performing Arts Center.

This is the final performance of the year for the Percussion Ensemble, showcasing all of its hard work and dedication to the percussive arts. These performances originally debuted in the ensemble’s recent success at the Elk Grove Percussion Festival, along with a recent Solo & Ensemble Contest.

The Percussion Ensemble is a mixed age group of all percussionists from each band class led by Danielle Dileto and Savannah Hendricks.

The show can also be viewed via Vimeo.

Don’t Forget To Check Out Your Progress!
As a friendly reminder, these are the last few weeks before the end of the semester. 

That means now would be a great time to log into the Interactive Report Card and check how you’re growing in each class.

Any questions, please reach out to your teachers. 

TODAY ~ FAN / It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year Of No Do-Overs: This is a Family Action Network live event. Stevenson is an event sponsor. The event is slated for 7 p.m. TODAY at New Trier High School, Cornog Auditorium, 7 Happ Rd., Northfield.

TODAY Family Engagement: Helping Your Teen Develop Self-Management Skills: This is a virtual Family Engagement discussion at 6 p.m. TODAY via Zoom to discuss how families can support the development of executive functioning skills in teens. As adults, we need the skills set to that enables us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions and juggle multiple tasks successfully. These tasks don’t come automatically, they take practice. Find out how families can help teens practice the skills that will help support success in school and into the future.

WEDNESDAY ~  FAN / The Power Of Connection: Building Joy And Life Satisfaction:
This is an in-person Family Action Network event of which Stevenson is an event sponsor at 7 p.m. on WEDNESDAY to be hosted at Evanston Township High School Auditorium 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston.

THURSDAY ~  FAN / I’m Still Here: Loving Myself In A World Not Made For Me: 
This is a virtual Family Action Network event of which Stevenson is a sponsor, slated for 7 p.m. on THURSDAY via Zoom.

MONDAY, APRIL 24 ~ FAN / Quitting: A Life Strategy: This is a virtual Family Action Network event that is sponsored by Stevenson to be hosted at 7 p.m. on MONDAY, April 24 via Zoom. 

MONDAY, APRIL 24 ~ Family Engagement: What To Expect When Your Teen Turns 18: This is a Family Engagement program scheduled for 7 p.m. on MONDAY, April 24. It is being hosted at the Vernon Area Public Library and simulcast on Zoom. The library is asking participants to register for the discussion prior to attending. This event is being hosted in collaboration with the Vernon Area Public Library. Attorneys from the Shire Law Group PC will discuss: Gaining access to health and education records, insurance for students studying abroad and power of attorney. Register HERE.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25 ~ Freshmen Wellness Day/Sophomore Testing: All Freshmen will report to school on APRIL 25 for special “Wellness Day” programming running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Bus service to and from school will be provided. Freshmen Wellness Day will take place for Freshmen while Sophomores are at school taking the PSAT. Juniors and Seniors will not have school on this day. For more information, check out this letter that was sent to all Freshmen Families last month.

Stand By…For A Week Of Cool Pics!

We’ve got our Prom Gallery and a Boys Lacrosse Gallery running today, and there are more great photos to come!

Check Out the Daily Digest each day this week for galleries of photos that will recap a packed schedule of fun events over the last week.

Upcoming Galleries
Day Of Dance
Day Of Silence
Evening Of Jazz
Percussion Ensemble Concert
SPORTS ~ Girls Lacrosse, Softball, Boys Tennis! 

It’s Okay…Not To Be Okay Sweatshirts On Sale

Mind Your Mind is a mental health awareness club with the goal of reducing stigma associated with mental health and promoting positive mental health in the Stevenson community.

Help spread the message that “IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY” and buy Mind Your Mind’s 2023  sweatshirt. It’s a navy crewneck with white print. The sweatshirts are $17.85 each and orders are due at the Patriot School Store by FRIDAY.

Computer Science Club
Update On Final Meeting

There will be NO Computer Science Club meeting TODAY.

The final club meeting of the year will be next  Monday (April 24) in the Recital Hall. This meeting will be for electing next year’s leadership team.

NOW THROUGH APRIL 28: Apply for these post-secondary scholarships with deadlines ranging from now through May 1.
 MAY 15 ~ Odyssey App/Rec Forms Due: The Fine Arts Division is accepting applications and recommendations for Odyssey 2024 artists and workshop ideas. Students, faculty and staff may use the Odyssey Form to suggest artists and submit workshop ideas for Odyssey, which will run Feb. 13-14, 2024.

NOW THROUGH APRIL ~ Project Cutlery: Green Team is concerned about plastic utensil use at Stevenson. The club has organized a raffle running now through April for students who submit a photo of the reusable utensil they use at Stevenson through this form. Those submissions are entered for a chance to WIN a solar-powered portable charger! There will be THREE randomly selected winners who will be notified in April. Submitted photos MUST show use AT STEVENSON in order to be considered.

NOW THROUGH END OF SCHOOL YEAR ~ Shoe Donations: The Green Team and SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) have partnered to keep unwanted footwear out of landfills. The Green Team will take shoes in ANY condition, whether they are for athletics, formalwear, etc. Collection continues NOW through the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR in the donation box at the Point, across from the Security Desk. Please e-mail the Green Team sponsor ( with any questions.

NOW ~ Tickets Available NOW For TEDx: Mark your calendars, and buy your tickets…the power of TED is coming to Stevenson next month in the form of a student-led and student-run grassroots event called TEDxStevensonHighSchool. 
TEDxStevensonHighSchool will follow the theme “Passions and Perspectives” in the
upcoming event, slated for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on APRIL 25 in the West Auditorium. There are a total of 100 spots available. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

WEDNESDAY ~ T-Shirt Design Contest Voting Deadline: There are two finalists remaining in the 2023 T-Shirt Contest. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite by 8 a.m. on WEDNESDAY! The winning T-Shirt will be sold at the Patriot School Store!

ONGOING ~ Apply To Work At Camp Patriot: Camp Patriot is looking for staff for the summer! Camp Patriot is open to kids who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall. Daily activities are led by Role Models and professional staff. These may include art, cooking, dance, drama, music, sports, STEM and so much more! If you are a current sophomore and older, please stop by Student Activities or visit the PREP Page for more information.

ONGOING ~ Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Stevenson has a vast array of job postings that is continuously updated with new listings. From job shadows to internships and summer jobs, there is plenty to explore. Check out the Student Career Connection page on the Stevenson website to learn more.

Seniors: Get out your calendars…you’re probably going to want to “save these dates” as these are the top “Senior Send-Off” events at Stevenson…and you won’t want to miss them! Also included are deadlines for permission slips, early-bird ticketing, etc. We will provide more detailed information here as it becomes available. Stay tuned! Note: The “Seniors: Class Of 2023” page on the Stevenson website will also be updated with all of this information as it becomes available. 


APRIL 28 ~ Senior Sunrise
MAY 25 ~ Senior Class Party
MAY 26 ~ Graduation


NOW THROUGH MAY 24 ~ Party Time, Seniors…Buy Cruise Tickets: Tickets for “The Senior Class Party,” which is a two-hour boat cruise on Lake Michigan May 25, are available. Tickets are now $45 apiece. To complete the transaction, put your Student ID in the Promo Code. More information: check out the Feb. 7 Daily Digest.

Sports Results

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots, (1-7, 0-1), notched their first victory of the season, 15-4 over visiting Deerfield. Caleb Lee led in scoring with 7 goals and 4 assists. Josh Lee and Zaine Clemons both contributed 3 goals apiece. Cameron Crew and Aarav Patel both added 1 goal and 2 assists each. Defensemen Jack Myers and goalie Sanshray Ravinutala helped protect the net with their spirited defense. Myers added a couple assists of his own and Ravinutala made 14 saves in the cage. Next up is Andrew at 5 p.m. today on Field 14. We were at Saturday’s win over Deerfield and got some great pictures! Check out this full gallery of photos. Photos: Joel Lerner.

Boys Gymnastics: Stevenson (4-3) won the Ken Scorza Invite at York with a high score of 151.10. Thor Mace dominated the competition tying for second place on the floor exercise (9.20), third on the pommel horse (8.6), second on the parallel bars (8.40), first on the high bar (9.10) and third place in the all-around. Elliott Haskell placed fifth on the pommel horse with a score of 8.30 and brother Eli Haskell placed sixth with a score of 7.9. Eli Haskell also finished fourth on the high bar. Elliott Haskell finished fifth overall and Eli Haskell finished 6th overall. Next up for the Patriots is the Independent Conference Championships at 6 p.m. on Friday at Glenbard East.

Boys Volleyball: For the second year in a row, the Patriots (14-5, 2-0) won the Lake County Invite, which was held at Grant High School. Stevenson defeated Mundelein (25-18, 25-14), Waukegan (25-15, 25-12), Antioch (25-21, 25-22), Carmel (25-19, 25-16), and Lake Zurich (25-15, 22-15, 25-14). Libero Onon Bayasakh contributed 27 digs and 3 aces. Setter David Wang had 103 attempts with 43 assists and 3 digs. Setter Logan Kim added 126 attempts with 48 assists and 9 digs. Ramsey Engel had 22 kills with 12 digs and 2 solo blocks and 1 block assist. Sam Nuudel finished the weekend with 30 kills, 10 digs and 2 service aces. Next up for Stevenson is a road match at Hersey at 6 p.m. today.

Badminton: The Patriots (14-0, 5-0) faced two other top teams in the state, Fremd and Neuqua Valley and won 6-2 and 7-1 respectively. The Patriots also defeated York, 8-0. The competition was phenomenal and allowed for improvement from several players. Veronica Ornatsky defeated her opponent from Fremd in a three-set battle 24-26, 21-9, 21-19. The No. 1 doubles team of Anvi Harish and Katherine Li dominated their match, 21-4, 21-6 against Neuqua, as did Michelle Zhang and Katie Moy who won 21-8, 21-0. Next up for Stevenson is a home match at 4:45 p.m. today against Evanston.

Girls Water Polo: Stevenson (19-1, 3-0) hosted the Illinois vs. Michigan Invite, finishing 3-1 against the top teams in Michigan. Stevenson defeated Rockford (13-5), Grandville (16-3) and East Grand Rapids (5-3). The Patriots’ only loss came to Hudsonville, 6-5. Goalies Katie Delaney had 27 blocked shots and 7 assists, while Em Barron had 2 blocked shots. Becca Stone had 14 steals and contributed 6 goals and 3 assists. Camila Maya added 10 assists and 5 goals. Olivia Spieth led the way for Stevenson with 21 steals, and also added 2 assists and 6 goals. Sophia Berger had 3 steals, 5 assists, and 5 goals. Victoria Duncan tallied 5 steals and 5 goals. Emily Headley finished the weekend with 5 steals and Belle Cloeter scored 3 goals. Next match is against Warren at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Baseball: The Patriots (11-5, 1-2) defeated South Elgin, 5-1. JR Nelson got things started in the second inning hitting a double and then scoring a run. Stevenson pulled away for good with 4 runs in the third inning when Ben Wegrzyn singled and scored. Joe Richardson led the Patriots to victory on the mound, allowing 4 hits and 1 run over six innings, striking out nine batters. Michael Melbot threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Nelson led the way with 2 hits in three at-bats. Next up for Stevenson is a conference matchup at Mundelein at 4:45 p.m. today.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (7-1) went 3-0 moving the team record to 7-1. Stevenson defeated Deerfield (7-0), Fremd (7-0) and Lake Forest (6-1). Ashy Madhushankar dominated Deerfield 6-0, 6-0 in his singles match and Fremd 6-0, 6-1 in his doubles match. Caden Zhao defeated Deerfield, 6-0, 6-4 as the No. 2 singles player, Fremd 6-1, 6-4 as the No. 1 singles player and Lake Forest in his doubles match with partner Alex Jang, 6-0, 6-2. Nathan Ma beat Deerfield 6-1, 6-1 in his No. 3 singles match, Fremd 6-1, 6-3 as the No. 4 doubles team and Lake Forest as the No. 2 doubles team with Ervin Perkowski, 6-0, 6-2. Against Deerfield, all four doubles teams defeated their opponents. Jaden Dai won both of his matches against Fremd and Lake Forest 6-0, 6-0. The No. 1 doubles team of Perkowski and Gautham Kappaganthula battled a tough Fremd team and tallied the win, 5-7, 7-5, 10-7. Next up for Stevenson is against conference opponent Lake Zurich at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

Softball: Stevenson (5-3, 2-2) took a tough loss on Friday falling to Taft, 17-1. Aubrey Jepson started at pitcher, and struck out three batters through 6 innings. Ava Potempa finished the game going 3-up, 3-down in the seventh. Stevenson trailed 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning and fought until the last out. The Patriots were able to bounce back on Saturday against Conant, winning 6-5. Stevenson’s rally was led by senior Hailey Langer with a single to the outfield. Conant’s defense faced eight Stevenson batters in the bottom of the seventh inning, unable to stop the Patriot rally. The game-winning run was brought in by freshman Alyssa Shimanski, who also led the Patriots at the plate going 2-for-4 with 1 double in the bottom of the fourth and 1 bunt single in the bottom of the 7th to win the game! Next up is a road game at Zion-Benton at 4:45 p.m. today.

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots (8-2, 1-0) hosted Oak Park River Forest on Saturday and lost, 16-8 in a tough battle. Lili Sorenson scored 5 goals and Jessica Youkahanna, Teagan Hendricks and Keira Ferrigan each scored one apiece. Despite not finding their defense on Saturday, the Patriots still caused some turnovers from Hendricks (4), Alex Varshavsky, Natalie Martin and Megan Randol. Goalie Randol had 11 saves on the day. Next up for the Patriots is a road match at Mundelein at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Sports Reminders

THURSDAY ~ Student-Athlete Meeting: DON’T FORGET ~ If you have not attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting, the LAST one of the year is coming up THURSDAY from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. 

ONGOING: Register for Summer Sports Camp: For freshmen through seniors. Summer Sports Camp brochure, which is also located on the athletics webpage. Register here for Summer Sports Camp. Register early to make sure you are cleared to participate on the first day of camp.

ONGOING ~ Sports Boosters Signs: The Sports Boosters are running their annual lawn sign sale.  Customize your sign for graduation, school activities and special events. Check out all the fun options! 

ONGOING ~ Sports Boosters Bricks: Purchase a commemorative brick for the Hall of Fame Garden. Price is $150 for a 4” x 8” brick.

ONGOING THROUGH APRIL 26 ~ Important Cheer Dates: Want to be a cheerleader next school year? The cheerleading program has a series of important dates coming up.

TODAY ~ Parent/Athlete Meeting: 5:30 p.m., Room 5132. WEDNESDAY ~ Tryout Clinic: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wood Commons. Register HERE. April 24, 25, 26 ~ Tryouts: 4 p.m., each day. Wood Commons.

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

Apr. 17-21:EARTH WEEK 
Apr. 17: Family Engagement: Helping Your Teen Develop Self Management Skills
Apr. 17:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Apr. 17:FAN ~ It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs
Apr. 18:Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Apr. 19:PPA Bake Sale
Apr. 19: 2023 Senior Awards
Apr. 19:FAN ~ The Power of Connection: Building Joy and Life Satisfaction
Apr. 20: Late Arrival
Apr. 20:FAN ~ I’m Still Here: Loving Myself In A World Not Made For Me
Apr. 21:Baroque Concert
Apr. 24:FAN ~ Quitting: A Life Strategy
Apr. 24:Stevenson Family Engagement: What To Expect When Your Teen Turns 18

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