Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Stevenson Says Goodbye To Longtime Choral Director Nuteson
Final Choir Concert Of The Year Also Honored Seniors

Emotions ran high at last night’s Spring Choir Concert, the final Choir Concert of the year for the curricular choirs and a cappella groups.

Not only were the students soaking in their last moments on stage performing, but the Fine Arts Department also took time to deliver a special, heartfelt tribute to Choral Director Alice Nuteson (pictured right). She has been at Stevenson for 33 years and is retiring at the end of the school year. This was her final Choir Concert.

“I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with Alice for the last 13 years and one thing I’ve seen in all my interactions is that she’s absolutely exceptional in everything that she does,” Fine Arts Director Jon Grice said at the beginning of the concert. “She exposes her students to a diverse repertoire with challenges to grow as musicians and perform at high levels. We know the positive impact she’s had on our students and community is incredible and will continue to resonate long after her retirement.” 

Six groups ~ Stevenson Choir, Advanced Choir, Patriot SingersLow~FrequencyPolyphonics and Nothing But Treble ~ were featured last night while debuting a new piece by composer Paul Langford. Senior Choir Students were also honored.

For a full gallery of photos from the concert, please click here.

Photos: Joel Lerner

Concert Bands To Debut World Premieres!

In the final curricular performance by the Stevenson Concert Bands this year, several of the bands will be performing world premiere arrangements of songs that they selected and created throughout the entire second semester.

The Spring Band Concert, featuring the Honor Band, Advanced Symphonic Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Freshman Band, is a two-day event and slated for a 7 p.m. start for shows both TODAY and TOMORROW in the Performing Arts Center.

Students will also be honored with awards throughout the event, which can also be viewed via Vimeo. View the program for the concert here.

COUNTDOWN…To Final Experience

You are in the home stretch, Patriots! TWO MORE WEEKS until Final Experience!

Here’s what you need to know:

Due to the number of non-attendance days this school year, Final Experience will be a little different this spring to accommodate this year’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 26.


Wednesday, May 24

If you are submitting any more evidence for this semester’s Period 5, 1, 7 and 8 classes, you should go to the Fieldhouse on Wednesday, May 24 (see schedule above). Please speak with your teachers to see if you need to submit more evidence. Once all Final Experiences are completed, seniors will be released to go home. 
Thursday, May 25
Seniors who are submitting any more evidence for this semester’s Period 6, 2, 3 and 4 classes will be expected to report to their normal classrooms according to the Final Experience schedule on Thursday, May 25.

Thursday, May 25

Report to your Period 6, 2, 3 and 4 classrooms on Thursday, May 25.
Friday, May 26
Report to your Periods 5, 1, 7 and 8 classrooms on Friday, May 26.
COURSE MATERIAL RETURNAll course material (textbooks, art supplies, cameras, apple pencils, etc.) must be returned before you leave for the summer! You may have to pay a fee for any materials that are returned late, so don’t forget about this, Patriots! Students may drop off their materials in the Lower Sports Center Lobby during these dates/times:

May 22-24
~ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
~ Periods 4 – 6
~ 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

May 25-26
~ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
For more information about the ILC/QLC/ELC, Food Service, Open Gym and the PWC during the Final Experience, please click here.

Stevenson Is GOLDEN At Science State Competiton

Stevenson was perfect at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Competition last month at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Stevenson had 18 students with 13 projects competing and EVERY PROJECT earned a Gold Award, and more than half of the projects earned a special award.

Gold Awards
Shaurya Agrawal, Jaden Chen, Anish Deshpande, Nikhil Gangavarapu, Angela Guo, Aditya Gupta, Deepti Hegde, Jennifer Huang, Rishi Jagannath, Irene Jung, Smriti Kumar, Sreram Muthukannan, Sahana Narayan, Ranya Prasad, Richelle Shi, Ritanya Subramanian, Aarushi Tiwari, Shrihan Tummala

EPIC (Exceptional Project in Category Award)
Biochemistry ~ Jennifer Huang
Computer Science ~ Shaurya Agrawal and Shrihan Tummala
Material Science ~ Angela Guo
Mathematics ~
Nikhil Gangavarapu

United States Naval Award ~ Shaurya Agrawal and
Aditya Gupta
Top Paper Award ~ Angela Guo
American Water Works Association Award ~ Irene Jung and Sahana Narayan
Museum of Science and Industry Outstanding Project in Material Science ~ Angela Guo
Museum of Science and Industry Outstanding Project in Physics ~ Aarushi Tiwari

Grow Your Mind ~ And Your Mindset ~ At Stevenson

Did you know that your beliefs, thoughts, and perceptions influence how you process information in your brain and body? This phenomenon is called Mindset, and science tells us that your Mindset influences your physical biology and mental health.

At Stevenson, the Patriot Wellness Center has created four Pillars Of Wellness: Mindset, Movement, Nutrition and Restoration.

Today’s “Wellness Wednesday” focuses on Mindset, the foundation for resilience, health, and balancing stress and our emotional state while incorporating wellness practices into everyday life.

The Patriot Wellness Center wants to help you foster a growth mindset. Students with a growth mindset believe they can improve, persist through failure, and reframe success to grow despite adversity.

To help you foster a growth mindset, consider the following:

When did you overcome a challenge that seemed daunting at first, but you faced it head-on anyway? Remember this time and remember that you are more resilient than you think.

Every time you overcome a challenge, you raise the bar for yourself and your ability to face adversity, overcome challenges and foster a healthy mindset. Overcoming adversity is good for your mental health.

So, next time you face a challenge, reframe the experience as an opportunity for growth and face the challenge head-on.

Some strategies for intentionally fostering a growth mindset include the following:

Practice Hard Things: Get through a hard workout, write a difficult paper, have a challenging conversation with a friend or loved one and study extra hard for an exam you are not confident in.

Get Help:
 Ask for assistance from someone who supports you, even though you might face failure. Rather than shy away from a challenge, seek wisdom from someone who has had a similar experience.

Give Yourself Credit:
 Reward yourself for effort, in addition to outcome. Do you have peace of mind and self-satisfaction in knowing you made an effort to do your best?

Consider Your Character:
 Are you exemplifying the characteristics of being a student, friend and peer you expect for yourself and others? If so, great! If you can improve, consider practicing kindness, gratitude, and generosity, and give your best in your daily work.

Talk to a friend about mindset, or come chat with a Wellness Coach in the Patriot Wellness Center or one of your Student Support Team members.

Seniors: Graduation Is Coming…
411 On Caps/Gowns And Day-Of-Ceremony Details

TOMORROW ~ Cap And Gown Pick-Up: Seniors can pick up their caps and gowns from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. TOMORROW in the Wood Commons outside of Student Activities. This is one of the LAST opportunities to pick up your cap and gown.

REHEARSAL/TICKETS ~ There will be a mandatory rehearsal ceremony on the morning of Friday, May 26. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with your counselor in the Fieldhouse. After rehearsal, you will report back to your counselor to receive and sign out your graduation tickets. Each graduate will receive eight tickets.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AT THE NOW ARENA ~ Doors at NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates will open to the public at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Graduates should report no later than 4 p.m. The actual graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be live-streamed and can be accessed here:
GRADUATION PHOTOS ~ Photos of this year’s graduation ceremony will be taken by Visual Image Photography (VIP). All images will be posted online for view and order about a week after graduation. You will receive an email when they are ready to view and order, or you can visit Type in your school name and click on the graduation tile. Enter the student’s full name and an e-mail address. This will bring up your student’s graduation day photos and link you to other event photos from this past school year. All print orders are sent directly to the address entered at checkout. Contact VIP at with questions.

For more information about Graduation, including directions to the ceremony and parking, appropriate dress and diplomas, please refer to the letter that was sent to all senior families on May 5 or check out the Senior Page on the Stevenson website.
MAY 25 ~ Senior Class Party
MAY 26 ~ Graduation

Heads Up: Upcoming Changes To PWC Hours
As the school year winds downs, there will be a few days in which hours at the Patriot Wellness Center will be adjusted.

The PWC will close at 6 p.m.SUNDAY (Mother’s Day)
The PWC will be closed.

The PWC will be closed after school.

FRIDAY, May 26
The PWC will be closed after school.
THROUGH FRIDAY: Advanced Placement Exams will run all week, through FRIDAY. For more Advanced Placement information, click here. For the 2023 Advanced Placement Exam Schedule, click here.

MAY 15 ~ Odyssey App/Rec Forms Due:  Applications and recommendations for Odyssey 2024. Students, faculty and staff may use the Odyssey Form to suggest artists and submit workshop ideas for Odyssey.

NOW THROUGH JUNE 30: Apply for these post-secondary scholarships with deadlines ranging from now through June 30.

ONGOING ~ Juniors To-Do’s: Counselors recently sent Juniors an e-mail that includes a checklist of things to do starting now and through the summer as the idea of college and applications becomes more of a reality. Also, there’s a great scholarship opportunity for juniors that includes four years of tuition and expenses to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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. A donation box is at the Point.

TODAY AND TOMORROW ~ General Dance Auditions: Mélange and Repertory Dance Company general auditions will be held TODAY and TOMORROW from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 2112. To sign up for the auditions, please click here. General auditions assure placement within the companies as a whole. This is an AUDITION for current company members and any new students interested in joining the companies. In the beginning of the new school year, there will be placement auditions with these students to place them specifically into Mélange or Repertory. These placements will be Tuesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, Aug. 23For more details, please click here.

THROUGH FRIDAY ~ Patriot School Store Sale: To close out the school year, the Patriot School Store is having a 25 percent off sale, running through FRIDAY. The Patriot School Store is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sale prices apply in-store only and exclude letterman jackets, Jalen Brunson gear, 2023 contest T-shirts and school supplies.
Questions: Megan Shahinian at 847.415.4126 or

SATURDAY ~ Allies For Allied Celebration (Sign Up To Donate Food): The Sophomore Class Board will be hosting its “Allies For Allied Celebration” SATURDAY in the Stadium with an after-party in the Sportscenter following the team’s tournament that begins at 9 a.m. There will be free food, music, games, and LOTS OF FUN!!!! To donate food items for the celebration, please click here. For questions, contact Jane Caballero at

THROUGH MAY 19 ~ Music Production Showcase Fundraiser: Music Production 2 students engaged in an activist songwriting project centered around topics that are important to them. The hope is that the music they wrote can raise donations (through May 19) for three organizations: Brave Space AllianceGood Kids Mad City and Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook. Here is a link to the playlist (contains explicit language) and here is a link to donate.

ONGOING ~ Apply To Work At Camp Patriot: Camp Patriot is looking for staff for the summer! 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. Check out the Student Career Connection page on the Stevenson website to learn more.

ONGOING ~ Travel The World With Stevenson: Don’t forget to check out Stevenson’s International Travel Opportunities because travel is for EVERYONE at Stevenson! Don’t miss out on the amazing 2024 tours (Dominican Republic, France/Italy, Iceland, Japan) that are planned. If you missed the Travel Night Zoom Call and want to know more, click here: For general questions about Stevenson Travel (travel partners, dates, payments, insurance, etc.), contact Mandy Johnson at

Sports Notes
Coming Fall Of 2023: Girls Flag Football Girls…Want to play Flag Football…for real, for a season?

Stevenson will be offering Girls Flag Football in the Fall of 2023. This is a COMPETITIVE program! Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Games will take place on Saturdays. Athletes are EXPECTED to attend all activities. You CANNOT join Girls Flag Football if you are on another fall sports team. This is a pilot program for 2023, therefore, there is no P.E. waiver given for Girls Flag Football.

To register for Flag Football, please click here. Tryouts will take place in August.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Upcoming Sports Events

TONIGHT ~ Boy Water Polo Sectional: Stevenson will play Highland Park TONIGHT in the IHSA Sectional starting at 5 p.m. at Buffalo Grove High School. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan:

TOMORROW ~ Future Patriot Athletic Night: Mark your calendars, Future Patriots Athletic Night is rapidly approaching and the Athletic Department is encouraging all current sixth, seventh and eighth graders to participate. The event is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TOMORROW. Register now via the Prep Catalog.

TOMORROW ~ Girls Track And Field Sectional: Stevenson is starting its run in the state playoffs! The IHSA Girls Track And Field Sectional starts TOMORROW at Palatine High School. ALL tickets are $7 via GoFan: or $8 CASH at the gate.

FRIDAY ~ Girls Badminton At State: Stevenson is heading to STATE! The IHSA Badminton State Finals starts at 9:45 a.m. on FRIDAY at DeKalb High School. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan:

FRIDAY ~ Boys Gymnastics At State: Stevenson is heading to STATE! The IHSA Boys Gymnastics State Finals starts at 4:30 p.m. on FRIDAY at Hoffman Estates High School. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan:

FRIDAY ~ Girls Water Polo Sectional: Stevenson will play Mundelein in the semifinals of the Buffalo Grove sectional starting at 5 p.m. on FRIDAY at Buffalo Grove High School. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan:

MAY 22 ~ Spring Sports Awards: Mark your calendars, Spring Sports Awards Night will be here before you know it! Dress to impress for the event, which is at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 22 in the Sportscenter.

Sports Results

 It was Senior Night for the Patriots (10-7-1, 6-5) and they dominated the field in all areas against Zion-Benton, winning 15-5. Stevenson’s bats were hot, scoring 15 runs in just four innings. The Patriots ended the game in run-rule fashion at the top of the fifth inning with a total of 13 hits throughout the game. Aubrey Jepson led the way going 4-for-4 with 1 home run, 1 double, and 2 singles. Michaela Duffy and Sophia Becker each had 2 hits tallying 1 double and 1 single. Next up for Stevenson is conference opponent Lake Forest at 4:45 p.m. today at Lake Forest’s West Campus.

Baseball: Stevenson (22-7, 9-2) shut out Waukegan 11-0 thanks to pitchers Andrew Maloney and Chris Iannuzzi, who worked together to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. JR Nelson got the offense started in the first inning, driving in 2 runs when he doubled. Stevenson then tallied 5 runs in the fifth inning led by Joey FrankelCarson KayeTakuma Sakamoto and Ben Wegrzyn, who all knocked in runs during that inning. Colin Schmitke went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Patriots in hits. Iannuzzi earned the win for the Patriots allowing 1 hit and no runs over four innings, while striking out 4 batters and walking one. Next up for Stevenson is another conference game against Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. today on the Varsity Baseball Field.

Sports Reminders

TODAY ~ Sports Boosters FLASH SALE: The Sports Boosters is hosting a Flash Sale TODAY from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Hall of Fame Garden. Grab your Stevenson Gear! 

FRIDAY ~ Deadline For ESPPA Award Nominations: Spring Sports Awards Season is almost here, and the Athletic Department needs your nominations for the ESPPAs. Click HERE to enter your nominations for each ESPPA category. DEADLINE is FRIDAY!

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.

JULY 17 ~ Baseball Golf Outing: The Stevenson Baseball Team is hosting a Golf Outing on Monday, July 17 at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course, starting at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased HERE to play in a foursome or to sponsor a hole. All proceeds will go to the Stevenson Baseball Program. 

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

May 10-12: AP Exams
May 10-11: Band Concert
May 10: Sports Boosters Meeting
May 10:  Stevenson Family Engagement ~ I Can’t Believe I Have A SENIOR!
May 12: A Western Improv Spectacular
May 13: Allies For Allied Soccer Celebration
May 15: Activity Period ~ Sophomore Guidance
May 15: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
May 16: Consortium Art Festival And Reception
May 16: PPA Meeting
May 17: Band Fundraiser ~ MOD Pizza
May 17: String Awards Concert

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