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Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

December Virtual Band Concert
Students, parents, guardians and members of the Patriot community are invited to attend a Virtual Band Concert on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m with performances by each of the five levels of the Stevenson Band Program.
This concert will include previously unseen solo and chamber performances from the semester and the concert will be streamed via Zoom.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Virtual Auditions for Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies
Students enrolled in a Stevenson Dance class are eligible to submit an audition video for one of two curricular dance companies.
The Mélange Dance Company is composed of advanced technical dancers who are interested in exploring more about the art of choreography. The Repertory Dance Company enriches a dancer’s artistic integrity, creativity, versatility, performance quality, and movement vocabulary in a vigorous and disciplined setting.
Student-dancers interested in auditioning for either of these companies for second semester should join the Mélange and Repertory Dance Company Audition Google Classroom page with the class code nszqbyt.
After joining, students must learn a dance phrase which is posted as an assignment, record themselves performing the phrase, and submit it to the Google Classroom.

  • Audition Phrase Work video will be released: Monday, Dec. 7
  • Student Audition video due date: Friday, Jan. 8 by 11:59 PM
  • Company Casts will be announced the week of Jan. 11

Practices will be held at approximately 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for members of both companies

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.

EDUCATION NEWS

A Narrowed Digital Divide as a Result of the Pandemic
Prior to the pandemic, children across the country without digital devices or home internet struggled to keep up with assignments. Now many of these students have devices and internet connections, narrowing the divide between students in different economic groups.

Creating Music Without Instruments: A Music Teacher Adapts to Remote Learning
A New York music teacher who was accustomed to having students use and even share instruments has found other ways to keep students engaged in excited. He also relies on advice from one of his high school music teachers to “never get complacent when it comes to learning.” He drew on that advice as a student and continues to follow that advice as a teacher.

The Titans to be Remembered Differently After School Changes Name
The T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria Virginia became well known after the 2000 film “Remember the Titans” told the story of the school’s state football championship in 1971. On Monday, the school’s board of education voted unanimously to rename the school which had been named for a previous superintendent who fought desegregation.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020

Staff Development During Remote+ Learning
Late arrival days provide an opportunity for Stevenson faculty and staff to meet for program planning, collaboration and staff development. In order to adhere to current safety guidelines, today’s meetings required more technology and planning.
Stevenson Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice shared on Twitter the preparations he made to accommodate roomies – teachers participating in person, and zoomies – teachers participating remotely. His team discussed how they have grown as educators during remote learning and hybrid instructional strategies. While teachers were meeting this morning, we hope our student Patriots enjoyed a few extra hours of sleep!

First Semester Final Exam Week and Second Semester Planning
First-Semester Finals Week
The end of the current six-week reporting period is Dec. 11 and final exams for this semester are scheduled for Dec. 14-16. The exam schedule is posted on the Bell Schedule page.
Freshman Advisory classes will not meet on exam days and students who have three finals on one day can submit an email request to a teacher to change a test to another exam day. Teachers will require a parent or guardian to approve these changes.
Remote tutoring will be available during finals week during these hours:
Monday, Dec. 14: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 15: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 16: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Informal pick-up games and workouts have been a traditional exam week destress activity and this semester, teacher-led workouts will be available for students each exam period. Teachers will provide different opportunities every 30 minutes of each 90-minute period via Zoom.
Part of the end of every semester is returning materials. An email will be sent to Patriot families outlining the procedure for returning first-semester books and materials and information will be provided in the near future regarding distribution plans for second-semester materials.
Second-Semester Plans
Second-semester classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and students will be following the Patriot Hybrid Remote Days Schedule with classes beginning at 8:35 a.m. and ending at 3:25 p.m. This schedule will be posted on the Bell Schedule page by the end of this month. As a reminder, periods 1 and 6 will switch places during second semester and students will receive an email from their teachers on Jan. 4 with the Zoom links for their classes.
Additional details for second-semester in-person teaching and learning that was outlined in the Nov. 9 webinar will be communicated to Patriot families in the upcoming weeks.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tri-M Music Honor Society Benefit Concert
The SHS Tri-M Music Honor Society is holding a benefit concert with Changing Worlds, a local, non-profit organization promoting the arts and diversity among Chicago’s youth. The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. through a YouTube Premiere and will feature performances from Stevenson Tri-M members who hope to raise $500 through this event.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Winter Sports News from the Illinois High School Association
IHSA and its Board of Directors announced yesterday that, due to the governor’s current mitigations, low-risk winter sports will not begin until 2021. Contact days for all sports, including spring and summer sports, may be established in January but will depend on mitigations set by the governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health. In addition, IHSA and its Board discussed the possibility of moving girls badminton from spring to winter. More information will be announced at the next Board meeting on Dec. 14.
What does this mean for Stevenson? Virtual winter sport practices for Stevenson student-athletes will resume throughout the month of December. Winter sport coaches will reach out to winter sport athletes via email regarding plans for upcoming virtual practices. We will keep in touch with students and families as we continue navigating our way forward.

EDUCATION NEWS

Encouraging Creativity and Collaboration Through Makerspaces
Dedicated spaces for students to work together using a variety of tools and materials are increasing on university campuses. They are usually designed to be fun and help students foster innovation and creativity through hands-on learning. The growing number of makerspaces are being used to study best practices for creating these environments.

Declines Seen in Community College Enrollment
Fall college enrollment figures were released this month and a sharp decline in community college enrollment was recorded with a significant decrease in first-time freshmen and male students who did not return to school in the fall.

A Business Start-up Got its Start During a High School Business Incubator Class
A trio of college students who took a business incubator class in high school launched a business making baked goods free of the 14 most common food allergens. The business which began in a high school classroom two years ago is now one of many businesses that have been launched on the campus of the University of Illinois.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020

Students Create National Education Platform
Stevenson juniors Rohita Kotyada and Nandu Pentapati launched an 8-week summer program to help students across the country advance their communication, presentation and research skills.
Their initiative called Project Efidy, had more than 30 participants last summer in grades 4-6 including students from California, Texas and Illinois. Students involved in the program chose a topic of interest such as space exploration or nutrition, received individual mentorship from Kotyada and Pentapati, and their presentations were streamed online to an audience of more than 100 viewers.
Kotyada and Pentapati credit their involvement in the Stevenson co-curricular Key Club as an activity that inspired them to give back through this initiative, and their involvement in Future Business Leaders of America and Future Health Professionals – HOSA helped them advance the skills they shared with students in the program. The Daily Herald recently published details of this program. Congratulations to these Patriots for sharing a commitment to learning with others!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Support Give-a-Thon While Dining at Culver’s
You can help raise money for Lake County families in need by mentioning Give-a-Thon when ordering at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove or Lincolnshire on Dec. 3. Twenty-five percent of group sales will benefit Stevenson’s Give-a-Thon fund which will be used to purchase food and baby items for local families.
This will be a busy week for members of the Stevenson National Honor Society who organized this year’s virtual Give-a-Thon, and student leaders who will be collecting gift, food and baby item donations from Stevenson families this week. Thank you to all who are contributing to help local families in need this season!

Hebrew National Honor Society Coat Donation Drive
Student members of the Hebrew National Honor Society want to help every child in our community have a warm coat this winter. They have set up a donation portal on the Stevenson Superstore website which will only be open until Dec. 10 and they appreciate monetary donations in any amount. Donations collected as part of a group or organization will also be accepted.

HEARD Meeting
Monthly Initiative to Foster Diversity Discussions
Helpers in Equality and Racial Diversity (HEARD) is a new monthly initiative organized by the co-curricular Diversity Council to foster discussions about diversity and to promote equality and change in our community.
Students who would like to lead a discussion at a future meeting are invited to fill out this Google form by 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 2.
The next meeting for this group is Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6-7 p.m via Zoom and all students are welcome to attend.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.

EDUCATION NEWS

Triton College Wins Award for STEM Camps for Girls
A professor at Triton College has made it her mission to encourage girls to explore science, technology, engineering, and math courses. Two manufacturing and welding camps for girls that she developed recently won a national award. The camps, called GADgET or Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering and Technology, teach girls ages 10-14 to design and build.

Mathematics Teachers Solve the Problem of Single Answer Questions
The pandemic has changed many things and for some schools, mathematics assessments are changing too. Schools that assess conceptual understanding when administering remote assessments are finding advantages that may be relevant when in-person assessments resume.

Learning Life Skills Through Improv
In Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization is providing free virtual improv classes to students with the goal of having students learn life skills while having fun. The founders of the organization realized that not all students have the privilege of taking drama classes to learn about how to connect with people. The group is also raising funds so every public school in the city can offer drama classes.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020

Dance Out of the Box
Students taking Concert Dance don’t need a stage to perform self-choreographed pieces. Class members recently completed a series of episodes featuring student solos which can be viewed on the SHS Mediacast platform:
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 1
Featuring senior Elli Freeman, junior Shayna Jann, and sophomores Zoe FleddermanLauren Lee and Zoey Silver.
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 2
With performances by seniors Isabel Perlin and Katie Wu, and juniors Julia Goberman and Taylor Jensen.
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 3
Performed by seniors Ella van Gerven and Ellie Jayne, junior Alyssa Marie Magsino, and sophomore Ella Brody.
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 4
With appearances by seniors Juliette Koskela, Jessica Goldvekht and Jocelyn Silk, and juniors Maggie Feldstein and Angelina Yan.
Concert Dance is a full-year dance course open to sophomores and juniors who have taken Dance 4 and seniors who have completed Dance 3 or 4. In this course, student-dancers integrate dynamic qualities, technical skills and individual style to produce innovative choreography for performance under the instruction of Dance teachers Tiffany Van Cleaf and Janet Rothwell.

A Commitment to Others
Every year, Stevenson students and families demonstrate their commitment to others through charitable acts and giving. For those in our community who are interested in helping others on this Giving Tuesday, there are two active campaigns needing contributions.
Give-A-Thon
This is the 36th year Stevenson Families will be spreading holiday cheer to Lake County families. Although the window to sign-up to donate gifts has passed, you can still provide a monetary donation through the Stevenson Superstore which will be used to help local families in need. Families can also sign-up to drop off food and baby items on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Stevenson: One Family
The Stevenson Foundation assists students throughout the year and has been providing meals and assistance to financially fragile Patriot families. Currently, they are accepting online donations and in-kind grocery donations to help stock the Exceptional Learners Collaborative Food Pantry. Food donations can be dropped off on all school days from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and donation boxes are located at the building doors. If you are delivering food that must be kept cold, please ring the doorbell, and someone will receive your donation at the door. The ELC is located at 990 Corporate Woods Parkway in Vernon Hills.
Thank you Patriot families for your generosity and for continuing to show your commitment to others!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Virtual Tutoring Hours This Week
Tomorrow, Dec. 2 is a scheduled Check-in Day with students participating in asynchronous learning. Virtual tutoring will be available from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Dec. 3 students will be following a late arrival schedule with classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. In order for tutors to be able to be part of the professional development experiences that day, the Virtual Information Learning Center will be open for tutoring from 9:30 am. – 5:30 p.m. Please check the tutoring Canvas pages for specific tutor availability.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Mandatory Meeting for Freshmen Involved in Winter Sports
Stevenson Athletes will hold a Virtual Winter Sports Mandatory Information Meeting for all freshmen involved in a winter sport this season tomorrow, Dec. 3, from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. This is a late arrival day so the meeting will be held before school.
Invitations for this event were emailed to student-athletes last week. Attendance will be taken at the meeting which will be held via Zoom.

EDUCATION NEWS

Colleges Serving an Increasingly Diverse Student Body with a New Network
A network of 17 colleges recently released a model that will help institutions support lifelong learning, support learners with prior experiences and current obligations, and meet the needs of students who seek to learn in a variety of settings. The forum which created this model recognizes the impact of the pandemic and the heightened need for colleges to develop policies that serve diverse learners.

Student Podcast Challenge Open to More Students
National Public Radio has hosted a Student Podcast Challenge for the past two years for students in grades 5-12. This year, the contest is open to college students. The college edition will run from Dec. 1 – Feb. 15, and the middle school and high school edition begins on Jan. 1.

Student-Athletes and Coaches Improvise to Stay in Shape
After winter sports seasons were paused last month, student-athletes and their coaches have devised creative ways to stay in shape and in good form at home.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2020

2021-22 Course Selection for Current Freshman
Over the last two weeks, counselors visited current freshmen during Advisory classes to discuss the importance of mindful course selection and shared specific requirements for sophomore year courses along with the procedure for entering these courses in Infinite Campus.
Beginning today and continuing through Dec. 11, each freshman will meet individually with their counselor to discuss course selection during Advisory or non-academic time. Email invitations with Zoom links will be sent to each student’s Stevenson email address and Zoom links will also be posted on Advisory Canvas pages.
Parents/guardians play an important role in the course selection process and an email was sent to current freshman families recently from Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen outlining this process.
Resources for course selection have been posted to the Coursebook webpage. Students who have further questions should contact their counselor.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gap Year Virtual Information Sessions
Students interested in exploring gap year or summer opportunities can access virtual information sessions beginning today and continuing through Dec. 4. Online registration is required.

Check-in Day on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Wednesday is a scheduled asynchronous learning day. Students will receive assignments to complete independently to give teachers an in-school-day opportunity to meet with students about their current progress, identify areas of growth, offer opportunities for students to demonstrate learning and make sure students are aware of supports available to help them.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Stevenson winter sports teams have paused in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.

EDUCATION NEWS

Parents and Educators Help Students Gain Executive Function Skills
Learning how to manage class schedules without the help of hallway bells and keeping track of assignments without classroom reminders are examples of new skills many students are honing in the remote learning environment with the help of their teachers and parents.

High School Chefs Create Cooking Contest to Maintain Thanksgiving Tradition
Instead of passing international dishes during their annual in-person Thanksgiving feast for families new to the U.S., students at Brooklyn International High School hosted a virtual cooking competition with judging based on presentation and plating.

New Illinois Poet Laureate Hopes to Awaken Student Poets
Illinois has not had a Poet Laureate since 2017. The state began accepting applications for a new top poet last summer and Angela Jackson was named the new Illinois Poet Laureate last week. Jackson plans to travel the state and the country virtually at first, to “awaken the poets in young people” as part of her role.

New University Program Planned for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Post-secondary options for students with intellectual disabilities became broader after The University of Illinois Chicago announced they will be using a $2.5 million grant to develop an accredited program to help people with intellectual disabilities prepare for employment.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

An Opportunity to Help Local Families
Under normal circumstances, hundreds of families in our Stevenson community struggle to put food on the table. As the pandemic continues and we face an uncertain winter, the need in our community is growing. During this season of gratitude, we invite you to join us in helping our community.
The Foundation’s Stevenson: One Family program provides meals and crucial assistance to financially-fragile SHS families. Among the many services the program provides, the Foundation stocks the Exceptional Learners Collaborative (ELC) food pantry with groceries and necessities to help ensure families in our community have access to the food they need.
Over the last three months alone, families have visited the ELC food pantry more than 2,000 times and resources are running low. If you are interested and have the capacity to give, you may do so in one of two ways:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation to the Stevenson: One Family program by clicking here.
  • Make an in-kind donation of groceries to the ELC food pantry. You may drop off food donations on all school days from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Food donation boxes are located at the building doors. If you are delivering food that must be kept cold, please ring the doorbell, and someone will receive your donation at the door. The ELC is located at 990 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL.

Debate Team Members Earn Tournament of Champions Bid
This past weekend, 18 members of the debate team joined more than 220 students from around the country at the virtual Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament.
Participants included seniors Alex Zhou, Andy Zhang, Arun Sivarajah, James Xie, Kevin Fei; juniors Srusti Donapati, Samarth Arul, Aditi Ambravan Anna Xie, Mia Korsunsky, Jesenia Parthasarathy; sophomores Ajay Raut, Lindsey Wang, Gautham Kappaganthula, Pravan Atluri, Hannah Yu, Maddie Wang, and freshman Ben Brokdin.
The tournament ended on a high note with Xie, Ambravan, Wang and Parthasarathy progressing to the semifinal rounds. This quartet ultimately earned a bid to compete at the Tournament of Champions which is a national high school debate tournament traditionally held at the University of Kentucky in April.

Thanksgiving Break
We hope our Patriot families have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving break. Several members of the Patriot community offer conversation suggestions as you gather remotely or in-person tomorrow.
Stevenson Social Emotional Learning Coordinator Molly Gosline shares this article about how to talk about thanks and giving from the Family Dinner Project.
If you expect the conversation at your dinner table may include discussions about recent political events, members of the Stevenson Political Action Club created a conversation guide to manage expectations and practice active listening during conversations with people who may have different political viewpoints. This guide was presented at a recent club meeting by seniors Isabel Perlin, Azima Aidarov and Mikayla Varghese who serve as PAC leaders.
The Daily Digest will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Peer Tutors Sought for Second Semester
Sophomores, juniors and seniors who are taking upper-level classes and have a strong academic history can apply to become a peer tutor. These students volunteer to tutor math, science, social studies, English, computer science, or world languages for a minimum of one hour a week.
The Peer Tutors Club is looking for new tutors for the second semester. Students who are interested in learning how to help their peers in an academic subject area are invited to attend an orientation meeting on Dec 3 from 3:30-4:15 on Zoom. The application will be explained and released at the meeting. Updates for this group can be found on their Instagram account.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS
 

Virtual Strength and Conditioning Camp
Alex Stoller will be leading another Virtual Strength and Conditioning Camp through the Stevenson Intramurals Program. Last summer more than 450 students enrolled in this highly successful program. The camp will be held again two days/week beginning Nov. 30 at a cost of only $20.
There are only 300 spots available so interested students are encouraged to register while spaces are still available.

Exercise Offers Hope
The Stevenson Athletics Department shares this quote about the benefits of exercise:
In The Joy of Movement, McGonigal writes about the science behind “hope molecules”—chemicals released by the muscles into the bloodstream during exercise to protect the brain from stress. “These chemicals can [actually] help people recover from trauma,” she says. “Every time you move, you are giving yourself an intravenous dose of hope.” Parade Magazine, January 2020

EDUCATION NEWS

High School Students Cook Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
For the last eight years, students at a Chicago-area agricultural high school have raised turkeys and grown vegetables to feed Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens in their community. This year, they are continuing the tradition with some pandemic-related modifications and will deliver Thanksgiving meals rather than serving them at school.

Doctors Hope to Gain Insights Into Concussions While High School Sports are Paused
Comparing concussion data from Illinois where fewer athletes competed this fall to other parts of the country that did allow contact sports could help future concussion prevention and treatment.

Universities Using Technology to Create Positive Socially-Distanced Experiences
Studying wireless access points, offering virtual campus tours, promoting esports in place of in-person athletics and using collaboration hardware in classrooms are some of the ways universities are helping students keep their distance and still stay connected.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

Historic Win for Scholastic Bowl Team
The Stevenson Scholastic Bowl A team won the largest ever tournament in Illinois history at the David L. Riley Memorial Kickoff Tournament which was held virtually on Saturday.
The online event featured a 120 team field, split into three divisions, with both the Stevenson A and Stevenson B teams seeded in the top division. The Stevenson A team went undefeated to take top honors. This team was comprised of seniors Arjun Nageswaran, David Lee, and Billy Bratton; and juniors Anish Arora and Jonny Abraham who are pictured above.
The B team, with the youngest lineup in Division 1, performed admirably promising years of future success for the program and included junior Spandan Goel; and sophomores Dhruv Pendarkhar, Andrey Vlasov and Srikar Venkatesan.
Congratulations Patriots!

Recommendations Sought for Stress Relieving Activities
The Student Services DeStress Team is building a Bitmoji resource page with videos, apps and activities that students recommend for reducing stress. Their hope is to create resources for students, families, and staff to refer to in the coming weeks and months to engage in healthy self-care practices.
If you have a favorite app or video that helps you relax or a favorite recipe, craft, or activity that you would like to share with the SHS community, please share it using this submission form. They would especially appreciate photos or videos of people using the activities they recommend to include on their resource page.

College Night for Junior Families Includes Interpreter Assistance
All juniors along with their parents and guardians are invited to the College Career Center’s annual College Night for Junior Families program on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Students are highly encouraged to attend with their parent/guardian. A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. via Zoom.
Families needing interpreter assistance are asked to reach out to Michele Doczi, at mdoczi@d125.org prior to Wednesday, Dec. 2. 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Winter Play Details Confirmed
The Patriot Theatre Company confirmed that rehearsals for the winter play “The Compass” will begin virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 8 with tentative performance dates of March 5-7.
Rehearsals in January, February and March may be a combination of remote or hybrid depending on safety guidelines and students will be expected to work on parts of the show over winter break. This interactive play explores the intersection of technology and decision making through the story of a young person who used an app to make a life-altering decision.
Students interested in participating in a cast, crew or leadership role for either “The Compass” or the Freshman Sophomore Winter Play “Almost, Maine” should view the 2021 Winter Play Information Packet for full information including upcoming auditions and sign-up forms.
There are acting roles for “The Compass which can be carried out virtually and both productions will be streamed to audiences online.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker effective Nov. 19.

EDUCATION NEWS

High School Swim Coaches Using Dryland Techniques During a Paused Season
Stevenson boys head swimming coach Doug Lillydahl shares how he holds daily Zoom meetings and socially distanced dryland workouts to help swim team members stay in shape. He is one of many Illinois high school sports coaches staying connected to student-athletes during a season placed on hold.

University Professor Offers to Cook Thanksgiving Meals for Stranded Students
A University of Iowa professor sent out an email to her students offering to deliver a homemade meal to those who were quarantined or who couldn’t travel home. A student shared her act of kindness and the tweet went viral.

Creating Community with an Online Anime Club
As a new student at a new high school, an Englewood STEM high school student volunteered to start an online anime club. With the help of the club’s sponsor, her goal was to reach out and foster connectedness, a prospect that has been challenging behind online grids. While the online club has turned out differently than she anticipated students did find ways to quietly connect and the student gained experience building a community.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2020

Winter Play Opportunities for Students
The Patriot Theatre Company is excited to announce student audition information and sign-up opportunities for students interested in being involved in the cast, crew or a leadership position for two upcoming productions. Students should view the 2021 Winter Play Information Packet for full information including sign-up forms which are now open.
The Freshman/Sophomore Play “Almost, Maine” depicts residents of Maine experiencing the life-altering power of the human heart. The play, which has a tentative February performance, is a series of loosely connected tales about love. Rehearsals will be held after school beginning on Monday, Dec. 7, and will include at least six rehearsals over winter break. Both remote and in-person rehearsals may occur depending on current safety guidelines.
The name of the winter play will be finalized soon and rehearsals will begin virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 8 for this production which has tentative performance dates of March 5-7. Rehearsals in January, February and March may be a combination of remote or hybrid depending on safety guidelines and students will be expected to work on parts of the show over winter break.

Thanksgiving Holiday Break
We hope our Patriot families have a safe Thanksgiving holiday. Wednesday, Nov. 25 is an early dismissal day with classes ending at 2:37 p.m. To support student learning, ILC virtual tutoring will be available on Wednesday from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Students should check the Canvas page for exact times tutors will be available by subject area.
Classes will not be in session on Thursday, Nov. 26 or Friday, Nov. 27. Please see the holiday safety tips provided by our medical partner PediaTrust.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Cap and Gown Order Deadline Extended
The deadline for seniors to place graduation cap and gown orders has been extended to Dec. 1.
Please see the Jostens webpage for links to view cap and gown packages and ordering information for graduation accessories.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Mandatory Meeting for Freshmen Involved in Winter Sports
Stevenson Athletics will hold a virtual Winter Sports Mandatory Information meeting for all freshmen involved in a winter sport this season before school on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. This is a late arrival day so the meeting will be held before school.
Invitations for this event will be emailed to student-athletes this week. Attendance will be taken at the meeting which will be held via Zoom.

EDUCATION NEWS

Paying for Groceries with Good Deeds at a High School Grocery Store
A high school in Texas opened a grocery store to serve students, faculty and staff. Students earn job skills working at the store and instead of using cash to pay for groceries, they pay with points earned from performing good deeds, jobs around school and positive referrals.

How a High School Experience Shaped the Career Path of a School Superintendent
Gregory Hutchings is a superintendent in Virginia but in 1993 he was a 10th-grade student in the same district he now oversees. While advocating for himself to gain entry into an honors class in high school, he found his voice which he continues to use to lead race and equity conversations.

Added Anxiety for Students Taking Selective Enrollment High School Entrance Exams
Chicago parents share their concerns surrounding COVID-related safety issues for students taking required entrance exams for Chicago’s selective enrollment schools. A Chicago Public Schools spokesman said virtual testing is not a viable option over concerns that the integrity of the exams could be compromised.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

Students Create ADHD Awareness Campaign
Students involved in the Stevenson chapter of HOSA – Future Health Professionals compete in health care events throughout the year, create campaigns to promote career opportunities for students in the healthcare industry and work to enhance the delivery of quality health care to people in need. Students in this club will compete in virtual preliminary competitions Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 and qualifying students will also have the opportunity to compete in state and national competitions.
For the preliminary competition, a trio of juniors including Riya Khandelwal, Meha Krishnareddigari and Gulnaaz Sayyad created a community awareness campaign to combat the stigma associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Their campaign, called Project A includes an ADHD awareness website, a Facebook page and an Instagram presence.
This is a great example of students showing a commitment to others through their co-curricular activities!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Class Board Apparel Sale
The deadline for the Senior Class Board Clothing Sale has been extended until Nov. 23. Seniors who want to order Class of 2021 merchandise can order online and have their apparel orders shipped to their home.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Patriot Pride Athlete Summit
The second Patriot Pride Athlete Summit will be held on Dec. 6 from 8-9 p.m. Student-athletes are invited to register to attend this online event with guest speaker Harvie Herrington.
Harvie will focus on goals and mental training that he outlines in his book “80/20 Rule: Removing the Friction From Your Life to Become a Better Athlete”. After Harvie speaks, participants will move into virtual breakout rooms with their teams to work on interactive activities led by members of Patriot Pride.
This is a unique experience for our athletes to make connections with each other outside of the typical season setting. Students can use this opportunity to better yourself and your teams, and also to better prepare yourself for post-high school experiences. By attending five of the Patriot Athlete Summit presentations, students will be able to use this as an NHS service experience plus you will receive an exclusive athlete summit T-shirt.

EDUCATION NEWS

Pandemic Production of ‘Newsies’ Streaming Online Beginning Tonight
The Daily Herald showcased the work of the Stevenson Fine Arts Department and Patriot Theatre Company yesterday. Three performances of the musical ‘Newsies” can be viewed tonight online and tickets are free. More than 120 students are involved in the cast, crew and pit orchestra for this virtual production which was filmed outside in a socially distanced manner.

University Student Housing Options Get Complicated
During the spring, many colleges and universities offered room and board refunds to students who returned home for online learning. This fall, several institutions clarified that these refunds wouldn’t necessarily be offered again if a campus shutdown occurred again and some schools have yet to make an announcement for spring and winter term housing contingencies.

The End of Snow Days: One of Several Post-Pandemic K-12 Predictions
With remote learning plans already in place, some predict that snow days may be a thing of the past. This is one of several predictions of how school technology advancements during the pandemic may shape K-12 education in the future.

Downward Trend in Free Application for Federal Student Aid Applications
FAFSA filing rates have been declining for years and the decrease in the number of students completing this financial aid application has been more pronounced this year.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

Free Webinars for Parents and Guardians
Parents and guardians are invited to attend free virtual programs as part of the Patriot Family Programming series including these webinars which will be held today:
What to do When You are All Together!
Today at 4:00 p.m.
Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good
(Stevenson co-sponsored event hosted by the Family Action Network)
Tonight at 7 p.m.
Webinar descriptions can be found on the Patriot Family Programming page along with links to future programs and recordings of prior events.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dance Leadership Applications Due Dec. 1
Students who have successfully completed Dance 3 or higher are eligible to apply to be a Dance Leader. Interested students are invited to join this Google Classroom page. As a reminder, the entire application, including recommendations, is due no later than Tuesday, Dec. 1. Questions should be directed to Dance Teacher Mrs. Dauphin.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Just in time for holiday gift giving! The Stevenson Sideline Store is having a holiday promotion and orders placed by Nov. 25 using the code HOLIDAY20 will receive a 20% price reduction on the entire order.
In addition to Stevenson apparel, the Sideline Store now offers wall decals that can be customized.

EDUCATION NEWS

Librarians are an Important Resource During School Closures
While only a fraction of school district libraries being fully operational, many librarians have become a valuable resource for remote technology assistance and for some, their roles now include curating books for homebound students and helping students and teachers make the most of online learning platforms.

Bridging the Technology Gap with SpaceX
A school district in Texas is reaching for the stars by partnering with SpaceX to provide broadband service to families with poor or no internet access.

Using Public Broadcasting Television Stations for Virtual Learning
In an effort to assist students who are learning virtually, public broadcasting television stations in Indiana are preparing to use TV signals to provide a form of internet service for students who don’t have access at home.

A Question of Privacy with Automated Proctoring Services
A current question in some higher education circles is whether universities should use video recordings of students taking exams remotely via their webcams to deter or identify potential cheating. Some students are pushing back arguing that remote proctoring tools are an invasion of privacy and increase text anxiety and stress.