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.
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!
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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!
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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 Fledderman, Lauren 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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.