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Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

Stevenson Seniors Tello-Lopez and Biel Earn National Distinction From College Board

Two Stevenson seniors, Alan Tello-Lopez and Carmen Biel, have been named award winners for the College Board National Recognition Program.

Tello-Lopez and Biel earned this distinction because of their academic achievements in school as well as outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and/or the AP Exams.

The specific awards that Tello-Lopez and Biel were eligible for are: the National Hispanic Recognition Award, the National African American Recognition Award, the National Indigenous Recognition Award and the National Rural and Small Town Recognition Award.

For more information about the College Board National Recognition Programs, which are not affiliated with the National Merit Scholarship Program, please visit the College Board’s scholarship website.

Student Announcements

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Is On Monday

Don’t forget: There is no school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Before Coming To Campus…Take A Quick Pulse Check Of Your Health

In an effort to help keep all students, faculty, staff and families safe, Stevenson would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant about their own health.

Prior to Coming to Campus…

Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe!

Canine Cuteness Is Coming To Stevenson

The Animal Welfare Club will have its next meeting after school on Tuesday and is happy to welcome back Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Firefighter Michael Vitale and his partner K9 Irie, a 4-year-old female German Shepherd. The team is on the Illinois state urban search and rescue team as a nationally certified live find disaster K9 search team. During her time off, Irie enjoys chasing birds and squirrels, swimming in the river, and playing fetch.

Register For Second Semester AP Exams

Advanced Placement Exam Registration is now open for second semester AP Courses. Registration instructions are below and on the Stevenson Advanced Placement webpage. The deadline to order an exam is Mar. 8. No orders will be accepted after the deadline. Registration is a two-step process and both steps must be followed:

  • STEP 1 – Students “join” their AP courses in their College Board account using the unique join code provided by their AP teacher for each AP course. Students should see “Registered for Exam” in their CB accounts.
  • STEP 2 – Pay for exams online in Total Registration. The cost for each exam is $100. A minimum deposit of $40 per exam is required at the time of the initial order with payment in full required by Mar. 8.
Patriot Sports News

No. 100! Boys Swim Coach Doug Lillydahl Celebrates Milestone Victory

It was a big Thursday night for the No. 1-ranked boys swim team. The Patriots earned a rivalry win over North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville and also celebrated a milestone for longtime coach Doug Lillydahl, who logged his 100th career coaching victory.

Lillydahl led the program for eight seasons (1996-97 through 2003-04), then returned to the helm in 2015-16. His overall dual-meet record is 100-17.

Stevenson has won state championships in six events during his tenure. Additionally, Lillydahl has guided the Patriots to seven top-10 finishes at the IHSA state finals, including second-place showings in 2003 and 2004. His teams have captured seven North Suburban Conference championships and seven IHSA regional titles. Stevenson also grabbed the Lake County Invitational crown 11 times, including the last seven consecutive years under Lillydahl.

Athletic Results

Patriettes: With an incredible routine, the Patriettes (right photo) took home first place in the North Suburban Conference Championship with a score of 95.10, which was 2.53 points ahead of second-place Lake Forest. Next up for the Patriettes is the sectional competition on Saturday, Jan. 22, beginning at 2 p.m. at Deerfield.

Boys Swimming: In head coach Doug Lillydahl’s 100th victory on Thursday, the Patriots prevailed 120-48 over Libertyville to advance to 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference and 4-0 overall on the season. They were winners of 11 of the 12 events. Individual Event winners included: Jack Motl (200 Free), Josh Song (200 IM), Colin Zhang (50 Free, 100 Fly), Max Lapointe St Georges (100 Free), Jonny Farber (100 Back), and Lance Bi (100 Breast). The Patriots also swept all three relays, including: the 200 Medley Relay (Michael Wywrocki, Bi, Farber and Lapointe St Georges) and the 200 Free Relay (Felix Wang, Lapointe St Georges, Motl and Zhang). Stevenson is now headed to New Trier for the annual Trevian Relays Invitational on Saturday to take on many of the state’s top-ranked teams. The meet starts at 1 p.m.

Girls Basketball: The Patriots got their 20th win of the season, rolling past Palatine last night 61-44 to move to 20-1 overall. Ava Bardic was the top scorer with a game-high 21 points. Again, Emory Klatt was a force under the basket and put up 16 points. Rounding out the high scorers was Simone Sawyer with 12 points. There were two events happening in conjunction with the game. Junior High Night brought out Junior Patriot players and coaches while Students Helping Soldiers also hosted its annual “Hoops For Heroes” event to honor those who have served America. Next up for the Patriots is North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Stevenson is 8-0 in NSC play.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots will host Libertyville at 7 p.m. tonight in a key North Suburban Conference game that is also a “Hoops For Hereos” event, sponsored by Students Helping Soldiers. Please bring donations to the Sportscenter for our military heroes.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots (13-3 overall, 2nd place in the North Suburban Conference) ended the regular season with a 6-on-6 win against visiting Glenbrook North on Senior Night. Stevenson was led by senior Jacob Sroka, who shot his career-high series of 726 with a high game of 250. Junior Ender Starr followed Sroka with a 615 and a high game of 238. Senior Matthew McGowan shot 593 and a high game of 214, senior Braden Kunik shot 586. Senior Kellen McGowan also added a 436 to the victory. The seniors honored were: Jacob Sroka, Matthew McGowan, Kellen McGowan, Braden Kunik, Eric VondrakNayan MenezesAshton Valeroso as well as early graduating junior Mickey Kishi. Next up is the regional tournament which Stevenson hosts at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Education News

Navient Reaches $1.85 Billion Settlement Over Student Loan Practices

Navient will cancel $1.7 billion in private student loan debt and pay out $95 million to borrowers it is accused of steering into costly repayment plans.

The White House Will Distribute 10 Million More COVID Tests Per Month To Schools

With schools all over the country struggling to deal with a surge of Coronavirus cases from the Omicron variant, the White House on Wednesday announced it is increasing the supply of COVID-19 tests for schools to help keep facilities open for in-person learning. President Biden and others in his administration insist schools should stay open, even with the Omicron wave making it harder than ever to manage. The administration will increase the number of COVID tests available to schools by 10 million per month — 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab-based PCR tests.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 14: Junior Course Selection (Through Jan. 28)

Jan. 17: No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022

Students Helping Soldiers Stages Big Event At Basketball Games Today And Friday

First it was “Touchdowns For Troops.” Now, it’s “Hoops For Heroes.”

“We like to recognize the commitment that people make to our country,” senior Peter Wall said.

Wall (right) is the president of Students Helping Soldiers. And just like they did during football season in the fall with “Touchdowns For Troops,” Wall and fellow members of the club are heading up a sports-themed event today and tomorrow at Stevenson to honor and help military soldiers and veterans.

Since it’s basketball season, Students Helping Soldiers will be conducting its annual “Hoops for Heroes” Military Appreciation charitable collection events in which fans can add supplies for soldiers and veterans to the bins at the Sportscenter as they head into tonight’s girls basketball game against Palatine (7 p.m.) and tomorrow’s boys basketball game against Libertyville (7 p.m.).

The club is asking for nonperishable food, toiletries, hygiene supplies, and even cards and board games to create care packages for Cool Ministries Veterans Pantry in Waukegan.

To read more about “Hoops For Heroes,” Wall and Students Helping Soldiers and how the Military Appreciation games impact Stevenson’s athletic community, please click here.

Big picture

Mindset shapes our ability to practice healthier habits consistently. When we practice appropriate health habits consistently, we feel our best, both physically and mentally. Further, we perform our best academically, socially, and within our relationships and favorite hobbies. How do we discover the health habits that are appropriate for us? We can determine the appropriate inputs for better health outcomes by identifying the areas we value most in life. When we open our minds to creating new assumptions about wellness, healthy practices become simpler. When we embrace change processes, we maintain the space and grace necessary for physical and mental growth. Finally, when we view health practices as an opportunity for self-fulfillment, we can become excited about practicing the healthy habits that are right for us. In doing so, our mindset becomes one in which prioritizing self-care first leads to improved outcomes in all the areas of life we care about most.

Student Announcements

Before Coming To Campus…Take A Quick Pulse Check Of Your Health

In an effort to help keep all students, faculty, staff and families safe, Stevenson would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant about their own health.

Prior to Coming to Campus…

Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe!

Looking For College Scholarships? Check Out The Palumbo Family Foundation

The Palumbo Family Foundation strives to make a difference in our communities in the Chicagoland area by providing scholarships to well-deserving students of lower income families. Without scholarships, many of these students would not realize their dream of furthering their education. Several scholarships are available through this foundation with monetary awards of $500 to $15,000 per scholarship. Applicants are required to: have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, be a U.S. Citizen, be a permanent resident of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake or Will Counties of Illinois for a minimum of 6 months prior to the application date, enroll for full-time or part-time undergraduate course work at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, vocational, or trade school beginning with the 2022 fall term through the 2023 spring term, have a 2021 1040 Federal Income Tax Return reflecting an Adjusted Gross Income of $63,000 or less on which the applicant is claimed as a dependent. Please visit the Palumbo Family Foundation website to apply. The deadline is Mar. 31.

Did You Know…Open Gyms Are For Everyone?

You may have noticed that with the spring sports season right around the corner, many varsity and underlevel coaches are sending out reminders about informational meetings, tryout information and open gym schedules for their sports. But guess what? Anyone can attend those open gyms. Whether you are still undecided about if you want to try out for a sport, or if you just want to get some extra practice in, open gyms are just that…open. To everyone. There are open gyms currently planned for baseball, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Please visit the Intramural page of the Stevenson website for times and dates, and please check back often for updates.

Important note: Speaking of intramurals, some intramural leagues are starting to post updates for their upcoming seasons. There is currently new information on the intramural page for Squash, which kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Gymnastics: Senior Night did not disappoint. The Patriots took down NSC opponent Mundelein 141.95-127.50 with first-place finishes in all events. Ashley Schabes dominated the vault, uneven bars, and balance beam to come in first in the all-around with a score of 36.95. Senior Ally Gitler came in second in the all-around with a score of 35.85, placing first in the floor exercise and second in both the vault and uneven bars. Other top three finishes came from Lauren Jackson in the uneven bars and Emma Fang in the balance beam. Next up for Stevenson is the Lake County Invite on Saturday starting at noon at Mundelein.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots fell to Grayslake Central in a 6-on-6 match, 3520-3257. The Patriots, now 12-3 overall, were led by Jacob Sroka, shooting a 598, Braden Kunik, 567, and Matthew McGowan, 567. Eric Vondrak and Jacob Heald contributed 529 and 507 respectively to the Patriots’ efforts. Jackson Sher bowled the first game and halfway through game two and then left with an injury. He was replaced by Kellen McGowan, who finished with a 142 in game 3. Next up is Stevenson’s final match of the regular season: Senior Night. The Patriots will take on Glenbrook North tonight at home. Then, Stevenson starts the state tournament and will host a regional tournament at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein.

Education News

Biden Administration To Ramp Up Testing Supply To Schools In Push To Keep Them Open

CDC ‘test to stay’ guidance allows students to stay in class during quarantine period if they wear mask, get tested twice a week.

Texas Schools Ask Parents To Fill In As Substitute Teachers

With many teachers out sick with COVID-19, schools are scrambling to find substitute teachers. Texas schools are having to get creative so that students can continue going to in-person classes.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 13: Junior Course Selection (Through Jan. 28)

Jan. 13: Late Arrival

Jan. 13: Visiting Artist Series Ends

Jan. 13: Avant STAMP 45 Hebrew Exam (Part 2)

Jan. 17: No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022

Odyssey (Reimagined) Is Coming…And In-Person Tickets Are Available Now For The Community

Get ready Patriots! Odyssey will soon be back. Reimagined…but back! Odyssey, typically a two-day event featuring more than 250 guest artists, has been reimagined this year to be Odyssey Fine Arts Week and will be held Feb. 7 through Feb. 11. There is now a special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website that gives an in-depth look at all of the fun activities and events that will take place that week, and also provides ticketing links as well. Please bookmark the page as you make plans for Odyssey Week!

While students will enjoy a taste of Odyssey during the school day throughout Odyssey Week, the Main Events will be staged daily after school and students can attend those for free as well. Students will scan their student IDs for general admission, which is on a first-come basis. A block of 200 spots in the Performing Arts Center will be reserved for parents and members of the community for the Main Events each day. Tickets for parents and members of the community are free and can be reserved by using links on the special Odyssey page.

The in-school activities for students during Odyssey Week will include black-light painting, doodle art, stained glass art, origami and tape art. The Main Events for Odyssey include: magician Scott Green on Monday, Comedy Dance Chicago on Tuesday, a Singer/Songwriter Concert on Wednesday, “Reeling,” LGBTQ+ FilmFest on Thursday, and the Mural Reception on Friday.

For more information on Odyssey, or to reserve Main Events tickets, please visit the special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website. For questions about Odyssey, please contact Odyssey Coordinator Amanda Long at along@d125.org.

Up On His Soapbox: Sophomore Benjamin Nowakowski Was Selected As Finalist In Public Speaking Event

Stevenson sophomore Benjamin Nowakowski got up on his Soapbox recently.

Nowakowski participated in Project Soapbox, a public speaking program that calls on young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. Nowakowski was selected as a Project Soapbox finalist last month and presented his Soapbox speech in Chicago at a showcase event sponsored by the Mikva Challenge civic education organization. Nowakowski’s Soapbox speech about how schools can improve the teaching and assessment of students who are neurodivergent was selected as one of 10 finalists from more than 250 students who submitted speeches. Nowakowski worked on crafting his speech at a workshop event organized by Stevenson’s Political Action Club.

This is the 14th year that Mikva Challenge has hosted a Soapbox event for students. Nowakowski is the second student from a suburban Chicago high school to have been selected as a finalist. Stevenson’s Yael Lenga from the Class of 2020 was the first in 2019.

Stevenson Debaters Advance To Semifinals and Finals Of Sunvitational

At last weekend’s virtual Sunvitational Debate tournament, five Stevenson Congressional Debaters advanced to the semifinal round and earned a bid to the Tournament of Champions.

They were: Srusti DonapatiAditi AmbravanAnna XieKashyep Rajesh and Sara Zhang. Xie ultimately broke through to the final round of the tournament.

Student Announcements

Before Coming To Campus…Take A Quick Pulse Check Of Your Health

In an effort to help keep all students, faculty, staff and families safe, Stevenson would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant about their own health.

Prior to Coming to Campus…

  • If you are not feeling well, stay home! If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, please get tested.
  • If you receive a positive COVID test, complete this form.
  • Questions? Contact the nursing staff.

Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe!

Extra Zzzzzzzzs Tonight!

Don’t forget to adjust your alarm clock: Tomorrow is a Late Arrival Day. First period starts at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy that extra sleep!

In order for the SLP tutors to engage in professional development, the Lower ILC and the ELC will be closed for tutoring from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

The Lower ILC and the ELC will open for tutoring at 9:30 a.m. and maintain their regular hours for the rest of the school day.

Two Stevenson Clubs Join Forces In Musical Merger

It’s a musical merger! Stevenson Live and Pass On the Beat are becoming one! The two clubs, in which student musicians get together to hone their musical talents and explore their musical interests and perform around the community, many times for a charitable cause, will now be known as Stevenson AMPlified. The new meeting time and day for the club will be after school until 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Midi Lab. The first meeting will be tomorrow. For more information, follow AMPlified on Instagram.

Permanent Art Tour Has A New Home

The 2021-2022 Permanent Art Tour has moved to a new location: the Buffalo Grove Fitness Center, where it will be displayed through February. The artwork hangs on the gallery wall to the right of the main entrance and is open to the public. Visit the Fitness Center at 601 Deerfield Parkway in Buffalo Grove.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Basketball: It took double overtime but the Patriots came away with a 63-57 victory over Lake Zurich to maintain their undefeated record in North Suburban Conference play. Stevenson is now 8-0 in the league and 19-1 overall. Ava Bardic led the way with 20 points and Simone Sawyer contributed 19 points. Both Kate Arne and Emory Klatt battled under the boards and put up 10 points and 8 points respectively. Nisha Musunuri rounded out the scoring with 6 points. The Patriots are back in action against Palatine at 7 p.m. tomorrow when they team up with Hoops for Heroes to show appreciation for our military and those in the service.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots defeated Lake Zurich, 52-32. Evan Porto led the way with 19 points. Stevenson is back in action against Libertyville at 7 p.m.. on Friday and is teaming up with Hoops for Heroes to show appreciation for our military and those in the service.

Boys Ice Hockey: The Patriots lost a tough one to New Trier, 5-1. The game was even in the first period. New Trier Green took a 1-0 lead before Max Poretto scored on a nice tip-in with assists by Nolan Jones and Dylan Jette. In the second and third periods, New Trier dominated play, scoring 4 goals and eventually out-shooting the Patriots, 27-14. Stevenson still maintains a slim lead and first place in the SHL Conference. The Patriots have a short break until Jan. 22 when they take on Oak Park River Forest in a road game.

Education News

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 In Education Are Innovating Through The Pandemic

”We’re building the Netflix of high school education,” says Felix Ruano, 26, the featured honoree on the Forbes’ 2022 30 Under 30 list in Education. “A student anywhere in the world should be able to access any imaginable course, anytime, anywhere.” Ruano’s startup, Emile Learning, partners with high schools with sparse AP offerings and offers subscriptions to individuals for $10 a month. Emile breaks down lessons into bingeable segments that run for under 10 minutes, tailored to modern kids’ attention spans.

Disruptions In Hands-On Programs Contributed To Enrollment Drop At Community Colleges

The coronavirus pandemic defied college enrollment trends that came with past periods of economic contraction. Instead of more students returning to school to sharpen their skills, as occurred during the Great Recession, many didn’t pursue or exited postsecondary education. These enrollment declines were particularly precipitous for community colleges. The latest preliminary figures from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center show a roughly 14% decrease in community college enrollment from fall 2019 to fall 2021.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 12: Junior Course Selection Begins (Through Jan. 28)

Jan. 13: Late Arrival

Jan. 13: Visiting Artist Series Ends

Jan. 13: Avant STAMP 45 Hebrew Exam (Part 2)

Jan. 17: No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022

Juniors: Time To Pick Your Classes For Senior Year

Juniors, it’s almost your turn to select courses for the next school year!

The course selection window for juniors officially opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 28. During this time, you will meet with your counselor during your English classes to make your course selections.

You may access all the resources you need by visiting the Course Selection webpage. There is also a video about course selection on the juniors’ Canvas page. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor.

Student Announcements

More Class Of 2023 News: Juniors, Start Working On Your College Planning Worksheet (P-SCoPE) Now

Junior Families should have received an email and a mailing in mid-December regarding scheduling Post Secondary SCoPE Meetings (P-SCoPE). This family meeting consists of individual, 45-minute appointments with a Post Secondary Counselor (one appointment per Junior student) between January and mid-June. Appointments are made on a space-available basis. Prior to the meeting, students need to complete a post secondary/college planning worksheet that includes their current thoughts about plans after high school. In addition to discussing plans and making suggestions of possible colleges/post secondary pathways, the meeting covers student transcripts, senior course selections, and the college search/admission process in general. For more information and access to the worksheet, visit the Junior Focus Page on the Stevenson website. Families should submit the worksheet by Thursday, Mar. 14 to ensure Post Secondary Counselor availability. The worksheet can be e-mailed to SHS_collegecareer@d125.org or dropped off at the College Career Center (Room 1123). Once the worksheet is received, the CCC will be e-mailing to families within two to three school days a Calendly link to schedule their meeting.

Quill Mural Competition Deadline Has Been Extended To Next Week

Are you an artist who has been thinking about the Quill Mural Competition and still might be interested in participating? Good news! The deadline to submit your initial designs and/or ideas for your mural has been extended to Tuesday, Jan. 18. Please complete this form and upload your sketches, preliminary designs, and/or ideas. For more details pertaining to the mural requirements and theme, please click here.

Patriot Sports News

Get Your Nominations In For Stevenson’s Winter ESPPAs!

Attention all coaches, students, and parents: Stevenson’s Winter Sports Awards recognition is coming up on Mar. 8 and we need your nominations for the winners of the Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Please take a look at the ESPPA Nomination Form and recommend your favorite event/individual for each award.

Baseball Open Gyms Begin On Sunday

Don’t forget that baseball is starting up soon! Open gyms will begin this Sunday and run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for Freshman and Sophomores and 7 to 8:30 p.m. for Juniors and Seniors. Check out the other open gym times for baseball on the baseball page of the Stevenson website. Click on the Open Gym tab.

Education News

CDC Reduces Quarantine Time For School Staff

The shift mirrors quarantine and isolation guidance the center updated for health care workers and the general public last week.

A Teacher Hoped To Connect With Students With Disabilities. She Found A Way…

Teacher Annie Ray is leading a music class for students with disabilities.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent And Guardian Night Via Zoom

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

Jan. 12: Junior Course Selection Begins (Through Jan. 28)

Jan. 13: Late Arrival

Jan. 13: Visiting Artist Series Ends

Jan. 13: Avant STAMP 45 Hebrew Exam (Part 2)

Jan. 17: No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 10, 2022

Incoming Freshmen Family Orientation Tomorrow Via Zoom

Calling all soon-to-be Stevenson freshmen…In order to maintain the health and safety of our community, we are changing the format of this year’s orientation for incoming freshmen! Stevenson’s annual Incoming Freshmen Family Orientation Night will now be held virtually for one night only, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities as well as the steps needed to ensure a smooth transition to Stevenson next fall.

To participate in the Zoom session tomorrow night, please click here. If you cannot participate in the Zoom session, you may watch a replay of the recording on Stevenson’s website.

Stevenson has also sent out Welcome Packets in the mail that contain important materials, including a Transitions Guide, which provide an overview of the events, processes and programming designed to ensure a smooth transition to high school, as well as resources to help in the navigation of the course selection process. Please know that everything you need to know about the transition to Stevenson is on our website. We encourage families to bookmark this page for easy access moving forward.

Important Note: There will be interpreters available for the presentations in the following languages: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Korean. There may be interpreters for additional languages provided and that will be announced at the beginning of the webinar.

Student Announcements

Lake County Retired Teachers Association Offering Two Scholarships For Seniors In Lake County

Attention Seniors: Two scholarships are available from The Lake County Retired Teachers Association. High school seniors from Lake County who plan to pursue a career in education are eligible to apply. The association will recognize students with strong ability, achievement, and contributions to the community. For more information, click here. The deadline to apply is Mar. 25.

Patriot Sports News

Get Ready For Spring Sports

Don’t forget: Spring is right around the corner…and so is the spring sports season. The athletic department has put together a comprehensive document with information about tryouts, preseason workout schedules and registration for spring sports.

Today, there is a boys volleyball meeting at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1508/1510.

Watch The Patriots On Stevenson’s New YouTube Channel!

Just a reminder: Stevenson Athletics has a NEW YouTube Channel! Don’t miss out on viewing live and recorded athletic events. Click the link here to subscribe now!

Athletic Results

Girls Bowling: The Patriots went up against a tough lineup at the Grant Invitational on Saturday. Out of 11 teams, Stevenson placed eighth. Vaishnavi Balmuri (photo, right) took ninth place overall and received an individual medal. Additional notable scores included: Alexis Alanis, who scored a 926 series, Jackie Vaysburg, who had an 854 series, Anna Reyes, who had an 844 series, Diana Kwizera, who had an 815 series and Allison Parks who had a 707 series. Stevenson was scheduled to face Warren tonight, but that contest has been canceled.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots (9-4, 2-1) got a 65-34 North Suburban Conference win over Waukegan on Friday. Evan Porto scored 21 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists while Christian Uremovich added 15 points and 8 rebounds. With full squad participation, David SulniusMike Maloney, and Josh Thomas each scored 6 points. Up next for the Patriots is Lake Zurich at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Sportscenter.

Girls Basketball: Stevenson remains undefeated (18-1, 7-0) in North Suburban Conference play after rolling over Waukegan 61-25 on Friday. Prior to the game, senior Ava Bardic was honored for becoming Stevenson’s 3-point field goal record holder and also reaching the 1,000 career points milestone! Nisha Musunuri led the Patriots with 13 points, followed by Simone Sawyer with 11 points. Bardic added 10 points while Emory Klatt had 9 points and Sarah Benson and Jordan Polen rounded out the scorers with 6 points each. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Lake Zurich at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Bowling: On Friday, the Patriots earned second place at the NSC tournament, just 14 pins behind the winner, Waukegan. Ender Starr bowled a 1305, topping all varsity bowlers to come in first place in the individual series. Jackson Sher finished with an 1156 while Jacob Sroka was at 1126, Matthew McGowan was at 1110 and Braden Kunik was at 935. Next up for the Patriots is Grayslake Central at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Fairhaven Lanes.

Cheer: On Sunday, the Varsity Cheer Team (photo, bottom left) participated in the Buffalo Grove Cheerleading Invitational and took first place. Stevenson scored a total of 93.25 points, which was 2.55 points ahead of the second-place team, Lockport. Next up for the Cheer Team is the Varsity and JV Invitational at Lockport High School on Saturday. The action will begin at 8 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics: The girls gymnastics team (photo, bottom right) took first place at the Evanston Invite on Saturday. Ally Gitler placed first on the floor routine, while Ashley Schabes placed first on the beam, vault and in the all-around competition. Rounding out the success on the day was Maya Fergus, who placed second on the vault and third in the all-around competition. Next up for the Patriots is a home meet and Senior Night against Mundelein on Wednesday. The action starts at 6 p.m.

Boys Hockey: On Saturday night, Stevenson, ranked No. 2 in the state of Illinois, hosted Carmel during a Fan Appreciation Night. The Patriots lost a tight battle 2-1 with their only score taking place in the first period by Brandon Schultz, on an assist by Cam Schneider and Ethan O’Gradney. Goalie Andrew Smoller had 10 saves on the night with an 83 percent save percentage. Next up for the Patriots is a home game against the Trevians of New Trier at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Twin Rinks!

Boys Swimming and Diving: Over the weekend, Stevenson (photo, bottom middle) had a day to remember! Divers Jack White and Danny Silverstein won the team title Saturday at the New Trier Winter Dive Classic. White placed second with a score of 488.95 while Silverstein placed fourth with a score of 442.65. Meanwhile, the varsity swim squad swam their way to success at the 56th Evanston Invitational and came away as team champions for the first time in program history! The top six individual finishers included: Jonny Farber (first place, 200 Free and second place 100 Free), Colin Zhang (second place 200 IM and second place 100 Breast), David Kohan (second place 50 Free and fourth place 100 Free), Josh Song (first place 100 Fly), Diego Rosario (fourth place 100 Fly), and Michael Wywrocki (100 Back). The Patriots were also victorious in two of three relay events as well. The 200 Medley Relay Team of Brandon Xiong, Zhang, Song, and Jack Curtin combined for a time of 1:36.18. Then the 200 Free Relay team of Kohan, Farber, Xiong and Curtin combined to win in a time of 1:26.34. Next up for the boys swimming and diving program is NSC opponent Libertyville in an NSC showdown on Thursday. The action starts at 5 p.m.

Wrestling: On Saturday, Stevenson participated in the Randy Conrad Invitational taking first place with an overall score of 273 points. Out of the 14 weight classes wrestled, Stevenson dominated in seven, taking first place in each of those divisions. First place finishes included: Andrew Chamkin at 106 pounds, Yash Jagtap at 113, Lorenzo Frezza at 126, Cole Rhemrev at 138, Thomas Schoolman at 145, Carter Rand at 152, and Jacob Whiting at 195. The remaining wrestlers achieved third or fourth place in their weight classes contributing to the overall win. Next up for the Patriots is their home meet and Senior Night against Lake Zurich on Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Education News

Time To Re-set Coronavirus School Policies? Here’s A Road Map.

U.S. schools are once again struggling to stay open amid a spike in cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus — and district officials are looking for guidance on how to proceed. The newest guidance differs a bit from that given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to PolicyLab Director David Rubin, who writes about the recommendations that place “greater emphasis on masking to reduce transmission during periods of high-case incidence in the community and among individuals with recent exposure or infection, while reducing routine school-based testing and contact tracing.”

More Young Americans Insist On College Degrees That Will Pay Off

Increasingly, students want college to open the doors to employment right after graduation. If they’re going to spend and borrow heavily to get their credentials, they want a decent ROI. Many haven’t been getting that.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 10: Consortium Choral Concert

Jan. 10: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Jan. 10: String Parents Association Meeting

Jan. 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent And Guardian Night Via Zoom

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

Jan. 12: Junior Course Selection Begins (Through Jan. 28)

Jan. 12: Consortium Band Concert

Jan. 13: Late Arrival

Jan. 13: Visiting Artist Series Ends

Jan. 13: Avant STAMP 45 Hebrew Exam (Part 2)

Jan. 17: No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, Jan. 7, 2022

Now A Published Author, Senior Ally Frank Uses Poetry To Deal With Her Deepest Feelings And Most Complicated Problems

A good cry. A long walk or run. A venting session with a trusted friend. We all deal with our biggest stresses and most complicated feelings in different ways.

Senior Ally Frank’s go-to coping mechanism is writing. Writing poetry, specifically.

“I’ve been writing as a way to release emotions for a very long time,” Frank said.

Since the age of about 11, Frank has been chronicling her most intimate and poignant feelings about the events of her life through poetry. This fall, in her Creative Writing class with Mr. Robert Zagorski, Frank had a poetry assignment that led her to revisit some of those old poems and compile them into a collection with some of her more recent poems.

That was the catalyst for a project that Frank could have never expected: a book. And within just about a month, Frank was suddenly a published author. On Nov. 29, Frank’s book, “late night thoughts & all the things I never said” was officially available for purchase on Amazon.

To read more about Frank’s story and her new book, please click here.

Statesman Represents Stevenson Well At Illinois Journalism Education Association Write-Off

The Statesman had several students compete in the 2021 Illinois Journalism Education Association Write-Off contest held virtually in October. Students were given prompts on the day of the competition and had one hour to complete their entries. The contest was open to all schools in Illinois.

Senior Victoria Feng won first place in News Writing, junior Kelly Liu won third place in Features Writing and junior Aayushi Wadhawan competed in Editorial Writing.

Student Announcements

Choir Consortium Concert On Monday Can Be Viewed On Vimeo

Middle school choral students from Stevenson’s Consortium Schools will combine at 6 p.m. on Monday for the Consortium Choral Concert, an informal concert performance. Members of Stevenson’s co-curricular a cappella ensembles (Low Frequency, Nothing But Treble and Polyphonics) will join the middle schoolers from Aptakisic, Daniel Wright, Fremont, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn for their afternoon rehearsal, while also participating in the concert performance as well. To watch a livestream of the performance, please visit the Fine Arts Vimeo page.

Stevenson Website Is Experiencing Issues

The Stevenson website (d125.org) has been experiencing issues since Wednesday, with spotty performance and functionality. Please be assured that every effort is being made to rectify the situation. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to e-mail the Communications Team at: communications@d125.org.

Patriot Sports News

Get Ready For Spring Sports

Don’t forget…Spring is right around the corner…and so is the spring sports season. The athletic department has put together a comprehensive document with information about tryouts, preseason workout schedules and registration for spring sports.

Please note that the first meetings are coming up soon. The girls soccer program is hosting its information meeting for the upcoming Spring 2022 season at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 2004. The boys volleyball program is hosting informational meetings at two times on Monday. Please attend only one meeting: 8 a.m. Monday in Rooms 8046/8048 or 3:30 p.m. Monday in Rooms 1508/1510.

Watch The Patriots On Stevenson’s New YouTube Channel!

Just a reminder: Stevenson Athletics has a NEW YouTube Channel! Don’t miss out on viewing live and recorded athletic events. Click the link here to subscribe now!

Athletic Results

Boys Hockey: In a battle of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state of Illinois, the No. 2 Patriots were handed a tough loss by No. 1 Loyola in a final shoot-out. After one period, no goals had been scored by either team. Stevenson was the first to score, with a goal from Alan Wu and an assist from Will Harlow at minute 15:20. In the third period, Andrew Lermer scored at the 10:15 mark with the assist by Wu. Stevenson then tied it up at 8:04 with a goal by Brandon Schultz off an assist by Ethan O’Gradney. Tied 3-3, the game went into a one-period overtime where no goals were scored by either team. That forced a shoot-out that didn’t quite go Stevenson’s way. The Patriots lost 4-3 in a well-fought battle. Next up for the Patriots is a home game against Carmel at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. It’s “Fan Appreciation Night!”

Boys Swimming and Diving: The Patriots traveled to Lake Forest for their second North Suburban Conference matchup of the season and were victorious, 137-49. The Patriots showcased their depth by winning eight of nine individual events with seven different winners. Individual event winners included: Colin Zhang (200 Free and 500 Free), Jonny Farber (50 Free), Jack White (Diving), Michael Wywrocki (100 Fly), Diego Rosario (100 Free), Josh Song (100 Back), and Lance Bi (100 Breast). The Patriots swept all three relays in dominating fashion. Relay winners included: 200 Medley Relay (Josh SongDavid BadarchJonny Farber and Brandon Xiong), 200 Free Relay (Michael WywrockiKunal RajadhyaxDavid Kohan and Colin Zhang), 400 Free Relay (David KohanLiam PlautzJosh Song and Brian Povilus). The Patriots will continue their season at the 56th Evanston Invitational at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Education News

Stevenson Alum Aidan O’Connell Living Rags To Riches D-I Football Dream At PurdueIn 2017, Aidan O’Connell, a Stevenson graduate, joined the Purdue Football team as a walk-on and did not see any playing time that season. Since then, O’Connell has made a name for himself in the Boilermaker football community. O’Connell debuted at quarterback for the Boilermakers in 2019, when he appeared in six games and started three. He completed that season with 1,101 yards and 8 touchdowns. However, O’Connell struggled with injuries in 2020 and played in only three games. But 2021 was good to O’Connell and during last month’s Music City Bowl Game, O’Connell became the leader in single-season completion percentage at Purdue, ending the season with a completion rate of 71.8%. O’Connell finished the season with 3,712 yards passing and 28 touchdowns and is set to return in 2022.

Chicago Public Schools Classes Canceled Again As Union, District Fail To Reach Agreement

In an interview with Univision Chicago, CPS CEP Pedro Martinez said the district needs to develop a plan this week on returning to school as the city sees a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 10: Consortium Choral Concert

Jan. 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent And Guardian Night Via Zoom

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

Mural Project Moving Full Steam Ahead With New Artists And Inspiration From Sophomore Sonika Jalem

The Fine Arts Division is proud to announce that after a national search, interview process, and student/staff voting period, professional artists Nicole Salgar and Chuck Barrett of NS/CB Studio (right) have been selected to transform the West Building Rotunda ceilings into new works of art.

The first-floor rotunda, near the science labs, will be a mural inspired by a microscopy photo taken by sophomore Sonika Jalem in a recent workshop, and a rendering of what that photo will look like in the first-floor rotunda is shown above. The second-floor rotunda, near the foreign language classrooms, will be a mural containing Stevenson’s motto, “Success For Every Student” in every language spoken by Stevenson students and their families. As an accompanying project, students from the Computer Science club will create an interactive website where visitors can hear the motto spoken in each language.

Salgar and Barrett will be on campus painting for several weeks, beginning Jan. 24. The Stevenson community is invited to a reception in honor of the mural’s completion on the final day of the Odyssey Fine Arts Week, Friday, Feb. 11 at 3:45 p.m. under the first-floor rotunda. Guests will hear from the students, staff, faculty, and artists who made Stevenson’s latest Public Art Work possible.

Juniors: Time To Pick Your Classes For Senior Year

Juniors, it’s almost your turn to select courses for the next school year, but there’s been a slight change in plans! Typically, our counselors would meet with you during Monday’s activity period to provide information about what the course selection process will look like. Instead, you will receive materials to aid you in the course selection process during English class this Friday, Jan. 7 and Monday, Jan. 10. You may also access these materials here. Juniors will also have access to an informational video about course selection on the juniors’ Canvas page on Monday, Jan. 10.

The course selection window for juniors officially opens Jan. 12 and runs through Jan. 28. During this time, you will meet with your counselor during your English class to make your course selections. Have any questions? Contact your counselor!

Big picture

New Year’s Day on Jan. 1 would not be the same without a resolution or two. Although things may not always go as planned, failing to plan is planning to fail. Change is hard, but an opportunity for change is always a blessing. Every new year brings with it a multitude of opportunities for each one of us. It’s a time to hit the “refresh” button and start anew, and to create new habits, new relationships, new goals and a space and time to work on our health and wellness.

A new year is also a time to reflect and rethink our approach to wellness. Taking small steps towards improving our wellness can lead to significant lifestyle changes. Whether it is going for a walk, eating healthier, or practicing self care, taking time for ourselves can pay huge dividends. Self-reflection can help inspire growth as we look ahead to 2022. Reflection can also be purposeful as we endeavor into the next school year! Here’s to new beginnings!

Student Announcements

Stevenson Website Is Experiencing Issues

The Stevenson website (d125.org) has been experiencing issues since yesterday, with spotty performance and functionality. Please be assured that every effort is being made to rectify the situation. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to e-mail the Communications Team at: communications@d125.org.

Sophomores: Want To Be A PE Welfare Class Leader? Apply Now!

Did you know that there are two physical welfare leadership classes for physical education? Sophomores who are interested in a leadership opportunity in Physical Welfare should apply to be a PE leader in Physical Education and/or Alternative Physical Education. The deadline is Jan. 28. Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare page of the Stevenson website under PE/Pool Leadership.

Patriot Sports News

Get Ready For Spring Sports

Don’t forget…Spring is right around the corner…and so is the spring sports season. The athletic department has put together a comprehensive document with information about tryouts, preseason workout schedules and registration for spring sports.

Please note that the first meetings are coming up soon. The girls soccer program is hosting its information meeting for the upcoming Spring 2022 season at 3:45 p.m. on Friday in Room 2004. The boys volleyball program is hosting informational meetings at two times on Monday. Please attend only one meeting: 8 a.m. Monday in Rooms 8046/8048 or 3:30 p.m. Monday in Rooms 1508/1510.

Watch The Patriots On Stevenson’s New YouTube Channel!

Just a reminder: Stevenson Athletics has a NEW YouTube Channel! Don’t miss out on several live and recorded athletic events. Click the link here to subscribe now!

Athletic Results

Boys Wrestling: The Patriots defeated Warren, 62-6. Out of the 14 matches, Stevenson took 12, bringing the Patriots’ record to 11-2 overall and 2-1 in the North Suburban Conference. Next up, the Patriots hit the road for a match at Waukegan on Friday. Action begins at 5:30 p.m.

Education News

Stevenson Alum Megan Bozek Recently Selected To USA Women’s National Hockey Team For February’s 2022 Olympics In China

Megan Bozek, a 2009 Stevenson graduate, was recently named to the USA Women’s National Ice Hockey Team for the 2022 Olympic Games. Bozek has had a highly decorated career as both an amateur and professional. She began her illustrious career playing on the 10U Squirt Major Boys AAA team. No stranger to the Olympic Winter Games, Megan represented the USA in 2014 when the team captured the silver medal. Most recently, she has played with the KRS Vanke Rays of the Zhenskaya Hockey League during the 2020–21 season.

Stevenson Alum Jennifer Warkins Ruddell Inducted Into National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Division Hall of Fame

Jennifer Warkins Ruddell, a Stevenson graduate, has joined 27 other members as the NWBA Intercollegiate Division Class of 2021. Warkins Ruddell is one of only three women represented in the Hall of Fame. Warkins Ruddell attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, starting her wheelchair basketball career as a graduate student in 2001. She finished her college career in 2006 with a fourth national championship, having scored 1,020 points in her career. Warkins Ruddell continued her success with Team USA, winning gold in Athens in 2004 and leading her teammates as co-captain for gold in Bejing in 2008.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 10: Consortium Choral Concert

Jan. 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent And Guardian Night Via Zoom

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022

Odyssey (Reimagined) Is Coming…

Get ready Patriots! Odyssey will soon be back. Reimagined…but back! Odyssey, typically a two-day event featuring more than 250 guest artists, has been reimagined this year to be Odyssey Fine Arts Week and will be held Feb. 7 through Feb. 11. A full week of performances and events for students to enjoy during lunch periods and after school is on tap and students will see pop-up performances and atmospheric artists on campus and may also choose to take part in interactive creative activities such as black light painting, doodle art, stained glass art, origami and tape art. After school, shows featuring dancers, theatre artists, musicians, and filmmakers will be a highlight of the week.


The Main Events for Odyssey (held after school) include:

  • Monday, Feb. 7: Magician Scott Green

The proud Stevenson alum performs hundreds of shows a year and is the team magician for the Chicago Bulls.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 8: Comedy Dance Chicago
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9: Singer/Songwriter Concert

This wild group of comedians and dancers got rave reviews at Odyssey 2020 and combines sketch, physical comedy, dance music and downright goofiness.This concert features Chicago-based artists Joe GeorgeKristina Cottone and Nathan Graham.

  • Thursday, Feb. 10: “Reeling” LGBT FilmFest
  • Friday, Feb. 11: Mural Unveiling Event

Tickets for after-school shows will go on sale January 17, and space will be limited. Please contact Odyssey Coordinator Amanda Long at along@d125.org with questions. In the coming days, a special Odyssey page will be launched on the Stevenson website that will include more information.

Student Announcements

$45,000 In Stevenson Foundation Scholarship Money Is Up For Grabs!

Need money for college? Seniors, the Stevenson Foundation is announcing that applications are now open for its scholarship program. More than $45,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Stevenson seniors in recognition of their academic excellence, leadership, community service, and achievements in arts and athletics. All students in the Class of 2022 are encouraged to apply and you can start your application today. The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, Feb. 1. To view the full list of scholarships offered this year, please click here.

Activity Period For Monday Is Canceled

There was an activity period scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10. The activity period has been canceled and we will follow a regular day schedule for that day. Clubs will not be meeting during that time on Monday either.

Patriot Sports News

Boys Hockey Takes Aim At No. 1 Loyola

The boys hockey team, which boasts the No. 2 ranking in the state of Illinois, is preparing for one of its biggest games of the year. The Patriots (27-8-0) take on No. 1 Loyola tomorrow and the game will be broadcast LIVE on YouTube! This is the SHL Game of the Week and a home game for the Patriots. The puck drops at 5:50 p.m. at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion (Blue). Come out tomorrow night and support your Patriots!

Watch The Patriots On Stevenson’s New YouTube Channel!

Stevenson Athletics has a NEW YouTube Channel! Don’t miss out on several live and recorded athletic events that you may have forgotten about. Click the link here to subscribe now!

Athletic Results

Girls Basketball: The Patriots rolled their record to 17-1 on the season and 6-0 in the North Suburban Conference with a 73-34 drubbing of Zion-Benton. Emory Klatt poured in 23 points and Simone Sawyer added 14 points, while Kate Arne put up 11 points and Ava Bardic finished with 7 points. Kendall WilliamsNisha MusunuriJordan Polan and Lekha Kothapalli also contributed to the scoring, each with 4 points apiece. Stevenson is back in action at 7 p.m. on Friday against Waukegan.

Boys Bowling: The boys bowling team pulled out a win against Grant last night, 3335-3020. Ender Starr led the way with a 725 series and a single-game high score of 267. Jackson Sher knocked in a 676 series while Matt McGowan had a 648, Jake Sroka had a 675, Braden Kunik had a 612 and Eric Vondrak had a 468. Next up for the boys bowling team is the NSC Championship which starts on Friday at Lakeside Lanes beginning at 9 a.m.

Girls Bowling: The girls bowling team struggled against NSC opponent Mundelein. While the team won the first game, Mundelein took the last two games and the series. Stevenson’s scores were 747, 667 and 596 for a total of 2010. Mundelein finished with 689, 740 and 742 for a total of 2171. Bianca Voica had a high score of 176 and a high series of 430. The girls bowling team is back in action at the Grant Invitational on Saturday at Lakes Bowl starting at 8:30 a.m.

Education News

Geometry Before Algebra? Schools Will Try More New “Angles” In 2022

The pandemic gives schools an urgency to address learning loss — and room to experiment.

How Role Models May Inspire Exploration Of Computer Science Pathways

Student interest in computer science far exceeds access to computer science education, especially among historically underserved populations. Further, most students lack general exposure to the tech sector. This gap between interest and access is a missed opportunity for the nation’s economy as U.S. employers increasingly seek job candidates with skills or a background in computer science.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 10: Consortium Choral Concert

Jan. 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent And Guardian Night Via Zoom

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022

Incoming Freshmen Family Orientation To Be Held Via Zoom

Calling all soon-to-be Stevenson freshmen… In order to maintain the health and safety of our community, we are changing the format of this year’s orientation for incoming freshmen! Stevenson’s annual Incoming Freshmen Family Orientation Night will now be held virtually for one night only next week on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities as well as the steps needed to ensure a smooth transition to next fall.

To participate in the Zoom session on Jan. 11, please click here. If you cannot participate in the Zoom session, you may watch a replay of the recording on Stevenson’s website.

In the meantime, you can expect a Welcome Packet in the mail that will contain important materials, including a Transitions Guide, which provides an overview of the events, processes and programming designed to ensure a smooth transition to high school, as well as resources to help you and your student navigate the course selection process. Please know that everything you need to know about the transition to Stevenson is on our website. We encourage families to bookmark this page for easy access moving forward.

Student Announcements

Welcome Back!!

Welcome back to campus and Happy 2022! We hope you enjoyed your Winter Break and are ready to start the second semester with energy and enthusiasm! Go Patriots!

Patriot Sports News

Girls Basketball Team Wins Prestigious Tournament For First Time Since 1995

It was a successful and historic Winter Break for the girls basketball team. The Patriots won the prestigious Dundee-Crown Tournament for the first time since 1995, showing toughness, grit, and resiliency down the stretch against a talented Barrington team. In that final game of the tournament, Simone Sawyer scored 24 points, Ava Bardic put up 15 points and Emory Klatt racked up 10 points with a tough performance under the basket. Nisha Musunuri scored 4 points, including the game-winner! Next up for the Patriots is a North Suburban Conference game at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Zion-Benton.

Get Ready For Spring Sports

Spring is right around the corner…and so is the spring sports season. The athletic department has put together a comprehensive document with information about tryouts, preseason workout schedules and registration for spring sports.

Please note that the girls soccer program is hosting its information meeting for the upcoming Spring 2022 season at 3:45 p.m. on Friday in Room 2004.

Athletic Results

Boys Basketball: The Patriots were in action over Winter Break, competing with 31 other teams at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic over a two-week period. Stevenson placed fourth, losing its final game to Hinsdale Central, 63-59. The Patriots were paced by Jaden Evans and Evan Porto with 21 points each in the final game. Porto was named to the all-tournament team. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Waukegan at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Also competing over the Winter Break, the boys swimming and diving team had a conference matchup against Warren. On Dec. 30, the Patriots won convincingly 143-40, taking 11 of 12 events. That victory allowed Stevenson to maintain its No. 1 state ranking. The Patriots next hit the road for a meet against the Scouts of Lake Forest on their East Campus at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Education News

Officials At Barrington, Lake Zurich And Stevenson High Schools Mulling ISBE School Report Card Info: ‘Education Is Much More Holistic Than That’

With school performance data from the Illinois State Board of Education released for the 2020-2021 school year, officials at three northwest suburban high schools are evaluating their respective results – including information that shows more high school students are taking early college coursework. Barrington, Stevenson and Lake Zurich high schools are also focusing more on the socio-emotional well-being of their students, district officials say, after a year of remote learning where students faced isolation, mental health issues and learning loss.

Cal State Set To Abandon SAT, ACT In Latest Blow To Standardized Tests

California State University is set to become the next major higher education system to permanently eliminate SAT and ACT requirements for admission – a move that stands to further disrupt the future of standardized testing at a time when thousands of colleges and universities have paused the admissions requirement during the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m very supportive of that,” Cal State Chancellor Joseph Castro said of eliminating testing requirements. “I just want folks to know that I am not interested as chancellor to make it harder for students to get into the CSU.”

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 4: School Resumes ~ Welcome Back!

Jan. 10: Activity Period

Jan. 10: Consortium Choral Concert

Jan. 11: Incoming Freshmen Parent And Guardian Night Via Zoom

Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Jan. 11: BPO Meeting

Friday, Dec. 17, 2021

At the Northern Illinois History Bowl/Bee Regional tournament held at Stevenson last weekend, the Varsity History Bowl team won the bowl competition.

The varsity bowl team is made up of seniors Anish Arora and Max Kogan and juniors Aadit Juneja and Rishabh Wuppalapti. In the Varsity History Bee competition, Aadit Juneja was the champion while Rishabh Wuppalapti was the runner-up.

History Bowl and History Bee are part of International Academic Competitions. This regional tournament was held at Stevenson, although future tournaments will be held at other Chicago-area schools such as Loyola and Sandburg. There are two regional tournaments prior to the state tournament. This was the first in-person tournament the team has competed in since February of 2020. Everything was online last year. Winners (and finalists) at regional and state tournaments qualify for the National Tournament in Arlington, Virginia in late April.

Stevenson Makes A Strong Statement At Belvidere North Debate Tournament; Kirylau And Pollock Team Up For Win

Fifteen Stevenson students competed in Public Forum debate last weekend at the Belvidere North Blue Thunder Invitational Tournament. All debate levels (Novice, JV and Varsity) were represented. Stevenson’s varsity team of Michael Kirylau and Alex Pollock took first place, beating out 17 other teams from area schools.

Dancers Sparkled At Winter Dance Concert

A work in progress since the start of the school year, the 2021 Winter Dance Concert earlier this month featured a culmination of creations by students that included dance works, design lights and costumes for each piece.

The shows included student choreography from Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies and the Concert Dance Class. The concert also featured original work from guest choreographer Nicole De Matteo and faculty choreographer Janet Rothwell.

Student Choreographers were: Ashley CallenKamille CortezanoSophie EzrolAllie FairmanMaya FaustMaggie FeldsteinCaroline FengEmily HsiaoLauren LeeShreeya RyaliJennifer StevensNicolett TarnorutskayaAlexis Trojan and Ava VanLue.

Student Announcements

Best Wishes For a Wonderful Winter Break!

Stevenson wishes all faculty, staff, students and families a wonderful Winter Break! Enjoy your downtime and the chance to make memories with those you love. We will see faculty and staff back on campus on Monday, Jan. 3, and students back on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Need A Good Book For The Break? Check Out The Literacy Coaches’ Posters!

The Literacy Coaches’ literacy initiative includes posters around school with book recommendations in order to promote student interest and engagement in reading. Before you leave campus, check out the posters…you might just discover an amazing book that you can’t put down over the Winter Break!

Missing Your Stuff? Give A Quick Look In The Lost And Found

Before you take off for Winter Break…be sure you check the Lost And Found in the two Attendance Offices in the East Building in Room 6120 and in the West Building in Room 2416.

Patriot Sports News

Team And Individual Athletic Photo Reminder

Team and individual portraits from your winter sport picture day are now available to view and order online. Please use the link and instructions below to access your photos:

  1. Go to: https://www.vipis.com/group/11de8b02/adlai-stevenson-high-school
  2. Select “View now” on the green Sports Team & Individual tile
  3. Select your school year and team photo (individual images will appear in the gallery with your team photo)
  4. Follow the instructions to select your package or products and enter your information
  5. You will receive a confirmation email

If you can’t find your team, it may have been photographed at a later date, so please check back within 2 weeks of your picture date. If you have any questions, please contact: support@vipis.com We’re happy to help!

Athletic Results

Boys Bowling: Stevenson took on Warren and came out victorious in a tight contest 3262 to 3128. Stevenson shook off a rough Tuesday to bowl its best series of the year to finish 8-2 in conference and improve to 11-2 overall. Ender Starr and Jackson Sher in game two fired massive games with both of them starting with the first 9 strikes. Ender threw 11 strikes in a row in game two to shoot an incredible 299 to narrowly outdo Sher, who started the same game with 9 strikes in a row and finished with his high game of 278. In the same game, Braden Kunik fired an impressive 247. Ender finished with a series of 727 followed by Jackson’s 671. Jacob Sroka fired a series of 624 and Michael Porteria shot 599. On Tuesday night, Stevenson took on conference rival Libertyville and lost in a tough match 2676 to 3095. It was a rough night on the lanes as the Patriots’ record fell to 7-2 in conference and 10-2 overall. The Patriots were led by Porteria with his career high of 630 and his high game of 250. Matthew McGowan, Starr, Sroka and Kunik also contributed to the Patriots efforts. Next up for the Patriots is Grant on Jan. 4th at Fairhaven Lanes.

Education News

Daily Herald Features Give-A-Thon, Which “Brings Students, Staff Together To Help Those In Need.”

Around 200 teachers and staff participated, and 500 student leaders oversaw the program. More than 55 bicycles were among the items purchased, and collections filled 350 boxes of food, 50 boxes of baby items and 80 boxes of diapers.

Colleges Back At Square One When Fighting COVID

Much is still unknown about the Omicron variant and how big of a threat it poses.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Dec. 17: Finals Experience

Dec. 20-Jan. 3: Winter Break!

Jan. 4: School Resumes