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Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

2020-21 Semester One Prominent Patriot Award Winners
This semester, more than 50 students were nominated to receive the Prominent Patriot Award which recognizes students whose actions reflect someone with good character and who demonstrates what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community.
Over the last week, we highlighted some of the students recognized for their actions this semester in videos posted on Instagram. Two of this semester’s nominees, junior Trevor Abbott and senior Blake Finkel, have been selected as the Prominent Patriot Award winners who will have their names engraved on the Prominent Patriot statuette. Principal Troy Gobble shared why these students were nominated and selected for this award in the links below.
Congratulations to seniors Trevor Abbott and Blake Finkel!

German Portfolio Nights
During the first week of December, students taking all levels of German classes at Stevenson from German 1 through Advanced Placement German Language and Culture Honors participated in the annual end-of-semester Portfolio Nacht event which was held over three evenings. With the help of the German honor society’s peer tutors, students worked to prepare and practice for their final presentations.
While the German students weren’t able to decorate their classroom and invite parents with Kaffee und Kuchen to an in-person evening, this year’s event was nonetheless successful through Zoom. We congratulate all of our German students and dedicated German honor society volunteers who made this event as memorable and unforgettable as every year! Herzlichen Glückwunsch an alle!
View a recap video

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

2021 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
High school seniors who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2021 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This nationwide program provides college-bound students with a $10,000 renewable scholarships on an annual basis – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports the scholarship recipients as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 5 2021 at 3 p.m. CT or until 25,000 applications are submitted, whichever comes first.

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

Call for Illinois to Create Agency to Oversee Early Learning
A statewide commission is expected to recommend that Illinois should create a state agency to oversee early education to increase accountability and transparency. Illinois currently spends approximately $1.9 billion on early education programs and the commission has estimated that Illinois should be spending about $13 billion.

California University System Announces Plan to Offer In-Person Classes Next Fall
In an announcement that could be an indicator of potential plans by other university systems, The California State University system has indicated it plans to offer most classes in-person in the fall. The 23-campus system was among the first higher education institutions to announce fall 2020 and spring 2021 plans to hold classes online.

College Students Weighing Safety Concerns Before Considering Holiday Travel Home
Three college students share their plans and concerns about traveling home for the winter holidays. While they balance their priorities for keeping themselves and their loved ones safe, they also face different family opinions about necessary safety measures.

 
 

Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

DeStress with Student Services: Introducing DeStress 125
Self-care is more important than ever and members of the Student Services Division want to encourage students, staff and community members to take time for themselves each day. To help with that goal, they created DeStress 125 which is a hub of 125 ways to care of yourself.
The hub contains links, photos, videos and resources, to help you take some time to laugh, have fun, meditate, and more. You may see some familiar faces as many of the items in the hub were submitted by Stevenson students and staff.
To get you started, please enjoy this video that was created with help from faculty, staff and administrators at Stevenson to support students preparing for first-semester final exams which begin on Monday.

Go Behind the Screens with Fine Arts Students
Take a look ‘behind the screens’ in this video at classwork, artwork, rehearsals, and more that Stevenson Fine Arts students were involved with in November during Remote Learning+.

Choir Concert Rescheduled
The Virtual Choir Concert, originally scheduled for this evening, will now be streamed on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The Vimeo link will remain the same. The Stevenson Fine Arts Department is looking forward to sharing this performance with you on this new date and time!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Update on SHS Intramural Clubs and Activities
Due to state guidelines and restrictions, intramural basketball and the intramural ski and snowboard club have been canceled for the 2020-21 school year. Coed volleyball will be postponed in hopes that we may be able to offer it at a later date.
Stevenson has one of the largest intramural programs in the country and updates will be posted on the Intramural webpage if in-person activities can be resumed during second semester.

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

College Admission Trends
This year, changes in where and how students apply to college have been noted by many universities. Collage applications were down this year but the amount of the decline varies based on the reporting sources. There may also be a trend in applicants being more intentional in where they apply which could be a factor in the decrease. Universities are also reporting a decrease in applications from first-generation students and historically underrepresented demographic groups among other trends.

Managing 32 Schedules Inside a Learning Pod
Some families around the country are opting to use a learning pod during remote learning. A supervisor of a pod in Indianapolis shares what it is like to supervise nine students attending different virtual classes.

Illinois State Cancels Spring Break
Reversing his previous decision, the president of Illinois State University announced that spring break would be canceled for university students “at the urging of state officials”. Concerns regarding the safety of travel during spring break and the potential for a significant increase in COVID-19 cases on campus and in the community were cited as the reasoning behind the decision.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

Prominent Patriot Awards: Winter 2020
Each semester, faculty, staff and students are given an opportunity to nominate a current student for a Prominent Patriot Award. This award recognizes students whose actions reflect those of someone with good character and who demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community.
This semester, more than 50 students were nominated for this award. We have showcased some of the award winners on Instagram this week including:
Senior Emery Etzel
Senior Lindsey Grant
Senior Jared Heichman
Sophomore Hailey Langer
Senior Drew Wangard
Junior Rachel Wise
Junior Noah Zelkin
Tomorrow, Dec. 11, we will announce additional award recipients who have been selected among this semester’s honorees to have their names engraved on the Prominent Patriot Statuette. That announcement will be made on Instagram, in the e-Minuteman, and will be published here next week.
Congratulations to these honorees and to all students who show a commitment to others!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Latest Edition of the Stevenson Styler
The 22nd edition of the Stevenson Styler Magazine has been published. Club members and students in Business of Fashion and Design classes have researched the newest fashion trends, gift-giving tips and much more for this edition.
 On the cover of this season’s e-magazine are Megan Leissner and Daniella Fiembaum who were photographed by Stacey Gavenda. The sponsor of the Stevenson Styler Club is Family and Consumer Education teacher Christina Erickson and the club can be followed on Instagram.

Students Invited to Apply to Speak at SHS TEDx Event
On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Stevenson will hold its third annual TEDx event. This event will be student-run and led, and passionate students are invited to apply to speak on any topic or idea they want to share. These applications are due by Dec. 31. Students who are accepted to participate will be contacted with a timeline of the preparation process and presentation guide.

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 Socially Engaging Alternative to Zoom
The video conferencing platform Zoom has enabled schools to provide education online during the pandemic however many users have cited difficulties adjusting to the platform and have reported a “lack of engaging in-class experience. In response to these difficulties, a university professor helped create a new video conferencing platform that emulates an in-person classroom that allows teachers and students to interact online like they would in an in-person setting.

Connecticut to Require Black and Latino Studies in Fall of 2022
Beginning in the fall of 2022, Connecticut will be the first state in the nation to require high schools to offer African-American, Black, Puerto Rican and Latino studies. Although high schools will be required to offer this content, students will not be required to take these elective courses.

High School Football Teams in Illinois Border Towns Feeling the Divide
There are only eight miles that separate Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Zion, Illinois yet the difference is vast this year for high school football players in both towns. While players in Illinois have had their high school season postponed until spring, all states that border Illinois – Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri played football this fall.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020

Stevenson Patriot Receives Semper Fidelis All-American Honors
Senior Haley Barnes was awarded the United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Award at a Veterans Day ceremony at VFW Schaumburg Post 2202. The award was presented to her by Stevenson Physical Education teacher and coach Dino Moran. She was one of 96 student-athletes in the nation honored at a recognition tour this fall.
The Semper Fidelis All-American Program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with conviction and determination to succeed. Students are selected based on moral character, academic performance and athletic abilities demonstration of a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens.
Barnes, a member of the Stevenson varsity softball team was recognized for her leadership and accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. During the award presentation, Coach Moran outlined Haley’s determination, work ethic and commitment to excellence not only on the field but also during Early Bird PE classes.
Congratulations Haley for being named a 2020 Semper Fidelis All- American!

First Semester Material Drop-Off Procedures
At the beginning of this semester, students received books and equipment so they could fully participate in Remote Learning+ from home. Those items now need to be returned. A list of classes that have items that need to be returned is posted on the SHS website. As outlined in a letter sent today, students and families are asked to follow the following procedures:

All items should be returned to campus on the following days:

  • Monday, Dec. 14: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec.16: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 17: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please follow the following procedures:

  1. Families are expected to wear a mask when speaking to staff members.
  2. Please enter campus using the Route 22 entrance and turn left at the stop sign into lot B.
  3. You will be directed to the drop off point where a staff member will meet you at your car to collect your materials.

Additional Information:

  1. If your student is dropping off items for multiple classes, please bag each class separately.
  2. Books do not need to be bagged.
  3. On each item or bag, please attach masking tape with your name and ID number.

Thank you for helping us return these materials so we can prepare for second semester.

Stevenson Students Participate in Princeton Speech and Debate Tournament
Six members of the Stevenson Debate Team joined 270 debaters from around the country on Dec. 5 for the Princeton Classic Congressional Speech and Debate tournament. Stevenson was represented by freshmen Chelsea She and Natalie Zaslavskiy, sophomore Angie Chang, junior, Landis Varughese, and seniors Sailaja Nallacheruvu and Laya Reddy. Congratulations to Reddy for advancing to the semi-finalist round!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Study Break Sponsored by Patriot Parent Association
To provide a study break for students preparing for first semester finals, the PPA is providing a free study treat from Culver’s in Lincolnshire or Buffalo Grove tomorrow, Dec. 10, through Dec. 16.
Stevenson students were sent an email today inviting them to stop by Culver’s to choose between either a free dish of frozen custard with one topping or small order of crinkle-cut french fries. A printout of the email must be to be submitted when ordering and one treat per student is allowed. Thank you to the parents involved in this organization for supporting our students during finals week!

Stevenson Band and Color Guard Fundraiser
Members of the Band Parents Organization invite the Stevenson community to mention the SHS band and color guard when ordering at El Famous Burrito (236 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL) on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 20% of group sales back to the band and color guard program. Directions to order over the phone or through a delivery service has been posted.

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

Universities Criticized for Hosting Football Games While Cancelling Graduation Ceremonies
Students across the country have started petitions in hopes of getting their institutions to reconsider having in-person graduation ceremonies. In some cases, students are expressing concerns that their school is able to host a football game with fans in attendance but not allowing a socially distanced commencement ceremony.

Illinois Teacher Preparation Programs Will be Graded on Diversity Recruitment Efforts
To address the high number of teacher vacancies, especially for teachers of color, special education teachers and bilingual educators, the Illinois Board of Education will begin grading teacher education programs to ensure that programs are recruiting more teachers, increasing the number of teachers of color and retaining teachers at public school districts.

Georgia High School Students Working to Register Young Voters for Run-Off Elections
A group of high school students in Georgia is determined to make a difference in several runoff elections next month. These students are putting their technology skills to work and have built text-banking software, phone-banking software, and online methods to track donors, volunteers, and voters. They estimate their efforts have resulted in the registration of 65,000 new voters.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

Winter ArtFest Virtual ArtShow
As an online alternative to an in-person event, please enjoy this Winter Artfest Virtual Artshow with artwork created remotely by Stevenson students enrolled in the following curricular art courses this semester:
Digital Art & Design
Drawing
Painting
Photography
3D Artwork
2D Animations (a D125 student login is required to view this video)
These videos include student artwork created under the instruction of SHS Fine Arts teachers Maureen Connolly, Patrick Fairchild, Katie Hyken, Tim Myers, Cristal Sabbagh and Maria Yung. Well done, Patriots!

Stevenson Latin Team Competes in Scholastic Bowl Competition
Thirteen members of the Stevenson Latin Club participated virtually In the first of the winter Certamen (Latin Scholastic Bowl) competitions on Dec. 1 in the North Chicago Section. The Patriots finished in second place in the upper division, second in the lower division and third in the novice division. The upper-level team, comprised of seniors Aniket Dixit, and Allen Guo, as well as juniors Jonathan Burrer Brady Rivkin and Kayle Sacksteder, had the strongest finish ever for our Certamen teams at that level. The lower team had notable contributions from sophomores Gautham Kappaganthula and Dhruv Pendharkar.
Patriots who competed in the novice group included freshmen Bill Guo, Ian Harmon and Grace Sun. The lower team was comprised of Pendhakar and fellow sophomores Ella Berg-Coxhead, Ainika Hou, Kappaganthula and Vaishnavi Sankar.
The sponsor of the Stevenson Latin Club is Latin teacher Chris Mural.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seniors Invited to Compete for Mr. SHS Title
Each year, the senior class board holds a Mr. SHS talent competition and the deadline to submit an application for this year’s virtual event is Dec. 16. Interested students should send an email to Ms. Croak at ccroak@d125.org for more information. 

IACAC College Scholarship
The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling will award ten $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester, nonrenewable) to students who plan on pursuing a college or university education. These scholarships will be awarded to high school students who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated involvement in their school, the community, and/or service to others with a motivation to achieve personal goals. This year’s recipients will be recognized by video submission during the 2021 IACAC annual conference in the spring. Student portions of the application must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 29 and counselor materials must be submitted online or postmarked by Friday, Feb. 5.

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

Dad Sings Impromptu National Anthem When Sound System Fails at High School Game
In Ohio, high school basketball is still being played and there are fans in the stands including one parent who sang an a cappella rendition of the National Anthem recently when the sound system failed before a game.

Decline Seen in Some Students with Disabilities During Remote Learning
Advocates for the nation’s 7 million students with disabilities share that school closings have caused regression in some students that will be difficult to overcome. Although some schools have resumed in-person programs serving students with special needs other schools are struggling to deliver services that must be done in person or that require special equipment.

Shortage of Substitute Teachers Reaching Critical Level for Some Schools
The nationwide shortage of substitute teachers before the pandemic has become a more serious issue for some schools with part-time and retired teachers declining to work under remote and hybrid conditions. One local school district shared that their need for substitute teachers has increased tenfold to meet the need of teachers who need to quarantine after testing positive or being exposed to the virus.

 
 

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020

Virtual Choir Concert
On Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m, members of the Stevenson curricular and co-curricular choral ensembles will hold a virtual concert on Vimeo. Students, parents and guardians, and members of the community are invited to hear choral pieces studied remotely during first semester under the direction of Stevenson choir teachers Alice Nuteson and Kirstin Snelten.

College Night for Junior Families
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.
The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2022. Postsecondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. Career Program Manager Diane Willock will discuss ways students can further explore career options.
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.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Music Production Activist Playlist and Fundraiser
Students involved in Music Production 2 classes recently completed an activist songwriting project centered around the following topics selected by class members:

  • Black Lives Matter
  • LGBTQIA+ Rights
  • Mental Health

Prior to selecting these topics, students studied music throughout history with activist themes. They conducted additional research and submitted audio samples related to the selected themes.
The music they wrote can be heard on the Fine Arts YouTube Activist Playlist.
The students hope to use their music to raise money for the following organizations – Good Kids Mad CityYouth Empowerment Performance Project, and Sista Afya. They have established a page on the Stevenson Superstore for anyone who wants to contribute to this fundraiser. All donations will be split evenly between these organizations and donor names will remain anonymous.
Music Production 2 is one of 19 music courses offered within the Fine Arts Division at Stevenson. For more information on this course, see page 65 of the Coursebook.

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

Medical School Applications Increase in Wake of Pandemic
Although a drop in college and university enrollment was seen in the fall, the number of medical school applications have risen 18 percent this year over last year. Reasons cited for the increase include increased visibility of front-line medical workers during the pandemic and high-profile public health figures.

A Most Beautiful Thing: Documenting the Unlikely Bond of Teens from Rival Neighborhoods
In the late 1990s, a group of teens from rival Chicago neighborhoods formed an unlikely bond when they became members of the first all-Black high school rowing team. Now, their story is at the center of a new documentary called A Most Beautiful Thing.

Students Help Launch Telemedicine Program for Seniors
Senior citizens in the Twin Cities area have access to a new telemedicine program which was launched by a group of high school robotic team members. During a summer internship with a Minnesota-based health organization, the students helped create a home base which allows seniors to virtually connect with a doctor and can be unlocked remotely for seniors to access flu medication and further health testing.

 
 

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.