Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Rajesh Is Vernon Township’s Mental Health Board Youth Advisor;
Also Named Project Soapbox Finalist For Speech On Board’s Creation

Mental Health is a focus not only at Stevenson High School, but also throughout our community and our country.

Last month, Vernon Township took a proactive move in the fight for better mental health by creating a Mental Health Board and, as chronicled by the Daily Herald, Stevenson junior Kashyap Rajesh was named its inaugural youth advisor.

Rajesh is a member of Stevenson’s Catalyst Club and spoke at the first meeting of the new 708 Mental Health Board, named after the Illinois House resolution that allows such panels. According to the Daily Herald, “Vernon Township voters in November backed a referendum to create the board and establish a new tax to fund it.” Different counties and townships in Illinois have 708 community Mental Health Boards based on the 1976 community Mental Health Act introduced by the Illinois House Bill 708.

“It’s so important that we have youth voices represented on this board,” Rajesh told the Daily Herald. “This issue transcends just adults. It’s also about youth.”

Meanwhile, Rajesh, also a member of Stevenson’s Political Action Club and pictured middle in the photo below, was selected as a Project Soapbox finalist last month through that club’s involvement in the Mikva Challenge in Chicago, a civic education showcase event. Rajesh presented his Soapbox speech at the Challenge about the Catalyst Club’s efforts to help with Vernon Township’s creation of the new Mental Health Board.

His Soapbox speech was selected as one of 10 finalists from nearly 100 students who submitted speeches. Fellow Political Action Club members Natalie Garayeva (Class of 2023 and pictured left in picture) and Olivia Lee (Class of 2024 and pictured right in picture) also presented student voice speeches on the topics of anti-Asian stereotypes and the need for fair immigration reform.

This is the 15th year that the Mikva Challenge has hosted a Soapbox event for students to share speeches about issues that affect them and their communities. Kasyap is the third Stevenson student to have been selected as a finalist.

Virtual Course Selection For Incoming Freshmen Continues MONDAY!

For those of you with eighth graders in the family, just a reminder that the second of three Virtual Course Selection evenings for Incoming Freshmen is MONDAY!

Course Selection ~ Families received a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Now, Stevenson is hosting virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families: MONDAY (last names H-O), and Wednesday, Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director sometime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings are posted on the Incoming Freshmen Families section of the Stevenson website. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

Enrollment ~
 Don’t Forget: Families of incoming freshmen received an e-mail last week with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed now through Jan. 27.

Tickets On Sale Now For “Romeo And Juliet!”

February is the month of LOVE, so what better way to celebrate that than to attend a Stevenson play in February that is all about LOVE: “Romeo And Juliet!”

Tickets for the Freshmen/Sophomore Play, “Romeo & Juliet” are on sale NOW. The production will feature three shows, running Thursday, Feb. 2 (7 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 3 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (7 p.m.) in the Little Theater.

Tickets are $7 and are available on GoFan.

Join the Patriot Theatre Company as it shares the classic tale of the ever famous “star-crossed lovers” through this abridged, one-act, one-hour version of Shakespeare’s original “Romeo And Juliet.”

Conceptualized in a celestial world where the day and the night are indefinitely separated and ushered by popular and favored music of today’s era, this Freshmen/Sophomore production will help the audience reimagine how love can indeed be born from hate.

This is a fundraiser event with snacks, candy and water on sale for $1 apiece.

The Future Of Stevenson Choir To Be On Display In Concert Monday 

A tradition that is 27 years strong, the Consortium Choir Concert will bring together young choir students from Stevenson’s consortium schools for a showcase of a variety of choral pieces.

The concert, slated for a 7 p.m. start time on Monday in the Performing Arts Center, will also feature Stevenson’s co-curricular choirs and can be viewed via Vimeo.

The Consortium Choir Concert got its start in 1995. 

The Fine Arts Department is also pleased to announce the winner of its annual Consortium Choir Concert poster contest: Aptakisic Junior High School eighth grader Lakshmi Greeshma Immadisetty, whose poster (pictured right) was the inspiration for all of the graphics for the event.

Registration For Summer School 2023 Is Now Open!

*NOTE: Summer School registration is different from the academic school year registration/fees payment process that will begin in mid-May.

Online registration for Summer School courses is open NOW until March 23. To get started, please go to Infinite CampusClick here for instruction on how to register.

Summer School is open to current Stevenson studentsas well as current eighth graders who will be registered as incoming freshmen in the Class of 2027. 

Students take one course during a summer school session. Incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to consider enrolling in summer school, to aid in the adjustment and transition to high school. Approximately 65 percent to 70 percent of incoming freshmen enroll in summer school annually.

Summer School classes will be determined and staff will be hired based on the number of requests. After March 23, all registration is accepted on a space-available basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate all registrations. Families will be contacted as soon as possible if a registration request cannot be accommodated due to a class being full or due to staffing issues.

The tuition fees are listed in the course descriptions. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Incomplete registration will not be accepted.

Contact the summer school office at 847-415-4520 or summerschoolreg@d125.org with questions.

Happy (Chinese) New Year!! Celebrate On Campus TONIGHT!

It’s the Chinese New Year, so the Chinese Club, the National Chinese Honor Society and the Taiwanese Culture Club are joining forces to host a big celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. TONIGHT in Room 2104.

All Stevenson students are welcome to attend, as are all parents and members of the community. There will be food and games provided.

No registration required.

On Sale At Lunch:
Camo T-Shirt For TONIGHT’S “Hoops For Heroes” Game


Students Helping Soldiers will be hosting its “Hoops For Heroes” event at TONIGHT’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Zurich, which tips at 7 p.m.

Cash sales ($12) of the T-shirt will take place during all lunch periods today in the Wood Commons, and later today at the game.

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center.
Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on MONDAY.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Dancers: Time For Level Placement Assessment; Register NOW

The Stevenson Dance Department will be holding its Level Placement Assessment next Thursday (Jan. 26) in Dance Studio 2112 at two times: 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. OR 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Current Stevenson students who are not enrolled in a dance class this school year, but who have dance experience, can attend a level placement. This placement will evaluate readiness for Dance 2, 3 or 4 in the 2023-24 school year. Students with no experience can enroll in Dance 1 or Jazz Fusion without a placement assessment.

Interested students are asked to dress appropriately for the placement. They can register through the day of the placement.

Archery Team To Help Save Kids/Find Cures…One Bullseye At A Time

The Stevenson Archery Team will be having its annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children Research Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 28 from Noon to 3 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

The mission of St. Jude is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, St. Jude never denies a child treatment based on race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.

To support this worthy cause, please consider sponsoring a Stevenson archer for an amount per bullseye.

To sponsor an archer, please contact Jane Caballero (jcaballero@d125.org) and provide your name and contact information, the pledge amount and which archer you would like to sponsor, or if you would like to make a general donation.

Pledges need to be in by Jan. 28.

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW. Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.

“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. The Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed NEXT WEEK by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Girls Track and Field: There is an Informational Meeting about the upcoming spring season for Girls Track and Field from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Room 5132.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead

TODAY/SATURDAY ~ Lake County Wrestling Invite: Stevenson will be competing in the Lake County Invite at Libertyville High School starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be available on GoFan for $5 per day.

SATURDAY ~ Competitive Dance Sectional: Stevenson will compete in the IHSA Competitive Dance Sectional hosted by Warren Township High School on its Almond Campus starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased onGoFan

Sports Results

Competitive Cheerleading: It’s another championship for the Stevenson Competitive Cheerleading team! Last night, the Patriots competed in the North Suburban Conference Championship at Zion-Benton High School and took first place in the competition. Next up for Stevenson is the state tournament, starting with the IHSA Sectional at Buffalo Grove High School next Saturday (Jan. 28). The Patriots are in action at 5:26 p.m. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan.

Jan. 20: CCC Presents ~ STEM Careers Presentation
Jan. 23: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 23: Consortium Choir Concert
Jan. 23: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Jan. 24: Girls Water Polo Fundraiser ~ Culver’s
Jan. 24: FAN ~ The Good Life: Lessons From The World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness
Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 26:  FAN | Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life
Jan. 27: KIVA Club’s S-Factor
Jan. 27: KIVA Club Fundraiser ~ Culver’s

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Virtual Course Selection For Incoming Freshmen Begins TONIGHT!

For those of you with eighth graders in the family, just a reminder that the first of three Virtual Course Selection evenings for Incoming Freshmen is TONIGHT!

Course Selection ~ Earlier this week, families received a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Now, Stevenson is hosting three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families: TONIGHT (last names A-G), Monday, Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Wednesday, Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director sometime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings are posted on the Incoming Freshmen Families section of the Stevenson website. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

Enrollment ~
 Don’ Forget: Families of incoming freshmen received an e-mail last week with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed now through Jan. 27.

More Than $60,000 In Stevenson Foundation Scholarships To Be Awarded To Seniors This Spring: Apply Now

Attention Class Of 2023: Applications for the Stevenson Foundation Scholarship Program are NOW OPEN!

Thanks to the generosity of local families and organizations, more than $60,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Stevenson seniors this spring.

All graduating Stevenson seniors are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7. For program details and the full list of 2023 scholarships, visit StevensonFoundation.org/scholarships.

Questions? Please e-mail Ms. Bunzol at ABunzol@StevensonFoundation.org.

Tickets On Sale Now For “Romeo And Juliet!”

February is the month of LOVE, so what better way to celebrate that than to attend a Stevenson play in February that is all about LOVE: “Romeo And Juliet!”

Tickets for the Freshmen/Sophomore Play, “Romeo & Juliet” are on sale NOW. The production will feature three shows, running Thursday, Feb. 2 (7 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 3 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, Feb. 4 (7 p.m.) in the Little Theater.

Tickets are $7 and are available on GoFan.

Join the Patriot Theatre Company as it shares the classic tale of the ever famous “star-crossed lovers” through this abridged, one-act, one-hour version of Shakespeare’s original “Romeo And Juliet.”

Conceptualized in a celestial world where the day and the night are indefinitely separated and ushered by popular and favored music of today’s era, this Freshmen/Sophomore production will help the audience reimagine how love can indeed be born from hate.

This is a fundraiser event with snacks, candy, and water on sale for $1 apiece.

Stevenson Showcasing New Visiting Artist: Lilach Schrag

Stevenson is proud to feature Lilach Schrag in the 2022-2023 Visiting Artist Series.

Shrag’s exhibit, “Transforming,” combines a multimedia installation with video production and performance, juxtaposing the intimate and the universal, with a focus on transformative encounters. “Transforming” will be exhibited in the Visiting Artist Gallery (First Floor Rotunda, West Building) now through Feb. 24.

Schrag is an artist and art educator. She graduated from Hamidrasha Art School in Israel, and holds a Master of Arts from Spertus Institute in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows, including at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the Evanston Art Center, as well as the Janco Dada Museum and the Jerusalem Biennale in Israel. Schrag currently teaches art at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School in Deerfield.

To see more images and information about her artwork, please visit lilachschrag.com

TONIGHT: Consortium Orchestra Concert Is Up Next

Just like Wednesday’s Consortium Band & Jazz Festival, the Consortium Orchestra Concert will give future Stevenson musicians a chance to perform on the big stage, the Performing Arts Center.

The Consortium Orchestra Concert starts at 6 p.m. TONIGHT and features all incoming orchestra students from Stevenson’s consortium middle schools. 

The event provides the younger students the opportunity to work with Stevenson’s Orchestra Directors and student leaders from the Strings Board. Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble will also perform and have a combined performance experience with all the eighth graders.
 

The Fine Arts Department is also excited to announce the winner of its annual Poster Design Contest for the Consortium Orchestra Concert. Alicia Myoung, an eighth grader at Daniel Wright Junior High School, designed the poster to the right, which is the inspiration for all of the event’s graphics.

Get Your Camo T-Shirt For TOMORROW’S “Hoops For Heroes” Game


Students Helping Soldiers will be hosting its “Hoops For Heroes” event at TOMORROW’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Zurich, which tips at 7 p.m.

Camo T-Shirts are $12 and can be purchased NOW online for the event.

Cash sales ($12) of the T-shirt will also will also take place during the lunch periods tomorrow in the Wood Commons, and at the game.

Help FCCLA Help Middle And Elementary Schools Talk About
Mental Health: Take Survey And Submit By TOMORROW

Sophomores Abby Levy and Amoolya Mahabhashyam are working on a project for the club FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) that aims to implement mental health programs for elementary and middle schools.

To help teachers at that level put together lesson plans that discuss mental health through engaging activities while promoting an inclusive and comfortable environment for students to discuss mental well-being and break the stigma, Levy and Mahabhashyam have created a survey that will help guide them in their content creation.

They are looking for feedback from people of all ages in the community to anonymously share their thoughts about mental health.

Please answer only the questions in this survey that you are comfortable answering and submit your your answers (that will remain anonymous) by TOMORROW.

For questions, or for more information, please contact: Alevy25@students.d125.org or
Amahabha25@students.d125.org.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker TOMORROW

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation TOMORROW hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches.

Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center. Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on Monday, Jan. 23.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Last Call: Get Your PPA Guidebooks Now…For 50-Percent Off

Don’t Forget: The Patriot Parent Association is having a sale on the 2022-2023 Guidebooks.

They will be on sale in the Patriot Superstore for $5, which is half-price.

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.

“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. The Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed NEXT WEEK by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Girls Track and Field: There is an Informational Meeting about the upcoming spring season for Girls Track and Field from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Room 5132.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead

TONIGHT ~ NSC Conference Cheer: The North Suburban Conference Cheer Championship will be held at Zion-Benton High School tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on GoFan.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ Lake County Wrestling Invite: Stevenson will be competing in the Lake County Invite at Libertyville High School starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be available on GoFan for $5 per day.

SATURDAY ~ Competitive Dance Sectional: Stevenson will compete in the IHSA Competitive Dance Sectional hosted by Warren Township High School on its Almond Campus starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased onGoFan

Sports Results


Girls Basketball:
 The Patriots (16-8, 6-3) edged Lake Forest 47-46 in a great battle. Stevenson got huge plays down the stretch from the entire team. Kate Arne hit 2 free throws with three seconds left to win the game! Sydney Rosland scored a team-high 16 points followed by Emory Klatt with 15 points. Nisha Musunuri added 8 points and Emma Brooks finished with 6 points. Next up for Stevenson is a road game at Lake Zurich. Tip-off is 7 p.m. on Friday.


Girls Gymnastics: Senior Night was a success for Emma Fang and Ashley Schabes as they placed in the top three in all events, helping the Patriots (3-2, 4-2) win over Lake Forest and Lakes/Antioch Co-Op with a score of 138.20. Fang placed third in the vault with a score of 8.50 while Clara Cavalcanti took first in the event with a score of 9.25. Samantha Matzek turned in a first-place score with a 9.05 on the uneven bars followed by Fang with an 8.85. On the beam, Stevenson dominated the event, sweeping first through third place. On the floor, Schabes placed first with a 9.30 and Fang took third with an 8.80. Next up for the Patriots is the Niles West Invite on Saturday, starting at 12 Noon.


Girls Bowling: Stevenson hosted Lake Zurich and lost 2297 to 2085 in a conference match. Anna Reyes was the high bowler for the Patriots with a 494 series and a 199 game. Alexis Alanis also contributed to the Patriot score with a high game of 152. Next up for the Patriots is a conference match against Warren at Bertrand Lanes starting at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday. 


Boys Hockey: Stevenson (12-10, 37-12) traveled to Winnetka to take on New Trier and lost 4-3. New Trier dominated the first period, but Stevenson struck first in the second period with Dylan Jette scoring the first goal of the evening, assisted by Tristan Caridei. Jette struck again with his second goal, assisted by Ethan O’Gradney and David Etingen. Early in the third, Davis Jegers scored the Patriots’ third goal unassisted. However, it wasn’t enough to keep pesky New Trier at bay and New Trier eventually scored the winning goal. Stevenson will be back on the ice for a very special Senior Night honoring its 18 graduating seniors on Saturday at Twin Rinks. The Senior Night ceremony will start at 6:15 p.m., followed by the puck drop at 6:50 p.m. for Stevenson against Glenbrook North.

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

Jan. 19: Late Arrival Day
Jan. 19:Start Of Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 19:Consortium Orchestra Concert
Jan. 19:FAN ~ This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive
Jan. 20:CCC Presents ~ STEM Careers Presentation
Jan. 23:Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 23:Consortium Choir Concert
Jan. 23:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Jan. 24:FAN ~ The Good Life: Lessons From The World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness
Jan. 25:Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 26:FAN | Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

 It’s On! S-Factor Field Is Set! 

There will be 11 singers competing next week in KIVA’s S-Factor, Stevenson’s annual premier singing competition that allows contestants to not only compete against other talented singers on campus, but to also showcase their musical talent. 

S-Factor, emceed by seniors Haylie Popkey, Abby Collins, Hailey Langer and Sarah Sagerman, will take place on Friday, Jan. 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

The singers are:
Seniors: Amita Nair, Kayal Lavari, Becca Fishmar, Anika Krishnaswamy and Elise Victoria Regalado
Junior: Rachel Anand
Sophomores: Nikki Rodriguez, London Cabrera, Hazel Kim and Sahana Bawa
Freshman: Syra Hashmi

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online via the Stevenson Superstore. Please make sure to show your confirmation e-mail at the door as proof of receipt.

NOTE: In conjunction with the S-Factor event, Culver’s will be hosting an S-Factor Benefit Night all day on Jan. 27. When ordering, please mention Stevenson KIVA to ensure that 35 percent of sales goes towards KIVA.

KIVA will donate proceeds from S-Factor ticket sales, as well as the Culver’s Benefit Night, to micro-loans for people in financial need in areas of the world that do not have access to financial institutions.

How Does Martin Luther King Jr. Inspire You?

On Monday, the United States celebrated the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights activist who fought for racial and social equality in the 1950s and 1960s.

Through his activism, King sought to end legalized racial segregation, discrimination, and prejudice. Although great progress has been made, social inequity and racial injustice are still prevalent issues faced by people of color today.

As we continue to celebrate Dr. King this month, take some time to reflect on how he has inspired you to cultivate change at Stevenson and throughout the community. Think about how you can continue to advocate for equity and justice.

Eighth Graders To Get On PAC Stage For Band & Jazz Festival

Eighth grade students from Stevenson’s consortium middle schools will gather at the Performing Arts Center TONIGHT for a musical summit event, the Consortium Band & Jazz Festival!

The concert, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to parents and families of performing students, will feature the young students interacting with current Stevenson band students from the Honor Band and Jazz Ensemble.

The event can also be viewed on Vimeo.

The Fine Arts Department is also excited to announce the winner of its annual Poster Design Contest for the Consortium Band And Jazz Festival: Aptakisic Junior High School eighth grader Krish Ravi Pendyala, whose poster is pictured to the right.

Coming Thursday: Consortium Orchestra Concert Up Next

Just like the Consortium Band & Jazz Festival tonight, the Consortium Orchestra Concert will give future Stevenson musicians a chance to perform on the big stage, the Performing Arts Center.

The Consortium Orchestra Concert starts at 6 p.m. TOMORROW featuring all incoming orchestra students from Stevenson’s consortium middle schools. 

The event provides the younger students the opportunity to worth with Stevenson’s Orchestra Directors and student leaders from the Strings Board. Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble will also perform and have a combined performance experience with all the eighth graders.
 

The Fine Arts Department is also excited to announce the winner of its annual Poster Design Contest for the Consortium Orchestra Concert. Alicia Myoung, an eighth grader at Daniel Wright Junior High School, designed the poster to the left, which is the inspiration for all of the event’s graphics.

Way To Go, Stevenson! Keep #Moving!!  

So far, the Patriot Wellness Center’s fun and interactive #PWCMOVE Challenge for the month of January has been a success!

Clubs, groups, classrooms, teams and friends all over the Stevenson campus have been sending in videos of them accepting the challenge of doing 3 to 5 reps of either air squats, push-ups or jumping jacks in an effort to KEEP MOVING IN JANUARY.

Some of the best videos include students in an Earth Science class doing air squats while holding globes, and a student in calculus class crushing ONE-ARMED push-ups!

Keep up the great work, Patriots…and keep sending in your Challenge videos via Instagram. Tag @Stevenson_PWC and use the hashtag: #PWCMOVE!

Stevenson Takes The Lead With International Educators
By Hosting Site Visit On Campus

Over the last two days, Stevenson has welcomed the Humphrey Fellows from Vanderbilt University on one of the many site visits for fellow educators that Stevenson hosts each year.

The Humphrey Fellows from Vanderbilt’s Education Administration, Planning And Policy division consist of 11 international educators who are in residence at the university for a year and are in a position to have a national impact on the education system of their developing countries.

The countries include: Tunisia, Croatia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Côte d’I·voire, and Iran. 

The program is led by Bridget Gorokhovsky who has said that she wanted this group to visit the best high school in the country.

Sweetness Alert: Bake Sale Is TODAY!


The Patriot Parent Association will be hosting a Bake Sale TODAY, starting immediately after sixth period in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons.

Everything is $1 and cash is accepted. Students can make it through the line quickest with exact change.

Don’t Forget: Late Arrival Day Tomorrow!!

Adjust those alarm clocks, Patriots! You’ve got a Late Arrival Day TOMORROW! 

First period begins at 10:30 a.m.

The lower ILC/ELC will not open for tutoring until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. Tutoring will then be available for the rest of the day.

Get Your Camo T-Shirt For FRIDAY’S “Hoops For Heroes” Game


Students Helping Soldiers will be hosting its “Hoops For Heroes” event at Friday’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Zurich, which tips at 7 p.m.

Camo T-Shirts are $12 and can be purchased NOW online for the event.

Cash sales ($12) of the T-shirt will also will also take place during the lunch periods on Friday in the Wood Commons, and at the game.

Help FCCLA Help Middle And Elementary Schools Talk About
Mental Health: Take Survey And Submit By FRIDAY

Sophomores Abby Levy and Amoolya Mahabhashyam are working on a project for the club FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) that aims to implement mental health programs for elementary and middle schools.

To help teachers at that level put together lesson plans that discuss mental health through engaging activities while promoting an inclusive and comfortable environment for students to discuss mental well-being and break the stigma, Levy and Mahabhashyam have created a survey that will help guide them in their content creation.

They are looking for feedback from people of all ages in the community to anonymously share their thoughts about mental health.

Please answer only the questions in this survey that you are comfortable answering and submit your your answers (that will remain anonymous) by FRIDAY.

For questions, or for more information, please contact: Alevy25@students.d125.org or
Amahabha25@students.d125.org.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker On Friday

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation on Friday hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches.

Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center. Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on Monday, Jan. 23.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW. Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.

“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. Starting NOW, the Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 23 by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Mandatory Athlete Meeting TOMORROW: A reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ DON’T FORGET that if you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting, there is one TOMORROW from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and we will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Girls Track and Field: There is an Informational Meeting about the upcoming spring season for Girls Track and Field from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Room 5132.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead

THURSDAY ~ NSC Conference Cheer: The North Suburban Conference Cheer Championship will be held at Zion-Benton High School on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on GoFan.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ Lake County Wrestling Invite: Stevenson will be competing in the Lake County Invite at Libertyville High School starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be available on GoFan for $5 per day.

SATURDAY ~ Competitive Dance Sectional: Stevenson will compete in the IHSA Competitive Dance Sectional hosted by Warren Township High School on its Almond Campus starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased onGoFan

Sports Results

 Boys Swimming/Diving: The Patriots (5-0, 6-0) traveled to Lake Forest to take on the Scouts in a conference matchup and breezed to a 141-45 victory. Stevenson took first place in all races except one. Divers Danny Silverstein and Finlay Oyston placed first (288.95) and second (215.30) on the 1-meter board. The Patriots host New Trier at 10 a.m. on Saturday in a dual meet and will also honor their Seniors.



 Girls Bowling:
 Stevenson (1-8, 4-8) hosted Mundelein in a conference matchup and lost 2413 to 2151. Alexis Alanis bowled a team-high of 205 in the first game, keeping the Patriots in a close match. Allison Parks contributed to the scoring in game two with a 157. Anna Reyes added to the score with a 150, also in game two. Next up for the Patriots is another conference match at 4:45 p.m. today against Lake Zurich at Fair Haven Lanes in Mundelein.

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

Jan. 18:PPA Bake Sale
Jan. 18:Consortium Jazz Festival
Jan. 18:CCC Presents ~ Lake County Tech Campus Information Session
Jan. 19: Late Arrival Day 
Jan. 19:Start Of Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 19:Consortium Orchestra Concert
Jan. 19:FAN ~ This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive
Jan. 20:CCC Presents ~ STEM Careers Presentation
Jan. 23:Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 23:Consortium Choir Concert
Jan. 23:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Jan. 24:FAN ~ The Good Life: Lessons From The World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness
Jan. 25:Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Wrap TONIGHT

Got an eighth grader in the family? Please be aware of an e-mail that was sent to all incoming freshmen families last month. The letter contains all kinds of important information about orientation, enrollment and course selection.

Orientation Evenings ~ The last Orientation Evening is TONIGHT (last names P-Z) beginning at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from our students, directors and our principal.

 Enrollment ~ Families of incoming freshmen received an e-mail last week with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed now through Jan. 27.

Course Selection ~ This week, families will receive a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Shortly after this information is mailed, Stevenson will host three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families on Thursday (last names A-G), Monday, Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Wednesday, Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director some time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings will be posted on the Incoming Freshmen Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

For more information about the Incoming Freshmen, please visit the Class of 2027 page on the Stevenson website.

Eighth Graders To Get On PAC Stage For Band & Jazz Festival

Eighth grade students from Stevenson’s consortium middle schools will gather at the Performing Arts Center tomorrow night for a musical summit event, the Consortium Band & Jazz Festival!

The concert, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and is open to parents and families of performing students, will feature the young students interacting with current Stevenson band students from the Honor Band and Jazz Ensemble.

The event can also be viewed on Vimeo.

The Fine Arts Department is also excited to announce the winner of its annual Poster Design Contest for the Consortium Band And Jazz Festival: Aptakisic Junior High School eighth grader Krish Ravi Pendyala, whose poster is pictured to the right.

Get Your Camo T-Shirt For Friday’s “Hoops For Heroes” Game


Students Helping Soldiers will be hosting its “Hoops For Heroes” event at Friday’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Zurich, which tips at 7 p.m.

Camo T-Shirts are $12 and can be purchased NOW online for the event.

Cash sales ($12) of the T-shirt will also will also take place during the lunch periods on Friday in the Wood Commons and at the game.

REMINDER: NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN ~ Last month, Stevenson changed its traffic flow on campus during peak times. A reminder…From 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Stevenson Drive will be routed in such a way that will prevent cars from traveling from one end of campus to the other. When driving to campus during these peak times, please plan to exit the campus in the same location you entered. Traffic that enters campus from Route 22 can access Lots B and C and will be routed back out to exit onto Route 22 only. Traffic that enters campus from Port Clinton Road can access Lots E and D/D Extension and will be routed back out to Port Clinton Road.

REMINDER: New Patriot Dollars System ~ It’s here…the new Patriot Dollars system! Students and families have a new way to add funds to their accounts. This can be done one of two ways:
1. Go to our Patriot Dollars platform.
2. Download the GET app to your and your student’s phone.
Before you access your student’s Patriot Dollars account for the first time (either through the platform or the app), you must create an account and link your student’s ID number to your new account. From there, you can add funds or set up recurring payments.
Students can continue to purchase their food and drinks or purchase items from the Superstore by using their ID or the GET app on their phones. Questions? Contact us at patriotdollars@d125.org.

ONGOING: Schedule A P-SCoPE Meeting For Juniors ~ 
Counselors are available to meet with JUNIORS for a Post Secondary SCoPE (P-SCoPE) meeting from NOW through mid-June. The P-SCoPE meeting is a 45-minute individual family appointment with a post-secondary counselor to discuss options after high school, and answer questions your family might have. Families may make one such appointment per student. To ensure the availability of appointments for the Class of 2024, please submit a completed worksheet by March 14 to shs_collegecareer@d125.org or drop it off at the CCC (Room 1123). Interpreters can be available for the meeting with proper advanced notice.

ONGOING: Register Now For Chicago USA Gap Year Fair ~ Seniors: Thinking about taking a Gap Year? Register NOW for the USA Gap Year Fairs that are in-person and co-hosted by New Trier and Oak Park River Forest High Schools on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. The Jan. 27 event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Oak Park River Forest High School. The Jan. 28 event will be held from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. at New Trier High School. Participants can get the most up-to-date information about gap year basics, advice for researching and planning a gap year, navigating the college deferral process, gap year program application tips and deadlines and how seniors can earn a $5,000 gap year scholarship! Click here to register and to explore a full national event schedule of 30-plus in-person gap year fairs and virtual events. Contact fairs@gooverseas.com with any specific questions.

THURSDAY: Registration For Summer School Begins ~ Online registration for summer school courses is open starting THURSDAY until March 23Click here for instructions on how to register. Classes will be determined and staff will be hired based on the number of requests. After March 23, all registration is accepted on a space-available basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate all registrations. Families will be contacted as soon as possible if a registration request can not be accommodated due to a class being full or there are staffing issues. The tuition fees are listed in the course descriptions. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Incomplete registration will not be accepted. Please contact the summer school office at 847-415-4520 
or summerschoolreg@d125.org with questions. *NOTE: Summer school registration is different from the academic school year registration process.

THURSDAY: FAN EVENT I This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive ~ This Zoom event starts at 7 p.m. and features Nick Riggle, Ph.D. and Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. 

FRIDAY, Jan. 27: Deadline To Register For FREE Practice SAT ~ Stevenson will be providing all Juniors with the opportunity to take a Practice SAT test (without essay) on Saturday, Feb. 4 (7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in the Fieldhouse FREE OF CHARGE. Students will need to sign up by Jan. 27 through the Patriot Superstore to be a part of this experience. In Illinois, the SAT is a high-school graduation requirement for all students. The official SAT will be administered to all Juniors on April 12.

Help FCCLA Help Middle And Elementary Schools Talk About
Mental Health: Take Survey


Sophomores Abby Levy and Amoolya Mahabhashyam are working on a project for the club FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) that aims to implement mental health programs for elementary and middle schools.

To help teachers at that level put together lesson plans that discuss mental health through engaging activities while promoting an inclusive and comfortable environment for students to discuss mental well-being and break the stigma, Levy and Mahabhashyam have created a survey that will help guide them in their content creation.

They are looking for feedback from people of all ages in the community to anonymously share their thoughts about mental health.

Please answer only the questions in this survey that you are comfortable answering and submit your answers (that will remain anonymous) by FRIDAY.

For questions, or for more information, please contact: Alevy25@students.d125.org or
Amahabha25@students.d125.org.

PWC Updates: Classes, Hours, Closings, Backpack Protocol

Check out the new schedule and class offerings at the Patriot Wellness Center.

Please note that through the end of February, new hours at the PWC on Saturdays and Sundays are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hours Monday through Friday will stay the same.

The PWC will be closed on the following dates:
Feb. 20
March 3
March 6
April 7
May 29

Sweetness Alert: Bake Sale Is TOMORROW!


The Patriot Parent Association will be hosting a Bake Sale TOMORROW, starting immediately after sixth period in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons.

Everything is $1 and cash is accepted. Students can make it through the line quickest with exact change.

Sign Up For Tomorrow’s Tech Campus Event

Representatives from Lake County Tech Campus will be on campus TOMORROW to give presentations to students interested in learning about the different programs and classes offered to junior and senior students.

Presentations will take place in the College Career Center during each lunch period (fourth, fifth and sixth periods).

Students will also learn about how Tech Campus can help them make the jump from high school to college or from high school directly into a career through dual credit and internship/networking opportunities. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker On Friday

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation on Friday hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches.

Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center. Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on Monday, Jan. 23.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Half-Off Sale: Get Your PPA Guidebooks Now!

The Patriot Parent Association is having a sale on the 2022-2023 Guidebooks.

They will be on sale in the Patriot Superstore for $5, which is half-price.

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.

“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. Starting NOW, the Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 23 by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Mandatory Meeting: A reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ DON’T FORGET that if you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting, there is one Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and we will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Girls Track and Field: There is an Informational Meeting about the upcoming spring season for Girls Track and Field from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Room 5132.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead

FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ Lake County Wrestling Invite: Stevenson will be competing in the Lake County Invite at Libertyville High School starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be available on GoFan for $5 per day.

Sports Results

Competitive Dance: Stevenson Competitive Dance (pictured above) won the North Suburban Conference Championship with a score of 94.40 points, 1.5 points ahead of second-place Lake Forest. Next up for Stevenson is the IHSA Sectional on Saturday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Warren’s Almond Campus.


Boys and Girls Fencing:
 The Patriots traveled to Glenbrook South to take on several opponents in their Invite. Stevenson defeated Evanston: 18-9 (boys) and 21-6 (girls). The Patriots went on to defeat Glenbrook South: 21-6 (boys) and 22-5 (girls). Stevenson competed against a Deerfield/Highland Park team winning 18-9 (boys) and 21-6 (girls). Taking on Maine West, the Patriots won 21-6 (boys) and 26-1 (girls). In their last match of the day, Stevenson faced New Trier where the girls team had its first loss on the season, 13-14 and the boys had its final win on the day 16-11. Next up for the fencing teams is an Invite at Maine West on Saturday, Jan. 28.


Boys Hockey:
 Stevenson (35-11, 12-9) traveled to an out-of-state tournament winning the Championships against New Trier Hockey Club White, 6-3. The Patriots went 6-0 on the weekend, beating teams from Washington, Texas, Virginia, California, and Illinois. Next up for the Patriots is at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday against New Trier at Winnetka Ice Arena.

Boys Swimming and Diving: Stevenson (4-0, 5-0) headed to Winnetka for the 67th Annual Trevian Relays. The Patriots came in second place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.82. Colin Zhang placed first in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:53.73 and the 200-yard free relay team of David KohanJonny FarberDiego Rosario-Freytes and Jack Curtin placed first with a time of 1:25.41. Next up for Stevenson is a dual meet at 5 p.m. tonight at Lake Forest.

Wrestling: The Patriots traveled to Lincoln-Way Central for the Illini Classic with several wrestlers placing throughout the weekend. Yash Jagtap placed seventh in the 113-pound weight class, Andrew Chamkim also placed seventh in his weight class of 126 pounds. Thomas Schoolman placed FIRST in his weight class of 160 pounds and Richie Gueorguiev placed sixth in the 170-pound weight class. Overall, the Patriots finished 11th out of 24 teams. Next up for Stevenson is the Lake County Invite starting at 5 p.m. on Friday at Libertyville High School.


Girls Bowling: Stevenson (1-7, 4-7) hosted Antioch on Friday and won 1721 to 1719. Amanda Xumsai had the high score for Stevenson with a 202 followed by Jenna Reaume with a 173. On Saturday, the Patriots traveled to Liberty Lanes for the Jacobs Invite, finishing in ninth place out of 17 teams. Alexis Alanis bowled two high games of 182 and 178 followed by Anna Reyes who also bowled two high games of 178 and 175. Next up for Stevenson is Mundelein at 4:45 p.m tonight at Fairhaven Lanes.  


Cheer:
 Stevenson had a busy weekend starting at Grayslake North on Saturday, placing first at that Invite. On Sunday, the Patriots traveled to the Oak Forest Invite and placed third. Up next for the Patriots is the NSC Championships on Thursday at Zion-Benton High School starting at 6:30 p.m.


Boys Bowling: Stevenson (8-2, 12-4) competed in the IHSA Regional playoffs hosted by Libertyville and finished in sixth place. While the team did not qualify for sectionals, individuals Ender Starr and Jackson Sher will be representing the Patriots on Saturday. Starr had a 1229 series with a high game of 251. Sher had a 1213 series with a high game of 254. Good luck Ender and Jackson at the Rockford Guilford Sectional this weekend! 

Boys Basketball: The Patriots (14-3, 5-1) hosted conference opponent Libertyville and lost 62-53 in a well-contested matchup. David SulniusAidan Bardic and Jack Dabbs all contributed 12 points apiece while Christian Uremovich added 11 points. Stevenson also played St.Viator during the three-day weekend as part of the MLK Day of Hoops and won, 64-48. Sulnius scored 20 points and had 5 rebounds. Uremovich added 9 points and had 3 rebounds. Bardic also contributed 9 points with 7 assists and Michael Maloney put up 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. Next up for the Patriots is Lake Zurich at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Sportscenter.

Girls Basketball: Stevenson (15-8, 5-3) traveled to Libertyville to take on the Wildcats in an intense matchup and lost 40-38. Emory Klatt had a game-high 22 points, followed by Nisha Musunuri with 7 points, Sydney Rosland with 5 points and 1 steal and Kendell Williams with 4 points. The Patriots also competed against Carmel at the Benet Academy Shootout and lost, 42-37. Once again Klatt led in scoring with 18 points with 11 rebounds and was named Player of the Game. Kate Arne added 5 points and Musunuri and Williams both added 4 points apiece.

Girls Gymnastics: On Saturday, the girls gymnastics team hosted the Lake County Invite and finished in seventh place with a score of 135.175. Emma Fang had a successful meet placing fourth in the uneven bars (9.25), the beam (9.35) and overall with a score of 36.025. Ashley Schabes finished 10th on the beam with a 9.15. Next up for the Patriots is a meet against Lakes and Lake Forest on Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

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

Jan. 17:Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Jan. 18:PPA Bake Sale
Jan. 18:Consortium Jazz Festival
Jan. 19: Late Arrival Day ⏰
Jan. 19:Start Of Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 19:Consortium Orchestra Concert
Jan. 20:CCC Presents ~ STEM Careers Presentation
Jan. 23:Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 23:Consortium Choir Concert
Jan. 23:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Edat, Catalyst Teammates Use Their Voices To Help Push
Congress To Pass Important Opioid Legislation Last Month

Being healthy means more to junior Thomas Edat than just working out and eating right.

He decided at a very young age that he also wants to be drug-free.

Back in middle school, Edat (pictured right) participated in Catalyst programming, and he continued that right into high school as a member of Stevenson’s Catalyst club, a leadership group dedicated to supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle for youth in the community.

“As part of Catalyst, being drug-free has just become ingrained into my consciousness,” Edat said. “I want to be a healthy person, so I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t do anything.

“When I grow up, I want to be a doctor, and Catalyst matches my personal values. When I see someone with an addiction, it really hurts me and it’s something I want to fix and I want to make a huge impact.”

Edat and his Catalyst teammates actually made a very tangible impact in the war on addiction just before Winter Break. They were vocal in lending their support for the NOPAIN Act, and lobbying Illinois’ U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to do the same.

As Catalyst’s Director of Policy and Legislation, Edat looks for local, state and federal policies that Catalyst can champion. He recently was made aware of the NOPAIN Act that was put before Congress, and that ultimately passed on Dec. 23.

The NOPAIN (Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation) Act addresses outdated federal reimbursement policies that inadvertently incentivize the prescribing of opioids for pain management rather than non-opioids.

Edat organized a campaign in which Catalyst members e-mailed Durbin and Duckworth, and tagged them on social media posts, to encourage them to vote for the NOPAIN Act. In addition, on one morning before Winter Break, approximately 140 members of Catalyst gathered together in a large room in the Patriot Wellnes Center and made calls to the senators’ offices in support of NOPAIN. 

“I wrote a script that talked about the statistics of opioids and the dangers and why we support NOPAIN, and we had so many people calling that day, leaving voicemails and messages,” Edat said. “We really supported the NOPAIN Act because opioids have become such a problem in our community and in our country. It was cheaper for hospitals to prescribe opioids, which causes drug addictions. 

“The NOPAIN Act opens up more non-opioid pain management prescriptions.”

Edat says that he was thrilled, and felt so proud, when he heard the news that Congress had passed the NOPAIN Act with bipartisan support. And he said that the influence young people and groups such as Catalyst had on the effort can’t be overstated.

“We (Catalyst) made a huge difference. Seeing it at the national level that youth can make a difference is so important,” Edat said. “Some people might think that because we’re kids that we’re immature and that we don’t know what we’re doing. But we do have a voice and we do know what we’re doing. We have a youth perspective that older people sometimes can’t see. We have different challenges and hardships and we’ve got that perspective that youth can bring.

“Seeing that what we did helped and that NOPAIN passed, it made me smile because it made me so happy.”

Starting The New Year Off Right: Math Team In Top Spot!

Stevenson’s Math Team begins 2023 in the perfect spot: ranked first in the North Suburban Math League!

After the first three competitions, Stevenson leads the league with 878 points, ahead of city schools Whitney Young with 871 points and Walter Payton with 855 points. Naperville Central and Fremd High School round out the top five schools across the 50-school field.

Perfect scores from the latest meet came from seniors Ben Chen and Jack Chen, junior Eric Tsui, sophomore Jaden Chen andfreshmen Jonathan He and Michelle Zhang,

The first Math Team meeting of 2023 is next Tuesday (Jan. 17) in the 1500s Hallway and new members are always welcome to join. Freshmen will be exploring number theory concepts, sophomores will work on circle theorems, juniors are studying conics, and the senior topic is sequences and series.

For even more information about the Math Team, check out the team’s custom website!

Check Out Stevenson’s Newest Intramural: Horseback Riding!

Stevenson’s newest intramural, Horseback Riding, will hold an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. TODAY in the Student Activities Office (Room 1102). Students can learn about riding opportunities and meet the instructor.

Horseback Riding is open to all experience levels, provides professional coaching and involves a low level of commitment.

E-mail questions to: mheller25@students.d125.org or mshahinian@d125.org.

No School On Monday In Observance Of MLK Jr. Day!


Monday marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a federal holiday and a day off of school.

King was an American Baptist minister and activist. He was a prominent leader in the Civil Rights Movement until his assassination in 1968. 

Here is the transcript from the famous “I Have A Dream” speech (shown in the video above) that King delivered in 1963.

To learn more about Stevenson’s Equity work, please click here.

Food Hack For Monday: Support shsHacks At Culver’s!

On your day off on Monday, visit the Lincolnshire Culver’s (anytime from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) with friends and family to support shsHacks!

Mention the fundraiser at checkout, either dine-in, carry out, or drive-through, and 25 percent of group sales will be used to support shsHacks!

shsHacks is an annual 24-hour “Hackathon” co-organized by Girls in STEAM and Computer Science Club. Students interested in coding will register and compete as teams to code solutions to thematic and relevant issues presented at the Hackathon. At the end, projects are evaluated by a professional judging panel and prizes are offered for winners.

shsHacks 2023 will take place in early March. Follow @shshacks2023 on instagram for registration information coming soon!

Seniors: Showcase Yourself In “Senior Showcase!”
Deadline To Apply Is TODAY!

“Mr. SHS” has gotten a name change. Introducing…“Senior Showcase!”

The Senior Class Board is currently taking applications for contestants for the first annual “Senior Showcase,” a talent competition that is open to everyone… as long as you are a SENIOR.

Participants will be judged in talent, theme wear, and a public speaking/Q-and-A. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a “talent,” the Senior Class Board can help you pick one!

The application is open until 3:30 p.m. TODAY, at which time it should be completed and turned into Student Activities. 

Senior Showcase will be held on Friday, Feb. 17. The winner of Senior Showcase will receive two Prom tickets. The runner-up will win one Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality will win one Prom ticket.

Buy A Yearbook Ad For Your Senior! Deadline Is TODAY!

Show your Senior some love in the 2023 Yearbook. Buy a Senior Recognition Ad.

The closing date is TODAY. Get those ads in while you still have a chance!

Sign Up For Next Week’s Tech Campus Event

Representatives from Lake County Tech Campus will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 18 to give presentations to students interested in learning about the different programs and classes offered to junior and senior students.

Presentations will take place in the College Career Center during each lunch period (fourth, fifth and sixth periods).

Students will also learn about how Tech Campus can help them make the jump from high school to college or from high school directly into a career through dual credit and internship/networking opportunities. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker Next Week

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation on Friday, Jan. 20 hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches.

Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center. Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on Jan. 23.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Half-Off Sale: Get Your PPA Guidebooks Now!

The Patriot Parent Association is having a sale on the 2022-2023 Guidebooks.

They will be on sale in the Patriot Superstore for $5, which is half-price.

PPA Could Use Donations For Next Week’s Bake Sale

The Patriot Parent Association will be hosting its first Bake Sale of 2023 next Wednesday (Jan. 18), and could use some help.

Families that would like to donate store-bought treats for the sale can sign up here.

If families don’t have time to shop, monetary donations can be made online.

Thank you, Patriot Families!

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.


“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. Starting NOW, the Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 23 by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Mandatory Meeting: A reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ DON’T FORGET that if you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting, there is one Thursday, Jan. 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and we will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.
 

Girls Track and Field: There is an Informational Meeting about the upcoming spring season for Girls Track and Field from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Room 5132.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead

TODAY ~ Competitive Dance: Stevenson will be hosting the North Suburban Conference Dance Competition starting at 6:30 p.m. on today. Tickets are available only on GoFan and are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. NSC passes will be accepted. 

TODAY/SATURDAY ~ Wrestling: Tickets for the Illini Classic Wrestling tournament at Lincoln-Way Central High School today (5 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.) are $6 for adult admission and $3 for students with an I.D. Tickets can be purchased through GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/school/IL15559


SATURDAY ~ Boys Basketball: IT’S A GRAY OUT!! Don’t forget to wear your gray to Saturday’s boys basketball game at the Sportscenter. The Patriots will be hosting conference rival Libertyville and tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson will put its perfect 5-0 North Suburban Conference record on the line. Overall, the Patriots are 13-2 on the season. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased via GoFan.

SATURDAY ~ Boys Swimming: Tickets for the 2023 Boys Swimming Trevian Relays at New Trier High School on Saturday will be sold ONLINE ONLY at GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/events/850278?schoolId=IL15602. The fees are: $5 for adults and $2 for students. Please purchase tickets before coming to the event for ease of entry.

SATURDAY ~ Competitive Dance: For the South Elgin High School Dance Invite, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, all spectators should enter through Door 51 (Gym Entrance). Admission for the day is $10 for adults and $5 for students with a school ID. Cash tickets will be sold but spectators can also purchase tickets through GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/events/840778?schoolId=IL68149

SATURDAY ~ Girls Gymnastics: The Lake County Invite will take place at Stevenson, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Prices via GoFan are: $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5  are free. Prices via cash are: $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5 are free. NSC, Sports Boosters and Event passes will be accepted.

Sports Results

 Boys Swimming And Diving: The Patriots (4-0) traveled to Mundelein for a conference matchup, winning 144-42. The 200-free relay team of Maxim KolbunovKunal RajadhyaxDavid Kohan, and Sam Rahimzadeh placed first with a time of 1:31.21 to contribute to Stevenson’s win right out of the gate. Colin Zhang placed first in both the 200-yard free (1:43.65) and the 100-yard backstroke (54.29). Diver Danny Solverstein placed first with a score of 282.10 in the 100-meter diving competition. And Max LaPointe St. Georges placed first in the 50-yard free with a time of 22.41. Next up for Stevenson is the New Trier Relays for the swimmers at 12 noon on Saturday and a Diving Invitational at Hinsdale Central starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.


 Boys Bowling:
 Stevenson (12-4, 8-2) traveled to River Rand Bowl to take on Glenbrook North and lost its final match of the regular season, 3483 to 3398. Ender Starr is still bowling phenomenally, with a 633 series and a high game of 243. Starr was followed by Shalimar Jacobs with a series high of 619 and a high game of 228. Jackson Sher had a series 602, with a high game of 214. Jude Snider had a series high 567, Jacob Heald had a 524 series and Myles Fierer had a 453 series. Next up for the Patriots is the IHSA Regional hosted by Libertyville at Lakeside Lanes on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.

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

Jan. 16: No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 16:shsHacks 2023 Fundraiser
Jan. 17:Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Jan. 18:PPA Bake Sale
Jan. 18:Consortium Jazz Festival
Jan. 19: Late Arrival Day ⏰
Jan. 19:Start Of Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 19:Consortium Orchestra Concert
Jan. 20:CCC Presents ~ STEM Careers Presentation

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Let’s Tour Stevenson…Minecraft Style!

It’s been years in the making…much like the real-life Stevenson campus.

Senior Dan Rybin (pictured left) has been working on a Minecraft version of the Stevenson campus for a realism project since he arrived on campus, and is still putting on the final touches. But for the most part, he has completed his labor of love and is sharing his creations through an impressive photo gallery.

“I have been working on it since my freshman year (2019) and I completed the entire structure of the school days before this school year started,” Rybin said. “I still have to add in the parking lots and athletic fields, meaning that topography will be the biggest challenge.”

The West Building took Rybin slightly more than two years to complete (October 2019 to December 2021) while the East Building was completed over the summer (June 2022 to August 2022) and includes the Patriot Wellness Center, which, amazingly, took only three days to complete.

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Continue TONIGHT!

Got an eighth grader in the family? Please be aware of an e-mail that was sent to all incoming freshmen families last month. The letter contains all kinds of important information, including “Save-The-Dates” for Freshmen Orientation Evenings that CONTINUE TONIGHT. 

Orientation Evenings ~ There will be two more Orientation Evenings: TONIGHT (last names H-O) and Jan. 17 (last names P-Z) beginning at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from our students, directors and our principal.

Enrollment ~ Families of incoming freshmen received an e-mail on Tuesday with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed now through Jan. 27.

Course Selection ~ During the week of Jan. 16, families will receive a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Shortly after this information is mailed, Stevenson will host three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families on Jan. 19 (last names A-G), Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director sometime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings will be posted on the Incoming Freshmen Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

For more information about the Incoming Freshmen, please visit the Class of 2027 page on the Stevenson website.

Seniors: Showcase Yourself In “Senior Showcase!”
Deadline To Apply Is FRIDAY!

“Mr. SHS” has gotten a name change. Introducing…“Senior Showcase!”

The Senior Class Board is currently taking applications for contestants for the first annual “Senior Showcase,” a talent competition that is open to everyone… as long as you are a SENIOR.

Participants will be judged in talent, theme wear, and a public speaking/Q-and-A. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a “talent,” the Senior Class Board can help you pick one!

The application is open until FRIDAY at 3:30 p.m., at which time it should be completed and turned into Student Activities. 

Senior Showcase will be held on Friday, Feb. 17. The winner of Senior Showcase will receive two Prom tickets. The runner-up will win one Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality will win one Prom ticket.

Buy A Yearbook Ad For Your Senior! Deadline Is FRIDAY!


Show your Senior some love in the 2023 Yearbook. Buy a Senior Recognition Ad.

The closing date is FRIDAY. Get those ads in while you still have a chance!

Sign Up For Next Week’s Tech Campus Event

Representatives from Lake County Tech Campus will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 18 to give presentations to students interested in learning about the different programs and classes offered to junior and senior students.

Presentations will take place in the College Career Center during each lunch period (fourth, fifth and sixth periods).

Students will also learn about how Tech Campus can help them make the jump from high school to college or from high school directly into a career through dual credit and internship/networking opportunities. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker Next Week

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation on Friday, Jan. 20 hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches.

Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center. Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on Jan. 23.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Half-Off Sale: Get Your PPA Guidebooks Now!

The Patriot Parent Association is having a sale on the 2022-2023 Guidebooks.

They will be on sale in the Patriot Superstore for $5, which is half-price.

PPA Could Use Donations For Next Week’s Bake Sale

The Patriot Parent Association will be hosting its first Bake Sale of 2023 next Wednesday (Jan. 18), and could use some help.

Families that would like to donate store-bought treats for the sale can sign up here.

If families don’t have time to shop, monetary donations can be made online.

Thank you, Patriot Families!

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.

“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. Starting NOW, the Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 23 by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Mandatory Meeting: A reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ DON’T FORGET that if you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting, there is one Thursday, Jan. 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and we will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.
 

Girls Track and Field: There is an Informational Meeting about the upcoming spring season for Girls Track and Field from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in Room 5132.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead

FRIDAY ~ Competitive Dance: Stevenson will be hosting the North Suburban Conference Dance Competition starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are available only on GoFan and are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. NSC passes will be accepted. 

FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ Wrestling: Tickets for the Illini Classic Wrestling tournament at Lincoln-Way Central High School on Friday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.) are $6 for adult admission and $3 for students with an I.D. Tickets can be purchased through GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/school/IL15559


SATURDAY ~ Boys Basketball: IT’S A GRAY OUT!! Don’t forget to wear your gray to Saturday’s boys basketball game at the Sportscenter. The Patriots will be hosting conference rival Libertyville and tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson will put its perfect 5-0 North Suburban Conference record on the line. Overall, the Patriots are 13-2 on the season. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased via GoFan.

SATURDAY ~ Boys Swimming: Tickets for the 2023 Boys Swimming Trevian Relays at New Trier High School on Saturday will be sold ONLINE ONLY at GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/events/850278?schoolId=IL15602. The fees are: $5 for adults and $2 for students. Please purchase tickets before coming to the event for ease of entry.

SATURDAY ~ Competitive Dance: For the South Elgin High School Dance Invite, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, all spectators should enter through Door 51 (Gym Entrance). Admission for the day is $10 for adults and $5 for students with a school ID. Cash tickets will be sold but spectators can also purchase tickets through GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/events/840778?schoolId=IL68149

SATURDAY ~ Girls Gymnastics: The Lake County Invite will take place at Stevenson, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Prices via GoFan are: $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5  are free. Prices via cash are: $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5 are free. NSC, Sports Boosters and Event passes will be accepted.

Sports Results

Boys Hockey: The Patriots (23-9, 12-9) took on Barrington in a conference matchup and won, 8-3. Stevenson dominated the first period, scoring 3 goals, one each from Zach KulickBrandon Schultz and Davis Jegers. In the second, Zach Meyers and Schultz struck, scoring 2 more goals for the Patriots. Three more goals came in the third period from Tristan Caridei, Jegers, and Alan Wu. 


Wrestling: The Patriots (4-1, 6-2) won their dual matchup against Zion-Benton, 78-3. Next up for Stevenson is the Illini Classic at Lincoln-Way Central High School starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.


Boys Bowling: Stevenson (12-3, 8-2) hosted Grayslake Central and got a 3547 to 3097 victory. Jude Snider led the way with a 665 series and a high game of 245. Jacob Heald had a 633 series with a game high of 253. Ender Starr had a series high of 622 and a high game of 248. Nathan Fierer finished with a series high of 594, Shalimar Jacobs with a 585 series and Jackson Sher with a 548 series. This match was 6-on-6 and all 6 scores were recorded. Tonight is Stevenson’s final match of the season against Glenbrook North at River Rand North, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Saturday begins the state playoffs with the IHSA Regional hosted by Libertyville at Lakeside Lanes.

Girls Gymnastics: Stevenson (2-2, 2-2) hosted conference opponent Mundelein and won 133.40 to 129.70. Clara Cavalcanti took first in the vault with a score of 9.10. Samantha Matzek tied for second with a score of 8.90. Emma Fang placed first on the beam with a score of 9.05 and second on the uneven bars, floor exercise and the all-around. Ashley Schabes placed second on the beam with a score of 8.80. Next up for the Patriots is the Lake County Invite on Saturday,
starting at 1 p.m. in the Stevenson Fieldhouse.


Girls Bowling: The Patriots (1-7, 3-7) traveled to Bertrand Lanes to take on Waukegan and lost by only 74 pins, 2306 to 2232. Allison Parks bowled a high game of 183, followed by Jenna Reaume with a high game of 177, Anna Reyes with a 166 and Alexis Alanis with a 163. Next up for the Patriots is Antioch on Friday at Fairhaven Lanes beginning at 4:45 p.m.

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

Jan. 12: Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Jan. 12: FAN ~ You Need a Manifesto: How to Craft Your Convictions and Put Them to Work
Jan. 16: No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 16: shsHacks 2023 Fundraiser
Jan. 17: Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Jan. 18: PPA Bake Sale
Jan. 18: Consortium Jazz Festival
Jan. 19: Late Arrival Day 
Jan. 19: Start Of Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Days
Jan. 19: Consortium Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Start TONIGHT!

Got an eighth grader in the family? Please be aware of an e-mail that was sent to all incoming freshmen families last month. The letter contains all kinds of important information, including “Save-The-Dates” for Freshmen Orientation Evenings that are STARTING TONIGHT. 

Orientation Evenings ~ There will be three Orientation Evenings: TONIGHT (last names A-G), Thursday (Jan. 12) (last names H-O) and Jan. 17 (last names P-Z) beginning at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from our students, directors and our principal.

Enrollment ~ Families of incoming freshmen received an e-mail on Tuesday with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed now through Jan. 27.

Course Selection ~ During the week of Jan. 16, families will receive a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Shortly after this information is mailed, Stevenson will host three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families on Jan. 19 (last names A-G), Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director sometime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings will be posted on the Incoming Freshmen Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

For more information about the Incoming Freshmen, please visit the Class of 2027 page on the Stevenson website.

Sophomore Boys Basketball Players Make A Difference Off The Court

Players from the sophomore boys basketball team recently visited Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville.

The Patriots played a part in packing 90 boxes of food that will make up approximately 19,440 meals and feed 54 kids for an entire year.

Air Squats? Pushups? Jumping Jacks?
Pick One And Get Moving For The #PWCMOVE Challenge!

The Patriot Wellness Center has a challenge for you!

To keep us all moving, even during the doldrums of winter, the PWC has created the PWC Movement Challenge for the month of January. Remember the famous “Ice Bucket Challenge” or the “Flip The Bottle Challenge” that went viral? Same idea.

To participate in the PWC Movement Challenge:

Pick a movement: air squats or pushups or jumping jacks.

Record a fun video in a location on the Stevenson campus of you, some friends or a student organization you are involved in completing 3 to 5 reps of your movement.

In your video, call out and challenge your friends, or another Stevenson organization, to do the same.

Submit your video by tagging and DM-ing @STEVENSON_PWC on Instagram and use the hashtag #PWCMOVE.

The challenge runs through the end of the month, so get moving, have fun and make your challenge video! Let’s get Stevenson moving!

Seniors: Showcase Yourself In “Senior Showcase!”
Deadline To Apply Is FRIDAY!

“Mr. SHS” has gotten a name change. Introducing…“Senior Showcase!”

The Senior Class Board is currently taking applications for contestants for the first annual “Senior Showcase,” a talent competition that is open to everyone… as long as you are a SENIOR.

Participants will be judged in talent, theme wear, and a public speaking/Q-and-A. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a “talent,” the Senior Class Board can help you pick one!

The application is open until FRIDAY at 3:30 p.m., at which time it should be completed and turned into Student Activities. 

Senior Showcase will be held on Friday, Feb. 17. The winner of Senior Showcase will receive two Prom tickets. The runner-up will win one Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality will win one Prom ticket.

Buy A Yearbook Ad For Your Senior! Deadline Is FRIDAY!


Show your Senior some love in the 2023 Yearbook. Buy a Senior Recognition Ad. 

The closing date is FRIDAY. Get those ads in while you still have a chance!

Sign Up For Next Week’s Tech Campus Event

Representatives from Lake County Tech Campus will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 18 to give presentations to students interested in learning about the different programs and classes offered to junior and senior students.

Presentations will take place in the College Career Center during each lunch period (fourth, fifth and sixth periods).

Students will also learn about how Tech Campus can help them make the jump from high school to college or from high school directly into a career through dual credit and internship/networking opportunities. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker Next Week

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation on Friday, Jan. 20 hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches.

Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Take A Field Trip…To College Of Lake County!

Juniors and Seniors who want to learn more about the College of Lake County are encouraged to sign up for the CLC Field Trip, which includes tours of both the Grayslake and Southlake campuses on Thursday, Jan. 26.

In order to attend, interested students must fill out a permission slip and get it fully signed before turning it into the College Career Center. Permission slips are available at the CCC and are due on Jan. 23.

Field trip participants will also attend information sessions about CLC’s various programs and hear details about the application process. Students will be excused from first through fifth periods and will return to Stevenson at Noon to eat lunch during fifth period.

Tech Campus students will be excused during 5a to eat lunch before meeting their bus for their afternoon class.

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW. Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.


“Play For Kay/Think Pink” ~ Girls’ Basketball Fundraiser: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on Jan. 31 against Lake Forest. Starting NOW, the Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and can be purchased online and in the name of a player in the program (a name can be entered in the comment box). The “Play for Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Research T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 23 by the player you enter in the comment box. T-shirts will also be sold on Jan. 27 and Jan. 30 during the lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. For more information, or to receive your T-shirt if you choose not to enter a player’s name in the comment box, please e-mail girls basketball varsity coach Ashley Graham.

Mandatory Meeting: A reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ DON’T FORGET that if you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting, there is one Thursday, Jan. 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and we will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Please take the time to nominate individuals or teams for the WINTER Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) using this Google Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 10. Incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents and faculty/staff/coaches.

Sports Events Ahead


FRIDAY/SATURDAY ~ Wrestling: Tickets for the Illini Classic Wrestling tournament at Lincoln-Way Central High School on Friday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.) are $6 for adult admission and $3 for students with an I.D. Tickets can be purchased through GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/school/IL15559

SATURDAY ~ Boys Basketball: IT’S A GRAY OUT!! Don’t forget to wear your gray to Saturday’s boys basketball game at the Sportscenter. The Patriots will be hosting conference rival Libertyville and tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. Stevenson will put its perfect 5-0 North Suburban Conference record on the line. Overall, the Patriots are 13-2 on the season. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased via GoFan.

SATURDAY ~ Boys Swimming: Tickets for the 2023 Boys Swimming Trevian Relays at New Trier High School on Saturday will be sold ONLINE ONLY at GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/events/850278?schoolId=IL15602. The fees are: $5 for adults and $2 for students. Please purchase tickets before coming to the event for ease of entry.

SATURDAY ~ Competitive Dance: For the South Elgin High School Dance Invite, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, all spectators should enter through Door 51 (Gym Entrance). Admission for the day is $10 for adults and $5 for students with a school ID. Cash tickets will be sold but spectators can also purchase tickets through GoFan: https://gofan.co/app/events/840778?schoolId=IL68149

SATURDAY ~ Girls Gymnastics: The Lake County Invite will take place at Stevenson, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Prices via GoFan are: $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5  are free. Prices via cash are: $6 for adults, $4 for students and senior citizens while kids under 5 are free. NSC, Sports Boosters and Event passes will be accepted.

Sports Results


Boys Basketball:
 Stevenson (13-2, 5-0) hosted Waukegan and won 73-64 to stay undefeated in the North Suburban Conference. Jack Dabbs rolled up 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal on the night, while Christian Uremovich added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Davis Sulnius and Michael Maloney also chipped in with 15 points and 8 points, respectively. Next up for Stevenson is Libertyville at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Sportscenter. The game is a GRAY OUT. (See “Sports Events Ahead” above.)



Girls Basketball: Stevenson (15-6, 5-2) ran past Waukegan, 69-28. Emory Klatt scored a team-high 20 points followed by Nisha Musunuri with 11 points. Emma Brooks added 7 points and Kate ArneSydney Rosland and Niki Musunuri all finished with 6 points a piece. Stevenson is back in action at Libertyville at 7 p.m. on Friday. 



Boys Hockey: No. 3 Stevenson (29-11, 11-9) edged No. 2 Glenbrook South, 3-2. After a scoreless first period, the Titans opened up a two-goal lead in the second period before Zack Kulick scored twice for the Patriots. The first was assisted by Zach Meyers and Davis Jegers and the second was assisted by James Mendelson and Tristan Caridei. With the game tied 2-2, Jegers provided the unassisted game-winning goal just 14 seconds into the third period. Stevenson is back on the ice at 7:20 p.m. tonight with a road game against Barrington at Crystal Ice House.

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

Jan. 11-12:Incoming Freshmen Parent Nights
Jan. 11:Sports Boosters Meeting
Jan. 12:FAN ~ You Need a Manifesto: How to Craft Your Convictions and Put Them to Work
Jan. 16: No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 16:shsHacks 2023 Fundraiser
Jan. 17:Incoming Freshmen Parent Night
Jan. 18:PPA Bake Sale
Jan. 18:Consortium Jazz Festival

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Start TOMORROW

Got an eighth grader in the family? Please be aware of an e-mail that was sent to all incoming freshmen families last month. The letter contains all kinds of important information, including “Save-The-Dates” for Freshmen Orientation Evenings that are STARTING TOMORROW. 

Orientation Evenings ~ There will be three Orientation Evenings: TOMORROW (Jan. 11) (last names A-G), Thursday (Jan. 12) (last names H-O) and Jan. 17 (last names P-Z) beginning at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from our students, directors and our principal.

Enrollment ~ Families of incoming freshmen will receive an e-mail today with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed beginning TODAY and is due by Jan. 27.

Course Selection ~ During the week of Jan. 16, families will receive a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Shortly after this information is mailed, Stevenson will host three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families on Jan. 19 (last names A-G), Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director some time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings will be posted on the Incoming Freshmen Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

For more information about the Incoming Freshmen, please visit the Class of 2027 page on the Stevenson website.

VIDEO RECAPS: But First…A Look Back

Welcome back to Stevenson for the Second Semester!

We hope your Winter Break was restful and enjoyable and that you are recharged to finish the school year strong!

But before we steam ahead too far into January, we wanted to provide one last look at a jam-packed and eventful First Semester at Stevenson.

Please enjoy this series of YouTube videos (click on the banner image above) that include recaps of some of the biggest events of the Fall: from StreetFest to Homecoming to World’s Fair to the major Fine Arts productions of “Clue” and “Beauty And The Beast” to Give-A-Thon.

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN: Reminder For Drop-Off, Pick-Up ~ Last month, Stevenson changed its traffic flow on campus during peak times. A reminder…From 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Stevenson Drive will be routed in such a way that will prevent cars from traveling from one end of campus to the other. When driving to campus during these peak times, please plan to exit the campus in the same location you entered. Traffic that enters campus from Route 22 can access Lots B and C and will be routed back out to exit onto Route 22 only. Traffic that enters campus from Port Clinton Road can access Lots E and D/D Extension and will be routed back out to Port Clinton Road.

PREP Catalog: Check out the new PREP Catalog for the Spring Of 2023!

STARTING NOW: New Patriot Dollars System ~ It’s here…the new Patriot Dollars system! Starting today, students and families have a new way to add funds to their accounts. This can be done one of two ways:
1. Go to our Patriot Dollars platform.
2. Download the GET app to your and your student’s phone.
Before you access your student’s Patriot Dollars account for the first time (either through the platform or the app), you must create an account and link your student’s ID number to your new account. From there, you can add funds or set up recurring payments.
Students can continue to purchase their food and drinks or purchase items from the Superstore by using their ID or the GET app on their phones. Questions? Contact us at patriotdollars@d125.org.

STARTING NOW: Schedule A P-SCoPE Meeting For Juniors ~ 
Counselors are available to meet with JUNIORS for a Post Secondary SCoPE (P-SCoPE) meeting from NOW through mid-June. The P-SCoPE meeting is a 45-minute individual family appointment with a post-secondary counselor to discuss options after high school, and answer questions your family might have. Families may make one such appointment per student. To ensure the availability of appointments for the Class of 2024, please submit a completed worksheet by March 14 to shs_collegecareer@d125.org or drop it off at the CCC (Room 1123). Interpreters can be available for the meeting with proper advanced notice.

THURSDAY:  FAN | You Need a Manifesto: How to Craft Your Convictions and Put Them to Work This is a rescheduled event and is slated for a 7 p.m. start, virtually via Zoom.

THURSDAY, Jan. 19: Registration For Summer School Begins ~ Online registration for summer school courses is open from Jan. 19 until March 23Click here for instructions on how to register. Classes will be determined and staff will be hired based on the number of requests. After March 23, all registration is accepted on a space-available basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate all registrations. Families will be contacted as soon as possible if a registration request can not be accommodated due to a class being full or there are staffing issues. The tuition fees are listed in the course descriptions. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Incomplete registration will not be accepted. Please contact the summer school office at 847-415-4520 
or summerschoolreg@d125.org with questions. *NOTE: Summer school registration is different from the academic school year registration process.

Got An Idea For A “One Act?” Submit It By TODAY! Patriot Theatre Company’s One Acts, with the support of its Script Studio Playwriting Club and the Creative Writing Classes, is looking for submissions for the 2023 One Acts production!

The student-written, original plays should extend this season’s theme of the Patriot Theatre Company: “Tales As Old as Time.” All plays, because they work with what it means to be human in communities of other people, reveal certain age-old truths.

The submissions should be no longer than 12 minutes per play and 18 minutes per musical. Click here for more information and to submit your play by TODAY at 11:59 p.m.

Seniors: Showcase Yourself In “Senior Showcase!” Apply Now!

“Mr. SHS” has gotten a name change. Introducing…“Senior Showcase!”

The Senior Class Board is currently taking applications for contestants for the first annual “Senior Showcase,” a talent competition that is open to everyone… as long as you are a SENIOR.

Participants will be judged in talent, theme wear, and a public speaking/Q-and-A. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a “talent,” the Senior Class Board can help you pick one!

The application is open until FRIDAY (Jan. 13) at 3:30 p.m., at which time it should be completed and turned into Student Activities. 

Senior Showcase will be held on Friday, Feb. 17. The winner of Senior Showcase will receive two Prom tickets. The runner-up will win one Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality will win one Prom ticket.

PWC Updates: Classes, Hours, Closings, Backpack Protocol

Check out the new schedule and class offerings at the Patriot Wellness Center.

Please note that through the end of February, new hours at the PWC on Saturdays and Sundays are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hours Monday through Friday will stay the same.

The PWC will be closed on the following dates:
Jan. 16
Feb. 20
March 3
March 6
April 7
May 29


Backpack Protocol
When students are using the PWC to work out after school, they must keep their backpacks in the East Locker Room across from the Pool Locker Rooms where it is supervised until 6 p.m. Students are expected to use the East Locker Room when entering the PWC anytime before 5:30 p.m. and to remove their bags from the locker room before 6 p.m.

Buy A Yearbook Ad For Your Senior! Deadline Is FRIDAY!

Show your Senior some love in the 2023 Yearbook. Buy a Senior Recognition Ad.

The closing date is FRIDAY. Get those ads in while you still have a chance!

Sign Up For Next Week’s Tech Campus Event

Representatives from Lake County Tech Campus will be on campus Wednesday, Jan. 18 to give presentations to students interested in learning about the different programs and classes offered to junior and senior students.

Presentations will take place in the College Career Center during each student lunch period (fourth, fifth and sixth periods).

Students will also learn about how Tech Campus can help them make the jump from high school to college or from high school directly into a career through dual credit and internship/networking opportunities. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance.

Want To Work In A STEM Career?
Check Out Special Speaker Next Week

Students who are interested in careers in STEM will have the opportunity to attend a STEM Careers Presentation on Friday, Jan. 20 hosted by Dr. Todd Spohnholtz, senior technical lead at Northrop Grumman. The presentations will be hosted during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches.

Dr. Spohnholtz is part of an advanced concepts organization that specializes in the development of solutions to challenging defense issues. He will be speaking on his journey and experiences in the field of engineering and important considerations students can take now to pave a potential pathway in STEM careers. 

Students interested in attending should sign up in advance. Since this event will be taking place during lunch periods, students are more than welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation, which will be located in Room 2104 (near the Patriot Lobby).

Sports Notes

Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open now. Register for Spring Sports HERE.
Here are the Spring Sports start dates, by sport:
Monday, Feb. 13: Boys Gymnastics, Boys Track & Field and Girls Track & Field.
Monday, Feb. 27: Baseball, Softball, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Badminton, Boys Tennis, Boys Water Polo, and Girls Water Polo.
Monday, March 6: Boys Volleyball.
Tuesday, April 3: Allied Soccer.
All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website.

Mandatory Meeting: A reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ DON’T FORGET that if you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting, there is one Thursday, Jan. 19 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and we will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Sports Results

Girls Basketball: The Patriots (14-6, 4-2) took third place in the prestigious Dundee-Crown Komaromy Classic during the Winter Break, defeating Huntley 46-37 in their final matchup. Emory Klatt, who poured in big point totals throughout the tournament, and Kate Arne, who hit the boards, were both named to the all-tournament team. Also, in a 53-42 victory over Hampshire, Arne had a team-high 25 points while Klatt had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Rounding out the scorers were Kendell Williams with 6 points and 3 assists and both Nisha Musurnuri and Sydney Rosland with 5 points apiece. The Patriots then participated in the “Grow The Game” event, taking on Yorkville and winning 57-32. Stevenson also took on Evanston and got a 50-36 win. Klatt surpassed the 1,000-point mark and now has 1,004 for her career. Next up for the Patriots is Waukegan at 7 p.m. tonight at Waukegan’s East Gym.

Boys Basketball: Over Winter Break, the Patriots (12-2, 4-0) were busy traveling back and forth to Hinsdale for the Holiday Classic, finishing the tournament in fifth place with a one-point win over Homewood-Flossmoor, 56-55. Christian Uremovich was named to the all-tournament team, ​​averaging 11.8 points and six rebounds per game. In addition, the Patriots took on conference opponent Zion-Benton and won, 61- 38. Davis Sulnius had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Aidan Bardic contributed 13 points and 3 assists and Uremovich scored 7 points and had 9 rebounds. Next up for the Patriots is Waukegan tonight at home, starting at 7 p.m.

Wrestling: Stevenson (3-1, 5-2) wrestlers were busy over break, taking on multiple teams in Palatine and DeKalb. The Patriots finished ninth out of 18 teams with 98 points at the Al Berman Wrestling Classic in Palatine. They then headed to DeKalb for the Flavin Invitational, making it into the Bronze Pool on the final day of action. The Patriots finished fourth in their pool against tough teams. In addition, the Patriots hosted Lake Forest and won convincingly, 72-3. Next up for Stevenson is a conference match at Zion-Benton at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


Boys Ice Hockey:
 The Patriots (29-11) traveled to the city to participate in the Hawkey Holiday High School Tournament and finished as champions, beating Glenbrook North in the finals, 7-4. Next up for Stevenson is Glenbrook South, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Glenview Ice Center.


Boys Bowling: 
The Patriots (11-3, 8-2) were busy last week, participating in several matches. They took on Grant and won, 2898 to 2881. Ender Starr led the way with a 644 series and a high game of 264. Jackson Sher also performed well with a series high of 592 and a high game of 218. In addition to their dual match, the Patriots participated in the NSC Championship, taking first place in dominating fashion with a score of 6118. Starr finished first for the second year in a row with a 1381 series and a high game of 257, while Sher came in fifth place with a 1262 series and a high game of 246. Finally, the Patriots participated in the Warren Invite, finishing second with a score of 6119. Starr finished third overall in a tight race for the top spot. Stevenson has its final two tune-up matches Wednesday and Thursday before the IHSA Regionals on Saturday. 

Girls Gymnastics: Stevenson traveled to Evanston for an Invite, and the Patriots finished fourth with a score of 132.050. Samantha Matzek finished eighth on the vault with a score of 9.00. Emma Fang finished third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.00 and Cassidy Carlborg finished seventh with a score of 8.40. Ashley Schabes placed third on the beam with a score of 9.05. Emma Fang followed up her uneven bar routine with a ninth-place finish on the floor exercise and a score of 8.65. Fang finished the meet in seventh place overall while Matzek finished tenth overall. Next up for the Patriots is a home meet against Mundelein on Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m.



Boys Swimming and Diving:
 The Patriots hit the pool last week on Thursday against Waukegan and won convincingly while dominating all races. Stevenson also headed to Evanston High School for the Varsity Invitational, finishing in first place with a score of 3064. The Patriots finished first in the 200-yard medley relay, the 200-yard free relay and the 400-yard free relay. Next up for Stevenson is a dual meet against Mundelein on Thursday at 5 p.m. 


Girls Bowling: The Patriots hosted Libertyville at Fairhaven on Monday and lost 2846 to 2279. Anna Reyes led the way for Stevenson with a series high of 597 and a team-high game of 209. Next up is a match against Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Bertrand Lanes.

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

Jan. 10: Second Semester Begins: WELCOME BACK!
Jan. 11-12: Incoming Freshmen Parent Nights
Jan. 11: Sports Boosters Meeting
Jan. 12: FAN ~ You Need a Manifesto: How to Craft Your Convictions and Put Them to Work
Jan. 16: No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 16: shsHacks 2023 Fundraiser
Jan. 17: Incoming Freshmen Parent Night

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

Final Experience Wraps Up Today!

It’s almost the end of the semester, Patriots! The finish line is near.

Stevenson’s Final Experience wraps up TODAY, and the timing is new this year (see chart to the left).

For more information about busing, tutoring, food services and Patriots Wellness Center hours, please click here.

☘️ Good luck, Patriots! Finish strong! ☘️

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Coming After Break

Got an eighth grader in the family? Please be aware of an e-mail that was sent to all incoming freshmen families last Friday. The letter contains all kinds of important information, including “Save-The-Dates” for Freshmen Orientation Evenings after Winter Break in January. 

Orientation Evenings ~ There will be three Orientation Evenings: Jan. 11 (last names A-G), Jan. 12 (last names H-O) and Jan. 17 (last names P-Z) beginning at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from our students, directors and our principal.

Enrollment ~ During the week following Winter Break, families of incoming freshmen will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed beginning Jan. 10 and is due by Jan. 27.

Course Selection ~ During the week of Jan. 16, families will receive a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Shortly after this information is mailed, Stevenson will host three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families on Jan. 19 (last names A-G), Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director some time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings will be posted on the Incoming Freshman Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

🏅 Medal Madness: Science Olympiad Rolls Up The Medals At Invite

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad Team cleaned up once again…this time at the Boyceville Invitational earlier this month, bringing home 22 medals, including a first–place finish by Angela Guo for her Bridge Design.

More than 160 schools from across the country competed, including several of the top-ranked teams from Illinois. This was the Patriots’ second competition of the season.

Award-winners included:

First Place
Bridge: Angela Guo

Second Place
Cell Biology: Timothy Bui, Joshua Song, Jonathan Tao, Helen Qian
Environmental Chemistry: Iris Li, Kevin Qian

Third Place
Detector Building: Angela Guo, Siddhant Sen, Jonathan Tao, Srikar Venkatesan
Experimental Design: Twisha Hegde, Grace Murray, Ashra Roshy
Forensics: Eleana Liu, Kevin Yang; **It’s About Time: Caleb Song, Kevin Qian
Wifi Lab: Jack Chen, Angela Guo, Jeffry Lu, Caleb Song

Fourth Place
Astronomy: Rhubyn Letuchy, Siddhant Sen
Chemistry Lab: Iris Li, Kevin Qian
Dynamic Planet: Tej Kosaraju, Ashra Roshy
Environmental Chemistry: Srikar Venkatesan, Angela Wang
Green Generation: Joshua Song, Angela Wang

Winners Of Prestigious “Ambassador Award” Announced At Recent District 125 Board Meeting

Two individuals and one team received Stevenson’s highest honor, the “Ambassador Award,” on Monday at the District 125 Board of Education Meeting.

The award honors students and staff who conduct themselves in such a way that brings distinction to Stevenson.

The winners were: 

🏅 IHSA 2A Girls Tennis Individual State Champion ~ Sarah Wang, coached by Jose Morales and Mindy Fitzgibbons.

🏅 200 Freestyle State Swim Champions (pictured top left) ~ Abby Collins, Stephanie Kirova, Linnea Florin, Izzie Gattone, coached by Ayrton Kasemets and Jennifer King.

🏅 Alfredo Acosta (pictured top right) ~ 45 years of service at Stevenson

‘Tis Beginning To Look A Lot Like…WINTER BREAK!!

You made it, Patriots! Final Experience ends today, and WINTER BREAK begins!

Stevenson wishes all students, faculty, staff and families a joyous, relaxing and wonderful WINTER BREAK! Stay safe, recharge and enjoy time with family and friends!

Note: This is the last Daily Digest of 2022! Catch us with a brand new issue when school resumes in 2023 on Tuesday, Jan. 10!

Heads Up: Bus Change For TODAY

There will be no Sweeper Buses today after school.

There will be only regular buses after school.

Seniors: Showcase Yourself In “Senior Showcase!” Apply Now!

“Mr. SHS” has gotten a name change. Introducing…“Senior Showcase!”

The Senior Class Board is currently taking applications for contestants for the first annual “Senior Showcase,” a talent competition that is open to everyone… as long as you are a SENIOR.

Participants will be judged in talent, theme wear, and a public speaking/Q-and-A. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a “talent,” the Senior Class Board can help you pick one!

The application is open now through Friday, Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m., at which time it should be completed and turned into Student Activities. 

Senior Showcase will be held on Friday, Feb. 17. The winner of Senior Showcase will receive two Prom tickets. The runner-up will win one Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality will win one Prom ticket.

PWC Hours For Final Experience/Winter Break; Backpack Protocol


🏋️ TODAY: CLOSED

🏋️ PWC Closings
Friday, 12/23 through Monday, 12/26: Closed
Friday, 12/30 through Monday, 1/2: Closed

🏋️ PWC Winter Break Open Hours
Tuesday, 12/27 through Thursday, 12/29: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/3 through Friday, 1/6: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 1/7 and Sunday, 1/8: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

🏋️ Backpack Protocol
When students are using the PWC to work out after school, they must keep their backpacks in the East Locker Room across from the Pool Locker Rooms where it is supervised until 6 p.m. Students are expected to use the East Locker Room when entering the PWC anytime before 5:30 p.m. and to remove their bags from the locker room before 6 p.m.

Join The Fun…Mentor Stevenson’s Freshmen!

Interested in being a Freshman Mentor? The Freshman Mentor Program is accepting applications…so join the FMPhamily!

Applications are due TOMORROW by 11:59 p.m.

Please visit the FMP page on the Stevenson website for more information about the application process and follow @shsfmp on Instagram for updates.

It’s Good To Be GREEN: Green Team Working On New Project 


Starting next semester, Stevenson’s Green Team will be launching three waste reduction 🚛 initiatives as part of the Illinois Green Schools Project. The “Path to Zero” initiatives involve minimizing waste from Jazzman’s Cafe, school cutlery, and school decorations.

In order to gather baseline data and evaluate the impact of its work, the Green Team is conducting a survey. The Google Form survey is open to the Stevenson community until
JAN. 8. Questions: E-mail Mrs. Suntharanund.

Got An Idea For A “One Act?” Submit It By Jan. 10! Patriot Theatre Company’s One Acts, with the support of its Script Studio Playwriting Club and the Creative Writing Classes, is looking for submissions for the 2023 One Acts production!

The student-written, original plays should extend this season’s theme of the Patriot Theatre Company: “Tales As Old as Time.” All plays, because they work with what it means to be human in communities of other people, reveal certain age-old truths.

The submissions should be no longer than 12 minutes per play and 18 minutes per musical. Click here for more information and to submit your play between now and Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m.

New Patriot Dollars System Coming Soon!  

Hey Patriots! This is your heads up that a new Patriot Dollars system is headed your way starting Second Semester!

The experience will be virtually the same: Students will still use their ID to make food and beverage or Patriot Superstore purchases at school. The only thing that will change is the platform families will use to add funds to their accounts.

Please be assured that all funds will remain in students’ accounts during this transition. Additionally, while the experience is intuitive, we will also be providing more information at the beginning of Second Semester about how to transition to the new platform.

Stay tuned for more!

Buy A Yearbook Ad For Your Senior! 


Show your Senior some love in the 2023 Yearbook. Buy a Senior Recognition Ad. 

The closing date of Jan. 13, 2023 will be here before you know it. Get those ads in while you still have a chance!

Sports Notes


🏀☃️ Boys Basketball: Stevenson will be participating in the highly competitive Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic over Winter Break. The Patriots open up first-round action against Glenbard East at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Single-game tickets or tournament passes can be purchased via GoFan.




🏀 Girls Basketball: 
The girls basketball team will be competing in the prestigious 39th Annual Komaromy Basketball Classic over Winter Break. The Patriots will take on Naperville Central at 4 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 26) at Dundee Crown High School. Single game tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door with cash. The games are also being streamed live at www.nfhsnetwork.com.




🏒 Boys Hockey: The Patriots will head to Fifth-Third Arena next week in Chicago for the Hawkeye Holiday High School Tournament and will take on several teams outside of their conference. Game 1 is on Monday (Dec. 26) against Benet Academy at 5:10 p.m. Game 2 is on Tuesday against PREP at 4:10 p.m. and the final game is on Wednesday against Caledonia at 5:50 p.m. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.



🤼 Wrestling: The wresting team will be participating in the prestigious 67th Annual Al Berman Wrestling Classic at Palatine High School next week. The action starts at 9 a.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 28). Admission for adults is $5 and students is $3. Spectators may use the south shelf in the Palatine Gym.

Sports Results

🏀 Girls Basketball: The Patriots (8-5, 4-2) defeated St. Viator, 55-34. Stevenson was led by Emory Klatt with 22 points, followed by Nisha Musunuri with 13 points and Kate Arne with 12 points. The Patriots are back in action on Monday at the Dundee-Crown Holiday Tournament against Naperville Central.

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

Dec. 22: Final Experience
Dec. 23, 26-28:Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic ~ Boys Basketball Tournament
Dec. 23-Jan. 6: ☃️ WINTER BREAK!! ☃️
Dec. 26:Komaromy Basketball Classic ~ Girls Basketball Tournament
Dec. 26-28:Hawkeye Holiday High School Tournament ~ Boys Hockey
Dec. 28:Al Berman Wrestling Classic
Jan. 9: No School ~ Teacher Institute Day
Jan. 10: Second Semester Begins

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

Get Ready: Final Experience Starts Today!

It’s almost the end of the semester, Patriots! The finish line is near.

Stevenson’s Final Experience runs TODAY AND TOMORROW, and the timing of the two days is new this year (see chart to the left).

For more information about busing, tutoring, food services and Patriots Wellness Center hours, please click here.

 Good luck, Patriots! Finish strong!

Incoming Freshmen Orientation Evenings Coming After Break

Got an eighth grader in the family? Please be aware of an e-mail that was sent to all incoming freshmen families last Friday. The letter contains all kinds of important information, including “Save-The-Dates” for Freshmen Orientation Evenings after Winter Break in January. 

Orientation Evenings ~ There will be three Orientation Evenings: Jan. 11 (last names A-G), Jan. 12 (last names H-O) and Jan. 17 (last names P-Z) beginning at 7 p.m in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). 

During Orientation, families will learn more information about Stevenson’s course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from our students, directors and our principal.

Enrollment ~ During the week following Winter Break, families of incoming freshmen will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to use Infinite Campus to complete the enrollment process. Enrollment may be completed beginning Jan. 10 and is due by Jan. 27.

Course Selection ~ During the week of Jan. 16, families will receive a letter sharing their child’s course recommendations for English, Math, Science, and World Languages (if applicable). Shortly after this information is mailed, Stevenson will host three virtual course selection evenings for incoming freshmen families on Jan. 19 (last names A-G), Jan. 23 (last names H-O), and Jan. 25 (last names P-Z).

During these evenings, families will have the opportunity to meet with a Stevenson school counselor or director some time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to choose classes for the  2023-24 school year. Zoom links and instructions for attending the course selection evenings will be posted on the Incoming Freshman Families section of the Stevenson website in mid-January. Specific course selections must be completed by Jan. 27.

Special Education Class Rocks Its Production
Of “Wiley And The Hairy Man”

Parents and teachers and coaches all know the feeling well.

It’s that beaming sense of pride that comes when their many days of nurturing and guiding and helping eventually results in a job well done.

Senior Sydney Duerst articulated her take on it perfectly Monday afternoon. And with a hashtag, no less. 

“Oh, I’m definitely a ‘Hashtag, Proud Mama’ right now,” Duerst said with a huge smile. “Just seeing the kids’ reactions, seeing them smile, seeing them have fun, that felt so good.”

Duerst was one of three Stevenson students who took an independent study course this semester called Fine Arts Survey in which they worked with students in the Special Education’s Educational Life Skills Program (ELS) to create and produce a play. The goal of the class is to introduce the students to different types of art. While the focus was on theater this semester, next semester the focus is on dance. Other topics could be arts and crafts or music.

On Monday morning, Duerst (pictured far right), along with senior Maggie Atkinson (pictured left) and junior Hailey Rockoff (pictured middle), the first students to ever be picked as leaders in the Survey class, led a group of nine students in performing “Wiley And The Hairy Man” in front of a group of parents and teachers in the Black Box Theatre.

The production, which centered around a young fatherless boy, his mother, his faithful dog, and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams,was a culmination of a semester’s worth of work with the students that included help with the creation of costumes and set decorations from scratch as well as the teaching of dance moves, songs and dialogue.

“It was fun and unique. But it was hard sometimes, too,” Atkinson said. “We have so many non-speaking kids in the class…so we really had to edit the script a lot. We had to find ways for the kids to still be a part of it.”

The script went from mostly dialogue to more facial and visual expressions, motions and emotions. The student leaders would often help with the remaining dialogue that was more involved, as well as lead the chorus.

“We took this show that already existed and adapted it to the students’ needs,” Rockoff said. “The set of the show was all crafts we made in class and things we created. We came up with dance moves and hand motions to go along with the songs. We taught it in a way that went bit by bit with a lot of repetition so that the students got used to having a routine and were very familiar with the show. The goal was to make it so everyone has a space where they are able to create art and feel included and welcomed and accepted. To be able to do that and share my love of theatre was very rewarding.”


The rewards weren’t just about theatre, though. The student leaders gained something so much more valuable. Friendships.

“Not only is it nice and rewarding to help people, but I also feel like I made some friends,” Atkinson said. “I saw one of the girls in the hallway and started walking with her and she stopped and she was like, ‘Hailey, we’re best friends,'” Rockoff said. “And I was like, ‘Yes, we are best friends!’ I think that was the moment when I realized the experience was so positive for the kids and they were forming connections with us.”

Duerst got one student to come out of his shell. He was shy at the beginning of the semester.

“He would just lie on the floor and not participate,” Duerst said. “But then slowly I started building trust with him over the semester and then whenever we would practice songs, we would do-si-do and goof off and he would be smiling all the time. He came up and hugged me after the show today and wanted me to meet his Mom. To see him not want to participate at the beginning of the semester to participating a lot and having a smile on his face was really great.”

Tips For Staying Joyful And Hopeful During The Holiday Season!

Given the constant stream of tragedy in the news, Student Services reminds you to be intentional about maintaining the hope that sustains us during this wonderful holiday season.

As we head into the new year…
Let’s try to take a balanced approach to consuming the news. Consider tuning in occasionally to be aware of the world’s issues, but do not become obsessive. Unsettling events in the world and in our communities can have a cumulative effect on our mental health.


Look for the helpers in tragic situations.
Be intentional about with whom you spend your precious time. When you can, surround yourself with joyful people. Negativity can be contagious…but, so is joy.

Put on an “attitude of gratitude.” If we can identify the blessings in life, our outlook on the fresh year ahead will be more positive. Consider keeping a gratitude journal where you record three things you are grateful for each day.
Positive psychology-based strategies like these can help us stay hopeful and positive in an imperfect world.

Happy Holidays! 

Heads Up: Bus Change For Tomorrow

There will be no Sweeper Buses tomorrow after school.

There will be only regular buses after school.

Seniors: Showcase Yourself In “Senior Showcase!” Apply Now!

“Mr. SHS” has gotten a name change. Introducing…“Senior Showcase!”

The Senior Class Board is currently taking applications for contestants for the first annual “Senior Showcase,” a talent competition that is open to everyone… as long as you are a SENIOR.

Participants will be judged in talent, theme wear, and a public speaking/Q-and-A. But don’t worry, if you don’t have a “talent,” the Senior Class Board can help you pick one!

The application is open now through Friday, Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m., at which time it should be completed and turned into Student Activities. 

Senior Showcase will be held on Friday, Feb. 17. The winner of Senior Showcase will receive two Prom tickets. The runner-up will win one Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality will win one Prom ticket.

College In Your Future? Check Out This Scholarship Opportunity!


The Illinois Association For College Admission Counseling (IACAC) Scholarship Committee will award ten $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester, nonrenewable) to students who plan to pursue a college or university education.

These scholarships are awarded to deserving students who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated involvement in their schools, the community, and/or service to others, with a motivation to achieve personal goals. Additionally, this year’s applicants need to demonstrate financial need.

Deadline to apply is January 27.

PWC Hours For Final Experience/Winter Break; Backpack Protocol


Wednesday and Thursday: Open 12 noon to 4 p.m.

PWC Closings
Friday, 12/23 through Monday, 12/26: Closed
Friday, 12/30 through Monday, 1/2: Closed

PWC Winter Break Open Hours
Tuesday, 12/27 through Thursday, 12/29: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday, 1/3 through Friday, 1/6: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, 1/7 and Sunday, 1/8: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Backpack Protocol
When students are using the PWC to work out after school, they must keep their backpacks in the East Locker Room across from the Pool Locker Rooms where it is supervised until 6 p.m. Students are expected to use the East Locker Room when entering the PWC anytime before 5:30 p.m. and to remove their bags from the locker room before 6 p.m.

Join The Fun…Mentor Stevenson’s Freshmen!

Interested in being a Freshman Mentor? The Freshman Mentor Program is accepting applications…so join the FMPhamily!

Applications are due Friday by 11:59 p.m.

Please visit the FMP page on the Stevenson website for more information about the application process and follow @shsfmp on Instagram for updates.

It’s Good To Be GREEN: Green Team Working On New Project 


Starting next semester, Stevenson’s Green Team will be launching three waste reduction initiatives as part of the Illinois Green Schools Project. The “Path to Zero” initiatives involve minimizing waste from Jazzman’s Cafe, school cutlery, and school decorations.

In order to gather baseline data and evaluate the impact of its work, the Green Team is conducting a survey. The Google Form survey is open to the Stevenson community until JAN 8. Questions: E-mail Mrs. Suntharanund.

Got An Idea For A “One Act?” Submit It By Jan. 10! Patriot Theatre Company’s One Acts, with the support of its Script Studio Playwriting Club and the Creative Writing Classes, is looking for submissions for the 2023 One Acts production!

The student-written, original plays should extend this season’s theme of the Patriot Theatre Company: “Tales As Old as Time.” All plays, because they work with what it means to be human in communities of other people, reveal certain age-old truths.

The submissions should be no longer than 12 minutes per play and 18 minutes per musical. Click here for more information and to submit your play between now and Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m.

New Patriot Dollars System Coming Soon!  

Hey Patriots! This is your heads up that a new Patriot Dollars system is headed your way starting Second Semester!

The experience will be virtually the same: Students will still use their ID to make food and beverage or Patriot Superstore purchases at school. The only thing that will change is the platform families will use to add funds to their accounts.

Please be assured that all funds will remain in students’ accounts during this transition. Additionally, while the experience is intuitive, we will also be providing more information at the beginning of Second Semester about how to transition to the new platform.

Stay tuned for more!

Buy A Yearbook Ad For Your Senior! 


Show your Senior some love in the 2023 Yearbook. Buy a Senior Recognition Ad.

The closing date of Jan. 13, 2023 will be here before you know it. Get those ads in while you still have a chance!

Sports Notes


Boys Basketball: Stevenson will be participating in the highly competitive Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic over Winter Break. The Patriots open up first-round action against Glenbard East at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Single-game tickets or tournament passes can be purchased via GoFan.




Girls Basketball: 
The girls basketball team will be competing in the prestigious 39th Annual Komaromy Basketball Classic over Winter Break. The Patriots will take on Naperville Central at 4 p.m. next Monday (Dec. 26) at Dundee Crown High School. Single game tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door with cash.



Boys Hockey: The Patriots will head to Fifth-Third Arena next week in Chicago for the Hawkeye Holiday High School Tournament and will take on several teams outside of their conference. Game 1 is on Monday against Benet Academy at 5:10 p.m. Game 2 is on Tuesday against PREP at 4:10 p.m. and the final game is on Wednesday against Caledonia at 5:50 p.m. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.



Wrestling: The wresting team will be participating in the prestigious 67th Annual Al Berman Wrestling Classic at Palatine High School next week. The action starts at 9 a.m. next Wednesday (Dec. 28). Admission for adults is $5 and students is $3. Spectators may use the south shelf in the Palatine Gym.

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

Dec. 21-22: Final Experience
Dec. 23, 26-28:Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic ~ Boys Basketball Tournament
Dec. 23-Jan. 6: ☃️ WINTER BREAK!! ☃️
Dec. 26:Komaromy Basketball Classic ~ Girls Basketball Tournament
Jan. 9: No School ~ Teacher Institute Day
Jan. 10: Second Semester Begins