Monday, Oct. 5, 2020

Biliteracy Testing Payment Deadline Extended
The payment deadline for fall biliteracy exams has been extended to Oct. 14. Details can be read on the Seal of Biliteracy webpage,. Students who registered for testing via the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) or Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA), no longer need to complete the pre-registration form. Please visit the RevTrak page to have a parent/guardian complete the Proctor Agreement and payment before Oct. 14.

Students interested in taking the Avant STAMPS 4S for Polish or Hebrew languages must continue to use the Pre-Registration Form. Pre-registered students will be updated as soon as the payment link is available.


Animal Welfare Club Welcomes Shedd Aquarium Guest Speaker
On Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 3:30- 4:30 p.m., the Animal Welfare Club will welcome Erica Hornbrook from the Shedd Aquarium. Students are invited to attend via Zoom to learn about what it is like to work at the Shedd Aquarium, as well as recent animal welfare protocols that have been implemented. This is the first of a three-part series with the Shedd Aquarium. Visit the SHS Animal Welfare webpage for a calendar link of future club events.

The Stevenson Bass Fishing Team – specifically anglers Matthew Qualich and Charlie Grisamore – took first-place out of 32 teams fishing on Sunday at Jacksonville Lake. The team netted a total of 12 lbs 3 oz on five bass with a big bass weighing in at 5lbs 12oz. The catch edged out the Junior Bassmaster Champion fishing for Metea Valley by 1lb 1oz. The team looks to continue to build on their momentum at Shabbona Lake on Oct. 17.

Destress the College Mess on Tuesday, Oct. 6
College students who have attended or attend Northwestern, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and more will present their experiences on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Students who attend this Senior Class Board event tomorrow at 5 p.m. will also have the opportunity to ask questions on Zoom.


Varsity Athletic Results for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

Boys Cross Country The Patriots took advantage of the cooler temps on Saturday morning as several runners posted their personal best times. Stevenson garnered two victories against Grant (23-32) and Highland Park (19-36). The program improved to 4-4 on the season, paced by Wesley Park (16:36), Willem Jo (16:37), Tarun Kalyana-Sundarum (16:58), Matthew Brueckert (17:32), and Stephen Moy (17:59).

Girls Cross Country The team which is 5-5 and 3-3 NSC hosted two non-conference opponents at Vernon Hills Athletic Complex on Saturday. A narrow margin separated the Patriots and Giants as Highland Park won a balanced race 31-26. Stevenson posted a victory over Grant 25-34 behind strong races from freshman Adeline Gobble – 20:01, senior Emily Fejes – 22:05, senior Emma Finnegan – 22:10, freshman Autumn Greaney – 22:16, and senior Jenna McCullough – 22:19.

Girls Swimming and Diving Stevenson defeated Zion-Benton 113-54 on Saturday to remain unbeaten on the season and in the conference (5-0). Highlights of the meet include: Faith Ma with a first-place finish in the 200 Yard IM (2:34.02) and Maria Mossakowski’s top finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle (27.87). Other first-place finishes by the Patriots were Elaine Rhee 1:07.76 in the 100-yard Butterfly (1:07.76), Vivian Zhu in the 100 Yard Breastroke (1:16.55) and Kayla Wadsworth’s time of 1:01.71 in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 1:11.35 in the 100 Yard Backstroke. Next up for the program is a dual meet against Barrington on Tuesday at the Stevenson Natatorium at 4:45 p.m. (diving) and 6:15 p.m. (swimming). Head Coach Ayrton Kasemets will recognize the program’s varsity seniors after the meet: Elizabeth Cao, Alex Eastmond, Anna Gates, Paige Harris, and Jessica Nyborg.


Disciplinary Records Question Removed from the Common App
Students will no longer have to answer whether they have been cited for a disciplinary violation in high school when applying to colleges using the Common Application due to concerns that the question disproportionately impacted some students who were less likely to submit their college applications.

New Insurance Trend: COVID-19 Related Expense Policies for College Students
Some parents are purchasing insurance policies that cover tuition and other expenses which are not refunded if their student is too sick to finish a college semester due to COVID-19.

Inequities in Michigan’s K-12 Schools Outlined in Recent Report
A 62-page report by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission was recently released which finds a significant lack of equity in the state’s K-12 education system.

Prioritizing School Reopening for Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education recently reminded schools of their obligation to provide special education services no matter what instructional approach is used and that schools cannot limit services to students with disabilities without consideration of their individual needs.

Illinois State Receives Grant to Enhance the Skills of Educators
A $4.3 million grant was received by ISU from the United States Department of Education to increase the number of highly effective educators.


Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

Parent Perceptions of High School Drug and Alcohol Use
Last year, the Stand Strong Coalition surveyed parents on their perception of student drug and alcohol use in high school. The survey results have been tabulated and this organization will present their findings along with related trends in a virtual meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. Registration for this event is required to receive the Zoom link.

Stevenson Live Songwriting Program
The co-curricular performance club Stevenson Live is hosting an opportunity for students to showcase and develop their songwriting abilities now through Dec. 11. The program will be introduced today at a virtual after-school meeting. The link in their Instagram bio includes the Zoom link for today’s meeting. Future meetings for this club include a number of guest speakers and opportunities for students to learn about songwriting and recording.

Allied Spirit Revolution Information Meeting
Students interested in learning more about Allied Spirit Revolution are encouraged to attend a virtual meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13 on Zoom. Stevenson’s Allied Sports Programs are co-ed interscholastic programs that provide opportunities for students with disabilities who would not otherwise be able to participate in our athletic programs.Questions can be sent to coaches Maureen Rubenstein or Nicole Krippinger.

Varsity Information for Thursday, Oct. 1, 2000

Girls Tennis
The girls varsity match scheduled for yesterday at Libertyville was canceled and has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 5

Athletic Cancelation Notification Methods
In the event that inclement weather, facility issues or safety concerns cause the cancelation of Stevenson athletic events, this information is usually posted on the Athletic Schedule page, in a pop-up message on the Homepage of the website, and on the Patriot Athletics Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Fall Sports Awards
Stevenson Athletics plans to hold its annual Fall Sports Awards in a virtual format this year. Circle your calendar for Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. for the event that will recognize 2020 fall athletes in girls golf, boys golf, girls tennis, girls swimming, boys cross country, girls cross country, allied bocce and student athletic training.

A Change in the Impact of Standardized Test in Georgia
High school students in Georgia are still taking standardized tests this year but the degree that Georgia Milestones will count toward student grades will be lessened.

New York University Settles Anti-Semitism Case
Although NYU acknowledged no wrongdoing, they agreed to several actions as part of the settlement for a recent civil rights probe.

Local Teacher named 2021 Illinois Special Education Teacher of the Year
Katie McGarvey, a Special Education Teacher at Hoffman Estates High School is being recognized as part of the Illinois State Board of Education revamped recognition categories. As a result, this District 211 teacher is the state’s first Special Education Teacher of the Year recipient.

Illinois State University Considering Canceling Spring Break 2021
To limit the spread of COVID-19, spring break at ISU may be canceled this school year. Students, faculty and staff are being surveyed and a “micro-break” is being investigated as an alternative.

Illinois Compulsory School Age May be Lowered to 5
Currently, Illinois required children between the ages of 6 and 17 to attend school. Illinois lawmakers may consider lowering the age of compulsory attendance to five years of age.


Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020

Program Created by Stevenson Seniors Develops Public Speaking Skills in Children
Stevenson seniors Jeanette Hann, Aditi Singh and Mahum Sheikh developed a program to bolster the public speaking skills of local elementary students in an online format. These Patriots have been recognized for their own debate and presentation skills in competitions through Congressional Debate and Model United Nations clubs as well as national debate contests. They are showing their commitment to others by sharing the skills they acquired through their service Apex Speech. They held free summer camps for area students and have recently partnered with a local Chinese school as outlined in this article submitted to and published by the Daily Herald.


Food Revolution Community Cooking Outreach
A new healthy eating initiative is being rolled out by the co-curricular Food Revolution club to connect community members by promoting healthy eating. Every month, the Food Revolution team will send out a recipe to club members to cook by a certain date. Then, after compiling the videos and pictures sent by Food Revolution members, they will share the results of the monthly project on their website and other platforms. Participants are encouraged to submit videos and/or pictures by email to club sponsor Sara Lohrman taken while cooking the Community Cooking recipe. Each month, a new recipe will also be posted on the Food Revolution’s Community Cooking website a week in advance of their Community Cooking Night for parents and community members who also want to participate. 

Elks National Foundation Scholarship
Many local and national scholarships have upcoming deadlines for seniors including these scholarships offers by the Elks National Foundation:
Most Valuable Student ContestApplications are now open and the deadline is Nov. 15. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $12,500 per year and applicants do not need to be related to an Elks member.
Legacy Awards: The deadline to apply for these $4,000 scholarships is Feb. 5 and eligible applicants must be children or grandchildren of Elks members.


Varsity Results for Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Girls Golf
The Patriots were crowned North Suburban Conference Girls Golf Champions after they finished a blustery round at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, with a team score of 336. Lake Forest came in second at 344. Emily Duan earned Individual honors with an 81, shooting a 42 on the front 9 and a 39 on the way in. Teammates Chelsea She shot an 83, finishing in 3rd place and Amrita Johar (86), Briana Fidman (86), and Megan Lee (86) all tied for 7th. This is the fourth straight NSC Championship for head coach Emma Degen and the Patriots program. This year, the North Suburban Conference named an All-Conference Team. Representing Stevenson on this inaugural team are Junior Emily Duan, Sophomore Allie Santos, Freshman Chelsea She, and Freshman Megan Lee. Senior Briana Fidman was recognized as a member of the NSC Sportsmanship Team.

Boys Cross Country
Senior Wesley Park ran an 18:11 race on a unique course layout at Lake Zurich High School, which included multiple switchbacks, to pace the Patriots to a 16-47 finish. Up next for the program is a home triangular on Saturday, Oct. 3 against Highland Park and Grant High Schools at 8:30 a.m. Coach Scott Sommers will be recognizing a senior class which includes Samuel Castaneda, John Arne, Matthew Brueckert, Tyler Goetting, Jared Heichman, Willem Jo, Tarun Kalyana Sundaram, Jack Lee, Stephen Moy, Wesley Park, Axel VandenHeuvel, and Connor Wang.

Additional Varsity Results for Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020
Girls Cross Country
Lake Zurich defeated Stevenson 18-45 on Tuesday night on their home course. Adeline Gobble led the Patriots with a third-place finish and a time of 20:50. Isabel Edgecomb finished in the top 10 (9th place) at 23:48. Next up for the Patriots (4-4 overall, 3-3 NSC) is a home meet on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex against Highland Park and Grant Community at 10:30 a.m.


IBM Plans to Support STEM Pathways for Hispanic Students
A plan by IBM to expand their Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools program to additional schools has been announced. This program provides a no-cost opportunity for students from underserved backgrounds to earn both a high school diploma and a two-year associate degree in a STEM field.

Ten Regional Teachers of the Year in the Running for 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award
The Illinois Teacher of the Year award is the state’s highest honor for exemplary educators and it has been announced that 10 Regional Teachers of the Year are in the running for this year’s award.

Immunization Records Still Need to be Submitted by Thousands of Illinois Students
The state deadline to submit required immunization forms is Oct. 15 and the Illinois State Board of Education is planning on reinforcing that deadline again this year.

Wisconsin Governor Declares New Health Emergency Due to Campus COVID-19 Outbreaks
A significant rise in COVID-19 cases, especially on college campuses, has led Wisconsin Gov. Evers to declare a new public health emergency and has extended the state’s mask mandate.

Schools Facing Fluctuating Budget Projections as In-Person Learning Remains Uncertain
Many school districts are under unprecedented financial pressure as expenses rise due to changing hybrid, distance and in-person learning models.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Face Coverings and Mask Selection

Stevenson Athletics is following the recommendations of our medical partner PediaTrust and has announced that student-athletes will no longer be allowed to wear masks with exhalation valves or vents. In addition, it is recommended that gaiter-style face covers should not be used. This will be the expectation for all students on campus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined that the use of gaiters or face shields is not recommended.

Seniors Required to Submit Proof of Meningitis Vaccination

The State of Illinois has not extended the deadline for seniors to show proof of meningitis vaccination. Seniors are reminded to submit proof of vaccination to the Stevenson nurse’s office as soon as possible to comply with the state deadline of Oct. 15. Forms can be sent by email to Additional information about this requirement is outlined on the Health Services Nurses webpage.


Half-Wit Submissions Sought
The Wit and Half Wit co-curricular club produce several literary magazines that showcase student fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and art. This year the Half Wit, which publishes works created by freshmen and sophomores, is going online and in addition to fiction, poetry, essays, and art, students will now be able to send in music, short films, and even animation. Any freshman or sophomore is invited to send submissions to club sponsor Jim Barnabee by Oct. 30 to have their work featured.

Illinois Virtual College Fair
A Virtual College Fair Event is being held online through Oct. 22. This free program is open to all Illinois students and their parents. Hundreds of programs are offered for students to get exposure to a variety of colleges and interact with college admission counselors. More information and links to register for individual programs can be found on the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling website.


Varsity Results for Tuesday, Sept. 29
Boys Golf
The Stevenson Boys Golf team finished with a team score of 308, finishing in second place in the North Suburban Conference behind Lake Forest, who combined for a score of 286. Junior Madhav Muralidharan paced the Patriots with 74 and tied for fourth place. Seniors Nick Udoni and Bradley Park tied for eighth place with a round of 77.

Results for the Sept. 29 girls cross country meet at Lake Zurich High School were not available at the time of publication.

Correction: The name of Yachi Patel, a member of the girls swimming and diving team, was misspelled in yesterday’s edition.

Chicago Public Schools Plan to Provide Some In-Person Special Ed Services
A plan to reopen CPS buildings to offer some in-person therapeutic services for students receiving special education services is being considered. The proposal includes services such as physical therapy or vision screenings.

Economic Impact on Higher Education
The estimated financial impact of the pandemic on American colleges and universities is expected to exceed $120 billion. Additional costs related to testing, contact tracing, quarantine, treatment and learning technology and increased need for student aid are contributing factors.

New Earned Admissions Program at Utah State University
For students who lack the grades or test scores to normally be considered for admission, Utah State announced a new program that gives students an alternate way to show their college readiness. This program which involves taking three self-paced classes is considered a low-cost and low-risk method for students to demonstrate they are prepared for college-level work.

Minnesota Schools Address Educational Disparities
Schools across Minnesota are adding new staff and approving policies to combat racism in schools.

North Carolina School Board Censors Member for Slur Heard Off-Camera
Although the cameras were off, a school board member in North Carolina was heard using a word to demean people with intellectual or developmental disabilities when her microphone was still open. A petition is circulating for her resignation and the school board has censured her behavior.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Virtual Programs for Parents
Each week, Social Emotional Learning Coordinator Molly Gosline and Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanic hold 30-minute programs to help parents connect and support their students. This week, the schedule includes:

  • Help Build Self-Management Skills: Tonight at 6 p.m.
  • Support Remote Learning: Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.
  • Strategies for Parents to Build Resilience: Thursday, 4 p.m.

Zoom links will be posted here each week and are published on the website calendar.

Stevenson Move-A-Thon: Help Others While Staying Active
The Stevenson Foundation is encouraging members of the Patriot community to walk, bike, run, dance or play for at least 20 minutes a day Oct. 5-19 while raising funds to support SHS students and families with limited resources. This virtual event will benefit Foundation programs like Kids in Need (KIN), Stevenson: One Family, and Stevenson to College (S2C.) The event begins Monday but you can register today and create your individual or team fundraising page. The Move-A-Thon Participant Guide outlines additional information.


Zoom Updates
iPad Zoom users must update Zoom to version 5.3 to have breakout rooms work properly. Students should update the app via Self Service, not the App Store also, students having difficulty should reinstall the Zoom via the Self Service app, not the App Store. Technology assistance, if needed, can be obtained by sending an email to or calling 847-415-4321.

Care Package Collection for Active-Duty Military Members
Members of Students Helping Soldiers are holding a Care Package Collection Day on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Circle Drive entrance. They are collecting non-perishable items to make care packages for active-duty military members.

Donations of the following items are being sought: bars of soap, toothpaste, hand warmers, beef jerky, chapstick, Pringles, dominoes, hot chocolate mix, dental floss, non-chocolate candy, Slim Jims, toothbrushes, microwave popcorn, playing cards, foot powder, chewing gum, boxes of macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, toothpicks, and dice.

If you can’t bring your donations to campus on Saturday, they have placed collection boxes at the Circle Drive and Sports Center entrances where items can be dropped off.

University of Illinois Hosting Virtual Experiences for High School Students
Several colleges within the University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign are offering virtual visits and information meetings this fall.

College of Applied Health Science
College of EducationOct. 6Oct. 27Nov. 10,
College of Fine & Applied Arts
College of Media: Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8.
Division of General Studies
Gies College of Business
Grainger College of Engineering: Virtual ToursLive ChatsVirtual Engineering Days


Varsity Results for Friday, Sept. 25, 2020
Boys Cross Country
Vernon Hills came away with a 27-30 victory over the Stevenson boys cross country team on Friday night as the Patriots fell to 2-3 on the season. Senior Wesley Park led all runners with a time of 16:29. Other top finishes for Stevenson were: senior Tarun Kalyana-Sundarum (4th – 17:14), senior Matthew Brueckert (5th – 17:20), junior Tyler Roberts (9th – 17:22), and senior Stephen Moy (12th – 17:49.)

Girls Tennis
Stevenson swept all matches at Waukegan on Friday night as they improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Ashley Adkisson earned a win at No. 1 singles, while the doubles teams of Ashley Yan/Angela Ran (#1), Molly Hayden/Ariana Topalain (#2) and Pooja Ponneboina/Jenna Chen (#3), and Santosha Pochiraju/Symone Calliste-David (#4) also recorded victories. Up next for the Patriots is a trip to Libertyville on Thursday night, to take on the Wildcats.

Varsity Results for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020
Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson defeated Waukegan 96-31 as several Patriots had great swims on the day. A few of the highlights include Jessica Nyborg with a 2:16.10 time in the 200-yard IM and Camila Maya posting a 2:08.23 finish in the 200-yard freestyle. Next up for the Patriots is another NSC dual meet vs. the Zion-Benton ZeeBees at the Stevenson Aquatic Center on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. Stevenson will be honoring several seniors on this day: Maggie Bauwens, Camille Clay, Leah Greenstein, Melody Lin, Elizabeth Matlin, Ashley Mistica, Eunsol Moon, Vania Morales, Maria Mossakowski, Yachti Patel, and Kayla Wadsworth. The meet can be viewed on the NFHS Network.

Girls Cross Country
Freshman Adeline Gobble led the Patriots on Saturday with a sub-20 minute race at Stevenson’s VHAC course. Her 19:39 time placed 6th in a race against a strong and experienced Barrington squad that finished 1st-5th. The final score of 48-15 does not tell the story for this program that keeps improving week by week. Other top finishes by Stevenson were Emma Finnigan (Sr.) – 22:22, 13th place; Autumn Greeney (Fr.) – 22:26, 14th place; Hope Plendl (Fr.) – 22:37, 15th place; Sophia Taguirov (Fr.) – 22:40, 16th place; Jenna McCullough (Sr.) – 22:46, 17th place; Shannon Moser (So.) – 22:50, 18th place; Ida Diab (Fr.) – 23:05, 19th place; Lily Ma (Sr.) – 23:19, 20th place.

Varsity Results for Monday, Sept. 28
Boys Golf
The team finished tied for third with Loyola behind Lake Forest (295) and New Trier (304) with a team score of 305 as Nick Udoni and Conan Pan paced the team with scores of 72 and 73, respectively. They take a 5-2 NSC record into tomorrow’s Conference Championship at Willow Glen. Both of their conference losses this season were by one stroke (Lake Zurich and Lake Forest.)

Girls Golf
Emily Duan took runner-up individual honors with a 77 and four other Patriots were under 90, as the Stevenson Girls Golf team won the Conway Farms High School Invitational. Chelsea She and Allie Santos both carded an 81, while Briana Fidman had her best 18-hole score of the season with an 84. Megan Lee rounded out the top 5 with a 90. The team enters Wednesday’s conference championship at Bonnie Brook in a tie for first place with Lake Forest. They have won the last three conference championships under Head Coach Emma Degen, who is in her sixth season.


Parents and Students File Lawsuit Against IHSA for Canceling Fall Sports
A group of parents and students filed a class-action lawsuit on Monday, Sept. 28 against the Illinois High School Association. Illinois is the only state in the Midwest that has not reinstated fall sports.

Snow Days May be a Thing of the Past
School administrators in snow-prone states are preparing teachers that remote learning may be used for snow days in the future.

Public Health Contact Tracer Program Launches at Oakton Community College
Beginning in October, Oakton Community College will offer a 13-credit hour certificate program to prepare students for jobs in the field of contract tracing which informs people who have been exposed to COVID-19. This is the first community college in Illinois to offer this type of credit-based program.

Meal Distribution by Round Lake Schools
Since school began last month, Round Lake Unit District 116 has served nearly 400,000 meals from distribution sites at eight schools and 12 mobile locations throughout the Round Lake area.

California State University Chancellor Breaks New Ground
A first-generation college student has been named chancellor of California State University and he is the first person of color to lead the system. His life story resonates with many in the Cal State system.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

Stay Safe Pats
Heading into the long weekend, Stevenson nursing staff are reminding Patriot families to stay safe. Students are encouraged to follow safety precautions including:

  • Avoid crowds and limit the number of individuals you contact
  • Watch your distance — keep six feet or more apart from others
  • Wear a mask, especially when you are unable to keep a distance of six feet apart
  • Gather outside whenever possible
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Do not share food, beverages, and utensils with individuals outside of your family
  • Avoid Hotspots — recreational travel to areas with higher rates of COVID-19 will increase your risk of contracting the virus.

Engaging in high-risk activities may potentially limit students’ ability to come to campus to participate in sports, clubs and other in-person activities for two to four weeks.

Financial Aid Evening for Junior and Senior Families on Oct. 1
The College Career Center will hold its annual Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.1 via Zoom. Post-secondary counselors, Sara English and Dan Miller will partner with Jerry Cebrzynski, Associate Vice President for Financial Aid at Lake Forest College, for this presentation, which is meant primarily for families who have current juniors or seniors. Details about applying for college financial assistance through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be discussed, along with the types of financial aid available, and how eligibility for aid is determined. Families typically complete their FAFSA forms in October. Please utilize the Zoom link to attend online.


Animal Welfare Club: Virtual Presentation, Sept. 29
Ms. Kristin Tump from Orphans of the Storm will provide a virtual presentation for students involved in the Animal Welfare Club from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Go behind the scenes with Orphans of the Storm to learn about animal care at the facility, volunteer opportunities and the adoption process. The zoom link is Visit the SHS Animal Welfare webpage for a calendar of club events.

Carnegie Mellon Mathematics Professor Webinar, Sept. 29
The Stevenson Math team is proud to host Po-Shen Loh as their guest Zoom lecturer at their next meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 3:35 – 4:35 p.m. Po-Shen Loh is an associate professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University and the national coach of the United States’ International Math Olympiad team. His lecture is titled Math vs. COVID, and though the talk is targeted for high school students, he notes: “…teachers [are also invited], because the topic is actually also relevant to anyone who might end up returning to teach in-person during the pandemic. I’m trying to help keep teachers safe too because I am also one. :)”

With such an excellent opportunity to hear from a world-class mathematician, the Stevenson Math Team has extended this invitation to the students and coaches from the fifty schools of the North Suburban Math League. Students and teachers not involved in the math team that would like to attend via Zoom should fill out this Google form by Sunday evening to receive the Zoom link to this webinar-style meeting.

Political Action Club Voter Prep on Wednesday, Sept. 30
Students involved in the Political Action Club and their sponsor Social Studies teacher Andy Conneen invite students and their family members to attend a Voter Prep Presentation by seniors Isabel Perlin and Mikayla Varghese on Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 7-8 p.m. Isabel and Mikayla will review information about Lake County voter resources including voter registration, vote by mail, early voting, and voting day services.


Varsity Results for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Boys Golf
It took the fifth score to break a tiebreaker with the Lake Forest Scouts, as the visiting team escaped with the victory in boys golf, dropping the Patriots to 3-2 in the NSC. Nick Udoni and Maadhav Muralidharan led Stevenson with a 36.

Sophomore Student-Athlete and Activist Featured in Local Publication
Stevenson junior and girls track & field athlete Ella O’Neall, is featured in the September 2020 edition of Long Grove Living. The two-page article was submitted by senior Lily Jiang, complemented with photos by Lee Ross Photography. In the article, Ella describes her passion for throwing, her involvement in BASS (Black Association of Stevenson Students), and her activism in the community.


The College Experience During the COVID-19 Era
A diminished social life, reports by students that they are learning less, and threats by some universities to impose severe punishments for students who attend parties may be part of the reasons students say it was not the right choice for their schools to allow students on campus

Area High Schools Opened Wednesday for SAT Exams
Many area students were back on campus yesterday for state-mandated SAT exams. Some critics questioned the wisdom of bringing students back to schools closed because of COVID-19

Contact Days Allowed for Area Student-Athletes but not for Chicago Public School Students
The Illinois High School Association approved a limited number of off-season sports activities for student-athletes but CPS announced that they will not allow any practices.

COVID-19 Changing the Course of Supply Chain Management Education
Some university-based supply chain management courses are changing to help students prepare for a post-pandemic workforce and to manage supply chain disruption.

Illinois Extension Programs Generating Considerable Economic Benefits
Popular University of Illinois Extension Programs include programs on nutrition, gardening and youth development. These programs help families, businesses and communities solve problems and learn new skills. A recent assessment reports the annual economic benefits of these services at 10 times its budget.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Going The Extra Mile to Teach Social Studies

Students in Social Studies Teacher Paul Mazzuca’s AP United States History and Collaborative United States History courses were surprised to find Mazzuca on the Freedom Trail in Boston when they logged in for class on Sept. 14.

Last week, he livestreamed four classes a day from important American Revolution sites such as the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old State House, where Bostonians first heard the Declaration of Independence, Old South Meeting House from the very pulpit where Sam Adams and John Hancock organized the Tea Party in 1773, Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written, and the Liberty Bell.

Mazzuca is certainly bringing new meaning to the term Remote Learning.

Freshman SCoPE Meetings

Stevenson freshman families were sent an email this week with information about Freshman SCoPE Meetings. Families are invited to make an appointment for a one-on-one appointment with their student’s counselor. The timeframe to make an appointment runs from now until Oct. 30. In the email that each family received, a link to the counselor’s Calendly page was provided to schedule these meetings.


Blood Drive on Oct. 8
National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive on Oct. 8 from 2-8 p.m. at Stevenson. Registration is required and students are required to bring a signed permission slip. Participants must wear a mask, complete the health screening app and follow COVID-19 safety precautions outlined on the registration form.

Applications Open for Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Seniors can win scholarship prizes through the annual Voice of Democracy audio/essay competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Libertyville Post 8741 awards cash prizes to the first-, second- and third-place local winners. Local winners have the opportunity to earn scholarship prizes at the district, state and national level up to $30,000. This year’s theme is “Is This the Country the Founding Fathers Envisioned?” Interested students must complete the application and send it with a voice file of themselves reading their essay and a Word file of the essay, to Sue Fujiu at Questions can be directed to the same email address. The entry deadline is Oct. 31.


Varsity Results for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Girls Golf
Sophomore Allie Santos and freshman Chelsea She carded a 38 last night, but it wasn’t enough to lead the girls golf team over Barrington at Marriott’s Cranes Landing last night. The Patriots fell to the Fillies 161-151, dropping them to 8-2 on the season (5-1 NSC). They have a chance to get back in the win column tonight as they host Highland Park at 4 p.m. Since this is the last dual meet of the season, Head Coach Emma Degen and Assistant Coach Ryan Hutchins will be recognizing their senior class of Briana FidmanSmrithi Mukund and Priyanka Prasanna.

Boys Golf
A rescheduled match versus Lake Forest is on the schedule for tonight, as the host Patriots look forward to a competitive outing against the Scouts. Both programs have been leaders in the North Suburban Conference in recent years. Stevenson comes into the match with a 3-1 conference record, while Lake Forest sits at 4-0. Seniors Arthur HancockConan PanBradley Park and Nicholas Udoni will be recognized by Head Coach John Rueth and Assistant Coach Dale Bares prior to this evening’s tee-off.
In non-conference action, the Patriots defeated Barrington 148-160 and improved to 7-3 on the season last night. Scores from the Barrington match Jun Park (So) = 36; Bradley Park (Sr) = 37; Tate Donica (Jr) = 37; Arthur Hancock (Sr) = 38; Maadhav Muralidharan (Jr) = 39; Nick Udoni (Sr) = 40.

Girls Tennis
Girls tennis improved to 3-3 overall (2-1 NSC) with a victory over Zion-Benton. The Patriots swept all seven matches with the following scores:

No.1 singles sophomore Kate Herlihy 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 singles junior Ashley Yan 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 singles junior Sabrina Xue 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 doubles sophomores Angela Ran and Ashley Adkisson 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 doubles freshman Molly Hayden and sophomore Ariana Topalian 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 doubles sophomore Pooja Ponneboina and junior Jenna Chen 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 doubles sophomore Simran Agarwal and freshman Santosha Pochiraju 6-1, 6-0.

Illinois Schools Receive State Funding to Close Digital DivideOn Monday, Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education announced 471 schools will receive more than $80 million to purchase or be reimbursed for devices and internet connection for students during remote learning.

New Pathways for the School Psychology Profession May Help Curb ShortagesThe National Association of School Psychologists updated its standards for training, credentialing, and practice for school practitioners. These standards include alternate credentialing that may help schools fill vacancies.

Local Teacher Transforms Bedroom Into a Remote Classroom“Bloom where you are planted.” That’s the mantra of a Woodland Elementary East teacher. She transformed a bedroom in her home into a classroom with a lifetime worth of materials and supplies she has collected.

Essential Workers in Michigan Offered Free College EducationMichigan will offer free community college tuition, under the CARES Act, to essential workers which include grocery workers, gas station clerks and sanitation workers who qualify.

Cleveland State University Considering ConsolidationCSU is considering consolidating from 11 campuses to five or six to cut costs and strengthen student support services

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Seal of Biliteracy Exam Fall Deadline is Oct. 2
Stevenson students have the opportunity to be recognized by the State of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and one or more languages through the Seal of Biliteracy program. Students must meet established criteria to establish proficiency and one of them can be obtained by taking biliteracy exams. The exams are offered for 15 languages at Stevenson in the fall and spring and in order to take the fall exams Oct. 19-23, students need to complete an online pre-registration form and pay no later than Friday, Oct. 2.

Sophomore Part of Award-Winning Video
A video about radon gas awareness created by six suburban students, including SHS sophomore Nicole Lee, earned top honors from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the American Lung Association netting the group $1,000 in prize money which they plan to invest in an ALA fall campaign and make a school donation. Their video helps raise awareness about a serious safety issue that can result from undetected radon. Watch the Video created by these students. / Daily Herald


Virtual College Representative Visits
Juniors and seniors can virtually attend college rep visits by signing up through their Naviance account. Students who will miss a class to attend a scheduled session will also need to request permission from their classroom teacher. The College Rep Visit Schedule can be viewed on the College and Career Center webpage along with a video with instructions on how to sign up for a college rep visit.

End of Six Week Grading Period
Friday, Sept. 25, is the end of the first six-week grading period. See the 2020-21 Academic Calendar for related dates. For more information about the grading system at Stevenson, see the videos posted to this playlist on YouTube.

Varsity Results for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Boys Golf:
The Patriots played at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake and lost to Grayslake Central 177-182. Tate Donica and AJ Goldberg led the team with scores of 44.

Girls Cross Country
The girls cross country team recorded some impressive times with their victory over Waukegan last night at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, improving their overall record to 4-2 and 3-2 in the North Suburban Conference. Head Coach Lindsay DePaul, in her first year, is leading a group of talented runners, who are improving by the week. The top seven finishers for the Patriots last night were freshman Adeline Gobble (20:43), senior Emily Fejes (22:25), sophomore Shannon Moser (22:43), senior Emma Finnegan (23:21), senior Jenna McCullough (23:04), freshman Isabel Edgcomb (23:06), freshman Hope Plendl (23:06), and freshman Sophia Sun (23:07).

Senior Wrestler Named Top Finalist for Illinois Wrestling Award
Senior wrestler Sara Sulejmani has recently been named a top-five Illinois finalist for the Tricia Saunders Excellence in Wrestling Award. This award is part of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s effort to honor the top female wrestlers in 50 states, and ultimately selecting a Tricia Saunders Excellence in Wrestling National Award winner.


The Only Midwest State Not Playing High School Football: Illinois
Following a vote in Minnesota on Monday, Illinois is now the only state in the Midwest that is not playing high school football this fall.

Unexpected Benefits of Remote Learning
Virtual education is not ideal, but a Sustainable Development Impact Summit article reports that there may be unexpected future employment benefits for students participating in virtual classrooms and distance learning.

University Adjunct Professors Face Uncertain Future Due to Pandemic
Smaller course loads, enrollment uncertainties, and lay-offs have resulted in reduced or eliminated employment for some non-tenured part-time adjunct university faculty.

An Underage Party Results in Legal Issues for Parents and a School Delay
An underage student and the youth’s parents were charged under a “social host” law for a house party that involved underage drinking and resulted in a delay in in-person learning.

Schools Vow Changes After Charges of Racism are Posted
A few of Chicago’s selective enrollment public high schools indicate they are trying to create environments that are more inclusive after students of color launched online campaigns.


Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Reminders for Seniors Taking SAT at Stevenson Tomorrow
Stevenson seniors will be taking the SAT with Essay at Stevenson tomorrow and students should remember to:

  • Make sure to bring either an SHS ID card from last year, state ID card, or driver’s license.
  • Bring and wear a mask and follow COVID-19 Safety Precautions.
  • Check student email for information on what room they will test in AND what door to enter the building. Accommodated students were sent a separate communication.
  • Students assigned to the Green Testing group can begin arriving at 7:15 a.m. for their exam which will begin at 8:15 a.m. Students assigned to the Gold Testing group can begin arriving at 9:55 a.m. for their exam which will begin at 10:55 a.m.
  • We prefer students to be dropped off and promptly picked up as parking is extremely limited. Bus routes have been posted for students who need transportation. For students riding the bus, they are required to wear a mask on the bus before entering the bus, will be seated one per seat and every other seat on the bus, will load from back to front and exit from front to back except for PM drop off when they will not be able to load in order.
  • Make sure they can show the green “Thumbs Up” on their phones from a completed Daily Health Check as they enter the building.
  • Email with any questions

2019-20 Statesman Staff Earn Multiple Accolades
The Statesman, the school newspaper, won a first-place ranking from the American Scholastic Press Association. This is the fifth time in the last six years that the Statesman has earned first-place recognition. The ranking is the highest rating in the ASPA’s annual competition for collegiate and secondary education student publications.

The Statesman also earned the International First Place Award for Quill and Scroll’s 2019-20 News Media Evaluation Contest. The judges commended the Statesman staff, sharing that their articles were “consistently well-sourced, with meaningful quotes and relevant data” and praised their ability to “approach difficult topics with grace and courage.”


Admissions Overview for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The 3rd-annual HBCU Night will take place on Thursday, Sep. 24 at 7:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. The event will feature five institutions: Alabama A&M University, Claflin University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, and Howard University. The event is free and open to all high school students and their families and registration is required.
Student Job Connection
Several new employment opportunities for students have been added to the Job Connection webpage.


Boys Varsity Golf
Boys Golf defeated Barrington 158-162 at The Arboretum Club, improving their dual meet record to 6-3 (3-1 NSC). Senior Nick Udoni and junior Maadhav Muralidharan shot a 39, while senior Conan Pan and sophomore Jun Park carded a 40. The Patriots posted a score of one stroke below their season 9-hole average.

Girls Varsity Tennis
At Barrington yesterday, the Patriots picked up two victories from No. 1 doubles team sophomore Sonia Mehta and junior Thea Surya (6-3, 6-2) and No. 2 doubles team senior Abby Schueneman and freshman Sarah Wang (6-3, 6-2), but dropped all other matches to finish 2-5 against the Fillies. The Patriots (2-3 overall, 2-1 NSC) travel to Zion-Benton on Wednesday for a North Suburban matchup.

Sports Boosters Online Fundraiser with Driven Coffee

The purchase of any coffee and tea items on the Driven Coffee website will benefit Stevenson Athletics.

  • Sports Boosters will receive a 30% profit for online orders.
  • Items ordered online will have the original Driven logo on bags.
  • Items ordered will be delivered to the address provided.
  • The deadline to order is November 30, 2020.

See the Sports Boosters webpage for more information about this parent organization which donates items each year to benefit student-athletes and Patriot Athletics.


Gov. Pritzker Responds to Rallies: Illinois High School Football Unlikely to Start Soon
Multiple weekend rallies by supporters of school sports did not have an impact on Pritzker’s stance to allow high school student-athletes to compete in sports such as football even though college and professional football is competing.

Expansion of College of Lake County’s Waukegan Campus Begins
Work will soon begin on a $48 million expansion and renovation of the CLC Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan

Chirping Noises During Remote Learning Leads to Increased Home Safety
When teachers in one Washington D.C. area school heard a number of chirping smoke detectors during remote learning their principal sought help from the local fire department to address non-working smoke detectors.

Growing Number of Students Taking a Gap Year
At the University of Minnesota, three times as many incoming freshmen have deferred enrollment with some taking a “gap semester” instead of a “gap year.”

IHSA Adjusts Return to Sports Guidelines
The Illinois High School Association board of directors approved several updates to the IHSA Return to Activities guidelines last week including waiving the 2020-21 season limitations for winter, spring, and summer sports and moving the start of the IIHSA summer season two weeks earlier.

Monday, Sept. 21,2020

Spanish Students Excel on National Exams
Several Spanish students from SHS earned national recognition for excellent performance on the 2020 National Spanish Examinations. Senior Michael Zaslavskiy received a gold medal, senior Carson Ezell and recent graduate Irina Stamm each earned a silver medal, and senior Su-Hyun Lee qualified for a bronze medal on the exams. Two other students received honorable mention. More than 81,000 students around the country took the exams this year, which are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Building Resilience During a Pandemic with Dr. Doug Bolton
On Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 7 -8:30 p.m., clinical psychologist Dr. Doug Bolton will address the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents for parents and the opportunity parents have to teach and model resilience. The strategies he will share can be used to effectively manage stress now and in the future. Registration is required to attend this free event which is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a program of the Stevenson Foundation.

The Daily Digest Returns
Stevenson publishes several newsletters including:
The e-Minuteman is sent each Friday to parents and guardians and includes information on major events and activities which shape the student experience at Stevenson. Guest columns and information about events occurring within the next month are also included.
The Daily Digest is sent each school day to subscribers. This publication offers news on student accomplishments, athletic stories and scores, club news, student activities, and information about events occurring within the next week.
See the Publications page for directions to subscribe or obtain these and other publications


NHS Fundraising Challenge for the Danny Did Foundation
NHS is sponsoring the 1 in 26 Challenge to raise funds and awareness for epilepsy and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). For this virtual challenge, participants commit to running or walking a total of 26 miles prior to Oct. 11 and to raising $260 to support the Danny Did Foundation. The sign-up link provides additional information and students will need to upload their fitness data throughout the challenge. Questions can be directed to Stevenson Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann

Student Services Destress Event Friday, Sept. 25
Start your Friday with relaxing music and a destress coloring event compliments of Student Services. A link to access student drawings selected for this event will be posted in the Student Services Instagram account and on grade-level Canvas pages. Participants are encouraged to listen to relaxing music on Zoom from 8-8:15 a.m. while coloring before classes begin. Student Services has offered student destress events throughout the year in the past and they will continue to offer ways to reduce stress during Remote Learning+ as part of their Destress Nest.

Applications are now open for the Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program which is a program for sophomores and juniors interested in health care careers. This year’s program will be conducted virtually. The deadline for applications is Oct. 2.

A Fall Without Football – Stevenson Senior Tristan Moskovic was featured in the Daily Herald on Aug. 28, along with four other local seniors, sharing their thoughts on a fall without football.

Jenna McCullough, a senior on the Stevenson Girls Cross Country team, won the Premier Buick GMC Dealer’s High School Challenge for the Quad-City Times Virtual Bix 7 race. The 47th annual event was virtual this year but is traditionally held in Davenport, IA. McCullough donated her $1000 winnings to the Stevenson High School Athletic Department and Stevenson girls cross country team.

Junior Floyd Glinsey, a 3-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track was featured in an Aug. 16 Chicago Tribune article on how the pandemic is affecting those athletes who play multiple sports.


Weekend Varsity Results
Girls Golf:
Emily Duan led all golfers with a 74 as Stevenson captured the Patriot Invite Title on Saturday at the Arboretum in Buffalo Grove. Stevenson posted a team total of 314, with Barrington coming in second at 329, Lake Forest (347), followed by Lake Zurich (399). Duan, a junior, has led the Patriots to a 8-1 record this season, 5-1 in the NSC. Other scores for the varsity golfers: Freshman Chelsea She (77), Freshman Megan Lee (79), Sophomore Allie Santos (84), Senior Briana Fidman (85), Freshman Rylie Pryor (93) and Sophomore Jessica Velent (97). The Patriots will host Barrington on their home course, Marriott’s Cranes Landing, on Wednesday.

Girls Swimming and Diving
The Patriots defeated Libertyville 122-64 on Thursday, Sept. 17 to remain undefeated in the North Suburban Conference at 3-0. Stevenson was led by senior Alex Eastmond, who recorded a 2:08.97 on her way to placing first in the 200 yard IM. She was also part of the winning 200 free relay (1:42.91), joined by sophomore Anya Ryaguzova, junior Claudia Rzeznik, and senior Jessica NyborgNyborg also had a big swim in the medley relay, posting a 30.64 in the breaststroke. Freshman Hanah Wienckowski won the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:00.70, while freshman Delany Umbleby swam a season-best 5:33.29 in the 500-yard freestyle. Stevenson also finished 1-2 in the diving competition as junior Nora Kowalski posted a 6-dive score of 223.55 and junior Shreeya Sinha followed with a 201.15. The Patriots host Waukegan on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Stevenson Natatorium. Varsity will swim at 11 a.m. and the meet will be streamed on NFHS Network for no charge.