Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021

Math Team Wins National Championship
Stevenson’s Math Team competed and won the 2020 Arete Labs Math Madness National Championship against The Harker School (San Jose, CA), 38-37 on Dec. 15, 2020. Sixty-four schools from throughout the United States competed in single-elimination matches for six rounds. Each week, the top five students’ scores were counted as the team score. Sophomore Grecycen Ren finished with the fourth-best individual score in the competition. Stevenson also won the 2017 Arete Labs Math Madness National Championship.
The following students had scores that would qualify for the top five:
Seniors: Gyeongwon Kim, Brandon Lu, Ram Potham, Praneet Rathi
Juniors: Jonathan Abraham, Spandan Goel, Andrew Liu, Greycen Ren, Lillian You
Sophomores: Benjamin Chen, Jack Chen, Nathan Ma, Brian Shen
Freshmen: Angela Guo, Keona Liu, Kevin Shen
The math team is coached by Maureen Albert, Eric Anderson, Paul Kim, Anna Renken, and LouAnn Tollefson.
Congratulations Patriots!

Students Selected to Participate in All-State Musical Festivals
Congratulations to the members of the Stevenson band, choir and orchestra programs who were selected to participate in the 2021 Illinois Music Education Association All-State Festivals. The honorees include:
BandJustin Chung (junior, alto saxophone), Yumin Kim (senior, flute), Adina Shaikh (senior, percussion), Trinity Shin (sophomore, flute), Aishwarya Sundar (senior, contrabass clarinet) and Rosie Wang (junior, flute)
ChoirArjun Nair (sophomore, tenor) – All-State Chorus and Jordan Winkelman (junior, soprano) – Honors Chorus
OrchestraDylan Ivanov (junior, viola), Eileen Kan (junior, cello), Bella Kim (senior, viola), Ruth Kim (sophomore, violin), Julie Kim (sophomore, viola), Vaishnavi Sankar (sophomore, double bass), Linda Wang (junior, violin), Maristella Yim (senior, cello) and Vincenzo Zuppardo (sophomore, violin)
The band, choir and orchestra events will take place later this spring.
Congratulations are also extended to the 2020-21 ILMEA Composition Contest honorees:
William Basco (senior) – First Place, Rap/Hip Hop
Madelyn Lee (junior) – First Place, Commercial Instrumental
Joonheen Bae (senior) – Honorable Mention, Commercial Instrumental
Swayam Deshpande (senior) – Honorable Mention, Commercial Instrumental


Arlington Veterans of Foreign Wars Scholarship
Applications are open for the Wally Luettschwager Memorial Scholarship Grant. Up to $3,000, is awarded annually in the memory of Luettschwager who served honorably in the U.S. Army in combat during the Korean War. Seniors planning on attending college or a trade school and who are the direct descendent of an honorably discharged veteran are encouraged to apply by March 1.


More than 30 members of the Stevenson boys and girls bowling teams and their coaches gathered virtually Wednesday, Jan. 6, to hear from professional bowler Liz Johnson.
The SHS coaching staff reached out to Johnson to organize the event after the Daily Herald ran an article on her in early December.
The bowling teams, along with other low-risk winter sports, are paused until schools receive approval from local and state health organizations to resume their seasons.


IHSA Board Meeting Scheduled for Next Week
According to Illinois High School Association Executive Director Craig Anderson, everything is on the table for next week’s board meeting including modified and canceled seasons. According to Anderson, the board will consider starting dates for sports and if sports don’t start on those dates then the cancelation of seasons will be discussed. IHSA officials continue to push for a meeting with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Gov. Pritzker’s office.

Spring Term Delays Announced by Several Colleges
Syracuse University announced the delay of the start of its spring term by two weeks and more than a dozen other schools including Penn State and Michigan State Universities have made a similar announcement to allow for frontline workers to get vaccinated and avoid post-holiday virus flare-ups.

Local School District Joins Class-Action Lawsuit Against e-Cigarette Manufacturer
Maine Township High School District 207 will join a class-action lawsuit against Juul Labs, a manufacturer of e-cigarette and vaping devices over their alleged business practices. They join several other government agencies who allege Juul used deceptive marketing practices to entice minors.


Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

All State Musical: A Virtual Cabaret
Two Stevenson seniors were selected to be part of the Illinois High School Theatre Festival.
Seniors Caylie Chattin (violin) and Emmie Ginsberg (actor) will be performing in A Virtual Cabaret on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. They are part of a select ensemble of seniors who are the top high school actors, technicians, and musicians in the state.
There is no fee to attend this event online, and the performance link will be posted at


Stevenson Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
Applications are now open for the Stevenson Foundation Scholarship Program which has more than $45,000 in scholarships celebrating academic excellence, leadership, community service, arts and athletics. All graduating SHS seniors are encouraged to apply and the deadline is Feb. 2.
See the list of scholarships that are made possible through the generous contributions of donors.

Dance Company Virtual Audition Videos
Friday is the deadline for students enrolled in in a Stevenson Dance class to submit an audition video for one of two curricular dance companies.
The Mélange Dance Company is composed of advanced technical dancers who are interested in exploring more about the art of choreography. The Repertory Dance Company enriches a dancer’s artistic integrity, creativity, versatility, performance quality, and movement vocabulary in a vigorous and disciplined setting.
Student-dancers interested in auditioning for either of these companies for second semester should join the Mélange and Repertory Dance Company Audition Google Classroom page with the class code nszqbyt. After joining, students must learn a dance phrase which is posted as an assignment, record themselves performing the phrase, and submit it to the Google Classroom.
Please note the following dates and times:

  • Student audition video due date: Friday, Jan. 8 by 11:59 PM
  • Company casts will be announced the week of Jan. 11

Practices will be held at approximately 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for members of both companies.


Stevenson sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


Who’s Playing: A Round-Up of High School Sports Status by State
While high school athletes in Illinois have been paused, there is a wide variety of guidelines being implemented across the country.

School Districts Announce Plans for Saliva Screenings
Other school districts in the state will also be implementing COVID-19 saliva screenings. LaGrange District 102 reports the test helped contain a post-Halloween outbreak in three 5th grade classrooms. In some schools, the testing is mandatory for staff and students, and in some schools such as New Trier the testing is only for students.

Liberal Arts College Expand Career and Tech Education for Adults
Some small liberal arts colleges are creating short-term, non-degree programs to meet community needs for technical workers and increase enrollment during a time when enrollment of traditional college students is shrinking.

Extension of School Year into the Summer a Possibility for California Public Schools
California K-12 students may have their school year extended into the summer. Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated funds for this will be included in the budget he will be presenting in January.



Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Hybrid Learning
Happy New Year, Patriot families! Thank you to the parents, guardians and students who attended last night’s webinar to hear answers to frequently asked questions about our Hybrid Learning Plan which will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Today, an email was sent to students, parents and guardians with a link to a recording of last night’s webinar along with a Hybrid Learning Tool Kit. A copy of this email can be read on our Parents webpage.
Please refer to the COVID-19 webpage for additional resource links and updates about Remote and Hybrid Learning Days at Stevenson during second semester.

Virtual Winter Dance Concert 2020
A Virtual Winter Dance Concert was held at the end of last semester featuring students who choreographed small group works from the Concert Dance class, and the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies. Their performances can be viewed on Mediacast.
Student-dancers featured include:
Concert Dance Class Members: Ella Brody, Ashley Callen, Maggie Feldstein, Zoe Fledderman, Elli Freeman, Julia Goberman, Jessica Goldvekht, Shayna Jann, Ellie Jayne, Taylor Jenson, Juliette Koskela, Lauren Lee, Alyssa Marie Magsino, Isabel Perlin, Jocelyn Silk, Zoey Silver, Ella van Gerven, Katie Wu, Angelina Yan
Repertory DancersSophie Ezrol, Joy Fei, Sammi Guzzo, Rayna King, Elaina Kravchenko, Alisa Pozharskaia, Angelia Pulos, Alexis Trojan, Ava VanLue
Mélange Dancers: Georgie Casaletto, Grace Catlin, Ashley Dote, Caroline Feng, Julia Goberman, Joyce Kang, Emily Hsiao, Sammi Meyers, Kathryn Petkie, Abbie Szwejbka, Khushi Rao, Shreeya Ryali
Thank you to these student-dancers for sharing their talents with us!

Junior Course Selection
The course selection process for the 2021-22 school year begins this week for current juniors. On Thursday, Jan. 7, counselors will visit with all juniors to share important information to keep in mind when selecting senior year courses and the procedures for entering these classes in Infinite Campus. This counselor webinar will be held via Zoom during the student’s U.S. History classes. Students will receive the link to the Zoom meeting from their U.S. History teacher during class on Wednesday, Jan. 6. For any student not currently enrolled in U.S. History, counselors will be sharing the Zoom link via email.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, each junior will meet individually with their counselor via Zoom to discuss their course selections. These appointments will be scheduled during English class and specific Zoom links will be shared with students by their English teachers and also posted to the Class of 2022 Canvas page.
Parents play an important role in the course selection process. An email was sent to parents and guardians of junior students yesterday outlining the process. Please review this letter and discuss your student’s course selections with them before they meet with their counselor for course selection. If you have further questions, please contact your student’s counselor. The 2021-22 Coursebook can be referenced online as part of this process.


Senior Vehicle Parking Sticker Sign-Up
Seniors were sent an email last week with information about parking during second semester. Seniors who purchased parking for second semester will receive a refund and free parking will be granted for as many seniors as possible who have a family-owned vehicle. Seniors interested in obtaining a free parking sticker must fill out this Google form by Jan. 7 and be able to bring their vehicle to campus Jan. 12-15.

Best Buddies Fundraiser at MOD Pizza
Best Buddies Transition is hosting a fundraiser at MOD Pizza in Buffalo Grove (1555 Deerfield Pkwy) on Monday, Jan. 11 from 10:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Mention that you are supporting SHS Best Buddies Transition when ordering to support this club that works to end the isolation of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Stevenson chapter is specifically for students in the Transition Program at SHS and the money raised from this fundraiser will be given to the local Illinois Chapter to fund programs associated with the organization such as employment opportunities and inclusive living for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Stevenson Virtual Athlete Summit
The next Stevenson Athlete Summit is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 10 from 8-9 p.m. Student-athletes are encouraged to register for this online event to hear from a line-up of presenters who will be discussing how making sound decisions can be a challenging process. Athletes will also have an opportunity to connect with teammates in breakout groups.


A Year in Pictures: What Education Looked Like in 2020
K-12 education was delivered in many different ways while schools, teachers and families took on new roles during 2020 as chronicled in this month-by-month pictorial year in review.

Local Organization Provides Assistance to CPS Students
Students in the Chicago Pilsen neighborhood received support from a local Boys and Girls Club that provided students with remote learning assistance, WiFi and up to three meals a day since the beginning of this academic year.

MIT Swimming Test Goes Online
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a 100-yard swimming test that is a graduation requirement. Although a number of other schools waived a similar stipulation, MIT created a virtual class for students to full the requirement online.

Lottery Used for Some Selective School Admissions Instead of Standardized Tests
Some selective admission high schools are using a lottery system instead of standardized tests as part of their admission process, a move that is the result of COVID-related challenges to administer exams and a push for racial justice.


Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020

Give-a-Thon 2020
This is the 36th year Stevenson has helped spread holiday cheer to those in need through Give-a-Thon. Due to COVID restrictions this year, gifts, food and baby items were not collected in classrooms and at school. Instead, families, students and Stevenson staff made individual commitments to deliver items to several local organizations.
This year, Stevenson families helped provide the following through this annual demonstration of a commitment to others:

  • 330 families including 1500 individuals were supported with holiday gifts
  • 240 commitments were received to drop off bulk food at the Vernon Township Food Pantry
  • 90 commitments to drop off baby items at the St. Mary of Vernon PADS emergency shelter were received

Well done, Patriots! Thank you to everyone who contributed and especially members of the SHS National Honor Society who organized this year’s effort along with their sponsors Science Teacher and Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann, Business Education Teacher Taylor Osicek, Mathematics Teacher Maureen Albert and Fine Arts Teacher Katie Hyken. A recap video with additional student photos has been posted on Instagram.

Debate Team Competes in La Costa Canyon Winter Classic
In last Saturday’s Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament, 51 members of the Stevenson Debate Team joined nearly 400 other debaters from the surrounding area to compete in congressional debate. Stevenson came in second place in the Large School Sweepstakes category and individual awards went to the following students:
Varsity Chambers: Best Presiding Officer was awarded to sophomores Maddie Wang and Sara ZhangSecond-place speakers in chambers: juniors Mia Korsunsky and Jesenia Parthasarathy, and seniors Ojasvi Saxena and James XieThird-place Speaker in Chambers: sophomores Megan Han, Lindsey Wang and Sara Zhang; juniors Aditi Ambravan and Anthony Makhovic; and senior Youssef Mansour.
Junior Varsity Chambers: Best Presiding Officer honors were given to freshman Grace Huang.
Third-place Speaker in Chambers: freshmen Nadia Arif, Srikar Kovvuri, Santosha Pochiraju and Eshaan Shaik.
The Debate Team Sponsor is Communications Arts Teacher Steve Heller.

Junior Organizes Winter Jacket and Toy Donation
Stevenson junior Yashwanth Gangavarapu recently coordinated a fundraiser to benefit elementary students in Waukegan. Gangavarapu’s effort resulted in the distribution of winter jackets and toys to 42 needy 4th-grade students. He raised more than $1,000 to purchase these items and also received donations from family and friends. He was inspired to organize this donation effort by the clubs he participates in at SHS including the Rotary Club and National Honor Society. During this season of giving, Gangavarapu demonstrates a commitment to others!

2020-21 Winter Break and Second Semester Plans
This will be the last edition of the Daily Digest for this calendar year and the Digest will resume distribution on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Please see the Parents webpage for a copy of the email sent to Patriot parents yesterday regarding second semester hybrid learning plans. Any additional communication over winter break will also be reposted to the Parents webpage.
Families who have questions about second-semester plans are encouraged to share them on this Google form and are invited to attend a Zoom webinar on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. to hear answers to commonly asked questions.
We wish our Patriot families a happy and healthy break and a Happy New Year!


Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides four-year scholarships of up to $30,000 over four years and extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, to highly motivated African American students. To be eligible you must be a graduating high school senior, plan to attend a four-year institution, show leadership potential, demonstrate a dedication to community service, present evidence of a financial need and be a United States citizen. Applications are due by February 1.


Orgler Signing Letter of Intent with Butler University
Senior Danny Orgler announced he will sign a National Letter of Intent with Butler University for football today. As a junior, Danny led the team in quarterback pressures (8), sacks (5), and forced fumbles (3). He was also named North Suburban Academic All-Conference and has served as a team captain. Congratulations Danny!


IHSA Meeting Planned to Discuss High School Winter Sports
The Illinois High School Athletic Association said it expects to meet with representatives from Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office and the Illinois Department of Public Health before Jan. 1 and will call a special board meeting afterward to finalize winter sports schedules.

Schools Provide Virtual Holiday Concerts
Instead of canceling holiday concerts, many schools are hosting virtual holiday concerts as outlined in this podcast. Music instruction during the pandemic has proven especially difficult for some schools due to technology outages and access to instruments.

Pilot Program to Offer Improved Vi-Fi to Students in Indianapolis
The mayor of Indianapolis announced a $1.7 million pilot on Tuesday that will connect students in one county to reliable internet access at no charge. Approximately 2,000 students in six schools will benefit from this program.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

2020-21 Second Semester Patriot Hybrid Learning Plan
Last night, the District 125 Board of Education approved a hybrid learning plan and schedule for second semester. An email was sent to students, parents and guardians today with an overview of this plan which included links to the Patriot Hybrid Learning Plan and a Health & Safety Plan.
Second-semester classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 5 in a Hybrid Remote Day schedule with classes beginning at 8:35 a.m. and all students attending classes remotely until Jan. 19, at which point we plan to transition to our Patriot Hybrid Schedule.
As outlined in our hybrid learning plan, students will have the option of returning to campus for eight designated half-days over a three-week period. Students who choose to learn from home will receive the same instruction as those who return to campus. Please carefully review the Operations section of the Hybrid Plan to gain a better understanding of what school will look like, including approved entrances, arrivals, transportation and parking.
Patriot families are asked to complete these forms to participate in the hybrid learning plan:
Patriot Hybrid Learning Sign Up Form
Bus Transportation Sign Up for Patriot Hybrid Learning – This can be completed at any time during the semester but please complete this by Dec. 21 if you need bus transportation to school as early as Jan. 19.
You may complete either of these forms at any time by visiting our COVID-19 Updates webpage. If you have any questions about this plan, please submit them through this Google form. We will look at the submissions and will address the most common questions in a webinar held on Zoom on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
This information is posted on our COVID-19 Updates webpage and recent communication sent to Patriot families can be reviewed on our Parents webpage. Additional information will be communicated to Patriot families and posted on our website and shared in this newsletter and the e-Minuteman in January.

Stevenson History Team Named National Champions
The Stevenson Varsity History Bowl team comprised of seniors Aniket DixitAllen GuoArjun NageswaranDenis Selyuzhitsky, and Ethan Soifer (pictured) captured Stevenson’s first-ever varsity national championship at the National History Bowl national champion competition. They bested Saratoga (CA) in the final of what was a postponed tournament from late April. Instead of the in-person tournament which is traditionally held annually in Arlington, VA, this competition was held online. Nageswaran was a freshman on the team that won the JV National Championship in 2018 and was a sophomore on the varsity team that finished 5th in 2019. DixitGuo and Selyuzhitsky were on the JV team that finished in eighth place in 2019.
Stevenson’s JV History Bowl team also made news at the national championship. Five students represented Stevenson on this team including junior Anish Arora, and sophomores Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati. The team beat Thomas Jefferson High School (VA) to capture seventh-place at the championship which concluded online on Sunday. This team’s finish builds Stevenson’s outstanding success at the JV level (national champions in 2018 and 8th place in 2019).
The History Bowl/Bee team is coached by Stevenson Social Studies teacher Peter Anderson. Congratulations Patriots!

Incoming Freshman Dance Placements
Incoming freshmen who have dance experience and would like to be considered for Dance 2, 3 or 4 classes are invited to join the 2021-22 Incoming Freshmen Placement Assessment Google Classroom (code zswkayn) Audition videos will be posted on this page on Dec. 18 and the deadline for interested students to submit a video audition is Jan. 11.
Students without dance experience who want to take a dance class should sign up for Dance 1 which does not require an audition. Questions can be directed to the SHS Dance faculty members listed on the SHS Dance webpage and information about all Dance classes at Stevenson can be found in our Coursebook.


End of Semester Concert by Stevenson Music Clubs
An end-of-the-semester music concert is being held by Stevenson music clubs including Pass on the Beat, Strings Board, SHS Live, and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The video will be available on MediaCast all throughout finals week as a great way to de-stress by relaxing to music. A large variety of acts are available to enjoy ranging from vocals to instrumental performances!


Season Change for Girls Badminton
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Dec. 14 where the Board announced a season change for the sport of girls badminton, provided an update on contact days, and reiterated that a timeline on sports schedules for the remainder of the school year will be forthcoming following discussions with state officials.
The Board voted to move girls badminton from a spring sport to a winter sport within the modified 2020-21 sports calendar. Athletes interested in registering for the winter badminton season should complete the online registration.
Winter sports start date and its potential ramifications on spring and summer schedules are still to be determined as we await guidance from the state. Daily Herald.


Chicago Public Schools Seeks to Extended Emergency Spending Powers
CPS leaders are asking for less oversight from its governing board for coronavirus response expenditures. The district has spent more than $132 million on expenditures related to its COVID-19 response, which includes about $68 million specifically tied to the board’s prior emergency expenditure authorization.

Americans Building Desks for Students Learning From Home
Across the country, Americans are helping students learn from home by building desks for them to work on. Those lending their skills to help students include a father of three, a grandfather and a community member whose stories of assistance were featured recently on a local television news broadcast.

Chicago Bears and Local Foundation Tackle Technology Needs for CPS Students
Grants to purchase new laptops and hot spot devices for Chicago Public School students will be provided by the Chicago Bears and a local foundation to support learning for students at 11 CPS schools.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

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

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


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


Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


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

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

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


Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

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

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

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


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


Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


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

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

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

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020

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


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

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


Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


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

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

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


Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020

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

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

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

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

Please follow the following procedures:

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

Additional Information:

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

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

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


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

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


Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


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

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

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


Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

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

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


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

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


Stevenson winter sports teams have paused their in-person practices as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker.


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

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

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