Red Carpet Ride: Sylvie Maris ’19, Kristoffer Polaha ’95, Arts Chair Steph Pratt Showcase “A Work of Art” at 75th Cannes Film Festival Actors Kristoffer Polaha ’95 and Sylvie Maris ’19 made a short film, “A Work of Art,” that was honored among seven finalists worldwide in the American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmakers category at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival this May. Steph Pratt, who created the filmmaking program at Stevenson and produced the film, received generous support from the School’s Wickersham Family Fund to help fund the trip to Cannes to join Kris and Sylvie, his daughter. Throughout the festival, Steph, who is fluent in French, shared daily interactive reports with his Making Movies and French classes via social media. The film promotes suicide awareness and offers a message of hope in the context of teen mental health, played out in the relationship between Jamie, a struggling adolescent, and [...]
As Stevenson continues to strengthen its commitment to place-based learning, students enjoy rich opportunities for experiential learning in the surrounding area. Over the weekend of October 8-10, Stevenson’s astronomy class traveled to Lake San Antonio County Park to join the San Jose Astronomical Association for their annual CalStar Star Party. The class brought three of Stevenson's field telescopes, and were treated to spectacular views of Venus, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, Saturn, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda Galaxy. The Pirate astronomers did more at the Star Party than just view what they could identify through their telescopes. They worked alongside other astronomers and astrophotographers to observe open and globular clusters, nebulae, supernova remnants, stellar nurseries, and double stars. The students will draw from this experience over the remainder of the astronomy course. Evie ’27 shared, “The trip was amazing. I was able to see some cool things I [...]
The Age of Exploration: Grade 9 Field Trips Offer Incomparable Opportunities for Experiential Learning
On Monday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 13, Grade 9 students had the chance to experience learning beyond Stevenson’s campus. This early introduction to meaningful field work continues Stevenson’s commitment to inviting curiosity about the world beyond the traditional classroom, and to helping students develop critical learning skills. On one trip, history students followed Monterey’s “Walking Path of History.” Splitting into small groups, they used a mobile app to compete in a scavenger hunt as they visited historic structures and gardens constructed throughout Monterey’s evolution—when it was part of New Spain, then Mexico, and then the United States. Students explored California's first theater, found Monterey's first fired clay brick, viewed the Joseph Boston mercantile shop, visited the quarters inhabited by General William T. Sherman when—as a young lieutenant—he oversaw the construction of the US Army fort on the site of the Presidio, and stopped by the boarding house where [...]
This August, weeks before students returned to campus, 28 faculty members attended the School’s fifth annual Summer Faculty Symposium. The Symposium affords participants the opportunity to take a week-long deep dive into the critically reflective skills essential to authentic learner-centered teaching, build and practice true collegiality, and refine their pedagogy in keeping with the School’s core values. Since its inception in August 2016, more than 100 teachers have taken part, and more than 75% of those who have participated remain at Stevenson. Because so many veterans have already participated voluntarily, the program is now largely for the benefit of teachers new to Stevenson, for whom it is a required part of their onboarding. Stevenson's president Dr. Kevin Hicks '85 designed the syllabus more than a decade ago in light of research regarding adult learning and leading-edge culturally-aware instructional practices. The Symposium's central premise is that authentic collegial relationships—across departments [...]
It was a busy and successful Spring for Pirate athletics. After a long period of virtual classes and remote practice, both student athletes and coaches alike were excited to reconvene to play together on the fields and courts. Here’s how our teams finished out this season: Softball finished second in our division and advanced to Central Coast Section (CCS) semi-finals after being seeded #3 and hosting the first two rounds. Baseball finished first in our division and played in the CCS finals after being seeded #1 and hosting throughout. They fell to the Harker School in the final game. Boys Lacrosse finished their season with an 11-2 record. The team was seeded #4 in the inaugural CCS lacrosse playoffs and lost to Bellarmine in the first round. Girls Lacrosse finished their season with a 9-1 record. They were Seeded #7 in the inaugural CCS lacrosse playoffs. They won in [...]
Dear Stevenson Families, What a year it has been! A hearty thanks to you for your commitment to your children, to our School, and to our remarkable partnership that has remained a source of strength as we’ve navigated the challenges of the pandemic. As we step into summer and look forward to the fall, I write to provide some updates and share relevant information. Admissions As you may have heard, we have waitlists for more of our grade levels than has ever been the case before. While a great deal of the credit for our success is owed to Susan Rymzo’s efforts in the admissions office, these results also testify to our teachers’ expertise and hard work, our students’ resilience and joy, and your trust and enthusiasm. Families across Monterey County and beyond, observing what we’re working so hard to build together across all three divisions, are eager to [...]
Dear Stevenson Families, As we step into summer and look forward to the fall, I write to review several high points from the spring semester, provide some updates, and share relevant information. A Year Unlike Any Other Compared to the vast majority of their peers across the nation, our students will be much better prepared for their next academic experience, whether they are beginning college or returning to Stevenson. While the disruptions of the last 18 months necessitated some reductions to our normal coverage of material, our teachers’ keen focus on skill development has provided our students with the tools they need to thrive academically once they resume their studies this fall. Though none of us will miss spending hours on Zoom, we learned a great deal about effective use of Canvas, our learning management system, and the effective use of technology in the classroom. Our extended period of [...]
The upper division Summer Reading List is now available for download on student and guardian Pirate Pages and by clicking here.
The lower and middle division Summer Assignments Booklet is now available for download on student and guardian Pirate Pages and by clicking here.
In observance of Asian-Pacific American (AAPI) Heritage Month (May), Stevenson hosted a virtual visit from celebrated children’s author Joanna Ho. Ms. Ho, who identifies as Chinese and Taiwanese, is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, a children’s book that features an unnamed young Taiwanese girl as the protagonist. In Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, the narrator begins the book by envying the big, round eyes of her friends. However, she goes on to notice the beauty in the eyes of her beloved family members—which are shaped like hers—and she learns to embrace the parts of her that reflect her heritage and also make her unique and beautiful. The book is a story of self-love and acceptance. Ms. Ho spoke with both lower and middle division students and upper division students in three multi-grade level presentations. Before her visit, teachers on [...]