From Hard Times to Hope: Grade 7 Relives the Great Depression

For many years, the School’s Grade 7 students have studied the Great Depression by participating in an immersive, cross-curricular “simulation.” This year’s foray included hands-on, experiential learning in math, history, and English. Over the course of the six week project, students gained both an understanding of the historical significance of the period, as well as a keen awareness of its toll on people’s lives. To kick off the project, each student chose an American “character” out of a hat. The students’ assigned character became their focus during the simulation—dictating the lens and worldview through which they approached their activities. While each character came with accompanying basic background information (like country of origin, ethnicity, job, etc.), students were tasked with fleshing out their character’s unique identity. They used research skills and creativity to create elaborate backstories, including how the financial crisis impacted their character’s day-to-day life. By the culmination [...]

2022-06-23T15:17:18-07:00April 28, 2022|FYE22, Middle Division Academics, News|

Rhea Cosand ’22, Krissoff Award Winner, Named PCAL Girl Scholar-Athlete of the Year

On March 10, Rhea C. ’22 was chosen by a volunteer selection committee from the PCAL Board of Managers as the league’s top female Scholar-Athlete of the year. She and the male nominee, Michael Julian of York School, will now advance to the next round of the competition, in which they will compete against the nominees from each of CCS’ leagues to receive the title of overall Girl or Boy Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as a $1500 scholarship prize. Rhea has received many athletics awards during her tenure at Stevenson, but this is the second time during this academic year that she has been recognized for being a student who shines just as brightly in other aspects of School life. In November 2021, Rhea received the Nathan Krissoff Award—an annual prize named in honor of Nathan Krissoff ‘99, who was killed in Iraq while serving as a [...]

2022-06-23T15:18:01-07:00April 28, 2022|FYE22, News, Upper Division Academics|

Mekyla B. ’22 to Receive the Prestigious Cooke College Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently announced that Mekyla B. ’22 would be awarded the Cooke College Scholarship, and will receive up to $55,000 annually to cover costs associated with her undergraduate education. The Cooke College Scholarship was founded to help high-achieving students who have financial need earn a college degree. In addition to receiving financial support for their education, scholarship winners also receive ongoing academic coaching, graduate school or career advising, opportunities for internships and study abroad programs, and access to the network of other Cooke Scholarship winners—past and present. Scholars are also given the opportunity to access funding for graduate school if they choose to pursue a higher degree after college. To apply for the scholarship, Mekyla submitted an application via the Common App, along with two recommendation letters from her teachers. She was one of 100 Scholars chosen this year, from an applicant pool that included [...]

2022-06-23T15:19:20-07:00April 28, 2022|FYE22, News, Upper Division Academics|

Phillip Koshi Appointed Dean of Students for 2022-23 Academic Year

Dear Stevenson Community, On Tuesday, March 1, it was my pleasure to announce the appointment of Phillip Koshi as the upper division’s next dean of students, effective July 1. Mr. Koshi is currently the head of our world languages department, a Spanish teacher, a resident faculty member, and head coach of our girls’ soccer team. He lives on campus with his wife Sarah, who is our director of community education, and their two children, Collins ’33 and Grayson. He joined us at Stevenson three years ago from Taft School (CT), where he served as a class dean, dorm head, and helped develop and teach their health and wellness curriculum. He is deeply respected by our students and his colleagues. I encourage you to watch this video to observe how the news of his appointment was received by our student body. In his new role, Mr. Koshi will lead a [...]

2022-06-06T10:37:34-07:00March 4, 2022|FYE22, News, PB news & events|

Teaching Teachers Technique: Lower School Faculty Participate in Orton-Gillingham, Structured Literacy Workshop

In August, all lower division faculty participated in a workshop focused on the Orton-Gillingham method: an approach to teaching literacy based on a comprehensive body of research that has revealed how we learn to read. The workshop, created by the Institute for Multi-sensory Education (IMSE), was directed by Amy Gulley, a dyslexia specialist. Its main goal was to demonstrate the power of structured literacy, an umbrella term that refers to the most effective, powerful methods for helping all students develop literacy skills and become better readers. For years, educators mainly applied plans like Orton-Gillingham to students who struggled to read. However, research shows that these methods are effective for readers of all skill levels and abilities, and that they can be incorporated into every classroom. “Structured literacy programs—which include Orton-Gillingham methodology—provide a multisensory and building block approach to reading,” explains Kate Bitter, dean of the lower division. “By providing [...]

2022-06-23T15:23:34-07:00November 23, 2021|Alumni, FYE22, Lower Division Academics, News|

A Star-Studded Affair: Stevenson Astronomy Students Get a Glimpse of the Galaxy

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 [...]

2022-06-23T15:22:29-07:00October 11, 2021|FYE22, News, Upper Division Academics|

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 [...]

2022-06-23T15:20:48-07:00October 1, 2021|FYE22, News, Upper Division Academics|

Stevenson’s Summer Faculty Symposium Celebrates Its Fifth Year

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 [...]

2022-06-06T10:35:34-07:00September 1, 2021|Alumni, FYE22, News|
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