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 [...]
Stevenson Pirates regularly do outstanding work—in the classroom, on the athletics fields, onstage, in the art studio (and beyond). Here are some RLS students who have recently been recognized for noteworthy achievements: Fine Art Awards Several creative Stevenson students recently received awards for their excellent work in the fine arts. Click here to view their works. In the annual “Thinking Out Loud” Monterey high school art competition, Anthony Miguel ’21 won first place among 200 entries. Sean Seggerty ’23 received an honorable mention. Anthony Miguel ’21 garnered 5 Art & Scholastics Award regional medals for his work in digital art and photography. Sun Woo Kim ’21 received 8 regional medals for his paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media pieces. Both received multiple Gold Key Awards; their work now moves to consideration at the national level. In March, a drawing by Cindy Chen ’22 was displayed in US congressman Jimmy [...]
Problem Solved! Outstanding Pirate Performance at Future Problem Solving Program of California State Bowl
Stevenson Pirates in the Upper and Middle Divisions recently competed in the Future Problem Solving (FPS) Program of California State Bowl, which was held both in-person and online on April 9-11. Many Stevenson students earned awards at the competition, and several will be moving on to represent Stevenson in the International Conference (June 2-6). In the Senior Division, Team S311, which includes Aurora Wu ‘23, Joyce Jiang ‘23, Vivian Xiao ‘23, and Judy Yu ‘23, placed first in Global Issues Problem Solving. The team is invited to compete at the international conference in June. As an individual competitor, Aurora Wu placed first in Global Issues Problem Solving, and she received an invitation to compete solo at the International Conference. Team S312, which includes Cindy Chen, Melody Song, Sue Wu, Jonathan Zhou, placed in the top 10% of all Senior Division California teams. In the Middle Division, Individual Sophia Yin [...]
To mark this past Earth Day (April 22, 2021), Upper Division students and Environmental Club members Jazmin Morenzi ’23, Bianca Rexine ’23, Evelyn Moore ’23, and Lydia Yu ’23 teamed up with students from Monterey High School’s Environmental Club to host a joint outdoor “Stand For Climate” Event. Held on Saturday, April 24, at Window on the Bay (across Lake El Estero in Monterey), the event was intended to help raise awareness for environmental conservation. Members of the RLS Environmental Club initially found out that the event was happening from friends who lived in the area. Excited by the idea of participating, they volunteered to help the original organizers spread the word about the event—and also to encourage fellow RLS day students to attend. While RLS boarding students were not able to participate due to current restrictions prohibiting them from leaving campus, day students were encouraged to come and [...]
During their unprecedented year of online learning, many RLS students found creative ways to fill their free time while not on campus. Aidan Carr ’21 wrote, recorded, and released an album of his own songs, entitled, Dear Whoever. The album is now available to stream on a variety of online platforms. (Linked on Apple Music here and Spotify here.) Music has always been important in Aidan’s family, but it wasn’t until he took Stevenson’s songwriting and music production course his freshman year that he began to write his own songs. While he had no formal musical training, the class allowed him to experiment with a variety of instruments and their sounds, and ultimately, he was able to pick up the piano, vibraphone, ukulele, kalimba, guitar, and electric bass to utilize in his tracks. The songwriting class at Stevenson was just the start of Aidan’s musical journey. After the class, he [...]