The Stevenson Community Honors AAPI Heritage during the Month of May

During the month of May, Americans across the US celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, which provides an opportunity to acknowledge the generations of AAPI people who have contributed to the nation’s culture and success. At Stevenson, students, faculty, and community members are honoring AAPI Month in a variety of ways. Stevenson’s AAPI Student Affinity Group was at the helm of organizing the month’s events. They launched their celebration with a kickoff email, explaining, “Especially in light of the recent rises in anti-Asian hate speech, microaggressions, slurs, and violence, it is more important than ever for us to educate ourselves and learn more about what it means to be AAPI.” Throughout the month, the group has sent weekly email newsletters entitled “Celebration and Education,” which have highlighted various AAPI-related topics and included things like AAPI poetry and curated AAPI Heritage Month playlists. In addition to their [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:57-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Clea C. ‘22 Receives the Robert U. Ricklefs Scholar Award

Each year, a committee of alumni representing the Alumni Association selects a member of the Junior Class to receive the Robert U. Ricklefs Scholar Award—the highest non-academic award an 11th grader can receive. This year, the committee chose to give the award to junior Clea Caddell. The Ricklefs Scholar Award recognizes a student who has distinguished his or herself in important ways. Candidates are considered on the basis of: academic standing, interest in leadership at the School or local community, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Finalists for the award are first selected based on a vote taken by the junior class and RLS faculty. Then, the chosen finalists are asked to submit a resume, transcript, and an essay on a topic chosen by the selection committee, and also to participate in an interview in the spring. Clea was chosen for the Award based on her academic and extracurricular excellence. [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:57-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Pirate Profile: Wanzie ’26 Paints Her Way through the Pandemic

During remote learning, Grade 7 student Wanzie created a slew of stunning and impressive pieces for Mrs. Russell’s art class, and she found ways to nurture her growing passion for making art, despite not being able to attend in-person classes. Wanzie has always had fun with drawing and painting, but she says her more serious interest in art grew over time, especially once she turned ten. Wanzie was taking in-person painting classes before the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, once learning was forced to go remote, Wanzie signed up for online art classes, and she continued to develop her artistic skills while studying at home. In her online classes, Wanzie learned new, more advanced techniques like shading, drawing anatomy, and drawing architecture. She also started working with media beyond paint, and now, she says her favorite materials to work with include charcoal, watercolor, and ink. She also loves sketching and [...]

2022-05-13T18:34:54-07:00May 19, 2021|Middle Division Academics, News, News Posts-all|

Audrey Yip ’21 Awarded the Nathan Krissoff ’99 Award

Congratulations to Audrey Yip ’21, who recently received  RLS’ annual Nathan Krissoff Award. The Award, named in honor of Nathan Krissoff ’99—a Stevenson alum who was killed in Iraq while serving as a counterintelligence officer in the Marines—honors a member of the senior class who “best exemplifies Nathan in spirit and deed.” The characteristics embodied by a Krissoff Award winner include loyalty and caring, curiosity and intuitiveness, humor, vitality, and bravery. Audrey, who received the award for modeling leadership and pluck at Stevenson, currently serves as the School’s student body president and a head prefect. She is also a choir TA and a member of the Chamber Choir. When asked to describe Audrey, Upper Division Choral Director Willow Manspeaker explains, “Audrey is a natural and empathetic leader. As a TA in choir this year, she worked to thoughtfully build and develop a sense of community within the group, even [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:58-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Students Attend Local Vaccination Clinic with School Support

Late on April 20, we learned that California’s Statewide MyTurn system, which allows people to register for vaccine clinics, was having technical difficulties. As a result, Community Hospital offered the School the opportunity for qualified students (16+ and with parental permission) to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Marina on Wednesday. Though some of our students have already been able to source vaccinations locally, this circumstance allowed us to secure appointments for all qualified students, both boarding and day, and thus greatly accelerate the process of fully vaccinating our School community. With no time to spare, the School’s chief information officer, Nathan Gault, quickly devised a process by which students could express interest and instantly secure their parents’ or guardians’ electronic permission. More than fifty students took advantage of this unique and unanticipated opportunity, and the School provided a caravan of buses to transport boarding students [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:58-07:00April 22, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

A Return Message from Mrs. Sylvia Ishii

Dean of Student Life and Parent Outreach, Lower and Middle Divisions And just like that, our third week of on-campus and remote learning is in the books! I want to celebrate the students, faculty, and staff who made these last few weeks so successful. The students remain exceptionally devoted to physical distancing, wearing masks, and hygiene. We are proud of their determination and care, and impressed by their optimism and resilience. Hearing the sounds of music class booming from the amphitheater or gleeful chatter and laughter of children working together in the garden are just some of the truly joyful moments that have brought both the Mission and Dolores campuses to life. The faculty and staff are working continually to improve both campus instruction and remote learning for our students, guided in part by the feedback families shared with us in our most recent survey. We are working diligently [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:59-07:00April 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

A Return Message from Mr. Erik Olson

Upper Division Dean of Students The last week and a half have seen a whirlwind of activity on campus as we welcomed over three hundred students back to campus instruction, and celebrated their excitement at once again being in one another’s company. We took lots of time to welcome our seniors and then orient students in grades nine through eleven to protocols and procedures both old and new. While we understand students have experienced a range of emotions, the overwhelming feeling on campus has been one of relief, gratitude, and joy. I want to acknowledge and appreciate our leaders in the senior class who have worked so hard in helping us to both welcome returning students and to help orient new students to our community. They are doing an outstanding job to pass on the culture and values that make Stevenson special. Meanwhile, we are keeping those students [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:59-07:00April 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Stevenson Sings: Former Pirate Vocalists Form Alumni Choir

Being a part of the RLS community rarely ends at a Pirate’s graduation. Many alumni remain engaged in the School community long after they’ve departed Pebble Beach. One of the newest and most exciting of these opportunities is an alumni choir, headed by Willow Manspeaker, upper division director of music. Ms. Manspeaker came up with the idea for the choir as a way to keep alumni connected to the School, and to foster more interest in the performing arts in the extended Stevenson community. The choir is being directed by Ms. Manspeaker and longtime former Stevenson music teacher, Rob Klevan. Dr. Klevan was ecstatic about the chance to reconnect with former students and to become involved in the musical program at RLS once again. He explained, “For me, the best part of participating with the choir was seeing many of my former musicians—even if it was done virtually—and to [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:59-07:00April 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Picture This: Grade 7 Students Shine in Photography Elective

Last semester, grade 7 students honed their photography skills in a photography elective taught by middle division history teacher Lisa Gordon. The course, which covered both traditional camera and iPhone photography, enhanced students’ technical know-how and artistic creativity. One of the elective’s main objectives was to help each student discover and refine their unique photographic style. Students began by learning basic photography “rules,” like taking photos with no clutter, and using leading lines to draw viewers’ eyes to a specific focal point. They practiced editing using advanced computer-based photo editing tools, and learned how to apply the examples provided by professional photographers to their own projects. Students also learned how to participate in peer critiques, thoughtfully reviewing their classmates’ photos and offering positive and constructive feedback. Over the course of the first semester, the difficulty level of assignments increased, and eventually students tackled complex projects like food photography and [...]

2021-11-23T12:58:29-08:00April 19, 2021|Middle Division Academics, News, News Posts-all|

Exciting Changes in World Languages at RLS

Teachers in Stevenson’s world languages department continue to develop curriculum and best practices to meet the needs of students across all three divisions. In particular, the cross-divisional department has a heightened focus on proficiency-based teaching and learning with the goal of developing real-world language skills and lifelong language learners. To assess the program the department uses the Avant STAMP™ (Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency) test. This test has been utilized at the Carmel Campus since 2014 and was recently added to the Pebble Beach Campus program. This year’s upper division level-two language students took the STAMP test in order to gauge their proficiency using the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Proficiency guidelines. After students took the test, the School received a report that rated each individual student's proficiency in four different competencies: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Phillip Koshi, the upper division world languages department chair, [...]

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