Stevenson’s Midsummer Update Newsletter Released

It’s official: summertime at Stevenson is in full swing. We wish you and your family a joyful, rejuvenating, and enriching summer and look forward to greeting you on campus in August—whether you are a returning or newly enrolled Pirate. You can find important contacts and calendars on the Stevenson Welcome website, past stories from the Pirate Log and access to the Stevenson Podcast on our News page, and additional resources on your personal Pirate Page to help you with any questions that may arise in the coming months. Please note: information about the Callaghan Soccer Camp @ the Pebble Beach campus—taking place August 15–19 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–4:00 p.m.—is available here. Information regarding other Stevenson-hosted summer sports camps is available here. If you haven’t yet done so, please check out our Celebrations website, which has been updated to include downloadable images and recordings of our spring events (like graduation), projects, and showcases from departments across all three divisions. Review the [...]

2022-07-06T14:00:22-07:00July 6, 2022|News, News Posts-all|

Stevenson Alumni Showcase “A Work of Art” at 75th Cannes Film Festival

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 [...]

2022-06-30T18:16:12-07:00June 30, 2022|News|

Upper Division Students Host Annual School-wide Symposium

On April 20, Stevenson’s upper division held its annual day-long Symposium. The central topic this year was the environment. Hosted by the Student Council, the event featured a roster of speakers specializing in topics ranging from green living to animals to philanthropy to national security. All upper division students attended keynote speeches and breakout sessions in place of their regular classes. Symposium is a unique experience because it is entirely student-led. Not only do student organizers pick a central topic for each year’s event and invite speakers, but they also manage the day’s logistics. Stevenson’s director of equity and inclusion Dr. Mashadi Matabane, who supervised the students’ work, explains: “Students plan and execute Symposium’s production from beginning to end. To actually make the day happen, students must engage with the School’s facilities, tech, and communications departments. In order to find and invite speakers, they have to work closely with [...]

2022-06-24T15:25:15-07:00April 28, 2022|News, Upper Division Academics|

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|

Global Growth: Carolyn Bruckmann ’12 Finishes her Work with One Acre Fund in Africa

After three years working for One Acre Fund (OAF) in two different regions of Africa, Carolyn Bruckmann ’12 will return to the US for graduate school this fall. OAF is a non-profit social enterprise that helps address hunger and poverty at a global scale by providing resources and training to local farmers. OAF aims to help small-scale farmers in developing countries “grow their way out of hunger” and build sustained, long-lasting pathways to economic security. Carolyn’s work with OAF grew out of her experience working at Bain, the corporate consulting firm. Carolyn’s decision to work at Bain was intentional and strategic. After graduating from Stevenson, as an undergraduate at Harvard, she became interested in global inequality. She knew that someday, she would want to pursue a career that would help address socioeconomic issues in the developing world. But she also felt like she needed to strengthen her business and [...]

2022-06-23T15:25:13-07:00April 28, 2022|News|

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|

Dean of Students Erik Olson to Become Dean of Co-curricular Education; Phillip Koshi to Succeed Him

Next year, after 14 years as the upper division’s dean of students, Erik Olson will step into a new role: dean of co-curricular education. As was announced earlier this year, Phillip Koshi–current world languages department chair, Spanish teacher, Day Hall resident faculty, and girls’ varsity soccer coach–will succeed him. As dean of students, Mr. Olson has been an integral figure in nearly every Pirate’s experience for the last decade and a half. When asked to describe the role, Mr. Olson explains, “The dean of students works closely with the head of the upper division to oversee matters related to student experience: health and wellness, student leadership, student activities, advising, discipline, outdoor education, and residential life.” During his tenure, Mr. Olson helped effect improvements in community life and programming. “We enhanced learning support,” he explains, “and also hired a superb and credentialed counselor, created a group that monitors students’ [...]

2022-06-23T15:24:29-07:00April 28, 2022|News|

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|
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