Fall updates from Carmel classrooms

All Spanish Classes During the month of October, all students in grades PK-8 learned about the holiday Día de los Muertos in their Spanish classes. Students built an ofrenda in the breezeway by the administrative building on the Carmel campus. The ofrenda was in place during the week and included many of the traditional elements of an ofrenda, plus student artwork and photo remembrances of people that students choose to honor. All community members were invited to contribute to the ofrenda. Click here to see images of this project. Students also were invited to enjoy samples of Pan de Muerto, or a sweet bread deeply integrated with Día de los Muertos. The bread is typically eaten with foods favored by those honored with the ofrenda or is placed on the ofrenda itself to provide those honored with the essence of the food for energy following their journey on Día [...]

2022-11-23T10:30:52-08:00November 23, 2022|Lower Division Academics, Middle Division Academics, News|

Wickersham Fund supports once-in-a-lifetime astronomical study

Stevenson is committed to providing inspiring and enriching professional development experiences to its teachers. Over the years, many donors have stepped forward to make both annual and endowment gifts to fund this important commitment to our educators. This past year, the Grover Wickersham family donated $60,000 to increase the allocations provided by the Eric Wickersham ’02 Fund this year. This allowed nine faculty and their families to travel and learn together last summer. Ron Provost, a long-time science and astronomy teacher in our newly re-vamped, transdisciplinary STEM department, benefited from his gift by taking a recent trip to Iceland. In October, Mr. Provost flew to Iceland to observe the Aurora Borealis alongside other astronomy and science buffs on an official Sky and Telescope Magazine Tour. As he writes, “I have taught about solar storms and their impact on the Earth’s atmosphere for a long time, but I had never [...]

2022-11-23T09:01:32-08:00November 22, 2022|News, News Posts-all, Upper Division Academics|

Middle division artists self-express through mixed media portraiture

This fall, middle division art teacher, Lisa Condino, introduced students in grades 6-8 to textile artist Victoria Villasana with the intention of providing them access to a living artist who incorporates both personal heritage and activism into their artwork. “I wanted to begin the year with a self-portrait project as a way for me to get to know each of my students as individuals. It's been a really fun process to witness each student envision the way they wanted to be seen in the photograph and come to their own creative conclusions of how to express themselves using yarn as a design material,” said Condino. By blending the concept of personal expression through self-portraiture with mixed media elements, Condino provided space for each young artist to learn how to art direct their personal photoshoot and play with the perception of this image using three-dimensional texture and color. Students were [...]

2022-11-23T09:06:30-08:00November 22, 2022|Middle Division Academics, News|

Now Presenting: Carolina Fabry

While many started fall break this past weekend, Spanish teacher Carolina Fabry was presenting the workshop "Making Language Learning Authentic, Relevant and Real Life" at ACTFL Boston 2022, the world's premier event for language teachers. In conjunction with Organic World Language and the Stevenson School, Profe Fabry presented how to bring values of equity, proficiency, and engagement into the language learning classroom. Fabry worked with other world language teachers from all around the country to share practical strategies to engage students with relevant content in the target language to build proficiency and student interest. Congratulations to Profe Fabry for representing Stevenson School at this major event!

2022-11-22T12:45:48-08:00November 22, 2022|News, Upper Division Academics|

Welcoming New Faculty and Staff to Campus for 2022-23

This fall, we welcomed a talented group of new educators to our community. At the upper school, the most significant changes were in new Dean of Students Phillip Koshi's office: Deirdre Newell joined us from New Roads School in Santa Monica on July 1 as director of counseling. Ms. Newell is a licensed marriage and family therapist with years of experience in school counseling with a special interest in the role of nature and the outdoors in mental health. Jacob Rivers, formerly the DEI coordinator at Viewpoint School (CA), was appointed as co-director of equity and inclusion to work alongside Isa Aguirre, who joined us last fall and worked closely with Dr. Mashadi Matabane, our former director of equity and inclusion, throughout the last year in support of both students and faculty. Shanae Vaifanua-Pace transitioned to associate director of student support and wellness, and has started graduate studies in [...]

Pirate Athletics Fall Recap

Congratulations to all Pirate athletes on an impressive set of results this fall! Our galleries of sports images may be located on our public gallery site here. Field Hockey: The team finished with an overall 9-3-2; league 6-1-1 record in the Gabilan Division. Tied for second place. PCAL - Gabilan Division 1st Team All-League - Molly Bufkin ’23 PCAL - Gabilan Division 1st Team All-League - Harmony Jones ’23 PCAL - Gabilan Division 1st Team All-League - Lena Maderer ’23 PCAL - Gabilan Division 2nd Team All-League - Ashley Bishop ’24 PCAL - Gabilan Division 2nd Team All-League - Maxime Vandendriesshe ’24 PCAL - Gabilan Division 2nd Team All-League - Evie Moore ’23 PCAL - Gabilan Division Sportsmanship Team - Grace Ishii ’25 Football: The team finished with a 6-0 record in the Santa Lucia Division. First league championship since 2000. First place. Qualified for CCS playoffs for the [...]

2022-11-22T15:29:29-08:00November 22, 2022|Athletics, News|

Pirates Earn Record 48 Global Seals of Biliteracy

The 2022 school year was a banner year for World Language students at the Pebble Beach Campus as a total of 48 students earned the nationally recognized Global Seal of Biliteracy. During the Spring of 2022, Japanese, French and Spanish students took Avant Assessment’s standardized STAMP test which measures language proficiency across reading, writing, speaking, and listening domains. Any student who scores 5 or above in each of the four domains on the STAMP test can apply to receive a Global Seal of Biliteracy. While a maximum score of 10 indicates “Superior” or essentially native-level proficiency, a 5 means the student successfully demonstrates at least “Intermediate Mid” proficiency according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Benchmarks. See below for the list of all 48 students who earned the Global Seal of Biliteracy last year. Each student will receive a certificate with an official [...]

2022-09-09T12:02:31-07:00September 9, 2022|News, News Posts-all, Upper Division Academics|

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|
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