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|

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 [...]

2022 Krissoff Award Recipient Selected

Legacy matters. At an upper division assembly on November 4, Stevenson’s legacy of cultivating students of integrity and the legacy of a life well lived intersected. The memorial Nathan Krissoff Award is one of the highest honors bestowed on a Stevenson student. In the words of Nathan’s good friend, Peter Burchett, “Nate had an internal engine that never quit and drove him to get the most out of every day. His passion for life was matched by his passion for people”. While reserved, he still valued inclusivity and modeled it. Nathan’s short life was not defined by time but by quality. To preserve his memory and accomplishments as an athlete, leader, scholar, musician, and friend, his family established an endowed fund to annually recognize a stellar Stevenson student. This year’s recipient, Trent Toole ’23 embodies all that Nathan represents. Over four years at Stevenson, Trent has made an impact [...]

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|

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|

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|

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|
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