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|

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, [...]

Stevenson Scientists Win Grant to Tag and Track Whales

Stevenson continues its pivot towards hands-on place-based science learning. Recently, Upper Division science teacher Kevin D’Angelo was awarded a grant by the Arribada Initiative, an organization that “co-develops open, customizable and impact-driven conservation technologies.” With the grant, which is awarded to recipients aiming to build specific, unique open-source tags that can be built by other Argos users, Mr. D’Angelo was given: 1 Arribada developer's kit 1 year of free Argos service for the kit 5 Argos chips (for prototype testing, after certification) This specific grant is being used by Grade 11 students Peter Akcan and Nicholas Udwadia. They are working to create a new tagging device that will help whales escape entanglement in fishing nets and other human debris in the ocean. Currently, this work involves using a cumbersome buoy and tag system. Peter and Nicholas are focused on building a new and improved buoy, as well as a [...]

2021-11-27T13:13:51-08:00March 18, 2021|News, News Posts-all, Upper Division Academics|

Cross-Curricular Collaboration Allows Anatomy to Shine Through Art

Because students don’t have access to regular campus facilities and equipment during this period of remote learning, Stevenson’s teachers have had to be extra creative. Two teachers who tried something new—and succeeded—this year were Upper Division biology teacher and dean of students Erik Olson and Upper Division science teacher Ian Haight, who collaborated with Upper Division arts department chair Stephan Pratt to teach human anatomy to biology students. For their anatomy lessons, Mr. Olson and Mr. Haight explained the structures of the human body to students, and Mr. Pratt had students draw those particular structures—art and science, all rolled into one. Mr. Olson explains, “I was trying to think of a way to help students learn the anatomy of the human body without being able to do dissections. Remembering my days of biology in college, I recalled that to study for tests I often copied the diagrams. This tactile [...]

2021-11-23T14:33:40-08:00March 18, 2021|News, News Posts-all, Upper Division Academics|
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