Benefiting From and Building Our Community Though Romina Riviello and Augusto Fernandez make their home in Mexico City--more than 2000 miles away from Pebble Beach--their positive influence on Stevenson School over the past several years has been unsurpassed. As highly engaged parents to Romi ‘22 (the School’s current student body president), tireless admissions ambassadors, and generous members of the President’s Circle of the Silverado Society, they have established themselves as an integral part of Pirate Nation. Romina and Augusto’s passion for Stevenson is inspired by their observation of Romi’s experience from her first days at School. “Romi found a second home at RLS,” her parents write. “She has learned about other cultures, while sharing her own; learned to seek support when confronting challenges; learned to play new sports and be a good teammate; and built new friendships. She has matured—and has also been able to have fun and [...]
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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,” [...]
This year, Stevenson Robotics students participated in their first ever Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center ROV (remote-operated vehicle) competition. Students designed and constructed an ROV, submitted technical documentation about their project, delivered engineering presentations to STEM professionals who serve as judges, created poster displays that explain their ROV design, and described the real-world problem the ROV is supposed to solve. This year’s participants were tasked to design and build an ROV that would address plastic pollution, global warming, coral bleaching, or the management of healthy waterways. Students on the RLS team came from a range of grade levels and academic interests. They worked together virtually for the majority of the year. For the seven consecutive Saturdays prior to the competition, eight dedicated team members worked full days together in person—then, in the two weeks leading up to the event, they met every day. To accommodate the School’s [...]