On Friday and Saturday evenings, January 27 and 28, the 25th Annual Wick Choral Festival will take place in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall at St. Mark's. It is open to the public. Eight acapella groups representing seven schools will be performing, along with two groups of singers from Tufts University.
Around the Quad
On Thursday, January 12, Doron Kempel, founder of SimpliVity Corporation, visited St. Mark's as the first Gray Colloquium presenter of the new year. A tech innovator, Mr. Kempel spoke aboiut 'Calculated Risk Taking: a skill, a culture, and practical implications.'
More than thirty St. Mark's graduates participated in collegiate athletics this past fall. Among them was Mark Upton '13, recently honored by the Gridiron Club of Boston with the 71st annual Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award.
This past week, St. Mark's held its annual Service of Lessons and Carols, on Thursday evening, December 8, and again on Sunday afternoon, December 11. The service is considered a traditional Christmas event at many (if not all) Episcopal boarding schools, as well as numerous colleges and churches around the world.
On Wednesday, Dec 7, all of the students from Mr. Roche's Team Engineering-Large Robots class travelled on a field trip to North Reading, MA where they visited the facilities of Amazon Robotics. Amazon.com utilizes robots to manage inventory and do work in their warehouses and the company uses many robots tested.
This month, the Lesley University College of Art and Design is hosting an exhibition of artwork by students from New England preparatory schools in Lunder Arts Center's Raizes Gallery on Lesley's Cambridge campus. St. Markers in Barbara Putnam's Studio Two class were among students from thirteen participating schools.
For the past few weeks Taft hall has been home to an exhibit of photographs and hand-fashioned prayer flags and banners from Bhutan. This past Thursday evening the Taft lobby hosted a reception which welcomed several special guests. Attending the event were those St. Markers who will be visiting Bhutan in June, as part of the first St. Mark's Lions Roam experience.
The 2016-17 winter sports season at St. Mark's is now fully underway, as all varsity programs have had their opening games. Three teams—Girls' Varsity Squash, Girls' Varsity Ice Hockey, and Varsity Wrestling—are off to unbeaten starts.
This past weekend saw St. Markers swing into the holiday spirit with a series of celebratory events.
On Thursday, December 1st, Dr. Pashington Obeng visited campus as the December presenter for the Gray Colloquium speaker series at St. Mark's. Dr. Oberg spoke about transnational social formations.
Director of Music James Wallace announced this week that five St. Markers were accepted into this year's District Music Festival for Central Massachusetts.
Four international St. Markers took part in a program over Thanksgiving break, where they were able to experience much of what New York City had to offer over ten days. The program was organized by Envoys, the travel partner of St. Mark's Global Citizenship Initiative.
With the winter season at St. Mark's about to get underway, it is appropriate to look back on some of the community service accomplished by St. Markers this past autumn.
It was an action-packed athletic season this fall at St. Mark's, exemplified by its final three contests.
Congratulations to both SM Varsity Field Hockey and Girls' Varsity Soccer. Their victories this Wednesday see them advance to the semi-final round of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class B championship playoffs.
This past Wednesday, more than 40 alumni, close to twenty parents past and present, and a dozen special guests made the 2016-17 St. Mark's Career Day a very special occasion for the School community.
There will be three performances this week of the annual Fall Play, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings, beginning at 7:30 PM in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Blackbox Theater. This year's production is Rumors by Neil Simon.
On Monday afternoon, November 24, nine St. Markers showed off their musical chops on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall, in the annual Fall Student Showcase.
This past week, the 130-year-old rivalry between St. Mark's and Groton kicked into high gear. On Saturday, three St. Mark's reams—Varsity Football, Varsity Field Hockey, and Girls' JV Soccer—notched victories over the Zebras, but it was Groton who took home the coveted Raccoon coat by posting a record of 6-5-2 against the Lions this fall.
St. Mark's honors Veterans Day with three events over six days.
This coming Saturday, eight St. Mark's teams will square off against opponents from Groton, continuing a rivalry that goes back 130 years. In 2016, the two schools are once again vying for the coveted raccoon coat, while kicking off the year-long competition for the Burnett-Peabody Bowl. In 1886, it was simply for bragging rights between the only two Episcopal boarding schools in Massachusetts.
October 20-22 was a busy Family Weekend at St. Mark's this year, attended by more than 400 guests. Meetings with teachers, artistic efforts, special presentations, and athletic competition were all available.
Once again this year, students in Spanish classes celebrated Dia de Muertos (the Day of the Dead) on the St. Mark's campus.
With only a little more than two weeks to go before Groton Day and potential post-season action, several St. Mark's teams and athletes are doing well. Girls' Varsity Soccer is among the top teams in the ISAL, Boys' Varsity Cross Country is going strong, and there are numerous highlights to the Lions' athletic autumn to date.
This past Sunday, following the annual fall meeting of the Brantwood trustees, Board members met with St. Mark's student volunteers to recognize their service and to celebrate the long-standing relationship between the Camp and the School.
Health Services Director Adria Pavletic and past and present members of the St. Mark's counseling team, have researched and written an article that was recently published in the October 2016 Journal of School Nursing, entitled "Health Services in Boarding School: An Oasis of Care, Counseling, and Comfort."
In an annual tradition at St. Mark's, on Tuesday, October 4, student and faculty pets were welcomed at the morning Chapel service for the "Blessing of the Animals."
On Monday, October 3, Dr. Victoria Phillips visited St. Mark's as the first of the Gray Colloquium presenters for this academic year. A specialist in Cold War history, dance, cultural diplomacy, and international relations, she spoke of her own journey: "My Winding Road or How I Went 'Global'."
More than 160 guests attended the annual Founder's Associates' Dinner under a tent on the main Quad on Friday evening, September 30.The event, celebrating the School's leadership annual fund donors and key supporters, was a highlight of a busy fall trustees' weekend.
Thanks to the generosity of SM trustee Lars Perkins '77, a copy of the "world's largest book" is now on display in the School's library. Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom, measuring five by seven feet when opened and weighing 133 pounds, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world's largest published book. Its presence at St. Mark's anticipates the upcoming "Lions Roam" trip to Bhutan this spring, part of the newly established Lion Term program at St. Mark's.
This past Friday, four St. Markers worked as volunteers at Southborough's Mary E. Finn School, for the annual fall festival there. The Finn School serves local children from pre-Kindergarten through first grade.
On Friday afternoon, September 23, the annual St. Mark's Club Fair was held at the Putnam Family Arts Center, in both the Class of 1951 Lobby and Taft Hall. Representatives of a wide range of student activities staffed tables and were available to answer questions about their respective programs and to sign up potential participants.
On Monday evening, September 19th, St. Mark's held its annual "Celebration of Education and Service of Installation" in Belmont Chapel. Thirteen new faculty were welcomed, the 2016-17 St. Mark's choir made its debut, and the Rev. Barbara Talcott delivered a sermon entitled "Not Letting Go."
Recently, St. Mark's released its Sustainability Strategic Plan, affirming the School's commitment to campus sustainability and global citizenship.
A week of pre-season practice, registration and orientation culminated in the annual Convocation ceremony, held this past Friday evening at the Putnam Family Arts Center in the Class of 1945 Hall. These events highlighted the opening of the 2016-17 academic year at St. Mark's.
The Rev. John G. Shoemaker, former St. Mark's School chaplain, died on July 29, 2016, at his home in Salem, OR from complications of metastatic squamous cell skin cancer. He was 87.
This week, as registration gets underway and St. Mark's prepares for the start of classes, athletes are back for early practice, in anticipation of the upcoming fall season. Hopes are high for strong showings by all the Lions' varsity teams this autumn.
This summer, as in each of the previous 95 summers, students from St. Mark's School have gone up to Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, as volunteers working with inner-city youth. In addition, St. Mark's alumni and faculty are continually involved with the Camp in a variety of ways: as trustees, supporters, and advocates to the greater community.
The January 2016 issue of the St. Mark's Magazine was recently recognized by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) with an American Inhouse Design Award.
With school out, it's time for summer adventures, especially for young children of St. Mark's faculty. With Pokemon Go all the rage this summer, its characters, it seems, have invaded the campus, and faculty kids are traveling on joyous odysseys of exploration and discovery, following the trail of each little creature, hunting them down, and collecting them as they pop up.
Over seven days, from July 10 through July 16, students and faculty from several different schools took part in the 3rd Annual Global Citizenship Institute at St. Mark's. A collaboration between St. Mark's School and Austria's Salzburg Global Seminar, the Global Citizenship Institute's mission is to educate and support faculty and students from public, private and international secondary schools as they learn ways to become engaged global citizens, actively working to solve problems of global and local significance.
On Monday evening, May 23, the annual Spring Music Showcase—the final regular student music showcase of the year—was presented in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. Eleven St. Markers— eight Third Formers and three Fourth Formers—dazzled the audience with an array of talent.