During the week of January 8-12, renowned artist and art educator Meredith Dean was on campus as a visiting artist. Working with veteran SM art teacher Barbara Putnam, Ms. Dean spent time with students in several classes, sharing her knowledge of and perspective on art, focusing primarily on color theory and practice.
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On Tuesday evening, January 9, Jason Hwang '18 sang a solo recital on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. The Sixth Form baritone from South Korea gave the performance in fulfillment of his Independent Performance Study course.
St. Mark's alumna Ginny Walsh '17 returned to campus on Monday, January 8, to deliver the first "15-minute lecture" of the year. This lecture series, sponsored by the SM Dean of Students office, features alumni, faculty, current St. Markers, and special guests talking about topics of interest and importance to them. Walsh, a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, spoke about her participation in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) there.
For the past four years, the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning has sponsored Career Day at the School. The objective of Career Day is to provide St. Mark's students with a dynamic and tangible experience that connects their academic pursuits with potential professional endeavors in the future. It is also an exciting opportunity for alumni and parents to connect with St. Mark's students and to provide expert insight from their wealth of experiences.
On Thursday, January 4, a massive winter storm swept much of the United States. Between eight and eighteen inches of snow fell on Massachusetts while fierce winds swept the region. St. Mark's cancelled classes for the day, so students, faculty, and staff captured the experience with some wonderful photographs.
More than two-dozen St. Mark's graduates participated in college and university level athletics this past autumn. Their experiences covered a range of sports opportunities, including field hockey, football, soccer, cross country, women's rugby, and fall crew.
Bill Knowlton '65 has been no stranger to St. Mark's in recent years. He has been a regular at St. Mark's Career Day, meeting with students about serving in the military (he is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army), and in 2015 he attended the St. Mark's Distinguished Alumni/ae ceremony, accepting that distinction on behalf of his late father, General William A. Knowlton, SM Class of 1938.
In the midst of exams, a refreshing respite is always welcome. This year, the Hinkle Room was filled with baked treats during the final stretch before the winter holiday break, and students lined the halls waiting for the doors to open for this most welcome "Exam Bake" and a break from their studies.
On Wednesday evening, December 13, SM alumnus Scott Young '85 was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Scott Young is pictured here at the Hall of Fame ceremony with current SM athletic director John Levandowski.
This past week, St. Mark's held its annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Thursday evening, December 7, and again on Sunday afternoon, December 10. 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 Thursday, November 30, SM alumnus William Ewald '72 delivered the annual Salmon P. Chase Distinguished Lecture in Washington, DC. Head of School John C. Warren '74, and Barbara and Charlie Putnam were among the St. Markers in attendance. Mr. Ewald's topic was "James Wilson and the American Founding."
On Wednesday, November 6, St. Mark;s celebrated St. Nicholas Day, the beginning of the Christmas season in Germany, with a typical German Christmas market stall, located outside of the Hinkle Room during lunch. Proceeds will go to benefit the Worcester Food Bank and Our Father's Table.
From November 30 through December 2, seven faculty and six students from St. Mark's were in Anaheim, California for a pair of important conferences sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
With the advent of December begins the holiday season at St. Mark's. Christmas and Hanukkah are celebrated in a number of venues over several days as the winter vacation break nears.
Author and blogger Khe Hy visited campus on Thursday, November 30, as part of the ongoing Gray Colloquium series. He is the founder and editor of Rad Reads, an online newsletter for founders, investors, and social entrepreneurs. Hy is also "Entrepreneur in Residence" and Contributing Editor for Quartz, the global business news website of Atlantic Media.
Three St. Markers were among a group of fifteen international students from independent schools throughout New England who spent Thanksgiving break in the Boston area with the Envoys Thanksgiving program.
Prospects are good for the upcoming 2017-18 winter sports season at St. Mark's.
The very first St. Mark's School Thanksgiving was celebrated in Southborough, hosted by the School's Founder, Joseph Burnett, as two of the earliest students were his sons and it was not possible for their schoolmates to travel home and return during the brief time allotted to the holiday. So a Thanksgiving spread was served for all at the Burnett manse on Main Street: one school family, together giving thanks.
It was a very successful fall season for St. Mark's sports. Out of fourteen teams representing six sports programs and all levels (Varsity, JV, 3rds), thirteen (93%) had records of .500 or better.
LEO, the St. Mark's online Academic Journal, is going strong in its fifth year of operation. Recently, it surpassed 130,000 online views.
Notching its twelfth victory of the season, St. Mark's Varsity Field Hockey advanced to the semi-final round of this year's NEPSAC tournament with a 5-1 victory over BB&N on Wednesday.
This term, eleven St. Markers—students in Ms. Jeniene Matthews VI Form Literature on Trial course—participated in the trial of Arthur 'Boo" Radley, from the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird, for the murder of Robert E. Lee Ewell.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings this week, the St. Mark's Theater Arts Department will present Noises Off, a 1982 comedy by English playwright Michael Frayn. Often considered one of the funniest plays ever written, Noises Off is not one play but two - simultaneously a traditional British farce as well as the backstage farce that develops during fictional play's final rehearsal and tour. Over the course of three acts, the two storylines begin to interlock, as the characters make their exits from the stage only to find themselves confronted by the chaos and infighting going on between the cast backstage.
On Tuesday, November 14, the St. Mark's Admission Office hosted an Open House on campus for prospective families.
The annual Fall Music Showcase featured performances from eight St. Mark's students. The concert took place on Monday evening, November 13, on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
On Monday afternoon, November 13, St. Markers helped get UNICEF's "Move the World" Workout for Water benefit off to an early start with an exercise event in the Armour Cage.
Three St. Mark's varsity teams this fall are headed into post-season play in New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference tournaments. All quarterfinal games are this Wednesday, November 15, and two of the games are at home in Southborough.
Ron Rosenstock has been creating images of the world and its people since the 1950's. His photography has had many incarnations from vivid colors to black and white, from the darkroom to digital, from large format cameras to full-frame digital, from early dawn to infrared dusk. At a reception in Taft Hall on Monday, November 13, St. Markers were introduced to his work with an exhibition of his photographs from Iceland.
With a quartet of wins, a pair of ties, and just two losses against Groton on Saturday, November 11, St. Mark's regained the coveted raccoon coat (pictured here, worn by SM Head of School John C. Warren '74) with a 7-3-3 overall mark over the Zebras this fall. Varsity Football, Varsity Field Hockey, and Girls' Varsity Soccer all emerged victorious, as did Boys' 3rds Soccer, to cement the successful afternoon.
On Saturday morning, November 11, the St. Mark's Advancement Office hosted a presentation for Class Agents. A dozen alumni gathered in Taft Hall for the event, with many more following the proceedings streamed live online.
On Thursday evening, November 10, the Southborough Rotary Club sponsored a Veterans Day presentation in Taft Hall. Entitled "A Celebration of Service," the event featured six local veterans.
On Wednesday, November 8, five St. Markers signed Letters of Intent to attend and play in college and university sports programs. Wednesday was the first National Signing Day for the Class of 2018. All sports except football, soccer, and men's water polo could do an early signing on that date.
Groton Day this year is Saturday, November 11th, the annual date of both St. Mark's Founder's Day and, nationally, Veterans Day. it seem, then, like an appropriate time to honor young St. Mark's alums who have chosen a life of service to their country. For example, from 2012 to 2014, five St. Markers elected to matriculate at our four U.S. military academies.
This coming Saturday, eight St. Mark's teams will square off against opponents from Groton, continuing a rivalry that goes back 131 years. On November 11, 2017, 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, the game was simply for bragging rights between the only two Episcopal boarding schools in Massachusetts.
Once again this year, students in Spanish classes celebrated Dia de Muertos (the Day of the Dead) on the St. Mark's campus.
On Wednesday, November 1, longtime St. Mark's art teacher Barbara Putnam took her Studio Art class to visit the Southborough Department of Public Works, to kick off a print project she calls "Under the Hood."
On October 30, St. Mark's welcomed internationally recognized activist and author Alexis Jones to campus.
On Sunday, October 29, after their annual Fall Meeting, members of the Brantwood Camp Board of Trustees joined some of this past summer's St. Mark's volunteer Brantwood counselors for lunch.
On the Saturday of the Fall Trustee Weekend, October 28, two old St. Marker's—former staffer Viola Smith and alumnus Bruce Morgan '70—reunited after five decades.
The 2017 St. Mark's Fall Trustee Weekend took place from October 27-28. A highlight of the weekend was the annual Founders Associates Dinner held that Friday evening.
On Thursday, October 19, St. Mark's alumnus Peter Coy '65 (pictured here) was the guest speaker at the regular evening service in Belmont Chapel.
This coming weekend, October 21-22, the 53rd annual Head of the Charles Regatta will take place, and St. Mark's rowing will be well-represented.
Halfway through the St. Mark's sports season this fall, several teams and programs are performing at impressive levels. The Boys' Cross Country, Girls' Soccer, Boys' Soccer, and Field Hockey programs have posted strong records to date, as has the Girls' JV Cross Country team. Individual athletes in all sports have also achieved successfully to date.
Did you encounter scores of parents and other family members of students during the past few days? October 12-14 was a busy Family Weekend at St. Mark's this year, attended by more than 400 guests.
This fall, four exchange students from Australia have joined the St. Mark's community.
In an annual tradition at St. Mark's, on Tuesday, October 3, student and faculty pets were welcomed at the morning Chapel service for the "Blessing of the Animals."
On view in Taft Hall through mid-October is an exhibit of works by renowned artist Sheila Pitt.
On Monday, September 25, renowned author, sociologist, historian, and educator James Loewen was on campus as the opening speaker for this year's Gray Colloquium series.
Chilean artist Lorena Molina is on campus during the last week of September as a Visiting Artist.
On Friday afternoon, September 22, 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.