The school year has ended, but that does not mean an empty and silent campus at St. Mark's. A number of programs—academic, athletic, and more—are scheduled to take place here throughout the summer months.
Around the Quad
The annual Southborough School luncheon took place on the Saturday of St. Mark's Reunion Weekend. As usual, the luncheon took place at Choate House, home to both the Southborough School Room and the Southborough School Garden.
More than 200 alumni, former faculty, and guests were on campus on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, for the 2017 St. Mark's Reunion Weekend. "In one word, the weekend was 'terrific'!" said SM Director of Planned Giving Bill Bagley.
On Thursday evening, June 8, three St. Mark's faculty members performed on Worcester, MA public radio station, WICN.
On Tuesday, June 13, the entire St. Mark's adult community, faculty and staff, gathered in the main dining room for the annual Milestone and Farewell Luncheon.
At a special reception and dinner at Choate House on Monday evening, June 12, St. Mark's said farewell to two dedicated members of the School's adult community: Bob and Denise Meyer.
On Saturday, June 10, Jason Hwang '18 competed in the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition at New England Conservatory. Jason placed an impressive third.
On Friday, June 9, graduating senior Matt Thalmann '17 was honored with a plaque in the St. Mark's Cross Country "Grove of Champions."
On Saturday, June 10, 90 St. Markers received diplomas at the School's 152nd Prize Day exercises. Fifty-three graduated with distinction, twelve were members of the Cum Laude Society, and nine earned Classics Diplomas, having mastered both Greek and Latin, entitling each to wear a laurel wreath at the ceremony.
On Friday, June 9, on the eve of St. Mark's 152nd Prize Day ceremony, the traditional Baccalaureate Service was held in Belmont Chapel. Mr. John Camp, St. Mark's English Department Chair and Assistant Director of the School's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning was this year's speaker, elected by vote of the Sixth Form.
On the Friday afternoon before Prize Day, the final St. Mark's Athletic Awards ceremony recognized spring season successes and the accomplishments of St., Mark's athletes for the entire year.
Prize Day Week got underway on June 6.
The first-ever St. Mark's Lion term experience wrapped up this past week, as students from Forms III through VI presented the results of their three-week adventure.
On Monday evening, June 5, Helynna Lin '18 (pictured here) presented a solo piano recital in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
This past weekend, the St. Mark's Class of 2012 celebrated its 50th Reunion. On June 2nd and 3rd, some forty members of the Class of 2012 gathered for a series of Reunion events.
During the second week of their three week Lion Term experience this spring, Third Formers traveled to Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, continuing their exploration of "mindful sustainability."
Jason Hwang '18 participated in the national Classical Singer Competition, held this past weekend in Chicago, where he advanced through four rounds. While he was not chosen as one of the top three finalists, he ended the weekend ranked in the top ten among 1,700 competing singers nationwide.
This spring, students in the SM Saturdays Museum Exploration Class visited six different museums around New England. Each student then selected a favorite piece and the class created an audio tour for the exhibit.
In the final weekend of the 2017 spring athletic season at St. Mark's, the Girls' Varsity Crew 2nd and 3rd boats medaled, while three varsity teams were victorious over Groton.
The new St. Mark's Lion Term has been successfully launched and is now fully underway. The three week program includes specialized curriculum for Forms III, IV, and V; individual projects and internships for Form VI; and a global travel feature: Lions Roam, to Bhutan.
Each year, art teacher Aggie Belt and her ceramics students host a fundraiser to benefit local efforts combating hunger. Ceramic bowls (occasionally filled with ice cream) are sold. This year, the money raised will go to Our Father's Table, the soup kitchen in neighboring Marlborough.
On Sunday evening, May 21, the annual St. Mark's year-end concert was held in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. More than 80 students participated in the various performances, while the School's musicians graduating with the Class of 2017 were recognized in the program.
Some thirty alumni and more than a dozen guests gathered on campus this past weekend to celebrate the SM Class of 1967's 50th Reunion.
On Thursday, May 14, author and conservationist Liz Cunningham visited St. Mark's as this month's Gray Colloquium speaker. She spoke on "Ocean Conservation, Globalization, and Hope for our Environmental Future."
On Monday evening May 15 and Tuesday evening, May 16, St. Markers in the Independent Performance Studio music program at St. Mark's presented concerts to appreciative SM audiences for their final projects.
At School Meeting on Wednesday, May 17, four St. Markers received Class of 1968 Fellowship Grants.
Over two nights, May 12 and 13, the annual Broadway Nights event rocked the Class of 1951 Lobby in the Putnam Family Arts Center. Broadway Nights is a benefit sponsored by the St. Mark's Haiti Partnership Committee.
With a speech on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Rebecca Lovett '18 (pictured at right with Head of School John C. Warren '74) was named the winner of the 2016 Shen Prize public speaking competition this week.
On Friday, May 12, St. Mark's celebrated fifteen Sixth Formers who will be showcasing their athletic talents at the collegiate level over the next four years, with a recognition event in the Hinkle Room.
On Friday morning, May 12, the band Old Horse performed at the morning service in Belmont Chapel. Old Horse is the husband-and-wife acoustic folk duo of St. Mark's English teacher Jason Eslick and Sarah Eslick, Associate Director of the SM Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
The Classics Club held their annual banquet in the Hinkle room on May 11th. Students enjoyed a delicious meal of Greek food and dessert followed by an evening of edifying and entertaining festivities.
The Taft STEM Fellowship program at St. Mark's experienced a highly successful academic year in 2016-17. There were a dozen Taft STEM Fellows this year, all of whom engaged in challenging research projects ranging from neurobiology to computer science to engineering. Several excelled at both the Regional and Massachusetts Science Fair competitions.
On Tuesday evening, May 9, the newest members of the Cum Laude Society at St. Mark's were formally inducted at a ceremony in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
On Friday, May 5 and on Monday, May 8, a pair of evening concerts were held on the stage in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. These Student Showcases featured some eighteen St. Markers displaying their musical talents.
This past week, St. Mark's annual Ely Public Speaking competition was held, and Charles Brookby '20 was the winner.
Twelve St. Markers—Third and Fourth Formers in Barbara Putnam's Studio I Art class—have their work from a special project on display at Bowdoin College. "Ocean Park"— a coming together of environmental sustainability and art—is currently on view at Adams Hall, the Environmental Studies building on the Bowdoin campus.
On May 5, the Rev. Edwin Ward, who served as both assistant chaplain and head chaplain at St. Mark's in the 1960s, visited campus for the first time in many years.
This term, nine 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.
At the end of April, four St. Mark's students and three faculty members traveled to Kansas City, MO, for the 18th annual White Privilege Conference (WPC).
At the halfway point of St. Mark's 2017 spring sports scene, despite erratic weather conditions to start the campaign, several varsity teams are posting strong numbers. Varsity baseball, boys' varsity tennis, and girls' varsity lacrosse all have winning records to date, with several others—both varsity and JV—at .500.
Twice each week, the St. Mark's community gathers for a seated, family-style meal. The long-standing tradition of communal dining, re-envisioned for the 21st Century, brings St. Mark's students and adults together in a shared experience at lunch each Monday and Thursday.
This spring, fourteen of Barbara Putnam's students participated in Iowa State University's 17th Annual Postcard Print Exchange. The theme for this year's endeavor was "On the Verge."
Just beyond St. Mark's West Campus, alongside the current boys' varsity soccer field, stands the new St. Mark's Solar Array.
On Sunday, April 30, sixteen St. Mark's students and ten guests from Groton and Brooks schools were confirmed at a service in Belmont Chapel. The Right Rev. Alan M. Gates, Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts, presided, preached, confirmed, and celebrated.
All year long, an abundance of student artwork has been on display all around campus. Currently this spring, visual art creations by St. Markers can be found in and around Taft Hall and throughout the corridors—particularly in the gallery space between the dining hall and the front reception area.
Once again at a meal this spring, St. Markers participated in a Weigh the Waste meal.
At the 25th Annual John P. Garrahan MetroWest Community Prayer Breakfast on Friday morning, April 28, Grace Darko '18 was one of a dozen-plus local high school students honored with the John P. Garrahan Leadership in Diversity Award by the Alliance for MetroWest Unity. Each was recognized for fostering "greater communication and harmony in school communities" and promoting "understanding between people of diverse backgrounds."
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, April 27-29, the St. Mark's Theater Department will present four student-directed One Act plays in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Studio Theater. Two of the plays are world premiere originals, written by St. Markers.
On Wednesday, April 26th, the St. Mark's Parents' Association hosted the 11th Annual Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day in the Hinkle Room. Many parents donated wonderful items in a tremendous demonstration of appreciation for the year-round efforts of St. Mark's faculty and staff.