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.
Around the Quad
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.
The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire spoke at an evening service in St. Mark's Belmont Chapel on Tuesday, April 24.
On Sunday afternoon, April 23, St. Markers gathered in Taft Hall to package meals as part of the End Hunger New England service project. Some 11,900 meals were packaged by a crew of student and adult volunteers from the St. Mark's community, according to End Hunger NE.
Third Formers participating in this year's Global Seminar have been working on group projects. Mentored by Fifth and Sixth Form biology students, they have been researching the impact of globalization on various infectious diseases. This past week, they presented the results of their research—a series of in-depth poster projects—in the School's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
From April 17-23, St. Mark's once again celebrated Poetry Week. "Another year, another fabulous Poetry Week!" declared Sarah McCann of the St. Mark's English faculty.
Over the weekend of April 21-22-23, the St. Mark's Musical Theater Club presented "Legally Blonde," originally a Broadway musical based on the 2001 novel and film of the same name. All performances-- evening shows Friday and Saturday and a Sunday matinee-- were in the St. Mark's Putnam Family Arts Center's Blackbox Studio Theater.
On Thursday, April 20, poet Eduardo C. Corral took to the stage as April's Gray Colloquium presenter at St. Mark's.
As the weather warms up and the winter gets further behind, St. Mark's looks back at the dozen alumni who saw athletic action in college and university squash, hockey, and basketball programs.
At all-school meeting on Wednesday, April 19, SM Senior Teacher Rick Umiker announced fifteen St. Markers as the newest members of the Cum Laude Society.
For the past four years, small groups of students (anywhere from 3-5 St. Markers) have worked in the St. Mark's Community Garden as their spring Athletic Commitment Exemption (ACE) project.
At the annual conference of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) earlier this month, Dr. Laura Appell-Warren, Director of Global Citizenship at St. Mark's, was named to the GEBG's Board of Directors.
Six exchange students from Germany—Sophie Wirth, Jessica Luu, Helena Bruach-Martin, Paul Knobel, Joseph Scheingraber, and Lennart Boehm— are at St. Mark's this spring as part of the Wittelsbacher Gymnasium-St. Mark's School exchange program. This is the 20th year that students from the Wittelsbacher Gymnasium in Munich have been coming to St. Mark's.
Earlier this month, two St. Markers attended the 7th annual Asian American Footsteps Conference (AAFC) at Philips Andover Academy.
At this Wednesday's all-school meeting, the Monitors for next year were announced. Current Fifth Form classmates Rebecca Lovett and Colin Boylan will be co-Head Monitors for 2017-18.
"A tradition of loyal giving to St. Mark's is critical on many levels," says Head of School John C. Warren '74. To acknowledge and celebrate donors who give to the School every year, St. Mark's launches the Age Quod Agis Society, a recognition society named for our school motto, which means "Do and Be Your Best." Members include anyone who has made a gift, in any amount, for at least two consecutive years.
This past Sunday, the annual Cutler Jazz Festival at St. Mark's took place. It was a great success, with the St. Mark's Jazz Ensemble being joined by guest performers Amy Bellamy & the A-Beez.
At the 2017 Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards ceremony this past Friday, Southborough School alumna Marjorie Slutz Davis '75 was honored not only by St. Mark's, but by a proud contingent of her Southborough School sisters.
On Friday evening, April 7, six people were honored as the newest members of the St. Mark's Cloister of Distinguished Alumni/ae. Five St. Markers—Terry Haight '48, Malcolm Farmer '57, Tony Loney '69, John Noseworthy '69 (in abstentia), Christina Lynch Bobrow '90—and one Southborough School alumna—Marjorie Slutz Davis, SS '75—were inducted at a ceremony held in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
Spring Trustee Weekend took place April 7 and 8 at St. Mark's. There were many highlights, including fond farewells to trustees stepping down and the awarding of the Potter-Miller Prize to the late Mimi Lowrey.
This past month, the Yale Daily News announced the winners of this year's Wallace Prize for writing. Among those recognized was Susannah Krapf, SM Class of 2013.