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With Successful Launch, Inaugural Lion Term Underway

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.

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Annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser Benefits Local Soup Kitchen

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.

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Outstanding Year-End Concert Delights St. Mark's Audience

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.

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Old Horse - the Eslicks Perform at Morning Chapel

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.

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Successful Year for SM Taft STEM Fellowship Program

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.

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Spring Music Showcases Highlight Early May

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.

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SM Sustainability: Ocean Park—Students' Art Exhibit at Bowdoin

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.

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Literature on Trial: The People vs. Boo Radley

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.

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V Baseball, BV Tennis, GV Lax Highlight Spring Mid-Season

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.

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Seated Meals: Tradition Bringing Community Together

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.

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16 St. Markers, 10 Guests Confirmed in Belmont Chapel

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.

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Student Artwork Exhibited on Campus This Spring

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.

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MetroWest Leadership in Diversity Award: Grace Darko '18

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."

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Student Directed One Acts This Week

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.

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11th Annual Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day a Success

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.

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End Hunger: St. Markers Package 11,900 Meals

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.

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Third Formers Present Global Infectious Disease Projects

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.

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Musical Theater Club Presents "Legally Blonde"

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.

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Six German Exchange Students Visiting St. Mark's This Spring

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.

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New Age Quod Agis Society Celebrates Loyal SM Donors

"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.

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Six Honored as Distinguished Alumni/ae at Ceremony

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.

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