Once again at a meal this spring, St. Markers participated in a Weigh the Waste meal.
Around the Quad
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 eight 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.
Student greeters helped welcome their guests to St. Mark's. In addition, St. Markers hosted the already accepted students, showing them the campus and answering any questions they might have. There were also student-and-faculty panel presentations for the visiting families, touching on all aspects of the St. Mark's experience.
Thanks to their successful showings at the Worcester Regional Science Fair, nine St. Markers will be representing the School at the Massachusetts State Science Fair in May.
Thanks to a transformational $1 million challenge grant, recent gifts earmarked for financial aid were matched on a one-to-one basis resulting in over $2 million raised for endowed scholarships.
On Sunday, April 2, veteran SM math teacher Karen Bryant and thirteen St. Markers attended the annual Girls STEM Summit at Regis College in Weston, MA.
Snow, rain, and mud have not dampened the spirits nor slowed down the progress of St. Mark's athletes as they head in to the 2017 spring season. Having returned from their March break travels, several SM spring teams are poised for success.
For the first time ever, St. Mark's offered travel opportunities to Cuba over March break, and both the School's choir and varsity baseball team had amazing experiences.
As part of St. Mark's ongoing Global Citizenship Initiative, two long-standing service trips—to Haiti and the Dominican Republic—highlighted the first three months of 2017.
This week, the St. Mark's Orchestra traveled down Route 85 to perform a mini-concert at Woodward School.
LEO, the St. Mark's online Academic Journal, is going strong in its fourth year of operation. Recently, it surpassed 100,000 online views.
Last week, the St. Mark's Alumni Executive Committee (AEC) hosted its second AEConnect career networking event at Workbar – a vibrant co-working space for startups in downtown Boston. The panel discussion was titled "Demystifying Entrepreneurship: Navigating a Start-Up from Concept to Launch," and featured three bright and accomplished St. Mark's alumni: Will Koffel '96, Shelby McBride '08, and Geordie McClelland '96.
While St. Mark's fields 40-45 teams in more than a dozen different traditional competitive sports over the course of a year, there are many other options for students during athletic afternoons. From Yoga to Fitness to varied ACE opportunities, the School has something for everyone.
The Chapel program is among the very oldest traditions at St. Mark's. While it has evolved in nature and substance over the past century-and-a-half, it continues to play an important role in bringing together a modern and increasingly diverse school community.
It was a solid season for St. Mark's athletics this winter, and teams and athletes were honored at the annual Winter Athletic Awards ceremony on Thursday afternoon.
On Monday, March 6, the St. Mark's Symphony Orchestra presented a concert for the entire school community in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
This past Sunday, March 5, St. Mark's hosted the annual Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) Junior and Unified Player Development State Tournaments. Eleven teams and more than 120 Special Olympic athletes participated, and more than thirty St. Markers volunteered to help run the events.
On Saturday, March 4, the St. Mark's Gay-Straight Alliance hosted its 2nd Annual Interscholastic Rainbow Dance. More than 40 people, including several guests from other schools, enjoyed the evening.
Team Phoenix emerged victorious in this year's annual Quad Games, defeating teams Large, Fearing, and Thayer over an exciting six days of competition.
On Thursday, March 2, Mr. Camp's Fifth Form "Books Without Borders" English class visited the Boston Public Library (BPL) to experience its unique exhibit, "Shakespeare Unauthorized."
Currently on display in Taft Hall is an exhibit of ceramic vessels created by St. Markers. Veteran art teacher Aggie Belt assigned her students to address the theme of "cultural unity" through ceramics.
On Wednesday, March 1, Kevin Mitrano, the current Executive Director of Brantwood Camp, visited campus and addressed the student body at that morning's all-school meeting. Joined by eight current St. Markers with previous Brantwood experience, Mr. Mitrano emphasized the long-standing relationship between Brantwood and the School, and encouraged students to volunteer for the upcoming summer.
This Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (March 1, 2, 3) the St. Mark's Theater Department will be presenting the 2017 Winter Play. This year the production is Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice. Each performance begins at 7:30 PM in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Blackbox Studio Theater.
On Tuesday, February 28, the Advancement Office sponsored their recognition of St. Mark's Tuition Freedom Day, marking the point during the academic year when the School's operating expenses are no longer covered by tuition revenue, and the Annual Fund and endowment "kicks in" (i.e. tuition accounts for 63% of the total cost of educating a St. Marker).
Groton Day for the 2017 winter sports season took place on Saturday, February 25th. Large numbers of St. Mark's supporters—students, parents, alumni, friends—turned out to support the Lions at extremely spirited Groton venues.
On Thursday evening, February 23, SM alumna Hilary Mulholland visited campus to give a presentation as part of the ongoing Math at Work speaker series.
On Friday, Jake Clark, a featured contestant on FOX TV's Mastrerchef Junior (Season 5), was a guest chef in the St. Mark's kitchen. He was hosted by Mr. Eric Henchey, Director of Dining Services at St. Mark's for FLIK Independent School Dining.
This week, the St. Mark's Art Department is hosting visiting artist Mark Ritchie. An exhibition of his work is currently on display in the Taft Hall lobby, and during his time in Southborough Mr. Ritchie has been sharing insights and methods with St. Markers.