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.
Around the Quad
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.
It happens each Wednesday and Saturday: an all-school meeting, with all students, faculty, and many staff assembled together in the Center. Run by the Monitors, these twice-weekly gatherings are chances for the entire St. Mark's community to come together.
On Tuesday evening, February 21, the St. Mark's Music Program presented the Winter Student Showcase on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. Nine students and seven different instruments were featured.
On Monday, February 13, busloads of St. Markers traveled to New York for the annual Opera Trip. They dined out in the City and enjoyed a production of Rusalka at the Met.
St. Mark's has a long tradition of its athletes moving on to even greater success beyond its walls. Three times each year the SM website features a story about alumni/ae on the collegiate athletic scene. This winter, among the many St. Markers performing at higher levels, two basketball players are earning accolades nationally: Marcos Echevarria '15 on the Division III college scene at Nichols and Nik Stauskas '12 with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.
Head of School John C. Warren '74 recently announced that fellow SM alumnus Dr. Walter K. Clair '73 will deliver the keynote address at this year's Prize Day ceremony on June 10.
The St. Mark's robotics crew—Team #3566 Gone Fishin'—has been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 2017 competition season.
Head of School John C. Warren '74 announced recently that Robert (Rob) M. Kuklewicz has accepted the position of Chief Financial and Operations Officer, effective July 1, 2017.
This past Friday, an informal concert was held during lunchtime in the Hinkle Room. There were six performers: three St. Markers and three visiting students from the exchange program with The Grange School in Chile.
William A. "Fritz" Wiedergott, longtime coach and athletic director at St. Mark's, died on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. He was 82.
This year, six more outstanding individuals were named to the School's Roll of Distinguished Alumni/ae. Five St. Markers—Charles "Terry" Haight '48, Malcolm Farmer '57, Ethan "Tony" Loney '69, John Noseworthy '69, Christina Lynch Bobrow '90—and one Southborough School alumna—Marjorie Slutz Davis '75—were honored for their various achievements, celebrating a variety of accomplishments in service, government, medicine, business, and the law.
Six students from the Grange School in Santiago, Chile, are visiting St. Mark's this month as part of an established exchange program with St. Mark's, through the SM Global Citizenship Initiative. On Monday, Feb. 6, they gave the weekly "Fifteen Minute Lecture" presentation in the Parkman Room, highlighting their native country.
Former SM head coach Bruce Gardner was on hand this past Saturday to watch two dozen skaters compete in the 37th annual Peabo Gardner Alumni Hockey game at St. Mark's.
Students, faculty, and staff took part in the annual Community & Equity Day at St. Mark's this past Tuesday. The experience focused upon themes of intersection—particularly the intersections of identity—along with moral courage, privilege, and inequality. Community & Equity Day was co-sponsored by the School's office of Community & Equity Affairs, the Gray Colloquium series*, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, and the St. Mark's Global Citizenship Initiative.
Wednesday, February 1st is National Signing Day for high school athletes intending to play football or soccer at the NCAA Division I level. Riley Lochhead '17 has committed to playing soccer at Boston College next fall.
SM alumna Abigail Smith '15 recently gave the featured presentation at a St. Lawrence University TEDx event entitled "Finding Your Voice in an Extroverted Society."
Once again, St. Markers are actively raising funds for End Hunger New England. The kickoff for that annual fundraising effort was this past weekend, during the Wick Choral Festival.
Over two nights this past weekend, the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall rocked to the acapella arrangements of eight different schools.
At the half-way point of this year's winter athletic season at St. Mark's, three programs are demonstrating consistent success.
Last week, St. Mark's staff member Nick Noble led a roundtable discussion at the CASE District I Conference in Boston, focusing on the process of creating an institutional history.
On Sunday, January 22, members of the St. Mark's boys' and girls' lacrosse teams reached out to kids in Mattapan and Dorchester with a community service project sponsored by Harlem Lacrosse.
On Saturday, January 21, eleven students and nine adults from St. Mark's rode into Boston on a Southborough-sponsored
community bus to take part in that day's Women's March.
Last week, over two evenings, a total of two dozen St. Markers—Sixth Formers in Ms. Jeniene Matthews Literature on Trial course—stood up before a volunteer panel of educators and attorneys to argue a case on appeal as part of their course requirements.
January 2017 is a month for music at the School, featuring a student piano recital, All-State recognition for two St. Markers, and the upcoming Wick Choral Festival.
In December, the St. Mark's Alumni Executive Committee (AEC) announced the launch of AEConnect, an alumni networking and mentoring registry to assist students and alumni to connect with each other for career advancement.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, January 27 and 28, the 25th Annual Wick Choral Festival will take place in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall at St. Mark's. It is open to the public. Eight acapella groups representing seven schools will be performing, along with two groups of singers from Tufts University.
On Thursday, January 12, Doron Kempel, founder of SimpliVity Corporation, visited St. Mark's as the first Gray Colloquium presenter of the new year. A tech innovator, Mr. Kempel spoke aboiut 'Calculated Risk Taking: a skill, a culture, and practical implications.'
More than thirty St. Mark's graduates participated in collegiate athletics this past fall. Among them was Mark Upton '13, recently honored by the Gridiron Club of Boston with the 71st annual Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award.
This past week, St. Mark's held its annual Service of Lessons and Carols, on Thursday evening, December 8, and again on Sunday afternoon, December 11. 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 Wednesday, Dec 7, all of the students from Mr. Roche's Team Engineering-Large Robots class travelled on a field trip to North Reading, MA where they visited the facilities of Amazon Robotics. Amazon.com utilizes robots to manage inventory and do work in their warehouses and the company uses many robots tested.
This month, the Lesley University College of Art and Design is hosting an exhibition of artwork by students from New England preparatory schools in Lunder Arts Center's Raizes Gallery on Lesley's Cambridge campus. St. Markers in Barbara Putnam's Studio Two class were among students from thirteen participating schools.
For the past few weeks Taft hall has been home to an exhibit of photographs and hand-fashioned prayer flags and banners from Bhutan. This past Thursday evening the Taft lobby hosted a reception which welcomed several special guests. Attending the event were those St. Markers who will be visiting Bhutan in June, as part of the first St. Mark's Lions Roam experience.
The 2016-17 winter sports season at St. Mark's is now fully underway, as all varsity programs have had their opening games. Three teams—Girls' Varsity Squash, Girls' Varsity Ice Hockey, and Varsity Wrestling—are off to unbeaten starts.
This past weekend saw St. Markers swing into the holiday spirit with a series of celebratory events.