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Notching its twelfth victory of the season, St. Mark's Varsity Field Hockey advanced to the semi-final round of this year's NEPSAC tournament with a 5-1 victory over BB&N on Wednesday.
This term, eleven 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.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings this week, the St. Mark's Theater Arts Department will present Noises Off, a 1982 comedy by English playwright Michael Frayn. Often considered one of the funniest plays ever written, Noises Off is not one play but two - simultaneously a traditional British farce as well as the backstage farce that develops during fictional play's final rehearsal and tour. Over the course of three acts, the two storylines begin to interlock, as the characters make their exits from the stage only to find themselves confronted by the chaos and infighting going on between the cast backstage.
On Tuesday, November 14, the St. Mark's Admission Office hosted an Open House on campus for prospective families.
The annual Fall Music Showcase featured performances from eight St. Mark's students. The concert took place on Monday evening, November 13, on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
On Monday afternoon, November 13, St. Markers helped get UNICEF's "Move the World" Workout for Water benefit off to an early start with an exercise event in the Armour Cage.
Three St. Mark's varsity teams this fall are headed into post-season play in New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference tournaments. All quarterfinal games are this Wednesday, November 15, and two of the games are at home in Southborough.
Ron Rosenstock has been creating images of the world and its people since the 1950's. His photography has had many incarnations from vivid colors to black and white, from the darkroom to digital, from large format cameras to full-frame digital, from early dawn to infrared dusk. At a reception in Taft Hall on Monday, November 13, St. Markers were introduced to his work with an exhibition of his photographs from Iceland.
With a quartet of wins, a pair of ties, and just two losses against Groton on Saturday, November 11, St. Mark's regained the coveted raccoon coat (pictured here, worn by SM Head of School John C. Warren '74) with a 7-3-3 overall mark over the Zebras this fall. Varsity Football, Varsity Field Hockey, and Girls' Varsity Soccer all emerged victorious, as did Boys' 3rds Soccer, to cement the successful afternoon.
On Saturday morning, November 11, the St. Mark's Advancement Office hosted a presentation for Class Agents. A dozen alumni gathered in Taft Hall for the event, with many more following the proceedings streamed live online.
On Thursday evening, November 10, the Southborough Rotary Club sponsored a Veterans Day presentation in Taft Hall. Entitled "A Celebration of Service," the event featured six local veterans.
On Wednesday, November 8, five St. Markers signed Letters of Intent to attend and play in college and university sports programs. Wednesday was the first National Signing Day for the Class of 2018. All sports except football, soccer, and men's water polo could do an early signing on that date.
Groton Day this year is Saturday, November 11th, the annual date of both St. Mark's Founder's Day and, nationally, Veterans Day. it seem, then, like an appropriate time to honor young St. Mark's alums who have chosen a life of service to their country. For example, from 2012 to 2014, five St. Markers elected to matriculate at our four U.S. military academies.
This coming Saturday, eight St. Mark's teams will square off against opponents from Groton, continuing a rivalry that goes back 131 years. On November 11, 2017, the two schools are once again vying for the coveted raccoon coat, while kicking off the year-long competition for the Burnett-Peabody Bowl. In 1886, the game was simply for bragging rights between the only two Episcopal boarding schools in Massachusetts.
Once again this year, students in Spanish classes celebrated Dia de Muertos (the Day of the Dead) on the St. Mark's campus.
On Wednesday, November 1, longtime St. Mark's art teacher Barbara Putnam took her Studio Art class to visit the Southborough Department of Public Works, to kick off a print project she calls "Under the Hood."
On October 30, St. Mark's welcomed internationally recognized activist and author Alexis Jones to campus.
On Sunday, October 29, after their annual Fall Meeting, members of the Brantwood Camp Board of Trustees joined some of this past summer's St. Mark's volunteer Brantwood counselors for lunch.
On the Saturday of the Fall Trustee Weekend, October 28, two old St. Marker's—former staffer Viola Smith and alumnus Bruce Morgan '70—reunited after five decades.
The 2017 St. Mark's Fall Trustee Weekend took place from October 27-28. A highlight of the weekend was the annual Founders Associates Dinner held that Friday evening.
On Thursday, October 19, St. Mark's alumnus Peter Coy '65 (pictured here) was the guest speaker at the regular evening service in Belmont Chapel.
This coming weekend, October 21-22, the 53rd annual Head of the Charles Regatta will take place, and St. Mark's rowing will be well-represented.
Halfway through the St. Mark's sports season this fall, several teams and programs are performing at impressive levels. The Boys' Cross Country, Girls' Soccer, Boys' Soccer, and Field Hockey programs have posted strong records to date, as has the Girls' JV Cross Country team. Individual athletes in all sports have also achieved successfully to date.
Did you encounter scores of parents and other family members of students during the past few days? October 12-14 was a busy Family Weekend at St. Mark's this year, attended by more than 400 guests.
This fall, four exchange students from Australia have joined the St. Mark's community.
In an annual tradition at St. Mark's, on Tuesday, October 3, student and faculty pets were welcomed at the morning Chapel service for the "Blessing of the Animals."
On view in Taft Hall through mid-October is an exhibit of works by renowned artist Sheila Pitt.
On Monday, September 25, renowned author, sociologist, historian, and educator James Loewen was on campus as the opening speaker for this year's Gray Colloquium series.
Chilean artist Lorena Molina is on campus during the last week of September as a Visiting Artist.
On Friday afternoon, September 22, the annual St. Mark's Club Fair was held at the Putnam Family Arts Center, in both the Class of 1951 Lobby and Taft Hall. Representatives of a wide range of student activities staffed tables and were available to answer questions about their respective programs and to sign up potential participants.
This past summer, four St. Markers—Isabelle Titcomb '18, Steven Sinchi '19, David Ragone '19, and Aidan White '19—and SM Modern Language teacher Rubo Fu traveled to China.
This past summer, four St. Markers participated in month-long summer STEM internships.
Veteran St. Mark's coach Henry Large, this fall beginning his 52nd year and 107th season coaching St. Mark's athletes, was recently recognized with a feature piece in an early September edition of the MetroWest Daily News, written by longtime local sportswriter Lenny Megliola.
On Friday evening, September 9, the 2017-18 school year at St. Mark's was officially opened by the traditional Convocation ceremony in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
A week filled with pre-season practices, registration, and orientation saw the 2017-18 academic year get underway.
As St. Mark's prepares for the start of classes, athletes are back for early practice, in anticipation of the upcoming fall season. Hopes are high for strong showings by all the Lions' varsity teams this autumn.
Two young St. Mark's alumni—Peter Kazickas '11 and Eli Lubick '12—have founded an educational program to bring STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) skills to communities around the world.
On Tuesday, August 29, St. Mark's faculty and staff assembled in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall to kick off the 2017-18 school year.
This summer, as in each of the last 96 summers, students from St. Mark's School have gone up to Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, as volunteers working with inner-city youth. In addition, St. Mark's alumni and faculty are continually involved with the Camp in a variety of ways: as trustees, supporters, and advocates to the greater community.
On Monday afternoon, August 21, members of the St. Mark's community gathered at the front of the School to experience the "Great American Eclipse."
This summer, three St. Markers were involved in co-hosting two Worcester Public Radio broadcasts.
This summer, the Town of Southborough's won the Massachusetts State Senior Little League Championship, and six St. Mark's students were on the team.
Two members of the St. Mark's Class of 2013—Jessica Maposa and Katie Von Campe—were honored with special prizes at the Amherst College 2017 Senior Day.
Two St. Markers—Henry Thrun '19 and Sean Farrell '20—were recently selected to USA Hockey's National Developmental under-20 team, putting them among the top 23 players nationally in their age group. Farrell is a forward from Hopkinton, MA. Thrun is a defenseman from Southborough.
What could a Lion read this summer? Recently, a small group of current St. Mark's faculty and SM alumni leaders shared some of their favorite books as suggested summer reading for Lions with time on their hands. Here are some of their recommendations.
Over seven days, from July 9 through July 15, more than 40 participants— students and faculty from several different schools—took part in the 4th Annual Global Citizenship Institute at St. Mark's. A collaboration between St. Mark's School and Austria's Salzburg Global Seminar, the Global Citizenship Institute's mission is to educate and support faculty and students from public, private and international secondary schools as they learn ways to become engaged global citizens, actively working to solve problems of global and local significance.
Summer is now here, and it is time to look back at the more than two dozen SM alumni who saw athletic action in college and university teams during this past spring season.
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.