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More Than 150 Years of St. Mark's Thanksgivings

The very first St. Mark's School Thanksgiving was celebrated in Southborough, hosted by the School's Founder, Joseph Burnett, as two of the earliest students were his sons and it was not possible for their schoolmates to travel home and return during the brief time allotted to the holiday. So a Thanksgiving spread was served for all at the Burnett manse on Main Street: one school family, together giving thanks.

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Seven to Be Honored as Distinguished Alumni

In January, seven St. Markers will be inducted into the School's Cloister of Distinguished Alumni/ae. Mason Hammond '21, George Putnam '45, the Hon. C. Boyden Gray '60, Edward A. Taft '69, William B. Ewald III '72, Michael Boulware Moore '80, and Chrysanthe L. Gussis '87 will be honored. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, January 25, at 6 PM in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall, following a reception and chapel service.

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St. Mark's and Groton: A 132-Year Rivalry

This Saturday, November 10, St. Mark's teams will square off against opponents from Groton, continuing a rivalry that goes back 132 years. 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.

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Coolidge Center a Highlight of Trustee Weekend

St. Mark's Trustee Weekend this fall featured a number of important events. In addition to regular Board meetings, on Friday, October 26, the trustees gathered to celebrate faculty and staff at a special luncheon in Taft Hall, attended a service in Belmont Chapel, participated in the dedication of the new T. Jefferson Coolidge Jr. '50 Athletic Performance and Wellness Center, and enjoyed the annual Founder's Associates dinner on the quad.

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X-Country, Girls' Soccer Lead the Way So Far This Fall

Just over two weeks remain until Groton Day and the dramatic close of another fall athletic season for St. Mark's. Two varsity teams—Boys' cross country and girls' varsity soccer—are leading the way for the Lions this fall, along with outstanding performances from several non-varsity teams, including a record-extending performance by boys' JV cross country.

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St. Markers Help Local Schools with STEM Education

In early October, St. Marker Connor Browder, a current VI Former from Greenwich, Conn., visited the Christa McCauliffe Charter School in Framingham to initiate a program to help with STEM education, particularly in the field of computer coding and engineering. Browder is taking the lead as part of St. Mark's SMCODE club, utilizing a Class of 1968 Fellowship Grant.

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Sustainability: SM Creates Green Revolving Fund

St. Mark's recently established a $100,000 Green Revolving Fund (GRF) designated for energy efficiency and sustainability projects with an attractive return on investment (ROI). The savings accrued from carefully selected projects are then returned to the GRF and used to fund future projects. The establishment of the GRF is a testament to St. Mark's vision and commitment to environmental and social sustainability, reflected in the School's Sustainability Strategic Plan.

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Installation Service Welcomes New Faculty to SM

On Monday evening, September 17, St. Mark's held its annual "Celebration of Education and Service of Installation" in Belmont Chapel, at the conclusion of seated dinner in the School's dining hall. Ten new faculty were welcomed, the 2018-19 St. Mark's choir made its debut, and the Rev. Barbara Talcott delivered a sermon entitled "Wisdom, Compassion, and Humility."

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98 Years: Brantwood and St. Mark's Still Going Strong

For 98 summers, students from St. Mark's School have gone up to Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH, as volunteers working primarily with low-income youth. This year was no different. In addition to students volunteering their time, St. Mark's alumni and faculty are continually involved with the Camp in a variety of ways: as camp staff, trustees, supporters, and advocates to the greater community.

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SM Summer Construction: New Coolidge Center

The St. Mark's campus is busy this summer with new construction projects at various stages of completion. Highlighting the efforts to date is the work being done to create the T. Jefferson Coolidge Jr. '50 Athletic Performance and Wellness Center. The Coolidge Center, scheduled to open in time for the 2018-19 school year, is designed to support academic success through fitness and conditioning.

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Alums Create Kenyan Support Project in Memory of St. Marker

"You think all this is important, but all that really matters is loving people and being kind" - Caitlin O'Hara, SM 2001 (pictured here)

Two SM alumnae—Jessica Danforth '02 and Alyssa Viano Baker '01—have begun "The Leo Project," an effort to provide supportive services, creative outlets, and opportunities not traditionally available to vulnerable youth in Nanyuki, Kenya. The Leo Project is a memorial tribute to the late Caitlin O'Hara '01, who passed away in December 2016 after a long battle with cystic fibrosis.

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Looking Back: a Triumphant 2017-18 in SM Sports

At St. Mark's, 2017-18 was among the most successful years overall athletically in the history of the School. All SM teams—varsity, JV, and 3rds—amassed a record total of 357 victories for an overall winning percentage of .600. To accomplish this, 28 out of the 47 St. Mark's teams (60 percent) posted records of .500 or better. Varsity teams won 59 percent of their scheduled games, for a total of 207 victories.

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The 5th Annual Global Citizenship Institute a Success

Over seven days, from July 8 through July 14, more than 40 participants— students and faculty from several different schools—took part in the 5th Annual Global Citizenship Institute (GCI) 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.

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