On Tuesday, March 6, a team of three St. Marker's— Luc Cote '19, Yuxuan (Jason) Chen '20, and Chapin Pyne '20—journeyed to Providence, RI with SM computer science teacher Christopher Roche to participate in the 34th Annual Providence College Programming Contest.
Around the Quad
On Wednesday, March 7, St. Mark's hosted its 5th annual Career Day. The event, involving both on- and- off-campus experiences, was a tremendous success, despite the approach of the second of four wintry nor'easters to hit New England that month. More than fifty adults—alumni, past and present parents (at least one grandparent), and friends of St. Mark's—either visited campus to lead workshops and presentations or hosted St. Markers at their places of work.
Head of School John Warren '74 announced recently the appointment of Caleb Cochran as Director of Communications and Marketing, effective April 23.
The latest issue of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) magazine features a photo of St. Marker Lennon Isaac '19.
On Tuesday evening, March 6, Belmont Chapel echoed with the sounds of gospel music. The Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond and musician's from the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, MA joined SM Chaplain Barbara Talcott, SM Music Director James Wallace, the School Choir and student readers in presenting a very special service.
This week, the Harvard Graduate School of Education launched its CommonGood Campaign, a national school endeavor to help young people bridge divides and build stronger communities. St. Mark's is recognized as an "Early Leader" in this initiative, one of first 130 schools nationwide involved with the program.
On Sunday, March 4, twenty-six St. Mark's students along with members of both faculty and staff hosted the annual Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) Junior and Unified Player Development State Tournaments.
On Saturday, March 3, at an eclectic all-school meeting featuring a performance by the School's SM Saturday African Drums class, Dean of Students David Vachris announced Team Phoenix as the winner of the 2018 Quad Games.
The St. Mark's Science Department hosted an open house on Thursday, March 1, in the School's STEM Center. Among the visitors—faculty, staff, families, and more— were some old friends, including at least one distinguished former faculty member: Mr. Richard Rader.
On Tuesday evening, February 26, the St. Mark's Advancement Office and the Young Alumni Leadership Council (YALC) sponsored a reception and dinner for the VI Form, recognizing that just 100 days remain in their time as students at St. Mark's.
On Tuesday, February 27, 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 only accounts for 63% of the total cost of educating a St. Marker).
This year's Winter Play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will be presented in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater from Wednesday, February 28, through Saturday, March 3. The Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday offerings will be evening performances, starting at 7:30 PM. For the first time, a matinee performance will be given on Saturday, starting at 2:30.
On Monday, February 26, the Annual Quad Games competition got underway at St. Mark's, with teams Fearing, Large, Phoenix, and Thayer battling it out in a multitude of activities.
On Monday, February 26, the St. Mark's Orchestra gave an outstanding concert performance for the entire School community in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
The St. Mark's Boys' Varsity Hockey team, with a winning record of 14-11-4 this winter, will be traveling to Lawrence Academy on Wednesday to play in the 2018 New England Private School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class C tournament.
On Friday evening, February 16, the St. Mark's Asian Student Alliance (ASA) hosted a Spring Festival Dinner to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Head of School John C. Warren '74 has announced that SM alumna Alexis Scott Faber '95 will be the keynote speaker at St. Mark's 153rd Prize Day on June 9, 2018.
Starting February 15, an exhibit of photographs by biologist and artist Nigella Hilgarth will be on display in the Taft Hall lobby. The exhibit is titled Icebergs in Disco Bay, Ilulissat, Greenland.
Two students—Tyreese James '18 and Will Allen '18—presented the results of their research on "The Effects of Overfishing within Island Cultures," on Thursday, February 15, as part of the SM 15-Minute Lecture Series.
On Monday, February 12, busloads of St. Markers travelled to New York for the annual Opera Trip. They dined out in the City and enjoyed a production of Il Trovatore at the Met.
In honor of Valentine's Day, the St. Mark's Parents Association gave out gift cards to all faculty and staff.
February 7 was the national signing day for prospective college soccer players, and Hailey DuBose '18 signed her Letter of Intent to play on the UMass-Lowell women's soccer team.
In January, Nayla Aoude, owner of Aoude Mobil on Rt. 9 in Southborough, presented a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance to St. Mark's in support of the School's STEM program.
Last summer, Liz MacNeill '11 and Ford Abrecht '12 (pictured at right) were married, continuing a long-standing tradition. This summer, SM classmates Erin Horgan '08 and Austin Brock '08 are getting married. When they tie the knot, they will be the 27th St. Mark's couple to walk down the aisle together. Austin and Erin will be following in some heartwarming footsteps.
On Monday, February 5, six students shared their musical talents on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall as part of the annual Winter Student Showcase.
Students, faculty, and staff took part in the annual Community & Equity Day at St. Mark's on Thursday, February 1st. The events were co-sponsored by the School's Community & Equity program and the Gray Colloquium Committee, with very special support from Assistant Director of Admission Kwame Gayle and the School's Arts Department (Mr. James Wallace—Music; Mr. Chris Kent—Theater) who put together the evening's big event.
As part of this year's St. Mark's Community & Equity Day, journalist and filmmaker Clennon L. King presented his Civil Rights documentary Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America as part of the School's Gray Colloquium Series.
Seven students from the Grange School in Santiago, Chile, are visiting campus this winter as part of an established exchange program with St. Mark's, through the SM Global Citizenship Initiative.
With a month left in St. Mark's winter athletic season, a number of teams and programs are looking strong. Wrestling, both boys' and girls' squash programs, girls' hockey and basketball have all posted winning numbers to date.
Head of School John Warren '74 announced recently that Nat Waters has accepted the offer of an ongoing appointment as Dean of Academics. Mr. Waters has served in an interim Dean of Academics role since July 1, 2016.
The international Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) recently announced the "Outstanding Winners" in its 20th Annual High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). A total of 938 teams from 256 different schools around the world competed. Teams from just nine schools (representing the United States, China, and Singapore) were named "Outstanding Winners." One of the winning teams—Gillian Yue '18, Jenny Shan '19, and Lora Xie '20—was from St. Mark's.
Acapella music reigned at St. Mark's on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, as the 26th Annual Wick Choral Festival took place in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. Over both nights, the two St. Mark's acapella groups—the Royal Blues and the Marksmen—were joined by guest performers: groups from both high schools and universities.
On Sunday, January 21, the St. Mark's choir took part in a choral evensong service at the Groton School chapel. It was an historic event, as for the first time the combined choirs of St. Mark's, Groton, and St. Paul's sang together in a service.
Earlier this month, six students and four faculty from St. Mark's traveled to Haiti to visit sister school Ste Marguerite's in Latournelle.
Jiwon Choi '19 has been accepted into the prestigious MIT PRIMES program and will be participating in intensive mathematical research for the next year.
The St. Mark's Board of Trustees were on campus for two days—Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20—for its annual Winter Meeting. It was a busy time for members of the Board, serving on various committees and discussing issues and making decisions as a full Board. Highlighting the weekend, however, were trustee interactions with St. Mark's students.
Head of School John Warren '74 announced recently that Lindsay Allen, Assistant Vice President for University Advancement and Campaign Director at Clark University, will be joining St. Mark's in early March, 2018, as Chief Advancement Officer.
Lennon Isaac, a Fifth Former from Sarasota, FL, gave a recital in the Putnam Family Arts Center on Wednesday, January 17. A double bassist, she delivered the performance in fulfillment of her Independent Studio music course.
On Friday, January 12, attorney Malcolm Farmer, St. Mark's Class of 1957 and a recent inductee into the School's Cloister of Distinguished Alumni/ae, visited campus and gave a presentation to the Third Form from the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. The event was sponsored by the St. Mark's Office of Community & Equity Affairs.
On Tuesday, January 9, members of the St. Mark's Large Robotics class visited the Amazon Robotics production facility in North Reading, MA.
During the week of January 8-12, renowned artist and art educator Meredith Dean was on campus as a visiting artist. Working with veteran SM art teacher Barbara Putnam, Ms. Dean spent time with students in several classes, sharing her knowledge of and perspective on art, focusing primarily on color theory and practice.
On Tuesday evening, January 9, Jason Hwang '18 sang a solo recital on the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. The Sixth Form baritone from South Korea gave the performance in fulfillment of his Independent Performance Study course.
St. Mark's alumna Ginny Walsh '17 returned to campus on Monday, January 8, to deliver the first "15-minute lecture" of the year. This lecture series, sponsored by the SM Dean of Students office, features alumni, faculty, current St. Markers, and special guests talking about topics of interest and importance to them. Walsh, a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, spoke about her participation in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) there.
For the past four years, the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning has sponsored Career Day at the School. The objective of Career Day is to provide St. Mark's students with a dynamic and tangible experience that connects their academic pursuits with potential professional endeavors in the future. It is also an exciting opportunity for alumni and parents to connect with St. Mark's students and to provide expert insight from their wealth of experiences.
On Thursday, January 4, a massive winter storm swept much of the United States. Between eight and eighteen inches of snow fell on Massachusetts while fierce winds swept the region. St. Mark's cancelled classes for the day, so students, faculty, and staff captured the experience with some wonderful photographs.
More than two-dozen St. Mark's graduates participated in college and university level athletics this past autumn. Their experiences covered a range of sports opportunities, including field hockey, football, soccer, cross country, women's rugby, and fall crew.
Bill Knowlton '65 has been no stranger to St. Mark's in recent years. He has been a regular at St. Mark's Career Day, meeting with students about serving in the military (he is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army), and in 2015 he attended the St. Mark's Distinguished Alumni/ae ceremony, accepting that distinction on behalf of his late father, General William A. Knowlton, SM Class of 1938.
In the midst of exams, a refreshing respite is always welcome. This year, the Hinkle Room was filled with baked treats during the final stretch before the winter holiday break, and students lined the halls waiting for the doors to open for this most welcome "Exam Bake" and a break from their studies.