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Remote St. Markers: Visual Arts Curriculum Thriving

Throughout the COVID era, the arts at St. Mark's have continued to thrive curricularly. Arts Department head Chris Kent is teaching theater arts remotely, while Director of Music James Wallace has been working diligently with St. Mark's students, producing music for regular chapel services, the uniquely virtual 2020 Lessons & Carols service, and some wonderful a capella vocal productions. The visual arts, taught by faculty veterans Barbara Putnam and Aggie Belt, have been particularly impressive. Ms. Belt's sculptors have created "cultural unity vessels" in which students combine pottery styles from different cultures to produce unique objects. There was also an extraordinarily creative output from Ms. Putnam's studio artists this fall and leading up to the Christmas break. The vast majority of these artistic endeavors have taken place remotely, so it is exciting to realize that the arts at St. Mark's are thriving despite all challenges.

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St. Marker Receives National Science Talent Honor

Beining (Cathy) Zhou, a VI Former from China and Australia, has been named a top 300 scholar in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS)—the nation's oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. A total of 1,760 students around the country entered the competition this year, which is held under the auspices of the Society for Science.

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Remote St. Markers: Winter Acapella Song For New Year

Between Christmas and New Year's Eve, St. Mark's two a capella groups released their virtually recorded version of Fleet Foxes' "White Winter Hymnal." Arranged by James Wallace—the School's director of music—it was recorded remotely by individual members of the Royal Blues (St. Mark's female acapella group) and the Marksmen (its male acapella group) and then blended together to celebrate the winter and welcome in 2021.

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Students for Sustainability Holiday Challenge

To celebrate the season, the Students for Sustainability (S4S) at St. Mark's created a holiday challenge "to inspire sustainable doing." St. Markers were challenged to take sustainable actions related to the holidays: "including buying, wrapping, making, or reusing." The two most creative entries, declared Dani Ortiz '21 and Lindsay Davis '21—the leaders of S4S this year— would win prizes.

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Remote St. Markers: Experiencing NAIS Conferences

From November 30 through December 4, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) held two of its most significant annual events: the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and the People of Color Conference (PoCC). This year, of course, both conferences were entirely virtual. Six St. Mark's students attended the 2020 SDLC while six members of the School's adult community took part in the 2020 PoCC.

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"The Quest to Unite  Us" -- A New Novel from a St. Mark's Alumnus

Time travel and history are often paired themes in novels, and one of the best of them comes from the pen of St. Mark's alumnus William de Rham '75. This past summer, de Rham released The Quest to Unite Us: Book I of the Marcus Santana Time Travel Chronicles. Marketed as a young adult novel, de Rham notes that "it is for anyone seeking a tale of adventure that includes the story of how our founding fathers created the Constitution."

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Josh Bergers '22 Shines in N.E. Championship XC Race

St. Mark's V Former Josh Bergers was the top high school runner in the annual U.S. Track and Field (USATF) New England championship cross country race, held at Mine Falls Park in Nashua, New Hampshire on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Bergers, just 17, came in 11th out of 87 runners in the men's event. The top 10 finishers ranged in age from 20 to 28.

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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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November 11: Veterans Day and Founder's Day at St. Mark's

Two hundred years ago on November 11, 1820, Joseph Burnett, the future founder of St. Mark's School, was born in Southborough, Massachusetts. Almost a century later, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, the First World War came to an end. Originally Armistice Day, November 11 is now recognized as Veterans Day, while at St. Mark's November 11 has been celebrated for 150 years as Founder's Day.

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St. Mark's Athletes Commit to D1 College Programs

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, was the first National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing day for high school athletes committing to play at the Division I level for college and university sports programs. Six current St. Markers have signed NLI agreements, and their names were announced virtually by Director of Athletics John Levandowski at the regular all-school meeting on the same day.

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Despite Early Snow, Costumes Aplenty for SM Halloween 2020

This past weekend, the St. Mark's community celebrated Halloween. Despite Friday's snow, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday October 31st, the young children of faculty and staff participated in a safely socially distanced trick-or-treat circuit of campus houses. Meanwhile, St. Mark's students held a hybrid Halloween costume competition, including both on-campus and virtual entries.

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Alumna in Chapel Highlights Memorial Project in Kenya


On Tuesday, October 27, St. Mark's alumna Jess Danforth '02 was the speaker for morning chapel. She shared with the school community the story of her best friend, fellow St. Marker Caitlin O'Hara '01 (pictured at left), who died at the age of 33 of complications from cystic fibrosis. Danforth then introduced the work she was doing in East Africa as a memorial to her friend: the Leo Project.


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NHL, Yale Come Calling for SM Hockey Players

St. Mark's has a long tradition of ice hockey success, with 29 league titles and eight New England championships over 120 years of the sport at the School. There have been many St. Mark's skaters, young men and women, who have gone on to play at colleges and universities. A few have seen action on junior, national, Olympic, and professional teams, and a trio of Lions went on to NHL careers. Now two more St. Mark's hockey veterans will have that chance.

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Standing Up, Speaking Out: St. Mark's and St. Markers Respond

Over the past several months, St. Markers around the country, current students and alumni of all ages have been responding to current events: speaking out and standing up to make a difference in these challenging times. Their voices are varied but their messages uniformly powerful. And St. Mark's has heard their voices and is responding.

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Health and Safety Prioritized as Students Return to Campus

This week, St, Mark's is welcoming back boarders and day students who wish to return to campus, while other students will still be taking classes remotely. In a recent letter to the St. Mark's community, Head of School John C. Warren '74 spelled out the preparations undertaken and the changes made in order to prioritize the safety and health of everyone involved:


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Brantwood Camp and St. Mark's: A Century of Collaboration

1920 was a watershed year for St. Mark's School in many ways. For the first time, a process for financial aid support was introduced: meager perhaps by today's standards, but clearly a step in the right direction. That year also saw a significant renovation of Belmont Chapel, expanding it to accommodate increased enrollment and dedicating it as a memorial to those St. Markers who had served in the Great War. Another memorial to the fallen would have an even more substantial impact on the School and its philosophy. Today, St. Mark's proudly asserts in its mission statement that it "educates young people for lives of leadership and service." It was in 1920 that St. Mark's introduced its very first formal program of community service and outside leadership opportunity, when it began a collaborative relationship with Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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St. Mark's Earns Special Olympics National Honor

Special Olympics Massachusetts announced this month that St. Mark's has earned National Banner recognition for its efforts to provide inclusive sports and activities for students with and without disabilities. St. Mark's has been active in facilitating and hosting Special Olympics events on campus for the better part of two decades, and is currently recognized as a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. St. Mark's is receiving this National Banner honor as a result of meeting national standards of excellence in the areas of inclusion, advocacy and respect. An award presentation will take place at a later date, to be determined.

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Innovative Learning: Professional Development This Summer

The summer of 2020 has been anything but ordinary, but at St. Mark's the faculty remain committed to professional development during their time away from the classroom. Throughout July, St. Mark's faculty members were deeply immersed in a special course entitled "Designing & Building for Student-Centered Hybrid Learning at St. Mark's." The faculty is now well-prepared to present the curriculum in both a fully-remote format and, when practical and safe, a hybrid model for 2020-2021.

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St. Mark's Welcomes 11 New Faculty for 2020-2021

When its 156th academic year gets underway this autumn, St. Mark's will welcome 11 new faculty members to the school community. Five will be teaching STEM subjects, four will be joining the Modern Languages Department, one will become part of the admission team, while another will be assuming the administrative responsibilities of directing the School's Community and Equity program.

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