On Thursday, February 21, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy visited St. Mark's as part of the Gray Colloquium speaker series.
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On Tuesday evening, February 19, alumnus Ibrahim Ayub, SM Class of 2010, was the guest speaker at the evening service in Belmont Chapel.
On Monday, February 11, busloads of St. Markers traveled to New York for the annual Opera Trip. They dined out in the city and enjoyed a production of La Fille du Regiment at the Met.
On Sunday, February 10, the St. Mark's boys' varsity hockey team held a fundraiser event to benefit Austism Speaks.
Six students and two faculty members from the Grange School in Santiago, Chile, visited campus this winter as part of an established exchange program with St. Mark's, through the SM Global Citizenship Initiative.
On Monday, February 4, innovative educator and LGBTQ+ and feminist activist Dr. Mira Krishnan visited St. Mark's as part of the Gray Colloquium series.
Over the first three days in February, both the St. Mark's boys' and girls' varsity squash teams competed in the 2019 HEAD U.S. High School Team Squash Championships. It is the world's largest squash tournament with more than 1,400 players—more than 200 seven-person teams competing across 14 draws—Boys' Divisions 1-8 and Girls' Divisions 1-6. Six venues in and around Hartford, Connecticut hosted the tournament.
Acapella music reigned at St. Mark's on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 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 Friday evening, February 2, the St. Mark's Asian Student Alliance (ASA) hosted a Festival Dinner to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Jonathan Jackson, co-founder of Blavity, Inc., visited St. Mark's at the end of January. He met with students, visited classes, and spoke in chapel.
Four St. Mark's students have been accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educators All-State Music Festival. Violinist Waverly Shi '21 (pictured here), violinist Richard Zhang '22, Sophia Liu '19 (flute), and Grace Li '21 (flute) faced a series of challenging auditions to achieve All-State recognition.
This season, between varsity, JV, and 3rds, St. Mark's is fielding 16 different teams in winter athletic action. A dozen of these squads have achieved real success and are looking strong at mid-season. Overall, with 146 games already played and with 114 remaining (along with various league, New England, and national tournaments), St. Mark's teams have won 55% of their games, going 77-64-5 with 13 teams posting records of .500 or better.
The 2019 Winter Trustee Weekend at St. Mark's took place on Friday, January 25, and Saturday, January 26. Members of the Board met as various committees as well as all together, they interacted with students and faculty, and they attended a special Friday service in Belmont Chapel, featuring music from Lora Xie '20 and presentations from VI Formers Caroline Dawson and Matt Hart. The major highlight of the weekend, however, was Friday evening's Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony.
On Friday afternoon, January 25, the Southborough Society sponsored a presentation and forum on gender inequality and fashion.
On Thursday, January 24, the St. Mark's 15-Minute Lecture series featured presentations from students who had received grants to help fund special projects.
The Independent School League (ISL) features hundreds of talented scholar-athletes, and many of them go on to compete in college sports. An exemplar of this success is St. Mark's School. More than 30 of its graduates participated in college and university level athletics this past autumn. Their experiences covered a range of sports opportunities, including field hockey, soccer, football, women's rugby, fall tennis, and fall crew.
The annual celebration of community and equity at St. Mark's highlighted diversity and identity in the School community.
On Sunday evening, January 6, the St. Mark's student One Love Club hosted a One Love Escalation Workshop in the Center Presentation Room on campus.
On Thursday, January 3, nationally recognized equity and inclusion practitioner John Gentile visited St. Mark's. His visit was sponsored by the School's Community and Equity program.
Traditionally, the holiday break has been a busy and exciting time for St. Mark's teams. This December, two SM varsity squads—boys' varsity hockey and girls' varsity basketball—came away with championship titles in holiday tournament action.
Two St. Mark's faculty members—Dr. Laura Appell-Warren and Ms. Loris Adams—have recently taken on important leadership roles in national educational organizations, continuing their commitment to global and diversity education respectively.
This past week, St. Mark's held its annual Service of Lessons and Carols on Thursday evening, December 6, and again on Sunday afternoon, December 9. 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 Friday evening, December 7, the SMLeads program welcomed Andrew Onimus from "Minding Your Mind" as a guest speaker.
Celebrations of the holiday season continue at St. Mark's.
Six students and three faculty members from St. Mark's attended the 2018 People of Color Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from November 28 to December 1, participating in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) there.
On Friday, November 30, St. Mark's kicked off its celebration of the holiday season with the annual "Deck the Halls" House Cup Songfest followed by the tree lighting on the VI Form Quad.
On Thursday evening, November 29, the award-winning documentary Science Fair was presented in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. St. Mark's was selected by National Geographic Films to host this exclusive screening as part of a nationwide tour.
Six St. Markers have been accepted into the Central District Music Festival by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Ryder Henry '20, Grace Li '21, Waverly Shi '21, and Julian Yang '20 (all pictured here), along with Sophia Liu '18 and Richard Zhang '22 are the SM honorees.
In many ways it is the longest season, stretching as it does over five months, from late November through early March, but the winter sports season at St. Mark's can also be very exciting. Hopes are high for 2018-2019.
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.
Powerful showings from the boys' cross country program and playoff-bounds seasons by both varsity field hockey and girls' varsity soccer provided drama and excitement for this past fall's sports season at St. Mark's, and all were highlighted at the recent Fall Athletic Awards ceremony.
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.
On Tuesday evening, November 13, St. Mark's celebrated 40 years of coeducation with a service in Belmont Chapel. The featured speaker was Alys Reynders Scott '85, the first woman to serve as president of the St. Mark's board of trustees.
On Wednesday, November 14, the St. Mark's varsity field hockey team defeated Williston-Northampton 3-2 in the quarterfinal round of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference Class B championship tournament.
On Monday evening, November 12, four local veterans visited St. Mark's for a Veterans Day presentation in Taft Hall.
This year's Fall Play at St. Mark's is "She Kills Monsters," a self-proclaimed "dramatic comedy" written by Vietnamese-American playwright and martial arts director Qui Nguyen. Performances will take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings—November 14-16—in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater.
With her dramatic overtime goal against Groton this past Saturday, Faith Jennings '19 sent St. Mark's varsity field hockey into the New England Prep School Athletic Conference playoffs. And with a 4-2 win against Groton, SM girls' varsity soccer is also headed to the NEPSAC postseason mix.
On Monday, November 12, the second presentation of this year's Gray Colloquium series—"Creating Change"— featured Bryan Linck Vice President of Outreach360 (formerly Orphanage Outreach).
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.
The St. Mark's community is saddened to learn that longtime St. Mark's faculty spouse and former SM staffer Sylvia Wiedergott passed away on Thursday, November 1. She was 84.
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.
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.
The Class of 1945 Hall in St. Mark's Putnam Family Arts Center is one of the most acoustically perfect halls in the entire Boston area. In 2018-19 it will be new home of the Symphony Pro Musica, with four concerts by them this season, one including the New World Chorale, part of the new SOUTHBOROUGH SOUNDS concert series at St. Mark's.
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.
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.
On Monday, October 8, the diverse music ensemble LADAMA came to the St. Mark's campus. They gave a concert at lunch and then led a workshop during the co-curricular block in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Black Box Theater.
In an annual tradition at St. Mark's, on Tuesday, October 2, student and faculty pets were welcomed at the morning Chapel service for the "Blessing of the Animals."