This year's St. Mark's Family Weekend was most successful, as parents and other family members of students flocked to campus for a series of special events.
Highlights on Friday, October 11, included affinity group luncheons, a Community & Equity Open House, a V Form College Counseling gathering, and an address by renowned psychologist Dr. David Gleason, author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools.
Friday evening was capped off by an all-parent reception among the art exhibits in Taft Hall with Head of School John C. Warren '74, and the traditional Family Weekend concert in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
The concert opened with a performance by the St. Mark's Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Nathaniel Meyer. They played Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol and accompanied the Royal Blues and the Marksmen on a cover of Lady Gaga's "Shallow" (from A Star is Born with Holden LeBlanc '21 on percussion.
The St. Mark's Jazz Ensemble followed, led by Director Stephen Fell and Assistant Director Tucker Antell, with Nat Adderly's "Jive Samba."
St. Mark's Director of Music and Arts Department Head James Wallace then led the St. Mark's Choir singing Beethoven's "Welten Singen" from Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives) and John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth." Mr. Wallace was ably assisted by vocal coach Charlotte Russell and accompanist Ilya Kazantsev.
The concert concluded with performances by the School's two acapella groups. The Royal Blues sang Frankie's "Problems, Problems," arranged by Mr. Wallace and featuring solos by Maeve-McKenzie Ahern '20 and Elise Gobron '21. The Marksmen covered Straight, No Chaser's "I'm Yours"/"Over the Rainbow" Mashup, with solos from V Formers Kartik Donepudi and Tommy Flathers.
On Saturday, there were more conferences with advisors, teachers, and members of the College Counseling office. Late Saturday morning, there was a special presentation in the School's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. It was entitled "A Taste of Teaching and Learning at St. Mark's" and was led by Director of Experiential Learning and English teacher John Camp and Director of the Center and Social Justice teacher Colleen Worrell.
Lunch provided a chance for parents to learn about Global Citizenship opportunities at St. Mark's. After lunch there was a College Counseling session for III and IV Form parents. Athletic events followed, as there were 11 Saturday home games on campus. Parents' Association Co-Chairs Michelle and Tom Davis and the College Counseling Office then co-hosted a dinner for V Form parents and students, followed by a V Form college Counseling program in the Putnam Family Arts Center.