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Family Weekend is here!


Family Weekend


Family Weekend is here! The full schedule for the weekend is online and we hope that those parents attending will take full advantage of all of the sessions and programs available throughout the weekend.

Family Weekend Highlights:
  • Teacher Conferences
  • Family Gatherings
  • Affinity Luncheons
  • Family Weekend Speaker, Dr. David Gleason - Watch the presentation via livestream here.
  • V Form College Weekend Family Weekend Concert - Watch the concert via livestream here.
  • All-Parent Meetings

Registration for appointments with your child's teachers and advisor is now closed. If you were unable to make an appointment with your child's advisor or one or more of your child's teachers, due to your schedule or theirs, please contact your child's advisor via email.

This weekend is an extended weekend with no academic classes on Monday, October 14, or Tuesday, October, 15. Boarders should return by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15.

As a reminder, if you are unable to attend Family Weekend in person, you can watch both the Family Weekend speaker, Dr. David Gleason, and the Family Weekend Concert via livestream at the links below.

Livestreams:
Friday, October 11, 3:00 p.m. | Family Weekend Speaker - Dr. David Gleason
Friday, October 11, 8:30 p.m. | Family Weekend Concert


Academic News


LEO
Three forms plus a faculty member are represented in this issue of LEO. Support Lina, Grace K., Sam L., Alie, Daniella, Brillon, and Mr. Eslick by reading their stellar work.

Learn about lung cancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates, grant opportunities on Nantucket, a Spike Lee film, and more!

The St. Marker
We are pleased to share this first issue of the St. Marker with you. You can read it here, or swipe any of the QR codes around campus.

Wishing you a wonderful Family Weekend from the whole St. Marker Staff!

No Homework Weekend
The Academics Office has declared this weekend a "no homework" weekend so that students can have a small respite from the daily grind.

Faculty and Advisor Assessments
As students begin to receive assessment results back in classes, and supportive feedback conversations take place in Family Weekend conferencing on campus, a reminder that we make cumulative grade reports available through our NetClassroom portal following the close of each window. Faculty compose narrative comments to accompany grades at the close of Windows One and Three only. Families will receive a summary of each student's overall life at school in the form of an Advisor letter at the close of each semester (in January and June). Window One will conclude on November 1, with grades and comments posted to the NetClassroom interface on the Parent Portal on November 18.

All questions regarding your student's day to day progress in academic courses should be directed to the advisor. As a school, we believe that the advisor serves an integral function in the life of the student, acting as a coach and the primary communicator with that student's family about that student's progress. The advisor's communication with families is crucial, as he or she is able to provide meaningful context, goal-setting, and guidance alongside raw feedback, integrating the information from all parts of a student's life into a meaningful whole.

December Assessment Week
While December may seem a long way away, it will be here before we know it! As with all vacation departures, we ask that you are mindful of the dates marked on the School calendar for the December Assessment Week (December 16-19) when making advance plans for travel. Over the course of the Assessment Week, each class will meet for a two-hour block of time. Depending on the course, classwork may be in the form of a cumulative test, project-based work, writing workshop, or some other form of activity and assessment. The final assessment block concludes at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, and Houses will close on Friday, December 20, at 1:00 p.m. Please check in with your student to be sure that they will be able to meet all of their scheduled commitments prior to their planned departure. If you have questions, please contact Dean of Academics Nat Waters.


The Center


Academic Support
This past Saturday, October 5, Director of Academic Support Sarah Eslick visited the III Form Core Saturday class as a guest speaker. III Formers learned about all of the Big 6 Learning Strategies, following an introduction to retrieval practice in their TGS classes earlier in the week.

They did a fantastic job applying dual coding, elaboration, and concrete examples to a vocabulary word, and then made a study plan for a fictitious vocabulary quiz using spaced practice, interleaving, and retrieval practice.

(For more information on six essential strategies for learning, visit the Learning Scientists.)

See below for a few examples of their fine work:




Campus News


Community Weekend
Next weekend is a Community Weekend. All boarders are expected to remain on campus on Saturday evening.

School Photos: A Note from Coffee Pond
Dear St. Mark's Families,

We hope you had a great summer and we look forward to taking your child's school pictures and senior portraits ($18) on Tuesday, October 22. Below is important information that will give you access to your child's portrait.

Our E/Proof program will notify you via email when your child's proofs are ready to be viewed online. When you receive the email with a private password you can go directly to our company's secure website www.coffeepond.com to place your order on-line. Coffee Pond accepts all major credit cards.

Please be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from lifeguards@coffeepond.com.

Should you not receive your child's password within a few weeks after picture day, please be sure to contact our Customer Care department at: lifeguards@coffeepond.com or by phone at 800-632-2323 x0.


Weekend Activities


What's up this weekend? Follow this link to learn more about the happenings on campus this Saturday and Sunday. You can also view this information by viewing our story on Instagram.


College Counseling


Classes of 2021 and 2022 | PSAT The PSAT will be offered on Saturday, October 19. All IV and V Formers are expected to be present unless they have been excused by a college counselor. The start time is 8:00 a.m. sharp; students should report by 7:50 a.m. so we can get started on time. IV Formers should report to Elkins Gym. V Formers should report to the MFAC. Students are already registered. No. 2 pencils, calculators, some water, and perhaps a snack (please no peanut-based snacks) are all that is required. Students will receive a copy of the PSAT bulletin. Details about the test, including sample questions and other specifics about test day, are included. Additional information can also be found at this link.


Athletic News


Home Games - Saturday, October 12
  • 2:30 p.m. - Thirds Girls' Soccer vs. Tabor
  • 2:30 p.m. - Boys' Varsity Soccer vs. St. George's
  • 2:30 p.m. - Boys' JV Soccer vs. St. George's
  • 2:30 p.m. - Girls' Varsity Soccer vs. St. George's
  • 2:30 p.m. - Girls' JV Soccer vs. St. George's
  • 2:30 p.m. - Varsity Field Hockey vs. St. George's
  • 2:30 p.m. - Varsity Football vs. St. George's
  • 3:00 p.m. - Boys' JV Cross Country vs. Governors
  • 3:30 p.m. - Girls' JV Cross Country vs. Governors
  • 3:30 p.m. - Girls' Varsity Cross Country vs. Governors
  • 3:45 p.m. - JV Field Hockey vs. St. George's
  • 4:10 p.m. - Boys' Varsity Cross Country vs. Governors

Subject to change; please check the Athletics Website for the latest information on upcoming games.


Wellness News


In the last couple of years, we have made minor changes to the NRS program. The decision was made to alternate the nutrition and substance classes early in the year. Statistics show from our Independent Health School Check that as the students increase age they are more likely to engage in at-risk behaviors. We wanted to introduce them to materials about substances earlier in the year while giving them the necessary skills to make healthy decisions in the dining hall.

The decision was made to hold our students more accountable during NRS while not putting added stress on their agenda. Instead of taking attendance at the end of each session, the IV Form is broken into groups of four and asked to answer prompts. They email me those answers. Here are what the first two classes have looked like.

In week one of the Nutrition section of NRS, we discussed the six basic nutrients that are needed daily. Carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and water are essential in our daily diet to make sure we can perform at our very best as student-athletes at St. Mark's. The students had to create a meal that had each of the nutrients present and had to explain where in the dining hall they could find these foods.

The first session of the Substance class was on major school rules including drugs and alcohol, along with the new policy on CBD oil. The students had questions around sanctuary and fast team, which is normal and we walked them through the resources here to help with any problems they or their peers might encounter. The prompts that they answered were "Why does St. Mark's have rules?" and "If you could change one rule at St. Mark's what would it be and why?"

Thank you for all your help. If you have any suggestions for resources, topics, or outside speakers please contact Director of Wellness Carl Corazzini at carlcorazzini@stmarksschool.org.


Dean of Students Office


Boardingware Reminder
A reminder that we ask for all requests for overnights away from school must be submitted to Boardingware prior to 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Requests made after this time must be approved by our administrator on duty by phone at 508.380.8667. Please note that late requests are problematic and if appropriate, our administrators on duty will give limited approval for late requests. If you have questions about the request process please contact the Dean of Students Office.

All special permission requests need to go through the Dean's Office email and/or Ms. Stacey Lee as well as through the usual Boardingware process.


Parents Association


Faculty/Staff Appreciation - "An Apple a Day"
The first Parents' Association Faculty/Staff Appreciation event of the year, "An Apple a Day," took place earlier this week. Thank you to our parent volunteers for making this a special day for St. Mark's faculty and staff!

Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club: Wednesday, November 6
Our next meeting will be on November 6, at St. Mark's School, Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Please stop by for our book discussion, a bit of socializing, and light snacks.

We will discuss The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil. At the end of this meeting, we'll choose the next book title for our December meeting.

If you have a book suggestion for the group or would like to be added to the group's email list, contact Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21 at joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski, Admission Coordinator, at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.

IV Form Potluck: Friday, November 22
The Bloch potluck for the IV Form parents will be held on Friday, November 22, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please contact Michelle Davis at St.MarksPA@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.

The Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. We are seeking parents in all Forms who would be willing to host a fall potluck gathering at their home. If you enjoy connecting with other parents and live relatively close to Southborough, please consider hosting a future gathering of 'your' Form. Please contact Michelle Davis at St.MarksPA@gmail.com with questions or to volunteer.