Check out the latest edition of LEO!
LEO: The Official Academic Journal of St. Mark's School
LEO season 7, issue 03 is here and full of videos, essays, newspapers, and annotated diagrams. Select this link to support eight students and two faculty members in this amazing issue that features English, photography, chemistry, modern languages, ancient languages, history, and global citizenship.
View work by Catie Summers, Dom Mongillo, Alie Hyland, Dr. Harwood, Mr. Sellers, Sam Leslie, Phoebe Macleod, Bobby Sommers, Emma Viens, and Julian Yang!
Window One Closing November 1
With the end of Window One approaching on November 1, students may find an increasing number of graded assessments coming due over the next week or so. As always, advisors are supporting students with their work on campus, and encourage parents to open a conversation from home about planning ahead and keeping up healthy habits during stressful times. We emphasize to students that they have a wealth of resources and support around them!
SM Saturdays: III Form Hike to Callahan State Park The III Form participated in a bonding activity that introduced the idea of time in the outdoors as a restorative wellness strategy -- a great connection to their III Form Saturdays and Lion Term work!
The first 2019 Vindex submissions period is open, and editors will be hard at work soon. Co-Editors-in-Chief Charlotte Bertsch and Alex Chen have announced that there will be winners for best submissions, and they hope to have the first issue out in time for Fall Break. Encourage your students to submit their great artwork and writing and have their creative voices be heard! Visit the online Vindex to see past issues: https://www.stmarksschool.org/vindex
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.
School pictures and senior portraits were taken on Tuesday, October 22. An electronic proof program will notify you via email when your child's proofs are ready to be viewed. 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 online. Coffee Pond accepts all major credit cards.
Please be sure to have your spam blocker set to accept emails from email@example.com. Should you not receive your child's password within a few weeks after picture day, please be sure to contact the customer care department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 800-632-2323 x0.
Athlete of the Week: Grace Gibbons '20
Grace Gibbons scored six goals last week and added one assist for the varsity girls' soccer team. On Wednesday against Milton, Gibbons scored two goals and added an assist. Her first goal came off a huge punt from goalkeeper Riley Schumacher '22 and her second goal was assisted by Emma Simon '21. Gibbons raced down the left flank and found Lilli Armstrong '21 for the third goal of the game, securing the 3-0 win over the Mustangs. On Friday against Dana Hall, Gibbons recorded her first career hat-trick scoring two goals (assisted by Lucy Wilmerding '21 and Izzy O'Toole '20) in the first half and adding a third (assisted by Sam Leslie '20) just four minutes into the second half. The Lions came away with a convincing 5-0 win. Finally, on Saturday at Governor's, Gibbons found the back of the net late in the game off a Carlisle Brush '23 header near the top of the box. St. Mark's earned the 1-1 draw against Governor's. Gibbons is currently leading the league in scoring with 16 goals and eight assists.
Team of the Week: Boys' JV Soccer
Boys' JV soccer notched their first win of the season on Saturday at Governor's. After many tough games where the team has played great against good opposition, the Lions were finally victorious, scoring an early goal and giving up only one shot on net the rest of the game. The team is led in scoring this year by Beomgi Jung '23, who scored two goals on Friday against Fay and added one on Saturday at Governor's. The top star of the team has been Luis Perez '20, whose speed and tenacity on defense neutralize even the best striker. This team shows its love of the game every day in practice, always wanting to practice more and often being the last team off the fields in the evening.
Alumni in the News:
Several members of the extended St. Mark's community raced in the 2019 Head of the Charles Regatta on October 19 and 20 in Cambridge. Recent St. Mark's graduates and current NCAA rowers raced particularly well this weekend: Sophie Haugen '18 coxed the Harvard-Radcliffe Club 4+ to a fourth place finish out of 56 crews, taking her crew all the way from the #55 ranked crew to #4 over the course of the race. Ben Hunnewell '18 also finished fourth out of 58 crews in the Boston University men's club 4+. Steven Burke '18 also finished fourth out of 40 crews for Virginia in the men's Collegiate 4+ race on Sunday. Racing together for the first time since the 2016 St. Mark's girls' varsity four that went 16-1 in NEIRA racing, Desmond Goodwin '16 and Samantha Sarafin '17 helped propel the Harvard-Radcliffe varsity 8+ to an eighth place finish in the Championship 8+ event, passing NCAA powerhouse Michigan, to finish as the sixth fastest Division I crew in the regatta.
Rejoining her Princeton teammates, Liza McBride '11 helped a very speedy Princeton alumni 8+ to an HOCR bronze medal, finishing ahead of 41 other crews and only one second behind silver medalist Dartmouth Alumni. Megan Hyland, St. Mark's associate director of donor relations, competed for the first time in a double and took home an impressive ninth place finish out of 40 crews in the Directors Challenge Mixed Doubles event on Sunday, racing for Quinsigamond Rowing Club, proudly representing St. Mark's own Donahue Rowing Center! Additionally, the entire regatta once again saw superb leadership and organization by Bracknell Baker '01, a member of the regatta race committee.
Congratulations to all of the St. Markers for outstanding performances, and very fast boats, at the 2019 HOCR!
- Varsity field hockey defeated Milton 2-0.
- Varsity girls' soccer defeated Milton 3-0, Dana Hall 5-0, and tied Governor's 1-1.
- JV field hockey tied Milton 1-1 and defeated Governor's 2-0.
- 3rds boys' soccer defeated Brooks 3-1 and tied Rivers 1-1.
- JV girls' soccer defeated Dana Hall 3-0 and Governor's 4-2.
- Varsity boys' soccer defeated Governor's 1-0.
- JV boys' soccer defeated Governor's 3-0.
- JV girls' cross country beat Groton 20-43.
- Varsity girls' cross country beat Tabor 15-48.
- JV boys' cross country beat Groton 23-32, Roxbury Latin 26-30, and Tabor 20-39.
- Varsity boys' cross country beat Tabor 24-33 and Groton 20-38.
Dean of Students News
A reminder about being careful about potentially falling into one of the seven parent traps that were discussed at Parent Orientation. While October is always a busy month, all of us need to be wary of the "Shining Knight," "Dump Truck," "Gossip Game" and "Exceptions" parent traps. Thanks!
Boardingware & Weekend Requests
Now that we are well into the year we want to thank our families for consistent use of Boardingware. When your child is away from school we work to ensure all faculty and staff that need to know are aware of their time away. On a daily basis this is simply important communication and should there be an emergency this is critical as we need to know our students are safe and accounted for.
Because the information communicated via Boardingware is critical to school life, we do hold students accountable should they fail to sign in or out properly. Students who leave for overnights or special permissions without an approved Boardingware request earn a Sunday work detail and loss of weekend privileges. This means that on a weekend where a students is serving a work detail they are not allowed Saturday overnights.
Along these same lines we would like to remind you that students that sign in to their parent/guardian Boardingware accounts and approve leave requests will be held responsible for dishonesty/forgery through the Student Discipline Committee process. Not only does Boardingware help us to communicate information to school adults it also provides us the comfort of knowing families approve of their child's plans. For this reason we ask that you always approve your child's request and do not ask them to log in to your account for any reason.
Saturday, November 23 - Monday, December 2
No Class on Saturday 11/23
Houses close at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday 11/23
Students return by 7:00 p.m. on Monday 12/2
Classes resume on Tuesday 12/3
Thanksgiving Vacation Transportation
$100 each way to Connecticut/N.Y.
$35 each way to Logan Airport (charged to Lion Card)
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Connecticut/New York Bus
12:30 p.m. departure (Chaperone: Marion Donovan)
From the St. Mark's Athletic Center, the bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 12:30 p.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 2:30 p.m. It will then stop at McDonald's (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 4:30 p.m. The bus will then continue into New York 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 6:15 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Minivan to Logan Airport
12:30 p.m. departure from Athletic Center (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)
Monday, December 2, 2019
Return to St. Mark's
A bus will leave New York's Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at 1:00 p.m., next stopping on1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to McDonald's on Rt. 95N (between Exits 12/13) at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to the service station in Milford, Conn., (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 p.m., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Minivan pickup from Logan airport 6:00 p.m. (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)
Parents Association News
Thank you Phonathon Volunteers!
We had a terrific night at St. Mark's on October 21, as volunteers gathered to call and ask fellow parents to make a gift to the Annual Fund. Thanks to everyone who helped out and supported this great cause. If you missed our call or haven't yet contributed to the Annual Fund, you can make your gift here.
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club - November 6
We will meet on Wednesday, November 6, in the Center Conference Room (248) on the St. Mark's campus 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, we'll choose a book title for our December meeting. If you have a book suggestion or would like to be added to our email list, contact Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21, '21 at email@example.com or Laurie Kalapinski, admission coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Form Potlucks
November 2 - VI Form
Hosted by Alan Clarance and Deeana Clarance
November 16 - III Form
Hosted by Jason and Keely Krantz
November 22 - IV Form
Hosted by Larry and Gwen Bloch from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Look for more details and an RSVP link soon for these potlucks. There will not be a V Form potluck this fall because of the recent V Form dinner.
The Parents' Association coordinates the Form potluck gatherings in the fall and spring. 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.