Offices & Resources

Deans' Weekly

Parent Volunteers Needed



Parent volunteers are needed to assist in the Admission Parlor. This requires no training—just a smile!

Our goal is to have one or two parents in the parlor to talk about the School from a parent's point of view. This is a fun and easy way to build community, and your time is greatly appreciated. We all remember being that nervous parent. Seeing a friendly smile and having someone who can talk about recent orientation, what our students are up to, and what we liked about the School when our kids were interviewing all add to the special community feeling for which St. Mark's is known.

Coverage is generally needed in two-hour blocks between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday. Email fellow parent Marisa Macri at marisamacri@comcast.net if you are available to help. She will be emailing volunteers throughout the admission season with information about when assistance is needed, along with the link to sign up.

Volunteering with the Admission Office makes such a difference to the School and provides a great opportunity to feel engaged in our community. Thank you all in advance for your time, and see you in the parlor!


Parents Association News


November 23 Parent Speaker Series: CANCELLED
The Parent Speaker event originally planned for November 23 has been cancelled, as most students will be traveling Friday afternoon or Saturday morning for the Thanksgiving break.

The next Parent Speaker event will be held after the winter break. Information about that event will be emailed to parents as soon as details become available. For more information, contact Gage Gillis in the Advancement Office at gagegillis@stmarksschool.org.

Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club: December 4
Our next meeting will take place at St. Mark's on Wednesday, December 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 248 of the Center. If you are in the area, please stop by for book discussion, a bit of socializing, and light snacks.

We'll discuss When All Is Said by Anne Griffin along with anything else you've read. At the end of this meeting, we'll choose January's book.

Not in the area, but have a book suggestion? They are always welcome and can be submitted to Joanne Flathers, joanne@flathersfamily.net, or Laurie Kalapinski, lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.


Thanksgiving Departure Sign Outs & Reminders


Departure: Saturday, November 23, after 1:00 p.m. Return: Monday, December 2, by 7:00 p.m.

Students departing and returning on time complete the Thanksgiving Departure request.
Students leaving early or returning late will serve early detention from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and should complete a Special Permission request.

Reminders
  • Houses will be closed at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23
  • Locate Passports & I-20s if necessary
  • Pick up athletic and music equipment
  • Collect belongings from classrooms & school buildings
  • Check lost and found locations for personal belongings
  • Pass room inspection
  • Students not checked out by 1:00 p.m. must report to Health Services
  • There will be no access to school buildings during vacation
  • Pick up medications from Health Services if necessary
  • Unplug all electronics
  • Close and lock all windows
  • Empty trash & recycling
  • Clean out all perishables
  • Return items to housemates & friends
  • Lock your room
  • Sign out of your house as required by your House Head. Happy Vacation!


Academic News


Issue 5 of LEO is here!
This may be the first time Post Malone is featured in LEO... see if you can find him. Check out impressive St. Mark's Saturdays final projects, a deep dive into epistemology, a psychology case study, an exploration of lactose tolerance, and MORE!

Smleo.com

Experiential Learning: Grant Applications are Open
The Experiential Learning office has launched Grant season! Student grant applications are open to ALL Forms and are available for individual pursuits, international travel, and public policy. Select this link and locate the "Grants" box to read specific details of each grant.

Applications are due after Thanksgiving break, on Friday, December 6.



College Counseling News


IV Form—Class of 2022
On Saturday, December 7, the College Counseling Office, through our partnership with Academic Approach, will offer all IV Formers the opportunity to take a full-length practice ACT test. Just as was the case with the PSAT in October, this test is meant for practice. Results are NOT official and are intended for diagnostic purposes only. We hope that students will, by gaining exposure to each of the possible standardized tests, be better able to make an informed decision about which testing path makes more sense for them. Students do not need to register or do anything other than show up with pencils and a calculator. The test will run from 9:00 to roughly 11:30 a.m. and will be held in Taft Hall.

We are aware that December 7 is NOT a St. Mark's Saturday. We scheduled the practice date on this day to minimize the disruption to the academic calendar. All IV Formers are expected to attend. Please direct any questions to the College Counseling Office.


Athletic News


Student-Athlete of the Week: Josh Bergers '22
In last Saturday's NEPSTA All-Star Race, Josh Bergers '22 ran masterfully and finished third in the race. Josh ran a time of 16:21, which makes him the third-fastest SM runner on our course in at least the last 15 years (and likely much longer), bested only by Sean McLaughlin '14 and Liam Monheim '16. Aditya Mynampaty also ran a brilliant race and finished eighth overall in a home course PR of 17:00, the tenth-best time on our home course by a St. Marker in at least the last 15 years. This has been a tremendous season for both of these young men and the team.



Alumna in the News
Haley Dion '19 competed in her first collegiate race with Duke University women's rowing this past weekend at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Virginia, a head race hosted by the University of Virginia, featuring teams from the ACC and AAC. Haley, a walk-on to the defending 2019 ACC runner-up Duke Blue Devils, raced with the Duke 5V, which finished ahead of conference competitor University of Central Florida 3V, and just short of ACC competitors the University of Miami 2V and the University of Louisville 3V. The depth of the Duke women's rowing program played a huge factor in the team's overall success at the Rivanna Romp, propelling them to an overall second-place team finish at the regatta, just behind the defending 2019 ACC Champions Virginia Cavaliers. It was no surprise to her former coaches and teammates that Haley, co-captain of the 2019 St. Mark's girls and 2017 NEIRA Champion, decided to walk on to Duke after an impressive career as a St. Mark's Lion, racing in three out of four NEIRA Grand Finals, bringing home the 2017 gold, and winning the Kevin Stockton Oar Prize in 2019 for her unwavering commitment and dedication to the team. We are looking forward to following Haley's budding NCAA career when Duke returns to NCAA and ACC sprint racing this spring. Go Blue Devils!


Yearbook News


Change to Yearbook Sales
This year, we will use an opt-out system for yearbook sales. If you or your child(ren) DO NOT want a copy of the yearbook, please directly email Ms. Starry Zhu or Ms. Lauren Kelly by January 31, 2020. We will also make an announcement in the school meeting and remind students via email.


St. Mark's School Institutional Research Bulletin


Leverage Points
Happy Thanksgiving! There is much to be thankful for in the latest issue of Leverage Points, the St. Mark's School Institutional Research Bulletin—the lessons we can learn from the research field to the strength within our community and willingness to tackle our challenges. To view the bulletin, click/tap this link.


Campus News


St. Markers Earn Regional Music Honors
St. Mark's students—Ryder Henry '20 (French horn), Grace Li '21 (flute), Waverly Shi '21 (violin), Albert Wu '23 (violin), Kelly Yang '23 (vocal—soprano), and Richard Zhang '21 (violin)—were accepted into the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Central District Music Festival. They will be performing on Saturday, January 18, in Worcester's Mechanics Hall. Read More.

X- Country, Field Hockey Highlight Fall Sports Season
Ten of the 14 St. Mark's teams this autumn posted records of .500 or better. The Lions went 94-42-9 at all levels of competition, for an overall winning percentage of .679. Read More.

Plenty of Music This November at St. Mark's
An abundance of music has echoed throughout the School this November. From singing in Belmont Chapel, to the annual Fall Showcase in the Putnam Family Arts Center, and then a rock band performance at all-school meeting in the Center, November has experienced an outburst of sweet sounds on campus. Read More.