The Groton Games are Here!
Groton Day is almost here! The Monitors and additional members of the campus community are busily preparing for the pep rally and bonfire tonight in celebration of our rival competitions.
On Saturday, November 9, the Groton Games will be held here in Southborough, and our cross country teams are off to Northfield Mount Herman and Nobles for the Cross Country New England Championships.
In our quest to win back the raccoon coat, we enter Saturday's games with three wins and two losses—a one game advantage. If we win four of the eight games, St. Mark's will bring back the raccoon coat!
Gray Colloquium: The Mark Lomax Quartet
On Thursday, November 7, Dr. Mark Lomax II brought his jazz quartet to the St. Mark's campus, as part of this year's Gray Colloquium series. From the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall, they performed nine movements from Dr. Lomax's 12-album 400: An Afrikan Epic—Tales of the Black Experience cycle. Dr. Lomax is a critically acclaimed composer, drummer, recording artist, activist, and educator. He specializes in the sociopolitical and spiritual aspects of African-American art, music, and race, as well as the role of the arts in building community. Read More.
Voices of the Class of 2019
Select this link to watch a video featuring members of the Class of 2019 as they reflect on their time at St. Mark's.
LEO 7.04 is here!
This edition of LEO features work from students in the III, IV, and V forms, as well as Mr. Noble! Explore glow stick globalization, medicine and healthcare, Salinger, The Great Gatsby, folk music, and Atlantic World!
Grades and Comments Available in NetClassroom on November 19
On Monday, November 19, grades and comments will be available in NetClassroom; grades can be accessed by clicking on Student Info/Grades and Schedule on the parent portal. NetClassroom is our platform for reporting of summative grades for each course at the close of each marking period. For information regarding your student's day to day progress in a course, please be in touch with your student's advisor.
As always, please be in touch with the Academics office with any questions—for III and IV Forms, Associate Dean of Academics Kinne McBride, and for V and VI Forms, Dean of Academics Nat Waters.
What's up this weekend? Follow this link to learn more about the happenings on campus this Saturday and Sunday.
Fall Play: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
By Tony Kushner
Performance Dates: November 14, 15, and 16, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Black Box Theater
Reserve your Tickets: There is limited seating available each night. Preference will be given to people who reserve seats in advance. Please email Mr. Kent to reserve tickets (It's free!).
Please arrive on time. NO LATE ADMISSION
Note: Mature Audiences Only
What's the story? America in the mid-1980s: In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life, death, love, and the after-life. Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece follows a gay man abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus and a Mormon lawyer's stalling marriage to his pill-popping wife. Other characters include the infamous McCarthyite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a time-traveling travel agent, a ghost from the 17th century, and an angel. More than 25 years after its premiere, Angels in America remains one of the most powerful plays in American history.
Groton Spirit Week
Photos from Groton Spirit Week are available online on our SmugMug and on Instagram.
St. Mark's Rowing: A Legacy Beyond Graduation
More than 60 St. Mark's graduates currently participate in athletics in colleges and universities. Most of them take part in what are generally seasonal sports, and their endeavors are detailed on this site after each season is finished. But rowing transcends the seasons. It is a year-round commitment, competitive in the fall and the spring, and the St. Mark's rowing legacy has been carried on by several alumni this fall. Read More.
All School and VI Form Class Photos
For information on how to purchase copies of the 2019-2020 all-school photo and VI Form class photo, select this link.
There is an evening chapel scheduled on Monday, November 18. Seated meal starts at 6:00 p.m. and students should expect to be finished around 7:15 p.m. There is no chapel on Tuesday morning. Classes on Tuesday begin at 8:30 a.m.
On Monday evening, November 11, the Southborough Rotary Club will sponsor a Veterans Day presentation in Taft Hall. Entitled "A Celebration of Service," the event features four local veterans. It should be a memorable evening filled with stories of service! This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Taft Hall.
Looking for a way to let your graduating student know you're proud of them? A family member interested in celebrating their graduating VI former can purchase a recognition advertisement here. With this link, you can design and pay for your ad.
The cost is $100 for 1/4 page, $200 for 1/2 page, and $400 for a full page. The deadline to complete your ad is January 31, 2020. If you experience any issues or have questions about your ad, please contact our Jostens yearbook representative, Chris Spelman.
Thanksgiving Vacation Transportation
Please note that we have added a minibus to Logan Airport on Friday, November 22, departing campus at 4:00 p.m. To reserve a spot, please contact Sue LaFreniere at email@example.com.
Charged to Lion card: $100 each way to Conn./NY, $35 each way to Logan Airport
24-hour cancellation notice or you will be charged
Friday, November 22, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. minivan departure to Logan Airport (from Athletic Center Parking lot) – Driver Neil Cifuentes
Saturday, November 23, 2019 – 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. highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 2:30 p.m.. It will then stop at the McDonald's restaurant (Darien, Conn. Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 4:30 p.m. It 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 at 12:30 p.m., departing from Athletic Center Parking lot (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 on 1st Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at 1:30 p.m., heading to the McDonald's restaurant 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 at 6:00 p.m. (Chaperone: Neil Cifuentes)
Dean of Students Office News
Cold Weather and Student Rooms
With cold weather approaching, we sent a reminder to students regarding ways they can help ensure their rooms remain comfortable in terms of temperature. The heat remains on for the duration of our winter months and although there may be fluctuations in temperature the heat is not turned off at any point. Typically, when students find the temperature in their rooms to be too low there are a few contributing factors. Please know that our Facilities team works hard to ensure we have comfortable spaces. Should your child have issues related to heat they can communicate with a faculty member who supports their residential house and we will have Facilities respond promptly.
Parents' Association News
Parent Speaker Series: November 23
Our discussion will focus on wellness, and will include the challenges students (especially new students) face this time of year (e.g. transitions around holidays and school breaks especially for boarders, first exam periods, the novelty of new environment is wearing off); resources St. Mark's offers to help students navigate any difficulties; and advice on what parents can do to helpful (e.g. communicating with the school, communicating with their child.)
We'll meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Hinkle Room at St. Mark's. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs until 11:00 a.m.
If you can't make the meeting, you can see it live here.
For more information, contact Gage Gillis in the Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Form Potlucks
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 for these potlucks. No 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.