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Assessment Period | December 16-19
Each December, St. Mark's conducts an assessment period that accommodates the diverse needs of advancing coursework before winter break. The assessment period starts Monday morning, December 16, and runs through Thursday afternoon, December 19. Each student's class has been allotted a two-hour block of time for meaningful academic engagement (see attached schedule). Depending on the course, classwork may be in the form of a cumulative test, project-based work, writing workshop, or some other activity or assessment. Please also note that we build a reading block into the schedule on Wednesday morning to allow students time for preparation and extra help.

The Center
With assessment week on the horizon, Academic Support has provided materials to help students manage their time and prepare for upcoming tests. Ask your St. Marker if they are following 10 Rules of Good Studying or the 10 Rules of Bad Studying!

LEO | Newest Edition
Check out articles from Jane, Dom, Aditya, Sam, and Izzy to see what grants can help students accomplish through experiential learning! Read analytical and reflective pieces by Joel, Lina, and Kendall to explore literature and social justice issues.

The Vindex | Fall Issue 2019
The print issues of the fall issue of St. Mark's literary and arts journal, The Vindex, are now available (ask your student to pick one up for you)! You can also access the content on The Vindex page of St. Mark's school website at https://www.stmarksschool.org/vindex.

Students who have writing or art featured: Charlotte Bertsch, Alex Chen, Suha Choi, Jane Dubrova, Kevin Huang, Boson Kwan, Will Lu, Padma Mynampaty, Kian Sahani, Kendall Sommers, Brandon Tang, Jenny Tang, Kelly Yang, Ingrid Yeung, Anni Zhang, Lina Zhang, and Richard Zhang.


Service of Lessons and Carols: December 15


Sunday, December 15, 2019
4:00 p.m. | Belmont Chapel

St. Mark's Choir, under the direction of James Wallace, director of music and Arts Department chair, will sing new and traditional Christmas anthems and lead congregational caroling. No RSVP required.


Global Citizenship News


NEW! Spring break travel program to Little Haiti, Miami. Because of the political climate in Haiti, and for safety reasons St. Mark's is not able to travel to visit our partner school, St. Marguerite's, in Haiti this year. Therefore, we will be offering a trip to Little Haiti in Miami, Florida over spring break! The trip will leave early in the morning on Friday, March 20, and return on Sunday evening, March 22. The final cost of the program will depend on the number of students, the current price estimate is $1200.

The purpose of this trip is to learn more about Haitian culture and the Haitian diaspora.
  • Trip highlights include:
  • Walking around Little Haiti
  • Visit to the Haitian Heritage Museum
  • Sounds of Little Haiti Festival
  • Visit to the Little Haiti Cultural Center
  • Tap-Tap Tour of Little Haiti
  • Dinner at Piman Bouk Haitian Restaurant
  • Church service at Notre Dame D'Haiti Mission Church
Students interested should see Elise Morgan or Laura Appell-Warren or MaryAnn Ciampa in the Global Citizenship Office.

NEW! Spanish Immersion Program in Cadiz. St. Mark's has a new partnership for our Spanish immersion program. We will be working with Centro Mundolengua. Students will arrive in Spain on June 28 and depart on July 19. Students live with host families, learn Spanish, and travel to Seville. More information can be found here. The cost of the program is $3,700 plus airfare. Students interested should see their Spanish teacher or Laura Appell-Warren or MaryAnn Ciampa in the Global Citizenship Office.

China! In June St. Mark's will offer a travel program to China. More information can be found here. Students traveling to China will learn about the culture and history of China and visit Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou. Students will also spend time at the Dandelion School, our partner school in Beijing. The final cost of the program will depend on the number of students; the current price estimate is $5,450. Students do not need to be taking Chinese to participate in this program. Students interested should see Showjean Wu or Laura Appell-Warren or MaryAnn Ciampa in the Global Citizenship Office.


Wellness News


Wellness is offering the following activities during Assessment Week to break up the long blocks!

Monday, December 16
11:00 a.m.-1;00 p.m. - Open Gym and Rink
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - FIFA and Ping Pong Tournament in Lion's Den

Tuesday, December 17
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Improv Workshop w/ Jack Griffin, Black Box Theater
4:00 p.m. - Exam Bake, Hinkle Room

Wednesday, December 18
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Open Gym and Rink
3:30 p.m. Puppy Pet in Athletic Quad (Students, feel free to bring pets!)

Thursday, December 19
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Open Gym and Rink
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Celebration for Mr. Gayle in Hinkle


Campus News


St. Markers Meet Biden in New Hampshire
On Sunday morning, December 8, the St. Mark's New Hampshire Primary Club traveled north to see Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden appear at Nashua Community College. Former Secretary of State John Kerry also spoke at the event. Read More.

St. Mark's Grads in College Fall Sports Action
As many as 75 St. Mark's graduates are currently active in college and university athletics, and more than 30 of them participated in sports this fall. Read More.

School Portraits Update
Coffee Pond Photography recently sent information for ordering your child's school portraits. If you do not receive this information by either email or mail, please contact their Customer Care Department directly for assistance: 1-800-632-2323 ext "0" or lifeguards@coffeepond.com.


Winter Break Transportation


New Addition: Thursday, December 19, 2019: Bus to Logan airport departing at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, December 20, 2019: 9:00 a.m. departure

From the St. Mark's Athletic Center
The bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the Milford, Conn., highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 a.m. It will then stop at the McDonald's restaurant (Darien, Conn., Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 p.m. It will then continue into New York 2nd Avenue/85th Street at approximately 2:45 p.m., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Minivan to Logan airport at 9:00 a.m.
Departing from Athletic Center Parking lot

Sunday, January 5, 2020: 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 Logan airport at 6:00 p.m.


Weekend Activities


What's up this weekend? Follow this link to learn more about the happenings on campus this Saturday and Sunday.


Parents' Association News


Exam Bake: We Still Need Volunteers!
The event is Tuesday, December 17, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. in the Hinkle Room, and we still need volunteers to make this a success.

Our students love the wonderful spread of sweets and healthy snacks parents provide for the Exam Bake! Please help by signing up here.

Please deliver items to the front desk by 3:00 p.m. on December 17. Non-perishable items may be delivered now, but please ensure the receptionist takes them. Please note: ALL items should be nut-free. A selection of gluten-free and other allergen-free foods will be available at a separate table. If you are contributing to this table, please include a list of all the ingredients.

Don't live nearby? Have your treats delivered to St. Mark's, or we can help you get them to campus! See a list of suggested retailers in the sign up form.

We need set-up and clean-up help too. Set-up starts at 3:00 p.m. and clean-up will begin around 4:40 p.m.

Questions? Contact Michelle Davis
(Michelledavis67@gmail.com) or Heather Robb (hapr@comcast.net).

Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club: January 8, 2020, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Our next book club will be Wednesday, January 8, at St. Mark's in Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. If you are in the area, please stop by for book discussion, a bit of socializing, and a light snack.

We'll discuss, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery.

Not in the area, but have a suggestion for the group? Book suggestions are always welcome and can be submitted to Joanne Flathers P'15, '19, '21, '21 at joanne@flathersfamily.net or Laurie Kalapinski at lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.

Casino Night: January 11, 2020, 8:00-10:30 p.m.
Join us for one of the most memorable events of the year! Our students look forward to seeing parents at Casino Night, and this year will be no different, but we can't make this event a success without your help. We still need gift baskets or other donations for prizes. Cash donations, to help with items for the night and for gift baskets, are also greatly appreciated. Mail or drop off your donations to Caitlin Kosow (caitlinkosow@stmarksschool.org) at St. Mark's School, 25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772. Please contact Casino Night Chair, Kelly Requadt, at kellyrequadt@yahoo.com if you can help out. Thanks for your support!

Parent Speaker Series: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
Our discussion will focus on wellness, and includes; 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 difficulties; and advice on how parents can help (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 runs from 10:00-11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Gage Gillis in the Advancement Office at gagegillis@stmarksschool.org.

Other Events:
Lives of Consequence Campaign Regional Launch - Florida
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Palm Beach Yacht Club

Lives of Consequence Campaign Regional Launch - San Francisco Bay Area
Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Olympic Club - City Clubhouse


Athletics News


Team of the Week: 3rds Boys' Basketball
The 3rd boys' basketball team kicked off the season with a 49-18 victory over Governor's Academy last Saturday. Despite having only a few practices, the team came together with a staunch pressing defense that highlighted our annual goal of being the "most exciting team at SM during the winter season." Nine of the 13 players scored, with Kanav Sahani '23. Ryan Winters '23, Ryan Krantz '23, and Dylan Locke '22 leading the way, with Rayan Syed '22 and Connor Griffin '23 showing off their ball-handling skills and trapping defense. A team effort and a good, exciting day in Elkins Gym! Strength and honor!

Student-Athlete of the Week: Danny Ciccarello '20
Senior captain Danny Ciccarello lead the boys' varsity hockey team to a 2-0 start last week. On Wednesday, boys' varsity hockey traveled to Groton for the first Groton game of the winter. It was a back and forth game, but the Lions edged out the Zebras with a 7-6 win. In the victory, Ciccarello scored a powerplay goal and assisted on Trevor O'Brien's '21 goal. On Saturday, Ciccarello scored three goals to help the Lions to a 4-2 win over Winchendon. His first goal of the game tied the game at 1, and his second goal tied the game at 2. After Jackson Coutu '21 scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Ciccarello added an insurance goal to help seal the win.

Alumni in the News:
Jess Adams '17 and the Elmira College Eagles are off to a strong start. In just nine games, Adams has already tallied 9 points off of six goals and three assists. She has had three multipoint games this season, including her first career hat-trick in a 7-0 win over Utica on November 23. With an overall record of 7-2 and a UCHC North league record of 4-1, Elmira is currently ranked eighth in the country and is in second in the league. While at St. Mark's, Jess lettered in ice hockey, soccer, and softball.

Highlights:
  • Girls' varsity squash defeated Tabor 7-0.
  • Boys' varsity hockey defeated Groton 7-6 and Winchendon 4-2.
  • Girls' varsity hockey defeated Westminster 3-2 and tied Deerfield 1-1.
  • Wrestling defeated Brooks 45-24.
  • Girls' JV squash defeated Tabor 5-2.
  • Girls' JV hockey defeated Tabor 9-0.
  • Boys' 3rds basketball defeated Governor's 49-18.
  • Boys' varsity squash defeated Williston 7-0.