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St. Mark's is Gearing up for the Groton Winter Games this Weekend



Groton Winter Games Schedule
Saturday, February 23

Basketball - JV Boys vs. Groton (Away) - 1:45 P.M.

Basketball - Varsity Girls vs. Groton (Away) - 1:45 P.M.

Ice Hockey - JV Girls vs. Groton (Away) - 1:45 P.M.

Ice Hockey - Varsity Boys vs. Groton (Away) - 2:00 P.M.

Basketball - JV Girls vs. Groton (Away) - 3:15 P.M.

Basketball - Varsity Boys vs. Groton (Away) - 3:15 PM

Ice Hockey - JV Boys vs. Groton (Away) - 3:45 P.M.
*Note time change

Ice Hockey - Varsity Girls vs. Groton (Away) - 4:00 P.M.



Academic News

Window Three: With the end of Window Three and the close of the winter season of St. Mark's Saturdays approaching, students may find an increasing number of assessments coming due in the coming weeks. As always, advisors are supporting students with their work on campus, but it would also be a great idea 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 -- one of the many great benefits of our SM community!

Please also be reminded of the following information regarding the upcoming availability of Window Three grades and comments:

  • Friday, March 8: Window Three Closes
  • Monday, April 8: Grades and Comments available in Parent Portal via Net Classroom

*March break in between Window closing and Grade and Comment reporting


Campus News

Quad Games
Quad Games start on Monday, February 25! The Quad Games are a late-winter, week-long, school-wide, Hogwarts-like, Olympic-based intramural competition. Next week, after almost all winter sports have concluded (except for the teams in the playoffs), the school is sponsoring a series of campus-wide events to keep a majority of students engaged in the afternoon and to boost the morale of the student body. The entire school community has been split into four teams: Fearing, Large, Thayer, and Phoenix.

Student leaders with faculty assistance will organize the events of the week, and students and teachers will compete at a variety of levels. Contests in basketball, chess, volleyball, squash, backgammon, math, spelling, tug of war and the like will take place in the afternoon throughout the week. Points for the winning teams will be tabulated and posted every evening. Team Phoenix was victorious the last two years! Students and faculty will be donning their colors all week! Should be fun!


Blood Drive
Tuesday, February 26– Lions' Den
Local families are welcome.


VI Form Dinner, 100 Day Countdown to Prize Day
To celebrate 100 days until Prize Day, the Young Alumni Leadership Council will host a VI Form Dinner on February 26, at 6:00 P.M. in Taft Hall. Established in 2014, the Young Alumni Leadership Council (YALC) is comprised of 25 to 30 Young Alumni with an avid interest in St. Mark's past and future. Their mission is to promote and serve the School and its graduates from the past fifteen years. The Council supports meaningful young alumni programming while encouraging lifelong participation and support of the School.


Winter Play
"One Man, Two Guvnors"
A Play by Richard Bean.

Performance Dates:
February 27, 28, & March 1 - 7:30 P.M.
March 2 - 2:30 P.M.

Please email Mr. Kent to reserve tickets. There is limited seating (100 seats) available each night. Preference will be given to people who reserve seats in advance. Also, please check in and sign out with your Dorm Head before you attend.

What's the story? Brighton, England. 1963. Change is in the air, and Francis Henshall is looking to make his mark. Fired from a skiffle band and in search of work, he finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a fee from his fiancee's gangster father. But Roscoe is really Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, herself in love with Stanley Stubbers (her brother's killer) who, in turn, becomes our hero's other 'guvnor'. Fighting a mounting sense of confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. But with the distractions of a pneumatic book keeper, a self-important actor and select members of the criminal fraternity (not to mention his own mammoth appetite) to contend with, how long can he keep them apart? Based on the Italian classic drama, "The Servant of Two Masters" by Carlo Goldoni.


Gray Colloquium News

Gray Colloquium: Gina McCarthy, Former EPA Administrator
On Thursday, February 21, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy visited St. Mark's as part of the Gray Colloquium speaker series.

Currently Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Ms. McCarthy also serves as director of Harvard's Center for Health and the Global Environment. She facilitates the development of institutional strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability; works to strengthen Harvard's climate science and health curriculum; and acts as liaison with climate science leaders across the University. She also is involved with Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm, where she serves as an operating advisor focused on sustainability and wellness investments.

To read more about Gina's visit, select this link.


Chapel News

Alumnus Ibrahim Ayub Speaks at Evening Chapel
On Tuesday evening, February 19, alumnus Ibrahim Ayub, SM Class of 2010, was the guest speaker at the evening service in Belmont Chapel.

Known as "Ibs" during his time at St. Mark's, Ibrahim was Head Monitor in his VI Form year. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ayub is currently a manager in experience design and digital strategy at PwC. He focuses on customer-centricity through reframing problems and translating customer needs into enhanced products and services, taking a holistic approach to client challenges.

At Tuesday's chapel service, Ayub shared stories of his time at the School. He also spoke about the importance of "attention" in life. His presentation was well-received, as he urged St. Markers to be whom they choose to be.

There was music aplenty, as the choir sang a choral prelude, two canticles, and an anthem, while leading everyone in two hymns—all this in anticipation of the choir trip to Ireland over this coming March break.


Wellness News

Independent School Health Check
On Thursday, February 28, St. Mark's School will participate in the Independent School Health Check (ISHC). This is an online survey that will be administered on campus during the co-curricular period. Through the ISHC, students are asked about their attitudes and life experiences, as well as issues like self-esteem, stress, integrity, sexual behavior, and substance abuse.


Robotics News

As we approached the official end of build season, each group was finishing up their projects: the hatch group worked on building the second arm; the elevator group finished up the front end and made space for the assembly of hatch arms; the member who uses CAD to simulate the robot design tried to make it move; and we finished the bumpers. At the end of this Monday, however, we weighed the robot and found that it was 20 pounds over the requirement. The team worked hard the next day, which was also the last day of six weeks of the given build time, to take off parts and get the robot to fit the requirement. Following the "bag and tag" of our game robot on Tuesday, we are no longer allowed to make further change on it, so we will keep working on our second robot for testing and improving to get ready for the competition next week.

The last photo is a team photo where team members in the team T-shirt that has a design of a robot fishing on the moon, because the competition theme this year is Deep Space, and our team's nickname is Gone Fishin'. We also want to shout out to our sponsors who offered generous support to our team, and they are Raytheon, Family House of Pizza, Yama Fuji, and of course the St. Mark's community.


Leadership Selection Process

Our leadership selection process will begin soon. As spring approaches, our students will begin to think about their vision for the next academic year. For our current IV and V Form students, this includes thinking about how to contribute to the community through service as a student leader.

In March, we will begin the leadership selection process with a mandatory informational meeting where students will hear from current leaders about various opportunities. During this process, it is helpful for students to think critically about their personal goals for the coming year and their motivation for seeking leadership roles. St. Mark's works because our students are dedicated to being leaders with or without being selected for formal leadership roles. Also, formal leadership isn't for everyone. We have a strong cohort of students who create positive space in our community without holding any titles.

As spring arrives, we encourage you to talk with your child about their vision for next year. Are they interested in formal leadership? How will they make positive contributions to the community? What level of commitment to items outside of the classroom will be in their best interest? If chosen as a House Prefect, Peer Discussion Leader, Monitor, or Pathways leader, will they be able to attend to their personal growth and also support the development of others as required by their role?

Finally, it is important to acknowledge the obvious. Not everyone who applies to be a student leader will be selected. For this reason, we ask you also to explore the following questions connected to our character development learning objectives: courage, confidence, resilience, and adaptability. What might it feel like to apply but not be selected? If not selected, what are the ways you can still be a positive change agent and support for peers? Your child's advisor is also a great resource who can help lead your child through thinking about their options, strengths, development areas, and overall goals for the next academic year.


Special Olympics

Join us for the annual Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) Junior's Basketball State Tournament hosted by St. Mark's and Fay School on Sunday, March 3. Last year we had more than 60 volunteers and we hope that students, faculty, staff, and parents can volunteer again in a variety of roles such as scorekeepers, timers, and announcers. Teams from across Massachusetts have been training and working hard for this season-ending tournament. Thank you, Nicola Hartmann!


Dean of Students Office News

With Spring Break around the corner, we have received some exception requests for early departures and missing academic classes. In our efforts to hold meaningful classes, these absence requests are problematic on many levels and are not sustainable in running our academic program. We ask that parents do not take students out of their academic commitments before or after breaks. Your help with this issue is appreciated, and we thank you for your continued support of our programs.

Spring Break Departures:
Please let the Dean of Students know as soon as possible if you'd like to reserve a spot.

Charged to Lion account:

  • $35 each way to Logan airport
  • $100 each way to CT/NY

Friday, March 8, 2019
4:00 P.M.

Depart to Logan airport

Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:00 A.M.
Departure to Connecticut/New York

From the St. Mark's Athletic Center - The bus to Connecticut/New York will leave at 9:00 A.M., arriving at the Milford, CT highway service area (between exits 41 and 40) at approximately 11:00 A.M. It will then stop at the McDonald's restaurant (Darien, CT Exit 10 on Rt. 95S) at approximately 1:00 P.M. It will then continue into New York 1ST Avenue at 86th Street in front of the Duane Reade (NE corner) at approximately 2:45 P.M., then on to Penn Station (front entrance, corner of 31st & 8th) at approximately 3:15 P.M.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

9:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.
Minivan departures to Logan airport

Monday, March 25, 2019

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, CT (past Exit 41) at approximately 4:00 P.M., returning to St. Mark's at approximately 6:00 P.M.

Monday, March 25, 2019
3:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M.
Minivan pickups from Logan airport (Arrivals Gate, Terminal B)


Athletic News

Team of the Week
Throughout the season, the Boys' Varsity Basketball team has focused on the process and on making improvements each and every day. Their determination and perseverance finally paid off with a 66-60 win over ISL foe St. Sebastian's. Robert Taylor '21 played a crucial role in the team's victory. He had 32 points and 14 rebounds. Defensively, the Lions relied on Jack Hanson '19 and JB Clarence '20. Alex Batista '19 and Bobby Sommers '20 displayed strong leadership down the stretch to help the team secure the win.

Athlete of the Week
Micah Dwirantwi '19 has been named Athlete of the Week after finishing first in his weight class at the 2019 Graves Kelsey (ISL) Tournament. Following a wildly successful dual meet season, he came into the tournament as the top-seeded wrestler. In his first two matches of the day, Micah did not give up a single point to his opponents, pinning wrestlers from Milton Academy and BB&N. His first match was over in just one minute and 39 seconds, and his second match was over in two minutes. In the semi-final match, Micah defeated a wrestler from Lawrence Academy by a score of 16-2. The 16-2 victory is considered a "major decision" in wrestling, and he earned his team 4 points. In the final, Micah squared off against the #2 seeded wrestler from Nobles. The match was decided in overtime when Micah scored a takedown to secure the win and the Championship. Micah's individual success also contributed to his team's success. The Lions finished the tournament in 6th place.

Highlights

  • B3 Basketball defeated Lawrence Academy 53-22.
  • BV Basketball defeated St. Seb's 66-60.
  • GJV Hockey tied Cushing 4-4 and Rivers 2-2, and they defeated Pingree 4-1.
  • G3 Squash defeated St. George's 8-6.
  • B3 Squash defeated St. George's 7-4 and Brooks 9-5.
  • GV Hockey defeated Milton 4-0 and Pomfret 2-0.
  • BV Hockey defeated Brooks 4-3, Middlesex 2-0, Berwick 5-0, and Lawrence 1-0.
  • GV Squash defeated Dana Hall 7-0 & Moses Brown 6-1.
  • GJV Squash defeated Dana Hall 6-1 & Brooks 7-0.
  • BJV Hockey tied Middlesex 2-2.
  • GJV Basketball defeated Governor's 32-19, Nobles 32-20, and St. George's 32-21.
  • BJV Squash tied Milton 4-4.


Parents' Association News

Annual Fund Update
The Annual Fund now stands at $1.44 million, 61% toward our total goal! Parent gifts total $536,000. Thank you to the many parents (49%) who have made a gift to date. III Form parents are now in the lead to win the Lion's Pride award for highest Form participation in the Annual Fund. With less than five months left in the fiscal year, we are grateful for the generous support of the St. Mark's parent community. Our goal is to raise $2.37 million and achieve 90% parent participation by June 30. Look for a winter appeal in your mailbox this week, or donate online today. Thank you again for your ongoing support!


Amazon Smile
Want to make your support of St. Mark's go even further? You can supplement your Annual Fund gift by also supporting the School through AmazonSmile! For every purchase made from smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will contribute a small percentage of the sale to your charity of choice. To select St. Mark's as your charity of choice, visit smile.amazon.com, click on Accounts & Lists, and then Your AmazonSmile. Once on that page, search for and select St. Mark's School of Southborough. Remember, all purchases must be made through smile.amazon.com!


Faculty & Staff Appreciation
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Co-chairs Silvy Brookby, Stephanie Gattuso, and Claudia Liberatore are hard at work planning Appreciation Day on Wednesday, April 24. Parents can expect to hear from the Co-chairs in the next few weeks about food sign-ups and financial contributions to support this event. Thanks to all of the parents who do so much for the School in support of this effort and our Annual Fund, and thank you to the St. Mark's faculty and staff for working so hard to educate and care for our children!


Parent Potluck Dinners
Each year, the Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. Save the dates below for potlucks for all Forms! Email invitations with event details will be sent via Evite as the dates approach.

  • III Form - Friday, May 24, hosted by Cathy and Dan Gould in Hopkinton.
  • IV Form - Date to be announced soon! Hosted by Eileen Fava and Michael McCarthy in Weston.
  • V Form - Friday, April 12, hosted by Shalini and Prem Yerabothu in Southborough.
  • VI Form - Thursday, June 6, hosted by Diane and Mark Bechard in Ashland (after the VI Form Dance send-off).


Calendar News

February 22 - Winter Groton Night, Faculty vs. Student Basketball Game
February 23 - Winter Groton Games
February 25 - Quad Games Opening with Orchestra Concert
February 26 - Blood Drive - Points for Pints!
February 26 - 100 Day Countdown to Prize Day
February 27 - Winter Play - "One Man, Two Guvnors"
February 28 - Winter Play - "One Man, Two Guvnors"
March 1 - Leadership Assembly and Winter Play - "One Man, Two Guvnors"
March 3 - Special Olympics
March 6 - Career Day