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Deans' Weekly

Quad Games at St. Mark's


This week we are excited to feature our Quad Games student captains. Learn more about why our students enjoy the annual celebration of friendly competition.


Winter Storm Update

Snow is forecasted for tonight and tomorrow. At this time, St. Mark's is planning on holding Saturday classes beginning at 9:00 a.m. The maintenance crew will start clearing the campus starting at 5:00 a.m. Please note that the weather may affect travel to and from campus, we ask that day students and their families use their best judgement with their travel plans.


Quad Games

This year's Quad Games have been a huge success with an increase in participation numbers. The week, Phoenix, Thayer, Fearing, and Large have competed in school-wide events during the afternoons.

  • Mei Mei Arms and Hunter Mulvey carried Name That Tune for Thayer.
  • Cyrus Motakef (Fearing) and Julianna Gong (Fearing) were named squash champions.
  • Robert Dooley (Large) won the male underform arm wrestling competition.
  • Lennon Isaac (Thayer) outlasted and won the Texas Hold 'Em competition. Lennon defeated Ms. Caron (Fearing) in a marathon round of poker.
  • Team Fearing for winning the Chapel Scavenger Hunt
  • Bobby Sommers (Fearing) is our Knockout Champ and Gunnar Vachris (Phoenix) is this year's Coisterball champion.
  • Ms Zhu (Fearing) was a champion colorer.
  • Mrs. Umiker and Team Thayer won the Cook-Off (secret ingredients potato chips, cheese, and caramel)
  • Jack Griffin won the Spelling Bee after 10 rounds and two hours. Winning word? "Echelon."

Based on the former SM tri-athletic clubs, the Quad Games are designed to break up the winter doldrums between athletic seasons while giving students opportunities to have fun in the afternoons. No other New England school has this type of all week, mid-winter, all-out, intramural competition between four teams (with faculty and students). It was a great week, with over 40 events and many epic battles. Basketball, soccer, cageball, cloisterball, volleyball, chess, backgammon, rock-paper-scissors, arm wrestling, Texas Hold'em, cooking, name that tune, squash, tug-o-war and ultimate frisbee were just some of the activities during the week. The winning team will be named tomorrow at School Meeting!


Academic News

LEO
This latest issue of LEO highlights the exemplary History Fellowship program, with eight pieces of research on diverse topics. Check out the impressive scholarship and work by Colin Capenito, Leean Li, Olivia Hammond, Matt Walsh, Rosanna Zhao, Matthew Gates, Amy Wang, Justin Zhang


Course Requests
Advisors are now working with students to request courses for academic year 2019-2020. You can review the 2019-2020 Course Catalog as a support for these conversations. As a reminder, this listing is a slate of requests, and not the student's confirmed schedule for 2019-2020. We aim for conversations around placements to uphold our core philosophy of balancing the rigor of a student's course load with the student's ability to perform their best. As we make our way to the close of the year, we anticipate that some work will remain to identify the most suitable program, with feedback from teachers serving the important functions of promoting student growth, and informing future directions of study. If you have questions, please reach out to your student's advisor.

Finally, please note that the request process for 2019-2020 St. Mark's Saturdays courses will take place in May.

  • 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


Center News

An interesting learning question from Mrs. Eslick in the Center: Is taking notes on a laptop or by hand most effective? Intrigued?

The Learning Scientists just posted a great article- New Findings Inform the Laptop versus Longhand Note-taking Debate- analyzing new findings on this topic. Click the link to read the whole piece, or read the excerpts below:

"Taken together, these recent findings show that the means by which notes are taken (longhand or laptop) seem not to matter much – and for delayed tests and when opportunities for studying the notes are given, not at all. The original explanation that a longhand-superiority may be due to the notes having less verbatim overlap does not hold because despite finding that indeed verbatim overlap is larger in laptop notes this did not lead to a reliable decrease in test performance later on.

What seems to matter more is the quality of the notes: The new study found that when the content overlap between the notes and the test questions is high this leads to higher performance. Thus, it is important that students capture ideas from the class in their notes that are later asked on the test."

"The main recommendation that can be given based on the studies presented is: Make sure that the students capture the main ideas and concepts in their notes that they will need to know later on. Emphasize those ideas when you teach, ask in-class questions about those ideas (retrieval practice), and return to those ideas at different points in time (spaced practice)."


Campus News

The play is a hit! "One Man, Two Guvnors" A Play by Richard Bean. Performance Dates: Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday March 2, at 2:30 p.m.

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 Francis's other 'guvnor'. Fighting a mounting sense of confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. Based on the Italian classic drama, "The Servant of Two Masters" by Carlo Goldoni.


Robotics News

Our first competition is here. This weekend, Gone Fishing 3566 is off to New Hampshire! The first competition, Granite State District Event, is being held at Salem High School in New Hampshire and should challenge our talented team lead by Ms. Brown, Mr. Roche, and Mr. Palmer. Go St. Mark's!


Athletic News

The St. Mark's boys' varsity ice hockey team is headed into the semi-final round of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Piatelli/Simmons (small school) division N.E. championship tournament. On Saturday, March 2, the Lions will be playing top-seeded Tilton School on the road in Tilton, New Hampshire. The game starts at 4:00 p.m.

After posting an impressive record of 18-8-2 in the regular season, coach Carl Corazzini's Lions defeated Groton 5-1 in the quarterfinal round of the NEPSAC tourney earlier this week.

Saturday's game will be available via live stream – Click Here


Dean of Students Office News

Spring Vacation begins on Saturday, March 9. Students are welcome to depart after their last commitment on Friday, March 8, which for most St. Markers, includes athletic practices. Please be sure to confirm departure date, time and mode of transportation with your child as boarders are required to submit their leave request by Tuesday, March 5 in Boardingware. Please note that students who depart early (before last commitment on Friday) or return late (after 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25) will serve a Saturday detention. This detention is held separate from our typical Saturday detention and does not preclude students from attending community events on that Saturday night.

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)


Parent Association News

Annual Fund Update
The Annual Fund now stands at $1.46 million, 62% toward our total goal! Parent gifts total $541,000. Thank you to the many parents (50%) 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 four 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 soon 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!


Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
The next meeting of the St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will take place on Wednesday, April 10 in Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. No RSVP is necessary - just show up for good discourse and camaraderie with others in the SM community. The April book title is Educated by Tara Westover. The club is always looking for book title recommendations. Are you interested in submitting a book title for the group, or receiving book club meeting reminders, discussion questions, and recommended book titles directly? Email joanne@flathersfamily.net or lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.


Special Olympics
Students, faculty, staff, and parents are invited to volunteer 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 hope that many will join us again in a variety of roles such as scorekeepers, timers, and announcers. Please submit your volunteer interest by completing this form. Teams from across Massachusetts have been training and working hard for this season-ending tournament. Thank you, Nicola Hartmann!


Upcoming Events

  • March 1 - Leadership Assembly and Winter Play - "One Man, Two Guvnors"
  • March 3 - Special Olympics
  • March 6 - Career Day
  • March 7 - Winter Athletics Awards
  • March 9 - Houses Close at 1:00 p.m.