Updates from Students 4 Sustainability (S4S)
St. Mark's Giving Day Update
THANK YOU to the many parents, grandparents, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends who made a gift yesterday on Giving Day. Every contribution serves as a vote of confidence in our daily work. Together, we are providing our students with an education that nurtures intellect, cultivates character, and fosters leadership—and in so doing, we are changing their lives.
We are still processing the outpouring of gifts and are excited to share the final results with you in the coming days. Thank you again for your generous support!
St. Markers Excel at Cornell Computer Science Event
On Friday, April 5, six St. Mark's students (two three-person teams) accompanied science teacher Christopher Roche to New York City, where they participated in the Cornell University High School Computer Programming Competition. In a field of 66 teams from all over the Northeast, one St. Mark's team came in second place, while the other finished sixth.
Congratulations to: Jason Chen '20, Ryan Paik '20, and Ryan Song '21, Alan Gao '19, Chapin Pyne '20, and Carl Guo '22.
Dr. Nigella Hilgarth, April Gray Colloquium Speaker
Biologist and environmental nonprofit leader Dr. Nigella Hilgarth was the April speaker for St. Mark's Gray Colloquium series. On Thursday, April 11, she addressed the entire School community from the stage of the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
Math Department Speaker: Dr. William Dunham
On Tuesday, April 16, the Math Department is pleased to host math historian and author Dr. William Dunham from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Putnam Family Arts Center. His talk is titled "Euler: The Master of Us All." This is a required event for all students.
Boston Marathon Participants
On Monday, April 15, Mr. Young, Mrs. Morgan, and VI Former Carolyn Dawson are participating in the Boston Marathon on Patriots' Day. Go St. Mark's!
Community and Equity
AISNE High School Student of Color Conference
Community and Equity Affairs will host the annual AISNE High School Student of Color Conference April 13 and 14, and we need your help! We are looking for parent ambassadors to volunteer between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and midnight on Saturday, April 13, or 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, to offer hospitality and help direct visitors to workshops. We are expecting about 450 visitors over these two days, so no amount of time is too small. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact C&E Director Loris N. Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Assistant C&E Director Starry Zhu (email@example.com).
St. Mark's Honors Day of Silence for LGBTQ+ Community
Now in its 24th year, GLSEN's Day of Silence, is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ+ people at school. Participating members of the St. Mark's community could choose to be silent for the entire day, for just the academic day, or only during lunch. Others could choose to support the Day of Silence by wearing a rainbow ribbon.
Student re-enrollment contracts for most returning students in 2019-2020 have been issued online over the past few weeks. Contracts should be accessed again via School Forms Online powered by inResonance. Released re-enrollment contracts were sent out online from firstname.lastname@example.org via sendgrid.net (with an invitation link). Please make note the subject line of the email you will be receiving for this is "St. Mark's School: Confirm your email." These have been sent to both parent email addresses for each household, if applicable. The email addresses utilized are the primary emails listed for each parent currently in our database (unless you share an email in which case these will be sent to only one). If you have not received your contract by now and are unsure as to why, please reach out to Anne Behnke at email@example.com.
By April 20, please complete and submit your re-enrollment contracts and deposits. These are due by the end of this business day, unless otherwise specified.
We have recently partnered with FACTS Management Company to help us manage our tuition payment program. This has replaced the current program offered through TMS. FACTS is used by many schools locally and over 6,500 schools nationally. We are excited to be working with them and are confident this program will offer greater efficiency while providing convenience to families. More information is now available about FACTS on our website:
Families, spring is upon us which means your child will be called upon to use their self-advocacy skills in a few major ways between now and end of the year.
Holy Week and Easter at St. Mark's
- On Wednesday, April 17, Holy Eucharist will be offered at our usual mid-week service at 1:20 p.m. in the school's Belmont Chapel.
- On Good Friday, April 19, we will be honoring Good Friday in all-school Morning Chapel at 8:00 a.m.
- On Easter Sunday, April 21, all the churches in the neighborhood are open and available to St. Mark's students and their families, and all are within walking distance from campus: St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 7:45, 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. (http://stmarkssouthborough.org/); Pilgrim Church (UCC) at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. (https://pilgrimchurch.us/); and St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church at 7:30, 8:30 and 10:30am (https://stannesouthborough.org/). St. Anne's also has an Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- Happy Easter to All!
College Counseling News
Class of 2021 Parents - College Counseling Meeting
Class of 2021 parents are invited to a College Counseling Meeting on Saturday, May 4, from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the Hinkle Room.
Matthew Pietrafetta, the CEO and Founder of Academic Approach, will join us to share his insight and wisdom about standardized testing. Academic Approach is the company we have partnered with for the past five years the diagnostic tests we offer as well as the test prep classes held during the school year.
Matthew will focus his presentation on the distinctions between the SAT and ACT and how to choose between the two tests, typical timelines for testing, preparation, and the role that testing plays in the admission process. Matthew will also distribute copies of the comprehensive Academic Approach Guide, "Navigating College Admissions Tests," along with other materials. We hope that you will be able to join us on the May 4. Please bring your questions. We will be recording the session for those who are not able to make it to campus. So that we can make sure to have the appropriate amount of refreshments and printed materials on hand, please send Eric Monheim a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm that you will join us.
Class of 2020 Parents - Boston Independent School College Fair
College Fair - The annual Boston Independent School College Fair will be held Sunday, April 28, at Milton Academy form 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Over 100 colleges and universities from around the country and world, as well as a few Gap Year programs, will be in attendance at the fair. St. Mark's will provide transportation for students to and from the fair for any interested students. Students (and parents) are also welcome to attend the fair on their own. Students who are interested in going on the school-provided bus need to sign up in the College Office by Wednesday, April 24. A list of participating schools is available in the College Counseling Office.
Sleep & Academic Performance
Friday, April 12, Dr. Lori Connors will speak to our V Formers about the effect sleep has on their academic performance. This is how Dr. Connors described her presentation to our community,
" I will go over the sleep cycle to teach the students about what happens when you fall asleep and how much sleep is needed by teenagers and young adults. Additionally, I will discuss the effects of too little sleep on the brain and body and common reasons for too little sleep. Students will learn how lack of sleep influences performance in a negative way, including how the brain needs sleep to consolidate new learning. I will also teach the students how to improve sleep and how to nap for maximum performance, ie the "power nap" vs "catching up on sleep." We will problem solve around common sleep issues and I will leave room for questions."
Dean of Students Office News
In a demanding boarding school environment, homework is completed at all hours of the day and night. Not much thought is given to the necessary amount of sleep that help fuels academic performance. Dr. Connors will help our students realize the importance that sleep provides for their attentiveness in class and their overall achievement.
VI Form Dance
Spring is upon us which means the VI Form Dance is right around the corner! The dance will be held on Thursday, June 6, this year on Boston Marriott Long Wharf. Pictures on-campus at St. Mark's will begin at 4:15 p.m. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.
A reminder that Saturday Overnight Permissions need to be completed by Friday afternoons at 3 p.m. With Saturday classes and a reduced Deans' Office staff, late requests that come in after the Friday deadline are problematic on many levels. Please help us maintain our communication and safety procedures by filling out Boardingware forms on time. Thank you!
Leadership Selection Process
The leadership selection process has started. During the year students have been preparing for this process through attendance at SMLeads sessions. These sessions have supported the development of skills and exposure to leadership philosophy. Now, we are asking St. Markers to think critically about selecting opportunities for which they are genuinely interested in pursuing. Please take a moment to talk with your child about their intentions in regards to leadership. Encouraging a genuine interest, grounded in a desire to contribute, goes a long way and will also make the experience serving in a role more fulfilling.
The housing lottery takes place in mid-May. All St. Markers should have a conversation with a classmate whom they feel they can room with for the coming academic year. While some singles may be available they are first granted to House Prefects followed by VI Formers. Most of our students for the duration of their time at St. Mark's have roommates. As the process nears, encouraging honesty and an open mind are very helpful. Students will receive more detailed information in late April.
Athlete of the Week
Riley Jahnle '22 earned Athlete of the Week Honors after pitching a perfect game against Dana Hall in her first career start for the St. Mark's School Varsity Softball team. Jahnle pitched all five innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out six and walking zero. On average, she had to throw just 13 pitches per inning throughout the game. Jahnle also had a big game offensively. In four appearances, she had three singles and a walk. She drove in two runs, and she scored twice. Jahnle and the Lions are looking forward to their first two ISL games against Rivers & BB&N.
Team of the Week
The Girls' Varsity Lacrosse team opened the season 2-0 with big wins against Loomis Chaffee (9-6) and Deerfield Academy (10-8). The season opener was at Loomis on 3/30 and entailed a matchup between the returning ISL Champions and the returning Founders' League Champions. Sophomore Lauren Tolve led the scoring with 4 goals, followed by junior co-captain Sophie Student with 3 goals and 2 assists and five draw controls. Senior co-captain Bailey Horne led the team in assists with 3 assists and 1 goal, and sophomore goalie Alicia Souliotis had 10 saves in the game. The game was tied 4-4 at half, and the Lions possessed the ball for the majority of the second half controlling the pace of the game. Senior defenders Caroline Dawson and Nicola Hartmann anchored the defensive zone and each got some time in the attacking end off of transitions out. At Deerfield the following Wednesday, Deerfield scored first off of the initial draw. The St. Mark's team answered back scoring 5 straight goals. The first 3 were scored by sophomore Lila Trussell in just 6 minutes. Trussell finished the game with 5 goals and 1 assist, followed by junior Phoebe Macleod who scored 2. Senior Shelby Howard had a beautiful goal off of a free position shot to clinch the lead. Student again led the team in draw controls with 5, and Souliotis had a stellar performance in net with 9 saves, including one crucial save in the last few minutes of the game to maintain the lead. Dawson made major defensive plays with multiple interceptions and caused turnovers, transitioning the ball seamlessly down into the offensive end, alongside senior defender Teresa Meyer who stopped multiple crease roll attempts and showed her speed transitioning the ball out. At half time the score was 7-6 St. Mark's, and St. Mark's managed to stay tied or ahead for the second half, clinching the win. St. Mark's Girls Varsity lacrosse won their home opener against ISL opponent Rivers in an overtime win 12-11 to start the season off 3-0.
- GV Lacrosse beat Loomis Chaffee 9-6 and Deerfield 10-8
- BV Baseball beat Marianapolis 8-1 and Middlesex 10-6
- GV Tennis beat Worcester Academy 6-1
- BV Lacrosse beat Pomfret 13-8
- BV Tennis beat Cushing 7-0
- GV Softball beat Dana Hall 12-0
- GJV Softball beat Governor's 15-0
- JV Baseball beat Middlesex 15-2
- GJV Tennis beat Middlesex 8-4
Parents Association News
Faculty and Staff Appreciation
The faculty and staff at St. Mark's make us so proud! On Wednesday, April 24, we will celebrate their work at the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day with a brunch and an appreciation gift lottery. This is a truly great event that the teachers and staff really look forward to attending. Thank you to all of the parents who have already contributed! If you haven't already, please sign up to participate today! To date, we have secured over half of the contributions needed for the event. We are particularly in need food for the brunch, gift cards/cash, and gift baskets. Please use the links below to sign up.
- Use the SignUpGenius link to donate an item (gift card, tickets, gift basket, food item) and/or volunteer your time. (Tip: Scroll all the way to the bottom of the SignUpGenius page for the food section!)
- Use this link to make a financial contribution in support of the event (and the Co-chairs will shop for you!).
If you have any questions please contact the event Co-chairs Silvy Brookby, Stephanie Gattuso, Claudia Liberatore, and Amy Yang at email@example.com. Thanks to all of the parents who do so much for the School in support of this effort and our Annual Fund!
Parent Meetup Hosted by the Center & Parents' Association Meeting
All St. Mark's parents and guardians are invited to a substantive meetup hosted by the Center on Saturday, April 27, followed by the final Parents' Association meeting of the year. The joint program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday. The theme of the meetup, Parents as Partners in Our Students' Learning, acknowledges that "parents are untapped resources in the process of helping students identify academic interests and pursue further learning," as noted by psychology professor Dr. Judith Harackiewicz. The meetup is an informal event where educators and parents will learn from and with each other, and where families can connect more deeply with the work of the Center and the School. We have scheduled this event to coincide with St. Mark's Saturdays programming and the Parents' Association meeting to offer convenience and to maximize attendance. We hope you will attend and look forward to spending time with you! Learn more and register online today.
Questions? Please contact Colleen Worrell, director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 508-786-4057
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 - Saturday, May 18, hosted by Eileen Fava and Michael McCarthy in Weston. RSVP online here.
V Form - Friday, April 12 (TONIGHT!), 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).
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
The next meeting of the St. Mark's Parent/Faculty/Staff book club will take place on Wednesday, May 15 in Room 248 of the Center from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. No RSVP is necessary - just show up for good discourse and camaraderie with others in the St. Mark's community. The April book title is As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner. 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 12-15 - Weekend Activities
April 12 - V Form Parent Potluck Dinner
April 13-14 - AISNE Student Diversity Conference
April 15 - Patriots' Day, No Classes
April 16 - Math Department Speaker: Dr. William Dunham
April 20 - Open Weekend
April 22-26 - Earth Week & Poetry Week
April 24 - Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day