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Poetry Week & Mamma Mia!

Thank You! | Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

On Wednesday, April 24, the St. Mark's Parents' Association hosted the 13th Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day in the Hinkle Room. THANK YOU to the many parents who supported this event. Your financial contributions, gift cards, brunch items, volunteer time, and grand prize gifts were all a tremendous demonstration of appreciation for the year-round efforts of St. Mark's faculty and staff. Special thanks, as well, to the dedicated and energetic co-chairs Silvy Brookby, Stephanie Gattuso, Claudia Liberatore, and Amy Yang for their leadership in organizing a wonderful event.

Essential Dates 2019-2020

A printable calendar of important dates for the 2019-2020 academic year, including holidays, breaks, arrival dates, and more, is now available here.

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Academic News

Cum Laude Society

Mr. Umiker recently announced the newest Inductees to the Cum Laude Society. Congratulations to VI Formers Haley Dion, Nicola Hartmann, Rwick Sarkar, and Leo Xie. Mark your calendars and plan ahead: The Cum Laude induction ceremony is Tuesday, May 7, and is a required all-school evening event.

Infectious Disease Research Projects
III Form students in the Global Seminar are hard at work on their annual Infectious Disease research project--a collaborative endeavor that they are carrying forward with the help of upperform mentors from our biology class. Students are researching the factors of globalization that impact the prevalence of infectious disease, as well as the ways in which the global community works to prevent the spread of disease. The culminating event of the project, a poster presentation in which all III Formers will share their knowledge with the community, will take place on Monday, April 29, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Taft Hall and the Class of '51 Lobby of the Putnam Family Arts Center. Join us as we celebrate the great work of these III Formers!

Student Surveys

St. Mark's will administer two student surveys in May. The first is the High School Survey of Student Engagement on May 9, and the second is the Institutional Climate and Inclusion Assessment on May 13. Both surveys will be administered during the school day and proctored by St. Mark's faculty and staff. We have participated in both survey efforts in previous years and the results are very helpful as we plan and evaluate the various academic supports and other programs within the School's curriculum.

These websites provide more information about each survey:


Lion Term News

Information for III Form Parents:

Permissions slips for the III Form Lion Term trip to Brantwood Camp (May 28-June 1) will be completed electronically. Once III Formers have signed their behavioral agreement, the documents will be automatically sent for parent/guardian signature. Please read through the information and waivers carefully, and sign digitally. Thank you! Please be in touch with Liz McColloch with any questions.

Information for VI Form Parents:
Permissions for VI Form Lion Term projects and plans will be completed electronically. All VI Form students will complete the forms that include a full description of their project, details about where and with whom they will be staying, and requests for funding. Once the VI Formers have signed their forms, the documents will be automatically sent for parent/guardian approval and signature. We ask that all VI Form documents are completed and signed by May 1. Thank you! Please reach out to Liz McColloch with any questions or concerns.

For more information about Lion Term, please visit:

Global News

St. Mark's Faculty Travel Program to Asia
Did you know that 14 faculty members are hard at work preparing for the first St. Mark's Faculty Travel Program to Asia? The faculty will spend 12 days in late June in Beijing and Seoul visiting the part of the world where many of our students come from. Very exciting!

Global Citizenship Institute
The Global Citizenship Institute will take place from July 7 and 13, 2019. St. Mark's students participate at a vastly reduced rate of $350. The weeklong program takes place on campus and in Boston and brings together students from public, private, and international secondary schools as they learn to become engaged global citizens. Please contact Dr. Appell-Warren for details.

Campus News

Poetry Week

Over the past week, the St. Mark's community has been celebrating Poetry Week. Each morning the campus community received a curated poem via email. Poems were also scattered throughout the campus on the dining hall tables, in the chapel, and lining the halls.

Events were also held on campus throughout the week. The Haiku-for-an-Uhlman's-Sundae brought out over half the school demonstrating the poetic skills and enjoying some midday ice cream. On Wednesday night, the VI Form Poetry Workshop elective, News That Stays News, held a successful bake sale to benefit PEN America, an organization that supports poets living and writing in exile. On Thursday, during Advisory Seated Meal, there was a poetry challenge and a Magnetic Poetry Slam was held for House Cup points. On Friday, students and faculty listened as English faculty member Sarah McCann read from her book of poetry she published during her sabbatical year. Her book, Peripatetica, was released to coincide with St. Mark's Poetry Week, and is now available in the School bookstore. Individual writing contests for students and faculty have incited creativity throughout the entire school community.

Our Poetry Chapel on the evening of April 30 will be the official end of Poetry Week, but we hope the excitement spans weeks and months!

Musical Theater Club | Mamma Mia!
The Musical Theater Club is presenting Mamma Mia! tonight and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. The performance is student-run and more than 60 St. Markers are showcasing their talents! Come check it out!

A.L.I.C.E. Drill
On Friday, May 3, we will be conducting a drill of the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) emergency protocols. We provided training to all faculty, staff, and students in January and will be performing the drill to test our procedures. After the drill, students will be surveyed to provide their feedback on the experience and we will use this information to further refine and improve our approach.

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, 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 on 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 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 email Eric Monheim to confirm that you will join us.

Class of 2020 Parents - Boston Independent School 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. More than 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.

Dean of Students Office News

Advisor Selection
The advisor selection process for next year starts in the coming weeks. Returning students will be completing Advisor Preference forms. Students are guaranteed to keep their current advisor if they wish to do so (and if students' advisors are returning). Around 80 percent usually opt to do so. Students who wish--or need--to change advisors are required to provide five names, in order of preference, of those they would be comfortable having as an advisor. Forms will be available later next week.

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, at Boston Marriott Long Wharf. On-campus photos will begin at 4:15 p.m. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.

Overnight Permissions
A reminder that Saturday overnight permissions need to be completed by Friday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. With Saturday classes and a reduced Dean's 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!

Housing Lottery
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 have roommates for the duration of their time at St. Mark's. As the process nears, encouraging honesty and an open mind are very helpful. Students will receive more detailed information in late April.
Summer Storage: This year we are working with On Demand Storage to provide your summer storage and college shipping needs. On Demand provides the same services as our past provider, and is able to do so at better rates. Feel free to contact On Demand by phone (781.499.5330) or email ( More information will follow in the coming weeks.

All-School & Class of 2019 Photos

Remember in October when we took the All-School and Class of 2019 photos? They are available for purchase! To view, please select the button below.

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If you would like to purchase a 2019 yearbook, instructions are below. Please be advised, students may have already paid for a yearbook via their Lion Card in March. This can be verified by contacting Katharine Millet.

Please note, there is a small fee for ordering online (versus using St. Mark's incidental), but the convenience and confidence of ordering this way at this time is likely worth it. Books will be available for student pickup in the first weeks of May.
  • Visit
  • Follow order central and select yearbooks.
  • Enter the password lion2019 and select on-line order and continue.
  • Enter your child's name, grade and the book quantity.
  • Enter your email under
  • Contact and select add to cart.
Athletic News

Athletes of the Week

The defensive unit of Nick Bechard '19, Luc Cote '19, Tom Banse '20, and Dwayne Hinds '22 share Athlete of the Week honors for their performance against Lawrence Academy on April 24. The week leading up to the game against Lawrence was quite difficult for the BJV lacrosse defensive corps as they had to face strong offensive players from Rivers and Middlesex. Coach Jewell was impressed with the boys' ability to bounce back from those losses to lead the team to an 11-2 victory over Lawrence--their first win of the season! In the game, the team relied heavily on Bechard, Cote, Banse, and Hinds. Bechard, Cote, and Banse formed a brick wall in front of Hinds, and they transitioned the ball quickly from offense to defense. Bechard even played some long-stick attack and scored! Hinds made some clutch saves to hold Lawrence's attack to just two goals.

Team of the Week
The boys' varsity tennis team is playing great tennis! Last week they had back-to-back away match victories against Lawrence Academy and St. George's. On Wednesday, the team swept Lawrence 7-0. On Saturday, the Lions and the Dragons battled hard, but St. Mark's came out victorious with a 4-3 win. In both matches, the team earned key wins from Luca Vicinelli '19 and Nate King '20. Both Vicinelli and King are undefeated through their first six matches of the season. On Saturday, both Chris Yang '21 and Peter Nelson '21 had third-set tiebreak wins to seal the victory. The team is starting to build confidence and gel more and more each week. With these two wins, the team improved to 4-2 on the season.

Alumni in the News

Owen Allen '16 has had a great 2018-2019 campaign with the Babson Beavers. So far this season, Allen has scored 26 goals and 12 assists for 38 points in 15 games. He is currently third on his team in points. In the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference, Allen is 17th in the league in both goals and points. In his last three games, Allen has scored six goals and three assists for nine points. In his most recent game against MIT, his first assist of the game put him at 100 career points. To date, his career stat-line reads 69 goals and 32 assists for 101 points. Allen and the Beavers have one regular season game left before the NEWMAC Quarterfinals. They are currently fourth in the league with a league record of 4-2 and an overall record of 8-7. While at St. Mark's, Allen was a two-sport varsity athlete, competing in ice hockey and lacrosse. A senior lacrosse captain, Owen was awarded the Peter M. Coy Prize in his senior year and was a three-time ISL All-League selection in lacrosse.


  • BV tennis beat Lawrence 7-0 and St. George's 4-3.
  • GV tennis beat Lawrence 15-0 and St. George's 13-2.
  • GV lacrosse beat Lawrence 18-7 and St. George's 18-0.
  • GV softball beat Lawrence 11-3 and St. George's 13-0.
  • BV lacrosse beat St. George's 15-6.
  • BV baseball beat St. George's 9-3.
  • GJV tennis beat Lawrence 10-0.
  • BJV tennis beat Lawrence 12-0.
  • GJV lacrosse beat Lawrence 12-1.
  • BJV lacrosse beat Lawrence 11-2.
  • BJV baseball beat Lawrence 14-8.
  • JV softball beat Milton 24-13.

Parents Association News

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund now stands at $1.97 million, 83 percent toward our total goal of $2.37 million! Parent gifts total $733,910. Thank you to the many parents (72 percent) who have made a gift to date. IV Form parents have regained the lead to win the Lion's Pride award for highest Form participation in the Annual Fund with 79 percent. With just over two months left in the fiscal year, we are grateful for the generous support of the St. Mark's parent community.

We are planning a phonathon on Monday, April 29, to help us reach our ambitious 90 percent parent participation goal. If you have not yet supported the Annual Fund this year, you may receive a call from a parent Annual Fund volunteer in your Form. Don't want to get a call? Make your gift online today and we will check your name off the list!

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 THIS SATURDAY, April 27, followed by the final Parents' Association meeting of the year. The joint program will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon on 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: | Phone: 508-786-4057

Parent Potluck Dinners
Each year, the Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. Thank you to Shalini and Prem Yerabothu who recently hosted the V Form Potluck!

The other Forms will gather in May and June:
III Form - Friday, May 24, hosted by Cathy and Dan Gould in Hopkinton. RSVP online here.

IV Form - Saturday, May 18, hosted by Eileen Fava and Michael McCarthy in Weston. RSVP online here.

VI Form - Thursday, June 6, hosted by Diane and Mark Bechard in nearby Ashland (after the VI Form Dance send-off). RSVP online here.

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 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 or

Calendar News

April 25-27
- Weekend Activities
April 26-27 - Mamma Mia!, Blackbox Theater, 7:00 p.m.
April 27 - Parents as Partners in Our Students' Learning, Parent Meetup
May 6 - Advance Placement Testing Week
May 7 - Cum Laude Celebration