Join us for the Spring Play, The Pillowman, on Friday, May 10, & Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Assessments & Student Progress
With the close of yearlong and semester courses coming soon, classes are turning their attention to assessments of student progress. The final window of the year will conclude on May 21. We will transition to Lion Term with a kickoff event the following day. The spring season of St. Mark's Saturdays will also close with the final class meeting on May 18. Students will find many of these classes concluding with a summative project or piece of work of some kind. As always, we encourage students to make good use of their resources during these traditionally busy times of the year, and to keep close touch with their teachers and advisors if they have questions or are in need of guidance on academic work.
St. Mark's Saturdays
In the coming week, advisors will connect with returning students to discuss St. Mark's Saturdays course requests for the upcoming year, and will enter these requests by May 18. Our aim is for this advisory conversation to drive thoughtful course selection choices rooted in a student's academic interest, areas for improvement in skill development, and their overall needs for stretch and challenge in a given season. We are excited for St. Mark's Saturdays in 2019-2020, and encourage you to visit the website to view the courses on offer.
Advanced Placement Exams
Advanced Placement Exams continue next week. Students taking an AP in the morning are expected to attend the afternoon classes. Students with afternoon APs may use the morning to prepare. Students are expected to be in our Academic Day Dress Code for AP Exams.
St. Markers Excel at Massachusetts State STEM Fair
Over the weekend of May 3-4, 2019, seven St. Markers—all participants in the School's Taft STEM Fellowship program—competed in the annual Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Out of more than 200 high school competitors from all across the Commonwealth, four St. Mark's students placed and were recognized with awards.
Cum Laude Society Honors Students at Annual Ceremony
On Tuesday evening, May 7, the St. Mark's chapter of the Cum Laude Society held its annual induction ceremony. The entire school community attended the event in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall.
Members of the Cum Laude Society from the current VI Form are: Colin Capenito, Alex Cardonick, Jae Yoon Cho, Jiwon Choi, Megan Christy, Luc Cote, Haley Dion, Laura Drepanos, Grant Gattuso, Nicola Hartmann, Filip Kierzenka, Jiawen Li, Rwick Sarkar, Yi (Leo) Xie, Matt Walsh, Yuchen (Amy) Wang, Qianqian (Selina) Wu, and Rosanna Zhao.
The spring issues of the St. Marker is now available! To view this edition, select this link or the button below.
The Spring Play performance is approaching on Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11. The St. Mark's Theater Department will present preview performances of The Pillowman, by Martin McDonagh.
Last year, our Theater Department was selected by the American High School Theater Festival to perform at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest performing arts festival in the world. In August, the cast and crew will travel across the Atlantic to bring our production of The Pillowman to Scotland where students will perform the play four times over the first week of the festival.
Winner of the 2004 Olivier Award and 2005 Tony Award for Best Play, The Pillowman is an unapologetic dark comedy centered on an imprisoned writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated after the gruesome content of his short stories have begun to be acted out in real life. As disturbing as it is poignant, the play illuminates the power of storytelling and the importance of art in an ever-darkening world.
Over the past few months, the cast and crew has worked hard to stage this thought provoking play and they are excited to offer an opportunity to showcase their production for a St. Mark's audience. Our production pushes our students to explore new styles of performance, such as mime, shadow-play, and puppetry, while still attempting to stay true to the strong work and values of our Black Box Theater-all while performing on a set that can fit in a suitcase. We look forward to sharing this work with you and the wider world in August!
Friday, May 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 - 7:30 p.m.
Please Note: Mature Audiences Only.
Email Mr. Kent for tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Tang '20 Receives Leadership in Diversity Award
On Friday, May 3, at the 27th Annual John P. Garrahan MetroWest Community Prayer Breakfast, Yujing (Jenny) Tang '20 was one of a dozen-plus local high school students honored with the John P. Garrahan Leadership in Diversity Award by the Alliance for MetroWest Unity. Each was recognized for fostering "greater communication and harmony in school communities" and promoting "understanding between people of diverse backgrounds."
Lion Term News
Permission 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: bit.ly/LionTerm
Athlete of the Week
Sam Leslie '20 of JV girls' lacrosse has been named athlete of the week after helping her team defeat Middlesex 15-7 on Wednesday. Throughout the season, Sam's coaches have applauded her consistency. She always plays at the highest level, she hustles more than anyone else on the field, and she comes up with big ground ball challenges. Moreover, Sam has a knack of scoring when the team needs a goal, and she is just as reliable on defense. Most importantly, Sam truly leads by example. She always maintains a positive attitude as demonstrated by her actions and words.
Teams of the Week
On Saturday evening, the varsity baseball team traveled to the New England Baseball Complex to face off against Nobles. The game was a pitcher's duel, but, in the end, St. Mark's earned the 1-0 victory. This is SM varsity baseball's first win over Nobles since the 2007-2008 season. In the win, Wyatt Scotti '20 pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits and striking out 10. Scotti is now 3-1 on the season with 35 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched.
In the bottom of the third, the Lions scored their only run of the game after Brett Frederico '20 hit a double down the left field line. With Frederico on second base, Matt Walsh '19 laid down a textbook sacrifice bunt, scoring Frederico from second. With the win, the team improved to 6-4.
The JV softball team finished last week with two big wins against Governor's (25-7) and Dana Hall (15-8), improving their record to 7-0 on the season. The team was unstoppable at the plate and on the base paths, compiling 40 runs over two games. It was a team effort with almost every player recording a hit or reaching base. While the big story was the Lions offense, the Governor's game provided a number of great defensive plays, highlighted by Erin O'Keefe's '22 quick reaction to spear a hard line drive at third base and a heads up play by Catherine Pellini '20 catching a runner who overran second base.
St. Mark's 5th boat won by open water against Groton's 5th and 6th boats in a race at Lake Quinsigamond last week. This was a standout performance by a crew who took two tactical moves in the race--one near the halfway point and another with around 250 meters to go. Groton's 5th boat maintained contact with the SM boat throughout most of the race, so this late move was crucial to the St Mark's victory. Sydni (c), Eve, Kaley, Laryssa, and Amanda finished in a time of 6:58, a very impressive time for a novice boat. This crew hopes to repeat their winning performance at the DuPont Cup on Saturday.
- Varsity golf tied Middlesex 3.5-3.5
- GJV crew beat Groton 1-0.
- BJV baseball beat Governor's 16-0.
- GV tennis beat Governor's 13-2.
- GJV tennis beat Governor's 8-2.
- GV lacrosse beat Middlesex 17-4 and Nobles 10-8
- GJV lacrosse beat Middlesex 15-7.
- BJV tennis beat Governor's 9-3 and Nobles 4-2.
- GJV softball beat Governor's 25-7 and Dana Hall 15-8.
- GV crew beat Brooks 3-1 & tied Greenwich 2-2.
- GV softball beat Nobles 4-2.
- BV baseball beat Nobles 1-0.
End-of-Year News and Dean's Office Reminders
Please note, consistent with School policy, all Lion Cash accounts must be current and have enough funds (approx. $250) to cover VI Form Graduation Activities. If accounts are not current by May 28, blank diplomas may be issued. You can log in and add value at the Lion Cash Account Center at this link. Any questions, please contact the Business Office.
Returning boarders participated in first stage of the housing lottery on Friday by selecting numbers that determine their selection spots. Armed with their lottery positions, student should be having conversation with their classmates to explore housing options.
We house students by form and predetermine how many beds in each house will be allocated to students of each form. We also reserve beds in each house for incoming students. During the lottery, students draw beds (but not specific rooms) by number. After the lottery, House Heads assign specific rooms with an eye to the best placement for success. Students who are disappointed by the house, or room type, they have chosen can make a written request for a housing change to Ms. Stacey Lee, director of residential life, at any time after the lottery is over. Attrition during the summer sometimes results in housing options opening up. If this happens, we provide housing changes in the order in which we have received requests for change.
St. Mark's strongly advise students to come into the next step of the lottery with a pre-agreed roommate (we require that advisors approve roommate choices). Single rooms are largely assigned to student leaders beforehand. Students who hope for a single and do not have a backup plan will sometimes match with another student who was unsuccessful in drawing for a single. We encourage you to discuss with your child their housing hopes and plans. Please know that advisors are doing so, as well. The process of roommate invitations, agreements, and breakups seems inevitable as the lottery approaches, and it can be an emotional time. If you feel that your child is having difficulty and needs help, please let the advisor and/or House Head know.
A reminder that Saturday overnight permissions need to be completed by Friday afternoons at 3:00. Please help us maintain our communication and safety procedures by filling out Boardingware forms on time.
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.
Parents Association News
The Annual Fund now stands at $1.99 million, 84 percent toward our total goal of $2.37 million! Parent gifts total $749,248. Thank you to the many parents (74 percent) who have made a gift to date. IV Form parents are still in the lead to win the Lion's Pride award for highest Form participation in the Annual Fund with 80 percent participation.
While there are about seven weeks left in the fiscal year, we hope to reach our participation goal of 90 percent before Prize Day. To do this, we need gifts from 52 additional St. Mark's families. If you have supported the Annual Fund in the past, please consider renewing your support today. If your family is new to the School or has not supported the Annual Fund in the past, please consider starting a new tradition of giving today. You can look for an appeal in the mail by the end of the month, or you can make your gift online today.
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!
Parent Potluck Dinners
Each year, the Parents' Association coordinates potluck gatherings for each Form in the fall and spring. Potlucks for the III, IV, and VI Forms will be held later this month and in June:
III Form - Friday, May 24, hosted by Cathy and Dan Gould in Hopkinton. R.S.V.P. online here.
IV Form - Saturday, May 18, hosted by Eileen Fava and Michael McCarthy in Weston. R.S.V.P. online here.
VI Form - Thursday, June 6, hosted by Diane and Mark Bechard in nearby Ashland (after the VI Form Dance send-off). R.S.V.P. 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 R.S.V.P. 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.
May 10-11 - Reunion Weekend
May 11 - Empty Bowl Ceramic Sale, Cloisters
May 13 - Spring Student Showcase
May 18 - IV Form Parent Potluck, R.S.V.P.
May 24 - III Form Parent Potluck, R.S.V.P.
May 25 - Groton Games, St. Mark's School
June 6 - VI Form Dance
June 6 - VI Form Parent Potluck, R.S.V.P.
June 7 - Prize Day Concert
June 7 - Athletic Awards, Belmont Field
June 8 - Prize Day Ceremony