Grades for Window 4 will be available in Net Classroom on Monday, June 10. Please be reminded that there will be no narrative comments accompanying Window 4 grades. As is our custom, advisors will be composing advisor letters as a summation of each student's progress in the second semester. These letters will be delivered digitally in mid- to late June.
III Form Lion Term
An email was sent on Friday early afternoon with details and contact information for the III Form trip to Brantwood Camp. Please note: Buses leave at 9:00 a.m on Tuesday, May 28. All students should be in Elkins Gym at 8:30 a.m. While we are at Brantwood, we will be blogging daily. Please follow our adventures at sm3rdformlionterm.wordpress.com.
Diploma frames are available for purchase through the store. Contact Ginny Umiker if you would like one mailed directly to your home.
Be sure to check out our Facebook page, The Pride, for up-to-date information and new items.
There will be no textbook buyback this year, unfortunately, as the company we have used in previous years is no longer available. We will be recycling books as part of the Green Move Out.
Please note consistent with School policy, all Lion Card 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 Card Account Center]. Any questions, please contact the Business Office.
Dean of Students News
The school year will end for all students at the conclusion of our Prize Day ceremonies. This is a wonderful day of celebration and there are systems in place to support a smooth departure for families. More information including a sign up form for departure windows is coming soon but here are important bullet points.
School closes for all students at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.
Students with special permission due to international travel must depart by noon on Sunday, June 9.
Underform students are welcome to move out and return to school for required events only starting on Thursday, June 6. This means the room is clean, a final check has been completed by a House Head, and a key has been turned in.
VI formers are required to be in-residence starting Wednesday, June 5, by 11:00 a.m. through Prize Day. We strongly suggest VI formers complete the bulk of move-out over the long weekend which begins Friday, May 24, leaving only a suitcase and toiletries for use during Prize Day celebrations starting on Tuesday, June 4.
On Demand Storage & Shipping will be on school grounds from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p,m. on Thursday, May 30, and Friday, June 7 to provide summer storage and/or shipping for all students.
Due to the Prize Day ceremony, families will have access to the front circle after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Those wishing to move out during early time slots will have access to the Thieriot parking lot and side entrances to the main building.
It is about that time when deans of students at private schools in Massachusetts get very concerned and nervous about off-campus parties. With the excitement of the end of the year, some parents host parties and allow alcohol to be served to underage students. While rumors of party plans arise, we need to remind all parents of the Massachusetts social host liability laws and of the School's expectations around substance use. "Social host liability" is the legal term for the criminal and civil responsibility of a person who furnishes liquor to a guest. We have all heard the stories of when good kids make bad decisions and well-meaning hosts painfully discover that the parties that they thought were harmless fun turn into catastrophes.
In fact, a Southborough family recently made the news by hosting an underage party with alcohol present. The word is that the Southborough Police will be charging that family. We are asking parents to be aware of the social host laws and the liabilities that may result in civil and criminal charges as well as potential consequences to a student's college admission. We expect students to obey the rules of the School and the laws of the Commonwealth concerning the use of alcohol and drugs, and we continue to expect our parents to support the health and safety of our students in this effort. Thanks!
Please remember that all VI Formers have been placed on a "probationary-like" status until after Prize Day. Any Level I, II, or III rule violation may jeopardize their privilege of walking at Prize Day and/or possibly graduating from St. Mark's. This is a common practice among boarding schools to set expectations as graduation approaches. Schools will set probationary periods that range from a couple of weeks up to the whole spring. It is not meant as a punishment for students, but rather as a reminder to reduce temptations that arise when the weather gets nicer and graduation approaches. Ultimately, we want everyone to graduate and to walk at the ceremony. It has been our experience that this probation period helps with that important goal.
Athletic News - Last games of the year - Go Lions!
Girls' Varsity Lacrosse
The girls' varsity lacrosse team is the 2019 ISL Girls' Lacrosse Champions! This marks their 4th ISL Championship in the last five years ('15, '16, '18, '19).
Tomorrow Morning - NEIRA
Girls' and boys varsity crew teams compete in the prestigious New England's (NEIRA) at Lake Q tomorrow. Use this link to access the race schedule and team photos. (Events begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude around 1:30 p.m.) www.stmarksschool.org/NEIRA
Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25
The Annual Fund has crossed the $2 million mark! To date, St. Mark's has raised $2.01 million for the Annual Fund, 85 percent toward our total goal of $2.37 million! Parent gifts total $759,368. Thank you to the many parents (76 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 82 percent participation.
While there are about five weeks left in the fiscal year, we hope to reach our participation goal of 90 percent before Prize Day. 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 before, please consider starting a new tradition of giving today. To make your gift you can reply to the appeal that was recently mailed, 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. THANK you to Shalini and Prem Yerabothu who hosted the V Form and Eileen Fava and Michael McCarthy who recently hosted the IV Form. Potlucks for the III and VI Forms are coming up soon:
- III Form - TONIGHT, Friday, May 24, hosted by Cathy and Dan Gould in Hopkinton. View event details 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.