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Deans' Weekly

2019 Lion Term



May Head's Reflection

Patterson Innovation Grants: Fostering Our School's Intellectual Vibrancy
In my experience, the best educators are the ones who constantly seek ways to continue their own learning, thereby modeling a habit of mind that we want for our students. Those educators, lifelong learners, are also able to convey a passion for learning for a particular subject that is infectious for students and colleagues alike. I am proud of the desire for continued growth that I see among my St. Mark's colleagues, and I am proud of the love they convey for their work, both inside and outside the classroom. These educators do so much to make St. Mark's an intellectually vibrant school, energizing for adults and students alike.


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Lion Term
Take a moment to check out the scenes, blogs, vlogs, and more from the first week of #SMLionTerm.

III Form: My Footprint

IV Form: Community Engagement

V Form: Critical Curiosity

VI Form: Intellectual Independence

Lions Roam: Spain


FACTS Tuition Management

St. Mark's now uses the FACTS Tuition Management system. All new and returning families who selected the B or C Plan need to enroll in FACTS, even if you were enrolled last year. To enroll in a FACTS payment plan, select this link or call FACTS at 866-441-4637.


Academic News

Window 4 Grades
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.

Shen Prize
Rohan Kapur '20 of Hopkinton, Mass., has been awarded the 2019 Shen Prize, presented each year to the winner of a public speaking contest among Advanced United States history students on the topic of democracy. The prize is given by Y.L. Shen in honor of his daughters, Ing-ie (Ava) Shen of the Class of 1988, and Ing-Chuan (Judy) Shen of the Class of 1989.

In his speech, titled "Music's Expansion of Democracy," Rohan describes how pop and rock artists in the 1960s expressed feelings of suspicion and disillusionment around the Vietnam War, noting that "Music had never been utilized this way in America's history."

The other two finalists in this year's Shen Prize competition were Aditya Mynampaty '20 of Southborough and Julian Yang '20 of North Chelmsford, Mass.

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Ely Prize
III Former Sydni Williams has won the 2019 Ely Prize in Public Speaking. Originally given by a member of the Class of 1982 in honor of his mother, the Ely Prize is presented each year to the student who gives the best speech in the Global Seminar Public Speaking Competition. This year's competition featured seven III Form speakers. Faculty members from the History Department served as judges. The prize is formally conferred at Prize Day.

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Campus News

St. Mark's Space Program Debuts Speaker Series
On Friday, May 17, the St. Mark's Space Program hosted the first speaker of its Space Speaker Series, Senior Lecturer of Astronomy at Bentley University, Professor George Fishman.

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St. Markers Fully Engaged in Lion Term 2019

For the third year in a row, all St. Markers are actively participating in Lion Term: a two-week Form-based experience. Each Form has its own theme and schedule of activities, with students getting involved in team-building, community service, and experiential learning. In addition, the Lions Roam program provides a global experience for its participants.

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Prize Day News

Prize Day is Saturday, June 8. For more information on Prize Day and the events happening leading up to the ceremony, visit this link.


Bookstore News

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.

Prize Day Weekend Hours: Thursday, June 5 from Noon to 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 6 from Noon to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Athletic News

NEIRA
At the 2019 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Regatta on May 25, five St. Markers once again wore gold, as the St. Mark's girls' varsity crew 3rd boat came in first place. With a time of 6:18.351 over the Lake Quinsigamond course in Worcester, the Lions defeated Choate, Taft, Winsor, Nobles, and Deerfield in their Grand Final race. It was the sixth championship finish for girls' crew program in its 41-year history. That same day, the girls' varsity 4th boat placed second in their Grand Final race, earning the 18th medal in the history of the program.

Champions Again! Celebrating the Girls' Crew Program
At the 2019 New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Regatta on May 25, five St. Markers once again wore gold, as the St. Mark's girls' varsity crew 3rd boat came in first place. With a time of 6:18.351 over the Lake Quinsigamond course in Worcester, the Lions defeated Choate, Taft, Winsor, Nobles, and Deerfield in their Grand Final race. It was the sixth championship finish for St. Mark's girls' crew program in its 41-year history. That same day, the SM girls' varsity 4th boat placed second in their Grand Final race, earning the 18th medal in the history of the program.

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Sophie Student '20 Named League MVP for Girls' Lacrosse

Sophie Student '20 was recently named the Independent School League's Most Valuable Player for girls' lacrosse. A three-time All-ISL selection, Student helped lead St. Mark's to its fourth league championship in five years this spring.

A day student from Hopkinton, Mass., Student is committed to play Division I lacrosse at Virginia Tech beginning in 2020-2021.


Dean of Students News

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.


School Closing News

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.


The school year ends at 7:30 p.m., for all students, at the conclusion of our Prize Day ceremonies on Saturday, June 8.

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, final check completed by House Head and key turned in.

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.

Students with special permission due to international travel must depart by Noon on Sunday, June 9 and must see the Deans Office in advance for approval.
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, final check completed by House Head and key turned in.

On Demand Storage & Shipping
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.

Sign Up by visiting On Demand's website for St. Mark's Students and Families

or call: 781-499-5330 for more information. Pickup dates for St. Mark's are Thursday, May 30 and Friday, June 7

Packing Supplies for Storage or Shipping:

Every student who signs up gets one ODS Box Kit (includes five boxes and one roll of tape).

  • Students can get additional kits for $25
  • We will leave some kits for late-sign ups

Want to ship to your college/university?

  • Sign up now and you will receive a sheet to fill out for when you receive your housing assignment for the fall.


Parents Association News

Camilla and Dave King, Co-chairs of the St. Mark's Parents Association, sent out the last Parents in the Know newsletter of the 2018-2019 year on Friday, May 31. You can read the full newsletter with updates on the Annual Fund, potlucks, Book Club and upcoming events here.

If you did not receive a copy of this newsletter, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at communications@stmarksschool.org.