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Join us for Open House on Saturday, May 4!


Spring Open House | Saturday, May 4

Join us on campus on Saturday, May 4, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for the St. Mark's School Spring Open House. This is an informal opportunity to tour the campus, speak with admission representatives and current parents, and learn more about a St. Mark's education.

R.S.V.P is not required.

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.

Essential Dates

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

Academic News

LEO:
Today is LEO's 12th issue in its sixth year. It currently is at 199,789 views all-time. Let's see we can eclipse the 200,000 mark.

Interesting fact: LEO has also been seen in 117 countries over our six-year run.

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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.

Advanced Placement Exams
Advanced Placement Exams are upon us 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.


Campus News

Spring Play
The Spring Play performance is approaching on May 10 and 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!

Performance Dates:
Friday, May 10 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 - 7:30 p.m.

Please Note: Mature Audiences Only.
Email Mr. Kent for tickets: christopherkent@stmarksschool.org

Poetry Week
To view photos from Poetry Week, select this link.


POETRY WEEK WINNERS
Congratulations and thank you for the overwhelmingly great entries to all the contests this year! Also, thank you for your support of writers living and working in exile. Together, we raised $268 for PEN America from the bake sale.

Advisory Seated Meal Poems: Ms. Brown's advisory with "New England Spring"

Magnetic Poetry House Cup Competition: Gaccon with "A Symphony Plays"

Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Class Poem: Ms. McCann's Blue class with "Somebody"

*Best Poem Overall (Contest 1): Luke Lee with "More."
Runner-up: Sydni Williams with "there is a warmth"

*Best Formal Poem (Contest 2): Kendall Sommers with "Small Town Bones"
Runner-up: Madeleine Wass with "Poisoned Minds"

*Best Rhymed Poem (Contest 3): Jack Griffin with "Centaur Cure"
Runner-up: Lily Wang with "Thor"

*Faculty Poetry Contest: Dr. Harwood with "No Joke"
Runner-up: Mr. Noble with "Spring?"


Lion Term News

Information for III Form Parents:
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

Chapel News

St. Mark's Confirmation
Congratulations to St. Marker's who were confirmed last Sunday, April 28, in Belmont Chapel. One staff member was also presented as a candidate for reception. The Right Reverend J. Clark Grew, St. Mark's Class of 1958, presided over the service.

Michael Joseph Ferlisi '22, Delaney Catherine Grace '21, John Schuyler Hayes '22, Cameron James Lynch '22, Hunter Philip Mulvey '20, Katherine Ann Normandin '19, Grant Michael Pellechio '21, Steven Sinchi '19, Emily Helen Taylor '20, and Sarah Ann Winters '21 were welcomed as candidates for confirmation and were confirmed by Bishop Grew. They all completed several weeks of confirmation preparation led by the School's head chaplain, the Rev. Barbara Talcott, and associate chaplain, the Rev. Katrina Solter.

To read more about confirmation, select the button below.

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Student Surveys

Two Surveys Administered in May
St. Mark's is conducting two student surveys in May: the High School Survey of Student Engagement on May 9, and the Institutional Climate and Inclusion Assessment, which was administered on May 2. Both surveys are 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. For more information on the May 9 survey, select this link.


Athletic News

Co-Team of the Week:
JV boys' tennis - After a slow 0-2 start this season, the JV boys' tennis team has won its last six matches. Last week featured victories over Brooks and Belmont Hill with scores of 7-5 and 9-3, respectively. Both matches included wins by Ryan Song '21 at #1 singles, as well as a sweep by the doubles teams: Ryan Paik '20 and Preston Dotson '21 at #2 doubles, and Will Osborne '20 and Brett Harmon '21 at #1 doubles.

Co-Team of the Week:
Varsity Golf - The varsity golf team earned a competitive road victory over Founders League school Andover last Friday by a score of 6.5-5.5. Ryder Henry '20 (#2 seed), Captain Matt Hart '19 (#3 seed), Lukas Hanenberger '19 (#4 seed), Alex Cardonick '19 (#7 seed), and Lily Walsh '22 (#8 seed) all earned a full point for individual match play victories, while Jack Cai '21 (#1 seed) gained a half point for a draw. The match also consisted of four best-ball group matches, and Cardonick and Walsh gained an additional point for winning their group's best-ball match.

Alumni News:
Christina Walsh '15 is a senior defender on the Boston College women's Lacrosse team. She has started all but one game for the Eagles, currently the #2 ranked team in the nation. Last week, the Eagles erased a three-goal deficit to take a 14-13 win over #4 Syracuse in the semifinal round of the ACC Championship. Although BC came up short in the finals, Walsh and her team are not done yet and look forward to earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. While at St. Mark's, Walsh was a member of the varsity girls' soccer and lacrosse teams. She was an ISL all-league selection in soccer and an ISL all-league and First Team All-American selection in lacrosse.

Highlights:
  • Varsity girls' lacrosse, 17-10 win over St. Paul's; 9-8 win over Brooks; 19-8 win over Governor's
  • Varsity golf, 3.5-3.5 tie with Governor's; 6.5-5.5 win over Andover
  • JV boys' tennis, 7-5 win over Brooks; 9-3 win over Belmont Hill
  • JV softball, 16-1 win over Dana Hall
  • JV girls' tennis, 8-2 win over Brooks
  • Varsity girls' tennis, 11-4 win over Brooks; 7-0 win over Williston
  • Varsity boys' crew, 2-0 win over Worcester Public
  • JV baseball, 8-7 win over Ruffnecks
  • JV girls' lacrosse, 11-2 win over Governor's
  • Varsity softball, 16-0 win over Pingree


End-of-Year News and Dean's Office Reminders


Lion Cash
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.

Housing Lottery
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.

Boardingware

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.

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.

Parents Association News

Annual Fund
The Annual Fund now stands at $1.98 million, 84 percent toward our total goal of $2.37 million! Parent gifts total $739,260. 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.

Thank you to the Annual Fund volunteers who participated in the phonathon this week, and to the many parents who answered our calls, texts, and emails on Monday night. We only need 55 more gifts to reach our goal of achieving 90 percent overall participation. If you have supported the Annual Fund before, please consider renewing your support today. If your family is new to the School or has not supported the Annual Fund in the past, we hope you would consider starting a new tradition of giving today. There are just under two months left in the fiscal year to make your gift and count toward our participation goal. You can look for an appeal in the mail by the end of the month, or you can make your gift online today.

Amazon Smile
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 joanne@flathersfamily.net or lauriekalapinski@stmarksschool.org.

Calendar

May 3-5 - Weekend Activities
May 4 - Spring Open House, No R.S.V.P. required
May 4 - Class of 2021 Parents, College Counseling Meeting
May 5 - Southborough Sounds Concert, Rule Britannia!
May 6 - Advance Placement Testing Week
May 7 - Cum Laude Celebration