Presentations for Lion Term took place this week at St. Mark's. On Tuesday, June 4, IV Formers held a festival in the Lower Center showcasing their projects and learning experiences. On Wednesday, June 5, VI Formers held a learning exhibition in the STEM Center. Presentations wrapped up on Thursday, June 6, with the Lions' Roar Presentation of Learning.
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.
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.
Prize Day LEO
Please check out the last LEO of the 2019-2019 school year that highlight VI Formers!
As representatives for the entire class of '19, eight pieces are published:
Jiwon Choi's award-winning STEM Fellowship
The Writers' Room's original Season 1 of a tv show that they created from scratch
Thomas Scaringella's awesome reflection on Lion Term to V Formers
Matt Walsh's intelligent opinion on the Fourth Amendment
Daniela Martinez's impressive creativity in a short story
Grant Gattuso's deep dive into the Ketogenic diet and Parkinson's Disease
Selina Wu's complex study from Math Research class
Laura Drepanos' sharp French skills in an essay on commercialism and art
Prize Day Vindex
The Prize Day 2019 issue of the Vindex is now available online. To view this publication, select this link.
Prize Day News
Prize Day is Saturday, June 8. For more information on Prize Day and the events happening leading up to the ceremony, select this link.
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: Friday, June 7 from Noon to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join us as the St. Mark's community celebrates the closing of the Spring Athletic Season under the tent on Belmont Field on Friday, June 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Dean of Students News
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
To move out prior to Saturday, June 8, students should have their room returned to "move-in" condition (items off walls, drawers, and closets empty, floor vacuumed, free of all trash and recycling) and should turn in their room key and padlock to their House Head for a final room inspection. Students may then be dropped off at school for required events connected to school closing and prize day as driving permissions will not be extended. Boarding students should not bring cars back on to campus.
Please be mindful of checking with your child on the condition of their room. A proper move out is respectful of the time and energy our custodial and facilities staff spend to keep our spaces clean and safe. Students who's rooms do not meet expectations will be charged a fee and may be asked to return to school to finish the task.
All boarders are to depart with rooms clear by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. We strongly encourage you to move out prior to Saturday, June 8, if possible so that you and your child may enjoy the close of school.
The school year ends at 7:30 p.m., for all students, at the conclusion of our Prize Day ceremonies on Saturday, June 8.
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
OnDemand Storage & Shipping will be on school grounds from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, to provide summer storage and/or shipping for all students.
Sign Up by visiting OnDemand's website for St. Mark's students and families
or call: 781-499-5330 for more information. The remaining pickup dates for St. Mark's is 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
The Annual Fund has crossed the $2 million mark! To date, St. Mark's has raised just over $2.01 million for the Annual Fund, 85 percent toward our total goal of $2.37 million! Parent gifts total $766,043. Thank you to the many parents (77 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 85 percent participation.
Our goal is to achieve 90 percent parent participation. To reach this ambitious goal, we still need gifts from 45 families. A gift of any amount, even $25, helps move the needle toward our goal. We hope that all families who have yet to make a gift will do so before Prize Day (Saturday), and the final deadline to be counted this fiscal year is June 30. You can make your gift online or you can contribute via Paypal or Venmo. You may know that the Annual Fund underwrites 10 percent of the School's operating budget so every gift makes an important and immediate impact.