The Rev. Barbara Talcott, Head Chaplain at St. Mark's since 2009, recently published an essay as a blog post for the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) website. Entitled "Explaining Episcopal Identity," it emphasizes three valued areas as exemplifying St. Mark's as an Episcopal School.
Mission Statement: To create a community where all members have the essential tools to be their best selves, so that they can be physically, emotionally and socially prepared to make healthy lifestyle choices. To have a Wellness Program that educates and empowers everyone at St. Mark’s to be self-advocates as they journey towards leading lives of leadership and service.
With our students heading home for the summer, I think that is important to share with them an essential part of boosting academic performance that often goes overlooked. SLEEP! There are many benefits of sleep, but our good friends at sleephelp.org helped put together an article that stresses the importance of starting a routine and how this routine will enhance your ability for productivity and concentration in the classroom. Have a great summer.
St. Mark's was very fortunate to host a viewing of the documentary If They Had Known. The film spotlights the perils of mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.
Dr. Jill Walsh came in and spoke to 17-20 of our student leaders. Dr. Walsh was exploring how the use of social media affects the day to day living of teenagers in a boarding school environment. By engaging in an informal conversation Dr. Walsh was able to help make suggestions to alleviate the stressor that social media has become and allow our student leaders to bring her feedback to their peers in the St. Marks community
Dr. Lori Connors spoke to an audience of 25 students about sleep and how to cope with stressors.