Thanksgiving Break & January Quarantine
Book the Residence Inn for January Quarantine
If you wish to book a room at the Residence Inn Boston Framingham for quarantine prior to the start of January classes, please use this link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1603744582202&key=GRP&app=resvlink. Rooms are available from January 2 through January 20. Students must quarantine for 14 days before arriving at St. Mark’s for the first day of in-person classes on Tuesday, January 19. Please note, the rooms should be booked in your student’s name and St. Mark’s staff will assist with transportation from Logan Airport to the hotel and to St. Mark’s. Students should plan to check in by January 4.
The last day to book is Monday, December 28. Please book your reservation through our unique link so that our students will be together in the same block. If anyone has specific questions about the Residence Inn, please reach out to Director of Admission Anne Behnke at email@example.com.
NEW: Academic News
Remote Schedule Update
As shared previously, we have been at work on adjustments for the daily schedule for our upcoming remote periods: December 1- December 15, and January 4-15. Please note that we will have our annual fall Professional Development Day on November 30, so classes will not be in session that day.
For more details on the schedule, you can view an explainer video here.
Remote Schedule Notes
We are sensitive to the impacts of the different time zones on student access to class meetings, and have worked to schedule in a way that takes these needs into consideration. Students are expected to meet all class and community obligations happening between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. in their local home time zones. We have asked them to communicate with teachers and advisors to be sure we have identified the right times to meet, as well as any obstacles (technology, home life, etc ... ) that may be making it challenging for them to connect. Please note that this timing is a slight shift from the earlier expectation, but one that we hope still sets a reasonable school baseline.
Teachers will be working flexibly with the schedule to identify three touchpoints for students over the course of the week—two "live" or synchronous connections, and one "at your own pace" or asynchronous connection. Teachers will set meeting times with an understanding of the time zones on their roster. In some cases, the whole class will be able to be together each day; in others, teachers will gather smaller groups of students in different blocks at times that work for them. As before, work should only be due on days where the course is scheduled to meet, and the total investment of time for courses (live classes and out of class work) should be no more than five to six hours for regular courses, and six to seven for advanced courses each week.
Please note that per usual, experiential learning courses will not meet in the period between the Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks. We look forward to the resumption of this programming when we return in person after January 19.
Just as in in-person operation, we are here to help overcome any challenges that may come up, but are asking students to be self-advocates, and access their support networks.
As we look ahead to our return to campus in January, a group of faculty will continue working with community input—including data from the recent student and parent surveys—to redefine the right approach to an in-person +remote schedule for the winter, and will share a follow-up update in December.
We are still discussing whether to preserve the current approach to Wednesdays as remote class days, and experiential learning programming during the five day class week, as opposed to on Saturdays. As you can see from our remote schedule, we are imagining that Wednesday is a more robust day for class meetings, and have preserved space in our community blocks to locate experiential learning coursework. In either eventuality, we would be committed to supporting virtual connections for remote students and day students for whom it would be hardship to get to campus on these days.
Updated: Introducing Your New Parent Portal
We are pleased to off the launch of our new parent portal! Parents and guardians received a Parent Portal launch email on Tuesday, November 17 with detailed step-by-step instructions, as well as tutorial videos, to assist in the transition to the new portal. Please visit www.stmarksschool.org/login-setup to set up your account. If you have any trouble retrieving your username or resetting your password, please view this tutorial video. As a reminder, Window One grades will be available on the portal on Monday, November 23.
New: College Counseling
Class of 2022
College Counseling Q&A Zoom
Mark your calendar - Thursday, December 10, 2020, 8:00 p.m. EST. V Form (Students & Parents) Zoom Meeting. Review of College Counseling Calendar for Spring - Q &A. Details with Zoom address to follow.
Class of 2022 & 2023
Practice SAT and ACT Exam Information
As we head into the final days before the Thanksgiving break, we wanted to be in touch with some information about upcoming opportunities to take practice SAT and ACT exams.
*This is a full-length SAT practice not and not the PSAT.
Academic Approach, our partner for test prep, is generously offering full-length practice versions of the SAT and ACT for any interested students. This year, given COVID-related restrictions, we will administer online via Zoom on consecutive Saturdays in December:
SAT - 10:00 a.m. EST Saturday, December 5, 2020
ACT - 10:00 a.m. EST Saturday, December 12, 2020
Students will be able to download and print a copy of the test or view an electronic version. They will complete an answer sheet and submit it directly to Academic Approach for scoring.
Academic Approach will score the tests and send results to students and the college counseling office by December 18. While the tests are full-length, “retired” tests, they are not official; therefore, scores are not official and can not be used for purposes other than those described above.
If you are interested in having your child take either test, please fill out the form found here:
The forms are set to collect email addresses automatically but can only be completed by those with a St. Mark’s email address; please have the student complete the form. Please note that the form also includes information related to the spring online SAT and ACT prep classes offered by Academic Approach.
If you have any questions, please contact Eric Monheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.