News from the St. Mark's Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, and Dean of Faculty
June 22, 2020
Academic News
Window Four grades and Advisor Letters
Grades for Window 4 were made available in Net Classroom on Monday, June 8 . Please be reminded that there will be no narrative comments accompanying Window 4 grades. As is our custom, advisors have composed advisor letters as a summation of each student's progress in the second semester. These letters will be delivered via email today, Monday, June 22 .
Getting Ready for the School Year
Just Released! Health & Insurance Forms
In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year , please complete both the Health Form and Insurance Form packets listed below by July 1


If you have any questions over the summer regarding the Health Forms Packet, please email Leslie Dowst, School Nurse, at lesliedowst@stmarksschool.org . All forms need to be returned via email to lesliedowst@stmarksschool.org or faxed to 508-786-6010.


If you have any questions regarding the Insurance Forms Packet, please contact Jack Clemens, controller, by email at controller@stmarksschool.org .


Just Released! Summer Reading
We will not have an all-community summer reading text this year. Instead, our goal is to identify a text that we can all read and process together in-depth in the flow of the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that there are still required selections for incoming III Formers, and students of Advanced United States History. Students can expect to discuss and write about these selections with their peers and teachers in the opening weeks of the school year.  

Required texts: 

For Incoming III Formers:  

“When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost hometown half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognized. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for. Then he set off on a journey to find his mother” (Goodreads).
 
For Students of Advanced United States History: 
 
Recommended Selections:
Members of the St. Mark’s faculty and staff have compiled this list of recommended selections to encourage student summer reading. While not required beyond the selections above, we do hope that students will take the opportunity to read widely this summer!  
Recent Messages from Head of School John C. Warren ’74
In case you missed it, below are links to two recent important messages from Head of School John C. Warren ’74:
Dean of Students News
Move Out/Pack Up
The move-out/pack-up process continues on campus, and again we are appreciative of the families who have traveled back to campus to move out their belongings.  Our focus now is on shipping to those of you who could not come to campus. Be on the look out for boxes from Mark's Movers. Any questions please contact   Liz MacArthur  lizmacarthur@stmarksschool.org  or the Dean's Office  deanofstudentsoffice@stmarksschool.org
Parents’ Association News
Parent/Faculty/Staff Book Club
The St. Mark’s book club selected two summer reading titles, The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali, and This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger, and offered additional recommendations .

The book club also suggested a new option to order books— www.bookshop.org , a website that supports local, independent bookstores.
 
We look forward to gathering in some form at our first meeting of the 2020-21 book club this fall. If you no longer wish to receive these email notifications, contact Joanne Flathers at joanne@flathersfamily.net with “Unsubscribe” in the subject line. Otherwise, we’ll happily send these reminders to all who wish to receive them.

Annual Fund Update and Thank You
Thank you to St. Mark's parents who have been extraordinarily generous this year both by making Annual Fund gifts and by returning your room and boarding refund to the school, as many of you have. These contributions ensure that we are able to live into our mission of preparing students to lead lives of leadership and service and to ultimately engage in making our society more just. If you have not made a gift this year and would like to, please consider a contribution of any amount before the end of our fiscal year on June 30 .
Prize Day Week 2020 - Zoom Recordings 
Zoom recordings for all Prize Day Week events are available below:
 
Cum Laude Installation | Wednesday, June 3

VI Form Final Chapel | Wednesday, June 3

Prize Day: Presentation of Prizes | Thursday, June 4

Baccalaureate Ceremony | Friday, June 5

Prize Day: Celebration of Graduates | Saturday, June 6
 
During the Celebration of Graduates ceremony, sentiments were read about each student. These sentiments are now available to view on the Prize Day website . Select the graduates' name to read and to view their senior portraits.
 
Ryder Henry '20, winner of this year's J. Stanley Sheppard Music Prize, performed Mozart's 4th Horn Concerto, Mvt. 1, before the final Prize Day ceremony. You can hear the full performance here .

Prize Day LEO
The special Prize Day Edition of LEO is here. Support your students by looking at some of their best work from the academic year.
 
  1. Short Story - Jane Dubrova
  2. Classical Diploma Mosaics - Emily Taylor, Illia Rebechar
  3. Minecraft & Engineering - Blake Gattuso, Aditya Mynampaty, Nate King, Will Osborne, Tommy Flathers
  4. Global Studies Essay - Kian Sahani
  5. DIYBaseball - Brett Federico
  6. STEM Fair Poster Video - Ally Bauer
  7. Global Diploma Screencast - Naila Strong, Illia Rebechar, Kian Sahani, Lina Zhang
  8. Air Pollution and COVID-19 - Ashley Battiata
  9. Nelson Mandela and MLK - Truman Chamberlin

 
As always, send submissions and inquiries to leo@stmarksschool.org.


Prize Day Vindex
Please enjoy the Prize Day 2020 Issue of the Vindex ! Click on the link below to check out the moving art and compelling writing, and celebrate our creative students.
Calendar News:
July 15 - 2020-2021 Fall Plan Release