Rooted in genuine appreciation for their service and sacrifice, Saint Mark’s High School has announced a program to honor and to assist the brave men and women who have served our country through military service through the creation of The Cpl. Stephen M. McGowan Fund. Named in honor of Stephen McGowan, a 1996 graduate of Saint Mark’s who was killed in Iraq in 2005 while serving in the army, the fund is a dedicated pool of financial aid dollars set aside to assist active duty military and veterans in making a Saint Mark’s education possible for their children.
We want all veterans and active duty military to know that there is a path for their children to attend Saint Mark’s. It is an honor to be of service to those who have served us and to do so while commemorating the life and the sacrifice of Cpl. McGowan.
Principal Fertal announced the creation of the fund at a Veteran’s Day breakfast at the school this morning, where he was joined by Michaela McGowan, a 2001 graduate of Saint Mark’s and sister of Stephen.
Individuals or organizations that may wish to contribute directly to this fund should visit the link:
Saint Mark’s senior Matthew Holzapfel ’20 recently earned The Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank of Eagle. He completed all of the work and leadership roles required, as well as his Eagle project. The project involved building 440 feet of fencing for an organization called Reins of Life, an organization that provides children with disabilities horse therapy. The original fencing proposed concern as it was electric, but Matthew’s project changed it to three wooden rails.
Saint Mark's held our 50th Anniversary Remembrance Mass on All Saints Day to honor all the Spartan members who have entered heaven. The day began with a beautiful bell outside the school that was rung one time for each person our community has lost and their names were individually announced on each ring. The names were depicted in the theatre as well before Mass.
Mass included candles along the stage and was celebrated by Saint Mark’s alumnus Father Evers ‘01. During the event our new Eucharistic ministers were initiated and honored and the event concluded with a reception for our alumni guests who attended.
Sophia Kayatta '18 came home to Saint Mark's to guest instruct a dance fitness lesson in Fit For Life. Sophia is a Sophomore at the University of Delaware studying Health Behavior Science and a member of many academic and extra curricular clubs such as "Zumba Club." She has recently accepted an internship with the University Student Health Office as a Sophomore, which is a major honor and accomplishment! One of her favorite classes at Saint Mark's was Fit For Life and gladly came back to share what she has learned in college with current juniors and seniors and provide some information about her major, not to mention lead them in a super fun dance exercise! Sophia choreographed two routines for the current students! Thank you Sophia, congratulations on your accomplishments so far and good luck with the rest of your semester!
Saint Mark’s held our 2019 Fall Open House on Sunday October 27th. We had a huge turnout with so many prospective families and students enjoying the day’s activities. Tours were ongoing and families were able to see classrooms that included art, science, theology, English, math, and more. Each classroom had an activity to view and parents could ask questions and interact with our students. Our gymnasium was filled with tables showcasing all the clubs, activities, and sports offered. Students were at each table to discuss their activity and families learned about everything offered to students. The cafeteria was host to the alumni and parent associations, as well as all our course offerings. Teachers were available at tables for every subject to discuss all that Saint Mark’s provides academically. A large food selection was provided as well. A presentation was held in the theater and included speeches by our principal, admissions director, current students and alumni speaker Mrs. Denise Blum ’89. Following the presentation guests were able to enjoy our choir singing a collection of songs near the alumni courtyard and the day concluded with the drawing of one lucky winner of our $5,000 tuition grant for next school year!
The event showcased all that is offered here at Saint Mark’s and we look forward to all the new Spartans that plan to join our family!
This week students created posters in Mr. Simpson’s Honors World History class representing various Greek gods for a project in their Ancient Greece unit. They learned about how the different gods interacted and how the myths they are associated with explained why natural events occurred or showed moral values to the Ancient Greeks. Students spent time at the end of each class presenting their work and Greek god to the class.
Recognizing the commitment and the sacrifice of those who work for the Church, Saint Mark’s High School has announced a new grant program. Entitled the “Catholic Education and Ministry Grant Program”, this program will provide students of families who work for the Catholic Church in a parish, school, diocese or other officially recognized Catholic institution, with a $5,000, annual grant towards tuition at Saint Mark’s High School. The program will begin with the 2020-2021 school year.
“We are pleased to provide a pathway for all whom work in the vineyard of the Church for a Catholic education for their children,” stated Saint Mark’s Principal Mr. Tom Fertal. “It is simply the right thing to do,” he added.
Students receiving the grant will need to uphold a minimum GPA to maintain it. Families qualifying for the grant may still receive scholarships or financial aid through other school programs.
Our juniors recently gathered for their retreat at Resurrection Catholic Church for talks, discussion, and prayer. The keynote presenter was Mr. Scott Anthony, a youth minister who travels across the country engaging young people and inviting them to move further in their faith. The spiritual development of our students is of utmost importance and a core piece of the Saint Mark’s experience.
The boys soccer team had the memorable experience of playing St. Elizabeth’s at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union, on Wednesday evening. The game was all Saint Mark’s as they took home the victory 4-0. Goals were scored by Mike Ranegan, Jaden Todd, Mike Rocco, and Angelo Sisofo. Senior Evan Johnson sang the national anthem in front of the big crowd!
Miss Smith's Fit for Life class is back at it again with staying active while having fun! They are focusing on aerobic exercise in this week's unit. They are doing a combination of aerobic dance fitness and traditional zumba. The students are learning basic salsa, grapevine, side step, and travel salsa moves that can be incorporated into most dance settings inside and outside of the group fitness lesson. The students enjoy dancing to some of their favorite, up-beat music from the 70's, 80's, 90's, and today!
Today we were joined by Mr. Bryan Horsey, Manager of External Affairs and Operations at Bloom Energy Corporation for the Chamber of Commerce Principal for a Day program. Mr. Horsey spent the day doing various tasks including greeting students, meeting with the school offices and administration, and conducting classroom visits. He also toured the school, had lunch with the faculty, and met with students to get an overall feel and experience of a day in the life of working at Saint Mark’s.
Saint Mark's 50th Anniversary Golf Outing was held at Hartefeld National in Avondale, PA and was an event to celebrate! The sold out event included 32 teams of golfers who participated in a fun day with beautiful weather, free gifts, a breakfast buffet, and more. The event included a shoot-out for $50,000, dice game, and putt-off for $5,000. After golf the fun continued with a silent auction and dinner. Awards and prizes were handed out at the end of the night for the tournament winners.
It was a milestone celebration and great time for all!
Tonight Saint Mark's alums were invited back to campus for the 2019 Homecoming Game against Newark HS. Prior to the game, we held our Alumni Homecoming Under the Tent for all to gather and reconnect with fellow alumni and enjoy a bite to eat. The night included our ball drop with 600 golf balls coming down with the closest to the flag winning the prize. A great time was had by all!
Today is Spartan Spirit Day! Students wore Saint Mark’s shirts or a shirt of their class color for the last day of Spirit Week and our pep rally. Our Homecoming theme this year is “Dancing Through the Decades” with class colors assigned by theme.
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Diocese of Wilmington held its pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. This pilgrimage was led by Bishop W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington. He was joined by several hundred pilgrims who made the trip for a day of prayer and reflection which included a Holy Hour and Benediction and Mass.
Senior Evan Johnson, was selected to be the cantor for both the Holy Hour and the closing Mass. Evan was accompanied by his parents Patti and Rick Johnson. Classmate Kristina Leone also came to the pilgrimage and was accompanied by her mother Michelle Leone. Dcn. Patrick Johnston and his wife Laura Gallant also were present for the day.
Spirit Week continues with Throwback Thursday! Students sported their blast from the past outfits including accessories highlighting the 70's, 80's, 90's, and 2000’s. Bell bottom pants, glasses, and flower headpieces were seen throughout the halls with many students getting into the spirit and theme.
Ten Saint Mark’s High School Seniors accompanied Mr. Will Simpson, Social Studies teacher, to the diocesan Red Mass on Monday, October 7, 2019. The students who participated were Jonathan Wade, Emily Wade, Kelly Allen, Daniel Waryn, Noah Bautista, Abu Bangura, Emily DiOrio, Ellie Lawrence, Drew Madary, and Angelo Sisofo.
Bishop John Barres, who had served as a priest in the Diocese of Wilmington, celebrated the Mass.
The Red Mass is celebrated for all who are involved in the legal profession, including students. During the Mass, prayers for guidance from the Holy Spirit are requested for all who pursue justice. The Mass is typically celebrated on the first Monday of October across the nation. It is called a “Red Mass” because of the red vestments historically worn by royal judges in a pope’s tribunal as well as the color red signifying the Holy Spirit.
It’s Spirit Week! Today is Tourist Day and shirts from destinations and favorite vacations are everywhere with hats, sunglasses, and accessories as well. Yesterday we celebrated with pajama day. Students wore pajama bottoms with the Spirit Week T-shirt. Slippers, pajama accessories, and onesies were also seen throughout the hallways and classrooms.
On October 7, 2109, the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary, Saint Mark’s High sophomores from Mr. McGuigan’s Theology classes joined students from Catholic elementary and secondary schools and celebrated one of the traditions of our Catholic faith – the rosary. Students gathered from across the Diocese in Holy Spirit Church to pray the rosary with Bishop Malooly. Before the recitation of the rosary, Bishop Malooly posed with each group of students for a photo.
Saint Mark’s, a college-preparatory coeducational Catholic high school, inspires young men and women to create a better world, one more pleasing to God and more helpful to others, by modeling faith, excellence, humility and integrity.