Today Saint Francis Healthcare visited Saint Mark’s art classes to showcase their Saint John’s Bible. Ms. Ebony Brown spoke about the bible and detailed its creation to the classes in a presentation before allowing students to get a closer look and feel of the Gospels and Acts volume of the Saint John's Bible she brought with her. Students learned about the different pieces of artwork, book features, and stories throughout the pages and were excited to get to see and touch such an important book.
Saint Mark’s celebrated our Thanksgiving Prayer Service this morning. Everyone prayed together and speakers spoke about what we all are thankful for. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday break!
Saint Mark's Magazine Drive Assembly was today! Homerooms competed in tug-of-war with the final game between the seniors and juniors, with the seniors winning. Each winning participant pulled envelopes for a cash prize.
The magazine drive ends next week, everyone just needs one more sale to meet our goal and earn a day off!
Today all students attended an assembly for a very important presentation called, “UnLocke the Light: A Conversation About Depression and Suicide.” This one-hour program was designed to increase student awareness of the problem and give them the confidence to seek assistance.
Z- Club hosted Saint Mark’s first Rivals for Rations food drive competition last week to collect more food for those in need during this Thanksgiving season than our competitor, Salesianum. Many brought in canned goods to help the needy and to help win this friendly competition, the winner being the school with more cans raised per student. Saint Mark’s raised 1.4 cans/student, a great total! Sallies however raised 1.8 cans/student and won overall. We congratulate them on their victory and would like to thank everyone who contributed. The main goal being to help those in need, Saint Mark’s still feels like a winner, with cans raised going to the Corpus Christi and Holy Spirit food closets.
The Saint Mark’s National Honor Society is holding the first of its bi-annual blood drives from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in the school gymnasium to benefit the Blood Bank of Delmarva.
Because of the constant need for blood in the Delmarva area, EVERYONE in the Spartan community was invited to donate. Parents, spouses, children, alumni, and friends participate in this important Saint Mark’s event to benefit our community.
Saint Mark’s Drama Department is proud to present this year’s fall production, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe. The event is a collection of five plays including “The Tell Tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Oblong Box,” and “The Strange Case of Dr. Tarr & Professor Fether.”
The show will run Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th at 7:30p.m. and Sunday, November 18th at 2:15p.m. in the Saint Mark’s theater.
Saint Mark's XC had a big day at the New Castle Country Championship at Winterthur Estate. The girls finished 4th overall (their highest finish since 2010) and the boys finished 12th out of 36 schools.
Four Saint Mark's athletes earned All County on Saturday (top 25 in the meet). On the girls' side, Tiffany Herrera finished 7th, Jordan Ormsby finished 17th, and Stephanie Herrera finished 20th overall. Connor Hessler finished 15th overall to the lead the boys.
The teams compete again on Saturday, November 10, at the DIAA state meet at Brandywine Creek State Park. The girls race at 1:40 P.M. and the boys compete at 3:00 P.M.
We officially kicked off the 40th Annual Magazine Drive today with an assembly. The sale information and all the fun prizes for those who participate were shown with some students called on stage to try a few of the activities out and already start winning money!
The first turn-in day will be this Friday, November 9.
Former and current Saint Mark’s baseball players of the American Legion team who won the American Legion World Series earlier this year attended game four of the Major League World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 27, 2018 as special guests. All Saint Mark’s team members traveled to reunite and watch the game. While visiting the city they attended a Play Ball event, a program that helps kids play baseball with different drills. Saint Mark’s team members in attendance included Eric Ludman ’19, Chris Ludman ’17, Jack Dubecq ’18, Justin Tomovich ’18, Nick Muzzi ‘20, Jacob Meisel ‘19, and Austin Colmery ’17.
Saint Mark’s celebrated Mass for the Feast of All Saints today. On All Saints Day (or the Feast of All Saints), the Church honors all of the men and women, known and unknown, whose commitment to Christ led them to lead lives of heroic virtue, a call to holiness that is our call as well. Mass was celebrated by Fr. John McVoy, Associate Pastor of the Cathedral of St. Peter. In the entrance procession today, candles were carried in bearing the names of deceased family members and friends of students, faculty, and staff. These were placed in front of the altar, and they will be in the chapel throughout November.
Saint Mark’s held our 2018 Fall Open House on Sunday October 28th. 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 guest speaker Kelly Ralsten ‘86. Following the presentation guests were able to enjoy our choir singing a collection of songs near the alumni courtyard.
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!
Saint Mark’s junior Evan Johnson ‘20 was featured in The Dialog article “St. Mark’s Evan Johnson makes most of his scholastic experience.” The article discusses Evan’s passion for music and all the musical activities he is involved in. He currently plays tenor saxophone and is a member of band, choir, and musical theatre at Saint Mark’s.
Evan is also a member of the Delaware Youth Wind Ensemble and traveled to the University of Delaware over the summer for the Governor’s School for Excellence, a weeklong workshop where rising juniors receive college-level instruction in academic, artistic and leadership development. In addition, he helps out at Christ the Teacher on occasion.
The Junior class went on retreat at Resurrection Parish, taking time to relax and recharge their spiritual lives while learning about personality types and personal strengths and weaknesses. The theme was, “We are wonderfully made!”
On Friday, October 19th we held our Spartan Forever Tailgate! At Saint Mark's, once you’ve become a member of the community, you’re a Spartan Forever. The event was a fun time before the Homecoming Football game with an alumni tent and reserved seating for alumni celebrating anniversary years.
Saint Mark’s celebrated Homecoming 2018 this past weekend. The weekend kicked off with the Friday night Homecoming football game. The Saint Mark’s band, cheerleaders, and choir were all present as well as the Homecoming court where the king and queen were crowned during the event. The Homecoming Dance on Saturday night was themed Out of This World and included fun decorations of space, aliens, and NASA.
Today is the last day of Saint Mark’s Spirit Week 2018! School spirit was everywhere all week with many participating in the different themed days. The week began with pajama day, Tuesday was twin day, Wednesday brought USA day, followed by throwback day on Thursday. Today is Spartan Spirit Day with students wearing Saint Mark’s shirts or a shirt of their class color. Our Homecoming theme this year is “Out of this World” with class colors assigned by theme.
Freshmen: NASA (Blue)
Sophomores: Robots (Grey)
Juniors: Aliens (Green)
Seniors: Astronauts (White)
The week will conclude with our Pep Rally, including the class mural contest winner announcement and this year’s crowning of the spirit stick winners!
The girls' varsity cross country team took home first first-place overall at the University of Delaware Blue-Gold Invitational on Friday! The boy's varsity finished 3rd overall, with boy JV squads also taking home wins!
Tiffany Herrera led the way by taking first overall in a time of 19:29. She came just 4 seconds shy of the White Clay course school record set by Analise Kaminski in 2013. She improved on her own freshman course record, and now holds the #2 time in school history at White Clay. Stephanie Herrera (20:53) ran the 9th fastest time in school history at White Clay to finish 3rd overall, and Jordan Ormsby (21:10) holds the 13th fastest time in finishing 5th. Sarah Donaldson (10th) Erin Gebhardt (13th) Natalia Delgado (14th) and Hannah Heredia (19th) all finished in the top 20! This was the girls' first invitational win since 2010.
Our boys were led by Connor Hessler's 4th-place finish and course personal best of 17:43. Jack Vito (18:31) and Aidan Campbell (18:33) finished in the top-13, while Luke Harrington (19:03) finished 20th overall. The boys finished 3rd out of 11 schools.
A pair of freshmen, Danny Dougherty and Kelly Barker, both took first overall in the JV races to help the teams win! Greg Savin finished 3rd overall, and was a key contributor in the boys' 32-33 victory over Charter. This was their first invitational win in over a decade. The girls' JV team placed 7 runners in the top 9 spots!
The teams compete again on Friday at the Joe O'Neill Invitational, named after our legendary XC coach!
On this first day of Spirit Week, Saint Mark's High School held our liturgy for the month of October. Monsignor John Hopkins, Pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, celebrated the Mass. In his homily, Monsignor Hopkins reminded us, on this Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, that we are all called to holiness. Mass concluded with participants of the Marydale Service Retreat receiving their t-shirts for their participation and service.
Saint Mark’s, a college preparatory 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.