Dear St. Mark’s Community,
I am profoundly grateful to the many donors and volunteers who moved our School forward during the 2021 fiscal year through generous gifts of time, talent, and financial resources. In the face of significant uncertainty headed into the start of the academic year, the St. Mark’s community forged ahead in countless ways to advance our mission and support the great work of our teachers and students. While this report is a look back on the 2020–2021 school and fiscal years, I am grateful that the start of this current year has, in many important ways, felt as close to normal as possible. Thanks to the ongoing commitment, partnership, and strength of community that we enjoy, our Marksmen and their teachers continue to thrive, innovate, explore, and contribute. Your commitment and contributions to the School in myriad ways inspire all of us who care for and guide the boys each day.
There are several individuals within the faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, the St. Mark’s Parents’ and Alumni Associations, and more whose dedication to St. Mark’s was exemplary this past year. Our Board President, Kathy Crow, who completed her first-year leading the Board on June 30, 2021, provided invaluable leadership and service that empowered our entire school community to do their best work. Kathy has been an extraordinary partner and visionary for our School, guiding significant progress on Goals for St. Mark’s IV and steering important conversations around access and affordability. We continue to be blessed with exceptional volunteer leaders like Kathy, who guide our School forward into the future. Let me express my profound gratitude to our 2020-2021 Parents’ Association President Katherine Steinbrueck and Alumni Association President Paul Genender ’87 for their leadership and devotion to our teachers, our boys, and our whole community. I also want to thank the members of our faculty and staff, division heads, department chairs, classroom teachers, coaches, advisors, facilities and security staff, administrators and support staff, and so many more. Our team pulled together in delivering a high-caliber Marksman experience despite seemingly insurmountable challenges at the outset of the year. In particular, I want to acknowledge our Associate Headmaster, John Ashton, and our Chief Financial Officer, Suzanne Townsend, who exhibited tremendous courage and leadership in the face of uncertainty.
Of course, it was affirming and gratifying this year to see our boys thrive and contribute both on and off campus. In the classrooms and laboratories, on the playing fields, in the art studios, and on the stage, the Class of 2021 lived out our mission each day and set an excellent example for boys across the School, constantly seeking to make a difference in the lives of others. As the Class of 2020 modeled before them, our seniors set a positive tone that reverberated across campus. Time and again, they focused on possibilities and opportunities instead of limitations. It was incredibly meaningful to experience many of our core school traditions in person with limited reimagining due to the pandemic. While the chapel is one of my favorite communal spaces, I will never forget the beauty and splendor of our annual Lessons and Carols service held outdoors last year.
Lower School boys continued to focus on the foundational elements of St. Mark’s mission, learning the values of empathy, compassion, and integrity. Middle and Upper School Marksmen had more than their fair share of opportunities to assume increased responsibility for the community at large and to care for others. And while student achievement was certainly outstanding during the past year, on a regional and national level, the most important lessons that our boys learned were that our core values have never been more important: demonstrating courage and honor, facing adversity head-on, delaying gratification, respecting others, and exhibiting integrity, compassion, and empathy each day. All of these key tenets make up the foundation of a St. Mark’s education.
As the future for our community crystallizes with an ever greater return to normalcy, we can collectively focus on the immense opportunities on the horizon. Your continued partnership and trust will help us address these exciting possibilities with confidence and vigor.
On behalf of all my colleagues, thank you for your unwavering support. Please know that your generosity of spirit and resources makes a difference in the lives of each and every Marksman.