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High School

Why Landmark?

News Type:  High School Date:  Monday, November 4, 2019

At the all-school milkbreak in late October, Jessup Goldberg Cook ‘20 and math teacher Grace Walkowicz member explained what brought them to Landmark. Both delivered their speeches with confidence and poise in front of more than 500 people in the Ansara Athletic Center.

Jessup arrived at Landmark during his junior year. He said while some students are at Landmark because their parents made the decision for them, he said coming to Landmark was his choice. ‘I wish I had the opportunity to start at Landmark sooner than I did,” he said. “Being at Landmark made me realize that if I put my mind to wanting to learn, I can accomplish it. I just need the access and resources to succeed at school.”

Like many Landmark faculty members Ms Walkowicz has deep connections to Landmark. Her parents, Stephen and Kelly, met and married at Landmark. After a few years, they left Landmark for other career opportunities in western Massachusetts. When it was time for Grace to choose a career, she recalled stories about the “mythical place called Landmark” that she had heard so often growing up. Grace took her parents’ advice and applied to Landmark. Now in her fifth year of teaching, Grace has no regrets. “I was curious about this place that holds so many of their memories. I didn’t expect that I’d love it here as much as I do. I have fallen in love with teaching, getting to know the students, and trying to find creative ways to make math fun. I, just like my parents, have found my family at Landmark.”

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Health Center Dedication

News Type:  High School Date:  Thursday, October 31, 2019

On October 30, friends and members of Georganna El Heneidy’s extended family attended an all-school milkbreak and dedication of the High School Health Center to the beloved nurse who passed away tragically in January 2019.

During the assembly in the Ansara Athletic Center, Dean of Students Robb Genetelli recalled how Mrs. El made a lasting impression on colleagues and students and imbued the school with an enduring sense of love and peace. 

“She cared deeply for this community. We were part of her family. She incorporated us into her world,” he said. “Her joy and love of life was present in her. She had the extraordinary ability to make you feel you as if you were the only person on the planet who mattered.”

He urged students to be kind to one another in her honor and think of the legacy she has left behind. 

“It’s our job to make sure those who didn’t know her learn about her and her extraordinary compassion and love and her openness to everyone,” he said. “That’s how you keep someone’s memory alive.” 

Bittersweet Gathering

Family, friends, and members of the Landmark community then gathered outside the Health Center for the formal dedication of the El Heneidy Health Center and garden. The garden is adorned with purple flowers (Mrs. El’s favorite color), Landmark blue Adirondack chairs, and marble plaques, creating a welcoming space for students to congregate. 

Several members of her family told stories of her generosity, kindness, and love of life. Each mentioned that although Mrs. El and her husband never had children themselves, Georganna mothered hundreds of children at Landmark.

Mrs. El’s presence was felt throughout the morning—and she may have had something to do with the sun that broke out during the dedication after a morning of clouds and drizzle.

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Mozambique Educators Visit Landmark

News Type:  High School Date:  Wednesday, October 23, 2019

For the past three years, several members of the Landmark High School faculty traveled to Mozambique over March break to visit schools and orphanages. The visits were opportunities for the educators to both give and receive teaching advice.

In October 2019, the Susan and Larry Weil, the directors of the Christian Academy of Mozambique, one of the schools the teachers visit each year, spent the day at Landmark, touring the campus, observing classes, and meeting with administrators.

“We wanted to let Landmark know how much we appreciate that your teachers travel to Mozambique over their vacation,” said Susan. “It’s been a wonderful experience for our teachers and students.”

Sense of Community Is Palpable on Campus

The Weils, who hail from Washington state, started the school and ministry in Mozambique in 1996. The school, for students in grades kindergarten through 12, has grown from 12 students to its current 123. Students are taught in English, though many of the younger students enter school speaking Portuguese​. 

Susan said the teachers at the Christian Academy most appreciate the classroom management strategies and differentiated instruction tips they learned from Landmark teachers.

The couple was impressed with the state-of-the-art science labs, the details of the woodworking in Governor’s Landing, and the natural beauty of the campus, but what most impressed them were the students and faculty.

“We can feel the sense of community between both teachers and teachers and teachers and students. The environment is very similar to CAM (Christian Academy of Mozambique),” Susan said. “We hope this relationship continue for many years to come.”

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Ally Day 2019

News Type:  High School Date:  Thursday, October 3, 2019

Dozens of students, faculty, and staff participated in Ally Day at the High School on October 3. Student and faculty members of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) handed out safe space stickers and encouraged community members to reflect on their values and actions and commit to the Ally Pledge, which states: 

I believe that all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression deserve to feel safe and supported.  That means I pledge to:

  • Not use anti-LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) language or slurs.
  • Intervene, if I safely can, in situations where students are being harassed, or tell an adult.
  • Support efforts to end bullying and harassment.
  • Encourage others to be Allies.

"Over 160 community members signed the Ally pledge to help put an end to hate speech, bullying, and harassment and to cultivate a safe and welcoming environment at our school," said Jennifer Moy, faculty leader of the GSA and a teacher at the High School.  

Cultivating a Community of Acceptance

As bullying has become an issue of national concern, Landmark has steadily worked to create a community that strives for acceptance, not just tolerance. Many of our students know what it is like to be left out or mistreated in the classroom, and can understand what it can feel like to be ostracized in a community. Events like Ally Day give needed attention to the struggles of the LGBTQ community, as well as provide a moment to be aware of and grateful for Landmark's supportive environment.

Ally Day is inspired by Ally Week, a student-led program during which LGBTQ K–12 students and educators lead a conversation on what they need from their allies in school. It is sponsored by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network). Showing our support is especially important now, as rates of bullying and harassment increase for students who identify as LGBTQIA+, and these students are four times more likely to attempt suicide.

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Dozens of Students Volunteer at Vettes to Vets

News Type:  High School Date:  Monday, September 30, 2019

 

Twenty-five Landmark High School students volunteered at the 16th Annual Vettes to Vets Day on September 29 to support veterans at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass.

Students were grouped into two teams, one processed thousands of donated items for the hospital before they were loaded onto the truck for delivery and the other worked the food line, serving thousands of people. Landmark Chaplain Bill Ferguson and teachers Olivia Bochicchio and Steven Melaragni  joined the students on the trip. Rev. Ferguson praised the students for their work ethic and professionalism.

"They were polite, self-sacrificing (by that I mean they would not take breaks or took over for someone else so they could take a break)," he said. "It was precious to see and I simply could not be more proud." 

Students' Professionalism Earns Praise

Rev. Ferguson was not the only leader to commend Landmark students. Sean Thibodeau, an executive at a company in Chelmsford who volunteers each year at Vettes to Vets, took the time to email Rev. Ferguson about our students.

"In my time at this event, I’ve seen countless organizations, groups, clubs show up to volunteer and support the event, but this year a group stood out beyond every other I’ve witnessed. The volunteers from Landmark School worked effectively, energetically, enthusiastically and most impressive, as a team," Mr. Thibodeau said. "Without having the process dictated to them, they streamlined their work to make it as functional and effective as humanly possible.  They communicated with each other and those around them. These volunteers were respectful in their interactions with each other, my team, other volunteers, and myself. They were simply the most impressive group of young volunteers I’ve witnessed at this event or any other I’ve served in."

Program Has Raised more than $500,000 for Veterans

The Corvette parade has grown from 25 cars in 2003 to more than 720 vehicles in 2019. Since Vettes to Vets began, more than $500,000 has been raised in monetary and non-monetary donations. Funds have been used to rebuild the hospital’s greenhouse, maintain an education center for veterans with free Internet and computer training, build a new hospice unit, and purchase a wheelchair van for recreational outings for patients. 

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2019–2020 Student Council Officers Elected

News Type:  High School Date:  Thursday, September 19, 2019

 

The results are in! Landmark students voted to elect Student Council officers on September 12. Joseph Membrino won the race for president, John Simpson secured the vice president slot, Jake Lunder will serve as treasurer, and Lee Dalzell assumes the position of secretary.

Candidates bravely delivered speeches in Ansara on September 11, outlining their platform and explaining what makes them the strongest candidate for the job. 

Joe vowed to listen to students and bring their ideas and concerns to the administration.

"If you choose to elect me as your Student Council President, I promise to lead through listening, making myself available to hear your needs and suggestions. I will then take those ideas and be your voice to the administration," he said. "I want to advocate in order to make our experience while at school more positive and enjoyable as possible. For example, I personally have always had a problem with the glare from the sun in the morning during breakfast; if elected, I will push for shades to be put in the cafeteria to help make the morning more enjoyable."

In addition to organizing campus-wide events, the Student Council raises money for organizations near and far, including the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, Beverly Bootstraps, nAGLYDdembe Home Uganda, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH), and many more.

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From left to right: John Simpson, Joseph Membrino, Jake Lunder, and Lee Dalzell

Gearing Up for the Fall High School Athletic Season

News Type:  High School Date:  Friday, September 6, 2019

 

The coaches at High School and Elementary•Middle School are brushing up on drills and the maintenance crew is sprucing up the fields in preparation for the fall athletic season.

More than two-thirds of the student body participates in some aspect of interscholastic sports competition—an impressive number especially given that many of our students travel long distances each day. 

Administrative Team

Brook Sumner returns for his 12th season as Athletic Director, Tom O'Riordan will begin his first year as the Assistant Athletic Director at the High School, and Tara Joly-Lowdermilk enters her sixth year as Assistant Athletic Director at EMS. Mike Murphy is one year past of the quarter-century mark as Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Strength and Conditioning Specialist Lauren Torres returns as the leader of our Empowerment Through Athletics (ETA) program, which is designed specifically for our female student athletes.

Fall Sports

Golf: A coed program comprised of a varsity team for the High School and eighth grade students at EMS. There is a limited number of spaces (10) for this program per our agreement with the golf club.

Cross-Country: Coed varsity team for boys and girls at the High School and a coed Middle School team of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

Girl’s Soccer: Varsity and junior varsity (JV) team for the High School and a Middle School team of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders (when numbers permit).

Boy’s Soccer: Varsity and JV team for the High School and a Middle School team of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders (when numbers permit).

Girls’ Volleyball: Varsity and JV team open to eighth grade girls at the Middle School.

Conference Membership

For boys varsity competition, Landmark maintains membership in the Eastern Independent League (EIL). The development and integrity of Landmark's athletic program is enhanced through this membership, and the opportunities for our athletes have expanded over the years to better meet their needs. EIL membership for our boys include the following schools: Bancroft School, Beaver Country Day School, Berwick Academy, Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall (wrestling only), Concord Academy, Lexington Christian Academy, Pingree School, and Portsmouth Abbey School.

Landmark female athletes compete in the Independent Girls Conference (IGC). This conference also values the principles of sportsmanship and adheres to a similar mission statement as Landmark’s. Giving students the opportunity to compete in leagues that recognize sportsmanship, fair play, and healthy competition strengthens their self-image and enhances their growth. Members of the IGC include Brimmer & May, Cambridge School of Weston, Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall, Gann Academy, Montrose School, and Waring School.

Both leagues are full members of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council, also known as NEPSAC. Landmark maintains membership in NEPSAC’s District III.

Learn more about Landmark's High School and Elementary•Middle School Athletic programs.

Changes Greet Students on Both Campuses

News Type:  High School Date:  Friday, September 6, 2019

Landmark students are off and running for the 2019–2020 school year, our 49th year. We welcomed 478 students on both campuses—our largest enrollment to date!

Maintenance crews were busy over the summer on both campuses, improving infrastructure and providing much-needed facelifts to several buildings.

High School

During the last week of August, 317 day and residential students returned, parents met with Academic Advisors and other key staff members, and ice-breaking activities reacquainted returning returning students and quickly brought new students into the fold.

Students and faculty were greeted with changes on the High School campus. Bain, now a female dorm, received extensive renovations; a "solar-powered rectangular rapid flashing beacon" was installed at the the crosswalk at the bottom of "the hill" (No need to worry: Annie and George are still our venerated crossing guards); the barn at Governor's Landing, which serves as a maintenance shop and a storage facility for the Performing Arts Department, was restored; Patrick Griffin became the new dining room manager; and the Athletic Department has a new assistant athletic director, Tom O'Riordan. Sean Anastasia-Murphy, the former assistant AD, became a house parent in Lopardo.

Elementary•Middle School

At the Elementary•Middle School we welcomed 161 students to our Manchester-by-the-Sea campus. Students had their school photo taken, took tours of campus, set goals, the eighth grade met to discuss their leadership program, and students left feeling prepared to begin a full day of classes.

Changes on the EMS campus were structural improvements that may not have been obvious to the casual observer. The roof of the gym was repaired, sealed, and painted red to match the other roofs on campus, and a new generator line was installed to include the Rutter Building.

Although summer at Landmark School is busy with programs for students, professional development courses for educators, and training for new and returning faculty members, there's nothing better than starting the school year off fully enrolled with students eager to learn and grow. 

Commencement 2019

News Type:  High School Date:  Wednesday, June 5, 2019

On Saturday, June 1, 2019, 71 seniors graduated from Landmark School. Carrying on Landmark tradition, the soon-to-be graduates started their morning parading through campus, each taking a turn to ring the bell, and walking down "the hill" one last time before making their way to the Prep Building where they awaited their cue to line up in the Alice Ansara Athletic Center. A standing-room-only crowd awaited their arrival as they were ushered to the stage by two bag pipers and senior marshals: Anya Crowley, Luke Morgan, Rebecca Morcos, and Shaquan Turner. "This is one of the best days of the year for me. Today is a day to reap the rewards of hard work, persistence, and grit. 100% of our seniors were accepted to college and they are all going off to do remarkable things. We couldn't be more proud," said Headmaster Bob Broudo. 

Inspiring Speeches

Student speakers included Bayla Corbitt, Patrick Sullivan, and Sigrid von Tetzchner who entertained the packed Athletic Center with humor, nostalgia, and excitement. "The student speakers were poised and articulate about their mixed emotions about leaving a school that has nurtured them through challenging and rewarding experiences," said guidance counselor Rachel Tomaszvic.  

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Dello Russo Becker '96, former Landmark School summer student, regaled the audience with tales of her struggles in school and strong work ethic which ultimately lead her to the role of executive director for the Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools. The position establishes her as one of the chief advocates in Massachusetts for students who learn differently. One of the most memorable moments of her inspiring talk was when when she invited each senior to reach under their chair to find a pair of sunglasses. She urged them to put them on and praised the graduates for seeing the world through a different lens. The symbolism resonated loudly with everyone in the room—especially the Class of 2019.

2019 Award Winners

Patrick Murphy Scholarship Award  
Richard (RJ) Moore
Chloe Kinteris​
Patrick Sullivan

Max E. Clayman Compassion Award
Shaquan Turner

Christopher B. Darcy Scholarship
Rebecca Morcos​

Nathan Stowes Citizenship Award
Michael Blundin​

Overall Academic Award
Julia Ventura

Prep Program Academic Award
Piper Nichols

Peggie E. Cook Landmark Parents' Association Awards
Annie Abate
Lyandra Benitez
Isaiah Castellucci​
Anya Crowley

Alumni Council Award
Skylur Demers

Senior Slide Show

Below is the slide show which was viewed at the Senior Parent Dinner.

Note: Due to copyright laws, audio is not available.

 

Gallery of Commencement 2019 photos

 

Social Media Interns Make Their Mark

News Type:  High School Date:  Thursday, May 30, 2019

Through Landmark School's Marketing and Communications department, three students spent a full academic year serving as the School's Social Media Interns. The initiative was the brain child of former Landmark High School math teacher, Kim Hildebrandt, who is now the School's Digital Communications Manager. "Our students have been interested in Landmark's presence on social media for a while, and it made sense to harness some of this enthusiasm to create a program where they could learn, be engaged, and influence a medium that they and other students are value," said Hildebrandt. 

The three interns were Isabella Combs '19, Lydia Jackson '20, and Greta Wright '20. Throughout the year they attended many Landmark events during the school day and in the evening and on weekends, where they reported on the activities and took photos. Each week they met with program organizer, Hildebrandt, to strategize, learn about social media best practices, review what they had collected, evaluate its appropriateness for the school's social media sites, and draft and edit posts. Hildebrandt posted most of what the interns generated giving each student credit for the content. See an example of a recent post on the left. 

"Toward the end of the year, I wanted to have the interns work on a special project that had some staying power and could potentially go viral," said Hildebrandt. "We brainstormed and came up with a campaign to highlight how talented, but misunderstood, students with learning disabilities are. The interns wanted to ask fellow students to identify a word summarizing what they, as someone with a learning difference, would want the world to know about them. They came up with the 'I am...' project," said Hildebrandt. The result of this effort is a short video that is a compilation of the submissions that the interns collected.

Hildebrandt will supervise the Social Media Internship program next year and is currently interviewing candidates for this role.  

 

Check out two of the culminating projects the interns worked on this year:

"I am..." Project

"Day in the Life"

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