On Saturday, June 2, 2018, 64 seniors graduated from Landmark School. The energy in the Alice Ansara Athletic Center was palpable as the soon-to-be graduates were ushered in by two bag pipe players and preceded by members of the high school faculty and the school's Board of Trustees. "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.
Students Deliver Inspiring Speeches
Student speakers included Bryan Kelly, Cole Bascome-Duong, and Jake Cooper who regaled the estimated 900 families and friends in attendance with nostalgic stories, humor, and words of wisdom. See video clips of each student's speech below.
Keynote speaker Karen Keating Ansara, a parent of five students who attended Landmark and passionate philanthropist, invited the graduates to answer three key questions: What is your story? What do you stand for? What is your sentence describing who you are and what makes you special? She encouraged the audience to share their stories, "because by telling your story it makes you vulnerable and you give others permission to do the same," said Karen. View a video of Karen's speech below.
2018 Award Winners
Overall Academic Award: Michael Foley
Prep Academic Award: Itai Segev
Nathan Stowes Citizenship Award: Itai Segev
Peggie E. Cook Landmark Parents' Association Awards:
If you missed commencement, you can watch the entire ceremony below, or scroll down to find links to individual speeches.
Listen below to the opening speech by Bryan Kelly:
Listen below to the first student speaker, Cole Bascome-Duong:
Listen below to the second student speaker, Jake Cooper:
Keynote speaker Karen Keating Ansara
Listen below to Keynote speaker Karen Keating Ansara, introduced by the Chair of the Landmark Board of Trustees, Moira James:
"Behind the Scenes" photos from the day
(These are NOT Lifetouch photos. Parents will receive a link to Lifetouch photos separately):
The Landmark Boys Varsity Track and Field team prevailed at the 2018 Eastern Independent League (EIL) Championships at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, Conn., on May 12, placing first ahead of Portsmouth Abbey, Pingree, Concord, and Bancroft. Landmark scored 159 points and Portsmouth Abbey finished a distant second with 139 points.
The phenomenal win is a testament to the team's dedication, focus, work ethic, and committed coaching staff led by Tom O'Riordan. He's assisted by Christina Scanlon, Matt Horan, and Andrew Ryan.
"All Landmark track athletes should be proud of the win! This was the best team Landmark has ever assembled, and it took everything we had to overcome a VERY deep and talented league," said Coach O'Riordan.
In the EIL Championship, the top six finishers in 15 events score points for their team, and each team is allowed three athletes per event. There are also two relays in which each school is permitted one team in each.
Seventeen Landmark athletes earned points, with 14 turning in personal records (PR), to secure the win. While Landmark only took three first places, the team claimed nine seconds, scored all three entrants in six events, and two out of three in another five events.
"It seems each passing year this group gets stronger and stronger and that is a testament not only to the incredible group of athletes Landmark has assembled, but to the positive and powerful culture Tom O'Riordan and the coaches have built around these programs," said Brook Sumner, Landmark athletic director. "After witnessing the tireless dedication of the coaches and athletes during winter track club (often in the gym hallways!) and throughout the entire year to fulfill a goal come May, confirms for me the value of consistent effort and hard work."
- Isaiah C. and Luca M. each contributed one point, picking up sixth places in the 3000 and 800, respectively. Both ran HUGE PRs to do so.
- Jake C '19 also ran a big PR to secure fifth place and two points in the 300m hurdles.
- Brett C. kept us from being held to zero in the pole vault. Brett, who vaulted last year, stepped up and cleared opening height, claiming fifth place and two points.
- Another PR came from sophomore Josh T., who ran 2:08.35 to claim fourth in the 800.
- Itai S. PRed in both the 100 (sixth) and the triple jump (fifth) and anchored our second place 4x100. Itai contributed five points to the win.
- Sean D. brought in seven points with a FAST fourth place finish in the 300m hurdles and sixth place in the long jump. He also ran the third leg of the 4x100.
- Jake C '18 and Quinn D. each did their jobs against daunting and deep fields. Picking up second places in the shot put and discus, respectively, and securing 16 points between the two of them.
- Ryan S. ran two PRs to bring in nine points. Ryan picked up sixth in the highly competitive 1500 and second in the 3000 with a SCHOOL RECORD 9:39.46!
- Our Swiss Army knife, Adin C., showed why he's one of the most useful and capable athletes in the league. Adin scored 9.5 points with a fourth in the javelin, fifth in the 400, and sixth in the shot put. Adin also ran the third leg of the 4x400.
- Max S. had himself a day, picking up fourth in the highly irregular high jump (freezing rain will do that) and third in the shot put. Max contributed 10 points and was Landmark Track Athlete of the Meet.
- Matt B. scored 16 points on the day, picking up second place in the 100 with a PR 11.99. He followed that up with a third place in the 200, and he led off our second place 4x100 relay. Matt has established himself as one of the top sprinters in the EIL!
- Sam K. brought in 16.5 points with a second in the 200, a fourth in the long jump, fifth in the 100, and Sam led off our 4x400. He is probably the most fun athlete to watch sprint!
- Dante V. contributed 18 points with a second place triple jump, a third place long jump, fifth place 200, and very fast second leg in the 4x100. Dante started practicing triple and long jump only two weeks prior to the meet.
- Chris P. brought in 19.5 points, picking up second places in both the 400 and the javelin, sixth in the discus, and Chris anchored our 4x400. Chris is a versatile and hardworking athlete whose positive energy and steady leadership has benefited us greatly all season (in addition to scoring HUGE points).
- Sam L. was our leading point scorer, with 22.5, he won the 400 with a PR 53.18, won the 300m hurdles with a 43.83, then came back to run the second leg of the winning 4 x 400.
Landmark Girls Set School Record
The 2018 Girls Track Team scored the most points in school history at the EIL Championships. Landmark claimed one first place, two seconds, two thirds, four fourths, and a fifth to beat Bancroft and be within 10 points of Concord and 21 of Pingree. This is the closest we've EVER been to these large and well-established programs! With no female scorers graduating, we're an up-and-coming team with a chance to shake things up in the EIL next year!
- Our leading point scorer was Merryl G. who dove over the line in the 100m high hurdle but was held to second. She returned, bruised and bandaged, to win the 300 intermediate hurdles with a LEAGUE RECORD 47.94! Merryl also anchored the 4x400 and scored 19 points for the Vikings!
- The 4 x 100 team of Maddie K., Lilly M., Eliza K., and Nevada F. did their job and picked up fourth place to earn a point each in the contest.
- Captain Skylur D. scored two points, finishing fifth in the javelin. Although her throw wasn't great by her standards, it was a good effort on a wet and slippery day.
- Kiki F. and Ally T. picked up big points in the throws. Kiki finished third in the shot put for six points, and Ally took fourth in both the javelin and shot put for a total of 8 points.
- Olivia M. high jumped 4–6 to secure third place and six points. She added another point later in the 4x400.
- The girl's 4 x 400 team finished in fourth place, with Nevada, Olivia, and Merryl being joined by Kindred H. for the first time. Kindred stepped in for an injured teammate in the very intimidating relay, earning Landmark Track Athlete of the Meet in the process.
- In addition to both relays, Nevada also ran the open 400 finishing second with a HUGE PR 64.56. This was Nevada's second open 400 ever! She finished the day with 10 points.
- Although they didn't score points Sophia D. and Alex W. also PRed on Saturday with excellent efforts in the 200 and triple jump.
There was a surprise waiting for Robb Genetelli, High School Dean of Students, when he made his annual pilgrimage to the Small Boarding School Association (SBSA) conference in March. He didn’t expect to hear his name announced as the recipient of its highest honor, the Michele Gorman Award, conferred upon a person who has made an outstanding contribution for the benefit and advancement of small boarding schools.
Praised for His Passion
The namesake of the award, Michele Gorman, is alive and well and working as an educational consultant after a long stint serving in small boarding schools (200 residents or fewer). Michele said that Genetelli "is always such a welcome presenter at the conferences and has attended all but one in the organization’s 32 year history.” She added, “Robb is a gift to our organization. The topics he presents at our conferences are always so relevant and he speaks with passion and honesty. He has so much depth."
Carolyn Orsini Nelson, Landmark’s former Director of Admission and Advancement, announced the award at the conference and in her comments said of Robb, “Sometimes he makes us gasp, sometimes blush, but he always makes us think. His compassion for the students in his care is unmistakable.” Congratulations Mr. G.!
On April 30, 2018 the EMS meeting room was full of 8th grade students eager to know what life Landmark's high school would be like as they move on at the end of this year. Landmark's high school Student Advocates effectively answered every question that each 8th grade student asked.
Students met in small groups with the Advocates and posed a range of questions from “How is the food?” to “How hard is the homework?” One 8th grade student asked “How is making friends at the high school?” An Advocate said that boarding helped him make friends quickly and that coming to Landmark’s high school with your EMS friends will also make the transition easier. EMS students felt more relieved about the next step and the Advocates were happy to share their experiences.
The Advocates, led by faculty members Jason Mansfield, Jennifer O’Riordan, and Dan Ahearn deliver presentations to graduate and undergraduate education students at local colleges and universities, as well as to students, teachers, and administrators at elementary and middle schools. They talk about how having a learning difference affects them in school, at work, and in other aspects of life. These personal accounts are honest, powerful, and eye-opening.
Learn more about our Student Advocate program.
On Thursday, April 26th, the Landmark High School observed the Day of Silence 2018. We are one of thousands of schools all over the country who participate. The purpose behind it is to acknowledge the silencing many people feel by not being able to express themselves as individuals. The movement is run nationally by GLSEN and is designed to help us honor the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) people who have been silenced by those who do not or have not accepted them. Showing our support is especially important now, as rates of bullying and harassment increase for students who identify as LGBTQ, and these students are four times more likely to attempt suicide.
Being silenced can mean many things. The most common instance of silencing behavior on our campus is when a student says aloud in a common place on campus, "That’s so gay," or a similar comment that is derogatory toward LGBTQ people. The effect of this kind of statement on a person who either is LGBTQ or has family and friends who are is that this person is not a safe to be around, and school in general may not be safe. Further, if this conversation happens within earshot of a faculty member who does nothing to stop it, its effects on the student are compounded and the student feels more isolated.
Landmark Fosters Acceptance
As bullying has become an issue of national concern, we feel proud that 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. We hope that events like the Day of Silence will 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.
The Day of Silence was a voluntary event. Students who chose to take part wore stickers that indicated whether they were "participants" or "supporters". Participants took a vow of silence for the day. As one student said, "it was mentally exhausting not to speak for a whole day." Another student said, "it was challenging not to be able to be a part of the conversation when I felt that I had something important to say." It was clear from the responses of many participants that the experience hit home for many students who have never felt pesonally silenced.
Capping off a Meaningful Day
Students gathered in the cafeteria for the last half of the day to share their observations from the day and hear a speaker, Jess Keith, who talked about his experience coming out as a gay man. He is now married and he and his husband recently adopted a little girl, Jasmine. The second speaker was sophomore Nicole Talbot, who spoke about being a transgender teen and her advocacy work with Gender Cool and Freedom for All Massachusetts.
For more information on Landmark School's Day of Silence please contact faculty member Jennifer Moy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, May 5th from 8 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Landmark High School, 429 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, in Beverly, MA, will host an Electronics Recycling Collection for the community. The public is welcome to bring used and unwanted electronics to Landmark to be properly disposed.
Acceptable electronics include: air conditioners, all phones, computers, computer batteries and chargers, TVs, printers, modems, answering machines, pagers, keyboards, telephones, fans, toasters, anything with a plug! Please no alkaline batteries, large appliances, light bulbs, scrap metal, gas powered motors or hazardous materials.
$5 for computers and $5 for hard drive destruction, also $5 for small box of assorted things (ex. phones), $15 for computer monitors with a tube, $25 – 55, depending on the size. Proceeds help fund retreats and community service trips.
Bill Ferguson, Landmark School Chaplain
(978) 236-3322 or email@example.com
Landmark High School celebrated its Fifth International Day on Wednesday, April 18. The program included presentations, panels, and slideshows in the Black Box Theater by members of the International Group and faculty. Each year, the group selects a theme, and for 2017–2018 the group chose "Privilege" as its theme. The word means different things to different people and carries with it a range of emotion and responsibility.
Members of the audience were asked to give examples of words they think about when they hear the word "privilege." Opportunity, race, gender, education, location, social status, and wealth were among the terms offered.
Peter, a member of the International Group from Norway, said, "Privilege is not a choice. It's how you were born." Several teachers offered their interpretation of privilege.
Ms. Ellner, a language arts teacher, said those born into privilege should take advantage of it to help others. "Use it to give back to those who weren't given privilege at birth. Open doors to them and help them succeed."
Ms. Day, a science teacher and a leader of the International Group, said it's important to remember that privilege is by chance. "Until we started talking about privilege, I had no idea how a lack of privilege impacts people. This doesn't mean that people who lack privilege can't succeed, it's just that it's so much harder for them."
Concept Hits Home
Volunteers participated in a "One Dollar Race,” to make the concept of privilege/fairness “visible.” Based on "The $100 Race" video, as well as their personal experiences, the International Group students came up with a series of statements, such as "You have never been ashamed of your learning ability," "Your parents are still together," "You feel safe walking in your hometown after dark," and "You have never had negative assumptions made about you because of your race or ethnic background." Those who answered "yes" to those statements stepped forward.
The exercise was intended to show how little control one has over their circumstances—whether or not they have privilege. As the questions progressed and participants moved accordingly, it became evident that not everyone shared the same privileges; some were more fortunate than others.
Mr. Dixon said that privilege is hard to recognize, particularly for people who live in suburban areas, such as those surrounding Landmark, where many people share privilege and advantages. “Until you go to a neighborhood that doesn’t have those advantages, such as Baltimore or DC, or other inner-city communities,” people may not understand what it’s like to attend to a “school that’s not safe or doesn’t send kids to college.”
Pedro, a High School student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, told of how he was not allowed to walk alone after dark until he was 14 years old. "You have a constant fear that if you walk alone that you'll get mugged. I knew never to take my phone out on the street because I could get mugged for it." By contrast, Pedro didn't hesitate to pull his phone out of his pocket to read a text on a recent trip to Salem.
Scenes From a Journey to Africa
In the second part of the presentation, Landmark teachers who spent March break volunteering at schools in Mozambique shared their experience. Ms. Bartz, Ms. Tansey, Mr. Gray, and Ms. Bergsten showed slideshows of the schools they visited. The classes ranged from small and intimate (think Landmark) to large and loud. But the students all embraced their studies and their American visitors. The presentation and the meaningful Q&A session that followed gave the Landmark community valuable perspective.
A student asked if the American teachers felt any resistance from the teachers in Mozambique for imposing their privileged, Western ideas about education on them.
“There are a lot of ideas and theories about how we help developing countries, and we sometimes face adversity from these countries because they feel we’re pushing their ideas on them or saying we know more than them,” Ms. Bartz said. Instead, the teachers focused on training and working with their Mozambican colleagues. “It’s a conversation, and we get ideas from them as well. They are also educators. Making it a conversation is a better approach.”
Embracing Landmark's Diversity
Students who were born in foreign countries or who have ties or interests to other nations presented slideshows that depicted landmarks, maps, food, and cultural items from those countries. Some debunked stereotypes. For example, we learned from Ethan that people in Mexico do not dress like performers in mariachi bands. Cam, who represented Italy, however, was eager to embrace—and portray—the stereotypical Italian crooner, belting out a rendition of "That's Amore" that would make Dean Martin jealous! Other countries represented included Australia, Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Namibia, Norway, Sweden, Spain, and the U.K.
The purpose of the day and mission of the International Group is to foster a sense of identity, acceptance, and belonging for the international community, as well as to explore, raise awareness, and honor Landmark's rich cultural and ethnic diversity.
Landmark High School teacher Kanella Zaralides spearheaded the effort. "Over the years, I have been impressed with the palpable sense of community evident during the event, when discussing sensitive issues such as privilege or bias. We are indeed privileged to belong to a community where members feel safe and comfortable to share their identity and voice their opinions knowing that they will be valuable and respected. It is this kind of reflection and discussion that facilitates growth and betterment."
Other faculty members closely involved with the initiative include: Jennifer Day, Sam Ellner, Kylie Murphy, Eleni Nikitas, VictoriaTansey, Caroline Teague, and Carole Rein (who came out of retirement to help!).
In the weeks leading up to International Day, SAGE Dining Services prepared delicacies from around the globe. The inspired fare included currywurst (Germany), pea soup and pancakes with jam (Sweden), oliebollen (Holland), fiskesuppe (Norway), and brigadeiros (Brazil).
See the video below to watch the entire program:
Students and faculty packed the Performing Arts Center on April 11, 2018, to observe a commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The crowd watched in somber silence as Bill Chamberlain narrated a frank and emotional overview of the atrocities carried out against Jews, gays, Gypsies, Poles, and people with handicaps at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. A slideshow of disturbing, graphic images documented the suffering of victims and illustrated how the Nazis, despite committing unfathomable acts of violence, resembled regular people, not the monsters they were. More than 6 million people, mostly Jews, died during the Holocaust.
Several students spoke about what moved them after visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "I was struck by how ordinary Nazis appeared. They could be a member of your family or your neighbors," said Lydia. "And that really scared me."
Ben talked about how victims were loaded onto train cars like cattle, with 150 people crammed into spaces with the capacity for only 50. They endured days-long journeys to concentration or labor camps—journeys to death—in unspeakable conditions, with just one window and one bucket for human waste. To illustrate how cramped people were, Ben asked the front row of more than 20 people to squeeze onto a rectangle on the floor that measured about 4 ft by 6 ft. He then said "to make this more realistic, you'd have to multiply the number of people by seven to get a sense of what those cattle cars were really like."
Lizzie opened her presentation with an image from the museum of hundreds of shoes once worn by Holocaust victims. "People went to a shop to buy shoes to wear on outings with their families. Instead they wore them on a march to their death." She then talked about Hans and Sophie Scholl, German teenage siblings who were anti-Nazi activists and members of the White Rose non-violent resistance group who were executed for their anti-Nazi resistance work.
Isabel recounted how Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist, risked his life to save more than a thousand Jews from death by employing and housing them in his enamelware and munitions factory. "He referred to them as 'His Jews,'" said Isabel. "He spent all of his savings to save them."
Mr. Chamberlain told the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese official working in Lithuania. Sugihara defied orders from his superiors and issued exit visas to some 6,000 Jews, allowing them to flee Europe and almost certain death.
The presentation ended with images of Holocaust memorials around the globe from Berlin to Miami while students digested the weight of the information that was shared. Thank you to Bill Chamberlain and Bill Ferguson for organizing this moving and important remembrance.
The long winter of 2018 was not known for stellar weather but Landmark's 4th Annual Winter Photo Contest kept our students mindful of the beauty of the season. Students submitted more than 150 photos this year and a jury of judges representing the Elementary•Middle School (EMS), High School, and the Administration reviewed the photos. This year the competition was keen with many more students participating and a much higher caliber of work submitted. A winner was selected from each campus and they were awarded a $100 check as a prize.
This year's High School winner is Ashton Sears (Dinghy) and the recipient from the EMS is Sydney Jolivet (Archway). Their photos were evocative of the season and stood out for their originality, quality, and unique perspective.
Winning photos will be featured in The Lantern magazine, on the school's website and social channels, and in other publications. Thanks to all students who participated and congratulations to this year's winners.
Twenty-eight donors rolled up their sleeves to give blood at the American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive on Thursday, April 5. The Red Cross collected 32 units of blood from 28 donors. Four donors completed a double-red donation, which the Red Cross considers two units. The blood has the potential to save or sustain the lives of more than 100 patients.
"Having students participate in an event like this helps develop the importance of community service," said Mr. Talbot, the Social Sciences Department Head who oversaw the blood drive.
Donors must be at least 16 years old, and an impressive number of 16-year-olds got involved and will hopefully become regular donors. Fifteen volunteers helped make the event run smoothly. The Student Council organized the event.