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.
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.
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.