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.
Ten members of the Landmark High School swim team traveled to Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford, CT, on March 3rd to compete in the New England Prep School Swimming Championships. It was a trials/finals meet, meaning that everyone swims in the morning and the top 16 swimmers compete in their events again at night. In most events there were over 20 competitors, some had as many as 50.
Caroline Manning, Sarah Mann, Bianca Drouin, Emma Champey, Ethan Townsend, Josh Thibeau, Luca Miranda, Justin Estep, Jake Colby, and Ruairi Stack all swam extremely well.
Here is how the swimmers did individually:
Caroline Manning (senior) swam a 2:40.33 in the 200 freestyle, placing 31st. She also swam a season best time of 7:03.34 in the 500 freestyle, placing 22nd.
Emma Champey (sophomore) swam a 30.81 in the 50 freestyle, placing 26th. She also swam a best time of 1:24.18 in the 100 breaststroke, placing 19th.
Sarah Mann (sophomore) swam a best time of 2:27.20 in the 200 freestyle, placing 21st. She also swam a best time of 1:15.82 in the 100 butterfly, placing 17th.
Bianca Drouin (freshman) swam a 2:53.50 in the 200 IM, placing 21st. She also swam a best time of 1:16.15 in the 100 backstroke, placing 19th.
Caroline, Sarah, Bianca, & Emma also swam the 200 Medley Relay, placing 10th and the 200 Freestyle Relay, dropping 10 seconds and placing 10th.
The boys all qualified top 16 in at least 1 event and swam in the finals session!
Ethan Townsend (junior) swam a 1:00.08 in his 100 butterfly, placing 5th. He also swam a 1:01.75 in the 100 backstroke, placing 4th.
Justin Estep (junior) swam a best time of 6:28.60 in the 500 freestyle (dropping 16 seconds!), placing 15th. He also swam a season best time of 1:18.94 in the 100 breaststroke, placing 16th.
Jake Colby (junior) swam a best time of 25.89 in the 50 freestyle, placing 13th. He also swam a best time of 59.19 in the 100 freestyle, placing 14th.
Luca Miranda (sophomore) swam a 2:29.67 in the 200 IM, placing 10th. He also swam a best time of 1:15.69 in the 100 breaststroke, placing 15th.
Josh Thibeau (sophomore) swam a 23.49 in the 50 freestyle, placing 4th. He also swam a best time of 50.29 in the 100 freestyle, placing 4th and breaking his own Landmark School record.
Ruairi Stack (freshman) swam a best time of 2:34.68 in the 200 IM (dropping 12 seconds!), placing 16th. He also swam a best time of 1:11.52 in the 100 backstroke, placing 11th.
Jake, Luca, Ethan, and Josh also swam the 200 Freestyle Relay, placing 3rd. They also swam the 400 Freestyle Relay, placing 5th, and breaking the Landmark School record (previously held by Sam Stein, Ethan Townsend, Chris Belfi, and Josh Thibeau).
Please congratulate all of these swimmers on an excellent season!
Landmark High School students celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21, participating in events to showcase the many languages spoken on campus.
The International Group hosted a booth during milkbreak and lunch, where participants:
- Spoke their native/other languages. Speakers received a sticker saying, “Ask me what language I speak,” to prompt further discussion among community members.
- Responded to a survey that illustrates how many languages are spoken or understood at Landmark.
- Wrote the equivalent of the words “love,” “food,” and “thank you” in other languages they speak.
- Played word games in their own mother language and other languages.
Landmark’s ever-eager enthusiastic kitchen staff prepared cinnamon sticks topped with choice syrups, and members of the group served their teachers and peers, speaking in their native languages and prompting participants to repeat the words.
History of International Mother Language Day
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established International Mother Language Day in 1999 to "promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people of the world." International Mother Language Day commemorates the February 21, 1952, killing of four college students by police in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) who were protesting for the right to speak Bengali, their mother language. The government had declared Urdu the only official language. After years of protests, the government made Bengali the official language of the country in 1956.
Eighty-five Landmark School High School students competed in the annual science fair and displayed their ambitious projects for judges and observers on February 27.
Some students proved their hypotheses (runners have larger lung capacity than singers) while others were surprised by their findings (eating does not help with concentration!). Despite the outcomes, the students reported that their projects taught them a thing or two about the scientific process and they gained an appreciation for the level of detail required to defend a hypothesis.
Each project was assessed by four judges and by their science teacher. The teacher's score was given double weight. Projects were judged on presentation, scientific thought, thoroughness, and creativity. The students were required to state the purpose of the project, the hypothesis, the scientific procedure they followed, observations, gather and interpret data, draw a conclusion, and finally, present the project to judges.
Lucie's experiment did not produced the expected results. Crest toothpaste was more effective in whitening teeth than White Strips. She soaked three of her baby teeth in coffee for three days, then for the next 10 days soaked one in mouthwash, brushed one, and used a White Strip on the other. "I thought the White Strip would work best. It's the most expensive tooth cleaner, and we hear how much they help whiten teeth." Regardless of the outcome, the science project solidified that Lucie wants to pursue a career in dentistry.
Henry tested the voltage of a potato, sweet potato, lemon, and lime. He predicted that potato would have the highest voltage. He hooked each up to a multimeter and was surprised to find the lemon had a significantly higher voltage than the potatoes and the lime. He tested each three times to confirm the results. "I learned that the lemon had the highest voltage because of the acidity."
Congratulations to the Winners
1st Place: Greta Wright
2nd Place: Lucie Lott
3rd Place: Morgan Joyce
John Ned Barrett
This weekend, we hosted our third annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser and community night, led by the Girls Varsity Basketball team. The players promoted the event successfully and reaped the rewards with a hugely successful night raising over $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
A particular highlight was having Madison Coddington '17, who initiated the event on our campus three years ago, attend to cheer on the team and support the tradition. Madison returned to campus from Marist College and was joined by fellow alumni Chris Belfi '17 and Eric Citrano '17.
The evening began with the Boys Varsity Basketball win over Covenant Christian Academy (CCA), followed by a silent auction, bake and t-shirt sale, pizza dinner, and culminated with the girls' season-ending game and victory over CCA.
The stands were jammed with students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends and the excitement, on an otherwise dreary February night, was electric. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to organize this memorable community event.
Seventeen Landmark High School students won a total of 26 awards at the regional level of the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Four students won the Gold Key Award, seven the Silver Key, and 13 Honorable Mention. (See below for a full list.)
"I'm particularly thrilled that students of all ages and levels were recognized in almost all of our classes. Each one of our incredibly dedicated instructors have students who were recognized," said Art Department Co-Head Beth Jamieson. "I'm also very proud of our oldest and most dedicated Portfolio students. All five of them were recognized by the Scholastic Art Awards, and many of them received multiple awards."
The work by Gold Key recipients will be on display from March 18–25, 2018, at Breed Hall, Tufts University, 51 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155, and will be judged at the national level by a panel of renown artists, authors, educators, and industry experts. The Silver and Honorable Mention work will be put on display in Landmark's Inspiration Gallery.
"The awards give students the opportunity to show their creativity and hard work to a larger audience (and potentially even the whole country)," said Landmark art teacher Kelly Howard. "Winners see the fruits of their labor and become more invested and interested in their artwork. They might choose to sign up for a class that challenges their skill set, do more independent work outside of class, or push themselves out of their comfort zone and choose more challenging subjects and compositions in their next class project."
- Avery Albl: Honorable Mention: sculpture
- Eleanor Bradley: Honorable Mention: sculpture
- Acadia Caron: Gold Key: drawing and illustration; Silver Key: design; Honorable Mention: printmaking
- Emma Champey: Silver Key: design; Honorable Mention: printmaking
- David Chrumka: Silver Key: photography
- Baylah Coribtt: Honorable Mention: mixed media, printmaking
- Julia DeLorenzo: Gold Key: Drawing and Illustration; Silver Key: Drawing and Illustration; Honorable Mention: Mixed Media
- Catherina DiGiovanni: Honorable Mention: Photography
- Sophia Grausam: Silver Key: Drawing and Illustration
- Coco Haseltine: Gold Key: printmaking
- Anna Hughson: Gold Key: printmaking
- Lydia Jackson: Honorable Mention: printmaking
- Maxwell Lukegord: Honorable Mention: design
- Caroline Manning: Honorable Mention: mixed media
- Cristina Monarrez: 2 Silver Keys: Drawing and Illustration; Honorable Mention: Mixed Media
- Alejandra Rojas: Honorable Mention: printmaking
- Svetlana Simkovits: Silver Key: Drawing and Illustration; Honorable Mention: Mixed Media
The best works submitted to local programs. Gold Key works are automatically considered for national-level recognition.
Standout works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.
Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and potential.
History of the Awards
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize student achievement in the visual and literary arts in 29 categories, including editorial cartoon, poetry, graphic design, fashion, science fiction, video-game design, and more. Founded in 1923, the awards are the nation's longest-running, most prestigious educational initiative supporting student achievement in the visual and literary arts. Students in grades 7–12 from public, private, and home schools throughout the U.S. and its territories can submit works to the awards.
The 4th Annual Winter Photo Contest is underway at Landmark School inviting students to take photos on either of our campuses at this dramatic, and often underappreciated, time of year. Students can submit up to five black and white or colored photos. The deadline for submissions is March 2. A jury of faculty and staff members from both campuses will review photos and a top prize of $100 will be given to a winner from each campus. Last year we collected over 120 photos from 25 students and making the final selections proved to be challenging with so many beautiful and powerful images captured.
The winning photos will be featured on the school's website, social media sites, and other promotional materials.
ALL students are encouraged to participate.
See flyer below for more details.
Nicholas Engstrom, Student Council president and Student Advocate, composed a thoughtful holiday letter to High School students and faculty:
I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year. I know this past month has been difficult for both the students and faculty between the cold weather and midterms, but we all made it. For the first part of the year, we have accomplished so much. We have served countless community service hours, won a record amount of games, matches, and championships and produced high-quality dances and shows.
Since it's the holiday season I think it would be great if we took the chance to thank each other for the accomplishments we have done this year.
- I would like to thank the students for their diligence in their school work.
- I would like to thank the day students for being so eager when waking up so early.
- I would like to thank the residents for being courageous and living away from home.
- I would like to thank the athletes for bringing this school pride.
- I would like to thank the drama students for going out their comfort zones.
- I would like to thank the clubs and organizations that bring spirit and excitement.
- But most importantly, I would like to thank the teachers, coaches, and mentors. From all of the students, we take great appreciation for all that you do here.
On behalf of the Student Council, I wish you and your families a happy New Year and holiday.