Landmark Senior Organizes Self-Defense Class for Women
When students attend college information sessions or tours, they usually hear about the measures schools take to make sure their campuses are safe. Landmark senior Lizzy MacMannis wants to take control of her own safety, so she organized a self-defense class for female faculty and staff.
Fifteen women participated in the class held on December 16. Members of the Beverly and Manchester Police Departments led the class, teaching students how to predict and identify potentially violent situations and how to defend themselves if they are attacked.
"One of the biggest things colleges touch upon during presentations is whether or not the campus is safe," Lizzy said. "It made me think that it doesn't matter how safe the campus is. As a woman, I will always be vulnerable. I wanted to start the class so other young women who are moving into college can feel safe and confident in their abilities to protect themselves. The course helped me gain confidence in myself and my ability to stop an attack before it occurs."
Emily MacMannis, Lizzy's twin sister, also took the course. She was equally satisfied with what she learned. "Since taking the class, I feel like I know exactly what to do in any situation that might come, which gives me peace of mind since I am going off to college next year," she said.
On December 5, the Visual Arts Department and Alumni Relations hosted our first-ever alumni art show. There were pieces from artists representing a range of media from painting and photography to fashion, sculpture, and textiles. Works were submitted by 24 alumni still studying at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as others working as professional artists.
Beth Jamieson, Co-Head of the High School Visual Arts Department welcomed the group and commented on the importance of finally having a home for Landmark artists to exhibit their work. She thanked her Co-Head, Kara Healey, for deftly hanging the show, which showed off the quality and professionalism of the art. Danielle Figueira, Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, thanked alumni in attendance serving as class officers and alumni council members.
We are looking forward to this event becoming an annual tradition at Landmark School and applaud the artists whose work we were able to share.
We hosted our annual High School Holiday Dance on Friday, December 1! Mr. Gaeta did his usual great job DJ-ing, I spoke about the Advent Wreath while Cameron F. talked about the holiday of Kwanzaa, lighting a kinara to share just one of the many customs he and his family celebrate at this time of year. Itai S. talked about Hanukah, sharing some of his favorite holiday traditions and he lit the traditional menorah. Students decorated gingerbread houses and danced the night away in one of our most upbeat and spirited dances in memory. Thanks to all of the staff and students who helped set up and clean up at the end of a long evening. Enjoy this festive season and the pictures in this little slideshow!
One of the hallmarks of the Landmark community is the generosity of its people. It is a constant source of amazement to those who work here and those associated with our school just how willing our staff, students, and parents are to give to those in need. For more than 10 years, Landmark has been involved with Beverly Bootstraps (a home grown charitable organization) in its effort to assist families in need by purchasing gifts for children whose parents are in the midst of hard times. This year, 2017, the Landmark community helped 43 local families, purchasing gifts for over 90 children. A special thank you to all those who are already incredibly busy for their generosity of time, energy, and money. Happy Holidays!
Eleven eighth grade students from Landmark Elementary•Middle School traveled into Boston on November 27 to help prepare and serve about 150 lunches at Rosie's Place. Students were involved in several stages of the process, from food preparation to serving the meals.
Prior to the meal, students set tables and helped with food preparation (cutting tomatoes, cucumbers, and bread and making salad). Students then served the meal. Each student was given a job where the focus was on distributing the prepared food as efficiently as possible, while being sensitive to people's needs. Students did this with a sense of pride, while learning valuable lessons during the course of their experience.
Rosie's Place was established in 1974—it was the first women's shelter in the United States. It provides meals, shelter, education services, and other resources for poor and homeless women.
EMS Students Help Victims of Syrian Civil War
As the holiday season approaches, the Landmark community, known for its generosity and altruism, is participating in food and supply drives to help those in need both near and far.
The Elementary•Middle School is collecting new and gently used clothing, as well as school supplies and household items for NuDay Syria, a non-profit organization focused on bringing humanitarian aid to mothers and children inside Syria and in bordering areas of Turkey. Most children in Syria have not attended school for at least five years because of the ongoing civil war and the attendant destruction of as many as one-third of the country's buildings.
Early in 2016, former EMS Language Arts department head Terry Jennings and a group of parishioners from St. John’s Church in Beverly Farms formed the NuDay Syrian Refugee Mission of the North Shore to provide aid to NuDay Syria. The group, with the help of several other organizations, built and supplied a grammar school and restored and provided supplies for a middle-high school. The two schools educate nearly 550 students each year.
"Landmark students appreciate and value the education they receive," Terry said. "They are in a special position to recognize how important formal education is and that a country’s future depends on the education of its children."
The drive for NuDay Syria runs through November 29. After that, EMS students will collect new toys and gifts for the Wellspring House holiday store drive.
High School Food Drive
The High School Student Council organized a food drive for the Open Door food pantry. Appealing to their competitive nature, students and faculty were divided into teams. Teams that collected the most points (based on number of items collected) earned bragging rights. On the student side, Woodside prevailed. Social Sciences won for the faculty. Kudos go to the Day Student team, which had its best showing in years.
Each year, Landmark collects thousands of pounds of food for Open Door, which works to alleviate hunger on Cape Ann by providing food and meals to those in need. It also runs a thrift shop, a summer meals program for kids, food stamp assistance, job training, and other services.
On Wednesday, Nov. 15 athletes, proud family members, and friends gathered for the Fall Athletic Awards. Amid cheese and crackers followed by make-your-own ice-cream sundaes, everyone enjoyed this culminating experience after a season of hard work, determination, and resilience. The evening celebrated team accomplishments, growth in the program, as well as individual athletes.
Special congratulations to the Girls Varsity Soccer team for winning the Independent Girls Conference Championship -- a first ever for Landmark School AND to our Boys Varsity Cross Country team for winning both the Eastern Independent League and the New England Preparatory School Track Association Division Four Championships. Huge accomplishments for our student athletes!
Miss the Fall Athletic Awards Night? Don't worry, you can watch it here.
Also check out the slideshow, put together by Mr. Anastasia Murphy.
While this was a remarkable season for all of our athletes, the following were given awards:
Boys Varsity Soccer:
Most Improved Player - Nick Lopardo
Coaches Sportsmanship Award - Sam Lagan
Player of the Year - Will Morganelli
EIL All League - Arlo Grey
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer:
Most Improved Player - Alex D’Arcy
Coaches Sportsmanship Award - Quinn Demain
Player of the Year - Ryan Graf
Girls Varsity Soccer:
Most Improved Player - Sofia Duff
Coaches Sportsmanship Award - Gwei Strong-Allen
Unsung Hero - Anya Crowley
Player of the Year - Julia Wysoker
IGC Most Valuable Player - Joa Segal
All Leagues - Morgan Joyce, Julia Wysoker
Girls Varsity Volleyball:
Most Improved Player - Elizabeth Theriault
Coaches Sportsmanship Award - Kathryn Burns
Player of the Year - Lily Martin (IGC All League)
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball:
Most Improved Player - Lilly Abbott
Coaches Sportsmanship Award - Caitlin McLaughlin
Player of the Year - Catherine DiGiovanni
Boys Varsity Cross Country
Coaches Award - Ryan Shea (EIL & NEPSTA All League)
Coaches Award - Bryan Kelly (EIL All League)
Boys Junior Varsity Cross Country:
Coaches Award - Jared Joshi (JV NEPSTA ALL-Star)
Coaches Award - Dominic Paolini (JV NEPSTA All-Star)
Coaches Award - Peter Laird (JV NEPSTA All-Star)
Girls Varsity Cross Country:
Coaches Award - Lucie Lott
Coaches Award - Felicity Bidwell
Coaches Award - Caroline Manning
Most Improved Player - Tyler Sullivan
Coaches Sportsmanship Award - Sean McDonnell
Player of the Year - Jake Bennett (EIL All League)
EIL All League: Marco Calvanese
In early November, to mark the end of the long cross country season, the Landmark Boys Varsity, JV, and Girls teams traveled to Berwick Academy for the annual New England Preparatory School Track Association (NEPSTA) Division Four Championship. They were there to compete against 30 other schools in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC).
On a cold and blustery morning our top seven boys varsity runners towed the starting line along with the other 183 athletes. The gun sounded and the boys settled into their pack mentality... a classic cross country strategy. The goal of pack running is to get everyone across the line as close to your number one runner as possible.
At the end of the day Ryan S. finished 12th, Alex W. came in 17th, Bryan K, in 19th, Josh T. got 27th, John E. in 39th, Isaiah C. in 40th, and Tynan R. picked up 41st.
This is a fantastic achievement as a cross country team, and VERY hard to do. It’s a testament to this group's dedication, focus, work ethic, and season-long consistency! In the end, the boys beat the second-place team, Pingree School, by 31 points and became the 2017 NEPSTA Champions.
Special Congratulations to Alex W. on his second New England Championship, and to Ryan, Alex, and Bryan on being selected NEPSTA All-Stars.
Boys Junior Varsity
The Landmark community should be proud of the way the Junior Varsity boys conducted themselves at the NEPSTA Championships. They were more focused and prepared than most of the other teams' varsity athletes due to the leadership of the JV Captains Jared J. and Jarrod S. Eight out of the top ten finishers wore Landmark's blue and gold with Dominic P. and Peter L. finishing in the first and second positions. Of the 20 NEPSTA JV All Stars, 10 of them were Landmark runners earning us the Boys JV Championship and beating the second place finisher by 51 points.
This was the first time in Landmark School history that our girls team raced in the NEPSTA Championship! Our lady Vikings came in 15th out of 23 teams and ran with determination and grit. Captain Caroline M. and her teammates Felicity B., Merryl G., Julia V., and Lucie L. embraced the cold weather and ran one of their best races of the season. We look forward to watching what these runners can do next season!
Congratulations to everyone on a season of hard work and many rewards. And congrats to coaches Tom O'Riordan, Kevin Roberts, and Christina Scanlon for their tireless support, innovative and consistent training, and good humor.
Last week high school students fanned out, rolled up their sleeves, and participated in an annual fall ritual in New England. 110 students, in groups organized by their residential houses, raked and provided yard work for elderly residents in the Beverly area.
Many of the local households have enjoyed the contributions of Landmark students year after year and the relationships that have been forged over time are very special. Thank you to all of the students who donated their time, the houseparents who coordinated the rakers, and Reverend Bill Ferguson for the coordination and inspiration.
Three dozen donors rolled up their sleeves to give blood at the American Red Cross Fall Blood Drive on Thursday, November 9. The Red Cross collected 37 units of blood, up from 30 units at the spring drive. The blood has the potential to save or sustain the lives of more than 110 patients.
"Collecting that amount is a reflection of the great job that you and the student body and all who volunteered did at promoting yesterday's drive," said Dan Craig, an American Red Cross account manager.
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.