On November 5, from the wee hours of the morning to mid-afternoon, 87 Landmark students volunteered to help at the 30th Annual Special Olympics State Soccer Championship held at the Governor's Academy in Byfield. The students were assigned a particular team, and they spent the day with that team, cheering them on during games, getting lunches for them, and hanging out with them between games. The acted as buddies to the team members and helpers for the coaches.
To a student, they were engaged, attentive, and responsible to their teams and coaches. The kids did an OUTSTANDING JOB of representing themselves and the school as compassionate and mature young adults.
Hats off to our intrepid volunteers!
Landmark Boys are the 2017 EIL Champs - BY ONE POINT!!
As he's done all season Ryan Shea led the Vikings with a 4th place finish, followed by Alex Watty, running the best race of his season in 11th. Then came the pack, Isaiah Castellucci, Josh Thibeau, and Bryan Kellyclaimed 14th, 15th, and 19th respectively. Our 6 and 7 also stepped up with two huge races, John Early and Peter Laird finished 21st and 28th.
Landmark will be bringing a Varsity and JV team to Berwick Academy on Saturday to compete in The Division 4 New England Championship Meet.
There are 43 teams in D4 and Landmark has finished 1st, 7th, and 3rd in the last three years, the boys are looking to once again show we belong with the top teams in the NEPSAC.
Thank you all for the support. and congratulations to the 2017 EIL CHAMPIONS!
By the Numbers
Hundreds of parents and guardians descended on the High School and Elementary•Middle School campuses for fall Parents' Days. Take a look at these facts and stats about the event-packed days.
October 19 and 20
Number of families who attended: 277
Number of conferences: 2,216
Sporting events: Boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, varsity golf, girls varsity volleyball
Art events: Gallery exhibit and Performing Arts Showcase
Reception at Headmaster Bob Broudo's home
Parents' Days coincided with a visit from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary officials.
Althea Sargeant, Beverly Carpenter, and Cal Zelenka worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure all events ran smoothly.
November 2 and 3
Number of families who attended: 161
Number of conferences: 981
Classes observed: 327
Events and activities: Displays of student portfolios, student goals, and work created in electives.
Coordination and meticulous organization by Tara Joly-Lowdermilk, Deb Blanchard, and Sarah Turnbull made Parents' Day a success.
On both campuses, recognition and appreciation to to Daniel Sebens, Loren Meicher, and all facilities staff and groundskeepers for preparing the campus to look great and keeping all the visitors safe during arrival, parking, and dismissal times.
It's 7:15 a.m. on our Elementary•Middle School campus and Karl Pulkkinen, Public School Liaison and 47-year Landmark veteran, is enjoying breakfast at a table in the small dining room right off the cafeteria surrounded by a chatty group of students. Every day the group is a little different. A few kids are regulars and others join depending upon when they get dropped off or whether there is a spirited basketball or dodge ball game underway outside.
There is no formality to the "club" nor do they have a leader. Every day Mr. Pulkkinen quietly takes his seat at the corner of the table and the students find their place, sometimes sharing breakfast food from home or taking advantage of the offerings the EMS and SAGE Dining Services provide. Conversation is natural, warm, and convivial. It's an effort that grew organically, has taken root, and as the unofficial breakfast club members attest, "is here to stay."
Landmark School Girl's Varsity Soccer completed a tremendous season on November 2 with a decisive 5–0 win over Boston Trinity Academy in the Independent Girls Conference (IGC) Championship. Dozens of fans lined the field and filled the bleachers, cheering the girls to victory!
It's been decades since Landmark has sent their Girls Varsity Soccer squad to the IGC finals, so the pressure was on. The girls rose to the challenge.
In the first half, more than 15 minutes went by before anything big happened. The game went back and forth as Landmark tried to find “their game.” However, once they found their give-n-go’s, Julia W scored the first goal with 24 minutes left on the clock, letting her team know we were ready to win. Less than two minutes later, Ally T took a shot from the 18, despite playing defense, and scored! Just like that, less than one minute later, Julia W took her second goal of the game. With these five minutes of pure power, the half ended at 3-0, a dangerous score that any losing team can come back from (as we’ve learned from past games this season).
In the second half, while Landmark truly controlled the field, there were no goals being scored by either team for over 30 minutes. The ball was back and forth, back and forth, scaring us a few times as BTA had a couple of fast breakaways. Noting the dangerous score on the board, Landmark kept fighting until the end. With less than 10 minutes on the clock, senior captain Joa S scored the fourth goal of the game, ending her season with a smile. Liv M did not want to leave the field without a point of her own, so with less than two minutes left, she scored Landmark’s final goal.
- Shannon O and Greta W were a defensive power house, stopping and sweeping anything that came into our defensive zone. Their communication was on point.
- Sarah Jane O played a great game, taking every ball that came her way out of the air and sending it up to her strikers.
- Anya C had 16 saves yesterday, a few of them seemingly magical.
- Morgan J and Sophia D worked well together, setting up plays for each other, having the most give-n-go's of the game.
- Maddie K, Anna J, and Gwei S-A all paid their dues running up and down the sidelines at the outside mid position, taking it from the corner, turning around, and feeding the ball back to our centers.
- Abby H was at forward, using her sneaky foot skills, and always finding the open space.
We had a blast at Landmark's Fall Festival and Homecoming Saturday, October 14th. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who joined us!
Highlights from the Day
- More than 200 runners participated in our 5K Road Race
- There were eight fun activities for kids and families, including face painting, donuts on a string, giant soccer, kids fun run, dunk tank, and more.
- Nearly 70 alumni joined us for Homecoming and the 20+ Reunion.
Homecoming and Fall Festival Sponsors
- Anastasia-Murphy Family
- Nick & Diane Lopardo P’92, GP’20, ’22, ’23, ‘24
- George Ratermann '79
- Daily Printing
- Fusion Apparel
- New England Running Company
Landmark students juggle many responsibilities each day: school, homework, sports, arts, community service, and often long commutes. Each year, 10 seniors add another time-consuming commitment to their schedules that requires travel, public speaking, and sharing personal stories. That role is being a Student Advocate.
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.
"Teachers are often uneducated about learning differences. They don’t understand our struggles or how we learn," said Cole. "We show them how our learning differences affect us in school and in everyday life."
The Advocates emphasize that having dyslexia also has its benefits. In the group’s first off-campus presentation, Jared pointed out that people with dyslexia are extremely creative, motivated, and curious; see patterns, connections, and similarities with ease; are highly perceptive; see the big picture and don’t get mired in details; and have cognitive flexibility.
"There’s always an upside,” Jared said. "It doesn’t help to only look at the downside."
Mr. Mansfield, who has led the Advocates since he established the program in 1995, echoed Jared's sunny philosophy about having dyslexia. "It's potential masquerading as a problem," Mr. Mansfield said. "Having dyslexia is not insurmountable."
Teaching the Teachers
These students are driven by a desire to educate future teachers about what it’s like to have dyslexia and other learning differences, how students with dyslexia are often misunderstood, and how teachers can prevent some of the struggles they have experienced.
"We don’t want other kids to go through the struggles that we went through," said Henry, when asked what he’d like to achieve as an Advocate.
Since 1995, dozens of Advocates have shared their stories, given advice, answered questions, and enlightened many. In addition to influencing future teachers and students, the Advocates leave the program with well-honed public-speaking—and some teaching—skills.
"It’s beneficial to give teachers real-life, first-hand examples of how they can help students," said Nick. "It’s more powerful when we share our stories and give teachers tips and tools on how they can make a difference. They can’t learn that from a textbook."
The Advocates Know What Works
The presentations include a video featuring Landmark students, personal stories, interactive exercises, and questions and answers. The Advocates also share what teaching and learning strategies work best for them and how aspiring teachers can incorporate these tools into their classrooms. Examples include Landmark's Six Teaching Principles, such as presenting information in varied ways, making lessons active and kinesthetic, using templates, encouraging self-advocacy, and more.
Partway through their presentation, an Advocate asks an audience member to read a few pre-selected sentences aloud. The words appear the way many people with dyslexia would see them: with letters jumping around, changing, and out of order. The person reading aloud clearly struggles with the text and often displays signs of embarrassment or shame. That is the point. Out of these difficult first-hand experiences comes empathy and compassion.
“By hearing our stories and seeing first-hand examples of people with dyslexia struggle with reading, they know what it feels like,” said Ryan. “We hope we can help them become better teachers.”
That is the primary goal of the Advocates.
In September, Landmark welcomed once again a study group of Japanese educators, including two members who made a return visit from last year. Kazuki Tani, a professor at Tamagawa University in Tokyo, and Takayuki Ono, an elementary special education teacher, were part of a visiting group last September. This year, Professor Tani led a team of six educators. Their trip was part of a greater context of visits from Japanese special education professors, researchers, and teachers dating back four decades!
The primary goal of the trip was to observe Landmark reading and mathematics methods and apply their knowledge to help students with language-based learning differences in Japan.
The group visited our Elementary•Middle School and High School campuses in addition to scheduling time to visit public schools in Manchester and Marblehead. We thank the special educators in those districts for being so welcoming and look forward to welcoming our peers from Japan back sometime soon.
The photo shows three of the visitors who met with our High School Student Advocates to learn about their first-hand experience having a language-based learning disability.
The Landmark High School Visual Arts Department is thrilled to announce the inaugural Alumni Art Exhibit at the Inspiration Gallery. The exhibit will run from December 1, 2017, through January 13, 2018.
The Gallery is accepting submissions for 2D or 3D works from any and all visual artists who studied at Landmark. Works can include—but are not limited to—painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, photography, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, etc. The exhibit is intended to highlight a variety of works and to connect alumni, current, and prospective students. This exhibition will be juried for space by the gallery director.
"We have a number and variety of alums who are working artists or who've continued to pursue art since graduating from Landmark. Many of our students pursue artistic study after Landmark. This gallery space provides us an excellent venue to celebrate and showcase their work and reconnect them to the Landmark artistic community," said Kara Healey, co-head of the Visual Arts Department. "We want current students and community members to experience the range of voices and skill represented by our Alumni artists. We are also looking forward to opportunities to connect alums to each other. We hope that Alumni shows will become a reoccurring event in the gallery and we also look forward to having alumni spotlight shows as well."
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES ONLINE: October 24, 2017
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: November 1, 2017
DEADLINE FOR ARRIVAL OF DELIVERED WORKS: November 17, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 RSVP HERE
See the Inspiration Gallery page for more information and submission forms.
The fall High School sports season is in full swing, with teams taking to the field, court, course, and trails to practice and compete. Games and matches began this week.
Participation in fall athletics is as healthy as it's ever been, with 152 of our 310 students signed up for boys and girls varsity and JV soccer, coed cross country, golf, and varsity and JV volleyball.
Sixty-seven of 115 registered girls signed up for interscholastic sports, making this one of the most well-attended fall seasons for girls athletics! The robust participation by Landmark’s female population necessitated the last-minute addition of JV soccer and volleyball teams.
"It is terrific to see so many kids come out and get involved in our athletic programming. In particular, we’re thrilled to see the high number of girls coming out for volleyball and soccer!," said Athletic Director Brook Sumner. "Sports are such a great way to become involved in a community and offer a real practical setting to work on important lifelong skills."
New Schedule Format
The athletic department has moved away from ScheduleStar for scheduling, and now publish our athletic game schedules on the team pages of our site. We think this will be a much-improved experience for users. Click on the team to find the schedule, general information about the team, coach biographies, and images.
Here is an explanation of each field on the schedule:
- Date and time are self-explanatory.
- Event: Events that begin with vs are home. Away events begin with @.
- Location: An orange bus icon indicates an away event. Click on the bus for the event address and a map.
- A green house icon indicates a home event. Not every home competition is on the Landmark campus, so please click on the house for the exact location of the event.
- More Info: Click on the gray info icon to see important details about the event, including dismissal time, return time, if meals will be held, and if students will eat on the road. You can ignore Status: pending. The more info icon appears on some home games. This usually indicates that students will be dismissed early. If no icon appears at home games, assume regular dismissal time.
- Results: We will post results shortly after each competition.
We’re excited about the season and the great potential of our athletes. Please come out and support our athletes whenever possible.