The results are in! More than 250 Landmark students voted to elect Student Council officers on September 14. Nick Engstrom won the race for president, Caroline Manning secured the vice president slot, and Jared Joshi will serve as treasurer.
Candidates bravely delivered speeches in Ansara on September 13, outlining their platform and explaining what makes them the strongest candidate for the job.
Nick highlighted what makes Landmark a life-changing experience and promised to work to enliven community events.
"Together as a community I want to engage both day and boarding students, as well as underclassmen and upperclassmen in experiences that promote Landmark pride. This is a place where we achieve what we once thought was impossible. This is a place where the once forgotten become the ones that we will never forget," he said. "If elected, under my leadership I will initiate monthly community events that help bring more fun and excitement to the student body. I also plan on advocating for dress code reforms, class auctions and spirit weeks."
Caroline drew on her strong organizational and communication skills, presenting them as requisite for the role.
"I possess the necessary skills to be the vice president of the Student Council, including the ability to remain organized, keep paperwork neat, communicate with others, and maintain a strong work ethic. I understand that being vice president requires hard work and I plan on doing the best of my ability," she said.
Jared said his involvement in several leadership roles and athletic teams made him and ideal candidate for treasurer.
"I have been involved in many sports including cross country, basketball, and track. I am very involved in our community and I like to think of myself as a leader on campus. I am both a Peer leader and Student Advocate and I am also a Level 6 student in my dorm," he said. "All of these commitments I hold at Landmark show that I can get tasks done."
Landmark students are off and running! We welcomed 455 students to both of our campuses and are eager to begin our 47th year.
Last week, day and residential students returned, parents met with Academic Advisors and other key staff members, and everyone was engaged in ice-breaking activities that got them reacquainted and quickly brought new students into the fold.
Highlights of the high school orientation program included a lightning-fast game of Simon Says lead by Dean of Students Robb Genetelli, performances by the acclaimed pianist and his group, George Russell Jr. & Co. who led the students through spiritual music from past to present, a mind-bending presentation by Chinese acrobat Li Liu, Landmark's version of A Minute to Win It competition (picture students tumbling around in a 9' beach ball as just one of the challenges...), a moving and at times hysterical presentation by ImprovBoston, and so much more. Residential students retreated to a camp in New Hampshire for some bonding time while day students remained on campus to complete the orientation activities. Today offered a full day of classes where students got back in the groove with classes and a full complement of afternoon activities.
At the Elementary•Middle School we welcomed 165 students to our Manchester-by-the-Sea campus today -- our largest group ever. Students cycled through a range of activities including painting their "foundation stone" that will rest along our koi pond in the courtyard. The rocks were painted with an intention for the coming year. Students had their school photo taken, took tours of campus, set goals, the 8th grade met to discuss their leadership program, and students left feeling prepared to begin a full day of classes tomorrow.
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.
The coaches at High School and Elementary•Middle School are brushing up on drills and the maintenance crew is sprucing up the fields in preparation for the fall athletic season.
More than two-thirds of the student body participates in some aspect of interscholastic sports competition—an impressive number especially given that many of our students travel long distances each day.
Brook Sumner returns for his 10th season as Athletic Director, Sean Anastasia-Murphy will serve his eighth year as the Assistant Athletic Director at the High School, and Tara Joly-Lowdermilk enters her fourth year as Assistant Athletic Director at EMS. Mike Murphy is one year shy of the quarter-century mark as Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Strength and Conditioning Specialist Lauren Torres wears many hats in her third year as the Department’s Athletics Coordinator and leader of our Empowerment Through Athletics (ETA) program, which is designed specifically for our female student athletes.
Golf: A coed program comprised of a varsity team for the High School and 8th grade students at EMS. There is a limited number of spaces (10) for this program per our agreement with the golf club.
Cross-Country: Coed varsity team for boys and girls at the High School and a coed Middle School team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Girl’s Soccer: Varsity and junior varsity (JV) team for the High School and a Middle School team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (when numbers permit).
Boy’s Soccer: Varsity and JV team for the High School and a Middle School team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (when numbers permit).
Girls’ Volleyball: Varsity and JV team open to 8th grade girls at the Middle School.
This year’s soccer preseason at the High School will take on a slightly different format to accommodate the new Orientation schedule. All HS boys and girls interested in playing soccer this fall are eligible and encouraged to participate. Please arrive to these sessions with appropriate practice gear and cleats on the following dates:
Monday, August 28th: 2:00 to 4:30pm
Thursday, August 31st: 3:00 to 5:00pm
Friday, September 1st: 1:00 to 3:00pm
For boys varsity competition, Landmark maintains membership in the Eastern Independent League (EIL). The development and integrity of Landmark's athletic program is enhanced through this membership, and the opportunities for our athletes have expanded over the years to better meet their needs. EIL membership for our boys include the following schools: Bancroft School, Beaver Country Day School, Berwick Academy, Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall (wrestling only), Concord Academy, Lexington Christian Academy, Pingree School, and Portsmouth Abbey School.
Landmark female athletes compete in the Independent Girls Conference (IGC). This conference also values the principles of sportsmanship and adheres to a similar mission statement as Landmark’s. Giving students the opportunity to compete in leagues that recognize sportsmanship, fair play, and healthy competition strengthens their self-image and enhances their growth. Members of the IGC include Brimmer & May, Cambridge School of Weston, Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall, Gann Academy, Montrose School, and Waring School.
Both leagues are full members of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council, also known as NEPSAC. Landmark maintains membership in NEPSAC’s District III.
The Summer Program and Outreach's Summer Institute are in the books, which means the academic year is just around the corner! The maintenance crew and outside contractors have been busy sprucing up the the campus for the arrival of students, faculty, and staff.
In addition to the usual summer refurbishing projects, the classrooms next to the Inspiration Gallery and the the Expressive Language Department workspace are being updated. Portions of the Dudley Building and Alexander are getting new carpeting, and the first floor of Dudley is receiving a fresh coat of paint.
On the residential front, several staff apartments in Lopardo and the houseparent apartments in Williston have been renovated.
The biggest change this year involves security and safety. New lighting will be installed on the walkways leading to both the Murphy Building and Governors Landing/Swalm on the High School campus. We will also have emergency generators installed for the Alexander and Lopardo buildings. The lighting project is underway and the generator project is scheduled to begin shortly.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and get ready for fall!
The Summer Programs at the High School and Elementary•Middle School are in full swing! Students on both campuses ended their first full week with new skills and strategies that will help them succeed inside and outside the classroom.
After a half day of morning classes, students on both campuses can participate in fun, confidence-boosting afternoon activities. EMS students are participating in visual arts, 3-D design, marine science, and a high-ropes course. Down the road, the high schoolers are engaging in a mix of physical activity, the arts, and science. Activities include CrossFit and spinning, digital photography, digital studio, visual arts, sea kayaking, and marine science.
Summer By the Numbers
Number of students enrolled:
High School: 56
EMS: Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, and Virginia
High School: California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Texas, Washington, Washington, DC
EMS: Hong Kong
High School: Hong Kong, New Zealand, Virgin Islands
Two of Landmark School's administrators were recognized by Rotary International with their highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellowship. Headmaster Bob Broudo and Chief Financial Officer and Beverly Rotary Club member Mark Brislin, received the award at the Beverly Rotary Club Annual Meeting in June 2017. Each was strategically instructed to make sure that the other one attended the event but had no idea that they would also be receiving an award.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is given in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer, founded the Rotary Club in 1905 as a
means of enabling businesses to give back to their community in the form of time, talent, and financial support. The organization has grown to 200 chapters across the globe with over 1.2 million members.
Bob was born and raised in Beverly. He is a founding faculty member of Landmark School and has been its Headmaster since 1990, he has served on numerous boards of local for- and non-profit organizations, and has been a dedicated and involved member of his community for decades.
Mark has been a member of the Beverly Rotary Club for 14 years. He attends weekly meetings, has served as the chapter's treasurer for five years, and was on the its board of directors for two years. In addition, he actively participates as a volunteer for the Beverly Arts Festival, Community Garden, and much more.
Bob Broudo says of the award, "I was so honored and surprised to be recognized by Rotary. The award and event were a reminder of how much the organization contributes to our community. The members are very creative and have a lot of fun but they also get a lot done for our city - they make a significant difference."
Seventy-six beaming seniors graduated from Landmark School on Saturday, June 3, equipped with sage advice from Headmaster Bob Broudo. He urged the students to take the time to ask five questions when embarking on new experiences:
Couldn't we at least...?
How can I help?
What truly matters"
Students Deliver Inspiring Speeches
The eloquent student speeches and the long list of accomplishments of the award winners made clear that members of the Class of 2017 are indeed prepared and eager to embrace the next chapter in their lives. Each of the student speakers shared anecdotes about how Landmark changed their life.
In moving Opening Remarks, Olivia Valenti recalled how prior to Landmark she confronted academic challenges as a series of green lights that kept her moving forward.
“Hit all the green lights. This was my way of saying, 'The faster you get things done, the quicker time will go by.'" Once she found her place at Landmark, however, Olivia finally wanted to slow down and enjoy the ride. "Landmark was my red light. It helped me realize that you need to stop and appreciate what’s around you," she said. "The red lights can help you stop and reflect. Reflect on the accomplishments you have made, the amount you have grown and matured, and how an environment like Landmark is rare and special and to not take the people and community for granted."
Jake Skiffington, one of two student speakers, didn’t tell his parents that he earned a spot speaking at graduation. "My mom will never believe this….so I kept it a secret. So here I am mom, speaking at graduation. Surprise!," he said.
Jake recounted being riddled with fear that he’d be called on to read in class and doubting that he’d ever graduate from high school. That was before he enrolled at Landmark. "This school gave me the guidance I needed to be able to pull myself by my bootstraps and go through the barbed wire of academic stress, to stomp through the thick mud of of a constant and overloaded schedule, and leave high school feeling victorious. We stand here today having won the battle."
Eric Alexander Citrano, the other student speaker, shared how honored and humbled he felt to be named after Eric Alexander, the former Landmark student whose name adorns the iconic building. He explained that though dyslexia posed a challenge for him—and many of his classmates—they didn't let it discourage them or get in the way of pursuing their dreams.
"Over these past 10 years at Landmark I have come to realize that if you work hard enough and have people willing to be there for you, nothing is out of reach," he said. "And as I look back at all I have accomplished I can be proud in saying that I earned it. I did what others said was impossible."
In his keynote address, Don Sweeney, a former star defenseman for the Boston Bruins and current general manager, advised students to chart a path paved by process, people, and passion. "The process at Landmark has helped you all prepare for your future,” he said. He called on graduates to build relationships with people and mentors who are invested in their lives. Finally, he told graduates to follow their passion and focus on what they love.
Nearly every graduate will attend college in the fall, and all will be enrolled in the fall of 2018.
2017 Award Winners
Overall Academic Award: Eric Citrano
Prep Academic Award: Olivia Valenti
Nathan Stowes Citizenship Award: Cara O'Neill
Peggie E. Cook Landmark Parents' Association Awards:
Details About the High School Calendar
The 2017-18 Landmark High School Calendar is posted on our website so that you may begin to plan for next year. The calendar contains necessary information, including start dates, vacations/holidays as well as Saturday School and Early Release Days.
New Orientation Schedule
Parents/Guardians of returning students: Please note that the arrival dates for resident and day students are different this year as we have made some programmatic changes to our Orientation structure. All residents (new and returning) are expected to arrive on Monday, August 28, and all day students (new and returning) are expected on Tuesday, August 29. Historically this order has been reversed so we wanted to point out that this has been changed. We will send out a reminder e-mail over the summer but please mark your calendars accordingly!
Other calendars, such as the guidance calendar for juniors and seniors, the daily academic calendar, and the athletic events calendar, will be out later in the spring and summer, once dates and events have been finalized.
All students and parents to pay particular attention to daily attendance. It is always a good idea for all parents and students to review and understand our attendance policies noted in our Student Handbook. Attendance is important. The academic and behavioral decisions students make in high school can arguably determine their level of success as they enter college or the workforce. Making the full effort to attend on a daily basis is paramount in developing positive work habits. Please, encourage your children to be in school, be on time for school, and ready to work. We will do the same. Thank you for your helping us maintain this very important standard.
Listed below are answers to a few frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the general calendar:
Why are there so many early release days?
The agencies that accredit the school mandate a certain number of professional development hours each year. Performing these hours during the school day is the only method of capturing the entire faculty to complete these tasks to the satisfaction of the agencies that accredit us. The ability to do this also helps us to keep our faculty updated on important training topics and initiatives.
Why do we take two-week vacations?
Since we are an independent school, our calendar is typical of independent boarding schools. Given our interactions with other independent schools, travel necessities for boarders, and the need to maintain the facilities of a school that is in constant use, two-week periods are very important in meeting the needs stated above.
Why do we have a Saturday School program?
Saturdays have provided great opportunity for students to access courses in experiential learning, as well as service and co-curricular areas. Thanks to Saturday School, our community service hours have increased dramatically. Saturdays have also offered us long sought after flexibility in planning the general calendar.
At first singles for the boys tennis team and as team co-captain, Jack took on the best singles players in the Eastern Independent League and came away undefeated for the season. Since starting with the team in eighth grade, Jack has improved steadily and dramatically to become one of the strongest players in the league. His ability to mix his serving, net game, and baseline game is outstanding. Congrats to Jack for an amazing tennis season.
Mahmood is everything a coach could want in a player. He plays hard and his flowing locks intimidate opponents as they bounce in the breeze he creates rounding the bases. During his last game, he ripped a clutch RBI single that raised the raucous crowd to its feet and put the Vikings in a position to win the game. He leads the team in RBIs and PS/AB (pitches seen per at bat), and he is tied for second on the team in total base hits. More importantly, he is always there to offer an encouraging word to his teammates. He has a bright baseball future ahead of him!
2017 Honor Scholars Recognition Dinner
Cara O'Neill, Ady Tibrewal, Olivia Valenti, Alec Hurst, and Madison Coddington were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement on May 9 at the 49th Annual Honor Scholars Recognition Dinner.
The annual event, sponsored by North Shore Chamber of Commerce, honors the top 5% of graduating seniors from 32 North Shore public and private secondary schools. More than 300 students were cited at the reception held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Danvers. Patricia Maguire Meservey, president of Salem State University, delivered the keynote address.