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.
Phil Jeffries, Sailing
Phil Jeffries has been a key component in the success of the Sailing team this year. Phil's consistency on the race course and his selfless sacrifices not only make him a great match racer, but also a great team racer.
He often gives up a first place finish to block the opposing team's boats in order to give his teammates in other boats a first place finish to create winning combinations for the team.
Time for spring cleaning? Properly dispose of all your unwanted electronics at our Electronics Recycling Collection on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Landmark's High School campus, 429 Hale Street. Acceptable electronics include:
- $5.00 will be charged for anything electronic like but not limited to…
air conditioners, fans
cell phones, land line phones
computer batteries, keyboards, chargers
battery operated tools
car and marine batteries, box of small items (cords, phones, etc).
- $5.00 for computers, and an additional $5.00 for any destruction of hard drive. Certificate provided.
- $10.00 for CRT computer monitors (with a tube), $15.00 if they are jumbo CRT’s.
- $15.00 for TV monitors under 30” and less than 50 lbs.
- $25.00 for TV monitors over 30” and over 50 lbs.
- $35.00 - $45.00 for jumbo TVs
Proceeds help fund retreats and community service trips.
For more information contact Chaplain Bill Ferguson
The students in Mr. Harrison's Senior Study Skills class proudly published the debut issue of Inside the Lighthouse on May 1. The 10-page newspaper covers a broad range of topics, from socialist vs capitalist economies to the courtship of Mr. and Mrs. Meade, from Mr. Genetelli's controversial move on sugary drinks to how to build dynamite.
Mr. Harrison suggested the project to the class, and the students eagerly embraced the idea. "Landmark had a paper years ago, and I thought it would be great to bring it back," he said. "It was cool to see the class so excited about it. It was a challenging project. They really drove the project, from beginning to end."
Learning on the Job
The editorial staff includes Kevin Dalton, Brynne Arsenault, Jon Ahern, Bennett Malbon, and Suzy Eustis. Each student wrote two articles for the paper and was free to choose the topic. They spent three weeks brainstorming, writing, editing, laying out, editing, and editing some more.
"I don't think we grasped the full gravity of the project at first," said Malbon. "It was a very long process, but I think we all enjoyed the autonomy of being able to choose our own articles." Malbon seemed surprised—and thrilled—that his article on an explosive made it into print.
The articles required the students to research their topics and conduct interviews. There's a knack to framing questions in a way that prompts a thoughtful response from the subject, and the young journalists elicited enthusiastic, informed quotes. "I definitely learned interview skills," said Ahern. "It's really important to feel comfortable with the person."
The students recently wrapped up the second issue of Inside the Lighthouse and plan to publish it in the next few weeks. Arsenault would like to see the paper become a monthly publication. She said she received positive feedback from other students on campus, and challenged some to find typos. They didn't.