Via Valenti, tennis
As the Girls Tennis team captain, Via Valenti has done an excellent job leading by example both on and off the court. On the court, Via consistently fights for every point and never gives up even during long games or matches. She is able to accurately read her opponent and vary her shots including executing hard to reach cross court ground strokes. Her drive and passion for the sport are contagious and Girls Tennis is lucky to have Via on the team!
Seniors are about embark on the last month of their experience at Landmark! This is an extremely exciting—and hectic—time, for students and parents alike. Mark your calendars and make travel plans for these upcoming senior events.
- Application packets for the "LPA Award for Outstanding Accomplishment” have been made available to all seniors. Every senior is invited to apply. Completed applications must be returned to the Guidance Office by Friday, May 9.
- Prep Senior Presentations will take place May 9 – 11. The presentations are a culmination of the students’ final independent research projects. (Parents Welcome)
- Senior Final Exams will take place on Friday, May 26; Tuesday, May 30; and Wednesday May 31. Make-up exams will take place on Thursday June 1.
- The Senior Commencement Showcase featuring the Landmark Performing Arts is set for Thursday, June 1. The showcase will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. (Parents Welcome)
- The Senior Breakfast will occur after commencement rehearsal on June 2. The Senior Breakfast is the last opportunity for the seniors to get to together as a group before the big day. (Students Only)
- Landmark’s annual school-wide Bwards Ceremony will take place on Friday, June 2, at 1:00 p.m. in the Ansara Athletic Center. (Parents Welcome)
- The Senior Dinner is set for Friday, June 2, at the Danversport Yacht Club for dinner. Please RSVP. (Parents Welcome)
- Commencement will take place on Saturday, June 3, in the Alice Ansara Athletic Center. The Athletic Center will open at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and should last until 12:30 p.m. Immediate and extended family and friends are welcome; there is no limit to the number of guests students can invite. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Crossman at 978-236-3307. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., graduates will assemble at the Performing Arts Center and participate in the “Last March,” processing through campus, giving families and friends an opportunity to take photographs. The procession will end at the Prep School at approximately 9:30 a.m.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 978-236-3456 or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landmark’s High School will celebrate International Day on Thursday, May 4th. The program will run all day and will include workshops and presentations by members of our International Group in collaboration with the Gay Straight Alliance. The purpose of the day and mission of the International Group is to foster a sense of identity, acceptance, and belonging for the international community, as well as to explore, raise awareness, and honor Landmark's rich cultural and ethnic diversity. The theme this year is The Wonderful Mosaic that is Landmark.
Landmark High School Teacher, Kanella Zaralides is spearheading the effort and remarks about this annual event, “I’m always amazed at the pride and creativity that our students bring to International Day. It’s a way for our community members, who come from outside of the United States, to share their culture. And students from the US reflect on where they come from and show pride in their ethnicity and heritage.” Other faculty members closely involved with the initiative include: Jennifer Day, Kylie Murphy, Eleni Nikitas, Carole Rein, and Victoria Tansey.
SAGE Dining Services will serve delicacies from around the globe starting on Monday, May 1st and will keep everyone’s taste buds dancing throughout the week. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate and wear ethnic attire or the color of the flag representing the country of their origin.
First name Zach. Middle name Clydesdale. Last name Wilcox. Prefix Viking. Need we say more?
Zach owned Concord Academy on April 20, striking out 12 while only allowing one earned run. Zach has been a presence for us all season. Prior to the Concord Academy game, Zach beat both Pingree and Beaver in beautifully pitched games. This athlete of the week award was very well deserved.
The Landmark High School will observe the Day of Silence on Friday, April 28, 2017. The Day of Silence is a very special day of commemoration for many students and adults in the Landmark community. We are one of thousands of schools all over the country who participate. It is designed to help us remember the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) people who have been silenced by those who do not or have not accepted them. Showing our support is especially important now, as rates of bullying and harassment increase for students who identify as LGBTQ, and these students are four times more likely to attempt suicide.
Being silenced can mean many things. The most common instance of silencing behavior on our campus is when a student says aloud in a common place on campus, "That’s so gay," or a similar comment that is derogatory toward LGBTQ people. The effect of this kind of statement on a person who either is LGBTQ or has family and friends who are is that this person is not a safe to be around, and school in general may not be safe. Further, if this conversation happens within earshot of a faculty member who does nothing to stop it, its effects on the student are compounded and the student feels more isolated.
Landmark Fosters a Sense of Acceptance
As bullying has become an issue of national concern, we feel proud that Landmark has steadily worked to create a community that strives for acceptance, not just tolerance. Many of our students know what it is like to be left out or mistreated in the classroom, and can understand what it can feel like to be ostracized in a community. We hope that events like the Day of Silence will give needed attention to the struggles of the LGBTQ community, as well as provide a moment to be aware of and grateful for Landmark's supportive environment.
The Day of Silence is a voluntary event. On April 28, students can choose how or if they want to be a part of the Day of Silence. If they would like to be a part of the day, they can either "participate" in or "support" the event. Students who choose to be a "participant" commit to being silent from 7:50 a.m until 2:23 p.m. This means they will not speak in classes, but will still be expected to complete all class activities and express concerns or questions through writing. They will wear a sticker that indicates their silence and carry a handout to explain the meaning of being silent. Students who choose to be a "supporter" will wear a sticker throughout the day in a show of support and talk as usual. Faculty and student representatives from the GSA will be in the cafeteria starting at 7:30 a.m. to hand out stickers and information on April 28. During 8th period, participants and supporters (with teacher permission!) are invited to gather in the cafeteria to “Break the Silence” and reflect on the day with a special guest speaker.
If you have questions about the day or want to learn more about the LGBTQ community, please contact either Ms. Martin-Cone
This is Katya Leikikh's first year playing lacrosse, yet she has the game sense of a veteran. She works hard learning the basics, even using time outside of practice to work to improve her skills. Katya consistently maintains a positive attitude while pushing herself to improve. Her smile and positive attitude are infectious. This week, despite being nervous, she helped her team start the season off with two wins. Katya even scored her first goal of the season!
This year's Senior Prom will be held April 21, 2017, at Cruiseport Gloucester. Although Landmark proms are a senior event, many of the Landmark community members are invited as guests of a senior, so if your child is attending the prom, below you will find useful information.
In addition, we ask for your help and generosity. Last year’s prom was a huge success largely due to the fact that many senior parents stepped up to donate funds to offset the costs of the music, decorations, and favors. If it is possible, we would greatly appreciate any donations you could make toward creating a beautiful and memorable evening for our seniors. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Schedule of Prom Events
Friday, April 21, 2017
Pre-prom reception, Old Dining Room, Alexander Building (parents invited, informal picture opportunity)
6:00 p.m. SHARP
Depart Landmark via Luxury Coach Buses
Parent reception at the headmaster's residence (invitation to follow)
Prom Formal, Cruiseport Gloucester, Gloucester MA
Return to Landmark to change for after-prom activities
Depart Landmark for after-prom activities
•Prom tickets are $90 per person. Students should pay for tickets when they sign up. Students may pay cash, check, or charge their accounts with permission from Jean Crane. Checks should be made out to Landmark School.
•Landmark Prom is a formal event. Students are expected to be dressed in formal gowns or tuxedos.
•We will offer tuxedo fittings for students needing to rent a tuxedo.
•Flower ordering will be facilitated on campus. We use a small boutique florist in Marblehead, MA. Corsages/Wristlets cost $35 and boutonnieres are $10. Flowers must be paid for and ordered by April 12th. You may order flowers on your own if you wish to do so.
•Picture package order forms are available to students on the Senior Events bulletin board in the Alexander Building. Students are encouraged to pick the package that best suits them as early as possible. Pictures must be paid for at the prom or before. The photographer accepts checks (made out to Lifetouch), cash or credit cards. Residents can charge to their accounts with permission if they make arrangements to do so with Mrs. Crane and me at least one week in advance.
•Students planning to go to the prom must attend school on Friday, April 21st until 11:54 a.m.
*•Day students and residents must have written permission to depart from Landmark at 12:45 a.m. unless being picked up by his/her parent if they are not participating in the all night festivities. Students who are not being picked up post after prom are required to sleep on campus for a few hours before driving. Day students and/or non-Landmark dates can make arrangements to sleep in dorms with permission. Residents must follow normal weekend pass procedures. Any non-Landmark attendees must have a form filled out by their parents and school principal stating they are a student in good standing.
•If you would like to authorize senior-related expense withdrawal from your student’s account, please notify Jean Crane by e-mail at email@example.com or send a letter to Landmark School, Attn: Jean Crane, PO Box 227, Prides Crossing, MA 01965.
See the Senior Events Calendar for more information about upcoming events for our seniors.
Steve Davis: Athlete of the Week
Steve Davis demonstrated in the varsity lacrosse season opener that he has patience, the dedication necessary to be a team leader, and the ability to make saves against any offensive unit that comes his way. Without his stalwart performance in net against Beaver Country Day this week, the game would not have been as close or as competitive as it was. He routinely made superhuman-like saves, clears, and plays that kept Landmark in the game. Steve has spent the past few years waiting for his opportunity to be the Vikings starting goalie, and he proved that he earned the position—and the honor of Athlete of the Week.
The Landmark Art Department has yearned for a space to display the innovative work of students, staff, and alumni. With a generous gift, that dream has become a a reality. The Inspiration Gallery will celebrate its grand opening on April 13, 2017.
The newly renovated space, located on the first floor of the High School Administration Building, next to the Dudley Classroom Building, will showcase innovative work by the Landmark community, which is filled with innovators, makers, and artists who dedicate extraordinary time and energy to creative pursuits in a variety of media.
"The culmination of creation is the ability to display work and share it with others. The Inspiration Gallery provides a beautiful, professional space at the heart of our campus where we can highlight the creative efforts of our community," said Beth Jamieson, head of Landmark High School's art department. "We are incredibly thankful to have a permanent location to showcase the creative efforts of our community."
The Inspiration Gallery will be an ever-evolving space with great potential to show work from students, alumni, and guest artists. It will also serve as a space for meeting and gathering. We are grateful for the generosity and work that made the Inspiration Gallery possible.
Join us on Thursday, April 13, for our Grand Opening!
Gallery Open for Viewing: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dedication and Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
More than three dozen brave donors showed up to give blood at the American Red Cross Spring Blood Drive on Thursday, March 30. There was a mix of seasoned donors and first-timers. The Red Cross collected 30 units of blood, which has the potential to save nearly 100 lives. Fourteen volunteers helped make the event run smoothly. The Student Council organized the event.
"For a relatively small school, Landmark has been a leader in the North Shore when it comes to school blood drives. The need for blood is a constant battle for the Red Cross. As a community, we can continue to spread the word through educating and encouraging our faculty and students to participate in the blood drive," said Mr. Chhu, who helped run the blood drive. "Today, we had several first-time donors who were extremely nervous. I was so proud of them for showing up and donating despite their qualms; they even reported that it was not nearly as bad as they imagined and that they were glad to have contributed. We need more donors with that same attitude!"
Many thanks to all who participated.