Upper School Back-to-School Information

List of 17 items.

  • (NEW) Lunch & Learn with Dr. Gabby

    Join Dr. Gabriela Reed, Director of Counseling, Dr. Mary Bonsu, Upper School Counselor, and Colin Igoe, Upper School Head, as they share thoughts about the new year and what you can expect in the coming months for your boys, socially and emotionally, in the classroom.  

    Look for a Paperless Post Invitation, coming soon, that will include a Zoom link. These sessions will be recorded and posted to your Class Page following the event.
    • Class of 2024: Wednesday, September 23, at 12:00 p.m.
    • Class of 2023: Monday, October 5, at 12:00 p.m.
    • Class of 2022: Tuesday, October 13, at 12:00 p.m.
    • Class of 2021: Thursday, October 15, at 12:00 p.m.
  • (UPDATED) COVID-19 Student Testing, Oct. 3

    St. Mark's will offer optional COVID-19 testing for students on Saturday, October 3, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    To take advantage of this opportunity, please register by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2, at this link. Company code: SM4 (case sensitive/all CAPS).

    Click here to read a letter from Nurse Julie with more information.
  • Snacks

    Snacks are now being provided after school for Upper School students participating in athletics. Starting on, Monday September 21, a light snack will also be provided to all students each day during our community time. Tables will be set up in numerous locations to allow easy access for our boys. Selections will include items such as fresh fruit, string cheese, and granola bars. For more information about menus and food service, download the Touch of Sage App for your mobile device.
  • Masks

    The provided St. Mark’s masks are considered part of the school uniform and should be worn to school each day. If boys chose to wear a second mask it can be worn under the school-issued mask.
  • Before & After School

    Arrival: Upper School students may begin arriving to campus at 8 a.m. Students may remain outside and appropriately distanced from their classmates or may report to their assigned seat in their first-period class. If a student has first period free, he may arrive to campus for Community Time, which begins at 9:50 a.m. in the Upper School.  
     
    Dismissal: For Upper School students, the academic day concludes at 3:35 p.m. If a student has last period free, he may depart campus at the conclusion of 5th period at 2:35 p.m.
     
    Athletics: Athletics strength and conditioning begins on Monday, September 14. Students participating in athletics should report to athletics immediately after 6th period.  
  • Clothing Drive

    Covid-19 has impacted our communities and our partner agencies in ways that are hard to fully comprehend today, and it is hard to know the long-term effects these circumstances will have on our communities.

     However, the needs of our community are still present and have more than likely increased. Therefore, we have been working hard to find new ways to face today’s challenges. Our goal for Community Service is to find new ways to achieve the same end: serve the needs of our neighbors. 

    Next week, on Monday, September 14, we will start our annual clothing drive which this year will benefit St. Vincent de Paul and their clients. The drive will last for two weeks, ending on Friday, September 25.

    In order to comply with health requirements, the drive will take place according to the instructions below:

    Students must:
    • Bag their donations.
    • Deposit the bag DIRECTLY into the St. Vincent de Paul donation bins by the batting cages close to the Preston Road entrance. Please see location below.
    • Set their bags by the bins, if the donation bins are full. (SVDP will empty the bins periodically)
    • NOT bring their donations into the school.
    • NOT hand their donation to other students.
     
    Adhering to this method of collection will result in zero contact between members of the St. Mark’s community and clothing, allowing for a safer school environment for all of us. SVDP workers will be handling all donations. There will also not be any storage of clothes in the student waiting room in Nearburg.

    Please contact Jorge Correa or Isabel Cisneros with any questions or concerns.
  • SchoolPass Wellness Check

    Upper School students or their parents should complete the SchoolPass Wellness check prior to arriving on campus. If you have questions about SchoolPass, please contact Nurse Julie at doergej@smtexas.org.
  • Athletics & PE Update

    Upper School students will begin athletic strength and conditioning workouts on the afternoon of Monday, September 14.
  • Absences and Tardies

    If an Upper School Student will be tardy or absent during remote learning or on campus learning, parents should contact Ellen Jurgens in the Upper School Office – 214-346-8108 or JurgensE@smtexas.org.
  • Accessing Class

    Upper School students will access all of their remote learning events through the “My Day” calendar page in Blackbaud. All classes and community events (advisory, assembly, etc.) will have meetings links embedded in the “My Day” calendar of our website. Upon logging into Blackbaud, boys will see each of their classes on the calendar. By selecting a class or event, a meeting link will become visible on the screen for boys to join their meetings. Boys were trained on this process throughout orientation and should reach out to advisors, teachers, or Mr. Tholking if they have any questions.
  • Upper School Athletics

    After careful deliberation, the SPC has decided to cancel all SPC athletic competitions for the fall 2020 season. The SPC intends to move forward with existing plans for the winter and spring SPC seasons. The full letter from Sean Lissemore, Athletic Director, can be read here.      
  • Student Laptop Policy & Recommendations

    As we prepare for the start of classes in a COVID-19 environment, all boys in grades 5-12 are required to have their own personal computing devices to support both their remote and on-campus learning. 

    General Recommendations for Laptops or Tablets
    • Wi-Fi capable
    • Have a physical keyboard to facilitate typing.
    • Have a functioning webcam, microphone, and speakers.
    • Run a modern web browser. (Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari) 
    • 4 GB RAM or higher (RAM affects how quickly a device can run programs and open files.  Students taking classes such as Photography, Film Studies, or Publications should consider increasing RAM).
    • A protective case is highly recommended when students return to campus.
    Software
    • All students are provided the full Microsoft Office Suite free of charge.
    • For classes with a more technical component (i.e., Photography, Film Studies, Publications), additional course-specific software may be needed. When classes begin, teachers will provide more information.
  • Student Store

    Although the Student Store is not currently open you are able to shop from home on our new online store, smtexasstore.com. You’ll find lots of gear and swag and we offer free delivery within five miles of the school.
  • Carpool

    Morning
    Upper School students should arrive for their first academic commitment of the day and proceed directly to their classroom. If students have study hall or a free period first period, they are allowed to arrive for the start of their first academic class. Students are encouraged to arrive as close to the start of their first class as possible.
     
    Afternoon
    Upper School students are expected to leave campus immediately after their last academic commitment. If they have study hall or a free period for their last period, they may leave campus after Period 5. Departure times are staggered for Middle & Upper School students. Middle School students should depart campus immediately at 3:20 p.m. Upper School students should depart campus immediately at 3:35 p.m. If you have a student in both Middle and Upper School, please plan for an Upper School departure at 3:35 p.m.
  • St. Mark’s Directory

    The Directories were mailed to each boy’s home the week before classes began. If you did not receive yours, please email Jan Forrester forresterj@smtexas.org
  • Directory & Lion Tracks

    The Directories were mailed to Middle and Upper School families the week of August 24. 

    Lower School parents received directories in their bags for pick up on August 20, or when new families came in for their conference.

    Click here to download the Lion Tracks Student Handbook (2020-2021).
  • Yearbook Photos

    Currently, yearbook photos have not been scheduled. Plans for yearbook photos will be announced at a later date.

Class Pages

Please continue to check your Class Page by logging into your St. Mark's account. Your Class Reps, as well as faculty Class Sponsors, will be posting updates and announcements. As campus reopens, we will also provide details on the resumption of Parents’ Association events and activities as they become available.

St. Mark’s School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75230

214-346-8000

About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.