Important Info

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  • Lower School Orientation Week Schedule

    1st Grade  
    Monday, August 15, 8:30–9:30 a.m. – Yearbook Photos in Nearburg 232
    Monday, August 15, 9:30–11 a.m. – 1st Grade Back-to-School Party 
    Monday, August 15, Scheduled individually–New Student Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    Friday, August 19, 10–11 a.m. – New Lower School Student Orientation (uniforms required)
     
    2nd Grade 
    Monday, August 15, 10–11 a.m. – Yearbook Photos in Nearburg 232
    Monday, August 15, 11–12:30 p.m. – 2nd Grade Back-to-School Party 
    Monday, August 15, Scheduled individually–New Student Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    Friday, August 19, 10–11 a.m. – New Lower School Student Orientation (uniforms required)
     
    3rd Grade 
    Tuesday, August 16, 8:30–9:30 a.m. – Yearbook Photos in Nearburg 232
    Tuesday, August 16, 9:30–11 a.m. – 3rd Grade Back-to-School Party 
    Tuesday, August 16, Scheduled individually–New Student Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    Friday, August 19, 10–11 a.m. – New Lower School Student Orientation (uniforms required)
     
    4th Grade 
    Tuesday, August 16, 10–11 a.m. – Yearbook Photos in Nearburg 232
    Tuesday, August 16, 11–12:30 p.m. – 4th Grade Back-to-School Party 
    Tuesday, August 16, Scheduled individually – New Student Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    Friday, August 19, 10–11 a.m. – Lower School New Student Orientation (uniforms required)
  • Middle School Orientation Week Schedule

    5th GRADE
    Monday, August 15
    8–11:30 a.m. – Intro to Grade 5 (All 5th-Grade Students)
    Meetings include technology training. Boys should bring their laptops. Dress code is casual with close-toed shoes. The boys will meet in Graduate Hall, Centennial 116. 

    Tuesday, August 16
    8–11:30 a.m. – Intro to Grade 5 (continued) (All 5th-Grade Students)
    8:15–9:15 a.m. – Grade 5 Parent Meeting in the Science Lecture Hall, Winn Science Center)
     
    Wednesday, August 17
    9:30–10:30 a.m. – Yearbook Photos (Nearburg 232)
     
    Friday, August 19 
    8:30-10:30 a.m. – 5th-Grade Orientation in Decherd Performance Hall (uniforms required)
     
     
    6th GRADE
    Tuesday, August 16 
    1:30–4:30 p.m. – Intro to Grades 6-8 (New Students Only)
    Meetings include technology training. Boys should bring their laptops. Dress code is casual with close-toed shoes. The boys will meet in Graduate Hall, Centennial 116. 
    1:30–2:30 p.m. – Intro to Grades 6-8 (New Parents Only) 

    Wednesday, August 17
    10:30–11:30 a.m. – Yearbook Photos (Nearburg 232)
     
    Friday, August 19 
    1–3 p.m. – 6th-Grade Orientation in Decherd Performance Hall (uniforms required)
     
     
    7th GRADE
    Tuesday, August 16 
    1:30–4:30 p.m. – Intro to Grades 6-8 (New Students Only)
    Meetings include technology training. Boys should bring their laptops. Dress code is casual with close-toed shoes. The boys will meet in Graduate Hall, Centennial 116. 
    1:30–2:30 p.m. – Intro to Grades 6-8 (New Parents Only) 
     
    Wednesday, August 17
    12:30–2 p.m. – Yearbook Photos (Nearburg 232)
     
    Friday, August 19 
    8:30-10:30 a.m. – 7th-Grade Orientation in the Chapel (uniforms required)
     
     
    8th GRADE
    Tuesday, August 16 
    1:30–4:30 p.m. – Intro to Grades 6-8 (New Students Only)
    Meetings include technology training. Boys should bring their laptops. Dress code is casual with close-toed shoes. The boys will meet in Graduate Hall, Centennial 116. 
    1:30–2:30 p.m. – Intro to Grades 6-8 (New Parents Only) 
     
    Wednesday, August 17
    2–3:30 p.m. – Yearbook Photos (Nearburg 232)
     
    Friday, August 19 
    1-3 p.m. – 8th-Grade Orientation in the Chapel (uniforms required)
  • Upper School Orientation Week Schedule

    9th GRADE
    Tuesday, August 16 
    8–9 a.m. – Introduction to 9th Grade (New Parents & Students) – Great Hall 
    9–10 a.m. – Campus Tour (New Students) 
    10–11 a.m. – Computer Workshop with Mr. Tholking (New Students) – Winn 208 
    11–12:30 p.m. – Lunch with the Student Welcome Committee (New Students) – Off Campus 
      
    Thursday, August 18 
    8:30–10 a.m. – Yearbook Photos (Coat & Tie Required) (All Freshman) – Nearburg 232 
      
    Friday, August 19 
    9–11 a.m. – Freshman Orientation (Uniform Required) (All Freshman) – Graduate Hall 
      

    10th GRADE 
    Tuesday, August 16
    8–9 a.m. – Introduction to 10th Grade (New Parents & Students) – Great Hall 
    9–10 a.m. – Campus Tour (New Students) 
    10–11 a.m. – Computer Workshop with Mr. Tholking (New Students) – Winn 208 
    11–12:30 p.m. – Lunch with the Student Welcome Committee (New Students) – Off Campus 
      
    Thursday, August 18 
    10:30–12 p.m. – Yearbook Photos (Coat & Tie Required) (All Sophomores) – Nearburg 232 
    10:30–12 p.m. – Lockers (All Sophomores) – Nearburg Lobby 
      
    Friday, August 19 
    9–11 a.m. – Sophomore Orientation (Uniform Required) (All Sophomores) – Science Lecture Hall 
      

    11th GRADE
    Thursday, August 18 
    1–2 p.m. – Yearbook Photos (Coat & Tie Required) (All Juniors) – Nearburg 232 
    1–2:30 p.m. – Lockers (All Juniors) – Nearburg Lobby 
      
    Friday, August 19 
    1–3 p.m. – Junior Orientation (Uniform Required) (All Juniors) – Science Lecture Hall 
      

    12th GRADE
    Friday, August 19 
    Senior Retreat 
  • Yearbook Photos

    Yearbook photos will be taken by Scott Peek Photography throughout the week of August 15, with each grade level scheduled for a specific time. Students should arrive in Nearburg Hall and will be escorted to N232 by a volunteer for their photograph. Parents are asked to remain in the lobby during photos. Students should wear a white uniform shirt, a dark jacket, and a tie for their pictures. We will have a limited number of jackets and ties on hand to borrow. Students may arrive at any point during their assigned time.

    • 1st Grade: Monday, August 15, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
    • 2nd Grade: Monday, August 15, 10-11 a.m. 
    • 3rd Grade: Tuesday, August 16, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
    • 4th Grade: Tuesday, August 16, 10-11 a.m. 
    • 5th Grade: Wednesday, August 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 
    • 6th Grade: Wednesday, August 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
    • 7th Grade: Wednesday, August 17, 12:30-2 p.m. 
    • 8th Grade: Wednesday, August 17, 2-3:30 p.m. 
    • 9th Grade: Thursday, August 18, 8:30-10 a.m. 
    • 10th Grade: Thursday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon 
    • 11th Grade: Thursday, August 18, 1-2 p.m. 

    Middle and Upper School parents can pick up their calendars and directories in Nearburg Hall during this time. Lower School directories and calendars will be distributed at Mini-School (Thursday, August 19). Senior parents can stop by Nearburg Hall anytime during the week of August 15-19 to pick up their calendar and directories, or can wait to receive them at the Senior Parent Kick-off Dinner on September 8.
  • Mini-School

    Mini-School is for parents only. This is an opportunity to meet your son’s teachers and receive an overview of the curriculum for the school year. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. 

    Lower School Mini-School
    Thursday, August 18, 6:00 p.m. 

    Middle School Mini-School
    Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 p.m.

    Upper School Mini-School

    Wednesday, September 7, 6:00 p.m.
  • Lower School Extended Day

    The St. Mark’s Extended Day Program offers a safe and fun environment for Lower School students. It provides an opportunity to make friends, play, and study. The Extended Day Program operates on all or most days that St. Mark’s Lower School is in session for a full day (It is not available on days when the Lower School has early dismissal). The first semester of the St. Mark’s Extended Day program will begin on Monday, August 22, 2022, and it will be available to students from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m. The fall 2022 tuition rate will be $1,750.  

    Click here to register your son for the fall 2022 semester. 

    The Extended Day Program is operated by St. Mark’s School of Texas and as such, the Honor Principle and Pledge and the Lower School Rules will serve as behavioral guidelines for students participating in the program. Erica Hershner and Jennifer Gordy serve as co-directors for the Lower School Extended Day Program.
     
    Enrollment:
    Students must register in advance for enrollment in the Extended Day Program. The boys who are enrolled may attend Extended Day until 6:00 pm each day that Lower School is in session (except as noted below*) and will be billed by the Business Office on a semester basis only. Registration must be completed for the fall 2022 semester by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, to ensure that there is a space available for your son. The fall 2022 tuition rate will be $1,750. The fall semester of Extended Day will not include a drop-in or partial week payment option.
     
    Additional Information:  
    • Students participating in the Extended Day Program will be released from their classrooms to a member of the Extended Day staff. 
    • A snack will be offered to every student when he checks-in to the program.
    • Extended Day closes at 6:00 p.m. Late fees are assessed as $20/15-minute increments after 6:00 p.m.
    • Preregistration is required for enrollment in the Extended Day program
    • For security reasons, only those people who are on a boy’s authorized list may sign him out of Extended Day 
    • Please complete and return the Extended Day registration form to the Lower School by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, 2022.
    • The following days are exceptions:
      • Friday, September 30 – Fall Fun Day: Extended Day closes at 4:00 p.m.
      • Wednesday, November 9 – Admission Open House: Extended Day closes at 5:00 p.m.
      • Friday, November 18 – Grandparents’ Day: No Extended Day
      • Friday, December 16 – All-School Christmas Party: No Extended Day
  • Calendars and Directories

    Digital Calendars and Directories
    The calendar is now available online. Parents can log in to their smtexas.org accounts to view the online directory. 

    Printed Calendars & Directories
    The payment for one directory per student is included in each student’s tuition and fees. Middle and Upper School parents can pick up their printed calendars and directories in Nearburg Hall when their son takes their yearbook photos. Lower School directories and calendars will be distributed at Mini-School (Thursday, August 18). Senior parents can stop by Nearburg Hall any time during the week of August 15–19, to pick up their calendar and directories.
  • New Website Login (Blackbaud ID)

    This summer, we took steps to strengthen and secure our online presence through a new website login tool. This new tool, Blackbaud ID, is part of a required security update by our website provider, Blackbaud.
     
    Please note: If you have a student at Hockaday, you will use the same email and password for your St. Mark's account. 
     
    What does this mean for you? 
    Going forward, you will no longer use your username to log in to smtexas.org. Instead, you will create a Blackbaud ID using the email address you provided to St. Mark's. Simply follow these steps:
    1. Try to log in to smtexas.org using your username. 
    2. Follow the prompts and create a Blackbaud ID using your primary email address; or you can link Blackbaud ID to your existing Google account.
    3. Check your email for a confirmation link.
    4. Log in to smtexas.org using your email address and new Blackbaud ID password. 
     
    If you need assistance, there is a "Forgot Password" link on the login screen or you can contact ITsupport@smtexas.org for more help. 
  • Student Schedules & LS Class Lists

    Middle and Upper School students will be able to view their schedules on their smtexas.org account beginning Monday, August 8. Parents will also be able to log in and see their son's schedule on August 8.

    Lower School class lists will be posted on Class Pages on Monday, August 8.
  • School Supplies

    Lower School
    All supplies are provided in Lower School. Boys only need a labeled backpack.

    Middle School
    Click here to download the Middle School school supply list.

    Upper School
    Teachers will tell students what supplies are needed for each class.
  • Middle & Upper School Laptop Guidelines

    Boys in grades 5-12 will need a laptop to support their learning. Below are recommended specifications to support each boy’s classroom experience. If you have additional questions, please reach out to our Technology Team

    • Use either Windows or MacOS as their operating system. Mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, etc.), Chromebooks and iPads are not recommended.
    • Have a physical keyboard to facilitate typing.
    • Have a functioning webcam, microphone and speakers.
    • Run a modern web browser. (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari)
      Wi-Fi capable
    • Minimum of 4 GB RAM (RAM affects how quickly a device can run programs and open files. Students taking classes such as Photography, Film Studies or Graphic Design should strongly consider additional RAM.
    • A protective case is highly recommended.
  • Uniforms & Dress Code

    Uniforms can be purchased at Culwell & Son, 6319 Hillcrest Avenue, Dallas, 75205, 214-522-7000, or at the Lions' Closet, the School's resale store. Hours are listed in the School calendar. Lower School PE uniforms can be purchased in the Student Store.

    Please use a permanent marker to label your son’s uniform shorts, shirts and sweatshirts. 

    You can find the dress code on page 261 of Lion Tracks in your St. Mark's directory.
  • Student Store Schedule

    Student Store Back-to-School Hours
    Orientation Week, August 15-19: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Regular Store Hours Begin Monday, August 22
    8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on school days
     
    Be sure to stop by the store for all of your school supplies and St. Mark’s spirit and insignia needs, including PE uniforms and locks! We’ve got lots of great choices for the whole family. Also, check out our online store (smtexasstore.com) and follow us on Instagram (@smtexasstore) to see the latest SM swag.
     
    The Student Store accepts all major credit cards. In-person, you may also pay with cash or check or charge to your son’s school account (grades 5-12).
  • The Lions' Closet Resale Shop

    The Lions' Closet offers gently-used school uniforms, St. Mark's-branded clothing (for adults and children), and spirit gear at discounted prices. The Lions’ Closet is located on the 1st floor in the North Library Wing (across from the entrance to the Chapel). 

    Back-to-School Hours
    The store will be open the week before school starts:
    Monday-Friday, August 15-19, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Back-to-School SALE
    Saturday, August 20, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Regular Hours
    The Lions’ Closet will open every first Thursday (7:30-9:00 a.m.) and third Thursday (2:45-4:15 p.m.) of the month, except on school holidays.  You can find both new and recycled clothing items there at discount prices. Please drop off your pre-washed, gently-used school uniforms and St. Mark’s gear in the donation bin outside of the Lions' Closet. (Please note that personalized items will not be able to be accepted.)

    Volunteer opportunities are available on the St. Mark's Sign-Up Genius webpage. Thank you for your support of our School and Marksmen!
  • Summer Reading

    Click here to review the summer reading information for each grade level.
  • Medical Certificate

    If you are the parent of a new student or a student entering grades 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11, the School must have a completed Medical Certificate on file. Students cannot start school or be on campus for orientation if we do not have the Medical Certificate and vaccinations.

    If you have not already done so, please download this form, have it completed by a doctor, and return it to the attention of Nurse Julie Doerge at St. Mark's before school begins. You can either return it in person, fax it (214-346-8610), or scan and email to doergej@smtexas.org.
  • Textbooks

    Textbooks should ship to each Marksman’s home the week of August 8. Students who were enrolled prior to this year can check their school emails to find the tracking number for the box of books. 

    Parents of new students are welcome to check with Nancy Goldberg, Student Store Manager, (goldbergn@smtexas.org) if their son’s books have not arrived by the week of August 15.
  • Lion Pride Night – August 26

    Hey Lions! Let’s celebrate the new year by getting the pride together and showing some spirit. Join the St. Mark’s community on Friday, August 26, 2022, from 5–7 p.m. for Lion Pride Night. 

    There will be food and fun as we celebrate the varsity teams. Bring your blanket, your blue and gold, and your celebratory self, and get ready to ROAR at our pre-game pep rally on the Quad. Then, put your paws together and cheer on the varsity football team (7 p.m. in Hunt Stadium vs. Fort Worth Country Day). It’s going to be a ROARING good time and we ain’t LION about that!

    Click here to pre-order your meal tickets.

    Hosted by St. Mark’s Parents’ Association.
  • Fun Day – September 30

    Calling all Wild Things! Adventure awaits at the joint Hockaday/St. Mark's Fun Day Safari and we need all of our 1st-6th graders to gather their herds! Come to the St. Mark’s campus on Friday, September 30, at 4 p.m. for bounce houses, laser tag, games, food, and fun!

    We know a Safari can take a lot of planning to arrange, so we made it easy with our offerings that include everything you need to have a WILD Fun Day.

    Click here to order your Fun Day tickets, swag, and more! 

    Hosted by St. Mark’s Parents’ Association.
  • Grandparents' Day – November 18

    St. Mark’s annual Grandparents’ Day is Friday, November 18. The Development Office staff will send an invitation to your son’s grandparents in the early fall if you provided their names and addresses on your enrollment forms. Please send grandparent contact information to Dansby Erwin in the Development Office when school begins if you have not yet done so.
  • Celebrate Community – April 1

    Let’s come together! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1, 2023. Join us for Celebrate Community, a community-wide parent event held under the stars on St. Mark’s campus. This evening celebrates how wide and how deep the roots of our community stretch. Its aim is to unite us in our unique, shared experiences because the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Together we’re stronger! Together we’ll plant seeds that help grow our boys’ future. 

    Please save the date for a special, casual evening. Entertainment features the Spazmatics. More details to follow!

    Hosted by the St. Mark’s Parents’ Association
  • Electronic Communications

    The School sends monthly information to St. Mark’s families by email. The parent newsletter is sent around the first school day of each month, and a midmonth update letter is sent around the 15th.

    Class Pages are your best source for information on a daily basis. Class Pages are located on the Resource Board. The grade representatives add new information often, so make it a daily habit to check the Class Page for your son’s class. If you haven’t provided the School with your email address, or have changed your email address, please email it to forresterj@smtexas.org.

    The School sends out notices of school closings due to weather or other emergencies by an automated system that contacts the phone numbers provided by each family for this use.

Links

Calendar Updates

Please note that due to the ever-evolving school calendar, some dates on the printed calendar have changed:

  • The Intro to 5th-Grade Parent Meeting is on Tuesday, August 16, at 8:15 a.m., not August 15. 
  • The 6th-Grade Parent Coffee is on Tuesday, August 23, at 8:45 a.m., not August 29.
  • The 7th-Grade Parent Coffee is on Friday, August 26, at 8:45 a.m., not August 31.

Questions?

Upper School
Ellen Jurgens
JurgensE@smtexas.org
214-346-8108

Middle School
Ann Dilday
DildayA@smtexas.org
214-346-8103

Lower School
Kathy Mallick
MallickK@smtexas.org
214-346-8210

Other Questions
Dave Carden
CardenD@smtexas.org
214-346-8808

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.