Walker's Weekly

March 2, 2018

Caroline Smith '19 and Theresa Jo '18 share a model bridge they completed during Engineering class on Tuesday. The class was working on building and analyzing trusses as part of a unit on structures and bridges.

Junior Selected to Attend Competitive Young Writers' Conference
Walker's junior Ruoyi Jin '19 has been selected to attend the elite New England Young Writers’ Conference (NEYWC) at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf campus, which will be held May 17-20, 2018. A talented creative writer, Ruoyi will have the opportunity to write and share her work, learn to edit and revise and be coached by professional writers.

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Freshman to Represent Walker's at the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud State Finals
Best of luck to Kristen St. Louis '21, who will represent Walker's at the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Saturday, March 3. Kristen was selected for the competition by Walker's faculty following an oratory between four Walker's students in December. Each finalist recited a poem of their choosing in front of the Walker's community and were evaluated based on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance. The winner of the state finals will have the opportunity to represent the state of Connecticut in Washington, DC in April for the National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

Walker's Equestrians Advance to IEA Zone Finals
On Saturday, February 24, Walker's equestrian team traveled to Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor to compete against 13 other teams in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 1 Region 8 Semi-Finals. All team members rode very well against intense competition, earning the high school team 39 points and the title of Regional Champion.

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Ski Team Update
Hooray Sunray to Anneliese Sonju ’21, a member of Walker's ski team, who has qualified for the Eastern Regionals. She will head up to Stowe, Vermont next week to compete in Alpine Skiing against some of the best skiers in the northeast.

Following their New England Championship win, Walker's ski team placed fourth overall in the Brigham Ski League (BSL) Carl Williams Slalom Championships, held February 21 at Ski Sundown. They were the first place finisher for girls. Anneliese Sonju '21 placed first, Elise Namnoum '19 placed second and Sarah Dale '22 placed 11th.

Students Awarded First Place in
STEAM Competition

Middle School students Lilia Gooch '24, Chloe Fares '24, and Grace Sappington '24 earned First Prize for their project, Coral Reef Then and Now, in the Group Category for the i2i: STE(A)M Challenge, a project of the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) in collaboration with the Talcott Mountain Science Center and Academy. The challenge was developed to give students the opportunity to further their understanding of how STEM subjects and art relate and the importance of symbiosis.

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Students Share Latin American Culture with Walker's Community
On Wednesday, student members of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) presented during Chapel, sharing personal reflections about their identity and culture. Students shared dances, spoken word pieces, presentations and videos with the Walker's community.

Important Calendar Dates for 2018-2019
Please review the list of important dates for the 2018-2019 school year. Transportation to and from Bradley Airport and Union Station in Hartford on the days before and at the end of break is provided for those who sign up in advance. Please remember that early departures for vacations are strongly discouraged and should be avoided except in the most urgent of situations.

2018-2019 Academic Year Calendar

RSVP for Grandparent's and Friend's Day
Check your mailboxes: printed invitations to Grandparent's and Friend's Day have been mailed! Please help us to be sure that grandparents and other special adults RSVP for this special event on Friday, April 13. View the schedule and RSVP online here. If you have questions or need to update your household address, please contact Madeline Cadwell at mcadwell@ethelwalker.org or 860-408-4253.

RSVP Online

Save the Date for Our Next Book Club
Mark your calendar for our next Book Club on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Beaver Brook Living Room. We will be discussing Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Check your email for an invitation.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, March 3: Varsity Swimming @ New England Championships
  • Sunday, March 4: Spring Musical Auditions (Ferguson Theater), 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4: Aileen Ishmael Artist Reception (Constance Lavino Bell Library),
    3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 5: Senior Class Workshop, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Required for Seniors.
    Note: This was changed from Wednesday, March 7
  • Tuesday, March 6: Swim Sports Awards (Common Room), 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9: Dismissal for Spring Break, 3:25 p.m.
  • March 10-March 26: Spring Break
  • Monday, March 26: Boarders Return 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 27: Classes Resume
  • Tuesday, April 3: Admitted Student Revisit Day
  • Friday, April 13: Grandparent's and Friend's Day

Weekend Activities

Friday, March 2: Area Drive to Simsbury Commons and Canton Shoppes,
6:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Friday, March 2: AOF Social,
7:45 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Cost: $5 per person
Saturday, March 3: Fan Bus to Swim New England Championships, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: Blue Back Square Trip,
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: Closing Reception for NEXT: Emerging Talent Exhibition, 11:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 4: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4: Aileen Ishmael Artist Reception (Constance Lavino Bell Library),
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4: VITA, 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: Vans Art Contest Brainstorm Session with Pizza (Art Studio), 5:30 p.m.


Robotics Team to Compete in
Qualifying Event

Best of luck to our Robotics team, the Wirecats, who will be competing in the New England District Granite State Qualifying Event this weekend, held at Windham High School in New Hampshire. Hooray Sunray!

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Simsbury, CT 06070

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