Walker's Weekly

April 27, 2018

Associate Head of School Amy Wheeler looks on as Kitty Huang '20 and Nora Griffiths '21 program their robot during Tuesday's Engineering class co-taught by computer science teacher, Leslie Goff, and physics teacher, Emma Mitchell.

Lockdown Drill Next Week
Next week, we will hold a lockdown drill on campus. This document outlines the standard response protocol used by most schools in the area. We encourage parents to be sure that all household contact information is up-to-date, as we will be communicating via text and email. Log in to the Veracross Parent Portal and update the information under the 'Update Household Profile' tab.

Middle School Debate Team Places Second in State Tournament
This spring, BeJay Mugo '22 and Mae Johnson '22 again went undefeated in the first three rounds of the latest Connecticut Middle School Debate League (CMSDL) tournament, held April 21 at the Eastern Middle School in Greenwich. BeJay and Mae earned enough points to compete in the final round of the top two teams. They spoke on "This House believes that artificial intelligence will do more harm than good." 

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Students Compete in CT Language Poetry Recitation Contest
Five Walker's students participated in a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the CT Council of Language Teachers (COLT) on Thursday, April 26 at Southington High School. Grace Mugo '21 and Alyssa Pelayo '20 both earned silver medals - Grace for high school Chinese 2, and Alyssa for Chinese 5-6. Hooray Sunray!

Inside Walker's Visiting Writer Seminar: Discussing the Poetry of Aimee Nezhukumatathil
On Thursday afternoons, students in The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar gather around their classroom tables to discuss the poetry of Aimee Nezhukumatathil. Read more for a typical class discussion, and to learn more about Aimee's upcoming visit to campus.

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Author Lauren Acampora Visits Advanced English Class
"Advanced English students had a wonderful discussion with our visiting author, Lauren Acampora, who wrote, The Wonder Garden, the book we are currently studying. A novel-in-stories, The Wonder Garden is set in 'Old Cranbury,' Connecticut, and features suburban landscapes and quirky New England personalities familiar to all of us who live here. There is a slightly surreal or off-kilter feeling to many of Acampora's stories, each one unfolding a series of strange connections that are picked up and severed story to story."
- Catherine Reed, English Department Chair

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Student Artwork Selected for Publication
Congratulations to Ruoyi Jin '19, whose beautiful "Still Life" pastel drawing has been accepted for publication in the book Celebrating Art, sponsored by Celebrating Art and Blick Art Materials. Only 25% of applying students are invited to be published. This publication brings together the best student artists in North America. Hooray Sunray!

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: May 1 is the deadline by which students must submit a deposit to the college they will attend in the fall. Students may deposit at only one college. If you are still weighing decisions or financial aid offers, please contact us. Students on waiting lists will need to deposit at another college in order to hold their spot in case they do not get a wait list offer. Unfortunately, deposits are not refundable after May 1. Students need to let us know if they want us to send third quarter report cards to their wait lists colleges.

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Athletes of the Week
Rachel Crampton '18, Ava Rivera '20 and Hannah Theriault '20 were named athletes of the week for outstanding sportsmanship. Read more for comments from their coaches:

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Local STEM Summer Camp Opportunities
Our neighbor school, Kingswood-Oxford, has some summer camp opportunities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math that students may want to explore. Visit the links below and this PDF document to learn more. They are offering a discount code (EW50) that families may use for the first week of camp and, if you sign up for that week, for additional sessions in the summer. Interested students can also contact Ms. Edson for more information.

For summer programming on Walker's campus, visit www.ethelwalker.org/summer.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, April 29: Summit SAT Test Prep Class (BB217), 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 3: Middle School Night of Excellence (Ferguson Theater), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5: SATs at Walker's
  • Sunday, May 6: Voice Recital (Living Room), 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: Piano Recital (Chapel), 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: Senior Sundaes (Debby's House), 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7: Cum Laude Induction - Required/Upper School (Chapel),
    5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7: Cum Laude Dinner - By Invitation (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8: EWSPA Board Meeting (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8: Helene Kusnitz Artist Reception (Constance Lavino Bell Library Art Gallery), 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 10: Visiting Writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12: Prom
  • Wednesday, May 16: Senior Pizza Party Hosted by Advancement (CC Social), 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Note: This was rescheduled from Wednesday, May 2. 

Weekend Activities
Friday, April 27: Westfarms Mall Trip, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28: Blue Back Square Trip, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28: JV Softball vs. Miss Hall's School (Away), 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 28: Varsity Tennis vs. Canterbury School (Home), 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28: Varsity Golf at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course (Away), 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28: LASO Dance at Walker's, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29: Area Drive, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 29: Children's Dance Class, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Simsbury, CT 06070

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