Walker's Weekly

December 21, 2018

Hooray Sunray to Mackenzie Donelson '23 and Talia Gordon-Wexler '23 for their performance in the Hartt School Community Division's production of the Nutcracker. Supporting their Walker's sisters are Savannah Smith '24, Lexi Donshik '24, Ellie Lardner '23, Sydney Zarb '23, Mackenzie, Talia, Madison Donelson '23, and Nya Hudson '24.

Walker's Celebrates Time-Honored Traditions
Prior to Winter Break on Tuesday, December 18, the Walker's community took time to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season with time-honored school traditions including Holiday Vespers, Banquet, and the 90th Annual Holiday Ride. 

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Walker's Theater Program Presents Winter Play Featuring UConn Puppets
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 and Friday, March 1, 2019, Walker's Theater Program will present She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurer's Edition featuring professional puppets from UConn's Puppet Arts Program. The performances will be open to the public and cost $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.ethelwalker.org/winterplay and will also be available at the door. (Please note that faculty, staff and students of Walker's do not need to purchase tickets to the performance.)

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More Theater News: Shannen Hofheimer's Acting students performed a final project in which they had to perform a scene using the Meisner technique, which the class has been studying intensively for the past few weeks. The Meisner technique, developed by American theater practitioner Sanford Meisner, is based on how the actor is behaving instinctively and emotionally to the surrounding environment.

Basketball Team Named Holiday Tournament Champions
Walker's varsity basketball team won three games in 24 hours to take home the championship title in the third annual Ethel Walker Holiday Tournament. Walker's welcomed seven other prep schools to campus for the event. Each team was guaranteed three games in the two-day tournament.

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Walker's to Host Swim Clinic with Olympian Amanda Weir
Walker's will host a Fitter and Faster Swim Tour clinic on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 with Amanda Weir, three-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medalist, World Champion, and former World Record holder. Weir will work with participants on the technique required to drop time and race faster. There will be two sessions available to swimmers ages 12 and over, and one for swimmers ages 11 and under. Register before sessions fill up - don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from a three-time Olympian! 

This event is funded in part by The Mary Johnstone Fenley Kaye '20, Mary Fenley Kaye Kelley '44 and Pemella Kaye Kelley '69 Endowed Wellness Fund and the Susanna Jones Leadership Fund.


Robotics Team Kicks Off 2019 Season
The Wirecats FIRST Robotics Team will be kicking off their official 2019 season on January 5 at 10:00 a.m. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will unveil the new game challenge via a NASA webcast to teams all around the globe at the same time. Walker's team, the Wirecats, consists of approximately 15 students and 8 industry professional mentors who will be tasked with breaking down the challenges of the game, determining a strategy to play the game, and then they will begin prototyping and designing solutions for our robot which will compete against other robots.

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From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2019: As students nervously await college decisions, we are reminded what a stressful time of year it is to be a senior. Many colleges are reporting increases in the number of early applications, and the strongest applicant pools in years, making this year another extremely competitive one for college admission. We reminded students to inform us of all decisions and to maintain contact with colleges where they are still under consideration, especially if their early applications have been deferred to a later pool.

On January 8, seniors will attend a dessert reception with members of the class of 2018 who will share their post-Walker's experience.

Read More for Gap Year, Standardized Test, Spring Break Trip and Junior College Program for Parents and Students

Joyeux Noël!
Chris Semk's French 1-4 classes met in the New Dorm kitchen last week to make a bûche de Noël (a French Christmas log) from scratch, following a French recipe. While the classes waited, they had a lot of fun playing charades in French. It turns out some of our girls are very skilled pastry chefs!

Equestrian Update
Hooray Sunray to Eva Mazzola and horse VDL White Chocolate, who were Reserve Champions in the 3'6" Junior Hunters at Gardnertown Farms. They qualified for the 2019 Junior Hunter Finals on their first try!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • December 20-January 2: Winter Break - No School
  • Wednesday, January 2: Boarders Return 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 3: Classes Resume
  • Tuesday, January 8: Cicerone Gathering (Common Room), 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 10: VITA Training (Common Room), 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12: VITA Training (Common Room), 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12: Horizons Saturday Academy (Library), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 13: VITA Training (Common Room), 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Simsbury, CT 06070

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