Walker's Weekly

February 8, 2019

On Wednesday, February 13, the Walker's community was treated to a Lunar New Year assembly in Ferguson Theatre. Students from Asian Club shared information about the important holiday, Lunar New Year traditions, skits, songs and dances. Assembly was followed by a delicious dumpling lunch in Abra's. Happy Lunar New Year! Watch on GameOnStream

Student Photo of the Week: Daisy Zhang '21
Every week, Photography Teacher Ben Barker selects a standout photo taken by one of Walker's photography students. View all past selections in this web gallery.

2018-2019 Lacuna Workshops Announced
Details for the 2019 Lacuna, a time honored tradition at Walker’s, were announced today at morning meeting by Dean of Studies Julia Sheldon and Dean of Faculty Carol Clark-Flanagan. On February 21 and 22, students, faculty and staff will engage in a series of workshops that will explore a sense of self through various techniques including collage, music, and movement among many other forms of expression. Students will participate in four workshops throughout the two days and have an opportunity to reflect on their exploration with their peers and advisors.

A series of faculty shared their plans for workshops including Dr. David Thacker and Noël Grisanti who presented their course modeled on the game Snorta!TM. In E-I-E-I-You, Dr. Thacker, Ms. Grisanti and their students will explore how metaphor shapes our thinking and they will reflect on themselves through this lens, creating new metaphors of your own. This reflection will take physical form in a Model Magic animal that will then be used in a game of Snorta!TM (“The Party Game where everyone is an animal” - look, a metaphor!) Dr. Thacker went on to demonstrate his connection to the blue-footed booby but he was a bit challenged to replicate the call of the bird for the audience.

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Students Receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Hooray Sunray to the following students who have received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12 (artandwriting.org).

  • Art Awards: Ella Samson '20: an Honorable Mention for a dress titled "1950 Drive-through Wedding"; Royi Jin '19: an Honorable Mention for her drawing titled "Portrait of a Friend"
  • Writing Awards: Amelia Holl '21: a Silver Key for memoir and an Honorable Mention for poetry; Sande Min '22: a Silver Key for poetry; Emma Binzer '21: an Honorable Mention for fiction; Kristin St. Louis '21: an Honorable Mention for memoir

Honors Biochemistry Students Earn Top Spots in Antibiotic Awareness Campaign
Walker's took the top two prizes in the high school category of Tiny Earth Network's 2018 November Antibiotic Awareness Campaign. Stephanie Makowski '19 won first place for an antibiotic awareness board game. Lily Johnson '19, Kay Lawlor '20, and Sabrina Gries '21 won second prize for their antibiotic awareness bake sale. Walker's is among only five high schools in the United States invited to participate in the Tiny Earth Network (TEN), an innovative program formulated at Yale University that encourages students to pursue careers in science through hands-on experience and real-world laboratory and field research.

Parents, Purchase Your Winter Play Tickets
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 to benefit Walker's theater program. 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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Students Compete in American Mathematics Competition
On Thursday, more than 50 Walker's students competed in the 70th Annual American Mathematics Competition (AMC), the nation's longest-running and most prestigious math contest sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (maa.org). Hooray Sunray and good luck to those who participated!

Wildcats Recognized as Scholar Athletes
Caroline Stent '19, Brianna Duba '19 and Lily Cullen '20 have been named to the Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates / National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad. The High School National Academic Squad program recognizes those high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted grade-point average of 3.50 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year. Hooray Sunray!

Equestrian Updates
  • Winter Equestrian Festival 2019: Nicole Macari '20 (pictured) placed 4th at The Palm Beach Masters in the 1.10 Bronze Championship Speed class with Latina RDH; Gigi Moynihan '21 won multiple ribbons in the 15-17 Equitation on Lancelot and had top finishes in the Medium Junior Jumpers with Chacom Ask, including a win the WEF 4 speed class, and multiple top three finishes in the Dover Saddlery/USEF Medal, the ASPCA Maclay and WIHS Equitation with Quantico; Lily Ridgley '22 had a 10th place finish in the Low Children’s Classic with Triomphe out of a very competitive field of 52 riders; Julia Luciani '20 and Ava Strohmeyer '21 also competed in WEF 4 in the Low Children’s Jumpers.
  • IEA Regionals: Both Walker's Middle and Upper School teams have qualified for IEA Regionals this year! The following girls have qualified for individual classes: Quinn Van Cara '23, Chloe Fares '24, Kate Samson '23, Leah Glaser '20, Quinn Bailey '21, Amy Xia '21, Lily Ridgley '22, Hannah Theriault '20, Rebecca Morris '19, Eva Mazzola '21, Elizabeth Coghlan, and Erin Coghlan.

Athletes of the Week
Cecelia Petrarca '19 and Jocelyn Feliciano '19 were named athletes of the week for outstanding sportsmanship. Read more for comments from their coaches:

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, February 12: Cicerone Event (Common Room), 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 12: EWSPA Board Meeting (Living Room), 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 14: Upper School Dance Concert - Required for 11th & 12th Grade (Ferguson Theatre), 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 15: Upper School Dance Concert - Required for 9th & 10th Grade (Ferguson Theatre), 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 16: Free Theater Workshop for Children Ages 10 and Up - FULL (Ferguson Theatre), 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 17: SAT Test Prep Class (Math classrooms), 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 18: Musings with Meera (Living Room), 6:30 p.m. or via conference call
  • Tuesday, February 19: David Thacker Poetry Reading, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 22: Middle School Pizza Party and Movie Night, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 22: New Girl Show - Rescheduled, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

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Weekend Activities and Home Games
Friday, February 8: BSU Hair Party in the Soc, 7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday, February 8: International Student Dinner at Han Restaurant, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday, February 8: Kingswood Oxford GSA Hot Cocoa Social, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 9: Food Share, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9: Make-up exams in the Constance Lavino Bell Library, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9: JV Basketball vs. Stoneleigh-Burnham, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9: Escape Room, 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 10: VITA, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10: Area Drive to Canton Shoppes and Simsbury Commons, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 10: Ultimate Frisbee with Mr. Schwoerke, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 10: Open Library, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

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