Walker's Weekly

February 22, 2019

For Lacuna 2019, students and faculty engaged in a series of workshops that explored a sense of self through various techniques including collage, music, and movement among many other forms of expression. Students participated in four workshops and had an opportunity to reflect on their exploration with their peers and advisors. Read more about the workshops here, and watch for more photos in next week's issue.

Isabel Ceballos Named Walker's 
Head of the Middle School

Isabel Ceballos, executive director of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School and a member of our World Language faculty, has been named as the new head of Walker’s Middle School after a nationwide search. Isabel possesses a powerful vision for girls’ education in terms of her combined passion for both academic aspiration, and social and emotional learning. Her ability to connect with both students and parents as an outstanding teacher herself, as well as an administrator, allow her to view education as a collaborative partnership. Isabel will begin working with the administrative team this spring and into early summer to establish plans for the Middle School and she will transition fully into the role effective August 15, 2019. Please read the February 18 email from Head of School Meera Viswanathan for more information. Hooray Sunray!

Winter Play is Next Week: Get Your Tickets!
Next 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. Tickets 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. Also note that due to copyright, the play will not be streamed on GameOnStream.)

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Celebrating Student Accomplishments
  • Kayce Campurciani '24 won first prize in Jumoke Academy's 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest for grades 3-8. The goal of the contest is to offer students the opportunity to develop oratorical skills through public speaking in a community context. The  theme this year, “Excellence in All Things,” inspired the topic for scholars to base their speeches on.

  • Two Upper School debate teams from Walker's participated in a series of parliamentary debates hosted by St. Sebastian's School in Needham, MA. The teams consisted of Grace Mugo '21 and Eva Mazzola '21, and BeJay Mugo '22 and Olivia Johnson '22. Out of 28 teams, BeJay and Olivia came in 7th. BeJay came in 4th in individual speaker points, out of 106 participants.

  • Emmy Vitali '20 is a finalist for the Smith Poetry Prize. The annual competition is open to junior and senior girls in New England. This prestigious recognition is justly deserved for Emmy's poem, "Ode to Congenital Hypothyroidism," which she shared with us so movingly at the Walker's Writers event on Tuesday night. The judges from Smith were led by esteemed poet Jenny George. Emmy has been invited to read her work at Smith College in April and will meet Ms. George then. 

  • Four Walker's students are being considered for the Community Renewal Team (CRT) National Arts “Teen Choice” award. Click the links below to vote via Instagram comment for #7 (by Hester Li '19), #8 (by Tina Tang '22), #9 and #12 (by Joyce Kouami '22), and #23 (by Plagrim Thaneerat '19).
    Vote for Hester, Tina and Joyce here
    Vote for Plagrim here
    These students along with Tianyi Huang '21 have works at the National Arts Program and CRT exhibition, under the category "Teens Looking Out for Teens." The public can visit the exhibition until Saturday, March 2 at Capital Community College in Hartford. The awards ceremony will be held 1:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Second Installment of Walker's Writers Poetry Series Featuring Dr. Thacker
The Walker's community was recently treated to a poetry reading for the Walker's Writers Series by Dr. Thacker and four of his talented students: Nafarrah Ramsay '21, Kyleigh Holt '20, Emmy Vitali '20, and Nerissa Griffiths '19. The Constance Lavino Bell Library was filled to capacity for this event.

Dr. Thacker grew up in northern Utah and teaches now here at The Ethel Walker School. A recipient of the Fredrick Manfred Award from the Western Literature Association and a Pushcart Prize XLII Special Mention, his poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Tin House, Ploughshares, Plume, The Colorado Review, LitHub, and elsewhere. He holds a PhD in poetry from Florida State University and an MFA from The University of Idaho. When he is not writing poetry, Dr. Thacker teaches tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students here at Walker's. He lives on campus with his family.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2019: College decisions continue to roll in and will continue through the end of March. Spring break is a great time to visit or revisit colleges where students have been offered admission. If you would like any help weighing options or interpreting financial aid awards, please feel free to get in touch with us:

Scholarships: We continue to publicize scholarship opportunities to our students, and add them to our list of scholarships on Naviance.

Read More for Class of 2020

Judy Dworin Performance Project Visits Campus
This Wednesday's Assembly featured a performance by the Judy Dworin Performance Project. The group performed a piece called "US," which is a dance response to the immigrant and refugee crisis in America. Initially choreographed for a performance inside the Hartford Public Library, where many newly arrived citizen-hopefuls spend their time learning about their new land, the piece was specially adapted for the Ferguson stage. After the dance, students asked and answered questions, and continued the conversation about the role the arts can play in social justice. Students in English classes will be responding to the performance in writing. This event was made possible through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and a matching grant from The Ethel Walker School.

Upcoming Art Reception
An art reception for exhibiting artists Kathryn Frund (pictured), Leah Caroline and Kristin Zeiner Moger will be held in the Leticia McClure Potter '55, P'85 Gallery on Thursday, February 28 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., just before the Winter Play begins at 7:00 p.m. in Ferguson Theatre. Enjoy an evening of art and performance!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, February 25: Skiing Banquet (Living Room), 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, February 25: Squash Banquet (Common Room), 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 28: Equestrian Banquet (Common Room), 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 28: Art Reception (Potter Gallery), 5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1: Winter Play (Ferguson Theatre),
    7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2: IEA Regionals at Walker's
  • Sunday, March 3: Musical Auditions (Ferguson Theatre), 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3: SAT Prep Class (Math Classrooms), 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 4: Senior Class Workshop - Required for Seniors (Living Room),
    6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5: Swim Banquet (Common Room), 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6: Basketball Banquet (Common Room), 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • March 9-25: Spring Break
  • Tuesday, March 26: Classes Resume

Weekend Activities 
Friday, February 22: New Girl Show - Required for Upper School (Ferguson Theatre), 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23: Foodshare, 8:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 23: Coffeehouse at Walker's (Constance Lavino Bell Library), 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: VITA, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: Area Drive to Blue Back Square, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: Ultimate Frisbee (Centennial Center), 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 24: Open Library, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

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