Walker's Weekly

April 21, 2017

Eighth grade thespians perform a scene from Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, or What You Will during Wednesday's triennial Global Theater Fesitval. Read more and view photos

Walker’s Holds Triennial Global Theater Festival
Students and faculty enjoyed a morning of literary immersion on Wednesday, April 19 for the School’s triennial Global Theater Festival (formerly the Shakespeare Festival), organized by the English Department. Students from each grade performed scenes and monologues from Shakespearean comedies, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 12th Night or What You Will, tragedies King Lear and Hamlet, and Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Kid and Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

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Five Walker's Girls to Compete in the
US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament

Five Walker's students were selected to compete in the US Lacrosse National Women's Tournament after an extensive tryout held earlier this month. Mia Farnella '18, Caroline Stent '19, and Shay Ventresca '19 were all selected to represent Connecticut on Team 1. Abby Grimaldi '20 was selected to Team 2, and KC O'Connor '19 was selected to Team 3. More than 200 girls tried out for these teams, and just over 60 were selected to participate. 

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Students to Participate in Virtuoso Pianists Competition
Two Walker's students, Victoria Wang '18 and Joyce Qiu '20, will be participating in the Virtuoso Pianists Competition this Sunday, April 23 at the Austin Arts Center on the campus of Trinity College. In preparation for this event, they have prepared and memorized three pieces of contrasting styles. Congratulations and best of luck to Victoria and Joyce!

Students to Compete in Annual Poetry Contest
Jacqueline Zhao '18, Jeanine Wang '18, Hannah Schweitzer '19 and Mae Johnson '22 will all be competing in the Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (COLT) 36th Annual Poetry Recitation Contest, on April 25 at Bristol Central High School. Approximately 600 students from 55 schools will compete in 16 languages including American Sign Language (ASL), Ancient Greek, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English Language Learners (ESOL/ELL), French, German, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish (www.ctcolt.org). Hooray Sunray!

Students Hear from Esteemed Biomedical Engineer Dr. Joseph Bronzino GP'13
On Thursday, April 20, Dr. Joseph Bronzino, grandfather of Chelsea Regan '13, addressed the Advanced Psychology and Honors Biology students about women in science and the history of biomedical engineering. Dr. Bronzino is the founder and president of BEACON (Biomedical Engineering Alliance and Consortium), a non-profit organization consisting of academic and medical institutions as well as corporations dedicated to the development and commercialization of new medical technologies. Dr. Bronzino was a faculty member of the Engineering Department at Trinity College for 42 years. From 1974 until his retirement in December 2010, he served as the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science, an endowed chair at Trinity. He has authored over 200 articles and 11 books.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: The college fair attended by the juniors on Tuesday was a huge success! Students reported that they had many lively conversations with admission officers, and returned to campus with information and business cards. As we mention often, students increase their likelihood of gaining admission by demonstrating their interest in colleges, which is something they were able to do with these conversations. Campus visits help to reinforce this interest, as do meetings with the admission officers when they come to visit Walker's in the fall.  

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Walker's Hosts Visitors from South Africa
This past weekend, a group of South African soccer/field hockey coaches, school administrators, and physicians from local schools in the Pretoria district visited Walker's to explore the possibility of forming a sister school relationship. Spanish teacher and varsity soccer coach Todd D'Alessandro arranged the visit and coordinated their stay on campus. Henry Matthews, director of field hockey programs at The International School of South Africa in Mafikeng Northwest Province, said "I'm so impressed with the students and community here at The Ethel Walker School. This weekend was a great start to exploring a long term sustainable relationship with The Ethel Walker School." D'Alessandro commented that "it is exciting to know that multi-cultural and athletic opportunities are a possibility for us in South Africa. Realizing them would be extraordinary!"

Summer Fun in Simsbury
Each summer, Walker's offers a wide range of fun summer programs on campus for girls and boys of all ages and levels of interest. Visit www.ethelwalker.org/summer to learn more about our 2017 offerings. Spread the word! For more information about summer programs at Walker's, contact Sarah Bednar at sbednar@ethelwalker.org or (860) 408-4292

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, April 21 - Monday, April 24: No School - Long Spring Weekend
    Boarders Return 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24
  • Monday, April 24: Required Film for Seniors (Living Room), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: Classes Resume
  • Thursday, April 27: D.E.A.R. Milk Lunch Special Schedule - Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
    Reading hour now 2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27-Sunday, April 30: Westbrook Hunt Club Horse Show in Westbrook, CT
  • Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29: Board of Trustee Meeting
  • Friday, April 28: Faculty/Staff Service Awards (Head's House), 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30: Community Dinner Cookout - Required/Boarders, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Day students are welcome. Please notify DOS if you plan to participate.

Weekend Activities

There are no weekend activities.

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Simsbury, CT 06070

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