Walker's Weekly

May 19, 2017

Cover Photo: The Suns defeated the Dials for the fifth year in a row after a day of spirited competition on Dogswood Day 2017.

View Photos from Dogswood Day 2017
Dogswood Day, a treasured tradition at Walker's, was held on Tuesday, May 16 on a sunny and warm spring day. After a strawberries & cream breakfast, the day began with the traditional procession and Big 7 maypole dance. Spirited Suns vs. Dials field games followed, and the day concluded with the traditional tug-of-war, in which the Suns outpulled the Dials and became the 2017 Dogswood Day winners, earning the top spot by one point on the day's game tally. For the fifth year in a row, the Suns will enjoy seeing their spirit flag fly high atop the flagpole! A special thanks to the EWPSA for the inflatables, photo booths, ice cream, and temporary tattoos provided during lunch. 

Congratulations to our new Upper School Suns and Dials co-heads, Madison Parham-Murray '19 for Suns and Mariela D'Alessandro '19 for Dials, and Middle School co-heads Olivia Dargis '22 (Suns) and Sarah Dale '22 (Dials). New faculty club heads were also announced: Nathaniel Johnson for Suns and Lee-Ann Harris for Dials. Hooray Sunray!

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Walker's Softball Seeded #1 in Western New England Tournament
After compiling a 9-3 regular season record, Walker's varsity softball team has been seeded #1 in the Western New England Prep School Class B Tournament. The team will compete in their four-team culminating tournament this weekend. The first round game will have Walker's host #4 seeded Cheshire Academy at 2:30 on Saturday, May 20.

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Lacrosse and Softball Players Named
Athletes of the Week

  • Caroline Smith '19 and Maisie Smith '19, JV Lacrosse (West Simsbury, CT): "Leaders, Team Players, Tireless Effort" Both Caroline and Maisie consistently give all they have to the team, every practice and every game. They embody the type of leadership we coaches want through their actions on and off the field. They are true role models.
  • Syd Longley '17 (East Granby, CT) and Liz Helmin '19 (Manchester, CT), Varsity Softball: "Dynamic, Remarkable, Leaders" Together they have been dynamic. They have an ERA under two. Last week they threw out any attempts to steal. Our defense starts with them and combined they have been nothing short of remarkable.

Walker's Hosts Free Speech Forum
On Thursday, May 18, two Walker's alumnae, Catherine Terry Taylor '79 and Yvette Larrieu '80 visited campus for a Free Speech Forum facilitated by Young Republican and Young Democrat club heads Caroline Niland '18 and Amanda Joseph '18, respectively. Catherine, a Republican, and Yvette, a Democrat, have been long-time friends who have engaged in healthy debate on politically-charged issues throughout their friendship. Catherine and Yvette answered questions from students and spoke about how they got into politics, the importance of civic participation, and gave students great advice on how to engage in healthy and productive dialogue about divisive topics.

Junior Shadows CT State Representative
On Tuesday, May 16, Indie Riggles '18 had the opportunity to shadow a staffer at the office of CT State Representative Matthew Ritter. Indie was given a tour of the Capitol, sat in on the House's legislative session on the House floor and got to meet Mr. Ritter and other legislators. Indie is the head of the Amnesty International Club on campus.

Passing Down Chapel
Congratulations to our 2017-2018 club heads, who were announced during Wednesday's Passing Down Chapel, an annual Walker's tradition. Students also heard from guest speakers Vidya Sri, co-founder and CEO of Everywoman Everywhere, and Millicent Bogert (daughter of Margot Bogert '60), secretary of Everywoman Everywhere.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: In seminar this week, one of the topics of discussion was financing a college education. We talked about college costs, the difference between public and private colleges with regard to cost, need-based and merit-based financial aid, and how to find and apply for outside scholarships. We strongly urged students and their parents to access the Net Price Calculators on the websites of the colleges they are considering (usually found in the admissions/financial aid section of the websites) in order to get an estimate of college costs. As we pointed out, most families do not pay the advertised price. Read more for the information sheet we distributed and further details for the Class of 2018.

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"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is
Looking for Whiz Kids!

Walker's graduate Liz Harris '05, a co-executive producer on "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire," has suggested to her colleague Raphael Dorval that Walker's is a great school to find contestants for ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Whiz Kids." If your child in interested in being considered for the show, which is scheduled to tape this summer, please take a careful look at the attached materials and submit the application through the prescribed channels. Of course, we should be the first to know if your student is selected!

   Whiz Kid Flyer.pdf

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 May 19-Saturday, May 20: Reunion Weekend
  • Saturday, May 20: Prom (Simsbury Inn), Pictures at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 22: Lacrosse Awards Dinner, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23: Ethel Walker Athletic Council (EWAC) Coaches and Captains Dinner (Common Room), 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23: Spring Musical Dress Rehearsal (Ferguson Theater), 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 24: JV and Thirds Softball Awards Dinner (Common Room),
    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 24: Spring Musical Dress Rehearsal (Ferguson Theater),
    6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25: Late Start - Special Schedule (Classes start at 9:40 a.m.)
  • Thursday, May 25: Spring Musical - Required/11th & 12th Grade (Ferguson Theater),
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 26: Spring Musical - Required/9th & 10th Grade (Ferguson Theater),
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Weekend Activities

Friday, May 19: Beach Volleyball and Social
at AOF, 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 20: Bonfire/Hangout at
Salisbury School, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20: Area Drive,
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 21: Six Flags Trip,
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Horizons Giving Day Update
Hooray Sunray to Horizons at The Ethel Walker School for raising more than $11,000 for Horizons Giving Day on May 17! The proceeds will support year-round academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities for underserved students who attend Hartford public schools.

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