|Young Conservatives Bring State Representatives to Campus|
On Monday, May 23rd, Watkinson’s Young Conservatives partnered with the Global Studies Diploma Program to bring CT State Representative John Hampton of Simsbury (Dem.) and Representative. Dr. Srinivasan of Glastonbury (Rep.) to campus for a discussion on “Connecticut Politics in an Age of Political Divisiveness”. This bipartisan discussion was moderated by Dr. Chris Doyle, Director of the Global Studies Program.
|Middle School Law Advisory Take on Political Debate|
Last Thursday, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mr. Donald Trump, Governor John Kasich and Senator Mason Walsh made an appearance in Watkinson’s ALC! These presidential candidates, played by members of the Middle School Law Advisory—Natalie B., Collin K., DJ F., Ben R. and Mason H.—battled it out in an intense political debate moderated by fellow members Maaz S., Jade S., William E., and Jack M. Topics that were covered in the debate included education, the economy, gun control, foreign policy, and illegal immigration. Students who portrayed politicians researched their respective individual’s policies and views on the debate topics, while the moderators researched actual questions and concerns raised in recent debates and interviews.
|Watkinson Ninth Graders Build Website for Local Non-Profit|
Watkinson School is proud to announce the 9th grade environmental science students will be partnering with Bloomfield Citizens (now known as SaveOurWaterCT) to create a website for the non-partisan organization.
SaveOurWaterCT originally formed to raise awareness about the Niagara bottling company that was looking to move to Bloomfield. They now operate as a citizen-run organization focusing on increasing citizen engagement in local government.
|Watkinson's Upper School Music Students Perform Spring Recital "Horizons"|
On Friday, 5/13, Watkinson School’s Upper School music students presented their spring music recital "Horizons," featuring music from around the world. The Chorus performed songs from Ireland, Japan and Sweden; Ensemble pieces included music from Russia, Argentina, and Cuba. Watkinson’s brass ensemble, the Brass Kickers, performed music from New Orleans, as well, inspired by their recent service learning trip to NOLA this past spring. Playing off the idea of global music, the Upper School Music Student Leaders developed the concept of taking the audience on a "flight" to experience the musical culture of over a dozen countries. The performance finale was the incredibly moving South African composition "Horizons.” Written by Peter Louis van Dijk, the piece is based on a 16th-century Bushman painting of a European ship inhabited by people they saw as “gods” but who would soon be the cause of the Bushmen's extinction. Luke Nelson, director of Watkinson School’s Music Department, shares how proud he is of all of the hard work these students put into the concert which truly demonstrated their progress as musicians this year. If you missed this performance, we invite you to come to the Watkinson Middle School Concert this Thursday, May 26 from 5 to 6 in the ALC. We look forward to seeing you there!
|Global Studies Senior Research Presentations|
Over the past two weeks, 17 seniors and postgraduate students completed and shared their Global Studies Senior Research Presentations, the final requirement of the rigorous Global Studies Diploma Program. This capstone research project spans the entire academic year focusing on a subject of choice that relates to at least one theme of the Global Studies program. Themes include: ethics, globalization, war, nonviolence, the arts, religions, technology and its effect on culture, and the environment. The process begins in the fall trimester with each student choosing and defining a specific topic and then beginning in-depth research using our Active Learning Center, the University of Hartford library as well as their own local town libraries. In the winter trimester, these students were asked to put the research to use and write a final term paper on their subjects. The focus shifted in the spring trimester to sharing their newfound expertise on their topic with the Watkinson community by transforming their research and paper into a concise, engaging and informative public presentation. Below is the list of the broad range of topics these dedicated students presented. Great job!
|Memorial Day - No School|
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
|CAP Senior Show|
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
|Middle School Awards|
|Upper School Awards|
|Varsity Sports Banquet|
|Original Works Recital|
|MS Semi-Formal |
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM