Members of the greater Hartford community visited Watkinson yesterday for the school's first ever SPHERE Community Day. SPHERE is Watkinson's nearly 50-year-old summer enrichment program for Hartford elementary students. SPHERE helps students to make academic gains and avoid summer learning loss, focusing on reading, writing, math and technology skills. In addition, over the course of the five-week program, the students participate in art, physical education classes, and field trips.
Former Watkinson soccer standout Rashawn Dally '15 scored his first career MLS goal for FC Cincinnati on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium, helping lead his club past Houston by the final score of 3-2. Dally scored in the 38th minute of the contest, giving FC Cincinnati a 2-0 lead just before the end of the first half of play. Teammate Mathieu Deplagne played the ball just above the goal box, fell to the ground, recovered and then played the ball inside the box to Dally who turned and scored. Dally reflects on his first professional goal.
Watkinson School senior and six-foot guard Shamarla K. has been ranked by Don Olson's ESPN Collegiate Girls Basketball Report as the 70th prospect nationally. She is the only player from CT in the top 100. Shamarla, who came to Watkinson in 9th grade, is a 4-year varsity starter and was a captain her junior year. She joined Watkinson's 1000-point scorer's club in her junior year, the 11th athlete to achieve this milestone.
The four winners from Watkinson's 2019 Creative Writing Contest received recognition and gifts on June 22th with a Katherine C. '23 as its overall winner. Administered by Cindy Z. '21 and creative writing teacher Mr. Apfelbaum, this contest received submissions from 6th-grade to PG students over the course of 2.5 months, with topics ranging from philosophical, to a symbolic discussion of judgment, to mental disorders, to dystopias and more. There will be at least one contest every year from now on; view the winning works here.
Watkinson School completed its seventh season of Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe by presenting the program's community partners — Billings Forge, Hartford Stage, and the Mark Twain House and Museum — with checks from the proceeds to benefit their education departments. Watkinson's Head of School Teri Schrader presented the profits from the 2018-19 Freshly Squeezed season ($2,341 was gifted to each organization) at a breakfast on June 6th. Fiduciary Investment Advisors is the sole sponsor for Freshly Squeezed and has been since the program began in 2012. After seven years, Watkinson has gifted more than $10,000 to each of the three nonprofits who are community partners to Freshly Squeezed.
Eighth grader Maizy S. '24 is one of the select dancers to be chosen to participate on the USA Tap Team. Maizy is a member of the USA Junior Formation Team consisting of 17 dancers in total. Their team had to audition to qualify for the World Championships through the International Dance Organization in April. Only 3 groups qualify for each division. This week, her team was notified that they did qualify and will be traveling to Riesa, Germany this November to compete at the World Tap Dance Championships representing the United States.
Watkinson School congratulates all 42 students from the class of 2019 who will graduate on Friday, June 7th. We are proud of their accomplishments and celebrate them attending the following Colleges and Universities:
Watkinson School is pleased to announce that, after auditioning last winter, Seline K. '20 has been selected to dance in the summer intensive with Urbanity Dance Company in Boston. The program for dancers age 12-17 is a one-week intensive allowing students to train in the facets of contemporary technique, including modern, ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Students will learn choreography and explore improvisation in classes taught by professional company members. The week culminates with a studio performance.
Watkinson's Head of Upper School Ryan Reese was recently published in the University of Chicago's Journal of Education, Schools. He coauthored an article called, "School’s the Right Place for Love, or Why We Keep Teaching" with Charles Logan from Ohio State University and April Peet Vos from the Maple School in Northbrook, Illinois.
Watkinson School is pleased to announce it has received $2,500 from United Bank Foundation to support the school’s City Scholar Program. Watkinson’s City Scholar Program provides scholarship funding for Hartford students who are college bound but not yet college ready to attend The Academy.
Our incredible trainer, Jess Testani was recognized today by the Connecticut Athletic Trainers' Association (CATA) as the secondary school Athletic Trainer of the Year! The award, given annually since 1994, is given to one trainer in all of Connecticut for outstanding contributions to the Athletic Training profession in Connecticut.
by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern Wednesday April 10th wasn’t just another Wednesday at Watkinson, but rather Watkinson’s second annual Social Justice Day. Once a year, a mixture of students and special guests run socially conscious workshops to bring awareness to issues or subjects that they find important.
Watkinson's upper school Model United Nations attended Dartmouth Model UN (DartMUN) last weekend (April 5-7) with 8 students. Jackson F. '21 won an "outstanding delegate" award for his work representing Chief of Staff for the Philippines Navy (PN) - Carlito Galvez Jr.; his committee was the Duterte Administration.
DartMUN was comprised of students playing the roles of specific real people, with President Duterte largely communicating with them via twitter.
Heartfelt thanks to alumni parents Kasha and Peter Novak (parents of Caroline '13) for their consistent generosity; they have donated the use of their house in Quechee for the past 6 years for the team to stay in, which makes for a great group experience and a very affordable trip.
by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern Watkinson senior, Oliver A., enacted a large scale service-learning initiative as part of his Eagle Scout project. Oliver decided to partner with Chrysalis Center’s Freshplace Program, which provides healthy, fresh foods to families in need in the North End of Hartford. For those who cannot physically make it to the pantry, though, Freshplace brings food straight to their homes in sturdy, metal, wheeled carts; this is where Oliver comes in. His goal was to raise $745 to purchase 20 carts for Freshplace. After 22 individual donations by friends and family, Oliver proudly reached his goal and then some. In total he was able to raise $1,510, which will purchase a total of 40 carts for those in need. This past Saturday he helped to assemble the carts that will be delivered to Freshplace. Oliver is a Global Studies Diploma Program student and his commitment to service-learning has also included a three-year commitment to Watkinson's Dominican Republic Service Team. Congratulations, Oliver!
Thalia P. '19 was chosen to participate in Write On, Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition. The competition is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. From among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. The program is modeled on Hartford Stage’s new play development process, and Write On playwrights have the unique opportunity to learn about professional play development first-hand. Accepted students work with a professional playwright to turn their ideas into ten-minute play scripts. Thalia developed her play, "Escape Room", in intensive writing workshops held at Hartford Stage. The program culminated with a reading of the ten-minute plays performed by local actors and directed by professional directors who worked closely with the young playwrights.
Join us April 3 for "Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe". The topic for the final forum of the years is: "You Are Just Something Left Over From Star Formation. But Don’t Feel Bad About It"
It could be argued that you will never understand yourself if you don’t understand the universe. And the universe is full of both beautiful and scary things. At least once, something has come roaring out of the skies to reconfigure completely life on earth. So it might be a good idea to study the heavens. If it’s a clear night, we’ll have telescopes outdoors, but one of the many misconceptions about astronomy is that it’s entirely visual. There are blind astronomers and ways to “hear” the stars. One way or another, we’re going to blow your mind.
by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern This month, the upperclassmen will have a big opportunity with global impact. A global studies event held at the University of Connecticut will give the students the
societal tools they need to understand other cultures as they move into the collegiate world. This Global Studies Event will be a conversation between students and bestselling author/journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, alongside Palestinian authority advisor Ghaith Al-Omari.
Gavin B. '23 has earned a spot to represent the TriState Ski League at the USSA U14 Eastern Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid on March 16-19. He achieved this accomplishment by skiing to two 3rd place finishes at the TriState Championships at Berkshire East.
The Girls Basketball team earned the #3 seed in the Class C New England (NEPSAC) Tournament. The team will face Kimball Union at HOME on Wednesday, 2/27 at 4:00pm.
Here are the Class C Tournament matchups for the Wednesday, 2/27 Class C Quarter Finals #8 Beaver Country Day @ #1 Proctor Academy #7 Dexter Southfield School @ #2 Bradford Christian Academy #6 Kimball Union Academy @ #3 Watkinson School #5 Ethel Walker School @ #4 Wilbraham & Monson Academy
by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern
Announcing an extraordinary opportunity for the Watkinson community: the nationwide “Future Perfect Project” brings its LGBTQ initiative to Watkinson. The Future Perfect Project is an ongoing series of workshops, designed to provide LGBTQ high school students and student allies with songwriting and storytelling techniques and the opportunity to express their unique stories to their community. The workshops take place at various schools and community centers across the U.S. and are facilitated by performance artists James Lecesne and Ryan Amador.
by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern This time last year, Alexsia R. ‘20 was the 10th student in Watkinson’s history to score 1000 points in basketball. Now, almost one year later to the day, Watkinson is proud to add yet another name to that list. Junior Shamarla K. scored her 1000th point against Miss Porter’s School on Monday night.
by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern
Watkinson's SPHERE Summer Program is entering its 47th summer with the goal of helping Hartford elementary students discover that learning can be achieved through varied creative and recreational activities. Each summer, Watkinson School enrolls 80-90 Hartford children, grades 1-5, in SPHERE and gives them a chance at a more focused and seasonal-based education program at Watkinson's 40-acre Hartford campus.
by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern Musical director and teacher at Watkinson, Mr. Wayman, has been preparing both middle school and high school students since September for a concert unlike any other. Whereas most schools might do a thematic concert outlining the songs and sounds of the seasons or a nearby holiday, Watkinson takes a different approach to their event by creating a theme and emotion for the concert.