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Watkinson's Director of Music and Music Alum Honored by Litchfield Jazz Festival
Watkinson Music Director Luke Nelson and one of his former students, Emma Adomeit '14, will be honored by the Litchfield Jazz Fest as they pay special tribute to New Orleans on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  On June 27th at 7:30pm, the Litchfield Jazz Fest Salutes New Orleans & Heroes of Katrina at the Western CT State University Visual & Performing Arts Center, Veronica Hagman Concert Hall.

August marks the 10th year since Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the city of New Orleans. The festival will celebrate the music and the people of the Birthplace Of Jazz. The concert features an all-­star band including: Don Braden, Albert Rivera, Gary Smulyan, Winard Harper, Antoinette Montague, Avery Sharpe, Peter McEachern, Nick Roseboro, Dave Ballou and Zaccai Curtis. Proceeds benefit Litchfield Jazz Camp scholarships.

At the concert, a handful of individuals will be honored; specifically those whose service helped make a difference to their fellows and to the city that created the music we love. Awards will be presented to three students, one educator and a clinical neuropsychologist who served the people of New Orleans in the post Katrina period and helped with the recovery of that city.  

Luke Nelson has taken teams of Watkinson students to New Orleans to do relief work aimed at assisting to restore the music community.  Emma Adomeit traveled with Nelson and became passionate about the cause.  About the distinction, Nelson commented, "It is quite a privilege to be recognized by an institution as prestigious as the Litchfield Jazz Festival; and doubly so to be recognized alongside a student."
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Watkinson School Science Expo 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 2:15 – 3:15pm** in Wilson Gymnasium.
Note corrected time!

Friends and families of all ages, come join us for an afternoon of hands-on learning and fun!

  • MS Robotics Club LEGO Mindstorms Moon Challenge
  • Environmental Science "Crowdfunding" Clean Water Project
  • 6th & 7th Grade Green Projects
  • 8th Grade Giant Periodic Table & Games
  • Video Games Designed by the Middle School
  • Zoology 2015 BioBlitz Biodiversity Count
  • Genetics Biotechnology Demos & Experiments

Future Changes to Service Day
by University of Hartford Communications Intern Kimberly Bigelow

On Friday, April 22, the entire Watkinson School community headed out into the greater Hartford area and served several constituents. Though student organizations participate in various service projects throughout the year, Service Day allows for the entire school body to serve together on the same day.

“I think service is so connected to our mission; it gives students the power to shape their lives and the world around them,” said Rob Deitelbaum, the Academic Dean for 9th and 10th grade. “Having this one day where everyone goes with their advisory group, participates in service, comes back and has a great lunch, and then shares and hears what the other advisory groups did, it’s great. Showing students why their work matters, that’s always been our goal.”

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Gardening Season Starts at Watkinson
by University of Hartford Communications Intern Kimberly Bigelow

From tomatoes, to carrots, to lettuce and herbs, the Watkinson community garden is set and ready to start growing for the 2015 season.
Mary Hills Powell, a visual arts teacher at Watkinson, oversees the Varsity Gardeners, a group of students who commit their afternoon activity time to caring for the various plants. In addition to the biggest community garden in Hartford (the Watkinson Community Garden, operated by the Knox Parks Foundation), Watkinson also has its own campus gardens. These plants are grown, harvested and sent to the Watkinson kitchen where they are cooked for the Watkinson community or sold at a plant sale held by the Varsity Gardeners.
This year, Watkinson has some new plants and practices. The gardeners will harvest their first asparagus and rhubarb, two perennials that were planted two years ago. They will now be able to harvest them every spring without replanting them. Powell says they will also being to practice permaculture, adding layers to the garden soil, like nature would, instead of turning it. This will promote beneficial bacteria, fungi, and loose soil structure.

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Tianna C. Signs to Play Basketball at AIC
by University of Hartford Communications Intern Kimberly Bigelow

Tianna C. (’15) of Manchester, CT signed her Letter of Intent to join the Division II women’s basketball team at American International College in Springfield, MA in the fall.

The eighteen-year-old shared the news with Watkinson School as she signed the letter at the all-school meeting on Monday, April 13th.

“I chose AIC because I feel like I can grow as a person, academically, and as an athlete,”Tianna said. “The basketball players are genuinely nice, as is with the staff. I'm just excited that I'm going to be a part of such a positive atmosphere.”

Tianna has led the Watkinson Girl’s Varsity Program to its second New England Championship title and three consecutive league tournament championships. She is also a member of the 1,000-point club at Watkinson, having reached that goal in the Hudson Valley Athletic League Championship game, and was named All League by the HVAL and All New England in the Class D category this past season.

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