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Watkinson School Science Expo 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 from 2:15 – 3:15pm** in Wilson Gymnasium.
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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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Our Work/Our Choice 2015
The ‘Our Work/Our Choice’ Art Exhibition opening reception took place at Watkinson on Monday, March 30th. In this art show, the work featured is voted in by the middle school student body. MS students work on their pieces for four to six weeks and then submit them to be judged their peers. Below are a few of the pieces and descriptions of them as told directly by the artists. 
A Word from Patrick Cronin (MS Art Teacher)
“I’m always amazed by the kids. They inspire me on a daily basis and surprise me with what they come up with. Sometime their ideas are just so well developed I’m just in awe of the way their minds work, the way they can build their ideas and their creativity. Some of the kids have so much depth and maturity in those areas and they’re making art that’s about something they care about. To me that’s really impressive for middle schoolers.
A lot of the students that are in this show are artists who have been recognized by their peers and voted into the show and in my view, they are some of the artists at our school who are most into their craft and most dedicated and that all just shows through in their work.”

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Glastonbury Bus departs Campus
3:00 PM

MS Sports Night
7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Science Exposition
2:00 PM

Glastonbury Bus departs campus
3:15 PM

CAP Senior Show
4:00 PM
Thursday, May 28, 2015

US Awards Celebration
8:00 AM

MS Awards Celebration
9:30 AM

Glastonbury Bus departs campus
3:00 PM

Varsity Sports Banquet
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday, May 29, 2015

Glastonbury bus departs campus
3:00 PM

Original Works Recital
5:00 PM

MS Semi-Formal Dance
6:00 PM
Monday, June 01, 2015

Dismissal - Glastonbury Bus
2:15 PM
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