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Gardening Season Starts at Watkinson
4/24/2015
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
4/21/2015
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
4/10/2015
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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Jason K. '16 Accepted to Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
4/9/2015
by University of Hartford Communications Intern Kimberly Bigelow

Jason K., a junior, of West Hartford was recently accepted into the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College in Vermont.

According to Jason, the Conference is a 4-day retreat in which emerging writers gather to attend various writing workshops led by diverse and experienced faculty.

Each applicant submits a piece of work to apply, and if accepted, submits a second work to develop over the 4-day weekend.

“The opportunity was presented to me by Ms. Mohler and I thought it was interesting,” Jason explained, “It’s always good to be able to have a chance to be in an environment where you have a group of like-minded people with a passion for writing. I thought it would be both stimulating and intriguing.”

Jason’s teacher, Patti Mohler, says she is very happy for him. “What I like about Jason is if I suggest a book, he’ll literally go read it,” Mohler said, “He’s curious, an intellectual learner and a self-starter. He’s a really good writer and just a delightful kid.”

Jason says he is extremely excited to head to Vermont. He described what was running through his mind the moment he discovered he was invited to attend.

“Excitement at the prospect of being able to share my work in a setting that is different from one I’ve been in previously, and excitement at the idea of hearing the perspective of other young interested writers,” he said.

Jason says that even though he doesn’t know the specifics just yet, he wants to pursue writing as a career in one way or another.

“I would say this is hopefully just the beginning,” Jason said, “Now that the ball is rolling I can maybe hit the ground running and begin to explore more publishing opportunities and presenting my work to a larger audience.”

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Student Published in ESL Newspaper
4/2/2015
by University of Hartford Communications Intern Kimberly Bigelow

Sam Z. was published in the March 2015 issue of Easy English News, a monthly newspaper created by expert ESL writers for those who are learning English as a new language.
 
The paper, with headquarters in Virginia Beach, published Sam’s short column titled, “Don’t Say Old”. The eighteen-year-old’s article describes to new English learners that in America, calling somebody “old” is commonly taken as an insult; much different from the Chinese culture where being called “old” is used to show respect for an experienced person.
 
“It was a writing activity in class at Watkinson,” Zhu explained, “There’s a section in the paper about new international students’ experiences in America, some awkward experiences, and we were asked to write about them and mine was selected.”
 
Zhu says it feels good to have recognition of his work. “It’s a great honor to be published,” Zhu said, “It gives me more motivation to continue to improve my language skills.”

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls
4:00 PM
Away
Location: Forman School, The
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls vs Forman School, The
Frisbee - Varsity
4:00 PM
Home
Frisbee - Varsity vs The Master's School
Girls Varsity Tennis
4:00 PM
Home
Girls Varsity Tennis vs The Master's School
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls
4:00 PM
Home
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls vs The Williams School
Lacrosse - MS Boys
4:15 PM
Away
Location: Hamden Hall Country Day School
Lacrosse - MS Boys vs Hamden Hall Country Day School
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Boys Varsity Tennis
4:00 PM
Away
Location: Christian Heritage School
Boys Varsity Tennis vs Christian Heritage
Round Robin Tournament w/ Darrow, Masters, Woodhall
4:00 PM
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Club Boys Lacrosse

Global Studies - New Parent Reception
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lacrosse - MS Girls
4:45 PM
Away
Location: Williston Northhampton School
Lacrosse - MS Girls vs Williston Northampton School
Friday, May 01, 2015
Girls Varsity Tennis

Away
Location: Chase Collegiate
Girls Varsity Tennis vs Chase Collegiate
Boys Varsity Tennis
4:00 PM
Away
Location: Forman School, The
Boys Varsity Tennis vs Forman School, The
Frisbee - Varsity
4:00 PM
Away
Location: Chase Collegiate
Frisbee - Varsity vs Chase Collegiate
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls
4:00 PM
Away
Location: Harvey School
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls vs Harvey School
Saturday, May 02, 2015
Girls Varsity Tennis
2:00 PM
Away
Location: Christian Heritage School
Girls Varsity Tennis vs Christian Heritage
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls
3:00 PM
Away
Location: Chase Collegiate
Lacrosse - Varsity Girls vs Chase Collegiate
Frisbee - Varsity
3:00 PM
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Frisbee - Varsity vs The Gunnery
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