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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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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day — No School

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
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