The latest issue of our digital Watkinson News is live. Covered in this issue: A letter from Head of School Teri Schrader about how we educate effectively from a distance Class Notes New partnerships for athletics A story on nursing alumni who are making a difference This year’s CT Scholastic Art Award Winners Read and
Stay safe, connect remotely
Watkinson School is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully, taking proactive and prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of every member of the community in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Though unable to meet together in person for a time, Watkinson is still a community that emphasizes the importance of learning and being together.
In addition, even though our campus is closed, our admissions office is fully operational and eager to connect with you.
Watkinson has transitioned to a distance learning model for an indefinite period of time starting on Tuesday, March 24. At present, no on-campus activities are being held.
Here’s a list of FAQs regarding our accessible remote learning plan.
If you have questions about any aspect of the online program, here is a list of which members of school leadership to contact.
Watkinson’s remote learning expectations can be accessed here.
Read more about the work out students and teachers are doing on our distance learning blog.
We invest in students — in their ideas, their ambitions, their wholeness, their possibilities.
Matteo C. ’19, Freshman at Yale University
Suzanne Pinkes, Alumni Parent, West Hartford
“I have two Watkinson graduates in one of my college courses right now. The way they speak up, the way they question, the way they can analyze and synthesize complex information… this is what we want for our seniors. And the Watkinson students are coming in as freshmen already demonstrating this.”
Stefanie Chambers, Professor of Political Science at Trinity College
A small school isn’t limiting.
Kate C., Eighth Grade
Ryheem M. ’19, Freshman at NYU
“When you are in engineering classes, your creativity has to flow more than your test-taking abilities… you need to be able to think with other people, be productive when missing a group member, deliver quality work under a close deadline. Watkinson prepares you well for that. Most other students are used to, ‘I have a test’ and that’s it. At Watkinson you learn how to think in all aspects of academia.”
Aneesh K. ’18, Aerospace Engineering major at Purdue University
Like many unique experiences, Watkinson’s differences are hard to describe but easy to feel.
Anne Goshdigian, coordinator of Faces of Homelessness at Hands On Hartford, a nonprofit that works with homeless Hartford residents and presented to Watkinson students on Equity and Social Justice Day, said, “Hands On Hartford received an amazing donation of 1,000 face masks from Cindy Z. [class of 2021] last week. What a blessing! They will
Elijah H. ’22 has been awarded the USA Gymnastics Academic All-American Recognition award this year. Robert Cowan, former USA Gymnastics Men’s Program Director, established the award in 1986 to encourage a high level of academic achievement in young athletes in addition to their athletic achievements. The award honors athletes’ development of values, morals, and social
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“We are incentivized to take intellectual risks”
Watkinson junior Jackson F., who won “Best Delegate” at the Model U.N. conference in Hungary last year, talks about the kind of critical thinking Watkinson develops in its students.