Watkinson hosts first-ever “Day of Community and Belonging”

Watkinson School is pleased to announce that it will host a half-day virtual conference on October 23 called, “Day of Community and Belonging”. Head of School Teri Schrader adds, “This is our first-ever virtual conference for the entire Watkinson community, past and present, to focus on the ways in which we can continue to examine … Read more

Watkinson School Appoints New Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion

Watkinson is pleased to announce its new Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion is Courtney Massenberg.   A member of Watkinson’s senior leadership, the Director of Community, Equity and Inclusion provides strategic vision, collaborative leadership, and active oversight of Watkinson’s efforts to become a more inclusive, just, and anti-racist community. The Director is responsible for promoting … Read more

Watkinson 6th Grader Awarded First Place In History Contest

Cooper M. ’27 was awarded first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category in the Hartford Regional History Day Contest.  As a result of his first place finish, Cooper’s work proceeds to be judged at the statewide level in the State History Day Contest in May. Watkinson Middle School Head Jenny Esposito comments, “This is … Read more

Watkinson Junior Competes Nationally

On Sunday, April 11, Elijah H. ’22 competed in the USA Gymnastics New England Region competition. This meet, which was held virtually, is the qualifier for the national championships. Elijah placed second on the vault, which qualifies him to represent New England at nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 11-16. For the virtual regional … Read more

Quincy Amarikwa, third speaker in series

Watkinson’s Global Studies Program and Athletics Department are pleased to present Quincy Amarikwa as the final speaker in the three-part virtual winter AthleticMind Speaker Series highlighting leaders in sports and activism. Quincy Amarikwa played professional soccer in the MLS for over a decade and recently founded Black Players for Change, an organization of players and … Read more

New History Electives Announced

Watkinson School is proud to announce a new slate of history electives for 11th and 12th grade students.  Six years ago, in the midst of strategic planning, faculty envisioned redesigning the senior year which would also mean redesigning aspects of the upper school curriculum that leads to the senior experience. During our five years of … Read more

New Athletics Speaker Series Announced

Watkinson is pleased to announce the AthleticMind Winter Speaker Series. This three-part event was borne out of a desire to provide special, inspiring programming for our students. This period of virtual schooling provides a perfect opportunity for students to explore what it means to have an athletic mind. The speaker series will feature elite athletes who … Read more

Watkinson Senior Selected for Fellowship

Watkinson School is proud to announce that Adam J. ’21 was chosen for an Edward Brodsky Student Fellowship. New this year at the Anti Defamation League’s Never Is Now conference, students could apply to participate in the Edward Brodsky Student Fellowship. Fifty student leaders from around the country were selected to connect with each other through conversations … Read more

Virtual Museum Tour for Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

To continue our commemoration of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month, special guest, art historian and educator, Valentín Concha-Núñez, will give our school an interactive, virtual museum tour on Wednesday, October 14. We will explore “Representation of Latino Art”  as Concha-Núñez presents several beautiful masterpieces created by Latinx artists across different cultures, art forms, and eras. With a dual background in … Read more

Watkinson News June 2020

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 … Read more

Junior Donates 1000 Masks

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 … Read more

Sophomore Named Academic All-American

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 … Read more

Science Department Chair Helps The Cause

Watkinson’s Science Department Chair Jean Kracke reflects, “In tough times, if I can do something, that helps me.” It makes sense that during the COVID-19 crisis, Kracke’s response was one of action.  Her younger brother is the finance person at New York’s Columbia University Irving Medical Center who shared with her that the pandemic is … Read more

Junior Named All-NEPSAC

Congratulations to Angel T. ’21 for being named to the New England Prep School Athletic Council all-New England squad for boys basketball for the 19-20 season. A guard for the Rams, Angel is among 20 players from New England to receive the All-NEPSAC distinction at the class D level.

Watkinson’s Fourth Annual Social Justice Day

by Samantha Urban, University of Hartford Communications Intern On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Watkinson will be participating in its fourth annual Social Justice Day.  This day is dedicated to learning about issues and topics that are important to community members, as well as empowering students to talk about issues that are important to them.  This … Read more

Preparing for the NCAA Recruitment Process

Through its ongoing partnership with the CT Junior Soccer Association, Watkinson and CJSA present a “Tackling College Sports Seminar” on March 5 at 7pm in Watkinson’s Foisie Family Amphitheater. The evening’s panel will feature Chris LeGates from Tackling College Sports, Watkinson’s award-winning College Counselor Terry Ullram, and several college coaches. RSVP your attendance here.

Students and Faculty Featured in Hartford Art Exhibit

By Samantha Urban, University of Hartford Communications Intern Three photography students, Sarah B., Jack N., and Keifer J., as well as Watkinson’s Visual Arts Department Chair, Carolyn Pelkey, will have their work featured in an art exhibit at Capital City Community College in Hartford.  This exhibit, sponsored by the Community Renewal Team and the National … Read more

CT Regional Scholastic Art Awards

The Connecticut Regional Scholastic Awards program is a professionally juried event which recognizes only the best Connecticut student artwork. This year, eleven Watkinson students won awards or honorable mentions. Watkinson is in the top 10 schools in the state for number of awards.  One school received 15 awards, one school received 13, and 7 schools … Read more

Students Connect Internationally Via Flipgrid

by University of Hartford Communications Intern Samantha Urban For over a decade, four Venezuelan students, typically seventh graders, visit Watkinson School.  The students will be immersed right into the everyday activities of a typical Watkinson student: going to classes, eating lunch, participating in advisory and extracurriculars, you name it. With their visit scheduled for February … Read more

6th-Grade Entrepreneur

On February 1 from 11-3, Olivia C. ’26 will be selling hair scrunchies and flour sack dish towels at the West Hartford Town Hall.  She’s part of West Hartford’s first-ever Pop-Up Kids Market, for which Watkinson is a community sponsor.  All the money she raises will go to the Crosby Fund for Haitian Education.  Olivia … Read more

Model UN at the Hungarian and EU Consulates

Watkinson’s Upper School Model UN had the opportunity to travel to New York last week in preparation for their upcoming conference at the University of Hartford in December. The team visited both the Hungarian and EU Consulates. The Hungarians were especially hospitable; our students had the privilege of meeting with the Ambassador, Deputy ambassador, and … Read more

Watkinson Welcomes CJSA Athletes

Watkinson welcomes the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association on November 5th as CJSA hosts an Election Day Clinic for boys and girls age 7-12. The clinic will run from 9am-2pm and will include: • Warm-up & Speed and Agility • Technical Trainings Sessions • Small Sided Games • Lunch (provided) • Larger Sided Games The day … Read more

Four to Present at National Conference

Schrader and French, Bernbach and Reese to lead workshops at the 2020 NAIS Annual Conference. Four members of Watkinson’s leadership have been selected to lead hour-long workshops at the prestigious independent school conference presented annually by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Head of School Teri Schrader and Director of Communication Jenni French will … Read more

Watkinson Sending 10th-Anniversary Service Trip to Dominican Republic

Team is comprised of 33 travelers from Watkinson School, the University High School of Engineering, and UConn Health. Myriad sponsorship opportunities available to support our 2019 Dominican Republic Service Team. Watkinson School will send 33 travelers to spend a week in La Romana, Dominican Republic from November 23-30, 2019. Working alongside their hosts from the Good … Read more

Senior Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program

Watkinson congratulates Clare C. ’20 for being named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Ms. Schrader to Clare for her scholastic talents. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are … Read more

Senior Wins Yale Debate Competition

Patrick H. ’20, one of Watkinson’s Global Studies Program diploma students, won the Yale Invitational High School Parliamentary Debate Competition Sunday!! Over 20 hours, Patrick and members of the Watkinson/Westfield Debate Team debated 9 rounds, each with a different resolution and had just 15 minutes to prep each without sources or internet. Patrick gave the … Read more

Head of School Featured on Podcast

Head of School Teri Schrader had the privilege of being an invited guest on “Parenting Beyond the Headlines”, a podcast hosted by author, educational leader, and current Watkinson trustee Amy Alamar. The most current podcast episode, released on September 10, focuses on the importance of the middle school years, see a trailer here. Alamar describes, … Read more

Back to School Day

We look forward to welcoming ALL middle school and upper school students and parents for Back to School Day on Friday, August 30th.  Registration begins at 7:45 am in the Gym. Please note: all medical, athletic, parent consent, and retreat forms must be returned prior to this date. Parents are encouraged to stay until approximately … Read more

Upper School Head Selected by Anti-Defamation League

Watkinson School is pleased to announce that Upper School Head Ryan Reese was selected by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to be one of nine educators nationally to pilot ADL’s new Civics Education Program. ADL announced that this new program stems from the belief that, “…enabling students to explore their civic engagement and identities through an anti-bias and social justice … Read more

New Boys Varsity Soccer Coach

Watkinson School announces Donald Hathorn as the new boys varsity soccer coach. Hathorn comes to Watkinson with extensive coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and II levels, including University of New Haven, Iona College, Niagara University, Valparasio University and Regis University.  Active on the local youth soccer scene, Hathorn has also coached at Farmington … Read more

First-ever SPHERE Community Day

Members of the greater Hartford community visited Watkinson yesterday for the school’s first ever SPHERE Community Day. SPHERE is Watkinson’s nearly 50-year-old summer enrichment program for Hartford elementary students. SPHERE helps students to make academic gains and avoid summer learning loss, focusing on reading, writing, math and technology skills. In addition, over the course of the … Read more

Rashawn Dally ’15 Scores His First MLS Goal

Former Watkinson soccer standout Rashawn Dally ’15 scored his first career MLS goal for FC Cincinnati on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium, helping lead his club past Houston by the final score of 3-2. Dally scored in the 38th minute of the contest, giving FC Cincinnati a 2-0 lead just before the end of the first half … Read more

Watkinson Class of 2019 College Matriculations

Watkinson School congratulates all 42 students from the class of 2019 who will graduate on Friday, June 7th. We are proud of their accomplishments and celebrate them attending the following Colleges and Universities:Bard CollegeBentley UniversityBoston University (3)Brandeis UniversityBryn Mawr CollegeCentral CT State UniversityClark University (2)Connecticut CollegeEckerd CollegeFairfield UniversityHigh Point UniversityHofstra UniversityLynn University (2)Manhattanville CollegeMarist CollegeNew … Read more

Upper School Head Published

Ryan Reese

Watkinson’s Head of Upper School Ryan Reese was recently published in the University of Chicago’s Journal of Education, Schools. He coauthored an article called, “School’s the Right Place for Love, or Why We Keep Teaching” with Charles Logan from Ohio State University and April Peet Vos from the Maple School in Northbrook, Illinois.” In the article, … Read more

City Scholar Program Receives Support from United Bank Foundation

Watkinson School is pleased to announce it has received $2,500 from United Bank Foundation to support the school’s City Scholar Program. Watkinson’s City Scholar Program provides scholarship funding for Hartford students who are college bound but not yet college ready to attend The Academy. An extension of Watkinson’s unique approach to education, The Academy is … Read more

Jess Testani Named Athletic Trainer of the Year

Our incredible trainer, Jess Testani was recognized today by the Connecticut Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) as the secondary school Athletic Trainer of the Year! The award, given annually since 1994, is given to one trainer in all of Connecticut for outstanding contributions to the Athletic Training profession in Connecticut. The Connecticut Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) … Read more

Joe Kotler ’85 Visits

Joe Kotler ’85 had a wonderful visit at Watkinson and reunited with his favorite Watkinson teacher, Chip Apfelbaum. Joe owns his own business, Independent Restaurant Solutions, which provides web-based solutions to family-owned restaurants.

Social Justice Day 2019

by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern Wednesday April 10th wasn’t just another Wednesday at Watkinson, but rather Watkinson’s second annual Social Justice Day. Once a year, a mixture of students and special guests run socially conscious workshops to bring awareness to issues or subjects that they find important. These topics are discussed in … Read more

Watkinson Baseball Is Back!

Watkinson Baseball returned to the diamond yesterday. Coach Dietelbaum says, “Playing again was awesome in and of itself, but winning 11-7 at Avon Old Farms was pretty sweet!”. Highlights included Jack N. ’21 spun a gem, pitching a complete game, striking out 10 and allowing only 2 earned runs; 8 different Watkinson players reached base, … Read more

Upper School Model UN heads to Dartmouth

Watkinson’s upper school Model United Nations attended Dartmouth Model UN (DartMUN) last weekend (April 5-7) with 8 students. Jackson F. ’21 won an “outstanding delegate” award for his work representing Chief of Staff for the Philippines Navy (PN) – Carlito Galvez Jr.; his committee was the Duterte Administration. DartMUN was comprised of students playing the … Read more

Watkinson Senior Manages Successful Eagle Scout Project

by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern Watkinson senior, Oliver A., enacted a large scale service-learning initiative as part of his Eagle Scout project. Oliver decided to partner with Chrysalis Center’s Freshplace Program, which provides healthy, fresh foods to families in need in the North End of Hartford. For those who cannot physically make … Read more

Senior Thalia P. Has Original Play Read at Hartford Stage

.Thalia P. ’19 was chosen to participate in Write On, Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition. The competition is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. From among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. The program is modeled on Hartford Stage’s new play development process, and Write On playwrights have … Read more

Global Studies Students Attend UConn Event “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor”

by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern This month, the upperclassmen will have a big opportunity with global impact. A global studies event held at the University of Connecticut will give the students thesocietal tools they need to understand other cultures as they move into the collegiate world. This Global Studies Event will be … Read more

The Future Perfect Project at Watkinson

by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern Announcing an extraordinary opportunity for the Watkinson community: the nationwide “Future Perfect Project” brings its LGBTQ initiative to Watkinson. The Future Perfect Project is an ongoing series of workshops, designed to provide LGBTQ high school students and student allies with songwriting and storytelling techniques and the opportunity … Read more

Shamarla K. ’20 Scores 1000th point

by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern This time last year, Alexsia R. ’20 was the 10th student in Watkinson’s history to score 1000 points in basketball. Now, almost one year later to the day, Watkinson is proud to add yet another name to that list. Junior Shamarla K. scored her 1000th point against … Read more

Preparations For SPHERE Are Underway

by Harrison Richman, University of Hartford Communications Intern Watkinson’s SPHERE Summer Program is entering its 47th summer with the goal of helping Hartford elementary students discover that learning can be achieved through varied creative and recreational activities. Each summer, Watkinson School enrolls 80-90 Hartford children, grades 1-5, in SPHERE and gives them a chance at … Read more

Sophomores Chosen to Speak at Leadership Greater Hartford’s Common Ground Graduation

by Alexa Miano, University of Hartford Communications Intern On December 11th at 6pm, Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) had graduation proceedings for Common Ground program participants at the Lincoln Financial Group located in Downtown Hartford. Watkinson’s Head of School, Teri Schrader, was represented as a local leader and chosen to be the keynote speaker at the … Read more

Sophomore Represents CT at Facebook Competition

Watkinson sophomore Angelique P. will compete with Girls For Technology, Inc. and represent the State of Connecticut at Facebook headquarters to compete in the final round of the Engineer For The Week Challenge (EFTW) to further develop Artificial Intelligence (AI), EBONI – a Chabot for young Black professionals. During fall of 2018, Facebook announced a national open … Read more

CAP Students in New York for Broadway Workshop

CAP students did a Broadway workshop last Friday in New York City at the Pearl Rehearsal Studios with Hamiltoncast member Thayne Jasperson. Jasperson has been in the Broadway smash hit musical since it opened, playing Samuel Seabury, singing and dancing in the chorus, and understudying the role of King George. Jasperson has also been on Broadway … Read more

6th Grade Watkinson Student Makes a Difference Following Tragedy

by Alexa Miano, University of Hartford Communications Intern 6th grader Julia S. heard about the tragic shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27th. She felt concerned about attending classes at her synagogue the following morning. This motivated her to start thinking about what she could do to … Read more