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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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