Back to School

Back to School 2020-2021

Everything you need to start the year at Walker's.

Welcome! We are excited that you are part of the Walker’s community and look forward to starting the new school year in September 2020.

Message from Head of School Meera Viswanathan: September 1, 2020

COVID-19 and Planning for Arrival: Fall 2020

We hope you have been able to enjoy some time this summer with family and finding time to recharge before we begin school this fall. The administrative team and Walker’s COVID Task Force continue to meet regularly and together have developed a plan that allows us to be on campus in September, while paying close attention to the importance of the health and safety of our students and all members of the Walker’s community. We continue to adjust our plans as needed to follow the latest guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, national, state, and local officials and healthcare providers.

On our COVID-19 Information webpage, we’ve outlined information to assist you in preparation for arrival. We will continue to communicate throughout the summer as additional information becomes available.

Back to School Checklists

By clicking on the button below, you’ll find customized Back to School checklists with links to everything you need to complete in the next several weeks. We also encourage you to spend some time looking through the blocks below to familiarize yourself with any technology updates and other important Walker’s information.

Summer Reading and Assignments

Students, click the buttons below to view the full summer reading list and assignments for summer 2020. The English Department encourages you to read as much as possible this summer — get lost in a book, meet inspiring characters, marvel in the wonders of language, find solace in a story, and find new ways to look at the world.

The required texts for each course represent a wide range of content and genre and we urge you to try something new and challenging. We have also included a long list of optional texts to help you find books that will push you to grow as an English student. As always, consult with a trusted adult if you are unsure about a particular text. Happy reading!


Summer Reading

Opening Days Schedule

To alleviate congestion and to ensure the safety of all arriving students, during this period, all new and returning students must be accompanied by one parent or guardian.

To provide for flexibility in flight arrangements, please note that international students may arrive September 4 through September 8 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

Check-in Time by Group

Please note that all 9th graders are considered “new students”
September 3: Proctors (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
September 4: 11th and 12th Grade Returning Day Students (12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
September 5: Returning Upper School Boarding Students (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
September 6: 10th Grade Returning Day Students (12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
September 7: New Upper School Boarding Students, Grades 9-12, PG (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
September 7: New Upper School Day Students, Grades 9-12 (12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
September 8: Middle School Boarding Students, Grades 7-8 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
September 8: Middle School Day Students, Grades 6-8 (12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
September 9:  First Day of Classes (Special Schedule: In PersonHalf Day, Classes begin at 8:15 a.m., afternoon activities)

Opening Days

Specifics regarding other activities and orientation times will be shared shortly. Please also continue to read the Friday Walker’s Weeklies where we will share additional details over the upcoming weeks.

Parent/Guardian Information Sessions will be offered each check-in day from September 3 through September 8 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. For those unable to be on campus during these times, recordings of the sessions will be made available.

Dress Code

Walker’s dress code has evolved over many decades to represent the styles of the times, while maintaining school traditions. A defined dress code allows us to guide girls to make clothing choices while ensuring their confidence and creating a environment that looks professional and is conducive to learning.


Dress Code Academic Day

Co-Curricular Equipment Requirements

  • Large water bottle (one liter or larger)
  • Personal hand sanitizer

For the required swim test:

  • Swim suit
  • Swim cap and goggles if you have them (they are also available for purchase in Diddle’s Depot, our school store)

A good pair of running shoes and a simple sport watch with a timer

  • Speed rope
  • Athletic shoes
  • Yoga mat

Any students who plan to be in one of our fall and winter dance companies should have the following:

  • Pink ballet slippers
  • Black jazz shoes
  • Pink convertible ballet tights
  • Any color/style leotards
  • Hair ties

Dancers should also consider performance items including:

  • Skin colored undergarments
  • Hair nets
  • Makeup

Note: Any students taking dance for a single season in the fall or spring should have dance-type attire, but are not required to purchase anything specific unless they want to.

  • Mouth guard (required for first day of play)
  • Goggles, sticks and shin guards


  • ASTM-approved helmet
  • Gloves
  • EIS shirts (can also be ordered through the riding department with Walker’s logo)
  • Breeches
  • Half chaps and paddock boots or dress or field boots
  • Thin tall socks
  • Hair nets

Note: Parents can purchase these items in advance. Alternatively, students will be taken by riding faculty to local tack shops the first week of school to help shop for these items. Families should expect to pay between $225 and $500 total.

All players are required to have the following practice uniform for every training session:

  • Grey Walker’s tee (can be purchased in Diddle’s Depot, our school store)
  • Black shorts (any brand)
  • White soccer socks (any brand)
  • Shin guards
  • Soccer cleats
  • Foam roller

  • Knee pads
  • Volleyball shoes
  • Knee pads and spandex are available for purchase at school

Soccer opening days


*New Students Only

Walker's Words

Our dining hall where all meals are served. Some special events are held here as well.

A weekend activity that provides transportation to local shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theaters.

“BB” for short, Beaver Brook houses most academic classes and is the main building on campus.

This is the main theater on campus. Musicals, plays, concerts, and dance performances take place here.

Our boarding school management system that tracks students, manages leave and attendances, sign-in/outs, and more. The system integrates with Veracross to provide instant access to student locations.

The way we talk about how each girl can reach her full potential, all she can be and do, when cultural, economic, and gender barriers and mindsets are removed.

Our Chapel is non-denominational and is where the entire school gathers for Morning Meeting, Wednesday assemblies, and other special events.

A dorm that typically houses 11th and 12th graders.

Located in the Cluett Dorm, it is a place to hang out and relax.

The school store where you can buy snacks, clothes, and school supplies.

Dogswood Day is a culmination of a year of Suns and Dials activity. The Head of School announces Dogswood Day the evening before; students are given the day off from classes and participate in competitive games, ending with the Suns and Dials tug of war.

This stands for “Dean of Students.”

Short for Ferguson Theatre, this is the main theater on campus. The winter play, guest speakers, and some classes use this space.

This is our smaller theater on campus. The winter play, guest speakers, and some classes use this space.

Morning Meeting typically takes places on Monday and Friday mornings. It is a time for all members of the community to share announcements. We sit by advisor group.

Each fall, the Head of School surprises students with the announcement that Mountain Day will occur the following day. Students and faculty climb a challenging trail up nearby Talcott Mountain to the top, for a view that stretches hundreds of miles.

The newest dorm on campus typically houses 9th and 10th graders. Some special events are held here as well.

Another website that students use. Various classes use the site to post assignments and turn in work.

A dorm that typically houses 9th and 10th graders.

Pronounced “soe-sh,” it is an area in the Centennial Center to hang out with friends and have fun.

These are our spirit groups. There are small contests throughout the year, ending with the biggest competition, Dogswood Day.

Small buses that transport students to sports games, weekend activities, and area drive.

A website that all students use. It provides important information such as classes, assignments, and the directory.

The nicknames used for our Head of School, Dr. Meera Viswanathan and her husband, Dr. Eric Widmer. Read more about Ms. Vis here.

Important Phone Numbers

Main Desk: +1-860-408-4467

Academic Administration (John Monagan): +1-860-408-4221

Athletics (Kati Eggert): +1-860-408-4290

Attendance (Mallory Pasquariello): +1-860-408-4237

Counselor (Joan Skelley): +1-860-408-4284

Dean of Students (Kathleen McNary Pillsbury): +1-860-408-4239
(8:15 a.m. – 3:25 p.m., Monday-Friday)

Food Service (Michelle Ades):+1-860-408-4275

Middle School (Isabel Ceballos): +1-860-408-4297

Nurse (Joyce McIntyre): +1-860-408-4289

Registrar/Scheduling/Student Records (Susan Riggles): +1-860-408-4235

Social Justice and Inclusion (Elisa Del Valle Cardona): +1-860-408-4287

Student Billing (Deb Palazzolo): +1-860-408-4242

Technology (IT Helpdesk Support): +1-860-408-4343

Administrator on Duty (AOD):  +1-860-821-3080
(after 3:30 p.m. and weekends)

Cluett Dorm Faculty On Duty: +1-203-707-1154

New Dorm Faculty On Duty: +1-860-266-5861

Smith Dorm Faculty On Duty: +1-860-266-5864