Back to School

Welcome!

We are excited that you are part of the Walker’s community and look forward to starting the new school year in September. This page is designed to give you and your daughter more detailed information about being a student at Walker’s.

By clicking on the appropriate button below, you’ll find a customized “Back to School” checklist with links to everything you need to complete in the next couple of months.

*Please note that all rising 9th graders are considered New Girls

We also encourage you to spend some time looking through the tabs below to familiarize yourself with any technology updates and generalized Walker’s information.

Arrival Dates and Times

Opening Days

Fall 2019 Registration Schedule

  • Preseason Athletes (students trying out for a varsity sport), Proctors/Big 7 and Orientation Leaders: Tuesday, September 3 Register for Preseason
    • Boarding Students: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Day Students: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • 8th Grade Students: Tuesday, September 3
    • Check-In and Departure for Camp Becket: 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
  • 6th and 7th Grade Students: Wednesday, September 4
    • Check-In and Departure for Camp Becket: 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
  • Returning Upper School Students: Thursday, September 5
    • Returning Upper School Boarding Students: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    • Returning Upper School Day Students: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • New* Upper School Students: Thursday, September 5
    • New Upper School Students: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Break and Transportation Information

Information for Boarding Students

Information for Day Students

Information for All Students

Technology Requirements

At Walker’s, we believe in the power of technology as a tool that our girls use to chart a path to their own success. Students work under the guidance of faculty who guide them through these new paths to learning. We require each girl to have either an Apple laptop or an iPad for their academic work. Families purchase their student’s device and and student is expected to bring their device, fully charged and in good repair, to school each day. Support staff is on hand during the school day to provide guidance when problems arise.

Faculty use many online academic resources including Google Apps for Education, Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle ebooks, digital notetaking and annotation apps. Students are also versed in presentation and multimedia editing software, and in our online student information and learning management systems. With daily use of these and many more applications, our students are poised to integrate traditional classroom tools with today’s online academic resources.

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Acceptable Laptops

Acceptable laptops include: an Apple laptop (MacBook) with either of the latest operating systems (OS X 10.10, 10.11, or 10.12).

You may compare new Mac models here: www.apple.com/mac/compare

Acceptable iPads

Acceptable models for the iPad include: an iPad 2 or newer. iPad minis are acceptable, though students may prefer a larger screen for reading electronic texts, writing, and editing creative projects.

  • You may compare new iPad models here: www.apple.com/ipad/compare
  • Some students with iPads have found external keyboards to be helpful for such tasks as word processing. A keyboard is not a necessary accessory, but some do find it beneficial.

Technology Systems

The Ethel Walker School uses a number of different online platforms for sharing information with incoming families, administering student placement tests, posting grades and class assignments, and facilitating online learning. We aim to streamline our communication and information sharing while selecting the best tools for each task.

Below is an overview of each system:



Parent and Student Pages (www.ethelwalker.org)

The parents and student pages on The Ethel Walker School website (www.ethelwalker.org) connect families to key information to guide them through their time at Walker's. The pages can be accessed at the top of each page near the search bar.

Ethelwalker.org Parent Page

This section of the School’s website includes a variety of resources that are intended to support families throughout their student’s journey at Walker’s. These resources include:

  • The All School calendar and Athletics calendar, including a separate tab for important dates
  • Back to school information, including a family to-do list, schedules, key contacts, an outline of the dress code, and tuition and fees
  • Details about The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA)
  • Sample block schedules for both the Upper School and Middle School
  • An archive of our weekly e-newsletter, Walker’s Weekly
  • School news
  • Information on the School’s curriculum
  • Links to key systems such as Veracross and FACTS (online tuition payments)

Ethelwalker.org Student Page

This section includes links to key systems, such as Veracross and PowerSchool Learning (formerly Haiku), are available throughout the year for ease of access.

Veracross

Veracross is the School’s student information system (SIS), including a comprehensive database that enables members of the Walker’s community to manage information related to students’ profiles and academic courses. Parents, teachers, and students are able to log into portals designed specifically for their role. Each portal provides access to the information and functionality needed to best support students through their educational journey at Walker’s.

Veracross Admissions Portal for New Families

New families become familiar with the Admissions Portal in Veracross through the application and enrollment process. When applying to Walker’s, each family creates an Admissions Portal Veracross Account. Applicants go through a checklist of items to complete the application. Once a student is accepted, families receive an online enrollment link where they view and sign the contract and pay the deposit. In early July, parents and students who are new to Walker’s transition from the Veracross Admissions Portal to the Veracross Parent Portal and Veracross Student Portal, respectively.

For help with the application and enrollment process, contact our Admissions department at
860-408-4200 or admissions@ethelwalker.org. Forgot your password? Contact our IT Help Desk at 860-408-4343 or helpdesk@ethelwalker.org.


Veracross Parent Portal

Parents are able to stay connected to information related to their student’s attendance, class schedule, grades and assignments. Included is a “planner” tool that lets parents view a timeline of when homework is due or when quizzes or tests are forthcoming. Parents may also access a directory of Walker’s families, the purpose of which is to facilitate coordination of carpooling and general parent communication. Please note that not all families are listed in the directory as some families opt out of participation. Parents can also update student permissions here under the “Update My Household Profile” link.

Forgot your password? Contact our IT Help Desk at 860-408-4343 or helpdesk@ethelwalker.org.

Magnus Health

Within the Veracross Parent Portal is a link to Magnus Health, which manages student health information. This system enables parents to upload and electronically sign medical forms. Magnus Health will be available to new families in early July.

Veracross Student Portal

Students log into Veracross daily to access their posted assignments, submit files to their teacher via a virtual dropbox, and learn of their progress through grades and teacher feedback.

PowerSchool Learning (formerly known as Haiku)

PowerSchool Learning is the School’s current learning management system (LMS) for use by teachers and students. This platform enables teachers to facilitate online learning activities. These activities may include having students post and reply to written reflections and discussion threads, create and edit multimedia-rich projects, and access online learning resources. The School also uses PowerSchool Learning for such tasks as conducting placement (proficiency) tests for incoming students, receiving photos of new students for orientation, and collecting roommate questionnaires.

Boardingware

Boardingware replaces the yellow card sign-in/sign-out system at Walker’s for boarders. The system integrates with Veracross to provide instant access to student locations. In addition, parents and guardians will be able to grant off-campus weekend travel via push notifications.

Walker's Words

The below words are unique to our community and are important to know before coming to Walker's:

  • Abra's: Our dining hall where all meals are served. Some special events are held here as well.
  • Area Drive: A weekend activity that provides transportation to local shopping centers, restaurants, and movie theaters.
  • Beaver Brook: "BB" for short, Beaver Brook houses most academic classes and is the main building on campus.
  • Big Ferg: This is the main theater on campus. Musicals, plays, concerts, and dance performances take place here.
  • Chapel: Our Chapel is non-denominational and is where the entire school gathers for Morning Meeting, Wednesday assemblies and other special events.
  • Cluett: A dorm that typically houses 11th and 12th graders.
  • Cluett Pit: Located in the Cluett Dorm, it is a place to hang out and relax.
  • Diddle's: The school store where you can buy snacks, clothes, school supplies, and also receive packages.
  • Dogswood Day: Dogswood Day is a culmination of a year of Suns and Dials activity. The Head of School announced 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.
  • D.O.S.: This stands for "Dean of Students." Some of the administrative offices are located here.
  • Little Ferg: This is our smaller theater on campus. The winter play, guest speakers, and some classes use this space.
  • Morning Meeting: Morning Meeting 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.
  • Mountain Day: 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 New Dorm: The newest dorm on campus typically houses 9th and 10th graders. Some special events are held here as well.
  • PowerSchool (Haiku): Another website that students use. Various classes use the site to post assignments and turn in work.
  • Smith: A dorm that typically houses 9th and 10th graders.
  • Soc: Pronounced "soe-sh," it is an area in the Centennial Center to hang out with friends and have fun.
  • Suns and Dials: These are our spirit groups. There are small contests throughout the year, ending with the biggest competition, Dogswood Day.
  • Toasters: Small buses that transport students to sports games, weekend activities, and area drive.
  • Veracross: A website that all students use. It provides important information such as classes, assignments, and the directory.

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.

Students must be in dress code in Academic Buildings from:

  • 7:30 a.m.-3:25 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and
  • 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday

During the year there are dress down and spirit days when the dress code is not in effect. 

All clothing should be neat, clean, and in good repair; no bare midriffs or cutouts. Head coverings for cultural or religious purposes are allowed.

A student who is out of dress code will be expected to find an appropriate change of clothes to change into for the duration of the academic day. The student will then receive a dress code violation. Three such violations will result in a Friday evening detention. 

Learn more about Walker's dress code:

Care Packages

Fitzgerald's Foods

Does your daughter have a birthday or special event coming up? Parents near and far have the opportunity to order and provide goodies for special sporting events, class parties, birthdays, and other activities through Fitzgerald's, a locally-owned grocery store. To utilize this opportunity, please note the following:

  • Place orders with Fitzgerald's by calling +1-860-658-2271. Ask for Heather or Tara in the Bakery Department.
  • Your options include:
    - Birthday cake and a mylar balloon; or
    - Large pizza, birthday cake and a mylar balloon
  • Payments are paid directly to Fitzgerald's upon ordering
  • Orders must be placed by 4:00 p.m. the day before the event/birthday

Tuition and Fees

When you invest in Walker’s, you invest in your daughter, not just academically, but in every aspect of her life.

2019-2020 Academic Year

Middle School $39,200
Middle School 5-Day Boarding (8th Grade Only)
  • Base Tuition: $45,800
  • Room and Board: $12,000
  • Consolidated Fee: $1,300
$59,100
Upper School Day $47,100
Upper School Boarding $64,000
Upper School International $66,950

Included in tuition is a $1,300 annual fee which includes but is not limited to technology, on-campus meals, membership in The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA), student activity fees, and some health center fees, including routine use, and flu shots. For some trips, participating students may be charged.

Riding lessons, private music lessons and private tutoring services have additional costs. Health insurance is available only for international students at an additional fee.

Contact Us

Dean of Students Office

Kathleen McNary Pillsbury, Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life, kpillsbury@ethelwalker.org
Nishette Isaac, Assistant Dean of Students, +1-860-408-4324, nisaac@ethelwalker.org
Mallory Pasquariello, Administrative Assistant, +1-860-408-4237, mpasquariello@ethelwalker.org

Registrar/Scheduling/Student Records

Susan Riggles, Registrar, +1-860-408-4235, sriggles@ethelwalker.org

Academic Administration

Julia Sheldon, Dean of Studies, +1-860-408-4335, jsheldon@ethelwalker.org

Technology

Robert Dawson, IT Helpdesk Support, HelpDesk@ethelwalker.org

Health/Learning Services

Joyce McIntyre, School Nurse, +1-860-408-4289, jmcintyre@ethelwalker.org
Joan Skelley, School Counselor, +1-860-408-4284, jskelley@ethelwalker.org
Mary Beth Conley, Academic Support Coordinator, +1-860-408-4283, mconley@ethelwalker.org

Business Office

Greg Jandreau, CFO, +1-860-408-4241, gjandreau@ethelwalker.org
Deb Palazzolo, Student Billing, +1-860-408-4242, dpalazzolo@ethelwalker.org

Athletics

John Monagan, Athletic Director, +1-860-408-4290, jmonagan@ethelwalker.org
Mimi Duran, Assistant Athletic Director, +1-860-408-4294, mduran@ethelwalker.org

Equestrian

Linda Langmeier, Director of Riding and Head Trainer, +1-860-377-1386, llangmeier@ethelwalker.org
Jo Seaver, Senior Trainer, +1-860-573-5496, jseaver@ethelwalker.org
Randi Booth, Assistant Director of Riding/Riding Instructor, +1-860-408-4360, rbooth@ethelwalker.org