students at the downtown Pavilion

Walker Highlights: May 2016

WLK Team XXL and friends at nTelos
Walker Team XXL dancers and friends.

Coached by the Richmond Ballet, the Walker and Buford dance group, Team XXL, performed in the pavilion as part of Fridays After Five.  The group is preparing for the upcoming Minds In Motion performance.

Eleven Buford and Walker students were accepted to Reflections, the Summer Regional Governor’s School Program for Middle School Students Gifted in the Visual Arts: Arianna Deiter, Belaynesh Downs-Reeve, Meg Gist, Eleanor Hilgart, Chu Keyer, Nora Liang, Anna Meyer, Emily Morris, Kyle O’Shea, Sohl Park, Yasu Shinozak, and Georgia Trainum. In addition, CHS 9th-grader Sahara Clemons was selected as one of two student assistants for the program.

On May 21, Buford’s engineering students are hosting a “STEM Saturday” for Walker students, with workshops on Lego Robotics, Squishy Circuits, and 2-D design using FableVision’s MakerStudio.  The event is made possible as part of a grant from the Noyce Foundation.

Congratulations to Walker students Batta Al-Doori, Katherine McGrath, and Jose Aparicio, winners in the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library 2016 Big Read Art Contest. The contest asked for artworks exploring the themes of loneliness and isolation in the novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Walker's winners in the JMRL photo competition.
Walker’s winners in the JMRL photo competition.

Walker-outdoor-classroom-smOn May 20, Walker School will dedicate its new outdoor classroom in memory of its beloved science teacher, Leslie Diehl. The new learning space is made possible through the generosity of the Diehl family and the Prana Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. The space will be used by gym, science, and art classes, and more.

Walker’s El Espectáculo  was spectacular!  The evening not only highlighted the school division’s elementary Spanish program, but it featured Spanish-infused contributions from every element of the school, from Zumba-dancing gym classes to stage backdrop featuring art done by Walker students in the style of traditional Mexican amate paintings.

Espectaculo collage
Spectacular students… Walker jazz band, dancers, and chorus.

Walker’s bands and chorus performed at  Musicale in Williamsburg.  Competing against 8th-grade bands, the Intermediate Band and the Jazz Band each earned 3rd place and a rating of Excellent. The Jazz Band’s rhythm section won the Outstanding Rhythm Section Award.  The Beginning Band and the Walker Chorus both received a rating of Superior and took first place in the elementary division!

Congratulations to Aly Seidman, who completed the competitive Duke University Talent Identification Program!