Family Weekend - upper school schedule

Friday, October 20

8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Registration and check in

Grubbs Gallery, Reed Campus Center

8:30–11:40 a.m.

Classes/special schedule
Family members encouraged to attend

11:50 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Welcome from Head of School Robert W. Hill III and school assembly

Athletic Center

Required for all Upper School students

12:30–1:30 p.m.
Community lunch

Athletic Center and Sawyer Field Tent

1:40–5 p.m.
Parent/faculty conversations (Registration for parent-teacher conferences will be available the week of October 9.)

Upper school parents wishing to meet with teachers should have signed up for conferences in Veracross before Family Weekend. If you have questions about your time slots, or where you are meeting, please ask when you check in at registration.

2–3 p.m.
College admissions panel

Phillips Stevens Chapel

Join deans from a range of colleges to learn about the college admissions landscape and hear advice on guiding your student through the college-search process. This panel is open to all parents and their students, and is strongly encouraged for parents of sophomores and juniors.

Panelists: Diane C. Anci, Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, Kenyon College; Peter Johnson, Director of Enrollment Groups, Special Projects, Columbia University; Jon Westover, Senior Associate Director of Admission, UMass Amherst

3:15–4 p.m.
College financial aid workshop

Phillips Stevens Chapel

With Jessica Bernier, Director of Student Financial Services, Vassar College. All students and parents welcome!

3:30–5 p.m.
Athletic practices and afternoon programs (for students)

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Parent reception

Head of School’s home, 37 Park Street

Please join Head of School Robert W. Hill III and Kathryn Hill P’15, ’19 for a reception at their home.

5:30–7 p.m.
Dinner in Birch Dining Commons with students or on your own

6–8 p.m.
Athletic contests

Varsity and JV volleyball
Varsity girls soccer

8 p.m.
Fall theater production: Thorton Wilder’s
Our Town
Often praised as one of the “finest achievements of the stage,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-Prize Winning Our Town is an American Classic. Set in the fictional New Hampshire town of Grover’s Corners at the turn of the last century, Our Town takes us through what we initially believe to be a story about small town New England life. Instead, through Wilder’s masterful storytelling, we are given a brilliant meditation on gratitude and the beauty in the everydayness of our lives.

Free for Williston families on Friday night. Reserve your space here.


Saturday, October 21

7 a.m.
Breakfast

Birch Dining Commons

8–11 a.m.
Registration open

Grubbs Gallery, Reed Campus Center

8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Parent/faculty conversations

Upper school parents wishing to meet with teachers should have signed up for conferences in Veracross before Family Weekend. If you have questions about your time slots, or where you are meeting, please ask when you check in at registration.

8:30–11 a.m.
Individual meetings for senior parents with college counselors

This is a great chance to meet one-on-one with your student’s college counselor. To make an appointment, please contact Dianne King at 413-529-3224 or dking@williston.com.

10–11 a.m.
Student-athlete college counseling panel

Students welcome, if schedule permits. Listen to advice from college coaches on the recruitment process for student athletes. We strongly encourage both parents and students considering playing at the DI, II, or III level to attend.
Phillips Stevens Chapel

11:15 a.m.–noon
Introduction to College Counseling at Williston for parents, with Catherine McGraw, Director of College Counseling

Students welcome, if schedule permits. Open to parents and students from the classes of ’19, ’20 and ’21. Come get an overview of what to expect over the course of four years in the college process at Williston.
Phillips Stevens Chapel

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Tailgate lunch

Sawyer Field

1:30–6 p.m.
Athletic contests

1:30 p.m., Varsity football
2 p.m., JV field hockey (Galbraith)
2 p.m., JV girls soccer(Galbraith)
2 p.m., Varsity boys water polo
3 p.m., Girls cross-country (Galbraith)
3 p.m., Varsity boys soccer (Galbraith)
3 p.m., JV boys soccer (Galbraith)
3:30 p.m., Boys cross-country (Galbraith)
3:30 p.m., Varsity field hockey (Galbraith)

7:30 p.m.
Theater production: Thornton Wilder’s
Our Town
Often praised as one of the “finest achievements of the stage,” Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-Prize Winning Our Town is an American Classic. Set in the fictional New Hampshire town of Grover’s Corners at the turn of the last century, Our Town takes us through what we initially believe to be a story about small town New England life. Instead, through Wilder’s masterful storytelling, we are given a brilliant meditation on gratitude and the beauty in the everydayness of our lives.

Tickets on Saturday: $7 students/seniors; $10 adults. Online purchase coming soon.


Campus Store hours
Downstairs in the Reed Campus Center

Friday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.


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