Family Weekend 2022

This year’s Family Weekend took place from October 7-8, 2022. Many thanks to all who attended!

  • Upper School Schedule

    Please note, schedules are subject to change.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

    8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN
    8 a.m.3 p.m. Grubbs Gallery, Reed Campus Center
    34:30 p.m. Reed Campus Center Terrace

    8:30–11:40 a.m.
    CLASSES/SPECIAL SCHEDULE
    Family members are encouraged to attend classes with their student(s).

    12 p.m.–12:30 p.m.
    UPPER SCHOOL ASSEMBLY–ALL FAMILIES WELCOME
    Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center
    Required for all Upper School Students

    12:30–1:30 p.m.
    COMMUNITY LUNCH
    Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center and Sawyer Field Tent

    1:40–5 p.m.
    FAMILY/FACULTY CONVERSATIONS
    Upper School parents wishing to meet with teachers should sign up for conferences in Veracross before Family Weekend. You will receive an email letting you know when the conference sign-ups are open. 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.
    INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE COUNSELING FOR FAMILIES
    Phillips Stevens Chapel
    Students welcome if schedule permits. Open to parents and students from the classes of ’24, ’25, and ’26. Come get an overview of what to expect from the college search process from Williston’s Acting Director of College Counseling Emily McDowell.

    3:15–4 p.m.
    MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS AT WILLISTON
    Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center
    Join Acting Dean of Students Dave Koritkoski, Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Nikki Chambers, and Director of Mental Health Counseling Meg Colenback P’27 to learn about Williston’s efforts to support student wellness and mental health.

    3:30–5 p.m.
    ATHLETIC PRACTICES AND AFTERNOON PROGRAMS (FOR STUDENTS)

    4:30–6 p.m.
    CLASS SPECIFIC PARENT RECEPTIONS
    Meet, mingle, and enjoy light bites with other families from your student(s) class.

    CLASS OF 2023 PARENT RECEPTION
    Head of School’s Home, 37 Park Street

    CLASS OF 2024 PARENT RECEPTION
    Homestead / Zachs Admission Center Lobby, 28 Park Street 

    CLASS OF 2025 PARENT RECEPTION
    Grubbs Gallery, Reed Campus Center

    CLASS OF 2026 PARENT RECEPTION
    Stu-Bop, Reed Campus Center

    4:30–7:30 p.m.
    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS AND FOOD TRUCK
    Sawyer Field
    Cheer on our Wildcats and enjoy a fried dough food truck!

    5:30–7 p.m.

    DINNER IN BIRCH DINING COMMONS WITH STUDENTS OR ON YOUR OWN
    Birch Dining Commons

    ATHLETIC CONTESTS
    • 4:30 p.m. Girls JV Field Hockey–Galbraith Fields
    • 5 p.m. Boys Varsity Water Polo – Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center
    • 5:30 p.m. Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball–Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center
    • 6 p.m. Girls Varsity Field Hockey–Berube Stadium at Sawyer Field

    WIFI ACCESS
    Please choose the network named WILLISTONGUESTS, and follow the instructions when prompted.

    THE CAMPUS STORE
    Downstairs in the Reed Campus Center
    Friday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Saturday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

    HEALTH SERVICES
    15 Payson Avenue
    Friday 7:30a.m.–4:30 p.m, 6-8:30 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

    7–9 a.m.
    BREAKFAST
    Birch Dining Commons

    8–11 a.m.
    REGISTRATION OPEN
    Grubbs Gallery, Reed Campus Center

    8 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
    FAMILY/FACULTY CONVERSATIONS
    Upper School parents wishing to meet with teachers should sign up for conferences in Veracross before Family Weekend. You will receive an email letting you know when the conference sign-ups are open. 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 FAMILIES WITH COLLEGE COUNSELORS
    Plimpton Hall
    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
    Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center
    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.

    11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.
    BLACK STUDENT UNION MEET & GREET
    Stu-Bop, Reed Campus Center
    Join BSU students, their families, and Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Belonging Nikki Chambers, Assistant Dean of DEIB Jayson Leigh, and Spanish Faculty Member/Advisor to BSU Darle Kokoszka. Learn more about Williston’s commitment to the social, cultural, and academic needs of Black-identifying students attending Williston.

    12–2 p.m.
    TAILGATE LUNCH
    Sawyer Field Tent

    ATHLETIC CONTESTS
    • 1:30 p.m. Boys Varsity & JV A Soccer – Galbraith Fields
    • 2 p.m. Boys Varsity Football – Berube Stadium at Sawyer Field
    • 2:15 p.m. Boys Cross Country – Galbraith Fields
    • 2:45 p.m. Girls Cross Country – Galbraith Fields
    • 3:30 p.m. Girls Varsity & JV Soccer – Galbraith Fields

    WIFI ACCESS
    Please choose the network named WILLISTONGUESTS, and follow the instructions when prompted.

    THE CAMPUS STORE
    Downstairs in the Reed Campus Center
    Friday from 8am–4 pm
    Saturday from 9am–2 pm

    HEALTH SERVICES
    15 Payson Avenue
    Friday 7:30a.m.–4:30 p.m, 6-8:30 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Middle School Schedule

    No Middle School classes on Friday, October 7. The day is intended for parents only. Please note, schedules are subject to change.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

    7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
    REGISTRATION AND CHECK IN
    Whitaker-Bement Center

    8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    FAMILY /TEACHER CONFERENCES

    8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    REFRESHMENTS AND SNACKS
    Bottom floor of Whitaker-Bement Center
    Mingle with other Middle School families between family/teacher conferences.

    12:30–1:30 p.m.
    COMMUNITY LUNCH
    Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center & Sawyer Field Tent

    3:15–4 p.m.
    MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS AT WILLISTON
    Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center
    Join Acting Dean of Students Dave Koritkoski, Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Nikki Chambers, and Director of Mental Health Counseling Meg Colenback to learn about Williston’s efforts to support student wellness and mental health.

    4:30–7:30 p.m.
    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS AND FOOD TRUCK
    Sawyer Field 
    Cheer on our Wildcats and enjoy a fried dough food truck!

    ATHLETIC CONTESTS

    • 4:30 p.m. Girls JV Field Hockey–Galbraith Fields
    • 5 p.m. Boys Varsity Water Polo–Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center
    • 5:30 p.m. Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball–Sabina Cain Family Athletic Center
    • 6 p.m. Girls Varsity Field Hockey–Berube Stadium at Sawyer Field


    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

    12–2 p.m.
    TAILGATE LUNCH
    Sawyer Field Tent

    ATHLETIC CONTESTS
    • 1:30 p.m. Boys Varsity & JV A Soccer–Galbraith Fields
    • 2 p.m. Boys Varsity Football–Berube Stadium at Sawyer Field
    • 2:15 p.m. Boys Cross Country–Galbraith Fields
    • 2:45 p.m. Girls Cross Country–Galbraith Fields
    • 3:30 p.m. Girls Varsity & JV Soccer–Galbraith Fields

    WIFI ACCESS
    Please choose the network named WILLISTONGUESTS, and follow the instructions when prompted.

    THE CAMPUS STORE
    Downstairs in the Reed Campus Center
    Friday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Saturday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

    HEALTH SERVICES
    15 Payson Avenue
    Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m, 6-8:30 p.m.
    Saturday 9 a.m.–1 p.m.


FAQ

  • How do I register for family weekend?

  • How do I sign up for my parent/teacher conference?

    Parent-teacher conference signs ups are now open! In advance of your visit, please be sure to set up conferences with your child’s current teachers following the directions below. When scheduling, please leave 10 minutes between each conference to allow enough time to get from building to building. Please also print out your schedule and bring it with you so you know where you need to be and when.

    Here’s how to set up your conferences.
    1. Log into your Parent Portal. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it on the Parent Portal login page.
    2. Click on the green box that says “Parent-Teacher Conferences” on the upper right side of the page.
    3. Follow the directions for choosing conference times. Please remember to leave 10 minutes between each conference and to only sign up with your child’s current teachers.
    4. Once you’re done setting up your appointments, click the blue printer button next to “My Schedule” to get a PDF of your schedule. Please bring it with you.

    If you have any technical issues with this process, please contact Mary Ellen Facteau by email or by phone at (413) 529-3279. Thank you again, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

  • Where do I park?

    Ample parking is available on the Williston Northampton School campus. When you arrive, please follow the signs regarding family parking or pull onto the Main Quad loop, and campus safety will direct you to parking. View the campus map here to find campus parking locations.

  • What are some local hotels and restaurants?

    Easthampton and the surrounding Pioneer Valley are home to many hotels and restaurants, however, because of the five colleges in the area, reservations can fill up quickly. We highly recommend that you book your stay early. There’s a sampling of local hotels and other details on our Visitor Information page, and you can find more resources for planning your trip at at visithampshirecounty.com.

  • When can my child leave campus for the long weekend?

    Students may leave for the long weekend once they have met all their commitments, including all athletic contests, arts intensives, or other required activities.

  • How do I make my gift to the Williston Northampton Fund before Family Weekend?

    You can make your gift online, by Venmo, or by sending a check payable to Williston. When you make your contribution before Family Weekend, you will receive a Wildcat sticker on your name tag in recognition of your generosity. Find additional information on ways to give, including donor-advised funds, wire transfers, and gifts of securities on our Giving page. Thank you for your gift!

  • Can I attend classes with my child on Family Weekend?

    Yes! Currently we are planning on having parents visit classes in person. This is subject to change based on the COVID-19 policy at the time of Family Weekend.

  • What are the COVID-19 policies for Family Weekend?

    Find out more at our 2022-23 COVID protocols page, which will be continually updated throughout the school year.

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