Welcome Days

Welcome Days are Williston's special opening of school process, which offers families and students the opportunity to spend time with dorm parents, teachers, coaches, and advisors, and see our whole community in action. To help speed the check-in process, parents will receive helpful information over the summer.

The schedule for Welcome Days 2018 will be here in Summer 2018.

When are Welcome Days 2017?

Welcome Days 2017 begin Friday, September 1, and end Friday, September 15.

Click here to download the schedule for Welcome Days 2017.

What should I do before Welcome Days?

Please make sure that you complete your required Deans Office and Health forms, all of which are available in Veracross. New families received an email in July with a password to allow access to the required forms on Veracross. The following are the four forms that the Deans Office requires:

  • Day Student Permissions
  • Boarding Student Permissions
  • International Student Arrival
  • Emergency Contact Information

Health forms are due July 31. You should have received an with the form, but blank forms are also available online. If the student's physical was scheduled for after July 31, you should send the school the results of the last exam. Answers to many of your questions concerning health forms can be found in the FAQ section of Health and Wellness Services.

To ensure a safe and productive school environment, we require all members of our community to familiarize themselves with our newly-updated 2017-2018 Student and Parent Handbook, which you can read and download here. Once you have done that, please acknowledge its receipt on the Parent Portal. After you log in, select Student Handbook Permissions, click agree, then click "Save Policies" at the top of the page. (If you have forgotten your Veracross username or password, click here.) This online acknowledgment form must be competed by parents and/or guardians by September 1.

Students will also be given a printed copy of the handbook during Welcome Days and will fill out an acknowledgment form in their first advisory meeting.

Textbooks can be ordered online here, or through a vendor of your choice. Students who purchase textbooks online and have them shipped to the Campus Store should pick up their textbooks during Welcome Days.

Make sure you get all of the required summer coursework done. The Summer Reading and Course Preparation booklet is on the website and can be downloaded and printed.

Where can I find the summer coursework?

Students can find their summer assignments on the summer coursework page. Summer science and math work is listed at the bottom of the page.

Where should I go first?

Families should go to the Reed Campus Center and begin the Welcome Days process there.

Where do I park?

There are larger parking lots behind Phillips Stevens Chapel, off of Brewster Avenue, and on Payson Avenue, behind Scott Hall and the Williston Theatre. During move-in, families also may park on the driveway around the Quad. Click here for the campus map.

What should I do if I'm going to be early or late for Welcome Days?

International students should have received an email from the International Student Coordinator regarding travel plans. Thank you for helping everyone on campus plan. If you have questions or are not an international student, but are arriving early or late, please contact the Deans Office by email.

When do I get keys to my dorm?

Room keys and/or cards are issued during check in. A charge of $20 will be assessed for a lost key/card. A replacement key/card may be purchased at the Business Office after a lost key/card form has been obtained from the Deans Office. If the original key is returned, the Business Office will refund $10. If a room key is not returned at the end of the year, a $20 charge will be applied.

What should I bring to school?

Please see the 2017-18 Student and Parent Handbook for a complete listing of what to bring to school.

For all students, Williston provides a Surface Pro 4 through the Curricular Technology Program.

For boarding students, Williston provides basic room furnishings: a bed, bureau, desk and straight chair, mirror, and curtains or shades. Only one piece of personal furniture, such as a chair, may be allowed per student in a room.

Students should also bring: blankets, a pillow, sheets (twin XL size) and pillowcases, a mattress pad or cover, towels, study lamp, alarm clock (with battery back-up), hair dryer, razor, fan, small wastebasket, clothes hangers, and cell phone.

Laundry service is available through E&R, The Campus Laundry, at

The following items are not allowed in the dormitories: refrigerator, television, space heater, electric blanket, or halogen lamp.

What clothes should I pack?

Please refer to the dress code in the 2017-2018 Student and Parent Handbook to guide you when packing for school.

The Williston dress code is based on common sense, moderation, and respect for self and others. The expectation is that all clothing be modest, neat, clean, in good repair, and fit properly. When a student is in doubt about whether a particular outfit or piece of clothing conforms with dress code, it is the student's responsibility to obtain an opinion from the Deans Office before wearing it.

The following articles of clothing are not permitted: sweatshirts and/or items made of sweatshirt material; flip-flops and sports sandals; exposed undergraments; cargo, athletic, military camouflage, drawstring, or carpenter-style pants or shorts; shirts with large or inappropriate print; T-shirts and tank tops; coats or jackets designed for outdoor use worn indoors to cover unacceptable dress; hats or head coverings, including headbands and bandannas in buildings other than dormitories or the Athletic Center; strapless dresses, spaghetti strap dresses or tops; tube tops and midriff-baring tops, scoop neck and V-neck tops that are revealing.

How do I get my Veracross email and password?

New students and parents should have received their usernames and passwords for Veracross in July. If you have forgotten your username or password, click here. That username and password information can be used to access WillyNet, a portal of the website where some useful information and documents are stored.

When do I get my schedule for trimester 1?

Schedules were sent to families in early August and can be found in Veracross. These are preliminary schedules and will continue to change over the summer.

Final schedules will be available when students arrive in the fall.

What do I do if I have questions about my schedule?

If you have questions or concerns about your academic schedule, please contact the Academic Deans Office at (413) 529-3227 or by email at

Where do I find Van Pool information?

Van Pool operates from Hadley, Longmeadow, South Deerfield, or Westfield. Please note that there needs to be a minimum of five students at each location for the van pool to run. You can find a transportation agreement online on the Business Office webpage. It is also available on Veracross.

What do I do if I have questions about my dorm?

David Koritkoski, the assistant dean of students, oversees dormitory housing and assigns returning boarding students housing. He collaborates with the Admission Office when assigning housing to new boarding students.

Each spring, current students state their preferences for rooming in the subsequent school year. Their choices are granted whenever possible based on seniority and previous rooming history.

Room assignments are finalized in late August. After the school year begins, every effort is made to keep rooming assignments for the year and students should seek the counsel of dorm heads, proctors, and the deans when there is disagreement or discontent.

Following those conversations, if the situation continues to be unresolved, a room change form may be obtained from the Dean’s Office and must be signed by the student’s advisor, dormitory head, and the dean of students before a move will be considered or approved.

How do I find my advisor?

Advisors are listed on Veracross.

Where do I find my textbooks and how can I order them?

Physical books can be ordered here, or any bookseller of your choice. (Books are not sold in the on-campus bookstore.)

Books may be shipped to the school (to 40 Park Street, Easthampton, MA 01027) in your student's name and will be held at the campus store for pick-up and will be available at Welcome Days.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Hannigan in the Campus Store by phone at (413) 529-3240 or by email.

Where can I find tuition statements?

Tuition statements are available on the FACTS Management website. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office at (413) 529-3289 or by email at You also can refer to the email sent by the school's controller in early July.

When are class orientations?

The CORE Program (9th grade) has its orientation trip on Thursday, September 8, beginning at 1 p.m. The class and its advisors return on Friday, September 9, at 7 p.m. for Technology Orientation. Day students may be picked up at 8:30 p.m. following this session.

All Upper School Students have class orientations on Sunday, September 11, from noon until 4:30 p.m. Day students need to be on campus from 11:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students should be dressed in clothes and sneakers appropriate for outdoor activities. All students will wear their Class T-shirts.

When is Convocation?

Convocation is Friday, September 15, at 5:30 p.m. on the Quad. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, an expert on race in the classroom and a leader in higher education, will be the keynote speaker. Read more about her and the event here.

Students will sit by class in formal dress (coat and tie for boys, no tennis shoes) for the event. Class dinners will take place following Convocation in the following locations:

Seniors: Birch Dining Commons
Juniors: Athletic Center
Sophomores: Athletic Center
Freshmen: Athletic Center

Where can I find information on local lodging and dining options?

Click here to see our Lodging and Dining webpage.