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Giving Matters: Amber Hamilton ’94

Learning to Be a Leader Marie Hamilton was determined to give her daughter the educational opportunities she didn’t have as a child. And so, when Amber Hamilton ’94 was in middle school, her mother, then a manager for Macy’s credit services, bought a home in a very well regarded and wealthy New Jersey suburb, thinking...

Honoring Cathleen Robinson

A beloved teacher’s family launches a new financial aid fund. Generations of Williston students remember Language Department head and Spanish teacher Cathleen Robinson for her remarkable contributions over a career that spanned nearly three decades: faculty advisor to the Willistonian; founder of the Areté tutors; developer of the Western philosophy and Latin American history courses;...

Giving Matters: Becca Macdonald ’11

Forging Her Own Path Becca Macdonald ’11 has never been one to take the conventional path through life. From her success as a grade-school violinist to her achievements rowing at Notre Dame, she tends to approach interests not with a gingerly dipped toe, but with total immersion. Consider her senior year at Williston: although no...

Giving Matters: Dan Rowe ’12

An Ambassador for Education When Dan Rowe ’12 speaks to New Jersey middle school students about the benefits of pursuing an independent school education, he is more than just a recruiter for the Wight Foundation. He is also living proof of just what the program can do. Rowe himself was a public-school kid growing up...

Giving Matters: Gates MacPherson ’19

Making the Most of Her Time Gates MacPherson ’19 arrived at Williston last year as a junior, transferring from the public high school in her Ontario home town. Making that kind of a transition—to a new school in a new country—can be challenging, Gates knew, and she was initially anxious about how she would fit...

Giving Matters: Andrew Syfu

Striving to Be Better “It’s been perfect timing to motivate me to want to pursue teaching as a career, and to help me in my current role as Middle School dean.” Prior to his arrival at Williston in 2005, Andrew Syfu had not given much thought to a career in education. A graduate of Amherst...

williston-to-break-ground-on-new-dorm Williston to Break Ground on New Girls Dorm

Head of School Robert W. Hill III last week announced that the Williston Northampton School will begin construction on a new girls dormitory this summer. The 40-bed residence hall, with four attached faculty homes, is slated to open in the fall of 2020, and will complete the plan for the school’s Residential Quad, which began...

noe-perry-green-library 307 Williston Students Earn Honors in T3

Please extend your heartiest congratulations to the following 307 students who made the honor roll for Trimester 3. Way to go, Wildcats! Grade 9 Elizabeth Allardyce, Honors Praghya Athavan Raja, Honors Grace Bean, Honors Edward Bergham, High Honors Julia Borden, High Honors Emeline Bruce, High Honors Francis Cataldo, High Honors Chi Hin Nathan Chang, Honors...

new-dugouts Field of Dreams

New Carpenter Field Dugouts are a timely gift   Visitors to Williston baseball games this spring will be greeted by the sight of two fresh new dugouts, built with a generous gift from Martha and Walter McLaughlin P’12, ’14. The dugouts will provide many benefits to players and fans alike, adding not only coverage from...

ann-dowd-williston-commencement Ann Dowd ’74 Commencement Speech

Introduction by Head of School Robert W. Hill III Ann Dowd’s Emmy acceptance speech for A Handmaid’s Tale went viral. You may have seen it. And it went viral because it was an incredibly authentic moment, and I subsequently watched in on her interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show (that happens to be...

Reunion Weekend is Almost Here!

Reunion Weekend is almost here! We’re excited to welcome back the ‘4s and ‘9s, as you celebrate this milestone June 7–9. We can’t wait to see you! See the schedule See who’s coming

williston-commencement-louisa-weed Williston Graduates 112 Members of the Class of 2019

One hundred twelve members of the class of 2019 crossed the stage on May 25, 2019, during Williston Northampton School’s 178th Commencement. After processing under the large tent to the music of bagpipers and drummers, they sat among their peers, among faculty, staff, and among friends and families. Girls dressed in white and held red...

academic-awards Academic Awards Spotlight Achievement

Students and faculty assembled under a tent on the Quad on the afternoon of May 24 to recognize the academic achievements of Williston Northampton School students. Head of School Robert W. Hill III handed out the prizes. “Today is the public celebration of Williston’s yearlong pursuit of excellence,” he said. See photos of the event here....

Growing Minds for the 21st Century

Students and teachers at the Williston Northampton School recently relocated the school’s garden, housing many different greens planted by students over the years, from the residential quad to behind Logan House, in order to make room for a new dorm to be built over the summer. The garden has been moved several times now, but...

athletic-awards Spring Athletic Awards

Director of Athletics Mark Conroy shared highlights of the winter sports season at an all-school assembly on May 23. His comments and the specific awards are below. Way to go, Wildcats! Riding Two Williston students, Abby Vassallo and Angela Tsai, rode this spring at Fuller Horse Farm in Westhampton under the guidance of Laura Etzel....

Reshaping Education

Few professions chosen by Williston graduates are more popular than education, with many hundreds of alumni currently working as teachers, coaches, professors, and administrators at schools around the world. Among these are a number of alumni whose work places them squarely in today’s educational hot spots, confronting the tough issues—testing, charter schools, curriculum, college counseling—that...

Educating for a Sustainable World

Ellie Molyneux ’04 Director of Sustainability and Fourth Grade Teacher Greenwich Country Day School Greenwich, CT Ellie Molyneux’s work as a teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer at schools around the world has left her with a passionate belief in the importance of one often-overlooked subject: sustainability. “It needs to be in the school mission, it...

Empowering the Future Leaders of Hawaii

Alex Teece ’04 Chief Education Officer and Co-founder DreamHouse ’Ewa Beach Charter School ’Ewa Beach, HI “We talk about advocacy and empowerment and developing leaders—we need to give our kids opportunities to lead. We need to give our kids opportunities to advocate.” Alex Teece was a newly minted seventh-grade English teacher, working for Teach for...

Striking an Assessment Balance

Nell Frame ’05 Senior Manager,  Assessment Products and Strategy KIPP Foundation Frisco, TX As a student, Nell Etheredge Frame enjoyed school so much that before coming to Williston as a seventh grader, she signed up for optional summer school classes. There was just one aspect of school that the future White Blazer winner didn’t love:...

Supporting Foster Care Students

Alexa Hudson ’04 Director, University of Utah First Star Academy Salt Lake City, UT “What keeps our students coming back is the love they have for each other, for the staff, and for feeling like they are a part of something.” When Alexa Hudson meets incoming students at the University of Utah’s First Star Academy,...

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