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Woman outside with flowers New Dean of Faculty Brings an Inside Perspective

The Williston Northampton School is pleased to announce that Corie Fogg will become our new Dean of Faculty beginning July 1, 2021. Following a national search process which garnered a talented pool of candidates representing experience from a broad range of academic backgrounds, Williston’s ad hoc hiring committee was pleased to invite Fogg to lead...

boy using computer Williston Student’s Bot Helps Seniors Get the Jab

When Williston student Frannie Cataldo ’22 and his friend, Longmeadow High School junior Adam Low, watched older adult family members struggle to make appointments to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines, they developed a plan to help. Creating the organization Juniors Helping Seniors, they distributed fliers to local grocery stores and pharmacies to get the...

chapel 334 Wildcats Make Honor Roll in T1

Congratulations to the following students who made honor roll in the first Trimester of the 2020-21 school year! Grade 9 Camille Armaganian, High Honors Caroline Aufiero, High Honors Yuetong Bie, High Honors Logan Cherewatti, Honors Alessandra Christakos, High Honors James Elliott, High Honors Azhara Ewen, High Honors Amber Fedor, High Honors Hudson Fulcher-Melendy, High Honors...

woman standing before young people in classroom Williston Recognized for Computer Science Gender Equity

Williston Northampton School was proud to have been recognized this week with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles. This award acknowledges schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2019-20 school year. We caught up with Williston computer science teacher and Director...

three students and a teacher in a classroom Black Male Student Speakers: See Me as More Than an Athlete

  Three student speakers addressed Assembly this week, asking the Williston community to see beyond their surface identity as Black male athletes.  As part of Black History Month, these presenters shared a bit about who they are, in addition to the sports they play. Psychology teacher Matthew Porter, himself a Black man, introduced the three...

students eating lunch at tables with plexiglass dividers pandemic Creating Connection

Where can you find seniors saying hi to first years and students interacting across disciplines and from distant dorms? If new school counselor Deborah Potee has her way, the answer is “everywhere.” During a year when mask-wearing and social distancing has put literal barriers between people, she and colleague Joseph Katz have initiated a program...

18 students in a gym 18 Seniors Celebrated at Signing to Play College Sports

On February 5, Williston celebrated 15 seniors who have committed to college athletic programs this winter, as well as three who signed to play college sports in the fall. In remarks to members of the Williston community, who gathered in the Sabina Cain Athletic Center, as well as to family and friends watching on a...

girl holding paper in front of map Williston Artists, Writers Strike Gold, Silver

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Recognition is given in 28 categories in arts and writing for students in grades 7 to 12. Regional Gold Key awardees are under consideration for national awards. This year’s Williston Northampton School awardees are: Anita Hua ’22 (pictured...

grid of student faces Ronald Chan ’01 Encourages Global Perspective

Class of 2001 alumnus Ronald Chan delivered the keynote address at Williston Northampton School’s virtual 2021 Cum Laude Society induction ceremony on January 26, when the school bestowed one of its highest academic honors on 12 members of the senior class. (See video of the entire ceremony and the speaker only.) Head of School Robert...

man with blue background Reeves Describes the Marathon Ahead

Today’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day Speaker, poet and University of Texas Austin Associate Professor of English Dr. Roger Reeves, posed this question to the Williston community: “Will you open your door for a stranger?” The talk was inspired by King’s final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community. During the hour-long...

man on a street in a blue jacket Ronald Chan ’01 To Be Featured Speaker at Cum Laude Ceremony

Williston Northampton School is pleased to announce that Ronald Chan ’01 will be the featured speaker for our virtual Cum Laude induction ceremony, to be broadcast on January 26. Chan has had more than a decade of experience in public service and current affairs. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he attended the Williston Northampton...

Williston campus with pond and bridge Recognition for Commended Students and AP Scholars

Six Williston Northampton School seniors were honored today at a Williston Northampton School assembly for their high scores on the PSAT. Gabriel Davila-Bustamante, Sophie Gontow Calderon, Felix King, Molly Kinstle, Nikhil Sierros, and Noel Song were named Commended Students. Out of more than 1.5 million students who took the test, they placed in the top...

Students Receive Academic Awards

On October 6, members of the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 received recognition for academic excellence in the 2019-20 school year in a virtual ceremony. The event, usually held in May, was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Below are the award winners, who would have been in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade at...

three teachers Three Faculty Members Earn Academic Honors

During the Academic Awards ceremony held on October 6, Dean of Faculty Peter Valine presented three faculty members with two chairs and an instructorship. Congratulations to these dedicated teachers! His statements are as follows: Grubbs Faculty Chair, Jeff Ketcham, Science Faculty The Grubbs Faculty Chair was established in 1999 by trustees and friends of the...

Adeleen Brown, a French teacher at Williston Clearly Stated: How a French Teacher is Meeting the Moment

How do you teach students a new language while wearing a protective face mask? That’s what Adeleen Brown was wondering before the 2020-21 school year began. Brown—who’s a French teacher, the chair of the Language Department, and the holder of the NSFG Instructorship—looked into different types of masks and settled on one with a clear...

Reopening Plan

Since mid-March, our administration and opening-of-school task forces have been working on all aspects of our fall reopening, and we are pleased to share Williston’s Reopening Plan, which includes our comprehensive strategy for a healthy and safe fall trimester, as well as an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions. See the reopening plan here.

Four women faculty members Williston Welcomes New Faculty Members

Williston is pleased to welcome four new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year. Alexia Ildefonso is a St. Andrews School alum and therefore familiar with independent boarding schools. She graduated from Harvard University this spring with a bachelor’s degree in History of Science. She has experience as a camp counselor, as an RA at...

Man seated in empty theater Virtual Play Highlights Humanity

Jack Spagnola’s current play was written before 2020, before social distancing, quarantining, masks—before phased re-opening and scaling back and re-opening again. Before the tumult of emotions that have been a constant part of life for nearly five months. But, like all powerful art, the work, Lou (an unintentional search for friendship), feels prescient, almost comically...

English Teacher’s Poems “Swerve Toward Danger”

After an accident in the kitchen—you’re slicing a strawberry, you do it every morning, but the knife handle slips—there’s a tiny window after the skin is pierced but before the blood comes. That moment, a few seconds at the most, is where the beauty and power and fear of Sarah Levine’s poems live. Consider this,...

A New Way to Learn

With a mix of technology, innovation, and straight-up amazing teaching, Williston transitoned to online classes this spring. Here’s just a small sampling of the remote trimester that was anything but. When the world went into social-distance mode, Williston was ready. As an international institution, we necessarily had been monitoring the coronavirus from shortly after it...

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