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National-merit-scholar-semifinalist Williston Honors National Merit and AP Scholars

Last October, about 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT test, which served as the initial screening for the National Merit Scholarship program. The nationwide pool of National Merit Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. At an all-school assembly on October 9,...

new-faculty-williston Williston Welcomes 10 New Faculty Members

Williston welcomes 10 new faculty members to campus this year. We extend a hearty welcome to them all! Tina Berghoff (Science) (not pictured above) Tina returns to the Williston faculty in a part-time capacity teaching two sections of AP Psychology. She previously served as our Academic Support Coordinator from 2014-2016. Tina earned a BA in...

writers-workshop-presenters-2019-20 Writers’ Workshop Authors Have a Story to Tell

The 22nd Writers’ Workshop Series at Williston Northampton School presents four authors whose work spans a spectrum of genres and forms. The Writers’ Workshop course is an honors two-trimester class where students study fiction and nonfiction. Students also engage with these visiting authors, who attend classes, discuss their creative process with the broader community, and...

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....

holly-lynton-photography-turkey-madonna Photographers’ Lecture Series Presents Holly Lynton

Holly Lynton photographs “vanishing industries­­­­—the last sheep shearer to use hand shears, shrimpers struggling to keep their boats out, the only weir fisher folk in New England, and the final crops of cigar tobacco before the barns are dismantled for floorboards,” she explains. Born in Boulder, Colorado, she lived in New York City and London before...

Wildcats Conquer at Classics Day

Once again, Williston’s Latin students came, saw and conquered Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College. Students attended workshops, examined the classical antiquities of the Mount Holyoke Museum of Art, and distinguished themselves in the many competitions held throughout the day.  Classics Day is hosted by the Pioneer Valley Classical Association and was attended by Middle...

Karen Shepard Chronicles Imperfect Women’s Lives

Author and Williams College Senior Lecturer Karen Shepard read from her collection of short stories, Kiss Me Someone (see the New York Times review here) at the final installment of the Writers’ Workshop on January 14. During her visit on campus, she visited the Writers’ Workshop English class and gave a public reading. The author...

13 Alumni Share College Reflections with Students

Thirteen young alumni returned to the Williston Northampton School campus this week to talk with juniors and seniors about the upcoming transition to college. They explained how they made crucial decisions, such as how many schools to visit, and which ones to apply to, as well as how to prepare for the all-important interview and compose...

315 Students on T1 Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following students who made honor roll during the first trimester of the 2018-19 school year. Grade 9 I Hang U, Honors Julia Borden, High Honors Tevah Rose, High Honors Jackson Frechette, Honors Adeline Hume, Honors Sofia Michalski, High Honors Cristina Negron, High Honors Raymond Toth, High Honors Michael Toth, Honors Tucker Motyka,...

What’s New in College Counseling

Catherine McGraw shares how her office is bringing new approaches to the college application process. When Williston seniors learn of their acceptance to colleges and universities this spring, the news will be the culmination of a process that—for better or worse—has been a central focus of their lives for years. To provide support during this...

Writers’ Workshop Presents ‘The Common’ Editor Jennifer Acker

  Jennifer Acker, the third presenter in this year’s Writers’ Workshop Series, joins us December 3 on campus. Ms. Acker is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Common, a literary magazine that explores the “modern sense of place.” She is a translator and a writer, with multiple published works, including a forthcoming Amazon Original Story and...

Students Reflect on UMass Chinese Acrobat Performance

On October 26, Rita Plouffe’s Chinese I, II, and III classes and Colin Mann’s Bass Chorus visited the UMass Fine Arts Center to watch a Chinese culture dance and music performance called “Chinese Warriors of Peking.” Chinese acrobatics were first recorded in the Qin Dynasty (225-207 BC) when China was unified by the first Emperor...

French Class Explores WWI ‘No Man’s Land’

On September 18, Adeleen Brown’s French IV class visited the Smith College Museum of Art to explore the exhibit of World War I prints called “No Man’s Land.” At the museum, students viewed the drawings and read their descriptions and then chose a theme related to the war. Then they chose one drawing that exemplified...

Willistonians Triumph (and Have Fun) at Classics Day

More than 60 Williston students with a love for ancient cultures learned and competed at Classics Day at the Mount Holyoke College campus on January 19. Wildcats emerged triumphant—like mighty Caesar, you might say—in a variety of contests. Alongside nearly four hundred students from schools such as MacDuffie, Berkshire Country Day, Academy Hill, Lenox, and Amherst,...

Middle Schoolers Dive into Five College Opportunities

Recent field trips sent seventh and eighth graders to area colleges to expand on work they were doing in the classroom. Will Eberle’s eighth grade Latin class visited Mount Holyoke College’s museum to explore its collection of statues of Roman Lares (household gods). Students designed their own Lares and lararium. The quotation from Cicero reads,...

Jazz Pianist Aaron Diehl Gives Master Class At Williston

  Mario Flores’s instrumental students got a treat yesterday when acclaimed pianist Aaron Diehl stopped by campus and delivered an impromptu master class. “It was a fantastic opportunity for our students!” said Flores, who leads the Williston’s orchestral and jazz programs and teaches music here. Diehl is a sought-after jazz virtuoso, playing with what the New York Times describes...

Classics Day Immerses Wildcats In Ancient Cultures

Classics Day brings together students of Latin from around the Pioneer Valley who, for one day, immerse themselves in the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. The annual event is organized and hosted by the Pioneer Valley Classics Association and held at Mount Holyoke College in nearby South Hadley, Massachusetts. On January 20, Williston students were...

Advice For Seniors: Exercise The Mind To Prepare For College

“To prepare for college, you need move beyond just spitting out what you’ve memorized or read,” Amherst College professor Austin Sarat told seniors the morning of October 14 in Assembly. “You need to actually think. And then you need to take it one step farther and think against your idea.” Sarat, who is the William Nelson Cromwell...