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man in white shirt standing in front of Sol Lewit artwork Grum Project Composer’s Music Urges Change

The 2020-21 academic year marks Williston Northampton School’s 180th year. To celebrate this achievement, WNS Choirs, with support of the Grum Project, commissioned local composer Geoff Hudson to set to music words culled from student texts to create a piece specifically for the school, “The Mountain and the Bell.” The English Department collected student texts...

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...

Choral concert Watch the Choral and Instrumental Concert Here!

Want to join the watch party for the Williston Choral and Instrumental Concert? Click here, starting at 8 p.m. on December 15!

Remote Learning with Ozzie the Zebra

Many families live with dogs, cats, bunnies, and even snakes, but few people get the chance to live with a zebra. In an already strange year, I have been given that unusual chance. The Good Earth Farm and Chocolate Chip Animal Rescue in Loxahatchee, Florida, is owned and operated by Nancy Freid and home to...

Reopening Plans for January and March

Through a combination of testing, mask-wearing, distancing, and other safety measures, the Williston Northampton School was able to have a fall trimester that, while atypical, featured in-person classes, Afternoon Program, activities, residential life, and a uniquely caring, nurturing, and inspiring community in which students grow and thrive. See our reopening plans for January and March...

dance performance Watch the Fall 2020 Dance Performance: Distant Dream

The Fall 2020 Dance Performance: Distant Dream is available to watch here!  

girls with glasses at park Warm Things for People Who Need Them

It’s a story that warms hearts—and bodies. Valley Knits, organized by Isabel Baxter-Paris ’25 will be distributing hand-knitted and hand-crocheted hats and scarves throughout Court Square in Springfield this winter. Volunteers will tie pieces to lamp posts and benches and anywhere they can, Baxter-Paris said. Each item has a tag attached that reads, “If you’re...

members of the community service club Mission: To Serve the Community

Williston Community Service Club members have been busy during the first trimester of the school year—despite a global pandemic. The 60 participants have amassed a comprehensive list of projects including these: Helped raise more than $20,000 for families facing pediatric cancer by helping plan and staff the 2020 Just Tryan It event Picked up three...

two people fist bumping Some Thoughts on National Kindness Day

The Williston community received a reminder from Director of Inclusion and Community Life Erin Davey that today is National Kindness Day, “and right now, the world could use it more than ever,” she wrote. She quoted psychologist Lisa Damour, author of Untangled and Under Pressure: “Research finds that altruistic behavior activates the very same regions...

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...

scene of Antigone on stage Antigone’s New Iteration Defies Time

How do you put on a play during a pandemic, when there can be no audience, when players have to distance and wear masks? The theater makers at Williston took that challenge and raised it. They not only produced the Sophocles tragedy Antigone, but also reworked the play, added new character arcs, composed musical accompaniment,...

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...

male student on lacrosse pitch Alum Athlete Spotlight: Joe Rees ’20

After a long time off due to Covid, alumni Joe Rees is finally getting back onto the lacrosse field. After graduating from Williston this past Spring, Joe, from Amherst, Massachusetts, moved on to Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where he will be able to continue his academic career while also getting the chance to...

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...

male student sitting at table with Williston northampton school logo Alum Athlete Spotlight: Kevin Talbot ’20

Kevin Talbot is carrying the skill — and immense good will — he garnered as a Wildcat to his new role on the lacrosse team at Wesleyan. Kevin, a 2020 graduate from Williston, just started his freshman year at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was recruited to Wesleyan as a lacrosse player in the...

woman speaking at podium Presenter Offers Guideposts for Courageous Conversations

In a talk designed to help Williston Northampton School students understand how biased comments can hurt fellow classmates, and how to turn that around, presenter Rosetta Lee explained how dynamics of difference work, and how to stop harm by engaging in courageous conversations. She is one of several speakers on diversity, equity, and inclusion to...

dancers in masks arms stretched up Gratefully Dancing Together

How do you stage a dance performance during a pandemic? You film it outside, of course! We asked Artistic Director of the Williston Dance Ensemble Debra Vega to give us an update on Williston’s dance program and heard how Wildcats are finding new ways to express the meaning they find in the strange times we...

male student sitting at table with Williston northampton school insignia Alum Athletic Spotlight: Noah Brooks ’20

After a senior year cut short by Covid, new alum Noah Brooks is glad to be back on a school campus again. After graduating from Williston, Noah moved on to Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he is continuing his academic and athletic career as a member of the lacrosse team. He committed there as...

Reopening & COVID-19 FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the opening of school, as well as Williston’s response to COVID-19, can be found on our 2020-21 Parent and Student Resource Center.

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