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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.

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.

Williston to Start School Year Exploring Equity Issues

As part of the school’s commitment to anti-racism work, Williston will host several trainings for students, faculty, and administrators at the start of the school year—a focus that will continue throughout the year. On August 21, student leaders—admission interns, international student leaders, proctors, student council members, and student mentors—will gather for online leadership trainings with...

woman in a mask holding bags of masks in hallway Williston Parent Donates 224 Masks

Dr. Vivian Liu P’17, ’19, and ’21 has sewn 1090 cloth masks since the pandemic began in March. Today, she brought 224 of them to Williston for the adults who work at the school. “I am so grateful to the faculty and staff at Williston, and I wanted to thank them for fully opening up...

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...

faces in a grid on zoom Student Leaders Learn Self-Care

Student leaders got to hear from Dr. Liza Talusan yesterday. Her talk focused on self-care in unprecedented times. When we take care of ourselves, she said, we are able to let go of the idea that we have to be perfect, and we learn how to love ourselves—which allows us to create a space that...

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,...

Head of School’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Please click here to read a recent statement from Head of School Robert W. Hill III on the steps the Williston Northampton School is taking to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

four photos, two men and two women on a black background Grum Project Brings Slate of Artists to Campus

By Kate Lawless We’re looking forward to welcoming four artists this year as part of the Grum Project, our artist-in-residence series. Read more about the program here. Composer Geoff Hudson will be composing a choral piece written by Williston students. He recently completed a piece called “Passion for the Planet,” addressing climate change through music. Choreographer, director, and...

girl with glasses in dorm room sitting on bed in front of wall hanging Your Packing Guide: What to Bring to Williston

Congratulations on becoming a Wildcat! We can’t wait to see you when school opens! This summer, when you’re thinking about what to pack, you can use this guide so you know exactly what you can bring to campus, and what’s best to leave at home (your pet fish, for example). Whether you’re in brand new...

man standing at podium in black robe at graduation Williston Senior Academic Awards Announced

During its remote 179th Commencement ceremony, broadcast on May 23, 2020, Williston Northampton School announced the names of its senior academic award winners. Please note, award winners in grades 9, 10, and 11 will be announced during the 2020-21 school year. The senior awards are as follows: History and Global Studies The A. L. HEPWORTH...

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