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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 with DEI Work

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...

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.

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...

man at podium at graduation Wildcats Earn Athletic Awards

While we couldn’t gather together for this year’s Athletic Award ceremony, we got to hear Director of Athletics Mark Conroy announce the awards during a recorded event in the Phillips Stevens Chapel (you can watch the event here). This year, the top awards were as follows: The George Denman Bowl for boys and the Alumnae...

man in robes at podium at graduation Williston Graduates 132 Students

Williston Northampton School’s 179th Commencement looked a little different this year, when 132 members of the class of 2020 received a virtual send off in a ceremony broadcast from the Phillips Stevens Chapel (watch it here). The video opens to the strains of bagpipes, long an accompaniment to the school’s Commencement exercises, and a welcome...

Middle School Closing Ceremony, Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m.

On Friday, May 29 at 2 p.m. EDT, the Williston Middle School will air a virtual ceremony for graduating eighth graders and their families filmed in the Phillips Stevens Chapel. Despite our unfortunate inability to celebrate in person, this virtual ceremony is a chance for us to celebrate the occasion and honor these amazing students....

zoom-image-girlsgocyber Williston Coders Win National Competition

A group of Williston students, dubbed the Williston Wildhackers, banded together earlier this year to start a coding club and enter a contest, GirlsGoCyberStart. On May 20 and 21, they competed in the national championship online, facing a wide variety of coding challenges in a field of nearly 300 schools—and won! Sophie Gontow Calderon ’21...

woman standing at a podium wearing a black robe at a graduation Williston Inducts 12 New Cum Laude Society Members

During Williston Northampton School’s 179th Commencement, celebrated virtually, the Cum Laude Society inducted 12 new members. Language teacher Karen Ram, president of the Williston chapter of the Cum Laude Society, read the names of the 12 students inducted into the honor society in January. Eric Albanese Jason Albanese Brenna Banas Julia Farnham Rachel Goodman William...

Saturday, May 23: Celebrating the Class of 2020

On Saturday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. EDT, the Williston Northampton School will celebrate the Class of 2020 with the conferring of diplomas and accolades, in a video online. Watch it on our Commencement page.

Williston Donations Help Easthampton Institutions

Believing that in times of difficulty, neighbors should help neighbors, Williston Northampton School has donated and lent medical supplies and equipment to an Easthampton community organization and to the town of Easthampton. The school lent a van to the Easthampton Community Center’s Food Pantry Program so staff there can pick up supplies and deliver meals...

Garrette-with-masks Wildcats Donate Time and Talent During Pandemic

Williston Northampton School students are donating equipment and time to help others during the coronavirus pandemic. Garrette Ondrick, a ninth grader from Westfield, has been manufacturing face shields in his home for health care workers. First using an Ender 3 brand 3D printer to make the headband, he then attaches clear, empty laminate “pouches,” that...

history and global studies students of the trimester Congratulations to the History and Global Studies Students of T2

It was a terrific winter of learning and growth in the History and Global Studies Department! Congratulations to the following History and Global Studies Students of Trimester 2, awarded to the students who best exemplify the History and Global Studies Department’s values of intellectual curiosity, diligent effort, and the desire to improve as a scholar....

Alum’s Paper Wins Top Prize

Around the time Simon Kim ’19 graduated Williston Northampton School in May 2019, and before he started classes at Stanford University, an essay he wrote for Sarah Klumpp’s Williston Scholars History course arrived at the Cum Laude Society offices in Louisville, Kentucky. The 20-page paper, submitted by a group of teachers at Williston, all members...

planet earth day Students Urge Earth Day Action

Williston Northampton School students are inviting classmates and faculty—and everyone else—to take a 21-Day Sustainability Challenge for Earth Day, coming up on April 22. The Sustainability Club and the Community Service Club have joined forces on this effort, noting, “We hope that we can use this month as a time to reflect on our past...

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