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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...

Woman outside smiling Williston Welcomes New Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Williston Northampton School is pleased to announce that Nikki Chambers will be the new Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), beginning on July 1, 2021. Following a national search process that garnered a talented pool of candidates, Williston’s hiring committee felt that Chambers brought the skills, experience, and vision to fill this new...

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...

woman smiling Susan Del Percio to Be 180th Commencement Speaker

Susan Del Percio to Be 180th Commencement Speaker Williston Northampton School is pleased to announce its 180th Commencement speaker is Susan Del Percio, a member of the class of 1987 and a well-known political strategist and crisis communications consultant. She is a political analyst for MSNBC and a contributor for NBC News “THINK” and “Know...

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...

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 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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.

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