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Founders Day: Together, We’re Stronger!

It comes but once a year: Founders Day, the Williston Northampton School’s annual day of giving! This Founders Day marked our fifth annual day of giving and celebrated our school’s founders whose generosity and investment made our campus, programs, and education possible. THANK YOU for inspiring us with your collective generosity and outpouring of Green and...

Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier Parsing History

in 1941, when 15-year-old Elizabeth Kridl and her family arrived in the United States from war-ravaged Poland, she was given a full scholarship to the Northampton School for Girls. “We came here penniless.” she said. Dislocated from the life of comfort and high social standing her family had left behind—and with “almost nonexistent” English—she nevertheless...

Emily McFadon Vincent House to Open Next Fall

This year marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of Northampton School for Girls, from which we derive the “Northampton” part of Williston Northampton School’s name and heritage. Founded in 1924 by two visionary educators, Sarah Whitaker and Dorothy Bement, NSFG shaped the lives of generations of young women. Today, NSFG’s values of academic excellence,...

alex-tancrell-fontaine Vincent Instructorship Awarded to Alex Tancrell-Fontaine

 Editor’s note: this address was given by Dean of Faculty Peter Valine during Assembly on September 25, 2019. The Emily N. McFadon Vincent ’49 and Bob E. Vincent Instructorship was established in 2007 by Emily N. McFadon Vincent, Class of 1949, and her husband Bob to recognize a young faculty member’s initiatives in and out...

Honoring Cathleen Robinson

A beloved teacher’s family launches a new financial aid fund. Generations of Williston students remember Language Department head and Spanish teacher Cathleen Robinson for her remarkable contributions over a career that spanned nearly three decades: faculty advisor to the Willistonian; founder of the Areté tutors; developer of the Western philosophy and Latin American history courses;...

Reunion Weekend is Almost Here!

Reunion Weekend is almost here! We’re excited to welcome back the ‘4s and ‘9s, as you celebrate this milestone June 7–9. We can’t wait to see you! See the schedule See who’s coming

From the Archives

Imagine our delight when a thickly padded package, postmarked Kenosha, Wisconsin, recently arrived at the Homestead. Among the gems contained within: a 1951 edition of the Northampton School for Girls’ yearbook; a pair of neatly-filled-out dance cards; a senior prom photo; and a class ring inscribed on the inner band to E.A.K. ’51. The initials...

Five Questions for Diane Spence ’68

Maddy Scott ’16 and former trustee Diane Yelle Spence ’68 may have graduated a half century apart, but when they met at Reunion last spring, they quickly discovered much in common—from a passion for their schools to similar career choices. Spence, a Smith College graduate, worked as fundraiser for educational institutions, including several independent schools....

NSFG Instructorship Awarded to Adeleen Brown

  Editor’s note: this address was given by Dean of Faculty Peter Valine during Assembly on September 26, 2018. The Northampton School for Girls Instructorship was established in 1999 by alumnae of the Northampton School for Girls to note the importance of that school in their lives, and to support the focus on the education...

Williston in Bermuda

Not even Hurricane Jose could prevent Assistant Head of School Ann Pickrell from keeping her annual appointment at Bermuda’s Independent School Fair. And, for the first time in a while, alumni, parents, and friends gathered to celebrate a deep connection that goes back decades. Joined by Patrick Burke, Director of Advancement and Jill Stern, Director...

Four Williston Teachers Awarded Instructorships

Ed. note: Dean of Faculty Peter Valine presented four instructorships during an all-school assembly on September 16. Here is the text of his remarks: The Emily N. McFadon Vincent ’49 and Bob E. Vincent Instructorship was established in 2007 by Emily N. McFadon Vincent, Class of 1949 and her husband Bob to recognize a young faculty...

Joe Lucier ’50

Joe Lucier ’50 was a postgrad stu­dent before there was a term for it. Having graduated from high school in Northampton at the age of 16, he decided to attend Williston Acade­my for two more years. He returned in 1977 with his wife, Priscilla, a 1950 Northampton School for Girls (NSFG) graduate, to inject new...

Sheila Fisher ’72

Sheila Fisher ’72, as an intellectually ambitious 13-year-old, was deter­mined to attend NSFG, even though her family lacked the funds to pay the full tuition. She won first place in an essay contest and was awarded a nearly full ride to NSFG for four years. Decades later, she’s still writ­ing, now as a professor of...

Ann Futter Lomeli ’73

In a ground-breaking career, attorney Ann Futter Lomeli ’73 was the first female Corporate Secretary (think Secretary of State, not administra­tive assistant) for two major American companies—Con­necticut Mutual Life Insurance and MassMutual. After the enterprises merged in 1995 (“What is it about me and mergers!” wonders Futter, who was a student during NSFG’s merger with...

Jackee Mosher ’70

When Jackee Mosher ’70 broke into the macho world of commercial aviation in 1975, she was Ozark Air Lines’ only female pilot—and would remain so for eight more years. From there she went on to become the first woman captain at TWA and leader of the company’s first all-female flight crew. In all, she racked...

Phyllis Lockwood Geiger ’65

At NSFG, Phyllis Geiger found a home away from home, and a new sisterhood. She adored her social life and was a spirited prankster around campus. Under her photo in her senior yearbook was a prophetic line about her life: “Everything is sweet­ened by risk.” In 1983, she started Peterbrooke Chocolatier, which now has many...

Margaret Griggs Anderson ’61

As a day student at NSFG, Margi Anderson fell in love with books and other cultures. No wonder, then, that she would live her life by the same themes: living abroad for many years with her husband, exploring communities in Asia, and reading every book she could. After NSFG, Margi earned her political science degree...

Faith Barrington ’61

  Faith Barrington ’61 found her voice at NSFG, joining the Glee Club and singing in operettas. Now a member of a women’s barbershop chorus near New Haven, CT, she was inspired by her love of music to start the Faith Wilcox Barrington Music Enrichment Fund at Wil­liston, which supports the music and theater departments....

Sandra Bashore Mesics ’55

Sandi Mesics attended NSFG sight unseen. Just a few weeks before school started, she decided to join her best friend in Northampton, moving from her hometown in Lebanon, PA. At NSFG, Sandi flour­ished, singing in the Hampsters choral group and editing the school newspaper. After graduation, she attended Simmons College before marrying her husband, Joe,...

Patricia Howard Ambrose ’55

Pat Ambrose attended Northamp­ton School for Girls for only one year, but she found it to be an experience that changed her life. She attributes the confidence she gained while at NSFG to leading her to travel all over the world and complete her college degree at the age of 43. Ms. Ambrose studied English...

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