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Lettuce Grow!

Without students on campus this spring, you might wonder how it is that we have a bed full of lettuce. Though it could have been planted by community gardeners living on campus, that is not the case. The students indeed were involved. Last fall, we saved the seed. This involves letting the plants fully mature,...

community garden The Community Garden is Springing to Life

Several campus residents are eager to help plant the garden in this season of COVID-19. With visions of fresh tomatoes and peppers, carrots and basil, one family at a time is finding joy digging in the soil and planning for the warmer months. Thank you, Naomi Schmidt, for turning the compost bin! Norman Schmidt is...

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...

Proud to Be Me: Williston’s Fourth Why Not Speak Day

Williston’s fourth Why Not Speak Day—a day set aside for discussions about identity and inclusion—gave the community plenty to talk about and do, with more than 30 student-and faculty-led workshops, a featured speaker, and activities that encouraged empathy. The theme for this year’s event was “Hello, I’m Proud to Be _____,” and student and faculty...

sandwich Tangible Ways to Tackle Social Justice

Students today made 240 sandwiches and delivered them to the Easthampton Community Center to help alleviate food insecurity. It was a tangible way to make a dent in a problem that affects 37.2 million Americans, 6 million of them children. The sandwich activity kicked off Social Justice Week, organized by students with help from Erin...

community-garden Garden Grows Opportunities for Learning

The time is ripe for marking the season of gratitude and the end of the growing season at Williston. In preparation for this transition, the class of 2025 connected with where our food comes from by harvesting the last of the Campus Community Garden’s carrots and potatoes just before going on break. Students cut back...

PSA-grum-plastic-turkey ‘Plastic Turkey’ PSA Gives Students Real-World Movie Chops

A script by Edward Bergham ’22 describes a typical Thanksgiving gathering. In a warmly-lit home, backed by the song L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole, family members laugh, new guests arrive, kids play cards, and a smiling matriarch calls everyone to the table. But the shocking reveal at the end of the one-minute, 22-second video (view...

Growing Minds for the 21st Century

Students and teachers at the Williston Northampton School recently relocated the school’s garden, housing many different greens planted by students over the years, from the residential quad to behind Logan House, in order to make room for a new dorm to be built over the summer. The garden has been moved several times now, but...

jane-lucia-environmental-award Science Teacher Wins State Award

At a State House ceremony, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides this week honored 32 energy and environmental education programs at Massachusetts schools and nonprofits as part of the 25thAnnual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. Among them was Jane Lucia, Williston Northampton School science teacher, for her program, “Buds,...

lila-schaefer-chewonki-maine-coast-study-semester A Wildcat Heads to the Maine Coast

The following presentation was made at Assembly on March 20, 2019, by Lila Schaefer ’20 after she spent several months at Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. Hi everybody! As some of you may know, I spent the fall semester at Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. This program is a semester school for juniors and in...