Family Weekend 2017

The dates and schedule for Family Weekend 2017 will be available shortly.

Family Weekend is a two-day event featuring a slate of classroom visits, parent-teacher meetings, college counseling panels, fun events, and Wildcat athletic competitions. In 2016, we added some extra time for interested parents to meet with our College Counseling Office.

If you have questions about Family Weekend, please email Director of Alumni Engagement Jill Stern.

What is the schedule for the Upper School Family Weekend?

The schedule for 2017 will be available soon.

What is the schedule for Middle School Family Weekend?

The schedule for 2017 will be available soon.

How do I set up a meeting with my child’s teachers?

The following are instructions for the previous year's Family Weekend. Updated instructions will be coming soon.


Middle School parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers on Friday, October 28. Upper School parents will be able to meet with teachers on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

To set up your teacher/advisor conferences, follow the directions below.

1. Log into your Parent Portal in Veracross. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it on the Parent Portal login page.
2. Click on the words "Teacher Conferences" at the top of the page, above the calendar.
3. Click on the words "View Teachers" next to your child's name. You will see your child's teachers and advisor and a dropdown next to them for choosing the best time slot for you. Once you choose a time, please click the "Reserve Times" button to save the appointment.
4. Once you're done setting up your appointments, click the "Download Schedule" button to get a PDF of your schedule.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact the Technology Office by email or by phone at (413) 529-3338.

What are the college counseling events during Family Weekend?

The following is information for last year's Family Weekend. New information will be coming soon.


This year, we've added some extra panels and meeting times for interested parents to learn more about our college counseling process. The four times are:

Friday: 2:15 – 3 p.m. Senior Parent Group Meetings with College Counselors

This is an opportunity for general updates and a Q-and-A on the college process for seniors and their parents. Please attend the panel with your child’s assigned college counselor. (For specific questions relating to your child, please schedule a one-on-one meeting with your college counselor on Saturday morning, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tom Beaton Jr. (Plimpton Hall, front)

Kara DeMichiel (Cox Room, Ford Hall)

Emily McDowell (Plimpton Hall, back)

Catherine McGraw (PA Room, Ford Hall)

Kate McKillop (Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center)

Friday: 3 – 4 p.m. Panel with College Admissions Deans

Join deans from a range of colleges to learn about the college admissions landscape and hear advice on guiding your student through the college search process. This panel is open to all parents and strongly encouraged for parents of sophomore and juniors.

Saturday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Individual Meetings with Senior Parents and Assigned Counselors

This is a great chance to meet one-on-one with your student’s college counselor. To set up an appointment, call Dianne King at (413) 529-3225 or send email to

Saturday: 11 am – 12 p.m. Panel for Student Athletes and Families

Come and listen to advice from college coaches on the recruitment process for student athletes. We strongly encourage families of students who are considering playing at the Division I, II or III level to attend this panel.

Where do I park?

There are larger parking lots behind Phillips Stevens Chapel, off of Brewster Avenue, and on Payson Avenue, behind Scott Hall and the Williston Theatre. Click here for the campus map.

What are some local hotels and restaurants?

Easthampton and the surrounding Pioneer Valley are home to many hotels and restaurants, however, because of the five colleges in the area, reservations can fill up quickly. We highly recommend that you book your stay early. Here’s a sampling of local hotels, and you can also find many more resources for planning your trip on

Please visit this page for hotel information.

When can my child leave campus for the long weekend?

The following is information for last year's Family Weekend. New information will be coming soon.


Students may leave for the long weekend once they have met all their commitments, including all athletic contests, arts intensives, or other required activities. Dorms will open at 2 p.m., November 1, and all boarders must be back and checked in by 7 p.m. Classes will resume on Wednesday, November 2.

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