PARENT INFORMATION CENTER
On these parent pages, you’ll find lots of useful information, from important phone numbers to summer reading lists. While you’ll find much of what you need right here, on these public parent pages, you will need to sign in to our Parent Portal, the password-protected portion Veracross, for grades and comments, the School handbook, an expanded calendar, and important forms and permissions.
We hope you’ll spend some time with our Frequently Asked Questions. There you’ll find information on everything from our dress code to vacation planning, from laundry to textbook orders.
If you are ever concerned about your student or have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out, either to your child’s advisor or to the Deans’ Office. We’re here to help.
While your child is a student at Williston, you will be able to access information through our various portals and networks. To read more about them—and log in—click here.
To access a list of the required and optional summer coursework, click here. Please keep in mind that certain summer work is for all students in a grade, but other work on the list depends on whether students are in an honors class or taking an elective. Confirmation of your child’s courses for next fall will be communicated over the summer by the Academic Dean’s office. If you have questions on this process, please contact Greg Tuleja.
The Afternoon Program is an integral part of the Williston experience. The program is required for Upper School students, boarding and day, each trimester. Depending on their grade level, students choose either group or independent options, which range from athletics to dance to music. You can see a complete list of choices in your Parent Portal.
The following is a review of the expectations for the various grade levels: 12th grade must select a minimum of one group option; 9, 10 and 11 grade, a minimum of two group options; 8 grade must participate for two trimesters in two different group options; 7 grade has no requirement for participation. All new Upper School students must sign up for a group option in the fall.
All new students choosing to participate on a competitive team will be expected to purchase a Williston athletic jacket at the beginning of the year. These students will be charged $55 for this jacket. Students will have the option of purchasing warm-up pants as well. For some sports, coaches will also require team members to purchase practice gear (sports-specific t-shirts, shorts), and generally these costs are kept under $40 and will be communicated to families and charged to student accounts. Because of the nature of several of our afternoon offerings (skiing, golf, horseback riding, and crew) that operate at facilities outside of Williston, participation in these specific programs requires an additional expense. When necessary for teams to stay overnight in hotels during team trips, students will be charged to help cover the expense.
What To Bring
- sheets (twin XL size) and pillowcases
- mattress pad or cover
- laundry bag, detergent, and quarters (laundry service is also available through E&R, The Campus Laundry, at www.eandrcleaners.com.)
- study lamp
- alarm clock (with battery back-up)
- computer monitor (27” or less in size)
- hair dryer
- small wastebasket
- clothes hangers
- cell phone
What To Leave At Home
Use of the following items is not allowed in
the dormitories for energy conservation and because of the danger of electrical overload and fire:
- space heater
- electric blanket
- halogen lamp
- non-fire retardant furniture
- battery-powered hoverboards
For more detailed information on packing and dorm rooms, see our Student & Parent Handbook.
The associate dean of students, who oversees housing and makes dormitory assignments, collaborates with the Admission Office when assigning housing to new boarding students. To access the Roommate Questionaire, click here.
Each spring, current students state their preferences for rooming in the next school year. Their choices are granted whenever possible, based on seniority and previous rooming history. Room assignments often are not definite until late August. After the school year begins, every effort is made to keep rooming assignments for the year and students should seek the counsel of dorm heads, proctors, and the deans when there is disagreement or discontent. Following those conversations, if the situation continues to be unresolved, a room change request may be made to the Dean’s Office and conversations will follow with the student’s advisor, dormitory head, director of housing, and the dean of students before a move will be considered or approved.
Mail is posted for all Upper School students in their assigned campus boxes at the Reed Campus Center daily.
Note: The City of Easthampton’s post office has designated the location for student mail. Do not use “The Williston Northampton School” or student’s dorm name in the address. Mail or packages should be addressed as follows:
40 Park Street # ___ (Fill in student’s box #)
Easthampton, MA 01027
Students receive an ID (Sammy Card) during the opening days of school. More than just a student identification card, it features a prepaid spending account (Button Bucks), offering a safe and secure method for students to make cashless purchases. The card can be used on campus at the Campus Store and the Stu-Bop snack bar, in vending machines on campus, at the library and Health and Wellness Services, and for events organized by the Student Activities Office. It is also accepted at a growing number of Easthampton businesses and by the school’s online textbook vendor. Parents have the option to set up a recurring allowance for their children linked to a Visa or MasterCard account. If the Sammy card is damaged or destroyed, the student is responsible for replacing it through the Business Office for a $25 fee. Parents and students have 24/7 online access to their Button Bucks account by registering at the Button Bucks Cardholder Account Center. Please visit www.williston.com/business for more information.