Parents are an integral part of our Williston community. On these pages, you’ll find the information you need as part of our community, including often-accessed resources, such as our campus directory, summer reading lists, links to school systems, and parent FAQs. From here, you can also log in to your Parent Portal, a password-protected area where you can see your child’s grades, the school handbook, important forms and permissions, and much more.
2020-21 Williston Reopening Plan
As a global educational institution, Williston is taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our community. Head of School Robert Hill and members of our senior administrative team are coordinating the school’s response. Watch a live Q&A video at left, and visit our Williston Reopening Plan and Frequently Asked Questions.
Your Parent Portal contains information about your child’s schedule, grades, and much more. If you forget your password, you can reset it on the login page.
Update your child’s health information here; your login information for Magnus is the same as for your Parent Portal.
Reach is our tool for tracking and approving boarding student dorm check-ins, off-campus requests, and more.
All junior and senior students and parents are assigned an account for Naviance, a program that supports the College Counseling Office.
Make your tuition payment through the FACTS system.
Your child’s ID card, known at Williston as the Sammy Card, can be pre-loaded with money (or Button Bucks) that your child can spend at the campus snack bar, the Stu-Bop, and the campus store.
What is the summer coursework?
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.
What should boarding school students pack for school?
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, available in your Veracross portal (login required).
When and how are room assignments made for boarding students?
The associate dean of students, who oversees housing and makes dormitory assignments, collaborates with the Admission Office when assigning housing to new boarding students. Students are asked to fill out a roommate questionnaire (download PDF).
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.
Where can I find the list of books for my child's courses?
All course books can be ordered online through the school’s vendor (MBS Direct) or any bookseller of your choice. (Please remember books are not sold in our Campus Store.) If your child is taking a course that requires digital books, you can order them through the same website. Please note that some digital books may not be available for download until September.
Where can I get a copy of the Student & Parent Handbook?
You can find the handbook, along with many other handy documents, in your Parent Portal. If you have forgotten your password to login, you can reset it on the landing page.
What are the laundry options available at Williston?
Students have two options when it comes to laundry:
- There are coin-operated machines in each dormitory.
- There is a laundry service that families can subscribe to.
Williston and E&R – The Campus Laundry have partnered to provide laundry service for students. E&R offers two programs: “Look Sharp” and “Just the Basics.” The details of these programs as well as their policies and procedures are provided in a brochure mailed to families each August. Families may phone, fax, or mail their registration information, or register online (see form below). Registration for either E&R service should be completed in August in order to receive discounted rates.
Over the years, E&R has provided reliable, professional and top quality service to Williston students. Contact E&R’s School Customer Service Office at (800) 243-7789 with any questions or visit the company’s website. During the school year Williston’s Campus Store staff are also available to help at (413) 529-3270.
How do I mail packages to my child?
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:
20 Greenwood Court # ___ (Fill in student’s box #)
Easthampton, MA 01027
How do I see my child's schedule or grades?
To see any personal information about your child, log into your password-protected Parent Portal. Once there you can see your child’s daily schedule, grades, homework assignments, plus access a variety of parent forms and resources. You should have already received login information as a current family, but if you have forgotten your password (hey, it happens), you can reset it on the login page. If you have other difficulties logging in, please contact our Technology Department.
What is the afternoon program?
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:
- Twelfth-graders must select a minimum of one group option.
- Ninth-, tenth-, and eleventh-graders must select a minimum of two group options.
- Eighth-graders must participate for two trimesters in two different group options.
- Seventh-graders have no requirement for participation.
- All new Upper School students must sign up for a group option in the fall.
What is a Sammy card, and how do I add money to it?
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 our Business Office page for more information.
How can parents get involved at Williston?
Become a Williston Northampton School Parent Ambassador
Parent ambassadors bring valuable support to the school and play an important role in advancing the school’s goals, priorities, and mission. Your commitment as an ambassador enhances the education and experience for every Williston student.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved:
Host regional gatherings
- Host a Williston reception to engage parents, alumni, and friends.
- Attend an Open House for prospective Williston families and speak with them about your experiences at the school.
Be a new-family mentor
- Prior to the start of the year, eight to 10 new families are assigned to you to contact. All you need to do is answer questions, offer advice, and share your experiences!
- Greet families at registration during Welcome Days.
Help with parent-to-parent fundraising
- Participate in Phonathons and make thank-you calls on or off campus.
- Reach out to families during Williston’s Day of Giving to encourage their philanthropic support.
Become a parent chair or co-chair of the Williston Northampton Fund
- A commitment as a parent co-chair for the Williston Northampton Fund illustrates to your fellow parents that together our parents make a great school even greater.
- Support parent to parent fund raising efforts for the Williston Northampton Fund
- Signatory on parent appeals, following with personal thank you and stewardship
If you have questions about any of the above opportunities; please contact Cherrie Collins, Associate Director of Parent Engagement and Giving at 413) 529-3148 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you in advance for your time and energy!
How do I make a gift to the school?
Find photos on Flickr!
Looking for photos of plays, concerts, school events, and games? Check out our school Flickr site.
Visit the Campus Store
When you’re here on campus, you can visit the Campus Store in the bottom floor of the Reed Campus Center. But the next best thing is our online Campus Store, which is open 24 hours a day and is well stocked with Wildcat gear and gifts.
Gifts from parents and families raise approximately one-third of the overall Williston Northampton Fund each year. Learn more about how gifts from families make a difference.