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Embracing Diversity: A Day of Workshops and Collaboration

Dr. Martha Ackmann at Diversity Conference

6912515797 84aa5ed14b o“We are more authentically human when we embrace diversity,” Mount Holyoke College professor Martha Ackmann told the assembled Williston Northampton School community at the start of the 10th annual Diversity Day.

The day would be filled with a variety of workshops—on everything from cyber bullying and Islamic awareness to Zumba and hip hop. But the morning was devoted to a trailblazer from the past: Toni Stone, a female baseball player whose grit and determination in the face of racism was on the leading edge of the civil rights movement.

See the full photo gallery from Diversity Day.

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Williston Northampton’s 10th Diversity Conference

Dr. Martha Ackmann at Diversity Conference

ackmannJournalist, author, and Mount Holyoke College professor, Dr. Martha Ackmann has been chosen as the keynote speaker for Williston Northampton School’s 10th annual Diversity Conference on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:30 AM.

Dr. Ackmann, who teaches in Mount Holyoke’s Gender Studies and English departments, is the author of The Mercury 13: the True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight and Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League.

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The Quilt of a Career: Photographer Todd France Visits Williston

Todd France

6830593075 02ee8f9dc7 o resized 600Images flashed across the screen in the photography room: close-ups on succulents and sea grass, daisies shot from below, stems crisscrossing distant lights.

From the back of the darkened classroom came the voice of New York photographer Todd France ’85.

“This was wide angle, as close as I could focus and thrown all the way open,” he said, describing his series “Unnatural Light.” “The sense of scale is thrown out.”

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Admission Directors Give Williston Juniors Tips on the Process

College Counseling Admission Speakers 2012

As students were preparing for mid-winter break, Beth Wiser, of the University of Vermont, and Matt Malatesta, of Union College, drew a crowd to the Williston Theater.

The two directors of college admission offices were on campus on Feb. 2 to share tips on how parents and students could make the college search process enjoyable and manageable.
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Williston’s Director of College Counseling Tim Cheney began by advising the assembled juniors and their parents to remember that the admission process is about tough choices.

“This is a process in which you will need to make decisions,” he told the parents and students. “We may look at the list of schools that you bring us and ask you to take some of those great schools off it.” Continue reading

Science and Art Observations on Smith College Field Trip

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MS Field Trip Smith College
Middle School Field Trip Smith College

On Thursday, October 13, Middle School students took part in an interdisciplinary, collaborative field trip designed by teachers Jane Lucia (science) and Natania Hume (art). The trip took advantage of the wonderful resources at nearby Smith College in order to touch on the disciplines of art, science, English, and geography.

See the full gallery of photos on Flickr.

The trip began with a guided tour of the Lyman Plant House, which is a series of greenhouses containing plants from many regions and climates all over the world. In the plant house, students were given time to observe a plant of interest to them, making notes and using as many descriptive adjectives as possible. They later exchanged papers and made drawings according to each other’s descriptions.

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