Daily Announcements from Williston Northampton

Student Activities Feb 12-14, 2016

Let’s have a great finish to Trimester 2. Plan ahead for Muji Muhammad 3-on-3 Basketball Sunday, Feb. 21, and Al LaValle Memorial Dodgeball Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Off-Campus Trips meet faculty at the Schoolhouse.

  • Friday, February 12
    • Illusionist David Garrity performs at 9 p.m. in the Williston Theater
    • Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Andover 6 p.m.
    • Northampton Shuttle #1, 7:15-9:45 p.m.
    • Northampton Shuttle #2, 7:45-10:15 p.m.
    • Open Gym 7-10:45 p.m.
    • Open Reed 7-10:45 p.m. with board games, movies, and popcorn
    • Trip to the Movies in West Springfield departs 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 13
    • 5th Annual Williston Winter Snow Ball 8-10:30 p.m.
      • Birch Dining Commons
      • Semi-Formal attire. Dress to impress.
      • DJ and Photo Booth
    • Open Reed 7-10:45 p.m.
    • Open Gym 7-10:45 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 14
    • Open Reed 1-5 p.m. pizza and wings @ 3 p.m.
    • Open Gym 1-5 p.m.
    • Holyoke Mall Shuttle #1 1-3 p.m.
    • Holyoke Mall Shuttle #2 2-4 p.m.
    • Backyard Bird Count walk around campus!
      • Meet Ms. Lucia at 3:20 p.m. in the Stu Bop
    • Day Trip to Berkshire East Skiing Departs 9 a.m.- Returns by 6 p.m.

If you sign up for weekend activities, you are expected to attend. If you do not attend, and do not alert Mr. Spearing, the faculty chaperone, or the Dean on Duty prior to the event you will lose weekend privileges the following week.

Upcoming Student Activities at Williston

Plan ahead, have fun, and take care of each other. For your planning and entertainment pleasure:

  • Tonight: John Rush, the Human iPod plays in the Stu Bop. See if you can stump him. Check out his repertoire!
  • Sunday, January 31: Your Student Council is representing you at Loomis-Chaffee at a student council conference with many other schools.
  • February 4-8: Winter Long Weekend.
  • February 12: Magician David Garrity performs in the Theater at 9 p.m.
  • February 13: Easthampton Winterfest, and the 5th Annual Williston Winter Snow Ball. This is a semi-formal dance in the Dining Commons 8-10:30 p.m., so use the mall trips and time during the Long Weekend to get your clothes if you need it. You are allowed to bring a guest to the dance with permission.
  • February 18-20: Theatre Lab-Fish out of Water, Art Reception for Eric Wolf
  • February 21: 15th Annual Muji Muhammad 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in the Athletics Center
  • February 26: Choral Coffee House 7:30 p.m.
  • February 27: Multicultural Student Union (MSU) Block Party with an opportunity for spoken word before the dance begins.
  • February 28: 2016 Al LaValle Memorial Dodgeball Tournament in the Athletics Center 2-4 p.m., Winter Pops concert 7:30 p.m.
  • February 29: Review Day for Trimester 2 Assessments, Winter Dance Performance 4 p.m.

Sincerely,
Mr. Spearing

Founders Day Schedule

 

Founders Day Schedule:

Sunday, February 21: 7 p.m. screening of the film “One Revolution” with Chris Waddell, a Paralympian and author.

Monday, February 22: Founders Day

8:30 a.m. “Nametags” assembly with Chris Waddell in Phillips Stevens Chapel.Seating by advisory. “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”

9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Question and answer session with Chris Waddell

9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Info and food for thought

10:00-10:15 a.m. break

10:15-11:15 a.m. “Sharing Your Social Identities”: Assigned family groups for cultural awareness.*

11:15-11:25 a.m. break

11:25 a.m.-11:55 p.m. Group A: Lunch in Birch Dining Commons
Group B: Check-in and reflection with Advisory

11:55-12:05 break

12:05-12:35 p.m. Group B: Lunch in Birch Dining Commons
Group A: Check-in and Reflection with Advisory

12:35-12:45 p.m. Go to assigned afternoon workshop location

12:45-1:45 p.m. Exploring personal identities and passions workshops

1:45-1:55 p.m. break.  Go to the Phillips Stevens Chapel

2:00 p.m. Closing assembly in the Phillips Stevens Chapel

 

*Please pay special attention to the following:

Assigned Family Groups (10:15-11:15 a.m.) will allow for dialogue and sharing. Peer and faculty facilitators will be positive and make sure all discussions run smoothly. Family Groups allow for safe and brave space. As we expect on a daily basis, we will be open and respectful of everyone during discussions and exercises. It is an opportunity to share and listen. These are the norms and expectations of participation for the day:

1. Be fully present.
2. Speak from the “I” perspective.
3. Be self-responsible and self-challenging.
4. Listen, listen, listen, and process.
5. Experiment with new behaviors in order to expand your range of response.
6. Accept conflict and its resolution as a necessary catalyst for learning. Listen first.
7. Be comfortable with silence.
8. Be crisp; say what’s core.
9. Treat the candidness of others as a gift; honor confidentiality. What is said in family groups, stays in family groups.
10. Suspend judgment of yourself and of others.

Philosophical Debate Club Meeting Tonight

Tonight, Wednesday (1/27), at 6:00 p.m. in the COX ROOM there will be a Philosophical Debate Club meeting! 

All are welcome to come discuss or listen to what people have to say about this topic. 

The fact of the matter is, nobody likes talking about how we treat old people. We send them to homes and that closes the matter. No matter what we either regard them as burdens or with the highest respect, but we never look at them as on the same plane as ourselves. 

So why do we treat old people so poorly? And, more importantly, what can we do to change how we treat them? 

An article to get your thoughts flowing: http://www.justicemagazine.org/jm/index.php/opinion/21-opinion/149-why-do-we-treat-elderly-people-so-badly

See you there! 

Samuel Canney

President of Your Philosophical Debate Club

January 29-31

Student Activities

January 29-31, 2016

Off-Campus Trips meet faculty at the Schoolhouse.

  • Friday, January 29
    • 9th Grade Trivia Night 6-7:30 p.m. in Cox Room
    • Girls Varsity Basketball vs. WMA 6:30 p.m.
    • Northampton Shuttle #1, 7:15-9:45 p.m.
    • Northampton Shuttle #2, 7:45-10:15 p.m.
    • Open Gym 7-10:45 p.m.
    • Open Reed 7-10:45 p.m. with board games, movies, and popcorn
    • Trip to the Movies in West Springfield departs 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 30
    • Open Reed 7-10:45 p.m.
    • Open Gym 7-10:45 p.m.
    • Northampton Shuttle #1 7:15-9:45 p.m.
    • Northampton Shuttle #2 7:45-10:15 p.m.
    • John Rush, the Human iPod, performs in the Stu Bop at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 31
    • Open Reed 1-5 p.m. pizza and wings @ 3 p.m.
    • Open Gym 1-5 p.m.
    • Holyoke Mall Shuttle #1 1-3 p.m.
    • Holyoke Mall Shuttle #2 2-4 p.m.
    • Student Council conference @Loomis departs 1 p.m.
    • Indoor Rock Climbing at Central Rock Gym in Hadley Depart 1 p.m.

If you sign up for weekend activities, you are expected to attend. If you do not attend, and do not alert Mr. Spearing, the faculty chaperone, or the Dean on Duty prior to the event you will lose weekend privileges the following week.

 

 

Pond Opens for Skating

Dear Wildcats,

It is with great pleasure that we declare the pond open to skating today, January 25, 2016.  The weather has been perfect and the Grounds Crew has completed measuring the ice and putting the safety gear out.  Attached to this email is the “Pond Winter Use Policy”.  The policy is intended to keep everyone, who chooses to use the ice, safe while doing so.  Please read the policy and understand where the boundaries are for the area that is to be used.  It is imperative that you stay within the designated boundaries.  Anyone outside the boundaries will be subject to disciplinary action.

Have fun and be safe!

Ms. O’Connor

Pond Winter Use Policy

  1. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS AND GUIDELINES

The Williston Northampton School is fortunate enough to have a pond on campus that becomes a hub of outdoor activities, such as skating, in the cold winter months. Realizing that there comes an inherent risk in using the ice due to fluctuating weather and constant changing of ice conditions, the Physical Plant and Security Departments have created the following policy in an effort to make using the pond in cold weather as safe as possible.

  1. POLICY
  • The School will use the Massachusetts Wildlife Ice Strength and Safety Guidelines as a guide for permissible weight, or load, on ice. Activities on the frozen pond will only be allowed if there is a minimum of five inches of ice, measured in six locations.
  • The weather will determine when the pond can be used for activities.   As soon as it has been cold for several, consecutive days and it is deemed safe for employees to go out on the ice, it will be tested for thickness and safety. Testing of the ice will include drilling in six different locations to test for the thickness.
  • No one shall go out on the ice until an initial test of the ice has been completed and it has been determined to be safe, with five inches of ice present, by the Physical Plant.
  • After the initial testing, and a result that indicates five inches of ice are present, the ice will be tested by members of the Physical Plant as needed. The result of the test will determine if the ice is safe to use. Members of the Physical Plant, and the weather, will determine how often the ice testing will be done.
  • Once the ice is considered safe and ready for use, Williston students, staff, and faculty will receive an email indicating such. After the initial email, additional emails acknowledging the condition of the ice and whether it is safe for activity will be sent out as needed. All email communications shall be internal and shall not be intended for anyone outside of the Williston community.
  • The Physical Plant and Security Departments will not endorse the safety of the pond for anyone outside of the Williston community. All others use the pond at their own risk.
  • A designated area of ice will be available for activities on the pond. This area shall be marked by being shoveled and cleared of all debris. Anyone looking to gain access to this area should approach it from the nearest side.
  • The designated area will be determined and created by the Physical Plant. After the initial clearing of this area, those using the ice will be responsible for keeping it shoveled off.
  • When school is not in session, the ice will not be tested and those that go out on the ice do so at their own risk.
  • Safety equipment, such as ladders and ropes, will be provided on each shore in case of an emergency. This equipment shall be visible and accessible and shall only be used in an emergency.
  • All other areas of the pond, other than the designated area and the area leading to each nearest shore, shall be considered unsafe and shall not be used or walked upon. Only the designated area will be tested for ice thickness.
  • Anyone playing hockey on the pond, using sticks and a puck(s), shall wear a helmet.
  • Both ends of the pond shall be considered unsafe. The area of the pond from the foot bridge toward the road (Park Street) and the area past the rope, which runs shore-to-shore, shall be considered unsafe! No one shall ever be on the ice in these areas!
  • The Physical Plant staff has the right to deem the ice unsafe at any time.

 

Field Trip to Quebec City

February long weekend annual trip to Quebec City for winter carnival.  This event is optional  for Williston students who are studying French and the eight students have elected to attend.  They will head to Quebec City, Canada on Thursday, February 4at 10 a.m. and return Monday, February 8 by 6 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns please contact chaperones Adeleen Brown or Sue Michalski.

Field Trip to Hartford Stage

Ten students in Acting II, who have been studying Shakespeare, have the option to attend a performance of Romeo and Juliet on February 13, 2016. The performance is directed by Tony-award winning director Darko Tresnjak and is taking place at the Hartford Stage. Students will leave at 6:30 p.m. for the 8:00 p.m. performance and return by 11 p.m. Contact faculty chaperone Emily Ditkovski with any questions.

Writing Center Hours This Week: GREEN WEEK 1/24-1/31

Do you hear that sound? It’s NOT the pitter-patter of a light snow falling on the roof. It’s the sound of your teachers frantically typing comments…

Will they be able to say that you have visited the Writing Center?

(Also, be extra nice to them tomorrow.)

Here are the hours for this week:

Tonight (Sunday):
7:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m. (study hall)

Monday:
8:40 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (D)
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (E1, E2)
7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (study hall)

Tuesday:
9:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. (C)
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (A1)
1:40 p.m to 2:40 p.m. (F)
7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (study hall)

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