Daily Announcements from Williston Northampton

Ultimate News and Pick-Up Game at 6:15

First of all, congratulations to our Ultimate all-star, Mr. Rutherford, whose men’s club team, Big Wrench, made it to the semi-finals of the the Northeast Regional Ultimate Tournament this past weekend, before losing to the eventual winner, Ironside.  Also, Mr. Thompson’s son’s mixed team, Cosa Nostra, won the South Central Regionals to qualify for the Nationals in Texas in mid-October.  (That’s Sawyer Thompson in blue below.)

…and most importantly, this reminder:

Pick-Up Ultimate Tuesday Evening at 6:15 Under the Lights on Sawyer Field
Players of all ages and ability levels are always welcome!

Weekend Activities Oct 4-5

Off-Campus Trips meet faculty at the Schoolhouse

Saturday, October 4

  • Varsity Field Hockey vs. Berkshire 7 p.m.Everyone will be there!
  • Open Reed, movie w/ popcorn 7:15-10:45 p.m. Susanna White
  • Open Gym 7:30-10:45 p.m. Adrienne Mantegna
  • Six Flags Fright Fest 6:45-10:45 p.m. Mini Bus 1 Eugenio Garcia
  • Demented FX Haunted HouseWalk down to 123 Union Street at 9 p.m. Bill Berghoff

Sunday, October 5

  • Open Reed NFL with pizza and wings 1-5 p.m.  Alex Rivenburgh
  • Open Gym 1:15-5:15 p.m.  Emily Vezina
  • Holyoke Mall 1-5 p.m. Mini Bus1  Liz Kay
  • Northampton Shuttle 1-5 p.m. Mini Bus 2  Adrienne Mantegna

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.

Also, anyone interested in going to the Celtics-Knicks game on Oct 11, please sign up or let Mr. Spearing know you’d like a ticket. Very limited spots available. Tickets are $30.

Have fun and take care of each other.

Team Photos Today

A weekend reminder that team photos are scheduled for Monday, September 29th. Below is the schedule.

Berube Stadium at Sawyer Field

3:10         Crew (or as soon as you can get there)
3:10         Riding (or as soon as you can get there)

The following teams will have their pictures taken on a first come first serve basis after 3:30. As soon as a team is ready we will take their picture and they will be able to get to practice

Girls Cross Country
Boys Cross Country
Varsity Field Hockey
JV Field Hockey
Boys Varsity Soccer
Boys JVA Soccer
Boys JVB Soccer
Boys Junior Soccer
Girls Varsity Soccer
Girls JV Soccer
Girls Junior Soccer
Varsity Football
JV Football

As soon as the outside teams are done we will move inside for water polo, volleyball, robotics, tech theater, dance (4:30 or so).

Car Seat Check Today

This afternoon The Children’s Center is hosting a free car seat check from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Please feel free to swing by at any point to make sure that your child’ seat is secure in your car.  It should only take a few minutes per car but please allow enough time in case it is busy.  This is being provided by SafeKids/Kohl’s Cares Safety Crew, a program of Baystate Health.  We are excited to host them here.  See you later today!

Special Assemblies with Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson, whose talks offer strategies for studying and teaching, returns to the Williston Northampton School this week for special sessions with the faculty and students.

In his presentations, Mr. Watson, of Translate the Brain, combines news about modern neurological studies with tips on how that information can translate into practical, every day applications.

Last November, Mr. Watson was warmly received when he spoke at the Upper School assembly. In his talk, “How to Study Less and Learn More,” Mr. Watson had students play a numbers game with a surprisingly easy solution. He then offered similarly straightforward ways for students to get better grades while doing less work, such as ways to learn, forget, and relearn the material; focus on the task at hand; and get enough sleep.

“Different kinds of sleep support different kinds of memory,” he said at the time. “Sleep is homework.”

He will give a similar talk to Upper School students on Friday, September 25 at the 8:30 a.m. assembly.

At the all-faculty meeting the night before, Mr. Watson will speak about motivation with an emphasis on stereotype threat. Mr. Watson’s presentation will include references to the work of Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Columbia University, who’s work focuses on the role of motivation in education.

Advanced Studio Practices Field Trip on Sept. 26

Art students will head to the Smith College Botanic Garden and Greenhouse in Northampton tomorrow at 10:50 a.m.  The field trip is required for students who are enrolled in Advanced Studio Practices, a full-year course that focuses on in-depth artistic exploration through theme-based studio and independent work. Susanna White, one of the three co-teachers of the course, is overseeing the trip to Smith. The 11 students will return by noon.



Community Service at Riverside on Friday

A group of students will be heading to Riverside Industries to help clean this Friday evening. The group will be meeting in front of the Schoolhouse at 5:45 p.m. on Friday to walk over. Contact Ms. Garrity with questions.

The Community Service Office (a recently added desk in the Activities Office) is also planning upcoming to help out with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity this fall.  The work will be on 246 East Street in Easthampton on Sundays, 12:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. More information (and dates) will be announced soon.

Tuesday Evening Pick-Up Ultimate

With the sun now setting around the time we get started, we’ll be playing under the lights.

It will be good to have all those tour guides back.  We need more girls and women (like Ms. Davey)!!

Tuesday Evening Pick-Up Ultimate this evening at 6:15 sharp on Sawyer Field (next to the gym).

​No previous experience is required.