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 4, at 10 a.m. and return Monday, February 8by 6 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns please contact chaperones Adeleen Brown or Sue Michalski.
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.
On Friday, January 15, Will Eberle, Lori Pelliccia, Daniel Roe and I brought all 61 Williston Latin students to Mount Holyoke College for Classics Day. We joined around 300 students from a number of other schools, including Amherst Regional, Lenox, BCD and Academy Hill. Our students had a blast attending workshops, examining—and even handling—the antiquities in the Mount Holyoke Museum, and competing in contests. Everyone participated in at least one contest, and everyone had fun. We are so proud of our prize-winners:
-Gabe Moon: third place in military art for his amazing shield.
-Oscar DeFrancis and Nat Markey: third place for their model of the baths at Aquae Sulis.
-Rida Kareem, Molly Zawacki, and Sebi Herrera: second place for their costumed portrayal of Venus, Psyche and Cupid.
-Anabelle Farnham: second place for her memorized recitation of a poem by Sappho in Greek.
We had so many more prize-worthy entries! My personal favorites were Jaden Tanguay’s extraordinarily realistic spear and Anabelle, Chloe, and Neha as the three Fates: Clotho/Neha (who spins the thread of life), Lachesis/Chloe (who measures it) and Atropos/Anabelle (who cuts the thread and ends life). I’ve never seen students make bed-sheets look so authentically like ancient Greek garb! Neha even made her own spindle.
Thanks to all of you who helped us make this day a success and especially to our cheerful, tireless chaperones, Dan and Lori.
Venimus, Vidimus, Vicimus! (We came, we saw, we conquered!)
Gad Elmaleh is a French comedian who does stand-up in French with some English, while making cultural comparisons between French and American cultures. The 14 students in Honors French V or AP French will be attending this event at the Iron Horse on Thursday, December 10, 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. If you have questions or concerns please contact Adeleen Brown or Sue Michalski.
The 13 students and two faculty members participating in the spring break trip to Madagascar will be making a day trip around Western, MA as a way to bond and work on some group activities/tasks in preparation for the trip. This event is required for all students participating in this spring break trip. The field trip will take place on Sunday, December 13, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Please contact faculty member Josh Seamon with questions.
AP Environmental Science class is taking its annual trip to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Easthampton, MA on Monday, December 14, 8:15 – 9:30 a.m. The event is required for all students enrolled in AP Environmental Science (meets Period D). Previous tours of the facilities have included viewing the area for the primary physical separation of solid material, the secondary treatment where bacteria and protozoa breakdown materials, and the final settling tanks where chlorine is added to the effluent. Contact faculty member Matt Spearing with any questions.
The video game programming and design class will visit Quarters in Hadley, Mass. to research classic video game designs. The event is required for the eight students enrolled in Video Game Design and will take place on Friday, October 9 from 1:40-3:15 p.m. If you have questions or concerns, please contact faculty member Kim Evelti.
Two arts classes will be heading to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a exhibit of work by Chuck Close on Thursday, October 8 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. “Chuck Close Photographs” is a comprehensive survey of significant scope, exploring how the artist has stretched the boundaries of photographic means, methods, and approaches throughout his career. It includes 129 photographs spanning from 1968 to the present, ranging from black and white portraits to monumentally scaled composite Polaroids, to intimately scaled daguerreotypes. For the first time in his extensive exhibition history, this project delves deeply into the full range of his photographic works. The event is required for all students enrolled in Advanced Practices in Studio Art or Alt. Photographic Processes. Those with questions or concerns should contact faculty members Ed Hing, Natania Hume, or Daniel Roe.
The 36 students enrolled in Chinese I, II, III or IV will go to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Fine Arts Center in Amherst to attend a Taiwanese dance performance on Wednesday, September 23. The students will be leaving at 6:45 p.m. and returning by 9:30 p.m. Please contact faculty member and trip chaperone Noah Lipnick with any questions.
A dozen students in painting class will head to Boston on Thursday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a field trip at the Museum of Fine Arts. The field trip is required for students who are enrolled in Painting (period D) or a Directed Study in Painting. Please contact faculty member and trip chaperone Susanna White with any questions.