An Open Letter to the Williston Northampton Community

Dear Williston Northampton Community,

Thank you all for the feedback you’ve provided over the past several days. I am trying to respond by email to each person who has written a comment. Given the inclement weather today, I am afraid to say I’m falling a bit behind on my responses. As some of you may have seen, we are canceling Saturday classes and games and many of our day students are leaving campus this afternoon before the end of the academic day. We are working hard to stay on top of the updates as the weather changes and have been posting any new information on our Community Alerts page.

We are truly grateful for your input and for your willingness to take the time to write to us. The reason we posted this story was because we wanted feedback and we wanted to connect with you (no matter how painful that feedback can be for us to hear).

I wanted to clarify a couple of points, since the same questions seem to be appearing in the comments below. The first is that the seal is not going away. We will continue to use it on our official materials—including diplomas and legal documents. As you can see from the image in the article, the seal still has the tree, the full school name, the founding year, and an outline of Mount Tom—the same elements that it has had since it was first created. The only change we’ve made to the seal is to clarify some of the elements to make it easier to print and read (and to see when it’s reduced to a very small size). The new shield is just one more tool in our Williston Northampton toolbox.

As an alumnus noted in the comments, design by committee is never a good idea. That said, we collected as much input as we could from as many people as we could during this process. We posted the article because we wanted to share it. And, frankly, we’re proud of the work of the school and we’re excited about the future of Williston Northampton.

We feel fortunate that so many alumni care so deeply about the school and feel connected to the community online. We’re grateful you pay attention. And we’d like to hear from you more often about other aspects of the school and the broader Williston Northampton community. Please make sure we have your accurate contact information so we can get in touch with you about any future efforts that we undertake by taking a moment to update your information online (or send us an email at if you need your log in information).

Thank you again. Please stay safe and warm if you are in an area that’s being affected by Nemo today. We hope to be in touch with you again soon.


Traci Wolfe
Director of Communications

5 thoughts on “An Open Letter to the Williston Northampton Community”

  1. If the old logo is not going away, and it’s still being used in “OFFICIAL materials – including diplomas and legal documents” then why is it not the one being prominently displayed at the top left corner of this page? The new logo has absolutely nothing to do with WNS’s history and tradition (why a shield?).

  2. As a parent of a daughter who went to Williston(class of 2002)I’d like to state,that the original logo does exactly what is is supposed to do.The new one I feel is cold,unimaginative and not conveying the long and proud history of the school.What’s wrong with keeping something that’s been so properly representing the school and what it stands for? From visits to my daughter at the school(we were living in Latin america at the time)I have nothing but warm memories.The old logo was as a representative of those feelings.I truly regret that so much time,effort(and thus money)was obviously spent on something good and appropriate.I just wanted to let you know that.

    Jeff Martinot

    1. I agree with you completely. I also feel that they are totally ignoring Northampton School and have been heading that way for some time. Leaving out class notes because of the recent problems associated with our class is still another sign. Apparently, they can do well without alumnae funds as it appears this way.

  3. I wasn’t finished; where did it go? Added to what I just said. Control and writing off the older generation seems to be the byword for 2013….symbolic of everywhere today, Please add to previous bit. Thanks, Ginny Harris “55

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