Category Archives: Middle School

Planning Ahead: Williston to Host Summer Opportunities Fair

The eighth annual Pioneer Valley Summer Opportunities Fair, an informational fair intended for families with children entering kindergarten through high school, will take place in the Reed Campus Center of The Williston Northampton School, 40 Park Street, Easthampton. The event will take place on Sunday, February 26 from noon until 3:00 p.m. Admission is free.

This exceptional fair showcases a wide range of programs focusing on academic enrichment, outdoor adventure, international home-stay, travel, internships, community service, camps, arts, sports and more for elementary, middle school and high school students. Representatives of local, national, and international summer programs will be available to talk with interested students and their families.

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Fall Choral Concert Highlights the Week in Arts

It was a busy one for the arts at The Williston Northampton School.

The Fall Art and Music Intensives produced an exhibition to show off their wide-ranging and exceptional talents on Monday, November 14, in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, paper cut-outs, metal work, films, and music pieces.

On Tuesday, November 15, the Fall Choral Concert took place in the Phillips Stevens Chapel beginning at 7:30 p.m. Families around the globe watched the performance via a live webcast.  The concert featured a special showcase of three pieces by Eleanor Daley, one of Canada’s most successful and gifted composers of choral music. The Teller Chorus, the Widdigers, and the Caterwaulers sang pieces by Stephen Foster, Bill Withers, Crosby Stills and Nash, Boyz II Men, The Doobie Brothers, Aloe Blacc, Chris Isaak, and The Beatles.  You can watch the concert online on the school’s site or on Williston Northampton’s YouTube channel.

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Middle School Open House

The Williston Northampton Middle School will host an open house on Monday, November 7 in the Whitaker-Bement building on the school’s campus at 7:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity for families to learn more about the Middle School and its academic and extracurriculum programs.  There will be a panel of current students and parents, and Jennifer Fulcher, Head of the Middle School, will be there to answer questions.

Please call Linda Kretchmar at (413) 529-3230.

Science and Art Observations on Smith College Field Trip

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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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