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Pompeii and Chocolate Pasta: A Trip to Italy

They picnicked in the rolling countryside, saw ancient frescoes in Pompeii, and swam in the Mediterranean. But perhaps the quintessential moment of the Latin program trip to Italy came when the eight students and three adults visited del Cioccolato Antica Norba.

At the small family-run chocolate factory and museum, the group learned about how cocoa is processed and sampled fresh, warm chocolate, said language teacher Emily Vezina, one of the trip leaders.

“Many students bought souvenirs here,” she wrote in an email about the trip. “Chocolate pasta, best served with ricotta cheese and pine nuts, was a popular purchase.”

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Over the course of their weeklong stay, from June 7 to 14, the students also explored Pompeii—visiting ancient fast food restaurants, homes, temples, mosaics, and frescoes—under the tutelage of Alessandro, a “dramatic and expressive guide.”

In the town of Sorrento, the group stayed in a hotel perched on the cliffs overlooking Mediterranean Sea. In the evening, they walked down the switchbacks of a narrow cobblestone road and went for a swim.

“Some students swam out to a nearby cave in the rock promontory that framed the bay,” Vezina wrote.

In the medieval city of Norma, in the Lepini Mountains, the students strolled along ancient Roman roads, saw a bath complex that was being excavated, and had a picnic in the countryside.

“Meanwhile all around us paragliders floated through the sky,” Vezina wrote, “some landing in the ruins, others sailing to the countryside below.”

Spotlight On The Gardening Club

Behind the middle school buildings, on a small plot of land, two students and their advisor were starting off activities period by smelling a large box of old banana peels, oranges, and apple cores.

“Phew!” said Joey Newlin ’12 as he peered into a large green barrel.

“Anarobic decomposition smells like this. It’s like a sewer smell,” said Jane Lucia, the gardening club’s faculty advisor.  “Turning actually mixes it, aerates it, and keeps that stench away.”

It was spring on The Williston Northampton School campus and the members of the gardening club were out to inspect their food garden, give the mulch a good turn, and transfer seedlings from the gutters where they had sprouted to the cold frame, where they’d grow into carrots, beets, and a cold weather lettuce called mache.

The club, which started in fall 2007, has a small, but dedicated, membership that gathers each year to experiment with growing and composting techniques, as well as encourage community involvement in gardening.

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Cyberbullying Expert Sameer Hinduja to Speak to Parents and Students

Dr. Sameer Hinduja will visit The Williston Northampton School on Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3.

Dr. Hinduja, an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbulling Research Center, works nationally and internationally with the public and private sectors to reduce online victimization and its consequences.

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Embracing Diversity: A Day of Workshops and Collaboration

6912515797 84aa5ed14b o“We are more authentically human when we embrace diversity,” Mount Holyoke College professor Martha Ackmann told the assembled Williston Northampton School community at the start of the 10th annual Diversity Day.

The day would be filled with a variety of workshops—on everything from cyber bullying and Islamic awareness to Zumba and hip hop. But the morning was devoted to a trailblazer from the past: Toni Stone, a female baseball player whose grit and determination in the face of racism was on the leading edge of the civil rights movement.

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Second Annual Spring Celebration Festival

Picture 7The Williston community is invited to celebrate the Year of the Dragon on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Williston Theatre. There will be traditional Chinese food from the Great Wall restaurant in Florence and desserts and drinks provided by Williston Dining Services.

Students are invited to show off their talents, including singing, dancing, playing instruments, performing short skits, sharing jokes, performing magic, doing yo-yo tricks, sharing Chinese historical commentary, and displaying a little Taichiquan (a form of Chinese martial arts).

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