All posts by Rachael Hanley

Live Streaming Semi-Finals

The Williston Northampton Wildcats are excited to host two playoff games on campus today: boys basketball and girls hockey.

You can find the today’s tournament schedule and more information online here.

The boys basketball team will take on Tabor Academy at home at 1:00 p.m.

The girls hockey team will face St. Paul’s at home at 3:00 p.m.

Knowing that many of our families would like to watch the games from wherever they are, we’re trying a live stream service called High School Cube—as we did on Wednesday. This is a new service for us, and we hope it helps you share in the excitement on campus.

You can download the High School Cube app on your phone, and then follow the Williston Northampton Live Stream Channel. Please note: there are two Williston Northampton channels, but only the Williston Northampton Live Stream Channel will be showing the games as they are played.

Go, Wildcats!

Writing Center Hours This Week: Blue Week

ELEVEN class days until Assessments begin! Yikes. As Babe Ruth once said, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

Keep at it, people! And visit the Writing Center!

Here are the hours for this week:

Tonight (Sunday)
7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (study hall)

8:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. (D, F, C)
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (B2)
7:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (study hall)

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Weather Update for Sunday

Beginning later today, February 15, and through tomorrow, Western Massachusetts will be experiencing some of the coldest temperatures and wind chills that have been experienced in this area in at least a decade.

Roads have been cleared after last night’s storm, and road conditions are safe,  but there are strong gusts and a wind chill index as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit. Frostbite can occur is as little as 10 minutes of exposure to this weather.

Please recognize that heat loss from your body is accelerated in these conditions and frost bite is a serious concern for any exposed skin. Please dress warmly with zipped-up coats, hats, gloves, hood, scarves, and layers to stay warm. This is a serious concern, so make sure you do your part in keeping yourself safe and healthy!

The 12 p.m. Student Activities departure to the Hampshire Mall with Mr. Sawyer, and 1 p.m. departure to the Holyoke Mall with Ms. Ram proceeded as scheduled.

Due to the dangerous wind chill forecast for today and this evening, however, the Dean’s Office will not be authorizing any more off-campus travel and will not be signing any more white sheets for students unless they are traveling with a parent or guardian.

Students should remain on campus and stay inside if they can. Stay warm and take care of each other!

4th Annual Pink in the Rink

The girls hockey team will be hosting Hotchkiss on this Saturday, January 31 for our 4th Annual Pink in the Rink event.  Last year we raised over $1,200 and we hope to do the same this year.  All the funds will be going to the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation.

Please join us tomorrow night for the 4th Annual Pink in the Rink Event at 5 p.m.! Wear as much pink as possible!

Also, Buy a raffle ticket and get a baked good for free! Below are the items at the raffle!

  • Vera Bradley bags
  • Fitbit
  • Beats
  • 4 Willy Hockey Sweatshirts
  • Williston Nike Sweatshirt
  •  Bruins Jacket
  • Bruins ladies sweatshirt
  •  2 Patriot Winter Hats
  • A Bruins Hat
  •  2 Bath and Body works baskets
  •  Alex and Ani Bracelet
  • Ladies Patriots sweatshirt and winter hat
  • Tucca Rask signed photo
  • Signed puck by Bruins player
  • Bruins Cup Champions 2011 plaque
  • Tucca Rask jersey
  • Tucca Rask photo
  • breast cancer blanket/water bottle
  • magic bullet desert
  • Can Jam game
  • Olaf pillow pets
  • 3 different hockey sticks
  • 30-minute massage
  • Gift Cards to Pure Hockey, Big E, Dominos, Tandem, Riffs, Dunkin, Giftology, Amazon

Athletic Facilities Open This Afternoon

Dear Students,

Just a quick communication to let you know that the Athletic facilities will be open this afternoon for your use. There will not be any formal team practices today.

Here is the plan:

Athletic Center –

1:00-5:00 Open to all

2:00-4:00 Open Pool

Squash Courts:

2:30 – 3:45 girls use of courts

3:45 – 5:00 boys use of courts


2:00-3:30 Open for girls skating

3:30-5:00 Open for boys skating

Come on down and get some exercise!

Mr. Conroy

11 Recognized as National Merit Scholars

PSAT National Merit Scholars pose after receiving their awards at assembly.
PSAT National Merit Scholars pose after receiving their awards at assembly.

At Upper School Assembly on January 14, Academic Dean Greg Tuleja honored 11 students for their exceptional performance on the October 2013 PSAT.  The following was his assembly announcement:

Every October, about 1.5 million high school students across the country take the PSAT test, and each year the College Board recognizes a small number of students who perform especially well on the test. It takes about a year for College Board to send this information to high schools, and this morning, we have the pleasure to award certificates from College Board to 11 Williston students for their exceptional performance on the October 2013 PSAT. This list includes our Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship program. As I call your name, please come up to receive your certificate from Ms. Evelti. There is some specific information about the award on the back of each certificate. On behalf of the entire faculty we would like to offer our congratulations to:

Erin An
Nicholas Dalzell
Benjamin Greeman
Cameron Hill
Emma Kaisla
Umi Keezing
Alexander Li
Brenna Quirk
Matthew Steinberg
Maya Wilson
Cade Zawacki

Green Cup Challenge

The  Green Cup Challenge is basically one of the school-to-school, worldwide competitions run by the Green Schools Alliance. The Green Cup Challenge focuses on energy savings overall. At Williston, we break it into dorms and make it a competition here as well. So while students are competing against other dorms, they are also collectively competing against other schools. The green banner will be presented to the dorm that is saving the most energy (when compared to the three previous years).

Follow for more news and updates about the Green Cup Challenge.

Wildcat Robotics Competes on March 8

The Williston Wildcat Robotics Team is going to the Massachusetts State Championships on Saturday, March 8th at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. The Wildcat Robotics Team won a berth at States by being the number one team out of 40 other New England Schools competing in the scrimmage format of the FIRST Tech Challenge series.
Team members are: Chris Berghoff, Matt Cavanaugh, Evans Chan, Henning Fischel, Ethan Kimball, Sam Mahmood, Jordy Perry-Greene, Michael Tran and Sean Won.
Good Luck Wildcat Robotics!

Schedule Adjustments on Feb. 13

While we are enjoying the beauty of a New England winter, we also need to make some changes in our schedule for tonight and tomorrow.
For today and tonight:
1)      Athletic practices and times have been adjusted and communicated to players and coaches.
2)      The Birch Dining Commons is closing tonight at 6:30 p.m.
3)      Students may not leave the main campus at any time for the rest of the day.
4)      This evening’s program associated with the Diversity Conference has been cancelled.
5)      There will be a mandatory check-in for boarders in their dorms at 7:30, after which time everyone stays in the dorm and quiet hours will be observed in the place of study hall.
For tomorrow (Friday):
1)      While the school will be open for business at our normal time, the Diversity Conference programming will be delayed by one hour and begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Athletic Center.  Attendance will be taken by advisory at that that time.
2)      Breakfast will be served from 8:00 – 9:15.
As always, your safety is our primary concern.  Please use caution moving around campus.  Day students (and their parents) should use common sense as to whether they will be able to come in to school in the morning.  As per usual, if a day student is not coming in to school, please communicate that to the Dean’s Office.