Category Archives: All-School Assembly

MLK Day: Adjusted Special Schedule on Jan. 19

Please note:  Due to a last minute scheduling issue, our speaker for the MLK assembly on Monday cannot be here at 8:30 a.m.  As a result we will be switching B period with the All-School Assembly time slot.  As they were both 50 minute slots, there are no other adjustments necessary.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  The schedule for Monday is below and the switch is shown in RED.

Monday, January 19, 2015 – MLK day (modified BLUE Monday)

8:30 – 9:20                       Period B
9:30 – 10:20                     Period D
10:30 – 11:20                   Period F
11:30 – 12:20                   Period C1
11:50 – 12:40                   Period C2
12:50 – 1:40                     All-School Assembly
1:50 – 2:40 (3:00)            Period E

Special Schedule on Friday, Oct. 24

On Friday, we will have a special schedule and an Upper School Assembly at 11:10 which is required for all.  Please see below.  Any questions, please ask!  Thanks, Ms. Noble

Friday, October 24

8:30 – 9:00 Period G
9:10 – 9:40 Period A
9:50 – 10:20 Period B
10:30 – 11:00 Period D
11:10 – 12:00  All School assembly in the Athletic Center
Lunch to follow
Athletic Practices scheduled in the afternoon – please see your coach for more information

173rd Convocation

The Williston Northampton School will ring in its 173rd year with a Convocation ceremony on Monday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m. This year’s distinguished speaker, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan will address the crowd of honored guests, students, faculty and staff, community members, and friends of the school. Mr. Sullivan is the parent of two Williston graduates.

Mr. Sullivan was elected to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in November 2010 and began his term in January of the following year. He has been an attorney for more than 25 years, serving 17 years as a trial attorney and advocate. He has handled thousands of criminal and civil cases and tried cases in Superior, District, Juvenile, and Military courts.

In 2008, Mr. Sullivan was one of two Massachusetts lawyers chosen to receive the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s President’s Award for “extraordinary volunteerism, leadership, and commitment to increasing access to justice in Massachusetts.”

Following Mr. Sullivan’s speech, the student body president, Madeleine Stern ’14, will speak and then lead everyone in the singing of the alma mater, “O Williston.”

The annual Senior Dinner will be held after the ceremony in the Birch Dining Commons where guest speaker Sara Delano Collins ’98 will address the senior class and faculty. Ms. Collins graduated from the University of Denver and is now a Senior Product Management Consultant at File & ServeXpress, a division of LexisNexis.

Fall Team Highlights

Director of Athletics Mark Conroy announced the following highlights and individual award winners from the nine fall teams at Upper School Assembly today. The award winners were also recognized during fall sports team night on November 16.

“I wanted to thank all of those of you who wore the blue and green this fall for competing so hard and so well,” Conroy said. “Your sportsmanship was outstanding.”

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Student Council Minutes: Oct. 9

Here are the Minutes for the last student council meeting!
-Loren Po

Student Council Minutes
October 9, 2012
Parent’s Association Conference Room
NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.

1. Call To Order – 6:30 p.m.
a. By Matt Freire
b. Secretary – Loren Po

2. Attendance
a. Present: Matt Freire, Maddy Stern, Bianca Schultz, Gabby Thomas, Loren Po, Mr. Kudla, Mr. Matthias
b. Absent: Oliver Demers, Ryan Wilkie

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National Merit Scholar Recognition

Each year about 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT. About 3 percent of those taking the test qualify to receive program recognition. As a result of their scores, this year Williston has nine students who qualified for this recognition. During All-School Assembly on Friday morning, Associate Head of School Jeff Ketchum reminded juniors and sophomores, who will be taking the test this next Wednesday, that the PSAT was more than just practice for the SAT, it was also a chance for national recognition and possible scholarship money. The following seniors received certificates at assembly:

Mika Chmielewski
Devon Greenwood
Emma Hing
Kat Kaisla
Jiwon Lee
Mimi Phillips
Mairead Poulin
Keely Quirk
Eric Tallman


Spring Break Trip: Costa Rica

Trip Destination: San Jose, Costa Rica
Trip Dates: 2 March 2013 to 15 March 2013 (14 days)

At least 10 students will travel. We are currently holding air space for as many as 14 students. Two teachers/adults will go from Williston, and all trip costs for these two adults will be fully subsidized.

Global Routes will provide a leader for your group. This leader will travel to Costa Rica in advance of the group to make final arrangements and will accompany the group throughout its entire stay, acting as liaison and group logistician. Additionally, this leader will participate in group activities per your preferences.

All costs from arrival in-country through departure with the exception of any applicable airport departure taxes are included, i.e. all meals, lodging, transportation, tips, program activities, etc.

For more information, contact Language Department Head Nat Simpson.

2012 Bear Fest Recap

At all-school assembly, Head of School Robert W. Hill III was presented with a small bear in recognition of the school’s “Black Bear” sponsorship of the 2012 Bear Fest.

Bearfest is now over, but was a great example of how we engage in mutually beneficial activities between the school and the town of Easthampton.  Williston’s sponsorship of the event is crucial to seeing a full celebration of the arts in our broader community.  Certainly, Natania Hume’s incredible bear—“Winter’s Lament”—deserves widespread recognition.  Brett Fellowes’ (2012) “Bear by Design” will soon be available for all to see in Reed. With Easthampton now considering becoming a cultural center, this is an area of distinction for us.

-Peter Gunn