GivingTuesday is a global movement that began in 2012. The idea is simple. Let’s designate one day as a day to “give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.” December 3, 2019, is a day organizations and individuals can choose to participate with their time, their resources, or their voice lending a hand to their local community or their favorite non-profit.
This week we pause to take a breath during a busy fall semester, but more importantly we take a moment to contemplate gratitude. As we gather around tables with friends and family, we are given the opportunity to be thankful for the blessings in our lives.
Evangeline Delgado, Suzanne Dewey, and Jennifer Ulicnik
Adolescent girls are faced with a myriad of opportunities and challenges. High school is a time where many are exploring new interests, finding their voices, considering their futures, and formulating life-long habits. Wellness is an important foundation for personal success and is a necessary ingredient for daily living. Emma Willard educators work hard to provide positive modeling and encourage students to consider their wellbeing as a fundamental ingredient in their pursuit of success.
Head of School Jenny Rao learned early in her tenure at Emma Willard School how inquisitive students can be. They were curious about the then-new head of school and had all sorts of questions. Jenny took their interest to heart and instituted Rao Rumbles, where she left a box outside her office for students to leave questions. Recently, we've expanded Rao Rumbles to a "student edition" in which faculty can ask questions of the students!
This past Tuesday, just before the frosty weather, the athletic teams at Emma Willard School came together in Alumnae Chapel for the annual Fall Athletic Desserts. Pink cupcakes in hand, athletes and coaches celebrated the achievements of individuals and teams over these fast-moving weeks of the fall season. Read more about the growth, skill, and dedication among our fall athletes after the jump.
It's a dark and stormy night, and you've been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? The Emma Willard School fall play this year was Clue, based on the cult classic film and the popular board game.
Halloween at Emma Willard School is legendary. As an all-new communications team, along with many other new faces on campus, we’ve been hearing about the ‘Emmaween’ experience since our earliest days. Read on for some bootiful costume coverage and more information about the Emma Willard School Halloween festivities!
Holidays at Emma Willard School are a practice in multi-culturalism. During Morning Reports, students often share holiday experiences from their own backgrounds. We invite you to explore the activities and lessons that create the unique Emma Willard perspective on celebrations.
Early Tuesday morning, 32 Emma Willard School music education and choir students packed their lunches and loaded a bus headed for New York City. It was time for the much-anticipated field trip to the Metropolitan Opera. On the stage this year was Puccini’s beloved La Bohème.
Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Emma Willard School is pleased to share that two students Eura C. ′20 and Jihye (Ashley) B. ′20 are among the 16,000 semifinalists named in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
During the special Fall Family Weekend edition of Morning Reports last Friday, Service Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator Gemma Halfi spoke about senior Hannah S.’s award from the YWCA for her “Changing the Cycle” capstone project. This past Tuesday, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. held their 20th Annual Resourceful Women’s Luncheon, centered around the stories and accomplishments of 18 local women and girls who exemplify the tenants of the YWCA (eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all) through work in various fields. Read on for more details about Hannah’s work and her award.
Last weekend marked seven weeks since students arrived on campus for the 2019-2020 school year. To celebrate and share their experiences thus far, students welcomed their families for a look into their classes, hangouts on the red chairs in the beautiful early-fall weather, delicious meals, and a special edition of morning reports. Read on for more details about the weekend, including photos!
This fall, Dietel Gallery is home to an Emma Willard School employee art show. Installed outside the library and running the length of the hall at the front of Dietel you’ll find a variety of art that mirrors the scope the student work currently on display in Kiggins: weavings of all sizes, photography, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, and woodwork. Read on for photos and some statements from the artists about their pieces in the show.
Emma Willard School salutes eleven students who were recently named as “Commended Students” in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards. Over 1.5 million students took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October and therefore entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. This is a national competition for recognition and awards conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Last Friday the hallway outside Kiggins auditorium started to fill with student artwork, ranging from digital and darkroom photography, large-scale paintings and woven textiles to jewelry hung from walls and mannequins. Read on for photos of the art, information about a peer critique session from Intro to Jewelry, and statements from students about their pieces on display at Emma Willard School.
If you’ve explored Troy, you may have noticed the many murals that invite visitors to consider the city’s rich history. Now, Emma Hart Willard is commemorated along with other Troy notables in another large-scale masterpiece.
Emma Willard School has proudly fostered a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership for 205 years. Over many decades, our alumnae have gone on to serve and shape our world, taking with them memories of the many traditions celebrated during the important high school years of an Emma Willard student that reflect the learning and growth occurs on Mount Ida. Early in the academic year, the senior class gathers together for a weekend of class bonding culminating in a senior dinner. A faculty member and a student, both selected by the senior class, offer remarks to those assembled at dinner. Inevitably there are words of wisdom, reflection, and humility. This year’s speakers were Esther Dettmar, PhD and Felicity L. Their remarks, poignant and delivered with humor, are shared below:
Emma Willard School has a history steeped in celebrating diversity. The very nature of the school was built upon a foundational belief that all persons had the right to an education. Today, conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion have reached a new height. This year we are piloting affinity groups to meet the needs of our diverse student body.
Emma Willard School joined students from around the globe in protesting climate change, advocating for policy reform, and spreading awareness of the impact of individual emissions footprints. Sixty students and several adults boarded busses on Friday to attend the protest at the state capitol in Albany.
Jane Fonda '55 was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame on September 14, 2019. She accepted the honor with grace and passion while demonstrating that she is a true alumna of Emma Willard School.
Throughout the academic year, Emma Willard School students provide inspirational remarks during Morning Report. Our first such speaker talks about making a difference even if you think the problem is too big. Senior Phoebe C. shared an experience she had working to draw attention to copper mining in Minnesota's North Woods. Phoebe's remarks also kick off Emma Willard School's focus and participation in the Global Climate Strike that takes place on Friday, September 20, 2019.
From the very beginning of this school year, Academic Dean Dr. Meredith Legg set Emma Willard School on a path of fostering the habits of an intellectual life. Over the past week, some of our faculty and students have taken a moment to reflect on their own habits.
The Emma Willard School community gathered this morning for a moment of silent reflection and to hear the words of History Instructor and Chair of Humanties. Dr. Naeher offered comments reflecting on this sad day in history. He challenged the students "I want to ask you, however, not to become numb, and I want to challenge you to cultivate a compassion that leads to positive acts for good, even and perhaps especially in the face of great suffering. While I can’t give you an easy way to do this, to feel deeply without succumbing to despair, what I can say is that in the presence of evil, and pain, there is occasion for great good."
Emma Willard School is pleased to announce a new parents’ association launching this academic year. The purpose of this program is to further engage families in the Emma Willard community. Parents have helped be admission ambassadors or have served as mentors for Practicum and Signature projects on an ad hoc basis in the past. With the formalization of a parents’ group, which will be called Parents EMbassador Program (PEP), we hope to augment the community aspects for parents and provide a supporting structure for the student experience.
On Thursday morning, faculty and staff gathered for the year's first Community Coffee in Sage Study. Among them were several of our new staff members. From campus safety to communications to admissions, you will see several new faces at Emma Willard this year. Please join us in welcoming the following new staff.
Emma Willard School is excited about the additions to our faculty for the 2019-2020 school year! Academic Dean Dr. Meredith Legg shares that they are “an impressive and energetic group, ready to contribute to the Emma Willard mission.”
Emma Willard School proudly fosters the habits of an intellectual life. That is part of our mission and specifically noted in our mission statement. Also in our mission statement are the words “love of learning.” The school works hard to facilitate these cognitive pursuits for our students and also supports faculty, staff, and parent learning.
The final days of summer are here. Students are assembling their school gear. Faculty and staff spent the last several days in planning and learning sessions in preparation for the new academic year. Emma Willard’s parent and alumnae community were treated to important thought leadership presented at a seminar by National Bestselling author Rachel Simmons (Enough As She is and Odd Girl Out). Opening Day is hours away. We are ready!
GirlSummer Session II finished with a joyful flourish. This last session was a mix of girls taking part in signature programs such as Writer’s Retreat, English Language and Leadership, and Emma Codes, as well as exciting electives such as Mixed Media, Podcast, Advanced Jewelry Design, Basketball, and Jazz.
Rowing began at Emma Willard in the mid-1980s. It didn’t take long before crew became a popular program. Today, the Jesters are members of the nationally recognized and highly competitive New York State Section 2 Interscholastic Rowing Association, a junior rowing division. The fleet includes sweep and sculling boats and calls the boathouse on Green Island home. Close to one in ten students at Emma are on the crew team during the fall season, and in the spring the field narrows to a selective set of experienced rowers. The season runs right to the end of the academic year and most times the finals are wedged into the end-of-year celebrations.
Investing in girls is what we do. We know the research confirms that one of the more effective methods to impact our world for the better is to invest in girls and women. Emma Willard School’s founder and namesake knew that empowering young women helps shape the world.
Nicole B. ’22 and Jenna D. ’21 joined the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s new music “Dogs of Desire” ensemble chorus at the EMPAC Theatre at Rennsealer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, May 31 to perform composer/singer Clarice Assad’s, Ain’t I A Woman, inspired by Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman” speech.
Carney Sandoe & Associates is featuring stories about women leaders in independent schools, the importance of mentorship, and their professional journeys. As part of the series they profiled Head of School Jenny Rao and her mentor Peter O’Neill, former head of school at Garrison Forrest.
Emma Willard School Chinese Instructor and International Student Coordinator Preston Sundin recently attended the National Chinese Language Conference in San Diego, California where he represented the school by leading the session “Race, Sex, and Gender in the American Chinese Language Classroom.” We asked him about the experience and his takeaways from the conference.
Emma Willard School’s capstone program, Signature, empowers juniors and seniors to dive deep into a personal project of their choosing. Jennifer L. ’19 used her Signature to bring new understanding to China’s often underrepresented autonomous regions of Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang.
We asked Jennifer about her Signature experience and how she came to curate her final collection, which was displayed in Dietel Gallery earlier this month.
Emma Willard School sophomore Yuma M. has received an Honorable Mention in this year’s Congressional Art Competition for her piece, “Boston Museum in Boston, Ireland,” which will be displayed in the Albany District Office for the next year.
Emma Willard School welcomed Parker Hamilton Poling ’95 back on campus as this year’s Honors Convocation speaker. Parker, a former Emma Willard Cum Laude and E.W. Award honoree who now serves as the Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), drew on her experiences in Washington, D.C. to discuss mentorship.
We caught up with Parker about how Emma prepared her for life outside our castle walls.
Last Wednesday, April 17 our students attended our fourth and final event of the Speaker Series for the school year. Emma Willard School hosted Sarah McBride, an author, activist, and the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.
Each year Emma Willard School’s academic departments honor outstanding students with Kudos during Morning Reports. Our Spanish, Chinese, and Latin instructors awarded the first Kudos of the year on Tuesday, April 16.
Emma Willard School is proud to announce senior Issac H. has earned the status of National Merit Finalist by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Head of School Jenny Rao made the announcement at Morning Reports on Friday, March 1.
Emma Willard School’s independent programs enable girls to pursue projects they feel strongly about. Senior Aira A. saw her family’s struggle with balancing screen time in their lives and was inspired to research the topic further, ultimately launching the company Bye Bye Screen and publishing “7 Step Digital Cleanse for Families,” now available on Amazon.
Communications spoke with Aira to learn more about her project and milestones she has reached. Read the full Q&A below!
Our athletics department celebrated our basketball, indoor track and field, and ski racing teams at our winter sports desserts ceremony. This season, 12 students earned their varsity letter and pin for the first time; 24 earned a bar pin, signifying their second or more time playing at the varsity level, and 15 earned a pin marking their first time playing at the varsity level in one sport after getting their varsity letter in another. Coaches also handed out Most Improved and Coaches Awards for each team.
The Cluett House program, which focuses on the practices of positive world change, hosts inspiring guest speakers during their weekly seminar series. Recently, Cluett House students were joined by a wonderful guest speaker who is very familiar with the Emma Willard School community: alumna Arica Crootof '03, who joined the group via video conference from her home state of Montana.
Emma Willard School senior Hyeyon “Stella” Rim held a public reception for her exhibition “Painting Inspiration: FOR CHILDREN TO THRIVE NOT JUST SURVIVE” at the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Friday, January 25.
Each year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosts “Students of the Year,” a philanthropic leadership development program for exemplary high school students, that teaches them professional skills including entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management as they promote and fundraise for the organization.
This year, Emma juniors Mimi L. and Ava T. have been selected as the 2019 Students of the Year candidates for the Albany area, and the first ever to represent Emma Willard School. Their aim is to raise $50,000 for the LLS to establish an Emma Willard research grant.
Emma Communications spoke with them about their project and why it is so meaningful to them.