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2020

  • May

    Diba D. '20 running hurdles for Emma's Outdoor Track Team

    One of 360: Diba D. '20

    Each of the 360 students at Emma Willard School has a unique story. They are truly one-of-a-kind. The Emma Willard community has students from 24 states and 36 foreign countries. Some are interested in technology and robotics, others are entrepreneurs and artists, musicians, writers, and athletes, historians and social justice advocates. We love hearing their voices and think you will enjoy meeting some of our students who are serving and shaping their world. This series known as  “One of 360” features these students and explores what makes them unique. 
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  • Emma Students Earn National Merit Awards

    Kent Jones and Melissia Mason
    We are excited to announce that two Emma Willard School students have received scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Eura C. '20 was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and Lane A. '20 received the Charles H. Kaman Scholarship. Read on to learn more about these exceptional accomplishments.
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  • Tory Dietel Hopps '81

    Dress Rehearsal for the Future

    Tory Dietel Hopps '81
    Alumna Tory Dietel Hopps '81 has shared her thoughts on lessons we can learn through this extraordinary time in our world. We invite you to take a moment to reflect on this "dress rehearsal" for a new normal in our world.
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  • Honoring Varsity and Die Hard Athletes

    Liz Parry
    On Tuesday, May 5, athletes, coaches, and supporters gathered for a virtual Spring Desserts to honor the dedication of our Varsity and Die Hard athletes. We are delighted to announce that we have 36 new inductees into Varsity Club, and five Die Hard athletes this year.
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  • Math Instructor Laszlo Bardos sharing good will

    Building Community Always

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    Springtime in a vibrant and gutsy city nestled on the Hudson River not far from the Berkshires offers an array of beauty, variable weather, and an energizing force that makes the days a blur of activity. For a high school student at Emma Willard School, this time of year is typically fast and typically furious with end-of-year assessments looming, anticipated culminations beckoning, and growth and leadership opportunities inviting.
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  • Top performers in the Emma Willard School team that won first in region

    Honoring Outstanding Math Students

    Melissia Mason
    Emma Willard School is excited to announce honors earned by our mathematics students. Our math team earned first prize in our region of the New York State Mathematics League, led by top performers Ivyann S. '23, Stella L. '23 and Lucy Z. '21. In addition, Lillian L. '22 has won an award from the Mathematical Association of America. Read on to learn more about these exceptional accomplishments.
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  • Kudos To Hard Work

    Every year our various teaching departments gather to discuss students who have gone above and beyond in a particular discipline. The teachers have been paying attention for the entire year and springtime brings forward a period of recognition. This year, even with our students spending the spring term learning virtually, our faculty presented this year's kudos to ten individuals at Morning Reports on Thursday, April 30. We celebrate the hard work and determination that these kudos represent.
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  • Nseya was featured last fall on the Ready Center Instagram, sharing

    One of 360: Nseya H. '21

    Each of the 360 students at Emma Willard School has a unique story. They are truly one-of-a-kind. The Emma Willard community has students from 24 states and 36 foreign countries. Some are interested in technology and robotics, others are entrepreneurs and artists, musicians, writers, and athletes, historians and social justice advocates. We love hearing their voices and think you will enjoy meeting some of our students who are serving and shaping their world. This series known as  “One of 360” features these students and explores what makes them unique.
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  • April

    Juried Art Exhibition

    Student Artists Honored

    Melissia Mason
    Emma Willard School is excited to celebrate the work of our student artists this spring! Students were selected to exhibit their work in two different shows: The 2020 Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition and the 2020 Media Arts Festival. In addition, one of our art students who had earned a regional award has been honored with national recognition!
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  • Department chairs discuss online learning

    Virtually Emma: Technologically Speaking

    Interview with Nick Marchese
    The process of shifting Emma Willard School's learning atmosphere to Virtually Emma took rapid and extensive planning and creativity. As students were departing for the spring recess, the academic and technology teams geared up to tackle the transformation. Academic Technology Coordinator Nick Marchese took a moment to share some behind-the-scenes insight into this new adventure in learning. 
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  • Honors Convocation Honorees

    Honors Convocation Celebrates Student and Faculty Excellence

    Melissia Mason
    Emma Willard School honored academic excellence and exemplary citizenship in the Class of 2020, as well as extraordinary faculty service, at our first ever Virtual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 23. Join us in congratulating this year's honorees!
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  • Emma Green club members at the fall 2020 activities fair.

    Earth Day and Emma Willard School: 50 Years and Beyond

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    The first Earth Day took place 50 years ago on April 22, 1970. Americans from college campuses, schools, at Emma Willard, and elsewhere joined together to protest the damage that was happening to the environment. It was a unified effort in the wake of oil spills, water pollution, and air pollution. That first Earth Day is now a global civic event that calls for action and careful tending of our natural resources.
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  • Jen in her nursing uniform

    Caring

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    They step forward when many of us would back away. They are committed to the purpose of their work and that work is helping and caring for others. The Emma Willard School community has many of these unsung heroes who serve in hospitals, ambulances, urgent care centers, medical offices, nursing homes, and veteran centers. Many are alumnae, parents, employees, or good friends of the school. We share the story of one such selfless caregiver. We know there are many others. We thank you. We honor you. And we do, indeed, need you. 
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  • Carol W. '21

    One of 360: Carol W. '21

    Each of the 360 students at Emma Willard School has a unique story. They are truly one-of-a-kind. The Emma Willard community has students from 24 states and 36 foreign countries. Some are interested in technology and robotics, others are entrepreneurs and artists, musicians, writers, and athletes, historians and social justice advocates. We love hearing their voices and think you will enjoy meeting some of our students who are serving and shaping their world. This series known as  “One of 360” features these students and explores what makes them unique.
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  • Summa Cum Laude honorees

    Students Achieve Distinction in National Latin Exam

    Melissia Mason
    While most of our community was in the midst of Spring Break, some Emma Willard School students were busy preparing to take the National Latin Exam. Of the 14 Emma Willard students who took the test this year, ten achieved marks of distinction. 
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  • Ms. Buinicky with the selection for her book group

    Virtually Emma: A Community of Readers

    Suzanne Romero Dewey and Caroline Buinicky
    Books and book discussions are part of the fabric of an Emma Willard School experience. Director of Library Resources and Research Caroline Buinicky crafted a plan with some of her colleagues to make sure literary conversations continue as part of the virtual community experience.
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  • Virtually Emma: Online Learning Launches

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    What are the essential elements in a learning environment and how do you rapidly put on-campus teaching and learning into a digital format for 355 students scattered around the globe in the midst of a pandemic? Thanks to a dedicated faculty, the forethought of a head of school, and an academic dean with a can-do attitude, online learning launched this week.
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  • Virtually Emma Day Two: We've Got This!

    In yesterday’s message, Head of School Jenny Rao reminded Emma Willard Students that 
    “All of the people that you’ve been used to going to for support--they’re here. They’re here for you, and ready to support you!”  During the last days of spring break, we asked faculty and staff to send us a clip or a photo for a video of “We Got This!” while we’re all learning how to Virtually Emma.
     
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  • Virtually Emma: Day One

    Classes resume! While our campus is closed, our learning continues with a program that our faculty has been hard at work on over the extended spring break: Virtually Emma. Today we had our first (virtual) Morning Reports of the semester, and Head of School Jenny Rao has a special inspirational message for our community.
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  • The Emma Willard School campus in early March.

    A Look Around Campus

    Kaitlin Resler
    We welcome our students back to learning on April 6. We've missed them and can't wait for our spring term connections to refresh and solidify. We have many favorite places on-campus and many moments that bring us joy. Here's a visual celebration of good times on campus from earlier this year. We will hold all these places dear in our hearts while we begin our Virtually Emma experience.
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  • March

    A snowy spring campus photo from Residential Faculty member Lindsey  Stapleton

    A Socially Distant Spring Break

    Kaitlin Resler
    Spring break 2020? We’re in it, but for much of our community, current events called for a change of plans that involves less vacation and more field trips to the sofa to bother the family pet. It’s hard to tap into a feeling of togetherness when the distance is so tangible and we spend hours scrolling through a cycle of difficult news, with little shift in tone. Yet, in true ‘gaudet patientia duris’ style, there are gleams of goodness to be found in our virtual world! We’ve compiled some suggestions pulled from several corners of the internet for some socially distant spring break activities. Read on for links (a lot of links) and resources.
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  • More Than a Theatrical Production: The Wolves

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    It seems like a lifetime ago, before COVID-19 took a firm hold on daily routines, a group of young thespians took to the Emma Willard School stage and worked theatrical magic recreating the look and feel of a competitive indoor soccer team. Under the direction of Instructor/Theatre Director Erica Tryon, the winter play, The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, depicted the poignant sideline conversations of a nine-member girls’ team.
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  • K2T has a pre-break “campfire” in the alcove

    In Community with COVID-19

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
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  • Winter Athletes Recognized

    On Monday, March 3, our winter athletes and their coaches gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the season. Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity Basketball, Indoor Track and Field, and Ski Racing teams were well-represented by 74 students. We celebrate all of our winter athletes and invite you to read specific comments about those students who were honored with awards this season. 
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  • By Owl Post.

    Keep your eye out: a special delivery from admissions is in the mail! We await your return owl.
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  • Champion ax-throwers

    Principal's Play Day

    Melissia Mason
    On Tuesday afternoon, squeals of delight could be heard from classrooms across the Emma Willard School campus: Principal's Play Day had been announced for the next day! This exciting reprieve each year allows students and faculty to leave the classroom in pursuit of rest, recreation, and connection. Although it usually happens later in the spring, Head of School Jenny Rao surprised students by planning a mid-winter day of fun.
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  • The Emma Willard School Debate Club at the Shenendehowa tournament

    The Rise of Debate

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    Eura C. ’20 and Dohyun P. ’20 are making the 2019-20 debate club an exhilarating experience. The two determined 12th graders are not just making this year a successful experience, they are also leaving an imprint on the Emma Willard School debaters for the future.
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  • February

    The Marvel of Ring Week

    Melissia Mason
    Ring Week, steeped in Emma tradition, is one of many markers along the journey for 11th graders rising to become 12th graders. This week, we have witnessed the jubilation with which our students anticipate receiving their beloved class rings.
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  • Tina M. '23

    One of 360: Tina M. '23

    Each of the 360 students at Emma Willard School has a unique story. They are truly one-of-a-kind. The Emma Willard community has students from 24 states and 36 foreign countries. Some are interested in technology and robotics, others are entrepreneurs and artists, musicians, writers, and athletes, historians and social justice advocates. We love hearing their voices and think you will enjoy meeting some of our girls who are serving and shaping their world. This series known as  “One of 360” features these students and explores what makes them unique. 
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  • Excellence in Art

    Melissia Mason
    Emma Willard School takes pride in its strong tradition of providing a place for great artists to thrive. We are honored to be represented by the work of five students at the 21st annual “Art in Three Dimensions" juried high school exhibition. In addition to the juried art, several of our students have recently been honored through the Scholastic Art Awards.
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  • Black Latinx Student Union (BLSU) Assembly As a Call To Be Woke

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    In the school’s magazine, Signature, Fall 2019, last year’s BLSU co-head Aisha Fadé ‘19 states “Our mission is to not only raise awareness of social justice issues pertaining to these minority groups, but also to find ways to bring these discussions to Emma Willard. We work endlessly to speak up on what it means to highlight diversity, be inclusive, and how to be an effective ally.” She also gave the BLSU group a last rallying call, “Keep being the phenomenal woke people you are!”

    Taking advantage of Black History Month (a tradition that started in the United States in 1926 as one week launched by historian Carter G. Woodson and evolved into a month-long recognition in 1970), Emma Willard’s BLSU provided a packed assembly program that included dance, skits, speeches, and a poignant video on what it’s like to be a student of color at Emma Willard School. 

    When Black History was acknowledged as a month-long celebration in 1970, the notion was to provide time and space to recognize the frequently neglected and important accomplishments of Black Americans. That 50-year old tradition has included education and now offers the call of awareness. The call to be woke. 
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  • Sarah and her mom, after Sarah shared her thoughts

    Happy Valentine's Day: Love of All Kinds

    There are several individuals around campus sporting red, pink, and heart-ware today. A full red bowl of chocolates in front of the Head of School’s office had several students filling their pockets with the sweet treats. Quiet “Be My Valentine” or “Be My Galentine” gestures are being shared throughout our community. But what is Valentine’s Day truly about? Love, of course! Often that love is considered most by those struck with Cupid’s arrow but there are other forms, right? The recent Academy Awards had many award recipients giving credit to their parents, often mothers, for their love, devotion, and belief. Those parents--that love--helped people realize their dreams. A few weeks ago, Sarah H. ‘20 made a presentation to the gathered school answering a Rao Rumbles question about a person of influence in her life. This is what Sarah shared. We share it with you in honor of a day celebrating love--love of all kinds!
     
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  • New Media class pieces on display in Slocum

    Photography as a New and Old Medium

    Kaitlin Resler
    At Emma Willard School, students choose from a variety of visual art mediums to integrate technical skill with conceptual approaches. In the photo studio, students have the opportunity to work with digital and darkroom photography alongside new courses in video and new media. Arts instructor Caroline Valites is working to integrate these mediums so that students have more freedom to advance in the photographic medium. Read on for a conversation about the changes in the program. 
     
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  • Erin Hatton's neuroscience class

    A Unique Learning Experience

    What do today’s students need most from their high school experience to prepare them for college, careers, and civic life? Are AP™ courses the same as advanced learning? Are we teaching enduring learning, inspiring deeper thinking, helping students excel in the habits of an intellectual life? Nearly two years ago, the Emma Willard School faculty decided to ponder these very questions. They recognized that academically rigorous curricula was not simply taking as many AP™ courses as one schedule would allow.
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  • Track and Field finished 2nd in the 4x800 relay at the league championship and set school records!

    Celebrating Women in Sports

    Kaitlin Resler, Melissia Mason
    February 5th is recognized as National Girls and Women in Sports Day! We acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, recognize the influence of sports participation for women and girls, and honor the progress and continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.
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  • Fall 2019 Dance Assembly

    The Dance Program at Emma Willard School

    Kaitlin Resler
    In the dance studios at Emma Willard School, students learn and practice a variety of dance styles at various levels. Student dancers have the opportunity to perform, dance with professional guest artists, and learn to choreograph a performance that expresses their own artistic vision. This program has evolved over the long life of dance at the school, a progression that Dance Instructor Barbara Magee has witnessed throughout her years here. Read on for details from our conversation, and images from some of this year’s classes and performances.
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  • January

    Jessica testing the team's robot

    Jessica Z. '22 and Lucy Z. '21 Earn Computer Science Honors

    Melissia Mason
    Emma Willard School is excited to announce that two of our students have won National Honorable Mention Awards for the 2020 National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Awards. Jessica Z. '22 and Lucy Z. '21 were two of 360 girls selected from more than 4,700 amazing, talented young women to receive the honorable mention distinction. 
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  • Exploring Emma Willard School's Architectural Heritage

    Melissia Mason
    After two years of work, Alex S. '20 has fulfilled her desire to explore and write about the architectural heritage of Emma Willard School. The culmination of her junior and senior year Signature project, the book includes photographs and details about each of the buildings on the Emma Willard School campus.
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  • A student serves herself in the dining hall.

    Sustainability on Campus with Emma Dining

    Kaitlin Resler
    As Emma Willard School works to become a more sustainability-minded community and campus, one of the topics that comes up frequently is dining. We sat down with Kevin Bayer, the general manager at Emma Dining, to learn about the steps they have taken to become a more environmentally friendly organization.
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  • A group discusses the movie Harriet and one of the articles from the 1619 project.

    In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    The entire school community enjoyed a day practicing critical thinking skills, communication, and collaboration outside of classes and in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.  The day was designed to reflect on the history, present, and future of civil rights in this nation through the lens of our nation’s history of slavery.
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  • Don’t Just Take Our Word For It: The Advantages of Boarding and Girls’ Schools

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    The application deadline for many independent schools is typically in January or February. Whether you’ve completed all of your applications or are putting on the finishing touches, we commend you for taking the initiative to find the right school for you. Seeking something different for your high school experience is a bold and courageous step.
     
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  • Dr. Rebecca Hong is the director of institutional equity at the Spence School

    The Practice of Inclusion

    Suzanne Romero Dewey
    At Emma Willard School, we commit ourselves to building a community that values and celebrates differences, encourages dialogue, fosters mutual respect, and highlights our shared purpose and ideals. We are dedicated to the empowerment of all of our students, and we are guided by a deep understanding that a diverse, inclusive environment and academic excellence are inextricably linked.
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  • One of 360: Liz S. '22

    Melissia Mason, Liz S.
    Each of the 360 students at Emma Willard School has a unique story. They are truly one-of-a-kind. The Emma Willard community has students from 24 states and 36 foreign countries. Some are interested in technology and robotics, others are entrepreneurs and artists, musicians, writers, and athletes, historians and social justice advocates. We love hearing their voices and think you will enjoy meeting some of our unique girls who are serving and shaping their world. This series of “One of 360” stories features these students and explores what makes them unique. 
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  • Robert Naeher with student Lia R. '21

    "Close Looking" Expands Critical Thinking

    Melissia Mason
    During Fall Family Weekend 2019, Matthew Richter P’21 was impressed by History Instructor Robert Naeher’s teaching style and its implications for his own work as a consultant. The lessons he learned inspired him to write an article entitled "Seven Steps for Making Critical Thinking Easier." In the article Mr. Richter draws on the "close looking" exercises Bob used in class to explain how one can become more adept at critical thinking.
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  • The Gift of Eventide

    Melissia Mason
    Under the direction of Debra Spiro-Allen and Elizabeth Silver, music students gift the audience with a program filled with musical selections to bring joy, light, and reflection to what can sometimes be a stressful time of year. We invite you to take a moment as the new year dawns to enjoy a sampling of the music that was shared at Eventide 2019.
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