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  • November

    Groundbreaking for the Alice Dodge Wallace '38 Center for the Performing Arts

    Four Questions with Scott Kosnick: Building the Future

    Scott Kosnick is director of facilities construction management and planning at Emma Willard School. Mr. Kosnick joined the Emma community this year after a distinguished career in the United States Navy and for the US Army Corps of Engineers. We asked him four questions about his early experience at Emma.
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  • Dr. Ashley L. Bennett and her advisee group enjoying lunch!

    The Power of Gratitude

    Mount Ida is alive with a warmth only the holidays can bring. As students fill the halls exchanging hugs and holiday plans, a profound sense of gratitude floats through the air. Thanksgiving break is upon us, signaling the final stretch of the fall semester, and a time to reset with the ones we love.
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  • The cast of Anti-Gone

    Fall Play: Anti-Gone

    The Emma Willard School Theatre Department opened this year’s season with an adaptation of the Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles. The adaptation, set in post-World War II Greece, follows Antigone as she struggles with the decision of whether to follow her heart—be “herself”—or bow to pressure from those in power.
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  • Tennis

    A Season of Success - Fall Athletic Desserts

    The Emma Willard School community came together at Morning Reports today to celebrate the accomplishments and success of our 2022 Fall athletic season. With a number of athletes taking the field, pool, and boats, we are thankful for their overwhelming dedication to Emma athletics. Read on for our list of award winners. Go Jesters!
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  • Vultures atop Sage Tower at Emma Willard School.

    Dia K. ’24 and the Vultures of Emma Willard School

    There are many unique qualities the Emma Willard School campus has to offer: the collegiate gothic style designed by the Olmstead Brothers include the tower, many castellations, parapets, finials, spandrels, and buttresses. Alongside these architectural wonders, eyes gaze down at the inner campus from gargoyles, grotesques and, the only living watchers from the grey walls: vultures.
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  • PRIMES leaders Ashlyn and Evangeline tackle the climbing tree while faculty advisor Judy Price looks on

    Perfectly Respectable Institute of Mathematical and Scientific Educational Services (PRIMES)

    This school year, PRIMES—Emma’s math and science tutors—are led by two excited and ambitious students: Ashlyn B. ’24 and Evangeline W. ’23. Addressing concerns over the wellbeing of both the tutors and the students they assist, the two have worked hard to make improvements to the efficiency, publicity, and availability of the program.
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  • A haunting on inner campus.

    A Haunt Mess: Emmaween 2022

    Emma Willard School is full of traditions: ring ceremony, Revels, the senior triangle, and more. But another celebration looms, and creeps, into the fall season. Emmaween stands by itself against the hills, holding antics within.
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  • October

    French Instructor Eloise Bererd and Science Instructor Dr. Julie Matthews

    French Identity Meets Biology

    What does it mean to be French? Is it birthplace? Language? Home address? DNA? This question is one that French Instructor Eloise Bererd has posed to her Advanced Studies French Identity class. To inform the conversation, the class joined in a discussion of DNA with a biology class led by Science Instructor Dr. Julie Matthews.
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  • Groundbreaking attendees moments after 'breaking ground'!

    Groundbreaking of the Alice Dodge Wallace '38 Center for the Performing Arts

    On Friday, October 21, Emma Willard students, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees joined with representatives from Annum Architects and Consigli Construction to officially break ground on the Alice Dodge Wallace '38 Center for the Performing Arts.
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  • Ally D. ’25 and family at the Albany Tulip Festival

    One of 360: Ally D. ’25

    This October, we’re hanging out with Ally D. ’25, a sophomore day student from Latham, NY for our One of 360 series. Hear from Ally, in her own words, about pet fish, buttered pasta, and avoiding the Senior Triangle.
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  • Meg in the upper library, the new site of the Starzinger Writing Center.

    Four Questions with Meg McClellan: Respect for the Early Riser

    Meg McClellan has been teaching English at Emma Willard School for over 25 years and currently serves as the Interim Coordinator of the Starzinger Writing Center; We asked her four questions about her experience at at Emma.
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  • Emma Willard Head of School Jenny C. Rao

    Honoring Our Culture: A Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month Reflection

    In honor of Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month, Head of School Jenny Rao reflects on her identity as a Latina growing up in Mexico City, and the role heritage has played in her evolution from international student to Head of School.
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  • Beautiful fall weather welcomed families back to Mount Ida

    Fall Family Weekend Reconnects the Emma Community

    As Mount Ida’s colors turned to rich reds, oranges, and yellows, we welcomed families to campus to reconnect with the Emma community through receptions, speakers, conferences, and class visits. Our special guest speaker for the weekend was author and bridge-builder Mónica Guzmán, who shared in conversations about how best to engage others across differences.
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  • Trees near Wellington-Lay show off spectacular colors in fall.

    Autumn at Emma

    Every time of year atop Mount Ida is spectacular, but the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is one that the Northeast hosts particularly well: fall has arrived. As autumn colors fall against ye gray walls, we’re taking a look at Emma Willard School and being glad for a world where there are Octobers. 
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  • Students volunteering at the local food pantry as part of CEO weekend activities!

    A Hunger for Change

    Gemma Halfi, associate director of equity and inclusion at Emma Willard School, is using the new academic year to turn our attention towards the discriminatory systems and policies that perpetuate food inequities in the United States and helping the school community think about making tangible, lasting changes in this city. 
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  • Linda Gill Anderson ’77 addresses the crowd.

    Infinite Horizon Announces New Funding Total and Beginning of National Campaign Tour

    Less than six months after the public launch of Infinite Horizon: The Campaign for Emma Willard School, school leaders gathered with alumnae, parents, and friends to announce impressive progress toward the fundraising goal of $175 million.
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  • September

    Johane Gildade Boursiquot, MD ’97 and Meli N. ’23 share a common connection in their passion for medicine.

    Finding the Connection: The Healers

    We continue our series of stories highlighting connections between Emma students past and present with physician Johane Gildade Boursiquot, MD ’97 and Meli N. ’23, a current student whose interests center around medical research and biomedical engineering. This is the final feature from the series, originally printed in the Spring 2022 edition of Signature magazine.

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  • Gevi S. '23 and Crystal S. '23 all smiles on Opening Day '22!

    One of 360: Crystal S. '23

    Mount Ida is back and buzzing with the return of our incredible school community. As we all begin to settle into our routine, it’s time to learn about the faces who make our spaces special. Our One of 360 series kicks off this month with none other than New York City native, Crystal S. ’23! Hear more from Crystal on her discovery of Emma Willard School, surprise poetry, and taking the stage at APOLLO.
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  • Community members pick up copies of

    DEI Speaker Series with Dr. Ruha Benjamin: Joyful and Just, Community as Rebellion and the Poetics of Living

    Last week saw the start of the 2022-2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Speaker Series at Emma Willard School as we welcomed storyteller, scholar, and advocate Dr. Ruha Benjamin on Tuesday, September 13. Dr. Benjamin’s new book, “Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want”, examines the many routes through which race, technology, and justice intersect, and offers creative and innovative solutions for fostering togetherness.
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  • Natasha Kermani ’06 and Carly H. ’25

    Finding the Connection: The Filmmakers

    We continue our series of stories highlighting connections between Emma students past and present with filmmaker Natasha Kermani ’06 and Carly H. ’25, a current student thinking about a possible career in the filmmaking industry. Carly interviewed and wrote this feature for our Spring 2022 edition of Signature magazine.

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  • Some of the new faces on campus with Head of Institutional Equity and Inclusion Christine Gilmore and Head of School Jenny Rao at Academic Convocation!

    Welcome, EMployees!

    As our community grows with the addition of our new students, Emma Willard School welcomes a fresh class of EMployees to Mount Ida for the '22-'23 academic year!
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  • Rosetta Lee addresses the Emma community

    Starting the New School Year with Open Minds

    During the days of preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, the Emma community enjoyed a series of workshops presented by Rosetta Lee, a nationally recognized diversity expert. The topics included creating an inclusive classroom, gender inclusivity in a girls’ school environment, cultural competency, and having courageous conversations.
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  • Director of Student & Community Life, Emily Carton

    Four Questions with Emily Carton: Back in a New York State of Mind

    Ms. Emily Carton is the new Director of Student and Community life at Emma Willard School. She most recently served as the assistant head of school for student life at Hebron Academy in Maine and joined the Emma Willard community this summer. We asked her four questions about her first few months at the school:
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  • Maple L. '23 leads the recessional of faculty and staff

    Academic Convocation Launches Emma's 209th Year

    Emma Willard School marked the official start of the 2022-2023 school year with Academic Convocation on Thursday, September 1, in Mott Gymnasium. EMployees donned their regalia and students dressed for the day, gathering to hear words of inspiration for the new year.
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  • August

    Ximena G.C. '26 arrives at Opening Day check in

    A New Year at Emma!

    It’s been a quiet summer atop Mount Ida without the infectious bouts of laughter we know and love. The months since Commencement, Reunion, and GirlSummer have flown on by (in what feels like the fastest Summer of all time), but that means one thing: Opening Week is finally upon us.
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  • Polly Sidford Hodgkins ’56 and Victoria H. ’23

    Finding the Connection: The Ice Dancers

    We continue our series of stories (originally printed in the Spring 2022 edition of Signature magazine) highlighting connections between Emma students past and present with ice dancers Polly Sidford Hodgkins ’56 & Victoria H. ’23. 
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  • Hannah Bower ’10 and Daphine K. ’23 are making the most of their Emma connection through a mentoring relationship

    Finding the Connection: The Explorers

    For students at Emma Willard School, it’s always been easy to look to graduates for inspiration. The rapid and revolutionary changes in global society and educational methodologies over the last century, though, sometimes make it difficult for alumnae to see their experiences reflected in the lives of today’s students. This series of stories (originally printed in the Spring 2022 edition of Signature magazine) highlights pairs who found the connection.
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  • Owl devices remained front and center during Spring Showcase 2022, allowing families to view panel discussions remotely.

    COVID Keepers: Seeing the pandemic as a portal to a better future

    Nearly two years after the height of the COVID pandemic, we live in a world reimagined. Some of what seemed like short-term solutions or operational detours at the moment have proved to be catalysts for reframing the educational experience, engaging our community, and ensuring access. 
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  • Gargoyle dedication to Mr. Berry!

    Gargoyle ’21-’22: A Book Dedicated to Mr. Berry

    This year, the senior class has decided to dedicate the yearbook to a beloved member of the Emma Willard School community, Alan Berry. 
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  • July

    Belonging & Equity: Building Bridges And Embracing Accountability

    In recent years, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives have sprung up on campuses and in boardrooms across the country, indicators of an impassioned populace seeking to redress past wrongs and create a more inclusive environment for the future. Emma Willard School is among those institutions who have committed themselves to this work, appointing Christine Gilmore as the school’s inaugural head of institutional equity and inclusion. 
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  • Director of Academic and Strategic Technology, Nick Marchese

    Four Questions for Nick Marchese: Loose Leaf Tea for the Win

    Mr. Nick Marchese is the director of academic and strategic technology at Emma Willard. Mr. Marchese joined the Emma Willard community in fall 2018, moving to Troy from Brooklyn, N.Y. where he worked at the Berkeley Carroll School. We asked him four questions about his experience at Emma.
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  • Summer Reading

    We’re about halfway through summer, and odds are you may be looking for your next summer read. Emma Willard School faculty and staff have shared some recommendations, based on their favorite reads so far this summer.
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  • Stella L. '23

    Mathematics on Mount Ida and Beyond

    Junior year is always an incredibly busy time for high school students. Between entering the college search process and mounds of exams, time management becomes one of the most important lessons to learn. While it was a hectic time for all, Stella L. ’23 added a bit more of a challenge to her year by entering the esteemed Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
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  • June

    Campers head towards inner campus on their way to their next activity!

    The Days are Just Packed: GirlSummer!

    When the academic year closes at Emma Willard School, campus gets quiet–but only temporarily. GirlSummer is upon us, and once again our campus is full of campers enjoying the day program for some exploring, playing, and learning.
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  • via Spectrum News

    Telling Your Story

    Literature is beautiful for a myriad of reasons. We look to books to learn about the history of the universe, to escape the present and transport to other worlds, and sometimes, for simple self-expression. For the young students at Albany International Center, Olana S. '24 is helping their approach to literature become a defining identity moment to last a lifetime.
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  • Signature magazine spring 2022

    Signature Magazine Introduces Infinite Horizon

    In the Spring 2022 edition of Emma Willard School’s Signature magazine, we introduce the leadership of our recently-announced capital campaign, Infinite Horizon, and explore some of the early gifts of the campaign.
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  • Alums from the Class of 1977 gather for a photo following the Women in Philanthropy panel discussion

    Alumnae Panelists Lead Insightful Discussions

    As a part of the programming for 2022 Reunion, alumnae experts presented panel discussions on two topics: Women & Wellness and Women in Philanthropy. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to learn from their fellow Emma alums on these topics that get to the core of our wellness and our values.
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  • The Class of 1972 revels in the Parade of Classes

    Reliving Reunion 2022

    For the first time since 2019, alumnae ascended Mount Ida to reconnect in person at Reunion. The Classes of 2s and 7s celebrated milestone anniversaries and enjoyed moments of laughter and nostalgia. 
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  • Dr. Rodney Glasgow (via

    Exploring Identity on Mount Ida

    As we ask our students to show up as their best selves in the classroom, challenging their thoughts and perceptions, we ask the same of our adult community. One difficult question is, how do we promote an environment that allows true identity to shine through? Through professional development opportunities curated by various departments at Emma Willard School, we encourage our faculty and staff to come together and expand our horizons on a number of topics. This week, with the help of our Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mount Ida welcomed Dr. Rodney Glasgow—a Harvard graduate and disruptor of educational norms—to inspire us to uncover how we truly serve our school and each other.
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  • Class of 2022 Officers lead the processional, behind mace bearer Meli N. '23

    The 208th Commencement of Emma Willard School

    The 208th Commencement exercises were filled with joyful moments after four years of tumultuous changes, both globally and in our individual lives. The Emma Willard School community—students, families, faculty, staff, and alumnae—came together to celebrate the Class of 2022 at the completion of their high school journey.
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  • Each award recipient from the Awards ceremony held in May was listed in a special insert in the Commencement program, with the exception of the Tangeman and Baxter awards, which are announced during the ceremony.

    Commencement Awards

    In a continuation of the tradition of recognizing exemplary academic success, service, and dedication to Emma Willard School as evidenced on Awards Night, two additional honors are presented during the Commencement ceremony: James Adkins Baxter and Clementine Miller Tangeman awards were presented at Commencement on Sunday, June 5. 
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  • From one mace bearer to another... Rowan and Meli

    Words of Wisdom for the Class of 2022

    After four years of incredible trials and triumphs, the Emma Willard School Class of 2022 came together with fellow students, faculty, staff, and families to celebrate the tradition of Baccalaureate on Saturday, June 4.
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  • EW and Cum Laude award winners from the Class of 2022 pose with Ms. Rao.

    Celebrating the Class of 2022

    This weekend, we will celebrate the Emma Willard School Class of 2022 at our 208th Commencement exercises. These students are described by teachers and peers as "compassionate," "inspiring," and "resilient" and were the last of the current classes to experience a "normal" year at Emma Willard before COVID-19. However, determined not to be defined by the pandemic, the Class of 2022 is distinguished for its resolve to live out the full Emma experience, support fellow students, and sustain our great traditions, all despite unprecedented challenges and change.

    We applaud you, seniors, and proudly welcome you as Emma Willard alumnae this weekend. Congratulations to all our graduates!
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  • DIE HARDS: Louise A. ’22: Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field | Mika F. ’22: Field Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Lacrosse | Taylor S. ’22: Tennis, Field Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track and Field

    Spring 2022 Athletes Honored

    Spring at Emma Willard School is always a marvelously busy time. Between Signature celebrations, end of year recitals/concerts, and Commencement preparation, there’s no shortage of commemorative moments. Last week, we added another celebration to the mix as we acknowledged the accomplishments of our 118 Spring athletes and coaching staff. Read on to learn more about the award winners from our Spring ’22 Crew, Lacrosse, Softball, and Track and Field teams!
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  • May

    The Mott Gymnasium was transformed into a banquet hall for the evening

    Celebrating Student Excellence

    Honoring our founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world. In accordance with this vision, we annually honor students who show outstanding qualities in these areas. 
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  • The Emma Willard Dance Company presents a piece entitled

    Spring Showcase Highlights Curiosity and Accomplishment

    In another moment of return to normalcy, we were excited to welcome families back to campus to celebrate their Emma students’ accomplishments through the annual Spring Showcase. Emma Artists and Signature scholars aggregated a years’ worth of work (in some cases more) to present to the Emma Willard School community.
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  • Grace P. '22 enjoying Senior Soccer Night

    One of 360: Grace P. '22

    As the academic year nears its final days, our One of 360 series bids farewell to our Senior class with the help of Grace P. ’22. Hear from Grace about the infinite creativity behind mathematics, connecting with Emma alum through Revels, and her pup, Loki!
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  • English Instructor Caroline Boyajian.

    Fulfillment Meets Literature

    In 2020, we announced a plan to “go beyond” Advanced Placement™ classes, replacing AP with our own Emma-specific Advanced Studies (AS) courses. During Summer 2021, faculty spent time together in a coordinated effort to dream of and plan for advanced classes that are student-centered, relevant, and meaningful. English Instructor Caroline Boyajian was among those faculty, pursuing a vision for “going beyond” with AS English Literature.
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  • The Apollo Talent Show at Emma Willard School

    Weekend Festivities: Apollo and Prom

    Spring on Mount Ida is in full-swing, and with that come the various events, traditions, and celebrations as we start to think about wrapping up the 2021-2022 school year! Though the weekend began with the official launch of Infinite Horizon: The Campaign for Emma Willard School, it wasn’t the only fun on the horizon.
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  • Left to Right: Meg McClellan, Megan Toohey Scremin ’00, Linda Gill Anderson ’77, Lisa Allen LeFort ’72, Jenny Rao, Wendy Graham ’85, Evangeline Delgado

    Community Event Launches Historic Capital Campaign

    The Emma Willard School community—Trustees, EMployees, and students—gathered on Mount Ida on Friday, May 13, to celebrate a momentous occasion: the launch of Infinite Horizon: The Campaign for Emma Willard School
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  • Emma Willard School Launches Record-Breaking $175 Million Capital Campaign

    Emma Willard School today announced the public launch of a $175 million capital campaign that will support and strengthen the school’s commitment to girls’ education. 
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  • Ms. Clark and Ms. Zimmerman welcome students on Opening Day 2021

    Four Questions with Margaret Clark '98

    Ms. Margaret Clark ’98 is the director of alumnae relations and campus events at Emma Willard School. Ms. Clark returned to the Emma Willard community in 2019, after a career in sales and marketing for many companies from small businesses to the Fortune 500. We asked her four questions about her experience at Emma.
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  • Bollywood dance group!

    AAPI Heritage Month Assembly

    May marks the beautiful celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage  Month in the United States. At Emma Willard School, we gathered for a moving Asian Heritage Assembly to recognize the many contributions of AAPI culture in our country and institution.
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  • Local poet D. Colin performs her poems for Emma Willard School students.

    Celebrating Poetry at Emma Willard School

    This past April Emma Willard School (being a poetical community that loves a reading recommendation) celebrated poetry month with a variety of events and activities offered by the writing center, the library and its leadership committee, and the Spilled Ink poetry club.
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  • April

    The Emma Willard School community gathers around the Senior Triangle for May Day festivities

    Musical May Day

    The Emma Willard School community gathered on this brisk, sunny Friday for the traditional May Day festivities, orchestrated by the Class of 2022.
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  • Coco and Nini Y. ’25 in Yosemite Valley on the California AWAY trip

    Two of 360: Coco and Nini Y. ’25

    This month, our One of 360 series makes history by introducing siblings! Meet Coco and Nini Y. ’25, twins from Shanghai, China. Get to know more about their journey to Emma Willard School, how they start their day with music, and the exciting new experiences they are sharing together. 
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  •  Tina and Ms. Schmidt during Spirit Week’s ‘Dress Like a Teacher Day.’

    An Emma Story: Alexandra Schmidt and Tina Q. '22

    I was walking through Weaver last month when I encountered Tianning Tina Q. '22, who said, “Oh good, I’ve been looking for you.”
    “Really?  Having me as your math teacher for 3 years wasn’t enough?  I am complimented!”
    After having taught Tina her sophomore, junior, and senior years, we have a long and friendly relationship; a certain informality does creep in.
    “I have an unusual question.  Are you able to read and write Yiddish?”
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  • Cum Laude and E.W. Award recipients pose with Ms. Rao after the ceremony! (Photo by Liz Lajeunesse Photography '91)

    Honors Convocation: Can We Save the World in Time?

    Emma Willard School honored the academic excellence and exemplary citizenship of students, as well as extraordinary faculty service at Honors Convocation during Spring Family Connections on Friday, April 15. Families were invited to visit the campus, in-person and virtually, to attend classes, Morning Reports and more.
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  • Awards Season: Arts, Computing, Mathematics

    This spring, it’s apparent that awards season is upon us! We are honored to be represented by exceptional student work in the visual arts, computer science and mathematics. Five students were accepted into the High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition, and 16 participated in the Media Arts Festival. Five computer science students won Regional Awards for Aspirations in Computing, the highest number of students from Emma to win thus far! Six Emma Willard School students were recently recognized in the top five female students in the American Mathematics Competition.
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  • Katie G. '23 and Author Kip Wilson '86

    Speaker Series: Kip Wilson ’86

    Emma Willard School Alumna Kip Wilson ’86 returned to Mount Ida this week as the finale to our 2021-2022 Speaker Series. Kip Wilson is the author of “White Rose” (2019, Versify), a critically-acclaimed YA novel-in-verse about anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl, and “The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin”, (2022, Versify), a YA novel-in-verse about Hilde, an aspiring singer at a queer club in Berlin in 1932. Kip holds a PhD in German literature and was the poetry editor at Young Adult Review Network (YARN) for five years before joining Voyage as Associate Editor in 2020. Her next YA novel-in-verse, “One Last Shot”, about Gerda Taro, the first female photojournalist killed on the front, is forthcoming from Versify in 2023.
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  • Ms. Mariotti poses with Head of School Jenny Rao on Opening Day 2021-22, her first year at Emma Willard School

    Work in Progress: A Global Perspective

    During our all-school Morning Reports, we have the opportunity for community members to give inspirational speeches during a segment called Works in Progress. These talks vary in theme from silly to serious and all points in between. Regardless of the topic, our community members are adept at discovering profound inspiration in all aspects of life. In this speech, Head of Enrollment Management Kristen A. Mariotti shares her reflections on the impact of traveling to new places.
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  • Jenny C. Rao, Emma Willard School's 17th Head of School

    A Day in the Life with Jenny C. Rao

    In response to a recent "Rao Rumbles" — the anonymous comment or question box outside Jenny Rao's office — we followed Ms. Rao around with a camera to answer a student's great question about what fills a "typical day" for our Head of School! 
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  • Megan Labbate holds the Sara Lee Schupf Family Chair in Curriculum Excellence And Innovation

    Four Questions with Megan Labbate

    Ms. Megan Labbate is a science instructor at Emma Willard School. Ms. Labbate joined the community in 2015, having spent the first three years of her teaching career in an art and design-based charter school in Michigan. We asked her four questions about her experience at Emma.
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  • Paula S. '23 at Ring Dinner with her Ring Sisters, Avery D. '22 and Sabrina A. '22!

    One of 360: Paula S. '23

    As we approach the final stretch of the school year, One of 360 returns with Paula S. '23, a junior boarder from Helsinki, Finland! Read on to learn more about Paula’s passion for computer science, breaking into new sports, and what makes Ring Week so special.
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  • March

    The Boston Crew

    A World Awaits You!

    Emma Willard School’s AWAY trips give students opportunities to connect with communities and learning opportunities outside of Emma. This year’s trips have returned from their excursions in Boston and California with great stories and photos to share.
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  • Mathematics Instructor Laslzo Bardos

    Creating with Calculus

    Last year, we announced a plan to “go beyond” Advanced Placement™ classes, replacing AP with our own Emma-specific Advanced Studies (AS) courses. Over the summer, faculty spent time together in a coordinated effort to dream of and plan for advanced classes that are student-centered, relevant, and meaningful. Mathematics Instructor Laslzo Bardos was among those faculty, pursuing a vision for “going beyond” with AS Calculus.
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  • Students race through ladders made from materials with different mechanical properties to feel what it's like for a cell to migrate through different mechanical environments.

    RPI Brings Biomechanics to Emma

    A group of Emma Willard School students recently participated in a three-part program on cellular biology and biomechanics, presented on the Emma campus by the Engineering Ambassadors (EAs) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). 
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  • Yaryna K. '24 at the entrance of Sage Hall

    Impact of the War in Ukraine on Emma

    As often happens in the Emma Willard School community, world events hit close to home. Our community, representing 38 countries, is often impacted by global tragedies in a very direct way. The recent war in Ukraine is one such instance, as Ukraine is one of those countries represented in our student body.
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  • Jonas (Tess J.) is startled upon first seeing the color red.

    Better to Give Than to Receive?

    The Emma Willard School Theatre department was excited to open Kiggins Auditorium up to students, employees, and families for their winter production of The Giver.
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  • Dawn Riley returns to Emma Willard School!

    Speaker Series: Dawn Riley

    Emma Willard School welcomed 2021 Commencement speaker, Dawn Riley, back to Mount Ida this week as part of our 2021-2022 Speaker Series and launch to Women's History Month. Dawn is a world-renowned sailor, speaker, author, commentator, consultant, coach, and mentor. As CEO and captain of America True, she was and still is the youngest person and only female ever to lead an America’s Cup Challenge. She went on to be the first American, man or woman, to sail in four America’s Cups and two Whitbred Round the World races, now known as The Ocean Race.
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  • Dr. Ashley Bennett

    Four Questions with Dr. Ashley Bennett

    Ashley L. Bennett, EdD is the director of college counseling at Emma Willard School. Dr. Bennett joined the community last year after serving as director of college counseling at KIPP Sunnyside High School in Houston, Texas. We asked her four questions about her experience at Emma.
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  • February

    Happy 235th Birthday, Madame Willard!

    Celebrating Emma Hart Willard’s 235th Birthday

    On Wednesday, February 23, 2022 the Emma Willard School community celebrated the 235th birthday of our founder, Emma Hart Willard, with an investment in our current students and a look back at Madame Willard’s impact on education. 
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  • National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award winners Jessica Z. ’22 and Manu B. ’23

    Jessica Z. '22 and Manu B. '23 Earn Computer Science Honors

    Two Emma Willard School students have won National Honorable Mention Awards for the 2022 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Awards. Jessica Z. ’22 and Manu B. ’23 were two of 400 selected from more than 3,500 amazing, talented young computer scientists to receive the honorable mention distinction.
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  • Vernette B. '24

    One of 360: Vernette B. '24

    Our One of 360 series continues this month with Vernette B. ’24, a sophomore day student from right here in Troy, NY! Read on to learn more about Vernette’s favorite Emma traditions, journey into coding, and how family keeps her inspired.
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  • Special Projects in the Arts/Choreography performs

    Dance Returns: Visiting Guest Artists and the Dance Assembly

    Recently, the dance program at Emma Willard School saw a return to some favorite events: the annual Dance Assembly, and visiting Artists in Residence Kellie Ann Lynch and Annie Wang. Read on for photos, videos, and more about the return to in-person for these events.
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  • The BLSU assembly included a slideshow of Black art and artists compiled by students.

    Black History Month 2022 with BLSU

    Each year, the Black LatinX Student Union (BLSU) hosts a packed assembly for Black History Month (BHM) to share and celebrate important pieces of Black history. The programming for the assembly is led entirely by the students in BLSU and includes informational presentations, art, and music all in one event. 
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  • Art in Three Dimensions

    Emma Willard School is proud to announce that the work of six students has been chosen for display at the 23rd annual Art in Three Dimensions juried high school exhibition. Over 220 works were submitted, 79 were selected for display in this year's show; seven pieces from Emma’s six artists were among those chosen.
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  • Open Air: Sofia P. ’22 and The Wellie Podcast

    In September 2020, the first episode of “Open Air,” a podcast hosted by Emma Willard School senior Sofia P. ’22, dropped on Spotify. Described as “a place where students, faculty, and staff can learn and share information regarding health and wellness through fun and honest conversations,” there are now over 30 episodes available covering a range of topics. Read on to hear from Sofia about her journey creating and hosting the podcast over the last two years.
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  • Left to right: Ashauna, Ms. Rao, Ms. Gilmore, Kirsten, and Narmene pose with the portrait following the ceremony

    Celebrating Anne Spencer Thurman '50

    We are excited to kick off Black History Month and extend our Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with a story almost 75 years in the making. On Tuesday, February 1, we dedicated a portrait of Anne Spencer Thurman ’50, Emma Willard School's first Black graduate.
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  • January

    Director of Curriculum and Innovation Peter Hatala

    In Search of Deeper Learning

    As part of their work developing and honing curriculum aligned with our Academic Program Pillars, Emma Willard faculty spent a day in dialogue and planning with Dr. Jal Mehta, professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School.
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  • Jeffrey Miner of RPI with members of the Emma Willard School nursing staff kicking off the testing partnership last year.

    Unsung Heroes: Health Center Appreciation Day

    Fridays on Mount Ida always bring good times, but today’s Morning Reports revealed a special surprise to some very unsuspecting audience members.

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  • Meli N. '23 is pursuing a Signature project entitled The Scientific Research Process in Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics

    Signature Spotlight: Publishing Neuroscience Research

    Meli N. ’23 is pursuing a Signature project on “The Scientific Research Process in Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics.” Her work with Albany Medical College was recently recognized when she was included in the byline in an article published in Frontiers in Pain Research. Meli shares in her own words what inspired her work and what she’s learned thus far.
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  • Carly H. '25 and family

    One of 360: Carly H. '25

    As we settle into the new beginnings of 2022, our very own Carly H. ’25 shares a glimpse into her new start at Emma Willard School. A first year day student from Averill Park, Carly reflects on her journey from GirlSummer to Welcome Week, finding confidence through the Arts, and the beauty of gratitude.
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  • MLK Day: “Our Journey Continues”

    The Emma Willard School community joined together on MLK Day for a series of webinars and an alumnae panel discussion in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. The day was designed to allow space for reflection and exploration of the past, present, and future of justice and equity in the United States and around the world.
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  • Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, PhD

    Growing Our Awareness

    The Emma Willard School community recently had the opportunity to learn from Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, who has conducted extensive scientific inquiry into the parts of our brain that guide behavior and are hidden from our conscious mind. Her virtual presentation to students, parents, and alumnae acts as a catalyst for reflection and continued work on equity and inclusion in our community.
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  • Evangeline W. '23 and Manyi L. '23 participated in the YouthFX acting intensive this fall.

    Acting in Community: YouthFx Intensive

    Last month, two Emma Willard School acting students finished up a six-week program at the YouthFX Open Lab. Manyi L. ’23 and Evangeline W. ’23 attended weekly sessions after school, collaborating with peers and professionals in the industry to learn almost every step of the creative theatrical process. 
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  • The Revels Film Premier in Spring 2021.

    Emma News: A Year in Review (2021)

    2021 was a year of many firsts, deep reflections, and incredible celebrations. While we have collectively battled against the odds, together we have come out victorious. Join us in remembering a few of our favorite memories from the last year!
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