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Join us in remembering a few of our favorite memories from the last year with our top ten moments from Emma News since the website launched earlier this year!


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Construction Update: Wallace Center for the Performing Arts

With an anticipated opening in the Fall of 2024, construction on the Alice Dodge Wallace '38 Center for the Performing Arts is well underway. We took an inside look at the historic renovation and expansion of the Alumnae Chapel into a state-of-the-art hub for the arts at Emma Willard in early fall 2023.


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STEAM at Emma

STEAM has an extensive history at Emma Willard School. Combining the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, STEAM is a contemporary version of STEM education. Science Instructor and Experiential Learning Department Chair Jon Calos explores Experiential Learning at Emma in a series of bimonthly blog posts. 


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One of 360: Charlotte L. ’24

Our One of 360 series kicked off in September with none other than day student and Communications Office regular, Charlotte L. ’24! Hear more from Charlotte on community at Emma, pursuing a career in broadcast journalism, and her favorite tradition on campus!


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Jestermester: A New Tradition is Born

The fifteenth of September was an exciting day. Director of Curriculum and Innovation Caroline Boyajian, Experiential Learning Department Chair Jon Calos, and Director of Student & Community Life Emily Carton stood before the school community during Morning Reports to announce the launch of Jestermester to our students. The moment was a significant milestone during an extensive process stretching back to Emma Willard Schools strategic planning meetings in 2020.


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Four Questions with Shelley Maher: Emma's Favorite Aussie

Shelley Maher is the dean of students at Emma Willard and joined the school in the fall of 2013 as director of athletics and wellness. Before coming to Emma, “Ms. Maher” (as she’s affectionately known around campus) worked in physical education at Sage College and as manager of participation and equity for health at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (in Australia). We asked Shelley four questions about her role at Emma Willard.


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But What a Ghostly Scene: Emmaween 2023

There’s no better place to spend Halloween—or rather, Emmaween—than a gothic campus. The setting is perfect for all manner of mischief, costumes, candy, and haunted activities and our campus community rises to the occasion every year!


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Tips From The Head of Enrollment: Applying to an Independent School

Emma Willard’s Head of Enrollment Management, Kristen Mariotti shared insights, advice, and expert tips on applying to independent schools. 


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A New Year Begins at Emma

After a quiet summer on Mount Ida, Emma Willard School filled with activity, laughter, and smiling faces of new and returning students—the first full week of classes recapped in Emma news!


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Commended Students 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program

Emma Willard School has 13 seniors who have been commended for their exceptional academic promise in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. 


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Works in Progress: Julia W. ’24

Works in Progress, a regular segment of our Morning Reports at Emma Willard School, is a chance for members of our community to share part of their story as an authentic expression of how we are all ‘works in progress.’ Last week, Julia W. ’24 shared how her experience of volleyball has helped her through hard times and shaped who she is becoming. 





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