Emma Willard School offers a wide range of clubs and activities to fit any interest, including the opportunity to document the school year for community as part of our yearbook club, Gargoyle. We talked with this year’s editors about the club and how parents and alumnae can be part of this year’s publication.
Emma Willard School students care deeply about the impact of real-world events on their community, and work hard to stay informed and educate themselves about issues of human rights and social justice. Student clubs and organizations are often the catalyst for conversations and learning opportunities, from bringing speakers to campus to hosting conversations about current events.
Sanari I. ’22 was recently honored with the Ed Block Interfaith Youth Award by the Capital Area Council of Churches’ annual celebration, making her the youngest person to receive the award in its history.
Since 1892 the Emma Willard School Alumnae Association Council (AAC) has provided a vital link between the school and its diverse and loyal graduates. Council officers are elected for a term of three years in that position. This year we welcome several new officers to the council, including Courtney Breiner ’15. We took a moment to catch up with Courtney and find out what inspired her to get involved.
New York State’s Capital Region offers many opportunities for Emma Willard School students to take advantage of, including at nearby universities. Seniors Aisha F. and Khadija G. recently organized a trip to the University at Albany to see Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim-American athlete to win an Olympic medal in fencing, and Mona Hayder, a Syrian-American rapper. They shared their experiences with us in the Q&A below.
Emma Willard School proudly boasts a founder who was not only a pioneer and advocate for girls’ education and author of many early textbooks, but who is also credited with being the first female cartographer in America. A recent article in Atlas Obscura describes Madame Emma Hart Willard’s map making accomplishments.
Two Capital Region Emma alumnae were recently honored for their exceptional leadership in business. Julie Massry Knox ’98 and Andrea Hanley ’95, were honorees at the Albany Times Union Women@Work event, and The Albany Business Review’s Women Who Mean Business Luncheon, respectively.
Emma Willard School’s Practicum program enables girls to pursue independent study projects and gain real-world experience in a field of their interest. Over the summer Jolin M. ’20 worked with Mr. Bo Li, general manager of the Amity Bakery in Nanjing, China, a non-government organization (NGO) which provides vocational training opportunities and employment for young adults with intellectual disabilities, to better understand the administration and management of the shop.
This was Jolin’s eighth year at Amity Bakery. She shared her experience, lessons learned, and plans with the future with us in the interview below.
When Emma Willard School students and faculty returned for the 2018-19 academic year, Latin Instructor Diane McCorkle received the exciting news that she had been selected for the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award.
Emma Willard School alumna, photojournalist Erin Schaff ’07, was one of just a few photographers in the room documenting the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on September 27, 2018. She talked with WIRED about the experience and why it's important to have diverse perspectives behind the camera.
Emma Willard School is excited to have Claudia Calabria as an arts instructor this year. Read our Q&A with her below to learn more about her perspective on the importance of jewelry on an individual and cultural level, and what she hopes students will take away from the class.
Emma Willard School has appointed strategic initiative coordinators for the 2018-19 school year. This week we asked Chinese Instructor Preston Sundin about his new role as International student coordinator.
Cluett House students participated in an outdoor day of learning and engagement at Soul Fire Farm in Petersburgh, New York. Soul Fire is a privately-owned farm with a strong public purpose: to end racism in the food system.
Celebration reigned at Emma Willard School’s Reunion Weekend for our 3s and 8s! Among the many wonderful women honored this year, we recognized three alumnae with Distinguished Alumnae Awards: Emily Morse Camp ’63, Laura Reyes ’03, and Lisa Allen LeFort ’72.
In anticipation of the 2018-19 school year, Emma Willard School welcomed psychologist and educational consultant Jennifer Bryan, PhD of Team Finch Consultants for training on the latest understanding of Gender and Sexuality Diversity (GSD).
On Tuesday, June 12, The Albany Times Union hosted a discussion of the #MeToo movement led by a panel comprised of attorney Sarah Burger, President of Pinnacle Human Resources Rose Miller, and State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon. Emma Willard School was a proud sponsor of the event.
On Saturday, June 10, at Cicero North Syracuse High School, Sharde Johnson ’18 became Emma Willard School’s second track athlete to win a track and field state title and the first track athlete to win a state Federation title.
At Emma Willard School, our mission statement addresses the attributes that we seek to foster in our students: a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership necessary to serve and shape their worlds.
In accordance with this vision, on Tuesday, May 29, we honored students who show outstanding qualities in these areas and who are intrinsically motivated to succeed at our annual Awards Night.
Each year, members of Emma’s philanthropy club, Phila, receive funding from Michal Wadsworth ’65 and spend the academic year running their own foundation. This year the club focused on marginalized groups and funded five local organizations.
Each year Emma Willard School’s academic departments select students to receive Kudos Awards. At a recent Morning Reports, English Instructors Marlo Daniels and Rachel Greene presented this year’s English Department Kudos’ to Bam Bam L. ’19 and Khadija G. ’19.
Each year Emma Willard School’s academic departments select students to receive Kudos Awards. At a recent Morning Reports, Science Instructor Samantha Skott presented this year’s Science Department Kudo to Khadija G. ’19.
Each year Emma Willard School’s academic departments select students to receive Kudos Awards. At a recent Morning Reports, Arts Instructor Barbara Todd presented this year’s Arts Department Kudo to Diba D. ’20.
Each year Emma Willard School’s academic departments select students to receive Kudos Awards. At Morning Reports, Math Instructors Wendy Eld, Alan Berry, and Alexandra Schmidt presented this year’s Math Department Kudos to Lucia C. ’21, Frances H. ’18, and Haley G. ’20.
Emma Willard School entrepreneurs Cindy Y. ’19, Nina X. ’18, Joyce F. ’20, and Stephanie Z. ’19 recently presented their product StoClean at MIT for a Global Demo Day, where they were recognized as one of 21 finalists out of over 1,000 teams from around the world in the MIT LaunchX Entrepreneurship Program!
Each year Emma Willard School’s academic departments select students to receive Kudos Awards. At Morning Reports last Friday, Spanish Instructors Jamie Saslaw and Gina Egan honored Tessa S. ’21 and Julia R. ’19 with the first Kudos’ of the year.
Troy and the surrounding Capital Region offer many opportunities for Emma Willard School students and instructors to connect the learning that happens inside the classroom to the world beyond Mount Ida.
When the Emma Willard School community stepped into inner campus on May 1, they were met with a sweet scene. Lollipops, donuts, and candy decorated the Senior Triangle, providing a hint of the May Day festivities to come.
At a presentation at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity (TVCOG) in downtown Troy last week, Emma En-able, a new club modeled after the larger e-NABLE movement of volunteers using 3D printing to serve others, recently gifted Karissa Mitchell, a local 11-year-old girl from Stillwater, New York, two prosthetic arms that they manufactured at Emma.
Earlier this year, Noreen M. ’19 was honored with a Congressional Award, a national recognition established in 1979 to “recognize initiative, service, and achievement in young people.” Read below for a Q&A with Noreen about her experience, and please join us in congratulating her on this impressive achievement!
In honor of Arbor Day, Davey Tree, a commercial tree care and ground maintenance service company located in Latham, New York, donates a tree to a local institution to be planted on their grounds. This year, Emma Willard School was selected to receive a new oak tree!
Each spring Honors Convocation celebrates the academic integrity and exemplary citizenship in the graduating class, or as Head of School Jenny Rao said in her introduction for the Class of 2018, it’s when “…we say out loud, clearly and distinctly, all the habits we hold dear; all the values we honor as a school community.”
On Thursday, April 19, Emma Willard School welcomed Katlyn Grasso, founder and CEO of GenHERation, a network that provides young women in high school and college with access to female executives at some of the nation’s most innovative companies.
Emma Willard School graduates have served and shaped the world for decades, but in some cases, they haven’t always been given their due credit at the time. Eunice Foote, an attendee of the Troy Female Seminary from 1836-38, was one such woman. She was a pioneer of climate change research in the 1800s.
TheCluett House residential community recently took a three-day excursion toWashington, D.C. where, in addition to seeing the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms, they explored topics related to the house mission of “putting beliefs about positive world change into practice.”
This morning a number of our students participated in the National School Walkout in protest of the prevalence and impact of gun violence. The vigil was organized by the Student Council, and a number of students gathered in silence for 17 minutes—a minute in honor of each of the 17 victims of the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.
Jessica Zeccardi, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations
June 15 – 17th 2018- Calling all 3s and 8s!
We invite you to come home, reminisce, and reconnect with friends who were an integral part of your life atop Mount Ida. Discover a piece of your past, kindle new friendships, and connect with the future of this extraordinary school.
Head of Emma Willard School, Jenny C. Rao, has joined heads of school from more than 150 independent schools in New York in signing an open letter to the U.S president and the nation's lawmakers calling for thoughtful and forceful legislation to make schools safer against gun violence. The letter was published as a full page ad in the New York Times on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
Jessica Zeccardi, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations
Last week, the Alumnae Relations team embarked upon their final set of regional events for the school year. The team headed to sunny Florida to introduce the new 17th Head of School, Jenny Rao, to alumnae across the state.
Jessica Zeccardi, assistant director of alumnae relations
On January 24 and 25, the Alumnae Relations team hosted Alumnae Regional Events at the Wellesley College Club and Boston College Club to introduce alumnae and guests to Emma Willard School’s 17th Head of School Jenny Rao via Skype.
Members of the Culture of Respect Core Leadership Team hosted an open town hall discussion on the #MeToo Movement and its relation to the current cultural dialogue surrounding sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond.
Jon Calos, Science Dept. Chair, Signature and STEAM Director
During a visit to Emma Willard School in December to discuss Mae B. '17's Signature project, Sierra Crane-Murdoch '05 invited Mae to attend her course at Middlebury College. Together with Megan P. ’18, Mae attended a class on Monday, January 29.
Emma Girls share a commitment to improving their world for the better. Last Friday night, Anna S. ’18 hosted “Arts Feast: Food for the Eyes, Ears, and Palate,” a celebration of immigrant and refugee food, music, and culture at the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE) Center in Albany, New York.
Emma Willard School and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) hosted “Historical Thinking and the Independent School Classroom in Today's Political Climate” conference on campus last Friday.
Emma Willard School empowers girls to serve and shape the world through thought-provoking and impactful programming. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to educate our students about the topics of privilege and racism, and a chance to bring in speakers who can highlight their experiences and inspire change.
Emma Willard School prides itself in being a leader in girls-first thinking, and providing students with a first-class education in a nurturing community. As part of this mission, Emma faculty engage in regular professional development to keep apprised of current trends and research so that we can best our support students’ academic and socio-emotional development.
Emma faculty are as multitalented as our students. In addition to her engaging students in the history classroom and curating and maintaining Emma Willard School’s robust archives, Nancy Iannucci is publishing a book of poetry. Read our Q&A with her below for details!