The Williams School students, faculty, and staff were treated to another outstanding presentation by our alumni at the Alumni Career Day Assembly on November 3rd. Dr. Daniel Cruz '02 shared a typical day for him as a cardiologist and also shared his hope to focus on cardiac ultrasound and radiology in the future. Dan spoke eloquently about the importance of having fun. He emphasized that being an adult is not always what you think it is, and to enjoy being a kid. Nikki Polidori '93, P '21 explained how it is okay to not know what you want to do right out of high school or college. She shared that "life’s events" brought her into the career she is in now, though it was not planned. Her other advice was to be nice to each other and not to sweat the small stuff. People are always circling back into your life, so be nice and respect those around you. Dr. Matt Johnson '98 shared how his day mostly deals with writing papers, but when he is in the lab he does a lot of work with mice - mutating them and then analyzing the impact the mutation has on their brains. His advice to the students: Do not put blinders on and just do things to get you to the next step. Enjoy the moment you are in and the people you are in contact with.
All spoke of the impact certain Williams School teachers had on their career paths, and how the writing skills and other lessons learned here at 182 Mohegan Avenue were vital to their current success. After fielding a few questions from the audience, Matt and Nikki headed to class, and Dan headed to the airport to attend a family wedding in Chicago. Matt visited with Mr. Emanuel’s sixth grade history class where they were able to ask him more specific and in-depth questions about his work. Nikki visited a Life Science class, but had to leave before lunch to prepare the process of repairing a plane that had crashed on Nantucket. At lunch, Matt enjoyed visiting with History teacher Ben Ladd and Latin teacher Melissa Moss, sharing what he thinks the future holds for brain research. The three alumni left the school having had a great trip down memory lane, while, at the same time, leaving those they spoke to inspired by what they do. Just as every Williams student is unique, so is the path they take after Williams. The possibilities are endless.
Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016
This year the Class of 2016 treated the school to a fun-filled day at Odetah Camping Resort owned by Nate Adelman '94.
Senior Day is a cherished and much-anticipated annual tradition. This year the Class of 2016 treated the school to a fun-filled day at Odetah Camping Resort owned by Nate Adelman '94. Our community enjoyed a relaxing day of face painting, mini golf, ultimate frisbee, basketball, kayaking, kick ball, paddle boarding, bubbles, BBQ for lunch, awesome pizza by the Rolling Tomato.and so much more...
Upon our return to school we said farewell to three teachers who will be leaving us for new schools next year: Emily Bierman (Whitby School in Greenwich), Eliza and Merrick Smith (Tilton School in NH). Lastly was the yearbook dedication and districution. This year the yearbook staff decided to dedicate the yearbook to two teachers who greatly impacted their class – Amy Keane and Jane Hannon.
Our whole school enjoyed a day out of classes and a day for community fun. Thank you, Class of 2016!!
Each year the Senior class organizes a surprise, special day for our community. Some years the event is held on campus or at our athletic complex, other years the school loads up the buses and travels to a fun site off campus. Students should prepare now for this exciting day by having a bag in their locker with clothing and shoes that they can run around in and possibly get wet/dirty (please note bathing suits are only permitted under tank tops/t-shirts and shorts). We also encourage students to have sunscreen and bug repellent.
Get ready for Senior Day 2016!!
Dear Students and Faculty,
As the year comes to a close, let's not forget about the most awaited day for students since they have begun their journey at the Williams School…SENIOR DAY! Here are a few tips and reminders as the mystery date approaches.
· For those of you who don't know, Senior Day is one day out of the school year where the seniors show our thanks to the Williams community and everything it has done for us. As a class, we plan a fun and exciting day where we take the school out of classes and bus you to a secret location!
· You do not need to bring money! Snack and lunch will be provided!
· Keep a bag in your locker (or car) filled with all of the necessary items you could need for whatever senior day actives we have planned for you. Here are some suggestions:
o Athletic clothes, or weather appropriate clothing that is comfortable to run around and play in (I.e. t-shirt, shorts)
o Sneakers and/or flip-flops
o Anyone who wishes to wear a bathing suit must have clothes on over the bathing suit at all times. Boys will not be permitted to be shirtless. There will be water and water games so prepare to get wet (or not!).
o Towels, blankets, etc.
o Sunscreen and bug repellent
o Sunglasses and/or hats
· Please be mindful that Senior Day can be anytime from today until the seniors last day (Friday, May 20th).
o We suggest that you start bringing items in ASAP in order to be prepared for Senior Day!
· If you are bringing valuable items such as cameras, phones, etc. please be mindful that there may be water activities and be sure to protect your personal belongings!
· Once Senior Day ends, we will bus you back to school for the Faculty Goodbye Assembly and Yearbook presentation.
We hope that you are all as excited for senior day as we are!!
The Class of 2016
Posted Monday, Apr 25, 2016
Cory's semifinal match will be shown on Wednesday May 11 on local ABC channels.
Update: Cory won his first match on Friday, May 6 and will compete in the semifinals of the 2016 Teachers Tournament on Wednesday, May 11.
Starting May 2, Cory Harris will be one of fifteen teachers in The 2016 Teachers Tournament. Cory is an English teacher, JV Soccer coach, and advisor for Bending Bridges, the school's literary magazine, and has been an educator for twelve years. When asked why he wanted to be in the show, he responded "I always thought I could be competitive in a game or two. No one would mistake me for Ken Jennings, but give me the right categories and a bit of luck, and I might be able to pull off the impossible!"
Read Cory's blog: How I Got on Jeopardy!
According to the Jeopardy! website, The 2016 Teachers Tournament is presented in affiliation with The Farmers Insurance Thank America's Teachers℠ program (each contestant will receive a $2,500 educational grant to fund classroom projects.) Cory plans to use his grant to support the school's literary magazine, Bending Bridges, by moving from a print publication to a multi-media publication.
Cory started his quest in April of 2015 by taking the online test (50 questions with 15 seconds to answer each one.) He then became one of about 3,000 to be asked to appear for an in-person test. Cory traveled to Boston for an exciting day in June during which he took another test, played a mock game, and was interviewed to see how his personality fit with the show. "A lot of contestants have been to multiple auditions; I know I've read accounts as high as eight attempts. Some of the teachers in my tournament had gone through a couple. But my process was pretty simple, and my show's airdate is exactly one year after getting the email that I was invited to audition. May 6 is a pretty memorable day for me."
Our Williams community stepped up to help Cory by asking him random questions at random times. "Ms. Moss and Mr. Karlin gave me some books on Roman History and General Trivia. One student, John Pereira '18, still makes sure I know that Millard Fillmore is the 13th President. I also tried to keep up a bit about what some of my 10th graders were doing in their Modern World History classes (French history in particular is a weak point for me). Teaching at Williams itself is inspiring, as I've always had to prepare myself to know more than I teach in case kids ask."
Cory plans to share his experience with The Williams School community on May 6 when we gather to watch the show. He hopes his experience will inspire others to continue to strive to achieve their goals.
Photo courtesy to Jeopardy Productions, Inc.
Note: In the spring of 1998 Louis Cohen, Chair of the Modern Language Department, participated in Jeopardy! and became a 3-day champion. Louis went on to attend the taping of the Tournament of Champions for that season as first alternate, but did not compete. (The rules at that time had all the 5-day and 4-day winners, not dependent upon money won, in the top 15. Even though Louis won more money than some of the 4 & 5-day winners, he was the 16th overall champion.)
Monday, May 2