September 2020

It is with tremendous enthusiasm and excitement that I write this letter to introduce myself as the new principal of Williams Middle School. With my excitement comes the back to school jitters that I am sure so many of you and your children may be experiencing. Typically a move to a new school provides a summer of planning, meetings with stakeholders, and time getting to know the staff and community. I will do my very best over the next few weeks and months to connect with as many community members as possible.

We offer the traditional academic subjects of language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies additionally we offer, STEAM, art, technology education, health, and physical education, snd music. Our music program includes men's and women's chorus, mixed choruses for grade 6, orchestra, band, and jazz band. Students in Grades 7 and 8 have the opportunity to take Spanish or French.

I will work tirelessly to make sure that every child that enters Williams Middle School receives the best education possible to ensure that “Eyes on the Child-Learning” is taking place and that all students at Williams Middle School excel in learning, succeed in life, and enrich our community. In addition, I will support Williams' mission of supporting a successful transition from childhood to early adolescence.

I will continue the work already being done by this fine staff and learning community. I look forward to building a long relationship working with you, and your children, as we work towards meeting your child’s educational goals. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach me at or 413-565-4260.


Beth Nelson, Ed.D., Principal


Dr. Elizabeth



Nicole Paris-Kro

Assistant Principal & Special Ed. Supervisor

Judy Downie

Secretary to the Principal

Elizabeth Gartman

School Nurse

Health Office Website

Fax # for nurse only 413-961-0556

Jess Cote


Justin Keenan

Head Custodian

School Council

What is a School Council?

A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.

What is the role of the School Council?

The law outlines four major areas of responsibility for councils. School councils are to assist principals in:

1. Adopting educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards

2. Identifying the educational needs of students attending the school

3. Reviewing the annual school building budget

4. Formulating a school improvement plan


Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, Principal

Nicole Paris-Kro, Assistant Principal

TBD, Student

Vivian Welch, Student

TBD, Parent

Will Sullivan, Teacher

Rita McGoldrick, School Adjustment Counselor

Elizabeth Scanlon, Community Member


Once a month, on the third Thursday of the month from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, beginning in October. Platform TBD