News from Mohawk May 5, 2013
We live in a rapidly changing world, with the challenge of preparing students for a future of employment and citizenship that will require the skills to make informed decisions using technologies and modes of communication that we can scarcely imagine. When I graduated from Mohawk in 1984, I received a typewriter as a graduation gift, President Ronald Reagan had referred to the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” in a speech my junior year, and I could not envision that about thirty years later the size of China’s economy would nearly rival ours (the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently projected that China will have the world’s largest economy by 2016). Our students have grown up using the Internet and cell phones but as the pace of innovation accelerates and the global economy becomes more integrated, the workplaces that they enter and the opportunities they encounter will be different from those we know today. Our school must prepare students with 21st century skills that emphasize communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical thinking to adapt to a future that is certain to be different from the world they grew up in.
Last year, as part of our NEASC accreditation process, our school adopted six 21st Century Learning Expectations to guide our instruction and focus student learning. This selection was informed by our review of 21st century skills outlined by organizations such as the International Society for Technology in Education, the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (among other resources we referred to a summary document that can be accessed at http://ct21stcenturyskills.wikispaces.com/file/view/21crosswalk.pdf).
We have identified the following 21st Century Learning Expectations for our students:
Use real-world digital and other research tools to access, evaluate and effectively apply information appropriate for authentic tasks.
Work independently and collaboratively to solve problems and accomplish goals.
Communicate information clearly and effectively using a variety of tools/media in varied contexts for a variety of purposes.
Demonstrate innovation, flexibility and adaptability in thinking patterns, work habits, and working/learning conditions.
Effectively apply the analysis, synthesis, and evaluative processes that enable productive problem solving.
Value and demonstrate personal responsibility, character, cultural understanding, and ethical behavior.
Having identified these learning expectations, we are now in the process of assuring that our courses provide explicit instruction in these skills, with opportunities for students to apply the skills across disciplines and grade levels. This year our teachers have begun writing curriculum that they can share through our use of the Atlas Curriculum Mapping tool; as more of our curriculum is organized in this way we will be able to examine how a skill introduced in the middle school is developed and practiced through courses in the high school, for instance. NEASC has established the expectation that schools will use analytical rubrics for assessing student achievement of these skills; we have piloted one such rubric but need to do more work in developing and using shared rubrics for all of these skills. Last year teachers identified ways that they address these 21st Century Learning Expectations in their classes but we recognize that we need to develop a more systemic approach to assuring that all of our students acquire and apply these skills and that we can assess their achievement of these learning expectations. You can expect to hear more about our work with these 21st Century Learning Expectations as I share our progress toward this goal with you. In the meantime, it would be interesting to try to predict what the Class of 2013 will look back on at its 30th reunion; what will be their generation’s equivalent of the typewriter and the Soviet Union from 1984?
1. Upcoming Events
2. Athletic News
3. MCAS Test Administration Schedule in May
4. Music News
5. Annual Town Meeting Schedule
6. Mohawk students to be honored with Peacemaker Awards
11. A Grand Day Out: Field trip to Smith College Museum of Art
12. Summer Opportunities at the Buckland Rec
13. Science News
14. Celebrating and Supporting the Arts at Mohawk
15. Mohawk students participate in Construction Careers Day
16. Drama News
17. Library News
1. Upcoming Events Saturday, May 4
Mohawk’s As Schools Match Wits Team on PBS Channel 57 at 7:00 pm. The episode featuring Mohawk’s team, composed of Josh Rode, Jeremiah Jones, Kai Herzig, and Owen Bragdon, aired. As Schools Match Wits advisor Jeremy Galvagni indicates that later this spring the episode will be also available for download at
7th grade mathematics MCAS testing. Breakfast will be served to all 7th grade students.
Wednesday, May 8
AP Calculus Exam. Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10
8th grade science MCAS testing. Breakfast will be served to all 8th grade students.
Thursday, May 9
AP English Literature Exam. Thursday, May 9
Annual Middle and High School Spring Concert at 6:30 pm featuring our Middle School Band and Chorus, and High School Band, Chorus and Select Chorus.
Friday, May 10
Senior Prom at the Garden House at Look Park in Northampton. Monday, May 13
AP Biology Exam.
School Council meeting at 5:00 pm in the Principal’s Conference Room. Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14
10th grade mathematics MCAS testing. Breakfast will be served to all 10th grade students.
Tuesday, May 14
Meeting to discuss ways to celebrate and support the arts at Mohawk at 4:30 in the Mohawk Resource Center library. Many organizations and individuals have beeninvolved in supporting arts programs at Mohawk and this is a meeting to share ideas and strategies. Please join us. (See #14 for more information.)
Mohawk Music Association meeting at 5:00 pm in the Mohawk Resource Center library. All are welcome!
Wednesday, May 15
AP United States History Exam. Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16
8th grade mathematics MCAS testing. Breakfast will be served to all 8th grade students.
Thursday, May 16
Mohawk students Jeremiah Jones and Tucker Jenkins will be awarded Peacemaker Awards at GCC at 7:00 pm. (See #6 for more information.)
Saturday, May 18
Middle and High School Band performances at Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival.
Sunday, May 19
Mary Lyon Foundation Annual Spring Lyonnaise Event, 2:00-5:00 pm at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls. The Mary Lyon Foundation has a long history of supporting local education and this annual event highlights student work and celebrates the achievements of our students and graduates. The event is free and open to the public. Recent Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth McGowan, Mohawk Class of 1979, will be among those honored at this event. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, May 22
Mohawk School Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm. Monday, May 27 Memorial Day
The Mohawk Middle School Band will be marching at Memorial Day parade at the West Branch Cemetery in Colrain.
Thursday, May 30
Senior Awards Night event at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Please come join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2013! Scholarship awards are announced as well as recognition of student academic, athletic, and service achievement.
Friday, May 31
Football Helmet Fundraiser Spaghetti Supper in the cafeteria. See Athletic News #2.
Sunday, June 2
Graduation at 1:00pm on the football field, weather permitting. Alternatively the graduation ceremony will be held in the gymnasium.
2. Athletic News Mohawk tennis player Roz Lytle-Rich won her 1,000th game point Wednesday, May 1 but the celebration was a bit muted as her Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls’ tennis team suffered a 3-2 independent loss to Holyoke Catholic High School in Buckland. Lytle-Rich is in her sixth varsity season and entered the match with 994 career game-points won. She hit the mark with the final point of her first-set win at No. 1 singles over Nathan Drewniak. Lytle-Rich took that set 6-4 and then won the match with a 6-1 victory in the second set.
Alma Crawford and Jeremiah Jones will be receiving McScholar Athletes Awards on Wednesday, May 8 at the Basketball Hall of Fame at the 17th Annual McDonald's McScholar Athlete Award Reception. These awards recognize outstanding student-athletes who demonstrate dedication and teamwork throughout the school year.
Football Helmet Fundraiser Spaghetti Supper!
On Friday, May 31st the Mohawk Trail Football team will be hosting a spaghetti supper in the Mohawk Cafeteria. There will be raffles for prizes, including an autographed Dustin Pedroia picture courtesy of the Boston Red Sox, and dinner served! Please see any Varsity or Junior Varsity Football player, Mr. Conlon, Mr. McCloud, or Ms. Dupree in the main office for tickets. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students; come have a great meal and support varsity sports at Mohawk. Advance tickets are available through May 15th, or limited tickets available at the door!
Mohawk Trail Football Helmet Initiative
The Mohawk Trail Football team, through the Mohawk Athletic Association, is more than halfway to its goal of raising $10,000 for new football helmets and equipment. Thank you to everyone who has supported the program and helped us get the best equipment to protect our athletes. The initiative's goal is to have reached our number by June 1st, and we are getting so close. If you are interested in getting more information, or interested in how you can help support the football team please speak with the Mohawk Athletic Association, Mrs. Lynette Vonhaugg, Mrs. Kim Orzechowski, any Varsity or Junior Varsity football player, Mr. Conlon, or Mr. McCloud. Our last push to raise the money will be through a Spaghetti Supper at Mohawk on Friday, May 31 and through cooperation with the Mary Lyon Education Foundation and Erik Doty and the Shelburne Falls Post Office selling commemorative stamps! You can see any Football player to purchase these limited edition legal US Post Office stamps by the sheet! Go Warriors!
3. MCAS Math Test Administration Schedule in May During the month of May, students in grades 7, 8, and 10 will be taking the MCAS Math test. It is important that students taking the tests get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast before the exams. We will be providing breakfast for all students who are testing on the day of the tests. MCAS TEST SCHEDULE
May 7 and 8
May 15 and 16
Science and Technology
May 9 and 10
May 13 and 14
4. Music News Our Spring Concert is coming this Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm with performances by our middle school and high school bands and vocal ensembles. Please join us for a celebration of music in our school! On Thursday, May 2 Mohawk hosted the annual Kids in Concert event that brought together elementary school music students from throughout our system to perform.
Additional dates of interest:
Tuesday, May 14th: Mohawk Music Association meeting at 5:00pm in the library; all are welcome!
Saturday, May 18th: Middle and High School Band performances at Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival.
Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day parades with the Mohawk Middle School Band marching at West Branch Cemetery in Colrain.
5. Annual Town Meeting Schedule In the coming weeks local voters will gather for Annual Town Meetings. On Saturday, May 4, voters in Ashfield approved the school budget.
May 6, 2013 - 8:00 p.m. - Hawley - Hawley Town Hall
May 7, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Colrain - Colrain School
May 7, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Shelburne - Shelburne Town Hall
May 8, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Buckland - Mohawk High School
May 11, 2013 - 1:00 p.m. - Plainfield - Plainfield Town Hall
May 13, 2013 - 7:00 p.m. - Rowe - Rowe Town Hall
May 28, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. - Charlemont - Hawlemont School
6. Mohawk students to be honored with Peacemaker Awards On Thursday, May 16, Mohawk students Jeremiah Jones and Tucker Jenkins will be recognized for their contributions to our community at the Interfaith Council and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice celebration of the 2013 Peacemaker Award. These two Mohawk students are among the eight recipients for this year’s recognition for the initiatives they have taken towards peace and justice. This event will take place at Greenfield Community College at 7:00 p.m. in the Dining Commons on the second floor of the main building. All are welcome to attend this awards presentation.
Senior Jeremiah Jones has distinguished himself as an outstanding role model in our school, leading through example as a student, an athlete, and a community member. Over the past few years Jeremiah has spearheaded a number of initiatives to improve our school, including refurbishing the athletic trophy cases in our front foyer and painting the cafeteria, locker room, and hallway with the vivid blue and gold M celebrating our school. This year Jeremiah has coordinated the work of the Varsity M Club (composed of varsity athletes) to serve as mentors for elementary students. Several times a month Jeremiah arranges for a team of 6-8 high school students to visit some of the elementary schools within our district to provide support for younger students by reading, supporting outdoor winter sports activities, and serving as positive role models for the younger students.
Tucker Jenkins, a junior, has advocated for increased student voice in our school and been a leader in making this happen. He has worked with the school leadership to establish avenues for students to share their perspectives and voice, shaping the role of the Student Council so that it is more inclusive and responsive to student concerns. He was instrumental in organizing this year’s Talent Show and he is preparing the panel of speakers who will be addressing students on May 17 regarding the dangers of distracted driving. Tucker is a volunteer firefighter who takes this responsibility to his local community seriously. He serves on the Heath Fair Committee as an active member of the group that ensures the survival of this local tradition. Tucker is a Little League Coach, and he talks passionately about his responsibility to ensure that the players and their parents are treated with dignity and supported.
7. Middle School News 7th Grade News Two students honored with the John F. Kennedy Make A Difference Award
Two Mohawk Trail Regional Middle School students were recently awarded the John F. Kennedy Make A Difference Award.
Kaleb Fitzgerald and Ashley Walker, both seventh-graders, volunteer in Shelburne Falls with the Friday Community Meals as well as with their Church.
Mohawk PBL teacher Samantha Lydiard helped to nominate them, and both were honored on April 9 at 4 pm in a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library.
The Kennedy Library recognizes up to 100 middle school students each year from across the Commonwealth with the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award for students who have had an impact on their communities through public service.
The award is given to students who are nominated by teachers, principals and other community leaders for contributions they have made to their communities and schools.
PBL class project integrates agriculture and nutrition
The 7th grade students in PBL are finishing up their MCAS prep and starting their Seeds of Change Project. Students will be responsible for growing one variety of edible plant from start to finish in our garden at Mohawk. Just a few examples include amaranth, basil, cilantro, dill, peppers, pumpkins and peas. Please ask any 7th grader what they choose to grow. At the end the project students will be designing a recipe that includes their plant for the 7th grade class picnic. Happy spring everyone!
8th Grade News On June 12, the 8th grade team is planning a field trip to Rowe pond for a day of team fun and celebration.
We would also like to have a cookout, so we are looking for 2-3 parent volunteers to take care of the grilling operation. We would provide the food; you would provide the expertise and time.
Email Andrea Griswold (email@example.com) if you are interested and available. Any volunteers would need to have a CORI check, which can take a few days, so the sooner we know, the more time we have to do this.
Also, the evening of June 12 is the 8th grade ice cream social! Mark your calendars!
News from our 8th grade classrooms: Social Studies: We are just beginning our exploration of early Indus civilizations up to the 1800's.
Science: We have been learning about the lifetimes of stars, and now we're starting to learn about the 92 elements produced by stars and conveniently organized by the periodic table.
PBL: Students are in the middle of their invention projects -- they are challenged with inventing a brand-new tool or a significant improvement on an existing tool.
ELA: Students are working on persuasive essays and other writing projects. We are encouraging students to submit poems to the Ann Hutt Browning Poetry Contest (the deadline is May 20). Also, we will be publishing an edition of Platinum Pens, the 8th grade literary journal. Students are not required to submit poetry or other short pieces, but we are encouraging them to do so. All pieces (that are appropriate for school) will be published. Students should send their writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Student Council News Assemblies address dangerous driving
On Friday, May 3 the Student Council organized an assembly for all students in grades 10-12 regarding safe driving. Mohawk senior Whitney Roberts chaired the initiative that featured speakers who spoke from experience about the dangers of drunk driving. She introduced her cousin Ed Roberts of Goshen who recounted how he was the alcohol-impaired driver in the 2007 accident that killed his 15 year old cousin Tyler Hewes. Ed Roberts is determined to share his experience through the Buckle Up for Tyler outreach that includes Tyler’s parents. Roberts has expressed that he knows he will live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life. "This is a really tough way to learn a lesson," he said. "I would like to talk to kids about what I've done and what I feel so this won't happen again." The assembly also featured a video presentation about a fatal automobile accident in 1990 following a party on Green River Road in Colrain. Denise Wickland, Chief of Police of Williamsburg, spoke with students about the importance of contacting a trusted adult if they are ever in a situation where they might be driving under the influence or considering accepting a ride from an alcohol-impaired driver.
On Friday, May 17, the Student Council is organizing another safe driving assembly, to feature a panel of speakers on the increasingly relevant topic of distracted driving.
Mohawk’s Andrew Doty to serve as delegate to State Student Advisory Council
On Friday, May 3, Andrew Doty and Matthew Walsh, Mohawk’s two delegates to the Western Massachusetts Regional Student Advisory Council, attended their first meeting of that representative body of student leaders. At that meeting Andrew Doty was elected the state delegate from the Western Massachusetts Regional Student Advisory Council. Andrew explains that, “I will be representing our region on a state-wide level and participate in board meetings with the primary and secondary levels of education in Malden. I am very excited to help schools within my area grow and adapt, and I believe this position will allow me to do that.” We congratulate Andrew and look forward to his leadership and advocacy.
Student Council facilitates student dialogue about dress code and social media
Mohawk’s Student Council is taking on an increasing role in providing leadership within our school community. Several subcommittees have been formed under the umbrella of the Student Council to facilitate the exchange of ideas between students and the school administration. This spring students established the Fellowship, a student organization that seeks to facilitate communication regarding issues that affect students. In recent weeks a Dress Code Committee formed to review our current dress code and recommend revisions to the Student Handbook. Another student group is working with the Mohawk School Committee’s Policy Subcommittee to develop a Social Media Policy. Students are currently preparing for elections for class officers and representatives to the Student Council.
9. Appropriate School Attire In this season of increasingly warm weather, we ask families to help students dress appropriately for school. We ask that students avoid wearing revealing outfits such as short shorts, tight skirts, and shirts that expose their midriffs or bosoms. Students on the Dress Code Committee have been advising the administration about how to communicate these expectations and are generating ideas about how to support their peers in dressing appropriately for the school setting. Our handbook policy regarding appropriate dress states:
“Staff and students have a right and responsibility to monitor their dress attire in order to avoid distractions to learning. Appropriate student dress has a positive impact on student learning, student behavior, and the overall educational environment. We recognize that there are no “rules” that provide clear guidelines for dress that work for everyone in all seasons. In general, “business-casual” attire is expected. Please use the following statement as a guide to understanding dress expectations: “No butts, bras, or bellies!”
In addition, clothing, hats or jewelry advertising or promoting tobacco, alcohol, or controlled substances are prohibited. Clothing with messages demeaning to or oppressive toward groups or individuals is not allowed. In the event that students fail to comply with these expectations, they will be asked to change attire. Parents/guardians may be contacted and asked to provide acceptable clothing to the school. Students who refuse to comply with the requests of staff or administration to make required changes will face disciplinary action.”
In recent weeks students have met with the school administration to discuss ways to promote a consistent message about appropriate dress expectations in a school setting. A Dress Code Committee has formed through the Student Council to review our dress code and recommend revisions to next year’s Student Handbook.
10. National Honor Society inducts new members On April 23, Mohawk’s Neil E. Potter Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony. The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society in an event that featured a vocal performance by Mohawk chorus members and speeches by teacher Roxanne Trombly and National Honor Society officers:
We congratulate these new members for their accomplishments. Recognizing their achievement in scholarship, leadership, character, and service, Mohawk’s National Honor Society members now include:
Sophie Rose Staryos
High school science teacher Chris Wheeler is advisor to the National Honor Society. In the coming weeks the NHS will be organizing the annual Mary Lyon Spelling Bee for students in grades 5 and 6. The group is active in other community service initiatives, including maintaining our recycling program.
11. A Grand Day Out: Field trip to Smith College Museum of Art High school teacher Roxanne Trombly shared this news about the May 2 field trip to the Smith College Museum of Art for students in French and Peer Leadership classes. At the museum, students were given time to walk around and appreciate the art with their friends. Many students found artist-designed bathrooms very amusing and interesting. After spending time in the museum, the students were able to walk into downtown Northampton with their friends and explore the shops and restaurants of their choosing. They were extremely respectful and responsible in the public space. The students were also able to participate in a small community service by donating either an article of clothing or one dollar to be given to the local Salvation Army. “One of the things I really enjoyed at the art museum was seeing all the art whether it be in the museum itself, in the bathroom, or outside. It was very inspiring, and we were able to enjoy it with our friends. This is why I think peer leadership is such a good class. Because it allows us to show that we can be young peer leaders. The Northampton field trip was just one example of all the opportunities we get. My partner, Taylor Brown, really personified the ideal peer leader. It was really great to spend the day with someone you know, making memories and having fun, rather than memorizing things in a classroom all day. I think it’s really important to go out there and explore your community, and inspire yourself, rather than just learning things on paper.” --Jennifer Yeglinski, Peer Leadership student
12. Summer Opportunities at the Buckland Rec The Mohawk Summer Recreation Program takes place at the Buckland Rec. It is a day camp program that offers a variety of activities including swimming, sports, and arts and crafts. The program has two levels: K-5 and 6-9. Grades K-5 is a regular day camp program, while the 6-9 grade level is our Junior Staff program. In the mornings, the Jr. Staff work with the paid staff supervising the youngsters or doing community service projects at the Rec. or Mohawk. Their afternoon is spent doing age appropriate activities with a paid staff member. Camp runs from June 24th – August 2nd, 8:30am-3:30pm. Forms can be picked up at any elementary school or from Mr. Johansmeyer at Mohawk. We also have a website where you can obtain forms, which is mohawksummerrec.org. 13. Science News Ninth grade student Eli Wickland-Shearer is attending the 51st National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in Dayton, Ohio on May 1-5. Eli earned second place at the New England Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the University of New Hampshire on March 21 for his research about “Using Ultraviolet Light to Purify Milk as an Alternative to Pasteurization.” With this regional recognition came an invitation for an all expenses paid trip to the National Symposium in Dayton. This was the first year Mohawk students participated in the Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, an opportunity made possible through the initiative of science teacher Phil Lussier. JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. For more information about this program, visit the website http://www.jshs.org/ The following students attended the State Science Fair in Boston from May 2-4:
They qualified to participate through their achievements at the Science Fair held at Mohawk in February and the Regional Science Fair in North Adams in March.
Students in Theresa Dearborn’s CSI: Mohawk class are preparing for a field trip to the interactive forensic exhibits at the Crime Museum in Washington, DC. They will be selling Mother’s Day cakes, prepared by Ms. Dearborn, on May 10-12. Please contact Ms. Dearborn at email@example.com to order one of her delicious creations.
14.Celebrating and Supporting the Arts at Mohawk Many organizations and individuals support the arts at Mohawk, including the Mohawk Music Association, Mohawk Arts and Education Council (MAEC), the Mohawk Drama Program, and individual initiatives like the Mohawk Folk Rock event that has been held for the past two years in the fall and this spring’s Home Body concert on March 29. On Tuesday, May 14, there will be a meeting to discuss ways to coordinate efforts and initiatives in support of arts programming. All are welcome to attend this planning and brainstorming meeting in the library at 4:30 pm. A regularly scheduled Mohawk Music Association meeting will follow.
Speaking of the March 29 Home Body concert, here is a video of one of the performances, in which Mohawk students Molly Ovitt and Leah Jenney performed an original dance to the music of Home Body. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX4tBqpkZE0&feature=youtu.be 15. Mohawk students participate in Construction Career Day On May 1 several Mohawk students attended the Construction Career Day in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Theo Barnhart, Keith Whitaker, Bryan Schwartz, Rowan Jones, Norman Tatro, Brian Sullivan, and Brendon Gray joined students from across Massachusetts at this hands-on orientation to construction careers.
Pictured: Chaperone Kim Willis with Mohawk students Brian Sullivan, Rowan Jones, and Brendon Gray. Mohawk staff worked with Donna DuSell, Youth Career Pathways Coordinator at the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, to arrange for this learning experience.
16. Drama News "Varsity D"
Eight theatre students (2 middle schoolers and six high schoolers) met last week to plan several drama workshops at area elementary schools for students in grades five and six. Students are planning an afternoon of theater games, work with small apparatus and improv. The workshops will take place after school and culminate in a multi-school training at Mohawk where participants will be given the opportunity to work with props, puppets and other "Hobbit paraphernalia" from this year's production at Mohawk and perform scenes from the show. The idea is to give prospective middle schoolers an opportunity to experience Mohawk Theatre first hand and begin seeding theater in all the district's elementary schools. Mentoring of younger students by older ones is an important part of the culture of Mohawk Theatre and we're excited about the prospect of our students being able to begin forming these bonds with children in the elementary grades as well! An additional half dozen Mohawk students who expressed interest in helping with the program couldn't attend the informational meeting because of sports practice. If you're interested in assisting at one or more of the workshops, email Drama Coordinator Jonathan Diamond (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Summer in The Shire!
Now in its fourth season, the Hilltown Youth Summer Theatre Workshop (HYST) presents our indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle The Hobbit! Overseen by Mohawk Drama Coordinator Jonathan Diamond, aspiring actors, musicians, singers and set designers in grades five through twelve will enjoy three weeks of movement, voice work and intensive actor training this summer. Special guests include: choreographer Cynthia McLaughlin, Henna Artist Kelly Flaherty, Mohawk music director Scott Halligan, Serious Play! Ensemble, Chrysalis Theatre and other luminaries of the valley performing arts community. The program runs July 22 - August 10, daily Monday - Friday from 9am - 3pm with select evening rehearsals. This exciting workshop is both an opportunity for experienced performers to expand their imaginations and hone their craft and provides newcomers to the stage a wonderful introduction to the world of theater that our Hilltowns have to offer. No former acting experience required.
Participants will attend a special evening preview of Ashfield's internationally renowned, Double Edge Theatre's summer spectacle, "Shahrazad: A Tale of Love and Magic" and, afterward, participate in a "talk-back" with the Company. The program will culminate in a public performance at the Academy. Scholarships and financial assistance available. For more information or to register call The Academy at Charlemont at 339-4912 or visit the website at www.charlemont.org.
HYST Workshop receives Arts Angels Grant
The Hilltown Youth Summer Theatre Workshop was the recipient of a $2,500 Arts Angels grant to help with scholarships for this season's production of the Hobbit. To learn more about the Arts Angels, click here: http://www.theartangels.org/Home.html.
Brava Stacy Klein & Double Edge Theatre!
On a related note, Stacy Klein, founder and artistic director of Double Edge Theatre, was among the recipients of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award 2013 in the category of Theatre. Many HYST Workshop alums and cast members in Mohawk's production of the Hobbit have participated in director's "talk-backs" with Stacy, audienced her amazing work and trained with Hannah, Matthew, Adam, Cariel and all the other talented faculty at their farm center in Ashfield and on the sets of our schools. Congratulations Stacy and Double Edge Theatre, were very proud of you! To learn more about the Doris Duke Artist Awards click here: Doris Duke http://ddpaa.org/. For Stacy's Doris Duke awardee page click here: http://ddpaa.org/artist/stacy-klein/.
17. Library Resource Center News Our school Library Resource Center is a hub of activity under the leadership of Library Manager Gina Wells. Ms. Wells shares this news:
This spring’s week-long Reading Celebration featured a Scholastic Book Fair and many memorable events. Preparations for the celebration began weeks before as the 8 member student crew and library manager picked a theme and prepared to decorate the library with the theme. This year our towns and schools suffered through the second hurricane to hit the area in the last two years. “Lightening strikes” with the picture of featured books on them, clouds and even “rain drops” hung down from the ceiling as “puddles” covered the floor making the library appear to truly be “A Scholastic Storm”.
On the Friday before the Celebratory Reading Week faculty were given a “sneak peak” as they were allowed to walk through the library and preview the book fair. At each of the three lunch periods on that Friday members of the student crew, dressed in rain ponchos, boots and umbrellas marched into the cafeteria to put on a simulation of “Pie-in-the-Eye”.
Students climbed on tables and chairs for a better look, cheering loudly, as several of the crew members took a pie in the face to rally support for the book fair. The message was clearly received that by simply buying a book at the fair you would qualify to have a chance of being selected to hit the Assistant Principal, a Teacher, or the Superintendent of Schools with a “Pie-in-the-Eye” during the annual Field Day Celebration on May 24.
Other contests, open to all, included A Guessing Game with the winners being those with the three guesses that were closest to the actual number of Jolly Ranchers in the water bottle. Many students participated in the poster contest, identifying their favorite book, its author, and 3 adjectives that best describe the book. Free books were awarded to those who created the best posters in a highly competitive contest with 125 fantastic poster entries. The grand prize poster winner received a gift certificate to Buckland Pizza House.
Another raffle, sponsored by the Gertrude Streeter Fund, offered to its winners a Kindle, a $25.00 gift certificate to the Buckland Pizza House and 2 adult passes to the Garden Cinemas. The Gertrude Streeter Fund has been established as a way of providing reading materials to our students all year long.
The Library Resource Center would like to thank all those who made the April book fair a success. The student crew for all their help, staff and students who bought books, Principal Ms. Dole and the Mohawk staff for their support, Sue Samoriski of the Mary Lyon Foundation, Hugh Knox of the Kiwanis, and Cafeteria Staff for allowing us to throw a pie.
Special thanks goes out to Mr. Conlon, Mr. Kotright-Clark and Mr. Buoniconti, who will be taking a “Pie-In-Eye” during field day in support of this year’s Reading Celebration Week.
The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Library Managers are working with the Mary Lyon Foundation to raise money for our libraries. We are having a plant sale from Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 8th. We’re selling beautiful hanging baskets from the Open Air Market in Greenfield. Profits go to support our school library program. Payment must be received when the order is made. Payment may be cash or check. Please make checks payable to the Mary Lyon Foundation, Inc. Pick up your plants at the school where you ordered. Arrange pick up time on Friday May 10th after 12:00pm with the Library Manager at the school where you ordered.