Mohawk to host student showcase to provide inside look at school life

  • Mohawk Trail Regional School students work together on Sol Lewitt-inspired paintings, using geometry concepts. The project was designed by eighth-grade teacher Jana Purington and arts integration teacher Whitney Brooks. Contributed photo—

Monday, March 05, 2018

BUCKLAND — See what your Mohawk and Hawlemont schoolchildren have been learning this year at the second annual “Showcase of Student Learning” at Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Thursday, March 8, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

This free event gives community members, parents and students from pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade a chance to participate in a hands-on evening of learning and exploring the current curriculum. Experience student life in the classrooms; check out student projects; join in on science experiments; enjoy students’ artwork; and meet the teachers.

“The showcase is a first-hand experience of what education is really like here in the Mohawk schools,” said Sarah Jetzon, director of curriculum and instruction for the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts.

Tour the building and see the technology and equipment used in the classrooms.

The showcase also provides students and families from all grades a chance to meet each other. Also, parents and students considering middle school at Mohawk may go to a panel discussion about student life at Mohawk with current middle-schoolers.

Students entering ninth grade and parents may attend the guidance department’s information session about choosing classes and transitioning from middle to high school. Students and their parents thinking about life beyond Mohawk are invited to attend a college and career readiness discussion with the guidance department.

Several school clubs and departments will have tables and interactive presentations throughout the night. A full schedule of all the evening’s events will be available at the door.

Rachel Silverman, Mohawk Trail Regional High School art teacher, said the student showcase greatly differs from the fall open house and brings people from schools in both districts together in one location.

“This type of event doesn’t focus on the finished product that you’d often see at a fall open house,” she said. “The showcase is really about the process of learning and seeing firsthand how students spend their days in school.”

Showcase visitors can talk with student artists about their work and their motivation behind their projects. Silverman says this gives students a sense of pride and ownership in their work.

For additional details or questions about the Student Learning Showcase, contact: Sarah Jetzon at sjetzon@mohawkschools.org or 413625-0192, ext. 1016.