Trailblazer Celebration at Mohawk Trail Regional School showcases student work

  • Students perform a Santana song in the music room during the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s Trailblazer Celebration of Learning on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students and parents check out informational tables at the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s Trailblazer Celebration of Learning on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Students hit the desert table after dinner at the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s Trailblazer Celebration of Learning on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Librarian Emily Willis, right, talks with students and parents at the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s Trailblazer Celebration of Learning on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 5/20/2022 4:44:53 PM

BUCKLAND — In a rare opportunity for the high school, middle school and elementary school communities of the western part of the county to gather, parents and teachers of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District celebrated the work of students Thursday evening.

“This took the place of our traditional open house,” Curriculum Director Sarah Jetzon said of Thursday’s Trailblazer Celebration of Learning at Mohawk Trail Regional School. “We wanted to put student learning at the center, rather than just (parents) come and see the teachers and the syllabus.”

From 4 to 6 p.m., student artwork lined the school walls and teachers set up tables in the hallways with examples of student work. Performances by the choir could be heard from the music room and shouts of excitement could be heard from the gymnasium, where volleyball and other athletic games were played.

“Our schools are so spread out geographically,” Jetzon said. “It’s a way for everybody to really celebrate what we have in common.”

She added that the Mary Lyon Foundation, which provided dinner in conjunction with the Foxtown Diner, purchased books to give away during the event.

Watching the interaction between a young boy and a high school teacher demonstrating robotics, Mohawk Trail Regional School Assistant Principal Diane Zamer echoed Jetzon’s sentiments.

“There’s rarely an opportunity for all of us to be in one spot,” she said.

After two years without the event — and almost as long without the opportunity for music and theater students to showcase their talents — Zamer said she thinks the Trailblazer Celebration of Learning was something the whole community looked forward to.

“It’s about community,” Zamer said. “It’s about getting our families together and celebrating our students and the great work they’ve done.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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