In photo, Blue Hills Regional Criminal Justice student Allyson demonstrates how to dust for fingerprints at the school's recent Open House. It was one of many demonstrations of Blue Hills students' technical skills that were held during the event. Photo by Judy Bass
By Judy Bass
CANTON - Blue Hills Regional Technical School was abuzz with excitement on Nov. 6 when its annual Open House was held, drawing hundreds of enthusiastic prospective students and their families for an up-close look at the outstanding academic and career education the school offers.
By all accounts, the night was a smash hit across the board.
“Our current students and master instructors showcased their program spaces, technical equipment, sample projects, led interactive experiences, demonstrations and answered questions for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their families in 17 unique career/vocational technical programs” said Blue Hills Regional Superintendent Jill Rossetti. “It's very inspiring to watch the professionalism our students, staff and faculty display while giving their all during this amazing annual event. They teach and learn effectively, connect with potential, nervous students while making them feel welcome. Over four hundred students have already applied!”
The school showcased itself at its very best. In fact, many classrooms were so packed with people that it was nearly impossible to get in the door.
No wonder. There were intriguing attractions galore. For example, the Culinary Arts program had long tables laden with delectable food including artfully-decorated cakes, a bread cornucopia, cookies, and scores of other tasty dishes just waiting to be sampled. Students in Criminal Justice showed the guests techniques they use to dust for fingerprints and perform CPR. In Automotive Technology, cars awaiting repairs lined the garage-like space where students and teachers animatedly discussed what they do and how. The cafeteria was filled with round tables where laptops were set up for students to apply for admission on the spot – and quite a few did.
What really set the evening - which was organized chiefly by Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Marybeth Joyce and Admissions Administrative Assistant Carole Martins - apart, aside from the phenomenal turnout, was the atmosphere generated by the entire Blue Hills Regional community. Everyone, from administrators to teachers, staff and students, was totally energized, eager to extol and exemplify the virtues of the school that clearly means so much to them.
That feeling was communicated in the welcoming attitude of the staff who directed visitors around the sprawling building, in the smiles of students who took obvious pride in themselves and their school, and in all the preparations that had been made with such care and thought. Everything that was done reinforced the occasion’s theme, targeted mainly to 6th, 7th, and 8th-graders: “We’re so glad you came – and we hope that you’ll make Blue Hills Regional your future high school.”
A sincere thank you to the Blue Hills administration, faculty, staff, students and District School Committee members for their assistance and continued support.