BSE’s Sandy carter on ‘Kids in Concert’ at 10

Areia-logoThe Flow catches up with BSE music teacher Sandy Carter on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Kids In Concert, set for Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Mohawk’s auditorium. Music students from all our elementary schools will join in for an evening of great performances…

THE BSE FLOW: What’s it like preparing for the 10-year anniversary of Kids in Concert?

SANDY CARTER: First of all, I’m very excited it’s the 10th. Because when we first started we had no idea that we would do this every year for 10 years. So it’s kind of cool that we have this consistent, ongoing thing.

The other neat thing about it is we have some things that are exactly the same from the first and some things that have changed, and this particular concert some things that I’m excited about is that we’re bringing back a couple of the pieces we originally played in the first one, for example, the “Ode to Joy,” which is one of my all-time favorite pieces of music, written by Beethoven, and to do that again like we did 10 years ago, it’s very exciting.

Concert-CarterThe other thing I’m really excited about is that we have a piece of music that we did in the very first concert, and we gave it to Alice Parker, who is a very well-known composer who happens to live right near here, and that she has written a new arrangement of the song that we did the first time. So we’re doing the same song but with a new arrangement. And she will be there to hear it.

The third thing is that we haven’t kept track of how many students I’ve had participating but I am really excited about BSE participating because I was just counting and getting everybody’s permission slip, and there’s just about 50 kids from BSE participating, and that seems to me like a really good anniversary number.

BSE FLOW: How do you feel? A little nervous, or…

SANDY CARTER: You always get nervous when you perform no matter how many times you’ve done it, whether you’re a fifth-grade flute player or a piano player or a conductor who’s been playing for many, many, many years. You always have that little bit of nervousness.

But I always like to think that’s important because it makes you stay focused: That keeps you in the game and not treat the concert like it’s just something else. It gives it that special feeling. Even though I’ve conducted “Ode to Joy” before it’s with a whole new group of people, so it could be completely different than how we’ve done it before. So that part makes me nervous and excited.

Emma Guyette, BSE ’10, is busy planning well ahead

EMMA GUYETTE: “I like knowing how the world works and I really want to be part of that. I’m in tune politically.”
“I like knowing how the world works and I really want to be part of that. I’m in tune politically.”

MOHAWK—Emma Guyette of Buckland would very much like you to support the Junior Class Auction Saturday, April 25. Her class is putting in a lot of hard work on the fundraiser and has plans for the proceeds.

“We really want to have fun senior year and not worry about money for prom and graduation and yearbooks and stuff like that,” she told the Flow recently.

Her class also would like to plan a class trip somewhere beachy — perhaps Cape Cod — as they’ve never taken such a trip.

“We always take our class trips to the Buckland Rec,” she said. “That’s nice too. Not as nice as Cape Cod, maybe…”

Guyette, who plans to run for class secretary in her senior year, is accustomed to hard work. She has her course load at Mohawk, works one day a week after school, and studies French at Greenfield Community College three days a week.

She also participated in Mohawk’s Peer Leadership Program, “helping kids at Sanderson feel positive about being great kids.”

The BSE alumna says she plans to pursue a degree in American studies or international relations, which would give her options in everything from political science to teaching history to publishing:

“I like knowing how the world works and I really want to be part of that. I’m in tune politically.”

For now her main extracurricular focus is the class auction.

“This is a way to get the money we need. It’s not the easiest way for us, but it’s beneficial and a fun way to bring the community together. We also have a tag sale planned, and then a color run going on where you get dye thrown at you as you run so you look like a tie-dye person,” she said.

At BSE, she recalls her teacher Jacqui Goodman with fondness: “She was great… All the other teachers I had aren’t there anymore.”

She also said that she wishes she had been more alert socially as an elementary school student. Her brother, Will, is a Mohawk student athlete, and he always knew kids from all over.

“I also wanted to arrive here in the more challenging classes. I didn’t know I was in the lower classes at the time. But I’ve made up for it and have had a really positive experience at Mohawk,” she said.

She also praised BSE as it stands today.

“I know people there, and their experience sounds amazing. They have great after-school activities like the newspaper [The BSE Flow] and stuff, and it would have been so beneficial to me when I was there. But we didn’t have anything like that. I feel like so many teachers there are amazing. BSE is doing a great job right now from what I’ve gathered.”

Evan Shippee, BSE ’14, honored with Kennedy ‘difference’ award

Mohawk student Evan Shippee is committed to helping his neighbors.
Mohawk student Evan Shippee is committed to helping his neighbors.

MOHAWK—BSE alumnus and Mohawk Middle School student Evan Shippee is one of only 100 middle-schoolers statewide to have landed the prestigious 2015 John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award “for the impact they have made in their communities through service projects.”

Shippee, who started at BSE in preschool and graduated here in 2014, was nominated for the honor by his seventh-grade PBL teacher, Samantha Lydiard.

He’s done everything from stacking wood for people who need help to raising money for Relay for Life.

His mother, Tammy Shippee, noted Evan “is a truly genuine, giving soul. I know I’m his mom, but he has one of the biggest hearts I know. He likes doing things that make people happy. He likes to make people smile.”

The 2015 Award Ceremony was held Thursday, April 9, at the Kennedy Library in Boston. Each award winner received a personalized “Make a Difference” award certificate in recognition of his or her service efforts.

Receiving the honor, he tells the Flow, “was really awesome and made me feel special. It felt good to be recognized. I enjoy volunteering and helping people. It makes me feel good. I was a bit shy getting up onstage to receive my award. It’s a moment I will always remember.”

In his Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy famously challenged all Americans, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

In Memoriam: Tish Murphy

Photo: Catherine Maletz
Photo: Catherine Maletz

I TAKE THE LIBERTY of speaking for many in our towns in saying how deeply touched I am by the life, gifts, and untimely passing of our friend Lisa Patricia “Tish” Murphy of Charlemont. Tish tended to much. To much. I wish to record here my thanks to her memory, and my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. We walk together.

There are, of course, memorials to Tish everywhere we look. This is spring, after all. Here are two pieces I encountered in recent weeks that I most wanted to share with our readers.

They are here by permission.


’44. For Tish. Before Ahead Arrives…’ by Janice Sorensen


Installation by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and friends at Cowell Gymnasium Saturday, April 11, during The Fabulous Hilltown Draw-Around, which raised money for ARTeens, a pay-what-you-can after-school program. Jane tells the Flow these remembrances have since been given to Tish’s family.

Don’t doubt yourself, Pisces: Your BSE Horoscope

Areia-logoARIES (March 21 – April 20) Relaxed and calm, you will likely have many celebrations and enjoy much. But be conscious and cautious of your decisions for they may be careless and cause much distress. Be responsible. Good will happen.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21) Your personality greatly reflects your past and your childhood. You also have trouble letting go of problems. Be aware of how you manage problems and good things will begin to happen.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 21) Your mind is an asset you often use. You are creative and take pleasure in reading and writing. This is also something you are good at. You are often hard on yourself. Be careful of this flaw and good will come to you. Ignore it and the opposite will occur.

CANCER (June 22 – July 22) You are very close with your surrounding community. You dislike travel and are nervous around new people, especially those from other places. Be aware of this and many opportunities will begin to come, especially having to do with intelligence and career.

LEO (July 23 – Aug. 22) You’re confident and you excel in everything you do. You’ll master almost everything you try. But be patient, for you are prone to giving up. Be patient and you will be welcomed and likely find a talent you enjoy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) You think your talent comes from what you can do physically, when your expertise comes from your mind. Your ideas and thoughts are what will bring you success and happiness. As long as you don’t ignore ideas, good will happen.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Something you are about to give up on is going to come to fruition. You are patient and strong-willed. As long as you persist, things you wish for will come to you. Just take care not to discourage others.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) You are a very pleasant person who bonds with others quickly and well. Most see you as kind and likable. You enjoy others’ company. You also are encouraging, and others find you admirable. You are also skillful and a quick learner.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 – Dec. 20) You are optimistic and often look to the future. You often ignore what’s going on now. If you can accept and be happy about “the now,” you’ll notice yourself enjoying more and being disappointed less.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 19) You will be very successful and happy. But this will not come true on your own. You will need much help from those around you. Be kind to them. If you are, they’ll bring you lots of joy in life.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) You are at a very good time in your life, even if you don’t know it yet. You have many ideas that you want to make a reality. With a little revision they could be spectacular. As long as you stay grounded in reality someone will help you with your dream.

PISCES (Feb. 19 – March 20) You are a dreamer. You are also very capable of more than you may think. You will accomplish quite a lot. You usually have the career you wish for, maybe even the one you wanted as a child. Don’t doubt yourself and you’ll succeed.