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Just a reminder that updated information can always be found at our website: https://colrain.mohawktrailschools.org/ and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/colraincentral

October 28, 2022

A Note From Mrs. Looman

  • Be sure to check out the flyers below for some Halloween Events in our area!
  • Just a reminder that family conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 3rd and 4th. If you are not sure when your conference is scheduled for, or if you need to reschedule, please contact Ms. White in the front office.
  • Can you help our library? We want to get hundreds of new books ready for the library shelves and we need your help! You can take part in the Library L.U.V. Takeout Project. Email Ms. Miller (tamiller@mtrsd.org) and she will send your child home with a small bag of books for you to prepare at home. Send your bag back within a week and together we will get this project finished on no time! All supplies and directs are included in the bag. Thanks!
  • Do you have any extra clothes or shoes that you no longer need? Nurse Viney can always use donations, especially sneakers and winter gear in the health office.
  • Because of all the work and updates in the library, we will not be having a fall Scholastic Book Fair this year. Be sure to look for it in the spring!

Specialist's Scoop, Kaitlin Newland, School Psychologist

What is a school psychologist?


School psychologists are members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.


What do school psychologists do?


The National School Psychologist (NASP) Practice Model outlines how services are integrated to best meet the needs of students, families, and the school community. A school psychologist’s role may vary from school to school depending on the needs of the school, district and community:


From: https://www.nasponline.org/

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PTO News

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th at 3:30. All are welcome.

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upcoming events

11/1: No school for district In-service Day

11/3 & 11/4: 12:30 dismissals for Conferences

11/8 PTO meeting 3:30

11/9: 6th grade STEAM day at MTRS

11/11: No school in observance of Veterans Day

11/15: LEC meeting 3:30

11/23: Roger Tincknell Performance, 12:30 dismissal

11/24 & 11/25: No school in observance of Thanksgiving

11/28: Drawing for the cordwood fundraiser for 5/6th grades

11/30: Picture Retake Day


November early release dates:

12:30 dismissals: 11/3, 11/4, 11/23

1:50 dismissal: 11/16

From MTRSD Special Education Department

During the week of December 13, 2022, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Marc Oldenburg, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at 413-314-6703 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or charter school) requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.

Ookie, Spooky Bridge: A Colrain Halloween Celebration!

Join us on Halloween Eve for the Ookie Spooky Bridge drive through event.
This is a fun event for the whole family, located in Colrain, Massachusetts.

Drive across the Arthur A. Smith covered bridge while enjoying the spooky scenes and Jack-O-Lanterns created by town residents.

The bridge will be one way that evening, with entrance approaching from Foundry Village road and exit on Lyonsville road to RT 112.

Visit their Facebook page as the date gets closer for any updates!

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