Student Services Update


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Questions about scheduling, the college process, scholarships, work permits, transcripts, or life in general? Do you need to speak with someone regarding an issue that is bothering you, do you need a place to discuss what is going on in your life or to figure out how you are feeling? Please feel free to contact us or stop by the office. The Student Services Office is here to help! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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End of the Year Dates

Chrome book return for all students:

  • HS: 1-2:30 on Wednesday, June 21st
  • MS: 8-10 am on Thursday, June 22nd

Finals schedule for grades 7-11:

  • Tuesday, June 20th - two-hour delay: 9:45-2:20
  • Wednesday, June 21st - two-hour delay: 9:45-2:20
  • Thursday - June 22nd - early release: 7:45-11:30 am

PSAT Exam-Wednesday, October 18, 2023

10th graders - please come to Student Services to sign up for the PSAT next fall (Wed. Oct 18th here at Mohawk Trail!


You must get a Work Permit at the School District where you live.

At Mohawk Trail Regional School, obtaining a Work Permit is a 2 step process:

  1. You must have a job offer from an employer

  2. After you have a job offer, download a Work Permit Application or stop by the Student Services office at MTRS



The Employment Permit Application form (Promise of Employment form) can be downloaded Here or Picked up in the Student Services Office.

14 and 15-year-olds: There are 4 sections that MUST be filled out and signed on the Employment Permit Application before the Work Permit can be issued.

  1. The first section is completed and signed by the employer

  2. The second section is to be completed and signed by the Doctor’s office or Medical office where the minor had a physical within the last year. We can not accept a copy of a physical; this has to be signed by a physician according to State Law.

  3. The third section is filled out and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor

  4. The fourth section is signed and dated by the minor

16 and 17-year-olds: There are 3 sections that must be filled out and signed on the Employment Permit Application before the Work Permit can be issued.

  1. The first section is completed and signed by the employer

  2. The third section is filled out and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor

  3. The fourth section is signed and dated by the minor


*The Minor (student) must bring the completed Employment Permit Application form, their student ID, and a document that shows their birth date on it to the High School (MTRS Student Services) where the Work Permit will be filled out by the Authorized agent (MTRS Registrar/Shana Garcia). Documents MUST be originals; fax or copies will not be accepted. THE AUTHORIZED AGENT, MUST BY LAW, WITNESS THE MINOR SIGNING THE WORK PERMIT BEFORE IT CAN BE ISSUED.

CAREER TRAILS: Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

Career information, exploration, and opportunities.

CAREER OF THE MONTH: Umpires, Referees and Other Sports Officials

click on the link to find out about this growing career field.

This year students will be exposed to career speakers in their Academic and elective classes. These speakers will highlight careers that connect to that specific academic area or topic they are learning about in class. This allows students to connect the classroom to the real world.


Summer Day on Buckland Common is a one-day event showcasing several volunteer non-profit organizations from Buckland.

The event is Saturday, July 15th from 10 am-3 pm.

Volunteers are needed for parking, help with kids' games, craft table and set up and break down.

For more information: 413-625-6650


Sign up at or call 413-628-4470

CFWM Interest-Free Loan Opportunity

The Community Foundation of Western Mass. has two different interest-free educational loans to help college students pay for educational expenses like tuition, housing, and textbooks.

The loan application is available beginning July 1, 2023 and closes on July 23, 2023.

Each year students are enrolled in college (undergraduate or graduate), they can receive one $3,000 loan that never collects interest. Students can receive a maximum of 4 loans (a total of $12,000) throughout their education.

Students who are residents of Massachusetts may be eligible for the James W. Colgan Loan. Students who are enrolled in two or four-year colleges, residents of either Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden County, and are U.S. citizens with a preference of Swiss descent, may qualify for the Margrit H. Sutton-Annen Student Loan.

Please click here to learn more about this great opportunity and to apply!

Murielle Gatewood, M.S.
Program Officer for Postsecondary Education

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
333 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-333-2834 Direct

413-732-2858 ext. 121 Office

CFWM Interest-Free Loan Opportunity

Click here for more info!

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Fly-In Program Announcement: Women of Distinction 2023

Applications are now open for Women of Distinction, our overnight, fully funded fly-in program. Intended for high school seniors, this annual event will highlight opportunities offered by Smith College for African American, Asian American, Latin American, Native American, and first-generation college students. Housing, meals, and transportation to and from campus are included.

We are offering two rounds of Women of Distinction:

October 13 - 14: Application deadline is June 30
November 10 - 11: Application deadline is September 15
Students will indicate on their application which program they are applying to.
(Both dates provide the same offerings.)

Participants will have the chance to connect with current Smith students, faculty, and other community members. Additional programming will include a series of panels and workshops on academics and student life.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact

One-on-one virtual appointment with MEFA College Planning Team

MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) offers one-on-one virtual appointments to help families with guidance on financial aid offers and making college decisions. We’re meeting with families one on one virtually to answer questions and provide assistance on financial aid and paying for college. Families can complete our quick form to request an appointment. MEFA has valuable resources and tools to help you prepare for the future and navigate the college planning process.

Contact the Student Services Office

Jane Shaney

Interim School Counselor Grades 9-12th

Taffy Ruggeri

School Counselor Grades 7 & 8th

Shana Garcia

Registrar and Student Services Assistant

413-625-9811 ext. 1305