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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Click here to go to the MTRS Student Services Website. Here you will find additional resources and some FAQs!
Meet our New High School Counselor!
Hello Mohawk students and families, I look forward to meeting you. A little bit about me, I grew up in Bernardston, MA, and am returning to the area with my husband and 3 young boys. I have worked as a school counselor at Natick High School for the past 10 years. In my free time, I enjoy reading, cooking, gardening, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.
Aspen is our information portal which allows students and caregivers to view grades, progress reports, and report cards. Here at MTRS, we distribute report cards and progress reports via Aspen.
Earlier this week, all new MTRS students and families (including 7th grade) should have received an email from Aspen with login information and instructions.
The Aspen email for caregivers is sent to the email address corresponding to the first contact listed for a student.
7th Grade students will participate in an Aspen login tutorial next week.
Caregivers, if you have questions about the login process, please contact Suzor IT:
Virtual Office: help.suzorit.com
George Propane is looking to fill a part-time Helper position after school and Saturdays.
Must be reliable with a good work ethic. Please contact:
Mike George, George Propane, Inc.
3 Berkshire Trail West, Goshen, MA 01032
Mobile: 413-626-9449 Office: 413-268-8360 x/111
Arms Library-Page Job Description
The position of Page at the Arms Library is an important one, integral to the successful operation of the library. The ideal person for this position; is good with people, detail-oriented, good with computers, able to take direction and instruction, able to alphabetize, listen to people, and learn the primary computer program that the library uses, CW/MARS. The hours are Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Any student interested in the position should send in a resume with a cover letter, as well as three references.
Maintain a good public presence at all times, providing excellent customer service.
Check materials out to the public, and answer patron questions.
Check materials in.
Answer the telephone.
Do some light lifting
Occasionally process new items for the collection.
Other Projects Not Specified Above Will be Assigned As Time Allows and Need Arises
Contact: Laurie Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org; 413-625-0306.
The Mohawk Trail Regional School District only approves the distribution of these materials and does not endorse or sponsor these programs or assume any liability for programs contained herein.
Honors Level Selection-High School Only
Honors course level selection is taking place this week. If you would like to take a course for honors credit please let your teacher know by Friday, September 8th.
MTRS has 3 levels of coursework, College Prep, Honor, and Advanced Placement. Grades are weighted based on the level of course a student takes. Students are then ranked according to their weighted cumulative grade point average at the end of each semester. Below is an explanation of the grading system and class rank.
Grading System (MS and HS) and Class Rank and GPA (HS Only)
Courses (High School only) are weighted when computing class rank and GPA. See the chart below. Class rank and GPA include all HS students in their core academic areas only: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages. It does not include courses taken at the local community college; that GPA stands separately. The placement Level and the associate Grade Point Value are listed below.
Independent Study courses and courses taken outside of Mohawk Trail, including online, Greenfield Community College, or correspondence courses, are not considered when GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated.
Credits are earned by completing classes with a passing grade and credit is awarded at the end of each semester. (Credit for yearlong courses such as AP courses is awarded when the course is completed.) A semester is one-half of the school year. Semester one is from late August to mid-January, and semester two is from mid-January - June.
12th Grade Students
Mrs. Cairney will be working closely with the Senior Advisory Teachers to find common time to share information and resources pertaining to college admissions. Stay tuned!
Things to be mindful of when applying to college:
Deadlines: Early Action/Early Decision deadlines begin on November 1st
Common Application: A widely used college application tool
Letters of Recommendation: Most colleges require at least one letter of recommendation from their Junior year core academic teacher, students need to have this conversation at least 1 month before their first deadline. Mrs. Cairney will also be writing a letter of recommendation, stay tuned for more information on that process.
College Essay: Students wrote a version of the college essay in their Junior year English class. Many choose to use this or you can start fresh. Please view Common Application Essay Prompts for more information.
SAT/ACT Test Dates: For students who may need/want to take a standardized test
Calendar Colleges are coming to Mohawk! This is an opportunity for Juniors and Seniors to speak with a college admission representative to learn more about what colleges have to offer and their application process.
Financial Aid Information
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - The redesigned FAFSA is expected to open in December 2023 for the 2024-2025 school year.
CSS Profile - Financial Aid application that some colleges require
Financial Aid 101 - A video explaining the financial aid process
Financial Aid Calculator - Calculating the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) - Financial Aid resources for Massachusetts residents.
11th Grade Students
PSAT: MTRS will be administering the PSAT on Thursday, October 19th during the school day to juniors who signed up. Mrs. Cairney will be emailing those students and parents/guardians directly with the next steps.
The PSAT/NMSQT (short for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is an opportunity for students to practice for the SAT. Your PSAT scores are designed to predict your SAT scores and gauge your college readiness. By taking the PSAT, you will learn which areas you should focus on when studying for the SAT and will be better equipped to score well on the SAT. For more information please visit: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt
Calendar - Colleges are coming to Mohawk! This is an opportunity for Juniors and Seniors to speak with a college admission representative to learn more about what colleges have to offer and their application process.
10th Grade Students
PSAT: MTRS will be administering the PSAT on Thursday, October 19th during the school day to sophomores and juniors who signed up. Mrs. Cairney will be emailing those students and parents/guardians directly with the next steps.
If you signed up and have not turned in your $18 payment, please do so by the end of the day on Monday 9/11! *If you require financial assistance please email Aimee Cairney, HS School Counselor, at email@example.com
We will be working with Sophomores this year to help them gain a better understanding of their personality and interests. Through self-reflection and goal setting, students will begin to make the connection between their classes and potential careers.
Career information, exploration, and opportunities.
This year students will be exposed to career speakers in their Academic and elective classes. These speakers will highlight careers that connect to the specific academic area or topic they are learning about in class. This allows students to connect the classroom to the real world. More to follow……
Career of the Month - Dental Hygienists
School Counselor Grades 9-12
Book an appointment HERE
School Counselor Grades 7 & 8
Book an Appointment HERE
Registrar and Administrative Assistant
413-625-9811 ext. 1305