MTRSD S'Update

October 22, 2021

Dear Mohawk Trail & Hawlemont Families,

I want to express my sincere appreciation for all you do to support your children (our amazing students!) both at home and at school. Over the past year and a half, we've had to adjust to "new normals" in our daily lives which can often be exhausting. But I'm so proud of our communities for their collective efforts to continue to care for one another by practicing the Fab Five, which help keep us healthy and safe. This weekend - I hope you get a chance to do the things that bring you joy and take a moment for yourself to rest and recharge!

And before you disconnect for that important recharging -- here's what's happening in our district this week!

* COVID-19 update and elementary pool testing

* MTRSD Family Literacy Night

* MTRS student services news

* Capstone students practice the art of interviewing

* Winter sports registration is now open!

* School Spotlight: Colrain Central

MTRSD hand painted poster from MTRS booster week. Letters in gold surrounded by royal blue. Poster hangs on fence outside football field.

COVID-19 update and elementary pool testing

Roll-out for elementary school pool testing began this week. Together with the help representatives from the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC), COVID-19 Nurse Donna Weber was able to conduct testing at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary, Colrain Central, Sanderson Academy, and Hawlemont (in addition to Mohawk Trail Regional School which began testing two weeks ago). Nurse Weber is currently evaluating the participation numbers and will have more information to share in the upcoming weeks.

As a reminder, POOL TESTING is required for athletics, extracurriculars, and before- and after-school programs. ALL information can be found on the district’s COVID-19 Information page at OR by clicking on the “Helpful Links” drop-down from any of the school websites. If you participate in one of the above activities (including coaches and volunteers) -- you MUST sign-up for testing! If you have any questions surrounding the process, procedure, or need additional information, please reach out to Nurse Weber at or Superintendent Sheryl Stanton at

If you have not yet signed-up, but still need or want to - it's easy!


Select: Consent Now → Mohawk Trail → (select your school)

For staff, coaches, or anyone over 18 years of age, please select “Sign consent form for yourself.”

For caregivers who need to give consent for their child/ren, please select “Sign consent form for a minor.”

If you are unable to complete the online sign-up/consent, please contact Donna Weber for a paper copy to complete.

As a reminder, in addition to testing - practicing our FAB FIVE will continue to help us mitigate the spread of COVID-19. So don't forget to: Trust the Facts and Get the Vax; wear your mask; wash your hands; practice physical distancing; and stay home when you are feeling unwell. This helps to keep our community healthy & safe!

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COVID-19 Vaccine - What you need to know
MTRSD COVID-19 Information

Click here to visit the district's COVID-19 information page and data dashboard.

MTRSD Family Literacy Night slated for Nov. 17

SAVE THE DATE for Wednesday, Nov. 17 (it's an early release day) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Mohawk Trail Regional School cafeteria and JOIN US for some literacy FUN!

* Small read aloud sessions led by MTRS students & community volunteers

* FUN, movement-based literacy activities

* Refreshments

* Book Giveaways and Raffles courtesy of the Mary Lyon Foundation!

* Village Closet Pop-Up hosted by It Takes A Village! FREE clothing exchange for children Ages 2-8! Stop by the closet pop-up, drop-off clean and sorted clothing, and take home new items! Need something else? To request non-clothing items (or other sizes), contact our partners at It Takes A Village at and they'll bring what you need to the event!

Need more information? Contact Us!

Alia Woofenden, MTRSD Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs at

Want to help promote literacy skills in our district and how the Mary Lyon Foundation can help? Contact Kristen Baker at for more information and to sign-up for the Foundation's mailing list!

A big thank you to our community partners at the Mary Lyon Foundation and It Takes a Village for helping to make this a great event for our families!

Click HERE to view Family Literacy Night Flyer

This link will bring you to the literacy night flyer.

MTRS Student Services newsletter

DID YOU KNOW... the Mohawk Trail Regional School student services office also has a newsletter? It's a great place to look for important college and career readiness information; PSAT / SAT / ACT dates; college visits; internship opportunities and MORE! Visit the student services page at to catch up on all the latest news!
MTRS Student Services Weekly Update 10/20/21

Click here to view the latest news from our student services office!

Capstone students practice the art of interviewing

MTRS seniors continue their Capstone work and participated in an in-school social skills/interviewing clinic this week. With a list of pre-designed questions, students were given a conference/business networking event scenario and asked to initiate conversations; ask relevant questions; and try to obtain answers from their interviewee. Students not only interviewed each other, but also interviewed community guest John Cornman and MTRSD Director of Communications Carla Potts to practice their skills.

"In this exercise, students practiced the interviewing skills they'll need to obtain information from outside sources for their Capstone projects," said Potts. "This really helped them to shake-off any initial interview jitters they might have before actually reaching out to experts in the field. They did an awesome job with making eye contact; keeping the conversations flowing; and presented themselves professionally."

Want to know more about the MTRS senior Capstone program? Check out their website here:

Winter sports registration is OPEN!

Athletic Director Greg Vouros shared information in his weekly newsletter this week that MTRS winter sports registration is now OPEN!

Winter sports offerings include:

  • Alpine Skiing

  • Basketball

  • Indoor Track

  • Nordic Skiing

  • Wrestling

To register for a winter sport: Click HERE or visit the link below to our FamilyID portal to sign-up today! Registering is EASY -- If you've never used the site before, you'll need to create a log-in for first-time use. As a reminder ALL student-athletes MUST register via Family ID in order to participate, and need an updated sports physical on file with the MTRS Nurse's Office. In addition all student-athletes MUST sign the consent form to sign-up for COVID-19 pool testing (see above for pool testing registration details). If you need any help or have questions along the way, don't hesitate to reach out to AD Vouros for more information at

Family ID Link:

To view this week's athletic's update, visit:
MTRS Athletics Weekly Newsletter, 10/18/21

Click here to view the athletics newsletter.


School Spotlight: Colrain Central All School Hike & Nature Day

Colrain Central students in Grades 1-6 headed out to hit the local trails for their All School Hike Day on Oct. 20, while our PreK-K students enjoyed a fun day outside on school grounds for Nature Day! The weather was beautiful and it was a great day to be exploring and learning about our local area. The all-school hike and nature day is a beloved tradition at Colrain Central that students and staff look forward to each year. Be sure to check the @colraincentral Facebook page to catch even more of their fun!
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flyer with text and MT logo over an image of snow with ski tracks(text is included below)

NOW HIRING - Elementary Cross-Country Ski Club Instructor

The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is looking for an experienced ski instructor to coach an elementary cross-country ski club at Mohawk Trail Regional School. A qualified candidate would have previous experience teaching basic techniques and equipment maintenance to students ages 8-12. The group will meet once per week after school from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting in January and ending in March. The group will meet for a total of 10 days; pay is $400.

This position is a one-year, grant funded position and will remain open until it is filled.

To apply, or for more information, please contact: Alia Woofenden, Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs at

Mohawk Trail SEPAC Facebook Page

The SEPAC is a self-governing body (creates its own by-laws and operational procedures) and is open to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties. All are welcome.

Thanks for all you do to make Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont School Districts GREAT places to learn and grow!