Student & Family Update
January 14, 2022
January 28, 2022
Important Dates to Remember
Wednesday, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9 - Early Release Day
Wednesday, Feb. 16 - Regular School Day
Feb. 21-25 - Winter Vacation
This week we updated our process for assisting students not showcasing proper mask wearing while in the building. We know some students are experiencing pandemic-fatigue, but as a reminder, we are still following our FAB FIVE, which includes proper mask wearing in our buildings. If we notice a student improperly masking, here are the steps we take:
- Two reminders and then an office referral.
- Admin meets with student.
- The student returns to class.The next infraction is cause for a second office referral and will result in an email/ call home from admin. Teaching team cc'd on the email.
- Further inability to wear a mask will result in parent meeting and potential emergency removal.
Thank you for also letting the office know and for contacting our school nurse when your child is sick. As a reminder, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please contact our district's COVID-19 Nurse Donna Weber (email@example.com). Additionally, if you have not yet signed-up for at-home rapid antigen testing, please see below for additional info.
Student Services Updates
Flirting or Hurting?
On Friday, Jan. 28, eighth grade students participated in a workshop about sexual harassment called, “Flirting Or Hurting?” The workshop facilitators discussed the definition of sexual harassment, the roles of individuals involved, and what students can do if they witness or experience harassing behavior. Middle school is a time when many students begin experimenting with language and gestures that they do not fully understand. They are faced with the task of developing identities within peer groups and the larger community, and interactions between students can result in confusion and misinterpretation. Often students in middle school do not realize the effect that their behavior has on others, and many are unaware of the definition of sexual harassment and that it can be a form of bullying.
MTRSD Community Engagement & Enrichment Programs
A note from MTRS Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs (CEEP) Liaison Alia Woofenden (aka: Mrs. Woof):
Community Engagement and Enrichment programs at MTRS help to connect the school with the larger community through partnerships with local businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations. These partnerships help to provide connections, opportunities, resources, and experiences for our students. Since this summer, I’ve been working and collaborating with a variety of community partners – check out the recent slide show I shared with MTRS staff to showcase what we’re doing.
I want to work with YOU! If you’re an educator at MTRS or a member of our community, contact me! Do you have a project you want to share with us or are interested in helping with a project? Let me know! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the CEEP work, I’m also working with MTRS as a Field Work Coordinator. What does this mean? As part of the Barr Foundation grant work through the Trailblazer model, I’m working with the Trailblazer team and will be helping to organize field work for our students.
What’s the difference between field WORK and field TRIPS? Trips give students experiences outside of our school building, but field work puts our students in the driver’s seat to DO the work; to help them demonstrate what they’re learning in the classroom, but IN the field. Our goal this year is to focus on providing two middle school field work experiences this year. This provides our students with the opportunity for them to gather data, ask questions, and apply what they are learning on these trips.If you are interested in learning more or have an opportunity for field work you could offer, please contact me!
Learn more about CEEP and programs offered throughout the district on our website and Facebook pages!
We are excited to start the planning stage for this year’s production!
Students interested in acting, singing, performing or being a member of the stage crew, please complete this interest survey by TODAY (Friday, Jan. 28).
Caregivers/family members, if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please email Principal Buckland: email@example.com
Zamer's Corner ~ Academic / Instruction Highlights
I was very excited to see our students working in the Design Lab using the screen printing equipment this week. Students assembled the equipment and created original designs. Stay tuned for some pictures of the completed MTRS handmade t-shirts!
I also had the chance to see some of our ninth graders present their final speeches for Artglish - our combined Art and English course in Grade 9. Students wrote, revised, and edited speeches about an Ideal Society and competition vs. collaboration drawing on a variety of texts they have used this semester in both English and History. Opportunities to practice public speaking and presenting to peers is an essential life skill and our students have multiple opportunities to practice it at MTRS.
SAVE THE DATE!
SENIOR NIGHT - Girls Varsity Basketball
Thursday, Feb. 3
Home Games at MTRS Next Week:
Tuesday, Feb. 1
Girls JV & Varsity Basketball vs Turners - 5:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 3
Girls and Boys Middle School Basketball vs Mahar - 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Girls Varsity Basketball vs Pioneer - 7 p.m. *SENIOR NIGHT*
Wrestling vs Smith Voc. - 7 p.m.
MTRS VIRTUAL EVENT: What is a Trailblazer?
You’re Invited! Are you a current or prospective family interested in learning more about our Trailblazer work? Do you wonder, "What is the Trailblazer model?" and how does it prepare students for the future? Are you a caregiver to elementary-aged children who will attend MTRS in the future? If so - this virtual event is for YOU!
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 15
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for this virtual event and hear from current MTRS students who are blazing their trails at MTRS. We will provide you with an overview of our Trailblazer model and students will answer your questions–what does it mean to be a Trailblazer at MTRS? How are we preparing students for life post-high school? Hear from our students about our innovative, hands-on learning opportunities, internships, Capstone work, and more!
Space is limited! Please use this form to RSVP by FRIDAY, FEB. 11 to reserve your spot and submit your questions in advance! Virtual meeting log-in information will be provided (via email) when you register.
**IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RSVP'd to Principal Buckland for this event, you do not need to complete this form.** Questions? Contact MTRS Principal Chris Buckland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENTS – Interested in being a panelist and talking about your experience at MTRS? Stay tuned for more information in your ADVISORY!
As a reminder, please visit the district’s COVID-19 information page for updates to our data dashboard, helpful links and resources, and important information: www.mtrsd.org/covid-19-information.
MOBILE COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC AT MTRS
If you haven't yet received your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, get yours right here at MTRS next week (Feb. 3)! To sign-up, visit: https://frcog.org/program-services/cooperative-public-health-services/vaccines. Thank you to the Franklin Regional Council of Governments for hosting these clinics and making vaccines accessible to our community!
AT-HOME COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN TEST OPT-IN PROGRAM
During the week of January 17, Governor Charlie Baker and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) shared new COVID-19 guidance for schools, giving districts the option to eliminate "test and stay" protocols and move to weekly at-home rapid antigen testing. After discussion with the COVID-19 School Planning Task Force and at the recommendation by our COVID-19 Nurse Leader Donna Weber regarding the benefits this new program will provide, we have made the decision to participate in the new at-home testing program.
What does this mean? Districts that opt-in to this new program will be able to provide staff and students with two rapid antigen tests on a bi-weekly basis (one test for each week) to be conducted at home each Saturday. This allows staff and students to test at-home each Saturday to help identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The program will begin on January 29 for staff and February 5 for students.
We will continue with contract tracing to inform families when their child/ren are deemed a close contact at school and to monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms.
In addition to the at-home program, we will continue with our pooled-testing program in the schools and symptomatic testing (for those who become symptomatic while in school). Together these mitigation strategies help us to better identify school community transmission and outbreaks, helping us to keep our schools healthier and safe by early detection.
To participate in the at-home testing program, please fill out the home testing form.
If you have not yet signed your child/ren up for pooled testing, but would like to, please fill out the pooled testing form.
With our shift to at-home testing in conjunction with our pooled testing program, we will no longer participate in the "test and stay" program. What we've learned through our participation in test and stay is that it was not effectively identifying positive cases during the "test and stay" window. Nurse Weber noted that in many cases, individuals were not showing up as COVID-19 positive until after the five-day window (often showing between days six and nine). With the shift to at-home testing combined with the ability to continue pooled testing and contact tracing, we feel these initiatives combined with our mitigation strategies will continue to help us navigate the ongoing pandemic.
Please remember to practice all of our mitigation strategies in the FAB FIVE–get your COVID-19 vaccine or booster if you have not yet done so, wear your masks, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, and stay home when you are unwell. When we all do our part, we keep our schools healthy, safe, and open for learning. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out Superintendent Stanton or Nurse Weber.
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Special Education Updates
Mohawk Trail SEPAC Member and Parent
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Disclosure: SEPAC maintains the list of contacts and keeps the information private. This email is maintained by a parent and volunteer. Our goal is to respond in a timely manner. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
MTRSD Director of Communications