Student & Family Update
April 29, 2022
January 6th, 2023
Good afternoon everyone,
I hope that you enjoyed a restful break and feel ready for 2023.
We are in the last few days of Semester 1. Don't forget that January 18,19 & 20th are S1 finals days and are all 2 hour delays - 9:45-2:20.
Early February will see the start of MCAS testing. Please have a look at the MCAS and AP testing schedule: Link More information will be shared out closer to the time.
Winter sports are well underway (see photos) and AD Lilly's update about the many sporting activities taking place can be read below!
Please read on to find out more about what is going on and planned to go on at our busy school!
Internet Safety presentation for parents
The United States Attorney’s Office is hosting a virtual Internet safety presentation for parents the evening of Wednesday, January 18th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. The presentation, entitled Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online: A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Parents will bring awareness to the dangers of the internet, including gaming and social media platforms that predators use to groom children with the intent of exploiting them sexually online or for an in person meeting. The presentation will focus on prevention by educating parents and community members how to help keep children safe online. We will be covering the following topics:
Social Media 101 & Digital Footprint
Protecting Against Online Predation
Who should attend: Parents, guardians, local police departments, school administrators, youth program leaders and anyone who would like to learn how to keep children safe from online dangers.
The presentation is free. Registration is required. The link to register is included on the attached flyer and is also included here:
Please register at the following link: (via Chrome browser))
Event address for attendees: https://usao.webex.com/usao/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec3d8ccd61ccdd26ee39d8c6ffd5c57aa
Questions or difficulty registering? Please contact
Karen Legace @ USAMA.PSCOutreach@usdoj.gov
Project Safe Childhood Program Specialist
Office of Public Affairs and External Engagement
United States Attorney’s Office
Phone: (413) 785-0329
News from the Nurses
COVID vaccination update
On December 9, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the use of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months through 5 years. Now virtually all children across the Commonwealth are eligible to get the updated vaccine.
The Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics remind you to have your child vaccinated, especially in advance of upcoming holidays. The COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective in protecting against serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is also alerting residents that flu activity is much higher than usual for this time of year – in the Commonwealth and nationally – and urging residents of all ages to also get vaccinated against influenza. DPH and AAP remind you that COVID and flu shots may be given in the same visit.
While families may feel most comfortable getting their youngest children vaccinated by their primary care provider, please note that some retail pharmacies are also able to vaccinate children ages 3 and older. More information is available at www.mass.gov/CovidVaccineyoungkids.
As a reminder: the COVID vaccine is safe, free for all, and no ID or insurance is needed to be vaccinated.
Getting your family vaccinated against COVID and flu is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones. We appreciate your help to keep our communities safe and healthy.
Important Dates to Remember
January 6th - Parents’ night out at MTRS 4-8pm
January 10th & 11th: Final Capstone Presentations
January 13th: Grade 11 Trivia Night/ fundraiser
January 16th - No School, MLK day
January 18, 19, 20th: MS and HS finals: All three days will be 2 hour delay starts
Feb 1st - First day of Black History Month
Feb 15th - College and Career Awareness Event at MTRS
Feb 20-24 - No School: February break
Spring Musical announcement!
Auditions for grades 7-12 will be on Friday 13th, 2:30-4:30pm.
We are excited to let you know the following rehearsal information in relation to our District Musical, Guys and Dolls
Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays and Fridays beginning January 18th: 2:30-4:30 regular dismissal days 1:00-3:00 on early release.
A full rehearsal/performance schedule will be available in the January 3rd
Performance dates are May 5 & 6, 2023.
Parent's Night Out - January 6th, 2023 - POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW!
Tentative new date: 1-27, 4-8pm at MTRS
If you have any elementary-aged children, or know someone who does, this is for you! Bring kids grades 1-6 up to MTRS at 4pm for a night of food and fun. There will be games, crafting, and pizza followed by a showing of Ice Age. While there, parents should head over to any of the great restaurants in Shelburne to treat themselves to a quiet, child-free dinner. This is a free event, but donations are requested and will go towards the MTRS senior class, who are helping organize the event. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Family Trivia Night - January 13th
$5 per person, plus additional cost of purchasing snacks at the bake sale!
A festive night of fun and slightly competitive winter trivia! First place teams win prizes!
(Subject to cancellation in the case of inclement weather.)
Enjoy a Family Dinner!
Enjoy a Family Dinner courtesy of the Mary Lyon Foundation
Please join us for a free community family supper at the Trinity Church. Everyone is welcome to attend. West County Community Meals will serve dinner; the CFCE will plan activities for your children, and our own superintendent, Sheryl Stanton, will provide us with music. Scan the QR code or visit the Mary Lyon Foundation’s website to register today.
See the flyer for more information: Link
Here is the latest CEEP newsletter with 2 new elementary offers and information about the Hilltown Scout camp offered during February Vacation.
Alia Woofenden "Mrs. Woof"
Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs
Mohawk Trail Regional School District
24 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
How can you get involved in MTRS?
We want to hear your voice!
Local Education Council (LEC)
This meets virtually every second Wednesday of the month between 3:45 and 4:30pm. More information can be found here. The next meeting will be on December 21st.
The virtual joining information is as follows:
PIN: 741 012 215#
Outdoor Advisory Committee (OAC)
This meets every second Wednesday of the month between 5 and 6pm. In the winter we will be virtual. In the Spring and Fall we will be in-person. The next meeting will be on December 21st.
Outdoor Advisory Committee- Virtual
Wednesday, December 21st· 5:00 – 6:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/ysh-dgqv-jvz
Or dial: (US) +1 470-210-0524 PIN: 190 585 623#
Please explore the OAC page on the website and have a look at the list of initial projects we gathered from surveying students, staff and community as well as OAC priorities created from this initial list.
As was the case last year, I will hold regular virtual office hours. You don’t need an appointment to come and talk with me and share your thoughts on what goes on at MTRS. I will try to be available for the whole 60 minutes but can't always guarantee it at our busy school.
Second Friday of each month: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/jtz-yhet-ipo
Phone Number: (US)+1 (813) 773-5581
PIN: 636 883 303
Third Friday of each month: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/sru-mshz-rht
Phone Number: (US)+1 (218) 301-2866
PIN: 136 064 523
Happy New Year sports fans! While it may not look like winter when you peak out the window, it’s only a matter of time before all of our athletes will be in action! However, while we wait for the white stuff to fall, our indoor athletes will be holding down the fort!
Our Middle School girls basketball team remained undefeated this week with a VERY convincing victory over Great Falls Middle School by a score of 39-9! The Lady Warriors were led by Valerie Bzomowski (12 points) and Natalie Lanoue (10 points). All of our players saw plenty of action, and they look to remain unbeaten next week when they travel to Mahar Regional on Tuesday.
Over winter break, our Nordic Skiers were able to sneak in their first race of the year by heading north to Prospect Mountain in Vermont. Our boys team was led by Vincent Gauthier and Augustus Niswonger who placed 16th and 20th respectively in the varsity race. On the girls side, 7th grader Charlotte Niswonger led the Lady Warriors with an outstanding 5th place finish in the junior varsity race.
Our Wrestling team continues to string together some very strong individual performances as veterans Will VanVleet and Logan Moore picked up victories this past week against a very strong Pathfinder squad, and newcomer Landon Purington continues to shine on the mat picking up multiple victories in his 113 pound weight class. Our grapplers look to improve and perform when they travel to Smith Vocational School in Northampton this Saturday!
Keep your eyes peeled next week for skiing updates as our Alpine racers begin their race season at Berkshire East on Tuesday, January 10th! Our girls team looks to defend their STATE CHAMPIONSHIP this season with the majority of their skiers back, while the boys aim to continue their stranglehold on the top of their league!
Please remember! For updated information on team schedules, please visit Arbiterlive.com! Come out and support your Mohawk Warriors and cross your fingers for snow!
Special Education Updates
Mohawk Trail SEPAC Member and Parent
Do you have a question about your child, their services, or resources specific to your needs? If you or someone you know would like to be added to the private list and receive emails and event notifications, please send an email to: MOHAWKSEPAC@gmail.com Please indicate your email, title (such as parent of a student with IEP/504), District, Interested Party or other)
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