Student & Family Update
April 29, 2022
April 14th, 2023
Good afternoon everyone,
Today we are sad to say goodbye to Alia who has done so much for the district in her time here. We wish her well with her next steps. Please see the section of the newsletter, Goodbye and Good Luck to Ms Woof, below.
Here are some quick notes:
- The 8th Grade Civics field Trip to GCC has been rescheduled to 5/22. Parent permission forms were emailed home today. Please return them after the break.
- Nate R in grade 11 is curating an art show and looking for student art work. Please see the poster below for more details!
- We are looking for interested MTRS students and caregivers to join us at the Outdoor Advisory Committee and continue to implement some of the plans that Alia has been at the heart of. Please explore this Link for more details.
- Have you purchased tickets for Guys and Dolls yet??? Se below for more detaisl
- Make sure you mark your calendars for the MTRSD District Spring Concert: May 24th District Musical Concert: BSE (rain venue - MTRS)
- Lost and found - Aqua blue First Chase blue debit card was found in the parking lot. Please contact the office if you have any questions
- Q3 report cards were made available in Aspen: Tuesday, April 12. Please ask your child how they are doing and what they need to do in order to pass the year...we have 7 Mondays left of the school year 2022/3!!!
Please read on to see what else has been going on at our busy school this week.
Wishing you a restful break and looking forward to seeing students back at school on Monday 24th April!
Important Dates & Information
April 17-21 - April Break
April 28th - MTEA Movie night fundraiser
May 17th- MTRS Spring Musical Concert
May 19th - Senior Prom
May 24th- District Musical Concert: BSE (rain venue - MTRS)
May 29th - Memorial day (no school)
June 1st - Awards Evening
June 3rd - Graduation (Saturday)
June 8th - Civic Action projects & Field day
June 9th - Step up day
June 9th - 6;30-9 Grade 8 Semi-Formal
June 10th - MTAA Spring Fling
June 19th - Juneteenth (no school)
June 22nd - Last day of school
Early Release Wednesdays (12:50pm)
- March 1,8,15,29
- April 5,12,26
- May 3,10,17,24
AP and MCAS Schedule :Link
Academic Calendar: Link (Please note that Q3 started on January 25th and subsequent dates have yet to be adjusted for snow days. Thanks for your understanding.)
Theatre Updates: For more information and news on Guys and Dolls: Link
Tentative End of Year dates: (adjusted for snow days up to and including 3-17-23)
20, 21, 22ndJune: 2 hour delay 20 & 21st, 22nd is a ½ day: 11:30 dismissal
Middle School Engineering Design Challenge
Goodbye and Good Luck to Ms Woof!
Today is the last day in the district for Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Alia Woofenden. We want to wish her well in future endeavors, and thank her for her years of service.
"Ms. Woof" has brought tremendous energy and care to our district, designing creative programming and opportunities for students. She will be missed.
Among the many things that Alia has been involved with, here are just a few: Solar panel project, outdoor classroom development, sensory garden planting afterschool activities, vacation camps and classroom and field work coordination.
The Summer Explorers Program will continue as planned. More information will be sent out soon about the transition, but families can expect a fun, enriching and educational experience this summer, as in years past. In the interim, please send any questions about the summer program or enrichment programming to Sarah Jetzon at email@example.com or 413-625-0192 x1016
Coming soon - Guys and Dolls!
Have you purchased your tickets yet?
Quintessentially American in spirit, Guys and Dolls remains a timeless tale that owes its longevity not only to its multitude of memorable characters and hummable tunes, but also to its enduring themes of ambition, savvy and self-made luck
Bustling with gamblers, missionaries, and sassy showgirls, this classic Broadway musical, which many believe is the greatest musical ever created, follows the unlikeliest of romantic pairings. A notorious gambler high-roller Sky Masterson attempts to woo Sarah Brown a straight-laced, Save-a-Soul mission doll in hopes of winning a bet. Meanwhile, after waiting 14 years, Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club.wants to finally drag Nathan Detroit to the alter. Place your bets on love conquering all in this hilarious Broadway classic featuring a bushel of songs you know and love.
Performance dates are May 5 & 6, 2023
Both performances 7:30pm
Performances to be held at MTRS auditorium
Tickets are available at the door or by contacting
Tickets can also be purchased by downloading, completing and returning this form with payment to the front office!
Guys and Dolls JR. is presented by special arrangement with and all authorized materials are supplied by
Music Theater International,
412 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Student Services updates
Graduation Information for the Class of 2023!
Dates to be aware of:
Grade 12: Finals, Reporting and Progress Grades
No SENIOR finals schedule, if you need to give a final please use class time prior to May 26
Grade 12 Q4 Progress Grading Window: Wednesday, May 3 - Tuesday May 9 @ 11:59pm
Grade 12 Progress Reports available: Wednesday, May 10
Grade 12 Q4 Term Grading Window: Wednesday, May 24 - Tuesday May 30 @ 11:59pm
Grade 12 Reports Cards available: Wednesday, May 31
- Prom - Friday 19th May
- Senior Send off - Weds 24th May
- Senior Soak - Thursday 24th May
- Finals and rehearsals for Awards/ Graduation - Tuesday 30th May
- Elementary school visit and MTRS staff cookout - Wednesday 31st May
- Awards Event - Thursday 1st June (5-7pm)
- Graduation Celebration - Friday June 2nd, 6:30-8pm (Rain date: June 3rd: 1-3pm)
For scholarship information and deadlines, students should continue to reference the Student Services updates
The “Coach” Bob & Pat Hinds Scholarship Award
Each year, two Mohawk Trail graduates will each receive $1000 scholarship
The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is pleased to share news that the Hinds family - to honor their connection with the school - will award two $1,000 scholarships to two graduating seniors each year beginning this spring.
Recipients of this prestigious award will be chosen by the MTRS scholarship committee. Scholarship winners must exhibit the qualities that Coach Hinds encouraged in the students around him in the school’s halls and on the field: a demonstrated commitment to an extra-curricular activity, dedication to contributing to the community, humility, and – above all else – belief in themselves and the notion that with hard work and discipline, anything is possible.
“This is a tremendous honor for our students and an extraordinary gift by the Hinds family to support students,” Principal Chris Buckland said. “Post graduate work at the college level, in a technical school, or a vocational program is getting more expensive by the day and a gift like this by such a wonderful couple will help graduates pursue their dreams.”
For Pat and Bob Hinds, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has been an important part of their lives for more than four decades.
Coach Hinds started as a Junior Varsity boys basketball coach in 1988 before becoming a Special Education teacher in the high school. Through the years, he coached several sports including middle school girls basketball, varsity and middle school baseball, and when he wasn’t the head coach, you could still find him in the gym or on the sidelines as a supporting coach.
Coach Hinds’ dedication to students led him to volunteer countless hours during the off seasons, opening the gym for informal practice or monitoring the weight room. He was also a class advisor and remains determined to maintain a presence in the school he loves as a substitute teacher in his retirement.
Pat Hinds spent more than 10 years working in the library at Mohawk Trail and served as a class advisor for multiple classes. She was close with many of the students in school because she taught many of them in nursery school where she was a teacher years earlier.
The Hinds raised their children in the school district, which spearheaded their volunteering in the schools, from assisting in classrooms to contributing to the start of the West County Youth Soccer League in the early 1980s. They are incredibly proud of the years they have spent supporting members of the school district and community.
The Hinds Family will not be involved in the selection of the recipient.
The OAC is working on creating a Sensory Garden this spring in the newly created Mohawk Trail Outdoor Classroom (MTOC). This space is situated between our building walls creating easy access to the outdoors for staff and students to use during the school day. Our community felt creating a sensory garden would be beneficial to our students.
We are in need of plant and seed donations. We are looking for plants (and small bushes only) that are fun to touch, smell or taste as well as pretty plants to enjoy looking at. We prefer things that are native, but are open to plant ideas that don’t profusely spread. Some ideas are bee balm, chives, rosemary and yarrow (nothing taller than 5 feet).
Have something to donate? Are you interested in helping plant items this spring? Email Chris Buckland: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Climate Action Festival
Sunday April 23
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
Live Music and dance, poetry readings, workshops
A jpeg flier for the festival is attached to this email
Link to webpage about the festival
optional RSVP for Festival: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSev2s691VJU0fgXMIoiZC1sg3uBNgkDrhjCpSAXWmoNOHJDDg/viewform
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 April 12th.
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 April 12th.
Outdoor Advisory Committee- Virtual
Wednesday, Feb 8th, 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
Spring Fling, Bridge Dinner and Spring Sports!
While it may be starting to warm up outside, most of our student-athletes will have to wait an extra week until they can compete while we get our athletic fields in playing shape! That being said, this is a perfect opportunity to talk about a few of the very exciting things that the Mohawk Trail Athletic Association has planned in the upcoming months!
On the heels of a very exciting and well attended Celebration of Learning last week, the Mohawk Trail Athletic Association will again be hosting their annual SPRING FLING!!! This year's event will take place on June 10th at Mohawk Trail, and will offer many new attractions for our students to enjoy. While the usual sport showcases and clinics will still be happening, this year there will be additional activities for the whole family, as well as a dunk tank! The student council Tag Sale will again be held, and concessions will be provided by the Shelburne Falls Kiwanis Club and other vendors. Hope to see you all there!
After a three year hiatus, the Mohawk Trail Athletic Association will again be involved with the annual Bridge Dinner in Shelburne Falls!!!! However, moving forward, the Athletic Association will be at the helm!!!! This year’s dinner will take place on August 20th, and every dollar raised will go directly to the Mohawk Trail Athletic Association to help support our young athletes! Please consider supporting a great cause by either attending the dinner, or becoming a sponsor of the event!
For more information regarding these great events, or if you are willing and able to volunteer, please reach out to MTAA President Jenn Pease or District Athletic Director Greg Lilly. Have a great holiday weekend, and we will see you again next week with more athletic updates!
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