Student & Family Update
Dear MTRS Students and Families:
Thank you for your support in helping our students navigate the stresses brought on by reports of nationwide threats to schools via TikTok challenges/posts. While these TikTok threats were at no time directed to our school community, we were in contact with our local police throughout the day to be safe and our counseling staff was at the ready to support our students. Today, students were working hard and following their normal routines. I was able to pop into a few classes and saw some great work - a Shark Tank presentation in Ms. Basal’s period 1, some ear-catching vocal warm-ups in Nick’s high school chorus, and students decorating a classroom door for our funny winter door challenge. Thank you to all of our educators and staff for creating great spaces for our students.
Monday, December 20 - Principal Buckland visits
Wednesday, December 22 is a full day
Thursday, December 23 is a half day - dismissal at 11:30
Friday, December 24 - No School (see you in 2022!)
Schedule for Thursday, December 23
A Note from Principal Buckland
Good morning students, families and staff!
I am excited to be joining you in January and really look forward to being a part of the great things going on at MTRS.
I am also delighted to be able to be in the building on Monday 20th December to start planning and hope to say hi to as many people as possible. If you see me in the building, please feel free to stop and chat.
Wishing you a great week.
We are so delighted to honor two students whose unique leadership skills were identified in their English classes, settings where students have regular opportunities to express their ideas and passions. Both of our Trailblazers are young people to watch -they’ve got bright futures ahead at MTRS!
8th grader Zariah Stone-Bedford was nominated as a Trailblazer for her strong leadership skills. She is a role model for her peers who shows integrity and passion, while standing up for what she believes. Zariah is proud of her ability to speak up and her good grades in math - her new favorite subject. Zariah was commended by her English teacher, Ms. Griswold, for incorporating new literary elements into her writing and for her insightful contributions to class discussions. Zariah was recently selected as an ambassador for the town of Colrain with Project 351. She’ll travel to Boston in January to learn with peers from all over the state, and will return to develop a service-learning project that will benefit her hometown. The MTRS community is honored to have you Blaze Your Trail with us, Zariah!
One of the key competencies of Trailblazers is Wayfinding Ability. Jenna Platek, a 9th grader at MTRS, is a student who has persevered through many challenges and is finding her voice and her way as a young adult in our community. Jenna reflected that she’s learned to recognize the value of school, and she’s proud of her improvement in her behavior and academics. She attributes her growth to a lot of responsibility she’s managed in her life, the expectations of teachers and staff at MTRS, and being part of a larger diverse community where she’s “found her people.” -Her leadership, courage and academic growth have been noteworthy in Artglish class, where she’s led her peers in socratic discussions and textual analysis. Jenna is considering a career as a paramedic or EMT, and she’s learned a lot by watching her father. Her advice to middle schoolers is to “take school seriously, high school academics are challenging, and what you do has an impact on your life.” Jenna, the MTRS community is proud to call you a Trailblazer!
Looking for Director of Musical Production
Mohawk Trail Regional School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts is looking for a creative individual with a background in musical educational theater to direct/produce a musical for students in grades 7-12. This production will include middle and high school students, and may include upper elementary students to a limited extent.
The show will be in mid-May, on Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinee.
The successful candidate will be able to engage students and community members in an original production that showcases student talent and ingenuity both onstage and behind the scenes. They will be able to choose an appropriate production for the student population and time frame, and work with others to secure rights for this production. Applicants should have experience managing all aspects of a production, including fundraising, community outreach, and promotion. The director/producer will work with a team of educators who have experience with staging productions, including lighting, setting, direction, and music. The director will have a role in hiring for these positions.
Forward cover letter, resume, and recommendations to: Diane Zamer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open until filled. Stipend position: $3.138
Drop off reminder
Please remember that the front driveway is for buses only during drop off in the morning. This will ensure the safety of our students as they exit the bus and walk from the parking lot. Please do not drop off your student in the front driveway.
Large gym access
There will be no large gym access this weekend. The flooring company is coming to finish up their job. The large gym will be ready for use on Monday morning.
Next Weeks’ Game Schedule:
Wednesday December 22, 2021
Boys & Girls Middle School Basketball HOME vs Turners - 3:30/4:30
MTRS Wrestling HOME vs Smith Vocational - 6:00 - NO Admission Charge
Girls Varsity Basketball AWAY vs Smith Vocational - 7:00
Student Services Update
Greetings Caregivers and Students,
Quarter 2 Progress Grades are available to view in Aspen under the Published Reports Section.
To view the Quarter 2 Progress Grades please follow these steps:
1. Login to Aspen
2. On the main page, find the heading "Publishee Reports" (a box on the right side of the screen)
3. Click on the PDI icon and you will see the Progress Report for Quarter 2
Here are the current dates for the end of Semester 1:
Quarter 2/Semester 1 closes January 20th
Message From the Nurse’s Office
Click here to visit the district's food services page where you will find the most recent menus.
Winter Enrichment programs announced; Hilltown Scout Camp returns in February
Winter Enrichment programs announced; Hilltown Scout Camp returns in February
Winter Enrichment program line-up released today! Be sure to check out Mrs. Woof's winter program offerings (for grades 3-12) including middle school band with Nick; babysitters course; MTRS snow club; elementary snowshoeing; and comic creations with Ezra! To view full program descriptions, visit www.mtrsd.org/ceep OR click HERE for the latest newsletter.
Hilltown Scout Camp returns!
Looking for a February vacation educational camp for your child/ren? We are happy to announce we're bringing back a fan-favorite as we offer our Hilltown Scout Camp's "The Wonders of Winter" program at MTRS! This program is open to all district students in grades K-6; space is limited (18 spots available). And thanks to generous funding from the Mary Lyon Foundation, we will be able to offer TWO scholarships for qualifying families. MORE INFORMATION IS COMING IN THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY, so please stay tuned to Mrs. Woof's emails, newsletter, and webpage for more details!
COVID-19 caseload numbers continue to rise, so PLEASE stay diligent in following the Fab FIVE to help stop the spread. If you haven't yet scheduled your COVID-19 vaccination (for yourself or a child aged 5-11), please consider scheduling your appointment. Trust the facts; get the VAX! Vaccination helps protect you and your family from COVID-19. Don't forget to wear your masks; wash your hands; maintain physical distancing when feasible; and STAY HOME when you are not feeling well. Together, these mitigation efforts will help us bring our caseload numbers down.
Let's get SOCIAL! Follow MTRS on Facebook & Instagram!
Get a glimpse of our students and staff in action! Follow our official pages and stay connected! Our official school Facebook and Instagram pages are @mohawktrailregional.
MTRS sports fans, we also have MTRS Athletics Instagram and Twitter pages! Follow your favorite teams @MTRSAthletics.
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.
'Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way'--George Evans