Student & Family Update
April 8, 2022
April 15th, 2022
Good afternoon, everyone!
We finally made it to the April break!
This week has been packed with activities: sports, MCAS & SAT testing and career speakers for Middle School. Please see below for information on the many things we have upcoming when we return on April 25.
Wishing you a restful break.
Background image of our Boys Varsity Baseball team playing earlier this week
Important Dates to Remember
April 18-22: April vacation
May 15: Student Council Tag Sale and Mohawk Trail Athletic Association Spring Fling
May 19: Trailblazer District Wide Celebration of Learning
May 20 and May 21 at 5:30 p.m. and May 22 at 2:30 p.m. - Bits of Broadway MTRS Musical
May 26: Spring Concert
May 27: Prom
Project 351 Clothing Drive
A group of 8th graders at MTRSD are working with Project 351 and Cradles to Crayons to hold a clothing drive. To make sure we’re able to donate your clothing make sure your clothes fit the following:
New/ like new
Sizes: newborn - adult small
If you want to donate socks, underwear, pajamas, or things in that category, make sure they’re brand new
From the dates April 4th - 8th we are going to have clothing bins where you drop off your clothing. We are going to have bins here at Mohawk Trail in the lobby and outside the front door.
Spring Dance - April 29th
Unfortunately the dance organized by the Senior Class for 7-12 on April 29th has been canceled. Class officers are looking into how something else might take place before the end of the year or for the Fall.
Graduation information for families of the Class of 2022
Good morning families and students of the Class of 2022,
Time is rushing past and Awards and Graduation are within sight!
Thank you to the students and families who responded to the feedback surveys. This was very helpful in informing planning for this year. Please find below the main information in relation to events for the Class of 2022:
Last Day for Seniors - Friday, May 27
Prom - Friday, May 27
Awards night - Indoors: 5-7 p.m.: Thursday, June 2
Graduation - Outdoors: 1-3 p.m.: Saturday, June 4 (Rain plan - Indoors, June 4)
After the April break, we will email a link to a google form to help organize the awards event.
More information about graduation will also be shared after the April break.
MTRS Yearbook Info
Hold on to your memories from Mohawk Trail Regional School forever and get your yearbook today! The 2021-22 yearbook is a beautiful, student-designed artifact and a special way to hold on to your high school memories for the rest of your life.
Visit TreeRing to order your yearbook today!
Yearbook Questions? Email Rachel Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 19: Trailblazer Districtwide Celebration of Learning, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Mark your calendars and please join us for a great night of showcasing our students’ work! For current and prospective MTRS students and families in grades 5 - 12:
Learn how our students are blazing their trails at MTRS and our Trailblazer model (lobby)
Grade 5 and 6 celebration of learning (Projects) in the gym
Elementary school literacy event in the library
MS & HS displays of what goes on in their classes
Trailblazer ambassadors to meet and greet
It Takes A Village will be set-up in the gym
Grade 7 Caregivers - Get a chance to talk with the Grade 7 Team
Excerpts from the musical and Spring Concert
Trailblazer RAFFLE drawing!
We're still seeking community members with food contacts and need your help! We’re looking for those interested in participating / providing food for our event. Interested? Know someone? Please contact Principal Buckland at email@example.com.
STUCO TAG SALE
YOU have stuff to sell and WE have space for you!
JOIN US on for the Mohawk Trail Regional School Student Council TAG SALE on Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the MTRS field hockey field (26 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls). Help us FILL THE FIELD and sign-up to be a vendor today!
$20 per space (spaces approx. 10' x 15')
$10 table rental (limited amount, first come first serve)
*Bringing your own pop-up/EZ up tent is encouraged*
Sign-ups are due by APRIL 29
To sign-up, email: MTRSstuco@mtrsd.org and include subject line: "May Tag Sale"
**Vendors: To sign up, please CLICK HERE and complete the form to reserve your space.**
Graphic by STUCO member and communications intern Sophia Goodnow
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Attendance waiver pilot
As the school year draws to a close, the guidance team will be issuing reminders to students who have missed classes and need to complete an absence waiver so they are counted as credit. Waivers are not always granted. Please be aware this year we are trying to determine a meaningful way to make-up the missed time. This year, students may have the option to complete community service projects to help improve the school and grounds rather than just sitting in a classroom during a lunch break.
Zamer's Corner ~ Highlights from our Assistant Principal
This week in Mr. Meyer’s Intro to Robotics and Electronics classes students were working on programming a robot to run a course. Students worked in small groups to code and test their robots while checking in with the other peer groups to support, encourage, and gain insight into alternative ways of solving the challenge. Collaborative problem-solving and hands-on projects are all hallmarks of being a Trailblazer. It was fun watching you all problem solve, change course, and eventually find success. Way to go, Mr. Meyer and our MTRS Robotics students!
Community Activities & Engagement
How can you get involved at MTRS?
Enrollment for the MT Explorer Summer Program will open on Saturday, April 16. Please visit the program website for full details www.mtrsd.org/Explorers-Program. Click Here for the latest newsletter. Questions? Contact Alia Woofenden at firstname.lastname@example.org
ArtTeens after school program
Applications Available for ARTeens after school program at The Art Garden.
ARTeens is a pay-what-you-can program for teens who love making art.
Spring session begins April 26th. Online applications open until the program is full.
Applications are now available for ARTeens, a pay-what-you-can program for teens who love making art. Spring sessions begin the week of April 26.
ARTeens is a weekly, after school program at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls open to middle and high school teens (ages 12-19) who are interested in making art. Applications are available online at theartgarden.wordpress.com under Programs for Teens.
ARTeens is a 20-week program that runs in the fall, winter and spring. Teens can participate in one, two or all three sessions. Fall and spring sessions are offered on either Tuesdays or Thursdays. Applicants choose which day works best for their schedules. The spring sessions run for seven weeks. Participating teens arrive at The Art Garden between 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. and the program ends at 6pm.
ARTeens is facilitated by working artists Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and Laura Iveson and provides an opportunity for teens to cultivate an art practice in The Art Garden’s supportive, intergenerational studio. With an emphasis on personal responsibility and self-direction, teens explore and critique the world around them, develop their own voices, and share their ideas. ARTeens offers a sense of community while nurturing uniqueness and engagement in a diverse and non-judgmental group.
Now in its ninth year, the ARTeens program is made possible, in part, by a YouthReach grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The program costs $350 per session, but no one is ever turned away due to lack of funds. Families are expected to contribute something because every contribution helps make the program possible.
In the past eight years, over 70 teens (from 15 towns, five schools and homeschooling) have participated in the program. Many teens participate in multiple sessions, enjoying the freedom to express themselves and direct their own art-making. Teens also participate in other programs and events at The Art Garden.
For more information, contact Jane Beatrice Wegscheider at The Art Garden, email@example.com.
Outdoor Advisory Committee
The committee met on Wednesday of this week. The group looked at responses from a community survey and have started to prioritize projects. Here is a general list of short, medium and long term ideas. Everyone is welcome to attend our next virtual meeting on May 11, 5-6 p.m. The meeting information is here:
PIN: 190 585 623#
Local Education Committee
The next virtual meeting is scheduled for May 4th, 3:45-4:30pm. Joining information is here:
PIN: 741 012 215#
MTRSD Community Engagement & Enrichment Programs
Check out our Summer Explorers website to see an outline for our summer program. Enrollment details are coming soon.
We are excited to offer a new after school program for high school students this year called Broadcasting Basics. Students can participate using their phones from school or home to learn how to make high quality videos and pictures for online content. Check out the flyer for more information which will be offered on Mondays starting April 25.
The MTRS Softball field renovation is underway, check out some pictures. A huge shoutout and thank you to our volunteers: Varsity Coach Sherri Lannon, Jeff Rumgay, Assistant Varsity Coach Steve Coutu, MTRS Varsity Softball, and MTRS Boys Track!
MTRS game schedules available on ARBITER SPORTS App!
Download the APP via the App Store or Google Play and add MTRS as a favorite for quick access to all of our teams’ game schedules. You can also access our schedules by visiting the “Arbiter Live” website:
If you need any help or have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to Athletic Director Greg Vouros for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop-in for a chat ~ Virtual office hours with Principal Buckland
Have a virtual coffee or tea with me! Pop-by and tell me about your experiences at MTRS and the Trailblazer model. Each month I'll host two virtual drop-in hours for caregivers and hope you'll stop by to say hello!
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
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