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Just a reminder that updated information can always be found at our website: https://colrain.mohawktrailschools.org/ and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/colraincentral

November 11, 2022

A Note From Mrs. Looman

  • Unfortunately, Grynn & Barrett, the photography company who does our school pictures, ran into some issues with our pictures. We do not yet have a date for retakes.
  • Staffing update: We welcomed Ms. Hammond as a long-term sub this week in music. She will be filling in until a permanent person is hired. Yesterday, we offered the position to a candidate and I'm pleased to announce that Ms. Cherry will be starting with us as our music teacher in the latter part of December. Instrumental lessons will not resume until Ms. Cherry begins.
  • Below you will see information about a bunch of different opportunity for your child to participate in winter sports. If you have questions, please reach out to the contact person for that particular sport.
  • Do you have any extra clothes or shoes that you no longer need? Nurse Viney can always use donations, especially sneakers and winter gear in the health office.
  • On November 29th, we will be conducting an announced lockdown drill. Much like fire drills, this allows us to practice what to do in the event of an emergency. Prior to the drill, teachers will discuss it with their classes, explaining what will happen and what students will need to do. This is all done in a developmentally appropriate way. The police will also be available after the drill if any student has questions or wants to talk with them.

PTO News

If you still wanted to place an Original Artworks order but did not get your order in yet, the deadline has been extended until Monday, Nov. 14th.

Basketball

We have had someone graciously offer to coach skills and drill for our 1st and 2nd grade kids! So if you have a child in 1st or 2nd grade and they are interested in learning Basketball here is the registration link. If you have any questions please email colrain.ma.sports@gmail.com


1st & 2nd grade skills & drills basketball

Day of the week and time of practice To Be Determined This program will be FREE!!

Ski & Snowboard Club

upcoming events

11/11: No school in observance of Veterans Day

11/15: LEC meeting 3:30

11/20: Colrain basketball registration due

11/23: Roger Tincknell Performance, 12:30 dismissal

11/24 & 11/25: No school in observance of Thanksgiving

11/28: Drawing for the cordwood fundraiser for 5/6th grades

11/29: Lockdown drill


November early release dates:

12:30 dismissals: 11/23

1:50 dismissal: 11/16

From MTRSD Special Education Department

During the week of December 13, 2022, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Marc Oldenburg, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at 413-314-6703 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the (district or charter school) meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or charter school) requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.
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