Student Services Update


Welcome to Student Services!

Thanks for reading the Student Services Update!

Questions about scheduling, the college process, scholarships, work permits, transcripts, or life in general? Do you need to speak with someone regarding an issue that is bothering you, do you need a place to discuss what is going on in your life or to figure out how you are feeling? Please feel free to contact us or stop by the office. The Student Services Office is here to help! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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MCAS Testing

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this email in detail as it contains a lot of information in relation to the upcoming MCAS tests.

We are about to start the journey towards MCAS testing for 2023 and students will soon be introduced/ reminded of the process for our computer-based (CBT)for this year.

MCAS tests are required by state and federal law and are an important tool to promote student success and educational equity.

High school students in the class of 2025 (10th graders) must take and pass the MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics to earn a high school diploma, in addition to meeting local requirements. Students in the class of 2026 (9th graders) will take tests in ELA and mathematics next year, and they are also required to take and pass a test in science and technology/engineering (they will take or have already taken the science test this year). Students will have opportunities to retest if they do not pass.

The high school MCAS tests also provide the opportunity for students to qualify for several state awards. These include the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery.

In addition, MCAS test results will:

  • give information about areas of learning that have been most impacted by the pandemic,

  • provide important data on which students, schools, and districts have been most affected by pandemic-related changes in schooling, and

  • improve understanding of your child’s knowledge and skills in relation to the state’s learning standards, so that we can provide the best system of support and instruction in future years.

Schedule & Parent Information

Please be aware of the schedule. It can be found here

For parents/guardians who are interested in learning more about the tests themselves, DESE has put together a number of useful resources, here. Student expectations during testing are explained, here.

Grade Level and Tests

Grade 10 - ELA and MATH - Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

Grade 8 - ELA, MATH & Science CBT

Grade 7 - ELA & MATH CBT

Staff will be reviewing expectations and supporting students with the testing process in preparation for the respective tests later in the term. This includes familiarity with the testing technology as well as looking at past papers.

Day of the test

Please make sure that students have slept well and eaten breakfast prior to coming to school. There will be a snack available for students who have not been able to have breakfast before traveling to school.


Students will not be using their own devices for testing. On the morning of the test, they should sign out a device from Kathy in the front office. These are devices that have been set up with testing technology. After completing testing, students will return the device they used to the front office.

After Testing

The vast majority of tests are scheduled from 8 - 10 am. This is followed by a lunch break. Students are expected to remain in school for the remainder of the day. It is important that students are able to take advantage of what little time remains in person for the rest of the year. Staff will adjust lessons to account for students taking a test earlier in the day.

Please email or call your student’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.

Important Dates

Updated for snow days:

Quarter 3

First Day: Wednesday, January 25

Last Day: Wednesday, April 5

Progress Reports available during the week of March 6

Report Cards planned for April 12

Quarter 4

First Day: Thursday, April 6

Last Day: Wednesday, June 22

Progress Reports planned for May 19

Report Cards planned for June 23

Finals Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 20, 21, and 22

2-hour delay 20 & 21 ½ day: 11:30 dismissal on 22

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Upcoming GCC Events

*GCC Youth Fest and Resource Fair: Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 pm-7:30.
This event is designed for pre-teens and teens but all are welcome! The GCC Youth Fest is co-sponsored by the Franklin County YMCA and is designed to give youth something fun and free during April vacation. There will be several activities such as a bounce house, dance, theater, and more! We will also be providing pizza for dinner! Here is the RSVP:

*Campus Visit Day: Thursday, April 20, 10 am-2 pm.
This event is for any student who is thinking about college regardless of grade. They will have the opportunity to join a classroom, take a tour, and have lunch with us on campus! Students should be directed to RSVP here:

*The GCC Dual Enrollment and Early College Team invite 10th -12th-grade students to join us for three different online Zoom workshops this Spring. Each workshop has a different theme. The attached flyer will provide you with the workshop details and Zoom link.
Things to keep in mind! As a participant, you should be prepared to have your video on for the Zoom meeting. You will be expected to engage with other high school students in Zoom break-out rooms, and the larger Zoom room together. We look forward to seeing you!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to

*GCC is offering workshops and micro-courses targeted at local teens. Below is a list of topics, and dates as well as registration links. Each series is $40, and each individual workshop is $10. If finances prevent anyone from attending, please contact Judy Raper at These workshops happen after school hours. We hope to see you there!

April 19 Finance 101:

April-GCC Beat Academy:

May-Introduction to 3D Modeling and Clay Animation:

Announcing the STARS College Network!

UChicago is excited to announce the launch of the Small Town and Rural Students (STARS) College Network, which will be headquartered at the University of Chicago!

The STARS College Network is a group of 16 universities working together to increase access, affordability, and college advising for students from rural and small-town communities who bring valuable experiences and viewpoints to college communities. STARS College Network member institutions are dedicated to helping the nation’s best and brightest, no matter where they live, find the school that is the best fit for them. STARS programming will include:

  • Increased school visits and college access programming in rural areas and small towns
  • Free drive-in, fly-in, and summer programs for students from rural and small-town high schools
  • Partnerships with local and national businesses based in rural America to provide new internship and job opportunities
  • Access to guided resources in Khan Academy and certified college tutors in Schoolhouse to help students build math skills and obtain certifications that will enhance their preparation for and success at their future college home

Partnership in the STARS College Network expands UChicago’s deep commitment to enrolling students from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and bolsters UChicago’s commitment to removing barriers that stand in the way of students' academic success. In addition to the STARS network, UChicago is committed to empowering students to reach their full potential through programming and policies such as:

  • No application fee for students applying for financial aid
  • No loan financial aid packages
  • Free tuition for families earning less than $125,000 per year and free tuition and living expenses for families earning less than $60,000 per year
  • Guaranteed scholarships for first-generation college students

To learn more about the STARS College Network and to sign up for more information, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Betley or call 773.702.8650. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can support you this coming year and into the future.

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CAREER TRAILS: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

Career information, exploration, and opportunities.

CAREER OF THE MONTH: Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides

click on the link to find out about this growing career field.

This year students will be exposed to career speakers in their Academic and elective classes. These speakers will highlight careers that connect to that specific academic area or topic they are learning about in class. This allows students to connect the classroom to the real world.

Train for a career in Manufacturing and CNC Machining

Click Here for more information about Advanced Manufacturing Training offered at Greenfield Community College and other W. Mass. schools:

Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST)

Are you looking for a job that is flexible? Become a home care professional!

You can become a Home Care Aide for free through the online Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST), provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The courses can be completed when you want, where you want.

Check here for more information!

Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST)

Click Here for more information on the FREE Training to become a Home Care Professional!

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Job Opportunity

Sun and Moon Originals, is a very small manufacturer in Buckland. We have a job opportunity that we think is a good fit for a student:

Production worker for Shelburne Falls factory.

Filling cushions and making cotton mats.

Small, friendly workplace.

2-3 hours after school 3-4 days a week.

$15.00/hour to start

Must be 16 years or older

Sun and Moon Originals

46 Conway St. Suite B

Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

800-775-8639 (US only)


Teen Assistant Wanted

April Vacation Camp:

Mrs. Woof is looking for a teen assistant for the week of April vacation to help me with an elementary camp. Experience with children is preferred, but anyone can apply. The hours are 8:30-3:30 and the pay is $15/hour. Interested people should like kids, being active, and going outside. Email Mrs. Woof for more info or to apply

Summer Program Assistant

The Mohawk Trail Regional School District will offer a summer program located at MTRS for 4 weeks running July 10 to August 4. Assistants work 8:30 to 3:30. Half the day will be academic and the other half will be recreational. The assistant will work with grade-band cohorts of rising 1st-3rd grade. The hours are 8:30-3:30 and the week of July 5 is training week. Interested people should like kids, being active, and going outside. Pay is $15/hour. Email Mrs. Woof for more info or to apply

Become a DCR Lifeguard!

Free training to become a lifeguard! Click here for more information!


You must get a Work Permit at the School District where you live.

At Mohawk Trail Regional School, obtaining a Work Permit is a 2 step process:

  1. You must have a job offer from an employer

  2. After you have a job offer, download a Work Permit Application or stop by the Student Services office at MTRS



The Employment Permit Application form (Promise of Employment form) can be downloaded Here or Picked up in the Student Services Office.

14 and 15-year-olds: There are 4 sections that MUST be filled out and signed on the Employment Permit Application before the Work Permit can be issued.

  1. The first section is completed and signed by the employer

  2. The second section is to be completed and signed by the Doctor’s office or Medical office where the minor had a physical within the last year. We can not accept a copy of a physical; this has to be signed by a physician according to State Law.

  3. The third section is filled out and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor

  4. The fourth section is signed and dated by the minor

16 and 17-year-olds: There are 3 sections that must be filled out and signed on the Employment Permit Application before the Work Permit can be issued.

  1. The first section is completed and signed by the employer

  2. The third section is filled out and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor

  3. The fourth section is signed and dated by the minor


*The Minor (student) must bring the completed Employment Permit Application form, their student ID, and a document that shows their birth date on it to the High School (MTRS Student Services) where the Work Permit will be filled out by the Authorized agent (MTRS Registrar/Shana Garcia). Documents MUST be originals; fax or copies will not be accepted. THE AUTHORIZED AGENT, MUST BY LAW, WITNESS THE MINOR SIGNING THE WORK PERMIT BEFORE IT CAN BE ISSUED.


Please consider donating any used clean clothing to the “MOHAWK SHARING IS CARING ROOM.” All sizes of clothing are needed. We will accept footwear if clean and are in good condition. You may contact Mrs. Camarda if you have any questions. The community may drop off their donations at the front office. Mohawk staff may contact Mrs. Camarda or bring donations to room 214.

On behalf of the Key Club members, we thank you for your support.

One-on-one virtual appointment with MEFA College Planning Team

MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) offers one-on-one virtual appointments to help families with guidance on financial aid offers and making college decisions. We’re meeting with families one on one virtually to answer questions and provide assistance on financial aid and paying for college. Families can complete our quick form to request an appointment. MEFA has valuable resources and tools to help you prepare for the future and navigate the college planning process.
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Scholarship Opportunity for 9th Graders

The HyoomKloh Fashion Can Change the World Scholarship, described below, is a new scholarship to support college education. We, the founders of HyoomKloh, are Massachusetts natives and alums of the Franklin County School System. We wanted to especially share the scholarship with students around the area. Please let me know if you have any questions.

2023 Fashion Can Change the World Scholarship

At HyoomKloh, we believe that fashion has the power to change the world. Our vision is to use fashion as a vehicle for social good and to empower individuals to use their personal style to make a positive impact on the world. We offer fashionable, high-quality t-shirts that make a statement and inspire positive change. We hope to spark conversation through clothing and encourage customers to think critically about the world around them.

We would like to honor future change agents who are currently in school or returning to school. So, we're happy to announce the Fashion Can Change the World Scholarship for 2023 to get the word out about how fashion can be used for good. Winners will be rewarded with scholarships to help pay for the cost of school.

See below for more information on the HyoomKloh Fashion Can Change the World Scholarship, including how to apply, official rules, and more.

2023 scholarship awards:

First Place: $500 | Second Place: $250

Scholarship Overview

The Fashion Can Change the World Scholarship is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must be incoming or currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program at an accredited university within the United States.
Scholarship Deadline

The deadline to submit your completed scholarship application is May 1, 2023.

Application instructions:

  • Follow @hyoomkloh on Instagram and leave a comment describing a cause that is important to you.
  • Submit a 250-word essay or less by May 1, 2023, on the following prompt: Tell us about an article of clothing that is meaningful to you. How does it inspire you?
  • The essay should be submitted to with the subject line “HyoomKloh Fashion Can Change the World Scholarship.” In the email, be sure to tell us what your Instagram handle is.
  • Winners will be announced on May 30, 2023.
  • All scholarship awards are paid directly to each winner.

Class of 2023

There were about 6 new scholarships added yesterday! Please keep checking the bulletin!

This is the Official Scholarship Bulletin. All of the available scholarships will be listed here as they become available. This bulletin is also included on the Student Services website.

  • If you need a transcript or other documents from the Student Services office, please give us at least 3 school days to complete these requests!

Here are some tips:

  • Check that you have all of the required documents (transcript, letter of recommendation, etc.) before you submit your application.
  • Pay close attention to the due dates. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • Check the application for submission details. Some applications need to be mailed out and some need to be submitted to the Student Services Office.
  • If you are mailing the applications, be sure to mail them out with enough time for them to get there before the deadline.

Please reach out if you have any questions! We are happy to help!

Senior Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for MTRS Seniors!

MTRS Alumni Scholarships

There are even Scholarships available for MTRS Alumni! This document will be updated as more information becomes available.
MTRS Alumni Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for graduates of MTRS!

Contact the Student Services Office

Jane Shaney

School Counselor Grades 9-12th

Taffy Ruggeri

School Counselor Grades 7 & 8th

Shana Garcia

Registrar and Student Services Assistant

413-625-9811 ext. 1305