Student & Family Update
April 29, 2022
December 9th, 2022
Good afternoon everyone,
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming Winter Play this weekend and the Winter Concert on the 21st.
Please find below information related to the week ahead:
- Student and Staff Q 1 feedback: Link (Families will be surveyed in Q2 and 4)
- Wednesday 7th and 14th of December are 12:50 pm release days
Safety and Technology
The Child Advocacy Centre will be working with our advisory team next week on issues related to cyber safety, stranger danger, consent and online exploitation. There will be a full school assembly on the 14th looking at this topic
We have been distributing school photos from 8am each day this week using the following schedule:
Monday: Grade 7
Tuesday: Grade 8
Wednesday: Grade 9
Thursday: Grade 10
Friday: Grade 11 & 12
Monday - Weds: All grades
If you would like your child to have a photo retake, please be aware that the photography company will be here on December 15th. Students will only be able to have a retake if they bring back their complete envelope.
Important Dates to Remember
December 9th and 10th - Winter Play: 7:30pm both days
December 15th - Photo retakes (This is a change from the November date previously shared)
Dec 16th - Parents’ night out at MTSC 4-8pm
December 21st - MTRS Winter Concert: 7pm
December 23rd - 11:30am dismissal for Winter Break
January 3rd (Tuesday) - First day of school after the Winter Break
This week students have been to the Science museum in CT, Smith College in Northampton and our MS and HS band have been visiting elementary schools ahead of the Winter Concert on the 21st December.
Have you bought your tickets yet???
Our cast and crew are excited to see you at one of their performances THIS Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm. This show is going to be so fun for our audience because it's almost impossible to know "who did what to who!"
Tickets are available for purchase now and will be available at the door as well.
We are always in need of volunteers so please consider lending a hand. More information about this and future shows can be found at this link on the school website.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and see you next week!
Write and perform YOUR own stories...and get paid for it!
Teen Theatre - Your Show, Your Way!
Through playwright mentoring, students aged 13-19 are supported with writing and performing scenes and monologues based on their own stories. As an actor, you can also earn a stipend of 200$ for your participation!
See flyer for more information
Join us as we celebrate our students’ musical accomplishments at the
2022 Winter Concert!
From 7-9pm on Wednesday, Dec 21st. Two choirs, a concert band and a rock band will all join together to present music of the past, present and future! (picture to be added)
Alia Woofenden "Mrs. Woof"
Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs
Mohawk Trail Regional School District
24 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Dec 16th - Parents’ night out at MTRS 4-8pm
If you have any elementary-aged children, or know someone who does, this is for you! Bring kids grades 1-6 up to MTRS on Friday, December 16th at 4pm for a night of food and fun. There will be games, crafting, and pizza followed by a showing of Ice Age. While there, parents should head over to Posada Grill in Shelburne to treat themselves to a quiet, child-free dinner. This is a free event, but donations are requested and will go towards the MTRS senior class, who are helping organize the event. Please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Shelburne Families, we need your input!!!
Shelburne families and students – the Town would like your input! Shelburne’s Open Space Committee and Recreation Committee are preparing to update the 2014 Open Space and Recreation Plan. Please take a few minutes to fill out the community survey, either online or on paper. Your responses will help guide the plan’s priorities, which will bring new grant money into the community! With the town passing the Community Preservation Act in the midterm election, there will soon be a regular funding source for recreation & open space projects, so your survey choices will also be useful in guiding how the money is spent. Survey link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ShelburneOSRP. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Shelburne Town Hall, Arms Library, and Shelburne Center Free Library. Thank you.
Andrea Donlon (she/her)
Senior Land Use & Natural Resources Planner
Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Office phone: 413-774-3167 x127
Cell phone: 413-325-4426
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 December 21st.
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 December 21st.
Outdoor Advisory Committee- Virtual
Wednesday, December 21st· 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
Hello Mohawk Trail families! We are happy to report that the winter athletic season is well underway and our student participation rate is now up 20% from last year!!! Many students are bravely trying new sports to help their classmates fill out rosters!
The Mohawk Trail wrestling team will begin competition this Saturday as they travel to Athol High School to compete in the Bears Invitational Tournament! We have a very young team this year being led by two extremely experienced upperclassmen. It will be fun to watch this squad grow over the course of the season!
Basketball games begin on Monday when our varsity boys host the Blue Devils of Drury High School. This is notable due to the fact that we did not have a varsity boys basketball team last year! Please check out the nice article written by the Greenfield Recorder highlighting this accomplishment HERE! Come support your Warriors at 6:00 on Monday!
The Mohawk Trail Nordic and Alpine Ski Teams continue their dryland training in hopes of a very snow filled winter. Both squads are poised to compete for league championships this season, especially the Girl’s Alpine team! They are coming off a State Championship last season with many returning contributors!
For all schedule updates, please visit Arbiterlive.com. The arbiter is currently having issues with their mobile app, so please reference the website directly for ACCURATE scheduling news!
Tiered Focused Monitoring Review
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/.
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