Student & Family Update
April 29, 2022
September 2nd, 2022
Good afternoon everyone!
Welcome to 2022/23!
I hope that you have enjoyed talking to your children about the many different activities we have enjoyed as a school this week. As well as spending time building community in advisories, students and staff took part in activities to explore what it means to be a successful MTRS student. We can't wait to continue to support everyone on their own learning journey this year.
As well as activities and team bonding tasks in class, all students also took part in what is a new twice-yearly tradition, the campus wide clean up. Advisory classes took a section of the MTRS grounds and spent the last hour of Friday picking up litter from our fields and common grassy areas.
We will let the community know when the next clean up will be held and invite anyone who would like to help to come and join us!
Finally, as you look forward to a long weekend, we would like to remind students and families to complete and turn in to the front office the following paperwork:
Links to pdfs can be found in the student services section below or from the front office. All students were issued packets during advisory on the first day of school.
Wishing you all a relaxing weekend
Important Dates to Remember
September 5th - No school - Labor day holiday
September 21st - First Wednesday Early Dismissal
October 5th - 4 - 6pm MTRS Open House
Oct 10 - No school - Indiginous Peoples’ day
October 25th - Picture day
November 9th - STEAM fair
What are our goals for this year?
Trailblazer aims and objectives for 2022/23
Our staff are excited to be back with our students. This year we will be continuing with several initiatives that will continue to provide unique and empowering experiences for all of our learners.
As a school we will continue to work with our student/ staff Equity Council of practices and habits related to Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity.
What does this look like for students?
- Daily morning advisory and weekly whole school assemblies to celebrate and promote MTRS successes and to continue to build community partnerships.
- Clear expectations and accountability measures for cell phone use as outlined in our handbook.
- Continuing to refine our actions, words and practices inside and outside of the classroom to ensure that everyone feels welcome, supported and provided the opportunity to find personal success
- Social Emotional Learning supports in morning advisory as well as support staff.
- Community building activities around our central beliefs that we are part of the MTRS family, are accountable for what we do and say and can do tremendous positive things for ourselves and each other.
What does this look like for families?
- Opportunities to plan and take part in whole school events such as assemblies, community activities and feedback sessions with admin
We will continue to shift towards standards based learning in academic classes and focusing on teachers being able to support students to reflect on their progress and goals set and drive their own learning
What does this look like for students?
- A focus on the skills students have mastered as a result of activities and assessments in classes
- Students creating a portfolio of assessments and skills that travel with them and help them track their own progress during their learning journey at MTRS
- Students leading their own learning -student reflections on their progress and where and how they can grow
- A move towards student-led conferences by 23/24
- Teachers helping students to make links between skills and college and career applications
What does this look like for families?
- Students lead traditional caregiver-teacher conferences
- Families can see a college and career application for what is going on at school
- Students are able to drive the application of their own learning through being supported with establishing internships and work based learning in G11 and 12
- Report cards and transcripts will remain as they are for 22/23
Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
Student Services Updates
We need your Student Registration Packets
These must be completed and returned as soon as possible - these were distributed during advisory and spare packets can be picked up from the front office.
PDFs can be found in the SMore of August 26th and August 19th newsletter sent home to students and families. A link to the Student Services Updates from August 26th, here
Please find a link to the latest Student Services update, here: Student Services
MTRS Celebrating what makes us unique!
We will be seeking Student and Staff Shout Out Nominations to identify and celebrate those who demonstrate our school values and support our school culture in an extraordinary way:
Both staff and students will be nominating and voting on nominees. Those who win the Awards will be entered into a lottery for a special, once-a-month lunch at a local restaurant called the “Decedent Dozen.” So, keep your eyes and ears open for the opportunity to finally let people know they make a difference in our school!
Schedules and Late Bus information
Please be aware that bus information for 22/23 has been updated and can be found here.
Late bus schedule: Link: This runs Monday to Friday: Roughly: Charlemont, Hawley and Rowe: Bus picks up at MTRS at 5:30pm: Runs down route 2 West stops at Wells Prevision (crn of Rt2 / 8A) Turns right on to Zoar Rd, stops in Rowe, right onto Pond road, right onto Cyrus Stage, right onto Number Nine Rd, Left onto 8A, left onto Branch Hill.
For any questions or concerns, please contact the MTRS office. Please check the district website under transportation for more information.
Play interest 2022/23 & upcoming auditions
We are delighted that Director/ Producer Eva will be returning for 2022/23 to continue to grow our drama and musical program.
Come and audition for this Murder Mystery!!! Auditions will be held on Wed. September 14th in the auditorium from 12:30-3:30.
No preparation needed. Readings will be given at the time of auditions.Rehearsals will typically be Mon/Wed right after school. Questions? Contact Miss Eva @ email@example.com
Film Club/ Falls Cable
Students in Grades 10,11 & 12
Otis from Falls Cable will run a film club for Grade 10-12 students on Monday and Wednesday during lunch and activities. This will start on Sept 9th - sign up with Kathy in the front office as soon as you can!
Introductions from our new staff!
Arts and Digital Media
Greetings folks! My name is Brendan Leowolf and I’ll be taking over the Digital Arts world here at MTRS. I’ve been teaching filmmaking and videojournalism at Greenfield High School for the past five years as well as managing their student film festival. I’m looking forward to helping our students develop and show off their creative sides this year. Students can sign up for digital photography, and yearbook classes with me, and in spring semester we’ll be teaching an intro to video class (digital media) and multimedia journalism, hopefully working on some student video newscasts in coordination with our in school TV studio, Falls Cable. Feel free to reach out at anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are excited to offer our first round of enrichment programs for the school year. Here is the latest CEEP newsletter with our offerings. New this year for middle and high school students: A Role Playing Game Club and Zoar Kayaking (enrollment is closing this week, so enroll NOW).
Around the corner: elementary robotics and wrestling. Do you have an idea for a program or are you interested in coaching tennis? We are looking for community partners to come and work with our students so email email@example.com if you are interested.
Alia Woofenden "Mrs. Woof"
Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs
Mohawk Trail Regional School District
24 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Solar Proposal update...next steps
Did you know that MTRS has been presented with a proposal by SolectEnergy to install solar panels on the roof? This project would cover 67% of our energy use and save us over $600,000 in the first 20 years and it would cost the district NOTHING. Also, we would integrate the project into our science and climate change curriculum to educate our students about renewable energy. On September 14th the school committee will review the final proposal and vote on it which would mean this project would start next summer and we would be generating power starting in the fall of 2023. Keep an eye out for more information coming from our 7th grade Climate Change students who are working on educating our community about this exciting project. How can you help? Write a letter of support to the school committee. Questions about this can be directed to Mrs. Woof firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you get involved at MTRS?
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 virtual joining information is as follows:
PIN: 741 012 215#
Outdoor Advisory Committee (OAC)
This meets in person every second Wednesday of the month between 5 and 6pm in the principal’s conference room. More information about the work of the OAC can be found here.
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
Second Friday of each month: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. (starting September 9th)
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. (starting September 16th)
Meeting ID: meet.google.com/sru-mshz-rht
Phone Number: (US)+1 (218) 301-2866
PIN: 136 064 523
MTRS International Trip
School has started and our student-athletes are itching to perform both on the field and in the classroom! Athletic registration will be open for a few more days, so please CLICK HERE and register for a fall sport if you haven’t already!
Everyone has been great with getting their physicals in and concussion baseline tests done. Moving forward, student-athlete safety will be a top priority for our department. All of our fall coaches have also been working hard to get their continued education requirements fulfilled to ensure they will be able to best serve their athletes.
The Mohawk Trail Athletic Association will be holding its monthly meeting in the Superintendent’s Conference Room on September 12th at 6:30. I highly encourage parents, alumni, and community members to get involved with this great organization as their sole purpose is to support student-athletes in our district.
Games and matches begin next week! For updated schedules for each individual sport, please visit Arbiterlive.com. Schedules are updated by athletic directors in real time. One can also download the Arbiterlive app on their smartphones for even more convenient access to Mohawk Trail scheduling information! Buckle up, because it is going to be an exciting fall season!
Mohawk Trail Athletics
Faster alone…...Further together.
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