Student Services Update

5/4/2022

Welcome to MTRS Student Services!

Questions about scheduling, 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!

Quarter 4 Info

Quarter 4 began on Monday, April 11th, and will continue through the end of the school year.

Course Selection for the 2022-2023 school year

2022-2023 Course Catalog

Course Selection Slides explaining Courses


May 24th - Students will receive their 2022-2023 schedule and be able to make changes through the end of the school year.

CAREER TRAILS: Career information, Job and Internship opportunities


CAREER INFORMATION:


Top Careers in Technical and Trade Fields


Summer Work Based Programs

Summer Career Investigation Opportunities Baystate Franklin Student Ambassador Program

Are you interested in finding out more about careers in the Healthcare Field? Baystate Franklin has a Student Ambassador Program offered this summer. There are two sessions July 11-15 or August 8-12 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Students will shadow nine different areas of the hospital over the week. There are 10 spots available in each session, applications are due May 1st. Please see Ms. Neuenschwander for an application.

FREE CLASSES OFFERED AT GCC

Summer I Session (May 23rd- July 11th)

Sociology 101- Introduction to Sociology

Format: Online with NO required meetings

Reserved ONLY for Dual Enrollment students

Special Summer Session (June 27th-August 15th)

Biology 126 (Biology I)

Format: Online with NO required meetings

Reserved for Dual Enrollment students and 2022 Graduates

Summer II Session (July 14th-August 31st)

Business 111 (Introduction to Business)

Format: Online with NO required meetings

Reserved for Dual Enrollment students and 2022 Graduates

Interested? Speak to Ms. Neuenschwander


Reserved for Dual Enrollment students and 2022 Graduates:

GCC is hosting a Campus Visit Day on Tuesday, April 19th from 10am-2pm. Students will have the opportunity to tour campus, attend a mock classroom, play games, and have lunch in our cafeteria! This is a great opportunity for students who are still unsure about their college plans to come see what's possible! Students can use this link to RSVP: https://www.gcc.mass.edu/events/campus-visit-day/.

FREE GCC CLASSES

CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE FLYER FOR THE FREE CLASSES AT GCC!

FREE MEDICAL ASSISITANT TRAINING PROGRAM

*1 year program *2 Semesters *Full-time Classes *29 College Credits

For more information or to sign up for a virtual Informational Session, please contact Donna Harris 413-774-4361 or donnaharris@masshirefhcareers.org

FREE MEDICAL ASSISITANT TRAINING

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FLYER FOR THE FREE MEDICAL ASSISITANT 1 YEAR TRAINING PROGRAM!

2022 CONGRESSIONAL ACADEMY DAY

If you wish to learn more about service connected educational and career opportunities, as well as the application procedures for service academies, you are welcome to join Congressman Richard Neal and Representatives from the US Service Academies, Norwich, Mass Maritime and ROTC at an informational meeting.

2022 ACADEMY DAY – Each Year, Congressman Neal hosts an Academy Day. This is an informational seminar for young people interested in pursuing an Academy or similar education path. While it is recommended that interested juniors in High School attend Academy Day, interested high school students of all ages are welcome to attend. Through the years, this forum has become a valuable tool for interested students and their families to learn about service academies and other similar educational opportunities, and a useful first step in the process of obtaining a nomination to a service academy. The United States Military Academy; United States Naval Academy; United States Air Force Academy; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy are the four service academies needing a nomination, and all participate in our Academy Day. Additionally, the United States Coast Guard Academy; Mass Maritime Academy; Norwich University; and ROTC programs are invited to participate, expanding the information available to young people. This year, Academy Day will be held on Sunday, May 15, at 12pm, at the Springfield Museums. All participants must pre-register. The Registration form and other information can be found here: https://neal.house.gov/academy-nominations/.For more information, contact Michelle L. Brown michelle.brown@mail.house.gov

Stone Soup Café is launching a Culinary Institute!

What will you learn?

  • Training and practice in the fundamentals of cooking

  • Improved knife techniques

  • Preparing stocks, soups, sauces, desserts, poultry, fish & meat

  • Culinary math & measurements

  • Safe-handling and service of food and beverages (ServSafe)

  • Professional development and resume building

  • Internships at local businesses

  • Professional coaching and evaluation of leadership style

  • Teamwork-based approaches to identify, define, respond to, and evaluate problems in various foodservice industry situations and offer resolutions to these problems.

The Culinary Institute will prepare students for various types of cooking positions in the diverse field of foodservice. The 12-week program will result in a Food Handlers License, a ServSafe Certificate, and job skills and references for securing work in the vibrant and emerging food culture here in Pioneer Valley.

Our 12-week program will include 4 days of in-person class onsite at Stone Soup Café (9am - 1pm), and the 5th day at Stone Soup Cafe and/or interning at different restaurants in the area.

Who can apply?

Applications to the Stone Soup Culinary Institute (SSCI) will be available to all, and we especially are looking to grow a cohort of students who are currently in recovery, formerly incarcerated, people living in poverty who need a new career path, and all other community members who are interested in culinary arts or a new career path.

We are partnering with local stakeholders at Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Sheriff's Kimball House and Re-entry Program, and The Opioid Task Force to seek the ideal candidates for our pilot cohort of students.

The initial pilot course will be FREE for all students.

Prerequisites:

  • Professional attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Commitment to show up on time
  • Interested in starting a new career or advancing your current culinary skills

If you are interested in applying to be part of our first cohort, or you would like to learn more, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with more information!

Questions can be directed to admin@thestonsoupcafe.org

STONE SOUP CULINARY INSTITUTE

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STONE SOUP CAFE AND THE CULINARY INSTITUTE!

UMass McCormack Summer Leadership Academy

Learn from the #1 Ranked Sport Management Faculty in the World! Students earn college credit upon completion of our Winter Academy, Summer Academy and Advanced Sport Marketing, Sales and Media Programs!

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT


Virtual Job Fair May 11th from 3-5 p.m. offered by MassHire.

Click here to register for this event, you will get to view job opportunities and chat with employers virtually.


The Town of Ashfield is looking for LIFEGUARDS at the Ashfield Lake this summer!

• Enforce all swimming area rules in a consistent manner; • Maintain concentrated observation of the swimming and beach area and be alert or prevent accidents (risk management); • Carry out rescues and initiate emergency actions as necessary; • Identify potential accident hazards; • Give immediate first aid in the event of injury to a bather or other incident; • Handle discipline situations with courtesy and fairness; • Be comfortable handling stray dog removal from beach area; • Perform daily restroom cleaning and general beach maintenance, including but not limited to raking the beach, cleaning debris from water and shoreline, picking up trash, ONLY when swimmers are NOT in the water; • All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications Education and Experience Education commensurate with age level. Some experience lifeguarding is desirable, but not required. Must possess a valid work permit if age appropriate. Knowledge, Abilities and Skills Knowledge Red Cross Lifeguard Training and/or Water Safety Instructor Certification, CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications


Zoar Outdoor Adventure Resort is now recruiting seasonal, part-time, and full-time staff to provide our guests with unforgettable experiences! Teachers and recent high school grads have been some of our best employees.
Specifically we are primarily looking for entry level raft and zip guides. Like others in the service industry, we were short staffed last year and anticipating a large hire this spring. Approximately 45 new guides in total. Guides need to be 18 by their first day of work. Training is taking place during April vacation, with a second session mid-May.
We have limited opportunities for students under the age of 18. We will be hiring a weekend parking host, a photographer (but they need a car), 1-2 kitchen and cleaning staff. All these positions have variable start dates.


Crab Apple Whitewater

Great summer jobs are waiting for you! Lots of jobs available including restaurant food prep, kayak rentals, and customer service. No experience necessary! Fun work environment and competitive wages! Call/text Jenn Mooney 413-834-0991 or email jennifer@crabapplewhitewater.com


Kenburn Orchards-Part time summer job working on a local farm

Larry Flaccus, owner

Kenburn Orchards

1394 Mohawk Trail

Shelburne, MA 01370

Phone: 413-625-6116

info@kenburnorchards.com

www.kenburnorchards.com


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How do I get a Work Permit in Massachusetts?

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

MASSACHUSETTS STATE LAW: ALL MINORS MUST OBTAIN AND HAVE FILLED OUT THE EMPLOYMENT PERMIT APPLICATION FOR 14 TO 17-YEAR-OLDS BEFORE A WORK PERMIT CAN BE ISSUED.


STEP 1:

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


STEP 2:

*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.

12th GRADE NEWS

FINANCIAL AID LETTERS

With most college decisions all released, students and caregivers are reviewing their Financial Aid Award letters. These letters tell you how much you will be expected to pay. The financial aid package may contain loans, scholarships, grants and work study. Oftentimes it is confusing to figure out how much you will need to pay to the school.

Make an appointment with Ms. Neuenschwander if you would like help going over your financial aid packages. She can help you figure out exactly what the college is offering and help you understand which financial aid package is the best option.


Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship


Check the Scholarship Document for the instructions on how to submit each scholarship! New scholarships have been added!

SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN

Click here for the most up to date List of Scholarships! Check back often as this list changes daily!

$2,000 Scholarship to Greenfield Community College!

Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship


The Mary Stuart Rogers Scholarship is a $2,000 award payable to the GCC Bursar’s Office in the fall, given to one student from each of the following local area high schools:

  • Greenfield High School
  • Four Rivers Charter School
  • Franklin County Technical School
  • Frontier Regional School
  • Pioneer Valley Regional School
  • Ralph Mahar Regional School
  • Turners Falls High School
  • Mohawk Trail Regional School

Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA or demonstrated progress towards improving grades
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Submit an essay on the importance of continuing education and/or career goals
  • Special consideration for applicants with community service background

DEADLINE: Monday, May 9th by midnight

$2,000 Scholarship to GCC!

Click Here for more info about the $2,00 Scholarship to Greenfield Community College! Application is due by midnight on Monday, May 9, 2022.

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES

Congratulations to Senior Students that have already been accepted to college!

Below is the list of Colleges/Universities where 12th grade students have been accepted. THIS LIST IS SO EXCEPTIONAL! Great work Seniors!


Bridgewater State

Castleton

Champlain University

Clark University

Clarkson University

Colorado State

Culinary Institute of America

Curry

Dean College

Elms College

Endicott College

Framingham State University

Johnson and Wales

Keene State College

Loyola University

Manhattanville University

Marshall University

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Merrimack University

Mount Holyoke

Nichols University

Northeastern University

Norwich University (Honors Program)

Pennsylvania State University

Plymouth State University

Quinnipiac University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Sacred Heart University

Suffolk University

Tufts University

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of New England

University of New Hampshire

University of New Haven

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst Honors College

University of Massachusetts of Boston

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Maine

University of Maine Machias

University of Michigan

University of New Hampshire

University of New England

University of Rhode Island

University of Southern Maine

University of Texas Austin

University of Vermont

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Westfield State University

Western New England

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester State University

11TH GRADE CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS

11th grade students that are interested in attending a four year college after next year can be spending time in April and May researching their college lists and planning visits. Students can meet with Ms. Neuenschwander to support this research process. Additionally during activity time over the next six weeks students can meet with Ms. Neuenschwander and Mr. Sussbauer to research and build their college lists.


On Monday, May 2nd 11th grade students met with current 12th grade students who shared tips they learned about the college admissions process. They will meet with 12th grade students later in May about their Capstone Experiences.


MAY 23rd College Fair Field Trip to Franklin Pierce College. There will be over 60 colleges for students to gather information from and speak with. Bus leaves MTRS at 8:00 a.m. and returns at 1:00 p.m. Here is the permission slip.


Next Career and College Activity: Students will learn the importance of a resume, what it is used for, and how to create one to use for employment or college applications.


Questions about college planning, check out THE POST HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING GUIDE

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS

It is never too early to explore colleges and college fairs are a great way to do this. Look at the opportunities below offered by the National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC)

2022 NACAC Virtual College Fairs

We are excited to support these events, which provide virtual opportunities for students to connect with college admissions officers and ask important questions about the application process. These sessions support all students, including seniors who may still be weighing their college options.

These events will take place throughout the spring:

10th Grade Career and College Readiness

Next Career and College Activity: Career Demand/Market Data - students will look at what career fields will be in demand around the nation and in Franklin County.

9th Grade Career and College Readiness


Next Career and College Readiness Activity: Personality styles inventory and exploring career clusters.

8th Grade Transition to High School Activities

*June 13th Step-Up Day