PTO Meeting Tonight at 7:30 Virtual
Come Join Us!
Tuesday, February 7 · 7:30 – 8:30pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jvb-uhdz-jop
Or dial: (US) +1 662-472-1244 PIN: 661 618 865#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/jvb-uhdz-jop?pin=7153928498885
Dates of Note:
Tuesday, February 7th 7:30 PTO Virtual PTO Meeting
Wednesday, February 8th 1:50 Release
Friday, February 10th Last day to send in seed orders!
Wednesday February 15th 2pm All School Meeting
Wednesday February 15th 3:15 Release
Monday, February 20th - Friday, February 24th Winter Break
Town of Shelburne, Massachusetts Public Input Survey on the Accessibility of Town Facilities, Programs, and Services
Public Input Survey on the Accessibility of Town Facilities, Programs, and Services
We need your help! The Town of Shelburne is in the process of developing a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan to ensure residents and visitors have access to all Town facilities, programs, and services.
The Town has engaged the Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management to assist with the plan, which is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). An important part of this planning process is providing opportunities for the public to offer input and voice concerns. This survey is intended to gather preliminary data to assist the planning team in identifying any barriers to access for individuals with disabilities at Town facilities or within the programs and services it currently offers. Once the initial study is completed, the Town will solicit additional input on how to best address any deficiencies that are found.
Please take a few minutes to complete this important accessibility survey at the following link:
If you need assistance in completing this survey or would like to request an alternative format, please contact Marcia Birmingham at firstname.lastname@example.org. We sincerely appreciate your time and effort in helping to ensure Shelburne remains a great place to live for ALL of our residents.
Mohawk Trail’s Julia Lignori Goes to Washington!
It is well known that Mohawk Trail’s team of educators and staff consistently bring real world experiences to students. This month, Julia Lignori traveled to the nation’s capital to take part in the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education’s annual winter summit. Prior to the summit, she attended a short graduate course on education policy and politics and met with congressional staff to advocate for Mohawk Trail.
“I have been a special education teacher for over 15 years and have intimate knowledge of the crisis facing students, teachers, and school leaders today,” Ms. Lignori said “Foremost, the recruitment and retention of new teachers has reached a nadir in many disciplines, and special education teachers in particular are in critical shortage.”
She explained that many states have lowered their standards for entry into the field of special education. These policy changes have disproportionately impacted students in rural and impoverished areas, including Mohawk Trail. Since 2020, the state of Massachusetts has allocated Rural School Aid based on a district’s student-density and per capita income, yet this aid is insufficient due to the state’s funding formula, which does not take into account declining enrollment and disproportionately high per-pupil expenditures.
“My experience teaching in this setting, and within the Mohawk Trail community, has compelled me to better understand how the legislative process works and what effective advocacy looks like in order to improve outcomes for all students,” she said.
The graduate course on education policy and politics was made available, through competitive application, to just 10 doctoral students from HECSE member institutions across the country and Ms. Lignori was selected for the experience. “The course was designed to provide a foundation in government, politics, and policy prior to attending the Winter Summit, which included all members of the HECSE board and each doctoral student’s faculty advisor,” she said.
During her time in Washington, D.C., Ms. Lignoroi attended Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s address at the U.S. Department of Education, titled “Raise the Bar: Lead the World.”
She also met with U.S. Representative James McGovern’s legislative assistant, Bella Edo, at his office in the Cannon Building on Capitol Hill.
“Overall, I had an amazing crash course in civics and policy development, and made incredible connections with like-minded educators,” she said. “Most importantly, I come back with real-life experiences that I can share with my students and help them understand the world a little bit better.”
How to Effectively Communicate with your Student’s School Team
Monday February 27th @ 5:30-6:30
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: (US) +1 513-486-2530 PIN: 650 958 116#
Presented by Leann Loomis, Director of Pupil Personnel Services and parent representatives from elementary and secondary
Please reach out to Leann Loomis with any questions