Student & Family Update
April 29, 2022
November 4th, 2022
Good afternoon everyone!
On Monday we celebrated October 31st and held a door decorating competition - see the photos below.
This week we are looking forward to welcoming grades 6-8 to our STEAM FAIR. More details can be found later in this newsletter.
Please be reminded that the Q1 report cards will be distributed on: Tuesday, November 9 and that there is no school on Friday November 11th.
Read on to see what else has been going on at MTRS!
Important Dates to Remember
November 9th - STEAM Fair
November 11th - Veterans Day - no school
November 23rd - 11:30 dismissal
November 24th & 25th - Thanksgiving Holiday (No school)
November 30th - Photo retakes
December 9th and 10th - Winter Play: 7:30pm both days
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
STEAM FAIR - Grades 6-8 at MTRS on November 9th
9:30am-2:10pm at MTRS - details to be shared with students and families next week
MTRSD STEAM Fair is coming this fall for students in grades 6-8, and we couldn’t be more excited! We are hoping to recruit caregiver and community members to our cause: to connect our students with a diverse range of new and interesting hands-on experiences in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Volunteers needed to run sessions or help with logistics. Tentatively scheduled for Wed., November 9, we would love to have you join us; click here for more information.
Grade 8 Preventure Workshops
Support from the Communities that Care Coalition
The Communities That Care Coalition received funding from the Opioid Task Force to be able to bring the PreVenture Program to the area. PreVenture is an exciting, evidence-based, mental health promotion and substance use prevention program run by school counselors. Mohawk Trail, along with other schools in Franklin County, are implementing these workshops during the 2022-2023 school year.
AT MTRS we plan to run the Intervention groups between Nov 21 - Dec 23
Here is a Link to parent consent form. You should only complete this if you DO NOT want your student to participate.
Please complete this by Thursday November 10th in order to help our planning.
Dean Colleen's Culture Corner
MTRS Field Trips
Art, ELA and French trips have taken place this past week
Students have been fortunate to attend two field trips as part of their learning journey at MTRS.
Art and ELA students went to see a production of Lightening which was an awesome blend of music, art, special effects, and dramatic performances.
French students visited the Clark Art Museum last week.
Do you have photos from Homecoming that you would like to add to the Yearbook?
Light up the Fairgrounds
Help create and make a display installation at the light up the fairgrounds in Greenfield. Commit to a few days after school to design and build the display. If you want to help Friday during activity time meet in Ms Silverman's room. Snacks will be provided!
Student Services Updates
We need volunteers to help with our fall/winter performances. Can YOU help?
We are very excited to have a fall/ winter performance here at MTRS!
We are in need of volunteers to make this and all performances successful.
We will need-
Snack bar volunteers ( and donations for this if possible)
Clean up after performances
And maybe a few forgotten things!
None of these volunteer positions will keep you from watching full performances.
Please pitch in to help the cast and crew. Contact Miss Eva at email@example.com for more information . Thank you!
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/.
Bus Drivers urgently needed!
Serve Safe Certificate?
Course at MTRS on 15th & 16th November
Are you interested in becoming servsafe manager certified? We are offering a course here Nov. 15th & 16th for anyone that is interested. See the flyer below and email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll today.
Residents of Colrain
Consider donating to the Colrain Central Elementary School Library this month so they can prepare for their "Grand Reopening" school-wide celebration!
Ashfield: Elmer’s Community Survey
Residents of Ashfield are seeking community input as part of a process to transition the historic Elmer's Store into a community-owned restaurant and cultural center. Your ideas are essential to help us shape the future of what Elmer's will become! Please fill out the survey by going to the link to share your input.
THIS IS NOT A MTRSD SPONSORED SURVEY.
Elmer's Store Community Survey
Please email Mrs. Woof at email@example.com -
Alia Woofenden "Mrs. Woof"
Liaison for Community Engagement and Enrichment Programs
Mohawk Trail Regional School District
24 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
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 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. Normally we are in-person but our next meeting on Nov 9th will be virtual.
Outdoor Advisory Committee- Virtual
Wednesday, November 9 · 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
WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!!!
Mohawk Trail is offering:
-Girls Indoor Track
-Boys Indoor Track
-Girls Alpine Skiing
-Boys Alpine Skiing
-Girls Nordic Skiing
-Boys Nordic Skiing
Click HERE to begin the registration process for your student athlete!
Please remember that in order for your child to participate in Mohawk Trail athletics they MUST have a recent physical (13 months) on file with the nurse’s office. If you have any questions please reach out to District Athletic Director Greg Lilly or School Nurse Larissa Harrison.
Don’t forget to follow the MOHAWK TRAIL ATHLETICS page on Facebook for daily updates and highlights of our Warrior athletes!
Please join us for our next MTAA meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Voting on new wrestling uniforms
Fundraiser led by Greg Lilly for Alums
Fundraising updates from MAA
MTAA Monthly Meeting
In person in the superintendents conference room or join virtually
Monday, November 7 · 6:30 – 8:30pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aub-csyv-jdz
Or dial: (US) +1 724-292-4216 PIN: 718 440 852#
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.