Student & Family Update
April 29, 2022
March 24th, 2023
Good afternoon everyone,
It has been great to be back for a full week and it is hard to believe that Monday saw the start of Spring!
April is just around the corner and there continues to be a lot happening at MTRS!
Grade 7 Fundraiser
- The 7th grade will be fundraising next week, selling raffle tickets for a variety of gift baskets. We are still building out some of the baskets, but a few of the confirmed options include a luxurious set of 6 large Yankee Candles, a basket full of Mo's Fudge Factor & other deliciousness, and a family fun basket. Get your tix next week from a member of the Class of 2028, or find our table at the Showcase of Learning on Wednesday, March 29.
Franklin County DEI Leadership
- This has been rescheduled to May 23rd. Watch out for more details
Winter Ball and Elvis concert
- These have been rescheduled to April 1st - see images below
- Students who live in Ashfield. The town is interested in hearing your thoughts on Solar power. Please take a few minutes to answer this brief survey::Link to survey
Please read on to find out what has gone on this week and to find out more about upcoming events at our busy school.
Have a safe weekend
Important Dates & Information
March 29th - District Celebration of Learning
April 1 - Elvis Concert and Winter Ball
April 5th - NHS Induction, 5-6:30pm
April 14th - Talent Show, 6-7:30pm
April 17-21 - April Break
May 29th - Memorial day (no school)
June 9th - Step up day
June 9th - 6;30-9 Grade 8 Semi-Formal
June 10th - MTAA Spring Fling
June 19th - Juneteenth (no school)
June 22nd - Last day of school
Early Release Wednesdays (12:50pm)
- March 1,8,15,29
- April 5,12,26
- May 3,10,17,24
AP and MCAS Schedule :Link
Academic Calendar: Link (Please note that Q3 started on January 25th and subsequent dates have yet to be adjusted for snow days. Thanks for your understanding.)
Theatre Updates: For more information and news on Guys and Dolls: Link
Tentative End of Year dates: (adjusted for snow days up to and including 3-17-23)
20, 21, 22ndJune: 2 hour delay 20 & 21st, 22nd is a ½ day: 11:30 dismissal
Beyond the Birds and the Bees
Free workshop for parents and guardians
The MTRS Equity Council is excited to partner with Sarah Biette from Tapestry to offer a workshop for parents and guardians on the basics of gender and sexuality and best practices for discussing sexual health topics with young people. Through discussion and reflection, participants will consider the barriers that make these conversations difficult, and develop a plan to overcome them. The workshop will take place from 4:15 to 5:00pm during the March 29th Celebration of learning at MTRS and is open to parents/guardians of children and teens of all ages. Please register in advance by filling out the survey.
Save the date -March 29th: District Celebration of Learning
Save the date - Guys and Dolls!
Dual Enrollment Opportunity for MTRS students in grades 10-12
Connecting College Majors to Careers!
The GCC Dual Enrollment and Early College Team invites 10th -12th grade students to join us for three different online Zoom workshops this Spring. Each workshop has a different theme, and the first workshop is this Thursday, March 23rd, "Connecting college majors to careers". The attached flyer will provide you with the workshop details and Zoom link.
Things to keep in mind! As a participant, you should be prepared to have your video on for the Zoom meeting. You will be expected to engage with other high school students in Zoom break-out rooms, and the larger Zoom room together. We look forward to seeing you!
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to FallonP@gcc.mass.edu
Student Services updates
We are Mohawk Trail Educators
Mohawk Educator attends National Leadership Convention
7th grade Science Teacher Samantha Rutz attended the National Education Association Leadership convention. The 2023 NEA National Leadership Summit was held March 10-12 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. The theme for the 2023 Summit is Joy, Justice, Excellence: The Strength of Educators. The Brilliance of Students. The Power of Community. The purpose of the Summit was to develop school leaders and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead relevant, thriving schools and to lead in their professions. Samantha attended sessions focusing mission and vision, providing equity in classrooms and applying for national grants to support students in high need areas. One highlight was a guest speaker Helena Donato-Sapp who talked about overcoming disabilities in school and focusing on students assets. Her website can be found here, and is well worth checking out https://www.helenalourdes.com/ as she is an inspiration to both adults and students.
Students in Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10 will soon be taking MCAS
We are about to start the journey towards MCAS testing for 2023 and students will soon be introduced/ reminded of the process for our computer based (CBT)for this year.
MCAS tests are required by state and federal law and are an important tool to promote student success and educational equity.
High school students in the class of 2025 (10th graders) must take and pass the MCAS tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics to earn a high school diploma, in addition to meeting local requirements. Students in the class of 2026 (9th graders) will take tests in ELA and mathematics next year, and they are also required to take and pass a test in science and technology/engineering (they will take or have already taken the science test this year). Students will have opportunities to retest if they do not pass.
The high school MCAS tests also provide the opportunity for students to qualify for several state awards. These include the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery.
In addition, MCAS test results will:
give information about areas of learning that have been most impacted by the pandemic,
provide important data on which students, schools, and districts have been most affected by pandemic-related changes in schooling, and
improve understanding of your child’s knowledge and skills in relation to the state’s learning standards, so that we can provide the best system of support and instruction in future years.
Schedule & Parent Information
Please be aware of the schedule. It can be found here
Parents/guardians who are interested in learning more about the tests themselves, DESE have put together a number of useful resources, here. Student expectations during testing are explained, here.
Grade Level and Tests
Grade 10 - ELA and MATH - Computer Based Testing (CBT)
Grade 9 - Biology CBT
Grade 8 - ELA, MATH & Science CBT
Grade 7 - ELA & MATH CBT
Staff will be reviewing expectations and supporting students with the testing process in preparation for the respective tests later in the term. This includes familiarity with the testing technology as well as looking at past papers.
Day of the test
Please make sure that students have slept well and eaten breakfast prior to coming to school. There will be a snack available for students who have not been able to have breakfast before traveling to school.
During class next week, students will be supported in uploading the MCAS test nav app to their own chromebook. Students will use their own devices for testing. This is a change to a previous note where we planned to have students use library devices.
The vast majority of tests are scheduled from 8 - 10am. This is followed by a lunch break. Students are expected to remain in school for the remainder of the day. It is important that students are able to take advantage of class time for the rest of the year. Staff will adjust lessons to account for students taking a test earlier in the day. We strongly encourage all students to participate in all sessions of all tests and require written notice from care providers at least 24 hours in advance if this is not the case for non-graduation requirements.
Please email or call your student’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns.
Date confirmed as Saturday, June 3rd, 1-3pm
Based on feedback from graduating class of ‘23 and the family members who completed the surveys, graduation will take place outside on Saturday June 3rd from 1-3pm with a rain venue of the MTRS gymnasium on the same day as an alternate rain location - decision on the weather will be made by 11 am on the 3rd.
A survey has been shared to students in the class of 2023 in which the following information is required:
Name as it appears on your diploma
Plans for next year
What you liked most about your experiences at MTRS
What you will miss most about MTRS
Your advice for future graduates
The deadline for students to complete this is April 13th.
Reach out to Class of 23 advisors Ms. Basal or Ms. Camada if you have any questions.
Dates to be aware of:
SENIOR Grading window: Wednesday, May 17 - Wednesday, May 24th, 2023 at 11:59pm
- Prom - Friday 19th May
- Senior Send off - Weds 24th May
- Senior Soak - Thursday 24th May
- Finals and rehearsals for Awards/ Graduation - Tuesday 30th May
- Elementary school visit and MTRS staff cookout - Wednesday 31st May
- Awards Event - Thursday 1st June (5-7pm)
- Graduation Celebration - Friday June 2nd, 6:30-8pm (Rain date: June 3rd: 1-3pm)
For scholarship information and deadlines, students should continue to reference the Student Services updates
Here is the latest CEEP newsletter with our spring enrichment offerings and our April Camp information.
And we are looking for some cinder blocks to be donated to build a sensory garden in our new MTOC (outdoor classroom).
The OAC is working on creating a Sensory Garden this spring in the newly created Mohawk Trail Outdoor Classroom (MTOC). This space is situated between our building walls creating easy access to the outdoors for staff and students to use during the school day. Our community felt creating a sensory garden would be beneficial to our students.
We are in need of plant and seed donations. We are looking for plants (and small bushes only) that are fun to touch, smell or taste as well as pretty plants to enjoy looking at. We prefer things that are native, but are open to plant ideas that don’t profusely spread. Some ideas are bee balm, chives, rosemary and yarrow (nothing taller than 5 feet).
Have something to donate? Are you interested in helping plant items this spring? Email Alia Woofenden at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 next meeting will be on April 12th.
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 April 12th.
Outdoor Advisory Committee- Virtual
Wednesday, Feb 8th, 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
Happy spring everyone! While our outdoor facilities are not quite ready for our athletic teams to utilize, the energy inside the building has been electric! Our student-athlete participation numbers this season are up an astounding 25% from last spring, and still climbing! All of our squads will have full rosters, and many of our teams are poised to make deep postseason runs! While our teams do not start competition until next week, let’s take this time to highlight a few of the upcoming events we will be hosting this spring!
DIVISION 2 WESTERN MA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS!!
As has become tradition, we will again be hosting the Division 2 Western MA Track and Field Championships here at Mohawk Trail! The event will take place on Friday, May 19th at 4:00! As always, this event is a huge undertaking, and we will be reaching out to families looking for volunteers to help! Please stay up to date on our weekly newsletters, as more information will soon be available!
MTAA SPRING FLING!!!
On Saturday, June 10th, the Mohawk Trail Athletic Association will be hosting their 2nd Annual MTAA Spring Fling! Similar to last year, there will be fun and games for everyone including athletic demonstrations and clinics. This year, the MTAA will be adding a dunking booth and inflatables to their repertoire, as well as concessions provided by the Shelburne Falls Kiwanis Club! For more information regarding this event, please contact MTAA President Jenn Pease or District Athletic Director Greg Lilly. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Small Gymnasium next Wednesday, March 29th during the District’s CELEBRATION OF LEARNING and see how our Athletic Department can help your student succeed and grow during their tenure at Mohawk Trail!
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