MTRS Student and Family Update

10/16/2020

Dear MTRS Community,


This week will kick-off the start of Trimester 1 for students in grades 9-12. All students have been scheduled into their classes and will (if they have not already) receive Google Classroom invites for their new courses. View this video about how to access the Trimester Schedule on Aspen: How to View Your Trimester Schedule on Aspen. Final grades for the recovery quarter will be available in Aspen by Wednesday, Nov. 4; report cards will not be mailed home for the recovery quarter.


REMINDER: Wednesday, Oct. 21 is a late start day for students (see schedule below). Additionally, take note: Friday, Oct. 30 is a professional day for educators and no school for students.


Below are additional updates for the upcoming weeks:

New Schedule for Grades 9 - 12 beginning Monday

We begin Trimester 1 on Monday. Please see the trimester schedule below.


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Wednesday, October 21 Schedule

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Using Cameras During Class Time

MTRS does not require students to turn-on cameras during class time. However, as our high school students begin their Trimester 1 classes and meet their teachers for the first time, we want to strongly encourage students to turn cameras on for brief periods of time during the first few weeks of classes. This allows the teacher and students to connect; nonverbal / visual cues help teachers recognize when a student may need additional help. This is especially important as teachers get to know their students and recognize when / if they need additional supports. A blurred background feature is now available in Google which provides students with some privacy. We encourage students to turn their cameras on and give this a try. As we continue to plan for a possible return to in-person learning, it would especially helpful for teachers to recognize their students visually--not just their bitmoji or picture icon. Cameras don’t have to be on for the entire class (we know this can impact bandwidth), but ask that students turn them on for a short period of time (ex: when you’re called on or the start of class) each day in order to build community connection within their classes.

Save the Date: Materials Distribution for Trimester 1

A second round of materials will be distributed for the start of the Trimester 1 for students in grades 9-12 on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 3 PM–6 PM. If a student does not have materials, they will receive an email by 1PM on Oct. 22 letting them know they do not need to come to school to pick up materials. There will be no new materials for students in Grades 7 & 8 to pick-up.


MTRS Local Education Council (LEC) Meetings


You’re invited! The MTRS LEC is looking for members to serve during the 2020-21 year. Meetings will be held virtually via Google Meet. If you are interested in participating, please email Principal Mendonsa at mm@mtrsd.org


Upcoming meeting dates (all meetings are held from 5-6 p.m.)

Monday, Oct. 26

Monday, Dec. 14

Monday, Jan. 25

Monday, March 29

Monday, May 24

Free Meals Program Update

We are happy to share that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has extended the free meals program through the end of the school year. Please click here for more information.

Student Services Update

Welcome to Trimester 1. It seems students are settling into the remote learning model and I know it will be a smooth transition from four 45 minute classes to three 60 minute classes in the Trimester system.


Grades from the Recovery Quarter will be recorded in Quarter 4 of Second Semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Please remember the grades given for Quarter 3 and the Recovery Quarter/ Quarter 4 are Credit or No Credit. There will be no update in GPA .


11th and 12th Grade Students and Parents

We are writing to share some good news! We have just received notification that Greenfield Community College was awarded the Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) grant for this academic year.


The program will be very similar to the program we ran last Spring EXCEPT that it will be offered remotely. Hopefully this will remove some of the transportation barriers for students! This program will provide 3-4 college level courses free to local high school students during the Spring semester of their junior or senior year.


Students must be in their 11th or 12th-grade year and meet one of the following criteria:


• First generation college student (neither parent/guardian have completed their Bachelor’s degree)

• Low Income (eligible for free/reduced lunch at school)

• Underrepresented racial or ethnic group

Students interested in participating in the CDEP program must attend one of the following mandatory information sessions to be considered:

- Tuesday, October 20th at 7pm

- Tuesday, October 27th at 12noon

- Thursday, November 5th at 4pm


These information sessions will be held virtually using this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99367224274


Additionally, students who apply and are accepted will be required to attend a college transitions workshop, and New Student Orientation prior to the start of the Spring semester (likely in January).

If accepted, students are allowed to participate in this program one semester while in high school.


SENIOR STUDENT/PARENT INFORMATION

Please click here to access your weekly updates for college and post high school planning.

Tech Tips for Google Classroom

Below are helpful tips from our Librarian Emily Willis for Google Classroom:


How to Submit Photo Taken with Phone to GClassroom (video)

Turning in Assignments via GClassroom (text)

Google Classroom for Students (video)

Google Classroom Adding Assignments (text)

Mrs. Camarda's Cinque Terre, Côte d'Azur & Barcelona

For more information on a travel opportunity, click here.
Best,

Marisa