Mohawk Trail Student Services

Planning for the future while completing high school requirements can be a challenge. Our guidance department is here to help, from guiding you through a graduation plan, to helping you apply to college and providing financial aid information and resources.

While our guidance counselors meet with every student throughout the year, we encourage students to be proactive about their high school education and beyond. This page provides you the information you need to explore college and career options as well as to ensure success during your high school years.

Counselor for Grades 7–8
Taffy Ruggeri
(413) 625-9811, ext. 1304

Counselor for Grades 9–12
Brian Cipoletta
(413) 625-9811, ext. 1340

College and Career Readiness Counselor/Internship Coordinator
Sara Neuenschwander
(413) 625-9811, ext. 1307

Shana Garcia
(413) 625-9811, ext. 1305

Student Services Mission Statement

The mission of the school counselors at Mohawk Trail Regional School is to assist students in developing the skills, knowledge, and mindsets to be curious and challenged students, engaged community members, productive workers, and lifelong learners.

The counselors will assist in this process by providing a comprehensive, developmental, and proactive counseling program that addresses the academic, social, emotional, career, and college needs of every student.

The school counselors will provide timely academic, social/emotional, and career and college information to all students through the classroom, small groups, and individually. The goal of this information is for students to understand themselves, their options, and how to make decisions about their future.

College Admissions Representatives

College admissions representatives, please visit Counselor Community to schedule an appointment to meet with MTRS students. MTRS students and staff look forward to meeting with you.

Class of 2022 College Acceptances

Internship Program Information for Students and Caregivers

Program Description:
This program is a mutual effort between students, MTRS, and local employers to create and carry out a semester-long internship that gives students the opportunity to earn credit while gaining skills in an area of career interest. The program allows juniors or seniors to leave school for one to two blocks to attend their internship, or they may also complete it outside of school hours. Internships are typically unpaid, though there are some exceptions. Program requirements include goal setting, weekly check-ins with the internship coordinator, Sara Neuenschwander, completion of weekly timesheets, self-reflections, and completion of the Massachusetts Based Work Plan that focuses on job readiness and employability skills. At the end of the internship, an internship coordinator and a supervisor will evaluate the students.

The internship program at MTRS is an experiential part of the broader college and career readiness program that starts in seventh grade and culminates in twelfth grade with a personalized post-high school path to college or career. The college and career program combines academics, social emotional learning, skill building, information, and investigation to students on a personalized level. We encourage students to connect their learning to the outside world, and internships are a part of this experience.

Eleventh and twelfth grade students can personalize their own internship based upon their interests and skills, or they can take advantage of one of the internships MTRS may offer. The program is flexible based upon their needs.

Students and caregivers, please contact Sara Neuenschwander for more information at (413) 625-9811, ext.1307 or by email.

MTRS Internship Program Information For Sponsors

If your business or organization is interested in taking advantage of an MTRS intern, please fill out the internship interest form, and Sara Neuenschwander will follow up on your request. Thanks for thinking of MTRS students.

Additional Information

College Entrance Exams
Financial Aid Resources
Graduation Requirements
Helpful Resources
Information for Juniors
Junior and Senior Year Planning Checklists
Scholarship Resources
Student Employment Opportunities
Transcript Requests
Work Permits


If you are new to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and would like to register your student, please completely fill out the new student registration forms and the health forms. You can return the completed forms via email, fax them to (413) 625-6652 Attention: Shana Garcia, or mail them to Mohawk Trail Regional School, 26 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 Attention: Shana Garcia.

Once we receive your completed forms, we will call you to schedule an appointment to complete the registration process and to meet with a school counselor.

The whole registration process could take up to a week to complete. Incomplete records or registration forms will delay your student from enrollment in classes. We require all academic, health, attendance, discipline, and special education records from previous schools.

The following documentation is required:

  • Certified copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • Updated immunization record
  • Proof of legal guardianship (if applicable)
  • Proof of residency
    • Mortgage statement or lease agreement including the parent/guardian’s current address
  • Plus, at least one of the following:
    • Current utility bill statement at said address
    • Valid government-issued ID such as a Massachusetts driver’s license, voter registration card, or state ID

If you have any questions about the process, please contact us at (413) 625-9811, ext. 1305.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Mohawk Trail school community!