News and Announcements

Our students are making headlines, and we want to share all the great news with you. We will keep this page updated with important announcements, news stories, and student shout outs. Please check in often and help us celebrate our students’ many achievements.

Principal Buckland's Messages

We encourage you to stay up to date with everything happening at Mohawk Trail Regional School! Please check out our weekly school newsletters. They are posted underneath the MTRS Student and Family Update heading.

Grade Eight Celebration

Grade eight students and families, don't forget that on June 7 there is the Grade Eight Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (5:30 to 6:00 p.m. awards and slide show with parents, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. chaperoned semi-formal dance). We look forward to seeing you all there!

AP Classes Offered and Teaching Staff at MTRS

In the 2024–2025 school year, Mohawk Trail Regional will list thirteen AP courses in its curriculum guide. However, due to our size and the availability of teaching staff, six AP courses are likely to run in any given year, pushing the balance of the courses to run every other year. Students work with their guidance counselor when choosing courses to understand whether opting for an AP course in their junior (or even sophomore) year may be a good strategy.

Spanish Trip to UMass

Ms. A and all of the MTRS Spanish students went to UMass Amherst recently. The UMass dance team taught our students the cha cha cha before taking them to eat at Tamales restaurant on campus.

MTRS Spanish class female student at UMass learning the cha cha chaMTRS Spanish class female student learning a dance from UMass studentMTRS female student learning a dance from UMass student

    Art Students Enjoy a Grant-Funded Trip
    Art students at MFA Boston viewing a statue of Juno

    The art department took students to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston recently. The students saw art and artifacts dating from antiquity to the 21st century while exploring the museum's deep collection on display.

    Nate Ruth, a senior, sees the value in visiting art museums. “It’s important to see all of that stuff to see what people used to do before they had phones. I just wish we had more time there. I really enjoyed the Greek sculptures, specifically the pottery and the sgraffito style stuff.”

    Doug Wilcox, a junior, also enjoyed the ancient art and says his favorite work was a Roman statue of Juno that stands over 13’ tall dating back to the first century BCE.

    “I thought the National electric guitar in the History of Music section was really cool, I took a picture of it. I’ve never seen a guitar in an art museum before,” said Trent Richardson, a freshman.

    Julia Pease, also a senior, enjoyed spending time sketching some of the statutes in galleries. One of the most memorable works for her was Gerrit van Honthorst’s immense Triumph of the Winter Queen: Allegory of the Just (1636). “I liked this painting because it reflects society and class struggle. Also, it was huge, which was like ‘...oh snap.’” Julia added that, “I appreciated having the independence to explore my own interests in the museum, think for myself, and make my own meaning.”

    The field trip was funded through grants provided by the Buckland, Charlemont/Hawley, Colrain, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies funded by Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. The MFA also provided a grant for transportation expenses.

    Group photo of students in front of Museum of Fine Art BostonStudents viewing painting at the Museum of Fine Art Boston
    MTRS Yearbooks

    Don't forget to order the 2024 edition of Massamet, Mohawk Trail's yearbook. You or your student can order the yearbook through TreeRing with school passcode: 1015542201951246. If you haven't ordered an MTRS yearbook in the past four years, you'll have to make an account. Seniors have had yearbooks purchased for them with Class of 2024 funds. Yearbooks ordered before May 10 will be shipped to the school by the end of the month. Yearbooks ordered after May 10 will be shipped directly to your home. Please reach out to Mr. Leowolf with any questions.

    Peacemaker Awards

    The Peacemaker Award recognizes the youth in Franklin County who create projects to make positive contributions toward justice, peace, and equity within their communities and worldwide. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice sponsor the Peacemaker Award. The following students were nominated and awarded the honor for their participation and hard work as Key Club members, and for spearheading the creation of the Sharing & Caring Closet for their surrounding communities. These students recognized a need for change and contributed to a positive solution. The Peacemaker Award will take place on May 8, 2024, at the Greenfield Public Library from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Guest speakers include Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian. We encourage students, family, and friends to join others receiving their awards. This prestigious award goes to the Key Club members, Mohamed Abdelgaward, Shelby Collier, Madeline Cosentino, Riley Girad, Sophia Goodnow, Palmer King, Jackson Lilienthal, Chayim Mojallali, Gage Patenaude, Sebastian Seward, Emily Sisum, Kaylin Sumner, Phineas Tuttman, and Will Van Vleet.

    School Committee Members Needed

    The MTRS and HRTS school committees need dedicated community members to serve! The vacancies are as follows:

    • Ashfield (Two Open)
    • Charlemont (One Open)
    • Heath (One Open)

    Visit the school committee webpage for more information about the work.

    Class of 2024 Graduation Information

    Class meetings will take place in the next two weeks, and the class of 2024 will be planning their involvement in the following events:

    Graduation

    • Prom - Saturday, May 18
    • Senior Send off - Wednesday, May 22
    • Senior Soak - Thursday, May 23
    • Last Day - Friday, May 24
    • Memorial Day - Monday, May 27 
    • Finals and rehearsals for Awards/ Graduation - Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29
    • Elementary school visit and MTRS staff cookout - Wednesday, May 29
    • Awards Event - Thursday, May 30 (5:00–7:00 p.m.)
    • Graduation Celebration - Friday May, 31 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. indoors at MTRS (auditorium)