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.
We want to be sure you stay up to date with everything going on in the Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont Regional School Districts. We will post any recent updates from Superintendent Stanton below so that you may reference them at any time. If you wish to read through any previous updates, please visit our COVID-19 Information page for additional updates.
- January 15, 2021 - Letter from Superintendent
- January 13, 2021 - Letter from Superintendent
- January 11, 2021 - Letter from Superintendent
- January 8, 2021 - Superintendent's Video Update
- January 5, 2021 - Letter from Superintendent
- December 11, 2020 - Superintendent's Video Update
- December 4, 2020 - Superintendent's Video Update
- November 25, 2020 - Superintendent's Video Update
- November 6, 2020 - Superintendent's Video Update
- November 6, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent
- October 16, 2020 - Superintendent's Video Update
- October 9, 2020 - Superintendent's Video Update
- October 1, 2020 - Letter from the Superintendent
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, is a late start day. Check out the schedule below:
- 10:00–11:00 a.m. - Asynchronous Learning
- 11:00–11:30 a.m. - Advisory
- 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. - Activity 1
- 12:30–1:00 p.m. - Lunch
- 1:15–2:15 p.m. - Activity 2
- 2:15–3:00 p.m. - Asynchronous Learning
We are excited to welcome our students into the building and look forward to working with them in person. With that being said, there will be lots of new procedures and expectations to learn and we appreciate your patience as we launch this new way of doing school.
- If you are participating in hybrid/in-person learning, please review the MTRS Protocols for Learning Handbook.
- For the majority of students, cohorts were determined by last name. However, adjustments were made for blended families and child care. If this is the case for your family and the cohort is different from what is shared below, the main office will reach out to you. Information on cohorts will also be shared out during advisory. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
- Cohort A - Monday/Tuesday in person - Last Name A-H
- Cohort B - Thursday/Friday in person - Last name I-Z
- Updated bus routes: If you identified a need for bus transportation, the routes have been updated. Please see the updated routes posted on the district website.
- Hybrid Schedule:
- Students will be assigned into three cohorts: A, B, or fully remote.
- Cohort A will attend in person on Monday and Tuesday.
- Cohort B will attend in person Thursday and Friday.
- Wednesdays will be fully remote (exception WiFi hub students).
Please see our January 22, 2021 newsletter for more information.
Please view our January 20, 2021, Facebook live event. This event outlined what to expect going back via hybrid, schedules, procedures, and Q&A.
Dear MTRS Community,
It is with heaviness that we write to you today. As the violent events unfolded in our nation’s capital yesterday, we watched in horror as rioters breached the Capitol Building in an attempt to disrupt the constitutional process. Violence has no place in our democracy and the actions of rioters yesterday are not representative of the democratic process we have fought around the world to uphold and protect. When historical moments occur, school buildings are avenues through which our students can learn, ask questions, and have safe spaces to share and understand how these moments impact the world.
This fall, we provided students with the opportunity to participate in Wednesday activity sessions connected to the Presidential election. During these sessions, we found that students were curious and had many questions regarding the election process. To ensure our students have the opportunity to engage in and understand the democratic process as it unfolds in real time, our advisory program will provide students with the context, vocabulary, and resources to speak to these events. Today, in all our advisories, we gave students the opportunity to do some reflective journaling to address any questions or feelings they have. We shared the AllSides website with students so that they may use it as a resource should they choose to seek information on these events.
Our educators and counselors are here to support the needs of our students during this time. We are incredibly grateful for their work and the care and support they have provided our students over the past year and will continue to do so in the upcoming weeks. If you or your child is struggling, please contact our Guidance Department for assistance: (413) 625-9811, ext. 1305.
Yesterday, the curtain of oppression and racism was pulled back, unveiling a further deepening wound in our nation. We cannot simply turn the page on a new calendar year and assume that the unprecedented events of 2020, which will forever shape our nation’s narrative, are completely behind us. In the wake of a worldwide pandemic, diverse groups of Americans came together to protest the brutal murders of black and brown people and to address the systemic racism that is woven into the fabric of our nation. The differences in the way our government responded to those protests, in comparison to the violent riots yesterday in the Capitol Building, further highlights the systemic racism in our nation. Over the summer, the MTRS administration took a firm stand on this issue that racism has no place in our school community and formed an Equity Council and Community Group that focuses on developing a strategic plan to address systemic racism in our school. This plan will seek to build on what we stand for: compassion, respect, equity, and inclusivity. We look forward to continuing this work and will share our plan once it has been created.
Marisa Mendonsa, Principal
Diane Zamer, Assistant Principal
We have some exciting news! The school committee approved alpine and Nordic skiing as winter sports. The school committee will meet again on Monday, December 21 to vote on basketball. The winter athletic season will run from January 11 through February 28. Registration for alpine and Nordic skiing is open. Please use FamilyID to register, and contact Athletic Director Vouros if you have any questions.
Yearbooks are a very special way to hold on to your high school memories for the rest of your life. Visit MTRS's yearbook page for more information on how to order your 2020–2021 yearbook. Seniors: Please be sure to send your senior photo and at least three other photos by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information for seniors, please visit the yearbook 2021 senior information flyer.
Please be sure to read through our latest MTRS Student and Family Update located here on the News page. We will continue to add to this information, so please check back often!
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