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 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.
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.
- April 16, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- April 13, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- April 9, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- April 2021 - Superintendent's Video Update
- April 2, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- March 25, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- March 19, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- March 12, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- March 4, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- March 2021 - Superintendent's Video Update
- February 26, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- February 19, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- February 12, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- February 5, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- February 2021 - Superintendent's Video Update
- January 29, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- January 21, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- January 15, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- January 13, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- January 11, 2021 - Letter from the Superintendent
- January 8, 2021 - Superintendent's Video Update
- January 5, 2021 - Letter from the 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
The class of 2023 is hosting an online fundraiser. This is the perfect opportunity to get yourself some new gear. The store is open now through Tuesday, April 27. Please visit the MTRS Fundraiser page to place your order.
April 13, 2021
Dear Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Families:
School was canceled across the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School districts today. We are incredibly grateful to our District Nurse Leader Donna Weber, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and Franklin Regional Council of Governments for arranging our staff COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Mohawk Trail Regional School and the opportunity to have our entire staff vaccinated on Monday. As a result of the second clinic yesterday, we anticipated the potential for staff reactions to the vaccine and were monitoring the situation throughout the afternoon and evening.
As of 6:00 p.m. last night, we were positioned to open with our amazing, if not small, substitute pool; however at approximately 5:30 a.m. this morning, there were more staff than we could find substitute coverage for in our buildings which made opening schools impossible under COVID-19 protocols.
Substitute shortages are definitely a concern across many districts, not just ours; especially when something like this comes up. We've been struggling to find substitutes and even fill some vacant positions within the district. We welcome those who have an interest in working in our schools to fill out an application and be part of our extended school team!
For a copy of this letter, please see our April 13, 2021, Superintendent Update.
On April 8, Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Sheryl Stanton, MTRS principal Marisa Mendonsa, and assistant principal Diane Zamer hosted a virtual town hall to share the next steps in our return to learn plans for a full in-person return at MTRS (grades seventh through twelfth). If you missed the event, you can watch the broadcast or directly on the district's Vimeo channel.
As we continue planning for a full in-person return at Mohawk Trail Regional School, please do not hesitate to reach out to principal Mendonsa with any questions you might have. We're excited for these next steps and seeing our students soon!
The class of 2021 graduation will take place on Saturday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, graduation will be limited to graduates and their families only. We will allot each graduate a certain number of tickets, and graduates must register each ticket in advance. We will be sending out more detailed information following April break.
Please take a moment to watch the April 2021 update from Superintendent Stanton.
- A Welcome Back to the First Full In-Person Day for Elementary Students
- MTRS Spring Sports Registration: Grades 7–12
- MTRS Class of 2021 Graduation: Saturday, June 6, 2021
- MCAS Update
- Distributed Leadership at MTRS
The West County Mantle and Koufax baseball summer leagues are looking for players! If you have an interest in playing this summer, please email Bob Hinds. The league coaches are trying to get an idea as to numbers and how they can coordinate with the Little League players/coaches. Thank you for reaching out to Bob!
Dear Students and Families,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this week’s newsletter. The violent shooting in Atlanta this week accompanies the growing incidents of hate crimes towards Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) over the past year as a result of xenophobia and bigotry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As principal of this school, it is important for me to state that I stand in solidarity with members of the AAPI community and am committed to building a safe, responsive, and anti-racist school community. Hate crimes have no place in our schools and our Equity Council and Community Equity Group have been working this year to develop an anti-racism strategic plan.
As a predominantly white community, we must accept the responsibility of addressing systemic racism in our schools, community, and the greater society. These two groups are working on curriculum, community resources, community outreach, and policies that can support our transition to becoming an anti-racist school. A primary feature of our Trailblazer model is equity and diversity. Through this work, we will cultivate a school community where our curriculum and social-emotional supports work together in creating a school culture where we celebrate all students and staff for who they are, can see themselves in our curriculum, and are provided a safe space for learning.
We have much work to do in this area, but I am proud we have acknowledged this work is necessary for our school community. If you have an interest in supporting this work, please email me. I wanted to share resources with you that can help as we navigate through these trying times.
I want to thank my American University colleague, Sonya Hunte, Senior Director for the Office of Equity and Compliance for the Anchorage Public Schools for sharing her resource list with me.
- For Parents/Families National Geographic: Talking to Kids About Race Parent Toolkit - How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism Looking for Excellent “Diverse” Books for Children? Start Here!
- For Self-understanding Podcasts Podcasts on Protests Through Protesters’ Eyes Books*
- Antiracist Baby by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- Stamped from The Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander
- An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz
- White Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
*These books have been recommended by staff as self and facilitated-study resources on equity and race. The authors represent prominent voices in the ongoing national discussion about equity and race. These resources are not part of the Anchorage School District student curriculum, nor are the authors endorsed by the Anchorage School District.
Eight students at Mohawk Trail Regional School (MTRS) have been selected to represent their towns as a 2021 Project 351 ambassador: Logan Moore, Ashfield; Isabelle Pettengil, Buckland; Makayla Tatro, Charlemont; Palmer King, Colrain; Chayim Mojallali, Hawley; Owen Heilman, Heath; Grady Patenaude, of Plainfield; and Adrian Grant, Shelburne.
These students join eighth graders representing the commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns for a transformational year of youth-led service, leadership development, and civic engagement. Since its founding in 2011, approximately 4,122 eighth graders have developed the courage and skills to lead change as ambassadors. This year, these young leaders will surpass more than one million neighbors positively impacted through their service.
According to Taffy Ruggeri, MTRS school counselor for grades seven through nine, student ambassadors were selected by their teachers based on their leadership qualities and potential for helping others through service.
Please take a moment to read our complete March 24, 2021, press release for more information on Project 351.
Mohawk Trail Regional School National Honor Society members Stella Clark, Laney Celli, Amelie Rowehl, Mya Lesieur, and Kyle Henry presented our district nurses with bouquets of gratitude for their dedication and hard work. We would like to say thank you to our incredible nurses who work tirelessly to keep us healthy and safe!
The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is pleased to announce Amelie Rowehl, of Hawley, as the Mohawk Trail Regional School’s 2021 Superintendent's Award recipient.
Rowehl is a stand-out in her class as a committed student, athlete, and valued member of the community. Ranked first in her class with a 4.54 grade point average, Rowehl consistently challenges herself both in-and-outside the classroom taking advanced placement courses while balancing school, sports, and working at her family business.
An avid skier, Rowehl has been a valued member of the MTRS alpine ski team since seventh grade. She’s also an active member of the school’s Social Justice Club and National Honor Society, and currently is planning for college post-graduation. With her sights currently set on Wellesley or Mount Holyoke College, she already has been accepted to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her ultimate goal is to major in political science and one day attend law school to become an immigration lawyer.
For more information, please view our press release.
A big thank you to our district's nurse leader, Donna Weber, for coordinating a COVID-19 vaccine clinic right here in Franklin County for the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts staff! The clinic took place at the Mohawk Trail Regional School on Monday, March 15, 2021, with the help from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
In a new blended course offered this year at MTRS, students in Catherine Glennon's Popular Music and Culture class analyze the concepts of what makes something popular; what's considered music; and how society defines, and contributes to, culture.
After working with the MTRS Equity Council, and considering ways for students to think deeply about the development of the American experience and diversity, Glennon created this new, innovative history course. The class provides students with history lessons delivered in an engaging, fun, and relevant way. For more information, please view our press release.
Please take a moment to read this letter regarding new requirements for any student who tests positive for COVID-19.
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!
Thank you for visiting our website! We always have a lot going on here at Mohawk Trail Regional School. Be sure to check back often!