District News

We’ll keep you informed of the current events and issues affecting our schools. 

November 19, 2021 - MTRSD S'Update

Please take a moment to read our November 19, 2021, MTRSD S'Update. Highlights include:

  • Wednesday, November 24, 2021, is an early release day
  • Thursday, November 25–26, 2021, there is no school
  • Save the Date - Budget season virtual town halls
  • Hawlemont update from Lindsay and Sheryl, 11/19/21
  • COVID-19 updates and VaxBus information
  • Family literacy night a success with students and families
  • Data still needed for state reporting
  • Mohawk Trail gear-up sale!
  • Capstone students seek community help for projects
  • Winter hiking equipment fundraiser
  • Parents Night Out - Friday, December 3, 2021
  • School Spotlight: Hawlemont Regional
  • School Spotlight: Colrain Central
  • Community Corner: Youth Basketball - Hilltown League

Christopher Buckland Named Next Principal at Mohawk Trail Regional School

The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is pleased to announce Christopher Buckland, 47, of Florence, has been named the next principal of Mohawk Trail Regional School (MTRS), the area’s regional middle and high school serving grades 7–12. Buckland’s anticipated start date is early January 2022, pending contract negotiations.

Buckland has served as the principal at Smith Academy in Hatfield since 2019. He joins the district’s leadership team after working as an administrator for the past 10 years. Prior to his time at Smith Academy, he worked at High School of Commerce in Springfield for four years holding the titles as the founding director of personalized pathways (two years) and career pathway coordinator and educator.

For more information, we encourage you to read our press release in its entirety.

November 5, 2021 - MTRSD S'Update

Please take a moment to read our November 5, 2021, MTRSD S'Update. Highlights include:

  • COVID-19 School Planning Task Force Updates
  • Principal Mendonsa's Last Day in the Building and MTRS Principal Search Update
  • MTRS Varsity Volleyball Heads to the Second Round of State Playoffs
  • Sean O'Dea Named 2021 Superintendent's Award Recipient
  • MTRS Students Awarded John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
  • Literacy Strategic Plan
  • School Spotlights: Buckland-Shelburne Elementary, Sanderson Academy
  • Community Corner & District Events: Family Literacy Night at MTRS on November 17; Colrain Basketball

Sean O'Dea Named 2021 Superintendent's Award recipient

Sean ODea posing with his award letter

Mohawk Trail Regional School is proud to announce senior Sean O’Dea as the recipient of the 2021–22 Superintendent’s Award. O’Dea is currently ranked second in his class and is a valued member of the MTRS school community both in and outside of the classroom.

O’Dea excels in the classroom and consistently takes a full course load of honors and advanced placement courses; having earned straight As throughout his high school career. His current GPA is 4.53. O’Dea has taken a variety of MTRS’ most challenging courses offered, including AP U.S. and World History, and has participated in classes at Greenfield Community College (where he once again earned an A for his work).

In addition to being an exceptional student in the classroom, O’Dea is also an incredible peer leader at school. He is an active member of Key Club, and has served as secretary for the past two years; is the treasurer for National Honors Society; has served as class president (ninth and tenth) and now as secretary; has served on student council throughout his high school career and now holds the position of vice president; and also serves as the student representative on the school committee. He uses his voice and energy to enact positive change and provide a variety of fun, engaging opportunities for his school.

O’Dea is also an active member of MTRS athletics. He has served as a captain of the junior varsity basketball team and is captain of the cross country and track teams. O’Dea is quick on his feet and placed in the top 50 runners in the Western Mass championships and received an All-League Award in 2019 and 2020. He is also a committed, dedicated member of his wider community, and has involvement with numerous community service projects throughout high school including serving as a Project 351 representative; volunteering as a server at the athletic association Bridge Dinner; hosting a youth track program for elementary students, and was an integral member of the MassIDEAS MTRS Weekend Design Institute where he provided important student feedback and helped lay the foundation for the school's redesign work.

An accomplished student, athlete, and dedicated member of his community, O’Dea is a shining example of all the qualities an MTRS student embodies. We are incredibly proud of his work in the classroom, community service, and leadership at MTRS and it brings us great honor to recognize him as a recipient of the Superintendent’s Award this year.

Stella Clark, Octavia Crawford, Sophia Guy, Mya Lesieur, Alexandra Lilly, Sean O'Dea, and Dennis Simmons posing together

Also, congratulations to MTRS students Stella Clark, Octavia Crawford, Sophia Guy, Mya Lesieur, Alexandra Lilly, Sean O'Dea, and Dennis Simmons for qualifying for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship this year!

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the tenth grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test.

Scholarship recipients are eligible for an award of merit-based credit toward tuition. Individual student awards at State Universities and Community Colleges shall be no more than the resident undergraduate tuition rate at the participating institutions. Individual student awards at the University of Massachusetts shall hold a value of $1,714 at Amherst, $1,714 at Boston, $1,417 at Dartmouth, and $1,454 at Lowell.

To read the full details and learn more about the scholarship, please visit the Massachusetts Education site.

Congratulations to our incredible MTRS scholars for this achievement!

VaxBus Clinics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have unanimously approved and recommended the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children ages five through eighteen. This followed on the heels of the FDA approval.

A vaccine bus clinic (VaxBus) will be rolling in to Franklin County at the end of this month, providing free vaccines and boosters for those who are eligible. The DPH VaxBus will be at Hawlemont Regional School on November 30 and Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School on December 2. Both clinics will be open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. You must pre-register for the clinic. To sign-up, please visit the school VaxBus website.

Registration is now open! If you have any questions about the VaxBus or COVID-19 vaccine, please reach out to COVID-19 nurse Donna Weber.

For more information, please see the VaxBus flyer.

October 29, 2021 - MTRSD S'Update

Please take a moment to read our October 29, 2021, MTRSD S'Update. Highlights include:

  • COVID-19 Updates: Mask Mandates and Vaccines
  • Colrain Central & MTRS Heating Upgrades
  • MTRS Principal Search Narrowed Down to Two Finalists
  • Heath Students Will Attend Colrain Central Starting in 2022–23 School Year
  • MTRS Offers Digital Arts
  • School Spotlights: Colrain Central, Sanderson Academy
  • Community Corner

Bus Route Update

Please see our Transportation page for an update to bus #6 route/times for MTRS (Ashfield/Plainfield). 

Protect Young Eyes

Please take some time to review our Protect Young Eyes video. This is a webinar for parents/guardians to ensure safety across all screens. Don't miss this opportunity!