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Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont Regional School Districts Vote Sheryl Stanton as Next Superintendent

The Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts' school committees held a virtual joint meeting on Tuesday, June 2 to vote for the next leader of their districts. In a unanimous vote, Sheryl Stanton was offered the position to serve as the districts' next superintendent. She has accepted, subject to the negotiation of her contract. We invite you to read through the June 2 press release to learn more.

Mohawk Trail / Hawlemont Regional School Districts Announce Superintendent Finalists

In a joint school committee meeting held virtually on Tuesday, May 5, the MohawkTrail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts announced three finalists for consideration to fill the open position of superintendent of schools.

The search committee put forth its recommendation of three diverse candidates with varied experiences. The candidates include Thaddeus King, principal of Murdock High School in Winchendon; Rhonda Sennaite Stowell Lewis, principal of Glenwood Elementary, and Hiram L. Dorman Elementary School in Springfield; and Sheryl Stanton, superintendent of Granby (Mass.) Public Schools.

Please read the entire communication.

School Closure Update

Dear Mohawk Trail / Hawlemont Regional School District Families:

Today Gov. Baker announced the extended closure of all Massachusetts schools through the remainder of the school year. We know this decision was not made lightly. The governor has based his decision on the data surrounding the continued spread of COVID-19 and the surge in our state.

Students currently have remote learning activities in-hand that will carry them through May 1, 2020. Later this week, the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeff Riley will share guidelines for the continuation of remote learning through the remainder of the school year. Those guidelines will shape the next release of content and materials that will be delivered to you, moving forward with our remote learning plans to keep our students engaged for the remainder of the school year.

Since the governor’s last closing announcement, our administrative team has been preparing for the possibility of school closure through June 17, the last day of our academic year. We had hoped that we would be returning and thus not needing to launch these plans, but we now have to turn our attention to this direction - to keep our students learning; and doing the best we can with the tools and resources we have at hand.

We still have unanswered questions regarding MCAS for seniors, graduation, and associated celebrations, grading, and readiness for the next grades. We will continue to update you as we learn new information. You are always welcome to contact me to ask questions or convey your concerns. We’re in this together. We, too, are disappointed with this extended closure notice, but we understand the severity of the situation at hand and the need to keep your children and our staff safe.

This is not an ideal situation. We know the challenges and strain this shift in learning has on your families. We also recognize that you’re doing the best you can, and we continue to offer support through communication with teachers, service providers, principals, and administrators.

As a reminder, for the most up-to-date district information and access to important resources, please visit our COVID-19 page. Additionally, the governor urges you to please respond to this year’s census, as it is more critical than ever given our current economic situation. You can still reply via the mail-in form or online at United States Census 2020.

You and your children may be disappointed by this news. For some, the thought of continuing remote learning at home for seven more weeks is daunting. I encourage you to keep engaging in as many lighthearted moments as you can create, look for new activities in the resources we will share with you and stay mindful of the little things that can support the well-being of your family.

Sincerely,

Pat Bell
Interim Superintendent

MTRS Reentry Plans

On March 13, Governor Charlie Baker ordered a statewide school closure to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). At that time, the MTRS administration, in conjunction with guidance counselors and the director of curriculum and instruction, considered how to move forward during the school closure. Considerations included implementation of remote learning; closing grades for the year; and identifying ways to provide “recovery education” to help close learning gaps as a result of the closure. This document addresses our district’s unique circumstances and challenges we face with remote learning while also providing an equitable solution.

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