District News

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

Sanderson Academy Teacher Receives 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award

Melanie Manley of Worthington, is the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award Winner by the Mohawk Trail Regional School District.

Manley has been an early childhood classroom teacher for nearly ten years, and currently teaches preschool at Sanderson Academy in Ashfield, Mass. Her classroom instruction includes spending time in an outdoor classroom on the school’s campus to expose students to the multitude of opportunities in the world for hands-on science, art, language arts, multi-sensory, and mathematical experiences. Every day, Manley and her preschool students head outside to expand on play scenarios using the natural environment around them, which enhances their learning and teaches respect for their environment.

For more information, please read our March 5, 2019 press release.

Our Rural Schools Story

This video is part of an advocacy effort that Mohawk-Hawlemont is leading to address the specific needs of Massachusetts rural public schools. We are advocating for a change in the Chapter 70 state education funding formula that would result in an annual increase of $372,000 to Mohawk and $37,200 to Hawlemont.

On Thursday, February 7, rural public school students from across Massachusetts will visit the statehouse as part of a real life civics effort to advocate for this vital funding.

We encourage you to share this video with others. We need to communicate our rural voice widely and loudly so that political leadership in Eastern Massachusetts listens and takes action.

Mohawk Trail Regional School Awarded Large Grant

The Mohawk Trail Regional School has been awarded a $150,000 Mass IDEAS planning grant to further its work in redesigning Mohawk’s student experience. The grant is funded by Mass IDEAS, an initiative of Next Generation Learning Challenges at EDUCAUSE, with generous support from the Barr Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

We will use the planning grant to work with educational consultants and school stakeholders to create a comprehensive plan, which includes revised academic programming, professional development, and new opportunities for students to engage in internships and innovative coursework. Funding will be rolled-out during 2019. In 2020, the school will be eligible to apply for a Mass IDEAS implementation grant; these grants have a maximum projected grant size of $375,000.

"The Mass IDEAS planning grant is a spectacular opportunity for our school community to re-invent Mohawk into a boldly innovative learning environment that enables our students to create pathways to their most exciting hopes and dreams,” said Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Michael A. Buoniconti.

To learn more about this exciting news, visit our Press Release page.

School Safety

Student safety is always our first priority. We are aware of your concerns and are taking every measure possible to ensure your children are safe at school, and just as importantly, that they feel safe and secure while at school.

Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has taken steps to ensure our schools have “layers of defense,” including video surveillance and fire doors within locked exterior doors. We are taking critical measures to ensure safety while striving to maintain an open and inviting feel at our schools. We care about safety, because we’re parents too.