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Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste planned to participate in mediation with the …

State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the offerings of healthy “competitive foods and beverages” — those items sold in vending machines, school …

Frontier Regional School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

FRONTIER REGIONAL SCHOOL GRADE 12 MAXIMUM HONORS: Camilla Baronas, Kathryn Beckley, Hannah Bernotas, Tala Chunga, Megan Farrick, Mae Fydenkevez, Colin Hickey, Junaid Ijaz, Colin Lacey, Kimberly Logan, Kelly O’Neil, Benjamin Parsons, Aleksander Solecki, Jacqueline Spencer, Jake Terreden, Kori Wileman HIGH HONORS: Bryan Annear, Allison Bardwell, Amanda Binette, Justin Blake, James Blinder, Serina Cook, Emily Cox, Lorin Daughton, Leah Eve-Cowles, Oliver Fox, Hannah Goodrow, …

Hampshire Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

HAMPSHIRE REGIONAL SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL FIRST HONORS GRADE 9 Katelyn Pickunka, Ryan Rentas GRADE 10 Brody Dean, Kaitlyn Hennessey, Amanda Labrie, Hayley Lavinio, Sarah Rogers, Maura Ronan, Marlena Schlerman, Sam Spelman, Ruth Tracy GRADE 11 Alexander Kubosiak, John LaBombard, Jacob Morris, Nicholas O’Hare, Alexandra Roessling, Christopher Yarmesky GRADE …

Four interim school administrators named in Easthampton, including Kevin Burke at high school

Thursday, July 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Superintendent Nancy Follansbee has appointed four interim administrators for the city’s schools, including an interim principal for the high school. Easthampton High School assistant principal Kevin Burke will serve as interim principal in the fall. He replaces Vito Perrone, who left the position at the end …

Community group condemns release of former teacher Carolyn Gardner’s settlement with Amherst

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — A community group in support of Carolyn Gardner has condemned the release of the former teacher’s settlement with the town and school district, calling it a “reckless disregard” of personnel information. In addition to Gardner’s resignation …

Hamp district improvement plan available online

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Schools Superintendent John Provost’s District Improvement Plan is now available online at www.northampton-k12.us. The plan was developed by a committee of 35 teachers, administrators, parents, school board members and community partners over a series of five meetings in May and June. It provides a set of …

More than meets the eye: Partnership between the Eric Carle Museum and Simmons College enlightens aspiring children’s writers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — In a space usually populated by small children, five adults recently hunkered down with an array of paper, paints and scissors in the art studio of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Their mission: …

Tweet nets donation of 20 iMacs to Northampton High School

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Thanks to a tweet by a tech-savvy teacher, Northampton High School now has a room full of Apple computers. Last month, Smith College donated 20 iMac computers to the high school for use in technology teacher …

Training opportunity for parenting program

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Openings are available for individuals who would like to train as facilitators of a local parenting program. “Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14” is a program for parents and middle school students in Easthampton hosted by the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition and the city’s …

Settlement reached in MCAD suit involving Amherst school district, former teacher Carolyn Gardner

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

AMHERST — A lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District filed by a former teacher who was allegedly subjected to repeated racially threatening attacks has been resolved. The settlement of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination suit filed last …

Educators, parents, students criticize proposed replacement to MCAS tests

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — As the deadline approaches for the state to decide whether to replace the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), teachers, parents and students in the Valley say the proposed new test does not fit their educational needs. …

Lawmakers in Senate, House look to update 2000 Bush-era education policy No Child Left Behind

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress is making another run at rewriting the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, even as the White House urges changes that the administration says would ensure that schools be held accountable when their students …