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Bill Cosby attends opening events at Wildwood School

Comedian Bill Cosby came to Wildwood School Sept. 11 and 12 to help kick off the school year. He attended a welcome assembly at which new students were introduced, shook hands with children and encouraged them to have a successful school year. Cosby, who has a home in Shelburne Falls, sang “This Little Light of Mine” with the students.

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ATTITUDE SURVEY: On Oct. 4, all students at Amherst Regional High School will participate in an anonymous survey at the beginning of A period about school-climate issues such as tolerance, helping others, Internet behavior, schoolwork and substance use. Participation will be voluntary.

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TAG TEAM: Amherst School Committee member Richard Hood said he will be alternating with Chairwoman Katherine Appy in holding office hours at the Loose Goose Cafe at 233 North Pleasant St. Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

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PROGRESS REPORT: Officials from Amherst, Leverett, Shutesbury and Pelham are invited to a progress report on expanded school regionalization Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. at the middle school. A board with equal participation from each town will hold forums in each town in January and make a recommendation next March, Katherine Appy said. Town Meetings in each town are due to consider the plan in the fall of 2013, and any change would take effect in 2014, she said.

The next meeting of the regionalization board is Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Pelham Elementary School.

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Open houses: Next week families may visit Wildwood on Oct. 3, 6 p.m.; Fort River, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.; ARHS, Oct. 4, 6:45 p.m.

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TRANSLATION: Volunteer Spanish translators will soon be in all Amherst schools to help families navigate the system and get information on academic, after-school and outreach programs.

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MUSIC COACHES: The program that has brought Amherst College music students into the elementary schools to help teachers and students is expanding to the secondary schools. Fifteen University of Massachusetts students will be assisting orchestra teacher Ben Peterson and his students during classes and rehearsals this year.

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HARVEST MEAL: Crocker Farm School will hold a harvest festival dinner on its back lawn Oct. 26 at 5:30. The event will include tours of the school garden and proceeds will benefit the school’s PGO. Tickets are $10 per family.

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