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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school and middle school students also are taking orders. Friday is the deadline to order and the fruit is expected to arrive about …

Study: Minorities punished more in schools

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the …

With new class, Northampton High School students tell stories through song

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School has become a more soulful place thanks to a new songwriting course this year, where students in Grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to write and perform original music. The one-semester class was open to students with varying levels of musical experience. For this fall, 15 students …

Sunderland Elementary School playground improvements complete

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Students at Sunderland Elementary School who donned their coats and hats and headed out to recess last week were met with a pleasant surprise — the new playground is up and running after a remodeling project …

Amherst Regional shuts down Algonquin, 3-0, in state Division 1 boys soccer semifinals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOLTON ­— At the beginning of the season, the Amherst Regional boys soccer team was unsure of its back line as it was depleted by graduation. The Hurricanes’ plan to start a rotation of players to protect a freshman goalie has worked better than they could have guessed. …

District attorney’s Safe School Summit focuses on positive learning environment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, New Hampshire. He said he believes that most of …

Protesters back Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner against school district

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Wearing orange duct tape over their mouths to mock a school district lawyer’s perceived gag order and holding signs decrying racism, more than 50 supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner stood in frigid temperatures Tuesday …

Tensions between school board members, Amherst superintendent Maria Geryk emerge in emails

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Accusations of lies and a potential breach of the superintendent’s contract, contained in a string of emails written by members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Superintendent Maria Geryk, are raising the specter of discord …

Amherst teachers, staff told not to discuss Carolyn Gardner case publicly

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School teachers and staff have been advised not to comment publicly or have discussions with students about former math teacher Carolyn Gardner, whose attorneys last month filed a discrimination complaint against the school district. Meantime, a Tuesday meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School …

When students call, Smith profs step in to teach NHS AP biology

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College biology professor Robert L. Dorit can make a comparison between DNA replication and text messaging: The faster it’s done, the more room for error. This is how Dorit explained to a class of 16 …

Amherst Regional junior Harsimran Kaur Multani, Northampton sophomore Lily Rogers members of youth council

Friday, November 14, 2014

An Amherst Regional High School junior and a Northampton High School sophomore are now members of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council. Harsimran Kaur Multani of Amherst and Lily Rogers of Florence were among 28 young people from all 14 counties in the state who were sworn in by …

Former Celtics player Chris Herren shares story of addiction, recovery

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren listened to speakers on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as teenager, he would leave those assemblies thinking, “I’ll never be that guy.” “At 18 years old, I …

Amherst Together sponsors survey in effort to improve community for all residents

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Before events are scheduled and an action plan is developed for the Amherst Together initiative that aims to create an equitable environment and improve the community for all residents, suggestions are being sought from a broad cross section of Amherst. A community survey is being coordinated …