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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted inspections of the school on Aug. 18, prior to its official opening. Dozens of problems …

Federal official tours addition at Chinese Immersion school

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HADLEY — Lian Duan, a middle school math teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, has a large classroom on the fourth floor of the school’s new addition — but it wasn’t always that way. Her situation when she started teaching for the school six years ago was very different. “So …

With lease up in June 2016, Nonotuck Community School considers next steps

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the city’s lease to the Nonotuck Community School set to expire next June, the future of the Florence child care center is uncertain — and school officials are hoping for more time to develop a new plan to continue operating. “We’re certainly not planning on …

Teens seeking deals, individual styles for back to school

Monday, August 24, 2015

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she’s particular about what she wears. But when The Associated Press followed the 15-year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping …

Area Briefs: Back to School Picnic at Jackson Street School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton — There will be a “Back to School Picnic” at the Jackson Street School playground on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Iroko Nuevo, pizza, cake, games and music. Visitors are also invited to bring a dish of their own. This event is organized …

Toys optional

Monday, August 24, 2015

Memorial at former Northampton State Hospital grounds to be replaced this fall

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plans are in place to restore the memorial to patients buried at the former state hospital grounds off Burts Pit Road. “We’re hopeful that it will be done this fall,” said Barbara Blumenthal, a member of …

Northampton introduces new tactics for dealing with student anxiety, plans to finish Wi-Fi project

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The teenage years are a stressful time for most young people, and for this school year Northampton’s schools are taking steps that will hopefully ease some of that angst. This summer, around 50 staff members took …

New Worthington School District opens R.H. Conwell School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Everything is new at the R.H. Conwell School this year. This will be the first year for the newly reopened public elementary school, complete with an entirely new staff and a newly minted Worthington School District. …

Easthampton White Brook Middle School teachers and principal work to boost school morale; new administrators welcomed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — There will be a splash of color — with a literary theme — at White Brook Middle School this fall. A group of teachers and Principal Meredith Balise came together over the summer with the intent …

More classes, more choices at Gateway Regional

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HUNTINGTON — The Gateway Regional High School and Junior High School are entering their second academic year with a modified period model, under which the schools added two more periods to the former five-subject daily routines. Jason Finnie, who serves as principal for both schools, said the new …

Virtual High School online classes offered for first time at Granby Junior-Senior High School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GRANBY — Online classes are coming to the Granby Junior-Senior High School for the first time through a program called Virtual High School. “We are really excited about offering that to our students,” said Principal Jonathan Cavallo. “Possible courses, to name a few, include criminology, oceanography, anthropology, and …