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Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton.

White Brook Middle School students in Easthampton aim to show power of kindness with Pay it Forward Challenge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Students at White Brook Middle School aim to show just how strong the power of kindness is as they attempt to spread good deeds around their school, the city and the world. The Pay it Forward Challenge, which was launched after assemblies on Tuesday, hopes to create a worldwide chain of random acts of kindness starting at the …

NH, Massachusetts educators finalists for Frontier Regional School superintendent

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts are the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, were selected from eight semifinalists reviewed …

State lawmaker gets nowhere with attempt to revive cursive

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By Kelsey Hamlin The Seattle Times (TNS) OLYMPIA, Wash. — Upon hearing from a teacher that her son’s handwriting needed some work, Suzi Allan sought help. She asked when his class would learn cursive writing. But like many schools, her son’s doesn’t teach it. Allan was offered an online packet, if she wanted to teach her son at home. No doubt about it, …

Mosaic masterpieces

Friday, February 5, 2016

Local charter school opponents criticize Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to change reimbursement formula

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — Local charter school opponents are decrying Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to revamp the state’s tuition reimbursement formula to public school districts sending students to charter schools. As part of his proposed budget released on Jan. 27, Baker added $20 million to the fund that would reimburse …

Amherst building committee selects Wildwood site for new elementary school

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AMHERST — The Amherst building committee Tuesday selected the Wildwood site for the building that could replace both Wildwood and Fort River elementary schools. Thirteen of the committee’s 15 members selected the option of a new building with two wings, each of which would house a 375-student Grade …

Montessori School of Northampton to launch middle school next fall, holds information session Saturday

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — The Montessori School of Northampton is launching a middle school program in September, one that will emphasize independence, outdoor education and community service. In addition to taking math, language arts, science and history courses, students will go on field trips, do service projects, participate in internships …

Jail jobs program teaches pizza-making to Franklin County House of Correction inmates

Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREENFIELD — James “JR” Kelley said he’s always been interested in food, and once he’s released from the Franklin County House of Correction, where he’s been serving time for a little more than a year, he’ll leave with …

Employee who brought gun into Chestnut Hill Community School in Belchertown no longer works there

Friday, January 29, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — An employee at the Chestnut Hill Community School who brought an unloaded handgun into the building to ask a colleague for advice on how to clean it has been let go, according to an email sent Friday by Superintendent Karol Coffin. School Committee Chairman Richard Fritsch …

Most area educators get good grades in state-mandated evaluation

Friday, January 29, 2016

Area educators again received high marks in ratings released this week by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with statistics indicating that in most districts there is satisfaction with how most are teaching students and how schools are being managed. The 2014-2015 school year marked the …

Ceremony marks nomination of South Hadley High School senior Benjamin Provost to US Naval Academy

Thursday, January 28, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY — Senior Benjamin A. Provost is being honored Friday with a special visitor at South Hadley High School. Congressman Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will announce the nomination of Provost to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he plans to start college later this year. …

Smith College Campus School students mark 60th anniversary of Montgomery bus boycott

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Even in a city where outdoor protests are common, the sight of 30 second-graders enthusiastically marching down Elm Street on Thursday singing songs like “This Little Light of Mine” was an unusual one. They weren’t actually …

Joy of reading

Thursday, January 28, 2016