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Nonotuck Community School gets three-year lease of former Feiker School building

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the city school board has granted Nonotuck Community School three more years to rent the former Feiker School building, school officials are still concerned about what the future could bring. The School Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a lease from July 1, 2016, to Aug. 30, 2019, with all maintenance costs to be paid by the tenant. The agreement must still be approved by the …

Baker bill seeks expansion of charter schools

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Legislation unveiled Thursday would let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside the existing cap on the schools in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker said his bill would focus the new growth in districts that are performing in the bottom 25 percent of districts statewide. The bill would also let the schools give preference …

Area schools explore keeping narcotic overdose-reversal Narcan on hand

Monday, October 5, 2015

With increasing awareness of a heroin epidemic facing the region, Valley schools are exploring the possibility of keeping Narcan, an antidote to narcotic overdose, on hand in the nurse’s office. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said he believes a nasal Narcan toolkit should be among the health resources available to students — …

Frontier Regional 10th-grade MCAS scores improve

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a dip in 2014, Frontier Regional High School’s scores in all three areas of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test were higher overall this year. According to data released recently by the state, the number of students who scored advanced or proficient for the …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

KEVIN GUTTING Arlene Kowal, second from right, of the the National Geographic Network of Alliances leads Anne T. Dunphy School fifth graders, standing from left, Isabella Fawell, Heath Marney and Carter Blanchette through an exploration of a 26- …

Hilltown Voices: Cummington preschool doing well despite closing of the elementary school

Saturday, September 26, 2015

After the controversial closing of the Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington this summer, the town’s preschoolers are now the only students that occupy the school building that was once bustling with students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. “When they closed the school, we proposed a half-day preschool …

Local school lunch menus

Friday, September 25, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Chicken nuggets, fries, romaine salad with tomato, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana TUESDAY: Chicken fajita, brown rice, romaine salad with tomato, carrot sticks, black beans, peach cup, orange WEDNESDAY: Grilled cheese sandwich, tomato soup, pears, Empire apple, romaine salad with tomato, carrot sticks THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey …

Most Valley schools above average, but some struggle on MCAS 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A classroom of seventh-graders sat in almost complete silence Wednesday morning as the students read from an assortment of books and magazines, all of their own choosing. Later in the year, they will learn about reading passages that …

Reduced school drop-off time creates traffic issues at Deerfield Elementary School

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A recent policy change that has reduced by half the allowed student drop-off time in the morning at the Union 38 district schools seems to be creating traffic problems at Deerfield Elementary School. At a recent meeting of the Deerfield Elementary School Committee, parent April …

Accreditation team visits Granby Junior/Senior High School

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

GRANBY — The Junior/Senior High School is nearing the end of an accreditation process that could raise concerns about the state of the physical plant and the range of courses offered to students, according to interim Superintendent Judith Houle. A team of a dozen educators from the New …


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

State officials say students who took PARCC exams less likely to perform as well as MCAS-takers

Monday, September 21, 2015

BOSTON — Public school students in third through eighth grades who took the PARCC exams last spring were less likely to perform well on that test than those who took the traditional MCAS exams, the state education department said Monday in releasing results from both. Massachusetts has been …