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Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming …

School project to get stories from elders

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The sage advice “listen to your elders” has new meaning for thousands of kids this Thanksgiving. After weeks of classroom training, they’re prepared to interview a grandparent or elder, posing questions such as, “How would you like to be remembered?” or “Has your life been different from what you imagined?” Then they share those intimate conversations with the world through …

Middle school students urge Amherst to recast Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AMHERST — Controversial, deplorable, greedy, cruel — this is how Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School students describe the explorer remembered for “discovering America” in 1492. Celebrating Columbus Day erases the suffering of Native Americans, a group of eighth-graders told the Human Rights Commission at a meeting in Jones Library Saturday morning, suggesting the town …

With simulator, Easthampton students learn about the dangers of distracted driving

Saturday, November 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As Easthampton students sat down for “Distractology 101: A Crash Course on Distracted Driving,” instructor Nick Prpich told them to make sure they had their cellphones. “Distractology 101” came to Easthampton High School last week in …

Reaching new heights

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech President Bill Corwin to step down after nine years

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech president Bill Corwin will step down in June, ending nine years at the helm of the Northampton-based school to build a consulting practice that will help nonprofits. During his tenure, Corwin said technology has radically altered the possibilities for deaf …

Northampton High hopes to rein in rowdy football fans

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Football fans expecting to throw back a few beers as they watch the Northampton Blue Devils take on the Easthampton Eagles this Thanksgiving must think again. In an attempt to rein in rowdy spectators, Northampton High …

Dishing up dinners

Friday, November 20, 2015

JERREY ROBERTS Dishing up dinners Members of the Northampton High School Key Club packaged nutritional meals using raw food ingredients such as rice, dry vegetables, protein powder and soy Monday at the school. More than 70 student volunteers …

Honor Roll: Hampshire Regional Middle & High School

Friday, November 20, 2015

GRADE 9 HIGH SCHOOL First Honors Robin Bleicher, Rebecca Buehler, Joshua Poehlman Second Honors Olivia Aldrich, Sophie Aldrich, Anna Avakian, Anthony Bartolomeo, Carissa Batura, Evan Boyle, Audrey Bronson, Ashlee Carberry, Andrew Cebula, Jake Constantine, Sarah Constantine, Cassandra Corley John DaFonte, David Deven, Byron Dudas, Evan Dunphy, Nicholas Eline, …

Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School now accepting applications for fall 2016

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HOLYOKE — The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School is now accepting applications for grades, 9, 10 and 11 for fall 2016. Information sessions will be held at the school, at 161 Lower Westfield Road in Holyoke, on Jan. 26 and Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. …

JFK Middle School students share hometown images through poems

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While Northampton has “parks like a kingdom,” Ashfield has “forests like glistening moss.” These were some of the observations Rod Hart’s eighth-grade English students made about their hometowns. After reading the autobiographical works of renowned authors, …

Crossing paths: Easthampton students host French students through first exchange program

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — When Jennifer Atwater hosted an exchange student from France at her Easthampton home last month, one of the most exciting trips they took was to the West Springfield Costco. “She had never had any sort of …

Lander-Grinspoon Academy teacher receives national award

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Amy Meltzer, lead kindergarten teacher at Lander-Grinspoon Academy, is one of three Jewish educators in the country to receive a 2015 Covenant Award. The award is given by The Covenant Foundation, a program of the Crown …