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Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and one middle school-age student who exemplify a commitment to volunteerism. The high schooler will receive $700 and the middle schooler $200. In …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal to lead schools in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will lead the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Tuesday that he has selected Leonard to lead the newly combined middle and high school administration as principal, …

Frontier Regional towns oppose additions made to school budget for six positions

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at town meetings later this month. And …

JFK Mural Team spends spring break working on colorful cloth mural that will become permanent part of school

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With paint-covered fingers and smocks, the community came together this spring-break week to help make JFK Middle School a little more colorful. This week, around 20 students who make up the “JFK Mural Team” showed up …

Local Jewish, Muslim students embark on journeys of faith, understanding

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Growing up in Florence, Eliza Moss-Horwitz, 17, does not remember meeting a person of Muslim faith. She attended Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school, for kindergarten through grade 6, then JFK Middle School. She describes her …

Northampton High students launch petition drive protesting departure of English teacher Kurt Ostrow

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Northampton High School freshman Danielle Parent learned in class Thursday that her English teacher, Kurt Ostrow, would be leaving May 1, she burst into sobs. “It’s really hard to lose someone that you trust,” said …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Second Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, Stanley Cliche, Robert Cooley, Adele Cousland, …

Friday, April 17, 2015

Into the wild Second-graders at the Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School in Williamsburg received a hands-on lesson on releasing trout fish into the wild. Students in teacher Johanna Korpita’s class raised the trout fry at school and on …

Worthington hires Gretchen Morse-Dobosz as principal of R.H. Conwell Elementary School

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The School Committee has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, of Shelburne, as principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School after interviewing two finalists. “We originally had 14 applications that we narrowed down to four and then chose the …

Easthampton High School students learn art of making videos

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It is no longer a mystery for some Easthampton High School students how those quirky videos they watch on YouTube are put together. “I just think it’s cool to see some videos with really good edits …

Amherst to study consolidation of middle, high schools in one building

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — Declining enrollment numbers and lost revenue from students attending vocational and charter schools prompted the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee to unanimously endorse a move to explore bringing grades 7 through 12 from two buildings into one and to expand vocational and other offerings in the schools. …

Annual teaching awards aim to recognize unsung heros

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Though it’s barely been eight months since Michael Berg started his career as a classroom teacher, it would seem that he’s been at it for years. With less than an hour before dismissal, his fourth-grade students at Chestnut …

Four local students make their marks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four Valley students have recently received national honors in the arts, writing and community service. Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney was named the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student of the Year by the organization’s headquarters in …