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Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions that divided the school during their senior year and fear at seeing a black teacher attacked by racist graffiti. Still, they professed … 0

Area briefs

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton NHS FRESHMEN TRANSITION: Northampton High School will hold its first-ever transition event for freshmen and their parents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event is aimed to ease anxieties of students and their parents about entering the high school. Students will meet the high school administrators, as well as their guidance counselors who will provide them with their schedules and planner. … 0

Town and school officials back out of WHMP radio’s broadcast on racial issues in Amherst

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Four Amherst officials backed out of a live broadcast by radio station WHMP on racial issues the day before Thursday’s planned event, saying the town and schools are in the early stages of an effort to unite the community and the officials want to focus on “positive momentum.” “We are unable … 0

Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing … 1

@john_provost: Northampton schools open with a new chief and more steps into high tech

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton students can look forward to having WiFi connections to the Internet this year. By the end of September, the high school should be a WiFi hot spot. “The world is working at that high rate of speed, … 0

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes … 0

AIC courses offered in Scholars Program at South Hadley High

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A program allowing high school students to take college-level courses without leaving the building will expand this year, said Elizabeth Wood, director of guidance and counseling. The South Hadley Scholars Program turns the high school … 0

New Granby breakfast program seeks to ensure all students are well fed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GRANBY — Students arriving each morning at the East Meadow School this year will benefit from a new breakfast program designed to help concentration and improve learning. The idea for “grab-and-go” breakfast bags is that all students will … 0

Long-awaited new digs boost excitement for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s opening day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When the new school year begins, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will officially open the doors of its new building at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. “It’s thrilling to be here in the new school,” … 0

Interim schools chief seeks to keep steady course, foster communication

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Continuity will be a goal for the upcoming school year as the district adjusts to an interim educational leader while the School Committee resumes its search for a permanent superintendent. Robert Gazda, who is taking a … 0

Arts to be added to all classroom lessons

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Art, music and physical education instructors will collaborate with classroom teachers on lessons this school year as the Amherst elementary schools formally integrate arts into the curriculum. Hours for the teachers of the specialty subjects, usually … 0

New leadership, college-credit classes in the mix at Smith Voke

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — New administrators, new classes and new animals are just some of the changes that will greet Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School students in September. “Next year is going to be a very, very exciting year … 0

Hampshire Regional School District: A renovated school in Williamsburg, new principal in Southampton

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A renovated and expanded school in Williamsburg and a new principal at the elementary school in Southampton are among the changes for the new school year in the Hampshire Regional School District. The district includes Hampshire Regional High … 0