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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 an unprecedented effort conceived by the nonprofit …

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 a trailer parked in the school parking lot where students sat in front of three …

State education board approves new hybrid test

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts students will soon be facing a new standardized test after the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to combine elements of the existing MCAS test with another test aligned with Common Core state …

Frontier field hockey drops another heartbreaking state semifinal to Auburn

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GRAFTON — Late, heartbreaking goals follow the Frontier Regional field hockey team in the Division 2 state semifinals. Auburn’s Kileigh Hynes delivered a winner 8 minutes into overtime to give the Rockets their second consecutive 1-0 win over …

Around Easthampton: Superintendent hosts school information show; distracted driving lessons at high school; healthy eating theater

Monday, November 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A new show premiering on Easthampton Media Tuesday night will give residents an inside look at programs in the city schools. “News and Views with Nancy Follansbee” is hosted by Superintendent Nancy Follansbee and will be shown on cable channels 191 and 193 at 7 p.m. …

Area School Lunch Menus

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, orange TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Roast turkey and gravy, peas, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, spinach salad, apple cobbler, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato …

Visitors from Rwanda

Friday, November 13, 2015

Photos: Easthampton printmaker Lyell Castonguay visits Northampton High School art class

Friday, November 13, 2015

Easthampton printmaker and woodcut artist Lyell Castonguay recently visited Sheryl Jaffe’s art class at Northampton High School to assist students with a wood-block printing project. Castonguay has exhibited his work at galleries and museums around Massachusetts and beyond, …

Area briefs

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Amherst HOLIDAY BOOK FAIR: A holiday book fair will be held at the Jones Library, 43 Amity St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fair will include used books, compact discs and DVDs. Other items for sale to benefit the Friends of the Jones Library will …

#MillionStudentMarch at UMass Amherst brings together voices for a variety of issues

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst students rallied for a range of social and economic issues Thursday at a demonstration billed as the Million Student March — one in a series of such events held on campuses around …

University of Missouri officials resign over racial turmoil

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The campus coup d’etat was over. After two top University of Missouri system officials announced their resignations Monday following allegations they had not sufficiently addressed racial issues on campus, students danced on the quad where activists had set up a tent city. The football team …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …