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Parents, teachers critique high-stakes tests at Northampton forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gus Morales, president of the Holyoke teachers union, thinks that if the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System had been around when he was growing up, he would not have received his diploma. “Had this been the culture of the schools when I was growing up, I would have dropped out,” he said to a crowd of more than 30 …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls for one of them, a woman named Sophia. About 30 students, grades 7 through 12, …

State places Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School on probation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has put in place programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the changes appear to be too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its …

Laura Fallon selected to fill vacant Ward 2 seat on Northampton School Committee

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An educator and mother of four is the newest member of the School Committee. Laura Fallon, 42, of 12 Massasoit St., received 10 of 17 votes at a special joint meeting of the City Council and School Committee Thursday night to fill the Ward 2 position …

Northwestern district atorney’s youth conference aims to deter substance abuse

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — By the end of the six-hour youth conference for preventing substance abuse on Wednesday, middle school students across Franklin, Hampshire and the North Quabbin region believed they would say “no” if offered drugs or alcohol by a peer. “A lot of people our age have already …

Northampton celebrities join children in promoting International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On their 45-minute walk to school Wednesday morning, Bridge Street School fourth graders Otis Roessler and Ellis Stewart, both 9, could hardly believe their luck. “The mayor’s up there in a brown jacket,” Otis told Ellis …

Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — Violent images described at assemblies on bullying at Amherst’s secondary schools by a nationally known social justice advocate last week left students sobbing and administrators apologizing for the “developmentally inappropriate” content. Calvin Terrell of the Social …

Christine Murphy of Monson named interim assistant principal of Hampshire Regional middle school

Monday, October 6, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An educator from Monson will start her job Friday as interim assistant principal of the Hampshire Regional middle school. Christine Murphy was selected from a pool of 31 applicants for the job, which is officially called …

Riverside Industries cafe nabs lunch contract for Hilltown Charter, new city neighhbor

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Sitting at a table in the Tuscan & Savannah Café on a busy afternoon last week, Adam Goodwin acknowledged that he is not Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, or Mario Batali. “But I feel like I’m one …

Colo. school protesters resist ‘patriotism’ edict

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GOLDEN, Colo. — Students and teachers fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses packed a school board meeting Thursday where the controversial changes could face a vote. Turnout …

App teaches preschoolers basic coding for computers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children …

Refugee of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo relates his story to Smith Vocational and Agricultural School students

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jowel Iranzi was barely 10 years old in 1996 when his life was turned upside down by war in his home country of Zaire — now the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family fled to Rwanda, …

Easthampton school notes: Easthampton High School student Bryan Delaney keynoter at annual conference

Monday, September 29, 2014

Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney will be a keynote speaker at “Find Your Voice,” the third annual Youth Conference on Substance Abuse Prevention Oct. 8 at Greenfield Community College. The conference, organized by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan’s office, aims to steer youth away from substance …