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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 …

CHALK TALK: Motivating students to find their voices

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Daniel Pink’s book, “Drive” (and also in his excellent TED talk), he reveals the three most powerful motivators for those who lead happy, fulfilling lives: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy refers to our desire to be self-directed, …

Betty Allen Chapter DAR bestows Good Citizens Awards to area high school seniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GOOD CITIZENS: The Betty Allen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated three high school seniors with its annual Good Citizens Award at the Chapter House Saturday, March 28. Award recipients honored by the Betty Allen Chapter are Cole Richard Burdell, a senior at Hopkins Academy …

NHS information night for parents of juniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton High School guidance department will host an event for parents of NHS juniors Wednesday, April 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at NHS. The purpose of the session is to provide families of students in the class of 2016 …

Two Northampton High students earn Key Club honors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

KEY CLUB HONORS: Two Northampton High School Key Club leaders earned outstanding honors this month at the 66th Annual New England and Bermuda District Key Clubs Educational Conference, where the club as a whole also earned high praise for its service. Club president Zachary Dietz won an Outstanding …

Northampton 12-year-old organizes hike to benefit Rainforest Trust

Monday, April 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the blazing August heat last year, 12-year-old Saraphina Forman hiked 8 miles up a section of the Grand Canyon with her mother, her sisters and two family friends. They started their trek at 3 a.m. …

JFK associate principal Matthew Collins to leave for job at Hampshire Regional High School in July

Monday, April 13, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — John F. Kennedy Middle School associate principal Matthew Collins will begin work as assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in July, pending successful contract negotiations. Collins, 41, of Westfield, will fill the vacancy created when former Hampshire Regional principal Laurie Hodgdon left in 2013 for …

A closer look

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Out for a stroll

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Early release plan on Fridays approved for Frontier Regional, Union 38 students

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional …

Area briefs

Friday, April 10, 2015

Northampton LOOK PARK EGG HUNT: The egg hunt postponed from Easter weekend will be held starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Look Park in Florence. The times are 1 p.m. for children ages 2 and under, 1:15 for ages 3 and 4, 1:30 p.m. for ages 5 and …