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Lander Grinspoon Academy fourth grader Chanina Kosovske, right, and Iqra Academy fourth grader Bashir Komov look at items Kosovske received at the end of a visit by LGA students to the W. Springfield school on Wednesday.

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 classmates as having been mostly like her: Caucasian, and in the elementary grades, of Jewish faith. “It would have been so interesting …

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 Parent, 14. “He’s my favorite teacher — ever.” Parent is one of more than 75 …

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, Livia Cox, Tristan Cox Chiara Darnton, Rafael DePillis, Lillian DeSilva-Beal, John Diep, John Dinsmore, Liza …

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 …

Northampton School Committee approves $30.7 million budget, without later start for high school

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton School Committee on Thursday approved a $30.69 million school budget for next year that does not include a later high school start time. All board members voted for the $30,694,357 budget proposed by Superintendent John Provost for the year beginning July 1. That amount …

Furnace problem causes brief evacuation of West Street School in Granby

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GRANBY — The West Street School was evacuated Tuesday when teachers smelled heating oil as the result of a furnace backfiring, according to interim superintendent Judith Houle. The incident occurred in the afternoon. The approximately 245 students enrolled in the school at 14 West St., which serves preschoolers …

Congressman James McGovern offers valuable lessons to sixth graders in Hadley

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — Congressman James McGovern told a room full of sixth graders at the Hadley Elementary School on Wednesday that he was not much older than them when he made his first foray into politics. In seventh grade, …

Two finalists for principal in Worthington will be interviewed Saturday

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The public is invited to meet the two finalists for the principal’s job at the R.H. Conwell Elementary School when they tour the building and are interviewed Saturday. The Worthington School Committee has narrowed 14 applicants to finalists Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, of Shelburne, and Jill Phelan, of …