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File- This March 12, 2005, file photo shows a student leaving after taking the SAT at Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is lagging, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years. The College Board says in a report that a record number of students took the exam. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

SAT scores slip again

Friday, September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is lagging, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years. The College Board says in a report that a record number of students took the exam. The nonprofit organization, which administers the exam, said in a report released Thursday that the mean score in reading was 495, down …

Michele Gay, mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim, speaks to Williston faculty and staff about school safety

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Michele Gay stood in front of more than 200 faculty and staff at the Williston Northampton School on Thursday and recounted step by step what she can remember from the day her youngest daughter, Josephine, was killed when a shooter entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. “I share this …

The first day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Memorial at former Northampton State Hospital grounds to be replaced this fall

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plans are in place to restore the memorial to patients buried at the former state hospital grounds off Burts Pit Road. “We’re hopeful that it will be done this fall,” said Barbara Blumenthal, a member of …

Northampton introduces new tactics for dealing with student anxiety, plans to finish Wi-Fi project

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The teenage years are a stressful time for most young people, and for this school year Northampton’s schools are taking steps that will hopefully ease some of that angst. This summer, around 50 staff members took …

New Worthington School District opens R.H. Conwell School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Everything is new at the R.H. Conwell School this year. This will be the first year for the newly reopened public elementary school, complete with an entirely new staff and a newly minted Worthington School District. …

Easthampton White Brook Middle School teachers and principal work to boost school morale; new administrators welcomed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — There will be a splash of color — with a literary theme — at White Brook Middle School this fall. A group of teachers and Principal Meredith Balise came together over the summer with the intent …

More classes, more choices at Gateway Regional

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HUNTINGTON — The Gateway Regional High School and Junior High School are entering their second academic year with a modified period model, under which the schools added two more periods to the former five-subject daily routines. Jason Finnie, who serves as principal for both schools, said the new …

Virtual High School online classes offered for first time at Granby Junior-Senior High School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GRANBY — Online classes are coming to the Granby Junior-Senior High School for the first time through a program called Virtual High School. “We are really excited about offering that to our students,” said Principal Jonathan Cavallo. “Possible courses, to name a few, include criminology, oceanography, anthropology, and …

Addition expands Chinese Immersion school in Hadley

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — As it begins its ninth academic year, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School will offer a rigorous college preparatory program to its high school students as it opens a new addition that will accommodate more than 400 students under one roof. The public charter school, …

Hilltown Charter Public School continues to grow into new building in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will see more teachers and a larger enrollment this year as the school community looks forward to their second year at their new location in Easthampton. “This year we will be fully staffed in the 7th and 8th grades,” Administrative …

Smith Academy in tune for coming school year; Hatfield Elementary focused on writing

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HATFIELD — Smith Academy ended the most recent school year as champions, taking the 2015 Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball title. Heading into the new school year, students can look forward to the school’s continued commitment to providing first-class programs in athletics and the arts. Over the summer, …

Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown to begin using Google applications

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Students and teachers at the Jabish Brook Middle School will be piloting an experiment in how the entire district might expand what Principal Thomas Ruscio calls “integrating technology into the classroom.” A small group will start using a few applications developed by the search engine turned …