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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school and middle school students also are taking orders. Friday is the deadline to order and the fruit is expected to arrive about …

Study: Minorities punished more in schools

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the …

With new class, Northampton High School students tell stories through song

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School has become a more soulful place thanks to a new songwriting course this year, where students in Grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to write and perform original music. The one-semester class was open to students with varying levels of musical experience. For this fall, 15 students …

Supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner will take petition to Amherst school board

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — A group formed to support former math teacher Carolyn Gardner is asking school officials to settle with her before a discrimination complaint proceeds any further. Gardner earlier this month filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Organizers of a petition circulating on her behalf …

Activities canceled at Amherst Regional high and middle schools after mid-day bomb threat received; one of at least five in state

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School was one of at least five high schools across the state that responded to bomb threats Wednesday afternoon. Boston.com reported that besides Amherst, separate threats were received at Natick High School, Boston College High School, Boston English High School and Worcester North …

UNH to expand sex-assault program to high schools

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire is expanding its nationally recognized sexual violence prevention program to a younger audience: high school students in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Instead of focusing just on potential victims and perpetrators, the “Bringing in the Bystander” program teaches participants how …

Frontier Regional students named to Governor’s Statewide Youth Council

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DEERFIELD — Massachusetts will have a new governor on Jan. 5, and two students from Frontier Regional School will soon be able to tell him exactly what’s on their minds. The two students, junior Caitlin Burnett and sophomore …

EHS senior takes top honors in Greater Easthampton Distinguished Young Women competition

Sunday, November 9, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — For just a moment, Caitlin Oelrich’s eyes grew wide and her mouth formed a giant “O” of surprise. Then the winner of this year’s Greater Easthampton Distinguished Young Women competition clapped a hand across her mouth …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton competition moves to high school for 49th year

Thursday, November 6, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — After more than 25 years in Northampton, the Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton competition is moving back to its roots in Easthampton. On Sunday, 16 girls from Hampshire Regional and Easthampton High School will sing, …

Geryk responds to release of MCAD complaint by Gardner’s attorneys

Monday, November 3, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk on Monday said she was “shocked” that lawyers for former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner made public a complaint filed on Gardner’s behalf with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination last week. She also …

Stories aim to show issues teen parents face

Sunday, November 2, 2014

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy will host a screening of digital stories created by young parents to illustrate the issues they face, including violence, discrimination and homelessness. Working with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s “Hear Our Stories” project, the alliance will hold a public screening …

Complaint details threats endured by former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMHERST — A complaint submitted to the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination on behalf of former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner offers more detail on the racist graffiti, threatening notes and other apparent attacks that led …

Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee features 30 teams Thursday night

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — A friendly competition to see how well people know arcane trivia, in particular about elections, will help raise money to support local educational initiatives. The 20th annual Amherst Education Foundation Trivia Bee, featuring 30 teams competing for the top prize, will be held at the Amherst …