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University president gets heat from police for ‘die in’

Friday, December 12, 2014

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second Pennsylvania college president in a week to face criticism for participating in “die-in” protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday — their demonstration symbolizing the 4½ hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by …

Amherst Regional students walk out to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — On a day when New York City remained in turmoil over a Staten Island grand jury decision in the death of a black suspect at the hands of police, 200 Amherst Regional High School students staged a walkout at school to protest a different grand jury decision. Josiah Vazquez, a junior …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are now accepting applications and have open house events scheduled for prospective students. Admission into charter …

District attorney’s Safe School Summit focuses on positive learning environment

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HOLYOKE — Charles D. Appelstein does not believe there is such thing as a “bad kid.” “I think any kid who wants to do something violent really doesn’t want to do it,” said Appelstein, a youth-care specialist from Salem, New Hampshire. He said he believes that most of …

Protesters back Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner against school district

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Wearing orange duct tape over their mouths to mock a school district lawyer’s perceived gag order and holding signs decrying racism, more than 50 supporters of former math teacher Carolyn Gardner stood in frigid temperatures Tuesday …

Tensions between school board members, Amherst superintendent Maria Geryk emerge in emails

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AMHERST — Accusations of lies and a potential breach of the superintendent’s contract, contained in a string of emails written by members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and Superintendent Maria Geryk, are raising the specter of discord …

Amherst teachers, staff told not to discuss Carolyn Gardner case publicly

Monday, November 17, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School teachers and staff have been advised not to comment publicly or have discussions with students about former math teacher Carolyn Gardner, whose attorneys last month filed a discrimination complaint against the school district. Meantime, a Tuesday meeting of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School …

When students call, Smith profs step in to teach NHS AP biology

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College biology professor Robert L. Dorit can make a comparison between DNA replication and text messaging: The faster it’s done, the more room for error. This is how Dorit explained to a class of 16 …

Amherst Regional junior Harsimran Kaur Multani, Northampton sophomore Lily Rogers members of youth council

Friday, November 14, 2014

An Amherst Regional High School junior and a Northampton High School sophomore are now members of the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council. Harsimran Kaur Multani of Amherst and Lily Rogers of Florence were among 28 young people from all 14 counties in the state who were sworn in by …

Former Celtics player Chris Herren shares story of addiction, recovery

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren listened to speakers on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as teenager, he would leave those assemblies thinking, “I’ll never be that guy.” “At 18 years old, I …

Amherst Together sponsors survey in effort to improve community for all residents

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AMHERST — Before events are scheduled and an action plan is developed for the Amherst Together initiative that aims to create an equitable environment and improve the community for all residents, suggestions are being sought from a broad cross section of Amherst. A community survey is being coordinated …

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 …