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Mohawk science teacher Kathleen Stier in Harbin, China, during a weeklong summer institute to teach AP course work to Chinese teachers. 
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Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about teaching Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome mat that awaited us upon our arrival,” … 0

Amherst Regional school district hires Sean Mangano as permanent finance director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a salary range between $95,000 and $105,000. It followed a search advertised in nine print and … 0

Interim teacher hired to replace Carolyn Gardner at Amherst Regional High School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who left her job at Amherst Regional High School in May as anonymous racial and hostile threats aimed at her continued, was not expected to be back in her classroom on the school’s opening day Thursday. Schools Superintendent Maria Geryk and high school Principal Mark Jackson said Wednesday … 0

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes … 0

AIC courses offered in Scholars Program at South Hadley High

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A program allowing high school students to take college-level courses without leaving the building will expand this year, said Elizabeth Wood, director of guidance and counseling. The South Hadley Scholars Program turns the high school … 0

New Granby breakfast program seeks to ensure all students are well fed

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GRANBY — Students arriving each morning at the East Meadow School this year will benefit from a new breakfast program designed to help concentration and improve learning. The idea for “grab-and-go” breakfast bags is that all students will … 0

Long-awaited new digs boost excitement for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School’s opening day

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When the new school year begins, the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will officially open the doors of its new building at 1 Industrial Parkway in Easthampton. “It’s thrilling to be here in the new school,” … 0

Interim schools chief seeks to keep steady course, foster communication

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Continuity will be a goal for the upcoming school year as the district adjusts to an interim educational leader while the School Committee resumes its search for a permanent superintendent. Robert Gazda, who is taking a … 0

Arts to be added to all classroom lessons

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — Art, music and physical education instructors will collaborate with classroom teachers on lessons this school year as the Amherst elementary schools formally integrate arts into the curriculum. Hours for the teachers of the specialty subjects, usually … 0

New leadership, college-credit classes in the mix at Smith Voke

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — New administrators, new classes and new animals are just some of the changes that will greet Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School students in September. “Next year is going to be a very, very exciting year … 0

Hampshire Regional School District: A renovated school in Williamsburg, new principal in Southampton

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A renovated and expanded school in Williamsburg and a new principal at the elementary school in Southampton are among the changes for the new school year in the Hampshire Regional School District. The district includes Hampshire Regional High … 0

New superintendent Anne McKenzie leads Hadley schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HADLEY — Newly hired School Superintendent Anne S. McKenzie has spent her first month on the job listening and getting to know people, which she plans to continue as the school year gets under way. “That first half … 0

Building community is focus as performing arts charter school sets to expand

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — As Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School students arrive for their first day of school Aug. 27, they will be entertained by a faculty band performing from a loading dock near the building’s main … 0