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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
The climber is seen at the Bridge Street School's playground in Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.  The equipment is one of new additions to the playground.

Improvements made to Bridge Street School playground in Northampton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School’s colorful playground has long been an eye-catcher. The community recently celebrated special new features to the beloved play structure. Over the summer, the hard-packed dirt outside the school was transformed into a bouncy rubber surface, where children can play without worrying about kicking up dirt or getting muddy. There is also now an asphalt area for basketball and wall ball, tables for arts and crafts, and a playhouse. “There’s lots of places for them to explore and just be kids,” Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette said recently while looking out at the new play area from her office window. …

Frontier Regional School officials, police have long prepared for potential shooting threat

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active-shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a Sunderland teen allegedly threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School. The threat led to the swift arrest by Sunderland Police of Nicholas …

Parents, teachers critique high-stakes tests at Northampton forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gus Morales, president of the Holyoke teachers union, thinks that if the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System had been around when he was growing up, he would not have received his diploma. “Had this been the culture of the schools when I was growing up, I would have dropped out,” he said …

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NEW YORK — New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar …

South Hadley considers two-tiered high school diploma system

Friday, October 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The bar for getting a diploma from South Hadley High School may be too high for some students, said Superintendent Nicholas Young, and he has appointed a group to look into offering two types of …

Laura Fallon selected to fill vacant Ward 2 seat on Northampton School Committee

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An educator and mother of four is the newest member of the School Committee. Laura Fallon, 42, of 12 Massasoit St., received 10 of 17 votes at a special joint meeting of the City Council and School Committee Thursday night to fill the Ward 2 position …

Northwestern district atorney’s youth conference aims to deter substance abuse

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — By the end of the six-hour youth conference for preventing substance abuse on Wednesday, middle school students across Franklin, Hampshire and the North Quabbin region believed they would say “no” if offered drugs or alcohol by a peer. “A lot of people our age have already …

Northampton celebrities join children in promoting International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On their 45-minute walk to school Wednesday morning, Bridge Street School fourth graders Otis Roessler and Ellis Stewart, both 9, could hardly believe their luck. “The mayor’s up there in a brown jacket,” Otis told Ellis …

Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — Violent images described at assemblies on bullying at Amherst’s secondary schools by a nationally known social justice advocate last week left students sobbing and administrators apologizing for the “developmentally inappropriate” content. Calvin Terrell of the Social …

Christine Murphy of Monson named interim assistant principal of Hampshire Regional middle school

Monday, October 6, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An educator from Monson will start her job Friday as interim assistant principal of the Hampshire Regional middle school. Christine Murphy was selected from a pool of 31 applicants for the job, which is officially called …

Riverside Industries cafe nabs lunch contract for Hilltown Charter, new city neighhbor

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Sitting at a table in the Tuscan & Savannah Café on a busy afternoon last week, Adam Goodwin acknowledged that he is not Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, or Mario Batali. “But I feel like I’m one …

Colo. school protesters resist ‘patriotism’ edict

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GOLDEN, Colo. — Students and teachers fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses packed a school board meeting Thursday where the controversial changes could face a vote. Turnout …

App teaches preschoolers basic coding for computers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children …