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Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton.

White Brook Middle School students in Easthampton aim to show power of kindness with Pay it Forward Challenge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Students at White Brook Middle School aim to show just how strong the power of kindness is as they attempt to spread good deeds around their school, the city and the world. The Pay it Forward Challenge, which was launched after assemblies on Tuesday, hopes to create a worldwide chain of random acts of kindness starting at the …

NH, Massachusetts educators finalists for Frontier Regional School superintendent

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts are the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, were selected from eight semifinalists reviewed …

State lawmaker gets nowhere with attempt to revive cursive

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By Kelsey Hamlin The Seattle Times (TNS) OLYMPIA, Wash. — Upon hearing from a teacher that her son’s handwriting needed some work, Suzi Allan sought help. She asked when his class would learn cursive writing. But like many schools, her son’s doesn’t teach it. Allan was offered an online packet, if she wanted to teach her son at home. No doubt about it, …

Former Deerfield Academy student Moss Krivin files $10 million lawsuit against ex-teacher Peter Hindle

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DEERFIELD — A former Deerfield Academy student has filed a $10 million lawsuit against a former math teacher whom he has accused of raping him more than 30 years ago. Moss Krivin, now of Los Angeles, filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, claiming that Peter …

Teachers rated highly in new state evaluation

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

BOSTON — Most Massachusetts teachers and administrators earned good grades under the state’s evaluation system last school year. Data released by education officials on Tuesday showed that about 86 percent of teachers and administrators earned a proficient rating in their performance reviews for the 2014-15 year, roughly the …

Amherst Regional School Committee postpones middle and high school consolidation to 2018 at earliest

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

AMHERST — If the high school and middle school in Amherst are consolidated, it would not happen until fall 2018 at the earliest, one year later than planned. That was the recommendation Tuesday of Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools Director of Human Resources Kathryn Mazur, who has led a year-long …

Area briefs

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Amherst SYRIAN REFUGEES: “Soup for Syria,” a benefit for Syrian refugees with food, music and talks, will be held at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St., at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Michael Kane of Valley Syrian Relief, David Mednicoff, the director of Middle Eastern Studies at the …

Judge declines to force end to Detroit teacher sick-outs

Monday, January 25, 2016

DETROIT — A judge denied a second attempt by the Detroit Public Schools on Monday to obtain a temporary restraining order against teacher sick-outs that have closed dozens of buildings this month and kept thousands of students home. …

Parents raise concern about quicker notification after gun incident at Chestnut Hill Community School in Belchertown

Friday, January 22, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — Parents of children who attend the Chestnut Hill Community School during a forum Friday night questioned why more details were not shared more quickly with parents after an employee brought an unloaded handgun in a locked case into the building Jan. 13. “I hope the next …

Granby offers school superintendent’s job to Sheryl Stanton after first choice withdraws

Friday, January 22, 2016

GRANBY — The School Committee voted Thursday night to offer the superintendent’s position to Sheryl Stanton after contract negotiations broke down with its first choice for the job. Stanton, now an assistant superintendent for the Southbridge schools, said …

Sex abuse scandal rocks St. George’s School in Rhode Island

Thursday, January 21, 2016

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — For more than a century, St. George’s School has been part of the pedigree of some of America’s richest and most influential families. Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes have attended the exclusive boarding school, where students …

Amherst building committee considers plans for new 375-student Grade 2 to 6 school

Thursday, January 21, 2016

AMHERST — Following a 4-1 Amherst School Committee decision to house two 375-student, Grade 2-to-6 schools in one new building, the district’s building committee is weighing four options to submit to the state for approval. Of the four plans for the double-school building, three would use the site …

Belchertown officials plan forum Friday on incident involving gun brought to Chestnut Hill Community School

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — The School Department will hold a forum at 5 p.m. Friday to answer questions about how the administration handled an incident last week in which an employee brought an unloaded gun to the Chestnut Hill Community School to seek guidance from a colleague about how to …