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Amherst teacher, like her mother, to receive Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Alicia Lopez of Amherst went through school knowing that whatever her life path would be, there was one career she would avoid at all costs — teaching. Both her parents were teachers, and even seeing her mother, Sonia Nieto, win the prestigious Massachusetts Teachers Association Lifetime Civil Rights Award did not convince Lopez that the hard work and long hours were worth it. Now 45, Lopez has been …

Feeling clean

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Former Northampton student teacher’s emails prompt letter from superintendent, police visit

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City police paid a visit to former Northampton High School student teacher Kurt Ostrow this week after a parent complained about him contacting a child by email after he left as a freshman English teacher May 1. The complaint came less than a week after Northampton School Superintendent John A. Provost …

Amherst Regional Middle School Honor Roll

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Amherst Regional Middle School Grade 7 Elvina Abzalimova, Vianka Acosta McKenzie, William Allan, Lucy Anderson, William Andresen, Sage Aronson, Hillary Atkinson, Anne Auerbach, Jessica Ayala Martinez, Joanna Ayala, Mandisa Bailey, Jesse Barker Plotkin, Hallenbeck Barker, Nicholas Bellak, Nadav Berkman, Mira Binzen Levi Blinder, Daniel Block, Jhonatan Block, Philip …

Hilltown Voices: Gateway Regional School District has award-winning food service director

Friday, May 15, 2015

Wendy McCaul, the food service director for the Gateway Regional School District, says hunger is a growing issue in the Hilltowns. “I see hungry children in need of healthy food on a daily basis,” McCaul said. “Of the total enrollment at Gateway, including the Gateway Regional combined high …

Musicians return to honor longtime Frontier Regional band director Karen Atherton at final spring concert

Friday, May 15, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that’s what Thursday night’s spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for longtime band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after …

Traprock recognizes community service by youths with Peacemaker Awards

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Director Sarah Pirtle said the Peacemaker Awards recognize not only the students, but also the families, teachers and mentors who help and inspire them to do good things. “We look …

Roman Catholic school in Pittsfield closing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

PITTSFIELD (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has announced that is closing a Pittsfield parochial school because of declining enrollment and associated financial strains. The diocese announced Wednesday that St. Mark School will close at the end of the academic year. The school, with students in …

Amherst School Equity Task Force considers future role

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST — Originally created to make recommendations to reduce racial tensions in the schools, the School Equity Task Force may ask to have a broader role. At a meeting Wednesday, chairwoman Kathleen Traphagen, also a member of the School Committee, asked about a dozen members how they wanted …

Frontier Regional School Committee approves budget with no increase that cuts six positions

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee bowed to the fiscal will of its member towns Tuesday night. The committee voted to approve the administration’s $10.1 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, which is the same as this year’s spending but cuts six positions …

Visiting artist helps Easthampton students re-create works of Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Van Gogh and Dubuffet

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An energetic group of second graders became quiet for a moment as they took in their latest creation. “Remarkable,” one student called it. “It looks like a person,” another said. The image they created was indeed …

Deerfield Elementary School students collect donations for victims of earthquake in Nepal

Saturday, May 9, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — If not us, then who? That’s the simple reason Deerfield Elementary School sixth-grader Genesis Locke gave for participating in a stand-out campaign to collect donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s efforts to help victims of last month’s massive earthquake in Nepal, which devastated the …

Chicopee school renamed for 1976 graduate Kevin Dupont who died of injuries suffered in Afghanistan

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CHICOPEE (AP) — A Chicopee school is being renamed in honor of a city native who died as a result of injuries suffered in the war in Afghanistan. The school committee on Thursday voted to rename the former Chicopee High School after 1st Sgt. Kevin Dupont, a 1976 …