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Frontier Regional 10th-grade MCAS scores improve

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a dip in 2014, Frontier Regional High School’s scores in all three areas of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test were higher overall this year. According to data released recently by the state, the number of students who scored advanced or proficient for the English portion of the exam at the 10th-grade level, where passing the test is a graduation requirement, went up one percentage point …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

KEVIN GUTTING Arlene Kowal, second from right, of the the National Geographic Network of Alliances leads Anne T. Dunphy School fifth graders, standing from left, Isabella Fawell, Heath Marney and Carter Blanchette through an exploration of a 26- by 32-foot map of Asia on Monday in Williamsburg. Later, the group entered the interior …

Easthampton High School’s professional development program recognized by state

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Teamwork and careful reflection are at the center of a professional development strategy that recently won Easthampton High School a spotlight on the state department of education’s website. Over the summer, the school’s teacher trainings became …

Northampton ‘School Local’ to rally on steps of City Hall

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON’S ‘School Local’ There’s “Eat Local,” “Shop Local” and now, “School Local,” a new campaign promoting the city’s public schools. To kick off the initiative, there will be a celebration on the steps of City Hall on Oct. 22 at 5:15 p.m. The family-friendly gathering will include performances …

Plan for property off Burts Pits Road in Northampton presented to Smith School trustees who will vote in October

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A plan to use the fields off Burts Pit Road mainly for agriculture Tuesday took the first in a series of steps toward becoming a reality. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson presented his plan for using the 282-acre property to the school’s …

Meetings scheduled on Wildwood Elementary School renovation or replacement project in Amherst

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AMHERST — Community members will have two opportunities this month to provide input for the Wildwood Elementary School renovation or replacement project. Architects will be present at an Amherst School Committee meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School and at two community forums at …

‘Deadliest Catch’ cast member from West Springfield hopes to inspire today’s youth

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Nicholas Tokman was 20, he moved to Alaska to become a fisherman. At first, his dream did not pan out — he lived in homeless shelters and pawned a gold necklace given to him by …

Area briefs: Memorial tree in Amherst; Will Bike 4 Food at Hatfield Lions Club Pavilion; showcase for emergency vehicles at Smith School

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Amherst MEMORIAL TREE: A tree in memory of the late Dorie Goldman, a bread-baker, bicyclist and environmental advocate, will be planted Thursday at Kendrick Park. The shagbark hickory, donated by the town’s Public Shade Tree Committee, will be dedicated to Goldman in a brief ceremony at 5 p.m., …

Heroin epidemic puts pressure on schools to get antidote

Friday, September 11, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The heroin epidemic that has been taking the lives of teenagers for years is creeping into even younger age groups and putting pressure on the nation’s schools to put a fast-acting overdose antidote within reach …

Future of Nonotuck Community School in Northampton remains uncertain

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Northampton — Though the future of Nonotuck Community School remains undecided, the parents, teachers and children who showed up at Thursday’s School Committee meeting breathed a sigh of relief on their way out. After about an hour of discussion, the school board voted unanimously to authorize Mayor David …

Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Martha Barrett to retire at end of school year

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Martha Barrett announced this week that she plans retire at the end of the school year in June. Barrett announced her plan Tuesday night to the Frontier Regional School …

Amherst Regional School District reports 1 percent surplus from last year’s budget

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

AMHERST — Lower than expected special education costs led to a 1 percent surplus in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District budget last year, according to district finance director Sean Mangano. The $570,855 surplus was made up almost entirely in the special education budget, which was $550,200 under budget, …