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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted inspections of the school on Aug. 18, prior to its official opening. Dozens of problems …

Federal official tours addition at Chinese Immersion school

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HADLEY — Lian Duan, a middle school math teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, has a large classroom on the fourth floor of the school’s new addition — but it wasn’t always that way. Her situation when she started teaching for the school six years ago was very different. “So …

Addition expands Chinese Immersion school in Hadley

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — As it begins its ninth academic year, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School will offer a rigorous college preparatory program to its high school students as it opens a new addition that will accommodate more than 400 students under one roof. The public charter school, …

Hilltown Charter Public School continues to grow into new building in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will see more teachers and a larger enrollment this year as the school community looks forward to their second year at their new location in Easthampton. “This year we will be fully staffed in the 7th and 8th grades,” Administrative …

Smith Academy in tune for coming school year; Hatfield Elementary focused on writing

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HATFIELD — Smith Academy ended the most recent school year as champions, taking the 2015 Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball title. Heading into the new school year, students can look forward to the school’s continued commitment to providing first-class programs in athletics and the arts. Over the summer, …

Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown to begin using Google applications

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Students and teachers at the Jabish Brook Middle School will be piloting an experiment in how the entire district might expand what Principal Thomas Ruscio calls “integrating technology into the classroom.” A small group will start using a few applications developed by the search engine turned …

South Hadley to open new elementary school

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Construction was the talk of the South Hadley education community this summer. The middle school will get a new entranceway with bulletproof glass designed to impede unauthorized entry. The Mosier Elementary School is getting a …

Shutesbury Elementary splits fifth and sixth grades

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SHUTESBURY — Principal Jacqueline Mendonsa is committed to the 132 kids currently enrolled at Shutesbury Elementary having another enriching year, with artists-in-residence, spirit weeks, opportunities for physical education, and special programs on and off-campus. “I think the school is a great source of pride for the town,” she …

Performing arts charter school to celebrate 20th anniversary with new performance space, more community-oriented programs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — At a place like the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School — where the focus is on intensive education in theater, music and other artistic disciplines — the campus is bound to get noisy. …

Leverett principal eager for ‘Response to Intervention’ model

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LEVERETT — “There’s something I call ‘the Leverett character,’” said Margot Lacey, Principal of Leverett Elementary School, in a recent interview. “People like being here, and they really appreciate being part of this community.” The elementary school, she said, is considered to be “for everybody,” and the school’s …

Smith Vocational to start composting, add new staff this year to fit needs of large freshman class

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School will be taking its “farm to table” model to a new level this year. Pending approval from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the school plans to begin composting its …

Building projects, discipline strategies on the agenda for Amherst schools

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Discipline, technology, scheduling, arts integration and building projects are all expanded topics on the agenda at the Amherst and Pelham schools this coming school year. Assistant Superintendent Michael Morris said the district’s two potential building projects …