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Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste planned to participate in mediation with the …

State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the offerings of healthy “competitive foods and beverages” — those items sold in vending machines, school …

Frontier Regional School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

FRONTIER REGIONAL SCHOOL GRADE 12 MAXIMUM HONORS: Camilla Baronas, Kathryn Beckley, Hannah Bernotas, Tala Chunga, Megan Farrick, Mae Fydenkevez, Colin Hickey, Junaid Ijaz, Colin Lacey, Kimberly Logan, Kelly O’Neil, Benjamin Parsons, Aleksander Solecki, Jacqueline Spencer, Jake Terreden, Kori Wileman HIGH HONORS: Bryan Annear, Allison Bardwell, Amanda Binette, Justin Blake, James Blinder, Serina Cook, Emily Cox, Lorin Daughton, Leah Eve-Cowles, Oliver Fox, Hannah Goodrow, …

Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car …

Quincy Biddle walks 100 miles — setting Jackson Street School record

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just weeks shy of graduating from Jackson Street School, Quincy Biddle crushed a new school record. As a fifth-grader, Quincy, 10, completed 100 miles in the school’s walking program, a feat accomplished over four years. She …

Amherst Together survey results presented to about 50 people, focus groups next step

Friday, June 26, 2015

AMHERST — About 50 people gathered at the Jones Library Thursday evening for a presentation of the Amherst Together program’s “public perception” survey, and those who attended zeroed in on diversity, schools and the community’s relationship with the University of Massachusetts as crucial issues. Amherst Together — a …

Owner of Essentials in Northampton describes visit from iconic activist: ‘Oh my god, you’re Gloria Steinem’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Colette Katsikas said she “fangirled out” for the first time ever this week when feminist icon Gloria Steinem walked into Essentials, the Main Street shop Katsikas owns. According to Steinem’s office, the activist and author was …

JFK Middle School science fair, and state honors for Valley educators

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Ever wondered how long air freshener lasts, what kind of breath mint lasts the longest, or in what type of shoe you can run the fastest? These were all questions explored by students in the JFK …

Vt. growing farm-to-school programs

Monday, June 22, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms. Now the state will serve as a …

Area school lunch menus

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: All natural chicken nuggets, oven baked fries, veggie dippers, applesauce, banana Belchertown MONDAY: Half day, no lunch Easthampton MONDAY: HS: Exam lunch assorted sandwiches and wraps; WBMS: Chicken tenders, brown rice, mixed vegetables, veggie burgers are available upon request, chicken ranch wrap, garden salad with chicken, …

Three-ring circus

Saturday, June 20, 2015