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KEVIN GUTTING
Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

The first day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wills of millions of Americans go online

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter. Harriet Beecher Stowe bequeathed her stock in several railroads and a Florida orange grove to her son. Daniel Webster willed a beloved grandson a gold snuff box with the head of George Washington on it and all his fishing tackle. …

Center/Pepin Elementary School Principal Amy Napolitano resigns, replaced by assistant Allison Rebello

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Former assistant principal Allison Rebello is now principal at the Center/Pepin Elementary Schools. She replaces Amy Napolitano, who resigned last week to take another position outside of the district, according to Superintendent Nancy Follansbee, who appointed Rebello to the post last week. “She’s a highly qualified and very skilled principal,” Follansbee said. “She knows the schools and the families and the …

New Worthington School District opens R.H. Conwell School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Everything is new at the R.H. Conwell School this year. This will be the first year for the newly reopened public elementary school, complete with an entirely new staff and a newly minted Worthington School District. …

Easthampton White Brook Middle School teachers and principal work to boost school morale; new administrators welcomed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — There will be a splash of color — with a literary theme — at White Brook Middle School this fall. A group of teachers and Principal Meredith Balise came together over the summer with the intent …

More classes, more choices at Gateway Regional

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HUNTINGTON — The Gateway Regional High School and Junior High School are entering their second academic year with a modified period model, under which the schools added two more periods to the former five-subject daily routines. Jason Finnie, who serves as principal for both schools, said the new …

Virtual High School online classes offered for first time at Granby Junior-Senior High School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GRANBY — Online classes are coming to the Granby Junior-Senior High School for the first time through a program called Virtual High School. “We are really excited about offering that to our students,” said Principal Jonathan Cavallo. “Possible courses, to name a few, include criminology, oceanography, anthropology, and …

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 …