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NY school district investigating photos of students wearing ‘rape’ T-shirts

Friday, September 19, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Commack school officials said Friday that they are investigating two photographs on social media depicting five district high school seniors in T-shirts spelling out “rape” and could take “disciplinary and legal action if applicable.” The district, located in Suffolk County, N.Y., said in two separate statements Friday that it was appalled at the posting of the photographs on Twitter, calling them “inappropriate” and saying it will be …

New White House campaign targets campus sex assaults

Friday, September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday launched a new public awareness campaign at campuses across America to prevent sexual assaults. Called “It’s on Us,” the new campaign will try to get students and others on college and university campuses to play a part in trying to stop sexual violence before it happens. A new public service announcement …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or surpassed state averages for MCAS scores in some subject areas. Area school leaders have been …

Bob the horse, Smith Voke’s unofficial mascot, dies at 34

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bob, a Belgian draft horse who became the “unofficial mascot” of Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, received a mint every day for the last 15 years of his life. This was his reward for saving …

HILLTOWN VOICES: Renovated Anne T. Dunphy School impresses students, teachers and parents

Friday, September 5, 2014

Anne T. Dunphy School Principal Stacey Jenkins said it for many Tuesday morning as Williamsburg students and families streamed in for the first day of school in a long-awaited new building. “We are very excited today, I can’t …

UMass unions rally on campus, claim existing benefits at risk during contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and claims that University of Massachusetts administrators want to take back union benefits prompted an hour-long campus rally led by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by …

Principal Jill Pasquini-Torchia to move from Mosier to Plains School in South Hadley

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Jill Pasquini-Torchia will be the new principal of the Plains Elementary School when it opens in a new building next year, succeeding Jill Flanders, who is retiring in June. Pasquini-Torchia will leave her current job as principal of the Mosier Elementary School to take on …

Students happy with Hilltown Cooperative Public Charter Public School’s new home

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — For students at the Hilltown Cooperative Public Charter Public School, the first day of school Wednesday meant reuniting with friends, meeting new teachers, and exploring the bright, modern building that contrasts with their former space in …

Unreasonable? Dogs banned from Amherst school grounds after students bitten; online petition seeks to overturn measure

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AMHERST — When Lisa Cain picks up her children at Crocker Farm Elementary School Friday afternoon, she expects to have the family dog, Milo in the car with her despite the fact that dogs are now barred from … 7

Student medical emergency prompts lockdown at Pelham Elementary School

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PELHAM — A medical emergency involving a Pelham student on the playground prompted an ambulance call Tuesday and resulted in a brief lockdown for the rest of the school’s children and staff. Principal Lisa Desjarlais said students were …

Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about …

Amherst Regional school district hires Sean Mangano as permanent finance director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a …

Interim teacher hired to replace Carolyn Gardner at Amherst Regional High School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who left her job at Amherst Regional High School in May as anonymous racial and hostile threats aimed at her continued, was not expected to be back in her classroom on the …