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Kary Garcia of Springfield helps her son Cristian Vazquez point on Puerto Rico with a sticker on a world map during Sunderland Elementary School's International Celebration Thursday night. Recorder/Tom Relihan

Sunderland Elementary School celebrates diversity

Saturday, January 31, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As Jaime Reloj of Sunderland helped his son John press a small, green, arrow-shaped sticker into the South China Sea on a giant world map Thursday night, marking the spot where the Philippines are located, a wide grin crossed the face of the Sunderland Elementary School student. Mounted on a bulletin board with a large black sign that …

Security upgrades at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School include emphasis on communication

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School aims to increase school safety with more than $160,000 in security upgrades and a commitment to better communication in the digital age. The school installed 20 new security cameras last fall and plans to add 20 more as part of an upgrade to a new surveillance system, said Smith Vocational Security Director Kevin Brown. Features …

Friday, January 30, 2015

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: A Hopkins Academy graduate is one of 10 students in the country selected for a year-long Qatar Exchange Fellowship through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Bilal Ali, 23, a 2011 Hopkins Academy grad who is a junior at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland is participating in a fellowship …

Northampton High School class cooks up creations in edible book contest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Giving a new twist to book reports, a Northampton High School cooking class held its first-ever edible book contest this week. An edible book is a three-dimensional visual representation of a book made mainly of food …

Granby school superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez to leave in mid-March for job in Connecticut

Friday, January 16, 2015

GRANBY — School Superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez will leave the post she has held for four years in mid-March to take a job in Connecticut. The move means Rodriguez, 53, will terminate her contract — set to run through …

Proposal to regionalize all grades in Amherst-Pelham School District moves closer to vote by towns

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — After years of planning, residents of Pelham, Leverett, Shutesbury and Amherst may have a chance to vote on a proposal to create a regional school district for all grades. A Regional Agreement Working Group, established in 2013, made recommendations Tuesday to the current regional district’s school …

Revenue squeeze likely to force layoffs in Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — Facing a $930,000 budget gap, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is looking to eliminate the equivalent of 17.5 full-time positions at the same time as school taxes rise in three of the district’s four towns, according to a budget report distributed at Tuesday’s committee meeting. The …

Rotting trees to come down on property used by Smith School off Burts Pit Road in Northampton

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sections of the 282-acre property off Burts Pit Road used by Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School will be temporarily closed to the public starting Wednesday, when work begins to remove six rotting trees from the park. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson asks that people observe safety precautions …

Worthington enrolls students, seeks to hire principal as it plans to reopen public elementary school

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The town’s School Committee has started enrolling students and is seeking a principal as it works to reopen a public elementary school in town by September. The R.H. Conwell Elementary School served the children of Worthington as a public school until 2010, when it was closed …

Lisa Minnick will not seek re-election after 25 years on Northampton School Committee

Monday, January 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Lisa L. Minnick, the longest-serving member of the Northampton School Committee, has announced that she will not seek re-election this year. Minnick, who lives at 44 Winterberry Lane in Florence and represents Ward 6, made the announcement at last Thursday’s School Committee meeting, according to Mayor …

Calvin Terrell returns to Amherst to give controversial presentation to parents

Monday, January 12, 2015

AMHERST — Social justice activist Calvin Terrell returned to Amherst Regional Middle School Sunday to give parents the opportunity to see the same controversial presentation given to their children in October. In October, Terrell delivered presentations at both …

Northampton officials tell state panel what’s wrong with education funding

Saturday, January 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — School administrators, teachers, and other public school advocates sounded off about shortcomings in the way the state funds education at a public hearing at Northampton High School Saturday. The meeting drew about 100 people, more than …

Deerfield considers ending School Choice program in elementary grades

Saturday, January 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the town of Deerfield facing yet another tight budget this year, the Deerfield School Committee is weighing whether it will continue to accept students under the state’s School Choice program. The concern is that accepting out-of-town students will end up costing the school money rather …