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Amherst makes changes in discipline approach to decrease suspensions

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — In an attempt to focus more on the causes of bad behavior than on the consequences, the Amherst school district has eliminated two secondary school deans and replaced them with “climate control coordinators.” The positions will be filled by two guidance counselors, Maureen Fleming at Amherst Regional High School and Talib Sadiq at Amherst Regional Middle School, said Faye Brady, director of student services. Mary Custard will continue to serve as dean of students at the high school, a key enforcer of the schools’ disciplinary code. Superintendent Maria Geryk declined to say whether the other staff members, who served as deans in the … 0

Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations … 0

Immigrant debate hits home in Lynn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom … 0

Backstory: Remark by Amherst Regional School Committee member allegedly identifying student as ‘racist’ prompts apology, reprimand

Thursday, July 3, 2014

AMHERST — School officials have reprimanded a task force examining racial issues in the schools after the panel’s chairman allegedly identified a white student involved in racial tensions at Amherst Regional High School as a racist, and have also apologized to the student’s parents. The remark was allegedly … 4

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk gets passing grades in annual evaluation, though two dissent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk received good marks overall in her annual performance review by the three school committees she serves, with the highest grades in the area of promoting academic growth for all students and … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst takes over as Greenfield school superintendent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — After weeks of meeting with community members and getting to know Greenfield better, Jordana Harper-Ewert took over Tuesday as the leader of the School Department. The Amherst resident has spent the past few weeks touring Greenfield’s country roads, meeting with community leaders, working with the School … 0

‘Accidental’ teacher Anne Marie Osheyack of Northampton High School reaps another honor

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, she says, school was her “safe haven.” The 9th grade English teacher at Northampton High recalls that school gave her the support that she did not often get at home. She credits two of her high … 0

Chicago Public Schools to lay off more than 1,100

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CHICAGO — Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees, including 550 teachers, are being laid off because of declining enrollment, officials said Thursday. The 550 teachers are eligible to reapply for jobs in the CPS system, officials said. Historically, CPS officials said, more than 60 percent of displaced teachers … 0

Michael Morris named assistant superintendent of Amherst schools

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

A call to make next year different at ARHS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Special education teacher Momodou Sarr, who has run what he calls crosscultural conversations at the Bangs Community Center and at Amherst Regional High School, said he believes administrators, staff and faculty tried hard to support each … 0

Anger, embarrassment and sorrow: Amherst Regional teachers speak out about the school’s year of racial strife

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — The year started full of promise at Amherst Regional High School for advancing its reputation as a place that takes racial concerns to heart. But the year ended Thursday with anger, embarrassment and sorrow over a … 0

Amherst school board members send state a message by staying with MCAS tests next year

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the Amherst schools will continue to take MCAS standardized tests next year rather than participate in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Both the Amherst School Committee and the Amherst Regional School Committee have voted to … 0

Residents urge social justice action in Amherst

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AMHERST — At the close of a school year roiled by racist incidents, members of community groups who planned to voice their social justice-related concerns with the regional school committee Tuesday were upset after their time to speak was limited. Around 30 members of various groups turned up … 0