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Amherst officials quash bid to discuss critical school memo, but session posted in partner towns

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — In a tug-of-war that has enmeshed town clerks in four towns, the vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is pressing ahead with a Monday meeting to discuss a controversial reprimand of a fellow board member — despite the chairman’s efforts to cancel it. Trevor Baptiste’s attempts to post the meeting in the towns that make up … 4

Teacher tenure fight gains momentum with ruling

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW YORK — A month after a California judge ruled that job protections for teachers violated children’s constitutional rights, one lawsuit making the same claim has been filed in New York, another has been announced and critics of teacher tenure in other states say they are preparing litigation as well. The June ruling in California has been stayed pending appeal and may never … 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 2012 after serving as principal of Crocker Farm School. Geryk said in an email that … 0

Amherst Regional Middle School club takes third place in state science fair

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AMHERST — Members of the Amherst Regional Middle School Science Club took third place in the state middle school science fair in Worcester last weekend for their research testing the effects a video on student drinking had on University of Massachusetts students. Lee Borrell, Livia Tomasic, Zachary Ellis … 1

Amherst Regional Middle School students learn how to grow their own food

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AMHERST — Five students at the Amherst Regional Middle School have been playing in the dirt each Thursday after school as University of Massachusetts student Kelsey Welborn guides them in the planting and harvesting of all sorts of … 0

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School celebrates as construction of addition begins in Hadley

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HADLEY — Andrea Cummings of Shutesbury sent her son and daughter to the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School because she wanted them to understand a second language, but she did not know one herself. “It wasn’t a … 0

Easthampton High School students win second place in statewide contest to create video about importance of healthy breakfasts

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School students Morgan Tabb, Leah Stabile, Kelly Boisjolie and Rachel Mastorakis, in class with multimedia teacher Eileen Claveloux, rose to the challenge of creating a video that illustrates why a healthy breakfast is important and earned second place in a statewide contest. In March, … 0

Task force to study equity in Amherst schools will meet Wednesday

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AMHERST — A task force formed to study equity in the Amherst schools after repeated hostile incidents aimed at a black teacher will meet Wednesday. The session, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Amherst Regional High School library. The 30-person committee, … 0

Unit about World War II, Holocaust inspires delivery of paper butterflies at Magic Wings conservatory in Deerfield

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A new load of butterflies has emerged at the Magic Wings conservatory, but they came from a suitcase rather than cocoons. On their wings were messages of hope and scenes of tranquility, drawn by the hands … 0

Visiting artist Mary Jo Maichack helps Belchertown students gain confidence through storytelling

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Fourth graders at the Chestnut Hill Community School got life lessons this spring from the seemingly simple act of telling tales. In the culmination of an eight-session residency by visiting artist Mary Jo Maichack, a minstrel … 0

Area briefs

Monday, June 16, 2014

Amherst SEEKING MENTORS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire and Franklin Counties is in search of volunteers to serve as mentors to local young people. A recruiting session is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Platform Sports Bar, 125-A Pleasant St., Northampton. The event will … 0

Construction begins on four-story addition to Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion charter school, Hadley

Monday, June 16, 2014

HADLEY — A public charter school focused on immersing students in both Mandarin Chinese and English languages will begin an ambitious expansion project this week. The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School will hold a ceremonial ground-breaking Tuesday at … 1

Unions push legislatures for labor history courses

Sunday, June 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Unions and their allies are trying to flex their muscle in state legislatures, pushing for labor history to be included in social studies curriculum and hoping a new generation of high school students will one day be well-educated union members. But the results are instead … 0