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Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education as it applies to low-income students. The bill would require the commission to recommend strategies that address potential problems “from over-identifying low-income …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five inmates from the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton assembled a wooden …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car crash, she’s had to rely on others to tell her who she’s supposed to be. …

Teen advocacy group aims to be a voice for animal rights

Monday, June 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A group of youths stood in front of the Subway at Wal-Mart on a recent Saturday morning chanting, “Don’t buy the humane lie. Animals do not want to die.” They told people that grain consumed through …

South Hadley High School graduates celebrate camaraderie, honor late classmate

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — One of the things Miles Martinez will remember most fondly about South Hadley High School is the camaraderie. “Showing up in the morning and getting to see all of my friends before class, that’s definitely …

Belchertown High School class of 2015 begins journey into the unknown

Sunday, June 7, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Parents, friends, siblings and faculty stood as the 170-strong Belchertown High School Class of 2015 marched in twos down the gymnasium. They filed neatly into a set of bleachers, buzzing with excitement as thousands of camera …

Easthampton High graduates told to continue making a difference

Sunday, June 7, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It was standing room only in the Easthampton High School gymnasium Saturday evening as 117 members of the graduating class of 2015 marched into their commencement ceremony. Senior adviser Kathleen Tonelli had been picked by the …

Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 graduates told to ‘choose you’ in next life chapter

Saturday, June 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 celebrated commencement, the 119 “family” members were remembered for their unwavering school spirit throughout the six years they spent together under the school roof. “I believe our …

Hopkins Academy: ‘Don’t forget where you come from. Always learn’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HADLEY — An hour before Pomp and Circumstance played at Hopkins Adademy Friday, a very large family was already gathering on the lawn outside the school. At least that was the emotional tenor, which several members of the …

Amherst Regional High School: Friendship is a discipline that gives ‘confidence for life’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

AMHERST — “Love yourself, love others and never quit,” was the advice keynote speaker Doyin Richards offered the 249 members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School class of 2015 at the Mullins Center Friday night. This was a …

Smith Academy graduates ‘moving on, but not starting over’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HATFIELD — A dazzling display of camera flashes illuminated the dimly lit gym as Smith Academy’s class of 2015 — 41 strong — excitedly marched one by one toward the decorated stage. Hundreds of parents, siblings, and friends …

Gateway graduates urged to ‘trust in the goodness of people’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HUNTINGTON — As the 80 members of Gateway Regional High School’s class of 2015 marched onto Booster Field to claim their seats Friday, they were met with cheers and applause from family, friends and teachers, many carrying bouquets …

Life advice from Frontier Regional: Ask a kindergartner

Saturday, June 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the Internet age, crowd-sourcing has become much easier, with technology like Google allowing us to connect with each other instantly. In fact, integrating Google into classrooms has become a hot topic at the Frontier …