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Mohawk science teacher Kathleen Stier in Harbin, China, during a weeklong summer institute to teach AP course work to Chinese teachers. 
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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 teaching Advanced Placement biology courses to their American-bound students. “I was unprepared for the welcome mat that awaited us upon our arrival,” … 0

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 salary range between $95,000 and $105,000. It followed a search advertised in nine print and … 0

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 school’s opening day Thursday. Schools Superintendent Maria Geryk and high school Principal Mark Jackson said Wednesday … 0

Chinese charter school begins expansion by adding Grade 10

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HADLEY — It’s a big year for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School. This year begins its expansion into what will be the first kindergarten through 12th grade Chinese immersion school in the country, according to school administration. Its program now serves 320 students in kindergarten through … 0

Smith Academy spiffy after facelift; new play area graces elementary school

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HATFIELD — When students and staff return to Smith Academy this year, they will enter a school building that has undergone considerable improvements during the summer. Topping the list is the replacement of the school’s 18-year-old roof, which, despite repairs, had been leaking for the last four years. … 0

Grades 2 and 3 combined at Berkshire Trail Elementary in Cummington due to low enrollment

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CUMMINGTON — There will be a new classroom grouping and curriculum at Berkshire Trail Elementary School this year. “New for us this year will be the reinstatement of a multi-grade classroom for Grades 2 and 3,” Principal Lorraine Liantonio said. The combined classes resulted from low student enrollment. … 0

Curriculum coordination, professional development the focus for Frontier Regional, Union 28 schools this year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district will have new staff and programs while emphasizing professional development and increased collaboration among the schools and district towns this year. “Last year, we spent a lot of time focusing on mandates from the state,” said Superintendent … 0

Move from five- to seven-period day aims to improve students’ course options at Gateway Regional High and Junior High Schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HUNTINGTON — Students at Gateway Regional High School and Junior High School will have a new class schedule this year that school officials say will improve their options for study. “The new daily class schedule is the biggest change happening at the high school this year,” said Wendy … 0

New principal impressed with ‘welcoming’ community

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LEVERETT — With a new principal and the retirement of a longtime school psychologist, Leverett Elementary School is set for the new school year with its floors waxed and minor repairs made to a leaking office wall. Principal Margot Lacey, 61, started July 1, replacing Anne Ross who … 0

‘Meet the principal’ night tomorrow in Shutesbury

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SHUTESBURY — Jacqueline Mendonsa of Florence is preparing for her first year as the new principal of Shutesbury Elementary School. Mendonsa, 32, joined Shutesbury Elementary on July 1, replacing Maureen Ryan who resigned at the end of the 2013-14 school year. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts … 0

Two finalists for school superintendent named in Belchertown

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Two educators working elsewhere in Massachusetts were named finalists for superintendent of schools in Belchertown after a third candidate withdrew hours before the announcement was made Tuesday evening. Karen Zaleski, director of pupil services for the … 0

Divided Amherst Regional School Committee elects Trevor Baptiste new chairman amid concern about board factions

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AMHERST — Acknowledging that the Amherst-Regional School Committee has factions that may be causing harm to the school system and student education, a divided board elected a new chairman at its annual retreat Thursday afternoon. Trevor Baptiste of … 0

Amherst equity panel airs ideas for school reform

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AMHERST — Supporting school administrators in establishing a more racially and linguistically diverse staff, and retaining these teachers after they are hired, is an initial recommendation expected to come from a group focused on ensuring that Amherst public schools provide a welcoming educational environment for all students. At … 0