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Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton.

White Brook Middle School students in Easthampton aim to show power of kindness with Pay it Forward Challenge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Students at White Brook Middle School aim to show just how strong the power of kindness is as they attempt to spread good deeds around their school, the city and the world. The Pay it Forward Challenge, which was launched after assemblies on Tuesday, hopes to create a worldwide chain of random acts of kindness starting at the …

NH, Massachusetts educators finalists for Frontier Regional School superintendent

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts are the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, were selected from eight semifinalists reviewed …

State lawmaker gets nowhere with attempt to revive cursive

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By Kelsey Hamlin The Seattle Times (TNS) OLYMPIA, Wash. — Upon hearing from a teacher that her son’s handwriting needed some work, Suzi Allan sought help. She asked when his class would learn cursive writing. But like many schools, her son’s doesn’t teach it. Allan was offered an online packet, if she wanted to teach her son at home. No doubt about it, …

Amherst School Committee votes 4-1 to reconfigure elementary grades and build dual, 750-student Grades 2 to 6 schools

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

AMHERST — Despite vocal opposition from a group of parents, the School Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday to reconfigure the grades, paving the way for a two-wing, 750-student Grade 2 to 6 school to replace Wildwood and Fort River …

Future builders

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Amherst School Committee cites educational impact rather than cost of elementary school decision

Monday, January 18, 2016

AMHERST — School cost estimates are taking a back seat to education for the Amherst School Committee members who are expected to decide Tuesday how to reconfigure the elementary school grades. A majority of committee members said Thursday that they would support Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommended plan to …


Friday, January 15, 2016

Belchertown school employee placed on leave after bringing gun to school for advice on cleaning it

Friday, January 15, 2016

BELCHERTOWN — A staff member at the Chestnut Hill Community School has been placed on paid administrative leave after bringing an unloaded handgun in a locked case into the building on Wednesday to seek advice from a colleague about cleaning it. School officials are now conducting an internal …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, January 15, 2016

Amherst-Pelham TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, fresh apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Mac and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, strawberry cup, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Hamburger, sweet potato puffs, corn, garbanzo beans, orange, sliced peaches FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, veggie dippers, broccoli florets, fruit, …

Deerfield Elementary School now offers gluten-free lunch options

Friday, January 15, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Reid McCoy likes grilled cheese sandwiches. And pasta, too. The problem is those foods don’t always like him back. A year of stomachaches was explained when McCoy was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2015. …

Northampton School Committee grants Nonotuck lease of former Feiker School building; takes stand on high-stakes testing

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — After months of uncertainty, Nonotuck Community School got the green light Thursday night to stay in its current home. At its first meeting of the year, the School Committee also took up the issue of high-stakes testing, debating the merits and perils of a system many …

Majority of Amherst School Committee members support replacing Wildwood and Fort River with 750-student school

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The Amherst School Committee is preparing to make a potentially unpopular decision next week — replacing Wildwood and Fort River elementary schools with a two-wing school for 750 students in Grades 2 to 6 — in …

Amherst educators and parents favor replacing Fort River and Wildwood with 670-student elementary school

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

AMHERST — Parents as well as teachers and staff favor replacing the Fort River and Wildwood elementary schools with a single new building containing two separate wings for 670 students in kindergarten through Grade 6, according to a …