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Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming …

School project to get stories from elders

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The sage advice “listen to your elders” has new meaning for thousands of kids this Thanksgiving. After weeks of classroom training, they’re prepared to interview a grandparent or elder, posing questions such as, “How would you like to be remembered?” or “Has your life been different from what you imagined?” Then they share those intimate conversations with the world through …

Middle school students urge Amherst to recast Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AMHERST — Controversial, deplorable, greedy, cruel — this is how Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School students describe the explorer remembered for “discovering America” in 1492. Celebrating Columbus Day erases the suffering of Native Americans, a group of eighth-graders told the Human Rights Commission at a meeting in Jones Library Saturday morning, suggesting the town …

Massachusetts releases PARCC exam data by school district

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the state determines what to do about standardized testing, data released Tuesday offers a look at how individual school districts performed on the spring 2015 PARCC exam. Overall, students in grades 3 through 8 who took the PARCC math and English exams last spring were …

Latest school option in Amherst a 700-student, two-wing kindergarten through Grade 6 building

Monday, November 9, 2015

AMHERST — Another potential option has emerged as Amherst officials and residents consider replacing the Wildwood and possibly Fort River elementary schools — a 700-student, two-wing kindergarten through Grade 6 school. Michael Morris, assistant superintendent of schools, told …

Parents, faculty and staff discuss possible merger of Amherst regional middle and high schools

Saturday, November 7, 2015

AMHERST — Administrators who want to combine Grades 7 through 12 into one building in Amherst to save money face an uphill battle convincing community members it’s the best option. Nearly half of around 970 people surveyed in …

Students to be part of annual open studios event in Florence

Sunday, November 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The 23rd Annual Open Studios and Holiday Sale event at the Arts & Industry Building in Florence will feature paintings by JFK Middle School and Northampton High School students. The event will take place Nov. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the …

Amherst teacher Jasmine Angela Robinson will receive Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award

Thursday, November 5, 2015

AMHERST — A Crocker Farm Elementary School teacher who has promoted social justice and equity alongside rigorous education in the classroom for nearly a quarter century will be honored Sunday. Jasmine Angela Robinson, who teaches third grade, will receive the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award at …

Alabama woman confronts dilemma in sending terminally ill son to school

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

ATHENS, Ala. — An Alabama teen with a terminal heart condition has not returned to school after a spate of hospitalizations because of what his mother says is a dispute with school officials about how he might die. …

Amherst postpones vote on reconfiguring elementary schools to January

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AMHERST — A decision by the School Committee on reconfiguring the elementary school grades is being delayed to the end of January to give community members more information and time to offer suggestions. On Tuesday, Assistant Superintendent Michael …

Teen with degree from UCLA postpones master’s study at Brandeis to help NASA develop surveillance technology

Monday, November 2, 2015

BOSTON — Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees, but he’s too young to vote. He flies airplanes, but he’s too young to drive a car alone. Life is filled with contrasts for Cavalin, a 17-year-old from San …