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Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted inspections of the school on Aug. 18, prior to its official opening. Dozens of problems …

Federal official tours addition at Chinese Immersion school

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HADLEY — Lian Duan, a middle school math teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, has a large classroom on the fourth floor of the school’s new addition — but it wasn’t always that way. Her situation when she started teaching for the school six years ago was very different. “So …

Positive behaviors program leads to classroom success at Hadley Elementary School; Hopkins shores up AP courses

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — Hadley Elementary School staff and teachers will continue their efforts this year to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all students, with a focus on increasing positive behaviors through a program introduced last year, said Superintendent Anne S. McKenzie. Hadley Elementary will welcome over …

A ‘new approach’ to teaching computer science: Get rid of the computer

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HOLYOKE — This fall, a dozen area high schools will take a new approach to computer classes — sometimes by ditching the computer. While much of the Exploring Computer Science program does in fact feature computer work, the …

Amherst survey seeks reaction on possible merger of regional middle and high schools

Friday, August 14, 2015

AMHERST — Residents of Amherst, Shutesbury, Pelham and Leverett are being asked to weigh in on the possible consolidation of the regional middle and high schools through a community survey released Friday. The survey, available online and in print, aims to collect information from families with children in …

Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 will start early release of students on most Fridays

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they will notice some changes to their schedule. Students will be released an 1½ hours early every Friday …

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk receives mostly positive evaluation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — Superintendent Maria Geryk received mostly high marks for her performance over the past year based on a compilation of evaluations by members of the school committees she serves, with members indicating significant progress toward goals that …

Amherst Regional School Committee votes to pursue talks with NAACP rather than entering mediation

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee intends to meet with the Amherst chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to address an alleged breach in a 22-year-old agreement aimed at eliminating racially inequitable discipline in the public schools. But the committee’s unanimous decision …

Local students solve mock murder, bank robbery cases as part of Holyoke Community College criminal justice camp

Monday, August 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — It was up to a group of teenagers to solve both a murder case and a bank robbery in the same week. Armed with knowledge provided by local law enforcement and other experts during “Cops, Crime …

Northampton High School graduate raising money to paint murals on homes of Colombians displaced by civil war

Saturday, August 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton High School graduate is using art to spread a feeling of peace in her home country of Colombia. When Adelaida Tamayo, 20, first began work on her undergraduate thesis at Dartmouth College, her intent …

Greenfield educator Elaine Mount new associate principal at JFK Middle School in Northampton

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Elaine Mount is the new associate principal at JFK Middle School. Mount, the assistant director of student services at Greenfield High School, will replace Matthew Collins, who left the position to become assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. Mount will begin her new …

Northampton Dollars for Scholars awards $55,700 in scholarships to 127 graduates

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In its 40th year, the Northampton chapter of Dollars for Scholars awarded a total of $55,700 to 127 graduates of Northampton High School and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The recipients were recognized during a ceremony May 12 in the Northampton High School auditorium. Among …