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Frontier Regional 10th-grade MCAS scores improve

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a dip in 2014, Frontier Regional High School’s scores in all three areas of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test were higher overall this year. According to data released recently by the state, the number of students who scored advanced or proficient for the English portion of the exam at the 10th-grade level, where passing the test is a graduation requirement, went up one percentage point …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

KEVIN GUTTING Arlene Kowal, second from right, of the the National Geographic Network of Alliances leads Anne T. Dunphy School fifth graders, standing from left, Isabella Fawell, Heath Marney and Carter Blanchette through an exploration of a 26- by 32-foot map of Asia on Monday in Williamsburg. Later, the group entered the interior …

Prep schools take stock after rape trial

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BOSTON — A rape trial that drew intense scrutiny to one of New England’s elite boarding schools has cast a shadow over other prestigious prep schools as they start a new year. Somber letters going home to parents …

Area briefs: ‘Deadliest Catch’ cast member to speak at Hampshire Regional YMCA and other news

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Northampton MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER: Nicholas “Sunshine” Tokman, a regular cast member on “Deadliest Catch,” will give a free talk at the Hampshire Regional YMCA Youth Center, 286 Prospect St., at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tokman, a western Massachusetts native, will speak about deciding on what you want to do in …

Children return to school, many without Common Core results

Monday, September 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — No more sleeping in. With new backpacks, pens and pencils and clothes, millions of children are back in school or heading there after summer vacation. Many are excited, some are anxious — and still waiting for …

Friends and neighbors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Amherst Gabriel Killough-Hill has joined AmeriCorps for a term of national service on a Maine Conservation Corps field team. Gabriel is a 2015 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and the son of Bill and Ruthie Killough-Hill. The …

SAT scores slip again

Friday, September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is lagging, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years. The College Board says in a report that a record number of students took the exam. …

Michele Gay, mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim, speaks to Williston faculty and staff about school safety

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Michele Gay stood in front of more than 200 faculty and staff at the Williston Northampton School on Thursday and recounted step by step what she can remember from the day her youngest daughter, Josephine, was …

The first day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wills of millions of Americans go online

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON — Paul Revere left all his household furniture to an unmarried daughter. Harriet Beecher Stowe bequeathed her stock in several railroads and a Florida orange grove to her son. Daniel Webster willed a beloved grandson a gold …

Center/Pepin Elementary School Principal Amy Napolitano resigns, replaced by assistant Allison Rebello

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Former assistant principal Allison Rebello is now principal at the Center/Pepin Elementary Schools. She replaces Amy Napolitano, who resigned last week to take another position outside of the district, according to Superintendent Nancy Follansbee, who appointed Rebello to the post last week. “She’s a highly qualified …

New policy educates Northampton students about online voter registration

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the start of the school year, students are now being reminded of their civic duty. This fall, seniors at Northampton High School will be presented with instructions for accessing online voter registration. “One of our obligations as a public school district is to advise students …