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State places Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School on probation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has put in place programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the changes appear to be too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its state certificate expires. The 11-member state Board …

Mother of Ryan Road School student objects to police firearms training nearby during weekdays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman said she plans to keep her fifth-grade son at home two days next week so he remains out of earshot of gunfire when the Police Department’s state-required firearms training partially overlaps with school hours, and she hopes other parents take a similar stand. “I feel frustrated that the …

Amherst Regional High School African Scholars substitute fundraiser for exchange trip

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

AMHERST — An exchange trip to Senegal and The Gambia planned by members of the Amherst Regional High School African Scholars has been postponed due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. However, the students are channeling their disappointment into action by holding a West African take-out fundraiser to benefit local health organizations working to combat the deadly disease. Meals in microwavable containers …

Volunteers help restore garden, build greenhouse at renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg

Saturday, September 27, 2014

An important part of the plans for the recently renovated Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg was to make sure that the school’s garden would not be overlooked or lost due to the additions on the building. The …

Amherst Equity Task Force establishes nine-member voting group

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AMHERST — The Equity Task Force, a group created last spring to advise the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on issues of race and class, will now have nine voting members, Chairman Amilcar Shabazz announced Thursday during a meeting focused on what he called “creating a framework” for making …

Harvard endowment at $36.4B

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — Harvard University’s largest-in-the-nation endowment grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June on a 15.4 percent return, the university agency that’s oversees the endowment announced. The endowment is now approaching its record high of $36.9 billion reached in 2008, before the worldwide …

$1M study about future of Wildwood Elementary School in Amherst gets state approval

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AMHERST — A $1 million study to determine whether to renovate the 44-year-old Wildwood Elementary School or construct a new building can begin now that the state has given its approval. School and town officials have been working …

Ebola hits home: PVPA grieves with drum teacher who has lost mother, other relatives to deadly virus

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — A beloved Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School drumming and dance teacher is grieving this week after losing his mother and two other relatives in recent days to the Ebola virus in his native …

Preschools latest to take on environmental movement

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. There are no plastic fast-food replicas to choose …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever “A Country Music Concert For A Cause” Oct. 4 at Millside Park, where family-friendly festivities will kick off at 5 p.m., and live music start at 6. Easthampton High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter has organized …

World War II-era grads celebrate 70th high school reunion

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In 1944, Barberton High School graduating senior Frank Woog coined the class motto: “We stick together.” And, boy, did they ever. On a recent weekday afternoon, nearly 40 surviving members of that World War II-era class met for their 70th class reunion. Although they’re 88 years old now, …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Northampton Superintendent John Provost, curriculumn director Nancy Cheevers: What exactly is differentiated instruction?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture this 8th grade English classroom: Four students read an article on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and prepare a guided tour complete with period costumes. Two additional student groups study models and drawings of the Globe Theatre. They also …