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Jackson Street School first graders Malia Mafi Silver, left, and Violet Nolan were happy to see a familiar face from last year, kindergarten ESP (Educational Support Professional) Lilly Pastor, while they waited for the doors to open for the first day of classes on Wednesday.

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 snuff box with the head of George Washington on it and all his fishing tackle. …

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 and very skilled principal,” Follansbee said. “She knows the schools and the families and the …

Performing arts charter school to celebrate 20th anniversary with new performance space, more community-oriented programs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — At a place like the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School — where the focus is on intensive education in theater, music and other artistic disciplines — the campus is bound to get noisy. …

Leverett principal eager for ‘Response to Intervention’ model

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

LEVERETT — “There’s something I call ‘the Leverett character,’” said Margot Lacey, Principal of Leverett Elementary School, in a recent interview. “People like being here, and they really appreciate being part of this community.” The elementary school, she said, is considered to be “for everybody,” and the school’s …

Smith Vocational to start composting, add new staff this year to fit needs of large freshman class

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School will be taking its “farm to table” model to a new level this year. Pending approval from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the school plans to begin composting its …

Building projects, discipline strategies on the agenda for Amherst schools

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Discipline, technology, scheduling, arts integration and building projects are all expanded topics on the agenda at the Amherst and Pelham schools this coming school year. Assistant Superintendent Michael Morris said the district’s two potential building projects …

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 …