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Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school and middle school students also are taking orders. Friday is the deadline to order and the fruit is expected to arrive about …

Study: Minorities punished more in schools

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the …

With new class, Northampton High School students tell stories through song

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School has become a more soulful place thanks to a new songwriting course this year, where students in Grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to write and perform original music. The one-semester class was open to students with varying levels of musical experience. For this fall, 15 students …

Area briefs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easthampton APPLE A DAY 5K: The second annual “Apple A Day 5k” to benefit city elementary schools is Sunday at Easthampton High School. The event begins with a quarter-mile fun run around the school at 12:15 p.m., and a two-mile walk through Nonotuck Park at 12:30 p.m. The …

Tales of Truth Springfield students take Florence walking tour in study of famed abolitionist

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Florence is the classroom this week for 55 students from Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy who are studying famed abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Thanks to a $9,248 “Engaging New Audiences” grant from the Northampton-based Mass Humanities, the private, college …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Lawyer for Amherst-Pelham Regional School District says ex-teacher Carolyn Gardner refused another position, financial settlement

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner was offered both another position within the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and a financial settlement, both of which were refused before her attorneys filed a complaint Monday with the Massachusetts Commission …

Hampshire Regional High School to sponsor program Thursday on heroin addiction

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With increasing concern over a heroin epidemic in Massachusetts, Hampshire Regional School District is hosting an information session Thursday night for parents, staff and community members titled, “The Developing Brain: The Impact of Drugs.” The speaker will be Dr. Ruth Potee, a family practice doctor at …

Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner files discrimination complaint

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — Lawyers for former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner filed a complaint Monday with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination alleging that Amherst school administrators placed her on unpaid medical leave after she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress …

Improvements made to Bridge Street School playground in Northampton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School’s colorful playground has long been an eye-catcher. The community recently celebrated special new features to the beloved play structure. Over the summer, the hard-packed dirt outside the school was transformed into a bouncy …

Frontier Regional School officials, police have long prepared for potential shooting threat

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active-shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a Sunderland teen allegedly threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at …

Parents, teachers critique high-stakes tests at Northampton forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gus Morales, president of the Holyoke teachers union, thinks that if the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System had been around when he was growing up, he would not have received his diploma. “Had this been the culture …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls …