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Northampton High students launch petition drive protesting departure of English teacher Kurt Ostrow

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Northampton High School freshman Danielle Parent learned in class Thursday that her English teacher, Kurt Ostrow, would be leaving May 1, she burst into sobs. “It’s really hard to lose someone that you trust,” said Parent, 14. “He’s my favorite teacher — ever.” Parent is one of more than 75 signers of a petition titled “Give Kurt …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Second Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, Stanley Cliche, Robert Cooley, Adele Cousland, Livia Cox, Tristan Cox Chiara Darnton, Rafael DePillis, Lillian DeSilva-Beal, John Diep, John Dinsmore, Liza …

Friday, April 17, 2015

Into the wild Second-graders at the Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School in Williamsburg received a hands-on lesson on releasing trout fish into the wild. Students in teacher Johanna Korpita’s class raised the trout fry at school and on Wednesday released the fish into the Mill River. Above, Korpita and student Nicholas Por, right, …

Amherst educator among three finalists for prinicpal at Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MONTAGUE — An Amherst educator is among three finalists for principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School. The search nears a conclusion, as the three are scheduled to visit next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, …

Esther Daube-Valois volunteers with JFK Middle School Buddies program, earns Zonta Girl of the Year award

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Keeping some half-dozen elementary school children on task is no easy feat, especially when you’re not that much older yourself. But for Esther Daube-Valois, 13, this skill seems to come naturally. “You have to say something …

Some Frontier Regional parents express concern about early release plan for students on Fridays

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DEERFIELD — Parents in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school district want to see further details of a plan to release students early on Fridays and the use of that time for professional development before it is approved. The district’s administrators argued at a public forum Tuesday …

Central Berkshire Regional School District to maintain preschool in Cummington

Monday, March 30, 2015

CUMMINGTON — The Central Berkshire Regional School District has agreed to maintain a half-day, preschool program at the Berkshire Trail Elementary School after the rest of its classrooms are shut down at the end of this school year. The district school committee voted in December to close the …

Northampton High School InventTeam designs special oar for rowers with disabilities

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It was 17 years ago when Jim Brooks became disabled due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Then, nine years ago, a chance encounter in a grocery store introduced the former multi-sport athlete to the world of …

Towns question decision by Frontier Regional School Committee to reverse staff cuts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The decision by the Frontier Regional School Committee to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings …

Area brief

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst NOMINATIONS FOR EDUCATOR AWARD: Parents, students, teachers and staff are invited to make nominations for the first Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award. It will recognize an educator who demonstrates a commitment to supporting students, collaborating with colleagues and contributing in a positive way to the middle …

Headliners come out on top in Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Daguerreotype, a long-abandoned photography technique, was the word that propelled the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s team, “The Headliners,” to its fourth victory at the Northampton Adult Spelling Bee. The team, made up of Gazette staffers Ellie Cook, …

State plans takeover of Holyoke schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending the Holyoke Public Schools be put into state receivership. Chester pointed to what he called the “persistent and pervasive” underperformance of Holyoke schools. He said only one in three students there is reading at grade level. Chester said he …

Easthampton school building project gets initial green light from state board

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City schools are now in the running for a building project funded by the state, with one possibility being a new school that would house students in kindergarten through grade 8. The six-member Massachusetts School Building Authority in Boston Wednesday approved Easthampton along with schools in …