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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 …

Local students solve mock murder, bank robbery cases as part of Holyoke Community College criminal justice camp

Monday, August 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — It was up to a group of teenagers to solve both a murder case and a bank robbery in the same week. Armed with knowledge provided by local law enforcement and other experts during “Cops, Crime …

Northampton High School graduate raising money to paint murals on homes of Colombians displaced by civil war

Saturday, August 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton High School graduate is using art to spread a feeling of peace in her home country of Colombia. When Adelaida Tamayo, 20, first began work on her undergraduate thesis at Dartmouth College, her intent …

Greenfield educator Elaine Mount new associate principal at JFK Middle School in Northampton

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Elaine Mount is the new associate principal at JFK Middle School. Mount, the assistant director of student services at Greenfield High School, will replace Matthew Collins, who left the position to become assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. Mount will begin her new …

Northampton Dollars for Scholars awards $55,700 in scholarships to 127 graduates

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In its 40th year, the Northampton chapter of Dollars for Scholars awarded a total of $55,700 to 127 graduates of Northampton High School and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The recipients were recognized during a ceremony May 12 in the Northampton High School auditorium. Among …

Amherst school board discusses complaints of racially inequitable discipline, Open Meeting Law complaint

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — While Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members discussed how to confront an accusation of racially inequitable discipline practices in Amherst schools, they accused one another of violating committee policy and the state’s Open Meeting Law. At the end of a specially planned meeting Monday afternoon, the committee …

Monday, August 3, 2015

Molly O’Mara heads PR for sports at UMass AMHERST — Molly O’Mara has been named to the newly-created position of associate director of athletics for communications and public relations. O’Mara will oversee all areas of athletics communications, and will also serve as the primary media relations contact for …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. …

State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the …

Frontier Regional School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

FRONTIER REGIONAL SCHOOL GRADE 12 MAXIMUM HONORS: Camilla Baronas, Kathryn Beckley, Hannah Bernotas, Tala Chunga, Megan Farrick, Mae Fydenkevez, Colin Hickey, Junaid Ijaz, Colin Lacey, Kimberly Logan, Kelly O’Neil, Benjamin Parsons, Aleksander Solecki, Jacqueline Spencer, Jake Terreden, Kori Wileman HIGH HONORS: Bryan Annear, Allison Bardwell, Amanda Binette, Justin …

Hampshire Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

HAMPSHIRE REGIONAL SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL FIRST HONORS GRADE 9 Katelyn Pickunka, Ryan Rentas GRADE 10 Brody Dean, Kaitlyn Hennessey, Amanda Labrie, Hayley Lavinio, Sarah Rogers, Maura Ronan, Marlena Schlerman, Sam Spelman, Ruth Tracy GRADE 11 Alexander Kubosiak, John LaBombard, Jacob Morris, Nicholas O’Hare, Alexandra Roessling, Christopher Yarmesky GRADE …