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Former Northampton student teacher’s emails prompt letter from superintendent, police visit

Friday, May 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — City police paid a visit to former Northampton High School student teacher Kurt Ostrow this week after a parent complained about him contacting a child by email after he left as a freshman English teacher May 1. The complaint came less than a week after Northampton School Superintendent John A. Provost issued a May 12 letter to parents and guardians alerting them to an email Ostrow sent to his former students using their school email accounts. Ostrow had been a student teacher working with Northampton High teacher Anne Marie Osheyack this year and had been preparing to take over the class in May …

Greenfield Community College eyes Amherst Regional Middle School for courses, programs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — School officials, local politicians and the leadership at Greenfield Community College are all eager to hold community college classes at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School as part of a proposal that would move middle school classes to the high school. Some Greenfield Community College courses could be taught at the school …

Area brief

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Northampton STUDENT ART EXHIBIT: Community members have a final chance to see the Northampton High School student art exhibit in the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library, which will remain on display until Tuesday. The exhibit features drawings, paintings, ceramics and other art by students of Northampton High School teachers Lisa Leary and Sheryl Jaffe. The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to …

Local Jewish, Muslim students embark on journeys of faith, understanding

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Growing up in Florence, Eliza Moss-Horwitz, 17, does not remember meeting a person of Muslim faith. She attended Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school, for kindergarten through grade 6, then JFK Middle School. She describes her …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Worthington hires Gretchen Morse-Dobosz as principal of R.H. Conwell Elementary School

Thursday, April 16, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The School Committee has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz, of Shelburne, as principal of the R.H. Conwell Elementary School after interviewing two finalists. “We originally had 14 applications that we narrowed down to four and then chose the …

Easthampton High School students learn art of making videos

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It is no longer a mystery for some Easthampton High School students how those quirky videos they watch on YouTube are put together. “I just think it’s cool to see some videos with really good edits …

Amherst to study consolidation of middle, high schools in one building

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — Declining enrollment numbers and lost revenue from students attending vocational and charter schools prompted the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee to unanimously endorse a move to explore bringing grades 7 through 12 from two buildings into one and to expand vocational and other offerings in the schools. …

Annual teaching awards aim to recognize unsung heros

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Though it’s barely been eight months since Michael Berg started his career as a classroom teacher, it would seem that he’s been at it for years. With less than an hour before dismissal, his fourth-grade students at Chestnut …

Four local students make their marks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four Valley students have recently received national honors in the arts, writing and community service. Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney was named the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student of the Year by the organization’s headquarters in …

CHALK TALK: Motivating students to find their voices

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Daniel Pink’s book, “Drive” (and also in his excellent TED talk), he reveals the three most powerful motivators for those who lead happy, fulfilling lives: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy refers to our desire to be self-directed, …