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Security upgrades at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School include emphasis on communication

Friday, January 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School aims to increase school safety with more than $160,000 in security upgrades and a commitment to better communication in the digital age. The school installed 20 new security cameras last fall and plans to add 20 more as part of an upgrade to a new surveillance system, said Smith Vocational Security Director Kevin Brown. Features of the new system include the ability …

Friday, January 30, 2015

ONCE IN A LIFETIME: A Hopkins Academy graduate is one of 10 students in the country selected for a year-long Qatar Exchange Fellowship through the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Bilal Ali, 23, a 2011 Hopkins Academy grad who is a junior at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland is participating in a fellowship …

Proposed Frontier Regional School District budget shows no increase from this year

Friday, January 30, 2015

DEERFIELD — The first draft of the Frontier Regional School District budget for the year beginning July 1 shows no increase over this year, which district administrators said will be achieved mainly through staff retirements or layoffs. The district, which comprises Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately, is requesting a budget of $10,035,836, down 0.8 percent from this year. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett …

Amherst Regional students walk out to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — On a day when New York City remained in turmoil over a Staten Island grand jury decision in the death of a black suspect at the hands of police, 200 Amherst Regional High School students staged …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are …

Amherst Regional High School students plan walkout, discussion about racism to honor Michael Brown

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AMHERST — At least 13 students at Amherst Regional High School plan to leave campus shortly after noon Thursday to honor Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed in a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. The students, who plan to …

Smith School trustees vote 3-2 to end lease with recreation department, freeing space for licensed practical nursing program

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A licensed practical nursing program will return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School after a sharply divided board of trustees voted Tuesday to make space by ending its 23-year-old lease with the …

Smith Voke wants to bring GCC nursing program to campus, evicting Recreation Department

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School trustees will vote Tuesday on whether to end the school’s lease with the city Recreation Department in favor of bringing a Greenfield Community College nursing program to the campus. Smith Voke Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson said GCC has offered the opportunity …

Lavery Greenfield of Hatfield collects 1,009 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HATFIELD — For the entire month of October, Lavery Greenfield, 8, came home from school to find several jars of peanut butter and jelly on her front steps. Sometimes, the third-grader at Hatfield Elementary School recalls, there would …

Amherst Regional and statewide teachers unions pledge support for Carolyn Gardner

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AMHERST — Teachers in the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and the Massachusetts Teachers Association are committed to confronting racism and offering support for Carolyn Gardner, the math teacher subjected to racist and hostile incidents during the last school year, according to a joint statement issued Tuesday. The statement …

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 …

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 …

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 …