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CAROL LOLLIS
Jeffrey  Mish, facilities director of the Hadley Public Schools puts lines down on the Hopkins Academy soccer field.

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted inspections of the school on Aug. 18, prior to its official opening. Dozens of problems …

Federal official tours addition at Chinese Immersion school

Thursday, August 27, 2015

HADLEY — Lian Duan, a middle school math teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, has a large classroom on the fourth floor of the school’s new addition — but it wasn’t always that way. Her situation when she started teaching for the school six years ago was very different. “So …

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 …

Four interim school administrators named in Easthampton, including Kevin Burke at high school

Thursday, July 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Superintendent Nancy Follansbee has appointed four interim administrators for the city’s schools, including an interim principal for the high school. Easthampton High School assistant principal Kevin Burke will serve as interim principal in the fall. He replaces Vito Perrone, who left the position at the end …

Community group condemns release of former teacher Carolyn Gardner’s settlement with Amherst

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — A community group in support of Carolyn Gardner has condemned the release of the former teacher’s settlement with the town and school district, calling it a “reckless disregard” of personnel information. In addition to Gardner’s resignation …

Hamp district improvement plan available online

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Schools Superintendent John Provost’s District Improvement Plan is now available online at www.northampton-k12.us. The plan was developed by a committee of 35 teachers, administrators, parents, school board members and community partners over a series of five meetings in May and June. It provides a set of …

More than meets the eye: Partnership between the Eric Carle Museum and Simmons College enlightens aspiring children’s writers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — In a space usually populated by small children, five adults recently hunkered down with an array of paper, paints and scissors in the art studio of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Their mission: …