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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jowel Iranzi speaks to students at  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton on Tuesday. Iranzi is a survivor of genocides and political violence in Africa and now works for the Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts.

Refugee of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo relates his story to Smith Vocational and Agricultural School students

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jowel Iranzi was barely 10 years old in 1996 when his life was turned upside down by war in his home country of Zaire — now the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family fled to Rwanda, then to Burundi, before war broke out there too. His father was killed in the violence. When he fled to Tanzania in …

Easthampton school notes: Easthampton High School student Bryan Delaney keynoter at annual conference

Monday, September 29, 2014

Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney will be a keynote speaker at “Find Your Voice,” the third annual Youth Conference on Substance Abuse Prevention Oct. 8 at Greenfield Community College. The conference, organized by Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan’s office, aims to steer youth away from substance abuse through peer education. Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said this year’s …

Easthampton says farewell to Tim Luce, retiring Maple School principal, welcomes Judith Averill, whom he mentored

Monday, September 29, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — It could be said that Maple School Principal Thomas “Tim” Luce began his education career as a high school student in Connecticut, when as a member of the “Future Teachers” club, he tutored children at local elementary schools. “Who would have guessed?” he said with a laugh. Luce, 57, of Conway, …

Principal Jill Pasquini-Torchia to move from Mosier to Plains School in South Hadley

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Jill Pasquini-Torchia will be the new principal of the Plains Elementary School when it opens in a new building next year, succeeding Jill Flanders, who is retiring in June. Pasquini-Torchia will leave her current job as principal of the Mosier Elementary School to take on …

Students happy with Hilltown Cooperative Public Charter Public School’s new home

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — For students at the Hilltown Cooperative Public Charter Public School, the first day of school Wednesday meant reuniting with friends, meeting new teachers, and exploring the bright, modern building that contrasts with their former space in …

Unreasonable? Dogs banned from Amherst school grounds after students bitten; online petition seeks to overturn measure

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AMHERST — When Lisa Cain picks up her children at Crocker Farm Elementary School Friday afternoon, she expects to have the family dog, Milo in the car with her despite the fact that dogs are now barred from … 7

Student medical emergency prompts lockdown at Pelham Elementary School

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PELHAM — A medical emergency involving a Pelham student on the playground prompted an ambulance call Tuesday and resulted in a brief lockdown for the rest of the school’s children and staff. Principal Lisa Desjarlais said students were …

Teacher Kathleen Stier of Deerfield returns from instructing biology teachers in China about AP courses

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier, of Deerfield, instructed 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop about …

Amherst Regional school district hires Sean Mangano as permanent finance director

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — The man who has been filling in since the sudden, unexplained departure of the School Department’s finance director has been hired as the permanent replacement. The appointment of Sean Mangano, formerly the assistant director, was unanimously approved by the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee Tuesday at a …

Interim teacher hired to replace Carolyn Gardner at Amherst Regional High School

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — Math teacher Carolyn Gardner, who left her job at Amherst Regional High School in May as anonymous racial and hostile threats aimed at her continued, was not expected to be back in her classroom on the …

MAP Deerfield Academy buys John F. Thorn estate for $1.5 million

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DEERFIELD — For the second time this year, Deerfield Academy has purchased property in Old Deerfield for $1.5 million. According to the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, the Trustees of Deerfield Academy purchased the John F. Thorn estate …

Letter by Carol Ross saying she feared ‘race-baiting’ at forum in Amherst angers WHMP officials

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — A letter sent to all Amherst School District parents and staff by the woman hired to heal racial divides said she feared “race-baiting” would be part of a radio station forum held here last week. That … 1

Majority of Amherst Regional School Committee reaffirms legality of controversial July 14 meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee will send a letter to an Amherst man who challenged a meeting it held in July, saying the session was widely publicized in keeping with the spirit of the state Open Meeting Law and thus was held legally despite objections raised …