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Hopkins Academy school nurse Carolyn Sorrentino takes a call in her office at the high school on Russell Street in Hadley Monday.

Area schools explore keeping narcotic overdose-reversal Narcan on hand

Monday, October 5, 2015

With increasing awareness of a heroin epidemic facing the region, Valley schools are exploring the possibility of keeping Narcan, an antidote to narcotic overdose, on hand in the nurse’s office. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said he believes a nasal Narcan toolkit should be among the health resources available to students — whether or not the school has had …

Frontier Regional 10th-grade MCAS scores improve

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a dip in 2014, Frontier Regional High School’s scores in all three areas of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test were higher overall this year. According to data released recently by the state, the number of students who scored advanced or proficient for the English portion of the exam at the 10th-grade level, where passing the test is a …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

KEVIN GUTTING Arlene Kowal, second from right, of the the National Geographic Network of Alliances leads Anne T. Dunphy School fifth graders, standing from left, Isabella Fawell, Heath Marney and Carter Blanchette through an exploration of a 26- by 32-foot map of Asia on Monday in Williamsburg. Later, the group entered the interior …

New policy educates Northampton students about online voter registration

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the start of the school year, students are now being reminded of their civic duty. This fall, seniors at Northampton High School will be presented with instructions for accessing online voter registration. “One of our obligations as a public school district is to advise students …

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 …

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 …

With lease up in June 2016, Nonotuck Community School considers next steps

Thursday, August 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the city’s lease to the Nonotuck Community School set to expire next June, the future of the Florence child care center is uncertain — and school officials are hoping for more time to develop a new plan to continue operating. “We’re certainly not planning on …

Teens seeking deals, individual styles for back to school

Monday, August 24, 2015

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she’s particular about what she wears. But when The Associated Press followed the 15-year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping …

Area Briefs: Back to School Picnic at Jackson Street School

Monday, August 24, 2015

Northampton — There will be a “Back to School Picnic” at the Jackson Street School playground on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with music by Iroko Nuevo, pizza, cake, games and music. Visitors are also invited to bring a dish of their own. This event is organized …

Toys optional

Monday, August 24, 2015

Memorial at former Northampton State Hospital grounds to be replaced this fall

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plans are in place to restore the memorial to patients buried at the former state hospital grounds off Burts Pit Road. “We’re hopeful that it will be done this fall,” said Barbara Blumenthal, a member of …

Northampton introduces new tactics for dealing with student anxiety, plans to finish Wi-Fi project

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The teenage years are a stressful time for most young people, and for this school year Northampton’s schools are taking steps that will hopefully ease some of that angst. This summer, around 50 staff members took …