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Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education as it applies to low-income students. The bill would require the commission to recommend strategies that address potential problems “from over-identifying low-income …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five inmates from the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction in Northampton assembled a wooden …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car crash, she’s had to rely on others to tell her who she’s supposed to be. …

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School graduates ‘greatest class in the school’s history’

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A class of 88 students that Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson called “the greatest class in the school’s history” graduated Thursday from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. “If it wasn’t for you, this school would be a …

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School graduates show off their creativity at Calvin Theatre

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The creativity fostered by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School was on display at the Calvin Theatre Thursday night when each of the 59 members of the class of 2015 got a chance to …

Despite setbacks, Amherst program committed to continue student exchange with West African countries

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AMHERST — Weathering disruptions including disease outbreaks and visa complications, the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School African Scholars program is preparing to send its second batch of students to Senegal and the Gambia. So far, the after-school education group has sent one group of seven students to those countries …

Vito Perrone to leave Easthampton High School for principal’s job in West Springfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School principal Vito Perrone will leave his position at the end of the school year to become the new principal at West Springfield High School. “It’s really an amazing opportunity for me professionally,” Perrone …

Area briefs

Monday, June 1, 2015

Amherst EXCHANGE PROGRAM HOSTS NEEDED: The summer session of a Japanese student-exchange program is seeking Amherst- and Northampton-area host families for high schoolers scheduled to arrive July 24. The teens will study English at Amherst College until Aug. 12 through a program called PeopleLink, a California nonprofit arranging …

State names new director for Holyoke school system

Monday, June 1, 2015

HOLYOKE — A struggling western Massachusetts school system is getting a new state-appointed leader. State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester on Monday named Stephen Zrike receiver for the Holyoke Public Schools. It will be Zrike’s job to turn around the system. Chester said Zrike has held leadership positions in …

PVPA moving ahead with new addition, will hold groundbreaking ceremony Friday

Monday, June 1, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — A $1.8 million addition will soon make it possible for all students and staff at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School to fit together under one roof. “The idea has always been there,” Mary Cantler, the school’s manager of philanthropy, said Monday. “Now …

Hadley Girl Scouts dedicate fundraising project to late classmate

Sunday, May 31, 2015

HADLEY — Fourth-grade Girl Scouts Troop 11644, engaged in a leadership project to change the world for the better, had made a decision to raise money to help ease the Ebola crisis. But when Hadley Elementary School student …

Historic moment

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stoneleigh-Burnham School student speaker at graduation celebrates diversity of class

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight …