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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 offerings of healthy “competitive foods and beverages” — those items sold in vending machines, school stores, and for fundraisers that “compete” with …

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 Blake, James Blinder, Serina Cook, Emily Cox, Lorin Daughton, Leah Eve-Cowles, Oliver Fox, Hannah Goodrow, …

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 12 Rose Carragher, Sasha Clapp, Maeve Ronan SECOND HONORS GRADE 9 Amanda Adams, Elizabeth Barcomb, …

Student art exhibit ‘Humans of Northampton’ aims to raise awareness of opioid epidemic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sean Walker said it took him just one time trying heroin before he became addicted. A friend had brought it to his hometown of Pittsfield, he recalled, and soon nearly all of his friends were using …

Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee blasts standardized tests in letter to Legislature

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee on Tuesday took a stand against standardized tests. It also praised plans for schedule changes at both the high school and middle school, which were presented during Tuesday’s meeting. The board voted unanimously to send a letter favoring a moratorium on …

Teen advocacy group aims to be a voice for animal rights

Monday, June 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A group of youths stood in front of the Subway at Wal-Mart on a recent Saturday morning chanting, “Don’t buy the humane lie. Animals do not want to die.” They told people that grain consumed through …

South Hadley High School graduates celebrate camaraderie, honor late classmate

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — One of the things Miles Martinez will remember most fondly about South Hadley High School is the camaraderie. “Showing up in the morning and getting to see all of my friends before class, that’s definitely …

Belchertown High School class of 2015 begins journey into the unknown

Sunday, June 7, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Parents, friends, siblings and faculty stood as the 170-strong Belchertown High School Class of 2015 marched in twos down the gymnasium. They filed neatly into a set of bleachers, buzzing with excitement as thousands of camera …

Easthampton High graduates told to continue making a difference

Sunday, June 7, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It was standing room only in the Easthampton High School gymnasium Saturday evening as 117 members of the graduating class of 2015 marched into their commencement ceremony. Senior adviser Kathleen Tonelli had been picked by the …

Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 graduates told to ‘choose you’ in next life chapter

Saturday, June 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As the Hampshire Regional High School class of 2015 celebrated commencement, the 119 “family” members were remembered for their unwavering school spirit throughout the six years they spent together under the school roof. “I believe our …

Hopkins Academy: ‘Don’t forget where you come from. Always learn’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HADLEY — An hour before Pomp and Circumstance played at Hopkins Adademy Friday, a very large family was already gathering on the lawn outside the school. At least that was the emotional tenor, which several members of the …

Amherst Regional High School: Friendship is a discipline that gives ‘confidence for life’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

AMHERST — “Love yourself, love others and never quit,” was the advice keynote speaker Doyin Richards offered the 249 members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School class of 2015 at the Mullins Center Friday night. This was a …

Smith Academy graduates ‘moving on, but not starting over’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HATFIELD — A dazzling display of camera flashes illuminated the dimly lit gym as Smith Academy’s class of 2015 — 41 strong — excitedly marched one by one toward the decorated stage. Hundreds of parents, siblings, and friends …