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GABRIEL KILLOUGH-HILL

Friends and neighbors

Friday, September 4, 2015

Amherst Gabriel Killough-Hill has joined AmeriCorps for a term of national service on a Maine Conservation Corps field team. Gabriel is a 2015 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and the son of Bill and Ruthie Killough-Hill. The MCC conducts conservation projects throughout the State of Maine, including extensive recreational trail construction and rehabilitation. Belchertown Cameron Laramee was named to the spring presidents list at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Patrick K. Gooden, an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadet at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, has graduated from the cadet leader course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. CLC is a 30-day summer training event focused …

SAT scores slip again

Friday, September 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Student performance on the SAT college entrance exam is lagging, continuing a mostly downward trend over the last five years. The College Board says in a report that a record number of students took the exam. The nonprofit organization, which administers the exam, said in a report released Thursday that the …

Michele Gay, mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim, speaks to Williston faculty and staff about school safety

Thursday, September 3, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Michele Gay stood in front of more than 200 faculty and staff at the Williston Northampton School on Thursday and recounted step by step what she can remember from the day her youngest daughter, Josephine, was killed when a shooter entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. “I share this …

Frontier Regional School District and Union 38 will start early release of students on most Fridays

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they will notice some changes to their schedule. Students will be released an 1½ hours early every Friday …

Amherst School Superintendent Maria Geryk receives mostly positive evaluation

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

AMHERST — Superintendent Maria Geryk received mostly high marks for her performance over the past year based on a compilation of evaluations by members of the school committees she serves, with members indicating significant progress toward goals that …

Amherst Regional School Committee votes to pursue talks with NAACP rather than entering mediation

Monday, August 10, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee intends to meet with the Amherst chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to address an alleged breach in a 22-year-old agreement aimed at eliminating racially inequitable discipline in the public schools. But the committee’s unanimous decision …

Local students solve mock murder, bank robbery cases as part of Holyoke Community College criminal justice camp

Monday, August 10, 2015

HOLYOKE — It was up to a group of teenagers to solve both a murder case and a bank robbery in the same week. Armed with knowledge provided by local law enforcement and other experts during “Cops, Crime …

Northampton High School graduate raising money to paint murals on homes of Colombians displaced by civil war

Saturday, August 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton High School graduate is using art to spread a feeling of peace in her home country of Colombia. When Adelaida Tamayo, 20, first began work on her undergraduate thesis at Dartmouth College, her intent …

Greenfield educator Elaine Mount new associate principal at JFK Middle School in Northampton

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Elaine Mount is the new associate principal at JFK Middle School. Mount, the assistant director of student services at Greenfield High School, will replace Matthew Collins, who left the position to become assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. Mount will begin her new …

Northampton Dollars for Scholars awards $55,700 in scholarships to 127 graduates

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In its 40th year, the Northampton chapter of Dollars for Scholars awarded a total of $55,700 to 127 graduates of Northampton High School and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. The recipients were recognized during a ceremony May 12 in the Northampton High School auditorium. Among …

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. …