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Northampton High students launch petition drive protesting departure of English teacher Kurt Ostrow

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Northampton High School freshman Danielle Parent learned in class Thursday that her English teacher, Kurt Ostrow, would be leaving May 1, she burst into sobs. “It’s really hard to lose someone that you trust,” said Parent, 14. “He’s my favorite teacher — ever.” Parent is one of more than 75 signers of a petition titled “Give Kurt …

Amherst Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, April 17, 2015

Amherst Regional High School Second Trimester GRADE 9 Camryn Adams, Stratton Adams, Kale Allan, Beatrix Barker, Claire Basler-Chang, Anya Benson, Isabel Bishop, Malcolm Blinder, Sadie Blumenfeld, Alvaro Borrell, Daniel Brennan, Lindsey Campbell, Rebecca Caraker, Eliza Carson, Devan Chen, Peroum Chham, Celia Child, Stanley Cliche, Robert Cooley, Adele Cousland, Livia Cox, Tristan Cox Chiara Darnton, Rafael DePillis, Lillian DeSilva-Beal, John Diep, John Dinsmore, Liza …

Friday, April 17, 2015

Into the wild Second-graders at the Anne T. Dunphy Elementary School in Williamsburg received a hands-on lesson on releasing trout fish into the wild. Students in teacher Johanna Korpita’s class raised the trout fry at school and on Wednesday released the fish into the Mill River. Above, Korpita and student Nicholas Por, right, …

Easthampton schools approve budget with no layoffs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Taking what officials believe to be a necessary step to balance school funds, the School Committee approved a $17.9 million budget for the next year with no layoffs and no additional programs or services. “Before we build them, we have to keep them,” said School Committee …

Whately Elementary School budget will increase by less than 1 percent without cutting staff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHATELY — The Whately Elementary School joins the Conway Grammar School in proposing budgets that keep increases below 2 percent without cutting staff. The Whately school’s $1.5 million budget is a 0.6 percent increase over this year, making it the lowest increase of any approved school budget in …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton overhauled in celebration of 50th year

Monday, March 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With its last winner crowned just four months ago, Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton’s chairwoman Jennifer Lawton said there are monumental changes afoot during the scholarship program’s 50th anniversary show Sunday. In addition to moving …

Worthington School Committee approves budget, reviews 14 applications for principal

Saturday, March 21, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington School Committee has proposed its first full-year budget as a search proceeds for a principal to lead the elementary school the town plans to reopen later this year. The School Committee March 6 unanimously recommended a $984,912 budget for the fiscal year beginning July …

Easthampton School Superintendent Nancy Follansbee proposes $17.9 million school budget with no layoffs

Friday, March 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Superintendent Nancy Follansbee is proposing a $17.9 million school budget for next year that she said includes no layoffs and would allow for the same level of services as this year. “The budget we proposed allows us to keep all the programs and services that we …

Artist Brooke Schnabel introduces JFK Middle School students to monochrome printmaking

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Goshen painter Brooke Schnabel has introduced some 60 JFK Middle School students to the instantly gratifying world of monochrome printmaking. “I love it when I can make an activity with them that works,” he said Thursday …

Frontier Regional, Union 38 consider less-costly approach to professional development for teachers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Martha Barrett, the superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, began receiving reports on district-wide absences through a new substitute and absence management system this year, she noticed a trend that disturbed her. The district’s five schools were spending quite a bit …

Amherst-Pakistani exchange opens minds and hearts of educators

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — The terrorist attack that killed more than 100 schoolchildren and educators in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December was about 7,000 miles away from Rebecca Woodland’s home, but for her it was as if it …

Amherst Regional High School prepares to expand interactive math curriculum that encourages flexibility, multiple solutions

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A businesswoman offers two items in her air delivery service: calculators and chicken feed. The two products come in containers of different weight and size, with different costs and sale prices. Accounting for the limited capacity …