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Amherst makes changes in discipline approach to decrease suspensions

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — In an attempt to focus more on the causes of bad behavior than on the consequences, the Amherst school district has eliminated two secondary school deans and replaced them with “climate control coordinators.” The positions will be filled by two guidance counselors, Maureen Fleming at Amherst Regional High School and Talib Sadiq at Amherst Regional Middle School, said Faye Brady, director of student services. Mary Custard will continue … 0

Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations … 0

Immigrant debate hits home in Lynn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom … 0

Unit about World War II, Holocaust inspires delivery of paper butterflies at Magic Wings conservatory in Deerfield

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DEERFIELD — A new load of butterflies has emerged at the Magic Wings conservatory, but they came from a suitcase rather than cocoons. On their wings were messages of hope and scenes of tranquility, drawn by the hands … 0

Visiting artist Mary Jo Maichack helps Belchertown students gain confidence through storytelling

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Fourth graders at the Chestnut Hill Community School got life lessons this spring from the seemingly simple act of telling tales. In the culmination of an eight-session residency by visiting artist Mary Jo Maichack, a minstrel … 0

Area briefs

Monday, June 16, 2014

Amherst SEEKING MENTORS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire and Franklin Counties is in search of volunteers to serve as mentors to local young people. A recruiting session is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Platform Sports Bar, 125-A Pleasant St., Northampton. The event will … 0

Construction begins on four-story addition to Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion charter school, Hadley

Monday, June 16, 2014

HADLEY — A public charter school focused on immersing students in both Mandarin Chinese and English languages will begin an ambitious expansion project this week. The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School will hold a ceremonial ground-breaking Tuesday at … 1

Unions push legislatures for labor history courses

Sunday, June 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Unions and their allies are trying to flex their muscle in state legislatures, pushing for labor history to be included in social studies curriculum and hoping a new generation of high school students will one day be well-educated union members. But the results are instead … 0

Northampton High School Class of 1964 hosts 50th reunion

Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton High School Class of 1964 is holding its 50th reunion June 20 to 22. It was among the first high school classes in the baby-boomer generation that overwhelmed school facilities and, in Northampton, forced school officials to hold double and triple sessions to accommodate … 0

Around Southampton: Norris School roof still leaking, tennis courts upgraded

Friday, June 13, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The $975,000 project to replace the leaking roof at the William E. Norris School was completed last year, but to the consternation of school officials, there is still leaking in one area. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent … 0

Woman charged with prostitution at library

Thursday, June 12, 2014

TEWKSBURY (AP) — Police say they arrested a New Hampshire woman at the Tewksbury Public Library for allegedly requesting $60 to perform a sex act on an undercover officer. Brittany Macintyre, of Nashua, New Hampshire, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Lowell District … 0

Amherst Regional middle schoolers give test run to strategy for changing unruly college behavior

Thursday, June 12, 2014

They learned that changing behavior is tough. They learned that doing meaningful research is tricky. And they learned that explaining scientific formulas can be a brain twister. “Sometimes when I hear myself talking about this it sounds like … 1

Easthampton schools expand academic use of gardening

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — With a boost from a grant, Easthampton schools have expanded their efforts to use gardening as an integral part of the academic program. Parents and school officials gathered Wednesday at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton … 0