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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz presents Helen Krok Backiel, who will turn 100-years-old on June 10, with a certificate as the eldest living alumnus of Bridge Street School on the occasion of the school building's 100-year anniversary Friday in Northampton.

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 countries to receive diplomas in a packed Stoneleigh-Burnham gymnasium. Among the graduates were Francesca Eremeeva …

Special Olympics participants enjoy the spotlight at Northampton High School track

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School student Mason Cruz looked nothing short of heroic as he sprinted down the Northampton High School track Thursday wearing a Superman tank top. Running alongside him was Craig Murdock, Bridge Street School physical education teacher and, on Thursday, a coach for the annual Northampton School Day Games, hosted …

State: Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School trustees violated Open Meeting law with executive session vote, slow delivery of minutes

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

HADLEY — The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School Board of Trustees violated the state’s Open Meeting Law by failing to promptly provide meeting minutes and taking an improper vote in an executive session, a review by the office of the Massachusetts Assistant Attorney found. In an April …

Board OKs takeover of Holyoke schools

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FITCHBURG — The state education board moved Tuesday to place the Holyoke public schools into receivership, citing disturbing trends in student achievement and dropout rates. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 at a meeting held in Fitchburg to accept a recommendation from state Education Commissioner …

Northampton High School takes risk with production of ‘This is Our Youth’

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For its next student production, Northampton High School is taking some risks. Opening Thursday night is “This Is Our Youth,” a play by Kenneth Lonergan about the misadventures of three young adults living in New York …

Thursday events in Northampton aim to help prevent marijuana use by youths

Monday, April 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Two events Thursday aim to educate the community on preventing the use of marijuana by youths. The first event is a workshop for parents and professionals on engaging youth in conversations about their use of the drug. Rick Cresta, a licensed social worker and adjunct associate …

Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal to lead schools in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will lead the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Tuesday that he …

Frontier Regional towns oppose additions made to school budget for six positions

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the …

JFK Mural Team spends spring break working on colorful cloth mural that will become permanent part of school

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With paint-covered fingers and smocks, the community came together this spring-break week to help make JFK Middle School a little more colorful. This week, around 20 students who make up the “JFK Mural Team” showed up …

Local Jewish, Muslim students embark on journeys of faith, understanding

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Growing up in Florence, Eliza Moss-Horwitz, 17, does not remember meeting a person of Muslim faith. She attended Lander-Grinspoon Academy, a Jewish day school, for kindergarten through grade 6, then JFK Middle School. She describes her …

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 …