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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
The climber is seen at the Bridge Street School's playground in Northampton Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.  The equipment is one of new additions to the playground.

Improvements made to Bridge Street School playground in Northampton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School’s colorful playground has long been an eye-catcher. The community recently celebrated special new features to the beloved play structure. Over the summer, the hard-packed dirt outside the school was transformed into a bouncy rubber surface, where children can play without worrying about kicking up dirt or getting muddy. There is also now an asphalt area for basketball and wall ball, tables for arts and crafts, and a playhouse. “There’s lots of places for them to explore and just be kids,” Bridge Street School Principal Beth Choquette said recently while looking out at the new play area from her office window. …

Frontier Regional School officials, police have long prepared for potential shooting threat

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active-shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a Sunderland teen allegedly threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School. The threat led to the swift arrest by Sunderland Police of Nicholas …

Parents, teachers critique high-stakes tests at Northampton forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gus Morales, president of the Holyoke teachers union, thinks that if the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System had been around when he was growing up, he would not have received his diploma. “Had this been the culture of the schools when I was growing up, I would have dropped out,” he said …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the first-ever “A Country Music Concert For A Cause” Oct. 4 at Millside Park, where family-friendly festivities will kick off at 5 p.m., and live music start at 6. Easthampton High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter has organized …

World War II-era grads celebrate 70th high school reunion

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In 1944, Barberton High School graduating senior Frank Woog coined the class motto: “We stick together.” And, boy, did they ever. On a recent weekday afternoon, nearly 40 surviving members of that World War II-era class met for their 70th class reunion. Although they’re 88 years old now, …

Radical ideas At the Paulo Freire charter school in Holyoke, learning is infused with ideas about social justice

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HOLYOKE — Upon entering the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, there is a small room to the left with five flat-screen computers. These are for students who do not have computers at home. The room is also …

Northampton Superintendent John Provost, curriculumn director Nancy Cheevers: What exactly is differentiated instruction?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Picture this 8th grade English classroom: Four students read an article on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and prepare a guided tour complete with period costumes. Two additional student groups study models and drawings of the Globe Theatre. They also …

CHALK TALK

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I’ve always thought there is something very comforting about the month of September. The heat of the summer is mostly past, although a few well-placed days of above-80 degrees feel like the months we have just had off …

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIRECT MAIL: Northampton Superintendent John Provost believes it is important for educators to be engaged in discussions about public education. This is why he has launched his new blog at ourworkinthenorthamptonschools.blogspot.com. “There are important discussions occurring in the public sphere concerning the future of education, and I think …

NHS teacher makes a splash

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ALL WET : Northampton High School science teacher Dan Moylan started his school year off with a splash. On the first day of school, Moylan asked his biology and environmental science classes to take part in the Ice …

NY school district investigating photos of students wearing ‘rape’ T-shirts

Friday, September 19, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Commack school officials said Friday that they are investigating two photographs on social media depicting five district high school seniors in T-shirts spelling out “rape” and could take “disciplinary and legal action if applicable.” The district, located in Suffolk County, N.Y., said in two separate …

New White House campaign targets campus sex assaults

Friday, September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Friday launched a new public awareness campaign at campuses across America to prevent sexual assaults. Called “It’s on Us,” the new campaign will try to get students and others on college and university campuses to play a …

Easthampton High, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and Mosier Elementary in South Hadley show improved MCAS rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

Three area schools moved up in state rankings for meeting achievement gaps in Friday’s release of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test results. Meanwhile, most area school districts, including Amherst and Northampton, remained steady, and many either met or …