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School project to get stories from elders

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The sage advice “listen to your elders” has new meaning for thousands of kids this Thanksgiving. After weeks of classroom training, they’re prepared to interview a grandparent or elder, posing questions such as, “How would you like to be remembered?” or “Has your life been different from what you imagined?” Then they share those intimate conversations with the world through an unprecedented effort conceived by the nonprofit …

Middle school students urge Amherst to recast Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day

Saturday, November 21, 2015

AMHERST — Controversial, deplorable, greedy, cruel — this is how Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School students describe the explorer remembered for “discovering America” in 1492. Celebrating Columbus Day erases the suffering of Native Americans, a group of eighth-graders told the Human Rights Commission at a meeting in Jones Library Saturday morning, suggesting the town …

With simulator, Easthampton students learn about the dangers of distracted driving

Saturday, November 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — As Easthampton students sat down for “Distractology 101: A Crash Course on Distracted Driving,” instructor Nick Prpich told them to make sure they had their cellphones. “Distractology 101” came to Easthampton High School last week in a trailer parked in the school parking lot where students sat in front of three …

Teen’s arrest over text in class spurs civil rights case

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A girl who refused to surrender her phone after texting in math class was flipped backward and tossed across the classroom floor by a sheriff’s deputy, prompting a federal civil rights probe on Tuesday. The …

Amherst nears decision time on reconfiguration of elementary schools

Sunday, October 25, 2015

AMHERST — Superintendent Maria Geryk has recommmended a school building plan to the School Committee, which will weigh that recommendation against feedback from parents in its decision Nov. 3. Geryk said Tuesday she and her administrative team support a reconfiguration from three K-6 schools — Crocker Farm, Fort …

Northampton High School Key Club organizes March Against Street Harassment

Friday, October 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When Sheila Carpenter, 17, was in Mexico during the summer, a man began following her on a street in broad daylight. It started when he called to her from a bus, the Northampton High School senior recalled. When the man left the bus and started walking …

Jill Pasquini-Torchia named assistant principal at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton

Friday, October 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Jill Pasquini-Torchia has been named the new assistant principal at White Brook Middle School, according to Superintendent Nancy Follansbee. She is scheduled to start Nov. 30 , succeeding Andrea McCallum, who has been named assistant principal at the Center/Pepin Elementary Schools. Pasquini-Torchia, who has held leadership …

“The only true failure can come if you quit": Newly reopened school reflects determination of Worthington

Friday, October 23, 2015

WORTHINGTON — During one recent Friday morning meeting at the R.H. Conwell Elementary School, students discussed some of the books that they have been reading, including “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” “Filbert Flies” and “Giraffes Can’t Dance.” All of the …

‘School Local’ rally at Northampton City Hall draws hundreds

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If there was ever any doubt about support for the city’s public schools, it was squelched Thursday evening when hundreds of people showed up at the kickoff event for School Local, a campaign to support the …

North Star celebrates 20 years of self-directed learning for teens at new home in Sunderland

Thursday, October 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Grace Llewellyn’s “The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education,” came along as Ken Danford was questioning his own role as an eighth-grade history teacher at Amherst Middle School. …

Northampton School Committee at-large candidates discuss charter schools, standardized tests

Thursday, October 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Three of the four candidates running for two at-large seats on the School Committee shared their thoughts on standardized testing, competition from charter schools and how city schools could improve during a Wednesday night forum hosted …

Annual Amherst high school choral performance goes on, despite resignation of longtime teacher Anita Cooper

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

AMHERST — For the first time in well over a decade, longtime Amherst-Pelham Regional High School teacher Anita Cooper will not be conducting the annual fall choral performance. Cooper, who resigned from her Amherst teaching position in early …

Amherst administrators back school reconfiguration plan, but parents ask for more time

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

AMHERST — School administrators are backing a building plan that would sort elementary students into schools by grade rather than by neighborhood, but some parents are asking for more time to weigh the options. The decision on the …