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University president gets heat from police for ‘die in’

Friday, December 12, 2014

University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second Pennsylvania college president in a week to face criticism for participating in “die-in” protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday — their demonstration symbolizing the 4½ hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by …

Amherst Regional students walk out to protest Ferguson grand jury verdict

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AMHERST — On a day when New York City remained in turmoil over a Staten Island grand jury decision in the death of a black suspect at the hands of police, 200 Amherst Regional High School students staged a walkout at school to protest a different grand jury decision. Josiah Vazquez, a junior …

Area charter schools accept applications for enrollment

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Area charter schools are now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Public Charter School in South Hadley, Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School in Easthampton, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley and Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School in Holyoke are now accepting applications and have open house events scheduled for prospective students. Admission into charter …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier aims for 10th straight sectional and 5th straight state title as No. 1 seed

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team can accomplish a pair of milestone streaks this postseason. The Red Hawks are aiming for their 10th straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title and their fifth consecutive state crown. But coach Sean …

Lawyer for Amherst-Pelham Regional School District says ex-teacher Carolyn Gardner refused another position, financial settlement

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMHERST — Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner was offered both another position within the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District and a financial settlement, both of which were refused before her attorneys filed a complaint Monday with the Massachusetts Commission …

Hampshire Regional High School to sponsor program Thursday on heroin addiction

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With increasing concern over a heroin epidemic in Massachusetts, Hampshire Regional School District is hosting an information session Thursday night for parents, staff and community members titled, “The Developing Brain: The Impact of Drugs.” The speaker will be Dr. Ruth Potee, a family practice doctor at …

Former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner files discrimination complaint

Monday, October 27, 2014

AMHERST — Lawyers for former Amherst teacher Carolyn Gardner filed a complaint Monday with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination alleging that Amherst school administrators placed her on unpaid medical leave after she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Hampshire Regional Drama Company to stage ‘Fools’ Friday through Sunday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire Regional High School Drama Company will stage a play this weekend about a Russian village that has been cursed with stupidity. Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools,” set in the late 19th-century, follows schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky as he tries to educate the townspeople and eventually falls …

State places Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School on probation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has put in place programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the changes appear to be too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber …

Mother of Ryan Road School student objects to police firearms training nearby during weekdays

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Florence woman said she plans to keep her fifth-grade son at home two days next week so he remains out of earshot of gunfire when the Police Department’s state-required firearms training partially overlaps with school …