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KEVIN GUTTING
Crocker Farm School librarian Susan McQuaid and paraprofessional Cedric Gonnet read to each other during a "Read Across America Day" presentation in the school cafeteria on Wednesday.

‘The Cat in the Hat’ and other Dr. Seuss characters entertain students at Crocker Farm Elementary School

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — “The Cat in the Hat” and company paid a visit to Crocker Farm Elementary School on Wednesday. To celebrate “Read Across America,” a nationwide event sponsored by the National Education Association, Crocker Farm librarian Susan McQuaid invited the famous Dr. Seuss character and some of his companions to the school cafeteria Wednesday morning to inspire the student body. Over the course of the day, classrooms were visited by Amherst College athletes and Amherst Police officers who read students their own favorite Dr. Seuss stories. “It’s been a long winter, and it’s just an opportunity to have fun together,” McQuaid said. During the morning …

Survey shows most Americans support gay marriage

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans. That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a comprehensive and widely respected survey that …

Paul Goodhind named principal of Mosier Elementary School in South Hadley

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Completing a change in leadership for the younger grades, the School Department announced Wednesday that Paul Goodhind, an educator in central Massachusetts, will be the new principal of Mosier Elementary School. He will replace Jill Pasquini-Torchia who is moving over to the Plains Elementary School to succeed Jill Flanders, who is retiring July 1. Goodhind has led the Boylston Elementary …

Area briefs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Northampton TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON: The annual “teacher appreciation luncheon” will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Northampton High School cafeteria. Every year, parents prepare lunch for the teachers on a professional development day. To sign up to bring a dish, visit the event’s …

Northampton High School students battle ‘zombie apocalypse’ by turning off devices for a day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — What would happen if high school students turned off their phones and iPads for an entire school day? At Northampton High School, the result was pretty simple: they talked to each other — face to face. …

Smith Vocational Agricultural High School cited for continuing problems with heat, condition of buildings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School continues to have problems meeting accreditation health and safety standards, with complaints including inadequate heating during the winter and a leaking roof in the library. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson agreed Tuesday that there are problems and said the school, which opened …

Universal access sought in pre-kindergarten bill

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BOSTON — Backers of a proposal to make pre-kindergarten programs available to all 3- and 4-years olds in the state regardless of family income said it would help narrow the academic achievement gap that exists among students from varying socio-economic backgrounds. The bill, unveiled on Tuesday, would allow …

Northampton High School class cooks up creations in edible book contest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Giving a new twist to book reports, a Northampton High School cooking class held its first-ever edible book contest this week. An edible book is a three-dimensional visual representation of a book made mainly of food …

Granby school superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez to leave in mid-March for job in Connecticut

Friday, January 16, 2015

GRANBY — School Superintendent Isabelina Rodriguez will leave the post she has held for four years in mid-March to take a job in Connecticut. The move means Rodriguez, 53, will terminate her contract — set to run through …

Proposal to regionalize all grades in Amherst-Pelham School District moves closer to vote by towns

Thursday, January 15, 2015

AMHERST — After years of planning, residents of Pelham, Leverett, Shutesbury and Amherst may have a chance to vote on a proposal to create a regional school district for all grades. A Regional Agreement Working Group, established in 2013, made recommendations Tuesday to the current regional district’s school …

Revenue squeeze likely to force layoffs in Amherst-Pelham Regional School District

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

AMHERST — Facing a $930,000 budget gap, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District is looking to eliminate the equivalent of 17.5 full-time positions at the same time as school taxes rise in three of the district’s four towns, according to a budget report distributed at Tuesday’s committee meeting. The …

Rotting trees to come down on property used by Smith School off Burts Pit Road in Northampton

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Sections of the 282-acre property off Burts Pit Road used by Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School will be temporarily closed to the public starting Wednesday, when work begins to remove six rotting trees from the park. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson asks that people observe safety precautions …

Worthington enrolls students, seeks to hire principal as it plans to reopen public elementary school

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The town’s School Committee has started enrolling students and is seeking a principal as it works to reopen a public elementary school in town by September. The R.H. Conwell Elementary School served the children of Worthington as a public school until 2010, when it was closed …