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Amherst school board discusses complaints of racially inequitable discipline, Open Meeting Law complaint

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST — While Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members discussed how to confront an accusation of racially inequitable discipline practices in Amherst schools, they accused one another of violating committee policy and the state’s Open Meeting Law. At the end of a specially planned meeting Monday afternoon, the committee voted to have three members meet with the Amherst National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the next week …

Monday, August 3, 2015

Molly O’Mara heads PR for sports at UMass AMHERST — Molly O’Mara has been named to the newly-created position of associate director of athletics for communications and public relations. O’Mara will oversee all areas of athletics communications, and will also serve as the primary media relations contact for the Minutemen football program. A 2004 graduate of the University, O’Mara spent the previous five …

Mediation, deliberation at issue in Amherst

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AMHERST — It’s a war of words among Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee members, who will meet Monday about two deliberation-based complaints. The first is a dispute about whether an email sent to the entire board from member Katherine Appy constituted deliberation, thereby violating the state’s Open Meeting Law. The second is what sparked the email — Appy’s assertion that committee Chairman Trevor Baptiste …

Hopkins Academy: ‘Don’t forget where you come from. Always learn’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HADLEY — An hour before Pomp and Circumstance played at Hopkins Adademy Friday, a very large family was already gathering on the lawn outside the school. At least that was the emotional tenor, which several members of the …

Amherst Regional High School: Friendship is a discipline that gives ‘confidence for life’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

AMHERST — “Love yourself, love others and never quit,” was the advice keynote speaker Doyin Richards offered the 249 members of the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School class of 2015 at the Mullins Center Friday night. This was a …

Smith Academy graduates ‘moving on, but not starting over’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HATFIELD — A dazzling display of camera flashes illuminated the dimly lit gym as Smith Academy’s class of 2015 — 41 strong — excitedly marched one by one toward the decorated stage. Hundreds of parents, siblings, and friends …

Gateway graduates urged to ‘trust in the goodness of people’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

HUNTINGTON — As the 80 members of Gateway Regional High School’s class of 2015 marched onto Booster Field to claim their seats Friday, they were met with cheers and applause from family, friends and teachers, many carrying bouquets …

Life advice from Frontier Regional: Ask a kindergartner

Saturday, June 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the Internet age, crowd-sourcing has become much easier, with technology like Google allowing us to connect with each other instantly. In fact, integrating Google into classrooms has become a hot topic at the Frontier …

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School graduates ‘greatest class in the school’s history’

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A class of 88 students that Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson called “the greatest class in the school’s history” graduated Thursday from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. “If it wasn’t for you, this school would be a …

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School graduates show off their creativity at Calvin Theatre

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The creativity fostered by the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School was on display at the Calvin Theatre Thursday night when each of the 59 members of the class of 2015 got a chance to …

Despite setbacks, Amherst program committed to continue student exchange with West African countries

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AMHERST — Weathering disruptions including disease outbreaks and visa complications, the Amherst-Pelham Regional High School African Scholars program is preparing to send its second batch of students to Senegal and the Gambia. So far, the after-school education group has sent one group of seven students to those countries …

Vito Perrone to leave Easthampton High School for principal’s job in West Springfield

Monday, June 1, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School principal Vito Perrone will leave his position at the end of the school year to become the new principal at West Springfield High School. “It’s really an amazing opportunity for me professionally,” Perrone …

Area briefs

Monday, June 1, 2015

Amherst EXCHANGE PROGRAM HOSTS NEEDED: The summer session of a Japanese student-exchange program is seeking Amherst- and Northampton-area host families for high schoolers scheduled to arrive July 24. The teens will study English at Amherst College until Aug. 12 through a program called PeopleLink, a California nonprofit arranging …