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New policy notifies Northampton students about online voter registration

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — With the start of the school year, students are now being reminded of their civic duty. On the first day of school Wednesday, seniors at Northampton High School will be presented with instructions for accessing online voter registration. “One of our obligations as a public school district is to advise students of their rights upon turning age 18,” Superintendent John Provost said. “Very important among those is the …

Drawing the line

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Southampton Norris school problems fixed, officials give OK to open

Friday, August 28, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Nearly all of the problems identified in an inspection earlier this month at the William E. Norris School have been fixed, and on Friday the school got the OK to open Aug. 31, according to Superintendent Craig Jurgensen. The town health, fire and building departments conducted inspections of the school on Aug. 18, prior to its official opening. Dozens of problems …

More than meets the eye: Partnership between the Eric Carle Museum and Simmons College enlightens aspiring children’s writers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — In a space usually populated by small children, five adults recently hunkered down with an array of paper, paints and scissors in the art studio of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Their mission: …

Tweet nets donation of 20 iMacs to Northampton High School

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Thanks to a tweet by a tech-savvy teacher, Northampton High School now has a room full of Apple computers. Last month, Smith College donated 20 iMac computers to the high school for use in technology teacher …

Training opportunity for parenting program

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Openings are available for individuals who would like to train as facilitators of a local parenting program. “Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14” is a program for parents and middle school students in Easthampton hosted by the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition and the city’s …

Settlement reached in MCAD suit involving Amherst school district, former teacher Carolyn Gardner

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

AMHERST — A lawsuit against the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District filed by a former teacher who was allegedly subjected to repeated racially threatening attacks has been resolved. The settlement of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination suit filed last …

Educators, parents, students criticize proposed replacement to MCAS tests

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — As the deadline approaches for the state to decide whether to replace the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), teachers, parents and students in the Valley say the proposed new test does not fit their educational needs. …

Lawmakers in Senate, House look to update 2000 Bush-era education policy No Child Left Behind

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress is making another run at rewriting the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, even as the White House urges changes that the administration says would ensure that schools be held accountable when their students …

Statehouse hearing scheduled for special education bills

Monday, July 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing to consider nearly two dozen bills aimed at special education policies in Massachusetts. The bills address funding, transportation, enrollment and reimbursement policies. One of the bills would create a special commission to conduct an investigation into special education …

Prison inmates build wooden train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School

Monday, June 29, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — What does it take to build a train? At Westhampton Elementary School, it took the parent-teacher organization, two lumber companies, a grant and about half a dozen inmates. The community collaboration culminated Monday morning as five …

Recent Northampton High School graduate Jake Bridgman makes directorial debut at the Academy of Music with movie ‘The Cards’

Monday, June 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s not uncommon for teenagers to struggle in figuring out who they are. But for the fictional character Ada Welles, the struggle reaches a whole new level: Since her memory was wiped out in a car …

Quincy Biddle walks 100 miles — setting Jackson Street School record

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just weeks shy of graduating from Jackson Street School, Quincy Biddle crushed a new school record. As a fifth-grader, Quincy, 10, completed 100 miles in the school’s walking program, a feat accomplished over four years. She …