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Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMHERST — School Superintendent Maria Geryk is approaching September with measures she hopes will help put to rest the trauma of a school year marred by racial tensions at Amherst’s high and middle schools. “People think I’m wearing my rose-colored glasses, but I’m optimistic about this year,” she said in an interview. “I feel that we are doing the right … 0

@john_provost: Northampton schools open with a new chief and more steps into high tech

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northampton students can look forward to having WiFi connections to the Internet this year. By the end of September, the high school should be a WiFi hot spot. “The world is working at that high rate of speed, so we need to give our kids exposure to that,” said Angelo Rota, technology director … 0

Drug awareness, with focus on smoking, gets big push in Easthampton schools

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Officials in Easthampton are making a strong effort to get illegal drugs out of the hands of minors — starting by converting a former “smokers’ corner” by the high school into a garden. The addition comes after a change in the student handbook that no longer allows smoking on the parcel … 0

A call to make next year different at ARHS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Special education teacher Momodou Sarr, who has run what he calls crosscultural conversations at the Bangs Community Center and at Amherst Regional High School, said he believes administrators, staff and faculty tried hard to support each … 0

Anger, embarrassment and sorrow: Amherst Regional teachers speak out about the school’s year of racial strife

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — The year started full of promise at Amherst Regional High School for advancing its reputation as a place that takes racial concerns to heart. But the year ended Thursday with anger, embarrassment and sorrow over a … 0

Amherst school board members send state a message by staying with MCAS tests next year

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the Amherst schools will continue to take MCAS standardized tests next year rather than participate in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Both the Amherst School Committee and the Amherst Regional School Committee have voted to … 0

Residents urge social justice action in Amherst

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AMHERST — At the close of a school year roiled by racist incidents, members of community groups who planned to voice their social justice-related concerns with the regional school committee Tuesday were upset after their time to speak was limited. Around 30 members of various groups turned up … 0

Social justice advocates plan to talk 'de facto segregation' at joint meeting of Amherst, Amherst Regional school committees tonight

Monday, June 23, 2014

AMHERST — Representatives of a coalition of groups working to advance social justice causes in town are calling for people to turn out at the final joint meeting this academic year of the Amherst and Amherst Regional School committees Tuesday to remind them that they expect concrete action … 0

ARHS teacher Barber-Just one of four nationally honored by Williams College

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Passionate. Tireless. Beautiful. Powerful. Courageous. Compassionate. Bold. Brilliant. This is how your students describe you, Sara Barber-Just. Barber-Just, an English teacher at Amherst Regional High School, was standing at the front of the stage at Williams College at … 0

Jackson Street School, Northampton, bids adieu to its iconic play structure

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Twenty-four years ago, Jackson Street School Principal Gwen Agna was among thousands of volunteers who, as she puts it, “lived” on school grounds for five days to build the wooden playscape that has become one of … 1

Northampton schools stay with MCAS, while Easthampton tries PARCC

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton students in Grades 3 to 8 will continue taking the MCAS standardized tests next spring rather than participating in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Easthampton students will take the PARCC tests. The state Department of Elementary … 0

South Hadley middle school teacher Pamela Howes connects students with poetry

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — For 15 years, veteran middle school teacher Pamela Howes has found a way to ignite a love of poetry in her students. Her method is fairly straight-forward: Celebrate with a capital C. To that end, … 0

Amherst Regional Middle School club takes third place in state science fair

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

AMHERST — Members of the Amherst Regional Middle School Science Club took third place in the state middle school science fair in Worcester last weekend for their research testing the effects a video on student drinking had on University of Massachusetts students. Lee Borrell, Livia Tomasic, Zachary Ellis … 1