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Nonotuck Community School gets three-year lease of former Feiker School building

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Though the city school board has granted Nonotuck Community School three more years to rent the former Feiker School building, school officials are still concerned about what the future could bring. The School Committee voted unanimously Thursday night to approve a lease from July 1, 2016, to Aug. 30, 2019, with all maintenance costs to be paid by the tenant. The agreement must still be approved by the …

Baker bill seeks expansion of charter schools

Thursday, October 8, 2015

BOSTON — Legislation unveiled Thursday would let the state add up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside the existing cap on the schools in Massachusetts. Gov. Charlie Baker said his bill would focus the new growth in districts that are performing in the bottom 25 percent of districts statewide. The bill would also let the schools give preference …

Area schools explore keeping narcotic overdose-reversal Narcan on hand

Monday, October 5, 2015

With increasing awareness of a heroin epidemic facing the region, Valley schools are exploring the possibility of keeping Narcan, an antidote to narcotic overdose, on hand in the nurse’s office. Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said he believes a nasal Narcan toolkit should be among the health resources available to students — …

Memorial at former Northampton State Hospital grounds to be replaced this fall

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Plans are in place to restore the memorial to patients buried at the former state hospital grounds off Burts Pit Road. “We’re hopeful that it will be done this fall,” said Barbara Blumenthal, a member of …

Northampton introduces new tactics for dealing with student anxiety, plans to finish Wi-Fi project

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The teenage years are a stressful time for most young people, and for this school year Northampton’s schools are taking steps that will hopefully ease some of that angst. This summer, around 50 staff members took …

New Worthington School District opens R.H. Conwell School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WORTHINGTON — Everything is new at the R.H. Conwell School this year. This will be the first year for the newly reopened public elementary school, complete with an entirely new staff and a newly minted Worthington School District. …

Easthampton White Brook Middle School teachers and principal work to boost school morale; new administrators welcomed

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — There will be a splash of color — with a literary theme — at White Brook Middle School this fall. A group of teachers and Principal Meredith Balise came together over the summer with the intent …

More classes, more choices at Gateway Regional

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HUNTINGTON — The Gateway Regional High School and Junior High School are entering their second academic year with a modified period model, under which the schools added two more periods to the former five-subject daily routines. Jason Finnie, who serves as principal for both schools, said the new …

Virtual High School online classes offered for first time at Granby Junior-Senior High School

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GRANBY — Online classes are coming to the Granby Junior-Senior High School for the first time through a program called Virtual High School. “We are really excited about offering that to our students,” said Principal Jonathan Cavallo. “Possible courses, to name a few, include criminology, oceanography, anthropology, and …

Addition expands Chinese Immersion school in Hadley

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HADLEY — As it begins its ninth academic year, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School will offer a rigorous college preparatory program to its high school students as it opens a new addition that will accommodate more than 400 students under one roof. The public charter school, …

Hilltown Charter Public School continues to grow into new building in Easthampton

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — The Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School will see more teachers and a larger enrollment this year as the school community looks forward to their second year at their new location in Easthampton. “This year we will be fully staffed in the 7th and 8th grades,” Administrative …

Smith Academy in tune for coming school year; Hatfield Elementary focused on writing

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

HATFIELD — Smith Academy ended the most recent school year as champions, taking the 2015 Western Massachusetts Division 4 baseball title. Heading into the new school year, students can look forward to the school’s continued commitment to providing first-class programs in athletics and the arts. Over the summer, …

Jabish Brook Middle School in Belchertown to begin using Google applications

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Students and teachers at the Jabish Brook Middle School will be piloting an experiment in how the entire district might expand what Principal Thomas Ruscio calls “integrating technology into the classroom.” A small group will start using a few applications developed by the search engine turned …