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Jackson Street School second grader Rio Santos, left, fills out a ride card after cycling to school with her mother, Patricia Loomis, and sister, Solange Loomis, 4 1/2, on Wednesday, Massachusetts Walk & Bike To School Day.

Northampton and Easthampton students get a dose of fresh air and exercise on National Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A trail of children on bicycles and on foot could be seen moving through city neighborhoods Wednesday morning in celebration of National Bike to School Day. Some parents even joined in. “I like the exercise,” Jackson Street School parent Patricia Loomis said soon after arriving at the school with her daughters, second-grader Rio Santos, 7, and preschooler Solange …

Social worker discusses perils of marijuana use with educators, parents in Northampton

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Boston social worker Rick Cresta will not argue with those who say that marijuana causes less harm than other drugs. “That, however, does not mean it’s harmless,” Cresta told about two dozen parents, educators and others who attended his talk Thursday evening in the Little Theater at Northampton High School. Cresta, …

Oldest living alum of Bridge Street School in Northampton sought for recognition at 100th anniversary celebration

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A committee is seeking help identifying the oldest living alum of Bridge Street School to be recognized at the school’s 100th anniversary celebration this month. “We have a couple of good leads, but we’d like to have more,” said Gerald S. Budgar of Northampton, who attended Bridge Street School in the 1950s. “We’ll do something at the celebration for that individual …

State plans takeover of Holyoke schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending the Holyoke Public Schools be put into state receivership. Chester pointed to what he called the “persistent and pervasive” underperformance of Holyoke schools. He said only one in three students there is reading at grade level. Chester said he …

Easthampton school building project gets initial green light from state board

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City schools are now in the running for a building project funded by the state, with one possibility being a new school that would house students in kindergarten through grade 8. The six-member Massachusetts School Building Authority in Boston Wednesday approved Easthampton along with schools in …

Easthampton schools approve budget with no layoffs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Taking what officials believe to be a necessary step to balance school funds, the School Committee approved a $17.9 million budget for the next year with no layoffs and no additional programs or services. “Before we build them, we have to keep them,” said School Committee …

Whately Elementary School budget will increase by less than 1 percent without cutting staff

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHATELY — The Whately Elementary School joins the Conway Grammar School in proposing budgets that keep increases below 2 percent without cutting staff. The Whately school’s $1.5 million budget is a 0.6 percent increase over this year, making it the lowest increase of any approved school budget in …

Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton overhauled in celebration of 50th year

Monday, March 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — With its last winner crowned just four months ago, Distinguished Young Women of Greater Easthampton’s chairwoman Jennifer Lawton said there are monumental changes afoot during the scholarship program’s 50th anniversary show Sunday. In addition to moving …

Worthington School Committee approves budget, reviews 14 applications for principal

Saturday, March 21, 2015

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington School Committee has proposed its first full-year budget as a search proceeds for a principal to lead the elementary school the town plans to reopen later this year. The School Committee March 6 unanimously recommended a $984,912 budget for the fiscal year beginning July …

Easthampton School Superintendent Nancy Follansbee proposes $17.9 million school budget with no layoffs

Friday, March 20, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Superintendent Nancy Follansbee is proposing a $17.9 million school budget for next year that she said includes no layoffs and would allow for the same level of services as this year. “The budget we proposed allows us to keep all the programs and services that we …

Artist Brooke Schnabel introduces JFK Middle School students to monochrome printmaking

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Goshen painter Brooke Schnabel has introduced some 60 JFK Middle School students to the instantly gratifying world of monochrome printmaking. “I love it when I can make an activity with them that works,” he said Thursday …

Frontier Regional, Union 38 consider less-costly approach to professional development for teachers

Thursday, March 19, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Martha Barrett, the superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, began receiving reports on district-wide absences through a new substitute and absence management system this year, she noticed a trend that disturbed her. The district’s five schools were spending quite a bit …