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State study: School snack ban working

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON — Rules aimed at banning sugary sodas, sweet snacks, potato chips and other standard school vending machine fare appear to be working in Massachusetts, according to a study released Wednesday. The study of 74 middle and high schools in three dozen districts showed big increases in the offerings of healthy “competitive foods and beverages” — those items sold in vending machines, school stores, and for fundraisers that “compete” with …

Frontier Regional School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

FRONTIER REGIONAL SCHOOL GRADE 12 MAXIMUM HONORS: Camilla Baronas, Kathryn Beckley, Hannah Bernotas, Tala Chunga, Megan Farrick, Mae Fydenkevez, Colin Hickey, Junaid Ijaz, Colin Lacey, Kimberly Logan, Kelly O’Neil, Benjamin Parsons, Aleksander Solecki, Jacqueline Spencer, Jake Terreden, Kori Wileman HIGH HONORS: Bryan Annear, Allison Bardwell, Amanda Binette, Justin Blake, James Blinder, Serina Cook, Emily Cox, Lorin Daughton, Leah Eve-Cowles, Oliver Fox, Hannah Goodrow, …

Hampshire Regional High School Honor Roll

Friday, July 17, 2015

HAMPSHIRE REGIONAL SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL FIRST HONORS GRADE 9 Katelyn Pickunka, Ryan Rentas GRADE 10 Brody Dean, Kaitlyn Hennessey, Amanda Labrie, Hayley Lavinio, Sarah Rogers, Maura Ronan, Marlena Schlerman, Sam Spelman, Ruth Tracy GRADE 11 Alexander Kubosiak, John LaBombard, Jacob Morris, Nicholas O’Hare, Alexandra Roessling, Christopher Yarmesky GRADE 12 Rose Carragher, Sasha Clapp, Maeve Ronan SECOND HONORS GRADE 9 Amanda Adams, Elizabeth Barcomb, …

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 …

State names new director for Holyoke school system

Monday, June 1, 2015

HOLYOKE — A struggling western Massachusetts school system is getting a new state-appointed leader. State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester on Monday named Stephen Zrike receiver for the Holyoke Public Schools. It will be Zrike’s job to turn around the system. Chester said Zrike has held leadership positions in …

PVPA moving ahead with new addition, will hold groundbreaking ceremony Friday

Monday, June 1, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — A $1.8 million addition will soon make it possible for all students and staff at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School to fit together under one roof. “The idea has always been there,” Mary Cantler, the school’s manager of philanthropy, said Monday. “Now …

Hadley Girl Scouts dedicate fundraising project to late classmate

Sunday, May 31, 2015

HADLEY — Fourth-grade Girl Scouts Troop 11644, engaged in a leadership project to change the world for the better, had made a decision to raise money to help ease the Ebola crisis. But when Hadley Elementary School student …