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Amherst agencies create award recognizing volunteer service by teenagers

Friday, April 24, 2015

AMHERST — Two teenagers dedicated to volunteer service in the community will be awarded cash prizes through a partnership between the Amherst Club and the Amherst Boys & Girls Club. The first Youth Community Service Awards will be presented later this spring to one high school-age student and one middle school-age student who exemplify a commitment to volunteerism. The high schooler will receive $700 and the middle schooler $200. In …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal to lead schools in Turners Falls

Thursday, April 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will lead the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Tuesday that he has selected Leonard to lead the newly combined middle and high school administration as principal, …

Frontier Regional towns oppose additions made to school budget for six positions

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at town meetings later this month. And …

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 …

Amherst-Pakistani exchange opens minds and hearts of educators

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — The terrorist attack that killed more than 100 schoolchildren and educators in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in December was about 7,000 miles away from Rebecca Woodland’s home, but for her it was as if it …

Amherst Regional High School prepares to expand interactive math curriculum that encourages flexibility, multiple solutions

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

AMHERST — A businesswoman offers two items in her air delivery service: calculators and chicken feed. The two products come in containers of different weight and size, with different costs and sale prices. Accounting for the limited capacity …

Hampshire Regional eighth-graders explore intersection of art and science during Smith College field trip

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly 60 eighth-graders from Hampshire Regional Middle School descended on the Smith College campus Wednesday to spill water, melt plastic and spin on office chairs until dizzy — all in the name of science. The field …

Chalk Talk: In a teacher’s voice

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Organizational development expert Margaret Wheatley writes, “We live in a complex world, we often don’t know what’s going on, and we won’t be able to understand its complexity unless we spend more time in not knowing.” I return …

EHS senior honored with service award

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GOLD HONORS: An Easthampton High School senior has been honored with a national community service award. Bryan Delaney, 18, was named a gold recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a recognition granted by The Prudential Spirit of …

Bridge Street School prepares for 100 year celebration

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MAJOR MARKER: The Bridge Street School “100 Years Committee” is looking for contributions of memorabilia and ideas to celebrate the Northampton school’s 100 years. The 100 Year Celebration of Bridge Street School is set for May 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the school. Organizers are looking …

Valley Press Club offers scholarships

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS: Up to six Valley Press Club Scholarships of $1,000 each are available for students interested in studying journalism. These include the Al Jaffe Scholarship, for which funds are donated annually by Jaffe, who was the Press Club’s first scholarship winner in 1964. Jaffe is a retired …