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Area school lunch menus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Teacher’s work day, no school TUESDAY: Baked potato bar, broccoli, spinach salad, pear, peach cup WEDNESDAY: Meatball hero, romaine salad, peach cup, Empire apple THURSDAY: Pancakes with turkey sausage, baked Tater Tots, veggie dippers, Bartlett pear, applesauce FRIDAY: Cheesy pepperoni pizza, carrot sticks, romaine salad with tomato, sliced peaches, orange Belchertown MONDAY: HS: Chicken ala king, brown rice or Tostitos corn chips, with chili, carrots, broccoli, applesauce; JB: …

Educators at Charlemont forum say broadband access now essential part of school experience

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at …

School project to get stories from elders

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The sage advice “listen to your elders” has new meaning for thousands of kids this Thanksgiving. After weeks of classroom training, they’re prepared to interview a grandparent or elder, posing questions such as, “How would you like to be remembered?” or “Has your life been different from what you imagined?” Then they share those intimate conversations with the world through …

Annual Amherst high school choral performance goes on, despite resignation of longtime teacher Anita Cooper

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

AMHERST — For the first time in well over a decade, longtime Amherst-Pelham Regional High School teacher Anita Cooper will not be conducting the annual fall choral performance. Cooper, who resigned from her Amherst teaching position in early …

Amherst administrators back school reconfiguration plan, but parents ask for more time

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

AMHERST — School administrators are backing a building plan that would sort elementary students into schools by grade rather than by neighborhood, but some parents are asking for more time to weigh the options. The decision on the …

Lander-Grinspoon Academy goes solar

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to lessons in clean energy, Lander-Grinspoon Academy students are learning by example. Last week, the private Jewish day school at 257 Prospect St. turned on 147 solar panels that were installed on its …

Donation to Bridge Street School carries on daughter’s spirit of helping others

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Marie Hershkowitz is remembered as a patient teacher who gave her time generously. And through a donation to the school where the late educator loved to teach, her father, Dr. Melvin Hershkowitz, is helping to keep …

Smith Vocational trustees approve agricultural plan for land off Burts Pit Road in Northampton

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An agricultural plan for 282 acres of land leased to Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School was approved Tuesday by the board of trustees, but what exactly this means for dog walkers remains uncertain. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson’s plan for the state land off Burts Pit Road …

Sports rules, so family chooses homeschooling for more time with youngest kids

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. — Every space in the first floor of the Walsh family’s home serves as a classroom — the walls of the mudroom are chalkboards, the windows in the dining room are lined with children’s books and the kitchen holds recipes for practicing reading and measuring. …

Schools limited in discussing plans for security-breaches

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NORTH ANDOVER — Oregon. Sandy Hook. Virginia Tech. And so on. With each school shooting, conversations about gun control and safety at United States educational institutions are brought back to the forefront of the nation’s dialogue. When asked …

Your kid’s teacher wants to know about your home life

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Teachers want more input about kids’ home lives. Parents, in turn, want more info about kids’ school behavior The vast majority of teachers - 94 percent - say it’s important for them to know that a child’s parents are divorcing, but just 23 percent of divorcing parents say …

‘School Local’ aims to promote city schools, will kick off with rally on steps of City Hall

Sunday, October 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In a city where patrons are encouraged to eat, bank and shop locally, residents are not surprised that a phrase they have been hearing more and more of is, “School Local.” School Local Northampton is a …

Area briefs: Pancake breakfast fundraiser in Amherst; Easthampton Educators Association to hold ‘Test the Test’

Friday, October 16, 2015

Amherst FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST: A pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Amherst Fire Department’s Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) program will be held Sunday morning. The breakfast, featuring pancakes with maple syrup, bacon and sausage, begins at 7:30 a.m. at the North Fire Station, 603 East Pleasant St. In …