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Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations which donate packs, supplies and cash, said … 0

Immigrant debate hits home in Lynn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom … 0

Amherst school panel reverses reprimand of Amilcar Shabazz over use of ‘racist’ term for student

Monday, July 14, 2014

PELHAM — A quorum of the Amherst Regional School Committee on Monday faulted the decision of its chairman to reprimand member Amilcar Shabazz for allegedly calling an unidentified middle school student a racist. But to those who signed the memo that chastised Shabazz for his comments, including Chairman Lawrence O’Brien and Katherine Appy, … 5

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst signs three-year contract as Greenfield school superintendent

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst signed a three-year contract with the Greenfield School Committee on Wednesday and will officially take over as school superintendent on July 1. The school board will pay her $135,000 in the first year. It has agreed to pay her $138,000 the next … 0

Margot Lacey, assistant principal at Pine Grove School in Rowley, hired to lead Leverett Elementary School

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

LEVERETT — Margot Lacey, the assistant principal at the Pine Grove School in Rowley, has been selected as the new principal of Leverett Elementary School. Lacey, 61, who will start working at the school on July 1, said … 0

Southampton school officals warn of fewer teachers, larger classes if $1 million override fails

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — A shortfall in the town budget could mean a reduction in teaching staff and increased class sizes at the elementary school next year. At a crowded meeting Tuesday in the William E. Norris School library, School … 0

Amherst Human Rights Commission honors 10 youths with ‘heroes’ awards

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AMHERST — Ten area youths are being honored by the Amherst Human Rights Commission with this year’s Human Rights Heroes awards. The recipients are Amherst Regional High School seniors Camila Carpio and Angela Ononibaku, juniors Taj Torres, Mae Moskin and Yeji Lee, and freshman Tristan Cox; North Star … 0

Chalk Talk: Julie Spencer-Robinson, president of the Northampton Association of School Employees: My priorities for the district

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I was recently elected president of the Northampton Association of School Employees, and I look forward to leading the organization during what promises to be a very interesting time in public education. Two decades ago, Massachusetts embarked on … 0

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ACTS OF KINDNESS: When Pelham Elementary School’s third graders learned they earned a reward for good behavior, they decided on one that would benefit others. They skipped the more typical choices such as a movie or a pajama day. For around three weeks, the class has been sponsoring … 0

From Tanzania to Peru, Bridge Street students explore the world

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Bridge Street School students became world travellers last week, immersing themselves in the music, food and art of 15 countries in a schoolwide program titled “Celebrate the World.” Michele Marotta, a member of the school’s diversity … 0

Northampton High School to host college admission panel Thursday

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

COLLEGE ADMISSION: Northampton High School will host a college admission panel Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission representatives from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Westfield State University, and Holyoke Community College will answer questions and provide information about the college admission experience. Students, parents and … 0

Hampshire Regional students plant fruit trees and plants

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GARDEN GLORY: Hampshire Regional High School’s grounds in Westhampton will soon be home to fruit-bearing trees and berry bushes thanks to a collaboration between the school and Help Yourself!, a Northampton nonprofit that transforms public spaces into orchards and edible gardens. All told, 66 students and their teachers … 0

Turning the tables: These math teachers became students to hone their craft

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — About 30 or so math teachers from across the Valley sat in clusters of desks in an Easthampton High School classroom on an early spring day. They talked in hushed voices. The instructor for this after-school … 0