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Alyssa Varney,13, of Easthampton, works on a presentation with other students and Judith Breier as part of a Free the Children Program at White Brook Middle Middle school in Easthampton.

White Brook Middle School students in Easthampton aim to show power of kindness with Pay it Forward Challenge

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

EASTHAMPTON — Students at White Brook Middle School aim to show just how strong the power of kindness is as they attempt to spread good deeds around their school, the city and the world. The Pay it Forward Challenge, which was launched after assemblies on Tuesday, hopes to create a worldwide chain of random acts of kindness starting at the …

NH, Massachusetts educators finalists for Frontier Regional School superintendent

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DEERFIELD — An interim assistant superintendent from New Hampshire and the regional director of an educational organization based in Massachusetts are the finalists for the Frontier Regional School superintendent job. Lynn M. Carey, interim assistant superintendent of the Monadnock Regional School District in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and Kathryn Thayer Clark, regional director of Springboard Education in Lexington, were selected from eight semifinalists reviewed …

State lawmaker gets nowhere with attempt to revive cursive

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By Kelsey Hamlin The Seattle Times (TNS) OLYMPIA, Wash. — Upon hearing from a teacher that her son’s handwriting needed some work, Suzi Allan sought help. She asked when his class would learn cursive writing. But like many schools, her son’s doesn’t teach it. Allan was offered an online packet, if she wanted to teach her son at home. No doubt about it, …

Kevin Cousineau accepts job as assistant principal at William E. Norris School in Southampton

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Kevin Cousineau, the assistant principal of Sheffield Elementary School, will resign to accept a job as an assistant principal at the William E. Norris School in Southampton. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Cousineau’s impending departure at a recent School Committee meeting. Cousineau …

Easthampton pen pals make friends at Enemy Swim Day school on South Dakota reservation

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A special education class at Easthampton’s White Brook Middle School has spent the last two months sending letters to a special education classroom at Enemy Swim Day, a school on a reservation in Waubay, South Dakota. …

Amherst parents, staff will be surveyed on elementary school options

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

AMHERST — Parents and elementary school staff will get to weigh in on the district’s upcoming elementary school reconfiguration in the coming weeks in the form of a survey. Amherst School Committee members will review the results of the survey at a meeting on Jan. 13 and then …

Former Amherst Regional assistant principal William Wehrli leaves position at Pioneer Valley Regional School

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — William Wehrli, a former school administrator in Amherst, is leaving his position as principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School. “He made an announcement to the staff” Monday, said Superintendent Ruth Miller, asked Monday night about Wehrli’s reported resignation. Miller later offered a brief statement: “Mr. Wehrli …

League of Women Voters members research impact of charter school payments on Northampton

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As government officials debate whether to lift a cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state, the local chapter of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is doing research of its own …

Area school lunch menus

Friday, December 18, 2015

Amherst-Pelham MONDAY: Mozzarella sticks, baked potato wedges, carrot sticks, spinach and tomato salad, pear, strawberry cup TUESDAY: Pasta with chicken meatballs and sauce, green beans, garden salad, apple, pineapple cup, carrot sticks WEDNESDAY: Mac and cheese, carrots, spinach salad, red pepper strips, strawberry cup, Bartlett pear THURSDAY: Christmas …

Granby offers superintendent’s job to Agawam High School Principal Steven Lemanski

Thursday, December 17, 2015

GRANBY — The School Committee voted 4-1 Thursday night to offer the job of superintendent to Agawam High School Principal Steven Lemanski. The school board still must negotiate a contract with him. The vote came after deliberations of …

In a teacher’s voice

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

At the first Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked to provide evidence to support his provocative statement that, “The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, …

Merriam-Webster makes ‘ism’ word of year

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NEW YORK — Merriam-Webster has picked a small but powerful suffix as word of the year: ism. But not just any ism. The top isms to earn high traffic spikes and big bumps in lookups on the dictionary …

Threat shuts LA schools

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s two biggest school systems — New York City and Los Angeles — received threats Tuesday of a large-scale jihadi attack with guns and bombs. LA reacted by shutting down the entire district, while …