Daily Hampshire Gazette - Established 1786
Cloudy
56°
Cloudy
Hi 54° | Lo 35°

Schools

Area briefs

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Amherst CITRUS SALE: Citrus is being sold to benefit the band and orchestra programs in the Amherst Regional schools. Oranges and grapefruit are being sold in two-fifths and four-fifths bushels as well as 10-pound bags. To order, email Ben Peterson, high school orchestra conductor, at petersonb@arps.org. High school and middle school students also are taking orders. Friday is the deadline to order and the fruit is expected to arrive about …

Study: Minorities punished more in schools

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor infractions, including nonviolent, noncriminal and nondrug offenses, according to the report released Tuesday by the …

With new class, Northampton High School students tell stories through song

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton High School has become a more soulful place thanks to a new songwriting course this year, where students in Grades 9 through 12 have the opportunity to write and perform original music. The one-semester class was open to students with varying levels of musical experience. For this fall, 15 students …

South Hadley considers two-tiered high school diploma system

Friday, October 10, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The bar for getting a diploma from South Hadley High School may be too high for some students, said Superintendent Nicholas Young, and he has appointed a group to look into offering two types of …

Laura Fallon selected to fill vacant Ward 2 seat on Northampton School Committee

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An educator and mother of four is the newest member of the School Committee. Laura Fallon, 42, of 12 Massasoit St., received 10 of 17 votes at a special joint meeting of the City Council and School Committee Thursday night to fill the Ward 2 position …

Northwestern district atorney’s youth conference aims to deter substance abuse

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — By the end of the six-hour youth conference for preventing substance abuse on Wednesday, middle school students across Franklin, Hampshire and the North Quabbin region believed they would say “no” if offered drugs or alcohol by a peer. “A lot of people our age have already …

Northampton celebrities join children in promoting International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On their 45-minute walk to school Wednesday morning, Bridge Street School fourth graders Otis Roessler and Ellis Stewart, both 9, could hardly believe their luck. “The mayor’s up there in a brown jacket,” Otis told Ellis …

Violent images at assemblies on bullying in Amherst secondary schools prompt apology by administrators

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — Violent images described at assemblies on bullying at Amherst’s secondary schools by a nationally known social justice advocate last week left students sobbing and administrators apologizing for the “developmentally inappropriate” content. Calvin Terrell of the Social …

Christine Murphy of Monson named interim assistant principal of Hampshire Regional middle school

Monday, October 6, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — An educator from Monson will start her job Friday as interim assistant principal of the Hampshire Regional middle school. Christine Murphy was selected from a pool of 31 applicants for the job, which is officially called …

Riverside Industries cafe nabs lunch contract for Hilltown Charter, new city neighhbor

Sunday, October 5, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Sitting at a table in the Tuscan & Savannah Café on a busy afternoon last week, Adam Goodwin acknowledged that he is not Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, or Mario Batali. “But I feel like I’m one …

Colo. school protesters resist ‘patriotism’ edict

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GOLDEN, Colo. — Students and teachers fighting a plan to promote patriotism and downplay civil disobedience in some suburban Denver U.S. history courses packed a school board meeting Thursday where the controversial changes could face a vote. Turnout …

App teaches preschoolers basic coding for computers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CAMBRIDGE — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children …

Refugee of war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo relates his story to Smith Vocational and Agricultural School students

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Jowel Iranzi was barely 10 years old in 1996 when his life was turned upside down by war in his home country of Zaire — now the Democratic Republic of Congo. His family fled to Rwanda, …