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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Northampton BLUE DEVIL DIRTY DASH: The second annual Blue Devil Dirty Dash, or “Dirty Devil Dash,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on the Northampton High School athletic fields. The event is a non-competitive, obstacle-style 5-kilometer run that starts on the school athletic fields, heads onto trails along the Mill River, through wooded trails behind the Smith College athletic fields, and loops back to the high school. …

Sunday fundraiser in Northampton to help Haydenville family battling illness

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A fundraiser is planned Sunday to benefit a Haydenville woman recently diagnosed with a serious illness and her teenage daughter, who is struggling to support her by working a part-time job. The 3 p.m. event at the World War II Club, 50 Conz St., will raise money for Sylvia Hemminger, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. The fundraiser, …

Fort River Elementary School students sound off to local, state and federal officials

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

AMHERST — Local legislators heard from a different crowd this month. Last Friday and again on Tuesday, 49 sixth-grade students at Fort River Elementary School had the chance to share with their school, town, state and federal officials how they feel about a variety of issues, including standardized testing, food insecurity and the …

Easthampton High School students learn art of making videos

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — It is no longer a mystery for some Easthampton High School students how those quirky videos they watch on YouTube are put together. “I just think it’s cool to see some videos with really good edits …

Amherst to study consolidation of middle, high schools in one building

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

AMHERST — Declining enrollment numbers and lost revenue from students attending vocational and charter schools prompted the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee to unanimously endorse a move to explore bringing grades 7 through 12 from two buildings into one and to expand vocational and other offerings in the schools. …

Annual teaching awards aim to recognize unsung heros

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Though it’s barely been eight months since Michael Berg started his career as a classroom teacher, it would seem that he’s been at it for years. With less than an hour before dismissal, his fourth-grade students at Chestnut …

Four local students make their marks

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Four Valley students have recently received national honors in the arts, writing and community service. Easthampton High School senior Bryan Delaney was named the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student of the Year by the organization’s headquarters in …

CHALK TALK: Motivating students to find their voices

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In Daniel Pink’s book, “Drive” (and also in his excellent TED talk), he reveals the three most powerful motivators for those who lead happy, fulfilling lives: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy refers to our desire to be self-directed, …

Betty Allen Chapter DAR bestows Good Citizens Awards to area high school seniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GOOD CITIZENS: The Betty Allen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated three high school seniors with its annual Good Citizens Award at the Chapter House Saturday, March 28. Award recipients honored by the Betty Allen Chapter are Cole Richard Burdell, a senior at Hopkins Academy …

NHS information night for parents of juniors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton High School guidance department will host an event for parents of NHS juniors Wednesday, April 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at NHS. The purpose of the session is to provide families of students in the class of 2016 …

Two Northampton High students earn Key Club honors

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

KEY CLUB HONORS: Two Northampton High School Key Club leaders earned outstanding honors this month at the 66th Annual New England and Bermuda District Key Clubs Educational Conference, where the club as a whole also earned high praise for its service. Club president Zachary Dietz won an Outstanding …

Northampton 12-year-old organizes hike to benefit Rainforest Trust

Monday, April 13, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the blazing August heat last year, 12-year-old Saraphina Forman hiked 8 miles up a section of the Grand Canyon with her mother, her sisters and two family friends. They started their trek at 3 a.m. …

JFK associate principal Matthew Collins to leave for job at Hampshire Regional High School in July

Monday, April 13, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — John F. Kennedy Middle School associate principal Matthew Collins will begin work as assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in July, pending successful contract negotiations. Collins, 41, of Westfield, will fill the vacancy created when former Hampshire Regional principal Laurie Hodgdon left in 2013 for …