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GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students in their AP classes and helping them do well on tests.” The AP participation rate at Greenfield High School is 63 percent, … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. Of those, over 80 percent are employed in the field according to organizers. … 0

UMass fundraising effort exceeds $300M goal ahead of schedule

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign at the University of Massachusetts has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the UMass Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began … 0

UMass creates ‘Honors-to-Honors’ scholarship program for transferring community college students

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has announced Honors-to-Honors, a new scholarship program that provides additional funding to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges who are accepted into the university’s Commonwealth Honors College, to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees. For many in-state students, the scholarship … 0

Greenfield artist leads second-graders in re-creating masterpieces

Sunday, May 17, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — An energetic group of second-graders became quiet for a moment as they took in their latest creation. “Remarkable,” one student called it. “It looks like a person,” another said. The image they created was indeed that … 0

State honors Greenfield Community College student from Rowe

Friday, May 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College student Guinevere Arthur Vanhorne is one of “29 Who Shine,” a group of outstanding Massachusetts public college and university graduates honored by the state Department of Higher Education. Every year, one graduate from … 0

Notable swan song: Alumni return for retiring Frontier band director’s final show

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In musical notation, a coda signifies the end of a piece, and that’s what Thursday night’s spring concert at Frontier Regional School was for long-time band director Karen Atherton, who will retire in June after … 0

Mass. energy officials at Hawlemont today

Thursday, May 14, 2015

CHARLEMONT — John Lebeaux, state commissioner of agricultural resources, will be at the Hawlemont Regional School this morning, to speak at a tree-planting at the school. He will be accompanied by Matthew Beaton, secretary of energy and environmental affairs. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 … 0

Frontier board OKs level-funded budget

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee bowed to the fiscal will of its member towns Tuesday night. The committee voted to approve the administration’s $10.1 million budget for next year, which is the same as this … 0

Path to education

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sixty joyful first-graders graduated Wednesday from a “Walk to College” collaborative program between Federal Street School and Greenfield Community College. Each child received a Certificate of Completion, congratulating them for “developing new healthy learning habits.” There … 0

Orange aims to provide free meals to all students

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE — Public schools in Orange may be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students beginning next year. Jacki Dillenback, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Orange elementary schools, has applied to participate in a federal school meals program. … 0

Colrain backs Mohawk budget, ‘free’ preschool; Shelburne votes 'no' on its assessment

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Colrain voters said “yes” to the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s budget on Tuesday night, including additional costs for “free” half-day preschool and the school’s capital spending requests. Shelburne annual town meeting voters, however, followed town officials’ advice and rejected their town’s $2 million operating budget assessment. Shelburne … 0