Schools

UMass scientist devising software tools to analyze mobile health data

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — Computer scientist Benjamin Marlin of the University of Massachusetts recently received a five-year, $536,527 National Science Foundation award to develop machine learning-based tools for analyzing complex, large-scale clinical and mobile health data. Marlin’s project is designed to help health researchers handle what he calls a data revolution. “Electronic health records are seeing wide adoption across the United States and we’re starting to see the emergence of large stores of complex clinical data as a result,” Marlin says. “There’s significant interest in leveraging these data to enhance all kinds of clinical decision support tools with the hope that they can ultimately improve quality of … 0

Rowe School to hold open house Sunday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROWE — It was two years ago this month when a lightning-induced fire destroyed the 50-year-old Rowe Elementary School. But on Sunday, the town’s schoolchildren and community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Rowe Elementary School, which begins its first full day of school on Wednesday . The ceremony starts … 0

Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for … 0

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of … 0

Greenfield school board misses standardized test deadline

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield school officials may no longer be able to decide whether to use MCAS or PARCC standardized tests next year. School districts statewide have been picking which test to take — the old Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems exams or the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness … 0

Hawlemont gardens ‘ground-breaking’ offers public preview

Monday, August 18, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Plenty of ground has already been broken this summer, as the Hawlemont Regional School staff and community have planted gardens, built raised beds and farm buildings, in anticipation of the school’s new farm-based academic curriculum. But a “ground-breaking” celebration for this summer’s school grounds transformation takes … 0

Charter school collaborates with K-12 schools

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the first time in its 12-year history, Four Rivers Charter School is collaborating with some Franklin County public high schools to share ideas. The public college preparatory middle and high school on Colrain Road is consulting with the Mohawk Trail Reginal High School and Greenfield … 0

Five Colleges consortium issues statement discouraging travel to areas affected by Ebola

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Although the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is said to pose no immediate threat in the Pioneer Valley, area colleges are taking extra precautions by educating the public. The Five Colleges — University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire … 0

Swift River School signup set for Thursday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Swift River School, the public elementary school serving the children of New Salem and Wendell in kindergarten through grade 6, will open on Aug. 27. Swift River, which also houses pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds, will be registering new students on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … 0

Student revives Latin study at Mohawk

Friday, August 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — If you think one student can’t make a difference, just talk to Aaron Nelson, a junior at the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. When he enrolled at Mohawk as a sophomore last fall, there were no … 0

Assistant principal leaves Mohawk

Friday, August 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District is looking to hire an assistant high school principal to replace Joey Kotright-Clark for the coming school year. At this week’s School Committee meeting, Mohawk Principal Lynn Dole briefly announced that Kotright-Clark was “moving on,” and that the district will … 0

Water main break closes GCC

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College closed early Thursday after a water main break forced the shutdown of the college’s main campus. The accidental break was apparently caused by construction of a $1.5 million roundabout at the school’s entrance onto Colrain Road, according to GCC President Bob Pura. The … 0