A middle schooler waves a hand-drawn flag during 'A Taste of World Cultures' night at Greenfield Middle School on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

GMS gets a taste of the world

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of Greenfield families became immersed in a world of coqui frogs, Guatemalan masks, Japanese hand fans and appetizing potato latkes, Italian pizza and salsa and nachos Wednesday evening as flags from around the world waved before them. As families munched on food native to Japan and Poland, young salsa dancers moved across the gymnasium floor at Greenfield Middle School Wednesday. It was the second annual Taste of World Cultures at the Middle School, a new tradition designed to expose students to different cultures and learn about their own family backgrounds. “It is an opportunity for families and the community to come into … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti … 0

Discovery School maintains high attendance, MCAS scores

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since becoming an Innovation School in 2011, the Discovery School at Four Corners has steadily increased in enrollment and in scores on standardized tests, according to a status report by Principal Suzanne Sullivan. Sullivan presented the findings to the School Committee last week. The Level 1 school is succeeding in most areas it set out to achieve. The Innovation School is … 0

Mohawk Briefs

Monday, December 15, 2014

School Board receives military award BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has received a U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award — the highest recognition given by the federal government to employers for “outstanding support of employees serving in the (National) Guard and Reserve.” The … 0

Smith announces new scholarship, expanded partnership with GCC, HCC

Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College is opening a new door to Greenfield Community College on a nontraditional educational path. On Wednesday, the college announced the creation of its Community College Scholarship Program, which will award four full-tuition scholarships to students with a minimum of 32 credits from Greenfield Community … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Honor Roll

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Stoneleigh-Burnham School announces its fall trimester honor roll. Academic Dean Alex Bogel recognized students earning Highest Honors, High Honors, and Honors. The list of students from the Pioneer Valley is as follows. 12th Grade Honors (3.33+/B+): Francesca Eremeeva, Northampton Grace Powers, Northfield 11th Grade Highest Honors … 0

Mohawk may ask Rowe to join 8-town district

Monday, December 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee will vote Wednesday to ask Rowe to join Mohawk as a Grade 7 through 12 member town that will have a vote on secondary education policies and pay an assessment instead of tuition for its students to go to Mohawk. … 0

GCC nursing program to return to Smith Voke

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s licensed practical nursing program will return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School after a sharply divided board of trustees voted Tuesday. The decision will make space for the LPN program by ending a 23-year-old lease with the Northampton Parks … 0

From glut to cut

Monday, December 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — With $18.7 million in emergency cuts to regional school bus reimbursements coming from the state, Franklin County schools are beginning to assess where they may have to make reductions in their own budgets. To plug a $329 million deficit, Gov. Deval Patrick has implemented $200 million … 0

GCC Women’s Resource Center a safe space for students

Monday, December 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Raising three kids as a single mother with no work and coming out of a bad relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Rose Lynch of Colrain was dying to go back to school. The question wasn’t whether she … 0

UMass students disappointed in Cosby, support university’s decision to cut ties

Monday, December 1, 2014

AMHERST — Students at the University of Massachusetts who remember Bill Cosby as the fatherly Dr. Huxtable and creator of “Little Bill” are disappointed in the allegations against the comedian, and proud of their university’s decision to cut its ties with him. “If he’s not exemplifying what UMass … 0

Smith Voke to host GCC’s LPN program?

Monday, December 1, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School trustees will vote today on whether to host Greenfield Community College’s licensed practical nursing program. Smith Voke Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson said “This is certainly a need of the community, and it’s a great opportunity for us.” The board of trustees … 0