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Deaf Outdoor Leadership Program student Lauren Sprague rappels down to fellow student Peter Botsford who is playing the stuck climber in need of rescuing.  Recorder/Paul Franz

GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program certifies deaf students

Monday, April 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her harness and the two descended to the ground together. A perfect rescue. Sprague is a student in GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program, learning the skills to complete certification in rock climbing, white water canoeing, challenge course and sea kayacking so she can start her own school program for kids. She is also deaf. The one-year leadership program is Sprague’s first experience learning with hearing students, a challenge she … 0

Greenfield plans to bring farm curriculum to school

Sunday, April 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield students may soon be snacking on local vegetables sold at healthy snack markets in local schools while also learning about agriculture and ecology in the classroom. The Greenfield School Department is applying for a one-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to work out how to develop a farm-to-school program for … 0

GCC assembling first class for Elms College B.A. degree

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Following its announcement of a new full-time bachelorette program for graduating GCC business students, Greenfield Community College and Elms College have begun recruiting students this week for the fall program. The program is unique to GCC business marketing and management students. It would have them begin classes full-time in the fall on the Greenfield campus with Elms professors to earn a … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and … 0

Turners Falls schools get new principal

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will have the helm of the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced … 0

Spending smarts: GCC, Elms College business bachelor’s program means savings to students

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — With graduation approaching in June, six or seven business students at Greenfield Community College have already discussed plans to transfer to Elms College in Chicopee to continue their education. But that was before they learned they … 0

Cracking the code: Lines of fun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students rushed home, leaving the hallways and classrooms empty except for a classroom on the third floor of the Greenfield Middle School. Fifth-grade students sat raptly at their computers, jumped up from their seats to help … 0

Middle School eyed for administration offices

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Could the School Department’s business be conducted out of the Greenfield Middle School? The town will find out. At the request of Superintendent Jordana Harper, Mayor William Martin said, the town is looking at vacant classrooms … 0

Chinese teacher coming to Mohawk

Monday, April 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — This school year, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District had two full-time students from China. But next year, Mohawk will also have a teacher from China who will teach Chinese language and culture to local students. … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Shelburne educator hired as Worthington principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Worthington has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne to be principal of the R.H. Conwell elementary school. The School Committee was seeking a principal who had experience with multi-aged elementary classrooms and could easily communicate with others and be … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0