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Claire Abelson, a Greenfield High School junior who helped organize the prom dress giveaway, checks out a blue dress at the school on Friday with fellow junior Casey Antunes, who seems happy with her selection. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Prepping for the perfect prom: Free for the taking, dresses, tuxes line GHS lobby

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sarah O’Sullivan spun around in her new long, green gown as her friends raved over the dress. Down the hall, Valenka Kosick browsed through four racks of dresses in search of that perfect, elegant gown. And Tim McCarthy and Hunter Felix mixed and matched ties with tuxes, looking for options for prom next year. With gowns hanging from … 0

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the summer, the athletic fields behind the building are expected to be finished in the fall. … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school to house its fourth-graders. However, this year’s third-grade students at the Newton School may still … 2

Newton School faces $300K roof repair cost

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It started with a single bucket, then a few more pails, and it then became a waterfall. Now the failing roof at Newton School, where ice dams caused water damage this winter, is expected to require … 0

Subcommittee recommends 4th-grade move

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Fourth-Grade Configuration Committee has recommended the fourth-grade move back to the elementary schools next year — except for students at Newton School. The full School Committee will consider the recommendation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at GCTV Studio. The decision would return Greenfield schools to … 0

Volunteer mentors Discovery School student in reading

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three days each week, Caroline Whitbeck visits the Discovery School at Four Corners to read the “Magic Tree House” series with a third-grade student. Whitbeck, a retired ethics professor, takes turns reading the children’s book out … 0

Gill Elementary sends two Destination Imagination teams to the state finals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

GILL — Two teams of current and former Gill Elementary School students are headed for the state finals of a national imagination competition after winning at the regional level. On March 7, five teams from Gill Elementary and … 1

Finding fault

Sunday, March 22, 2015

AMHERST — New modeling and analyses of fault geometry in the Earth’s crust by geoscientist Michele Cooke and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are advancing knowledge about fault development in regions where one geologic plate slides past or over another, such as along California’s San Andreas … 0

Greenfield students prepare for PARCC

Friday, March 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — As Newton School third-graders, Lydia Wood and Jordan Anderson, prepare to take the new PARCC exam next week, they worry about finishing the test on time and the amount of questions they will have to answer. … 0

For whom the bell tolls sooner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Martha Barrett, the superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, began receiving reports on district-wide absences through a new substitute and absence management system this year, she noticed a trend that disturbed her. The district’s five schools were spending quite a bit … 0

Second school budget hearing

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — The School Committee is holding a second public hearing on Superintendent Jordana Harper’s proposed $18,083,988 budget on April 8. The School Committee held a public hearing Wednesday night, but no one from the public attended. Harper proposed a $1 million increase in the school budget for … 0

Greenfield schools business manager picked

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — A certified public accountant and school business manager for Auburn Public Schools has been chosen to serve as Greenfield Public Schools’ business manager. Howard Barber will likely start his new job July 1, pending contract negotiations. After interviewing three candidates for 45 minutes each, the School … 0

Warwick to Pioneer: We can’t pay more

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WARWICK — The Selectboard will tell the School Committee in no uncertain terms that Warwick can’t afford another increase to its school costs. The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee will meet with officials from … 0