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Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Holiday hustle: GMS holds first Turkey Trot fun-run

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Organizers of the Greenfield Middle School’s pre-Thanksgiving-break Turkey Trot race went for the feel of a true road race, with orange slices and water at the finish line — and surpassed it. Behind the balloon arch finish line no one was complaining about their times or second-guessing where they could have … 0

Regional accreditation team visits GHS

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School is about to take the next step in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process with a site visit Dec. 6-9. The visit occurs once every 10 years. The area of greatest concern in the last visit was the physical condition of the facilities, according to Principal Donna Woodcock. The high school has since been … 0

Sounds good: large lecture, small class

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ah, the freshman class at the big state U — the one with 300-plus students crowded into a lecture hall as the professor delivers the day’s lesson from a stage, perhaps with a few visual backdrops to try … 0

Greenfield woman appointed family and community liaison for schools

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — Kia Burton-McLaughlin of Greenfield has been appointed to be the School Department’s Title I Family and Community Outreach Liaison. In her role, Burton-McLaughlin will help parents and community member become involved in Greenfield’s remedial programs that support reading and math development. The federal government provides Title … 0

Equines and education

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — Twenty Greenfield Middle School students traded in recess and both their daily elective courses for the year to spend two hours every morning with horses. This is their second week in the saddle after two months … 0

GCC might move nursing program back to Smith

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College’s Licensed Practical Nurse program may return to its roots at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School as early as next summer. The program has been housed at several locations across the Pioneer Valley in recent years, including the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leeds, … 0

Local students tackle ‘country’s greatest fear’: First-place Stoneleigh-Burnham debate team offers tips on public speaking

Monday, November 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — For many, public speaking is a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in something they desperately want to avoid, to misappropriate Winston Churchill. For the Stoneleigh-Burnham School’s Debate and Public Speaking Society, it’s an extracurricular activity, … 0

Board endorses lab name for late member

Sunday, November 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee unanimously endorsed a proposal to name a computer lab in the new high school after former member Jeffrey Comenitz. Comenitz died in July after a year on the committee. Chairwoman Maryelen Calderwood … 0

Math and Science Academy move voted off to 2017

Sunday, November 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The proposed assimilation of the Math and Science Academy into the Greenfield Middle School is still on, but the time line has extended from next fall to the following. Instructed by the School Committee in October to develop a plan to move the accelerated math and … 0

Students at UMass, Amherst College demand change

Sunday, November 15, 2015

AMHERST — Student protesters seeking equity for marginalized students at Amherst College praised College President Carolyn “Biddy” Martin for meeting with them and agreeing to a number of their demands Friday evening. Among student demands were that Martin … 0

GCC Foundation hosts 47th annual meeting

Sunday, November 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Nov. 12, Greenfield Community College Foundation hosted its 47th annual meeting at the GCC main campus. During the event, Keynote Speaker Mark A. Keroack, MD, MPH President and CEO of Baystate Health/ Baystate Medical Center, … 0

FBI investigation has narrow focus

Friday, November 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — The School Department’s lawyer said Friday he made a public pronouncement Thursday about an imminent FBI probe because he wanted to make clear it wasn’t a broad investigation into the department as a whole. On Thursday, … 0