Schools

Greenfield Middle School band teacher Maria Scotera teaches fourth-grade students the trombone on Tuesday. Band is one of the advantages of being at the Middle School. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Principals discuss potential 4th-grade move

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Teachers and parents of 153 third-graders in Greenfield’s three elementary schools are waiting to learn what school their young students will attend next year as school officials explore whether the fourth-grade should move back to the elementary level. Over the past two weeks, an Ad-hoc Committee of the School Committee has been hearing public comment from parents, teachers … 0

Greenfield High to celebrate, taste world culture

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Monday, a quartet from Moldova will bow violins, a drummer from Mali will beat the drums and dancers from South Asia will take the floor at Greenfield Community College as part of the 19th annual Greenfield High School Taste of World Culture. The event will include an international potluck dinner, with music, dance performances, songs in different languages and an … 0

A vision for their future

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, students from across Franklin County will showcase the solutions they developed to help combat climate change and pollution as part of the fourth annual Science and Sustainability Expo at Greenfield Community College. The event, hosted by Greening Greenfield, a local nonprofit, is meant to get students excited about science and exploring solutions to climate change and other environmental problems. … 0

Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — “You don’t need a fancy office. That’s what’s great about being an author. You just need a paper and pencil,” said Natasha Lowe, a popular children’s book author, to a roomful of Newton School students. Lowe, … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged … 0

UMass notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graphene 10 times stronger than steel AMHERST — Jae-Hwang Lee, a mechanical and industrial engineer at the University of Massachusetts, is the lead author of a scientific paper that demonstrates experimentally that graphene is 10 times more effective than steel when used in bulletproof vests. The paper is … 0

Prom dress drive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time of year again: high school prom season. And that means students will have to shell out hundreds of dollars again for a ball gown or black tux they may only wear once. … 0

Cramming for the big exam

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is not the same school the state saw last summer and placed on probation, school officials say. Since being placed on probation, the virtual school has hired new staff, implemented new programs and improved student learning to meet and exceed state … 0

Arts initiative aimed at UMass students, regional artists

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service has launched an Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at helping UMass students, as well as artists throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, gain the skills and support needed to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. The initiative was formulated by AES … 0

For some Greenfield students, longer days needed to fulfill extended learning grant requirements

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students at the Greenfield Middle School and Math and Science Academy are facing longer school days this year as part of state requirements for the Expanded Learning Time programs. To come into compliance with a state grant, the Greenfield School Committee voted to have the superintendent … 0

Safety very much part of his, GCC mission

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — As the new police chief at Greenfield Community College, Luis Santamaria plans to lead by example and help the school achieve its mission in providing students with a quality education in his role of overseeing campus … 0

Will students be eating breakfast in class?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County superintendents and school principals are interested in exploring a new policy recommendation by the state education department to offer breakfast in the classrooms. “It encourages kids to eat breakfast. This would reinforce that you … 0