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Hawlemont children visit with a goat brought to their classroom this spring. Submitted photo.

Hawlemont Ag program gears up for growth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAWLEMONT — The chickens started school Tuesday night, in time to greet the 105 schoolchildren Wednesday for year 2 of the Hawlemont Regional School’s new agricultural curriculum. The cows, goats and sheep will come next week — after volunteers put up fencing for pastures this weekend. On the day before school opened, Jean Bruffee, teacher of the Hawlemont Agriculture and … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class … 0

UMass Amherst among top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. The listing highlights the “most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education,” according to Campus Pride, which based … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will … 0

New app aims to make UMass move-in easier

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request … 0

UMass police receive diversity training

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — From a police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 to a prisoner dying while in custody of Baltimore police this year, a seeming racial divide between police and black citizens with tragic outcomes has prompted numerous protests and riots nationwide. As … 0

Instruments of change: Violin teacher hopes to fund music program for disadvantaged children

Monday, August 24, 2015

Inspired by a worldwide movement to train every child, no matter how disadvantaged, to make music, a Shelburne violin teacher has been working to launch a free after-school music program in Greenfield next month. Musica Franklin, based on … 0

Newton School tour to celebrate centennial

Friday, August 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — If you went to Newton School and haven’t been back since you were 4 feet tall, the school is offering an opportunity for a look at what’s changed and what hasn’t from your new, elevated perspective. … 0

Rosenberg asks UMass to reduce fee increase

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, while university spokesman Robert Connolly is asking for another $46 million from the … 0

Ready for the ‘photo finish’: New portion of GHS construction on time for Sept. 2 opening

Friday, August 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The last pieces are falling into place on Lenox Avenue, where the new Greenfield High School has emerged from the cocoon of the old 1958 building over the past two years. Less a few final touches … 0

Expanded learning time grant renewed

Friday, August 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Public Schools have grant funding for another year of expanded learning time at local schools. Superintendent Jordana Harper said the district received word Tuesday that it will have $870,250 to continue the program in the coming school year at Newton School and Greenfield Middle School, … 0

UMass reports fewer off-campus student discipline cases, but suspension nearly triple in last academic year

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST — Fewer students were disciplined for off-campus behavior under the University of Massachusetts code of conduct during the 2014- 2015 academic year, but administrators handed down nearly three times the number of suspensions for the most serious offenses. UMass on Thursday released its annual Off-Campus Conduct Report, … 0