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Greenfield to evaluate all teachers by end of school year

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department is planning to evaluate 100 percent of its teachers and administrators by the end of the school year in an effort to catch up with the rest of the state on the new educator evaluation system. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Wednesday released the second year of educator evaluations this week. The vast majority of teachers in Franklin County and throughout … 0

Hawlemont farm program grows

Friday, November 14, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Besides growing fruits, herbs and veggies, the Hawlemont School’s new farm-based curriculum is growing something else: enrollment and community involvement. Enrollment at the rural elementary school is already up by 10 percent, and Hawlemont lost none of its younger grade students this fall to other schools via School Choice,” said Jean … 0

Greenfield Schools Notebook

Friday, November 14, 2014

Walking routes to school to be reviewed for safety GREENFIELD — On Dec. 2, town and school leaders will be walking to school as part of an assessment to find safe walking routes for students. The goal of the Greenfield Schools Walk to School program is to have safe walking routes for children to walk to school. It will involve a walk of … 0

Mohawk board resolves transportation aid dilemma

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District has solved the problem of what to do with its “excess” state school bus aid by creating a revolving fund that could be used to offset member towns’ school bus costs for next year. July’s announcement by the state … 0

Check out new Greenfield High School on Nov. 15

Friday, November 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two months after the new high school building opened, taxpayers get to see what their money bought. The Greenfield School Building Committee is holding a tour of the primary classroom wing of the new school for … 1

Newton School students honor veterans with songs

Friday, November 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — For some time, the men and women who served this country thought no one cared anymore — that the risks they took making sure America remained free didn’t matter to the people at home. On Friday … 0

Keeping students safe

Monday, November 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — There is an intricate, multi-layered and nearly invisible security system connected into the new Greenfield High School building. The new building, which opened its doors for classes this September, has security features designed into it to … 0

G-M committee uncomfortable with class paintball game

Friday, October 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls High School class of 2015 senior trip is set to be a lot more than a simple day out at a park: events planned for the four-day trip include a ropes course, white water rafting, a Baltimore harbor cruise, a visit to … 0

GCC gleaning project helps local food pantry

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Greenfield Community College students and staffers will travel out to nearby farm fields to rescue food and bring it to those in need within the community. It’s all part of a gleaning trip organized by the school’s Civic Engagement and Service Learning program. Gleaning … 0

Restorative practices program in schools focuses on community

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For decades, students who disrupted class or caused problems in the hallways of public schools would be given after-school detention or sent to the principal’s office for further discipline such as suspension. Too often, after … 0

Ebola talk Wednesday at UMass

Sunday, October 26, 2014

AMHERST — Four panelists will discuss “The Ebola Epidemic: How We Got Here, Current Preparedness, and Future Outlook” Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The speakers are: ∎ Martha Anker of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health … 0

Local schools, police prepare for threats

Friday, October 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a 19-year-old man from Sunderland threatened to “re-enact … 0

How can school nurses help prevent substance abuse?

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The key to combating the opioid addiction crisis is preventing substance abuse whether it is alcohol, cigarettes or painkillers, the region’s school nurses were told Friday. “Young people are making choices in a context,” said Marisa Hebble of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and … 0