Schools

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 is the traditional practice of gathering produce after the harvest. Farmers are often unable to sell all that their fields produce, either … 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 a suspension, students would return to class behind in their work. After enough suspensions, a … 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 Sciences, a global surveillance and response expert in infectious disease ∎ George Corey, executive director and … 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

Turners Falls High School hangs onto Level 2 status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls High School is actually a higher-ranked, Level 2 school under the state’s accountability status despite its being ranked earlier as a Level 3 school. The changed ranking was due to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education miscalculating the school’s participation … 0

State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month … 0

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are … 0

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

Rowe Elementary returns to ‘Level 1’ school

Friday, October 17, 2014

ROWE — The Rowe Elementary School is once a again a “Level 1” school, according to the student scores on this spring’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Principal Bill Knittle said Rowe missed MCAS’s highest school designation by only one point in 2013, but the latest results put the … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0