Recorder Staff/Micky Bedell

Mohawk pleased with MCAS results

Friday, October 2, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Although the state isn’t releasing its statewide accountability data until late November, Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti says the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test scores show encouraging student progress has been made. According to Buoniconti, student growth percentile, which compares the progress made by the same class over subsequent years, indicates that student ability in … 0

G-M schools to try ‘friendlier’ negotiations

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously decided to conduct interest-based bargaining (IBB) for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district workers during its meeting this week. The negotiations are expected to begin before Nov. 15. School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown said the decision was made to go with IBB over traditional bargaining because if it works, it’s the friendlier option. Brown … 0

Turners Falls High School sees best MCAS performance in school’s history

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan praised Turners Falls High School for its best Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System performance ever this year. Ninety-four percent of tenth-graders scored proficient or advanced in English, marking the school’s highest percentage ever and exceeding the state average by three percent. In science, 82 … 0

New principal named for Math and Science Academy

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — There has been a change of leadership at the Math and Science Academy. Officially a program of the Greenfield Middle School, the accelerated math and science program is located in the Green River School on Meridian Street. At the end of last school year, the superintendent … 0

Tortoises find new home in Greenfield High class

Monday, September 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a summer living with the chickens, tortoises Savanna and Sahara were dropped off at Stop and Shop this week to meet the people who chop their lettuce, before heading to their new home in the … 0

Frontier 10th-grade MCAS scores improve

Monday, September 28, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After a dip in 2014, Frontier Regional High School’s scores in all three areas of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test were higher overall this year. According to recent data released by the state, the number of students who scored advanced or proficient for the … 0

New Union 28 superintendent is old hand at teaching

Friday, September 25, 2015

ERVING — After almost three decades in education, Jennifer Haggerty has begun her first school year in a building devoid of children. “It was my first time in 28 years that I had not been in a building … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Banned Books Week party promises the profane

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Books. You can read them, ban them or burn them, but there are philosophical reasons not to do the second two. Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 is Banned Books Week, an annual protest of censorship, in observance of which the Greenfield Community College Nahman-Watson Library will … 0

School board off to rocky start on Gill-Montague teachers contract negotiations

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With bargaining to begin soon on new three-year contracts for Gill-Montague Regional School District workers, school board members Tuesday got into a wrangle — not with their employees, but with each other. The nine members got into a heated debate about the process of appointing … 0

Pioneer falls short in its budget: New supt. finds $477,487 gap

Monday, September 14, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School District will spend the first few months of the new school year addressing an unexpected $477,487 budget shortfall. Pioneer Superintendent Ruth Miller, entering her first school year in the job, discovered the … 0

Hot talk won’t heat Davis St. school admin. building

Sunday, September 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Heating the school district’s Davis Street administrative offices was a matter of heated discussion at Wednesday night’s Greenfield School Committee meeting, with some members objecting to the mayor’s latest proposal. Mayor William Martin this summer retreated … 0