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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 Columbine” at Frontier Regional School. The threat led to the swift arrest of Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of 28 School St. by … 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 the North Quabbin Region. “There is a relationship between prescription drug misuse and the use … 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 rate as being below 90 percent. Districts in which the percentage of eligible students taking … 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

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This past weekend two of our students were the targets of … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Gill author’s kids books spur local students to reading

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A 4-year-old wheaten terrier, Finn, is fast becoming the most popular dog in town. The friendly pup is the star of Finn Books, a new series of books for beginner readers, written and published by Conway … 0