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Handful of Greenfield parents, teachers oppose PARCC

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Of the handful of parents and teachers who attended the School Committee’s public hearing on standardized testing Wednesday night, all came out against the new PARCC tests. “I’m not opposed to assessment at all,” said parent Deborah Keisch. “What I am opposed to is the high-stakes nature of these tests. They won’t help our students be anything more than good test-takers.” The Greenfield School Committee has until Oct. … 0

New collaboration opens doors for economic security for women

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and area women’s and domestic violence resource advocacy groups are partnering to empower at-risk women in transition in Franklin County. The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN (Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks) Project is a new three-year partnership, funded through a $20,000 grant from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. Partner members include GCC’s Sustainable Agriculture and Green … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, … 0

‘King Arthur,’ trapeze classes highlight Hilltown Youth Theater season

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to learn to fly like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan?” Flying trapeze lessons will be available to the public during this year’s Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop at the Academy at Charlemont. As part of … 0

Two familiar faces join Virtual Academy at Greenfield board

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two familiar faces from Greenfield schools will serve on the board of the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. Two former Greenfield school committee members, John Lunt and Daryl Essensa, have been appointed to … 0

Greenfield to implement teacher evaluations

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — After two years of negotiations, Greenfield Public School teachers and administrators will begin evaluating teachers this fall using the new state educator evaluator system. A team of about 12 to 20 educators, including some administrators and teachers with representation from the elementary, middle and high school … 0

GCC fundraising campaign beats goal

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — In its efforts to inspire hope through education, the Greenfield Community College Foundation raised $103,443 beyond its goal for its 2014 annual campaign. The GCC annual Fundraising Campaign raised $928,443 to support the college, surpassing the … 0

UMass dining takes gold again at Tastes of the World conference

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — UMass Dining took gold for the fourth year in a row at the 20th annual Taste of the World Culinary Conference hosted June 15-20 by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Chefs Anthony Jung, Robert Bankert, Taylor … 0

UMass gets $1.35M to develop, test next-generation Internet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — Someday soon, the world will migrate away from the old, original Internet to a new, next-generation Internet with far better security, greater mobility and many other improved features, but most of us will never know the … 0

Greenfield school faces choice: MCAS or PARCC?

Friday, July 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Will Greenfield schools stick to the now-standard MCAS for next year — or take the road less traveled by opting into the new PARCC exam? The Greenfield Public School Committee has until Oct. 1 to decide … 0

Teachers fingerprinted for national database

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before starting the coming school year, new teachers and staff across Massachusetts will be adding their unique biometric signatures to a new database. They will be fingerprinted as the result of a new state law, which … 0

Calderwood lays out goals for Greenfield school board

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Creating a realistic and honest budget, forging good relations with the school superintendent and openness to the public are just a few of the many goals and priorities new Greenfield School Committee Chairwoman Maryelen Calderwood ticked … 0