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Dean, 2 associate deans resigning from UMass College of Education

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have tendered their resignations. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as Associate Deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will be leaving the college, according to an announcement from UMass Provost Katherine Newman last month. Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, who was planning to retire, agreed … 0

Greenfield School Committee approves central office move to middle school

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s School Department will proceed with a plan to move the central administrative offices to the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street. The committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the plan, which would involve renovating unoccupied space on the school’s first floor. The build-out would cost roughly $750,000, which chairman … 0

‘Renewable Redoable’: Four Rivers students’ film about energy in Burlington, Vt., to play at Garden Cinemas Thursday

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

GREENFIELD — Four River Charter Public School seniors studying the energy issue this year had little trouble figuring out what the focus of their final project should be for their “learning expedition,” dubbed “How Do We Keep the Lights On?” True, they considered Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct proposed through eight Franklin … 0

Bar association offers local scholarships

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Franklin County Bar Association will be awarding two Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarships for $1000 each to high school students in Franklin County, and the association is seeking applicants. The scholarships will be announced during the Law Day celebrations planned for May 4,. To qualify, an applicant … 0

High school equivalency test getting tougher

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Chief High School Equivalency Examiner Tom Mechem visited the Literacy Project Monday afternoon to explain the implication of changes to the HiSET, the test required for a Massachusetts-issued high school equivalency certificate. The new test is more difficult. Complex … 0

Greenfield graduation returns to renovated high school

Friday, January 15, 2016

GREENFIELD — Students at Greenfield High School will graduate on their own turf once more, with the ceremony planned to be held for the first time inside the new High School on Barr Avenue this year. While the … 0

Heath to explore school changes, including closure, separation from Mohawk

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BUCKLAND — While the Mohawk Trail Regional School District faces rising costs and declining enrollment, one of its smallest member towns is reassessing how best to educate its children and be cost-effective — even if that means taking its elementary school out of the Mohawk District. Town officials … 0

Umass gets ‘StormReady’ designation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is now the first public university in the state to receive a “StormReady” designation from the National Weather Service, according to a university statement. It joins private universities Harvard, Boston College, Boston University and Tufts as well as 14 communities, one … 0

Deerfield school offers gluten-free lunch

Thursday, January 14, 2016

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Reid McCoy likes grilled cheese sandwiches. And pasta, too. The problem is those foods don’t always like him back. A year of stomachaches was explained when McCoy was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2015. … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham open house Monday

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a day and boarding school for girls in grades 7-12 and post-graduates, invites families to an Open House next Monday from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can tour the 100-acre campus to learn about Stoneleigh’s academic curriculum, the International Baccalaureate program, signature programs … 0

Cash flow chief woe for Pioneer schools

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s Superintendent Ruth Miller just completed her entry-level report and found that each district school is well-respected across the region from academic to extracurricular performance but — like many districts in the … 0

Standardized tests focus of New Salem forum

Monday, January 11, 2016

NEW SALEM — Standardized testing will itself come under scrutiny this week at a public forum Thursday presented by the Swift River School Committee. The testing component of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the new test, will be the focus of Thursday’s … 0

Mt. Holyoke president to step down

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College’s president, Lynn Pasquerella, will step down from that role to accept a position leading the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Her last day will be June 30, and Sonya Stephens, vice … 0