Schools

Claire Abelson, a Greenfield High School junior who helped organize the prom dress giveaway, checks out a blue dress at the school on Friday with fellow junior Casey Antunes, who seems happy with her selection. 
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Prepping for the perfect prom: Free for the taking, dresses, tuxes line GHS lobby

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sarah O’Sullivan spun around in her new long, green gown as her friends raved over the dress. Down the hall, Valenka Kosick browsed through four racks of dresses in search of that perfect, elegant gown. And Tim McCarthy and Hunter Felix mixed and matched ties with tuxes, looking for options for prom next year. With gowns hanging from … 0

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the summer, the athletic fields behind the building are expected to be finished in the fall. … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school to house its fourth-graders. However, this year’s third-grade students at the Newton School may still … 2

Where to put fourth grade?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — Is this the year the fourth grade will transition back to the elementary schools? If it is, how does it look? If not, what are the next steps to take? These are some of the questions the fourth-grade configuration subcommittee is considering. On Monday, the committee … 0

Sunderland School Committee approves budget with no staff reductions

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland’s Elementary School Committee has approved a $2,156,600 budget for next year. That’s an increase of $52,600, up 2.5 percent over last year. The budget includes no staff reductions, as is the case in Deerfield and was the case at the Frontier Regional School until the … 0

Greenfield School Committee to interview business manager finalists today

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The current superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District and two school business managers from Auburn and Palmer schools are vying to take on Greenfield Public School’s business management. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the GCTV Studio, the School Committee will interview the three finalists … 0

No changes yet to Greenfield schools’ Extended Learning Time programs

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state education department continues to review Greenfield Public School’s Expanded Learning Time programs, and arrival and departure times at the schools have not changed. In February, the state notified the school department during its evaluation of a current three-year grant that funds the ELT programs … 0

Set to be global citizen, scholar

Sunday, March 15, 2015

BUCKLAND — Let students take subjects they really care about, and they’ll be more motivated in other schoolwork as well, says Aaron Nelson, a Mohawk Trail Regional School junior whose essay helped him earn a full scholarship to … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

Franklin County teachers, GCCstudents lauded for excellence

Friday, March 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Nine Franklin County teachers and three Greenfield Community College students are receiving Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards. The awards, given out annually since 2003, honor teachers across western Massachusetts for their commitment to children in their schools. Four Greenfield teachers will be honored: Barbara Ouellette, … 0

‘I see (GCC) as my Prince Charming’: Student credits college with changing her life as foundation kicks off campaign

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — College had been a fairy tale where Guinevere Arthur Vanhorne grew up in Jamaica. Though she was smart in school, college and eduction wasn’t what her family did. Then, she came to Greenfield Community College. “It … 0

Greenfield superintendent seeks $1M increase

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — For her first budget as Greenfield schools superintendent, Jordana Harper is proposing a $1 million increase in the school budget for next year that includes special education and transportation increases, a full-time human resources position and a new assistant superintendent position. The proposed budget amounts to … 0

Greenfield High to use drug-screening tool

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — Next school year, eighth- and ninth-graders will be screened for substance abuse as part of their regular school nurse visits. The School Committee voted to implement the Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment, or SBIRT, as part of the high school’s health screening program in … 0