Schools

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti if they should turn on the sound … 0

Discovery School maintains high attendance, MCAS scores

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since becoming an Innovation School in 2011, the Discovery School at Four Corners has steadily increased in enrollment and in scores on standardized tests, according to a status report by Principal Suzanne Sullivan. Sullivan presented the findings to the School Committee last week. The Level 1 school is succeeding in most areas it set out to achieve. The Innovation School is … 0

Mohawk Briefs

Monday, December 15, 2014

School Board receives military award BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has received a U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award — the highest recognition given by the federal government to employers for “outstanding support of employees serving in the (National) Guard and Reserve.” The School Committee was nominated by its superintendent, U.S. Air Force Reserve Col. Michael Buoniconti, both … 0

Town officials mull Mohawk regional changes

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BUCKLAND — With enrollment in the 250-square-mile Mohawk Trail Regional School District dipping below 1,000, town officials on the Long Range Planning Committee are talking about consolidating elementary grades within the district’s four elementary schools, seeking statewide changes in how Chapter 70 state educational aid is calculated, and … 0

New courses will combine clean energy with agriculture

Sunday, November 23, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant that will be used to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry … 0

Franklin County students honored by superintendents

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Whether it’s sports, academics or community service, eight Franklin County students have managed to succeed in whatever they set their minds to. At a ceremony Thursday night, eight high school students were honored by their … 0

GCC language teacher wins statewide honor

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Charlotte Gifford, the World Languages Department chairwoman at Greenfield Community College, has received this year’s Distinguished Service Award, the top honor offered annually by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. It celebrates and recognizes an educator for a lifetime of exceptional and meritorious service to the foreign … 0

Will Orange OK $490K for new school study?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ORANGE — Residents will vote at a special town meeting on Dec. 4 on whether to fund the next step in building a new elementary school. The Massachusetts School Building Association is currently working with Orange on the possibility of a new school building to house all Orange … 0

Greenfield to evaluate all teachers by end of school year

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department is planning to evaluate 100 percent of its teachers and administrators by the end of the school year in an effort to catch up with the rest of the state on the new educator evaluation system. The state Department of Elementary and … 0

Hawlemont farm program grows

Friday, November 14, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Besides growing fruits, herbs and veggies, the Hawlemont School’s new farm-based curriculum is growing something else: enrollment and community involvement. Enrollment at the rural elementary school is already up by 10 percent, and Hawlemont lost none … 0

Greenfield Schools Notebook

Friday, November 14, 2014

Walking routes to school to be reviewed for safety GREENFIELD — On Dec. 2, town and school leaders will be walking to school as part of an assessment to find safe walking routes for students. The goal of the Greenfield Schools Walk to School program is to have … 0

Mohawk board resolves transportation aid dilemma

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District has solved the problem of what to do with its “excess” state school bus aid by creating a revolving fund that could be used to offset member towns’ school bus costs for next year. July’s announcement by the state … 0

Check out new Greenfield High School on Nov. 15

Friday, November 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two months after the new high school building opened, taxpayers get to see what their money bought. The Greenfield School Building Committee is holding a tour of the primary classroom wing of the new school for … 1