Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Holiday hustle: GMS holds first Turkey Trot fun-run

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Organizers of the Greenfield Middle School’s pre-Thanksgiving-break Turkey Trot race went for the feel of a true road race, with orange slices and water at the finish line — and surpassed it. Behind the balloon arch finish line no one was complaining about their times or second-guessing where they could have … 0

Regional accreditation team visits GHS

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School is about to take the next step in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process with a site visit Dec. 6-9. The visit occurs once every 10 years. The area of greatest concern in the last visit was the physical condition of the facilities, according to Principal Donna Woodcock. The high school has since been … 0

Board backs hold on new charter schools

Friday, November 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has taken a symbolic stand against charter schools, unanimously supporting a moratorium on new charter schools. School union President Thomas Bevacqua called on the committee to support state Senate Bill 326, which would prevent the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from … 0

‘Million Student March’ draws hundreds at UMass

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst students rallied for a range of social and economic issues Thursday at a demonstration billed as the Million Student March — one in a series of such events held around the country. … 0

FBI eyes Greenfield school food dept.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Schools’ lawyer announced publicly Thursday night that the FBI is investigating the food services department. Lawyer Peter Smith alluded to a variety of issues including misuse of federal food reimbursement money, and linked … 1

Smith College protest over racism on campus supports actions at University of Missouri

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 Smith College students, Dean of the College Donna Lisker, and faculty and staff members joined in front of the Campus Center in the rain at noon Wednesday, calling attention to racism on campus and supporting similar actions at Ithaca College and University of Missouri. … 0

UMass grad at center of media access debate

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

AMHERST — A viral video showing student protesters at the University of Missouri blocking members of the media from accessing a portion of their protest site in a public space on campus has sparked differing views at the University of Massachusetts Amherst about the rights of journalists and … 0

PARCC testing results released

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The state released the long-awaited results from the new standardized achievement tests for public schools Wednesday. Greenfield, Gill-Montague Regional School District and Pioneer Valley Regional School District administered the new PARCC in grades 3 through 8, while Mahar … 1

Community Spelling Bee at Mohawk tonight

Monday, November 9, 2015

BUCKLAND — Dust off your dictionary and put on your spelling cap for the 10th annual Community Spelling Bee, starting tonight, Nov. 10, at 6:30 at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. This year’s bee, sponsored by the Mary … 0

Greenfield School Committee meeting Thursday night

Monday, November 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee will meet Thursday, an exception to its regular monthly schedule, due to the Wednesday holiday. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Community Television studios at 393 Main St. On the agenda are a proposed moratorium on new charter … 0

GCC legal aid funded for second year

Monday, November 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — A $15,000 grant from the Franklin Fund of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts will cover a second year of a Community Legal Aid program at Greenfield Community College. The Legal Aid advocate on campus provides income-eligible students with information about their legal rights, government benefits … 0

NMH seeks applicants for Upward Bound Program

Sunday, November 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mount Hermon is seeking applications for its Upward Bound Program. The deadline is Nov. 19. The program aims to provide low-income students with the motivational tools they need to graduate high school and succeed in college. Director Gisele Litalien said the free, federally funded, year-round … 0