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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 what has for the most part historically been two separate sides of sustainability education — clean energy and agriculture,” said Kate Maiolatesi, … 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 superintendents for academic excellence and achievements at the annual Franklin County Area Superintendents Association awards … 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 language profession in Massachusetts. Gifford is a past president of the association and a past … 0

Restorative practices program in schools focuses on community

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For decades, students who disrupted class or caused problems in the hallways of public schools would be given after-school detention or sent to the principal’s office for further discipline such as suspension. Too often, after … 0

Ebola talk Wednesday at UMass

Sunday, October 26, 2014

AMHERST — Four panelists will discuss “The Ebola Epidemic: How We Got Here, Current Preparedness, and Future Outlook” Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The speakers are: ∎ Martha Anker of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health … 0

Local schools, police prepare for threats

Friday, October 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a 19-year-old man from Sunderland threatened to “re-enact … 0

How can school nurses help prevent substance abuse?

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The key to combating the opioid addiction crisis is preventing substance abuse whether it is alcohol, cigarettes or painkillers, the region’s school nurses were told Friday. “Young people are making choices in a context,” said Marisa Hebble of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and … 0

Turners Falls High School hangs onto Level 2 status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls High School is actually a higher-ranked, Level 2 school under the state’s accountability status despite its being ranked earlier as a Level 3 school. The changed ranking was due to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education miscalculating the school’s participation … 0

State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month … 1

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are … 0

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0