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This screen shot shows the home page of the new Greenfield Public School website.

Greenfield Public Schools’ new website live

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Schools have a new website, one parents might find easier to navigate. The new gpsk12.org has individual editorial control for the district’s departments and schools, and a Twitter feed down the side of the main page. “The old website needed refreshing, it had a lot of info, but the look and feel of it needed … 0

Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer. The town human resources department holds policy was followed and the union has … 0

Greenfield teachers union threatens lawsuit

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield teachers union threatens legal action, saying members laid off this year have lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer break. “The Greenfield Education Association has learned the Greenfield Schools are, with less than a week’s notice, canceling the health insurance policies of teachers and staff who were recently laid off. Even though they’ve already paid the … 0

Newton School may keep fourth-graders

Friday, June 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — Newton Elementary School’s current third-graders may stay put in the fall, like their peers at the other Greenfield elementary schools, rather than moving to the middle school. Earlier left out of a planned return to a K-4 structure at the elementary schools due to a space … 0

Rumors rule after Math and Science Academy discussion gets short shrift

Thursday, June 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Math and Science Academy was a topic of sustained discussion at this week’s meeting of the Greenfield Public School Committee, but discussion was limited to rumors. The agenda for the meeting contained the acronym MSA … 0

UMass to raise tuition 5%, adds technology fee

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

BOSTON — A five percent University of Massachusetts tuition hike and a new $250 technology fee received preliminary approval Wednesday, pushing the proposed in-state bill to attend UMass Amherst and live on campus to more than $25,000. The UMass board of trustees’ Committee on Administration and Finance approved … 0

Community comes together to teach ‘LifeSkills’

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — A health education curriculum emphasizing an indirect approach to drug and other risks continues to gain ground in Franklin County schools. “All of the middle schools in Franklin County and the North Quabbin have been or are being trained today in the curriculum, and a few … 0

Four Rivers students fight for immigrant rights

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Laura Tabachnick’s ninth-grade social studies students at Four Rivers Charter Public School didn’t just study society this spring, they’re trying to change it. “They’ve been working with me and with someone at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition to advocate for some meaningful change to … 0

NMH alum pledges up to $5M for scholarship

Monday, June 8, 2015

Gill — With his pledge to donate $5 million over the next five years to the Northfield Mount Hermon School, class of 1950 alumnus Richard Gilder will help make possible the construction of a new academic building and … 0

Greenfield High grads

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The following students, who graduated from Greenfield High School this weekend, were inadvertently omitted from a list of graduates in Monday’s paper. Dylan Tyler Renfrew, Lily Patrice Richards, Aaron Rivers, Ryan N. Roberts, Kenneth N. Rogers, Tatiana Norabeth Santiago, Tyler Charles Siwek, Alina Tahij, Elena Tahij, … 0

4 Rivers: Education just short of ‘danger zone’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Principal and Head of School Peter Garbus of the Four Rivers Charter Public School tries to keep his students hovering just on the edge of what he called the “danger zone.” It’s the level of challenge … 0

GCC offers life beyond ‘bullet-riddled fences’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her … 0

‘There are no endings — only changes.’ Academy at Charlemont graduates 12

Saturday, June 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A dozen students from the Class of 2015 each stepped up to the podium Saturday, to recall special memories of their Academy at Charlemont years, and to say goodbye to their school and classmates. “There’s a … 0