The Community Action preschool on Central Street in Turners Falls will reopen in September as an all-day day care program for infants and toddlers.
Recorder Chris Curtis

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will now house 16 infants and toddlers year-round for 10 hours a day, rather than the 34 older pre-kindergarten students in the half-day … 0

New app aims to make UMass move-in easier

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually, it will provide students with assistance in a number of aspects of campus life, … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request this year for the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and a Jones Whitsett Architects’ estimate of … 0

GHS Green Room gets green light

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The high school’s Green Room after-school program has another three years of funding. The Collaborative for Educational Services, which manages the program in Greenfield, West Springfield, Easthampton and Palmer, says it has three more years of funding totaling more than $350,000 for the five programs in … 0

From China to Mohawk: New classrooms, new country for school district’s Chinese teacher

Monday, August 10, 2015

BUCKLAND — For a dozen years, Melody Chen has taught English to college students at the Yangtze University, near her home in southern China. But this year, Chen will be teaching Chinese to American students within the Mohawk … 0

Digital eyes on education

Monday, August 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — There will be new, clearer digital eyes on the entry ways and playing fields at the middle, elementary and preschool buildings this fall. New security cameras will surveil the entry ways, parking lots and playgrounds at … 0

Biochemist studies how plants cope with stress, at the molecular level

Sunday, August 9, 2015

AMHERST — Biochemist Elizabeth Vierling at the University of Massachusetts recently received a three-year, $682,982 National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond, at the molecular and cellular level, to stress in their environment and the role of a regulatory protein called S-nitrosoglutathione reductase (GSNOR). Vierling has … 0

Extra support for UMass-bound engineering students from 3 Western Mass. community colleges

Sunday, August 9, 2015

AMHERST – The University of Massachusetts has received a four-year, $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support academically strong students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. A key goal of the program is to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students with … 0

PVRS starts school year with fresh administrative staff member

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — New School Year. New Superintendent. Ruth Miller will take over from Dayle Doiron as Pioneer Valley Regional School district’s superintendent. For the past three years, Miller worked as the superintendent and business manager for the Narragansett … 0

Newton School turns to alumni to help it turn 100

Friday, August 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — Remember the green and pink floor tiles? The flag pole? The murals in the entryway and cafeteria depicting life in a Native American village? Maybe you know where the time capsule is? The red brick and … 0

Great Falls Middle School teacher hired as Gill Elementary principal

Friday, August 7, 2015

GILL — Great Falls Middle School teacher Conor Driscoll has been hired as the new principal of Gill Elementary School. “I’m very excited,” Driscoll said Wednesday. “The energy that the staff has and the excitement that everyone here is showing is great.” Driscoll served as a sixth-grade English … 0

Mohawk registration starts Monday

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — Registration dates for Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Middle School are Aug. 10 through 21, for students new to new and returning students, or school choice students in grades seven through twelve. Please contact the guidance department at 625-9811, ext. 1305 to receive a 2015-2016 … 0

UMass Amherst dining hall food wins Princeton Review honor again

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to a … 0