Schools

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 rate as being below 90 percent. Districts in which the percentage of eligible students taking the MCAS exam is below 90 percent … 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 placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its state certificate expires. … 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 probation. “My recommendation is based primarily upon my concerns regarding the academic performance and governance … 0

Pioneer superintendent to step down at end of the year

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After two decades of service, Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s superintendent will resign at the end of the school year. “I’m not retiring; I’m just going to make a change,” said Superintendent Dayle Doiron. “I’m not sure whether I’ll stay in education. I’ve had opportunities come … 0

GED program awards 40 diplomas

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — In her black graduation robe, Shoshone Sadoski stood before her fellow 40 students receiving their diplomas after passing the GED or High School Equivalency Test at Greenfield Community College. She was in tears. She had achieved … 0

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

GCC is recognized for excellence in manufacturing training, education

Monday, October 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College was designated a Platinum Education Center Friday by Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing training and development. It was among six community and technical colleges nationwide to receive the recongition. The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) awards are presented to educational facilities … 0

GED graduation Wednesday at GCC

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Wednesday more than 30 GED and High School Equivalency Test graduates and their families will participate in a commencement ceremony at Greenfield Community College’s main campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. As a testing site, GCC has one of the highest high school equivalency passing … 0

Combating bullying, cliques on 2 school agendas

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the course of three weeks this year, seventh-graders at Pioneer Valley Regional School will learn how to stop bullying they may see as part of a new active bystander program. At Four Rivers Charter School, students are put into small groups with one teacher where … 0

Two new GCC scholarships to support Latino students

Friday, October 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — This spring two Latino students will receive $1,000 scholarships to Greenfield Community College due to a partnership between the Latino Scholarship Foundation and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. “This is possible because of the relationships we have,” said Sheryl Hruska, chief academic and student affairs officer … 0

GCC earns national green award

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of five community colleges of 1,200 nationwide that is recognized for its environmentally sustainable practices, programs and job training. The college is one of five community colleges awarded with an American … 1

GCC, other community colleges split $20M to invest in STEM

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of 15 schools statewide to get a slice of $20 million to promote programs and train prospective workers in science, technology, engineering and math. In a consortia, 15 community colleges across the state were selected by the federal Department of Labor … 0

UMass suspends informant program

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AMHERST — A confidential informant program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that came under fire this week following the report of a student informant’s death from a drug overdose has been suspended indefinitely pending its full review, … 0