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Recorder Staff/Micky Bedell

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or proficient. Math remained steady with 70 percent … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being safe and secure online. Presenters include members of the United States Attorney’s Office as well … 0

Public schools sponsor open house community cookout Thursday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s public schools are hosting a community cookout Thursday as part of their annual October open houses. This first-ever cookout, at Greenfield Middle School, will feature the Greenfield Fire Department grilling burgers and hotdogs, local markets serving sides and snacks, a Greenfield police cruiser for children to explore and entertainment by Greenfield’s local radio stations WHAI and Bear Country. Ice cream, … 0

School board off to rocky start on Gill-Montague teachers contract negotiations

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With bargaining to begin soon on new three-year contracts for Gill-Montague Regional School District workers, school board members Tuesday got into a wrangle — not with their employees, but with each other. The nine members got into a heated debate about the process of appointing … 0

Pioneer falls short in its budget: New supt. finds $477,487 gap

Monday, September 14, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School District will spend the first few months of the new school year addressing an unexpected $477,487 budget shortfall. Pioneer Superintendent Ruth Miller, entering her first school year in the job, discovered the … 0

Hot talk won’t heat Davis St. school admin. building

Sunday, September 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Heating the school district’s Davis Street administrative offices was a matter of heated discussion at Wednesday night’s Greenfield School Committee meeting, with some members objecting to the mayor’s latest proposal. Mayor William Martin this summer retreated … 0

Federal Street after-school program to cost parents

Friday, September 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — With grant funding gone, parents counting on the Federal Street School after-school program will have to wait to learn when it will start and how much it will cost. School Superintendent Jordana Harper said this week the program had been funded by a 21st Century Learning … 0

Greenfield School Committee supports moratorium on high-stakes standardized testing

Friday, September 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on so-called high-stakes standardized testing. The vote has no effect on testing in Greenfield schools, but adds Greenfield’s voice to those school districts calling on state and federal policy makers to implement a three-year … 0

In the big-kids school: Preschoolers welcomed into Sanderson Academy

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ASHFIELD — A Sanderson Academy custom has been to hold a “boo-hoo” breakfast for new kindergartners and their parents on the starting day of school; so Wednesday, the first day of preschool, the PTO held a “boo-hoo reception” … 0

Annual Bernardston Elementary potluck welcomes community to a new school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

BERNARDSTON — To ring in a new year at Bernardston Elementary School, the Parent Teacher Organization hosted a schoolwide potluck. At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a crowd of about 120 students, parents and staff members gathered on the … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at www.fcts.org/apprentice/menu.html. Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

Nominations open for GCC alumni award

Monday, September 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — In celebration of the successes of Greenfield Community College students, GCC will confer the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to one distinguished alum. This individual will join the 52 Distinguished Alumni who have been previously honored, representing the college’s more than half century of providing access to … 0

Hawlemont Ag program gears up for growth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAWLEMONT — The chickens started school Tuesday night, in time to greet the 105 schoolchildren Wednesday for year 2 of the Hawlemont Regional School’s new agricultural curriculum. The cows, goats and sheep will come next week — after … 0