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GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students in their AP classes and helping them do well on tests.” The AP participation rate at Greenfield High School is 63 percent, … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. Of those, over 80 percent are employed in the field according to organizers. … 0

UMass fundraising effort exceeds $300M goal ahead of schedule

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign at the University of Massachusetts has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the UMass Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert … 0

2 Orange educators get Pioneer Valley excellence awards

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nicole LaFleur, a school counselor at Fisher Hill School, and Margaret Lawless, a teacher of middle school mathematics at Mahar Regional School, have been awarded Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are given out by the … 0

GCC’s Pura provides Northampton seniors with reason to cheer

Sunday, May 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Greenfield Community College President Robert Pura is the hero of the day for senior citizens who call the Northampton Senior Center their home away from home. Mayor David J. Narkewicz is pretty thrilled with him, too. Pura Thursday night told Narkewicz the college has put off … 0

Heath, Hawlemont get $355K in renewable energy grants

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Hawlemont Regional and Heath Elementary schools will receive a combined $355,375 in state grant money to replace their old oil heating systems to highly efficient wood-pellet, biomass boilers that will save both schools thousands of dollars per year in heating bills. “Both Mohawk and Hawlemont are very … 0

Meehan named next president of UMass system

Friday, May 1, 2015

BOSTON — Marty Meehan, the former congressman and current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, was named president of the five-campus UMass system on Friday after selling his vision of turning the system into one of the nation’s … 0

Greenfield schools get grant for fitness curriculum

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fourth- and fifth-graders will soon be riding bicycles as part of a newly grant-funded physical education curriculum. The Greenfield schools, in collaboration with the Recreation Department, received a $20,000 grant from CYCLE Kids, a nonprofit that works with schools and communities to promote healthy lifestyles by … 0

Starting the day the right way

Thursday, April 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today, students at the Newton School on Shelburne Road “started the day the right way.” That’s what Superintendent Jordana Harper told a group of about 40 students during the state Department of Transportation’s Massachusetts Safe Routes … 0

Proposal for Rowe to join Mohawk dropped for now

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BUCKLAND — Rowe may some day rejoin the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, but it won’t be next year. Acting on recommendations from Mohawk and Rowe’s lawyer Russell Dupere, and concerns raised by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Mohawk school board voted unanimously this … 0

GCC 25th Striving & Driving for Scholars Golf Tourney tees off May 18

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Striving and Driving for GCC Scholars Golf Tournament, area residents and businesses are invited to participate May 18. The tournament is an opportunity to enjoy golf while helping students attend Greenfield Community College. The tournament is an anchor … 0

‘What Greenfield has done’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School’s Environmental Science Club is holding a 40-minute presentation and discussion titled Climate Change: What Greenfield Has Done and Next Steps tonight at 5:15, just before the school’s Open House. The presentation will be held in the small auditorium next to the library. The … 0

Walking the walk

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Thursday, Greenfield students, parents and teachers will walk to school as part of the district’s kickoff to its spring Walk to School Days. On that day at 3 p.m. at Newton School the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School will recognize Greenfield schools for its progress … 0