Schools

New gun law mandates police in schools

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — As part of the new gun safety law passed this summer, local schools and police are deciding whether to bring on more full-time in-school resource officers. The new law requires every chief of police, in consultation with the superintendent, to assign at least one school resource officer to serve the school district. The roadblock for many cash-strapped local police departments and school districts in implementing this provision is … 0

Juniper Networks gives $1.5M in networking equipment to UMass

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has donated equipment worth $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts. UMass will use the donation to build a dedicated high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data transfers across campus. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “As our faculty and staff … 0

Four Rivers achieves 100% proficiency on ELA for fourth year

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, 10th-graders at Four Rivers Charter Public School achieved 100 percent proficiency on the English Language Arts MCAS test. Four Rivers also outperformed sending schools in every category of the high stakes test for grades 7, 8 and 10. The high scores marks a continuing trend at the Greenfield charter school. In seven years, only 2 percent … 0

UMass system enrollment hits record 73,614

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Enrollment at the University of Massachusetts is projected to reach a record 73,614 students this fall throughout the five-campus system, with this year’s increase fueling what has now become a 30 percent enrollment surge over the past decade, President Robert L. Caret said Wednesday. “Over the … 0

Newton School tunes up

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Harmonious tunes and a chorus of singing echoed throughout the classrooms and hallways at Newton School on Tuesday as local musicians played violins, mandolins and ukuleles in an effort to expose students to music. This year, … 0

First day of school

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — In the middle of the school courtyard early Tuesday morning, eager high school students gathered for their first day back to school and teachers called out to students and buses delivered more students to the mix. … 0

Meet Sharon Moberg, new Sheffield principal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MONTAGUE — Friday was the second day of classes for Sheffield Elementary School students and Sharon Moberg’s second day in charge of a school full of children, but she begins the new job with the advantage of having … 0

UMass gets $37.5 million for environmental projects

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation that authorizes the borrowing of $1.9 billion for environmental projects statewide, including $37.5 million at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and two university-run sites in eastern Massachusetts. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “This is a new source of … 0

Peeking inside the sun

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Scientists are a step closer to understanding the interior of the sun and the process that creates the light and energy that it sends to Earth after physicists, including two at the University of Massachusetts, have directly detected neutrinos from the sun’s core for the first … 0

New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and … 0

Free lunch at Greenfield elementary schools

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — All students at Newton, Federal Street and the Academy of Early Learning schools will be provided a free daily lunch this school year regardless of their family income. The free lunch program is an addition to the free breakfast program already offered at all schools. The … 0

The Literacy Project teaches 15,000 adult students in 30 years

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — In a classroom at the top floor of the E.A Hall Building on Bank Row, Joe Panzica of Greenfield tirelessly teaches adult students how to read, write and do math at the same time he is trying to build their confidence and motivation. For 16 years, … 0

Back to School: Greenfield schools open their doors

Friday, August 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — With the last few days of vacation slipping away, students throughout town shook off their summer haze this week and returned — if briefly — to hallways they will be filling daily for the next nine months. Throughout Greenfield, school hallways were filled with parents and … 0