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Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and when such confidential information can be destroyed. Massachusetts was the only state not running national criminal history checks of K-12 school employees … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for medicine two years ago. The Student Development Committee, which looks at policy and procedure at … 0

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of students from kindergarten to Grade 3 who participated in the summer school program, “Water, Water, … 0

New collaboration opens doors for economic security for women

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College and area women’s and domestic violence resource advocacy groups are partnering to empower at-risk women in transition in Franklin County. The Franklin County Women’s GARDEN (Growing Agricultural Resiliency and Developing Economic Networks) Project is a new three-year partnership, funded through a $20,000 grant … 0

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, … 0

‘King Arthur,’ trapeze classes highlight Hilltown Youth Theater season

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to learn to fly like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan?” Flying trapeze lessons will be available to the public during this year’s Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop at the Academy at Charlemont. As part of … 0

Two familiar faces join Virtual Academy at Greenfield board

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two familiar faces from Greenfield schools will serve on the board of the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. Two former Greenfield school committee members, John Lunt and Daryl Essensa, have been appointed to … 0

Greenfield to implement teacher evaluations

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — After two years of negotiations, Greenfield Public School teachers and administrators will begin evaluating teachers this fall using the new state educator evaluator system. A team of about 12 to 20 educators, including some administrators and teachers with representation from the elementary, middle and high school … 0

GCC fundraising campaign beats goal

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — In its efforts to inspire hope through education, the Greenfield Community College Foundation raised $103,443 beyond its goal for its 2014 annual campaign. The GCC annual Fundraising Campaign raised $928,443 to support the college, surpassing the … 0

UMass dining takes gold again at Tastes of the World conference

Monday, July 14, 2014

AMHERST — UMass Dining took gold for the fourth year in a row at the 20th annual Taste of the World Culinary Conference hosted June 15-20 by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Chefs Anthony Jung, Robert Bankert, Taylor … 0

UMass gets $1.35M to develop, test next-generation Internet

Sunday, July 13, 2014

AMHERST — Someday soon, the world will migrate away from the old, original Internet to a new, next-generation Internet with far better security, greater mobility and many other improved features, but most of us will never know the … 0

Greenfield school faces choice: MCAS or PARCC?

Friday, July 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Will Greenfield schools stick to the now-standard MCAS for next year — or take the road less traveled by opting into the new PARCC exam? The Greenfield Public School Committee has until Oct. 1 to decide … 0