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Local schools, police prepare for threats

Friday, October 24, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For years, Frontier Regional School administrators, local and state police have been preparing for a potential active shooter incident at the school. This week, school and law enforcement officials had to put their plans into action as a 19-year-old man from Sunderland threatened to “re-enact Columbine” at Frontier Regional School. The threat led to the swift arrest of Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of 28 School St. by … 0

How can school nurses help prevent substance abuse?

Friday, October 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — The key to combating the opioid addiction crisis is preventing substance abuse whether it is alcohol, cigarettes or painkillers, the region’s school nurses were told Friday. “Young people are making choices in a context,” said Marisa Hebble of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region. “There is a relationship between prescription drug misuse and the use … 0

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 … 0

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

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Gill Elementary begins ‘teaching recess’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GILL — Some Gill Elementary School parents are pushing for the school to back out of children’s decisions about where to play in the playground and who to sit with at lunch. Four parents addressed the Gill-Montague School Committee Tuesday, all opposing structured recess and structured lunch practices … 1

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0

MCAS scores see little change

Monday, September 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Like their counterparts statewide, Greenfield schools showed little change from 2013 to 2014 in the number of students who meet or exceed grade-level proficiency standards according to the latest MCAS results. Two Greenfield schools — Federal Street and Discovery School at Four Corners — are rated … 0

Engaged learning: Activated — Academy of Early Learning uses robots to teach students problem solving, estimation

Monday, September 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — In Janice Fuller’s preschool class, four little yellow robots moved backward and forward and spun in a circle as her students learned estimation and problem solving skills. On the early Monday morning, Fuller asked the students … 0

Police work puts him in the schools

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Throughout the hallways at Greenfield High School, Richard Brook works to diffuse bullying, quell potential fights and provide security plans while simultaneously building bridges between the community and police. As school resource officer, Brook serves as … 0