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Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month probation. “My recommendation is based primarily upon my concerns regarding the academic performance and governance of this virtual school, which has declined … 0

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based curriculum components into the classroom. This initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing … 0

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future of this region,” McGovern said. “The trouble with … 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

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to … 0

Study faults Amherst cops, UMass in melee

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” melee faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. … 0

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The … 0