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3 Mohawk district towns seek assessment cuts

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BUCKLAND — A last-minute, 36 percent increase in state aid for busing for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District has prompted selectmen from three of the eight district towns to seek a share in the savings. Buckland, Shelburne and Colrain boards have all sent letters asking that the now-excess busing money they budgeted to pay Mohawk be eliminated in light of the “windfall” from the state, and the issue will … 0

Greenfield donates surplus school furniture to Zambia

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Students from Greenfield High School and throughout Zambia in southern Africa will have something in common — the same desks. This summer, Greenfield High School provided five tractor-trailers filled with surplus furniture to be shipped off to outfit schools in impoverished communities in Zambia. The excess furniture was part of the school’s transition into the new $66 million high school building. … 0

Handful of Greenfield parents, teachers oppose PARCC

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Of the handful of parents and teachers who attended the School Committee’s public hearing on standardized testing Wednesday night, all came out against the new PARCC tests. “I’m not opposed to assessment at all,” said parent Deborah Keisch. “What I am opposed to is the high-stakes nature of these tests. They won’t help our students be anything more than good test-takers.” … 0

Kids can read, learn and play at Hillside Park

Monday, June 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Parents, children and community members can now read, sing and play at Hillside Park. The first Born Learning Trail was installed at the Greenfield park on June 21, offering parents, caregivers and preschool children an interactive, … 0

In turbulent tenure, Susan Hollins, as superintendent, helped stabilize Greenfield schools

Sunday, June 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Susan Hollins was looking for a good challenge to end her career in education. She found it in the Greenfield schools in 2008: $1 million in debt, no administrators, scores of laid-off teachers and students flocking … 0

8 UMass profs lauded as ‘highly cited researchers’

Sunday, June 29, 2014

AMHERST — Eight University of Massachusetts faculty members have been named “Highly Cited Researchers 2014” in a new, updated list announced recently by Thomson Reuters. Those named are among “the world’s leading scientific minds” whose publications are among the most influential in their fields. The eight are Eric … 0

Teacher from Sunderland wins national kudos

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, school was her “safe haven.” At home, recalls the ninth-grade English teacher at Northampton High School, her father was emotionally abusive and became violent when he lost his temper. “My father was frequently doing two things … 0

UMass again freezes fees, tuition for in-state undergraduates

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The University of Massachusetts has frozen 2014-2015 tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students, unanimously approving the first back-to-back freeze in recent UMass history. “Freezing tuition and fees in consecutive years represents a real savings for students and their families, and also makes a strong statement about … 0

Turners Falls High School looks into European vacation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School teachers are exploring the possibility of a European April vacation for interested students next year, or the year after. Special education teacher and ninth-grade team leader Nancy Weld brought the idea to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday. “I think … 0

GCC to speak at American Energy jobs hearing in Washington, D.C.

Monday, June 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — For a second time this year, Greenfield Community College’s program in renewable energy and energy efficiency is being recognized by national leaders in Washington, D.C. Today President Bob Pura and Associate Professor Teresa Jones are attending … 0

First event at new C.S. Lewis Study Center set for tonight at 7

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The first event of the C.S. Lewis Study Center in Northfield is set for tonight at 7 p.m. “Plato’s Euthyphro: A discussion” will be led by Dr. Scott B. Kay. Having created and taught in an … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham alumna’s work on Mars rover Curiosity is out of this world

Friday, June 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before working on the Mars Rover Curiosity that successfully touched down on the red planet in 2012, Carissa Tudryn Weber studied math and science at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and called Franklin County her home. Eighteen years later, … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0