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Melody Chen of Jingzhou, China, taught Chinese language classes at Mohawk Trail Regional School.
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Mohawk to end China program after 2 years

Friday, February 5, 2016

BUCKLAND — After a two-year trial, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District is ending efforts to attract tuition-paying Chinese high school students and its Chinese language and culture classes at Mohawk and in two elementary schools. “Mohawk is cutting its Chinese Program due to low student interest and budget pressure,” said School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, an initial supporter of the program. This fall, only one Chinese student was enrolled in Mohawk’s second year of Chinese high school students at Mohawk. In 2008, Buoniconti began exploring the possibility of bringing international, tuition-paying students to Mohawk, expanding both the school’s revenues and its students’ exposure to people … 0

Mohawk versus charters: District to rally against tuition hikes

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUCKLAND — Facing a 15 percent increase in mandated payments for charter school tuition, Mohawk Trail Regional School District officials say the state funding formula for charter schools is undermining rural school systems like Mohawk. With full support from the School Committee, board member Martha Thurber has sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter … 0

Helping kids hit high notes

Monday, February 1, 2016

About a year ago, when violin teacher Vicki Citron — then just a year since moving to Shelburne from Boston — stood before a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce audience and mentioned her dream of launching a music program for needy kids — she had little idea of what she was getting into. … 0

Electronic ‘tongue’ gets one of 8 grant awards for UMass

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center has given $320,000 to eight UMass faculty researchers who are developing promising technologies that range from an electronic “tongue” for food safety tests to a new energy-absorbing material for helmets that last week was named as one of five winners of the NFL’s … 0

Gill-Montague District straining to keep up with technology needs

Friday, December 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District has compiled a report about the status of technology within the district, which Superintendent Michael Sullivan said is struggling to meeting growing needs. “While the demand for technology applications is … 0

Sheffield assistant principal resigns

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Sheffield Elementary School Assistant Principal Kevin Cousineau will resign from his position to accept a job as an assistant principal at the William E. Norris School in Southampton. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced Cousineau’s impending departure at a recent School Committee meeting. … 0

Pioneer principal resigns

Monday, December 21, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School, William Wehrli, is leaving. “He made an announcement to the staff today,” said Superintendent Ruth Miller, asked Monday night about Wehrli’s reported resignation. Miller later offered a brief statement: “Mr. Wehrli served the school district for many years, he … 0

Mohawk changes to come before town meetings

Sunday, December 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District towns will be asked to re-admit Rowe to the eight-town district as a Grade 7 through 12 member at their spring annual town meetings. They will also be asked to change the voting mechanism on regional district changes to a two-thirds … 0

Mohawk district facing $600K budget gap

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — To close a $600,000 gap between the budget the Mohawk Trail Regional School District needs and its commitment not to increase town assessments by more than 2.5 percent, the School Committee gave its member town officials … 0

Community asks UMass not to change nonstudent involvement in campus radio

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AMHERST — Saying that the restructuring of operations at radio station WMUA will reduce educational opportunities for students and diminish the cultural life of the Pioneer Valley, community members are calling on Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and University … 0

UMass researchers’ device would help HIV patients take meds on time

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AMHERST — For patients with HIV and other chronic conditions, taking medicines daily and exactly as prescribed is crucial for quality of life and long-term health. To support this, a team of University of Massachusetts computer scientists and engineers recently received a four-year, $1.71 million grant from the … 0

Greenfield expects school rating in spring

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — With the accreditation visit over, Greenfield public schools expect word on their New England Association of Schools and Colleges review this spring. Superintendent Jordana Harper thanked School Committee members for meeting with the review team and said the review is due in about four months, with … 0

Greenfield schools seek nearly half a million

Monday, December 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee is asking the Town Council to approve $461,040 in spending from the town’s “free cash” surplus. As explained by school Business Manager Howard Barber and School Committee finance subcommittee Chairwoman Donna Gleason, … 1