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Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or proficient. Math remained steady with 70 percent … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being safe and secure online. Presenters include members of the United States Attorney’s Office as well … 0

Public schools sponsor open house community cookout Thursday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s public schools are hosting a community cookout Thursday as part of their annual October open houses. This first-ever cookout, at Greenfield Middle School, will feature the Greenfield Fire Department grilling burgers and hotdogs, local markets serving sides and snacks, a Greenfield police cruiser for children to explore and entertainment by Greenfield’s local radio stations WHAI and Bear Country. Ice cream, … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes … 0

UMass Amherst among top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. The listing highlights the “most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it … 0

Full-day infant and toddler care coming to Turners

Friday, August 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With working parents in mind, Community Action is changing its half-day preschool program on Central Street into an all-day infant and toddler program. Community Action’s Parent-Child Development Center on Central Street in Turners Falls will … 0

New app aims to make UMass move-in easier

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request … 0

UMass police receive diversity training

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — From a police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 to a prisoner dying while in custody of Baltimore police this year, a seeming racial divide between police and black citizens with tragic outcomes has prompted numerous protests and riots nationwide. As … 0

Instruments of change: Violin teacher hopes to fund music program for disadvantaged children

Monday, August 24, 2015

Inspired by a worldwide movement to train every child, no matter how disadvantaged, to make music, a Shelburne violin teacher has been working to launch a free after-school music program in Greenfield next month. Musica Franklin, based on … 0

Newton School tour to celebrate centennial

Friday, August 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — If you went to Newton School and haven’t been back since you were 4 feet tall, the school is offering an opportunity for a look at what’s changed and what hasn’t from your new, elevated perspective. … 0

Rosenberg asks UMass to reduce fee increase

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — State Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg is calling on University of Massachusetts leadership to look again at reducing a fee increase to students, while university spokesman Robert Connolly is asking for another $46 million from the … 0

Ready for the ‘photo finish’: New portion of GHS construction on time for Sept. 2 opening

Friday, August 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The last pieces are falling into place on Lenox Avenue, where the new Greenfield High School has emerged from the cocoon of the old 1958 building over the past two years. Less a few final touches … 0