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A middle schooler waves a hand-drawn flag during 'A Taste of World Cultures' night at Greenfield Middle School on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

GMS gets a taste of the world

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of Greenfield families became immersed in a world of coqui frogs, Guatemalan masks, Japanese hand fans and appetizing potato latkes, Italian pizza and salsa and nachos Wednesday evening as flags from around the world waved before them. As families munched on food native to Japan and Poland, young salsa dancers moved across the gymnasium floor at Greenfield Middle School Wednesday. It was the second annual Taste of World Cultures at the Middle School, a new tradition designed to expose students to different cultures and learn about their own family backgrounds. “It is an opportunity for families and the community to come into … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti … 0

Discovery School maintains high attendance, MCAS scores

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since becoming an Innovation School in 2011, the Discovery School at Four Corners has steadily increased in enrollment and in scores on standardized tests, according to a status report by Principal Suzanne Sullivan. Sullivan presented the findings to the School Committee last week. The Level 1 school is succeeding in most areas it set out to achieve. The Innovation School is … 0

Check out new Greenfield High School on Nov. 15

Friday, November 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two months after the new high school building opened, taxpayers get to see what their money bought. The Greenfield School Building Committee is holding a tour of the primary classroom wing of the new school for … 1

Newton School students honor veterans with songs

Friday, November 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — For some time, the men and women who served this country thought no one cared anymore — that the risks they took making sure America remained free didn’t matter to the people at home. On Friday … 0

Keeping students safe

Monday, November 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — There is an intricate, multi-layered and nearly invisible security system connected into the new Greenfield High School building. The new building, which opened its doors for classes this September, has security features designed into it to … 0

G-M committee uncomfortable with class paintball game

Friday, October 31, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls High School class of 2015 senior trip is set to be a lot more than a simple day out at a park: events planned for the four-day trip include a ropes course, white water rafting, a Baltimore harbor cruise, a visit to … 0

GCC gleaning project helps local food pantry

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Greenfield Community College students and staffers will travel out to nearby farm fields to rescue food and bring it to those in need within the community. It’s all part of a gleaning trip organized by the school’s Civic Engagement and Service Learning program. Gleaning … 0

Restorative practices program in schools focuses on community

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For decades, students who disrupted class or caused problems in the hallways of public schools would be given after-school detention or sent to the principal’s office for further discipline such as suspension. Too often, after … 0

Ebola talk Wednesday at UMass

Sunday, October 26, 2014

AMHERST — Four panelists will discuss “The Ebola Epidemic: How We Got Here, Current Preparedness, and Future Outlook” Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The speakers are: ∎ Martha Anker of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0