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This screen shot shows the home page of the new Greenfield Public School website.

Greenfield Public Schools’ new website live

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Schools have a new website, one parents might find easier to navigate. The new gpsk12.org has individual editorial control for the district’s departments and schools, and a Twitter feed down the side of the main page. “The old website needed refreshing, it had a lot of info, but the look and feel of it needed … 0

Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer. The town human resources department holds policy was followed and the union has … 0

Greenfield teachers union threatens lawsuit

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield teachers union threatens legal action, saying members laid off this year have lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer break. “The Greenfield Education Association has learned the Greenfield Schools are, with less than a week’s notice, canceling the health insurance policies of teachers and staff who were recently laid off. Even though they’ve already paid the … 0

Greenfield High School supt. @Super_GHS tweets her graduation speech

Saturday, June 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Superintendent Jordana Harper encouraged Greenfield High School’s 2015 graduating class to follow their dreams, just like in other graduation speeches, but she departed from tradition and took a cue from the students themselves by live-tweeting her … 0

New Turners high, middle school principal says classrooms need to let in the outside world

Sunday, June 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — New Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School principal Ann Leonard said she was drawn to the job by the opportunity to work in a combined secondary school. Leonard, who goes by Annie … 0

‘You went to Mohawk — your future is bright’

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — Mohawk Trail Regional School valedictorian Allison Lull told her classmates it is time to ditch the training wheels. “Maybe the dangers of the real world will feel like freedom,” Lull said. “But then again, maybe … 0

Martin, Hollins address Virtual Academy grads

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Massachusetts Virtual Academy’s commencement exercises were held Friday at the Alexlee House in Greenfield. Executive Director Carl Tillona welcomed family, friends, staff and graduates, before introducing the guest speaker, Greenfield’s Mayor William Martin. The mayor told the graduates … 0

UMass likely to hike tuition, fees

Friday, June 5, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — With potential state budget funding levels on track to fall well short of requests from the University of Massachusetts, it appears tuition and fee freezes that students enjoyed over the past two years won’t be repeated next year. University officials plan to meet next … 0

Tech School grads asked ‘Who will you be?’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Individuality was the theme of the evening Friday as 122 Franklin County Technical School graduates from 13 shops received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on the school’s football field. Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Harrity, … 0

PVRS: ‘Balance risk and reward as you make life choices’

Friday, June 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School Principal Bill Wehrli advised the 2015 graduates Friday night to think about their future choices by volunteering a student to play ring toss. “First of all, you should consider the balance between … 0

Mahar grads urged to appreciate the little things in life

Friday, June 5, 2015

ORANGE — “Please see your lives for what they are and what they could be. Keep your eyes open because every day we are here is a day we have been given, may we ever be thankful for … 0

Frontier: For life advice, ask a kindergartner

Friday, June 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the Internet age, crowd-sourcing has become much easier, with technology like Google allowing us to connect with each other instantly. In fact, integrating Google into classrooms has become a hot topic at the Frontier … 0

‘Show everybody what it means to be a Turners Falls graduate’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “The world can be a scary place, but I’m more than confident you will achieve your dreams,” Turners Falls High School Principal Thomas Osborn told the 60 graduates-to-be Friday evening. “We believe in you because … 0