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Conor Sullivan delivers his class speech at the Deerfield Academy's 2015 commencement Saturday.
Recorder/David Rainville

DA grads ‘ready to dance with the world’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Graduate Conor Sullivan promised the crowd at Deerfield Academy Saturday that he was about to give one of the best, most heartfelt, tear-jerking speech they’d ever heard. “If it fails to live up to those expectations, I put full blame on my English teachers for the last four years,” he joked. “I’ll give you their email addresses.” The … 0

Harvard prof. to NMH grads: Do great things with your education’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GILL — “You are needed, you are needed to pick up the broom and start sweeping,” Professor James Engell of the Class of 1969 told Northfield Mount Hermon 2015 graduating class Sunday. Engell, Harvard professor of English and comparative literature, spoke before his own graduating class as valedictorian 46 years ago and on … 0

GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students in their AP classes and helping them do well on tests.” The AP participation rate … 0

‘What Greenfield has done’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School’s Environmental Science Club is holding a 40-minute presentation and discussion titled Climate Change: What Greenfield Has Done and Next Steps tonight at 5:15, just before the school’s Open House. The presentation will be held in the small auditorium next to the library. The … 0

Walking the walk

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Thursday, Greenfield students, parents and teachers will walk to school as part of the district’s kickoff to its spring Walk to School Days. On that day at 3 p.m. at Newton School the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School will recognize Greenfield schools for its progress … 0

GCC’s Outdoor Leadership Program certifies deaf students

Monday, April 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her … 0

Greenfield plans to bring farm curriculum to school

Sunday, April 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield students may soon be snacking on local vegetables sold at healthy snack markets in local schools while also learning about agriculture and ecology in the classroom. The Greenfield School Department is applying for a one-year … 0

GCC assembling first class for Elms College B.A. degree

Friday, April 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Following its announcement of a new full-time bachelorette program for graduating GCC business students, Greenfield Community College and Elms College have begun recruiting students this week for the fall program. The program is unique to GCC business marketing and management students. It would have them begin … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and … 0

Turners Falls schools get new principal

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A former assistant principal in Amherst and London, Annie Leonard of Amherst will have the helm of the Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School, with Earl McGraw returning to the district as assistant principal. Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced … 0

Spending smarts: GCC, Elms College business bachelor’s program means savings to students

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — With graduation approaching in June, six or seven business students at Greenfield Community College have already discussed plans to transfer to Elms College in Chicopee to continue their education. But that was before they learned they … 0

Cracking the code: Lines of fun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students rushed home, leaving the hallways and classrooms empty except for a classroom on the third floor of the Greenfield Middle School. Fifth-grade students sat raptly at their computers, jumped up from their seats to help … 0

Middle School eyed for administration offices

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Could the School Department’s business be conducted out of the Greenfield Middle School? The town will find out. At the request of Superintendent Jordana Harper, Mayor William Martin said, the town is looking at vacant classrooms … 0