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GCC language teacher wins statewide honor

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Charlotte Gifford, the World Languages Department chairwoman at Greenfield Community College, has received this year’s Distinguished Service Award, the top honor offered annually by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. It celebrates and recognizes an educator for a lifetime of exceptional and meritorious service to the foreign language profession in Massachusetts. Gifford is a past president of the association and a past chairwoman of the Northeast Conference on Teaching … 0

Will Orange OK $490K for new school study?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ORANGE — Residents will vote at a special town meeting on Dec. 4 on whether to fund the next step in building a new elementary school. The Massachusetts School Building Association is currently working with Orange on the possibility of a new school building to house all Orange elementary school children with the state to fund 80 percent. Furthering the process calls for … 0

Greenfield to evaluate all teachers by end of school year

Monday, November 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department is planning to evaluate 100 percent of its teachers and administrators by the end of the school year in an effort to catch up with the rest of the state on the new educator evaluation system. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Wednesday released the second year of educator evaluations this week. The vast majority … 0

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This past weekend two of our students were the targets of … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Gill author’s kids books spur local students to reading

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A 4-year-old wheaten terrier, Finn, is fast becoming the most popular dog in town. The friendly pup is the star of Finn Books, a new series of books for beginner readers, written and published by Conway … 0

Study shows benefits if Rowe joins Mohawk school district

Friday, October 10, 2014

BUCKLAND — If Rowe joins the Mohawk Trail Regional School District as a Grade 7-12 member town, assessments for Mohawk’s eight towns would collectively drop by about $94,500, according to assessment projections reported this week by Mohawk Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. But for Rowe, the picture is more complicated: … 0

Review lays out goals for Greenfield schools

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Schools in Greenfield lack communication, a consistent K-12 curriculum and a uniform analysis of test data, but they do have good student support, increasing attendance and better financial management, according to a district review by the state education department. The report, presented to the Greenfield School … 0

Pioneer superintendent to step down at end of the year

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After two decades of service, Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s superintendent will resign at the end of the school year. “I’m not retiring; I’m just going to make a change,” said Superintendent Dayle Doiron. “I’m not sure whether I’ll stay in education. I’ve had opportunities come … 0

GED program awards 40 diplomas

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — In her black graduation robe, Shoshone Sadoski stood before her fellow 40 students receiving their diplomas after passing the GED or High School Equivalency Test at Greenfield Community College. She was in tears. She had achieved … 0

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

GCC is recognized for excellence in manufacturing training, education

Monday, October 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College was designated a Platinum Education Center Friday by Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing training and development. It was among six community and technical colleges nationwide to receive the recongition. The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) awards are presented to educational facilities … 0

GED graduation Wednesday at GCC

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Wednesday more than 30 GED and High School Equivalency Test graduates and their families will participate in a commencement ceremony at Greenfield Community College’s main campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. As a testing site, GCC has one of the highest high school equivalency passing … 0