Schools

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 rate as being below 90 percent. Districts in which the percentage of eligible students taking the MCAS exam is below 90 percent … 0

State puts virtual school on probation for 20 months

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since a state review this summer, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has implemented programs for Title 1 and English language learning and hired a school psychologist and three family engagement coordinators. But the new changes appear too little, too late. The Greenfield-based cyber school has been placed on probation for 20 months until June 30, 2016, when its state certificate expires. … 0

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month probation. “My recommendation is based primarily upon my concerns regarding the academic performance and governance … 0

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The … 0

Mohawk alumnus new vice-principal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Jesse Porter-Henry, who graduated from the Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1999, has been hired as the school’s new assistant principal. Porter-Henry started his full-time position this week, working with another Mohawk graduate, Principal Nancy Dole. … 0

Greenfield adds extra school bus

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — With more students riding the bus to school this year, the school department is adding an extra bus to its line to cut down on multiple trips and get youths to school on time. The school department received some complaints this month about buses arriving to … 0

Schools offer curriculum to help resist drugs, risks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Through a new curriculum, middle school students throughout Franklin County will learn how to handle critical life skills from conflict resolution to anger management to coping with anxiety. On Sept. 22, 20 teachers from 10 area school districts will be trained to deliver the Botvin LifeSkills … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

Mostly smooth sailing for Orange elementary consolidation

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Consolidation of Butterfield and Dexter Park schools this fall was successful, School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas said this week. The decision by the Orange School Committee was necessitated by budgetary constraints. Thomas told the School Committee … 0

Greenfield looks to relocate school offices

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plagued by leaky roofs and poor ventilation, the town is looking for ways to move the school administrative offices out of the 141 Davis St. building by the end of the year. With support from the superintendent’s office, Mayor William Martin said, the town is determining … 0

Greenfield Middle School rewards attendance

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before 7:45 a.m., this school year, Principal Gary Tashjian passes out GMS Bucks to the stream of students arriving on time for school. The students can then use the pretend money to buy items from the … 0