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UMass Amherst dining hall food wins Princeton Review honor again

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to a statement from the university. The guidebook ranks colleges and universities in 62 different categories. UMass-Amherst has been ranked among the top three … 0

Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. Wednesday was the second-to-last day of school for the 70 Greenfield elementary students enrolled in … 0

Climate models disagree on strength of carbon land sink across Northern Eurasia

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — In a new assessment of nine state-of-the-art climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) annually sequestered in tundra and boreal ecosystems of Northern Eurasia, a vast, understudied region … 0

Community comes together to teach ‘LifeSkills’

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — A health education curriculum emphasizing an indirect approach to drug and other risks continues to gain ground in Franklin County schools. “All of the middle schools in Franklin County and the North Quabbin have been or are being trained today in the curriculum, and a few … 0

Four Rivers students fight for immigrant rights

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Laura Tabachnick’s ninth-grade social studies students at Four Rivers Charter Public School didn’t just study society this spring, they’re trying to change it. “They’ve been working with me and with someone at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition to advocate for some meaningful change to … 0

NMH alum pledges up to $5M for scholarship

Monday, June 8, 2015

Gill — With his pledge to donate $5 million over the next five years to the Northfield Mount Hermon School, class of 1950 alumnus Richard Gilder will help make possible the construction of a new academic building and … 0

Greenfield High grads

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The following students, who graduated from Greenfield High School this weekend, were inadvertently omitted from a list of graduates in Monday’s paper. Dylan Tyler Renfrew, Lily Patrice Richards, Aaron Rivers, Ryan N. Roberts, Kenneth N. Rogers, Tatiana Norabeth Santiago, Tyler Charles Siwek, Alina Tahij, Elena Tahij, … 0

4 Rivers: Education just short of ‘danger zone’

Saturday, June 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Principal and Head of School Peter Garbus of the Four Rivers Charter Public School tries to keep his students hovering just on the edge of what he called the “danger zone.” It’s the level of challenge … 0

GCC offers life beyond ‘bullet-riddled fences’

Monday, June 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — “Better lies beyond the bullet-riddled fences, and the only way to get there is through a great education.” Growing up in a dangerous section of Kingston, Jamaica, that’s the idea Guinevere Vanhorne’s mother instilled in her … 0

‘There are no endings — only changes.’ Academy at Charlemont graduates 12

Saturday, June 6, 2015

CHARLEMONT — A dozen students from the Class of 2015 each stepped up to the podium Saturday, to recall special memories of their Academy at Charlemont years, and to say goodbye to their school and classmates. “There’s a … 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