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Greenfield offers Northfield resident assistant supt. job

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee Thursday night voted to offer the newly created job of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development to Jen McKusick of Northfield. McKusick is principal of Oak Grove Elementary School in Brattleboro, Vt. The committee met and interviewed three candidates in a special meeting Thursday night, McKusick, Newton Elementary School Principal Melodie Goodwin … 0

UMass Amherst epidemiologist leads study looking for link between phthalates and breast cancer

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Reliable data are lacking on whether phthalates, the plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, affect human breast cancer risk. Now epidemiologist Katherine Reeves at the University of Massachu-setts Amherst is leading the largest study to date investigating a possible relationship with a … 0

UMass creates scholarships to support top community college students in the Commonwealth Honors College

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has announced Honors-to-Honors, a new scholarship program that provides additional funding to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges who are accepted into the university’s Commonwealth Honors College, to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees. For many in-state students, the scholarship awards are expected to nearly eliminate their loan obligations. The program provides a special $6,000 … 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

Chinese teacher coming to Mohawk

Monday, April 20, 2015

BUCKLAND — This school year, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District had two full-time students from China. But next year, Mohawk will also have a teacher from China who will teach Chinese language and culture to local students. … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Shelburne educator hired as Worthington principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Worthington has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne to be principal of the R.H. Conwell elementary school. The School Committee was seeking a principal who had experience with multi-aged elementary classrooms and could easily communicate with others and be … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Best-selling writer Dava Sobel finds her niche in history and science

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dava Sobel studied five majors at three schools in college before settling on theater history. “I had no idea I’d wind up doing what I do,” Sobel said. “I was a completely lost soul in college.” … 0

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sometimes agriculture teacher Jean Bruffee ends up with house guests from the new Hawlemont Agriculture and You (HAY) curriculum: first there was Sweetie, the literally henpecked chick Bruffee took home to nurse and to keep away … 2