Schools

New gun law mandates police in schools

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — As part of the new gun safety law passed this summer, local schools and police are deciding whether to bring on more full-time in-school resource officers. The new law requires every chief of police, in consultation with the superintendent, to assign at least one school resource officer to serve the school district. The roadblock for many cash-strapped local police departments and school districts in implementing this provision is … 0

Juniper Networks gives $1.5M in networking equipment to UMass

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has donated equipment worth $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts. UMass will use the donation to build a dedicated high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data transfers across campus. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “As our faculty and staff … 0

Four Rivers achieves 100% proficiency on ELA for fourth year

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, 10th-graders at Four Rivers Charter Public School achieved 100 percent proficiency on the English Language Arts MCAS test. Four Rivers also outperformed sending schools in every category of the high stakes test for grades 7, 8 and 10. The high scores marks a continuing trend at the Greenfield charter school. In seven years, only 2 percent … 0

Manganese in Gill Elementary well water causes DEP concern

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GILL — Like most things, too much manganese can be bad for you, as can too little manganese. The naturally occurring mineral is found in vitamin supplements and, apparently, in the Gill Elementary School drinking water in what the Department of Environmental Protection deems elevated levels. The town … 0

UMass, Amherst gear up for return of students starting today

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AMHERST — The town’s population will swell today as the 4,650 members of the freshmen class at the University of Massachusetts arrive for orientation. While entering students spend their Labor Day weekend learning the ins and outs of living at UMass — including taking a pledge to affirm … 0

Mohawk teacher learns from China trip

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BUCKLAND — At Mohawk Trail Regional School, Kathleen Stier is a highly regarded science teacher. But in Harbin, China, she was a celebrity. This month, Stier taught 20 biology teachers at a weeklong summer workshop on how to … 0

Amherst-Pelham School Committee hit with Open Meeting complaint

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst man has filed a complaint with the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee claiming members of the board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when they met in defiance of then-chairman Lawrence O’Brien to discuss a controversial reprimand of committee member Amilcar Shabazz in July. In … 0

Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible … 0

STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts and humanities into the classroom. At Frontier Regional School, teachers have been meeting since last spring to learn new ways to support the … 0

Downtown Amherst invites college students to fun orientation

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into … 0

Calling all crossing guards

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DEERFIELD — Students at Deerfield Elementary School may get a surprise as they head to and from school, at least for the first few months of the year. Assistant Principal Clay Connor is temporarily filling in as school crossing guard at Pleasant Street as the town looks to … 0

Rowe open house draws a crowd

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recorder staff ROWE — Big crowds turned out for the open house of the town’s new elementary school this weekend, which opened about two years after the 50-year-old school building was destroyed by fire. School Principal Bill Knittle said at least 200 people came out for the ribbon-cutting … 0

Mohawk looks again at under-used buildings

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee has asked new school Business Administrator Michael Kociela for a school building study “to determine the most cost-efficient infrastructure.” This new study comes after continuing reports on declining enrollment trends and a superintendent’s report a few years ago asserting the … 0