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Recorder Staff/Micky Bedell

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or proficient. Math remained steady with 70 percent … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being safe and secure online. Presenters include members of the United States Attorney’s Office as well … 0

Public schools sponsor open house community cookout Thursday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s public schools are hosting a community cookout Thursday as part of their annual October open houses. This first-ever cookout, at Greenfield Middle School, will feature the Greenfield Fire Department grilling burgers and hotdogs, local markets serving sides and snacks, a Greenfield police cruiser for children to explore and entertainment by Greenfield’s local radio stations WHAI and Bear Country. Ice cream, … 0

Expanded learning time grant renewed

Friday, August 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Public Schools have grant funding for another year of expanded learning time at local schools. Superintendent Jordana Harper said the district received word Tuesday that it will have $870,250 to continue the program in the coming school year at Newton School and Greenfield Middle School, … 0

UMass reports fewer off-campus student discipline cases, but suspension nearly triple in last academic year

Thursday, August 13, 2015

AMHERST — Fewer students were disciplined for off-campus behavior under the University of Massachusetts code of conduct during the 2014- 2015 academic year, but administrators handed down nearly three times the number of suspensions for the most serious offenses. UMass on Thursday released its annual Off-Campus Conduct Report, … 0

Greenfield school offices staying put for now

Thursday, August 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — School administrators will stay put for now in the Davis Street building. Amid ongoing talks over where and when to move the district offices and with the 141 Davis St. heating system on its last legs, … 0

GPS School Committee remembers Comenitz, looks for replacement

Thursday, August 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield School Committee members and the superintendent eulogized Jeffrey Comenitz for his qualities and efforts on the board, beginning the week’s monthly meeting with a moment of silence. Vice Chairwoman Francia Wisnewski said Comenitz was an … 0

Mohawk Regional School Committee chairman resigns

Thursday, August 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — After serving on the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee for almost 12 years, Chairman Robert Aeschback of Plainfield announced that Wednesday’s school committee meeting was his last. “I will be moving from Plainfield to North Adams … 0

GHS Green Room gets green light

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The high school’s Green Room after-school program has another three years of funding. The Collaborative for Educational Services, which manages the program in Greenfield, West Springfield, Easthampton and Palmer, says it has three more years of funding totaling more than $350,000 for the five programs in … 0

From China to Mohawk: New classrooms, new country for school district’s Chinese teacher

Monday, August 10, 2015

BUCKLAND — For a dozen years, Melody Chen has taught English to college students at the Yangtze University, near her home in southern China. But this year, Chen will be teaching Chinese to American students within the Mohawk … 0

Digital eyes on education

Monday, August 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — There will be new, clearer digital eyes on the entry ways and playing fields at the middle, elementary and preschool buildings this fall. New security cameras will surveil the entry ways, parking lots and playgrounds at … 0

Biochemist studies how plants cope with stress, at the molecular level

Sunday, August 9, 2015

AMHERST — Biochemist Elizabeth Vierling at the University of Massachusetts recently received a three-year, $682,982 National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond, at the molecular and cellular level, to stress in their environment and the role of a regulatory protein called S-nitrosoglutathione reductase (GSNOR). Vierling has … 0

Extra support for UMass-bound engineering students from 3 Western Mass. community colleges

Sunday, August 9, 2015

AMHERST – The University of Massachusetts has received a four-year, $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support academically strong students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. A key goal of the program is to increase the success of low-income, academically talented students with … 0