Schools

A middle schooler waves a hand-drawn flag during 'A Taste of World Cultures' night at Greenfield Middle School on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

GMS gets a taste of the world

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of Greenfield families became immersed in a world of coqui frogs, Guatemalan masks, Japanese hand fans and appetizing potato latkes, Italian pizza and salsa and nachos Wednesday evening as flags from around the world waved before them. As families munched on food native to Japan and Poland, young salsa dancers moved across the gymnasium floor at Greenfield Middle School Wednesday. It was the second annual Taste of World Cultures at the Middle School, a new tradition designed to expose students to different cultures and learn about their own family backgrounds. “It is an opportunity for families and the community to come into … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti … 0

Discovery School maintains high attendance, MCAS scores

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since becoming an Innovation School in 2011, the Discovery School at Four Corners has steadily increased in enrollment and in scores on standardized tests, according to a status report by Principal Suzanne Sullivan. Sullivan presented the findings to the School Committee last week. The Level 1 school is succeeding in most areas it set out to achieve. The Innovation School is … 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 … 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 … 1

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are … 0

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school … 0

Transportation ‘windfall:’ Mohawk proposes revolving fund

Friday, October 17, 2014

BUCKLAND — With the state paying 90 percent — instead of 60 percent — of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s $750,000 reimbursable school bus costs this year, four member towns have asked Mohawk to refund part of their school assessments that were based on the lower estimate … 0

Rowe Elementary returns to ‘Level 1’ school

Friday, October 17, 2014

ROWE — The Rowe Elementary School is once a again a “Level 1” school, according to the student scores on this spring’s Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Principal Bill Knittle said Rowe missed MCAS’s highest school designation by only one point in 2013, but the latest results put the … 0

Buoniconti still head of Mohawk, Hawlemont schools

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUCKLAND — Michael Buoniconti will not be the next superintendent of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, but will continue his job this school year as superintendent of both the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts. Although Buoniconti was one of two finalists for the two-town regional … 0

UMass investigating racist vandalism targeting students on campus

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Officials and police at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are investigating an act of racist vandalism targeting two students in a residence hall over the Columbus Day weekend, according to Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy. “This past weekend two of our students were the targets of … 0

Mohawk schools MCAS scores climb

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BUCKLAND — With two elementary schools clearly ranked as “Level 1” and its high school and another elementary hovering between Level 1 and Level 2, the Mohawk Trail Regional School system has made improvements on its 2014 MCAS scores. “At (Buckland Shelburne Elementary), our improvement has been extraordinary,” … 0

Gill author’s kids books spur local students to reading

Monday, October 13, 2014

CONWAY — A 4-year-old wheaten terrier, Finn, is fast becoming the most popular dog in town. The friendly pup is the star of Finn Books, a new series of books for beginner readers, written and published by Conway … 0