Schools

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the summer, the athletic fields behind the building are expected to be finished in the fall. Questions of what kind of grass fields … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school to house its fourth-graders. However, this year’s third-grade students at the Newton School may still … 2

Newton School faces $300K roof repair cost

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It started with a single bucket, then a few more pails, and it then became a waterfall. Now the failing roof at Newton School, where ice dams caused water damage this winter, is expected to require $300,000 in town-funded repairs in August. Heavy snow and ice that accumulated on the roof … 0

Gill Elementary frees up recess

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILL — Control of the playground is to loosen somewhat at Gill Elementary School. Several parents last September protested a new recess rule at the school requiring students to pick a play station and stick to it. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee discussed the policy in February and … 0

Greenfield High searches for new music director

Thursday, March 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield High School is once again looking for a new music director to replace David DeBoer, who has left mid-year after less than two years on the job. Superintendent Jordana Harper declined to comment on … 0

Mohawk gets musical with ‘Seussical’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

BUCKLAND — Mix “Horton Hears a Who” with “The Cat in the Hat” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and what have you got? “Seussical the Musical.” This weekend, that’s the ticket at the Mohawk Trail Regional High … 0

Principals discuss potential 4th-grade move

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Teachers and parents of 153 third-graders in Greenfield’s three elementary schools are waiting to learn what school their young students will attend next year as school officials explore whether the fourth-grade should move back to the … 0

Greenfield High to celebrate, taste world culture

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Monday, a quartet from Moldova will bow violins, a drummer from Mali will beat the drums and dancers from South Asia will take the floor at Greenfield Community College as part of the 19th annual Greenfield High School Taste of World Culture. The event will … 0

A vision for their future

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, students from across Franklin County will showcase the solutions they developed to help combat climate change and pollution as part of the fourth annual Science and Sustainability Expo at Greenfield Community College. The event, hosted by Greening Greenfield, a local nonprofit, is meant to … 0

Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — “You don’t need a fancy office. That’s what’s great about being an author. You just need a paper and pencil,” said Natasha Lowe, a popular children’s book author, to a roomful of Newton School students. Lowe, … 0

Mohawk puts free preschool in $18.3 million budget plan

Friday, February 27, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee has adopted an $18,364,099 budget for the coming year, a budget that represents a 3.6 percent increase from this year’s budget. However, level-funded education and transportation aid from the state, despite rising costs, mean that Mohawk’s eight member towns … 0

Amherst asks bars to tone down Blarney Blowout promo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

AMHERST — If negotiations underway are successful two downtown bars that created and served as ground zero for the Blarney Blowout promotion for more than a decade will delay their opening March 7, improving the possibility of a quieter Blarney this year. Town Manager John Musante is engaged … 0

UMass notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graphene 10 times stronger than steel AMHERST — Jae-Hwang Lee, a mechanical and industrial engineer at the University of Massachusetts, is the lead author of a scientific paper that demonstrates experimentally that graphene is 10 times more effective than steel when used in bulletproof vests. The paper is … 0