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Hawlemont children visit with a goat brought to their classroom this spring. Submitted photo.

Hawlemont Ag program gears up for growth

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

HAWLEMONT — The chickens started school Tuesday night, in time to greet the 105 schoolchildren Wednesday for year 2 of the Hawlemont Regional School’s new agricultural curriculum. The cows, goats and sheep will come next week — after volunteers put up fencing for pastures this weekend. On the day before school opened, Jean Bruffee, teacher of the Hawlemont Agriculture and … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class … 0

UMass Amherst among top 25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a national support and advocacy organization. The listing highlights the “most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities when it comes to policy, program and practice in higher education,” according to Campus Pride, which based … 0

School, officials hope to revise Mohawk District agreement

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUCKLAND — In a way, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District agreement is a lot like Mark Twain’s quote about the weather: “Everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.” The unwieldy agreement has been a huge topic of conversation for years among the nine towns … 0

UMass expands bathroom policy to protect transgender students

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — A recent change to University of Massachusetts Amherst policy aims to expand protections of transgender students’ rights to use bathrooms that they feel most comfortable using. The policy states that in an effort to provide safe, accessible and convenient bathroom facilities, students, faculty and staff “should … 0

UMass chancellor praises tuition retention; Says budget move would help Amherst campus

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts tuition may be about to increase more than six-fold, and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy says that is a good thing. The cost of attending UMass will not undergo a substantial change, but the way of accounting for it could. The … 0

UMass Amherst scientist to investigate estrogen-like chemicals’ cancer link

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

AMHERST — Much attention has been paid to genetics in breast cancer as disease rates rise, but most women have no family history of the disease, suggesting that there is an environmental risk we don’t yet understand, says environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg in the School of Public … 0

Greenfield School Committee at a loss after member Comenitz dies

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has lost one of seven members. Jeffrey Comenitz died July 2, having served exactly a year on the committee responsible for policy and the hiring of administrators in the Greenfield schools. The School Committee on July 2, 2014 unanimously appointed Comenitz from … 0

Gill Elementary School principal resigns

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GILL — Principal Kathleen Bailer has resigned from her position at the Gill Elementary School to accept a job as a principal in West Springfield, according to Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. “Kathleen has served the Gill school and community with distinction for four years and … 0

Mahar School shifts to co-principals for coming school year

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ORANGE — Students and families of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School will see a change in leadership for the 2015-16 school year. The departure of Principal Ishmael Tabales as of July 1 has left an opening and Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says an interim plan has been put … 0

Building a sound education

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — When Maria Scotera takes up the baton of Greenfield High School music director in the fall, she won’t be a new face to many. Scotera is moving up to the high school this year with her … 0

NMH holds college fair Wednesday

Monday, July 6, 2015

GILL — Northfield Mount Hermon will host a college fair on Wednesday open to local high school students and parents. The private college preparatory school is located at 1 Lamplighter Way in Gill. More than 85 colleges and universities will be represented at the summer session fair, according … 0

Greenfield Public Schools’ new website live

Friday, July 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Public Schools have a new website, one parents might find easier to navigate. The new has individual editorial control for the district’s departments and schools, and a Twitter feed down the side of … 0