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GHS ranked 43rd in state for offering AP courses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School has been ranked 43rd in the state by U.S. News and World Report for giving students the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses. “This is a tribute to our teachers,” said Principal Donna Woodcock. “They put in a lot of time helping students in their AP classes and helping them do well on tests.” The AP participation rate at Greenfield High School is 63 percent, … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. Of those, over 80 percent are employed in the field according to organizers. … 0

UMass fundraising effort exceeds $300M goal ahead of schedule

Thursday, May 21, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign at the University of Massachusetts has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the UMass Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert … 0

Shelburne educator hired as Worthington principal

Friday, April 17, 2015

Worthington has hired Gretchen Morse-Dobosz of Shelburne to be principal of the R.H. Conwell elementary school. The School Committee was seeking a principal who had experience with multi-aged elementary classrooms and could easily communicate with others and be … 0

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Best-selling writer Dava Sobel finds her niche in history and science

Thursday, April 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Dava Sobel studied five majors at three schools in college before settling on theater history. “I had no idea I’d wind up doing what I do,” Sobel said. “I was a completely lost soul in college.” … 0

Hawlemont HAY teacher wins award

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Sometimes agriculture teacher Jean Bruffee ends up with house guests from the new Hawlemont Agriculture and You (HAY) curriculum: first there was Sweetie, the literally henpecked chick Bruffee took home to nurse and to keep away … 2

Return to Narnia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HEATH — Will the Heath School Drama Club successfully end 100 years of winter in Narnia? Find out tonight or Friday, when the Heath Elementary School presents its 10th “indoor traveling spectacle” — “The Lion, The Witch and … 0

GHS will get sod fields

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The School Building Committee has decided Greenfield school athletes will play on sod fields — a decision that disappointed the parents, coaches and students who turned out at the Tuesday’s meeting to push for a turf … 0

Greenfield to study busing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A bus consultation company is visiting Greenfield Public Schools this week to access how the school district can make its transportation more efficient. For $7,500, School Bus Consults, will evaluate Greenfield’s system, determine whether it is using its routes efficiently and how it can cut down … 0

Greenfield School Committee seeks assistant superintendent

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — The proposed assistant school superintendent would lead curriculum development, support teachers in implementing Common Core standards and oversee instruction throughout the district. It has been a long-time need for the district, cited in the town’s master plan and by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees last … 0

State to hold public hearings on PARCC

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The public will have a chance to weigh in on whether the state should adopt the new PARCC exams as the next generation of high-stakes public school standardized achievement tests. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a series of public forums across … 0