Schools

Greenfield Middle School band teacher Maria Scotera teaches fourth-grade students the trombone on Tuesday. Band is one of the advantages of being at the Middle School. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

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 elementary level. Over the past two weeks, an Ad-hoc Committee of the School Committee has been hearing public comment from parents, teachers … 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 include an international potluck dinner, with music, dance performances, songs in different languages and an … 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 get students excited about science and exploring solutions to climate change and other environmental problems. … 0

Firm chosen to design GCC child care center

Sunday, February 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The new child care center at Greenfield Community College is one step closer to reality. The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance selected Jones Whitsett Architects of Greenfield to design the facility that will combine a “healthy, creative educational setting with maximum environmental efficiency,” … 0

Greenfield’s Academy of Early Learning could add morning class

Sunday, February 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Academy of Early Learning is seeking to add one more morning class to its preschool program, which could mean 14 children would no longer have to be wait-listed. On Thursday, Principal Joan Schell made the budget request to the School Committee’s Negotiations, Finance and Budget … 0

Greenfield Schools Notebook

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fourth-grade changes? GREENFIELD — On Tuesday, the School Committee is expected to decide whether to form a committee to examine whether fourth grade should be moved back to the elementary schools or if other options are necessary. For the past six months, Superintendent Jordana Harper and the policy … 0

GCC hires new public safety head

Friday, February 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fulfilling his long-time career goal, Luis R. Santamaria has been chosen as Greenfield Community College’s new director of public safety. He begins Monday . Santamaria will oversee GCC’s Campus Public Safety Department and serve as GCC’s … 0

Four Rivers students spend year researching Cape Wind Project

Thursday, February 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Throughout the school year, seniors at Four Rivers Charter Public School have been researching the Cape Wind offshore wind project, talking to stakeholders and traveling to Cape Cod to study energy and its politics and economic … 0

Amid budget crunch, declining enrollment, Deerfield Elementary faces staff cuts

Thursday, February 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Deerfield’s School Committee was has been presented with a $4.3 million draft budget that cuts one teacher and five classroom assistant positions. Despite that, spending would increase 2.5 percent over this year. Principal Jeanine M. Heil, in her administrative summary, said the proposal is a … 0

Deerfield votes to continue School Choice

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DEERFIELD — After a discussion that spanned the better part of three meetings, the Deerfield School Committee voted Wednesday night to continue participating in the state’s School Choice program, but won’t decide how many spots will be available to out-of-town students until May, when final enrollment numbers are … 0

Haggerty picked for Union 28 superintendent

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ERVING — If she takes the job, Jennifer Haggerty of Fitchburg will soon begin work as superintendent of the Erving, Leverett, Shutesbury, New Salem and Wendell elementary schools. The Union 28 Joint Supervisory Committee voted 9-4 to offer the job to Haggerty after four hours of interviews and … 0

GCC helps Mass. become a top state for energy-efficient construction

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Massachusetts has placed fifth in this year’s annual ranking of the Top 10 states in the nation for energy-efficient LEED compliant construction — with Greenfield Community College contributing thousands of square feet of sustainable building to the state’s total. The U.S. Green Building Council released today … 0

2 from China in Mohawk mix

Sunday, February 1, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Tall and soft-spoken, 16-year-old Jeremy Wang from Beijing began his 10th-grade classes in August at the Mohawk Trail Regional School, leaving his cello behind in China, and taking up junior varsity basketball. Although mastering English is … 1