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Ben Derivolkov and Max Charest make a “lava lamp” by pouring salt through a layer of oil on top of colored water, which initially sinks and then floats back up as it reacts with the water, during a demonstration of physics at the Math and Science Academy in Greenfield.
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Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout Franklin County head back to school, starting … 0

STEAM Education: Frontier integrates art into curriculum

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — While much of the recent push in education curriculum has been toward math, science and engineering, some schools continue to integrate arts and humanities into the classroom. At Frontier Regional School, teachers have been meeting since last spring to learn new ways to support the arts and music in the curriculum. “From an academic standpoint, research shows that students who … 0

Downtown Amherst invites college students to fun orientation

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AMHERST — More than 4,000 new students at the University of Massachusetts, joined by Amherst College freshmen, will come to downtown Amherst on Saturday. The Amherst Business Improvement District and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce are working with officials at both institutions on this year’s Adventure into Amherst, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This marks the fourth year UMass students have come … 0

Teachers fingerprinted for national database

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before starting the coming school year, new teachers and staff across Massachusetts will be adding their unique biometric signatures to a new database. They will be fingerprinted as the result of a new state law, which … 0

Calderwood lays out goals for Greenfield school board

Thursday, July 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Creating a realistic and honest budget, forging good relations with the school superintendent and openness to the public are just a few of the many goals and priorities new Greenfield School Committee Chairwoman Maryelen Calderwood ticked … 0

GHS will move into new building for fall

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — The architect team constructing the town’s new $66 million high school is set to turn the building over to the town on July 31. As the finishing touches of the new school sections and auditorium are … 0

Summer fundraisers to support Mahar sports

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ORANGE — The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean some students at Mahar aren’t still hard at work. Members of the football and volleyball teams are gearing up for fundraisers to keep the teams going and cut costs for necessities like training and uniforms. Two … 0

GCC graduates first class from medical assistant program

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College recently graduated its first class of eight students from the new medical assistant certificate program. The students successfully completed the nine-month, 29-credit program, which included a 4-credit practicum course providing hands-on training at area medical facilities. All eight graduates passed the Certified Clinical … 0

Mohawk to host 28 Chinese students for summer programs

Sunday, July 6, 2014

BUCKLAND — A group of 21 Chinese middle-school students and a second group of seven high school students will be getting their first taste of American education this month at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. Teacher Ivan Grail, a co-coordinator of the China summer program, said the younger … 0

Free summer meals for youths

Friday, July 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Free Summer Meals for youth have begun and will end on Aug. 15. Anyone 18 years old or younger will be able to get a free nutritious meal at any of the eight sites strategically placed throughout town. The Y of Greenfield at 451 Main St., … 0

GCC gets $300,000 more than expected from state

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has decided to re-evaluate whether it will increase fees in the fall after learning it will receive an additional $300,000 from the state this year. College President Robert Pura said Wednesday that when … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

New Greenfield school superintendent starts today

Monday, June 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — After weeks of meeting with community members and getting to know Greenfield better, Jordana Harper-Ewert takes over as the leader of Greenfield School Department today. The Amherst resident has spent the past few weeks touring Greenfield’s country roads, meeting with community leaders, working with the School … 0