Schools

New gun law mandates police in schools

Monday, September 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — As part of the new gun safety law passed this summer, local schools and police are deciding whether to bring on more full-time in-school resource officers. The new law requires every chief of police, in consultation with the superintendent, to assign at least one school resource officer to serve the school district. The roadblock for many cash-strapped local police departments and school districts in implementing this provision is … 0

Juniper Networks gives $1.5M in networking equipment to UMass

Sunday, September 28, 2014

AMHERST — Juniper Networks, an industry leader in network innovation, has donated equipment worth $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts. UMass will use the donation to build a dedicated high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data transfers across campus. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “As our faculty and staff … 0

Four Rivers achieves 100% proficiency on ELA for fourth year

Sunday, September 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the fourth consecutive year, 10th-graders at Four Rivers Charter Public School achieved 100 percent proficiency on the English Language Arts MCAS test. Four Rivers also outperformed sending schools in every category of the high stakes test for grades 7, 8 and 10. The high scores marks a continuing trend at the Greenfield charter school. In seven years, only 2 percent … 0

Mohawk won’t use state bus aid to cut this year’s assessments

Monday, August 25, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee Chairman Robert Aeschback says the school board can’t reduce this year’s town assessments for the Mohawk school district, just because the state provided more aid than anticipated for busing this school … 0

Greenfield teacher negotiations underway

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — The school year will begin next week without a new contract for teachers, but no one seems worried. The teacher negotiations for their next three-year contract are underway, and both sides don’t anticipate any major issues even though the last contract expired June 30. The Greenfield … 0

UMass scientist devising software tools to analyze mobile health data

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — Computer scientist Benjamin Marlin of the University of Massachusetts recently received a five-year, $536,527 National Science Foundation award to develop machine learning-based tools for analyzing complex, large-scale clinical and mobile health data. Marlin’s project is designed … 0

Rowe School to hold open house Sunday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ROWE — It was two years ago this month when a lightning-induced fire destroyed the 50-year-old Rowe Elementary School. But on Sunday, the town’s schoolchildren and community will gather to celebrate the opening of the new Rowe Elementary … 0

Mohawk mulls new background checks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BUCKLAND — As a new state law kicks in, requiring all Massachusetts public and private schools to get fingerprints and federal Criminal History Record Information for school employees, the Mohawk School Committee is developing a policy on who has access to such information, how to store it and … 0

GCC to decide medical marijuana use policy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — With a medical marijuana dispensary proposed for the downtown, Greenfield Community College is working to develop a policy on whether to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes on campus by the spring. Currently, the school does not have a policy since the state legalized the drug for … 0

Summer learning

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — As students and teachers cross the second-floor landing at the Federal Street School this year, they will see a new 22-foot-by-4-foot mural depicting pond life. The painting, located beside the main office, is a collaboration of … 0

Greenfield school board misses standardized test deadline

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield school officials may no longer be able to decide whether to use MCAS or PARCC standardized tests next year. School districts statewide have been picking which test to take — the old Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems exams or the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness … 0

Hawlemont gardens ‘ground-breaking’ offers public preview

Monday, August 18, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Plenty of ground has already been broken this summer, as the Hawlemont Regional School staff and community have planted gardens, built raised beds and farm buildings, in anticipation of the school’s new farm-based academic curriculum. But a “ground-breaking” celebration for this summer’s school grounds transformation takes … 0

Charter school collaborates with K-12 schools

Monday, August 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — For the first time in its 12-year history, Four Rivers Charter School is collaborating with some Franklin County public high schools to share ideas. The public college preparatory middle and high school on Colrain Road is consulting with the Mohawk Trail Reginal High School and Greenfield … 0