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Stoneleigh-Burnham School Senior Grace Powers of Northfield gives the Senior Class Address. Recorder/Paul Franz

Stoneleigh-Burnham School celebrates class of 2015’s diversity at graduation Friday

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — In her student address at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School graduation Friday, Grace Powers shared a vision she had of her fellow classmates someday running the United Nations. Powers, of Northfield, was one of 28 students from eight countries to receive her diploma in a packed Stoneleigh-Burnham gymnasium. She said her worldly-wise and history-obsessed class was the inspiration for her … 0

GCC/Elms partnership yields first class of bachelor’s candidates in social work

Friday, May 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Six of the graduates receiving bachelor of science in social work degrees at Elms College’s commencement this year weren’t typical Elms students. They were the first cohort of students to complete the Elms bachelor’s degree program at Greenfield Community College. The students entered the program in August 2013 with associate’s degrees and attended classes at Greenfield Community College on Saturdays for … 0

Greenfield offers Northfield resident assistant supt. job

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee Thursday night voted to offer the newly created job of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and professional development to Jen McKusick of Northfield. McKusick is principal of Oak Grove Elementary School in Brattleboro, Vt. The committee met and interviewed three candidates in a special meeting Thursday night, … 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

Greenfield school subcommittee considers small hike to facility use fees

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Outside groups may have to pay slightly more to use Greenfield public schools’ facilities like computer labs, cafeterias and athletic fields. The Policy and Curriculum Subcommittee — made up of School Committee members Francia Wisnewski, Donna Gleason and Jeff Comenitz — are reviewing an update of … 0

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

Greenfield school board asking for $1M hike

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee wants an extra million dollars for next school year. It unanimously approved Superintendent Jordana Harper’s first budget proposal, totaling $18,083,988, an increase of $1,068,188 over the current year. Mayor William Martin, a … 0