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Charlemont Broadband Committee Chairman Bob Handsaker makes a point, while panelists Douglas Wilkins and Andrea Bernard look on. Recorder photo/Diane Broncaccio

Panel: Broadband crucial to public education

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CHARLEMONT — Broadband access may be as crucial to 21st-century public education as paper, pencil and textbooks were in the 20th century, according to education panelists who spoke this week at the Hawlemont Regional School. Those children without broadband access at home not only miss out on learning opportunities their better-connected peers have, but when it comes to college, they could be at a disadvantage in comparison to students coming from places where broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity. Speaking to an audience of at least 30 people at the Hawlemont Regional School, Mohawk Trail Regional School teacher Julia White said Mohawk school families with … 0

Holiday hustle: GMS holds first Turkey Trot fun-run

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Organizers of the Greenfield Middle School’s pre-Thanksgiving-break Turkey Trot race went for the feel of a true road race, with orange slices and water at the finish line — and surpassed it. Behind the balloon arch finish line no one was complaining about their times or second-guessing where they could have … 0

Regional accreditation team visits GHS

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School is about to take the next step in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process with a site visit Dec. 6-9. The visit occurs once every 10 years. The area of greatest concern in the last visit was the physical condition of the facilities, according to Principal Donna Woodcock. The high school has since been … 0

Greenfield Votes: School Committee candidate Jesse McMillan

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Jesse T. McMillan, 23, of 22 Forest Ave. was born and raised in Greenfield, graduated from Greenfield High School in 2010 and teaches middle school English in Pittsfield while pursuing a master’s degree to become a … 0

Greenfield Votes: Some new, some known names seek School Committee seats

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — When voters go to the polls Nov. 3 they will have five candidates to choose between for three four-year seats on the Greenfield School Committee. Two of the five are incumbents; three have never before sought a seat on the committee. The committee is weighing in-district … 0

Greenfield Votes: School Committee candidate Timothy Farrell

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Timothy F. Farrell, 44, of 620 Bernardston Road, has 15 years experience in Greenfield town government, four years as a selectman and 11 on the Town Council. He is chairman of the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees … 0

Greenfield Votes: School Committee candidate Nathaniel Tripp

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nathaniel A. Tripp, 35, of 253 Silver St., has lived in Greenfield for four years and has two children, one of whom will enter the Greenfield public schools next year. He is an attorney working in juvenile court, … 0

Greenfield Votes: Write-in School Committee candidate Douglas Mayo

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Douglas Mayo, 56, of 143 Wells St., is running as a write-in for the unclaimed two-year School Committee seat. Mayo was born and raised in Greenfield and chairs the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee. He submitted his … 0

School staff threat recognition training set for Monday

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Northwestern District Attorney’s fourth annual Safe and Healthy Schools summit will focus on helping teachers, administrators and other school-based staff to recognize and respond to student threats of violence. Forensic clinical psychologist and University of Virginia education professor Dewey Cornell is the main speaker, joined by restorative … 0

Schools try ‘Just Soup,’ Just Roots community farm’s new product

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Just Roots community farm’s new Tuscan bean soup had a test run in Greenfield’s elementary schools this week. The soup was one of the six to emerge from 10 sample varieties the nonprofit farm on … 0

GHS housewarming set for Saturday

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Want to see what your tax dollars bought? The new Greenfield High School will be on display for all Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. With construction of the main building complete, the new $60 … 0

North Star program celebrates 20 years of self-directed learning

Monday, October 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Grace Llewelyn’s “Teenage Liberation Handbook, subtitled “How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education,” came along as Ken Danford was questioning his own role as an eighth-grade history teacher at Amherst Middle School. … 0

A different kind of Newton field day Friday

Sunday, October 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Newton School’s causes for celebration next Friday include 100 years in education and a new playground built this month with the help of the Recreation Department and parent-volunteers. The Friday birthday bash is scheduled to run … 1