Recorder Staff/Micky Bedell

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or proficient. Math remained steady with 70 percent … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being safe and secure online. Presenters include members of the United States Attorney’s Office as well … 0

Public schools sponsor open house community cookout Thursday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s public schools are hosting a community cookout Thursday as part of their annual October open houses. This first-ever cookout, at Greenfield Middle School, will feature the Greenfield Fire Department grilling burgers and hotdogs, local markets serving sides and snacks, a Greenfield police cruiser for children to explore and entertainment by Greenfield’s local radio stations WHAI and Bear Country. Ice cream, … 0

PVRS starts school year with fresh administrative staff member

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — New School Year. New Superintendent. Ruth Miller will take over from Dayle Doiron as Pioneer Valley Regional School district’s superintendent. For the past three years, Miller worked as the superintendent and business manager for the Narragansett … 0

Newton School turns to alumni to help it turn 100

Friday, August 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — Remember the green and pink floor tiles? The flag pole? The murals in the entryway and cafeteria depicting life in a Native American village? Maybe you know where the time capsule is? The red brick and … 0

Great Falls Middle School teacher hired as Gill Elementary principal

Friday, August 7, 2015

GILL — Great Falls Middle School teacher Conor Driscoll has been hired as the new principal of Gill Elementary School. “I’m very excited,” Driscoll said Wednesday. “The energy that the staff has and the excitement that everyone here is showing is great.” Driscoll served as a sixth-grade English … 0

Mohawk registration starts Monday

Thursday, August 6, 2015

BUCKLAND — Registration dates for Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Middle School are Aug. 10 through 21, for students new to new and returning students, or school choice students in grades seven through twelve. Please contact the guidance department at 625-9811, ext. 1305 to receive a 2015-2016 … 0

UMass Amherst dining hall food wins Princeton Review honor again

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

AMHERST — The dining halls of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on Tuesday received yet another honor — this one from the Princeton Review. The new edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook ranked UMass Amherst second in the “Best Campus Food” category, according to a … 0

Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. … 0

Climate models disagree on strength of carbon land sink across Northern Eurasia

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — In a new assessment of nine state-of-the-art climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide … 0

UMass to take part in first institute on open textbooks

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — Using open textbooks can save students hundreds of dollars per semester. Making faculty aware that they are an option, though, remains a challenge, which is why UMass Amherst will be represented at the first meeting of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) from Wednesday to Friday, hosted … 0

GCC finds home for practical nursing program

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its LPN practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space … 0

Technical School to hold barbecue fundraiser

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Chicken, music and the opportunity to catch up with friends from the Franklin County Technical School’s 39-year history will raise money for current students heading out into the world. The Franklin County Technical School Alumni Association holds its seventh annual gathering Aug. 15 at the … 0