Schools

GCC gleaning project helps local food pantry

Thursday, October 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Sunday, Greenfield Community College students and staffers will travel out to nearby farm fields to rescue food and bring it to those in need within the community. It’s all part of a gleaning trip organized by the school’s Civic Engagement and Service Learning program. Gleaning is the traditional practice of gathering produce after the harvest. Farmers are often unable to sell all that their fields produce, either … 0

Restorative practices program in schools focuses on community

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For decades, students who disrupted class or caused problems in the hallways of public schools would be given after-school detention or sent to the principal’s office for further discipline such as suspension. Too often, after a suspension, students would return to class behind in their work. After enough suspensions, a … 0

Ebola talk Wednesday at UMass

Sunday, October 26, 2014

AMHERST — Four panelists will discuss “The Ebola Epidemic: How We Got Here, Current Preparedness, and Future Outlook” Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The speakers are: ∎ Martha Anker of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, a global surveillance and response expert in infectious disease ∎ George Corey, executive director and … 0

UMass Amherst gets $1M to help veterans enter nursing workforce

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1 million federal grant to implement “Heroes into Health Care: Veterans Entering the Nursing Workforce,” a program designed to increase the number and percentage of ethnic minority and disadvantaged veterans who successfully complete a … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

Mostly smooth sailing for Orange elementary consolidation

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Consolidation of Butterfield and Dexter Park schools this fall was successful, School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas said this week. The decision by the Orange School Committee was necessitated by budgetary constraints. Thomas told the School Committee … 0

Greenfield looks to relocate school offices

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Plagued by leaky roofs and poor ventilation, the town is looking for ways to move the school administrative offices out of the 141 Davis St. building by the end of the year. With support from the superintendent’s office, Mayor William Martin said, the town is determining … 0

Greenfield Middle School rewards attendance

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before 7:45 a.m., this school year, Principal Gary Tashjian passes out GMS Bucks to the stream of students arriving on time for school. The students can then use the pretend money to buy items from the … 0

School Committee votes to go with PARCC

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield students will likely be among those across the state to take the newest generation of high-stakes standardized tests this year after the School Committee voted in favor of the PARCC in a close 4-3 vote. The School Committee voted Wednesday night to request grades 3 … 0

UMass employees hold rally decrying contract negotiations

Friday, September 5, 2014

AMHERST — Contentious contract negotiations and alleged bad faith negotiations on the part of the University of Massachusetts administration prompted an hour-long campus rally by employees Friday. Holding yellow signs and wearing yellow stickers reading “UMass Unions United to Protect Our Rights,” more than 200 members, joined by … 0

School districts prepare for PARCC switch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For the first time in 17 years, a majority of Massachusetts students, including some in Franklin County, will not be taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests this spring. Instead, the students will be taking the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and … 0

UMass system enrollment hits record 73,614

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BOSTON — Enrollment at the University of Massachusetts is projected to reach a record 73,614 students this fall throughout the five-campus system, with this year’s increase fueling what has now become a 30 percent enrollment surge over the past decade, President Robert L. Caret said Wednesday. “Over the … 0

Newton School tunes up

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Harmonious tunes and a chorus of singing echoed throughout the classrooms and hallways at Newton School on Tuesday as local musicians played violins, mandolins and ukuleles in an effort to expose students to music. This year, … 0