Schools

Claire Abelson, a Greenfield High School junior who helped organize the prom dress giveaway, checks out a blue dress at the school on Friday with fellow junior Casey Antunes, who seems happy with her selection. 
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Prepping for the perfect prom: Free for the taking, dresses, tuxes line GHS lobby

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sarah O’Sullivan spun around in her new long, green gown as her friends raved over the dress. Down the hall, Valenka Kosick browsed through four racks of dresses in search of that perfect, elegant gown. And Tim McCarthy and Hunter Felix mixed and matched ties with tuxes, looking for options for prom next year. With gowns hanging from … 0

GHS building committee to decide on composition of athletic fields

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — As they study for their final classes this spring, students can see the beginnings of a new track and ball fields taking shape — the final touches of the new $66 million Greenfield High School. While the school building is expected to be completed in the summer, the athletic fields behind the building are expected to be finished in the fall. … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school to house its fourth-graders. However, this year’s third-grade students at the Newton School may still … 2

UMass notebook

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graphene 10 times stronger than steel AMHERST — Jae-Hwang Lee, a mechanical and industrial engineer at the University of Massachusetts, is the lead author of a scientific paper that demonstrates experimentally that graphene is 10 times more effective than steel when used in bulletproof vests. The paper is … 0

Prom dress drive

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s almost that time of year again: high school prom season. And that means students will have to shell out hundreds of dollars again for a ball gown or black tux they may only wear once. … 0

Cramming for the big exam

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is not the same school the state saw last summer and placed on probation, school officials say. Since being placed on probation, the virtual school has hired new staff, implemented new programs and improved student learning to meet and exceed state … 0

Arts initiative aimed at UMass students, regional artists

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service has launched an Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at helping UMass students, as well as artists throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, gain the skills and support needed to develop thriving arts careers or arts-based businesses. The initiative was formulated by AES … 0

For some Greenfield students, longer days needed to fulfill extended learning grant requirements

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students at the Greenfield Middle School and Math and Science Academy are facing longer school days this year as part of state requirements for the Expanded Learning Time programs. To come into compliance with a state grant, the Greenfield School Committee voted to have the superintendent … 0

Safety very much part of his, GCC mission

Sunday, February 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — As the new police chief at Greenfield Community College, Luis Santamaria plans to lead by example and help the school achieve its mission in providing students with a quality education in his role of overseeing campus … 0

Will students be eating breakfast in class?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County superintendents and school principals are interested in exploring a new policy recommendation by the state education department to offer breakfast in the classrooms. “It encourages kids to eat breakfast. This would reinforce that you … 0

Bernardston Elem. gym roof requires repair, replacement

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town will spend up to $4,000 for emergency repairs to the elementary school gymnasium roof, only to tear it up and replace the entire surface in less than two years. The rounded rubber roof, originally … 0

UMass reverses policy on Iranian students

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts-Amherst announced Wednesday it will end its ban on the admission of Iranian nationals to certain graduate programs in a quick about-face from its original policy enacted earlier this month. UMass will now admit Iranian students into programs in the College of Engineering … 0

Frontier district looks to towns to supplant lost grant money

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — With loss of a grant for Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools to study possible consolidation of town services into unused school space, the district is now looking to its four member towns to help pay for the project. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett, Deerfield, Sunderland, … 0