Schools

Science teacher Samantha Lydiard, at right,  gives middle school students from China their first taste of maple syrup on their first day of summer school at the Mohawk Trail Regional School. 
(Recorder/Diane Broncaccio)

Chinese students get glimpse of American life at Mohawk

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUCKLAND — The 21 middle-school students from Hangzhou Qinghe Middle School loved the shady sugar maples they found growing behind the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But the taste of the maple syrup itself? Maybe not so much. On their first day of school here, Mohawk science teacher Samantha Lydiard gave students a tour of the grounds as the students … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, who visited the school several times last year. “Every school has something that distinguishes it, … 0

‘King Arthur,’ trapeze classes highlight Hilltown Youth Theater season

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to learn to fly like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan?” Flying trapeze lessons will be available to the public during this year’s Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop at the Academy at Charlemont. As part of this year’s program, there will be a day of flying trapeze lessons open to the … 0

Greenfield Community College expanding its agriculture, green energy programs

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College will spend the next two years expanding its sustainable agriculture and green energy programs, thanks to nearly $225,000 in grant funding. The National Science Foundation has awarded the college $197,000 to pay some staff costs, develop new courses and add some new physical … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert signs Greenfield superintendent contract

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Jordana Harper-Ewert signed a three-year contract with the Greenfield School Committee on Wednesday and will officially take over as school superintendent on July 1. The school board will pay her $135,000 in the first year. It has agreed to pay her $138,000 the next year and … 0

Rowe School moves ahead with Berkshires superintendent

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ROWE — Despite an 11th-hour plea to keep current Superintendent Michael Buoniconti, the Rowe School will move into the shared superintendency of the North Berkshire School Union on July 1 — a few days after the Rowe School itself moves out of its temporary home within the Hawlemont … 0

Paraprofessional tries last-minute school board run

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — With just over 32 hours left before polls closed, David Hyde decided to stage a last-minute write-in campaign for Greenfield School Committee. Hyde, 40, of 102 Thayer Road, stood on the corner of Silver and Chapman … 0

Orange school board votes to close Butterfield, consolidate

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Orange Elementary School Committee voted Tuesday to close Butterfield Elementary School. The school will be consolidated with Dexter Park School in Orange to trim the school’s budget by almost $300,000 before the budget is brought before the town at the annual meeting Monday. Consolidating the schools will … 0

Advanced manufacturing program seeking third class of students

Monday, June 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Organizers of an advanced machining program designed to jump-start the area’s manufacturing industry are searching for their next group of students. The 12-week, 288-hour training program teaches unemployed and underemployed workers computer-aided manufacturing skills. This fall’s session, held in the revamped Franklin County Technical School machine … 0

‘I will never truly leave’

Sunday, June 8, 2014

CHARLEMONT — “I couldn’t think of a better group of individuals to call my fellow alums.” Nell Todd, an alumna and the interim head of the Academy at Charlemont, reflected on the 17 newest graduates of the school … 0

‘Make your own path’

Sunday, June 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — Graduates of the Four Rivers Charter Public School seemed very certain of one thing on Saturday: adventure awaits. A decidedly different adventure than the past six years at Four Rivers — in a ceremony personalized to … 0

Father and son

Friday, June 6, 2014

SHELBURNE — Like other superintendents during this graduation season, Michael Buoniconti took the podium last weekend to deliver a commencement address to Mohawk Trail Regional School graduates. But unlike most school leaders, the Mohawk superintendent had someone special … 0

Pioneer graduates are told to ‘never give up’

Friday, June 6, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Inspiration can be contagious. “I’ve been lucky that my dream could inspire you all to achieve your dreams,” former Pioneer Valley Regional School coach and teacher Thomas Gaffigan told the Class of 2014 at Friday’s graduation. … 0