Schools

Virtual School faces probation

Monday, October 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — After 15 months as an independent school, Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is facing probation due to poor academic performance and governance issues. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is scheduled today to vote whether to accept state Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester’s recommended 20-month probation. “My recommendation is based primarily upon my concerns regarding the academic performance and governance of this virtual school, which has declined … 0

GCC to add farm ed courses for 2015

Sunday, October 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Old MacDonald had a farm, but could he make a living? With a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Greenfield Community College will start up new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free teacher-training workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based curriculum components into the classroom. This initiative is called Educational Networks for Growing … 0

GCC Foundation celebrates exceeding goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and there’s no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future of this region,” McGovern said. “The trouble with … 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

First day of school

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — In the middle of the school courtyard early Tuesday morning, eager high school students gathered for their first day back to school and teachers called out to students and buses delivered more students to the mix. … 0

Meet Sharon Moberg, new Sheffield principal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MONTAGUE — Friday was the second day of classes for Sheffield Elementary School students and Sharon Moberg’s second day in charge of a school full of children, but she begins the new job with the advantage of having … 0

UMass gets $37.5 million for environmental projects

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed legislation that authorizes the borrowing of $1.9 billion for environmental projects statewide, including $37.5 million at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and two university-run sites in eastern Massachusetts. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said, “This is a new source of … 0

Peeking inside the sun

Monday, September 1, 2014

AMHERST — Scientists are a step closer to understanding the interior of the sun and the process that creates the light and energy that it sends to Earth after physicists, including two at the University of Massachusetts, have directly detected neutrinos from the sun’s core for the first … 0

New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and … 0

Free lunch at Greenfield elementary schools

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — All students at Newton, Federal Street and the Academy of Early Learning schools will be provided a free daily lunch this school year regardless of their family income. The free lunch program is an addition to the free breakfast program already offered at all schools. The … 0

The Literacy Project teaches 15,000 adult students in 30 years

Sunday, August 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — In a classroom at the top floor of the E.A Hall Building on Bank Row, Joe Panzica of Greenfield tirelessly teaches adult students how to read, write and do math at the same time he is trying to build their confidence and motivation. For 16 years, … 0