Schools

New courses will combine clean energy with agriculture

Sunday, November 23, 2014

AMHERST — Agricultural students at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Holyoke Community College will benefit from an $810,000 National Science Foundation grant that will be used to create collaborative programs combining clean energy studies with sustainable agriculture. “The main purpose of the grant is to marry what has for the most part historically been two separate sides of sustainability education — clean energy and agriculture,” said Kate Maiolatesi, … 0

Franklin County students honored by superintendents

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Whether it’s sports, academics or community service, eight Franklin County students have managed to succeed in whatever they set their minds to. At a ceremony Thursday night, eight high school students were honored by their superintendents for academic excellence and achievements at the annual Franklin County Area Superintendents Association awards … 0

GCC language teacher wins statewide honor

Thursday, November 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Charlotte Gifford, the World Languages Department chairwoman at Greenfield Community College, has received this year’s Distinguished Service Award, the top honor offered annually by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. It celebrates and recognizes an educator for a lifetime of exceptional and meritorious service to the foreign language profession in Massachusetts. Gifford is a past president of the association and a past … 0

Gill Elementary begins ‘teaching recess’

Thursday, September 25, 2014

GILL — Some Gill Elementary School parents are pushing for the school to back out of children’s decisions about where to play in the playground and who to sit with at lunch. Four parents addressed the Gill-Montague School Committee Tuesday, all opposing structured recess and structured lunch practices … 1

Mohawk athletes warned of resistant staph infection

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BUCKLAND — A Mohawk Trail Regional School athlete has been confirmed to have a penicillin-resistant staph infection known as MRSA, and a letter has gone out to the parents of Mohawk athletes, warning them of the condition and of precautions to avoid its spread. “It’s a very common … 0

MCAS scores see little change

Monday, September 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — Like their counterparts statewide, Greenfield schools showed little change from 2013 to 2014 in the number of students who meet or exceed grade-level proficiency standards according to the latest MCAS results. Two Greenfield schools — Federal Street and Discovery School at Four Corners — are rated … 0

Engaged learning: Activated — Academy of Early Learning uses robots to teach students problem solving, estimation

Monday, September 22, 2014

GREENFIELD — In Janice Fuller’s preschool class, four little yellow robots moved backward and forward and spun in a circle as her students learned estimation and problem solving skills. On the early Monday morning, Fuller asked the students … 0

Police work puts him in the schools

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Throughout the hallways at Greenfield High School, Richard Brook works to diffuse bullying, quell potential fights and provide security plans while simultaneously building bridges between the community and police. As school resource officer, Brook serves as … 0

Groundbreaking research in Arctic leads UMass professor Julie Brigham-Grette to head Polar Research Board

Sunday, September 21, 2014

AMHERST — Studying glacial geology is a tantalizing mystery that can offer up a treasure trove of information if you know how and where to dig, believes University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Julie Brigham-Grette. “It’s like trying to … 0

Study faults Amherst cops, UMass in melee

Friday, September 19, 2014

AMHERST — A much-anticipated report on the March 8 “Blarney Blowout” melee faults University of Massachusetts officials for failing to recognize the risk of a swelling group of young people on campus and Amherst police for reacting with too much force once the hard-drinking hordes surged into town. … 0

Weighing a reunion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUCKLAND — After the old Rowe School Committee cut ties with the Mohawk/Hawlemont/Rowe superintendent last winter, its current school board has voted to open discussions about rejoining the Mohawk Trail Regional School District — but as a Grade 7 to Grade 12 member town. At a recent Mohawk … 0

Mohawk, teachers sign 3-year contract

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Teachers in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District will get a 3.3-percent pay raise this year, now that a new three-year agreement has been reached between the School Committee and the Mohawk District Education Association. The … 0

Mohawk alumnus new vice-principal

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Jesse Porter-Henry, who graduated from the Mohawk Trail Regional School in 1999, has been hired as the school’s new assistant principal. Porter-Henry started his full-time position this week, working with another Mohawk graduate, Principal Nancy Dole. … 0