Schools

A middle schooler waves a hand-drawn flag during 'A Taste of World Cultures' night at Greenfield Middle School on Wednesday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

GMS gets a taste of the world

Friday, December 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Dozens of Greenfield families became immersed in a world of coqui frogs, Guatemalan masks, Japanese hand fans and appetizing potato latkes, Italian pizza and salsa and nachos Wednesday evening as flags from around the world waved before them. As families munched on food native to Japan and Poland, young salsa dancers moved across the gymnasium floor at Greenfield Middle School Wednesday. It was the second annual Taste of World Cultures at the Middle School, a new tradition designed to expose students to different cultures and learn about their own family backgrounds. “It is an opportunity for families and the community to come into … 0

Mohawk school bus cameras to have audio, too

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District school buses are already equipped with security cameras that record daily trips and any incidents that happen on the bus. But in a time of dwindling privacy, the Mohawk Trail School Committee reluctantly agreed to allow recording sounds as well as sights on the bus. When F.M. Kuzmeskus Bus Co. officials first asked Superintendent Michael Buoniconti … 0

Discovery School maintains high attendance, MCAS scores

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Since becoming an Innovation School in 2011, the Discovery School at Four Corners has steadily increased in enrollment and in scores on standardized tests, according to a status report by Principal Suzanne Sullivan. Sullivan presented the findings to the School Committee last week. The Level 1 school is succeeding in most areas it set out to achieve. The Innovation School is … 0

Study shows benefits if Rowe joins Mohawk school district

Friday, October 10, 2014

BUCKLAND — If Rowe joins the Mohawk Trail Regional School District as a Grade 7-12 member town, assessments for Mohawk’s eight towns would collectively drop by about $94,500, according to assessment projections reported this week by Mohawk Superintendent Michael Buoniconti. But for Rowe, the picture is more complicated: … 0

Review lays out goals for Greenfield schools

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Schools in Greenfield lack communication, a consistent K-12 curriculum and a uniform analysis of test data, but they do have good student support, increasing attendance and better financial management, according to a district review by the state education department. The report, presented to the Greenfield School … 0

Pioneer superintendent to step down at end of the year

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After two decades of service, Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s superintendent will resign at the end of the school year. “I’m not retiring; I’m just going to make a change,” said Superintendent Dayle Doiron. “I’m not sure whether I’ll stay in education. I’ve had opportunities come … 0

GED program awards 40 diplomas

Thursday, October 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — In her black graduation robe, Shoshone Sadoski stood before her fellow 40 students receiving their diplomas after passing the GED or High School Equivalency Test at Greenfield Community College. She was in tears. She had achieved … 0

Mohawk mulls bill for 4-day school week

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BUCKLAND — While any prospect of a four-day school week is still several years away, Superintendent Michael Buoniconti has asked the Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee to let state Rep. Paul Mark file special legislation that could make … 0

GCC is recognized for excellence in manufacturing training, education

Monday, October 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College was designated a Platinum Education Center Friday by Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing training and development. It was among six community and technical colleges nationwide to receive the recongition. The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) awards are presented to educational facilities … 0

GED graduation Wednesday at GCC

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — On Wednesday more than 30 GED and High School Equivalency Test graduates and their families will participate in a commencement ceremony at Greenfield Community College’s main campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. As a testing site, GCC has one of the highest high school equivalency passing … 0

Combating bullying, cliques on 2 school agendas

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the course of three weeks this year, seventh-graders at Pioneer Valley Regional School will learn how to stop bullying they may see as part of a new active bystander program. At Four Rivers Charter School, students are put into small groups with one teacher where … 0

Two new GCC scholarships to support Latino students

Friday, October 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — This spring two Latino students will receive $1,000 scholarships to Greenfield Community College due to a partnership between the Latino Scholarship Foundation and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. “This is possible because of the relationships we have,” said Sheryl Hruska, chief academic and student affairs officer … 0

GCC earns national green award

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of five community colleges of 1,200 nationwide that is recognized for its environmentally sustainable practices, programs and job training. The college is one of five community colleges awarded with an American … 1