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Volunteer John Preston of Greenfield reads 'Bad Kitty" to children in the Title 1 Reading Academy at the Four Corners School on Wednesday. The children are Maliea Ames, 6, Jenavecia Hamel, 6, and William Renaud, 7. Recorder/Paul Franz

Summer reading program helps children turn the page

Sunday, August 2, 2015

GREENFIELD — For elementary school students, summer is a time of endless diversions — and of forgetting how to read. School has been out since June, but on Wednesday, teachers marshaled students through the halls of Four Corners. Wednesday was the second-to-last day of school for the 70 Greenfield elementary students enrolled in the four-week Title 1 Summer Reading Academy. … 0

Climate models disagree on strength of carbon land sink across Northern Eurasia

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — In a new assessment of nine state-of-the-art climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) annually sequestered in tundra and boreal ecosystems of Northern Eurasia, a vast, understudied region … 0

UMass to take part in first institute on open textbooks

Sunday, August 2, 2015

AMHERST — Using open textbooks can save students hundreds of dollars per semester. Making faculty aware that they are an option, though, remains a challenge, which is why UMass Amherst will be represented at the first meeting of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) from Wednesday to Friday, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Leaders representing more than 75 colleges and universities across the … 0

UMass likely to hike tuition, fees

Friday, June 5, 2015

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — With potential state budget funding levels on track to fall well short of requests from the University of Massachusetts, it appears tuition and fee freezes that students enjoyed over the past two years won’t be repeated next year. University officials plan to meet next … 0

Tech School grads asked ‘Who will you be?’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Individuality was the theme of the evening Friday as 122 Franklin County Technical School graduates from 13 shops received their diplomas at a commencement ceremony on the school’s football field. Guest speaker Dr. Sheila Harrity, … 0

PVRS: ‘Balance risk and reward as you make life choices’

Friday, June 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School Principal Bill Wehrli advised the 2015 graduates Friday night to think about their future choices by volunteering a student to play ring toss. “First of all, you should consider the balance between … 0

Mahar grads urged to appreciate the little things in life

Friday, June 5, 2015

ORANGE — “Please see your lives for what they are and what they could be. Keep your eyes open because every day we are here is a day we have been given, may we ever be thankful for … 0

Frontier: For life advice, ask a kindergartner

Friday, June 5, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the Internet age, crowd-sourcing has become much easier, with technology like Google allowing us to connect with each other instantly. In fact, integrating Google into classrooms has become a hot topic at the Frontier … 0

‘Show everybody what it means to be a Turners Falls graduate’

Friday, June 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — “The world can be a scary place, but I’m more than confident you will achieve your dreams,” Turners Falls High School Principal Thomas Osborn told the 60 graduates-to-be Friday evening. “We believe in you because … 0

After starting a business at 15, Mohawk senior ready to work for her future

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SHELBURNE — If all goes according to plan, graduating Mohawk Trail Regional High School senior Halley Glier will be working in marketing or advertising in France in about five years. Glier, 18, of Shelburne, is one of hundreds … 0

Pioneer supt. suspends nine seniors found with pot and alcohol on school trip, which will keep them from graduation ceremonies

Thursday, June 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After an effort to change the disciplinary action for the events of last weekend’s senior trip to Ocean City, Md., during which nine students were found in possession of marijuana and alcoholic beverage containers, Pioneer Valley … 5

GCC graduates 40 newest nurses

Thursday, June 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College graduated 40 from the registered nurse program Thursday, the 50th graduation since the program’s start, and took the opportunity to announce an expansion of the school’s partnership with Elms College to include nursing. … 0

Aiming for inclusion, Center School begins transgender scholarship, all-gender bathrooms

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Center School, which teaches kindergarten through Grade 8, is in the process of initiating a tuition scholarship for transgender students at the behest of an anonymous donor. “We’re just beginning to (raise money) for … 0