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New app aims to make UMass move-in easier

Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually, it will provide students with assistance in a number of aspects of campus life, but its initial focus is on the fall move-in, a ritual a UMass statement introducing the app called “that annual logistical challenge of getting thousands of students and belongings into their rooms, settled and introduced to campus.” Lacey Olson, interim assistant to the director of Student Services at Residential Life, explained other … 0

Mohawk district, towns seek compromise on Buckland Shelburne Elementary repair costs

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SHELBURNE — Shelburne officials and Mohawk Trail Regional School District are hundreds of thousands of dollars apart on how much to spend for repairs to their regional elementary school. The difference between Mohawk’s defeated $750,000 capital budget request this year for the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and a Jones Whitsett Architects’ estimate of … 0

UMass police receive diversity training

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

AMHERST — From a police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 to a prisoner dying while in custody of Baltimore police this year, a seeming racial divide between police and black citizens with tragic outcomes has prompted numerous protests and riots nationwide. As tensions between law enforcement professionals and minority communities continue to draw attention in the aftermath … 0

GCC nursing grads

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the twenty-third graduating class of the intensive 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible to complete … 1

No major changes to Greenfield Math and Science Academy in the fall

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Math and Science Academy will remain where it is for the time being. At a special meeting Saturday morning, the Greenfield School Committee voted unanimously to defer any further relocation discussion until the end of … 0

Math & Science Academy meeting venue changed

Thursday, June 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — The location for the special Greenfield School Committee meeting to discuss plans to divide and move the Math and Science Academy has changed again. The meeting is now to be held in the Greenfield Middle School library, per the agenda posted online Tuesday. The date and … 0

GCC expands $30K four-year degree tracks with Worcester State University agreement

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College and Worcester State University presidents Wednesday signed a deal streamlining the path from one to the other and capping the price for students from the two-year college seeking a four-year degree. The … 0

Greenfield approves school use fee change

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — Opponents of the school system’s new facilities fee policy were partially mollified by the addition of a clause giving the superintendent the option to waive the increased fees. The Greenfield School Committee approved the new policy, drafted by the Policy and Curriculum Subcommittee this month. Scott … 0

Greenfield Public Schools Notebook

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New food service director, farming in the wind GREENFIELD — Madison Walker has the helm of the Greenfield Public School cafeterias, and other things food. Walker began June 1 as food service director. Superintendent Jordan Harper announced her hiring at the School Committee’s June meeting. Walker is a … 0

Math & Science Academy debate continues Sat.

Monday, June 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee will meet Saturday for a second crack at discussion of the Math and Science Academy. The committee was to discuss a proposal to restructure and move part of the academy at its regular monthly meeting June 10, but — reacting to questions … 0

UMass lauded for community service

Sunday, June 14, 2015

AMHERST — For the eighth year in a row, the University of Massachusetts has achieved recognition for its community service projects from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The organization placed UMass on the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, according to a statement from … 0

Newton School may keep fourth-graders

Friday, June 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — Newton Elementary School’s current third-graders may stay put in the fall, like their peers at the other Greenfield elementary schools, rather than moving to the middle school. Earlier left out of a planned return to a K-4 structure at the elementary schools due to a space … 0

Rumors rule after Math and Science Academy discussion gets short shrift

Thursday, June 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Math and Science Academy was a topic of sustained discussion at this week’s meeting of the Greenfield Public School Committee, but discussion was limited to rumors. The agenda for the meeting contained the acronym MSA … 0