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UMass Amherst epidemiologist leads study looking for link between phthlates and breast cancer

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — Reliable data are lacking on whether phthalates, the plasticizing and solvent chemicals found in such products as cosmetics, shampoo, flooring and medical tubing, affect human breast cancer risk. Now epidemiologist Katherine Reeves at the University of Massachu-setts Amherst is leading the largest study to date investigating a possible relationship with a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Reeves and colleagues will study phthalate metabolites, which are products found in urine samples after the chemicals have passed through the body. They are measurable in nearly 100 percent of the United States population though levels vary widely, and have … 0

UMass creates scholarships to support top community college students in the Commonwealth Honors College

Monday, May 25, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts has announced Honors-to-Honors, a new scholarship program that provides additional funding to honors graduates of the state’s 15 community colleges who are accepted into the university’s Commonwealth Honors College, to help them complete their bachelor’s degrees. For many in-state students, the scholarship awards are expected to nearly eliminate their loan obligations. The program provides a special $6,000 … 0

DA grads ‘ready to dance with the world’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

DEERFIELD — Graduate Conor Sullivan promised the crowd at Deerfield Academy Saturday that he was about to give one of the best, most heartfelt, tear-jerking speech they’d ever heard. “If it fails to live up to those expectations, I put full blame on my English teachers for the last four years,” he joked. … 0

GHS will get sod fields

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — The School Building Committee has decided Greenfield school athletes will play on sod fields — a decision that disappointed the parents, coaches and students who turned out at the Tuesday’s meeting to push for a turf … 0

Greenfield to study busing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — A bus consultation company is visiting Greenfield Public Schools this week to access how the school district can make its transportation more efficient. For $7,500, School Bus Consults, will evaluate Greenfield’s system, determine whether it is using its routes efficiently and how it can cut down … 0

Greenfield School Committee seeks assistant superintendent

Monday, April 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — The proposed assistant school superintendent would lead curriculum development, support teachers in implementing Common Core standards and oversee instruction throughout the district. It has been a long-time need for the district, cited in the town’s master plan and by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees last … 0

State to hold public hearings on PARCC

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The public will have a chance to weigh in on whether the state should adopt the new PARCC exams as the next generation of high-stakes public school standardized achievement tests. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a series of public forums across … 0

Greenfield school subcommittee considers small hike to facility use fees

Friday, April 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — Outside groups may have to pay slightly more to use Greenfield public schools’ facilities like computer labs, cafeterias and athletic fields. The Policy and Curriculum Subcommittee — made up of School Committee members Francia Wisnewski, Donna Gleason and Jeff Comenitz — are reviewing an update of … 0

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

Greenfield school board asking for $1M hike

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee wants an extra million dollars for next school year. It unanimously approved Superintendent Jordana Harper’s first budget proposal, totaling $18,083,988, an increase of $1,068,188 over the current year. Mayor William Martin, a … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

GCC to create outdoor learning lab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — Students studying farm and food systems, sustainability and renewable energy at Greenfield Community College may soon have a new outdoor laboratory to expand their learning. The Greenfield Conservation Commission is holding a public hearing on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. in the Greenfield Planning Department at 114 … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1