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Greenfield Public Schools Superintendent Susan Hollins stands in her office on Tuesday in front of a banner made by Academy of Early Learning students.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

In turbulent tenure, Susan Hollins, as superintendent, helped stabilize Greenfield schools

Sunday, June 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Susan Hollins was looking for a good challenge to end her career in education. She found it in the Greenfield schools in 2008: $1 million in debt, no administrators, scores of laid-off teachers and students flocking to neighboring districts. She almost canceled her second interview for the Greenfield superintendent job. But, she reasoned, “someone has to take the … 0

Greenfield School Committee seat up for grabs

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you want to serve an 18-month term on the Greenfield School Committee without being elected, now’s your chance. The vacancy left by former member John Lunt, and Greenfield’s recently passed term length change, creates an unusual situation where the next appointee will serve until January 2016. Appointees typically only fill the slot until the next election, so the appointments rarely … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert signs Greenfield superintendent contract

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Jordana Harper-Ewert signed a three-year contract with the Greenfield School Committee on Wednesday and will officially take over as school superintendent on July 1. The school board will pay her $135,000 in the first year. It has agreed to pay her $138,000 the next year and $141,000 the year, if she receives high enough performance evaluation ratings. The school department has … 0

GHS French students enjoy time in Canadian outdoors

Monday, March 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — They attempted to navigate both sled dog trails and conversations featuring thick French accents, learned a little about Quebec history and lost a kiwi along the way. A group of 17 students studying French at Greenfield … 0

GHS council wins awards at state conference

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — After plunging into the frigid Atlantic Ocean last week, the Greenfield High School Student Council went on to collect several awards at the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils’ annual conference. The Special Olympics awarded Greenfield High School with the Silver Spirit Award, although the official presentation … 0

Greenfield school seeking pen pals

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is seeking adult pen pals from the community to exchange letters with fourth- through seventh-graders this spring. The school’s 92 students and their volunteer pen pals will read “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick and send letters back-and-forth discussing … 0

Curriculum will be a priority for new Greenfield supt.

Monday, March 10, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Parents, school employees and local residents who weighed in on the Greenfield superintendent search process want their next leader to work collaboratively with principals and teachers to design a new instruction plan for K-12 students. Aligning curriculum across all grades was one of the top priorities … 0

Greenfield High Student Council to take ‘polar plunge’

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — At about 1:20 p.m. today, members of the Greenfield High School Student Council will run into the frigid Atlantic Ocean. The “polar plunge,” which they’ll take part in along with student council members from across the state, is part of an effort to raise money for … 0

Greenfield schools plan for supt.’s departure

Sunday, March 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — The outgoing superintendent will be required to bring major decisions to the School Committee as she finishes out her final days. Greenfield Public Schools Superintendent Susan Hollins will leave her job when the school year ends in about four months, and the School Committee has decided … 0

Virtual school and Greenfield schools consider 30-day transitional agreement

Friday, February 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is moving out on its own, and officials will work out an exit plan with the School Committee Thursday. Greenfield Public Schools has provided the Virtual School with administrative support since the Virtual School became autonomous last … 0

Minecraft: Popular video game builds students' interest in learning

Friday, February 28, 2014

Brian Westbrook was trying his best to keep up with the two dozen Greenfield Middle School students competing for his attention. Calls of “Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Westbrook” rang through the air like a broken record, from students hoping … 0

Greenfield school board to talk virtual school, superintendent transition

Thursday, February 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has called a special meeting tonight to consider what administrative services to sell to the town’s independent cyber school and to discuss plans for its superintendent transition. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s municipal offices at 20 … 0

No opponents for pair of seats on Greenfield school board

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A two-term school board veteran and a political newcomer will run unopposed on the ballot this spring for two vacant Greenfield School Committee seats. Maryelen Calderwood, of 82 Sanderson St., and Adrienne Marie Nunez, of 71 Conway St., were the only candidates who filed nomination papers … 0

Therapy dog serves as Greenfield students’ reading buddy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Third-grade students at Newton School who work hard in their classes get rewarded with 15 minutes of reading time with Emma Pickle. The golden retriever is a certified therapy dog and reading buddy who visits the … 0

Smile time

Sunday, February 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — February may be National Children’s Dental Health Month, but the Community Health Center of Franklin County focuses on youth oral hygiene all year long. It’s the fourth year of the health center’s school dental program, and … 0