Greenfield Public Schools

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school to house its fourth-graders. However, this year’s third-grade students at the Newton School may still find themselves headed to the middle school … 2

Subcommittee recommends 4th-grade move

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Fourth-Grade Configuration Committee has recommended the fourth-grade move back to the elementary schools next year — except for students at Newton School. The full School Committee will consider the recommendation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at GCTV Studio. The decision would return Greenfield schools to a K-4 system. According to the recommendation, current third-graders at the Discovery School at Four … 0

Volunteer mentors Discovery School student in reading

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three days each week, Caroline Whitbeck visits the Discovery School at Four Corners to read the “Magic Tree House” series with a third-grade student. Whitbeck, a retired ethics professor, takes turns reading the children’s book out loud with the student. She serves as a mentor for the young student, who was … 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

Snack attacks: Greenfield school board ruminates on healthier afterschool treats

Friday, February 21, 2014

GREENFIELD ­ — The Greenfield School Committee wants its food services department to start distributing healthier snacks to its students. After discussing the issue for a half hour at a meeting earlier this month, the school board directed Bernie Novak, the department’s food services and nutrition director, to … 0

Greenfield supt. search moving along

Thursday, February 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The search for Greenfield’s next superintendent is still on track. School officials interested in the job have until the end of this month to apply. The Massachusetts Association of School Committees, a paid consultant in this search, will then select eight to 12 semi-finalists for an … 0

GHS French students beginning outdoor adventure in Quebec City

Monday, February 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A group of French students from Greenfield High School will spend their vacation this week tobogganing, dog sledding, snow shoeing and exploring the cobblestone streets of Quebec City. Teacher Tamara Grogan will lead 17 students and … 0