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County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable advanced or proficient categories on the English and language arts test have climbed overall since 2010, statewide and in the region. In … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or PARCC exams at the lower grades, but the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System remained the graduation …


Federal Street after-school program to cost parents

Friday, September 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — With grant funding gone, parents counting on the Federal Street School after-school program will have to wait to learn when it will start and how much it will cost. School Superintendent Jordana Harper said this week the program had been funded by a 21st Century Learning Centers grant, which the school did not win this year. The high school’s after-school program … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Paraprofessional tries last-minute school board run

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — With just over 32 hours left before polls closed, David Hyde decided to stage a last-minute write-in campaign for Greenfield School Committee. Hyde, 40, of 102 Thayer Road, stood on the corner of Silver and Chapman … 0

Maryelen Calderwood running for 3rd term on Greenfield School Committee

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Maryelen Calderwood is running for her third term on the Greenfield School Committee to continue the board’s efforts toward improving the quality of education for Greenfield students. Calderwood, 51, of 82 Sanderson St., is one of … 0

Political newcomer Adrienne Nunez vying for Greenfield School Committee seat

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Adrienne Marie Nunez is making her first bid for Greenfield School Committee to try to improve communication between the schools and the community. Nunez, 32, of 71 Conway St., is one of two candidates running unopposed … 0

Greenfield High School graduates remind each other to value life

Sunday, June 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School graduates urged their peers Saturday to appreciate every day and remember always to enjoy life with others. “Life is not about being number one. ... It’s not about making loads of money, and … 0

Greenfield makes a School Choice compromise

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department won’t accept any new School Choice students in grades 8-12 next year, but will continue accepting a limited number of grade K-7 students. All current Greenfield school students, whether they live in town or in another district, will be allowed to continue … 0

Greenfield school board wants to end Choice

Monday, May 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield School Committee members said last week that they wanted to stop accepting new School Choice students next year and focus solely on teaching Greenfield residents. The board’s 4-1 vote to freeze School Choice will need to be re-taken at a public hearing later this month. … 1

Stealth program

Friday, May 16, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Greenfield School Committee members learned for the first time this week about a two-year developmental kindergarten program that the school department started in the fall. Superintendent Susan Hollins said that administrators created the program, called “The Gift of Time,” for students who needed more time to … 0

John Lunt resigns from Greenfield School Committee

Monday, May 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — John Lunt resigned from the Greenfield School Committee Monday, saying that it’s time to move on after serving nearly two terms on the board. The School Committee will need to appoint someone to complete Lunt’s term, which runs through June 2015. Mayor William Martin said he’d … 0

10 local teachers win awards

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ten Franklin County teachers will receive Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards on Tuesday to commemorate their impact on children. The awards, given out annually since 2003, honor 140 teachers from 35 different communities for their commitment to children in their schools. Franklin and Hampshire County recipients, nominated … 0