Pioneer Valley Regional School District

Recorder Staff/Micky Bedell

Pioneer students score high in all MCAS categories

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The MCAS results are in and Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 10th-grade students ranked well above the state average in English, science and math proficiency. Passing the state-administered Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System is a graduation requirement. The 2015 scores are listed below. Percentage of Pioneer sophomores who scored proficient or advanced: ∎ Math: 85 percent ∎ Science: 91 percent ∎ English: 99 … 0

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 … 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 …


Pioneer musicians set sights on Nashville, Graceland

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school band is taking its show on the road — all the way to the gates of Graceland. The Pioneer Valley Regional School’s marching and concert bands are raising money and putting in extra … 0

Cell tower proposed for Pioneer

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A proposed cell tower could bring district schools some extra income. “AT&T called me, and said they were looking to improve their network out here, and had identified the school as a potential (tower) location,” said Dayle Doiron, superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. … 0

Pioneer students plan trip to Peru ... with a purpose

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

NORTHFIELD — If all goes according to plan, 12 Pioneer Valley Regional School students, two teacher chaperones and an expedition leader will touch down in Lima, Peru in late July. “It’s going to be part community service and part culture exchange,” said Samantha Gorzocoski, a Northfield sophomore. “It’s … 0

Pipe bursts at PVRS

Sunday, January 5, 2014

NORTHFIELD — One person’s carelessness is being blamed for a burst pipe in the Pioneer Valley Regional School auxiliary gym. “Somebody wedged open a door on the north side of the building and a sprinkler head froze,” said Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell III. “It sent water cascading … 0

Stewardship plan for Pioneer property

Sunday, December 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Former high school science teacher John Lepore spent 1,600 hours crafting a plan for the Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 90-acre property. “It wasn’t work; it was fun,” Lepore told the School Committee when he presented a summary of the plan. Lepore volunteered nearly a year’s worth … 0

Pioneer collects donations for ‘Family Cheer’

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NORTHFIELD — The holidays are here and the local high school community is once again thinking of what it can do for the less fortunate. The Pioneer Valley Regional School is collecting donations for its Family Cheer program. Formerly called Holiday Cheer, the program was rebranded this year … 0

Teens help teens with PowderPuff football rivalry

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School’s Lady Eagles have walked away with a solid 14-8 win in the annual PowderPuff flag football game. More importantly, the football rivalry with Pioneer Valley Regional School raised $1,096 for local youth social service agency DIAL/SELF. This is the largest sum … 0

Pioneer district sets town assessments, sends Bernardston to special town meeting

Friday, July 26, 2013

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District finally has a budget in place after months of uncertainty. That budget comes to $13.67 million, about $6.18 million of which will come from state aid and other district revenues, leaving the district’s four towns to fund $7.49 million. The … 0

‘Wish away,’ Pioneer teacher urges seniors

Friday, June 7, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Before they took their diplomas and headed out into the waiting world, the Pioneer Valley Regional School Class of 2013 showed their spirit with a “barbaric yawp.” The ruckus came at the request of commencement speaker … 0

Still no Pioneer budget after Bernardston vote

Thursday, May 30, 2013

BERNARDSTON — The town nearly passed a 4 percent increase to its share of the school district budget at this week’s annual town meeting. An amendment to add $34,000 to the $2.3 million proposed share of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District was defeated 39-35 Wednesday in a … 0

Pioneer students get bronze in green competition

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NORTHFIELD — Students from Pioneer Valley Regional School placed high in a statewide competition. Pioneer’s team brought home third place in the 25th annual Massachusetts Envirothon, held at Borderland State Park in Easton. For the competition, teams had … 0

Still no budget for Pioneer

Friday, May 3, 2013

NORTHFIELD — With the total Pioneer Valley Regional School budget still uncertain and member towns budgeting for a four percent increase on their shares of it, a number of cuts may be made in the coming school year. “We are in dire straits,” said William Wahlstrom, chairman of … 0