Skills capital grants, technology info. sessions, Puerto Rican Day celebration, more

Skills capital grants, technology info. sessions, Puerto Rican Day celebration, more

Puerto Rico Day

AMHERST — Amherst Regional Public Schools will host a Puerto Rico Day Celebration on Monday, Sept. 23, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Amherst Town Hall.

The ceremony will include the raising of the Puerto Rican flag, a reading of the town proclamation, and performances by students and staff. The entire community is invited to come and celebrate. For more information, call 413-362-1871.

Tech. information sessions in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — Caregivers who would like to learn more about the Chromebook program at Northampton High School have the opportunity to attend the second of two information sessions Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Little Theatre

Additionally, there will be two technology informational sessions where tech instructors will be going over some of the tools students use in the classroom. These sessions will take place Sept. 17 and Oct. 17, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the third floor computer lab at NHS, and Sept. 19 and Oct. 15 in the JFK computer lab Room 105.

NHS, HCC land skills capital
grants from state

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton public schools, Holyoke Community College and Educational Collaborative in Northampton have each landed skills capital grants from the state to acquire new technologies to educate students and expand career education opportunities.

Northampton will use its $133,879 to help launch a training academy as part of its IT Innovation Pathway and Cisco Academy. Students enrolled in the program have opportunities to gain college credits, internships experiences and exposure to information technology careers.

By the time they graduate high school, students can earn professional credentials and are better prepared to enter the workforce or college.

Holyoke Community College landed $230,068 to expand enrollment in the college’s Health Science Program. With the grant, HCC will expand enrollment in the Medical Assisting program, and enhance curriculum in several health care training programs through the introduction of Telehealth technology. By increasing instructional capacity, the Center for Health Education will be accessible to local high school and vocational students, health care employers, and four-year college programs.

Meanwhile, Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls secured $275,000 for its Veterinary Science Program.

Franklin Tech is opening a new veterinarian science clinic that will educate high school students, adult learners and local agricultural businesses in the Valley. The program will provide career pathways in veterinary science, including approved veterinarian assistants, animal care and service workers, groomers, and veterinary technicians and surgical technologists.

The grants were among $12 million awarded to 45 high schools, colleges and educational institutions by the Baker-Polito administration. The goal of the skills capital grants, which range from $50,000 to $500,00.

Coffee with ARHS principal

AMHERST — Amherst Regional High School Principal Gene Jones will host his first Coffee and Conversation with the Principal on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., in the ARHS Library. He will be updating the ARHS community on his thoughts and priorities about the year ahead.

Light refreshments will be served.

VHS to DVD fundraiser for Gateway film studio

HUNTINGTON — Gateway’s Video Production class continues to raise funds for new equipment and other needs. They are converting home videos and educational videos from VHS to DVD as a yearlong fundraiser.

The Video Production class creates videos (often posted on the district website) and also creates film for video competitions, generates music videos and movie remakes.

The cost is $10 for the first conversion, and additional DVDs of the same item are just $5. Under copyright laws, television shows and movies that have been taped cannot be converted. Educators’ school videos are free (limit 5)!

Converting a VHS to DVD should take approximately one to two weeks, unless more than 10 tapes have been submitted, which could take up to four weeks.

VHS tapes should be brought to the High School Office. You will be notified when the DVDs are ready and can pick them up, with a check payable to the Gateway Regional School District.

For more information, contact Christine O’Malley by emailing

ARHS to offer conditioning program this fall

AMHERST — Amherst-Pelham Regional High School’s Athletic Department is offering a conditioning program for the fall 2019 season.

The eight-week conditioning program for indoor track, basketball, skiing and anyone else who wants to get into shape. This is a good opportunity to get a jump on the competition.

The program will focus on the following areas: flexibility, mobility, strength, endurance, speed and mental preparation. The program will be Monday through Thursday, from 3:15 until 4:30 p.m., in the ARHS weight room, from Sept. 16 to Nov. 22. Participants will be given a workout for Friday and Saturday to do on their own.

The program will consist of running, hills, dynamic stretching, static stretching, cardio, and weight lifting.

The full fee is $95, reduced lunch fee is $57 and free lunch fee is $19.

Help needed at Littleville, Chester libraries

HUNTINGTON — Library volunteers are needed this year to help at Littleville and Chester Elementary Schools.

Littleville Elementary School Library is looking for parent or community volunteers to come in one (or two) times a week, for a morning or an afternoon shift, to work with our students and teachers during their library visits. This work can include things like reading to students, helping students find books, checking books out to students, and book repairs. We are looking for people for both Monday and Wednesday shifts, from either 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or both.

Chester Elementary School’s Library schedule is still being determined, but Fridays are expected to still be on the schedule.

If you’re interested, contact Bill Brown at, or Nicole Daviau at, or stop by the school and let the office know.

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