The new school year kicks off in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend with a barbecue.
The annual back to school celebration is Saturday at Blunt Park. It’s free to students, parents and school staff. There will be food, music, and games. Springfield schools communications officer Azell Cavaan said six thousand backpacks stuffed with donated school supplies will be given away.
" Clearly, some of our families will be helped by this financially, but it is for everybody, even if you are not financially strapped. It is a back to school present."
A new school year begins Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts where rising standardized test scores and a falling dropout rate are seen as signs of a turnaround in the struggling public school system. A new test, based on the Common Core educational standards, will be introduced in a majority of the city’s schools next year.
The scores of last year’s MCAS tests given to Springfield school students rose across the board at a higher rate than the gain recorded by school districts statewide, and the dropout rate has fallen more than any other school system in the state.
The Economic and Cultural Development Committee of the Plattsburgh Common Council last night heard an update from the city’s new Community Development Director on a community and waterfront visioning project and other efforts to revitalize the city.
The families of two teenage victims killed in a 2012 car crash have brought lawsuits against a man now in prison for crimes associated with their deaths.
In December, Dennis Drue was sentenced to 5 to 15 years for 58 counts associated with the Saratoga County car crash that killed Shenendehowa High School students Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers and injured Matthew Hardy and Bailey Wind in December 2012.