Springfield Public Schools

New England News
3:51 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Renovated School Has Touches Of The Past And Modern Educational Tools

A classroom in the newly renovated Forest Park Middle School in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

A school building in Springfield, Massachusetts that was originally constructed in 1898 has been transformed into a 21st century learning center.   Classes have resumed at the Forest Park Middle School following a three-year renovation project.

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New England News
12:48 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

New School Year Begins With Plenty Of Challenges

Daniel Warwick, Superintendent of Schools in Springfield, Massachusetts
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20,000 students head back to class Monday in Springfield Massachusetts. The state’s second largest public school system has received almost $14 million in federal funds to put programs in place to close academic achievement gaps.   Daniel Warwick is beginning his second year as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with him about his plans to address the system’s chronic problems.

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New England News
6:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Springfield High School English Teacher Named Mass. Teacher Of The Year

Springfield Central High School teacher Anne Marie Bettencourt with two of her students. Milan Brown(left) and Xavier Restof.
Credit WAMC

A ninth grade English teacher at Springfield Central High School has been singled out for a top honor in her profession in Massachusetts.

Anne Marie Bettencourt said it was a teacher who convinced her to stay in school when she was a student at New Bedford High School. Now she pays it forward as she works in a program to improve the graduation rate at Springfield Central High School where she teaches freshman English.  Bettencourt was introduced as Massachusetts Teacher of The Year at a surprise program on Tuesday in the school’s library.

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New England News
5:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Campaign Unveiled To Convince Children To Stay In School

Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick at the launch of the "Stay In School" initiative at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
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Educators, business leaders, and philanthropists are backing an initiative in Springfield Massachusetts to combat a problem that confounds many urban schools: a  low high school graduation rate.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Committee Formed To Look At School Safety In Springfield

James Ferrera, president of the Springfield City Council announces the formation of the Special Committee on School Safety, as several members of the new committee stand around him.
Credit WAMC

A ten member special committee has been formed in Springfield Massachusetts to investigate  school safety.  The committee has a broad and open- ended assignment.

Springfield City Council President James Ferrera, who named the members of the Special Committee on School Safety on Monday, said he expects the panel will delve deeply into the subject and issue periodic reports and recommendations.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Summer Program Aims To Boost Reading Skills

Classroom activity at Dorman Elementary School in Springfield MA is part of a summer literacy program for children from SHA Robinson Gardens
WAMC

A special summer camp opened today for children from two public housing developments in Springfield Massachusetts.   As WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill tells us the camp is part of an innovative early literacy program.

 

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New England News
9:07 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

New Superintendent Chosen For Springfield MA Public Schools

Daniel Warwick,chosen to be the new Springfield superintendent of schools
WAMC

The second largest public school district in Massachusetts will have a new  superintendent of schools by July 1st.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

            Daniel Warwick, who began his career in education as a teacher in the public schools in Springfield Mass in 1976, and is currently deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the troubled school systems next chief administrator.

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New England News
11:48 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Schools To Give Condoms To Students As Young As 12

The second largest public school system in Massachusetts is going to make condoms available to students as young as 12 beginning this fall. The school committee in Springfield, Thursday night, approved a condom availability policy that proponents say will become  part of a comprehensive effort to combat one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the state. WAMC's  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
       

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