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Nate Kimball slides a corn maze scavenger hunt clue into a sign post at Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton on July 22, 2014.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

Beech Hill Farm in Hopkinton prepares its annual corn mazes

Saturday, July 26, 2014

An ancient tradition is alive in the corn fields of Hopkinton. This week, the Kimball family put the finishing touches on Beech Hill Farm’s annual mazes. The theme of this year’s biggest maze is Greek mythology: its corn corridors are filled with facts and clues about ancient Greek gods that direct participants through the maze, designed to resemble a labyrinth. … 0

N.H. college, university systems see enrollment increase for online classes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

More New Hampshire students are turning to their computers for summer classes, mirroring a broader trend of increasing online enrollment in the state’s university and community college systems. Summer online enrollment in the Community College System of New Hampshire is up 11 percent over last year, said Shannon Reid, spokeswoman for the system, which includes seven colleges. Earlier this week, Chancellor Ross Gittell … 0

Hill School District’s separation from Franklin moves forward

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Hill School District’s separation from Franklin is moving forward. Hill is soliciting requests for proposals from area districts interested in absorbing the town’s small contingent of students. The intent is to enter into an exclusive contract with a district that would ensure all eligible students in grades seven through 12 would be enrolled and educated by the receiving district. The initial 10-year … 0

Deaf salutatorian overcomes isolation, obstacles in Franklin

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Born hard of hearing, Carter Henry was never going to breeze to his goal of graduating near the top of his high school class. But by December, Carter had grinded his way to the No. 2 ranking by … 0

Obama holds up Mass. technical school as model for U.S.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Saluting graduates as they leave the safety of high school behind, President Obama held up a revitalized New England technical school yesterday as a model for the United States in an increasingly competitive global workforce. At Worcester Technical … 0

Gates Foundation: Delay using test scores to evaluate teachers

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Obama administration is resisting mounting calls for a moratorium on using student test scores to evaluate teachers, students and schools. On Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has invested more than $200 million to create, support and implement the Common Core State Standards, said states … 0

Ray Duckler: Administrators weigh in on a smoking topic

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

They might have felt like Red Auerbach, the late Celtics legend, while puffing on those cigars. In the end, though, they were more red-faced than anything else. I’m talking about the two high school lacrosse players in Massachusetts … 0

Judge strikes down California teacher tenure

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A judge struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s public school teachers as unconstitutional yesterday, saying such laws harm students – especially poor and minority ones – by saddling them with bad teachers who are almost … 3

Quarter of NEC’s full-time faculty take early retirement

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

More than a quarter of the full-time undergraduate faculty at New England College has accepted voluntary, early retirement packages offered by the private, Henniker-based school. The early retirement option is one of several steps the college is taking to ensure it is innovative and sustainable over the long … 1

Merrimack Valley School District in final planning stages of Safe Routes to School project

Monday, June 9, 2014

Almost five years after applying for federal Safe Routes to School money, the Merrimack Valley School District is in the final planning stages for its major project. The proposal for Boscawen Elementary School includes installing 1,165 feet of new sidewalk on B.E.S.T. Avenue, where grass and hardpack straddle … 3

With success already under their belts, Hopkinton’s Class of 2014 graduates

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Clad in green and white robes, 83 graduating Hopkinton High School students sat side by side in the Durgin Arena barn last night. On stage, they looked out at adoring family members and friends crowded into the seats … 0

Merrimack Valley School Board names David Miller new principal

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Like its search for a new superintendent, the Merrimack Valley School Board’s efforts to find a new principal ended in the Kearsarge Regional School District. The school board recently unanimously approved the hiring of David Miller, assistant principal at Kearsarge Regional High School, to replace Michael Jette, who … 0

Affordability, access, prosperity among new NHTI president’s focus

Friday, June 6, 2014

Growing enrollment, enhancing operational performance and promoting programs that support a strong state and regional economy will be the early focus of Dr. Susan Dunton’s tenure as NHTI’s newest president, the board of trustees for the Community College … 0