Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time on Learning feedback

Dear Amherst Families:
After receiving input from families and staff members, the district has identified three possible options that meet the Time on Learning requirements from the state. All options would maintain the current levels of recess time per week and a weekly rotation of "specials" for 40 minutes daily. 
Please note that our current schedule is:
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:40-3:05
Wed: 8:40-1:20
Please offer feedback on the three options by clicking this link by the end of the day on Monday, February 4. The full Time on Learning report can be found at:
Michael Morris                                                              Kathy MazurDirector of Evaluation and Assessment                    Director of Human Resources
Queridas Familias de Amherst:
Después de recibir los resultados de la encuesta de las familias y empleados, el distrito ha identificado tres posibles opciones que cumplen con los requisitos de tiempo de aprendizaje del estado. Todas las opciones mantienen los niveles existentes de tiempo de recreo por semana y la rotación semanal de las clases "especiales" durante 40 minutos diarios.
Nuestro itinerario actual es:
lunes, martes, jueves y viernes: 8:40-3:05
miércoles: 8:40-1:20
Por favor, ofrezca comentarios sobre las tres opciones siguientes haciendo clic aquíal final de la jornada del Lunes, 04 de febrero. El informe completo sobre el Tiempo de Aprendizaje puede ser encontrado en:
Michael Morris                                                         Kathy MazurDirector de Evaluación y Pruebas                        Directora de Recursos Humanos

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Music series at the library

The Jones Library presents QUATTRO COR: From the Forest to the Concert Hall--A History of the Horn. Saturday February 9, 2013, at 10:30 AM in the Woodbury Room. For ages 4 to 10 and their families.
            Hornists Jean Jeffries, Rebecca Krause-Hardie, Christine Mortensen, and Margot Rowland take a fun and lively look at the horn from its early use outdoors to its arrival and development in the concert hall. Featuring garden hose, conch shell, alphorn, natural and modern horns.
This performance will combine lecture, music and demonstration.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Jones Library System and The Amherst Cultural Council.

LSSE message

Jan. 29, 201-
For immediate release
AMHERST- Future Bernadette Peters and Matt Brodericks can display their talents through the  "Youth on Broadway, " a Musical Theater Performance Project.
The new Amherst LSSE Department class provides local talented youth a chance to shine with songs and staging from some of the Big White Way's best loved shows, such as "The Sound of Music," "Annie," "Oliver" and "Grease."
The musical theater performance class is for students in grades 4-12. The program ends with aprofessional quality  Musical Theater Revue June 1 and 2.
The Performance Project is taught by former New York City professional actress Becca Greene-Van Horn and award-winning musical director Cynthia Naughton.  
 Auditions for the performance project will be held Feb. 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bangs Center. Students should prepare an audition song perferably from the musical theater repertoire. Call 259-3065 for an audition appointment.
If cast in the show and class, the registration fee is $150. The class will meet Sundays from Feb. 24 to May 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bangs Center.
For information call (413) 230-3811 or  

kids' basketball clinic

Afterschool enrichment

The Amherst Afterschool Program is pleased to announce several unique and fun opportunities. Students registered in the Amherst Afterschool Program can enjoy:
·       Book-making with artists and educators from the Eric Carle Museum.
·       Yoga (based on the "Earth Child" project) with Jill Isabelle, Assistant Director of Fitness/Wellness at UMASS. 
·       "Bomba to Breakdance" dance instruction with integrated cultural arts & crafts.
·       Creative Theater Workshop, presented by well-known artist and drama therapist Becca Greene Van-Horne.
·       Jewelry making with the Eric Carle Museum’s Sarah Johnston.
Please contact the program site director at Crocker Farm, Fort River or Wildwood or call Jim Regan at 413-362-1818 for more information. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sundaes for Sheet Music

Sundaes for
Sheet Music!

An ice cream party to benefit the Band and Orchestra Programs at Crocker Farm

Featuring Flayvors of Cook Farm Ice Cream, Homemade Hot Fudge and Whipped Cream. 

Sundaes $2.50

Thursday, January 31st in the CF Cafeteria.

Immediately following 
the Band & Orchestra Concert.

All proceeds to benefit the Band and Orchestra Programs at CF.

Regionalization of the elementary schools

If you'd like to learn more about the possibility of the regionalization of the Amherst elementary schools, the Regional School District Planning Board has issued a press release here.  They REALLY want community input so please attend the Saturday, Feb. 2nd, meeting in the Amherst Regional Middle School auditorium from 1-3 p.m.  Let them know your thoughts, ideas, questions, concerns....

Can't make that one?  How about on Wednesday, Feb. 13th, in the Amherst Regional High School library at 7 p.m.?

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Help youth art thrive...

February break idea...

Time on Learning report

Interested in learning more about the time spent on learning report recently issued about the Amherst elementary schools?

The first sentence of its conclusion reads: "As Amherst reviews the structured time on learning in the Amherst Elementary Schools, it is evident that the required minimum of 900 hours is not being met and adjustments are needed."

Click here to read more.

Principal search committee update

Four CF parents have been chosen to participate in the search committee for a new principal.

Please click on the image to enlarge it and learn more about the process.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fund to help families in Rolling Green fire

A fund was just set up at Florence Savings Bank to collect donations for families who lost their homes in the Rolling Green fire 

Rolling Green Fire Fund
Florence Savings Bank

385 College Street
Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 586-1300

Time on Learning -- Tiempo de Aprendizaje

Survey link:

TODAY is the deadline for submitting the time on learning survey.

Mike Morris and Kathy Mazur will be making a report to the Amherst School Committee on options for the district to make up the documented learning time gap at the Feb 5th School Committee meeting.

The consultants' report regarding time for learning and how the district is under the mandatory 900 hours per year of learning time is available here:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fun for kids at the Jones Library (Downtown Amherst)

The Jones Library is hosting children’s activities in February and March. Registration is required for both events. For more info please contact Evie Tomie (Jones Library Children’s Department) at

On Saturday,  February 20, children are invited to attend the American Girl Doll Tea in the Woodbury Room from 3-4:30pm.  Please bring your dolls and participate in a special craft. Space is limited and volunteers will be on hand to assist the young guests.

On February 9 & March 9 the Lego Club will meet in the Woodbury Room from 3-4:30pm. Children will have the opportunity to build structures with Legos and socialize with other participants.   Volunteers will be available to help the children with their projects.

Help for family in need

We are collecting household supplies for the family who lost everything, includung their cars, on Leverett Rd. earlier this month in a fire.

Included in this list are all needed items for the family. You can choose to donate as many as you wish. Donations will be accepted in North Amherst, Friday through Sunday morning, this week. Once you sign-up, detailed drop off information will be provided. 

Please sign-up with your name, email and phone number so we can get in contact with further information.  

Thank you so much for your support! 
Shannon and Meg

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for Peshkov Household Supplies - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. Contact Meg:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Elementary school regionalization discussions

The entire Amherst school district, not just the middle and high schools, may become regionalized with Leverett, Shutesbury, and Pelham by the school year beginning in 2014.

Want to learn more?  Read this article in the Springfield Republican.  Or come to the meeting where consultants studying the issue will present their findings: Saturday, February 2nd, 1-3 at the Amherst Regional Middle School.  At that meeting you can ask ALL the questions you want.

Crocker Java in the office!

Are you looking for an easy way to support the Crocker Farm PGO? In the front office you will find a box full of lovely, fresh, organic, fair-trade coffee specially roasted for Crocker Farm by the amazing Dean's Beans. We currently have ground regular and decaf as well as hot cocoa. Every purchase contributes a few dollars to our PGO! Just help yourself from the box and put you cash or check in the envelope, no need to fill out an order form!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Coffee with the Principals

This Friday!


Agenda for Jan 22nd School Committees Meeting

JOINT Meeting of the AMHERST, PELHAM & REGIONAL School Committees
7:00 PM
TUESDAY—January 22, 2013
Library, Amherst Regional High School
  1. Welcome (7:00 p.m.)
    1. Call to Order
    2. Agenda Review
    3. Approve Minutes
  1. Announcements and Public Comment (7:05 p.m.)
  1. New & Continuing Business
    1. Superintendent’s Mid-Cycle Goals Review (7:15 p.m.)
    2. SSO Report (8:00 p.m.)
    3. Accept Gifts (8:45 p.m.)
  1. Subcommittee Reports (8:50 p.m.)
    1. RSDPB Update
  1. School Committee Planning (9:00 p.m.)
    1. Calendar
    2. Items for Future Agendas
  1. Other business not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
  2.    Adjournment (9:15 p.m.)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Time on Learning -- Tiempo de Aprendizaje

Survey link:

January 18, 2013
TO:       Amherst Elementary Families
FROM: Mike Morris and Kathy Mazur
RE:       Time on Learning
Dear Amherst Families:
Last February, the Amherst School Committee voted to have a Time-on-Learning study completed to analyze the elementary school day.  That report was recently completed by New England School Development Council (NESDEC). 
Massachusetts General Laws mandate 900 hours per year of instruction for elementary schools.  The report found that our students are receiving fewer than 900 hours of instruction.  Due to this information, we will need to make changes for the fall of 2013 to ensure that our students are receiving the mandated amount of instruction.  Please note that this is absolutely no fault of our hard-working and talented staff.
We want to reach out to you to see if you have ideas or opinions about how to shift our schedule to increase instructional hours.  Please click the following link to offer ideas on how we might adjust our schedule to get to 900 hours.  A similar survey will also be going out to the staff at each school.
The deadline for your responses is Friday, January 25.  We will be presenting recommendations to mitigate the current shortfall of hours to the Amherst School Committee at their February 5th meeting.
Michael Morris                                                                                  Kathy Mazur
Director of Evaluation and Assessment                                  Director of Human Resources
18 de enero del 2013
A:             Familias de las Escuelas de Amherst
DE:           Mike Morris and Kathy Mazur
ASUNTO: Tiempo de Aprendizaje
Queridas Familias de Amherst
En febrero pasado, el Comité Escolar de Amherst votó a favor de tener un estudio del tiempo de aprendizaje (Time-on-Learning) de los estudiantes durante el día escolar de las escuelas  elemental es.   Dicho informe fue completado recientemente por el Consejo de Desarrollo de Escuelas de Nueva Inglaterra  (New England School Development Council-NESDEC).
Las Leyes Generales de Massachusetts exigen que hayan 900 horas de enseñanza cada año para las escuelas elementales.  El informe descubrió  que nuestros  estudiantes están recibiendo menos de 900 horas de instrucción.   Debido a esta información, tendremos que hacer cambios para el otoño del 2013 para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes están recibiendo la cantidad obligatoria de horas de enseñanza. Tenga en cuenta que ésto es por causas ajenas a nuestro personal, quienes son muy trabajadores y talentosos.
Deseamos saber si ustedes  tienen ideas u opiniones acerca de cómo cambiar el horario para aumentar las horas de instrucción. Por favor, haga clic en el siguiente enlace para ofrecer ideas sobre cómo podemos ajustar nuestro horario para llegar a 900 horas. Haremos una encuesta similar con el personal de cada escuela.
La fecha límite para las respuestas de ésta encuesta es el viernes, 25 de enero. Estaremos presentando recomendaciones para mitigar el déficit de horas  para el Comité Escolar de Amherst en su reunión del 5 de febrero.
Michael Morris                                                                                  Kathy Mazur
Director de Evaluación y Pruebas                                             Directora de Recursos Humanos

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thank you for helping us celebrate Dr. King!

Many thanks to all of the teachers, administrators, parents, guardians and grandparents who helped out at this morning's class breakfasts to celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hats off to all of the performers!

Thanks for helping us keep the work of Dr. King Jr. alive in our hearts and our minds!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Musical opportunity

New at the Red Barn -- Orff Music!

Mundito Music for Pre-K's and K's
with Leigh Salvage

FREE DEMO CLASS January 19, 9:30 AM

Leigh Salvage, MEd uses her training in Orff Music, her years of experience as a classroom music teacher, and her love of music and movement of all kinds in her group, Mundito Music & Movement of Many Cultures for Pre-K's and K's.

The Orff Approach is based on learning through play. It has four stages: imitation, exploration, improvisation, and composition. By the end of the session children are composing their own songs and dances -- based on the different cultures introduced in class.

Includes a Songbook and CD of songs you can sing at home.

"I'm excited to work with the children's creativity as we compose, write & improv together! We sing Spanish, Chinese & French language songs.
"We dance, play rhythm games, have an opening friendship circle, instrument play & more. It will feel like pure fun and yet their little musical brains and bodies will be exploding with development!

FREE DEMO CLASS January 19, 9:30 AM

Mundito Music & Movement

Meets on Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:15
at the Amherst Red Barn Music School
409 Main St, Amherst, MA
across from the Amtrak station

Ten weeks starting January 26
$125 for ten weeks.

Low-income sliding-scale fee available,

Late starts up to Feb 9, pro-rated.

Instruments used in class are available

for purchase.

Feel free to call the Red Barn at 413-256-8899

Hosts needed for Japanese students

Hi, sorry if this is a duplicate e-mail!!! We have some great kids (around 15 to 16 yo) coming in from Japan from 3/22 through 3/28 or 3/27--have to double check. They shadow high schoolers, go to Boston and hang with host families. We've been doing this for several years and Becky has made some great friends she still corresponds with. Mark Jackson has been nice enough to have them shadow at ARHS last year and more than likely this year also. You are responsible for feeding them but treating them just like you do your own kids--they just want to be integrated into our's really cool and these kids are kind and respectful. You get a stipend of $30/day (for 2 students--I believe most of them come in pairs from this group) and they have been coming every year from this school. It's through a company called PeopleLink and I help recruit and then teach English if they are around longer than this homestay..also they bring their own money if you want to go out to eat or anywhere else so you don't have to pay for anything but their food...they also sleep anywhere--it's weird but we've had kids sleep on mattresses on the floor, air mattresses---even with beds available.
We also have a welcome party and a farewell party so everyone can get together (in Amherst area) and on weekends you can get together with any friends who host to do things (Yankee Candle, etc.)
Many of you have hosted in the past, and if you can help or know of someone who can please let me know-and if you want to opt out of any of my e-mails just let me know and I'll take you off the list-
Thanks so much!!
Diane Caraker (Becky's mom)
PeopleLink Rep

Baked goods needed for Thursday morning

This Thursday, the 17th of January marks our school-wide celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Crocker Farm Elementary.

In order to make the day special, we host a breakfast for each grade level beginning at 9:15am and running in half hour intervals. 

We are asking parents, guardians and grandparents to please consider donating a dozen baked goods.  We welcome muffins, quiches, scones, tarts -- anything you think the kids would enjoy as an addition to the scrambled eggs we've asked the school cafeteria to provide.

The all-school assembly takes place at 1:30pm on the 17th in the cafeteria.

Please feel free to sign in at the front office and join in the celebration.  We also need parents, guardians and grandparents to help serve at the breakfast.


Hosts needed

ITD , once again will host the program “Study of the U.S. Institutes for Western Hemisphere Student Leaders” in January/February 2013, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

An important component of the ITD Winter Institute is spending a weekend with a local family. The homestay weekend is scheduled for January 18/19 or 19/20. Students enjoy immensely their interaction with local families. They particularly enjoy sharing their culture with American families and discussing the differences and similarities between the two. Meeting their homestay family is usually one of the highlights of their time here in the US.

This winter’s group will be comprised of students from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. They all speak English. They are highly motivated individuals who have gone through a competitive application process to be selected to be a part of this Winter Institute. The students’ fields of study include Business Administration, International Relations, Economics, Education, Law, Communication Studies, Accounting, and Social Work. Many are very active in extra-curricular activities and love practicing their English skills.

If you are interested in hosting one or two student leaders for an overnight or would like more information on ITD, please call Kaye Dougan at 413.256.1925. Or email at:
This is an excellent opportunity to experience a cross-cultural exchange with great student leaders from Latin America. Students live at the ITD House on 8 Sunset Avenue, Amherst for the 4 weeks that they are here.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Celebrate Chinese New Year - Year of the SNAKE

LSSE Drama and Art Offerings

Agenda for Jan 15, 2013 School Committee Meeting

AGENDA for Regular Meeting of AMHERST School Committee
7:00 PM, TUESDAY—January 15, 2013
Amherst Regional High School
1. Welcome (7:00 p.m.)
    A. Call to Order
    B. Agenda Review
    C. Approve Minutes—December 18, 2012
2. Public Comments
3. Superintendent’s Update 
4. New and Continuing Business
    A. NESDEC Structured Time on Learning Report
    B. FY14 Budget Presentation                  
5. Subcommittee Reports
    A. RSDPB Update                                                           
6. School Committee Planning
    A. Calendar
    B. Items for Future Agendas
7. Adjournment

Friday, January 11, 2013

CF new principal search

Dear Staff and Parents/Guardians of Crocker Farm School,

You are probably aware that we are seeking a permanent principal to lead Crocker Farm Schoolbeginning July 1, 2013.  The position will be advertised over the next few weeks in local, regional and national newspapers and journals, with an application deadline of February 8, 2013.  A Screening Committee is being appointed which will include 3 teachers, 1 member of the support staff, and 4 parents/guardians.  As Director of Human Resources for the district, I will lead the Screening Committee.  Michael Morris, former Crocker Farm Principal and Director of Educator Evaluation and Assessment will also serve on the Screening Committee.  If you are interested in participating on the Screening Committee as a staff member or you are a parent/guardian of a Crocker Farm student, please call me at 413-362-1803 or email me at to let me know of your interest in serving on the Screening Committee.  

As the process gets underway, I would like to get your feedback about Crocker Farm, including guidance about the qualities and characteristics the community should be seeking in a new leader.  Could you please take a few moments to answer the following questions?  Responses may be submitted via email directly to me or returned to me at my office in the Regional Middle School or returned to Crocker Farm with your student.  I would like to receive your responses no later than January 18.  Thank you.

1.  What are the strengths and successes of Crocker Farm School? 

2.  What are the topics, issues, or goals that you think should be addressed in the coming years atCrocker Farm School?

3.  What are the characteristics you hope to see in the new Principal of Crocker Farm School? 

4.  Please share with us your role/roles in the Crocker Farm Elementary School Community.
 Parent/Guardian                             Professional Staff Member                  Support Staff Member
Thank you for completing this survey.

I will keep you informed as the process unfolds and hope you will participate in one or more evening forums when we reach the stage that finalists are invited to meet staff and families.  Such forums are likely to occur in early March. 

Kathryn Mazur
Director of Human Resources

Querido personal profesional y padres/guardianes de la Escuela Crocker Farm,

Ustedes probablemente están conscientes de que estamos buscando un principal permanente para dirigir la Escuela Crocker Farm a partir de 1 de julio de 2013. La posición se anunciará durante las próximas semanas en los periódicos locales, revistas regionales y nacionales, con un plazo de solicitud de 8 de febrero de 2013. Un comité de escrutinio se nombrara, el cual incluirá tres maestros, un miembro del personal de apoyo, y 4 padres/guardianes. Como Directora de recursos humanos del distrito, voy a dirigir el comité de escrutinio. Michael Morris, principal anterior de Crocker Farm y el director de evaluación educador y valoración también será miembro del comité de escrutinio. Si usted está interesado en participar en el comité de escrutinio como miembro del personal o usted es un padre/guardián de un estudiante de Crocker Farm, por favor llámeme a 413-362-1803 o por correo electrónico a para hacerme saber de su interés en formar parte del comité de escrutinio.

Ya que el proceso se pone en marcha, me gustaría recibir sus comentarios sobre Crocker Farm, incluida la orientación sobre las cualidades y características de la comunidad debe estar buscando en un nuevo líder. ¿Por favor, podría usted tomar unos minutos para contestar las siguientes preguntas? Las respuestas pueden ser enviadas por correo electrónico directamente a mí o devuélvalo a mi oficina en la Escuela Regional Secundaria o devuelto a  Crocker Farm con su estudiante. Me gustaría recibir sus respuestas a más tardar el 18 de enero. Gracias.

1. ¿Cuáles son las fortalezas y los éxitos de la Escuela Crocker Farm?

2. ¿Cuáles son los temas, asuntos u objetivos que usted piensa que se deben abordar en los próximos años en la Escuela Crocker Farm?

3. ¿Cuáles son las características que usted espera ver en el nuevo principal de la Escuela Crocker Farm?

4. Por favor, comparta con nosotros su rol/roles en la comunidad de la escuela primaria de Crocker Farm.
 padre/guardián                   miembro personal profesional              miembro personal de apoyo

Gracias por completar esta encuesta.

Os mantendré informados del desarrollo  del proceso y esperamos que participara en uno o varios foros de noche cuando llegamos a la etapa en que los finalistas están invitados a reunirse con el personal y las familias. Estos foros son probables de ocurrir a principio de marzo.

Kathryn Mazur
Directora de Recursos Humanos

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Details for the baseball clinic @ Amherst College

We encourage parents and coaches to attend and observe the instruction and drills. This way, parents and coaches can reinforce correct fundamentals of the player.  

Cost for attending one session: $60
Cost for attending two sessions: $110

To register for the clinic, please fill out and submit the online registration form that can be found at:

Questions call: 413-542-2284

Get ready for BASEBALL - this coming Monday....

Amherst College Baseball

2013 Winter Instructional Clinic


For the 22nd consecutive winter, our coaching staff and players will be conducting an instructional clinic for two different age groups. The purpose of the instructional clinic is to teach individual players baseball skills and techniques.  Players will participate in small groups and will be given individual attention and instruction by college coaches and college players.

The clinic will take place in Calvin Coolidge Cage at Amherst College. Built in 1905 and recently renovated, Coolidge Cage is one of the best indoor baseball facilities in New England. The facility fits a regulation size infield and multiple batting cages. Players must wear sneakers (no spikes) to protect the indoor playing surface. Participants in the hitting session should bring their personal bat and batting helmet if they have one. There will be live hitting stations.  

Session 1 - Hitting Clinic

All Age Groups (ages 9 – 18): Monday, January 14 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
* Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9-13 & 14-18
Session 2 - Pitching & Positional Play (catching, infield, outfield)

All Age Groups (ages 9 – 18): Wednesday, January 16   (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
         * Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9-13 & 14-18
Questions?  Contact Coach Hamm -

Skating session two - about to begin!

Please join the fun and skate with us!
Please share this announcement with your friends, families and neighbors!

The Skating Club of Amherst announces its upcoming January session of its LEARN TO SKATE program.  This program provides a group lesson in the basic skills of figure skating and serves the needs of both the recreational and competitive skater. The curriculum is designed to keep skaters enthusiastic about figure skating from the time they begin lessons until the time they reach their goals. Whether their goal is to achieve Olympic fame or simply enjoy the recreational benefits of skating, the Basic Skills Program is the place to start!  Skaters of all ages and abilities (including adults) are welcome to enroll in this program.

Information for the Learn-to-Skate program:


Questions??  Call Rita Leaman at (413) 253-6388 or e-mail questions to

Interesting opportunity

Camino De Santiago Sampler Tour Offers Spanish Study and Pilgrimage
            Walk the last section of the Camino de Santiago and study Spanish as part of a small group Camino de Santiago Sampler Tour, June 26 – July 3, 2013.  Participants will return with increased Spanish proficiency and motivating curriculum ideas after 8 days/7 nights of experiencing the Camino and all this living museum of Romanesque architecture and medieval history has to offer.
            Leading the group through the green Galician countryside, Alessandra Mucci-Ramos and Judith Northup-Bennett are co-teachers of a multi-level adult education Spanish course in Amherst, MA based on the Camino.  The tour focuses on the last 100 km. of the ancient pilgrimage route so that people have the opportunity to earn the Pilgrim certificate, the Compostelana.
            “This is a sampler tour to give people the opportunity to experience the culture and life of the Camino without committing to the month-long trek from the mountains to Santiago, “said Northup-Bennett.  “The van supported hiking and the 3-day stays in one location let people set their own personal goals for the journey whether hiking, studying Spanish, learning about history or experiencing Spanish life today.”
            For details on the tour go to:  or email Judith Northup-Bennett,