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Turners Falls News

The Turners Falls students are always on the move. Whether it’s sporting events, academic competitions, or helping in the community, we want to spotlight some of the great ways we stay active. And parents will often find some helpful tips here on our News page as well. Stop by frequently to see what we’re up to!


Alumni Association Golf Tournament

The third annual Turners Falls High School (TFHS) alumni association golf tournament is on Saturday, October 6 at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club. The cost is $65 per person and includes a cart and hot dogs. Proceeds from this event will help pay for activities supported by the TFHS alumni association. Please see our golf tournament flyer for more information.


TFHS Classroom Visit

Our child growth and development class had some special visitors on Friday, June 15! Jackie, age four, and Hannah, age two, joined us for a very fun day. Thank you for visiting!

Click to view more photos of our special class visitors!


Great Softball Season

We want to congratulate our softball team for advancing to the championship game in the Western Mass Tournament! We are very proud of the fantastic season they have had! Great job!

Softball team


TFHS Maker Lab Trail Signs

Students marking forest trailsLast fall a group of students in the Turners Falls High School Maker Lab designed and made trail signs for the Gill Town Forest, and this spring the signs were posted. Principal Annie Leonard thought the students involved in making the signs should get a chance to see the disposition of their handiwork, and so on Friday, June 8 a group of six students and their teacher, Brian Lamore, visited the Gill Town Forest to see the trail signs and get a guided tour of the nature trails and surrounding ecosystem.

In making the signs, the students researched what type of wood would be best for use in an outdoor environment yet would not be too cost prohibitive. They settled on cedar, and during the manufacturing process the students learned how to use a router, primed and painted the letters, and managed quality control.

Gill Town Forest committee co-chairs Amy Gordon and Paul Sievert, a biology professor at UMass, provided the trail guidance and lent their expertise regarding the flora and fauna. Gordon’s dog, Marji, also came along to explore the ponds and befriend a few squirrels.

What did the students think? Junior Mireya said, “It was nice being in nature. I was kind of surprised how good the signs looked.” Ninth grader Haleigh said, “It was interesting learning about the invasive species, and the signs looked beautiful.”

At the trailhead off of Hoe Slop Road is a kiosk, also made by Turners Falls High School students, with a trail map and brochures. Gordon has a need for more trail signs and some bird houses and plans to have the TFHS students make these as well.


Senior Walk Through

The Class of 2018 visited GFMS, Hillcrest, Sheffield, Gill, and Erving schools on May 31 on the third annual Senior Walk Through, greeting siblings, cousins, former teachers, and enjoying cheers and congratulations from younger students along the way. 

The Greenfield Recorder captured the special spirit of the day in this article covering the event.

Click to view more photos of graduating seniors


A Message from our School Counselor

The guidance department has been busy planning activities to help your child with their post-secondary planning. Please visit the news section of our Guidance page for a full list of these exciting events.