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Tyer Meets With Herberg's Future Leaders
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:00AM / Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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The students asked Mayor Linda Tyer to visit the program to discuss leadership. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — How do you handle negativity? That's what seventh-grader Ella asked Mayor Linda Tyer on Monday afternoon.   The mayor responded:   "I make a choice -- and this is important for leadership -- to approach my work with an attitude of optimism. If I felt negative about everything, I would just be stuck. I wouldn't be able to think clearly or view my city with a positive lens.   "What I think is that people in our city work really hard, everyone does their very best, you come to school or parents go to work, so it is my job to work just as hard and to

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests

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Miss Hall's Students Chosen for Music Festival
02:27PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three Berkshire County students are among the six Miss Hall's School musicians and vocalists selected to perform at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Western District Festival Concert in January.

Cellist Trudy Fadding, a senior from Glendale, and violinist Ria Kedia, a junior from Pittsfield, will perform with the festival's District Orchestra, and vocalist Andi Loehr, a senior from Pittsfield, will sing with the District Chorus. Additionally, vocalists Chelsie Li, a sophomore from Beijing; Scarlett Wang, a senior from Shanghai; and Riagain Wiley, a junior from the Bronx, N.Y., will sing with the District Chorus.

The Miss Hall's

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Home From Afghanistan, Mount Greylock Vice Principal Settling In
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, December 06, 2018
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Schutz speaks to the young students about personal responsibility and the school climate. He says he's still acclimating to the new school.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Vice Principal Jacob Schutz welcomed the class of 2024 to the middle-high school on Wednesday, even as the Mount Greylock community continued to welcome Schutz back to the United States.   Schutz addressed the 120-member class of seventh-graders in a midday meeting in the school's gymnasium, on his third day back after serving a year in the National Guard.   "I've been at Mount Greylock for five or six years," he told the 12- and 13-year-olds by way of

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Pittsfield Hones in On Curbing School Violence
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Thursday, November 29, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A line in the proverbial sand has been drawn when it comes to school violence.   Superintendent Jason McCandless released a video message a little over a week ago saying violence in the city's school system will not be tolerated.   The message came on the heels of increased violence in schools not only in Pittsfield but throughout the nation. On Wednesday, the School Committee joined in, backing McCandless' message that the city is not willing to accept it.   "Fighting and putting hands on one another is never ever going to be an acceptable answer in this school," McCandless said on Wednesday when discussing his message with the

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College Notes: September - December 2018
06:07PM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Lasell students during a service-learning trip in Ecuador this summer. Hannah King was one of 13 students selected to participate in an environmental service-learning trip to Ecuador with this past summer.   King, of Pittsfield, worked with faculty and peers to support sustainable agricultural practices in the country. The group spent their time in Ecuador living with local communities and immersing in their culture. Students helped to build brick ovens, create tiles and shingles, and clear mountainside debris.   In preparation for the two-week trip, King and their classmates participated in a semester-long course this spring. Students learned about Ecuador's

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Eight Graduate From McCann Practical Nursing Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Susan Watson is retiring after six years leading the program. See more photos from Monday's ceremony here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Monday night was bittersweet for the McCann Technical School community with the celebration of the latest class of nursing graduates also saying goodbye to the woman who has led the program for six years.

The eight students from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program bid goodbye to the school and to retiring Program Coordinator Susan Watson during the pinning ceremony.

"Throughout the year, all of you have reaffirmed why I love teaching, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your enthusiasm and have many memorable moments," Watson said.

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Berkshire Community College Hires, Promotes Staff
01:55PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced a number of changes in personnel at the college.

Toni Buckley has accepted the role of director of Alumni Relations. Previously, Buckley coordinated the Roads Scholar program for the college this summer, and for much of last year she worked with faculty on a Mass Humanities grant. She oversaw the Berkshire Immigrants Stories that encouraged immigrants to share their experiences of coming to this country. Buckley is also serving on the Human Rights Commission in Pittsfield and the Four Freedoms Coalition. She has a master's equivalent degree from the University for Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, in

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:50PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

Persephone Clark, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Celebrates 30 Years
10:58PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare will bring hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. 

Beginning on Nov. 15, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the nine-week program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully-produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities. 

The weekend before, Nov. 8-11, the high schools will stage

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