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38 Graduate From The Adult Learning Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ckahlysia Walker's grandmother was pretty much destined to fail.    It was some 60 years ago in South Carolina when she found out she was pregnant in an environment rigged against her. She hadn't finished high school. She left that behind and moved to New Jersey, started her family there, and ultimately got a job she could work at for the next 30 years to support her family.    Last year, Ckahlysia hadn't completed high school either but she didn't face the same situation as her grandmother. She listened to her grandmother's stories and wisdom and Walker made a promise to her grandmother that she'd

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Berkshire Country Day School Holds Grade 8 Awards Ceremony
04:00PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated its seventh- and eighth-graders at an awards and end-of-year closing ceremony held Wednesday, June 13.   Certificates for completing the course of study through eighth grade were presented to Aurora Benson, Symaira Elliott, Donald Miller, and Will St. John, all of Pittsfield; Abbey Boyd of West Stockbridge; Anje Capala of Spencertown, N.Y.; Halle Davies of Lenox; Esme Lazar and Ryan Sonsini, both of Great Barrington; Jamie McDonnell of Old Chatham, N.Y.; Clara Mollerus of  Otis; Keely O'Gorman of Lee; Alex Rodriguez-Benjamin and Sean Sylbert, both

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
02:28PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2018 dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

Alexandria T. Brandon, Justin N. Kaczowski, Laurie A. McArthur, Sonia M. McWhirt, Kelsy M. Pero

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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
02:21PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth 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.

Addison Chen, Terra Lim, Joseph McGovern, Jonathan Nondo,

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Pittsfield Schools Considering Future Consolidations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:14AM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The most recent high water mark for enrollment in the Pittsfield Public Schools was 7,000 students in 1996.

That number is down to 5,491. Schools like Morningside had 658 students then and now have just 374. Conte had 540 and now has 367. Reid Middle School had 803 students compared to 552 today.    "We are 1,500 students lighter than we were in '96 and '97," Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The numbers raise a pretty basic question: Does the city need to have so many individual schools? The district has 12 schools to support 5,491 students. Is it time to consolidate?   "I would say at this point, no. Now is not

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BCC Hires New Director of Academic and Career Advising
10:28AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired George Ambriz as the new director of academic and career advising.

Ambriz moved from Nevada to the area in late May. Previously, he was working as an adviser/success coach at the College of Southern Nevada, a position he has held since 2015. Before that, he was an employer relations coordinator and admissions counselor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from 2006-2015.

He earned an associate's degree from Cochise College in Arizona, a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from Western New Mexico University, and a master's degree in public administration from UNLV. He is currently a doctoral

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Ready Set Learn Renovating St. Martin's Church Into Preschool
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
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The interior is getting a full renovation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ready Set Learn is expanding after purchasing and renovating the former St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Dalton Avenue.   Owner Melissa Fawcett is moving the business from a residential home on Virginia Avenue to the former church in time for the next school year.   Currently, the renovations are underway, creating three classrooms and play space. The preschool is also fundraising to build a playground outside.   "The biggest thing for us was the indoor play space. We don't have a gym and in the winter you are inside a lot. They are little and they need to play. So we liked that there was

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Lanesborough Sixth-Graders Have Plan For Berkshire Mall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:02AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Sixth-graders Tyler Hynes-Drumm and Riley Babcock understand the impact the struggling Berkshire Mall has on the town.   "This issue is important because," Riley told the Board of Selectmen on Monday and Tyler finished the sentence, "our town income is lower because the mall had just a big impact on our community."   "When it is gone, we have to pay higher taxes and tourist may stop visiting," Riley said.   The pair had sat down with Assessor Kelly Tolisano, who explained to them that the mall is valued at $19.5 million, resulting in a tax bill of $417,000 — a number that is significantly down from the mall's

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College Notes: June 2018
03:37PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior atin Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.

Graduations Theat Durham awarded degrees to the following students during commencement exercises in May. Ryan Nagelschmidt of Pittsfield earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering Amanda McLeod of Dalton earned her master of science in natural resources and environmental economics Ellen Ross of Dalton earned a bachelor of science in occupational therapy, summa cum laude Kayla Goodwin of Williamstown earned a bachelor of arts in sociology

Elizabeth Mitts of Lenox

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'Bold' PHS Class of 2018 Ready to Take on the Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:36PM / Sunday, June 10, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless doesn't think the Pittsfield High School Class of 2018 is very bashful.   "You are not a shy group, Class of 2018. You've never held back your thoughts on your teachers, administrators, or me. The class of 2018 was not shy about emailing the superintendent," McCandless said.   He recalled receiving this email from Jonathan Zunitch, "Dear Dr. McCandless, lots of snow, lots of students going to bed late tonight, roads are looking pretty rough out there, 🤔." And jokingly said he'd be calling Zunitch next year at 4 in the morning asking for advice on whether or not to call a snow

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