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Mount Greylock Committee Recognizes Top Scholar, Reorganizes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Amelia Murphy was recognized this month as a "top scholar and an active participant in the classroom and the school community."   District Superintendent Kimberley Grady gave Murphy a Certificate of Academic Excellence during the monthly meeting of the School Committee.   "[Murphy] commands a great deal of respect from her peers and faculty for her level of maturity, integrity and enthusiasm for learning," Grady said.   She said Murphy's active life in and out of school includes hiking, gardening, rowing, Nordic skiing and karate. And with a primary academic interest in science,

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Schools Announce Recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:20PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Berkshire County Schools are now announcing the names of students who have received the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. Schools are encouraged to send their lists to info@iberkshires.com to recognize their students in this space.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides merit-based credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university (with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

In order for a student to qualify, they must score "advanced" on their grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics tests or

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Taconic Rain Garden Dedicated to Late Maxymillian Employee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Brian Simard PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A rain garden at the new Taconic High School is being dedicated in memory of one of the workers who helped build it.    Brian Simard was J.H. Maxymillian Co. employee who was killed in a worksite accident just over a year ago at the age of 26.   The School Committee voted last week to place a plaque near the rain gardens in the North Adams native's memory.   "We all felt it was really appropriate to honor the memory of this young man whose profession really took off on this construction site with a memorial by the first project he was really in charge of himself," Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Finale Performances Run Nov. 21-24
01:19PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — The annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare is back, bringing hundreds of teenagers from 10 area high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company.

Beginning on Nov. 21, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the award-winning program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties for nine weeks. 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 Fall Festival of Shakespeare is nationally recognized for its innovative teaching, emotional

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Pittsfield School Committee Mourns Faculty Losses
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, November 21, 2019
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The School Committee meets Wednesday night at Pittsfield High School. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield School Committee remembered Taconic High School teacher Kevin Harrington on Wednesday night.    Before opening up its meeting Wednesday, the committee members held their typical moment of silence but made a special mention of Harrington who passed just last week.   "We want to remember the very sudden and tragic loss of Kevin Harrington a special education teacher at Taconic," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said. "He was just that: a special man, a special teacher, a special mentor, and a special friend to many."   Harrington collapsed in a

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Education Task Force Continues Study on Countywide School District
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:02AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is trying to anticipate potential problems on the pathway to a unified county school district.    The task force meeting at Berkshire Regional Planning's office Saturday morning certainly didn't solve any problems but did try to outline where those challenges may arise.    As with all other education initiatives the first hurdle they have is money. More specifically the lack of it.   "The full proposal we pitched (to the state Department of Education) was $420,000 for each of the first three years and then another $250,000 for each of the next two," said outgoing Lee

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20 New McCann Graduates Welcomed Into Nursing Profession
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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See more photos of Monday's pinning ceremony here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Billie Allard opened her arms wide on Monday to welcome the newest cadre into the nursing profession.    Calling on other nurses in the gym at McCann Technical School to stand and be noted, the keynote speaker at Monday night's pinning ceremony told the 20 licensed practical nursing graduates that she had no idea what her life would become after her own pinning ceremony years ago.    "I have never regretted for one moment the decision I made nurses has nursing has helped me develop a deep and abiding love and appreciation for every person each day and each moment as

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PHS to Determine Reopening This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Friday, November 15, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With cleanup ongoing, administrators will decide this weekend if Pittsfield High School will open Monday after a water line break.   Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless said families will receive a call Sunday letting them know whether or not school will reconvene Monday.   "We are optimistic," McCandless said Friday.   The school was dismissed early Thursday after a pipe burst causing water damage in the building.   According to the Berkshire Eagle, the pipe burst in the dome of the building causing damage in the center rooms on the second and third floors.    McCandless said clean up is still under way.

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Taconic High Community Mourns Sudden Loss of Teacher, Coach
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:51PM / Friday, November 15, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The school community is mourning the sudden loss of Taconic High School teacher Kevin Harrington, 38.   Harrington, a special education teacher and coach, collapsed Wednesday in a classroom at the school after a medical incident.   "Our students lost a teacher with an infectious optimism, a ready smile, and a constant willingness to help his colleagues and students alike," Superintendent Jason McCandless said in a statement. "He was a true champion for all students, including students who most needed a champion. To know Mr. Harrington was to love and respect him. He taught in the school he graduated from and loved, and he will be

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
03:52PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 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

Kobby Asare, Cole Leggett, Nicholas

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