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Activists Press Neal to Support Green New Deal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two dozen protesters Wednesday demonstrated outside the Pittsfield office of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal to encourage him to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal.   Three of the activists — all students at Mount Greylock Regional School in Williamstown — went inside to make their case to a member of Neal's staff.   "A 2013 report predicts that by 2100, the climate here will be like that in South Carolina," junior Maddy Art said. "And also, my grandpa works in [Williams College's] Hopkins Forest. He's a forest biologist, and he's been researching the biodiversity for decades. He uses data that goes back

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Pittsfield Schools to End 'Welcoming Day' For Grades 6 & 9
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The long-standing tradition of "welcome days" is coming to an end in the schools after the state cited the district for not providing enough class time for students.   The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education performed a coordinated program review last year and found that the practice of bringing incoming sixth-graders and ninth-graders in a day earlier to get acclimated to their new schools meant that the other students were falling short of the required 180 days of learning.    "This is indeed a violation of our student's civil rights," Superintendent Jason McCandless said of the citation.   The

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Three Students Receive VFW Scholarships
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 448 recognized three Berkshire County high school students who composed essays on the importance of voting.   Dozens attended the award ceremony Monday held at the American Legion building banquet hall where a combined $2,950 in scholarships were given out to Hannah Berkel, Kailey Sultaire, and Kathrine Wilson.   "We are very proud of you and we placed high-qualifying standards on the recipients of these awards because we believe the winners will have high visibility in the community and will serve as role models," Arnold Perras, commander of VFW Post 448 said. "All of you are a credit to your school and

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Wahconah High Officials Show Deficiencies With Current Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
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DALTON, Mass. — Visitors to Wahconah Regional High School frequently see one of the best football facilities in the county and a packed gymnasium filled with banners and get the impression that nothing needs to change.   But look behind the scenes, and the nearly 60-year-old building has issues, issues that Central Berkshire Regional School District officials hope to address with a new high school.   Last week, Wahconah Principal Aaron Robb conducted a building tour as part of the district's outreach effort in advance of an April 6 bond exclusion vote that will allow the district to move forward with a $70-$74 million project that would be funded in part by the

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:34PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

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Beany, Jeremy; Blake, Hope; Brown, Lauren; Cote, Robert; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, James; Furlon, Krista; Glidden, Nicholas; Goodell, Morgan; Goyette, Megan; Guiden, James; Knapp, Evan; Lesure, Elisha; Marino, Emma; Parks, Samuel; Rondeau, Caleb; Santelli, Jonathan; Tetlow, Aubrey; Vanuni, Kalley; Vigiard, Joseph; Wojcik, Abigail.

Baran, Ryan; Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Caron, Cortney; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Ellis, Natalie 2020,

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Rotary Announces 2018-2019 Service Above Self Award Recipients
01:12PM / Friday, February 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Rotary Club President John Perreault and Service Above Self Award Chair Joan DiMartino presented six local students with "Service Above Self" awards.

This award exemplifies student volunteer efforts and their selfless contributions to the service of others.  The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

DiMartino and committee members Jay and Kelly Marion, reviewed a number of outstanding nominations for students this year and selected the six awardees for their service above and beyond in their community.  

"It certainly was not an easy task, but it was truly heartwarming

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BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:36PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 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.

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Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha

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Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 33rd Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show
02:53PM / Monday, January 28, 2019
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — In celebration of Norman Rockwell's 125th birthday, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the 33rd annual Berkshire County High School Art Show, with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the young artists and at 2:30 p.m. hear a lecture from acclaimed illustrator Gregory Manchess, whose work is also currently on view at the museum.

In the tradition of Norman Rockwell, who began his professional career as a teenager, the High School Art Show celebrates the creative talent found in Berkshire County's local high schools. Original works in all media — from painting and

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Governor's Proposed Budget Is Good News For Pittsfield Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, January 25, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The governor's proposed budget for fiscal 2020 brings good news to the Pittsfield Public Schools.   Gov. Charlie Baker released his proposed budget on Wednesday along with the "cherry sheets" that list the local and school aid for municipalities. As proposed, the city would see a $3.7 million increase in Chapter 70 aid for schools. That would make two consecutive years in which the district saw a significant boost in funding.    "This is a substantive increase in Chapter 70 money for the city of Pittsfield,"  Superintendent Jason McCandless said.   The superintendent is still waiting on the details as to how the

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Pittsfield Schools Take Aim at Reducing Chronic Absenteeism
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — No written policy is ever going to fully address chronic absenteeism.    Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis believes that because he's been a principal when the district has had strict attendance policies. He tried raffles and giveaways to incentivize students to go to school and it never worked. He'd meet with families who wouldn't even realize the number of days their child missed or that there was even a policy.   However, not having a policy doesn't help either because once the policy fell into disuse, the number of absentee students increased.    Particularly, the district faces chronic absenteeism from those from

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