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BCC To Host Virtual Registration Day Saturday
08:11AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be hosting a Virtual Registration Day event on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:00 AM via Zoom.

The event will allow students to apply, register, get assistance with financial aid, and become enrolled students, prior to the start of spring classes, which begin on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Offices that will be available via Zoom from 8:00 AM till 12:00 PM for students to receive assistance in joining the College will be Admissions, Advising, Student Financial Services and Registrar.  The Follett Bookstore will be open for curbside pick-up.

The goal of this virtual registration day is show that it’s not too late to become a

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College Notes: Winter 2021
02:55PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
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Elizabeth Bona, astudent from North Adams, presented at the Newton university's Fall Career Readiness Symposium in December.   Bona shared a presentation on an original concept developed for a course on food and beverage management in hospitality called "Tipsy Traveler."   The December 2020 event showcased the work of Bona and more than 150 other students in a digital format. The annual event was reimagined to celebrate and showcase the ties between career preparedness and Connected Learning, thanks to a three-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.   All symposium presentations focused on four of the National Association of

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Mildred Elley Building Business In The Berkshires Scholarship
08:14AM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mildred Elley Pittsfield, announced today that applications for theBuilding Business in the Berkshires Scholarship are now being accepted.

Two eligible incoming students enrolling in the Business Technologies Specialist program for the upcoming Spring I term will receive a full scholarship, and five incoming Business students will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward an unfunded balance. 

"Mildred Elley has been providing career education in the Berkshire region for nearly 30 years," said Matt Martin, Director of Admissions. "We are proud to work with our local community to assist in helping Berkshire residents pursue an education and a

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BART Announces Upcoming Enrollment Deadline
08:09AM / Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter PublicSchool is currently accepting applications for students in grades 6 - 9 for the 2020-2021 school year, and grades 6 - 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.

The next enrollment deadline for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 6 - 9 is Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. This is also the first enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 - 10.

More information on the school’s enrollment and lottery process can be found at www.bartcharter.org. Interested families should contact the school at 413-743-7311 ext 732 or enrollment@bartcharter.org.

 

Despite COVID-19 closures, teaching and

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Conte Makes 2021 School Improvement Plan, Addresses Student Feelings
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Conte Community School's 2021 School Improvement Plan is using internally researched data to meet the needs of pupils during these difficult times.

As a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a student survey revealed that amidst remote learning, Conte pupils are struggling with positive feelings and are feeling isolated from their peers.

Students were asked how often they felt excited, happy, loved, and safe over the past week. Only 39 percent of students answered favorably to feeling excited and 50 percent answered favorably to feeling happy.

Fortunately, 65 percent of students voted in favor of feeling loved, and 81 percent feeling safe.

When being

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State Program Will Allow Schools to Conduct 'Pool Testing' for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Friday, January 08, 2021
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BOSTON — Massachusetts schools will have the ability to conduct "pool" testing of staff and students for the novel coronavirus under a program announced Friday on Beacon Hill.   Gov. Charlie Baker was joined by his secretary of education and commissioner of elementary and secondary education to roll out the latest in the administration's continuing effort to push for in-person education in the commonwealth.   "As schools across the commonwealth and around the world are demonstrating and as the medical experts have confirmed, when the standard protocols are followed, schools can be very safe places for children and staff, even without universal

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MCLA to Hold Virtual Info Session
03:12PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

This information session will offer details about the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, and bachelor's degree completion program. 

Community members interested in pursuing an MBA or finishing their bachelor's degree with evening classes at MCLA's location in Pittsfield, are encouraged to attend. This information session is free and open to the public, and representatives from each program will answer questions related to academics, the

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Morningside Teacher Receives 2K Donation From Allstate Foundation
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Correspondent
01:30AM / Monday, December 28, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Morningside Community School teacher Renee Clark received a big surprise from the Allstate Foundation when she was funded nearly $2,000 for a social-emotional learning project.    Clark is using picture books to teach social-emotional learning, or SEL, to her pupils, including important skills such as self-awareness, self-management, growth mindset, relationships, social awareness, kindness, respect, and responsibility.   The Allstate Foundation funded about 2,000 projects for teachers across the country looking to bring SEL into their classrooms. The foundation was able to donate $1.2 million nationwide, benefiting about 300,000 students and 1,700

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'Rent Party Jazz' With Questlove Raises $5K for Morningside
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Thursday, December 24, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Morningside Community School — with some star-studded help — was able raise a sizable amount of money through the power of music.   The school raised about $5,000 to benefit their students through a virtual jazz party on Monday hosted by five-time Grammy Award-winning musician Questlove, who is the frontman for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon's" in-house band The Roots.     "It kind of fell into our laps," fourth-grade teacher Rebecca Nicholson said. "With a lot of planning on the lesson end of it, but a little bit of luck with how it came to be."   The event titled "Rent

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Synthetic Turf Field Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:21PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A deeply divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee decided Tuesday night to move forward with a project to address deficiencies in the playing fields at the middle/high school that includes an artificial turf multi-sport field.   On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided to pay architect Perkins Eastman $44,000 to develop design documents that will allow the district to put the project out to bid this winter with the possibility of having a synthetic turf field in place as early as fall 2021.   The vote does not commit the district to actually accept bids when they come back, but it almost certainly ensures that the district will issue a request

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