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Pittsfield Schools Also Concerned With Government Shutdown's Impact
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Thursday, January 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — North Adams isn't the only municipality worried that the government shutdown could lead to the end of the free lunch and breakfast program.   Assistant Superintendent Kristen Behnke reported Wednesday night that the schools have two months worth of savings in the bank account to keep the program going but if the shutdown continues, the program's funds would run dry. Behnke said the city has $774,000 to keep the program going but it costs $400,000 a month to run.   "It is a possibility we will not have the funding if the federal shutdown continues," Behnke said.   The program is funded through reimbursements by the U.S. Department of

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BCC Hires Financial Literacy Coordinator
12:56PM / Monday, December 24, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has filled the position of financial literacy coordinator and coordinator of Student activities and also welcomes Eleanore Velez, an admissions counselor and coordinator of the Multicultural Center, back to the college.

Tina Schettini, who previously worked as a Senior Special Projects coordinator, has moved to the Student Engagement Center to work as the coordinator of Student Activities.

Nancy Stoll has joined the college as the Financial Literacy coordinator, a position based in the Student Financial Services office and funded by a grant to the college from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Stoll comes to the college with

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Pittsfield Councilors Look to Honor Financial Support For Turf Field
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Attorney Michael MacDonald outlined the history of the project on Tuesday.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city will honor its previous commitment to the Berkshire Community College turf field project.

But councilors still have some questions about the operations,

Particularly, at-Large Councilor Earl Persip raised concerns that there is no guarantee that the field will be accessible to the city's youth years into the future and he dislikes that city schools are being charged the same price to rent the facility.   "I would like to see our fees be cheaper than somebody from outside," Persip said, citing schools from towns that hadn't contributed to the

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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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