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Pittsfield Schools Look To Revamp Therapeutic Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School administrators are looking to revamp the therapeutic program.   The district is expecting to see a $1.1 million increase in state support for education and Superintendent Jason McCandless wants to use a portion of that to bolster the program for those with the most social, emotional, and academic needs at the elementary school level.    "We feel our students in this program are not making the academic gains as they should," Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis said.   The district now wants to allocate an additional $385,000 to the program, which will ultimately hire for six new positions. The elementary school program will then

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New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
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NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to

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Students in Adams, Pittsfield Memorialize Florida Shooting Victims
By Jack Guerino & Ashlyn Marcil, iBerkshires Staff
08:35PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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Hoosac Valley students wait in the atrium for the National School Walkout. CHESHIRE, Mass. — Nearly 100 students walked out of Hoosac Valley High School on Wednesday morning in the bitter cold to hold a ceremony in remembrance of the 17 killed during last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla.   "There have been far too many deaths related to gun violence and we are here to demand that something of this magnitude never happens again," organizer Gigi Daley said after she asked her fellow students to gather around her. "Far too many lives have been taken and it is up to our generation to demand change, to make a difference and to make our voices heard.

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Regional Science Fair Draws More Than 60 Budding Scientists
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Jeffrey Thomas of Lever shares his lab experience with the students on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 students took part in the Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair held at MCLA and presented their findings to judges.   High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.   "STEM was something that you just had to do, and we had to go to science class we had to go to math class," he said.

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Pittsfield Educators Create Non Profit To Support Teaching and Learning
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Saturday, March 10, 2018
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The first fundraiser was a wine tasting at the Berkshire Hills Country Club. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the school year closed out a few years ago, reading specialist Julie Pellerin-Herrera didn't feel like she was done teaching.   But, there was no funding set aside in the school's budget for ongoing tutoring over the summer.   "It was two and a half years ago, after a year of being a reading specialist and working with small groups, at the end of the year I thought to myself, 'I want to still work with these kids during the summer. I wish we could get organizations to sponsor these kids so we can get reading specialists to tutor them,'"

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress'
09:53AM / Friday, March 09, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

This year's presentation is "Once Upon a Mattress" by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Princess and The Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" takes place in a fictitious 15th century European kingdom. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, Queen Aggravain (MGRHS sophomore Ashtyn Faas) has ruled that none

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College Notes: March & April 2018
04:22PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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A group of master's students from the  in Chicopee contributed to the growing body of research in autism spectrum disorders by presenting posters at the recent annual meeting for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis in Hartford, Conn.    Chris Tamburrino of Pittsfield, Alyssa Clark of Westfield and Miranda Fogg of Springfield, Vt., are all in the master of science in applied behavior analysis program at Elms, and all three have been working with children with autism on two research projects with Laura A. Hanratty, director of applied behavior analysis and ASD graduate programs assistant professor. The four collaborated on two posters to present at the

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Pittsfield Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Speaking at MCLA Commencement
02:28PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 119th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who grew up in Pittsfield and is a graduate of Taconic High School. The second African-American woman to go into space, Wilson will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.   In addition, MCLA Executive Vice President Denise Richardello, a graduate of the college, and state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will receive honorary doctor of public service degrees.

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Neal Talks Gun Violence With Taconic, PHS Students
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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The students organized the walkout last week in protest of gun violence. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Students left the classroom last week to give voice to their concerns about school shootings after 17 high school students and faculty were killed in the state of Florida last month    About 400 miles away, the ears of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal perked up a bit. When Neal found out about the hundreds of students who collectively protested gun violence in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., he booked a flight back to the district to visit the students last Friday.   But then school was canceled because of a snowstorm.   Neal

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Miss Hallís School Presents 'Cry-Baby'
02:25PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will bop back to the 1950s for its winter musical, "Cry-Baby," the stage adaptation of the cult-classic John Waters film.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Go online for tickets or call 413-443-6401. Also, please note, the performance and subject matter are PG-13 and not suitable for children.

Set in 1954 in Baltimore and fueled by rock and roll, this romantic

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