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Pittsfield School Committee Reacts to Herberg Gun Situation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Thursday, October 29, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee commended the work of Principal Gina Coleman, Herberg staff, and the students for the handling of a recent incident when a middle schooler was found to have a loaded gun in his locker.   The committee said the Herberg community followed procedures to a T, but expressed concern that the student was able to get the weapon into the school in the first place.    "Having something real and very public in our back yard was shocking to say the least," said committee member Joshua Cutler. "This is a situation we all have zero tolerance for and never want to see happen again."   Superintendent Jason McCandless

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Miss Hallís School Announces AP Scholars
02:49PM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-two Miss Hall’s School students, including 28 recent graduates and 11 local students, have been named by the College Board as AP Scholars, in recognition of their exceptional achievements on the 2015 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams.

The AP Scholar designation means that the students earned a 3 or better — using a 5-point grading system — on three or more of the rigorous AP Exams, which are administered in May. This year, 88 MHS girls sat for 163 exams in 22 subject areas, and 91 percent of those exams earned qualifying scores, according to the College Board, which oversees the AP program.

Among the local students recognized as AP Scholars,

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Herberg Gun Incident Reignites Alternative School Talk
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:59AM / Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless says the best thing the city could do to keep the schools safe is to bring back an alternative school.   "It is a conversation that we simply must have. The districts that are successful with the most at-risk students are districts that have a unified housed alternative program for middle and high school students," McCandless told the City Council on Tuesday.   The council called on McCandless, Police Chief Michael Wynn, and Mayor Daniel Bianchi to discuss improving school safety in the wake of a student being found in possession of a handgun at Herberg Middle School. A teacher was informed about the gun by

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Pittsfield School Committee Candidates Discuss Education
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:38PM / Thursday, October 22, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More and more education is being dictated by bureaucracy. And the eight candidates seeking six seats on the School Committee voiced support for allowing teachers to be creative in combating that oversight.   "I think it is very important that teachers are heard," said incumbent Katherine Yon. "I feel it is important that there is a mechanism, a way for teachers to speak up."    Yon said there used to be advisory councils for teachers to weigh in on what was happening administratively but many of those have disbanded. She wants to bring those back to allow teachers to have more opportunity for input.   Her answer was in

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Tyer, Bianchi Outline Educational Visions at UEP Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:35PM / Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The two mayoral candidates both want strong educational systems. But, how to achieve that is where they differ.

For Linda Tyer, she'd want to adopt an International Baccalaureate program, a growing teaching method focused on academic rigor.

The program helps schools develop curriculum focused on writing, broad themes and inquiry, and world cultures and can earn credits from colleges. Such a move would make the city's educational system "unique" and help attract new students.   "It is really designed to create a pipeline for higher education at some of the more outstanding colleges including ivy league colleges," the city clerk

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