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Region 1 Science Fair Encourages Student Research
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Monday, March 11, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students from around the region displayed the results of some three dozen experiments Friday at the 13th annual Western Massachusetts Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair.    Displays ranging from wall-climbing robots to talking to plants to red dye in sports drinks to coral bleaching were set up on the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, offering a chance for students to explain their projects and move on to the annual state fair.    An item on reef safety had caught Cloey Parlapiana's eye during a trip to the ocean. Her experiment looked at the efficacy of safe sunscreens — those

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Mount Greylock Audience Urged to Have 'Courage' to Fight Racism
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Monday, March 11, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When author and educator Ty Allen Jackson asked the audience at a talk on racism how many of them believed Colin Kaepernick was disrespecting the flag by kneeling during the national anthem, not a single hand in the Mount Greylock Regional School auditorium went up.

"OK, thing's over, nice to meet you," Jackson joked as he pretended to exit the stage, his work there done.

The audience laughed — and laughed later when Jackson said the mostly white community members who had come to see his talk appeared to be "woke." But even in this progressive little town in the corner of a progressive little state, there's plenty of work to

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Teachers' Union Rallies Support for Increased State Education Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Friday, March 08, 2019
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Neil Clarke of the MTA outlined action steps to rally support for the bills. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the school gymnasium is full of excitement and noise for a rally, some children don't respond well.   They cover their heads and cry. But they might not if they had a paraprofessional with them.   A couple of years ago, the city of Pittsfield cut more than 30 paraprofessional positions from the school system's budget. Parent Starr Williams on Thursday asked that people envision each one of those paraprofessionals as being one child covering their heads and crying.   Williams is a Berkshire Community College student studying social work and will graduate in

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Second Wine Tasting Scheduled to Support Pittsfield Educators
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seven school teachers were able to hone their craft over the summer in ways they previously wouldn't have been able to.   One took courses on how to better teach children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, another to bolster literacy, another to work deeper with curriculum, another learned to speak Spanish to communicate better.   The seven teachers were all given grants to attend conferences or classes by the Pittsfield Education Foundation. The non-profit formed a year ago to help educators in the Pittsfield school system. The organization, formed by teachers, raises money to help educators do more.   "The challenge is that

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Southern Vermont College to Close Doors
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12:01PM / Monday, March 04, 2019
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College, facing "insurmountable pressure," will close at the end of the spring semester.    In an announcement made Monday morning, President David R. Evans cited declining enrollment, financial pressure, and adverse action by the college's regional accreditor concerning institutional resources.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass., has agreed to accept SVC's new students in the fall semester. MCLA staff are expected to be on the Vermont campus on Tuesday afternoon to meet with any interested students.    "Following notice at the end of January from the New England Commission of

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BCC Announces Adjunct Faculty Fellow, Several Other New Hires
02:18PM / Friday, March 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired a new director of Safety and Security and a new building maintenance supervisor II. It has also announced it has a new adjunct faculty fellow and interim dean of Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Ellis Richardson has been hired as the new Director of Safety and Security. Richardson, a retired chief of police for the city of Hudson in New York, brings an extensive law enforcement background with a community-building mindset. He most recently worked as the Public Safety sergeant for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He attended University at Albany and received an associate's degree from Columbia-Greene

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Pittsfield Schools Projecting Surplus But With Areas of Concern
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, March 01, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuition payments are down significantly this year but the savings is being eaten up by other areas of the school budget.   Deputy Superintendent Kristin Behnke provided the School Committee with a mid-year budget report on Wednesday. The good news is that the trend appears to a show a surplus at the end of the year, thanks to the tuition savings and other under budget trending lines.   But there are other areas in which the trend is the opposite and on Wednesday the School Committee honed in on understanding those lines.   The tuition expense is mostly driven in special education when the district is responsible for needs programming the school

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Alumna Donates $5 Million To Support Teachers At Miss Hall's School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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Theresa Thompson PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School will bolster its efforts to attract and retain faculty with the help of the largest single gift the school's ever received.   Theresa Thompson, who graduated from the all-girls school in 1964, donated $5 million with an eye toward retaining faculty who deliver innovative curriculum at the school.   "The gift is directed to supporting salaries ... the salaries are our largest expense and our most valuable asset," said Head of School Julia Heaton on Wednesday.    Heaton said the gift had been in the works for some time and is being celebrated this year to honor Thompson's 55th

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'Mamma Mia!'
11:53AM / Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble makes plans for a wedding in its upcoming winter musical, the ABBA-inspired "Mamma Mia!"

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. All shows take place 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. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Visit the website for tickets or call 413-443-6401.

Set on a fictional Greek Island, "Mamma Mia!" tells the story of Sophie, who dreams of a "perfect"

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College Notes: January, February & March 2019
04:53PM / Thursday, February 14, 2019
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Sports management majors Rachael Donahue of Pittsfield and Jacqueline Lemaire of North Adams were among 10 students from thewho spent part of their winter session in Australia. They are the first cohort to participate in the college's "J-Term" program of academic study and cultural experiences.   The students arrived in Sydney in time to take in the New Year's celebrations, including the spectacular fireworks atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and returned to Springfield for the start of the spring semester on Jan. 14. The two-week course, "International Business in Asia Pacific," was delivered through Global Academic Ventures, a Sydney-based academic

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