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BCC Students to Be Inducted Into National Honor Society
05:43PM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold a virtual induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m., via Zoom.                                                             

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved

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Greene Unanimously Appointed to Fill Vacant Mount Greylock School Committee Seat
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With a resounding 14-0 vote and words of appreciation from officials in both member towns, the Mount Greylock Regional School District on Monday appointed Carolyn Greene to fill a vacant seat on the School Committee.   Greene, a longtime member and former chair of the committee, was approved in a joint meeting of the select boards from Lanesborough and Williamstown and the six current members of the School Committee.   She characterized her first stint on the panel as an "intense" nine years that saw the district go from having two superintendents of three independent school districts, to having one superintendent under a shared services

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At BArT Charter, the Show Must Go ... Online
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Saturday, May 02, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — When schools were forced to close in March, the drama group at Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School could have thrown in the towel on its spring production.   Instead, it decided to build a better "Mousetrap."   "We did not want to give up on the play and do want to keep the connection going with our cast mates," said John Kozak, a sophomore who has been involved in productions at school since the sixth grade. "We were all excited about doing 'The Mousetrap.' "   But instead of doing it on stage on May 9 as it originally planned, the club is working on the play in a virtual environment, utilizing

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Mount Greylock Closing Up Schools for Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:08AM / Friday, May 01, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is making progress in closing up its buildings for the year even as it thinks about ways to close out the high school careers of its 2020 graduating class.   On Wednesday afternoon, the School Committee met to finalize the terms of a memorandum of understanding between the district and its custodians, the last bargaining unit requiring a resolution to reflect the new job conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic.   "It looks like we'll be bringing the custodians in in the coming days for them to start the cleaning process at the schools," Superintendent Kimberley Grady said shortly after the

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MCLA's Senior Art Exhibition Opens May 1 Virtually
10:58AM / Tuesday, April 28, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior art students will launch their website exhibition titled "And So it Goes," with an online event featuring artist talks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1. 

The event and exhibition will feature artists Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Catherine Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Louise Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman, and Macie Turrell, all class of 2020.

Each artist's individual work spans a variety of themes and mediums. Themes range from mental illness and self-reflection to climate change and addiction, with a wide array in between. The artists' chosen media run a similar gamut, with

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Students, Teachers Adjusting to Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, April 27, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Administrators and parents from the Mount Greylock Regional School District gave a passing grade to the start of remote learning in the K-12 district.   But they were grading on a curve.   "I think it's been stressful, but I think it's going as well as we can expect it to at this point," Williamstown Elementary School Principal Joelle Brookner.   Brookner and the district's other two principals participated in a virtual meeting Thursday of the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, which held a joint session along with the school councils from Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock Regional

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County Education Task Force Pitching Plan for Remote Learning Platform
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Monday, April 27, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force unanimously decided Saturday to move forward with a plan members hope will address a short-term need and bolster its argument for a long-term solution to problems confronting the county's school districts.   The task force endorsed a framework for a countywide online learning management system for remote learning that it hopes to present to school superintendents and school committees in the next couple of weeks.   The ambitious plan would have an online platform for course delivery, teacher collaboration and training in place this summer, in time for the 2020-21 academic year.   The immediate

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County's Colleges Allotted Funds From Federal Stimulus
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Thursday, April 23, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The county's four colleges are in line to receive a combined $4.2 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, with at least half that money going directly to aid students financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   One provision of the $2 trillion CARES Act signed into law late last month is $12.6 billion set aside for institutions of higher learning, to be distributed based on a formula that factors in each school's Pell Grant recipients.   The grants to colleges and universities, which are administered by the Department of Education, made headlines this week when President Trump objected to the idea that Harvard

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Pittsfield School Committee Sees Level-Funded Budget
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Thursday, April 23, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee delayed voting Wednesday on a level-funded fiscal 2021 budget of $65,113,700 that would include near $1.4 million in cuts.    "It seems like we were in the fast lane and then we had to come to a screeching halt as deadlines loom," Chairwoman Kathrine Yon said. "We are seeing things change daily and it is very difficult to put all of our eggs in one basket."     Last week, administrators came before the School Committee empty handed because with the COVID-19 pandemic essentially resetting the state budget, they had little context to build their own budget.   All that was known was that they

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Federal Waiver Allows for Expansion of Family Food Benefits
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:08PM / Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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BOSTON — Families struggling during the novel coronavirus lockdown may now be eligible for a state food program beginning in May.   Massachusetts was among the first states to take advantage of waivers to establish a "pandemic electronic benefit transfer program" under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act.    "It's an important opportunity to provide nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced price meals at schools across the country that closed in response to COVID-19," said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, who added that food security is an important factor in the determinants of

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