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PHS Graduates Form Alumni Association to Improve School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:41AM / Monday, August 27, 2018
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The directory has records of thousands of PHS graduates and what they're doing now. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are areas in Pittsfield High School that could use some refreshing.   The building on East Street has rooms that need repainting or new carpet, and the theater seats could be replaced, and textbooks updated. There are new programs that could be developed and implemented.   And there is also a lot of pride among those who spent years in that building -- the thousands of Generals who list PHS as their alma mater.   Since the city's dollars are tight, a group of alumni decided that it will make those improvements. On Friday, these PHS graduates joined

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Volunteers Build Dugouts At Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:30AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018
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At one point there were some 75 union carpenters working on the new school. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Most of those who worked on the new Taconic High School live in the area. They coach youth sports or they're volunteer firemen in their communities.   As the final pieces come together - with the school passing its final inspection on Friday - those workers turned their attention to the baseball field — even if they weren't getting paid for it.   The school project didn't include any work on the baseball field. But a volunteer effort from those who worked on the new school got the work done anyway.   On Saturday, two dozen union carpenters were on site

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Berkshire Community College Announces Two New Hires
10:02AM / Friday, August 24, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jennifer Berne has joined Berkshire Community College as the vice president of Academic Affairs and Frederic MacDonald-Dennis has joined BCC as the academic coordinator of the TRIO Program.

Berne, who lives in Lenox, previously worked as the dean of liberal arts at Harper College in Illinois.  Prior to that, she served as an associate professor and department chair for the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education at Northern Illinois University.  Earlier in her career she spent a number of years at National Louis University, as a member of the faculty and later as the department chair, focused on reading and language.

A prolific writer and

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Back to School? Keep Kids Healthy and Happy
By Sandeep Kumar,
03:23PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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"Back to school" is just around the corner for our Berkshire County children. The new school year can be an adjustment challenge for the whole family – but your children's health can remain strong during this busy transition, and on into the school year.

At CHP Berkshire Pediatrics, we'd like to set you and your children and teens on a path to a healthy school season, with some helpful reminders and tips about sleep, stress, food safety and the importance of "downtime." And some advance planning can help to smooth the transition to the school year – regardless of whether you kids are in preschool, high school, or somewhere in between.

Sleep

Ease

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BArT School 2018-2019 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Monday, August 13, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 20. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

 

 

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Jazz Camp to Be Hosted at Hoosac Valley
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Monday, August 13, 2018
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley and the Adams Anthony Center are hosting a free Berkshire Jazz Day Camp this week.   Berkshire County music students will get a week of face time with five professional New York City musicians that will culminate in a live performance at the Bounti-Fare.   "I have always wanted to bring as much music and my experience as an artist back to the area," North Adams native and jazz trumpeter Richard Boulger said. "I always wanted to do that for years and years … and I always thought an opportunity like this would be great for the kids."   Boulger will bring with him a team of professional New York City

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Construction Wrapping Up at New Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018
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A new handicapped accessible walkway from the school to the track was paved. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For all intents and purposes, the new Taconic High School building is done.   A temporary certificate of occupancy has been granted and administrative staff has been working out of the new $120.8 million building.   The teacher's supplies sit in boxes in each room and next week they'll start unpacking and setting up the classrooms. The staff members had been asked to pack up before they left for the summer and a moving company transported the boxes from the old classrooms to the new.   The building has been under construction for two years, kicking off in the

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Local Students Graduate From College-Sponsored Summer Academy
By Matt McGrory, iBerkshires Intern
02:24AM / Tuesday, August 07, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than a dozen high school seniors and recent graduates earned college credits this summer through the MCLA/BCC Summer Academy program.   Friends and family gathered for the graduation luncheon this past Friday in the Conte Federal Building to celebrate the students’ achievement over the monthlong program.    The Summer Academy program, first instituted in 2016, has been designed to give motivated young adults a headstart into college by providing them with two free college courses; Statistics 101 and English 101, both of which award three college credits upon completion.   These credits can be transferred to any state-accredited

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Pittsfield Resident Sues School Committee Over Indigenous Peoples Day
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01:23AM / Monday, August 06, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city resident has filed suit for $75,000 for alleged "pain, suffering and emotional distress" caused by the School Committee's decision to change the name of Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day.   Alexander Blumin filed the lawsuit in Berkshire Superior Court against the entire School Committee except for Joshua Cutler, the city of Pittsfield, and Human Rights Commission Chairman Drew Herzig. Blumin argues that the School Committee used deceptive practices and broke state law that recommends schools recognize Columbus Day. He then contends Herzig attempted to do the same by proposing the city follow the School

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Miss Hall's School Appoints Academic Dean
01:17PM / Friday, August 03, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces the appointment of Lisa J. Alberti as the school's new dean of Academics and Faculty.

Alberti, a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 1973 and a Lenox native, joined Miss Hall's on July 1, bringing more than 40 years of classroom and administrative experience to the school. Previously the associate head of school at Trevor Day School in Manhattan, she has worked with faculty to guide curriculum development, advance inquiry-based learning and teaching, and support academic excellence, collaboration, and student-centered learning.

"I am very pleased to welcome Lisa back to Miss Hall's," said Head of

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