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Pittsfield Superintendent to Speak on Schools as Sanctuaries
11:28AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, July 8, welcomes Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless, who will speak on the topic of schools as sanctuaries, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Murdock Hall.   The event is free and open to the public.   In his presentation, McCandless will look at the many types of "at-risk" students, the state of at-risk students in the Commonwealth, what Pittsfield Public Schools have done to become more "sanctu-arial," and the special care that immigrant and refugee children require.   According to McCandless, because of current affairs, rhetoric and

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BArT Announces New Chair of Board of Trustees
03:38PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Trustees of the BART Charter Public School elected a new board chair and treasurer, Dianne M. Cutillo and Jennifer Kerwood, and a new trustee, Maura Delaney, at the board's June meeting.

Officers re-elected were Christopher Perkins, vice chair, and Geraldine Shen, secretary. In addition to electing Delaney to a first term of two years, the board approved a third three-year term for Perkins and a second three-year term for Cindy Brown, Cutillo and Kerwood.

"It is a privilege to serve BArT as a Trustee," Cutillo said. "The school's work makes such a difference for area students by helping them achieve academic success and prepare for college

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BCC Names Dean of Community Engagement, Education & Workforce Development
03:31PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jill Sasso Curtis has been hired as the Dean of Community Engagement, Education & Workforce Development at Berkshire Community College. She brings a unique blend of professional experience in global business, higher education and lifelong learning to BCC.

Over the course of her career, Sasso Curtis has held leadership roles in both the private and non-profit sectors. In her early career, she held global marketing management roles at Colgate-Palmolive, Polaroid Corporation and The First Years, Inc. She later served as the director of the Office of Career Services at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also served as a faculty

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MCLA Adds Two New Health-Related Majors
11:52AM / Friday, June 30, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is offering two new major programs in the Department of Biology, a bachelors of science degrees in health sciences and in community health education. These programs will launch in the fall of 2017.

Also starting this fall, the Biology Department will offer two new concentrations — pre-medical professions and pre-veterinary. In addition, new biology faculty members will join the campus in September.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he knew the college had to fast-track its already developing plan for new health care-oriented biology majors after hearing from the Berkshire health-care community about the need for

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State Grants $600K to Improve Conte School Accountability Data
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Thursday, June 29, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Staff at Conte Community School will be putting in extra hours over the next two years as it tries to turn around the school's accountability data.   Conte is classified as a Level 3 school, low on state measures, and the district has now received a "turnaround" grant aimed to improve the school's test scores. Pittsfield will receive $600,000 over the next two years to keep teachers longer after school to focus more closely on the instruction being provided to individual pupils.   "What it's funding primarily is for teachers to have an extended school day. It is not an extended school day for students, it is an extended school

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
12:08PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 47 local students among the 135 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended May 31.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

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Jenna Crosier, Pittsfield; Rachel Freedman, East Chatham, N.Y.; Grace Guachione, Pittsfield; Gabriela Keator, Lenox; Mikala

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:

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Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca L.

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Berkshire Community College Announces Five New Hires
02:32PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions.

Jonah Sykes joined BCC as the manager of Marketing and Communications. Sykes previously worked for six years at Berkshire United Way, first as their executive assistant, then as the coordinator of marketing and communications and finally as the development manager. During his time at BUW, he oversaw the fundraising efforts of more than 190 employee charitable campaigns and led marketing efforts around website design, digital marketing analytics, and event planning.

Sykes has a bachelor of arts degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a master of arts degree in public

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Egremont Principal Materas Honors Late Student In His Own Way
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:14AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Gabby's classmates signed their names to the decal on Wednesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Egremont Elementary School community was devastated in December when 11-year-old student Gabrielle Corbett died unexpectedly.   Principal Jared Materas saw himself as being a rock for the students and staff and he tried to hold the community together through the difficult period of grief. And it was tough for him, too. She never left his mind.    When Materas isn't in school, and what many don't know about him, is that he races cars. His hobby is to head down to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut for asphalt track racing. He was driving back from the

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Capeless Elementary Celebrates Year's End With Field Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:40PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Volunteers from the Berkshire County sheriff's office helped run the games. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The students at Capeless Elementary School put in a hard year's worth of work. And now it is time to celebrate.   In the waning days left to the school year, staff at Capeless put on their annual field day, setting up an array of games and activities for the children to play.   From tug o' war to variations of tag, to duck duck goose, the students rotated from station to station having fun.   "Field day is really about celebrating the end of the year, the close of working so hard all year and having a fun time with minimal competition. It is more for

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