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State: Pittsfield Suspension Rates High for African-American Boys
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Thursday, June 09, 2016
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Superintendent Jason McCandless said the district will take the allegations 'very seriously.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The schools are overly suspending African-American boys on IEPs, according to the state.   Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee on Wednesday to expect a letter to arrive soon from Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester informing the district of a disparity.   McCandless said about 8 percent of those fitting that demographic — African-American boys with individualized educational plans — have been suspended, which is too much according to the state.   "It's still above

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Greylock Announces BCC 'Marilyn Sperling Greylock Scholar' Scholarship
02:36PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has established the “Marilyn Sperling Greylock Scholar” Scholarship to honor the credit union’s recently retired president and CEO.
 
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a recent female high school graduate, or non-traditional woman student interested in studying business at Berkshire Community College (BCC). It provides a maximum award of $5,000.

This year’s scholarship recipient is Lori Cormier, a non-traditional student who is studying Business Career Health Information Management and plans to graduate with her associate's degree from BCC in December 2016.

“The ‘Marilyn

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 48 Students
02:24PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-eight students, including 16 local girls, graduated during Miss Hall's School's 118th commencement on Sunday, June 5.

Ceremonies took place in the Thatcher Family Gymnasium of the Anne Meyer Cross '37 Athletic Center on the school's Holmes Road campus. Vittoria Incandela, a criminal investigator with the Cook County State's Attorney's Investigations Bureau in Chicago and a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 2000, delivered this year's commencement address.

Among the class of 2016 graduates were the following local students: Isabella Beckington of Pittsfield; Amelia Biancolo of Richmond; Casey Booth Desnoyers of

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Berkshires Beat: Local Students Compete in Science Fair
11:58AM / Monday, June 06, 2016
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Several middle schoolers from Berkshire County placed at the State Science and Engineering Fair at Worcester Technical High School on Saturday.

Noah Pereault from St. Agnes won a second place for his project, "The Sugar Situation."

Sydni Jamros, Nick Alibozek and Emily Godfrey from Hoosac got an honorable mention for "Hoverboard," as did BaRT student Fransisco Alicandri for "Which Alloy Conductors Conduct the Best?" and St. Agnes student Emma Kotelnick for "Do You See What I See?"

The Massachusetts Middle School Science & Engineering Fair is a forum for students in grades six through eight to explore "real world" science and

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Message of Hope for St. Joe Graduates
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:08PM / Sunday, June 05, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The optimism that pervades all high school graduations took on a theological dimension at Sunday's St. Joseph Central School commencement.   The Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski had his homily teed up by a Gospel reading that focused on the healing power of God.   "Today's readings are filled with hope," Rozanski told the graduates and communicants at Sunday's baccalaureate Mass and commencement. "Today's graduation is a sign of hope.   Rozanski told the 34 graduates that they need to be people of hope as they leave the confines of high school and head into the world.   "As we gather here this afternoon,

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BCC Grads Told Future May Be Murky But to Keep Moving
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:56PM / Friday, June 03, 2016
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Sen. Benjamin Downing gives the commencement address at Tanglewood. More photos can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Laura Forero thought she wanted to go into computer programming.   But one semester in at Berkshire Community College, she realized it wasn't for her. She finished up her classes and tried to figure out what to do instead.    "I realized that I did not see programming in my future. I realized this was not after all something I wanted to do. However, I did not see my decision as a failure. Instead I learned that I did not want to do something so it was kind of a success," Forero said.    The next semester she changed majors to

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Pittsfield Students Inducted into National Honor Society from Massachusetts Virtual School
11:56AM / Friday, June 03, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eric Worrick and Eric DuPont of Pittsfield were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) this spring as part of the first class from TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the state’s newest and largest full-time, tuition-free virtual public school for students in grades K-12.  

NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Sixteen students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes at TECCA

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Greylock Awards $6,500 in Scholarships to College-Bound Seniors
11:17AM / Friday, June 03, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has named 13 area college-bound high school students who each received $500 from the credit union’s “Treat Everyone Better Than They Expect” scholarship program.

The scholarships are presented to one community-minded senior class member from each Berkshire County high school.

“Greylock recognizes the importance of supporting the academic advancement and community involvement of Berkshire County students," Greylock President John L. Bissell said. "This year’s scholarship recipients exhibited admirable dedication to our community through volunteer service to their Berkshire County neighbors.

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Darrow School Names Top Students for 2016
02:31PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016
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NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Darrow School has named Kipling Papa Silveria, of Schenectady as valedictorian, and Ross Matican, of Tenafly, N.J., as salutatorian of the class of 2016.

The students have earned the School's top two academic honors, and will be recognized at Darrow's baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, June 3, and at the 84th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 4.

"Kipling and Ross represent the best of what students can accomplish at Darrow," said Head of School Simon Holzapfel in announcing the selections. "I'm incredibly proud of their efforts and achievements during their time here."

Kipling Papa Silveria enrolled at Darrow as a freshman

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Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:58PM / Friday, May 27, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently held an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

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 a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.

The ceremony was held in the Boland Theatre located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the

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