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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:18PM / Friday, July 27, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 42 local students were among the 131 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended May 24.

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.

Head's List

Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Gabrielle Hinkley, Dalton; Emily Hunter, West

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BCC's Nursing Program Placed on Warning Status
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:58PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The nursing program at Berkshire Community College has been placed on warning.   The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing cited the college on a number of issues, which college officials have characterized as "housekeeping," and dropped the state accreditation to "approval with warning."   College officials have now created a blueprint to address the cited issues and are hoping to be back into the board's good graces as early as January.    "These are not student facing issues, it is not about our curriculum. These are procedure and policy issues that we need to address. We have begun preparing our

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Berkshire Community College Breaks Ground for Turf Field Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Friday, July 20, 2018
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The project is already underway and is expected to be completed in six weeks. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Friday night lights will shine a bit brighter in the county.   Berkshire Community College celebrated the groundbreaking of a new turf field sports complex on its campus. In just six weeks, the county will have a top-notch sports facilities for youth football, soccer, lacrosse, and more for both day and night play.    "This is a community asset, not a Berkshire Community College asset. This field is about bringing together families, athletes, future athletes, and kids just trying out sports to come up here and play on this field and feel this is their field.

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Demo Underway at Mount Greylock; School on Track for September Opening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35PM / Thursday, July 19, 2018
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While demolition goes on outside, work continues on the interior as the $65 million school is being readied to open for classes in September.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The "cold corridor" is a memory, and soon the rest of the former academic spaces at Mount Greylock Regional School will follow in its wake.   Demolition is well underway at the Cold Spring Road campus, where Holyoke's American Environmental has taken the lead on tearing down the two classroom wings that have been replaced by a three-story addition as part of the school district's $64 million building project.   On Thursday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and Turner Construction's

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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
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The professors keep things light and entertaining.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was storytime this past week at Williams College.   But the rising fifth- and sixth-graders at the college's Summer Science Lab were not being told stories. They were challenged to make up stories.   As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.   On Thursday morning, the observation involved the mixing of a yellow liquid and a blue liquid to make a green one.   After talking with the three dozen youngsters sitting at lab tables in the college's

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
02:07PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-two graduates of the Practical Nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 14 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Nurse Catherine Stechmann, staff development coordinator at Hillcrest Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and clinical instructor, addressed the students.

The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition, dating back before the turn of the 20th century.  Traditionally, nursing students have conducted an honors or pinning ceremony to mark the passage of student nurse role to practice role.  It is an emotional

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
11:40AM / Friday, July 13, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging upwards from $1,000 to five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

, Pittsfield High School;

Wahconah Regional High School;

Taconic High School;

BART Charter School;

Monument Mountain Regional High School.

Arsenau's scholarship is the eighth annual Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award, which is presented in memory of Carol Craighead, who was a Berkshire County Arc Board member, volunteer and supporter for more

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College Notes: July 2018
04:16PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Tiffany-Rae Robinson of Dalton was selected as orientation group leader (OGL) for the 2018 Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program at   SOAR helps set the stage for academic readiness and successful community integration to Western New England University and leaders help new students transition by providing entering students and parents with information and structure for effective adjustment to the university environment.   OGLs are students who have consistently modeled solid citizenship and active participation in the Western New England Community. They are selected for their strong communication skills, their leadership qualities, and their ability to build

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Pittsfield Schools Hold Ground on Indigenous Peoples Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
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School Committee Chairwoman Katherine Yon said the committee had no intent to insult the Italian-American community with the change. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee held firm on its decision to rename Columbus Day on the school calendar to Indigenous Peoples Day.   The committee took a moral stand back in January that Christopher Columbus was not someone to be celebrated and vowed to teach the true history of the man and the atrocities for which he was responsible.   And with that, they stripped the name off the holiday on the second Monday in October and renamed it in honor of the people whose cultures were destroyed because of his

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Berkshire Community College Awarded $5.5M for Student Center
05:20PM / Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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We are here in Westfield to celebrate the signing of our capital investment bond bill worth nearly $4 billion. Included in this plan is $950 million towards public higher education to address the deferred maintenance backlog and to support workforce skills needs. pic.twitter.com/f4T0JxqWr3

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 10, 2018 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been awarded $5.5 million for a project that will transform the first floor of the Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced this award on Tuesday at Westfield State University. The funding is part of a five-year $190 million

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