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General Dynamics Brings Engineering To Reid Classrooms
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:48AM / Saturday, March 04, 2017
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Nine engineers from General Dynamics spent the day teaching the middle school students about engineering.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Engineer Jake Kalish is the type of person who learns better when he sees things in action.    On Friday when he stood in front of an 8th grade class at Reid Middle School, he sped through the lesson he was teaching about chemical reactions between salt water and magnesium and got right to the action.   He and eight other engineers from General Dynamics spent the day leading classes through building small cars that run on salt water and magnesium.   "It's always really nice to see what I learned about in practice,"

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McCann School Budget Reflects Hikes in Fixed Costs, Health Insurance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, February 27, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School budget for fiscal 2018 is up 2.7 percent over this year, largely reflecting increasing fixed costs and level state funding.    The school's budget is up about $250,000, from $9.09 million to $9,340,159, and includes $88,000 in cuts. Some $3.7 million of the spending plan will be covered by assessments to its nine districts for operations, transportation and capital projects. The total assessments are up less than one percent.    "The problem we run into when you look at the budget itself, the state Chapter 70 money is pretty much level, the numbers that are municipal assessments ... are fairly level for all

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MCLA Professor Begins 'The 50 Card Project'
12:12PM / Friday, February 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every week since Inauguration Day and continuing through the end of 2017, Melanie Mowinski, an associate professor of visual arts at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will print a new letterpress card in a limited edition of 100, using vintage letterpress type, cuts and other printing matrixes.

After making a card of FDR's Four Freedoms on Inauguration day, Mowinski decided to make a card every week for the entire 2017 year. She calls this mission "The 50 Card Project." In total, she will create 50 different cards or 5,000 individual cards. As they are completed each week, she will send 15 to 20 to key players in Washington, D.C.

"The

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'The Addams Family'
11:10AM / Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — You thought your family was weird? The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble presents its take on oddball households, performing the musical comedy "The Addams Family" in shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, and in a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Gomez and Morticia Addams have tried to raise their children right — by Addams family standards. Then Wednesday Addams invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, and his parents to dinner. Intent on enjoying a simple family dinner, Wednesday and Lucas instruct their families to "act normal," which proves easier said than done. As the dinner unravels, a terrible storm

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team
09:37AM / Monday, February 20, 2017
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When Lenox High School's robotics team, Team Enginuity, canceled its field trip to the First Technology Challenge qualifier in Dedham, Mass., on Feb. 11 because of bad weather, two students persevered.

Ella King, senior and founder of Team Enginuity, received a group text between runs at a FIS Giant Slalom Race at Sugarbush Mountain in Vermont that her team was not going to the robotics meet. She knew this qualifier was the last one before the state championship and it would be critical for the team to attend. She called her dad, who was still in Lenox, and asked him to pick up the robot from school. The family's plan was to meet on the eastern side of the state intersecting her

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Pittsfield Schools Decreasing Number of Suspensions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:09PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department is taking a fresh look at discipline and so far that has led to 155 fewer days of out-of-school suspension.   Superintendent Jason McCandless presented the numbers to the School Committee last Wednesday. With a bolstering of the number of school adjustment councilors and registered behavior technicians, the district has been implementing new practices to improve behavior — that includes the creation of a restorative justice program but also rethinking the way principals handle discipline.   "As we continue to make attendance a real focus on what we do, knowing that nothing good that we are doing can work if a student

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
02:55PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's List status is awarded to full-time students who have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall 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.

The following 80 students qualified for High Honors:

 

Connecticut

Jackson P. Karpicz

 

Massachusetts

Colleen M. Baker, Aaron R. Biros, Enrique F. Bouvier, and Jeremy R. Patterson      

Alexys J.

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Berkshire Community College Announces New Hires, Promotions
12:38PM / Friday, February 10, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions as well as recent promotions.

Julia Curletti of Richmond, Mass., has joined BCC as staff assistant to the dean of enrollment management and student success. She previously worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston as a program coordinator. She garnered a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended New England Law.

Alyssa Felver has been named assistant professor of practical nursing. A registered nurse in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, she previously worked at the Berkshire Medical Center. Prior to that, she was a critical care registered

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Lanesborough School To Consider Preschool Subsidy Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, February 10, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent Kimberly Grady is reinvigorating the idea of a sliding scale for preschool.   The School Committee on Thursday approved the pricing for the preschool programs, which Grady says is lower than many programs. But there are still other free programs. Grady hopes to one day move to a free program but for now, she is bringing back the conversation about providing subsidies for families who can't afford the full price.   The school used to have a sliding scale option but over time the entire program had grown to be more expensive than the income it was taking in. A proposal was floated to end the practice altogether but that faced

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Reid Middle School Evacuated After Hoax Bomb Threat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Thursday, February 02, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  A secretary at Reid Middle School picked up the phone about 11:25 on Thursday morning to hear a message that a bomb was in the school and would explode at a certain time.   Reid was one of five schools across the state and two more schools in New Hampshire that received the same call on Thursday. Ultimately, it was determined that it was a hoax.    "We received intelligence from the state police after we reached out for resources that this was one of multiple, five in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire, and based on the timing and the multiple reports, and that no devices detonated, it is being treated as a hoax," Police Chief

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