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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 & August 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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More Drury Student Art Installed on Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This was the seventh year new artwork by Drury High School students has been installed on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building on Brown Street.

"Again we stand here in awe," Cascade President Pete Cote said Monday during a brief ceremony.

This was the first year that Mayor Thomas Bernard was on hand during the ceremony to see the art and a handful of the artists first-hand.

"It's incredible," Bernard said.

And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher Phoebe Pepper posed with the students whom she shepherded through the process and accepted the annual monetary donation from Cascade, which also donates the wood

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BArT Announces Junior Book Awards
12:18PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 15, at an all-school assembly.

Ruth Bristol

Darrel Lynch

Thomas Cook

Isaiah Albright

​ ​Natalie Celebi

Hannah Stringer

​Joshua Doubiago & Johnyce Lanphear-Dyer

Johnyce Lanphear-Dyer

Ruth Bristol

 

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Miss Hall's Students Named Pickett Scholars
11:37AM / Friday, June 29, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School announces that rising senior Cely (Nikky) Abreu, of Methuen, Mass., and recent graduate Jayme McGuigan, of Pittsfield, Mass., have been named by the Lenox School Alumni Association as recipients of this year's Mansfield Pickett Scholarships.

The awards are named in memory of Mansfield E. (Peter) Pickett, who was a longtime teacher both at the former Lenox School and at Miss Hall's School. The scholarships are awarded annually to two students who exhibit outstanding performance in academics and extracurricular activities. This is the 15th year the association has honored Miss Hall’s students.

Paul Denzel, Don Foster, Robert J.

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Hillcrest Celebrates $4.5 Million Expansion Into St. Mark's School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:18PM / Thursday, June 28, 2018
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Shaun Cusson praised the support the organization received from the community.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Education celebrated its $4.5 million expansion into the former St. Mark's School.

Hillcrest bought the former parochial school in 2016 for $1.2 million and then invested some $3.2 million more into renovating it.   Now, the organization is serving 81 students who need therapeutic or autistic education and can't be served in the traditional school setting.   Hillcrest Academy is an expansion from its current home on West Housatonic Street.   "Since we opened in December we are educating currently 81 students in this building and we have a

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Final Public Tours Of Taconic High School Scheduled
Staff Reports,
01:41PM / Monday, June 25, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents will get one final chance to walk the halls of the current Taconic High School before it meets the wrecking ball.   Superintendent Jason McCandless said the current Taconic will be open for walk-throughs on Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.   "These walk-throughs are to give members and friends of the Taconic family and Taconic community from the last 50 years a chance to see the place that they knew and loved before it gives way to new playing fields for the next generation of the Taconic family," McCandless wrote in an email announcing the tours.   "We look forward to welcoming alumni and

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