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Pittsfield Hones in On Curbing School Violence
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Thursday, November 29, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A line in the proverbial sand has been drawn when it comes to school violence.   Superintendent Jason McCandless released a video message a little over a week ago saying violence in the city's school system will not be tolerated.   The message came on the heels of increased violence in schools not only in Pittsfield but throughout the nation. On Wednesday, the School Committee joined in, backing McCandless' message that the city is not willing to accept it.   "Fighting and putting hands on one another is never ever going to be an acceptable answer in this school," McCandless said on Wednesday when discussing his message with the

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College Notes: September - December 2018
06:07PM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Lasell students during a service-learning trip in Ecuador this summer. Hannah King was one of 13 students selected to participate in an environmental service-learning trip to Ecuador with this past summer.   King, of Pittsfield, worked with faculty and peers to support sustainable agricultural practices in the country. The group spent their time in Ecuador living with local communities and immersing in their culture. Students helped to build brick ovens, create tiles and shingles, and clear mountainside debris.   In preparation for the two-week trip, King and their classmates participated in a semester-long course this spring. Students learned about Ecuador's

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Eight Graduate From McCann Practical Nursing Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Susan Watson is retiring after six years leading the program. See more photos from Monday's ceremony here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Monday night was bittersweet for the McCann Technical School community with the celebration of the latest class of nursing graduates also saying goodbye to the woman who has led the program for six years.

The eight students from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program bid goodbye to the school and to retiring Program Coordinator Susan Watson during the pinning ceremony.

"Throughout the year, all of you have reaffirmed why I love teaching, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your enthusiasm and have many memorable moments," Watson said.

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Berkshire Community College Hires, Promotes Staff
01:55PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced a number of changes in personnel at the college.

Toni Buckley has accepted the role of director of Alumni Relations. Previously, Buckley coordinated the Roads Scholar program for the college this summer, and for much of last year she worked with faculty on a Mass Humanities grant. She oversaw the Berkshire Immigrants Stories that encouraged immigrants to share their experiences of coming to this country. Buckley is also serving on the Human Rights Commission in Pittsfield and the Four Freedoms Coalition. She has a master's equivalent degree from the University for Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, in

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:50PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

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Persephone Clark, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Celebrates 30 Years
10:58PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare will bring hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. 

Beginning on Nov. 15, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the nine-week program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully-produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities. 

The weekend before, Nov. 8-11, the high schools will stage

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BCC, MCLA Align Community Health Programs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
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Nicole Porther from MCLA said the need for trained community health professionals is growing as the population ages. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the population ages, there is a burgeoning need for community health educators.   Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have recognized that need and on Tuesday signed an articulation agreement to start training those professionals.   "There are career opportunities which are so critical to well-paid positions doing work people love. We are particularly proud of getting our side of this launch and being able to align it so well with what is happening at MCLA," said BCC President Ellen

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'Decision Height'
03:28PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble takes female empowerment to new levels with its upcoming production of "Decision Height," a dramatic story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.

The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. All performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s School campus. 

General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Tickets can be bought online; after 4 p.m. Nov. 9, call

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State Releasing Extra Funds to Help Rural Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said for years the state has been providing a 'one size fits all model' for funding and that is now changing with such programs as rural school aid. DALTON, Mass. — Rural schools will receive additional support this year after state Sen. Adam Hinds successfully secured a $1.5 million budget allocation for additional aid.   The budget line provides districts below certain incomes and density $100 extra per student. The sparsity aid program helps rural schools with funding struggles keep up with larger schools throughout the state.    "In a rural school our fixed costs are the

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Guest Column: We Are Too Great to Hate
By James F. Birge, Guest Column
01:56PM / Saturday, November 03, 2018
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As the president of a public institution of higher education, I have the unique opportunity to hear from many voices of those who represent the next generation. It should come as no surprise that there are myriad concerns coming through in those voices about the state of our country.   Between the Trump administration's seeking to restrict Title IX's definition of gender to "a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth," bombs being sent to officials affiliated with the Democratic Party, and shooting violence fueled by the increasing volume of hateful, racist, anti-Semitic, and ideological propaganda

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