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BArT Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
01:39PM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third trimester of the 2016-2017 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.

Dion Bianco, Ivan Chen, Zy'Aira Cooper, Felee Davis,

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
11:48AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seventeen graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 15 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Chelise Rondeau

Salina Kiplagat

Megan Mahoney

Yormary Shogren

Angela Colson, Brittany Moore-Lusigan, Lindsay Ostellino

Samantha Andrews

Gregory Martin, Pamela Matson, Railea Rivera, Lesline Rostick

Stephanie Fredsall

Anna Owuor

Shauna Hoffman

Valentina Gavel

Natalya Sevostyanova


Lindsay Ostellino

Gregory Martin

Natalya Sevostyanova

 
Graduates of the 10-month program are eligible to sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse

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Pittsfield School Committee Chair Nominated For State Awards
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:54AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Committee nominated its chairwoman for two statewide awards.   The Committee voted on Wednesday to nominate Katherine Yon for a Massachusetts Association of School Committees lifetime achievement award and as an all-state school committee member. She was nominated by both Superintendent Jason McCandless and School Committee member Cynthia Taylor, separately, when the statewide organization sent out requests for nominations.    "Her belief in the power of great teacher and great schools to lift up and enhance the life of every child in neat ways is inspiring to us all. She continues to work as a teacher, as a tutor, and a mentor to

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Pittsfield Questioning Continued Use of 'Braves' For Taconic Mascot
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
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There are only two high schools in Berkshire County that still use terms for Native Americans as a moniker and/or logos. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School may need a new mascot.   The state Legislature is currently debating a bill that would ban the use of names, symbols, or imagery referring to Native American tribes. The proposed law even specifically uses the term "braves" as being outlawed from use.   Taconic High School has long used the name Braves, with a mascot depicting an American Indian, but with a new school and a new law, school leaders are starting to question if the name should stay or go.   "Whether the law is enacted or not,

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McCann Postgraduates Ready for Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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The graduates flip their tassels over to show they've graduated. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was the second time that Jennifer Boucher of Adams had earned a diploma from McCann Technical School's postgraduate program.    And she held it tight as she danced her way out of the gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk" on Monday, ready for a life-changing career.   Boucher had first earned a cosmetology diploma from McCann and has been working as a hair stylist for years. On Monday night, she was pinned and presented a diploma in dental assisting.   "I am 45 years old and decided in this past year that I needed to make a

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32 Overcame Adversity to Graduate From Pittsfield Adult Learning Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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Student speaker Donald Cummings said he was inspired to change his life through a video game gamertag. He said, 'you can't give up until you actually try.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Earning a GED isn't a goal for most young children. But, life happens.   Life happened for 32 city adults who on Monday celebrated passing the high school equivalency test (HiSET) in the adult diploma program.   Those enrolled in the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center had all set their minds on second chances and earned a general educational development diploma to help themselves and their families.   "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't

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With Mixed Emotions, PHS Grads Celebrate Commencement
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:36PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School class President Mary Tullock is both a little scared and excited about graduation.    "We are all diving into what feels like our first mid-life crisis," Tullock said as she addressed the class of 197 students from the Tanglewood stage at Sunday's commencement.    She praised her family, friends, and staff at PHS for helping the students not only get to graduation but set the foundation for each student's future.   "Today is the beginning of the rest of our lives. I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty excited. We have spent the past 12 years building the foundations of our

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210 Braves Graduate From Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:43PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
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Valedictorian Raeayn Warren spliced humor and seriousness together in delivering her address to her fellow classmates during Sunday's ceremony. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The graduates from Taconic High School know there will be challenges and failures in the future.

But, they're also confident that they are brave enough to overcome anything.

"In the coming years, each one of us will face challenges and failures. So whenever you need to, go back to the basics and get in touch with your high school roots," Valedictorian Raeayn Warren told her classmates.    "With that being said, let's not forget to share our successes. We

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Lenox High Class of 2017 Reminded to 'Let the Weird Out'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:22PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — The 64 members of the Lenox Memorial High School class of 2017 were sent of to new beginnings with the challenge to "let the weird out."   Valedictorian Joseph Bouvier said he'd learned that as a member of the school's improvisational comedy troupe, which he'd joined as a sophomore.    In fact, he told the graduation gathering at the Koussevitsky Shed at Tanglewood, much of what he'd learned in improv could be transferred as life lessons.    A basic factor in developing improv, Bouvier said, was using the term "yes, and."    "You first need to first need to accept other people's

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Taconic High School Names Valedictorian Salutatorian 2017
11:52AM / Saturday, June 10, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Raeayn Warren and Jac Lun Lin have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Taconic High School class of 2017.    Principal John Vosburgh has announced that the school will hold its 47th commencement exercises at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, in the gymnasium, as has been tradition at the school for many years.   Warren, daughter of Holly and Derek Warren, has a grade average of 102.1 and has been recognized by the College Board as an Advanced Placement Scholar and received the Superintendents Award for Academic Excellence. She scored "advanced" on all three Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessement System exams required

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