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College Notes: Late Summmer & Fall 2019
04:23PM / Monday, December 30, 2019
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  Noah Chicoine of North Adams was among 15 students who participated in a pilot mathematical consulting class in the spring semester atthat allowed them to research the campus' electrical needs and analyze and optimize the joint operation of the two hydropower plants in Potsdam, N.Y.   Taught by Marko Budisic, assistant professor of mathematics, the class is a part of a nation-wide Mathematical Association of America program, Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematics (PICMath) that aims to connect students in mathematical sciences with industrial partners in order to enable students to work on real industry problem, and highlight the range of

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Williams Astronomy Professor Heading to India for Annular Eclipse
01:38AM / Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jay Pasachoff, the Field Memorial professor of astronomy at Williams College and chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar Eclipses, is heading to India to view a solar eclipse on Thursday, Dec. 26.

According to Pasachoff, the moon will be a little farther from Earth than average, so it will not completely cover the sun's bright disk, leaving a ring known as an annulus of bright everyday sunlight. Though up to 93 percent of the sun will be covered, to see this "annular eclipse" safely, people should still use special solar-safe filters or look at projected images. Near the maximum of the eclipse, images will be

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Eight PHS Musicians Accepted into Senior District Orchestra
04:51PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eight Pittsfield High School orchestra students have been accepted into the Western Massachusetts Senior District Orchestra - with four of those students having high enough scores to receive an All-State recommendation.

PHS orchestra students will perform in Western District Symphony orchestra in January at UMass Amherst Performing Arts Center with other students in Western Massachusetts who were accepted through auditions.

Students with All State recommendations will audition at the state level at Shrewsbury High school on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a chance to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston in March.

The students are: Gerdlie Jean-Louis, principal of viola

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Barr Foundation Funds 'Portrait of a Graduate' Project for Five Berkshire County High Schools
02:05PM / Thursday, December 19, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Barr Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the Berkshire County Education Task Force and Berkshire Tomorrows, an arm of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, to enable five County high schools to develop "a portrait of a graduate."

The participating schools are the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Drury High School, Lee Middle and High School, Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School.

The Barr Foundation describes "A Portrait of a Graduate" as "a collective vision of what all high school students will know and be able to do by graduation. To create a portrait of a graduate educators, parents, students,

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BCC Hires New Faculty, Staff
04:23PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus.

Melody Fisher has been hired as the assistant professor of psychology at the college. Previously, she taught at BCC as an adjunct for three years and has taught in Boston, Mass. Recently, Fisher worked at Hillcrest Educational Centers as a clinician and for Williams College running an after-school enrichment program for elementary school children. She lives in Williamstown, has a bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University, where she double-majored in English and psychology, and has earned her doctorate degree at UMass-Boston.

Sarah Giasullo has been hired as the assistant professor of

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Berkshire Community College Wins Prestigious Sustainability Award
03:44PM / Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College was one of eight state organizations that was recognized at the 13th annual Leading by Example awards for clean energy initiatives in public higher education in the commonwealth by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

The Leading by Example program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources and works collaboratively with state agencies and public colleges and universities to advance clean energy and sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impacts of state government operations. The awards were presented at a State House ceremony by DOER Commissioner Judith Judson and Division of Capital Asset

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Mount Greylock Committee Recognizes Top Scholar, Reorganizes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Amelia Murphy was recognized this month as a "top scholar and an active participant in the classroom and the school community."   District Superintendent Kimberley Grady gave Murphy a Certificate of Academic Excellence during the monthly meeting of the School Committee.   "[Murphy] commands a great deal of respect from her peers and faculty for her level of maturity, integrity and enthusiasm for learning," Grady said.   She said Murphy's active life in and out of school includes hiking, gardening, rowing, Nordic skiing and karate. And with a primary academic interest in science,

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Schools Announce Recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:20PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Berkshire County Schools are now announcing the names of students who have received the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. Schools are encouraged to send their lists to info@iberkshires.com to recognize their students in this space.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides merit-based credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university (with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

In order for a student to qualify, they must score "advanced" on their grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics tests or

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Taconic Rain Garden Dedicated to Late Maxymillian Employee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Brian Simard PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A rain garden at the new Taconic High School is being dedicated in memory of one of the workers who helped build it.    Brian Simard was J.H. Maxymillian Co. employee who was killed in a worksite accident just over a year ago at the age of 26.   The School Committee voted last week to place a plaque near the rain gardens in the North Adams native's memory.   "We all felt it was really appropriate to honor the memory of this young man whose profession really took off on this construction site with a memorial by the first project he was really in charge of himself," Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Finale Performances Run Nov. 21-24
01:19PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — The annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare is back, bringing hundreds of teenagers from 10 area high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company.

Beginning on Nov. 21, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the award-winning program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties for nine weeks. 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 Fall Festival of Shakespeare is nationally recognized for its innovative teaching, emotional

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