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BArT School 2017-2018 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 21. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.

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North Adams Schools Set Opening Day 2017
01:21PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Elementary students in Grades K-8 and Drury transfer students will begin school on Thursday, Aug. 31; prekindergarten and all Drury students will begin on Friday, Sept. 1.

Both days are full days of school.

Monday, Sept. 4, is the Labor Day holiday.

Elementary Schools: 8:40 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Pre-kindergarten (a.m. session):  8:40 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Pre-kindergarten (p.m. session):  11:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Drury High School:  7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.  (late bell at 7:43 a.m.) On early release days, elementary schools are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and students at the high school are released at 11

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North County Teens Honored for Summer Employment Participation
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Monday, August 14, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Works Summer Program Coordinator Molly Meczywor had one piece of advice for her students going to work in the Physics Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this summer.

"The only thing I said to Brad was, please don't blow anything up," Meczywor said before presenting Bradley Odell a certificate of completion on Friday morning during a ceremony at North Adams City Hall.

Odell, about to enter his senior year at McCann Technical School, said after the ceremony that he didn't blow anything up —though he admitted he "almost" did during the 125 hours he spent taking two college courses and working at

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Education Task Force Takes in Reaction to Countywide District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Sunday, August 13, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force assessed the fallout from its July 15 vote advocating a single school district for the county and discussed its strategy for explaining that recommendation to school officials, town officials and the public at large.   Nearly a month after acting on the data accumulated in Phase 2 of the task force's multiyear study of the county's education system, the members at Saturday's meeting remained firm in their commitment that a single school district provides the best long-term option for providing educational opportunity and fiscal stability in a time of rising costs and declining populations county

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As Eclipse Nears, Williams College Crew Prepares
10:57AM / Wednesday, August 09, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff. is heading one of the largest organized scientific expeditions to study the sun, and the sun's effects on Earth, at the eclipse.

"This summer's total solar eclipse is a bonanza for finding out more about how the sun shines," said Pasachoff, who will take advantage of his experience in observing eclipses, and organizing eclipse expeditions, by taking dozens of students and colleagues with him to Salem, Ore., for the event on Monday, Aug. 21.

"I've chosen the site because it is in the region with the most favorable cloudiness statistics for August, while still having the logistics

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Letter: Comments on the Recommendation of the Berkshire County Education Task Force
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01:00PM / Friday, August 04, 2017
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Like many others, I appreciate the time the members of the Berkshire Educational Task Force have spent on a challenging and important problem. Their recommendation is being discussed in a variety of places, and thus merits a response.

Most recently, at a public forum on July 31 in Lanesborough on the proposed regionalization between Lanesborough and Williamstown, a resident asked if the Mount Greylock Committee has voted on the task force's recommendation. We have not, but I have asked for agenda items on it for future meetings.

The task force concentrated efforts on roughly three options: do nothing, form three regions, form one region. These are just three possibilities on a large

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MCLA Receives Mellon Planning Grant
03:39PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received a $50,000 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to establish a Berkshire Humanities Council.

The council will create regional collaborations and extend best and emerging humanities practices in teaching, learning and community engagement by utilizing new and deeper ways to connect the resources in our region.

The planning for a Berkshire Humanities Council will begin on Aug. 1, and extend through June 30, 2018. It will focus on three main items: creating the model for a digital asset map; defining experiential-based learning and formalizing undergraduate research opportunities; and outlining a

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BArT Education Grant Allowing Local Collaboration for Math Teaching
04:24PM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School is receiving a state grant of $244,070 grant to support a collaborative math education project with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and the North Adams Public Schools.   BArT proposed the collaborative project to the Massachusetts Dissemination Program for charter schools. The grant from the  state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will facilitate sharing between middle school math teachers of practices that support improvement of student performance using the Data Wise model as a continuous cycle of inquiry.    The charter school has an ongoing partnership with Harvard

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BArT Receives Grant for Collaboration with Local School Districts
01:13PM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, a tuition-free public school serving students in grades six through 12 from a number of Massachusetts communities within the Berkshires, has been selected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to receive a $244,070 grant to support a collaborative project with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and the North Adams Public School District.

BArT proposed the collaborative project to the Massachusetts Dissemination Program for charter schools. Long a champion of the informed collection and use of data to continuously improve teaching and student academic outcomes, BArT has

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McCann School's District Towns Getting Some Funds Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some towns in the Northern Berkshire Regional School District are going to see a little bit of relief in their assessments, and others will get turnbacks of transportation funds.   Superintendent James Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday that now that the state budget has passed, he has firmer numbers that will be relayed to the towns.   "Chapter 70 increased so I reduced the amount of money that we have in tuition so those two balance out because we cannot change the budget bottom line, it is how we get to it," he said. "So up in Chapter 70, down in tuition but up in the municipal minimum."     The

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