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MCLA's Improving Teacher Quality Grant Extended
01:38PM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the lead partner for the Berkshire Early Learning Lab Improving Teacher Quality program, has had its ITQ grant extended for another two years, which will allow more than 40 additional educators to participate, and an expansion of existing programming.

The grant, which began in 2013, serves Berkshire County preschool through second grade teachers by providing rich opportunities for them to learn about and implement the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education model.

Sites presently being served include North Adams Public Schools, Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Northern Berkshire

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MCLA Professor to Receive 'Friend of Art Education of the Year Award'
12:29PM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Donovan, a fine and performing arts professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Friend of Art Education of the Year Award for 2017 at the 2016 Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) Conference.

The conference, titled "Redefining Art Education," is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, at Lesley University in Cambridge.

Donovan was selected for her passion and dedication to creative learning and the arts, for the great work she does in the field of art education, and for her contributions to teaching and learning in Massachusetts, according to the MAEA Awards Committee.

An affiliate of the

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McCann Students Repair Clarksburg Town Hall Facade
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — McCann Technical School students are giving Town Hall a facelift using donated funds.   With tighter budgets through the years, Town Administrator Carl McKinney said it has been hard to keep up with the aging and deteriorating building that was constructed in the 1930s as the Briggsville School.   "We were looking at Town Hall and its many needs," McKinney said. "It is a solid structure, well built but it has had a level of neglect and it really needed some attention."   McKinney said about 15 months ago, with the blessing of the Select Board, he started a fundraising campaign and was able to raise

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Clarksburg School Attains Level 1 Status
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School has achieved a Level 1 status based on last spring's standardized tests.

"Staff and teachers really worked hard over a number of years to reach this level," Superintendent Jon Lev said at Thursday's School Committee meeting.

The levels, running from 1 to 5, are based on the percentage of students mastering proficiency levels in English-Language Arts and math in the lower grades. Level 1 is the highest that can be achieved.

Clarksburg has been administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, or PARCC, for the past two years. Some students also took the Massachusetts Comprehensive

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North Adams Elementary Pupils Set for Walk to School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Tuesday, October 04, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's elementary school pupils are being encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday for International Walk to School Day.

Routes have been laid out for the three schools and parents are encouraged to join the "Walking School Bus" that will feature school and city officials, teachers, local "celebrities," and police officers.

"North Adams is a Safe Routes to School city, which is a federally funded initiative of MassDOT," Amanda Chilson, local coordinator for the state's Mass in Motion program, told the City Council recently, adding, "It's to increase biking and walking ... and it fosters mutual partnerships

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MCLA Holds 20th Annual Golf Classic
02:00PM / Monday, October 03, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts held its 20th annual MCLA Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on Monday, Sept. 19. The tournament was sponsored for the third consecutive year by President’s Club Title Sponsor Petri Contracting of Clarksburg.

This annual event brings together community members and local businesses to support the college’s athletics programs. The tournament drew a field of 20 teams, which competed for gross and net prizes.

The Gross Division Winner was the Desmarais team, which consisted of Jerry Desmarais, Russell Dillman, Larry Hulland and Mike Sanders. The Net Division Winners were Deb Raber, Nancy

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BArT Announces Upcoming 'Shadow Day'
12:10PM / Monday, October 03, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School will host a "Shadow Day" for students interested in either enrolling at BArT for the upcoming 2017-18 school year or transferring into BArT during this current 2016-17 school year.

Shadow Days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. While interested students participate in BART's classes, parents and guardians are invited to take a tour of the school.  

Advance registration is required and can be completed by contacting enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, ext. 732, or by e-mail at monique.nottke@bartcharter.org.

Grades six, eight

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Drury High Class of 1966 Rededicates Marker, Tours School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Monday, October 03, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A long-forgotten monument from the class of 1966 was rededicated on Friday as part of the Drury High School class's 50th reunion.

The gift to Drury featured an engraving of the Eternal Flame and the quote by John F. Kennedy "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

But the fact that there was a monument was a surprise to many of the class members, including the two representatives who were pictured in the local newspapers attending a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day in 1967.

"No one remembered it. No one remembered its origin," said class member Donna Bona Morgan, who then laughed,

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North Adams Police Teach Students of Cyber Safety
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police Officers David Lemieux and Kyle Cahoon gave Brayton Elementary sixth- and seventh-graders a crash course in cyber safety and bullying.   Lemieux and Cahoon addressed a cafeteria full of students Friday on the responsibly that comes along with using a phone or computer and what the consequences are for misuse are.   Among tips for internet safety and mindfulness, Lemieux told the students they need to be aware of every message and photo they send.    "Everyone likes to text and what not but it's electronic and it goes everywhere," he said. "Once you hit that send button it's gone and you don't have control over

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Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want

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