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Clarksburg School To Hold Visioning Session On New Building
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:00AM / Friday, November 04, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The elementary school will host a visioning session next week to gain input from teachers, administrators and parents to better inform the plans for a new school.   Principal Tara Barnes told the School Committee Thursday that an architect and education consultant will visit the school Nov. 9 to gather information about what teachers, administrators and parents want from the new building.   "It is going to be all day, and they are going to meet with a small group and then the entire staff at the end of the day," Barnes said. "It should be great."   She added that they will get teachers up to speed on what a new building can

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Drury High Senior Earns Top Academic Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:59AM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School senior Alexandra Bernard was presented with this year's Superintendent's Award for her academic achievements.

The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Certificate of Academic Excellence is given to the highest ranking high school senior within a district.

"Alexandra is a worthy nominee," said Superintendent Barbara Malkas at Tuesday's School Committee meeting.

Bernard, daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Bernard of North Adams, has taken honors classes and six Advanced Placement classes.

"She not only has the highest [grade point average] in the senior class but she has been an active member of

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No on 2 Campaign Rallies in Pittsfield as Election Day Nears
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:11PM / Saturday, October 29, 2016
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MTA President Barbara Madeloni said so far 'the 413 is no on 2.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Corporations and big business cannot buy public education.   That is the message that those opposing Question 2, a ballot initiative calling for raising the cap on charter schools by a dozen, is sending.
  The opposition says the expansion of the charter school system will devastate the traditional public school system by allocating more public funding to the privately-run schools.   "The message you are sending across the nation is powerful. What you are saying is that big business, corporations, you cannot buy public education. That's the message that needs to

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Chris Trapper to Perform at Drury High School
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Drury Performing Arts Management class will bring singer-songwriter Chris Trapper to the Drury auditorium this Saturday.

Boston-based Trapper is former front man for the late-'90s alternative rock band The Push Stars and his music has been featured on televisions shows and movies including "Malcolm in the Middle" and "There’s Something About Mary."

He will play at the Drury After Dark concert series this weekend.

"He is really great and he has some really great music, and I think it is going to appeal to a lot of the community and school community as well," DPAM student and senior Alex Bernard said.

Bernard said the

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MCLA to Host Open House for Prospective Students
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will host the second of three fall open house events for high school and transfer students interested in applying for admission to attend MCLA for the spring of 2017 or the fall 2017 on Saturday, Oct. 29. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Amsler Campus Center.

In addition to touring the campus, prospective students and families can learn more about the admissions and financial aid process; student life; attend an academic program overview; and explore the many opportunities MCLA has to offer, such as internships, study abroad, our honors program and undergraduate research.

Those who wish to find out more about

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Convocation
11:33AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently recognized the academic achievements of 103 students during an Honors Convocation Program.

Each honored student ranks in the top five percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Honored students (and hometowns) include:

 

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Aaron R. Biros, Jeremy R. Patterson, Chelise M. Rondeau

Rebecca J. Simmons

Amy L. Brassard, Katie Clarke, Dudley R. Johnson, Emily A. Thurston

Henry J. Fristik

Marion T. Brooks, Alexander F. Griffith

Shaina R. Benham, Magdelin C. Bennett, Oksana O. Dix, Whitney N. Eastland, John C. Morrissey, Valerie L. Rose, Bridget

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MCLA to Hold Open Houses For MBA, MEd Degrees
12:19PM / Monday, October 24, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will offer open house events in Pittsfield and on the MCLA campus for those interested in completing their bachelor’s degrees, earning their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree or Master of Education (MEd) degree, and more.

Two open houses will be held: on Monday, Oct. 24, in the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield; and on Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the MCLA campus in Bowman Hall, room 217. Both events will begin at 6 p.m.

MCLA’s Degree Completion, MBA and MEd programs are designed to meet the needs of working adult learners. MCLA’s Degree Completion programs, designed to take just over two years to

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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards
12:40PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its Annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 15, when it recognized the achievements of past graduates of the college.

This year's recipients included Peter Abuisi '66, who received the Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award; The Honorable Representative Michelle Dubois '06, who received the MCLA Alumni Humanitarian Award; Michelle Kirby '90, who received the MCLA Outstanding Educator Award; Benjamin Lamb '07, who received the MCLA Young Alumnus Award; Buffy Duringer Lord '98, who received the MCLA Outstanding Service to the College Award; and Dr. Katherine

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Brayton Students Enjoy Free Supper Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, October 21, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kids in North Adams have another reason to hang around after school: Dinner.   The hot meal program was introduced this year at Brayton Elementary School as part of its slate of after-school activities.   Cory Nicholas, the food service director, said about 185 students are now served dinner each weekday evening.   "We, from a food service standpoint, are trying to increase access," he said. "That's our goal. We have expanded with breakfast in the classroom and now supper."   Noella Carlow, the school system's 21st Century after-school and summer program site coordinator, who with Nicholas secured the grant, said the

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Founding Director Bowen Leaving BArT at End of School Year
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05:30PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — The founding director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will leave at the end of the school year.

Julia Bowen informed the BArT community by email on Wednesday afternoon that she was departing after 13 years guiding the region's first and only charter school.

"I feel confident that this work will continue long after my departure," she wrote. "Over the years, we have built a team that has the intelligence to take on new challenges, the wisdom to focus on the most important work and the moral clarity to do this with integrity and respect, always with students' best interests at heart. I couldn't have imagined we would

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