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McCann Graduates Encouraged to Be Brave & Live for the Moment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:05AM / Thursday, June 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2017 was encouraged to live in the moment and to be brave in the face of failure.   School Committee Chairman Thomas Mahar said he'd had a hard time thinking of what advice to give the school's 55th graduating class that hadn't been said before.   "I realized I didn't have anything new to say," Mahar told the 112 graduates seated in the Amsler Campus Center gym at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "Then it struck me, you don't hear much about failure."   Satisfaction comes from doing your best, he said, by reaching deep inside and pulling off something beyond

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McCann Tech Names Top Students for Graduation 2017
04:10PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has named William Andrew Peter Kipp and William David Galipeau as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, as announced by Principal Justin Kratz.   Both students will graduate from McCann with high honors on Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   Kipp, son of Aaron and Wendy Kipp, is a senior in the Machine Technology Program. He is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence. He is a member of the pre-engineering program, Project Lead The Way, the National

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BArT Charter School Sends Class of 2017 Off to College
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The 16 college-bound Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School graduates were charged Saturday with taking control of their own narrative.   After reading the state's profile of the school's 10th graduating class, teacher Sean Johnson explained that in his opinion, this class was a group of survivors.   "That is the state of Massachusetts' story that is told by a spreadsheet but that is not your story. Let me tell you another story about the class of 2017," he told the graduates and their families during graduation exercises in the school's gym. "When I think of the class, I think of one word:

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Mount Greylock Grads Told: Go Balls to the Wall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some will tell you that you learned everything you needed to know in kindergarten, but Mount Greylock Regional School's 2017 class speaker had a different idea.   "When we were younger, most of us read Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare," Josh Narey reminded his classmates at Saturday morning's graduation. "The moral of the story is: ‘Slow and steady wins the race.'   "And it's a load of crap.   "That guy Aesop was a complete clown. Slow and steady does not win the race. It loses it. Best wins the race. You have to put everything you've got into everything you

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BCC Grads Showed 'Grit' To Earn Degrees, Certificates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:30PM / Friday, June 02, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. — Jeremy Patterson admires the traditional college graduate, the ones who had the foresight and commitment to delve right into higher education.   Patterson is not a traditional graduate. At age 26, neither he nor his wife had even graduated high school. He was out of work and trying to care for their three children. One day in 2007, they packed everything they owned into a 1992 Oldsmobile and left their rural home in Florida, driving to a new home in the Berkshires.   "We were petrified. While staying with a friend, I found work and in a month we had gathered enough money to rent the apartment below him," Patterson said.    The

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MCLA Alumna Named Scope Educator of the Year
01:36PM / Friday, June 02, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jill Pompi, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Class of 1989,  the literacy director at C.T. Plunkett School in the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, is the MCLA SCOPE (Standing Committee on Professional Education) Educator of the Year.

She received the award on Tuesday, May 30, in Boston.

This Educator Alumni Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding state university educator alumni who work or have worked in a Massachusetts public pre-K or K-12 school.

Pompi, who earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, reading specialist certification and administrator certification at MCLA, and her education specialist Degree at Simmons

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Stamford Overwhelmingly Rejects Act 46 School Merger
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Thursday, June 01, 2017
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Two ballots were cast, one for the merger and the second to organize representation on school for the merged union. The merger failed, making the board makeup moot.   STAMFORD, Vt. — Voters in Stamford overwhelming rejected the creation of a unified school district with Readsboro and Halifax.    The final tally on Wednesday night was 173-6 against moving forward with the district under the state's Act 46.    "It's a good thing I believe because now we have more time, we have time to explore the interstate district talks with Clarksburg and at minimum try for geographic isolation," said Cynthia Lamore, chairman of School Board.

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MCLA to Host North County Eighth-Grade Career Fair
05:08PM / Monday, May 29, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will welcome approximately 800 eighth-grade students from seven Berkshire County schools on Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, when they attend the sixth annual Eighth Grade Career Fair in Bowman Hall on the MCLA campus.

Eighth graders from Hoosac Valley Middle/High School in Cheshire, Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter School in Adams, and Mt. Greylock Middle/High School in Williamstown will attend the Fair on June 1, from 8:15 to 10 a.m. Students who are in the eighth grade at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield will participate that same day, 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.

On June 2, eighth-grade students from Drury

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Information Sessions Begin for Clarksburg School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:40AM / Saturday, May 27, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — School officials are pushing for a vote on school construction project for September that, if successful, means a projected opening in fall 2019.   The timeline was explained on Wednesday during the first public information session on the proposed $17.5 million school construction project. The entire presentation can be seen below.    The plans, "Scheme E," is available on Clarksburg School's website and includes a renovation of the so-called 1960s wing, and addition on that wing in the back, and the tear down and reconstruction of the 1970s wing.    Christian Whitsett, of Jones Whitsett Architects, said the building has

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North Adams School Committee OKs $17M Budget, Teacher Contract
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Friday, May 26, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a spending plan of $17,329,082 for fiscal 2018 that is offset by an appropriation of $250,000 from the school choice account.    The committee also approved a three-year contract with the North Adams Teachers Association after a brief executive session.    The contract balances out the wage and step schedule in year one and has 1.5 percent increases in years one and two.    The negotiations were done as interest based bargaining, where the two sides worked together in mutually beneficial talks rather than each side coming in with separate positions.    "When you don't have a

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