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North Adams School Officials Talk Next Steps in Greylock Project
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, January 13, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While Greylock School has been accepted into the first steps of a school renovation program, it will take years for the process to play out.   "There are lots of considerations and documentation to complete along the way that ultimately will inform our feasibility and design," Superintendent Barbara Malkas said. "We are looking at a seven-year time window from entering into eligibility to actually completing the process."   Malkas had been asked to update the School Committee last Tuesday on the status of the feasibility study with Massachusetts School Building Authority.   The MSBA Board of Directors voted to invite the

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Colegrove Teachers & Students Provide School Committee With Update
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:54AM / Saturday, January 11, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Colegrove Park Elementary teachers and students showcased some new interdisciplinary programming at Tuesday's School Committee meeting.   The principals have been asked to present programming and initiatives to the committee, with Greylock taking the lead last month with its successful solution to reducing behavioral problems.    Colegrove showcased its STEM Week and Spacial Temporal Math (ST Math) program.   "These two programs show the dedication and work our employees, not only in the fifth grade but teachers K through 6, truly stepping up to the plate, collaborating, and improving their proactive special support to students,"

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Williams Libraries Receives Collections from Celebrated Poet, Scholar
01:39AM / Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams Libraries has received collections of books, manuscripts and record albums documenting the life and work of one of America' most influential poets and scholars: Sterling Allen Brown, a Class of 1922 graduate of Williams College.

Brown's family made the donation to the Williams College Archives, where the materials will be preserved, cataloged and made accessible to researchers in Special Collections. The gift includes Brown's personal library, manuscripts, photographs and sound recordings, providing deeper insight into his legacy, especially his devotion to the development of a literature about authentic Black folklife.

"The

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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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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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McCann School Committee Meets For Last Time in 2019
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:06PM / Sunday, December 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Williams College gave McCann Technical School a gift that will brighten up its football field — but it needs some expertise to get it assembled.    Superintendent James Brosnan informed the School Committee at its final — and brief — meeting of 2019 that he would need to issuie a request for proposal for electrical engineering services to get the ball rolling in an effort to illuminate the field. Williams College recently donated a full set of athletic field lights to McCann after the college refurbished Weston Field.    "We've got a garage full of lights and everything that was given to us by Williams.

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North Adams Gets $600K Grant to Make Brayton Access Safer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Sunday, December 15, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A nearly $600,000 state grant is going to make it safer for children to cross from Brayton Hill Apartments to Brayton School.    The city was recently awarded $598,255 through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program to make infrastructure improvements at the entrance to the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and install sidewalks in the area of the school. The City Council accepted the grant on Tuesday.    "This grant is an incredible opportunity for the Brayton Elementary School neighborhood and will help support pedestrian and bike safety," said Barbara Malkas, superintendent of North Adams Public Schools. "The end result

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