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McCann Students Collect Can Tabs For Shriners
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Saturday, July 07, 2018
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The students collected some 400,000 can tabs to donate to the Shriners. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – McCann students collected near 400,000 aluminum can tabs and donated them to the Shriners Hospital in memory of longtime Shriner Mark Feder.    In just a quick three weeks, McCann students were able to collect approximately 225 pounds of aluminum can tabs to be donated and scrapped to help Shriners Hospitals continue their work.   "The students did a real nice job and I am really proud of them," Principal Justin Kratz said. "They stepped up, so we are looking forward to doing it again next year."   Mark Feder, who passed away in 2017, was a fixture

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More Drury Student Art Installed on Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This was the seventh year new artwork by Drury High School students has been installed on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building on Brown Street.

"Again we stand here in awe," Cascade President Pete Cote said Monday during a brief ceremony.

This was the first year that Mayor Thomas Bernard was on hand during the ceremony to see the art and a handful of the artists first-hand.

"It's incredible," Bernard said.

And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher Phoebe Pepper posed with the students whom she shepherded through the process and accepted the annual monetary donation from Cascade, which also donates the wood

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BArT Announces Junior Book Awards
12:18PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 15, at an all-school assembly.

Ruth Bristol

Darrel Lynch

Thomas Cook

Isaiah Albright

​ ​Natalie Celebi

Hannah Stringer

​Joshua Doubiago & Johnyce Lanphear-Dyer

Johnyce Lanphear-Dyer

Ruth Bristol

 

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McCann Receives Almost $200,000 in Grant Funds
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, June 22, 2018
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Superintendent James Brosnan, center, poses with Gov. Charlie Baker and North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard at Wednesday's grant presentation at Salem High School. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has received a $195,873 in state Skills Capital Grant funds to purchase new advanced manufacturing equipment.

Superintendent James Brosnan was happy to tell the School Committee on Thursday that he recently visited Salem High School, where Gov. Charlie Baker awarded grant. 

"Had a great day today," he said. "This is really exciting we are flying high."

Some $10.9 million was given out to 33 high schools and educational institutions on Wednesday.

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Berkshire Country Day School Holds Grade 8 Awards Ceremony
04:00PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School, an independent school for students in preschool through ninth grade, celebrated its seventh- and eighth-graders at an awards and end-of-year closing ceremony held Wednesday, June 13.   Certificates for completing the course of study through eighth grade were presented to Aurora Benson, Symaira Elliott, Donald Miller, and Will St. John, all of Pittsfield; Abbey Boyd of West Stockbridge; Anje Capala of Spencertown, N.Y.; Halle Davies of Lenox; Esme Lazar and Ryan Sonsini, both of Great Barrington; Jamie McDonnell of Old Chatham, N.Y.; Clara Mollerus of  Otis; Keely O'Gorman of Lee; Alex Rodriguez-Benjamin and Sean Sylbert, both

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
02:28PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2018 dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

Alexandria T. Brandon, Justin N. Kaczowski, Laurie A. McArthur, Sonia M. McWhirt, Kelsy M. Pero

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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
02:21PM / Monday, June 18, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Addison Chen, Terra Lim, Joseph McGovern, Jonathan Nondo,

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MCLA Welcomes New Leadership
11:40AM / Friday, June 15, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has appointed four new leaders on campus, to fill new and existing positions.

Dr. Christopher MacDonald-Dennis is MCLA's chief diversity officer, and Gina Puc, Class of 2007, will move from her position as director of admission to assume a new role as the college's dean of enrollment management and community relations. In addition, Robert P. Ziomek, Class of 1989, will return to his alma mater to assume the role of vice president of advancement, and Dr. Emily Allen Williams will be the campus's vice president of academic affairs.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is thrilled that MacDonald-Dennis, Puc,

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Colegrove Kindergarten Educator Named Kelley Teacher of the Year
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:11PM / Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Sharon Sylvester was honored on her retirement as a teaching assistant in preK and kindergarten. Principal Meehan says Sylvester, 'knows her students well. She anticipates their every need even before they do.' NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public School's named a surprised Roberta Sullivan as its Teacher of the Year on Thursday morning at Colegrove Park Elementary School.    The kindergarten teacher, who is retiring after more than 28 years in the public schools, was feted with the Marion B. Kelley Teacher of the Year Award during the school's end-of-the-year assembly. Also recognized was pre-kindergarten teaching assistant Sharon Sylvester,

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College Notes: June 2018
03:37PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior atin Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.

 

Annie Wenger-Schulman of Pittsfield, a graduate of the Advanced Inquiry Program atin Oxford, Ohio, recently traveled to Mongolia with the program's Project Dragonfly. Wenger-Schulman studied the ecology of steppe ecosystems, with a focus on the Pallas' cat, Przewalski's horse and participatory conservation media. Project Dragonfly's Earth Expeditions graduate courses offers firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in

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