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New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
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NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to

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Drury Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:17PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

 

Grade 12

Boillat, Taylor Nicole; Brayman, Jacob Richard; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Denning, Cady Aileen; Eastwood, Serena Marie; Middleton, Joseph James; Moon, Amanda Marie; Neff, Anthony John; Zoito, Allison Elizabeth.

Clements, Ashley Elizabeth; Flynn, Trinity Marie; Labdi, Shadi Samir; Lessard, Matthew Ryan; Therrien, Brianna Marie; Toomey, Dylan Hunter; Vallieres, Joshua Paul; Wright, Kevin Robert.

 

Grade 11

Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Bohl, Natasha Irene; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Cartmill, Hali Dawn; DeMarsico, Leigha Renae;

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Regional Science Fair Draws More Than 60 Budding Scientists
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Jeffrey Thomas of Lever shares his lab experience with the students on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 students took part in the Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair held at MCLA and presented their findings to judges.   High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.   "STEM was something that you just had to do, and we had to go to science class we had to go to math class," he said.

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress'
09:53AM / Friday, March 09, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

This year's presentation is "Once Upon a Mattress" by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Princess and The Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" takes place in a fictitious 15th century European kingdom. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, Queen Aggravain (MGRHS sophomore Ashtyn Faas) has ruled that none

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North Adams to Try Again for Feasibility Study of Greylock School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, March 09, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock School fell out of the money — literally — last year but school officials will try again for a feasibility study to look into replacing or renovating the 60-year-old building.    The School Committee on Tuesday authorized Superintendent Barbara Malkas to submit a statement of interest detailing the educational and building needs of the elementary school to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The City Council will also have to approve the submission prior to the April 6 deadline.    "Having a statement of interest doesn't mean we'll have a project next year," Malkas explained. "But that we

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North Adams School Committee OKs Calendar
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Thursday, March 08, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Schools haven't completed this year but it does know when the next school year will begin.   The School Committee on Tuesday approved a school calendar for 2018-19 that begins after the Labory Day weekend, with a Sept. 4 start for kindergarten through Grade 8 and Sept. 5 for Grades 9-12. Drury High School graduation is June 6 and the last school day on Friday, June 21.    Teachers will start on Aug. 30 and 31 for professional development; the year will also have seven half-days, including the traditional Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.    Superintendent Barbara Malkas said this model has two more half-days

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College Notes: March & April 2018
04:22PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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A group of master's students from the  in Chicopee contributed to the growing body of research in autism spectrum disorders by presenting posters at the recent annual meeting for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis in Hartford, Conn.    Chris Tamburrino of Pittsfield, Alyssa Clark of Westfield and Miranda Fogg of Springfield, Vt., are all in the master of science in applied behavior analysis program at Elms, and all three have been working with children with autism on two research projects with Laura A. Hanratty, director of applied behavior analysis and ASD graduate programs assistant professor. The four collaborated on two posters to present at the

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Pittsfield Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Speaking at MCLA Commencement
02:28PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 119th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who grew up in Pittsfield and is a graduate of Taconic High School. The second African-American woman to go into space, Wilson will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.   In addition, MCLA Executive Vice President Denise Richardello, a graduate of the college, and state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will receive honorary doctor of public service degrees.

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Miss Hall’s School Presents 'Cry-Baby'
02:25PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will bop back to the 1950s for its winter musical, "Cry-Baby," the stage adaptation of the cult-classic John Waters film.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Go online for tickets or call 413-443-6401. Also, please note, the performance and subject matter are PG-13 and not suitable for children.

Set in 1954 in Baltimore and fueled by rock and roll, this romantic

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BCC Workshops Focus on Small Business and Nonprofits
01:55PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's spring slate of workshops continue at its South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington with classes tailored to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits.

Michael Cohen, marketing consultant, is offering a new workshop, "Human Marketing in the Digital Age," on Thursdays from March 1 to April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. New technologies have given consumers a platform for publishing, networking, and organizing. User-generated content and conversation are now driving public perception while empowering individuals and consumers. This has created unprecedented business opportunities for individuals (versus

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