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Clarksburg Officials United Over School Building Woes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, January 04, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Local officials are trying to eliminate the fingerpointing over the condition of the elementary school and offer a united front to both the town and state in raising funds to address the 50-year-old structure's many needs.   "We have to change that message that's coming out of Clarksburg that we're at odds," said School Superintendent John Franzoni. "We have to change that message to that we're working together to make this school stay open, to continue to educate our students in the best possible way and to find a way to make it happen so this building is not viewed as being in decline."   Addressing the significant

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BCC Hires Financial Literacy Coordinator
12:56PM / Monday, December 24, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has filled the position of financial literacy coordinator and coordinator of Student activities and also welcomes Eleanore Velez, an admissions counselor and coordinator of the Multicultural Center, back to the college.

Tina Schettini, who previously worked as a Senior Special Projects coordinator, has moved to the Student Engagement Center to work as the coordinator of Student Activities.

Nancy Stoll has joined the college as the Financial Literacy coordinator, a position based in the Student Financial Services office and funded by a grant to the college from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Stoll comes to the college with

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Stamford-Clarksburg School Merger Effort Selects Consultant
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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The Interstate School Committee meets Monday night at Stamford School with Clarksburg Select Board member Karin Robert and Town Administrator Carl McKinney.  STAMFORD, Vt. — Stamford and Clarksburg, Mass., hope to have options available by May for a combined school district.     The Interstate School District Committee on Monday voted unanimously to recommend Public Consulting Group of Boston to do the legwork on plans to create the groundbreaking interstate school district.    The committee hopes to have a contract signed by next week with work to begin as soon as Jan. 2.    "We have to keep the ball rolling ... we have to continue

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Drury Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
03:15PM / Monday, December 17, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the first marking period of the 2018-19 school year.

Grade 12

Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Beagle, Karina Hope; Bergendahl, Nea Helena; Bolte, Cynthia Ann; Boucher, Sydney Patricia; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Callander, Corey Joseph; Caproni, Abby Kate; DeMarsico, Leigha Renae; Gardner, Alana Marie; Haley, Kelsey Helen; Holland, Sabrina Marie; Janz, Jenah Lorin; Koperek, Yvonne Lee; Lawson, Helen Kathleen; LeSage, Kelby Berk; Macksey, Ashley Lynn; Marceau, Erin Elizabeth; Mitchell, Anthony Allen; O'Connor, Quinn Joseph; Piekos, Lauren Elizabeth; Raymond, Emilie Renee; Shook, Hayley Lee; Smith, Abigail Rose;

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Marino Receives McCann Superintendent's Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:06PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School senior Emma Marino has been presented with the Superintendent's Award for 2018.   "It is always nice to give an award to someone smarter than yourself," Superintendent James Brosnan told Marino at Thursday's School Committee meeting. "You are at the very top, which means you are the outstanding student, and your dedication and your spirit. Any time I pass you in the hall, you always have a smile on your face."   Each year, superintendents across the state award one student with a Certificate of Academic Excellence, sponsored by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.   Principal

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests

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College Notes: September - December 2018
06:07PM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Lasell students during a service-learning trip in Ecuador this summer. Hannah King was one of 13 students selected to participate in an environmental service-learning trip to Ecuador with this past summer.   King, of Pittsfield, worked with faculty and peers to support sustainable agricultural practices in the country. The group spent their time in Ecuador living with local communities and immersing in their culture. Students helped to build brick ovens, create tiles and shingles, and clear mountainside debris.   In preparation for the two-week trip, King and their classmates participated in a semester-long course this spring. Students learned about Ecuador's

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Eight Graduate From McCann Practical Nursing Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Susan Watson is retiring after six years leading the program. See more photos from Monday's ceremony here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Monday night was bittersweet for the McCann Technical School community with the celebration of the latest class of nursing graduates also saying goodbye to the woman who has led the program for six years.

The eight students from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program bid goodbye to the school and to retiring Program Coordinator Susan Watson during the pinning ceremony.

"Throughout the year, all of you have reaffirmed why I love teaching, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your enthusiasm and have many memorable moments," Watson said.

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McCann Tech Considering Drone Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Monday, November 19, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School is considering adding a drone program to the school's offerings.   School Committee member Robert Reilly presented his findings from the Massachusetts Associations of School Committees and of Schools Superintendents joint conference, held in Boston a week ago. He told the committee he was impressed by a drone program at a Fall River high school.   "It really grabbed me," Reilly said Thursday. "It is not just learning how to fly drones but what they did with them …They did an awful lot of good things."   Reilly said students did aerial mapping of forests and agricultural land. He said the

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:50PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first 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.

Grade Six

Persephone Clark, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl

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