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BArT Education Grant Allowing Local Collaboration for Math Teaching
04:24PM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School is receiving a state grant of $244,070 grant to support a collaborative math education project with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and the North Adams Public Schools.   BArT proposed the collaborative project to the Massachusetts Dissemination Program for charter schools. The grant from the  state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will facilitate sharing between middle school math teachers of practices that support improvement of student performance using the Data Wise model as a continuous cycle of inquiry.    The charter school has an ongoing partnership with Harvard

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BArT Receives Grant for Collaboration with Local School Districts
01:13PM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, a tuition-free public school serving students in grades six through 12 from a number of Massachusetts communities within the Berkshires, has been selected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to receive a $244,070 grant to support a collaborative project with the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and the North Adams Public School District.

BArT proposed the collaborative project to the Massachusetts Dissemination Program for charter schools. Long a champion of the informed collection and use of data to continuously improve teaching and student academic outcomes, BArT has

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McCann School's District Towns Getting Some Funds Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some towns in the Northern Berkshire Regional School District are going to see a little bit of relief in their assessments, and others will get turnbacks of transportation funds.   Superintendent James Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday that now that the state budget has passed, he has firmer numbers that will be relayed to the towns.   "Chapter 70 increased so I reduced the amount of money that we have in tuition so those two balance out because we cannot change the budget bottom line, it is how we get to it," he said. "So up in Chapter 70, down in tuition but up in the municipal minimum."     The

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MCLA Hosts Golf Classic on Aug. 7
02:08PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dick Lamb and Holly Taylor have been named honorees for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Department of Athletics' 21st annual Golf Classic at the Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.

The event will take place on Monday, Aug. 7, which represents a change from previous tournaments, previously held in September. Registration is underway online. Teams of four will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. In the event of rain, the Golf Classic will be held on Monday, Sept. 18.

"Dick and Holly are longtime champions of MCLA. The college appreciates Dick's service as the chair of the MCLA Board of Trustees, along with

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Brayton Students Take On North Adams Police in Kickball
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:38PM / Thursday, July 27, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 40 Brayton Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade Summer Science Camp students swarmed the softball diamond Tuesday to face off against the Police Department in the Cops vs Kids Kick Ball game.

"The kids love it," Lt. Jason Wood said. "They really get into it."

Wood, who organized the game with retired teacher James Holmes at Brayton Field, said the game was an extension of the Running With the Law program in which students jogged with a convoy of police officers.

"We did a kickball game with the Running With the Law kids here before ... and we thought it would be fun to play with the summer camp kids and have a picnic

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Drury Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
03:09PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has announced its fourth quarter honor rolls for the 2016-17 school year.

Grade 12

Bernard, Alexandra Jane Flynn; Bona, Elizabeth Anne; Cellana, Julia Susan; De Laurentiis, Alexander; Demarsico, Isaak Curtis; Gallagher, Kendra Lee; Girard, Allison Paige; Harpin, Hunter Noel; Howland, Maya Emile; Lamarre, Sarah Noelle; Miles, Jonah Finley; Rumbolt, Aubrey Rose; Superneau, William Theodore; Therrien, Kelly Ann; Volff, Shane Charles; Wood, John Kaelan Peters; Wright, Makenzie Lyn.

Carpinello, Michael John; Gardner, Tahira Lakeisha; Goyette, Ashton Marie; Harrison, Thaylen Daniel; Kenner, Maya Angelou; Meehan, Connor Matthew; Robinson, Brooks

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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships
01:40PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of its Book Award scholarships, which recently were granted to students who will begin their senior years this fall at one of Berkshire County's public high schools.

One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors outstanding high school juniors who have made a positive difference in the community.

"The MCLA Book Award is presented to an outstanding high school junior who exemplifies academic achievement, displays leadership qualities, and has a strong commitment to the Berkshire County community," said Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach

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MCLA, BCC Agreement Bolsters Early Ed Degree Programs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:55PM / Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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The cohort program at MCLA helped Heather Thompson balance work, raising a child, and continuing her education. She praised the agreement making it easier for others to follow her path to higher education. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Heather Thompson started going to college in 1998. And then found out she was expecting a child.   She returned home to the Berkshires and six months after giving birth, enrolled at Berkshire Community College.   She got a job at the Boys and Girls Club but knew if she wanted to further her career she needed to get a bachelor's degree.   "Fourteen years went by and I knew I had to go back to school, I was a single mom essentially, I

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Berkshire County Education Task Force's Single-District Solution Surprises Its Chair
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:32PM / Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The chairman of the Berkshire County Education Task Force says he was as surprised as anyone when the group voted to recommend a single school district for the county's 30 towns and two cities.   But John Hockridge is convinced that the proposal makes sense for students and taxpayers alike.   "Most of us thought that was not the direction we were headed in 32 meetings over the last couple of years," Hockridge, a member of the North Adams School Committee, said on Tuesday. "But we went through a process on Saturday that involved breaking into six groups for thorough discussions of the options.   "From the breakout groups, the

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BArT Enrolling New Students in Grades Six through 10
03:00PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School, a tuition-free public school serving students in grades six through 12 from a number of Massachusetts communities within the Berkshires, is currently enrolling new students in grades six through 10 for the 2017-18 school year.

Recent action by BART's Board of Trustees and by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education resulted in a change in the school's enrollment policy. Previously, students new to BART could be admitted to grades six through nine. Now, however, students may be admitted into BArT to grade 10 as well.

"As a college preparatory charter public school, BArT

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