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Retiring Brayton Educator Named Teacher of the Year
Staff Reports,
05:07PM / Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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 NORTH ADAM, Mass. — Each year, educators in the school system select one of their one for a singular honor: Marion B. Kelley Teacher of the Year Award.

On Monday morning, it was Susan Gilman's turn to be surprised with the award named for the principal of the former Haskins and Johnson schools.

"Teachers hold hearts in the hands. Susan Gilman has held the hearts of many children," read one of the nominations on behalf of the 30-year veteran. "She strives each year to truly know each child in her room to help them find their niches — to grow both academically and emotionally."

She could be summed, said the nominator, in two words:

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Berkshire School Committees Considering District Consolidations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:04PM / Monday, June 22, 2015
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LEE, Mass. — This year more than 60 teachers countywide could lose their jobs because of budget cuts.

School districts from Great Barrington to North Adams are struggling to support the ever-growing costs of public education.

With high school enrollment decreasing to what is eyed to be about 4,689 in just 10 years, school committee members across the county are wondering if now is the time to consolidate the more than a dozen high schools.

A coalition of school committees met with state legislators Monday in forum about what needs to be done to curb the cost of education spending.

"This is a conversation we probably should have had five years ago," said state Rep. William

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Drury Artwork Now Four Floors Up On Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:14PM / Monday, June 22, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year, the nearly two dozen Drury High School students who painted panels of artwork to hang on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building had to look up to see their creations.

Way, way up.

In the fourth year that the student artwork has hung on the Brown Street building, the art is on the fourth — and top — floor, topping off the three floors of artwork created by three previous classes of senior art students at Drury.

"We had no idea it would continue year after year after year," said art teacher Phoebe Pepper, who said seniors now actively seek out the class because they know their art will be hung on the building.

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Drury High Class of 2015 Charts Course to Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:47AM / Friday, June 12, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Valedictorian Nicholas Trombley told his Drury High School classmates on Thursday he couldn't give them much guidance in the ways of the "real world."

But he could leave them with this bit of advice: "Just do what makes you happy."

He'd learned at basketball camp that there were two types of people — contributors and contaminators.

"Contributors are resilient and handle adversity with toughness; contaminators create crises where none should exist," he said. "We all have a choice on whether we want to be positive or negative.

"So surround yourself with contributors and don't let contaminators be a part

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Drury High Scholarships & Awards 2015
05:19PM / Thursday, June 11, 2015
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North Adams, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented on Class Night, Wednesday, June 10, to the Drury High School Class of 2015.

Nicholas Trombley

Lindsey Gray

Destiny Martin & Emma Waryjasz

Kirby Bryce & Catherine Marceau

Alexander Candiloro, Joshua Giron, Catherine Marceau & Nicholas Trombley

Sully Boland; Renee Sherman-Gauthier

Kyle Clairmont

Monica Thomas

Catherine Marceau

Heather Morris & Matthew Scanlon

Destiny Crews & Destiny Martin

Kirby Bryce

Katelyn Kline

Matthew Scanlon

Cameron Lapine

Christa Sprague

Destiny Baran & Christa Sprague Emma Waryjasz Amber Serrano Renee

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Drury High Names Top Students for 2015
02:39PM / Thursday, June 11, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has named Nicholas Trombley as valedictorian and Lindsey Gray as salutatorian of the class of 2015.

Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Thursday night, June 11, at 7 in the school gymnasium.

Trombley is the son of Judy Trombley of North Adams and Dan Trombley of Williamstown.

An honors student, he is a member of the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito honor societies, and a recipient of the Principal's Award (given to the top five seniors) and of the Superintendent's Certificate of Excellence. He also received the Cornell Book Award, and the Rensselaer (N.Y.) Polytechnic Institute and Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology

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Williams Joins Program to Connect Recent Veterans with Colleges
12:05PM / Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is among the participating schools in a new initiative by Service to School (S2S) to connect high-achieving veterans with some of the most highly selective colleges and universities.

Along with Williams, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Smith College, and Yale University are partnering in the new program, called VetLink. Through VetLink, S2S will identify qualified U.S. military veterans, introduce them to partner colleges, and mentor them through the college search and admissions process.

S2S will provide its partner schools with an effective way to identify, evaluate, and accept

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McCann Tech Postsecondary Graduates Persevered
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:34PM / Monday, June 08, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before they danced their degrees out the McCann Technical School gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk," the postsecondary graduating class of 2015 had put in a tough year getting through their demanding courses.

Superintendent James Brosnan said the graduates in all four disciplines could be summed up in one word: perseverance.

"Not only did you overcome the worst winter we have had in 20 years to be here to accomplish what you did, but you came in in a very short period of time — one year — and took on a rigorous program of study," he said. "You got to know each other, none of you knew each other when you arrived, but you

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BArT Graduates Find Their Voices
By Stephen Dravis,
03:14PM / Saturday, June 06, 2015
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ADAMS, Mass. — Before the members of BArT's graduating class received their diplomas, they heard from their school's director, its principal, the director of the Northern Berkshires Community Coalition's Neighbors Program, and their fellow students.   And the graduates were reminded that sometimes the most important voice is their own.   "Most of my time at BArT, I spent making sure that I wasn't the one who stood out in a crowd," class speaker Ciera Jeanne Dowling told the crowd assembled in the new gymnasium at the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School.   "But as you all know, being a student at BArT Charter makes that

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McCann Tech Scholarships & Awards 2015
02:47PM / Friday, June 05, 2015
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The following awards and scholarships were presented at class night ceremonies on Tuesday, June 2.

Tiana Mack

Laura Netti, Zoe Loughman,  Natalie Howe, Daniel Burdick III,  Brett Gibeau & Andrew Corsi

Zoe Loughman

Zoe Loughman

Jonathan Pierce

Brett Pecor

Nicholas Belanger

Amber Foster & Nathan Reiter

Allexia Andrews, Gabrielle Bartlett, Felicia Belisle, Tyson Campbell, Thalia Crespo-Diaz, Luke McKay & AmandaPini

Kyle Affhauser & Margaret Megaro

Levi Lawson

Elizabeth Culpepper & Shane Fuller

Cody Laframboise

Laura Netti

Laura Netti

Shane Fuller

Matthew Meranti

Steffani Brothers

Derek Sumner

MatthewMeranti

Joshua

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