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College Notes: February 2018
03:13PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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The trip was the culmination of a cross-cultural nursing course and required the participants to work in a hospital in Tanzania.  Aundrea Pansecchi of Adams, who is studying nursing at in Bennington, joined a other junior and senior students and faculty in early January to visit the country of Tanzania to experience health care and life in another culture.    The semester leading up to the trip was spent "book-learning" about politics, health care, government, agriculture, environment, social and lifestyle, culture, and religion in the East African country through the Cross-Cultural Nursing course taught by instructor Christa Berthiaume and Assistant Professor

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
01:45PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2018-19 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

Adams-Cheshire

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year-olds on Monday, March 5,

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Berkshires Beat: SVC Receives Gift to Support Nursing Scholarships
12:50PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
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Great gift

Southern Vermont College has received $100,000 from award-winning former IBM executive Nicholas M. Donofrio to support scholarships for new nursing students entering the bachelor of science in nursing program. The scholarship also applies to transfer students entering the BSN program. Distribution of The Nicholas Donofrio Distinguished Nursing Scholarship funds will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be March 30, 2018, with mid-April decisions and notifications to applicants. In addition to meeting scholarship requirements, students applying for the BSN program must first meet admission requirements.

SVC's BSN program prepares

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:36PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 46 local students among the 140 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 24.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Kelsey Brown, of Lee; Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Anouk Jolly, Lenox; Olivia

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North Adams First-Graders Send Textbooks to Kenya
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It takes a village to get a load of books from North Adams to an African village.

Brayton Elementary School first-grade teachers Elizabeth Patenaude and Jacqueline Thomas recently spearheaded an effort to send 60 reading textbooks to Chesegem Primary School in Eldoret South, Kenya. They were assisted by Leon Aalberts, a retired teach and minister from Williamstown, as well as Williams College student and Kenyan native Felix Biwott, and two classes of eager first-grade students who not only got to learn about geography but also about the joy of giving back.

The project started back in November when Patenaude and Thomas found out that the curriculum was being

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McCann Robotics Team Going to State Competition
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:01AM / Sunday, February 18, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mad McCannics" robotics team will be competing in the state robotics competition this March.    The McCann Technical School students have been busy the past few weeks perfecting their champion robot "Bucket O Bolts."   "Today, we have to put a few of the new components in and then we are going to hopefully have time to take it into the arena and test it," 10th-grader Devon Ryll-Spencer said during a preview on Wednesday. "Get it working right."   The Mad McCannics are fresh off a victory from last month's regional competition in Andover where Bucket O' Bolts qualified for the FIRST

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MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform
01:57PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Center for Student Success and Engagement at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has launched a new, online career software portal to help prepare students for employment.

"The Career Trail Online" will provide a wide variety of services aimed at connecting students with their first jobs as college graduates and serve as a resource for alumni.

According to Dale Osef, MCLA's career development specialist, "The Career Trail," by Purple Briefcase, is a top-of-the-line, industry standard for connecting students to employers, faculty, staff, alumni and more.

"MCLA saw a need for a fresh, new approach to career development on our

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SkillsUSA Officers at McCann School Gives Back to Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Saturday, February 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — SkillsUSA officers at McCann Technical School have spearheaded a variety of fundraising and community service projects this school year.   Madison Harrington, Bree Gazaille and Dakota Hurley have been busy this year as part of a 14-member SkillsUSA Officers squad finding ways to give back to the community.   "We kind of just look around the community for people that might need help even if they aren’t asking for it," Harrington, who is a junior, said. "Not everybody can have the same things as you and it kind of makes you feel good knowing you are helping someone out."    Adviser Cynthia Bishop Tinney said this

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BCC Adds Two to Board of Trustees
10:05PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carlo Zaffanella and Julia Bowen have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were appointed last year by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Zaffanella is the vice president/general manager of Maritime & Strategic Systems business at General Dynamics Mission Systems, one of the largest employers in Berkshire County. He also serves on the board of Soldier On and the Naval Submarine League.

Bowen has worked as the founder and executive director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Mass. Her work in the community includes being the founding board chair for Lever, Inc., and a member of the board of Northern Berkshire United

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North Adams Agrees to Fast-Track Study on Sharing Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams is exploring the idea of sharing services and administration with the neighboring Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.    The School Committee on Tuesday endorsed fast-tracking an aspect of a two-year feasibility study to look specifically at how a shared superintendent might work. That portion of the study is being expedited because of the coming retirement of Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Robert Putnam. The regional school committee voted on the matter Monday night.    But the city is also moving forward immediately with another group of school districts to share a business manager.    (The city's veterans agent

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