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MCLA Students Elected to Lead Commonwealth Honors Program
12:53PM / Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students who participate in the campus's honors program recently were elected to serve as the president and the vice president of the Statewide Commonwealth Honors Program's governing committee.

Junior Jackie Ordway, an English/communications major from Lunenburg, is the committee's president. In addition, junior Nicole Hastry of North Attleboro, who majors in business administration, was selected as the group's vice president.

"Being elected president of the Commonwealth Honors Program Student Council is a huge honor," Ordway said. "I am so grateful for this opportunity to work with

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Eleven BArT Scholars Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
12:48PM / Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berskhire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced that 11 members of the 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.  

Kaitlyn Anderson, Christopher DiCarlo, Christopher Doubiago, Peter Elliott, Emily Failla, Tessa Langsdale, Emma Madden, Jason Mills, Alain Morrissette, Dean Parise, and Kelsey Rod all received this award.

In order for a student to qualify, he or she must score "advanced" on the Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English/language arts,

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Brayton Students Make Wreaths For North Adams Commons Residents
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:03AM / Saturday, December 24, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brayton Elementary students gifted handmade wreaths to North Adams Commons residents and patients.   The sixth- and seventh-graders brought some holiday cheer to the seniors on Tuesday afternoon with their paper wreaths made from paper-hand cutouts.   Teacher James Holmes said the same group of kids also made the paper chain that adorns the city's main Christmas tree and wanted to do something more.   "When we finished the chain, we threw the idea out there for the kids to see if they wanted to do something for those who may be less fortune at or who may not have a lot of visitors during the holidays," Holmes said. "So, we put

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Educational Task Force 2/3 Way Through Presentations To Local Governments
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Monday, December 19, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Educational Task Force has had a busy month presenting at 30 or so public meetings with still more than a dozen to go.

The task force is rolling out its plans for Phase 2 of a study looking at the future of Berkshire County's school systems. The next phase will dive deep into various options — from leaving things as they are to creating super-regional school districts — and is funded with $150,000 from the state.

The efforts are to explore ways to counter declining enrollment mixed with the rising costs of education and offer school districts recommendations on how they might address those vexing issues.

"The

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Superintendent's Award Goes to Top McCann Student
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Friday, December 16, 2016
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William Kipp wants to pursue a career in the medical field. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — William Kipp had just entered his freshman year at McCann Technical School when he sent the principal and superintendent an email, introducing himself, outlining his plan for after graduation, and asking for their help to prepare him.   "We knew right from the get-go that this was a student with ambition, with drive, with focus, and he's coming in with a game plan. We don't get many emails like that or any emails like that from freshmen. That was a good way to set the tone. We knew we had someone special on our hands," Principal Justin Kratz said.    "Sure

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Guest Column: Getting Smart About Art
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02:50PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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The North Adams Public School district boasts one of the finest art programs in the commonwealth.

Students of all grade levels participate in classes and field trips that nurture their creativity in a fun and hands-on way. Our elementary schools offer choral and instrumental programs during the school day and perform concerts throughout the academic year. They make frequent field trips to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Through a partnership with Berkshire Children and Families and Brayton Elementary School, students are introduced to classical music through the innovative Kids 4 Harmony program.

Arts programming at Drury High School has grown so much that the school has created

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Guest Column: Education Task Force Misconceptions Clarified
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02:00PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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The Berkshire Education Task Force and the University of Massachusetts' Donahue Institute recently have completed Phase One of a comprehensive look at the past, current and projected education landscape of the nineteen school districts in Berkshire County and 15,900 students (as of last count). The full Phase One report is online at www.berkshireeducation.org. The focus is on the challenges faced because of significant declining student enrollments, near stagnant financial resources and increasingly limited academic offerings.

Phase Two will explore ways to address these challenges through options of expanded shared services, partnering of neighboring school districts, where

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Norman Rockwell Museum Offers Berkshire County Student Passport Program
02:51PM / Monday, December 12, 2016
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum has begun the Berkshire County Student Passport Program, part of a comprehensive effort to reach out and engage many more young people in the region with the museum, and to introduce them to Norman Rockwell, who lived the last 25 years of his life in Berkshire County.

The museum uses Rockwell's narrative images to support learning in the classroom in relation to history, language arts and art, and educators have also found meaningful connections with regard to social/emotional learning and ESL themes.

Supported by the contributions of friends of Norman Rockwell Museum, the Passport Program was created for students and families in

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Hoosic River Revival Collaborates with the Schools to Offer 'Hoosic River Ranger' Program
12:51PM / Friday, December 09, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Hoosic River Revival has collaborated with the North Adams Public School System in the creation of an outdoor education curriculum that focuses on the historical and environmental learning opportunities along the Hoosic River levees at Noel Field in North Adams.  

This new offering, called "The Hoosic River Ranger" program, is an inter-active, interpretive walking tour for elementary school children.
 
With the advice of Lindsay Osterhoudt, a K-12 science teacher in the North Adams Schools, the River Revival summer intern, Johanna Wasserman, developed a detailed outline for River Ranger guides that includes facts, figures, pictures, and

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North Adams' E3 Academy Creates Mini-Pantry
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The students at E3 Academy saw a problem with hunger and came up with a solution: a mini-food pantry.

Inspired by the proliferation of Little Lending Libraries in the region, the Give Food Take Food pantry box outside the Vietnam Veterans Post 54 is stocked with canned goods with the idea that people who need it will use it.

"We were doing, 'what are problems in the community?' and we found one of them is people in North Adams don't know where to get food or are struggling to get food," said student Joey Butler. "So we decided to make it easier by putting this out here and putting food in it."

The academy, an

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