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Drury High Students Creating Sign for North Adams Dog Park
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Out-of-towners and their pets trying to sniff out the city's dog park won't have to hunt much longer.    The Planning Board on Monday approved a sign designed and being built by Drury High School students that will be located on River Street.   The park was installed last year but its location — tucked against a slope in a far corner of the park at River and Houghton — has made it difficult for some to find.    "We would get people from Lee and Pittsfield and where ever and they'd be like, 'where is this park and how do I find it?" Tara Jacobs, one of the dog park drivers, said. Plus, people

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Education Task Force Seeks Community Input, Aspirations
02:39PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is seeking input as it develops recommendations for county schools.    Five "community aspiration" meetings are scheduled this month for parents, educators and community members to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of preK-12 public education in Berkshire County.   The first session is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.   Despite having high-quality educators, say task force officials, the educational opportunities available to children and young people in Berkshire County are threatened by the region's

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'Dear World' Project to Visit MCLA
11:29AM / Monday, April 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will participate in the "Dear World" portrait and story-telling project on Thursday, April 13, as members of the campus community are asked, "If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?"

"Dear World" is an interactive project that explores the subtle and powerful connections between students, faculty and staff at college campuses around the world. To date, the organization has taken more than 50,000 portraits.

This free event, which primarily is intended for MCLA students, faculty and staff, also is open to the public. In addition to having their portrait taken,

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Clarksburg School Clips Summer Break to Extend Construction Season
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, April 10, 2017
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Summer vacation will be shorter for Clarksburg students this year.    School gets out on June 23 to make up seven snow days (to date) after a rough winter. And they'll be heading back into the classroom on Aug. 28, the Monday before Labor Day.    The early return is designed to accommodate a possible school building project next year, should a successful vote take place in the fall.    Typically, school begins after the Monday Labor Day holiday according to the teachers' contract, said Principal Tara Barnes.   "The teachers very graciously decided reconsider the start," she said at Thursday's School Committee

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Ten McCann Machine Tech Students Receive Level 2 Certification
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ten McCann Technical School students were recognized on Thursday for achieving Level 2 certification, the highest available, in their machine tech studies.    Administration, teachers and parents attended a special presentation in the McCann library to acknowledge the success of the juniors and seniors who after scoring highly on the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, or "MACWIC," exam, received a certification proving that they are ready for the workforce.   "When we talk about what makes McCann unique and what we have to offer to our students one of the things we really try to focus on as a school

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County's Students Inspired To 'Envision Their Future' At Youth Conference
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:31AM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
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Some of the workshops got the students more in touch with their artistic side, while others taught students about job-searching resources available in the community. PITTSFIELD, Mass, — The morning started with a "when I was your age" type story from children's author Ty Allan Jackson.   Jackson was speaking over the sound of the rain beating on the top of a large party tent. His audience: just about 120 high school students from across the county. When he was their age, the ghettos of New York City had broken education systems, there were issues of poverty and crime. And nobody was listening to the what those in the neighborhood had to say.   It was those

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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
11:29AM / Friday, April 07, 2017
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Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to info@iberkshires.com.


St. Stanislaus Kostka School is now registering for the 2017-2018 school year. Openings are available in grades pre-kindergarten through grade eight. Financial aid is available for qualified applicants. Schedule a shadow day at 413-743-1091.

 

Kindergarten registration has begun for the Clarksburg Elementary School. Call the school at 413-663-8735 to register your child for the fall. Children must be five years of age by August 31, 2017.

 

The Gabriel Abbott Memorial School has begun the

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BArT Charter Public School Announces New Executive Director
01:05PM / Wednesday, April 05, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of BART Charter Public School has named James "Jay" C. White II as the school's executive director, starting June 19.

Trustee Chair Charles Swabey said White will bring to BArT more than 30 years of teaching, administrative and fundraising experience in a variety of settings, including middle and high school, colleges and universities, and national and international nonprofit organizations.

White currently serves as provost, dean of the college, and professor of physics at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt., which he joined in 2015.

Swabey said White was inspired to apply for the executive director position by a visit to

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Higher Ed Commissioner Santiago to Speak at BCC Commencement
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02:47PM / Tuesday, April 04, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 57th commencement.   Santiago was appointed to his position by Gov. Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the commonwealth and its citizens. Santiago joined the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in April 2013 as the senior deputy commissioner for academic affairs.   "On behalf of the students, faculty, staff and

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Williamstown Teacher Honored by State Down Syndrome Congress
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Friday, March 31, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williamstown Elementary School teacher has been named the Educator of the Year by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress.

Fifth-grade teacher Frani Miceli was nominated for the award by Steve and Donna Narey, whose son Cole has Down syndrome and has been with Miceli for both fourth and fifth grades. Miceli joined other award recipients as well as Principal Joelle Brookner and paraprofessional Kelly Galusha at a ceremony in Worcester on March 25.

"One of the reasons the kids in Cole's class are so wonderful to him and want to include him is because Frani does," Donna Narey said. "She sets the tone for inclusion, not only for her class

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