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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2016 Awards
12:40PM / Friday, October 21, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its Annual Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 15, when it recognized the achievements of past graduates of the college.

This year's recipients included Peter Abuisi '66, who received the Outstanding Educator Emeritus Award; The Honorable Representative Michelle Dubois '06, who received the MCLA Alumni Humanitarian Award; Michelle Kirby '90, who received the MCLA Outstanding Educator Award; Benjamin Lamb '07, who received the MCLA Young Alumnus Award; Buffy Duringer Lord '98, who received the MCLA Outstanding Service to the College Award; and Dr. Katherine

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Brayton Students Enjoy Free Supper Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, October 21, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kids in North Adams have another reason to hang around after school: Dinner.   The hot meal program was introduced this year at Brayton Elementary School as part of its slate of after-school activities.   Cory Nicholas, the food service director, said about 185 students are now served dinner each weekday evening.   "We, from a food service standpoint, are trying to increase access," he said. "That's our goal. We have expanded with breakfast in the classroom and now supper."   Noella Carlow, the school system's 21st Century after-school and summer program site coordinator, who with Nicholas secured the grant, said the

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Founding Director Bowen Leaving BArT at End of School Year
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05:30PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — The founding director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will leave at the end of the school year.

Julia Bowen informed the BArT community by email on Wednesday afternoon that she was departing after 13 years guiding the region's first and only charter school.

"I feel confident that this work will continue long after my departure," she wrote. "Over the years, we have built a team that has the intelligence to take on new challenges, the wisdom to focus on the most important work and the moral clarity to do this with integrity and respect, always with students' best interests at heart. I couldn't have imagined we would

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MCLA to Hold Fall Day of Service
02:23PM / Monday, October 17, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announce that this year's annual Fall Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The community is invited to join in this effort.

Volunteers will gather in the Venable Gym in MCLA's Amsler Campus Center at 9 a.m. to enjoy a light breakfast and be welcomed by MCLA President James F. Birge and North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright. Work will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until noon. Volunteers should feel free to stop by any of the service sites for whatever amount of time they may have to help.

Service projects this year

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McCann Achieves Level Two Status
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:04PM / Monday, October 17, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School students have once again scored well on the MCAS test and have achieved a level two status. But school officials have their eyes on achieving a level one rating.

McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz told the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District School Committee on Thursday that McCann students have continued to score highly on the MCAS.

"This is really the same thing I have said the past couple of years. We continue to do very well on the MCAS," he said.   Kratz said no students failed the English portion of the test. He said there was a 2 percent decrease in students scoring "needs

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North Adams School Adds Supper to After-School Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Thursday, October 13, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The school district is expanding yet again an after-school program that's credited with improving academic scores and social growth.

Beginning this fall, Brayton Elementary School will offer a supper program for any city students under the age of 18, Monday through Friday.

The school district has been designated a 21st Century Community Learning Centers for 14 years and is considered a demonstration model of the federally funded program for other districts.

"It was often used, in my practice in other districts, as the model to emulate and it is no small surprise to me that the after-school time program that has been offered at Brayton has truly

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Clarksburg Brings on Jones Whitsett for School Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:46AM / Monday, October 10, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Building Committee has hired Jones Whitsett Architects Inc. to do the feasibility for a new or renovated school.

The committee's first choice easily passed muster with the Massachusetts School Building Authority at its last meeting.  

"We all agreed on Jones Whitsett to be our architect," Superintendent Jonathan Lev said on Thursday.

Lev had gone to Boston two weeks ago with School Committee and Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos and Laura Wood, another member of the School Building Committee. They had expected there might be another meeting and more interviews but were pleased to find the MSBA was fully on board.

"They

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MCLA's Improving Teacher Quality Grant Extended
01:38PM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the lead partner for the Berkshire Early Learning Lab Improving Teacher Quality program, has had its ITQ grant extended for another two years, which will allow more than 40 additional educators to participate, and an expansion of existing programming.

The grant, which began in 2013, serves Berkshire County preschool through second grade teachers by providing rich opportunities for them to learn about and implement the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education model.

Sites presently being served include North Adams Public Schools, Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Northern Berkshire

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MCLA Professor to Receive 'Friend of Art Education of the Year Award'
12:29PM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Lisa Donovan, a fine and performing arts professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has been selected to receive the Massachusetts Friend of Art Education of the Year Award for 2017 at the 2016 Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) Conference.

The conference, titled "Redefining Art Education," is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, at Lesley University in Cambridge.

Donovan was selected for her passion and dedication to creative learning and the arts, for the great work she does in the field of art education, and for her contributions to teaching and learning in Massachusetts, according to the MAEA Awards Committee.

An affiliate of the

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McCann Students Repair Clarksburg Town Hall Facade
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — McCann Technical School students are giving Town Hall a facelift using donated funds.   With tighter budgets through the years, Town Administrator Carl McKinney said it has been hard to keep up with the aging and deteriorating building that was constructed in the 1930s as the Briggsville School.   "We were looking at Town Hall and its many needs," McKinney said. "It is a solid structure, well built but it has had a level of neglect and it really needed some attention."   McKinney said about 15 months ago, with the blessing of the Select Board, he started a fundraising campaign and was able to raise

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