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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
11:27AM / Monday, June 24, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

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Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich,

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North Adams School Officials Give Superintendent High Marks
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday gave high marks to the superintendent as she completes her third year leading the North Adams Public Schools.    In their evaluation, committee members gave Barbara Malkas marks of proficient in all but one standard, where they gave her an "exemplary" rating.   The annual evaluation is given through a standardized rubric focusing on instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community engagement and professional culture. Each standard had subcategories that were marked as unsatisfactory, needs improvement, proficient or exemplary.    Malkas provided the documentation to

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Clarksburg Still Hoping for State Funds Toward School Repairs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:27PM / Monday, June 17, 2019
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Officials are still hoping that funding will come through to help with repairs at Clarksburg School.    The town's state officials have not been optimistic about the chances of the governor releasing a $500,000 earmark placed in a bond by state Sen. Adam Hinds to redo the school's roof — even with the town meeting's passage of a $1 million borrowing to help address building issues.    "I'm kind of disappointed that our local officials and people have sort of given up and even our state rep," said Robert Norcross, one of the leads of the volunteer renovation committee trying to undertake repairs at the

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Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp Enrollment Open
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Sunday, June 16, 2019
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Berkshires' Summer Jazz Camp returns this August and sign-ups are open now.    In mid-August, high school and middle school students throughout the county will get a chance to sit in with a group of master jazz musicians at Hoosac Valley High School.     "The students will be able to hear and play with some of the top musicians in the world today," professional trumpeter and North Adams native Richard Boulger said. "It is a real pleasure to see how the students are inspired by hearing our faculty. Not to mention, hearing how much the students progress in just a matter of days."   This is the second Jazz Camp

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North Adams Schools to Tout Opportunities at Drury High
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:41AM / Saturday, June 15, 2019
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Stephanie Kopala designed the brochure and a postcard.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Declining enrollment and school choice options are lending some competitive overtones to local school districts and Drury High School to make sure parents understand what it has to offer.    The School Committee recently authorized the use of up to $5,000 to print a brochure and postcard to get the word out about the opportunities available at the high school.    "I see this as an investment. This is an investment it to do some outreach to our school community," Superintendent Barbara Malkas said at the June 4 meeting. "That will hopefully maintain the level of

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MCLA Launches Institute of Arts and Humanities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Professor Lisa Donovan, director other institute, center, speaks with attendees before symposium begins.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is partnering with the area's myriad cultural entities to further its mission as an inclusive educational institution.   The college launched its new Institute for Arts and Humanities on Wednesday morning with a three-day conference on diversity, equity and inclusion that included an address that night by activist and commentator Nikki Giovanni and a lunchtime talk by Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, on Thursday.   The institute was made possible by a three-year $360,000 grant from The

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McCann Postsecondary Graduates Ready to 'Reap Rewards'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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The pinning ceremony was held in the high school gym. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A change in career, a chance to do something interesting, a desire to follow a passion.    The 14 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary program had a variety of reasons for entering the nearly yearlong program. And at Monday night pinning, they celebrated their successful completion in the fields of cosmetology, dental assisting, medical assisting and surgical assisting.    "I like working with people. I worked at the nursing home for eight years now. I really enjoyed it so I wanted to pursue something a little bit more

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 47 Students
02:18PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-seven students, including 14 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 121st commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Kristina Delgado, a social impact strategist and the founder of Hearts on Fleek, a social change consultancy, as well as a member of the class of 2009, delivered the address.   Among the graduates were the following local students: Charlotte Adelson, of Lee; Elizabeth Cachat, Dalton; Samantha Elliott, Pittsfield; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Emily Grady, Pittsfield;

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North Adams Superintendent Honored by Peers
09:28PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
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Barbara Malkas is honored with the MASS President's Award.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Superintendent of Schools Barbara Malkas has been recognized by her peers for her professional accomplishment and her advocacy for students.    Malkas was presented with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' 2019 President's Award at the association's May conference.    A member of the MASS executive committee, she has been an educator for more than 32 years in the roles of science teacher, school administrator, district administrator, deputy superintendent, and superintendent. She has been superintendent of the North Adams Public Schools

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Drury High Class of 2019 Offers Inspiration to Future Classes
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, June 07, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Vincienza Alicandri in her valedictory address on Thursday night lauded Drury High School and its teachers for setting the class of 2019 on the road to success.    "Drury is an excellent school. We have a great community here," she told the gathering of family and friends in the high school gym. "I believe Drury has all the tools to push out good students for competitive colleges. It's all up to us to use those tools."   Alicandri recalled the craziness of junior year testing and the worry about trying to impress people they didn't know — college admissions. Senior year was "revolutionary" with

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