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Clarksburg School Attains Level 1 Status
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, October 07, 2016
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School has achieved a Level 1 status based on last spring's standardized tests.

"Staff and teachers really worked hard over a number of years to reach this level," Superintendent Jon Lev said at Thursday's School Committee meeting.

The levels, running from 1 to 5, are based on the percentage of students mastering proficiency levels in English-Language Arts and math in the lower grades. Level 1 is the highest that can be achieved.

Clarksburg has been administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, or PARCC, for the past two years. Some students also took the Massachusetts Comprehensive

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North Adams Elementary Pupils Set for Walk to School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Tuesday, October 04, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's elementary school pupils are being encouraged to walk to school on Wednesday for International Walk to School Day.

Routes have been laid out for the three schools and parents are encouraged to join the "Walking School Bus" that will feature school and city officials, teachers, local "celebrities," and police officers.

"North Adams is a Safe Routes to School city, which is a federally funded initiative of MassDOT," Amanda Chilson, local coordinator for the state's Mass in Motion program, told the City Council recently, adding, "It's to increase biking and walking ... and it fosters mutual partnerships

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MCLA Holds 20th Annual Golf Classic
02:00PM / Monday, October 03, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts held its 20th annual MCLA Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on Monday, Sept. 19. The tournament was sponsored for the third consecutive year by President’s Club Title Sponsor Petri Contracting of Clarksburg.

This annual event brings together community members and local businesses to support the college’s athletics programs. The tournament drew a field of 20 teams, which competed for gross and net prizes.

The Gross Division Winner was the Desmarais team, which consisted of Jerry Desmarais, Russell Dillman, Larry Hulland and Mike Sanders. The Net Division Winners were Deb Raber, Nancy

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BArT Announces Upcoming 'Shadow Day'
12:10PM / Monday, October 03, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School will host a "Shadow Day" for students interested in either enrolling at BArT for the upcoming 2017-18 school year or transferring into BArT during this current 2016-17 school year.

Shadow Days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. While interested students participate in BART's classes, parents and guardians are invited to take a tour of the school.  

Advance registration is required and can be completed by contacting enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, ext. 732, or by e-mail at monique.nottke@bartcharter.org.

Grades six, eight

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Drury High Class of 1966 Rededicates Marker, Tours School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Monday, October 03, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A long-forgotten monument from the class of 1966 was rededicated on Friday as part of the Drury High School class's 50th reunion.

The gift to Drury featured an engraving of the Eternal Flame and the quote by John F. Kennedy "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country."

But the fact that there was a monument was a surprise to many of the class members, including the two representatives who were pictured in the local newspapers attending a dedication ceremony on Memorial Day in 1967.

"No one remembered it. No one remembered its origin," said class member Donna Bona Morgan, who then laughed,

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North Adams Police Teach Students of Cyber Safety
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:24AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police Officers David Lemieux and Kyle Cahoon gave Brayton Elementary sixth- and seventh-graders a crash course in cyber safety and bullying.   Lemieux and Cahoon addressed a cafeteria full of students Friday on the responsibly that comes along with using a phone or computer and what the consequences are for misuse are.   Among tips for internet safety and mindfulness, Lemieux told the students they need to be aware of every message and photo they send.    "Everyone likes to text and what not but it's electronic and it goes everywhere," he said. "Once you hit that send button it's gone and you don't have control over

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Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want

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MCLA's Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation Receives LEED Gold Certification
02:01PM / Monday, September 26, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts's Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by USGBC, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

According to MCLA President James F. Birge, the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation is a model of sustainability. The building's photovoltaic solar panel array, he said, is just one feature that helps make this

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Young Man Living With Disability Awarded Reiter & Walsh Scholarship
12:55PM / Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Alex Tierney of Pittsfield is the recipient of Reiter & Walsh P.C.'s second annual birth injury scholarship.

Alex wrote about his diagnosis of fetal stroke, as well as his use of assistive technologies during his academic career. While doctors predicted he would never walk, talk or be in a mainstream classroom, he graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with high honors and devoted his time to tutoring and mentoring children with disabilities.

Alex used his essay to explain his motivations for enrolling in George Mason University's Master's Program in Assistive Technology. He describes his own personal use of assistive technologies

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MCLA Gets Grant to Help Retain Low-Income Students, Students of Color
12:04PM / Monday, September 19, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been awarded a $2.177 million Title III "Strengthening Institutions Program" grant from the United States Department of Education to increase retention and graduation rates of students from low-income families and students of color over the next five years.

"What wonderful news to receive as we welcome our students to campus this fall," MCLA President James F. Birge said. "Twenty-seven percent of the Class of 2020 self-identify as coming from diverse backgrounds, so this funding will support and promote the success of MCLA students.  In addition, the program will lead to students graduating

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