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Drury Student Selected to National Society of High School Scholars
01:59PM / Friday, March 23, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School students Chad A. Lawrence of Stamford, Vt., has been selected to become a member of the the National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

"On behalf of NSHSS, I am honored to recognize the hard work, sacrifice and commitment that Chad has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of academic excellence," Nobel said. "Chad is now a member of a unique community of scholars - a

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MCLA President Appointed to Two Local Boards of Directors
01:12PM / Friday, March 23, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President James F. Birge has been appointed to the 1Berkshire Board of Directors and the Lever Board of Directors.

His participation on these two boards augments the college's outreach to the greater community as MCLA continues to maintain and expand vital connections throughout the Berkshires.

Birge said he is delighted to join the 1Berkshire and Lever boards as they, along with MCLA, work to elevate economic growth all over the region.

"I look forward to working with 1Berkshire and Lever to gain further insight on how we might best prepare our students to fill positions across the Berkshires," he said.

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New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a

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Clarksburg Will Try Again to Pass School Merger Article
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, March 16, 2018
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The board welcomes new officer Cody Alvarez.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town will once again see if town meeting will accept combining school districts with Stamford, Vt., with the same article tabled at the December special town meeting.   The Select Board signed off on a single-article warrant Wednesday that would see if town meeting would accept an agreement with the town of Stamford that would merge the two districts. Chairman Jeffrey Levanos shared his concerns over the redundant article.    "This is the same warrant ... so I guess my concern is ... we kind of got trashed for this so if this is verbatim are we just going back to get trashed

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Thriving North Berkshire Academy Result of Collaborative Efforts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:07PM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
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Aiden Kozik, one of the students in the program, addresses dignitaries and educators at the armory.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Aiden Kozik knows what he needs to do to succeed: Be prepared, be respectful, cooperate in the classroom and finish what he starts.    That was the message he gave, along with Director Jodi Drury, to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and dozens of officials and educators who turned out for the official opening of the North Berkshire Academy on Thursday morning.    "I like this school because my friends are here, because it lets kids take pride in school and learn to be a responsible person by working hard each and every day," said

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New Ashford School Committee Wants Another Negotiation on LES Tuition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Thursday, March 15, 2018
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NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — The School Committee on Wednesday night voted to accept a tuition agreement to send its seventh- through 12th-graders to Mount Greylock Regional School but asked its chairwoman and its superintendent to try again to negotiate a lower tuition rate to be able to continue sending its younger students to Lanesborough Elementary School.

The three-person committee agreed to recommend that the town approve at town meeting the increased rate of $14,477 for its middle and high school students, contingent upon some clarifications in the language about special education students and transportation costs.

But after nearly two hours of fielding questions and listening to

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Drury Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:17PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - Drury High School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

 

Grade 12

Boillat, Taylor Nicole; Brayman, Jacob Richard; Copeland, Mackenzie Marie; Crosier, Cassandra Champagne; Denning, Cady Aileen; Eastwood, Serena Marie; Middleton, Joseph James; Moon, Amanda Marie; Neff, Anthony John; Zoito, Allison Elizabeth.

Clements, Ashley Elizabeth; Flynn, Trinity Marie; Labdi, Shadi Samir; Lessard, Matthew Ryan; Therrien, Brianna Marie; Toomey, Dylan Hunter; Vallieres, Joshua Paul; Wright, Kevin Robert.

 

Grade 11

Alicandri, Vincienza Mai; Bohl, Natasha Irene; Callahan, Andrew Chan; Cartmill, Hali Dawn; DeMarsico, Leigha Renae;

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Regional Science Fair Draws More Than 60 Budding Scientists
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, March 10, 2018
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Jeffrey Thomas of Lever shares his lab experience with the students on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 students took part in the Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair held at MCLA and presented their findings to judges.   High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.   "STEM was something that you just had to do, and we had to go to science class we had to go to math class," he said.

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress'
09:53AM / Friday, March 09, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

This year's presentation is "Once Upon a Mattress" by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Princess and The Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" takes place in a fictitious 15th century European kingdom. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, Queen Aggravain (MGRHS sophomore Ashtyn Faas) has ruled that none

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North Adams to Try Again for Feasibility Study of Greylock School
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, March 09, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock School fell out of the money — literally — last year but school officials will try again for a feasibility study to look into replacing or renovating the 60-year-old building.    The School Committee on Tuesday authorized Superintendent Barbara Malkas to submit a statement of interest detailing the educational and building needs of the elementary school to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The City Council will also have to approve the submission prior to the April 6 deadline.    "Having a statement of interest doesn't mean we'll have a project next year," Malkas explained. "But that we

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