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BArT Second Quarter Honor Roll
08:20AM / Friday, February 03, 2023
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced the students who made the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2022-2023 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.   Students in Grade 6 who

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MCLA Green Living Seminar Presents 'Doughnut Economics'
03:27PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Della Duncan, economist, Host of the "Upstream Podcast," and Co-Founder of the California Doughnut Economics Coalition, will give a talk titled "Doughnut Economics" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.    The presenter will attend via zoom.      As part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public.    According to a press release, Della Z Duncan is an economist who offers consulting to organizations contributing to equitable and sustainable economic systems change, facilitates inspiring "Work that

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BArT Educator Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
12:10PM / Thursday, February 02, 2023
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ADAMS, Mass. — Alex Chautin, an English Language Arts teacher at Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).    Chautin was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession, said a press release.     Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award.    "Dedicated educators who exhibit a commitment to excellence deserve

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McCann Gets $600K Grant for Practical Nursing Expansion
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:57AM / Tuesday, January 31, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has received a $600,000 state grant to expand its practical nursing program.

 

Superintendent James Brosnan announced the grant at Thursday's School Committee meeting. The funds, which become available starting July 1, come after the school received a $3,110,000 grant to construct a 5,580 square-foot HVAC facility in December. 

 

"Great news for us that we were awarded [this]," Brosnan said. "Actually, we were the only vocational school that was awarded a grant for expanding, so we're really thrilled about that." 

 

Some $350,000 of the grant funds will go toward new training

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: 'The Myth of Progress'
08:25AM / Monday, January 30, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Tom Wessels, Terrestrial Ecologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University, will give a talk titled "The Myth of Progress" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.    The presenter will attend via zoom.      As part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public.    According to a press release:   The presentation will be a conversation about Wessels' book, "The Myth of Progress," which is a scientific critique of the failings of our current economic system. The book covers three

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MCLA To Host Clowning Workshop
03:40PM / Sunday, January 29, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Arts & Culture will offer a workshop on contemporary improv and clowning techniques with instructor David Lane.    This workshop is open to anyone ages 17 and up. The series starts on Saturday, Feb. 4, and will run each Saturday throughout the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MCLA Art Lab.     It is free and open to the public, however, space is limited and each class builds on the last. Registration can be found at https://bit.ly/3WAoU9T.    The class will culminate in an open session for invited guests and the public on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.    The MCLA Art Lab is located at

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MCLA and Habitat for Humanity Partner to Offer Free Tax Assistance
04:00PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and its Department of Business Administration are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to offer free tax preparation services to local residents in need through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.    MCLA will offer in-person, drop-off, and virtual tax assistance to qualified taxpayers beginning February 6.     Individuals can call Habitat for Humanity at (413) 442-3184 to schedule an appointment or drop off tax documents at the site and a certified volunteer will work to prepare the tax return. Drop-off hours occur on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m. in MCLA's Murdock

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North Adams Preparing School Project Reports
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Thursday, January 19, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department is preparing five components for its application to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the Brayton/Greylock project.   The consultants on the project updated the School Building Committee on those factors on Tuesday and Matthew Sturz of owner's project manager Colliers International reviewed the timeline and budget to date.    Julia McFadden of TSKP Studio said the reports would be submitted by April 26 to move the project into the preliminary design phase.   "The first one is one that we've already completed, which was the educational visioning that occurred just this last fall and wrapped up in

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MCLA Athletics to Celebrate 2023 National Girls and Women in Sports Day
08:15AM / Monday, January 16, 2023
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Athletics will host two events on Feb. 4 to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) – an initiative that dates back to 1987 to encourage the participation of girls and women in sports.    Clinic registration is open until Jan. 29.     8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the James T. Amsler Campus Center Gym: Sports Clinic for girls in grades 3-8    12-4 p.m. in the James T. Amsler Campus Center Gym    Advanced registration and payment are required online at athletics.mcla.edu. The pickleball clinic is currently full and taking a waiting list.     Women

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Gabriel Abbott Memorial Student Recognized for Service Leadership
10:31AM / Sunday, January 15, 2023
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FLORIDA, Mass. — Lael Pavlak, an eighth grader from Gabriel Abbott Memorial School was recently selected as Florida's 2023 Project 351 Ambassador for her ethic of service and values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. 

According to a press release, Project 351 is a non-profit organization that empowers a youth-led movement for change powered by an eighth-grade student representing every city and town in Massachusetts.

"Lael is a student that is always concerned about how she can help others. She was just a natural choice to be Project 351 ambassador," said Tim Rougeau, Lael's English and Social Studies teacher.

On Jan. 14, Pavlak will unite with

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