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Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Committees Discuss Hoosac Valley 'Proposal'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19AM / Friday, September 04, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional and Lanesborough Elementary school committees on Thursday talked about how they can stamp out "FUD."   "Fear, uncertainty and doubt," known by the three-letter acronym, is a term that has been used by School Committee member Richard Cohen to describe talk of breaking up Mount Greylock's two-town district and tuitioning Lanesborough students into Hoosac Valley High School.   "In the high-tech industry, when you don't have a good product and can't compete with your competition, you create chaos [to gain a marketing advantage]," Cohen said. "In this situation, we have people

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Circle of 6 App Helping Change Campus Culture at Williams
01:51PM / Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When it comes to sexual assault prevention, campus culture at Williams College is changing. Data collected through a student survey, focus groups, and anonymous usage records all show that a new mobile app called Circle of 6, by enabling a few common sense strategies and fostering peer discussion on dating and relationships, is helping change students from individual bystanders to peer supporters engaged in collective preventative action.

Circle of 6 is a sexual assault prevention app that allows the user to create a circle of six friends a student can call or text easily when she or he is in an uncomfortable situation. A customized version of the app has been

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Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program Fall Programs Begins
12:21PM / Monday, August 31, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Preparation for the new High School Equivalency Exam (GED), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Basic Skills classes begin Sept. 8.

New programs include Career Pathways; college and career readiness, Distance Learning; online HiSET (GED) preparation, Bridge to College; academic and readiness skills needed to transition to college available.

In addition, there is a new free program for eligible North Adams residents enrolled in the NBABE Program to support High School Equivalency completion including a voucher to cover testing fees, one to one career coaching and support for next steps to college, training, and employment. This program is

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McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2015
01:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Thursday, Sept. 3. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.




7:00     349 North Street
7:02     312 North State Road
7:03     Route 8 at Briggs Drive
7:03     688 North State Road
7:05     Route 8 at Crest  Drive
7:15     Grove Street
7:16     Commercial at Leonard
7:18     Commercial at Glenn
7:19     Commercial

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Williams College Class of 2019 Set to Arrive Aug. 31
01:14PM / Friday, August 28, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 269 women and 282 men who make up the Williams College Class of 2019 will arrive on campus on Aug. 31 for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college. Over the first few days students will meet their academic advisors, learn about academic departments, get to know the campus, and take placement exams and the mandatory swimming test. In between the scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

During the second half of the week, first-year students will participate in EphVentures, a program designed to enhance students’

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Adams-Cheshire Makes High School Pitch to Lanesborough
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams and Cheshire touted the school district's benefits to an audience of nearly 80 on Thursday night.

The presentation by Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional staff and officials was an attempt to sway Lanesborough residents in considering to send high school students their way.

Mount Greylock Regional held a similar demonstration on Wednesday to remind Lanesborough of the advantages of being educated at the Williamstown school.

But whereas Mount Greylock focused on academics, Adams went straight for the pocketbook.

The town could save around $1.6 million and still get a quality education, Town Adminstrator Tony Mazzucco told them.

He calculated it would cost

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Mount Greylock Officials Make Case for School District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Thursday, August 27, 2015
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock officials on Wednesday made their pitch to Lanesborough residents being courted by a neighboring school district.   In a nearly hourlong presentation in the Lanesborough Elementary School cafeteria, Mount Greylock's superintendent, principal, assistant principal and director of pupil services explained the things that they say make Mount Greylock a school worth preserving.   "What attracted me to Mount Greylock was, first, its reputation," said Doug Dias, who was hired as superintendent of the Lanesborough-Williamstown "Tri District" earlier this year. "I've been principal of a high school for eight years.

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MCLA Holds School Supply Drive to Benefit Local Students
11:42AM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue its tradition of giving back during the First Days of the academic year when the MCLA Center for Service and Citizenship hosts a “School Supply Drive” to benefit local elementary school students.

The community is invited to participate in this effort, which will begin as the Class of 2019 moves in on Sunday, Aug. 30. Items needed include pencils and erasers, mechanical pencils, notebooks and journals, folders and binders, notebook paper, rulers, calculators, markers and crayons.

Collection boxes will be available as the new students check in to campus. Locations include the Campus Center

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North County School Finance Forum: State Aid Lacking
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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ADAMS, Mass. — Three school districts with different financial models had a common message for attendees at Tuesday's forum at Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School: The commonwealth should do more to fund education.   Administrators from the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, McCann Technical School and BArT gave a slide presentation to talk about how each of their budgets are funded at a joint meeting/workshop of the Adams Board of Selectmen and Adams Finance Committee.   Although each of the schools is funded differently and each has unique expenses, the school officials all agreed they each spend about the same portion of their budget on

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Mount Greylock Regional Bus Routes 2015-16
02:30PM / Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School opens Wednesday, Sept. 2. Students should arrive at their designated bus stops at least five minutes prior to the time indicated. (Allow 10 minutes the first week of school.)

Afternoon dismissal is 2:25; buses leave at 2:30.

 

Lanesborough

7:10  Sloan Road at Oblong Road
7:13  Oblong Road at Hancock Road Route 43
7:19  Hancock Town Line at Burdicks
7:29  Arrival

7:03  Cole Avenue at School Street
7:05  Southworth at School Street
7:09  Main Street at Water Street
7:11  Water Street at Latham

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