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Mount Greylock Lets Elementary Schools, Towns Drive Regionalization Talk
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:04AM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for an affirmative vote to fully regionalize but urged its partners at Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary schools to take the lead in the runup to a planned November vote in each town.   The junior-senior high school district has been studying the possibility of inviting the two "feeder" elementaries into the regional district since 2013, when Mount Greylock conducted a yearlong study through its Regional District Amendment Committee.   After shelving the regionalization question to focus on a school building project, the Mount Greylock School

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:

Massachusetts

Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca L.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Reapproves Concussion Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:57AM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday reviewed the school's concussion policy and some historical data about head injuries among the student body.   The school's director of athletics and co-curricular activities explained the policy, which was up for a standard biennial review.   Lindsey von Holtz also shared data she has compiled about the instance of head injuries at the school — whether on the playing field or not.   The Mount Greylock policy, which is centered on a Graduated Return to Play Protocol and includes accommodations for students recovering from head injury, applies to all students, however they

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Buxton School Teacher Awarded 2017 Kapteyn Prize
02:38PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Linda Burlak, a science teacher and academic dean at Buxton School in Williamstown has been awarded the ninth annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching,the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced.

She will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich her teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in her name.

Currently in her 29th year at Buxton School, Burlak has taught biology and physics, algebra and geometry, and popular electives in marine science, astronomy and nature writing. She has served as a soccer coach, dormitory parent and college adviser; is a long-time member of the school's orchestra and

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Social Media Attacks Take Toll on Mount Greylock Public Servant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing personal attacks on social media, the Mount Greylock School Committee member who has chaired the district's committee looking at full regionalization announced Tuesday she is stepping back from the latter group.   Carolyn Greene told her colleagues on the School Committee at its monthly meeting that she hopes School Committee member Wendy Penner will be able to fill in for her on the Regional District Amendment Committee, which Greene chaired in 2013 when the school launched its initial study and earlier this year when the School Committee brought the issue back to the fore.   The RDAC is the group charged with developing a proposal to

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Mount Greylock Looks to Buy Former Restaurant for Central Office
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Tuesday discussed acquiring a closed restaurant to be the new home of the district's administration.   The committee discussed a plan to use part of a $5 million capital endowment from Williams College to purchase the former Taconic Restaurant at the junction of Routes 2 and 7, across from the A-Frame Bakery.   The committee has known for a couple of years that it needs to find new accommodations for the central administration, which oversees Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School under the Tri-District shared services agreement.   The addition/renovation project

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BArT Announces Third Trimester Honor Roll
01:39PM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third trimester of the 2016-2017 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.

Dion Bianco, Ivan Chen, Zy'Aira Cooper, Felee Davis,

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
11:48AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seventeen graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 15 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Chelise Rondeau

Salina Kiplagat

Megan Mahoney

Yormary Shogren

Angela Colson, Brittany Moore-Lusigan, Lindsay Ostellino

Samantha Andrews

Gregory Martin, Pamela Matson, Railea Rivera, Lesline Rostick

Stephanie Fredsall

Anna Owuor

Shauna Hoffman

Valentina Gavel

Natalya Sevostyanova


Lindsay Ostellino

Gregory Martin

Natalya Sevostyanova

 
Graduates of the 10-month program are eligible to sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse

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MountainOne Provides Funding for Scholarships for MCLA Camps
03:29PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MountainOne has granted $8,000 to Northern Berkshire United Way and the Williamstown Community Chest in support of a new collaboration to provide Northern Berkshire youth ages 9-17 with experiential, summer learning based programs on the MCLA campus.

NBUW and WCC will work closely with area youth agencies to refer young people into the summer programs and coordinate transportation when needed.

"We are pleased to support this innovative and collaborative community program developed by high-quality organizations in support of opportunities for our local youth," Kelli Kozak, AVP Community Engagement officer at MountainOne, said.

Scholarships or

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McCann Postgraduates Ready for Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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The graduates flip their tassels over to show they've graduated. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was the second time that Jennifer Boucher of Adams had earned a diploma from McCann Technical School's postgraduate program.    And she held it tight as she danced her way out of the gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk" on Monday, ready for a life-changing career.   Boucher had first earned a cosmetology diploma from McCann and has been working as a hair stylist for years. On Monday night, she was pinned and presented a diploma in dental assisting.   "I am 45 years old and decided in this past year that I needed to make a

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