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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Presses Contractor on Auditorium
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, December 14, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials and the School Building Committee on Tuesday continued to express their frustration with the pace of completion of the Mount Greylock Regional school building project.   At the latest meeting of the School Building Committee, the panel pressed Turner Construction Vice President Carl Stewart III for a date when the general contractor finally will finish work on the school's auditorium.   "What's your best guess?" co-Chairman Mark Schiek asked Stewart point blank.   "I'm not going to give one," Stewart said. "Believe me, Williamstown is a nice town, but we want to be done as much as you

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Mount Greylock School Committee Approves Planning Documents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, December 10, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday OK'd a District Improvement Plan and a set of goals for the newly expanded district's superintendent.   The latter administrative document, the Superintendent Goals, are part of the standard against which the committee will evaluate Superintendent Kimberley Grady's performance.   Ideally, the document would have been approved some months ago, but it was delayed by the fact that the School Committee only was constituted for the first time after the November election. At that time, the newly elected seven-member committee took control of the district from an interim Transition Committee that

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BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests

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Williams Senior Named Mitchell Scholar
02:47PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Keshav Goel is among the dozen men and women named as Mitchell Scholars for the class of 2020.

Sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, this nationally competitive scholarship provides recipients a year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Selected from 370 applicants, Goel is the first Williams student to receive this scholarship since the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program's inaugural class of 2001.

A double major in economics and biology from Monte Sereno, Calif., Goel is an aspiring physician who is interested in addressing the effects of

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Home From Afghanistan, Mount Greylock Vice Principal Settling In
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, December 06, 2018
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Schutz speaks to the young students about personal responsibility and the school climate. He says he's still acclimating to the new school.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Vice Principal Jacob Schutz welcomed the class of 2024 to the middle-high school on Wednesday, even as the Mount Greylock community continued to welcome Schutz back to the United States.   Schutz addressed the 120-member class of seventh-graders in a midday meeting in the school's gymnasium, on his third day back after serving a year in the National Guard.   "I've been at Mount Greylock for five or six years," he told the 12- and 13-year-olds by way of

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Williams College Senior Named Canadian Rhodes Scholar
02:29PM / Friday, November 30, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Linda Worden is among the 11 men and women named as Canadian Rhodes Scholars for 2019.

Worden has been selected to join a class of 100 students from more than 60 countries worldwide to receive this distinguished scholarship to study at Oxford University next year. She is Williams' 39th Rhodes Scholar.

Since the establishment of the scholarship in 1902, nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars, including more than 1,000 Canadians, have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, the professions, commerce, the arts, education, research, and other domains. The Rhodes Scholarships for Canada are a partnership between the Rhodes Trust and the

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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
12:43PM / Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has announced the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students are placed on the honor roll when their quarterly letter grades average a B or better, and when the student receives no grade lower than a B- in all graded classes. If students earn any grade of a C+ or lower, their names will not be placed on the honor roll.

The student must be carrying a minimum of four graded courses to be eligible. Students who withdraw from a course are not eligible for the honor roll for one semester.

Grade 12

Maddison Albert, Hallie Anderson, Rachel Bisson, Sage Bohl, Daniel Buell, Marley Buffis, Taylor Callahan,

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College Notes: September - December 2018
06:07PM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Lasell students during a service-learning trip in Ecuador this summer. Hannah King was one of 13 students selected to participate in an environmental service-learning trip to Ecuador with this past summer.   King, of Pittsfield, worked with faculty and peers to support sustainable agricultural practices in the country. The group spent their time in Ecuador living with local communities and immersing in their culture. Students helped to build brick ovens, create tiles and shingles, and clear mountainside debris.   In preparation for the two-week trip, King and their classmates participated in a semester-long course this spring. Students learned about Ecuador's

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Eight Graduate From McCann Practical Nursing Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Susan Watson is retiring after six years leading the program. See more photos from Monday's ceremony here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Monday night was bittersweet for the McCann Technical School community with the celebration of the latest class of nursing graduates also saying goodbye to the woman who has led the program for six years.

The eight students from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program bid goodbye to the school and to retiring Program Coordinator Susan Watson during the pinning ceremony.

"Throughout the year, all of you have reaffirmed why I love teaching, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your enthusiasm and have many memorable moments," Watson said.

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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Decides on Plan for Permitting Fees
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Saturday, November 24, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to pay an invoice from the town of Williamstown for inspection services if the money remains in the project budget at the end of the process.   At issue was $154,426 in fees that the district accumulated for the town building department's inspections throughout the life of the $64 million addition/renovation project.   At the outset of the project, the town manager told the district that he was willing to be the last vendor paid, essentially setting up another contingency in the budget for the cost-conscious district officials who were, at the time, concerned

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