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Williams College Class of 2020 to Arrive on Aug. 29
11:30AM / Friday, August 26, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 552 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2020 will arrive on campus on Aug. 29 for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college through meetings with academic advisers and opportunities to learn about academic departments and get to know the campus. Students will also take placement exams and the college's 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

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Lanesborough School Officials Look To Shorten Bus Ride Times
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:51AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Bus routes can't be much more efficient than they are now, but school officials are looking at small ways to reduce the time students spend traveling to and from school.   Elementary School Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that he traveled the three bus routes with a staff member from DuFour Bus Co. and could not find a way to truly reduce the time students spend riding. Instead, he's looking to see if there could be more common bus stops, instead of always bringing students to their doors.   "We want to see if we can reduce the time students spend on the bus to and from school," McEvoy said of his trip, which included using Map

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Q&A With MCLA President James Birge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers.   True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.   "To a department, the faculty talked about their commitment to students achieving their academic goals, which isn't always the case," James F. "Jaime" Birge said recently. "Faculty aren't always as uniformly committed to that purpose as our faculty here. Literally, every

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Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
01:08PM / Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region.

The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.

MCLA Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin, who serves on the STEM Advisory Council, said an investment

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Williamstown Elementary Creates Math Support Position
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School Committee on Thursday discussed the possibility of adding a part-time math support position for the 2016-17 academic year.

The administration asked for a special meeting of the committee to approve the creation of the position in case the school district realize a cost savings from unexpected turnover on its staff.

"We may have a retirement," Superintendent Douglas Dias told the committee in a meeting telecast on the town's community access television station, WilliNet. "When there are retirements, from a resource standpoint, you try to take advantage of that. When someone retires, typically, you replace at

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Students Join Berkshire Community College’s 2016 STEM Starter Academy
03:17PM / Monday, August 15, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-six Berkshire County students have joined the 2016 STEM Starter Academy at Berkshire Community College, a program geared toward high school students who are interested in attending BCC to study STEM fields.

Part of a statewide Massachusetts Community College initiative, the program features a three-week Summer STEM Success Academy and a year-long Support Academy at BCC. The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.

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Anthony Hover-Williams and Alexi

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McCann Technical Prepares For Upcoming School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Monday, August 08, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School administrators are preparing for the upcoming school year and welcoming a small uptick in incoming freshmen.  

Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday that 144 eighth-graders have shown an interest in going to McCann.

Although 144 students committed to McCann, only 117 actually sent in the paperwork solidifying their attendance. Kratz said this is normal.

"This is pretty typical. Right now we have 117 kids that have actually sent in their paperwork," the principal said. "I am hoping we will be high 120s, low 130s but until all of the dust settles, we won’t know for sure. Some students might

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Mount Greylock Envirothon Team Succeeds in First Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Recent Mount Greylock Regional School graduate Benni McComish says he long has been interested in environmental justice.

This year, he got into the science behind the issues.

McComish was one of eight Mount Greylock students who participated in the school's first Envirothon team.

Envirothon, a program of the National Conservation Foundation, is a nationwide environmental education competition that attracts 50,000 people from 4,000 public and private high schools each year.

It attracted McComish, who already was part of Mount Greylock's Youth Environmental Squad, because Envirothon offered a chance to do field research.

"I hadn't really been

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Mount Greylock Faculty, Staff Clears Way for Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Reading, writing, 'rithetic and ... redecorating.   Add another line to the resume for the staff at Mount Greylock Regional School, which helped kickstart the junior-senior high school's renovation and addition project this summer.   "I have to commend Jesse [Wirtes] and Larry Burdick, the head custodian, and all the custodians," Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald said last week while giving a tour of the sometimes torn up interior at Mount Greylock. "Larry had a one-month crew, actually it was faculty and staff who wanted some work. They cleaned this room. They got things moved.   "We were ahead of schedule, so

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MCLA Hosts Third 413 STEM Academy
12:22PM / Monday, August 01, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For the third year, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is hosting its "413 STEM Ready Academy," from Monday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 5.

The intensive, summer residency program gives students at the region's community colleges insight into what it is like to attend a four-year institution, and encourages them to earn a bachelor's degree.

The 21 students who will participate – six from Berkshire Community College, seven from Greenfield Community College and eight from Holyoke Community College – intend to major in fields that include biochemistry, biology, biological science, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science,

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