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Williams Professor Wins Musicological Society Award
01:12PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Professor of Music W. Anthony Sheppard received the H. Colin Slim Award for his article "Puccini and the Music Boxes," which appeared in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association in spring 2015, at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society on Nov. 5 in Vancouver, Canada.

He was also named series editor for the prestigious AMS Studies in Music book series published by Oxford University Press.

The H. Colin Slim Award honors each year a musicological article of exceptional merit, published during the previous year in any language and in any country by a scholar who is past the early stages of her or his career.

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Williams Russian Professor Named President-Elect of Scholarly Society
01:05PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Julie Cassiday, chair of German and Russian and professor of Russian at Williams College, has been named president-elect of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

As president-elect, Cassiday will serve as vice president in 2017 and president in 2018.

Established in 1948, ASEEES is a nonprofit, non-political, scholarly society and the leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Eastern Europe in regional and global contexts.  

Cassiday will serve on the executive committee of the board of directors, which handles all aspects of the management

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Williams Grad Named Rhodes Scholar
12:45PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A 2015 graduate of Williams College’s Center for Development Economics, Diala Issam Al Masri, is one of three newly named Rhodes Scholars from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon or Palestine.

This is the first year that the Rhodes Trust is choosing scholars from that region, the result of a new partnership with the Saïd Foundation that was announced in June. Al Masri is the first CDE graduate to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship.

The Rhodes Scholarship is among the oldest and most prestigious academic awards for college graduates. It provides two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Al Masri was selected from among hundreds of

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Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools Begin Search for Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Friday, December 02, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District is moving ahead with a plan that officials hope will bring an interim superintendent to the district as early as Jan. 1.   On Wednesday evening, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee held a joint meeting with its colleagues from Superintendency Union 71, the union of Lanesborough and Williamstown's elementary school districts, to consider a succession plan proposed by the two groups' Administrative Review Subcommittee.   The subcommittee proposed that the hiring committees authorize it to screen candidates and name a pool of up to three finalists who would be interviewed by the full Mount

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McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:33PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

This quarter, 107 students received high honors and 64 received honors.

High Honors

Butler, Evan; Cristofolini, Lorenzo; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Foley, Alexis; Gardner, Makenzie; Gero, Christopher; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Katie; Gigliotti, Madison; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kipp, William; Klammer, Claire; Lampro, Tyler; Leab, Joshua; Mears, Kevin; Milner, Erica; Moreno, Nico; Pandell, Blaize; Senecal, Elise; Wojcik, Alexander; Wood, Elizabeth.

Boucher, Noah; Brown, Marley; Cahill, Alyssa; Charon, Ryan; Diesz, Natalie;

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Tuition Costs Highlight Meeting With Lanesborough School, Town Officials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Selectmen Chairman John Goerlach said he is "thoroughly disgusted" that New Ashford is paying half the cost per pupil than Lanesborough is for the same education.   The town has a tuition agreement with New Ashford, which does not have an elementary school, to send its students to Lanesborough Elementary. The tuition is set at $8,730, which is about half of the per-pupil spending of the entire school. Goerlach has been pushing for an increased tuition rate for years, calling for it to equal the per-pupil spending rate the town is paying.   "Why are we still 50 percent? I don't get it. How many times we do we have to ask? I am

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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
02:58PM / Monday, November 28, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has announced its first quarter honor roll.

Of a total school enrollment of 565, 354 students have made honor roll.

Dagny Albano, Kyle Alvarez, Zachary Armet, Elizabeth Bartlett, Kyle Bazonski, Jenna Benzinger, Immanuel Brennan, Emily Brown, Savanah Brown, Devin Buda, Caroline Carlough, Cameron Castonguay, Catherine Cavalli, Brianna Chilton, Serena Chow, Caleb Cimini, Jesse Cohen, Abigail Coleman, Niku Darafshi, Lauren Diamond, Olivia DiNicola, Grace Dodig, Artem Dudko, Nicholas Dudley, James Ellingwood, Amy Gates, Sally Gotlieb, Mercer Greenwald, Hailey Guest, Sydney Gurek, Cameron Hadley, Mark Hayden, Manas Jain, Simon

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BArT Announces First Trimester Honor Roll
02:43PM / Monday, November 28, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first 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.

Students in Grade 6 who earned High Honors are

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Lanesborough-Williamstown Committee Aims for Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Monday, November 21, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee that coordinates the hiring of shared personnel in the Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District decided Friday to try to have an interim school superintendent on board by Jan. 1.   The four-person Administrative Review Subcommittee, comprised of the chairs of the Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary school committees and the Mount Greylock School Committee and an additional Mount Greylock committee member, met for about two hours on Friday afternoon at the junior-senior high school.   The ARS decided to ask the Tri-District's two hiring authorities, the Mount Greylock School Committee and Superintendency Union 71, to concur with an

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Documents Reveal Complaints Against Departed Lanesborough-Williamstown Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:30PM / Friday, November 18, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Documents outlining the "complaints or charges against" the former Lanesborough-Williamstown school superintendent show that he had lost the confidence of his top administrators along with that of several school committee members.

Douglas Dias and the Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District parted ways after a lengthy closed-door meeting of all three elected school committees in the two towns on Nov. 7.   This week, the Tri-District office, responding to a request for information from iBerkshires.com, released documentation about the complaints referenced on the agenda for the committees' executive session.   Dias, who is no longer working

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