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MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law
01:28PM / Friday, April 29, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has signed a 3 + 3 articulation agreement with Western New England University School of Law to establish a joint program leading to a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctor degree.
 
With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

According to Birge, this new partnership allows both MCLA and WNEU

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Williams College Alumna Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship
12:12PM / Friday, April 29, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College graduate Yue-Yi Hwa, class of 2011, has been awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a doctorate in education at St. Catharine's College at Cambridge.

Hwa is currently doing education policy research at the Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After earning an masters in philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2013, she taught in a high-need school for two years with Teach for Malaysia. Her plan for graduate research at Oxford is to acquire expertise in education policy. Afterward, she plans to work in the Malaysian government or at a research institute or university doing policy research.

Hwa graduated from Williams

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Three Williams Students Named 2016 Goldwater Scholars
02:26PM / Monday, April 25, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College juniors David Burt, Sarah Fleming and William Kirby have been named 2016 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The students are among 252 recipients of the scholarship, which is awarded to college sophomores and juniors nationwide who excel in mathematics, science, or engineering. Scholars receive awards of up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Williams Junior Ruby Froom of New York City also received an honorable mention.

Burt, a native of Middlebury, Vt., is majoring in mathematics and is engaged in ongoing research with professors Steven Miller of Williams

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Mount Greylock School Building Committee Discusses Design Details
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, April 15, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday started digging into the nitty gritty of design work that will produce a final plan for the district's addition/renovation project.

Although the broad strokes of the project were hashed out in the project's feasibility and schematic design phase, much of the detail work was saved until after the district and the Massachusetts School Building Authority knew that the project had local voters' approval, which it won last month.

On Thursday night, architect Dawn Guarriello took the committee through some of the design refinements that have been made since the schematic design was submitted to

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Lanesborough Elementary Testing Out Breakfast Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Friday, April 15, 2016
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Elementary School is piloting a new breakfast program.   Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that the "grab and go" program will provide small breakfast meals to anyone who signs up. The meals will cost $1.25 with a discounted rate for those who qualify for reduced lunch, and free for those who qualify for free lunch.   "There are a lot of different models for breakfast programs," McEvoy said.   Lanesborough's program is different from what's happening in Pittsfield, where every student receives a free meal. But, it still accomplishes the goal of providing the ability for it.    "Studies have shown

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Greylock After-Prom Auction Features 82 Items
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:10AM / Thursday, April 14, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If you did not catch last weekend's fund-raiser for the Mount Greylock After Prom program, you are in luck.

There is plenty of time to get in on the action as more than 80 items are up for grabs in a charity auction to benefit the post-prom festivities.

For more than 20 years, attendees at Mount Greylock's prom have been transported from the site of the formal to an informal gathering where they can keep partying — and stay safe — through the night.

In recent years, the after prom festivities have been held at Greylock Bowl and Golf in North Adams, which also was the location of last Saturday's party Dueling Pianos benefit concert.

Last

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Williamstown Elementary Starts Vacation Early Because of Widespread Illness
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:04PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health and school officials have decided to close Williamstown Elementary School on Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, in response to a flu outbreak at the school.

Families were informed of the decision on Wednesday at the regularly scheduled 1:30 dismissal. The school will be off limits to all school and non-school activities through Monday to allow the building to be cleaned allow for “any residual spores to die” according to a school-wide email.

Starting Monday, the school saw nearly 100 children and 20 staff members calling in sick.

“We called the Board of Health in earlier in the week and talked to them again

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St. Joe High Accredited, Approves Strategic Plan
02:54PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — St. Joseph Central High School has been accredited for 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The recent acknowledgment by NEASC affirms the academic excellence of the diocesan high school's programs and offerings, said school officials. The self-evaluation process, which is also extended to public schools, sets specific criteria as it reviews all aspects of a school.

School Board President John O'Brien applauded the many individuals and their countless meetings involved in the accreditation process, stating that it was "no small undertaking. We are extremely pleased with the NEASC commendations and have incorporated all of

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Williamstown Superintendent: Preschool will Meet Children's Needs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Monday, April 04, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Budget season for Williamstown Elementary School has seen a number of twists and turns since an initial budget presentation to the School Committee back in February.

But one thing remains consistent: the decision to scale back the school's prekindergarten program by eliminating a full-day option.

The popular Side by Side program has generated passionate support, and first-year Superintendent Douglas Dias has been the subject of hyperbolic criticism over the decision to cut the full-day preschool class.

But from Day 1, Dias has maintained that the elementary school can serve its pupils with two half-day preK sessions, and he reiterated that commitment again

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Williamstown Finance Committee Advises Mount Greylock on Debt Repayment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:45AM / Thursday, March 31, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend that the Mount Greylock School Committee aggressively pay down debt on the addition/renovation project at the junior-senior high school.

At its annual meeting to review all town meeting warrant articles related to finance, the committee heard from Town Manager Jason Hoch that the town’s assessment from the regional school will be increased by an unknown amount due to the building project, which this month was approved by both Mount Greylock’s member towns.

Hoch said that the School Committee needs to determine, among other things, whether it will pay interest only or pay interest and principal

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