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Deadline Tuesday to File for Mount Greylock School Committee Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:40PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Time is running out for anyone who wants to run for the newly constituted Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.   Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerks in Williamstown and Lanesborough by Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m.   The clerks will verify the signatures on the nominating positions throughout August in time to get candidates' names on the November ballot.   Candidates need to file nomination papers in each town of the two-town PreK-12 school district.   All seven seats on the School Committee will be up for election on Nov. 6.   Voters will choose two Williamstown residents for four-year terms and two Williamstown

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Mount Greylock Teachers File Complaints Over Contract
Staff Reports,
12:41AM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Educators in the newly expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District are taking their contract grievances to the state, saying school officials have been negotiating in bad faith.    Teachers in the Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools and at Mount Greylock Regional School have filed a series of unfair labor practice complaints with the state Department of Labor Relations, according to a statement released on Monday.   A group representing the three former bargaining committees — one for each school — started negotiating a unified contract with the newly formed preK-12 school district in January. The Transition Committee,

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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
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The professors keep things light and entertaining.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was storytime this past week at Williams College.   But the rising fifth- and sixth-graders at the college's Summer Science Lab were not being told stories. They were challenged to make up stories.   As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.   On Thursday morning, the observation involved the mixing of a yellow liquid and a blue liquid to make a green one.   After talking with the three dozen youngsters sitting at lab tables in the college's

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BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
02:07PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Twenty-two graduates of the Practical Nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized June 14 during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Nurse Catherine Stechmann, staff development coordinator at Hillcrest Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and clinical instructor, addressed the students.

The ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition, dating back before the turn of the 20th century.  Traditionally, nursing students have conducted an honors or pinning ceremony to mark the passage of student nurse role to practice role.  It is an emotional

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College Notes: July 2018
04:16PM / Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Tiffany-Rae Robinson of Dalton was selected as orientation group leader (OGL) for the 2018 Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program at   SOAR helps set the stage for academic readiness and successful community integration to Western New England University and leaders help new students transition by providing entering students and parents with information and structure for effective adjustment to the university environment.   OGLs are students who have consistently modeled solid citizenship and active participation in the Western New England Community. They are selected for their strong communication skills, their leadership qualities, and their ability to build

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Berkshire Community College Awarded $5.5M for Student Center
05:20PM / Tuesday, July 10, 2018
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We are here in Westfield to celebrate the signing of our capital investment bond bill worth nearly $4 billion. Included in this plan is $950 million towards public higher education to address the deferred maintenance backlog and to support workforce skills needs. pic.twitter.com/f4T0JxqWr3

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) July 10, 2018 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been awarded $5.5 million for a project that will transform the first floor of the Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center.   Gov. Charlie Baker announced this award on Tuesday at Westfield State University. The funding is part of a five-year $190 million

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Williams Awards Three Faculty Members with Bushnell Prize
01:48PM / Friday, July 06, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College have been recognized for excellence in teaching and writing.

Lucy Schmidt (economics), Janneke van de Stadt (Russian) and Heather Williams (biology) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell '20 Prize, an award given annually to the faculty since 1995.

Schmidt was noted for her extensive publishing record and her work in making the economics curriculum more inclusive, van de Stadt for her pedagogical creativity in introductory and advanced courses in Russian, and Williams for her highly effective laboratory teaching and stalwart presence in neuroscience.

 

Lucie Schmidt

Schmidt, professor of economics,

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More Drury Student Art Installed on Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This was the seventh year new artwork by Drury High School students has been installed on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building on Brown Street.

"Again we stand here in awe," Cascade President Pete Cote said Monday during a brief ceremony.

This was the first year that Mayor Thomas Bernard was on hand during the ceremony to see the art and a handful of the artists first-hand.

"It's incredible," Bernard said.

And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher Phoebe Pepper posed with the students whom she shepherded through the process and accepted the annual monetary donation from Cascade, which also donates the wood

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BArT Announces Junior Book Awards
12:18PM / Friday, June 29, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 15, at an all-school assembly.

Ruth Bristol

Darrel Lynch

Thomas Cook

Isaiah Albright

​ ​Natalie Celebi

Hannah Stringer

​Joshua Doubiago & Johnyce Lanphear-Dyer

Johnyce Lanphear-Dyer

Ruth Bristol

 

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Mount Greylock Offices Relocated for Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Tuesday, June 26, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Monday closed the campus of the middle-high school to the public until some time in August as it wraps up the addition/renovation project.   With the snow-delayed end of the school year finally arriving, the district has turned the grounds over to Turner Construction and its subcontractors, who will begin demolishing the 1960s-era academic wings, redoing the parking lot and putting the finishing touches on the three-story addition where students will begin class in September.   All of the district's and middle-high school's offices have been temporarily relocated off campus according to a note

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