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Berkshires Beat: BArT Students Help Puerto Rico, Local Community
01:30PM / Monday, December 18, 2017
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Helping out

Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School ninth-graders recently decided that they wanted to raise $1,000 to help with the devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. The students put on a dance and hosted a "Penny Wars" event to reach their fundraising goal. The $1,000-plus donation was proudly sent to United for Puerto Rico last week.

In addition, the BArT Student Ambassadors have visited with the seniors at the Adams Council on Aging, read to children at the Berkshire Museum Literacy Night, and collected more than 500 items to be donated to local food pantries in North Adams and Pittsfield the week of Thanksgiving. Ms.

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English Professor Named First Williams-Mystic Faculty Fellow
01:02PM / Friday, December 15, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A new program that allows Williams College faculty to spend a semester at the Williams-Mystic program in Mystic, Conn., will begin in spring 2018 with Shawn Rosenheim, professor of English, as the first resident faculty fellow.

As the faculty fellow, Rosenheim will reside at the Mystic campus, participate in field seminars, contribute guest lectures and seminars, and incorporate aspects of the Mystic pedagogy back into his own teaching. During the semester, Rosenheim anticipates collaborating with the faculty as a guest lecturer and participant in interdisciplinary panels, and hopes to screen his film "Biosphere 2." He will also create a podcast about

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Lanesborough Sets Bar High With Strong MCAS Scores
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Friday, December 15, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Elementary school teachers and students have set the bar high.   The school held its first tests of the newly revamped Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests last year and the newly revealed scores show Lanesborough students trending ahead of state averages in nearly every category.   The state is not placing an accountability rank on schools that have moved to the new system, but the first year will set a benchmark to measure growth in the future.   Principal Martin McEvoy reported that last year's sixth-graders tied for second in the county when it came to English language arts. Thirteen percent of the students exceeded

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs New Williams Dorm
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Thursday, December 14, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday gave the OK to Williams College's plan for a new dormitory and discussed zoning bylaw changes the board may bring to town voters in May.   The college was before the board to seek a parking determination and a finding of functional equivalency for the planned 40-room residence hall to replace Garfield House on South Street.   College attorney Jamie Art explained that the new dorm will have fewer than half as many parking spaces as the existing structure, part of the college's initiative to reduce vehicular usage on campus and promote healthy lifestyles.   "Right now, I think there are 16 spaces by the

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Talks Parking Lot Deadline
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday pressed its construction team for an answer to the most pressing project-related question facing the district.   "Where are we on the contingency?" committee member Al Terranova asked. "The one that's going to pay for the parking lot."   The district hopes to pay for a $700,000 renovation of the middle-high school parking lot from a $2 million "owner's contingency" built into the $64.7 million budget for the addition/renovation project.   On Thursday, the building committee approved $117,000 worth of change orders, including about $80,000 for a change to

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Williamstown School Committee Member Questions Education's Emphasis on Technology
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Monday, December 11, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN. Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Wednesday discussed the role of technology in education and, specifically, whether it is being overemphasized in the classroom.   The discussion was sparked by Principal Joelle Brookner's report on pupil performance on the 2017 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam.   In addition to laying out the continued success of the school's children on the standardized test, Brookner noted that last spring the school's fourth-graders took the MCAS on computer for the first time and that the fourth- and fifth-graders will do so this year.   The school is phasing in a transition to meet the

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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'
01:36PM / Friday, December 08, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass.— The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Theater Department will be performing William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

The BArT theater is located within the school building at 1 Commercial Street in Adams. Tickets can be purchased at the door and the pricing is as follows: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, $2 BArT students.

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks. "Twelfth Night" follows the romantic misadventures of Orsino who loves Olivia, Olivia who loves Cesario

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MCLA Recognizes Adams Scholarship Recipients
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 Berkshire students were recognized at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship reception at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "I am really quite pleased to be able to welcome you and to be able to congratulate you on earning this scholarship," MCLA President James Birge told the recipients Tuesday at the Church Street Center. "It is a rigorous award to win and you have demonstrated your abilities to do that through your grades, standardized test performances ... and all of the things that help you round out your education."   The Adams Scholarship is a merit-based award that provides a tuition waiver for

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McCann Tech Inducts Honor Society Students for 2017
02:52PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School inducted 28 juniors into the National Honor Society on Nov. 14.    These students were selected for membership based on scholarship, service,  leadership, and character.    The students are Raffaele Bedini II, Hannah Blake, Hope Blake, Andrea Brucato, John Daub, Nichole Demastrie, Cortney Devito, Elissa Fink, Krista Furlon, Nicholas Glidden, Megan Goyette, James Guiden, Madison Harrington, Holden Hopkins, Elisha Lesure, Emma Marino, Matthew McGrory, Jacob Newton, Matthew Norton, Samuel Parks, Ayrian Quinones, Caleb Rondeau, Aubrey Tetlow, Rutger Thurston, Brandon Vallone, Joseph Vigiard, Abigail Wojcik, and Kirsten

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Holds First Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Transition Committee of the Mount Greylock Regional School District Tuesday discussed the work ahead of it as the two-town district expands to include its two elementary schools.   Tuesday was the first meeting of the group, which does not formally have authority over the three schools — Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary — until the new regional agreement goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.   But the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Boston has advised district officials to start meeting and preparing so it can hit the ground running next year.   "Part of what we’re

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