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Williams Professor 2017 Recipient of Richtmyer Lecture Award
10:50AM / Friday, September 30, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Association of Physics Teachers has selected Jay M. Pasachoff to receive the 2017 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award.

Pasachoff is recognized with the award for outstanding contributions to physics and effectively communicating those contributions to physics educators. The award will be presented at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT Winter Meeting in Atlanta. In connection with the award, Pasachoff will deliver a talk entitled "Observing the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017."

Pasachoff is an astronomer and is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College and the author of textbooks and tradebooks in astronomy, physics,

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Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want

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Special Ed Preschool Issue Continues to Vex Williamstown School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Friday, September 30, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger said he left the school's Side-by-Side program off the agenda for Wednesday's meeting because he felt the issue was settled, at least for the 2016-17 academic year.   Now, he said, he has to rethink that decision going forward.   The special education prekindergarten was the only thing on the minds of the three residents who participated in the public comment portion of Wednesday’s meeting. And, not for the first time, those comments strayed into areas where Caplinger had to admonish residents against levying accusations against individual school personnel or speaking about an individual

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Williamstown Elementary Earns Level 1 Status, State Commendation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Thursday, September 29, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School passed its first year under a new standardized testing regime with flying colors, the School Committee learned on Wednesday.

Last spring marked the first time the school's pupils were evaluated by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, test in place of the commonwealth's traditional Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.

This week, the school administration told parents that the school had received a commendation from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for "high achievement and high progress."

"One of the things I found most striking and I

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Williamstown Elementary to Hold 10th Annual Children's Clothing Sale
12:52PM / Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO is hosting its annual clothing sale on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., which represents expanded hours to accommodate more shoppers.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently-used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories. Shoppers will find all types of weather bargains from shorts, pants and sweaters to jackets, boots, snowpants, bathing suits and mittens. For the mothers-to-be, there will be a selection of maternity clothes.  All items will be 50 percent off from noon to 3 p.m.

The large selection of apparel includes some of the most popular and durable brands in

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Fulbright Teaching Assistant Joins Williams College
05:18PM / Friday, September 23, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — María Pía Maiti from Argentina has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grant to serve as a teaching associate in Spanish and take courses at Williams College for academic year 2016-17. 

While in the United States, Maiti will share her language and culture with U.S. communities to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad.

Pía Maiti is one of nearly 400 young educators from 50 countries who has traveled to the United States for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright FLTA Program

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