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Mount Greylock School Committee Decides on School's Name
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, November 27, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School's name finally jibes with its reality.   The district's School Committee last week formally voted to change the name of the middle-high school to reflect the fact that it serves students in Grades 7 through 12, removing the word "high" from the title.   Although the two-town regional school district has been known as the Mount Greylock Regional School District since its inception, the one school it has governed (two more come on board Jan. 1, 2018) has been known officially as Mount Greylock Regional High School.   Principal Mary MacDonald on Tuesday brought the committee a request to adopt

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Hoosac Valley Kindergarten: How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey
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08:00AM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The kindergarten classes of Heather Emerson and Robin Poirot at Hoosac Valley Elementary are again offering their knowledge on where to get a turkey how to cook it.    From Cheerio stuffing to proper time and temperature — anywhere from 4 minutes to six days at at least 6 degrees — these children offer a range of recipes for a Thanksgiving turkey.    The photos in the story are from Poirot's class. The main photo at the top is from Emerson's class.        When I buy the turkey, it will be 2 pounds and about as big a Pilgrim kid. Mommy will cook it because she cooks everything. She is a good cook. She

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McCann Technical Scores Level 1 on MCAS Tests
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School is back on top with a Level 1 rating from the state Department of Education.   "From the first day that the MCAS came about we had our sights on level one," School Committee Chairman Gary Rivers said Thursday's committee meeting. "The same level as a Lenox, Mount Greylock [Regional School] or some of the other highly touted academic schools in the area. We finally got there, but it took a took the work of dedicated teachers and motivated kids."    Principal Justin Kratz said McCann was a Level 1 district three years ago but because the vocational students typically perform well on the test, it was hard

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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
10:06PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

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Kristen Aliberti, Alex Babcock, Alexander Backiel, Angela Baumgartner, Katherine Bernardy, Isabelle Bote, Owen Brandriss, Aleya Cappadona, Elena Cerveira, Kayla Cerveira, Samuel Culver, Samuel Dils, Richard Donati, Emily Durant, Conor Fitzgerald, Caroline Flynn, Brady Foehl, Jacob Hane, Maia Hirsch, Taylor Hoffstedt, Lauren Howard, Grace Kelley, Cedar Keyes, Emily Little, Leah Majumder, Sean McCormack, Gabriella Orpin, Garret Ostheimer, DiMaggio Paris, Jade Phair, Owen Politis, Emma Polumbo, Kaitlyn Renzi, Jude Rorke, Cole

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Q&A: Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including

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Mount Greylock School Transition Committee Named
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, November 20, 2017
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three school committees who govern the Lanesborough and Williamstown school districts Wednesday named the transition committee that will lead the expanded Mount Greylock district through the November election.   The committees from Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock set the Wednesday meeting in advance of Tuesday's special town meetings so they could discuss next steps whichever way the votes went.   After securing the approvals of Mount Greylock's member towns to bring their elementary schools into the district, the three committee chairs needed to assign members to the seven-member

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E3 Students Create Recipe Cards for Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Saturday, November 18, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every Wednesday, clients of the Friendship Center Food Pantry gather down the street in the First Baptist Church to sign in and wait their turn.

On a recent Wednesday morning, they got a little extra surprise: homemade treats prepared and presented by the students of the E3 Academy, a competency-based program of Drury High School that features a non-traditional classroom setup for students at risk of leaving school.

The students came to the church bearing a set of recipe cards, which they produced as part of their quarter-long service-learning project to address issues related to food insecurity. As an added treat, they prepared samples of some of

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Williamstown & Lanesborough Approve School Regionalization
By Andy McKeever & Stephen Dravis,
07:29PM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — While there was some vigorous opposition in Lanesborough to the regionalization of schools with Williamstown, ultimately an overwhelming number of residents at Tuesday's special town meeting felt the plan was in the town's best interest.

"We have the best system in Berkshire County right now, three Level 1 schools, excellent educators, wonderful families in both communities that support education," said School Committee member PJ Pannesco, who has taught at Mount Greylock for decades and recalled times when students went to Pittsfield schools and when the town nearly closed down Lanesborough Elementary to join with

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Williamstown Selectmen Recommend School Regionalization to Tuesday Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted to recommend the town approve the expansion of the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools.   In concurrent Tuesday special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown, voters in the two towns will be asked to approve the current junior-senior high school district to include the elementary schools in each town.   Lanesborough voters will gather at 6 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School while Williamstown voters will meet at 7 at their elementary school.   The Selectmen have been discussing the proposed expansion for months but held off its final recommendation

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Lanesborough, Williamstown Voters Face School Regionalization Question Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:38AM / Sunday, November 12, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Tuesday's special town meetings in Lanesborough and Williamstown are the culmination of a process that began nearly a decade ago.   It was 2008 when Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School joined together to form Superintendency Union 71 and share central administrative services. Two years later, SU71 joined forces with the junior-senior high school to which elementary students matriculate, Mount Greylock, creating the so-called "Tri-District" shared services agreement.   Back when those relationships were formed, they were seen as stepping stones on the path to fully regionalizing the North County school

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