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How Do You Cook a Turkey?: From the Mouths of 5-year-olds
By Mrs. Poirot's Kindergarten Class, Guest Column
12:15PM / Thursday, November 26, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Each year, the kindergartners in Robin Poirot's class at Hoosac Valley Elementary School offer their estimations on how long it takes to cook a turkey — in sizes ranging from three to 100 pounds.

  Their Thanksgiving recipes are always amusing and sometimes enlightening, particularly the choices of stuffing, but we must strongly caution against following any of their directions as a matter of public health.   Addison Columbus Well, first you would have to go to the store and grab a 10-pound turkey. After I bring it home in a bag, I would put it in the oven for only 3 degrees for 5 minutes. That will definitely turn the color brown. That is how

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North Adams School Building Committee OKs Ed Profile, Enrollment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Friday, November 20, 2020
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A special education 'room' at Greylock School. The education profile calls for more and more suitable space for services at the 60-year-old school. More information here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Greylock School staff have a wish list of priorities for a renovated school that will provide space for programs, privacy for consultations, areas for gatherings, access to technology and the preservation of the beloved courtyard.    "Our subgroup really took some time and said, OK, what what do we need for the future? What are the things we want to offer for meeting the needs of future learners?" Principal Sandra Cote told the School Building Committee on

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BCC to Host Virtual Open House
08:14AM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10:00 AM via Zoom.   During the virtual open house, guests will hear from President Ellen Kennedy before they choose one of four break out rooms, where they can chat with Admissions Counselors and faculty about their academic interests or how to navigate the admissions process. The four break out rooms, facilitated by deans or faculty, will be for Nursing, Business & Outreach, STEM and Allied Health, or Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences.   Attendees will then also get a chance to learn more about financial aid opportunities and about their transfer

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BCC Holding Regular COVID-19 Testing for Faculty, Students
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:41PM / Monday, November 16, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been doing its part to keep the college campus healthy with regular COVID-19 testing.

The college's program was designed to address its needs in compliance with Phase III of the state's reopening 

Every two weeks since the beginning of the semester in September, BCC has offered free testing to any staff, faculty, and on-campus student. This service is volunteer and offered through vendor County Ambulance. 

So far, 153 BCC community members have been tested and testing will continue until the end of the semester.

"Our testing protocols are part of our Phase III reopening plan. We opted to create a

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Drury High Switches to Remote Learning Until After Thanksgiving
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
04:52PM / Friday, November 13, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School will go to fully remote learning until after the Thanksgiving holiday after a second individual tested positive for COVID-19.    Grades 7 and 8 had already shifted to remote learning until at least Nov. 19 after an individual reported testing positive on Tuesday.     School officials on Friday learned of a second positive test for COVID-19 in an individual at Drury High School. The shift to remote is an effort "to minimize the risk of additional positive cases," according to a news release on the school district's website from Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Roberts-Morandi.    "Cleaning and

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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
10:10AM / Friday, November 13, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.    Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."   Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete college-preparatory middle and high school education.   Students in Grade 6 who earned High

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North Adams, Pittsfield Schools Report COVID-19 Cases
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:35PM / Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Drury High School and two cases in the Pittsfield Public Schools.     The North Adams Public Schools posted a message about the Drury case on Facebook at about 4:30 p.m.   "We would like to inform you that we have recently received information regarding one confirmed case of COVID-19 in an individual at Drury High School. Cleaning and disinfecting of the exposed location will be completed per DPH and CDC guidance. Every individual with a potential exposure has been given instructions on the course of action they need to take, including self-isolating and testing, if directed," the post

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BCC Shines Light on Honors Program
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:18AM / Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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BCC staff and student Keira Codey discuss the college's honors program on the video episode of 'BCC Presents: Access Higher Ed.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is hoping to bring more awareness of its honors program as a path for student achievement.   For student Keira Codey, this was her first semester taking honors courses.    "With the higher level of the class, I felt like I would be more engaged in these classes," she said. "And I can say that I have been more engaged."   Now she'll be leaving BCC to attend the online history program at Southern New Hampshire University.   "The thing about

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North Adams Schools to Go Remote on 'Snow Days'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Monday, November 09, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The switch to virtual learning means snow days may be a thing of the past for the North Adams Public Schools.    The arrival of snow over the Berkshires last weekend had the School Committee questioning how the school system would handle the coming winter. Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Roberts-Morandi said the schools would switch to remote learning.   "In the event of inclement weather that would force the closing of schools, we shift to a fully remote learning though, and students will have both their synchronous and asynchronous instruction following their usual schedule," she told the School Committee last week. "This has been

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St. Stan's Announces First Honor Roll
04:04PM / Monday, November 02, 2020
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ADAMS, Mass. — St. Stanislaus Kostka School announced its honor roll for the first marking period of the 2020-2021 school year.   A student merits High Honors for an average of 93 or higher. A student merits honors for an average between 85 and 92.   High Honors (93+)  Colin Daly  Jacinta Felix  Sofia Francesconi  Honors (85-92.9) Logan Driscoll  Cole Maxwell  Noah McGrath  Samuel McGrath  Joshua Touponce    Honors (85-92.9) Gabrielle Driscoll  Timothy Kupiec  Andrew Meaney  Ian Militello  Natalie Tatro  Aidan Tremblay    High Honors (93+) Elise

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