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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:36PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 46 local students among the 140 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 24.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Kelsey Brown, of Lee; Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Anouk Jolly, Lenox; Olivia

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North Adams First-Graders Send Textbooks to Kenya
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It takes a village to get a load of books from North Adams to an African village.

Brayton Elementary School first-grade teachers Elizabeth Patenaude and Jacqueline Thomas recently spearheaded an effort to send 60 reading textbooks to Chesegem Primary School in Eldoret South, Kenya. They were assisted by Leon Aalberts, a retired teach and minister from Williamstown, as well as Williams College student and Kenyan native Felix Biwott, and two classes of eager first-grade students who not only got to learn about geography but also about the joy of giving back.

The project started back in November when Patenaude and Thomas found out that the curriculum was being

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McCann Robotics Team Going to State Competition
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:01AM / Sunday, February 18, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mad McCannics" robotics team will be competing in the state robotics competition this March.    The McCann Technical School students have been busy the past few weeks perfecting their champion robot "Bucket O Bolts."   "Today, we have to put a few of the new components in and then we are going to hopefully have time to take it into the arena and test it," 10th-grader Devon Ryll-Spencer said during a preview on Wednesday. "Get it working right."   The Mad McCannics are fresh off a victory from last month's regional competition in Andover where Bucket O' Bolts qualified for the FIRST

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MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform
01:57PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Center for Student Success and Engagement at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has launched a new, online career software portal to help prepare students for employment.

"The Career Trail Online" will provide a wide variety of services aimed at connecting students with their first jobs as college graduates and serve as a resource for alumni.

According to Dale Osef, MCLA's career development specialist, "The Career Trail," by Purple Briefcase, is a top-of-the-line, industry standard for connecting students to employers, faculty, staff, alumni and more.

"MCLA saw a need for a fresh, new approach to career development on our

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SkillsUSA Officers at McCann School Gives Back to Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:34AM / Saturday, February 10, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — SkillsUSA officers at McCann Technical School have spearheaded a variety of fundraising and community service projects this school year.   Madison Harrington, Bree Gazaille and Dakota Hurley have been busy this year as part of a 14-member SkillsUSA Officers squad finding ways to give back to the community.   "We kind of just look around the community for people that might need help even if they aren’t asking for it," Harrington, who is a junior, said. "Not everybody can have the same things as you and it kind of makes you feel good knowing you are helping someone out."    Adviser Cynthia Bishop Tinney said this

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BCC Adds Two to Board of Trustees
10:05PM / Thursday, February 08, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Carlo Zaffanella and Julia Bowen have joined the Berkshire Community College Board of Trustees. Both were appointed last year by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Zaffanella is the vice president/general manager of Maritime & Strategic Systems business at General Dynamics Mission Systems, one of the largest employers in Berkshire County. He also serves on the board of Soldier On and the Naval Submarine League.

Bowen has worked as the founder and executive director of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Mass. Her work in the community includes being the founding board chair for Lever, Inc., and a member of the board of Northern Berkshire United

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North Adams Agrees to Fast-Track Study on Sharing Superintendent
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, February 07, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams is exploring the idea of sharing services and administration with the neighboring Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.    The School Committee on Tuesday endorsed fast-tracking an aspect of a two-year feasibility study to look specifically at how a shared superintendent might work. That portion of the study is being expedited because of the coming retirement of Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Robert Putnam. The regional school committee voted on the matter Monday night.    But the city is also moving forward immediately with another group of school districts to share a business manager.    (The city's veterans agent

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Adams-Cheshire Open to Talks About Sharing North Adams Superintendent
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is in need of a superintendent; North Adams already has one.    So school officials in both districts are discussing whether it might be feasible to share the top position.    Adams-Cheshire voted to support the idea on Monday night; the North Adams School Committee will take up the issue tonight (Tuesday).   "There is an opportunity to share a superintendent in North County and that could be groundbreaking," Adams-Cheshire Chairman Paul Butler said. "When you look at population trends and student enrollment and funding from the state it only makes sense to look at

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Clarksburg Hopes to Begin School Repairs With Volunteer Labor
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Tuesday, February 06, 2018
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CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A volunteer group is hoping to move forward in making repairs to Clarksburg School, starting with the boilers.    A number of volunteers have met with the Board of Selectmen and more recently with the School Committee. A trimmed-down steering committee appeared before the School Committee on Thursday to ensure it had permission to begin gathering estimates and establishing needs.    "Can we come up with three top priorities, see what we can do and what we have to contract out?" asked Robert Norcross, who's volunteered to lead as organizer and "taskmaster" of the volunteer effort, last week. "I'm looking at

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New Trustee Joins MCLA Board
11:09AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Frederick J. Keator, the managing partner of Keator Group, LLC, in Lenox, as the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts board of trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is delighted to welcome Keator to the board.

"As managing partner of the Keator Group, Frederick has been recognized by numerous organizations as one of America's top independent financial advisors and will bring a wealth of knowledge to MCLA," Birge said. "Over the years, the Keator family has been a great supporter of the College and I look forward to working with him as we continue to advance the work of

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