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Safe Routes School Honors North Adams Coordinator, 2 Schools
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County was well represented at the state's Safe Routes to School award program on Monday, including the presentation of the Nikki Tishler Memorial Award to North Adams Public Schools' Emily Schiavoni.   Lee Elementary won the Exemplary Program Award for the Western District and Clarksburg School received an honorable mention. Additionally, both schools along with Brayton, Greylock and Colegrove Park in North Adams were named Gold Level winners and Williamstown Elementary a Bronze Level winner.    The state Department of Transportation program has partnered with more than 900 schools in 237 communities during its 15

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Small Classes, Plenty of PPE Advised School Reopenings
04:02PM / Monday, June 08, 2020
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BOSTON — Schools planning to reopen in the fall will have to reduce their class sizes to no more than 10 students and keep students 6 feet apart as much as possible.    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidelines Friday on required sanitation supplies and safety for reopening schools this fall.    The memorandum covers the first 12 weeks of school and includes social distancing protocols based on the understanding of COVID-19 at the present.    That includes smaller classes at 10 and no more than two staff in a classroom at time. Whenever possible, the students should be isolated in smaller groups with a "consistently

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 60 Students
12:45PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sixty students, including sixteen from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, May 31, during Miss Hall’s School's 2020 graduation.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program this year was held online, with students and their families from around the globe joining via Zoom. The event, which was also live-streamed, included remarks from Board of Trustees President Nancy Gustafson Ault, MHS Class of 1973; Head of School Julia Heaton; Senior Class President Ria Kedia of Pittsfield; and School President Ayla Wallace of York, Pa. Actress Jayne Atkinson, selected by the class as its speaker, sent special words of wisdom to the

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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
12:03PM / Thursday, June 04, 2020
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Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2020-21 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

Clarksburg

Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31. Call the school office at

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Summer Celebration in Drury High Graduation Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:40AM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School graduates will be getting their diplomas via a car parade on June 11 but school officials confirmed there will be a celebration later this summer.   Several other schools are holding their graduations or a celebration after July 19, the date set by the state Department of Education to allow for outside ceremonies that abide by health guidelines because of COVID-19.    Last week's announcement of a car parade led to grumbling over the weekend from parents and students who had also expected a delayed graduation ceremony.    Principal Timothy Callahan said he and class adviser Christopher Caproni had met with the class

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North Adams Schools Preparing for Dire Budget Cuts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department is preparing three scenarios for budget reductions in anticipation of expected cuts in state education aid because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Business Administrator Carrie Burnett presented the School Committee  with 10 percent, 12.5 percent and 15 percent of across the board reductions on Tuesday night.    The committee will be holding a workshop on Monday to discuss ways to meet the second and third targets.   "It's based on preliminary information that we have coming from the state, as far as where our numbers might be coming from," Burnett said. "It's a very fluid situation. And we felt

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Nine Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford
10:07AM / Tuesday, June 02, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University’s Emmanuel College, the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Worcester College at Oxford University, and the Donovan-Moody Fellowship for graduate study at Exeter College at Oxford University. 

The seven seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Tania Calle, Nicholas Goldrosen, Grace Kromm, Jake Rinaldi, Crispin Jay (CJ) Salapare, Suiyi Tang and Meklit Tesfaye. Joseph Moore was awarded the Martin-Wilson Fellowship, and Emmie Hine was awarded the Donovan-Moody Fellowship.

Calle, a political science major from

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BArT Grad: 2020 Not a Dream Year, Not 'a Freak Show'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
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ADAMS,  Mass. — At a time when most are thinking of limitless potential and endless possibilities, BArT senior Will Schrade invited his classmates to embrace mediocrity.   Perhaps not forever, but at this particular moment, as the class of 2020 huddled around their computer screens in quarantine instead of gathering in a gymnasium bursting to capacity, the concept of "good enough" has a certain appeal, Schrade argued.   He was one of four Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School students to provide "senior reflections" during Saturday's hourlong graduation exercises, the first virtual high school graduation in Berkshire

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MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners
08:22AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although this year's MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists' pitches.

The finalists, all seniors who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining the solution to the problem, developing a budget and business plan as the roadmap for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

Granito’s "Detailing Dream" won first place, which came with a $7,500 award.

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North County High Schools Make Graduation Plans
01:43AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local high schools have been trying to figure out how to properly send off their graduates in a middle of a pandemic.    The administrations at four schools in North County have come up with ways they think will adhere to state guidelines to ensure graduates safety from the novel coronavirus.   School officials representing Drury High School, Hoosac Valley High School, Mount Greylock Regional School and McCann Technical School have been meeting regarding the challenges of school closures because of COVID-19.   State Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on May 21 issued specific guidance regarding graduation plans.

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