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North Adams Schools Go Remote; April Vacation Canceled
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Wednesday, April 08, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools are doing a "soft opening" this week of remote learning plans that will get students through the end of the school year.    Berkshire County schools closed on March 13 for a presumed two weeks but that's been extended to May 4 by the state as part of the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   The district has already been connecting with students from the early days of the closure through online platforms reading stories, providing resources and materials for Advanced Placement, calling students and offering music lessons through Google hangouts.    Once guidance came from the Department of

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Miss Hall's School Head's List and Honor Roll
09:54AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 51 local students among the 148 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 17.

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.

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Ella Biancolo, Emily Carmel and Angela Guachione, Pittsfield; Meredith (Mere) Hall, Adams; Ria Kedia, Pittsfield; Emma

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MCLA Moves Students Online But Still Plans Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:50AM / Tuesday, April 07, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Like so many college and universities across the nation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has had to quickly restructure its spring semester and cancel all of its sports and activities.   But what it isn't going to do is force the class of 2020 to forgo its commencement ceremonies.   President Jamie Birge on Thursday confirmed to the board of trustees what he'd written weeks before on the college's website: some way, some how there would be a presentation of diplomas.   "I can tell you we will have commencement, but we don't know the date of that yet," he said during the call-in meeting of the trustees. "We will

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Historical Echo, Irony in Williams College Cancellations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Sunday, April 05, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in school history, the classrooms at Williams College will be very quiet this spring.   In 1970, it was a two-week student strike to fight a war.   In 2020, it's a three-month closure ordered by the college to fight a global pandemic.   Paul Miller has ties to both stoppages and sees a parallel.   "It's always been kind of a source of pride in a weird way that our class was caring enough [to strike]," said Miller, a member of Williams' class of '70. "That's kind of how I see it. We weren't in the ivory tower being totally self-centered and only being worried about grades and grad

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Williams College Cancels Commencement, Reunion Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Friday, April 03, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud Mandel on Friday sent a community-wide email announcing that school's commencement and reunion weekend weekend will not take place as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Seniors, while I am heartbroken that graduation cannot happen in the conventional way at the conventional time, I am determined that you will have your moment," Mandel wrote. "Rather than deciding for you what that should look like, my colleagues and I want to start by asking you."   Mandel announced that members of the Class of 2020 will receive a survey seeking their ideas about alternative ways to celebrate their graduation

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North Adams Schools Preparing Alternative Budget Plans
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, April 02, 2020
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Governmental boards have turned to conference calling and platforms such as Zoom to do business.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The pandemic has school officials working in the dark when it comes to budgeting for the district's needs.    They're preparing for several scenarios — but even the best case won't be easy.    A preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase to maintain level services had already been presented to the Finance and Facilities subcommittee. That's now off the table as schools are shuttered until at least May 4 — if not longer — and Beacon Hill had barely made headway with the fiscal 2021 spending plan

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MCLA Offers Health Sciences Degree With Concentration in Radiologic Tech
11:30AM / Thursday, March 26, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' is now accepting students for its new health sciences bachelor’s degree with a concentration in radiologic technology for the fall 2020 semester. 

The program has been approved through the MCLA governance process and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination. 

MCLA now offers one of only five accredited programs in the Northeast in a field that demonstrates 100 percent job placement. MCLA will also be able to provide students in health

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Massachusetts Schools to Remain Closed Through May 4
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58PM / Wednesday, March 25, 2020
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BOSTON — Public and private schools will remain closed through May 4, extending the emergency closure for COVID-19 another month.    The emergency order was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday and announced at a press conference that afternoon. The order includes child-care centers not serving essential personnel.   "This will allow school districts to provide the best possible opportunities for remote learning to all students," the governor said. "This is not an extended school vacation. During this long-term closure, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will work with school districts to further develop educational programming

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Q&A: Wahconah High Teacher to Participate in NASA Program for Educators
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Sunday, March 22, 2020
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Wahconah science teacher David Dahari is participating in a NASA program this summer. DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School science teacher David Dahari is looking out of this world to get some real world experience.   This winter, Dahari was selected to participate in the 2020 NASA Airborne Astronomer Ambassador program.   As one of 28 teachers selected from 13 states, Dahari will have the opportunity this summer to train at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif., and study aboard the agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a modified Boeing 747 carrying a 100-inch diameter

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Member of Williams Community — Now in Another State — Tests Positive for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05PM / Friday, March 20, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Friday notified its community that a member of the college community who was on campus as recently as Sunday has tested positive for COVID-19.   The person, who was not named, is self-isolating at home in another state, the email said.   "This is the first confirmed case within the Williams community," the email read. "We are notifying you all because this person was on campus from Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 15, and interacted with people, especially students, during that time.   "Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying all of you and using this moment to remind everyone of the need to

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