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New Principal Named for Mount Everett Regional
Staff Reports,
09:51PM / Sunday, May 19, 2019
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Mount Everett Regional School will have a new principal in Jesse Carpenter, beginning July 1.    Carpenter will replace longtime principal and educator Glenn Devoti, who is retiring this summer. Superintendent of Schools Beth Regalbuto announced her decision to promote Carpenter, currently assistant principal, in a email to the Southern Berkshire Regional school community on Sunday evening.    "I have thought about this a lot. To me, a critical part of the work a superintendent does is hiring a great leadership team," she wrote. "I think it's important to be sensitive to the fact that we are losing someone who has been with us

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Congressman Neal Stresses Free Speech at MCLA Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30PM / Saturday, May 18, 2019
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More than 400 degrees and certificates were awarded.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal urged the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to not only hear, but to listen and not to be afraid of encountering alternative opinions.   Rather, he said, determine the facts before forming an opinion because that will make your argument "more clear and more crisp."   "It helps me to gain a fresh perspective and new ideas and to hear both sides of arguments and leads to, I hope, a new perspective," he said. "Despite the turmoil which we find the country in, and the incendiary nature of the public debate, democracy is

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
09:43AM / Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2019-20 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.

Adams/St. Stanislaus Kostka

Preschool open house and registration for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka preschool building on

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Author Jamaica Kincaid Speaking at Simon's Rock Commencement
03:34PM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Jamaica Kincaid, author of a dozen seminal works of fiction and nonfiction and professor of African and African American Studies in Residence at Harvard University, will address graduates at the 50th commencement ceremony of Bard College at Simon's Rock on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. on Blodgett lawn.   Known for candid and emotionally honest writing, Kincaid has carved  out a place in the American literary landscape. Through her books and novels, including "Annie John," "Lucy," "At the Bottom of the River" and "A Small Place," she has attracted devoted fans across generations and ethnic boundaries with

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Elms College to Hold 88th Commencement May 18
03:04PM / Monday, May 13, 2019
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Elms College will confer degrees on 536 degrees on Saturday, May 18, at the Mass Mutual Center.    The commencement speaker is health-care entrepreneur and philanthropist William Lyons III, who will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees will be Savina Martin, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign, and Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director of Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Springfield, in recognition of their contributions to the world.   The 91-year-old Catholic liberal arts college will present 187 bachelor of arts degrees, 206 bachelor of science degrees, 116 master's degrees 20

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BCC Nursing Program Earns Accreditation
06:08PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's two-year nursing program is being accredited through 2023, bringing relief to the beleaguered program.    College officials were notified this week that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has restored continuing accreditation to the Associate Degree of Nursing program for the next four years. In its notification to the college, ACEN acknowledged that deliberations on the change in status centered on the materials that were submitted to the board following the visit by the peer accreditation team.   In mid-April, BCC announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily suspend admission to the

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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:04AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 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."

Grade 6

Jeffrey Bourassa, Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl Hage, Ryley Schwarz and Alexandria Zustra.

Natasha Burnell, Efrem Chen, Caiden Davis, Allissa Davis, Evan Hilton, Jayda Kimok, Kaitlyn Milette, Ania O'Leary, Brooke Reynolds and Katelynne Williams.

Grade 7

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
10:32AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2019 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will use the funds to support the creation of a robotics classroom at Hoosac Valley Elementary School, including new equipment for its science facility.

BArT will create an

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Mass MoCA Exhibited 273 Works by High School Students
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Garrett Rhoads was inspired when he looked into a little box on a piano, wondering what it was.    The box held a spool of perforated paper to make the piano play.    "I knew what it was because I have seen them before," the Pine Cobble School eighth-grader said. "I just, I loved how it looked. And so I wanted to do something with it."   He unspooled the paper and liked the movement it made as it fluttered. So he created a waterfall of four pieces with an accent in the middle of printed words and fingerprints.    "We were using ink and I actually got it on my fingers and I put it on my piece of paper

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BCC Students To Be Inducted Into National Honor Society
11:40AM / Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Thursday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

A reception will be held in the theater lobby immediately following the induction. This year's guest speaker is Annette Guertin, professor of mathematics at the college.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman

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