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St. Stan's Students Win Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a national reading incentive program held annually in many schools across the United States. Students read books and come together to test their knowledge in a competitive elimination style contest much like "Family Feud" or "Whiz Kid." click for more

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Williamstown School Budget Aims to Rebuild Reserve

The Elementary School Committee is seeking a 6.35 percent increase in the town's contribution to an fiscal 2017 budget that only increases 3.33 percent from FY16. The difference: a choice the district has made about how to use School Choice revenue. First-year Superintendent Doug Dias made it... click for more

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Graduates Leave MCLA Commencement 'One Degree...

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts made 404 graduates "one degree hotter" on Saturday morning. And it wasn't from the traditionally steamy Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, but the awarding of 369 bachelor's degrees and 35 master's degrees and certificates at the college's 117th commencement. click for more

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Ground Broken For New Taconic High School

There have been three mayors, five superintendents, 30 city councilors, 20 School Committee members, 50 School Building Needs Commission member, three state treasurers, and three directors of the MSBA, involved in building a new high school over the last decade. On Friday, that effort came to... click for more

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McCann School Says Farewell to Longtime Member

McCann Technical School celebrated some of its outstanding students on Thursday night, including its oldest: 86-year-old James R. Gazzaniga Sr. The longtime School Committee member was presented with a special diploma to recognize his 36 years of service, as well as a proclamation from the state... click for more

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Williamstown School Committee OKs Third Half-Day...

The Elementary School Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to add a third half-day session to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program. In a unanimous vote, the committee agreed to ask the town for an additional $58,424 on the budget it approved earlier this spring. The... click for more

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Pittsfield School Committee Finalizes FY17 Budget...

The School Committee finalized Wednesday a $60.94 million budget for 2017. The School Committee adopted the proposal late last month with asking for some minor changes. The increase is some $1.7 million more than last year, cutting about a half of a million from the previous version. The... click for more

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North Adams School Officials Ratify Contract With...

The city's new superintendent of schools was made official on Wednesday night with the ratification and signing of a three-year contract. Barbara Malkas of Clarksburg is expected to begin her new duties July 1. She is currently under contract with the Webster Public Schools, which she said is... click for more

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Williamstown Elementary PTO to Hold Used Clothing...

“People do come from far and wide to donate, and they’ve made it a regular part of their routine. There are people who don’t bring their kids’ clothes anywhere else, which is nice.” — Cecilia Hirsch click for more

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Running With The Law 5K Race Planned For June

"Running with The Law" returned to the streets this past weekend with runs planned every Saturday up to a community road race planned for June. Last fall, it was hard to miss North Adams Police officers running downtown with an entourage of nearly 20 elementary school students. This same program, Running with The Law, returned Saturday for the spring session with a 5-kilometer road race planned for Saturday, June 11, to benefit Pop Cares, a non-profit organization that supports local cance

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MCLA Hosts Youth Summer Camps, Sports Clinics

These programs include a creative writing camp, a science and robotics camp, an advanced robotics camp, volleyball and basketball sports clinics, and the “Young Hacks Academy,” a blend of computer programming problem solving and teamwork.

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St. Stan's Announces Third Quarter Honors

To earn High Honors, a student must achieve an average of 93 or higher. To earn honors, a student must achieve an average between 85-92

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Mount Greylock Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll

Of total school enrollment of 556, 288 have made Honor Roll for the third quarter.

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Pasachoff Receives Grant for Expedition to View...

On the Williams College campus on Monday, May 9, Dr. Steven Souza of the Astronomy Department will supervise observing of the transit of Mercury across the face of the sun that will take about seven hours on that day. Pasachoff and colleagues will be observing from the Big Bear Solar Observatory in California, with alumnus Kevin Reardon '92 of the National Solar Observatory and colleagues observing from the Sacramento Peak Observatory in New Mexico.

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Clarksburg Hopes to Name School Project Manager in...

School officials hope to have a finalist for owner's project manager by June for the school project. Superintendent Jonathan Lev told the School Committee on Thursday that the bidding materials are ready after consultation with the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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Williamstown Seeking Third Half-Day Section to...

Williamstown Elementary School is adding a third half-day section to its Side-By-Side preschool program, a move school officials hope will ease some of the concerns that have riled the community in recent weeks. Superintendent Douglas Dias said on Friday that the decision to add the third section was driven by a desire to accommodate all families who had applied for the program.

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Williams Senior Awarded Journalism Fellowship

Jacobsen, a double major in English and biology from Saint Paul, Minn., plans to pursue a master’s in science writing at Johns Hopkins University next fall.

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Lenox Students Get Taste of Accounting as a Career

The conference included interactive accounting exercises and workshops, discussions about accounting careers and CPA services, information about college programs and student life, and a networking lunch with college students, faculty and CPA practitioners.

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Preschool Program Dominates Williamstown School...

It was clear from the get-go that the decision to cut a full-day option from the elementary school's special education preschool program was the chief topic of conversation. The town on Tuesday, May 10, will elect two people to serve on the five-member School Committee. There is one incumbent in the race, current committee Chairman Dan Caplinger.

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Congressman Neal Nominates Hoosac Valley Student...

One of Hoosac Valley's graduates will be headed for the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis this summer. Jared Haley of Adams is the first Hurricane known to obtain an appointment to the academy. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal was on hand Tuesday morning to present his congressional nomination before Haley's family, teachers, and coaches.

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McCann Cutting Costs for Electrical & Solar Array...

McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs. The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.

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Mount Greylock Retirees Address School Committee...

Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees.

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Cheshire Kindergartners Get Lesson on Voting

Monday's town election was a chance for some of its youngest citizens to learn about an important civic duty: Voting. The kindergarten classes of Robin Poirot and Heather Emerson walked through the rain from Cheshire Elementary School to the Senior Center to participate in a mock voting experience along with citizens of town.

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Williams Features Equal Justice Advocate at 227th...

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 227th Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 5. The day before, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement, as will Sarah Bolton, current dean of the college at Williams and president-elect of The College of Wooster; author and illustrator Eric Carle; writer and commentator

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Downing to Give Keynote Address at 56th BCC...

State Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 56th Commencement Exercises to be held June 3 at Tanglewood in Lenox. Downing was first elected in 2006 at the age of 24. During his decade of service, Downing, who recently announced that he will not seek a sixth term, has represented 52 communities of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District, the largest Senate district in the commonwealth.

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Advocates Continue to Push on Williamstown...

Four members of the Williamstown School Committee on Thursday again explained their reasons for supporting a fiscal 2017 budget that includes a reduction to the school's popular preschool program. At a special meeting originally rescheduled from April 13, the committee members explained why they did not oppose the school administration's decision to eliminate the full-day option for Side-By-Side.

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Mount Greylock Decides to Reduce Building Debt...

The Mount Greylock School Committee has decided to pay less on the school building project bond in the first year and forego savings that would not be realized until years down the road. The question of whether to more aggressively pay down the principal on a $30 million bond has been discussed since the school district's two member towns passed a debt exclusion for the project in March.

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Cheshire Elementary Makes Reading Easy As Pie

All the students and staff members gathered in the back yard of the school to see if the challenge had been met and if so, who the lucky pie throwers would be.

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