Julia Sendor Wins Udall Scholarship for Environmental Studies

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The Morris K. Udall Foundation recently announced the award of a $5,000 scholarship to Williams College junior Julia Sendor for "her dedicated commitment to impacting environmental research and public policy on a national and international scale." She was one of 80 students nationwide to win the award. Sendor, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., has always been a nature lover, choosing to attend Williams College, located in Williamstown, Mass., in part, "because of the snowy mountains and maple syrup." Her experiences working with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation during the summer of 2005 really cultivated this love into a passion for environmental studies. "As I learned not only about plants and animals, but also the history, politics, and people of the northern Berkshire environment of Williamstown, I realized how rich and all-encompassing 'environmental studies' is – and how all the interconnections between people and land could keep me fascinated for a lifetime of studying," Sendor said. In 2005, the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies awarded her a fellowship to study local food systems in her home community by investigating and working with a local organic farm, a grocery cooperative, and a farmers' market. On campus, she is secretary of the Outing Club and an active member of the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee, Students for Social Justice, and the gospel choir. Sendor intends to pursue a career in environmental studies after her graduation in 2008, hoping to combine her interest in sustainable agriculture, land rights, and writing on a local and global level. The Udall Foundation also awarded an honorable mention to the late Katherine Craig '08. Craig, of Cumberland, Maine, was an active member of the environmental studies community and a varsity Nordic skier.
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Mount Greylock School Committee Completes Superintendent Evaluation

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee gave first-year Superintendent Kimberley Grady passing marks on her first formal evaluation while recognizing that the evaluation process itself was incomplete given Mount Greylock's transition to a fully regionalized PreK-12 district.
 
Four of the six committee members who completed the evaluation process gave Grady an overall mark of proficient in the evaluation rubric established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for administrators across the commonwealth. Two gave her an overall score of "needs improvement," though at least one commented in the written evaluation that she is at the higher end of the "needs improvement" range.
 
And the "needs improvement" classification itself was not to be unexpected for someone who was hired as a full-time superintendent after a spring 2018 vote of the committee.
 
DESE's guidance to school committees is that, "for first- and second-year superintendents, there will most likely be 'needs improvement,' " acting Chairwoman Regina DiLego said.
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