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Eight PHS Musicians Accepted into Senior District Orchestra

PHS orchestra students will perform in Western District Symphony orchestra in January at UMass Amherst Performing Arts Center with other students in Western Massachusetts who were accepted through auditions.

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PHS to Determine Reopening This Weekend

The school was dismissed early Thursday after a pipe burst causing water damage in the building.

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Pittsfield Students Receive Superintendent Award

Superintendent Jason McCandless began Wednesday's School Committee with a presentation honoring two of the highest achieving students in the school system.

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Pittsfield High School Names 45 AP Scholars

During the 2019 exam administration, 219 students took 392 exams in 21 different subject areas. PHS has the largest AP program in Berkshire County and is also the only local high school offering the College Board's AP Capstone Program.

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PHS Students Ready to Be Accountable Adults

Class President Trista Dearstyne believes the class is ready. She said entering the adult world is scary but because of the lessons they learned in high school has prepared them for it. She said the students can succeed in college, in the military, or in careers

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Pittsfield Resurfaces Tennis Courts

The city's tennis courts were in serious disrepair and parents and coaches certainly took notice. They began advocating the city to fix them. The high school teams practice and bring in other schools to play. But coaches felt not only were the courts in poor condition but also posed a safety hazard.

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Pittsfield Honors Winners of Jazz-themed Student Art Contest

Berkshire Jazz and Mayor Linda Tyer honored the winners of the 12th annual student art contest on Tuesday morning. The annual event is organized by art teacher Colleen Quinn at Pittsfield High School and asks students to create jazz-inspired pieces of work. Sophia Nguyen took home this year's first prize, Megan Francoeur took home second, and Antonia Bedard Torres came in third.

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Pittsfield Councilor Reignites School Buildings Discussion

City Council President John Krol is pushing for the consolidation of the city's two high schools to be a top talking point in the upcoming election. Krol, who has said he is not seeking re-election, is pushing for the School Building Needs Commission to began looking at what to do with the city's school buildings. He also is glad to hear that school administrators are starting to take a closer look at the elementary schools.

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Victor, Dumigan Presented Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Award

The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence Wednesday night. One student from each high school wins the prestigious award annually and this year Taconic's Victor and PHS's Dumigan are the recipients.

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PHS Graduates Honored For Scoring Well On AP Exams

PHS boasts of the county's largest AP exam program with 200 students taking 342 exams in 21 different subject areas in 2018. The school has taken on a focus on expanding AP opportunities for its students.

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PHS Graduates Form Alumni Association to Improve School

There are areas in Pittsfield High School that could use some refreshing. The building on East Street has rooms that could be repainted, theater seats replaced, carpeting that needs replacement, and textbooks updated. There are new programs that could be developed and implemented.

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'Bold' PHS Class of 2018 Ready to Take on the Future

Superintendent Jason McCandless doesn't think the PHS class of 2018 is shy. "You are not a shy group, class of 2018. You've never held back your thoughts on your teachers, administrators, or me. The class of 2018 was not shy about emailing the superintendent," McCandless said.

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Neal Talks Gun Violence With Taconic, PHS Students

Overall, Neal said the issue of guns is a "balancing act" of protecting the liberties of gun owners while also protecting the liberties of everybody else.

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Pittsfield Students Protest Gun Violence With Walkout

Hundreds of city students left class on Tuesday to protect gun violence. Students organized the walkout in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead. The local students honored those killed or injured while making a statement calling for stricter safety and gun control measures.

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PHS Academic Decathlon Team Snags Honors at Regional Competition

Eight players on the scoring team garnered 19 medals and came very close to several more. The team now advances to the state finals on Saturday, March 3.

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