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Mount Greylock Regional Names 2019 Graduation Speakers

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Adam Cohen and Clare Sheedy have been selected to address the class of 2019 at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation ceremonies at  11 a.m. on Saturday, June  8, in the school gymnasium.
 
This will be the first graduation to be held in the new school building. 
 
Cohen, son of Richard Cohen and Cheryl Sacks of Lanesborough, was chosen by his peers to speak He is a National Merit Scholar Commended student and has been a member of both the lacrosse and wrestling teams. 
 
A member of the peer team and Big Sibling program, he mentored younger students and educated them on good health practices. He was a three-year member of the Student Council and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and for Meals on Wheels through his synagogue. 
 
He will attend Clark University in Worcester in the fall. 
 
Sheedy, daughter of Laurence and Debra Sheedy of Pittsfield, was selected by the faculty to speak. She was a delegate to Girls State last year and attended the Naval Academy Summer Seminar. 
 
Class vice president for the past two years, she is a three-season athlete and was captain of the girls' lacrosse team her senior year. She has served on the school district's Sustaining Educational Excellence Committee and has participated with and been an officer for  the World Language Club, the Junior Classical League, the Youth Environmental Squad and the Gender Sexuality Alliance.
 
She will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall. 

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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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