Soccer Referee Course to be Offered in Lenox

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LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Soccer Referee Committee will hold a new Grade 8 course on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Hampton Inn on Pittfield Road (Route 7).
 
The U.S. Soccer entry-level course will be led by a U.S. Soccer-certified instructor. 
 
The course is in three parts. Students are required to complete the following:
 
1. Online study modules (approximately 4-6 hours work). To allow for verification, the modules must be completed a minimum 72 hours before classroom attendance.
 
2. Eight hours classroom attendance
 
3. A test on the laws of the game, completed in the classroom - passing grade 80%.
 
The class runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including testing. Students should wear appropriate clothing and bring a lunch.
 
Participants must be at least 14 years old on the day of the course and must upload a full-face headshot to their Massref account. Participants aged 17 and older as of Dec. 31, 2019, also must provide a government-issued i.d. (like a driver's license) for validation.
 
The cost is $115, which includes registration, administration and course fees. The course must be prepaid; participants' seats are not reserved until payment is received.
 
U.S. Soccer-affiliated leagues can only assign U.S. Soccer-certified referees.
 
For information, contact courseadministrator@massref.net.
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Berkshire Country Day School Head Speaking at Conference

LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School Head of School Jenifer Fox will keynote for the International Democratic Education Conference.
 
The conference will take place on Thursday, Oct 29, at noon. Her talk, "A Child's Search for Meaning: How we can infuse education with meaning and why," will be delivered via internet conference to a worldwide audience in both English and French.
 
The education conference meets annually, rotating hosting responsibilities between eight to 10 different countries. The gathering draws a few thousand attendees from 30-40 countries who convene to discuss and envision the future of education. This year, the conference will honor the memory of the late Sir Ken Robinson, an author, speaker and educational guru who changed the way the world views our school systems.
 
According to a press release, Fox is an international best-selling author and speaker in her own right, and was influenced by Robinson's work, which she cites in her book "Your Child's Strengths" (Viking/Penguin). 
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