Eight PHS Musicians Accepted into Senior District Orchestra

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eight Pittsfield High School orchestra students have been accepted into the Western Massachusetts Senior District Orchestra - with four of those students having high enough scores to receive an All-State recommendation.

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.

Students with All State recommendations will audition at the state level at Shrewsbury High school on Saturday, Jan. 25, for a chance to perform at Symphony Hall in Boston in March.

The students are: Gerdlie Jean-Louis, principal of viola section, All State; Gerdrose Jean-Louis, cello; Heather Cruz, cello; Joseph Weinberg, bass assistant principal, All State; Nathan Cracolici, assistant principal of viola section, All State; Lilli Ouilette, violin, All State; Katarina Livermore, violin; and Leila Paredes, violin.


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MEMA Grant Puts Emergency Medical Kits in Pittsfield Schools

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Police Chief Michael Wynn, left, Fire Chief Thomas Sammons and Eric Lamoureaux, community coordinator for the Pittsfield Public Schools, at Monday's announcement. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All city public schools will receive backpack trauma kits equipped to handle a multitude of emergency situations.
Fire Chief Thomas Sammons alongside Police Chief Michael Wynn and Eric Lamoureaux of the Pittsfield Public Schools announced Monday the delivery of 15 trauma kits that were secured through a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant.
"This is a whole approach the city is taking in responding to an active shooter," Sammons said at Fire Department headquarters on Monday morning. "The Police and Fire Department have worked together on active shooter scenarios and these kits have a lot of the same items that we carry and deploy."
Sammons said the grant was submitted in the fall and was a joint effort between the Fire, Police, and School departments. The grant was $9,735 in total; each kit cost around $650.
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