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Williams College Senior Senior Receives Luce Scholars Fellowship
03:01PM / Monday, February 24, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Summer-Solstice Thomas has been named a Luce Scholar by the Henry Luce Foundation for the 2020–21 academic year.

Each year, between 15 and 18 college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals are chosen for this recognition, which provides funding, language training, and professional placement for college seniors and young professionals interested in working in Asian countries. Approximately 70 colleges and universities nominate candidates with limited experience in Asia or who might not otherwise have an opportunity to work in Asia. Luce Scholars can possess an academic background in any field besides Asian

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Mount Greylock School Committee Chair Vacates Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:59PM / Saturday, February 22, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in eight months, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee is one member short.   Chairman Dan Caplinger on Friday informed the district's superintendent and his colleagues on the committee that he is stepping down from the elected office "effective immediately."   The move comes less than a year after then-Chairman Joe Bergeron, also of Williamstown, informed the district that he was relocating out of state and no longer would be able to serve on the committee.   Caplinger gave no specific reason for his departure when he spoke to Superintendent Kimberley Grady on Friday afternoon, she

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Mount Greylock Likely to Stay with Winter/Spring Vacation Weeks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It likely will be at least another year before the Mount Greylock Regional School District considers a move away from the traditional February and April vacation schedule.   And it looks like a switch to a single week off in March may not be in the cards at all.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady last week presented a tentative 2020-21 academic calendar to the School Committee for its consideration. As drafted, the calendar would stick to the familiar practice of a week off starting with the Presidents Day holiday in February and another commencing with Patriots Day in April.   The committee has in the past discussed whether it made sense to switch

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College Notes: January & February 2020
04:19PM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Seniors in the shared self-designed research components with the Newton campus community at a recent showcase, including two local students.   Allison Wheeler of Adams shared "Plastic Planet: Combating Global Pollution Through Politics and Personal Accountability."    "Plastic bag bans are being instituted across the state, the country, and the world, and the grocery store I work at is located in a city with a plastic bag ban," she said. "As an environmental studies student, I am always asking myself, 'How do you influence the average person to adapt environmentally-friendly habits?' The second part of my componetn study

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McCann Budget Benefits From Increase in State Aid
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School's $10 million fiscal 2021 budget represents an almost 5 percent increase.   The School Committee approved the $10,038,602 budget on Thursday that although is almost 5 percent more than the fiscal 2020 budget of $9,564,727 reflects a near $331,000 increase in state aid.   "There are a lot of positive things going on and you need money to make positive things work," School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. said. "It is not a windfall by any means at all but allows us to put some things back in the budget that we took out in years past."    Maloney said the increase in state aid stems from the

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No Hazards Identified in Air Testing at Mount Greylock School
Staff Reports,
09:21AM / Saturday, February 15, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials say no health risks have been identified at Mount Greylock Regional School.    The school was closed Friday to allow engineers to check the heating and air conditioning system after a number of complaints about an odor in the new academic wing.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady, in an email to the school community on Friday evening, said the building was inspected by a team of licensed professionals that included the town's health inspector and the plumbing engineer for the project.     "They assessed the rooftop units, venting and roof stacks for the three-floor Academic Wing in response to concerns

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'Venting Issues' Force Closure of Mount Greylock Regional School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, February 14, 2020
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Student Council representative Jacqueline Wells injected a little levity into the start of her presentation at Thursday's Mount Greylock Regional School Committee meeting.   "I guess spring break starts now," she joked during her monthly presentation to the committee.   But it was a cruel joke on the middle-high school community when it was thrown a curve ball with Thursday's announcement that school would be out of session Friday for an "inspection of the roof-top units and ventilation systems."   Principal Mary MacDonald announced the closure Thursday in an email to the school community.   She wrote that

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
04:03PM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2020-21 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Hoosac Valley

The Hoosac Valley Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year olds on March 16 and 17 at the

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Williams College Computer Science Professor Awarded NSF Grant
12:10PM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Shikha Singh, assistant professor in computer science at Williams College, has been awarded a two-year, $155,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her research on verifying that computation outsourced to third-party service providers has been performed correctly.

Her work in this area aims to increase understanding of the role of incentives in algorithms, which has wide applications to areas such as crowdsourcing, cloud computing, and social computing.

With the growing popularity of cloud computing, most computation today is not done locally but rather outsourced to third-party service providers, or SPs. Outsourcing computation poses the

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Williams College, North Adams Public Schools Present 'Let's Dance!' Performance
03:20PM / Thursday, February 06, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with the Dance Department, the Center for Learning in Action and the North Adams Public Schools, has expanded its dance program "Let's Dance!"

Piloted last spring, "Let's Dance!" brings NAPS students from the 21st Century Afterschool program to Williams for a multi-week learning experience, offering students in grades three through five an introduction to the basic concepts of ballet and modern dance. After the success of the spring 2019 program, Let's Dance! has been expanded, with the generous support of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, to a full-year program

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