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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
09:03PM / Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2021-22 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.

 

Clarksburg

Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31, 2021. Call the school office at

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MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference to be held Virtually
04:17PM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA will hold its 19th annual Undergraduate Research Conference virtually this year on Thursday, April 22.    Students will have the opportunity to showcase the work they've done on various academic projects throughout the year, including scholarly and creative work, across all academic disciplines.     Students will present 15-minute talks, posters, and artistic work; the URC will also include special sessions and events focused on specific themes and performances. Members of the media are welcome to cover this MCLA community event, sit in on virtual talks, and interview students and faculty members.     Learn more

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Mount Greylock District Builds Diversity Training Days Into 2021-22 Calendar
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week approved a 2021-22 academic calendar that includes six half days for all-staff professional development with an emphasis on diversity training.   "When it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work, that's a community effort, and it starts with the community in the central office and goes to everyone who works in school buildings or around school buildings," Superintendent Jason McCandless said in proposing the calendar.   "I would suggest to you that if we adopt this calendar, it becomes, in many ways, a template for moving forward with inclusion of half days as

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Lanesborough's Johnson Departs Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fourth time in two years, a member of the seven-person Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has resigned mid-term.   Lanesborough resident Michelle Johnson tendered her resignation Thursday to the committee, effective Friday.   Johnson's letter of resignation said it comes with "great sadness," and she appeared to tear up while reading the letter during Thursday's virtual meeting. Her letter praised her colleagues on the committee for their professionalism and thoughtfulness.   It did not specify a reason for her resignation beyond "personal reasons."   "I urge the committee to continue on

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MCLA Receives Grant To Improve Racial Equity On Campus
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10:47AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) to help the college work toward improving racial equity.   The Higher Education Innovation grant will allow the MCLA Department of Public Safety to work with a consulting firm specializing in improving police departments' relationships with their communities. The consultant would work with MCLA to develop an interactive training module for the Department of Public Safety with the goal of increasing cultural competency and engagement of its officers and staff with the MCLA community.    "I'm deeply appreciative

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MCLA to Present Virtual Info Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs
08:02AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.    This information session will offer details about the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Master of Education program, teacher licensure programs, administrative licensure, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.    Community members seeking to advance their educational credentials by attaining a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or educator license to become a teacher, principal, or superintendent are

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Green Living Seminar: Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Dr. Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College, will give a talk titled "Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Dr. DeSombre's recent projects have involved the impact of flag-of-convenience shipping, the regulation of international fisheries,

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Mount Greylock School District Sets Quarantine, Testing Policy for Out-of-State Travelers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 05, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Wednesday approved a policy requiring that students who travel outside Massachusetts for more than 24 hours will be required to test for COVID-19 and quarantine before returning to the classroom.   By a vote of 6-1, the committee OKed a policy for the district developed in consultation with local physicians, the district's union and local boards of health.   "Speaking as the leader of the district, I'm trying to keep my vision focused solely on the big prize, which is threefold: getting students back in, keeping students in and keeping our students, their families, our staff and the community

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Williamstown Finance Committee Drills Down on Mount Greylock Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Saturday, April 03, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the town's Finance Committee told Mount Greylock Regional School District officials that the district should be cautious about using non-recurring revenue to fund operational expenses.   Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Business Administrator Joe Bergeron on Wednesday presented the regional district's $25.6 million fiscal 2022 spending plan to the town body for review.   Although the budget includes an approximate 4.6 percent increase in the operating budget for the PreK-12 district, the district is seeking increases of just 1.9 percent and 2.0 percent in the assessments to member towns Williamstown and Lanesborough,

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MCLA to Go Fully Remote After Cluster Caused by 'Social Activity'
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01:47PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is converting all of its classes to remote learning starting Monday, April 5, and closing its residence halls effective Sunday, April 11.   President James Birge announced the decision to the campus community on Thursday morning, citing a national increase in COVID-19 cases that "has been mirrored across the state and in our local community."   Birge specifically mentioned the outbreak on the MCLA campus that prompted a stay-in-place order for residents in its Flagg Townhouses residence halls.   Since March 22, MCLA has identified 28 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a 3.6 percent

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