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Berkshire Waldorf High School Open House
04:00PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2022
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School is holding an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm at the school located on 14 Pine Street.   The program will include a scene from the shcool's upcoming Shakespeare play, "Much Ado About Nothing," and a student panel. Guests are welcome to ask questions about the students' high school experience, the work they've done this year, and their plans for the future.   The school offers honors-level, college preparatory academics and is also integrated into the larger community, including classes and workshops in artists' studios, the use of local science labs and gyms, Shakespeare & Company, field

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Simon's Rock to host Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion
12:17PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock will host the Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion, which is an annual program sponsored by the Council for Inclusive Community (CIC).    According to a press release, the event provides designated time and space for the Simon's Rock community to deconstruct barriers to action on important social justice issues — in the classroom and in day-to-day life, using a theme. This year the theme is "Healing."   This year's keynote speaker will be Lesley Martinez on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m. in The McConnell Theater, located in the Daniel Arts Center. Martinez's keynote address is

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Literacy Network of South Berkshire to Open Tutor Resource Center
04:23PM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
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LEE, Mass. The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet) announced the grand opening of the Susan Weintraub Tutor Resource Center at the LitNet headquarters on 32 Park St.   This new center will be a space for LitNet tutors and learners as well as the LitNet staff home base. A grand opening ceremony and gathering of Weintraub’s family, friends, and the LitNet staff and board will take place on Sunday, October 23 at 2 PM.    Susan Weintraub, who passed away on Feb. 19, 2022, was a longtime LitNet tutor and supporter as well as a board member for eleven years. Having received a master's degree from Columbia University in Speech Therapy, Weintraub brought

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Faculty Forum at Simon's Rock
12:02PM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Faculty Forum series at Bard College at Simon's Rock returns for the fall semester and is open to the public, beginning on Monday, Oct. 17.   The Faculty Forum provides an opportunity to hear from Simon's Rock faculty about the scholarly and creative work they do outside the classroom.    In an informal setting that encourages discovery and dialogue, faculty will discuss their works-in-progress or their recently completed projects, according to a press release.   Faculty Forums will be held in-person at 4:15 p.m. on various Mondays during the fall semester and in various locations on campus at Bard College at Simon's

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ThinkFood Conference at Simon's Rock
03:00PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock will host the 9th annual ThinkFOOD conference, at Bard College at Simon's Rock on Oct. 15, 2022.    The theme of the 2022 ThinkFOOD conference, hosted by the Center for Food Studies, is "Regenerative" and will explore food practices and traditions that honor shared roots and empower the restoration of the food system, according to a press release.   The 2022 ThinkFOOD conference will be held at the Fisher Science and Academic Center at Simon's Rock with in-person and virtual workshops on Saturday, Oct. 15.   The conference is free for all students. Tickets are $25 for access to all

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FCI Expanding Afterschool Programming
10:27AM / Friday, September 30, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) has announced funding from the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership (MAP) and Mass Cultural Council’s YouthReach, which will enable the organization to expand afterschool programs in Berkshire County.

Afterschool Girls Science Clubs will double from four to eight schools in the Pittsfield Public Schools (PPS) and will continue in the Lee, Berkshire Hills, and Southern Berkshire School Districts. These Young Women in Science programs focus on serving youth in Pittsfield and rural areas where access to hands-on science and engineering learning is limited. Schools partner with FCI to identify youth that will most

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Simon's Rock Opens Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Community
08:55AM / Friday, September 30, 2022
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Bard College at Simon's Rock recently announced the opening of the new Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Community on the college's campus on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.

The Center for Equity, Inclusion, and Community (CEIC) is a campus-wide resource, with a particular focus on serving students of color and affinity student organizations.

The open house took place on Friday, Sept. 16 and students, faculty, and staff were welcomed to tour the CEIC and meet with fellow students and colleagues on campus.

The development of the CEIC was planned and implemented by the current Dean of Equity and Inclusion, Sarah Porter-Liddell, alongside many employees of the

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MassDevelopment Issues $30 Million Bond for Sheffield's Berkshire School
12:21PM / Wednesday, July 20, 2022
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. – MassDevelopment has issued a $30 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of The Berkshire School, Inc. to be used for a new 17,000-square-foot addition and other improvements.

The school will use bond proceeds to build the addition onto the existing 31,000-square-foot student center, replace the building’s roof, windows, and mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems, and fund furniture, fixtures, and equipment for the building. When complete, the student center will house a kitchen, dining commons, music center, gathering space, snack bar, club space, Student Life offices, post office, bookstore, radio station, and more.

Construction is expected to begin

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BART Announces Junior Book Awards
11:28AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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ADAMS, Mass — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 17 at an all-school assembly.   The recipients follow:   The Saint Anselm College Book Award goes to a junior who exercises a capacity for academic achievement and qualities in the areas of civic engagement and social responsibility. This award goes to Josiah Hylton.   The RIT Award is given to a junior or juniors who demonstrate high academic promise. The awardee will receive a waived application fee and a $32,000 scholarship ($8,000 annually) if they are accepted for admission to an RIT BS/BFA program, and enroll full-time in the fall

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Du Bois Middle Schoolers: 'No More Silence, End Gun Violence'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:59AM / Sunday, June 12, 2022
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This was the second rally at the school and was sanctioned by school authorities. 

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Seventh- and eighth-grade students at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School should be awaiting final grades for the school year and planning for summer. Instead, they have spent the last couple of weeks organizing to take a stand against gun violence.

Two weeks ago, the students walked out of the school in response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers. On Friday, they stood outside of the school with signs reading "Abolish the NRA," "Protect kids NOT guns," and "Our futures are more important than

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