Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

Survey offers insights into risk factors for students

GREAT BARRINGTON— While the usage rates of cannabis and alcohol are trending down among high school students in Berkshire County, the attitudes of parents continues to remain highly favorable compared to national averages, according to a county-wide teen survey. The survey, administered by the Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP), identifies favorable parent attitudes towards drugs […]

Mobile health unit to visit local high schools

Mobile health unit to visit local high schools

SHEFFIELD — The arrival of a new mobile health unit at two regional high schools this fall will mark the start of free services offered to teens as part of a coordinated care effort. The idea behind bringing the van, owned by Community Health Programs, to Monument Mountain Regional High School and Mount Everett Regional […]

Berkshire students pursue a higher education

Berkshire students pursue a higher education

PITTSFIELD — As the cannabis industry continues to grow in the Berkshires, an educational institution has developed a curriculum to equip those interested in entering this sector of the state’s newest legalized workforce. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 3, Berkshire Community College is launching a cannabis certificate program. The robust training program is designed to provide […]

Rebranded Berkshire Waldorf School adds 2-day nursery program to curriculum

Rebranded Berkshire Waldorf School adds 2-day nursery program to curriculum

GREAT BARRINGTON — A century after the first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart, Germany, its hands-on approach to learning can be found in more than 1,000 schools and kindergartens worldwide, including at the Berkshire Waldorf School in Great Barrington. The private school, formerly known as the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, sits on 32 […]

Lenox School District bans student cellphone use during school hours

Lenox School District bans student cellphone use during school hours

By Evan Triantafilidis LENOX — A Southern Berkshire County school has banned the use of cell phones for sixth-, seventh- and eighth graders during school hours. Administrators from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School have recently had trouble distinguishing eighth-graders from high school students during shared lunch periods, causing the school’s assistant principal Brian Cogswell […]

Emerging playwright uses inner compass to write horror play

Emerging playwright uses inner compass to write horror play

By Patrick Kline LEE — The theater is known for classic tales of good versus evil, but not usually for its horror elements. However, horror is exactly what to expect when audiences see the new play by Hunter J. Cannon. The one-act horror play, “Compass,” was written and directed by Cannon, who graduated from Lee […]

Simon’s Rock partners with Southern Berkshire

Simon’s Rock partners with Southern Berkshire

SHEFFIELD — Good at math. Has trouble focusing. Excels in all subjects. Very quiet. Writes below grade level. The stories students hear and tell about themselves early in their academic career can have reverberations throughout their lives. Mount Everett Regional High School Principal Jesse Carpenter said that’s been a major consideration as the high school […]

Longtime Eagle takes helm of Mt. Everett

Longtime Eagle takes helm of Mt. Everett

SHEFFIELD — Jesse Carpenter never intended to stay at Mount Everett Regional High School. When he first came to the Sheffield campus as a freshman in 1988, the plan was to be there for a year and then transfer to Berkshire School to play football.  Now, 30 years later, as Carpenter eases into his new role […]

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

Southern district towns favor exploring two districts merger

EGREMONT — Earlier this month, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District invited its neighbors in Southern Berkshire to form a planning committee to explore the possibility of consolidating into a single regional district serving grades 9 through 12. While Southern Berkshire school committee members are taking time to consider the overture before the July 31 […]