Lee Elementary School embraces veterans in the community at a ceremony

Lee Elementary School embraces  veterans in the community at a ceremony

LEE — Elementary school students learned a recent lesson in honor. On Friday, Lee students and staff welcomed roughly 40 veterans to offer appreciation for their service in the military. The annual Veterans Day ceremony included songs performed by first-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students as well as readings from first- and second-graders. The playing […]

Lee senior explores her indigenous roots

Lee senior explores her indigenous roots

LEE — Juliette Gagnon, a local artist and senior at Lee High School, embraces her family’s indigenous roots through her artwork. Tasked with picking a theme for her ongoing portfolio series, Gagnon didn’t need to look too far for inspiration. As one of eight students in an advanced portfolio class at Lee High School, Gagnon […]

Southern Berkshire faculty, parents issue plea to be heard

Southern Berkshire faculty, parents issue plea to be heard

SHEFFIELD — Amid a whistleblower lawsuit, multiple open meeting law violations and district consolidation talks, according to one school committee member, the Southern Berkshire school district is in an “existential crisis.” David Travis, chairman of the Executive Evaluation Subcommittee and a member of the school committee, spoke at the conclusion of the subcommittee’s meeting on […]

Berkshire Waldorf School offering gymnastics, circus arts to students

Berkshire Waldorf School offering gymnastics, circus arts to students

GREAT BARRINGTON — In the circus arts program at the Berkshire Waldorf School, clowning around is encouraged. Starting with tumbling lessons in the second grade, the circus arts program serves as part of the school’s physical education curriculum through eighth grade, culminating in a bi-annual circus performance. From juggling to tight-rope walking, students are encouraged […]

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 […]