School project advances
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HANCOCK -- Hancock Elementary School is now a step closer in securing state school building funds for energy efficiency upgrades.
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Nature's Closet has completed its move from Bennington and opened at 61 Spring St.
"This is not a town-sanctioned or sponsored event," says town resident, a
future-of-jouranlism researcher who set up the meeting. "It's just some
people gathering to kick around ideas. We are using town hall merely
because the library closes early on Tuesday and we couldn't therefore seek
the meeting room there."
Invited participants include:
-- David Scribner, a Pittsfield-based writer and weekly newspaper editor.
Scribner, a former editor of The Berkshire Eagle and The Bennington
Banner, has applied to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for a
grant to launch "Newshare Commons" -- a journalist-guided, social news
network in libraries, cafes and public spaces. Scribner hopes the
Berkshires/SW Vermont will be one test region. See:
-- Jeff Vander Clute, president of CircLabs Inc., a company part-owned by
the University of Missouri School of Journalism. CircLabs is working to
find solutions for sustaining the values, principles and purposes of
journalism in our rapidly evolving media ecosystem. Jeff is developing
the technology for a "news social network." Vander Clute is a 1994
Williams College graduate and was part of the core group at the start of
Tripod Inc. See: http://www.avanoo.com
ADVANCES A GATHERING IN BENNINGTON
This meeting also advances by two days a more formal gathering at the
Bennington (Vt.) Free Library organized by Shires Media Partnership Inc., a
501(c)3 non-profit which owns radio station WBTN in Bennington (I serve on its
volunteer board). The announcement of that event should give you a sense our
subject domain for Tuesday. See:
"To get a feel for what a metropolitan area like Seattle can put together
to study its 'news ecosystem,' " said Densmore, "Review this page from the
Journalism That Matters Pacific Northwest gathering Jan. 7-10 --
http://www.rjiwiki.org . . . . "
Densmore may be reached at 413-458-8001 or
The elegant rafters of St. John's Church in Williamstown have rung to the sound of many uplifting voices over the years, from gospel choirs to internationally known jazz artists.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mount Greylock Regional High School digital photography teacher,Mike Powers, is offering a course in personal photography skills using the features of PHOTOSHOP. This is an introductory course on PHOTOSHOP though individuals with a full range of photography skills may register. The fee is $65.00 and the class will run with a minimum enrollment of 8 adults. Mike says, "I am thinking of the course running on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 6-8pm [at Mount Greylock] with an “Excursion” date on a Sunday TBA so we could go out and do some field shooting as well. The dates right now might be February 3rd, Excursion Feb 7th in the morning place TBD because of the Super Bowl, February 8th and 10th, and the last class on Wednesday February 24th after our winter vacation. I will develop a timeline/itinerary once w e are sure that the class will be running."
"I am having the classroom times in the evening to accommodate the MG community work schedules. In addition, I am allowing time for class lessons to “sink in” by having the fieldwork session early (Feb 7th) and giving time for participants to get out and do more shooting during the February Break. This way we get most of the classroom instruction time and fieldwork accomplished early in the mini-course so that participants can put into practice what is covered and apply it over vacation in which they may have additional shooting time. This is my hope."
Participants are to bring in 6 JPEG photos of their own for a class critique on the February 7th (first) class meeting date on a flash drive or CD. This is very important so that participants have pictures of their own taking to work on from the start.
Interested participants should get in touch wi th Mike Powers at: Michael J. Powers, M.Ed. Instructional Technology Specialist Mt. Greylock Regional High School 1781 Cold Spring Road Williamstown, MA 01267 (413) 458-9582 ext.142 School: firstname.lastname@example.org Home: Michael_J_Powers@comcast.net
To All Mt. Greylock Families
Warmest New Year Greetings and welcome to the first in a series of quarterly Mt. Greylock Regional School Updates, which focus on larger developments shaping your students' education now and in the near future. Today we cover two major middle school and high school initiatives:
Mt. Greylock has long been known for teaching writing well, and we're delighted to announce that our middle school teachers are adopting the Collins Writing Program, a nationally recognized method for teaching and assessing writing across the curriculum. (More on Collins at www.collinseducationassociates.com/cwp.htm). Even better, because Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools also employ the Collins writing method, our incoming Mt. Greylock students will be building on a firm foundation established in elementary grades. Our teachers' efforts have already improved writing instruction for middle schoolers and will help make next year's new middle schoolers feel at home from their first day at Mt. Greylock.
Meanwhile, we have been working to ease the equally challenging transition from middle school to high school. A group of ninth grade teachers led by Kellie Houle spent a day last summer establishing common expectations, assessments, and cross-curricular connections for new high school students, which were shared with students on the first day of school and with parents at this fall's Open House events. Evan Paris and Brian Gill have developed a parallel ninth grade wellness curriculum, which focuses on activities that build community and citizenship. Our teachers have taken these efforts to the next level by meeting monthly with small groups of ninth graders so that now at least one adult in the building besides their guidance counselor knows each student well. These initiatives have proved to be particularly timely in light of recent incidents in which a few ninth graders threatened other students using grossly disrespectful language. Teaching tolerance and addressing bullyi
ng behavior can be addressed in an effective manner at the ninth-grade level, and we are committed to expanding such efforts throughout the entire school.
These are but two of many efforts at Mt. Greylock to improve every aspect of your students' educational experience. We look forward to sharing more in future updates. For breaking news, keep reading "Weekly Highlights" (thanks to Pat Dunleavy for excellent work on that essential parent communication!) and our occasional school-wide e-mail announcements.
If you have questions about these initiatives or any aspect of your students' education, please feel free to e-mail us.
And all best wishes for a happy and healthy 2010.
Co-Principal, Middle School
Co-Principal, High School
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