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DATELINE STOCKBRIDGE: On running for Stockbridge town moderator, a first step into politics

It sure does take a village to run one little campaign, and every kind word and helping hand was appreciated. Thank you.

Student who wore Confederate flag prompts more soul searching at Monument

“I was told that we need to become a more inclusive and understanding community, and this incident confirms we have work to do. I assure you we have already begun and will continue to educate our youth about the horrors of hate and prejudice." -- MMRHS Principal Douglas Wine

Texas educator appointed new Monument Mountain Regional High School principal

Douglas Wine comes to Monument with 28 years of teaching and administrative experience and is currently principal at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas, Texas.

The universal language of soccer: An interview with Sean Flynn

I felt a big pull to do something in a community, to come back here, and make a difference, the way my coaches made a difference for me.

New Monument principal named as sole finalist for Vermont job

Principal Amy Rex sent out an email to the Monument community announcing she was a finalist for a superintendent position in Vermont.

Here we go again: Berkshire Hills mulls a third try at rebuilding Monument High School

At a meeting Thursday night, the school committee voted unanimously to ask Superintendent Peter Dillon to draft a mission and recommend the composition of a panel that would meet regularly and propose a solution for the aging school.

Vermont education leader, Amy Rex, chosen to be Monument’s new principal

Rex told a panel of Monument educators and community leaders she had become an administrator after years of teaching because "I was frustrated with the decisions administrators were making or the way they interacted with the faculty and the kids."

Civic group aims high for celebration of Du Bois’ 150th birthday

“This isn’t about Black history. It’s about American history. It’s time we bring it into the light where it can be shared and studied.” — state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli

The sophomore who could: Monument student directs school-wide Lip Dub

“The song is about community coming together. The country is so divided. I thought the school could present a message of unity.” -- Monument Mountain High School sophomore Taylor Slonaker

‘Hidden Figures,’ the film about fallacies of racial stereotyping, enthralls MMRHS students

“Hidden Figures is a history lesson, a math and science lesson, a social lesson, a moral and ethical lesson, and [the Monument community] came together to share these lessons.” -- MMRHS Principal Marianne Young

Marianne Young to step down as Monument Mountain Regional High School principal

“Marianne has stepped into challenging issues including heated conversations about drug and substance use and abuse, race, gender identity and equity. She’s made room for her students, colleagues, parents and community to discuss, reflect and grow.” -- BHRSD Superintendent Peter Dillon

Local physician, addiction specialist: Drugs, alcohol permanently impair teen brains

“It takes 25 years for a young person’s brain to fully wire for habits, likes, dislikes and skills. This is when those habits develop that will haunt us for the rest of our lives.” --Dr. Jennifer Michaels

Lynching threat reveals racial tension among Monument teens

Monument parent Linda Shafiroff said, while she thought the threat was “deplorable,” both students had been engaging in insults that highlighted racial tensions at the school as well as national political divides and cultural differences.

News Brief: Dr. Jennifer Michaels to give presentation on ‘Opioids, Alcohol and Weed: What Parents Need to Know’

Dr. Jennifer Michaels, the Brien Center’s medical director, will talk about the impact of substances on the developing brain.

News Briefs: Multicultural arts programs for BHRSD; community education forum on marijuana; school committee candidates’ forum

The NEWSletter and the Great Barrington Democratic Town Committee will hold a forum for all candidates for Berkshire Hills Regional School District (BHRSD) School Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Police close lynching threat investigation, say ‘reprehensible’ act is not ‘criminal’

Investigating officers concluded that the “verbal altercation...allegedly involving racist comments between two high school students...did not rise to a physical level.”

Local NAACP leader to “take a knee” at Monument football games; suspension length unclear for student who made lynching threats

“It is important that we, as adults, support young people who are willing and have the courage to stand up against injustice.” Dennis Powell, president, NAACP Berkshire County branch
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