Spring Sports Parent Meeting – March 13th – 6PM

The spring sports meeting will be required for all spring athletes and their parent(s). We will briefly review the MMRHS & MIAA sports guidelines in preparation for the spring season, as well as the Pass to Play procedures. No passes will be handed out at the meeting, but athletes can check in with the athletic department to see what they require in order to get their pass. Passes will be available during lunch period the rest of the...

Opioids, Alcohol and Weed: What Parents Need to Know

GREAT BARRINGTON _ Dr. Jennifer Michaels will present “Opioids, Alcohol and Weed: What Parents Need to Know” on the impact of substances on the developing brain at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, November 2, at 7 p.m. Dr. Michaels, the medical director of the Brien Center, will also discuss strategies to help foster healthy decisions as children navigate their path to adulthood. A panel of local specialists will answer questions from the audience following her presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Child care services will be provided at Fuel on Main Street. “The opioid epidemic has raised the stakes for all of us,” says Erik Bruun, chairman of the South Berkshire Community Health Advisory Board that is the lead sponsor for the event. “This event is a step toward embracing knowledge for parents and the community to make more informed decisions to increase the likelihood of our children leading successful lives.” The panel will include Railroad Street Youth Project Executive Director Ananda Timpane, Dr. Brenda Butler (a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Berkshire Medical Center and the Brien Center), Monument Mountain Regional High School Principal Marianne Young, Mount Everett High School Principal Glen Devoti, as well as two young people from South County. “We all dream that our children will grow up to be happy, healthy, intelligent members of society,” says Michaels, “and we all know that decisions about substance use can derail those dreams.” Michaels is an attending psychiatrist at Berkshire Medical Center, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a national mentor for the Physician Clinical Support System,...

Enough – Written by Samantha Watson, grade 9.

They built her strong Able lungs Breathing oxygen in and out And a voice of capacity Eyes that could see the good in people And ears that could not only hear, but listen A heart of integrity and kindness And tears of empathetic silk Her hands held creativity and capability And her mind grasped wit and curiosity But they built a girl With the weight of humanity on her shoulders In a world where people didn’t care how she was assembled But what she looked like They couldn’t see that she Didn’t choose to be born to Autistic brother Protective mother Family whose veins were stripped of life from chemotherapy Nor did they assume that she didn’t choose to be brought into this world with the features she was given Because all her life, she was taught that beauty was on the surface They based their opinions on the gifts she had received Not what she had given herself Throwing their words around like confetti Never knowing how they cut like knives Her passions meant aggression Her opinions meant oppression All she wanted was for them to open their eyes And see how beautiful she was But how could she be When her loud voice meant she shouldn’t speak Her silent tears meant that she was weak Just because her hair didn’t fall like theirs, shoulders didn’t rest like theirs meant she wasn’t good enough Just because her ears didn’t hear like theirs, eyes couldn’t see like theirs meant she never could be enough Thin enough Pretty enough Smart enough Straight enough Funny how they never cared if she...

Congratulations Anna Abrahams

Each year the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA) sponsors three statewide contests:  poster, essay and video.  These contests encourage student awareness regarding the importance of foreign language education.  This year’s contests were a great success.  The judges were impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness in the entries responding to the theme Languages are the Keys to Global Understanding.  One essay is selected as Essay of the Year, and the winning essay will be featured at the MaFLA Conference in October 2016.   Anna Abrahams, daughter of Ed Abrahams of Great Barrington, is this year’s state high school winner.  A freshman at Monument Mountain Regional High School, Anna studies French with teacher Hugh “Mickey” McCartney.  Anna’s essay focused on how, “Language can be what separates us, but can also be what unifies the human...