Fall 2021 return of entire school!
The whole of the BART student body returned on August 23. For some, despite this being their 2nd year as BART students, this was the first time they had stepped foot in the building.
"I am extremely glad to be back in person at BART. One of the most important things about this school to me is the relationships built between teachers and students, and I was grateful to see them again and learn alongside my classmates." remarked senior student Shasta R.
Pandemic schooling continues to be rife with challenges but young people are resilient and teaching and learning here at BART steams ahead.
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Brings Fresh Perspective
This hiring season was a robust one that saw more than a dozen new employees come to us from all over the world! André Lynch, who relocated with his family from western New York, was among these hires and has joined BART as our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Formerly the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion at Wells College, Lynch brings considerable experience in matters of diversity, equity, community belonging, and access.
"Since coming to BART, from higher education," states Lynch, "it has been such a pleasure to watch our young people at work. I’ve had the honor of engaging in discussions around race, gender expression, and even international social justice issues. The students here are deeply engaged in topics that will impact our global society today and tomorrow, and I aim to continue to provide brave spaces for this critical exploration."
BART Presents: Javier Zamora
BART hosted Salvadoran poet and activist Javier Zamora in late September as a part of our Creative Leaders in Residence program (CLRP). CLRP brings important and powerful voices to BART to share their work through lectures, performances, or readings with our students and the community. Connecting BART and its students to the world and the world to the School is an important part of the BART ethos.
Mr. Zamora worked with students across all grades in various classes for three days. He discussed his tremendous journey to get to this country and his work as a poet and activist. This visit also included an evening performance and poetry reading that was free and open to the public.
Zamora’s visit to BART was supported by the Charles H. Hall Foundation, the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, and the George H. and Jane A. Mifflin Memorial Fund.
The Berkshire Remote Learning Initiative
BART is a member institution in the County's Berkshire Remote Learning Initiative (BRLI). Created during the early days of the pandemic to provide whole districts' and individual schools' teachers training resources and support for online teaching, the BRLI continues in the pandemic's second year to be important to the County's educators.
"Besides the direct financial support and professional development opportunities the BRLI originally provided schools for their online teaching," comments BART's Executive Director Jay White, "the Initiative has grown into a supportive force in Berkshire County for improving and advancing the use of technology in the classroom. We benefit daily from BRLI support, from making available expertise to solve problems and help our faculty do what they would like in their classrooms to provide direct financial support of County-wide educational initiatives."
(Re)introducing the BART Wolfpack!
When Communications and Enrollment Coordinator Marcus Hass started working at BART in December 2020, he immediately identified the need for an official mascot image. "BART athletes needed a consistent image to build their brand as a force to be contended with," said Hass. And the BART Wolf Pack is here.
While there have been iterations of a wolf mascot over the years, BART's communications team felt that the School should establish the mascot image; that of the longest-standing school sports club, the BART Cross Country Team, was the best and most established. The School acquired the image from Cross Country Coach Benn Griffin (who just happened to be the Berkshire County 2020 Coach of the Year!) and set to work on building it into BART's athletic program.
Next on Hass's agenda for the School's mascot? He will collaborate with the BART community to name the wolf.
Enrolling Next Year's Students
BART is an extraordinary school in a beautiful location. A nationally recognized, award-winning, free, college-preparatory, public middle and high school located in Adams, Massachusetts, it's the only charter public school in Berkshire County and is consistently ranked among the top schools in Massachusetts. BART was recognized in 2019 by MassLive Media as #2 among all Massachusetts high schools in college placement. And in 2020, BART was ranked #16 among the top 100 Massachusetts high schools by US News. The School is a place where students work and excel and dream, 100% of them being accepted each year by many colleges and universities.
Perhaps you know a child who might thrive at BART? BART’s Enrollment Department is available to connect with families across Berkshire County who are looking for a challenging, innovative, college-preparatory school for their child. The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is December 9, and the first deadline for the 2022-2023 school year is January 20. Interested families may apply online
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