iPads at Williams; PHS Band wins honors


PITTSFIELD -- Williams Elementary School and its Partner-in-Education, Greylock Federal Credit Union, are integrating new Apple iPad technology into the school.

Greylock Federal Credit Union donated 12 iPads to the school through a grant of $5,900. Greylock liaisons are Karen Reilly, associate vice president of member programs, and Michael Jerome, vice president of deposit operations. They also serve on the Williams School Council.

Williams Elementary Principal Lisa Buchinski said the teaching staff at the school is undergoing a "Tech to Teacher" training to help them share educational apps, lessons and instructions to their students. Instructional leaders and city IT staff working with the school include Randy McCleod, Karen Shields and Howard Marshall.

Work done with the iPads is shared on projectors, virtual whiteboards and through Google Drive-based online collaborations.

The Pittsfield High School concert band and jazz band returned from Quebec City, Canada, on April 29 with superior and excellent ratings from adjudicators at the Rhythms International Music Festival in Quebec City. This was the 10th anniversary festival of Rhythms International.

According to Director of Bands Ron Lively, students performed a varied program of repertoire suitable for concert and contest performance. The varied ensembles were rated on six categories from three adjudicators that included: Tone quality, intonation, technique, balance, interpretation and stage presence.

Pittsfield was one of six schools performing on Sunday, April 28. This international festival involved schools from Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Newfoundland and New Hampshire. The PHS bands received 17 ratings of superior from the aggregate total of 18 categories.

The trip also included visits to Laval University, the Shrine of Sainte Anne de Beaupré, Quebec-by-night across the St. Lawrence River on the Quebec ferry boat and free time to explore the old city of Quebec.


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