Mount Greylock Regional School District


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Mount Greylock Regional School is a public middle and high school serving grades 7-12 located in Williamstown, Mass. The region includes Williamstown and Lanesborough, representing a combined population of 11,000 residents. Enrollment is 600 students with a capable faculty and staff of 100. Mt. Greylock is a spirited educational community that celebrates human differences, recognizes individual abilities, and challenges its students to strive for excellence by realizing their full talents and aspirations. Located in an idyllic setting with stunning views of the highest peak in Massachusetts, Mt. Greylock offers generous expanses of open green space, a full range of playing fields, and miles of hiking trails through the surrounding woods. Student learning is enhanced by proximity to three museums (Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA, and two colleges (Williams and MCLA).

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Mount Greylock Regional School District includes Lanesborough and Williamstown representing a combined population of 11,000 residents.  Our District is comprised of three schools:  Lanesborough Elementary (PreK-6), Williamstown Elementary (PreK-6) and Mount Greylock Regional School (7-12).  Total enrollment is approximately 1200 students.  At Mount Greylock Regional School District, our mission is to create a community of learners working together in a safe and challenging learning environment that encourages restorative based processes, respect, inclusive diversity, courtesy, integrity and responsibility through high expectations and cooperation resulting in life-long learning and personal growth.  Our District’s faculty and staff are dedicated and passionate professionals that endeavor every day to uphold this mission by holding true the District’s core beliefs:



Lanesborough Elementary: We are a community of life-long learners who are ready to problem solve all challenges. Through persistence and resilience, we cultivate social- emotional readiness and academic excellence in the 21st century classroom.

Williamstown Elementary: We are a compassionate community of curious and diverse learners with a commitment to social- emotional development and academic engagement. Competent, kind, and resilient, our students are prepared to contribute to their ever-changing world.

Mount Greylock Regional School: We are a community of engaged, diverse learners and mentors who seek to challenge ourselves academically and socially to contribute to a rapidly shifting world. Individually and collaboratively, we create an environment where the characteristics of responsibility, integrity and perseverance are fostered and practiced by all.



At Mount Greylock Regional School District, our mission is to create a community of learners working together in a safe and challenging learning environment that encourages restorative-based processes, respect, inclusive diversity, courtesy, integrity, and responsibility through high expectations and cooperation resulting in life-long learning and personal growth.


PWCS is committed to inclusive practices and equity to promote excellence for all. As a school community, our commitment to equity will be achieved by:

  • Providing all students and staff with access to resources, opportunities, supports and interventions, to ensure that they maximize their abilities and potential.
  • Providing all PWCS students and staff with resources and opportunities that align to their unique levels of need, to meet their learning, health, and safety requirements.
  • Raising the achievement of all students while working to eliminate learning disparities.
  • Assuring all PWCS staff members examine and interrupt beliefs, implicit and explicit biases, policies and/or practices that perpetuate systemic racism and discrimination.
  • Engaging parents, guardians, and the community in Division and school programs to build connections, provide support, and foster relationships with the goal of ensuring our institutional, curricular, and instructional practices are more transparent and inclusive, relevant, meaningful, and supportive in the academic and social development of all learners.
  • Examining and revising our curricular and teaching practices to ensure that they are culturally relevant and representative of the achievements of our diverse community in order to meet the social and academic needs and expectations of each student.
  • Recruiting and retaining staff members who reflect the rich diversity of our community and who work to achieve equity and excellence for all students.
  • Preparing all students to succeed in a multicultural, global society by teaching the contributions and viewpoints of all people in culturally relevant curricula.

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Core Beliefs:

    • Courtesy: We are committed to fostering and maintaining an environment free of all types of fear and intimidation. Based on our core belief that individuals are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, it is our policy to prohibit any conduct that constitutes a climate in which individuals feel fear and/or intimidation.
    • Inclusive Diversity: We recognize that students come to us with diverse experiences, interests, strengths, and needs. It is therefore essential that all students have access to challenging and personally meaningful curriculum and instruction.
    • Integrity: We believe in the integrity of all members of the school community and the commitment to academic honesty and support of our quest for authentic learning. By adhering to ethical principles, acting honorably and assuring that there is consistency between beliefs, words, and actions, we individually demonstrate integrity and high moral character.
    • Respect: We nurture the whole child and ensure that each student receives a new opportunity every day to perform at his/her best. We believe that developing caring and supportive relationships between and among educators, students and parents lead to higher levels of student achievement.
    • Responsibility: We recognize the responsibility of the entire school community to ensure the success of all students. All students learn when their passions and talents are coupled with high expectations and academic rigor in a safe and caring environment.
    • Restorative Based Processes: We are best when students are first. All decisions are centered on the needs of the whole child.


          District Office
          1781 Cold Spring Road,
          Williamstown, MA, 01267


          Phone: 413-458-9582


          Jason “Jake” McCandless started in public education in 1993, and has served as an alternative education program director, English teacher, football and wrestling coach, department chairperson, assistant principal, principal and superintendent. His career spans public school service in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts.

          He is a graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania, with degrees in Literature and Communications, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Boston College.



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          District Office
          1781 Cold Spring Road
          Williamstown, MA 01267

          Telephone: 413-458-9582 ext. 4000

          School Hours: M-F: 8:00am – 4:30pm