JETS Engineering Team Success!

This has been an outstanding year for Amherst Regional High School’s JETS Engineering Club. The club entered nine teams (68 students, grades 9-12) into the national Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAM+S) and won Best in State at both the 9th/10th grade and 11th/12th grade level.  Our top finishing 11th/12th grade team also finished 4th Nationally in our division.

Team members include seniors Alvaro Lee Borrell, John Dinsmore, Pablo Griswold Morales, Ethan Saxenian, Eric Thompson-Martin, Nathan Ji, and Declan Gray-Mullen. Our top finishing 9th/10th grade team finished 6th Nationally in our division. Team members include 10th graders Naomi Johnson, Mohan Setty-Charity, Andrew Ni, Levi Blinder, Austin Paczkowski, Benjamin Fang, Jin Chang, and Innis Gallagher.

ARHS has competed in the TEAM+S competition since 1989. TEAM+S is a national high school academic competition formally sponsored by the Junior Engineering Technical Society and recently taken over by the Technology Student Association. Nearly 1,000 teams of students compete every year in a fun and fast-paced competition that inspires creativity, teamwork, critical thinking and valuable insight into the world of engineering.  The theme of this year’s competition was “Engineering a Greener World.” It consisted of 3 components: A multiple choice exam, a design/build challenge, and an in-depth essay prepared in advance proposing how to modify a building in their community to be more environmentally friendly.

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ARHS Theatre News

It’s a busy time for ARHS theater.  Here are a few upcoming events of note:

1) The ARHS and Northampton Theater programs are teaming up with composer Jenny Giering and Eggtooth Productions to take part in a national day of performances of Natural Shocks – a one-woman play by Lauren Gunderson about gun violence in America – on April 20th at Northampton High School.  Ms. Gunderson was the most-produced playwright on American stages last year and developed this piece in response to the Parkland, FL shootings.  A Facebook link to the event is here:
2) I’ll be speaking at the Emily Dickinson Museum on a panel about performance and interpretation of Emily Dickinson’s works on April 19, based on an immersive show I developed for them in 2013 and 2015.  A flyer is attached.
3) The ARHS Theater Company is being honored with a SAMMY award from the Jones Library!  We’ll accept the word for “exceptional contributions to the literary culture of Amherst” on April 26.  The Facebook event is here:
4) Last but not least, the Theater Company is excited to present Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play April 26-28 at ARHS at 7:30pm.  Directed by senior Michayla Robertson-Pine, the play has been produced, directed, designed and acted entirely by ARHS students.  Hurray!

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Elementary Schools Exploring Dual Language Program

The Amherst Public Schools are exploring the possibility of starting a Spanish/English Dual Language Program in one of our elementary schools, beginning in Kindergarten in the Fall of 2019. Additionally, we are exploring adding another Building Blocks program to another elementary school.
Please come learn more about what the programs may look like and offer feedback on models that are being developed.
This session will be facilitated by our District Superintendent Dr. Michael Morris. In addition Student Services Director Dr. Brady, Principal Chamberlain and SEPAC President Nancy Stewart will be in attendance.  RSVP if possible to by 4/21.

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Advisory Day 5/10

With the move to a fall Community Kickoff Day and multiple student-initiated and student-led advisory lessons focused on dialogue, we will no longer have a Dialogue Day in the spring.  May 10 will be a regular advisory day.

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SEPAC Transitions Workshops

Please join the SEPAC for a three part series of informational evening seminars. These
presentations will provide students, families and school staff with valuable
information for future planning and will assist in transitioning students from
school to adult life.
All presentations will begin at 6:30 pm and will be held at Amherst Regional High
School. All are welcome to attend these free information sessions.
Please RSVP to or 413-687-4255.
Session 1: April 25th, 2018 Wednesday: Intro to the Transition Planning Process
An overview of the transition planning process for youth with disabilities ages 14-22 on
IEPs. Will also include some tools for creating a vision for after high school. Presented by
Leslie Leslie from the Federation of Children with Special Needs. Held in ARHS library.
Session 2: May 2nd, 2018 Wednesday: ABCs of Adult Agencies
An opportunity to hear from and to meet with representatives of some of the adult agencies in our state, including the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), and others. Come find out what kinds of services and supports are available after high school and what you and your student need to do to apply for them. Held in ARHS cafeteria.
Session 3: May 9th, 2018 Wednesday: Family to Family
Families with a range of experiences and perspectives will share details of their students’
journeys into adulthood and discuss how and why they and their children made the choices that they did. There will be plenty of time to meet with panelists and ask questions. Be prepared to laugh a little and learn a lot! Held in ARHS library.
Sessions offered by: Amherst Regional Public Schools, Federation for Children with Special Needs and Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).
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Juniors and Seniors: Mark Your Calendars

For Seniors: 

Prom Permission Slips are available before and after school in guidance, the main office and room 155.  Please know that everyone  who plans on attending the prom must have one completed at the time of ticket purchase.

May 1 – FAFSA filing deadline for eligibility for Mass grant, available only to Pell grant recipients – most significant for community college students

May 10 – May 24- Prom Tickets on Sale

June 1 – Last day of school for seniors

June 8 – Graduation

For Juniors:

April 26 – Teacher recommendation information distributed via e-mail to juniors.

May 3 – Evening meeting for juniors and parents/guardians. Current seniors will share their experiences in planning for college admission/financial aid. ARHS auditorium, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

May 5 – SAT  with Subject Tests @ Northampton High School (Register by 4/6)

May 7 – 11 – Teacher recommendation request week – not first come, first served

June 2 – SAT @ ARHS  (Register by 5/3)

June 9 – ACT

July 14 – ACT

August 25 – SAT and Subject Tests @ ARHS

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Mark Your Calendars

April 16 – 20 – Spring Recess- No school

April 26-28 – Melancholy Play, 7:30 PM

May 1 – Chorale Concert, South Congregational Church, 7 PM

May 2 – Symphonic Orchestra Chamber Concert, 7 PM

May 5 – SAT at Northampton HS

May 6 – Choral Concert with Novi Canton

May 8 – Hurricane Singers Concert; Regional School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM

May 10 – Advisory Day

May 11 – Talent Show, Latino Achievement Night; DTE Performance

May 17 – 19- Student Written Play Festival

May 18 – Black Scholars Rising Showcase 6PM

May 22 – Regional School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM

May 23 – MCAS Math Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

May 23 – Combined Concert (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, Hurricane Singers and Chorale) 7 PM

May 24 – MCAS Math Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

May 28 – Memorial Day (No School)

May 29 – June 1- Senior Exams

May 31- Jazz Ensemble Concert

June 6 – MCAS Sci/ Tech Testing; 2 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

June 7 – MCAS Sci/ Tech Testing; 2 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

June 21 – Current Projected Last Day of School (5 snow days)

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