Annual Black Scholars Rising Showcase

The Annual Black Scholars Rising event will be held on Friday, May 18th from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Middle School Auditorium with a reception to follow in the Middle School Cafeteria.  Would you mind including that on your calendars and share it with staff & families?
This year, the BSR Committee is working closely with students and the evening will be a showcase of their skills and talents, as well as presenting stoles to the graduating seniors.
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Mark Your Calendars

March 27 – MCAS ELA Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

March 28 – MCAS ELA Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

March 28 – Jazz Workshop Concert 7PM

March 29 – MCAS ELA Testing; 2 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

March 30 – Good Friday- No School

April 4 – Early Release

April 6 – Blood Drive

April 7 – Local Chord Bowl, 7 PM

April 9 – P2 Grades Distributed

April 10 – Regional School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM

April 11 – Wind Ensemble Chamber Concert, 7 PM

April 12 – Symphonic Orchestra Chamber Concert, 7 PM

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 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 – Dialog Day

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

May 17 – 19- Student Written Play Festival

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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Concerto Competition

Now accepting applications for the WO’s 2018 concerto competition. Applications due April 9thand auditions on April 22nd!
Each year, the Windham Orchestra hosts a concerto competition for high school age musicians, and 2018 marks the 32nd year of this event. The competition is an opportunity for students of all instruments, including voice, to audition for a panel of judges, receive feedback on performance, and then present the work with the Windham Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan.

Any and all eligible students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, April 9th, 2018. No recorded auditions will be accepted. There is a $25 application fee payable by check or credit card.

The competition itself will be held on Sunday, April 22nd at the Brattleboro Music Center72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro VT 05301
More information is now available on our website:

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Jones Library Event Postponed

With regret, the Jones Library announces that the final author event in the On the Same Page – Amherst series, featuring Jill Lepore, must be postponed.

 This author event, previously scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 pm will not be held at this day and time as previously announced.  We hope to reschedule the event.  More information will be forthcoming as plans develop.  Please visit our website at for up to date information.

For further information about On the Same Page – Amherst or this author event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.

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Principal Jackson’s Latest Podcast

Principal Mark Jackson discusses the March 14 vigil and student walkout.

To listen to the podcasr, click here.

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National Honor Society Announcement

Attention Juniors/Seniors! Emails went out to your school email if you have met the eligibility requirement, with the most recent report card, to apply for membership in the National Honor Society. If you are new to NHS, you are invited to submit an application to be a 2017-18 ARHS NHS Member. The ARHS Robert Frost Chapter of this organization recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher and demonstrate excellence in the areas of leadership, character, and service.

The email you received contains a classroom code to join the ARHS NHS Google Classroom. If you would like to apply for membership to the NHS for this school year, all the information can be found in this classroom.
If accepted, NHS meetings are the first Thursday of each month in Room 117 @ 3 p.m.
Further information about the NHS can be found on their website:
Questions? Email Mrs. White at

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Update on Wednesday’s Student Walkout

Dear ARHS Parents and Guardians,

I’d like to provide the community with a brief update on today’s student walkout.

At 10 am, I would estimate that approximately several hundred students gathered in our west parking lot. They were joined by many faculty, staff and community members.

This segment of the walkout was solemn in tone. ARHS students took turns reading the names and a brief description of each of the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School shooting. This concluded with a moment of silence.

At this juncture, students made a decision: many returned to class while others proceeded to the Town Commons to continue the rally. For me, this was one of the day’s high points. For the students who returned to class, I assume it would have been easier to allow themselves to be swept up in the momentum that propelled the group headed into town. That they returned to class shows a level of intention that I find admirable. That their choice was respected by their peers only added to the significance of the moment.

At the Commons, there were several speakers, one of which was our state representative, Solomon Goldstein-Rose. The group then returned to campus, arriving about 11:20.

The role of the Amherst Police Department is important to note. They blocked traffic at various points between school and the Commons and generally kept watch over the ARHS group. Their presence was reassuring.

I also want to acknowledge the ARHS faculty and staff. This was a day with lots of moving parts. And, yet, they made it look like school, continuing with instruction while also providing room and support for the day’s agenda.

Lastly, in a word, I was very proud of our students. On a host of fronts. They thought through the day’s logistics; they took strong, informed stands on issues of great importance; and, they respected the right of everyone to make decisions consistent with their own beliefs.

A good day’s work.

Thank you.

Mark Jackson

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