Amherst Invitational on 5/11-5/12

Come to the 28th Annual Amherst Invitational on May 11-12, 2019 to see the 32 top teams compete in this exciting tournament. Games generally run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is free but food and merchandise will be available for purchase.

The tournament will be held at the Amherst Middle and High Schools.

Check out the Facebook page for news and updates: Amherst Invitational
Ultimate Tournament.

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Project Graduation Volunteers Needed!


High School graduation can be a dangerous night for our students.  For over 37 years, our community has supported “Project Graduation” – a senior class party that is a collective effort to keep our grads safe on a night when celebration has all too often turned to tragedy in towns across the country.  Your support is needed to create this safe, but awesome, celebration for our ARHS graduating seniors.

The Amherst Regional High School 2019 Senior Class Party will be held June 7th after graduation.  This overnight celebration is a time-honored local tradition that gives our seniors a secure place to celebrate their achievements, have fun, and be together with classmates one last time. Volunteer parents produce and monitor the event, which provides food, music, and entertainment. They also provide rides home for every student and guest.

Planning for this event is underway and I am looking for parent and guardian volunteers to form this year’s graduation party committee.  Volunteers can be from all grades 9 – 12 and there are a variety of positions that need filling such as coordinating food, entertainment, security, transportation, volunteer coordinator, etc.

Rather than tie up people’s time with a lot of meetings, this year we will start the coordination on-line via email and later in the spring have some face-to-face meetings.  

If you are willing to help with this important task, please reach out to Project Graduation Coordinator and Senior Parent, Tracy Farnham via email: tqfarnham@gmail.comTracy Farnham

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Mark Your Calendars

April 30 – Chorale Concert 7PM
May 3-4 – Student Produced Play (date change) Sonia, Vanya, Marsha and Spike 7PM
May 8 – Early Dismissal
May 9- Hurricane Singer’s Concert 7PM
May 16-18 – Student-Written Play 7:30PM
May 17- Latino Achievement Night
May 21-22 – MCAS: Math
May 23 – Combined Spring Concert 7PM
May 27 – Memorial Day: No School
May 28 – Senior Exams Begin
May 30 – Jazz Singer Soiree Concert 7PM
May 31 – Last Day for Seniors
June 4- MCAS Science and Technology
June 5- MCAS Science and Technology
June 6- Concert Choir Concert 7PM
June 7- Graduation

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Principal Search – Call for Feedback

Thank you to all who attended the Principal Candidate Forums this week.  All three finalists were provided with an opportunity to visit the community and engage with staff, students and families.  In addition to the bios provided below, the District will make available the resumes of finalists on Friday morning.   Parent voice is an important part of the process.  The community is invited to provide feedback on the candidates through the feedback forms provided or via email to Dr Morris (  All comments are due by April 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

The finalists are :

Alan Strauss- Mr. Strauss currently serves as Principal of Weymouth High School.  He has worked directly with students, parents and staff in every aspect of the school community, across instructional levels and within the greater local community to build programs, create a myriad of opportunities and collaboratively develop academic, civic, global and interpersonal accountability frameworks. Mr. Strauss has a diversified range of curricular experiences and has assisted with the development of globally-based experiences for students and faculty. He re-established, cultivated and implemented the Weymouth High School’s academic, athletic, and community service programs and oversaw the day-to-day operations, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) and all programs.

Shannon Magee– Ms. Magee currently serves as the interim Dean at Amherst Regional High School and was formerly a High School Principal at the British International School in Ghana, West Africa where she oversaw the planning, implementation and evaluation of the school’s curriculum and instructional program. She  also served as a former Director of Academics at Albany Community Charter School. Ms. Magee has worked with and mentored new teachers, and monitored and coached teachers in the use of appropriate classroom management strategies as needed. In addition to her experience in secondary education administration, Ms. Magee is a former Cultural Affairs Academic Specialist for the U.S. Department of State–U.S. Embassy.

Gene Jones-  Mr. Jones received a B.A. from Boston University, holds an M.A. from Old Dominion University, has completed Post Graduate work at Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech and, most recently, was enrolled in the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as principal of Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia, which was recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine. Mr. Jones was appointed to the Principal position at William Fleming High School in the Roanoke Public City Public Schools, where he increased the four-year graduation rate from 69% to 80%.

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National Latin Exam Success

78 students of Latin at all levels at ARMS and ARHS participated in the 2019 National Latin Exam this year. Among these students, 49 received awards, including 11 silver medals, 15 gold medals, and 2 Perfect Papers (1 at the Intro to Latin level, the lowest level, and the other at Latin 5/6, the highest level). At each level, at least half of students performed on or above the national average. In total, 51 of our 78 students performed on or above the national average. Students who participated in the National Latin Exam will be celebrated at award ceremonies organized by their Latin teachers.

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Attention Seniors

– Prom permission slips are available in the main office, the guidance office and in room 154. Please pay attention to all instructions and the deadline date of May 23, 2019. Also, please be aware that all outstanding fees should be current BEFORE you can purchase.

– When you make your college choice, please go into your Naviance account and “set” the college you will be attending. Your college will require your final transcript. We cannot send it if you don’t tell us where to send it! Even if you have told Guidance in person, you must put your choice in Naviance.

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Regional School District Planning Board Public Forums

rpb flyer iconAmherst and Pelham are exploring regionalizing their PK-6 elementary schools. Attend a public forum to learn about the Regional School District Planning Board’s work to date, and give your feedback:

Monday 4/22 at 7pm at the Middle School Library
Thursday 4/25 at 7pm at Pelham Elementary
More info available at

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