Virtual Trivia Night!

Do you want to spend family night with some music? The ARHS Band is hosting a virtual Musical Trivia Night on April 14th at 6:30PM! Join as a family or pod and answer trivia questions covering a variety of fun musical topics. No expertise necessary! A $50 prize goes to the winning team, and all profits will be donated to Alternatives for Community and Environment, a BIPOC-led environmental justice nonprofit in MA. The entry fee is $10 per team. Register your team at https://forms.gle/dwTTUwGdZ1ZUyfVw5. If you can’t make it but would like to make a donation, you can do so here: https://donorbox.org/band-trivia-night. Contact nyek@arps.org with questions. We hope to see you!

To view the flyer visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZjpNBbyrhAYruKx9SSTIiwvxB64FL-pG/view?usp=sharing

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Donate to help the ARHS Class of 2021 celebrate their senior year!

Fundraising efforts are now underway to help give the Class of 2021 the extra love and support they need as they say their final goodbye to our schools. This past year has been hard on so many of us, and a year of online learning has made it especially challenging for our graduating seniors to feel connected to their friends and school community. 

Final concerts and games; award and achievement nights; the prom; decorating graduation caps with family and friends – all traditional hallmarks of Senior Spring! Students look forward to the traditions that make senior year special, and unfortunately the Class of 2021 have missed out on most of the moments that make their final high school year so memorable.

So let’s do our best to make some happy memories! Our goal is to raise $7,000- only $30 per student to fund signs, senior “swag bags,” recognition events and class activities to help our graduates celebrate this important milestone. If you are able, please consider sponsoring a student or two – or ten! Any amount is welcome.  : )

To donate online, https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/arhsclassof2021/arps-pgos

To donate offline,  mail checks to:

Ellen Lindsey 
ARHS PGO Treasurer
288 Shays Street, Amherst, MA 01002

or with Venmo (@Ellen-Lindsey ) or Cash App ($elleninamherst)

And thank you all for your love and support!

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LAST CALL for yearbook submissions!

If you still need to send pictures, please have them in by Friday, 4/9 at noon!

If you are a senior on free/reduced lunch and need a yearbook still, email Miss Garrity (garrityc@arps.org) by Friday at noon!

Parent ads have been extended until Friday!

Pre-orders are over but you can STILL order your yearbook at arps.picaboo.com!!

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ARPS Universal Free Meals Program

ARPS will be serving Universal Free Meals until September 30, 2021.

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be available 5 days a week.  To-go meals will continue to be available for pick up for children 18 and under at the high school meal site, 21 Mattoon Street (side interest by the library) on M/W/F from 11:15 – 1:00 PM

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Next SEPAC Meeting

The ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council will hold their next meeting on Friday, April16, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

To join, use the link: https://meet.google.com/dhy-wywm-rwd or by phone: 617-675-4444? PIN: ?909 286 087 0262?#

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ARPS Binax Rapid Covid Testing Program


Attached is information with a link for the electronic consent form about the Binax COVID antigen testing that is available in our district at this time.  The availability of this rapid test is the result of a partnership between DESE and DPH to help public schools promote the safety and wellbeing for students and staff in-person during this pandemic.

We are pleased to be able to offer it for students and staff in our schools who are presenting with symptoms.

Please review this information and, if you are willing to have your child participate if needed, complete the online consent.  If you have any questions or need a paper consent form, please contact our Nurse Manager Robbin Suprenant at suprenantr@arps.org.  

Thank you,

Michael Morris, Superintendent

Robbin Suprenant, RN and Nurse Leader

Rapid Covid Testing Consent Letter and Instructions 

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Environmental Action Club Tree Initiative Update

Thank you to everyone who supported the Environmental Action club and ordered trees! We were very close to our goal of 230 trees, at 216 trees ordered. But we are in need of volunteers to help us plant these trees on the day of the event, which is Saturday, April 24. Time slots to volunteer are in the morning and afternoon, we’ll finalize the details closer to the date. Feel free to sign up for both! Interested volunteers can sign up at this website: https://www.tree-plenishevents.org/amherst, and the sign-up form closes around April 15. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Emily at wangef@arps.org, Ally at brauar@arps.org, or Grace at garmangg@arps.org.

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BPAC Linguistic Heritage Month Events

The month of April is Linguistic Heritage Month! The Bilingual Parents Advisory Council wants to help our community acknowledge and celebrate this important aspect of our community’s identity and diversity. We have created a list of activities to help highlight our collective linguistic heritage and would be excited for you to share the attached information via your all-staff list and have it included in family newsletters, advisory periods, and/or morning announcements.

Thank you in advance for your support! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

Alisa Clements

BPAC Facilitator

Linguistic Heritage Month Letter

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) ; Music Trivia Night

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

Apr 30: 9th Grade Students Return to In-Person (AM Only)

May 3: Return to In-Person Instruction at ARHS

May 11: AP Spanish Exam Administered

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 18: AP English Lit & Comp Exam Administered

May 20: AP World History Exam Administered

May 21: AP Latin, AP Chinese and AP French Exams Administered

May 26: AP Comp Scince Exam Administered

May 27: AP Bio Exam Administered

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 3: Last Day for Seniors

June 9: AP BC Calc; AP AB Calc and AP Physics Exams Administered

June 10: AP Statistics Exam Administered

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 24: Last day of school

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The College Board Parent Webinar: How to Get Ready for AP Exams

Dear Parent,

As this year’s AP® Exams get closer, we want to make sure students and their parents know the best ways to get ready for the exams. Join us for a webinar hosted by Terry Redican, the Vice President of AP Program Delivery, to learn more about steps students need to take before exams as well as free resources available to help them prepare.

In this one-hour webinar, attendees will also hear from Dr. Michelle Kuhl, Professor, History, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and Rachelle Hernandez, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Success, The University of Texas at Austin, who’ll discuss the value of taking AP Exams.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. ET. We’ll send an email with a link to the recording following the webinar.

Register Now for the Webinar

Attendance is limited, so please register early to reserve your spot! We encourage you and your student to attend together. You can also submit questions in advance on the registration page. The most frequently asked questions will be discussed during the webinar and shared after the event.


In the meantime, check out this webpage for more information about AP Exams.
You can also view past College Board parent webinars.

Sincerely,
Advanced Placement Program

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Affordable Housing Lottery: Aspen Heights in Amherst

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Overview:

Aspen Heights Amherst is a brand-new, 88 unit rental apartment community located in Amherst on 408 Northampton Road. There will be 11 affordable apartments ready for occupancy starting in Summer of 2021. All affordable apartments will be rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income through this application process. Apartments feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and residents will have access to amazing amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center, a clubroom, and a computer lounge with private meeting spaces. Aspen Heights is conveniently located on Route 8 near University Drive, steps away from shopping and minutes from Amherst Central District.

Units Remaining: 11

Key Dates:

  • May 5, 2021: Information Session: 6:00pm via YouTube at https://youtu.be/-bSrAXtyvtY (or just search for SEB Housing) and via Conference Call – (425) 436-6200. Code: 862627
  • June 2, 2021: Application Deadline: 100% complete applications must be received by 2:00pm – See below for full information packet and application form. 
  • June 14, 2021: Lottery: 6:00pm via YouTube at https://youtu.be/4Vwu6lni8VQ (or just search SEB Housing) and conference call — (425) 436-6200. Code: 862627

Documents: 

Questions? 

  • For Affordable Unit Information call (617) 782-6900 ex. 1 
  • For TTY Dial 711
  • Free Translation Available. Traducción gratuita disponible

Click here for full info, application & more…

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2021-2022 School Year ARHS Course Offerings/ Registration Process Presentation 4/8/21

Next Thursday evening at 6:30 the ARHS administrative team will host a StreamYard event to describe the high school schedule for the 21-22 school year, class offerings, the pre-registration process, and be available for questions. Please join us at this LINK on Thursday, April 8th at 6:30.  

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ARPS Covid Related School Health Protocols Website

ARPS has an updates website that provides information regarding their school health protocols surrounding Covid-19.

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/nurse-covid-protocols

Family Resources

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/nurse-covid-protocols#h.ba529s9auyyi

Contact Tracing Protocols:

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/nurse-covid-protocols#h.o4l4zoqgwgne

Protocols for Face Coverings and Masks

https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/nurse-covid-protocols#h.8y8cramchzor

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Attn Senior Parents/ Guardians

If you missed the Senior Planning Meeting this past Monday, please check out the Senior Planning Meeting Notes from 3/29/21 Google Doc to catch up on the plans and learn how you can get involved.

Questions? Email Beckydemling@yahoo.com

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Attn Seniors

Seniors, links below for college planning waitist, comparing costs, and FA appeals. Also, my fabulous intern Ed Lubin, can be available for a couple of small group meetings to check in and ask any questions juniors might have in the meantime – some of you have met Mr. Lubin during your meetings and in classroom visits. (Here are the links for next week – Wednesday, March 31st 1:30-2:00pm https://meet.google.com/rtc-kdbi-phm and Thursday, April 1st 11:00am – 11:30am https://meet.google.com/qsx-kxrh-buu ).

To put a finer point on it, this year has been rough for the members of the Class of 2021, and I’m sorry I’m not more present right now. I sure am thinking about you and hoping that spring provides some sunshine and relief for you! Know that we are also planning GAP Year meetings (Registration link – https://forms.gle/ X4JkQShAi3431HY57), and planning better resources for those of you considering employment and job training for after graduation. Stay tuned. 

And, as always, Crystal Garrity, our awesome Guidance Secretary, is available if you have any questions.  With Great Care,Ms. Cuffee-Gray 

Reseach Colleges Without Visiting – https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/how-to-research-colleges-without-visiting-a-campus

Appeal Your Financial Aid Offer https://www.mefa.org/blog/need-financial-aid-learn-appeal-process

Comparing College Costs https://www.mefa.org/college-cost-calculator & https://www.mefa.org/blog/comparing-your-college-options

Waitlist Advice – https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/letter-of-continued-interest

Job/Internship/GAP Year Search – https://www.indeed.com/

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Spring Sports Registration is Open

Sports for the spring season is now open! 

High School Sports Being Offered
All programs listed below must  register under high school registration.
Middle School Sports Being Offered
All programs listed below must  register under  middle school registration. 
Baseball (8th-12th grade)
Boys lacrosse (9th-12th)
Girls lacrosse (8th-12th)
Tennis (boys 9th-12th; girls 8th-12th)       
Track and field ( 9th-12th grade)
Softball (7th-12th)  
Ultimate frisbee (9th-12th grade)
Boys LacrosseTrack and Field Ultimate Frisbee

Please continue to check the athletic webpage, as I do my best to update it frequently. 

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Yearbook Updates

If you are a senior on free/reduced lunch and can not afford a yearbook, email Miss Garrity ASAP to reserve one!

Do you have candid photos of you, your friends, your pets, your family? Email them to Miss Garrity by Friday! We desperately need more photos for our collage pages!

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ARPS Autism Awareness 2021

Tuesday 4/6 – Thursday 4/8

Check out our website!  https://sites.google.com/arps.org/menu/home 

College Support Discussion 4/6/21- 12:30-1:30pm   Listen and ask questions of people from a variety of colleges.https://youtu.be/ypr5-bEnHZ0 

Adult Services Discussion  4/7/21-12:30-1:30: Listen and ask questions of people from a variety of services.  https://youtu.be/DXeKScMS0-s 

(Tarian Palmer, ARHS class of 2015)

Student and ARHS Alumni Panel   Thursday, April 8, 2021

4th ANNUAL PANEL  5:00-6:00    https://youtu.be/MPFRWAZno9s 

Current and former students discuss their experiences and thoughts about Autism. Questions from the audience are welcome! Don’t miss this important chance to hear and support us. It’s our 4th annual panel!

After Panel Party 6:00-7:00https://meet.google.com/fic-vrjc-pfy

A celebratory gathering after the panel! ALL WELCOME!  We’ll have breakout rooms for various subtopics, including Leilani live streaming her art!

Autism Awareness Flier 2021

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MassBioEd Foundation Apprenticeship Opportunities for Seniors

Seniors who are 18 and looking to enter the BioTech field, check out this amazing opportunity! MassBioEd Foundation is introducing an opportunity to apply to receive free training, mentorship, and a paid one-year apprenticeship at a local biotech company through their new Life Sciences Apprenticeship Program.  

Women, people of color, veterans, and people who are unemployed or underemployed are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be High School graduates (or equivalent) who are 18 or older.

Apprenticeship Program highlights include:

·    3-6 months of training, partially-paid

·    the opportunity to be mentored by life sciences industry professionals

·    a paid one-year apprenticeship placement

BioManufacturing Technicians help deliver life changing biological products and therapies to patients. Technicians prepare materials necessary for cellular growth and production, monitor operations, and document workflows.

Stipend and Salary are $1000 a month during the apprenticeship training that’s either 3 months or 4-6 months. Once the training is completed, the paid apprenticeship begins.

To learn more about this apprenticeship   https://files.constantcontact.com/7d4bf2ee001/3fddab40-987d-4920-9ad0-61a65ef041d3.pdfPlease email Crystal Cartwright @cartwrightc@arps.org if you have an interest in applying!

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BPAC Linguistic Heritage Month Events

The month of April is Linguistic Heritage Month! The Bilingual Parents Advisory Council wants to help our community acknowledge and celebrate this important aspect of our community’s identity and diversity. We have created a list of activities to help highlight our collective linguistic heritage and would be excited for you to share the attached information via your all-staff list and have it included in family newsletters, advisory periods, and/or morning announcements.

Thank you in advance for your support! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

Alisa Clements

BPAC Facilitator

Linguistic Heritage Month Letter

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 6: APRS SEPAC Autism Awareness College Support Discussion 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Apr 7: APRS SEPAC Autism Awareness Adult Services Discussion 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Apr 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline

Apr 8: ARPS SEPAC Student and ARHS Alumni Panel 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Apr 8: ARHS Schedule, Offerings and Registration Process Presentation 6:30 PM

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

Apr 30: 9th Grade Students Return to In-Person (AM Only)

May 3: Return to In-Person Instruction at ARHS

May 11: AP Spanish Exam Administered

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 18: AP English Lit & Comp Exam Administered

May 20: AP World History Exam Administered

May 21: AP Latin, AP Chinese and AP French Exams Administered

May 26: AP Comp Scince Exam Administered

May 27: AP Bio Exam Administered

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 3: Last Day for Seniors

June 9: AP BC Calc; AP AB Calc and AP Physics Exams Administered

June 10: AP Statistics Exam Administered

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 24: Last day of school

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ARHS Survey

Good Day ARHS Families, 

We are currently planning for the 2021-2022 year at ARHS. We would like your input to help inform our plans. Please respond to this brief survey. All information is confidential.

Thank you,

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Strategic Prevention Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey

Dear ARHS Families,

Every two years, the Strategic Prevention Initiative for Families and Youth (SPIFFY) administers the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey to all 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in Hampshire County. The PNA survey measures substance abuse and other problem behaviors; the factors that place students at risk for engaging in problem behaviors; and the factors that make students less likely to engage in problem behaviors. This year, the survey will also be asking students about the impact of COVID on their lives and learning.

ARHS will be participating in the survey during B period on either April 13th or 14th, and your child will be asked to take the survey during class time. The purpose of the survey is to gather the information needed to plan important prevention and intervention programs to combat such problems as alcohol and other drug use and violence in our schools and communities. It will also help us judge the effectiveness of our current prevention and intervention efforts. I have a copy of the survey instrument, if you wish to review it. I can also send you a pdf of the survey to review at home.

The survey is administered electronically and is anonymous. Raw data will be sent directly to SPIFFY for compilation; the school will not see any individual student responses. All results from the survey will be presented only in summary form.

Your child’s participation in the survey is completely voluntary. Each child will be given the option of leaving blank any question that he or she prefers not to answer, or to not participate at all. You may decline to have your child participate, if you wish. If you decline, your son or daughter will be allowed to read or participate in some other alternative activity while his or her classmates are taking the survey.

If you have any questions regarding the study, please contact either me, or Heather Warner of SPIFFY at hwarner@collaborative.org or 603-475-7713 (work cell).

Please let me know in writing by Monday, April 5th only if you do NOT wish your son or daughter to participate in the survey.

Thanks and take care,

Talib Sadiq

Interim Principal

Estimados Familias ARHS ,  

Cada dos años, la Iniciativa Estratégica para la Prevención de familias y jóvenes (SPIFFY) administra la Prevención Encuesta de Evaluación de Necesidades (ANP) a todos los estudiantes de los grados 8, 10 y 12 en el condado de Hampshire. La encuesta de la PNA mide el abuso de sustancias y otros problemas de conducta; los factores que ponen a los estudiantes en riesgo de participar en conductas problemáticas; y los factores que hacen que los estudiantes sean menos propensos a participar en conductas problemáticas. Este año, la encuesta también preguntará a los estudiantes sobre el impacto de COVID en sus vidas y aprendizaje.

ARHS participará en la encuesta durante el período B el 13 o 14 de abril, y se le pedirá a su hijo que responda la encuesta durante el tiempo de clase. El propósito de la encuesta es recopilar la información necesaria para planificar importantes programas de prevención e intervención para combatir problemas como el consumo de alcohol y otras drogas y la violencia en nuestras escuelas y comunidades. También nos ayudará a juzgar la eficacia de nuestros esfuerzos actuales de prevención e intervención. Tengo una copia del instrumento de la encuesta, si desea revisarlo. También puedo enviarte un pdf de la encuesta para que la revises en casa.

La encuesta se administra electrónicamente y es anónima. Los datos se enviarán directamente a SPIFFY para su compilación; la escuela no verá ninguna respuesta individual de los estudiantes. Todos los resultados de la encuesta se presentarán sólo en forma resumida.

La participación de su hijo en la encuesta es completamente voluntaria. A cada niño se le dará la opción de dejar en blanco cualquier pregunta que prefiere no contestar, o no participar en absoluto. Puede negarse a que su hijo participe, si lo desea. Si se niega, su hijo o hija podrá leer o participar en alguna otra actividad alternativa mientras sus compañeros de clase están respondiendo la encuesta.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el estudio, comuníquese conmigo o con Heather Warner de SPIFFY en hwarner@collaborative.org o al 603-475-7713 (teléfono celular de trabajo).

Por favor, avíseme por escrito antes del lunes 5 de abril solo si NO desea que su hijo o hija participe en la encuesta.

Gracias y cuídese,

Talib Sadiq

Director Interino

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Spring Sports Registration is Now Open

Sports for the spring season is now open! 

High School Sports Being Offered
All programs listed below must  register under high school registration.
Middle School Sports Being Offered
All programs listed below must  register under  middle school registration. 
Baseball (8th-12th grade)
Boys lacrosse (9th-12th)
Girls lacrosse (8th-12th)
Tennis (boys 9th-12th; girls 8th-12th)       
Track and field ( 9th-12th grade)
Softball (7th-12th)  
Ultimate frisbee (9th-12th grade)
Boys LacrosseTrack and Field Ultimate Frisbee

Please continue to check the athletic webpage, as I do my best to update it frequently. 

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Yearbook News

Yearbook pre-orders are only open until APRIL 1ST. Order yours now at arps.picaboo.com! If you are a senior and are having trouble affording a yearbook, contact Miss Garrity.

Families and staff can submit “parent ads” to thank or congratulate students, staff, or faculty. Every ad purchased helps a senior on free/reduced lunch get a yearbook! Submit your ad at arps.picaboo.com!  

All students should submit a portrait to the yearbook through the MyYearbookPhoto app! If you are having trouble uploading your image to the app, you may email it to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT A PHOTO, YOU WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE YEARBOOK.In addition to portraits, we are still looking for candid images to fill our yearbook! Send us photos of you with your friends, family, pets, and projects! Send us photos of your silver linings, your clubs, your joy, your genius! Photos can be uploaded at arps.picaboo.com or emailed to garrityc@arps.org.

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Attn Seniors: Scholarship Updates

  1. We have a brand new scholarship- The Mitchell Family First Gen Scholarship is available for students who are the first in their family to attend college. Address this in your essay. Use the ARHS Scholarship Application to apply by April 15th. There are 2 $500 available!
     
  2. Don’t forget that April 5th at 3:00pm is the deadline for ARHS scholarship submissions- NO EXCEPTIONS! Other scholarships may have earlier or later deadlines, so be sure to check the scholarship book for information about that!
     
  3. For scholarships that require a transcript, YOU MUST REQUEST YOUR TRANSCRIPT IN NAVIANCE. Email requests are not official. To request a transcript in Naviance for a scholarship, go to “Colleges” –> “Apply to College” –> “Manage Transcripts” and request an “Other” transcript. Put the details in the notes section. If you need an unofficial, list yourself as the recipient.
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ARHS Theater Company Announcements

The ARHS Theater Company is proud to announce AUDITIONS for both THE SOUND OF MUSIC, this year’s musical – and our annual STUDENT-WRITTEN PLAY FESTIVAL!  Both productions will be done entirely outdoors and with COVID-safety protocols in mind.  One audition sets you up to try out for one or both productions. Exactly 0% previous background or skill is required.  

Head over to the musical website at bit.ly/arhssom21 for all the details on auditions, which will run on Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31.  Sign-up sheets for both productions are up and waiting for you on the musical website. Have your student come be a part of something big and happy.  See Mr. Bechtold with any questions: bechtolj@arps.org. 

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Planning Meeting for ARHS 2021 Parent/ Guardians

Dear Fellow Parents/ Guardians of the Class of 2021,

You are invited to a Virtual Planning Meeting on Monday, March 29 at 7:00 PM.   The goal of this meeting is to share ideas and get feedback on specific non-school sponsored activities (car parade, signs, swag), explain the fundraising goal as well as get volunteers to help make it all happen.  We hope you can join us!

If you have any questions, please email beckydemling@yahoo.com

Date:  Monday, March 29 

Time: 7:00 PM

Meeting Link: Meet

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Donate Your Old Fabrics to Help Our Schools!

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Statement from the RSC

On Tuesday, March 23rd the Regional School Committee unanimously passed the following statement:

Dear ARPS Families,

We mourn alongside our Asian, and Asian American community.

Although the most recent surge of anti-Asian violence is elevated from the pandemic and

fomented by some political leaders, anti-Asian violence has a long history deeply woven in this

Country. 

We condemn racism and xenophobia against Asian communities. Asian and Asian American

lives must not be devalued, demeaned, or dehumanized.

Solidarity is important and action is critical. We commit to work collectively with the whole school

community to dismantle white supremacist culture and eradicate racist violence

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STAMP Test Information

The STAMP test is one of the assessments to qualify students for the Seal of Biliteracy. If your student is planning to take the STAMP test this year and you are not already registered, or if you are unsure about your registration, please open the following flyer and fill out the application form as soon as possible. 

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Mark Your Calendars

Apr 1: Deadline to Pre-order the 2021 Yearbook

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

Apr 30: 9th Grade Students Return to In-Person (AM Only)

May 3: Return to In-Person Instruction at ARHS

May 5 – 14: AP Exams Administered

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 3: Last Day for Seniors

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 24: Last day of school

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Virtual Teen Trivia @ the Jones Library

Join us for our first virtual teen trivia event this Saturday, March 27th from 3 to 4pm.

The theme is “Disney” so all those years watching Disney movies as a little one can finally pay off! There will be prizes and good times!

Email teens@joneslibrary.org to register and for the Zoom link.

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Anti-Racism Webinars with Tiffany Jewell

Jones Library is pleased to offer two webinars with local educator Tiffany Jewell in April — one for teens ages 11-17 and one for parents, educators, and caregivers. All registrants to either webinar will receive a free copy of Tiffany Jewell’s book, “This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on how to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work”, to read in preparation for the webinar. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants per webinar. To register, please visit: www.joneslibrary.org/tiffanyjewellwebinars

Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work: Be Anti-Racist (Ages 11-17)

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 4-5pm

The anti-bias, anti-racist educator, activist, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell will lead this anti-racism webinar for our community. Intended for youth ages 11-17, it will last approximately 60 minutes, including 15 minutes for a Q&A.

Supporting Anti-Racist Youth

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7-8pm

The anti-bias, anti-racist educator, activist, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell will lead this anti-racism webinar for our community. Especially intended for parents, caregivers, and educators, this program for adults will last approximately 60 minutes, including 15 minutes for a Q&A.

These programs are made possible through the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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On the Same Page – Amherst joins NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley

Amherst, MA – The Jones Library celebrates its ninth On the Same Page community reading program by joining with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) and 40 other organizations and businesses in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties in the National Endowment for the Arts NEA Big Read:  Pocumtuck Valley program as we read and explore Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven.   

This 2014 novel is set in a dystopian post-pandemic world. PVMA chose it from a list of NEA Big Read offerings before COVID-19 hit.  PVMA Outreach Coordinator, Sheila Damkoehler notes, “Now that we’re experiencing an actual pandemic, the NEA Big Read of this fictional story provides an opportunity for local communities to discuss our real pandemic experience, as well as the role the arts play in our lives (a central theme in Station Eleven).”  

A variety of programs are being offered by the Jones Library and other participating organizations to enrich the reading experience of this title and to encourage dialog about the themes the book presents.  The following series of programs will be held virtually during April and hosted by the Jones Library.  For complete program descriptions and registration information, visit the program’s webpage at www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage.   

Learn more about the NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley and find the developing event schedule listing the programming offered by all participants on PVMA’s website at www.deerfield-ma.org.  The keynote author event is to be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm and will be hosted by New England Public Media, as a Watch & Learn Event.  Registration information will be available soon on the NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley webpage listed above.  

Schedule of Jones Library Hosted Events:  

Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom  

Station Eleven and Surviving Pandemics – Sarah Taylor, Associate Profession in the UMass-Amherst Department of History, will reflect on cultural survival as a central theme in Station Eleven.  

Tuesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom  

Book Discussion of Station Eleven – Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected title, led by Jones Library librarian, Linda Wentworth.  

Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom  

Book Discussion of Station Eleven – Join us for an in-depth discussion of our selected title, led by Jones Library librarian, Linda Wentworth.  

Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 pm – online via Zoom  

Travels with Station Eleven‘s Shakespeare – Sally Sutherland, Senior Lecturer Emeritus in English at Mount Holyoke College, will reflect on the meaning and timelessness of Shakespeare’s work as woven throughout Station Eleven.  

Copies of Station Eleven can be borrowed from the Jones Library, requested and checked out from the C/W Mars library catalog, or purchased at Amherst Books in Amherst.  Find all the details at www.joneslibrary.org/onthesamepage.  

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of five novels, including Station Eleven and The Glass HotelStation Eleven was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and has been translated into thirty-two languages. She lives in New York City with her family.   

On the Same Page – Amherst and its programs are made possible with special funding from the Friends of the Jones Libraries.   For further information about On the Same Page – Amherst, please contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.  

About the NEA Big Read:  An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.  

About the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association:  Founded in Deerfield, Massachusetts 150 years ago as the first historical society in Western Massachusetts, PVMA is a vibrant regional organization, supporting the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, Deerfield Teachers’ Center, Indian House Children’s Museum, and Community Outreach projects. This is PVMA’s seventh NEA Big Read.The NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley Partners:  The PVMA is pleased to partner for this project with Tilton Library in South Deerfield and 20 other Libraries in the Woods libraries, five All Hamptons Read libraries, the Jones Library in Amherst, Springfield City Library, Holyoke Library, Springfield Public Forum, The Care Center, UMass-Amherst, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, Piti Theater, Exploded View, Great Falls Discovery Center, Musica Franklin, Pioneer Valley History Network, RiverCulture, The Rendezvous, Sweet Lucy’s Bakeshop, and Boswell’s Books. 

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Important Updated Survey Link

Unfortunately, there were some technical difficulties with the original return to in-person survey emailed to families earlier this week. Please take a few minutes to fill out the updated survey, even if you filled out the other one. The deadline to complete this brief survey is Monday, March 22nd.

The town hall forum regarding Return to In-Person Learning held on March 18 was recorded. It’s accessible through the arps YouTube channel.

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From Talib Sadiq, Interim Principal / Director Interino

Last Tuesday, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) sent out the Guidance on Implementing In-Person Learning Requirements document. In that document, they issued dates for elementary and middle schools to return to full in-person learning. Below is the statement DESE issued regarding when high schools will return to in-person learning. We will provide an exact date once we receive one from DESE.

“High school phase (grades 9-12): We will announce the details and timing of the high school phase of the plan in April. Districts will be provided with at least two weeks advance notice of the specific date requirement for high school students but should start making such plans now”.

As a result, we are surveying families to find out if they want their children to return to in-person instruction or to continue with the remote instruction they have been receiving. LINK TO SURVEY. The deadline to complete this brief survey is Monday, March 22nd.  We know that this is a quick turnaround, but we have a lot of planning to do and cannot do that until we have this information from families. To assist with making your choice, please see the attached FAQ document for more information.  If a family does not make a choice between in-person instruction and remote instruction, their student(s) will be assigned to remote instruction.

Please note: if you have multiple children at the high school, you will need to fill out the survey separately for each child. 

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Martes pasado, el Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria (DESE) envió el documento Directrices sobre la aplicación de los requisitos de aprendizaje en persona. En ese documento, se publicaron las fechas para las escuelas elementales y intermedias para volver a la plena aprendizaje en persona. A continuación se encuentra la declaración que el DESE emitió con respecto a cuándo las escuelas superiores volverán al aprendizaje en persona. Vamos a proporcionar una fecha exacta una vez que recibimos una de DESE.

“Fase de la escuela superior (grados 9-12): Anunciaremos los detalles y el calendario de la fase de la escuela superior del plan en abril. Los distritos recibirán un aviso con al menos dos semanas de antelación sobre el requisito de la fecha específica para los estudiantes de escuela superior, pero deben comenzar a hacer esos planes ahora”.

Por ello, estamos encuestando a las familias para saber si quieren que su(s) hijo(s) vuelva(n) a la enseñanza presencial o continúe(n) con la enseñanza a distancia que han estado recibiendo. ENLACE A LA ENCUESTA. La fecha límite para completar esta breve encuesta es el lunes, 22 de marzo.  Sabemos que es una respuesta rápida, pero tenemos que planificar mucho y no podemos hacerlo hasta que tengamos esta información de las familias. Para ayudar a hacer su elección, por favor, consulte el documento adjunto de preguntas frecuentes para obtener más información.  Si una familia no elige entre la instrucción en persona y la instrucción a distancia, su(s) estudiante(s) será(n) asignado(s) a la instrucción a distancia.

Por favor, tenga en cuenta: si tiene varios hijos en la escuela superior, tendrá que completar la encuesta por separado para cada hijo(a).

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In Person Learning FAQs/preguntas más frecuentes

1.  What is the choice I am being asked to make? 
Families have the option of continuing with distance learning or shifting to an in-person model. Your choice for the spring semester can be different than your choice made in the fall.

2. Is one model better than the other? 
You should choose the model that you believe to be in the best interest of your child. Regardless of what model you choose, your child will have access to high quality instruction delivered by talented ARPS educators. 

3. What will the schedule look like? 
The in-person schedule for those who choose to return to the school buildings will be from 9:00-2:30, Monday through Friday. For those who choose to continue learning remotely, the start/end times will be unchanged from what has occurred during the rest of the year and corresponds to a similar amount of instructional time as the in person option. 

4. Will my child’s teacher(s) change? 
Your child’s teachers will not change, but there is a chance one or more of their teachers will have a remote placement. If your child is in person, there is a chance the classroom teacher will be only accessible through GoogleMeet and GoogleClassroom. There will be adults supervising students in the classroom.  

5. Will I know which educators will be returning in-person and which will continue to work remotely?
That might inform my choice. Unfortunately, we are not able to share this information, due to our commitment to maintain the privacy of staff and their families. Please do not ask staff members about their plans in this area. We encourage you to make the choice of in-person or remote based on the model of instruction that you believe is best for your child this spring. 

6. Will my child still receive services (such as special education, 504 accommodations, or English language learning)? 
Yes. Services may be delivered in-person or remotely depending on whether the relevant staff members are in-person or remote, but the schedule for those services may change as providers need to adjust their schedules to accommodate both in-person and remote learners. 

7. Can I change my mind after making this choice? 
Significant planning will occur to accommodate families’ choices. For each change to remote or in-person, we will need time to accommodate those changes.  For example, lunch planning, cohort balancing, and transportation will all be affected by changes after the deadline.  We ask families to commit to their choices unless there are extenuating circumstances that require a change.  An example of extenuating circumstances would be a change in health conditions.

8. Will transportation be available? 
Yes. We are asking families who choose in-person learning to inform us if their child will access the bus so we can develop bus routes. Note, Leverett and Shutesbury students will have to catch the school bus significantly earlier than Amherst and Pelham students. Exact times will be determined once the final bus routes are created. 

9. Will schools be at risk for sudden closure? 
Any future closure decisions will be based on guidance from the state Department of Public Health and/or the local Department of Public Health. At the current time, both departments have indicated that, barring a sudden change in the track of the virus, they do not anticipate closures this spring.

10. What happens if a positive case of COVID-19 is reported in a school? 
If a positive case of COVID-19 is reported, the teacher and building nurse will be notified of the situation. Our nurse manager would immediately engage in contact tracing protocols to determine if anyone would be deemed a close contact of the person who has tested positive. Those individuals would need to quarantine as per public health guidance. 

11. What safety protocols and mitigation strategies have been put into place to promote the safety of students and staff during the school day? 

● Detailed Information about safety protocols and PPE can be found here; a summary of measures can be found here

● Ventilation testing has been completed for all classroom spaces. The district committed to ensuring that classrooms would have ventilation that includes four or more air exchanges per hour. 

● Face coverings are required for all students (unless they have a disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering). 

● All classrooms, even those that do not require an air purification system to achieve four air changes per hour, will have a high quality, HEPA/UV Air Filter Unit. 

● The district has committed to maintaining six feet of distance between student desk areas, whenever possible. We can not guarantee that though. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has issued this guidance,  “As a reminder, our guidance is to set up classrooms with desks at least three feet apart, with students facing the same direction.” 

In addition, students will be in 3-4 different class groups of students within a day.  

● Each building will have a staffed medical waiting room for any students or staff who experience any symptoms of COVID-19. Protocols for this room can be found here

● All families will receive a daily text and email reminder to check children for symptoms of COVID-19 and will only be able to send their children to school if the check at home confirms that no symptoms are present. 

● Staff members and students will be the only persons permitted into the school buildings.

1.  ¿Cuál es la elección que se me pide que haga? 
Las familias tienen la opción de continuar con el aprendizaje a distancia o cambiar a un modelo en persona. Su elección para el semestre de primavera puede ser diferente a la que eligió en el otoño. 

2. ¿Es un modelo mejor que el otro? 
Debe elegir el modelo que crea que es lo mejor para su hijo(a). Independientemente del modelo que elija, su hijo tendrá acceso a instrucción de alta calidad impartida por talentosos educadores de ARPS. 

3. ¿Cómo será el horario? 
El horario en persona para aquellos que decidan regresar a los edificios escolares será de 9:00-2:30 pm, de lunes a viernes. Para aquellos que eligen continuar aprendiendo de forma remota, las horas de inicio / finalización no cambiarán de lo que ha ocurrido durante el resto del año y corresponde a una cantidad similar de tiempo de instrucción como la opción en persona. 

4. ¿Cambiarán los maestros de mi hijo(a)? 
Los maestros de su hijo(a) no cambiarán, pero existe la posibilidad de que uno o más de sus maestros tengan una ubicación remota. Si su hijo(a) está en persona, existe la posibilidad de que el maestro del aula solo sea accesible a través de GoogleMeet y GoogleClassroom. Habrá adultos supervisando a los estudiantes en el aula.  

5. ¿Sabré qué educadores regresarán en persona y cuáles continuarán trabajando de forma remota? Eso podría informar mi elección.
Desafortunadamente, no podemos compartir esta información debido a nuestro compromiso de mantener la privacidad del personal y sus familias. No pregunte a los miembros del personal sobre sus planes en esta área. Lo alentamos a que elija en persona o remota según el modelo de instrucción que crea que es mejor para su hijo(a) esta primavera. 

6. ¿Mi hijo(a) seguirá recibiendo servicios (como educación especial, acomodos 504 o aprendizaje del idioma inglés)? 
Si. Los servicios se pueden brindar en persona o de forma remota, dependiendo de si los miembros del personal relevantes están en persona o de forma remota, pero el horario de esos servicios puede cambiar ya que los proveedores necesitan ajustar sus horarios para adaptarse a los aprendices tanto en persona como a distancia. 

7. ¿Puedo cambiar de opinión después de tomar esta decisión? 
Se llevará a cabo una planificación significativa para adaptarse a las opciones de las familias. Para cada cambio a remoto o en persona, necesitaremos tiempo para adaptarnos a esos cambios. Por ejemplo, la planificación del almuerzo, el equilibrio de cohortes y el transporte se verán afectados por los cambios después de la fecha límite. Pedimos a las familias que se comprometan con sus elecciones a menos que existan atenuantes circunstancias que requieran un cambio. Un ejemplo de circunstancias atenuantes sería un cambio en las condiciones de salud.

8. ¿Habrá transporte disponible? 
Si. Les pedimos a las familias que eligen el aprendizaje en persona que nos informen si su hijo(a) accederá al autobús para que podamos desarrollar rutas de autobús. Tenga en cuenta que los estudiantes de Leverett y Shutesbury deberán tomar el autobús escolar mucho antes que los estudiantes de Amherst y Pelham. Los tiempos exactos se determinarán una vez que se creen las rutas de autobús finales. 

9. ¿Las escuelas estarán en riesgo de cierres repentinos? 
Cualquier decisión de cierre futura se basará en la orientación del Departamento de Salud Pública del estado y / o el Departamento de Salud Pública local. En el momento actual, ambos departamentos han indicado que, salvo un cambio brusco en la trayectoria del virus, no anticipan cierres esta primavera. 

10. ¿Qué sucede si se informa un caso positivo de COVID-19 en una escuela? 
Si se informa un caso positivo de COVID-19, el maestro y la enfermera del edificio serán notificados de la situación. Nuestro gerente de enfermería participaría de inmediato en los protocolos de rastreo de contactos para determinar si alguien sería considerado un contacto cercano de la persona que dio positivo. Esas personas tendrían que ponerse en cuarentena según las directrices de salud pública. 

11. ¿Qué protocolos de seguridad y estrategias de mitigación se han implementado para promover la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal durante el día escolar? 

● Puede encontrar información detallada sobre protocolos de seguridad y PPE aquí; un resumen de las medidas se puede encontrar aquí

● Se han completado las pruebas de ventilación para todos los espacios de las aulas. El distrito se comprometió a garantizar que los salones de clases tengan ventilación que incluya cuatro o más intercambios de aire por hora. 

● Se requiere que todos los estudiantes cubran la cara (a menos que tengan una discapacidad que les impida usar una cubierta facial). 

● Todos los salones de clases, incluso aquellos que no requieren un sistema de purificación de aire para lograr cuatro cambios de aire por hora, tendrán una unidad de filtro de aire HEPA / UV de alta calidad. 

● El distrito se ha comprometido a mantener seis pies de distancia entre las áreas de escritorio de los estudiantes, siempre que sea posible. Sin embargo, no podemos garantizar eso. El Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria ha emitido esta guía, “Como recordatorio, nuestra guía es configurar las aulas con escritorios separados por al menos tres pies, con los estudiantes mirando en la misma dirección”. 

Además, los estudiantes estarán en 3-4 diferentes grupos de estudiantes dentro de un día.  

● Cada edificio tendrá una sala de espera médica con personal para cualquier estudiante o personal que experimente algún síntoma de COVID-19. Los protocolos para esta sala se pueden encontrar aquí

● Todas las familias recibirán un recordatorio diario por mensaje de texto y correo electrónico para verificar si los niños tienen síntomas de COVID-19 y solo podrán enviar a sus hijos a la escuela si el control en el hogar confirma que no hay síntomas. 

● Los miembros del personal y los estudiantes serán las únicas personas permitidas en los edificios escolares.

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Master Schedule for In-Person / Programa Principal para la Asistencia Presencial

 (Up to 5 Days/Week Determined by DESE Guidance due by April 2021) 

7:30-9:00Teacher Prep and Planning(IEP & 504 Meetings scheduled during this block)
9:00-10:20A-Block
10:30-11:50B-Block
11:50-12:20–COHORT A–Students stay in B Block for LunchCOHORT B–Students have Directed Study LUNCH Academic Skills Class for students-to be scheduled by liaisons
12:20-12:50–COHORT B–Students stay in B Block for LunchCOHORT A–Students have Directed Study LUNCHAcademic Skills Class for some students-to be scheduled by liaisons
1:00-2:30C-Block
2:30-3:00Special Education Services/Academic Support

 (Hasta 5 días/semana determinados por la guía de DESE para abril de 2021) 

7:30-9:00Preparación y planificación del maestro(reuniones IEP y 504 programadas durante este bloque)
9:00-10:20Bloque A
10:30-11:50Bloque B
11: 50-12:20 – COHORTE A – Los estudiantes se quedan en el Bloque B para el almuerzoCOHORTE B – Los estudiantes tienen Estudio Dirigido ALMUERZO Clase de habilidades académicas para algunos estudiantes-para ser programado por los enlaces
12:20-12:50 – COHORTE B–Los estudiantes se quedan en el bloque B para el almuerzoCOHORTE A – Los estudiantes tienen Estudio Dirigido ALMUERZO Clase de habilidades académicas para algunos estudiantes-para ser programado por los enlaces
1:00-2:30Bloque C
2:30-3:00Servicios de educación especial / apoyo académico
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Joint Statement regarding violence and bigotry

Dear ARPS Families:

Please read the following joint statement from ARPS, the Amherst Town Manager and the the Town of Amherst Human Rights Commission Chair regarding violence and bigotry targeting Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

ARPS/Amherst Statement

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Coffee with the Counselors

The ARHS PGO Coffee with the Counselors is scheduled for Wednesday March 24th 6:30pm-7:30pm.  The discussion topic will be ” How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of adolescents”. Karen Peters, Sherry Balzano and  Lisa Zephyr will be the counselors speaking at the coffee. 

The Counselors would like to receive in advance questions that parents/caregivers would like them to address at the coffee. Please submit questions to the PGO Coffee Coordinator at joyifill@gmail.com The deadline for submitting questions to Joy is on  Monday March 22nd at noon.

To attend this virtual event, use this link.

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From the Career and College Counseling Office

  • Need money for college? Find over 50 great scholarship opportunities in the Scholarship Book! Keep an eye on emails from Miss Garrity as well for scholarship updates.
  • Don’t forget to tell us when you are accepted into colleges! Log it in Naviance and fill out this form to get on our 2021 Acceptance Map!
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Yearbook Updates

  • Final voting for Superlatives has started! Cast your final votes by March 22nd at 3:30pm!
  • Yearbook pre-orders are only open until APRIL 1ST. Order yours now! If you are a senior and are having trouble affording a yearbook, contact Miss Garrity.
  • Families and staff can submit “parent ads” to thank or congratulate students, staff, or faculty. Every ad purchased helps a senior on free/reduced lunch get a yearbook! Submit your ad at arps.picaboo.com
  • All students should submit a portrait to the yearbook through the MyYearbookPhoto app! If you are having trouble uploading your image to the app, you may email it to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org
  • In addition to portraits, we are still looking for candid images to fill our yearbook! Send us photos of you with your friends, family, pets, and projects! Send us photos of your silver linings, your clubs, your joy, your genius! Photos can be uploaded at arps.picaboo.com or emailed to garrityc@arps.org.
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The Environmental Action Club to offset ARHS paper consumption – March 24th deadline!

The Environmental Action Club has partnered with an organization called Tree-Plenish to plant trees in the Amherst community! Our goal is 230 trees, which will offset the school’s yearly paper consumption. THE NEXT 40 TREES ARE FREE. If you or anyone you know would like to request a tree, go to https://www.tree-plenishevents.org/amherst. Trees are only $5! We’re offering red oak, red maple, or river birch saplings; pictures of these trees are on the website. You can also volunteer for our planting event on April 24th through the same sign up sheet on that website. The deadline for ordering trees is March 24th.

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Attn: ARHS Senior Athletes

I’m hoping to publish a senior athletic showcase section in the newsletter at the end of this year. I am looking for student-athletes who plan to attend college next year and continue to participate in athletics. If you are one of them, can you please send me what school you are attending next year, along with your major and an action photo of you playing that sport that would be great. Please send information and photos to Ms. Stewart’s email. Stewartv@arps.org 

Thanks!

AD Stewart

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Mark Your Calendars

Mar 22: Deadline to submit Return to School Survey

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 24: Coffee with the Counselors (6:30pm)

Apr 1: Deadline to Pre-order the 2021 Yearbook

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 7: Amherst Art for Clean Action Energy Deadline

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 16: Q3 Ends

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

Apr 24: Q4 Begins

Apr 26: Spring Sports Season Begins

May 5 – 14: AP Exams Administered

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 3: Last Day for Seniors

June 11: Graduation

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 24: Last day of school

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Amherst Art for Clean Energy

Sunrise Amherst is collaborating with students from Amherst Regional High School on the Amherst Art for Clean Energy anthology project, which compiles written and visual art inspired by nature and environmental action, made by Amherst students and residents ages 5-18. After reviewing submissions, they will publish them and sell the final anthology to the general Amherst community. 100% of the profits will go toward converting coal energy to clean energy through the Beyond Coal™ organization. Submit your artwork herewww.bit.ly/artforcleanenergy! The deadline to submit is April 7, 2021. If you have any questions, please email artforcleanenergy@gmail.com

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Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues

Amherst, MA – We all know the ditty “Lizzie Borden took an ax….” but few people know the actual facts! Join us for Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues, an event to be presented by Christopher Daly and hosted by the Jones Library via Zoom on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm. 

Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues is a one hour in-depth retelling of the famous double homicide. Extensive research utilizing archival materials, period newspapers and period photographs has been done to create an entertaining, fascinating and informative presentation about America’s favorite mystery.  At the end of the presentation, different theories on the murders will be set forth and the question of “Who done it?” will be put to the audience for further discussion and conjecture. 

Christopher Daley has been lecturing all over New England for over 25 years on historical topics of interest and is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston, Massachusetts.  He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History.  Mr. Daley has served as historical consultant on the Sacco-Vanzetti Case for the Travel Channel’s program “Timetraveling with Brian Unger.”  He also appeared in two episodes of the Travel Channel’s “Kindred Spirits” in the capacity of historian on shows about the Lizzie Borden Case. 

To attend this event, please register by sending an email to programs@joneslibrary.org.   You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate in this Zoom event. The link will be sent to you by email before the event. You will need a device with audio and/or video and an internet connection to join via Zoom. 

For more information, please visit https://www.joneslibrary.org/ or contact Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org.   

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jones Libraries.  

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Free Virtual Tutoring Thursday Afternoons

The Future Health Leaders Network is a group of UMASS students offering free virtual tutoring via the Jones Library. They’re available to help with homework, study prep, or general college advice on Thursdays from 4-6pm. It’s a free, drop-in session via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84312752297?pwd MnFYekhvOVhic1JDR3k4d1Y2YlQ5UT09

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Great Jewish Books Summer Program

Great summer opportunity for current 10th and 11th graders:  Includes tuition and cost of books.    In the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, students read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with modern Jewish literature.  The 2021 program will be fully remote, connecting students from across the country and beyond to create a friendly, engaging online community of readers.     The program includes dynamic seminars led by college faculty, a deep-dive into modern Jewish literature and talks with contemporary writers as well as social activities.  For more info:  https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/educational-programs/great-jewish-books-summer-program.  Application DUE: March 29

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