ARHS Spring Semester Final Exam Schedule

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 

A-Period Review9:00-10:25 (85 minutes)
B-Period Review10:30-11:50 (80 minutes)
LunchLunch 1: 11:55-12:20Lunch 2: 12:25-12:55
C-Period Review1:00-2:20 (80 minutes)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 

A-Period Exam9:00-10:25 (85 minutes)
B-Period Review 10:30-11:10 (40 minutes)
C-Period Review11:15-11:55 (40 minutes)

Thursday, June 24, 2021 

B-Period Exam9:00-10:25 (85 minutes)
C-Period Exam 10:30-11:55 (85 minutes)

Friday, June 25, 2021

Make-up Exam9:00-10:25 (85 minutes)
Make-up Exam 10:30-11:55 (85 minutes)
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ARHS Course Material and Technology Returns

ARHS course materials should be turned in at the teachers’ request or after their last class. They can also return materials from 8-5 on Thurs (6/24) & Fri (6/25). Chromebooks with chargers and cases will also be collected on Thurs (6/24) & Fri (6/25).

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Help Needed- ARHS Staff Appreciation Breakfast

The PGO is hosting a staff appreciation breakfast on the last day of school (June 25) to thank our ARHS staff for their flexibility and hard work during the craziest school year ever. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help. To sign up, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4BAAAB283-staff Thank you!

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Fall Sports Registartion Now Open

Fall registration is now open! Please click on the registration links below or go to the athletic webpage to register. Please note, for middle schoolers registering for field hockey or girls soccer you must register under high school registration. For middle schoolers registering for volleyball or cross country please register under middle school registration. All high schoolers register under high school registration (as well as middle schoolers registering for girls soccer or field hockey).

In addition a recent physical must be on file prior to participating in athletics. Please send physical to Robbin Suprenant, she can be contacted at suprenantr@arps.org .

If there are any sport modifications due to COVID, they are not out at this time.

Fall 2021 High School Sports Registration

Fall 2021 Middle School Sports Registration

Start Date(s): Football & golf August 20, 2021; all other sports August 23,2021

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June Issue of The Graphic

Please check out the June issue of The Graphic, complete with 17 great new stories by senior writers from the LGBTQ Literature/Journalism combo lit class.
http://thegraphic.arps.org/
Stories include: examining comfort dog Winston’s role at school, teacher retirees, the return to in-person school, pandemic jobs, the musical, gap years, body art, nature outings during COVID, and much much more! Happy reading!

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New ALPS Offerings

ARHS has three new one-time Alternative Learning Program elective course offerings (Unlike our Chinese, French, Latin, Spanish courses, they will not satisfy world language requirements for colleges).
The ALP courses are:

The History of Rock’N’Roll-ALP

Credits: [2]

Prerequisite: None

Teacher: Frank Vaissiere

This course will study the history of Rock’N’Roll and the social changes it did bring about in the past 70 years. Students will examine the early musical styles that led to the creation of Rock’N’Roll of the 1950s, the British Invasion of the 1960s, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, New Wave, Goth Rock, Grunge, and other styles of the twenty-first century. The course will have an emphasis on societal, political, cultural, and sartorial contexts and on the music itself. Students will develop active listening skills and the ability to discuss Rock music through readings assignments, group discussions, oral presentations, writings essays, and tests. 

Conversational Italian-ALP

Credits: [2]

Prerequisite: None

Teacher: Frank Vaissiere

This course meets the needs of high school students, 9-12, beginning the study of Italian. Emphasis is on developing oral proficiency and listening comprehension. Reading and writing skills will be addressed in introductory activities to reinforce oral and listening skills. Cultural aspects of the language will be introduced on an ongoing basis. Homework is to be expected daily.

Conversational Wolof-ALP

Credits: [2]

Prerequisite: None

Teacher: Oumy Cisse

Wolof is one of the local languages spoken in Senegal. It is also spoken in The Gambia and in Mauritania. During this ALP class, you will be introduced to the basic day-to-day conversations in Wolof. You will also learn about Senegal and its rich history and culture through music, dance, literature, local art etc…

If you would like to sign up for one of these ALP courses please fill out this form

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ARHS Class of 2021 Athletic College Spotlight

The ARHS Athletic Director has put together a document showcasing the ARHS Seniors who are continuing athletics in college.   Athletic College Spotlight- 2021

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Tour Guides Needed

ARHS is looking for a wide-range of CURRENT 10th and 11th grade students who would be excited to give tours to incoming new students for 3-4 hours one day during the last week of summer break! This is an opportunity to show or develop your leadership skills, build connections with new people, and help welcome our newcomers to our community. If you are interested, please fill out this google form by June 23rd.

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Student Immunizations Reminder

In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, students are to be immunized as specified by Massachusetts Department of Public Health for school attendance.  The summer is an opportune time to visit your health care provider for any needed immunizations.  Yearly influenza vaccine is not required, but strongly recommended.   Please also consult your health care provider for information about the Covid-19 immunization.  Additionally, the meningococcal (menACWY) vaccine is now required for students in grades 7,8, 11 and 12.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the nurse at your school.   https://www.mass.gov/info-details/school-immunizations

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Mark Your Calendars

June 18: Juneteenth Holiday Observed- No School

June 19: Juneteenth Holiday

June 23 A Perior Final Exam; Half- Day

June 24: B and C Period Final Exams; Half Day

June 25- Final Exam Make-Ups; Half-Day

June 25: Last day of school; Staff Appreciation Breakfast

July 2: Last Day to Register for Summer School

July 6: Summer School Begins

Aug. 20: Fall Sports Registration Deadline

Aug 20: Football & Golf Begin

Aug 23: Remaning Fall Sports Begin

Aug 24: Fall Sports Payment Deadline

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Amherst Juneteenth Community Celebration

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday. The Town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District, will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event spread over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and far, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.

Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment.   

Juneteenth Amherst Event 2021 Snapshot: Saturday, June 19th 

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00 am at the West Cemetery in Amherst Center

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00 am at the Bangs Center Courtyard (70 Boltwood Walk)

Community Jubilee 1:00 pm on the Amherst Town Common with food and entertainment 

Sunset Reception 6:00 pm at The Mill District in North Amherst featuring an artist collective and fashion show

All locations for this event will follow any relevant COVID-19 protocols and guidance as provided by the State of Massachusetts

Questions? 

Contact Jennifer Moyston at (413) 259-3002 or via email at moystonj@amherstma.gov

All are welcome to this event and we look forward to celebrating with you on Juneteenth 2021

Sincerely, 

The Civil War Tablets Committee        

The Mill District         

The Town of Amherst

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Stay Cool in Amherst This Summer

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The warm weather is here! Looking to stay cool this summer in Amherst? Take advantage of our three facilities listed below.  

Spray Pad at Groff Park – 83 Mill Ln. – Directions

  • Now Open Daily from 7AM-7PM 
  • Free
  • Step lightly on the ground sensors to activate

Mill River Pool and Wading Pool – 95 Montague Rd. – Directions

War Memorial Pool at Mattoon St. – Directions

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AEF’s Spring Stars in our School

Is there a teacher or staff member that has made a difference in your child’s life this year? Or do you know someone who is graduating and you would like to say Thank You! to those who helped them along the way? Donate to AEF’s Spring Stars in our Schools Campaign in honor of a teacher or staff member and we will send them a note of gratitude on your behalf thanking them for all their hard work and dedication. Visit https://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/stars and make your gift today

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AEF Mini Golf Fundraiser!

The Amherst Education Foundation is hosting its first ever Mini-Golf Fundraiser! Join us for a fun event that will also have raffles, trivia and refreshments.

  •  June 27th, 2021
  • All proceeds will go towards funding valuable education grants to public schools in Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury.
  • Register at https://bit.ly/AEFminigolf
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Annual South Amherst July 4th Parade and Celebration

Volunteers needed for annual South Amherst event The annual South Amherst July 4th celebration will be held this year on SATURDAY, July 3. This kid-friendly, family event is held each year on the South Amherst common. We are looking for two ARHS students or graduates to be the flag holders in the parade. Other volunteers are needed: parade marshalls, refreshment managers, and crowd control. Email southamherstjuly4th@gmail.com.

To view the flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C7t54drzpzlsea7R-nZVjSlLrbmUfpF8/view?usp=sharing

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Please donate for the Staff Appreciation Breakfast on June 25

The PGO is hosting a staff appreciation breakfast on the last day of school to thank our ARHS staff for their flexibility and hard work during the craziest school year ever. Please consider making a donation to fund this worthy event – any amount is appreciated. You can Venmo our treasurer @Ellen-Lindsey or send a check to ARHS PGO c/o Ellen Lindsey, 288 Shays Street, Amherst, MA 01002.  We are also looking for a few more volunteers; to sign up, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4BAAAB283-staff Thank you for your help!

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Graduation Recording Link

If you missed Graduation at Look Park or simply want to see the recording, the ceremony can be viewed here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT0OCb45f9w; Congradulations to the ARHS Class of 2021!

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Tour Guides Needed

ARHS is looking for a wide-range of CURRENT 10th and 11th grade students who would be excited to give tours to incoming new students for 3-4 hours one day during the last week of summer break! This is an opportunity to show or develop your leadership skills, build connections with new people, and help welcome our newcomers to our community. If you are interested, please fill out this google form by June 23rd.

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Summer School through Amherst Regional High School

These offerings are in person.

GENERAL INFORMATION 

DATES: Classes run Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, July 6th until Friday, July 30th

Last day to register: July 2

Offerings and Other Info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iLYE8HPJiog0fclEY0qV43gkmQyhQEyO/view

HOW TO REGISTER: ● Complete Summer Registration Form Summer School Registration Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccnOnucdAr6QZMESwKhzl6-BM0UXyYOqNvLJ0Y6PkFqF89_g/viewform

CONTACT INFORMATION 

For questions about courses and credits, families should contact their child’s guidance counselor For questions about the courses, please email the summer school teacher 

For general inquiries about the program, please contact Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki gromackim@arps.org For Summer ELL courses, please contact Ashleigh Sayer sayera@arps.org

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Portuguese Parent-Child Book Club

We are organizing our 2021 Portuguese Parent-Child Book Club! A Workshop session will be held in June. Can we count on your participation?!Q U E S T I O N S ? E M A I L  Borgesdemacedod@arps.org

Estamos organizando o nosso Clube do Livro 2021 para Adultos e crianças emPortuguês! Uma sessão de apresentação será oferecida em Junho. Podemoscontar com sua participação?Clube do livroPORTUGUÊS Adultos e crianças V A M O S L E R J U N T O S !D Ú V I D A S ? E M A I L B O R G E S D E M A C E D O D @ A R P S . O R G

To view the Flyer : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_kYLNJKZ36rJLjQ1AJc3Gxg91Lbmz9nS/view?usp=sharing

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Mark Your Calendars

June 18: Juneteenth Holiday Observed- No School

June 19: Juneteenth Holiday

June 23-25- Final Exam Period; Half-Days

June 25: Last day of school; Staff Appreciation Breakfast

July 2: Last Day to Register for Summer School

July 6: Summer School Begins

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Jones Library Services During their Phased Reopening

Effective Monday, June 14th, the Jones Library building will reopen to the public! Our initial hours will be Monday through Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.

The Munson Library and North Amherst Library will continue to offer outdoor holds pick-up only.

During Your Visit…

  • Please wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Please maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others
  • Please limit your visit to 30 minutes
  • Please observe posted room capacity limits

Available Services

  • Browse our collections
  • Borrow items
  • Pick up holds
  • Get a library card
  • Use a computer
  • Copying, scanning, and printing
  • ESL tutoring
  • Visit our Special Collections Department by appointment only

See also: What to expect in our Kids Room

Services Not Yet Available

  • Seating
  • Newspapers
  • In-person programs
  • Meeting room use
  • Technology assistance

Our phased reopening plan (PDF) is carefully crafted to prioritize the safety and well-being of both staff and patrons. Our goal is to gradually restore library services while ensuring the health of our community. This cautious approach will help us meet stringent health and safety procedures as we reopen the library building. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

We look forward to seeing you at the Jones Library!

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Pelham Players

Looking to do some theater nearby this summer?  Join the Pelham Players! Actors ages 9-18 are welcome in this free program, and kids of all experience levels are encouraged to join. Join us at our outdoor, distanced planning meeting this coming Saturday (6/12) at noon at the Pelham Library to register and find a role. Rehearsals will start July 5th and continue most evenings and weekend afternoons through performances on July 23rd and 24th. Questions? Can’t make the planning session, but want to join? Contact Solomon, the director, at Solomon_Goldstein-Rose@alumni.brown.edu.Not School Sponsored

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Amherst Juneteenth Community Celebration

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday. The Town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District, will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event spread over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and far, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.

Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment.   

Juneteenth Amherst Event 2021 Snapshot: Saturday, June 19th 

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00 am at the West Cemetery in Amherst Center

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00 am at the Bangs Center Courtyard (70 Boltwood Walk)

Community Jubilee 1:00 pm on the Amherst Town Common with food and entertainment 

Sunset Reception 6:00 pm at The Mill District in North Amherst featuring an artist collective and fashion show

All locations for this event will follow any relevant COVID-19 protocols and guidance as provided by the State of Massachusetts

Questions? 

Contact Jennifer Moyston at (413) 259-3002 or via email at moystonj@amherstma.gov

All are welcome to this event and we look forward to celebrating with you on Juneteenth 2021

Sincerely, 

The Civil War Tablets Committee        

The Mill District         

The Town of Amherst

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AEF Mini Golf Fundraiser!

The Amherst Education Foundation is hosting its first ever Mini-Golf Fundraiser! Join us for a fun event that will also have raffles, trivia and refreshments.

  •  June 27th, 2021
  • All proceeds will go towards funding valuable education grants to public schools in Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury.
  • Register at https://bit.ly/AEFminigolf
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AEF’s Spring Stars in our School

Is there a teacher or staff member that has made a difference in your child’s life this year? Or do you know someone who is graduating and you would like to say Thank You! to those who helped them along the way? Donate to AEF’s Spring Stars in our Schools Campaign in honor of a teacher or staff member and we will send them a note of gratitude on your behalf thanking them for all their hard work and dedication. Visit https://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/stars and make your gift today

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ARHS Presents The Sound of Music this Weekend

It’s here!  ARHS presents The Sound of Music – a fully-outdoor live musical theater production, just in time to celebrate the end of the school year.

Come check out the work of scores of actors, techies, and musicians that have built this wonderful show from the ground up.  With nearly 100 student involved, chances are there’s someone you know in the show. 


Due to the threat of rain this Thursday, we’re postponing the opening night and moving this show to Sunday evening instead.  Thursday ticket holders will receive an email with details, and all Thursday tickets will be honored for Sunday’s show.  Friday and Saturday performances are still on as planned.


Don’t have a ticket yet?  Get them here at bit.ly/arhssomtix or see Mr. Bechtold in person.  If we are sold out, consider adding your name to the waitlist – we expect to let some folks in from the waitlist each night.

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Staff Appreciation Breakfast 6/25

We know it’s been a long and tough year for students as well as a difficult year for staff and teachers. We would like to show our ARHS  staff how much we value them with an end-of-year teacher appreciation breakfast.  The PGO is seeking donations- large or small to help fund this annual event. Checks can be mailed to ARHS PGO C/O Ellen Lindsey Treasurer 288 Shays Street, Amherst, MA 01002 or you can Venmo our treasurer @Ellen-Lindsey. We are also looking for volunteers to help the day of the event. To sign up to help, please visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4BAAAB283-staff

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Senior Class Elementary School Visit and Car Parade June 8

All seniors are invited to participate in a car parade to celebrate YOU – the Class of 2021 Amherst Regional High School, on Tuesday June 8th at 4PM. Drive yourself, go with your friends or with your family – we want you all to be part of this town wide celebration of all you have accomplished!

Students will be able to visit their Elementary Schools prior to the car parade for an outdoor recognition visit, meeting at designated parking areas at 2:20 PM to begin walking around the school at 2:25 PM.  The visit must end at 2:35 PM due to end of day dismissal.  Students are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns!

Important notes: 

  • Students must maintain 6 feet from all Elementary students and staff.
  • We are looking for 2 parent volunteers to facilitate this event at Fort River and Pelham Elementary. To volunteer, please email beckydemling@yahoo.com; Chaperones will be asked to help students park in the appropriate location (most important!!) and to walk behind the students making sure they stay on the sidewalk and not engage with physical contact with students or staff.
  • Due to parking restrictions, visiting seniors must park at the following locations:

Pelham: Library parking lot

Fort River: East Street School lot

Crocker Farm: lower lots closest to West Street

Wildwood: Park at ARHS and walk over through the ARMS Parking Lot/ Field.

Leverett: Staff Lot; meet at front door

Shutesbury: Main Lot; Assemble at the track

Parade participants are then invited to decorate their cars around 3PM at the ARHS parking lot.   We will have lots of materials to decorate the vehicles with  (streamers, window markers, balloons and more).

The Parade will have a police escort. It begins at the ARHS Parking lot, turns left onto Triangle street, right onto Main Street and right onto North Pleasant Street before dispersing at the rotary at Kendrick Park. Community members have been invited to cheer you on along the parade route.

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Outdoor Movie Night for Seniors 6/9

Class of 2021 Parent Volunteers are working to host an outdoor movie for Seniors on Wednesday, June 9th at 8PM. Bring a chair or a blanket, some school friendly snacks and drinks and your friends and celebrate your last night as High School Students together!

The PGO needs 5 night of volunteers to help make this happen. If you are able to help, please email heatherhalalord@gmail.com. A huge shout out to Mr. Bechtold for help making this a possibility!

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Graduation Tickets and Streaming Link

ARHS will hold its graduation at the Look Park  Pines Theatre on Thursday, June 10th at 4PM.  Each student will receive an envelope with 8 tickets at the ice cream social on Friday, June 4th.  If your student needs a ride to Look Park from ARHS for rehearsal please let Ms.Terry Ominsky know at ominskyt@arps.org. ARHS will be running a bus that morning at 10:30. 

Friends and families should plan to arrive at Look Park at 3:00pm. All people inside of the Pines Theater will be required to wear a mask and bring their own seating.  This is a grassy concert arena so families should be prepared with lawn chairs or blankets.

ARPS will also stream graduation to two of the pavilions in Look Park. If you would like additional tickets (beyond 8) or if you have friends or relatives that are uncomfortable with the larger crowd in the Pines Theatre you are welcome to invite them to watch it streamed with smaller groups at the pavilions.  If you would like a few pavilion tickets please contact Ms. Terry Ominsky at ominskyt@arps.org.  

ARPS will still be streaming the event for family and friends to watch remotely (anywhere in the world).  It will be streamed on the ARPS YouTube Channel

Once graduation is over (approximately 5:30pm) we will transition to a non-school sponsored dinner and after party.  The after party will include dancing in the Pines Theatre and games out of the Pines Theater in the adjacent pavilion and fields. You student is welcome to invite a guest to the dance party/games but we will not be able to feed your guest dinner.  This party will run until the park closes at 8:30pm. 

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Teacher Collaborative -Free College Courses this Summer

The Teacher Collaborative is offering FREE College Course Credits! Courses focus on social justice & combating inequality- there is a Humanities course AND a math course available! Each course offers 2 credits from UMASS Boston. Interested? Fill out this form! 

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Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting

The Next Amherst Hurricanes Athletics Boosters Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 6pm via zoom- the link is below.This will be the last, large meeting of the 2020-2021 school year.

IF NOTHING ELSE, please mark your calendars, and save the date for the 11th Annual Hurricane Open at the Amherst Golf Club! You can contact any of the committee members for more details, including donations: Chris Pariseau, Angela Mills, Jordie Kern, Mary Klaes, Kristin Worgess, or Stephanie Hockman More information will be forthcoming on our website: www.hurricanesboosters.com 

ALSO, the Homecoming Date will be forthcoming at the meeting. WE ARE LOOKING FOR students who want to help make their HOMECOMING special. Agenda for June 8th includes updates on the work being done by the various committees, includig the announcement of the Booster Scholarship Winners. If you’re a parent/guardian, student-athlete, coach, alumni of ARHS, staff of ARPS, athletic enthusiast, or any other type of Canes supporter, you’re welcome to join us! Go Canes! 

ZOOM INFORMATION:Topic: Amherst Hurricane’s Booster Meeting 

Time: Jun 8, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82364425182?

pwd=bERySS83UFNlenRpOUM5SS9pTVN1UT09Meeting ID: 823 6442 5182
Passcode: 201242

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Latest Edition of the Minx

The long-awaited, delayed by remote learning issue of the ARHS literary magazine – The Minks – is now available online! Thanks to the writers and visual artists who submitted pieces for this issue.

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Summer Job Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors

Are you a Junior or Senior looking for fun, flexible summer work? During lunch blocks on Thursday and Friday, members of the Town of Amherst’s Public Health Department, who collaborate with our police department, will be recruiting students for their summer Ambassador program. Students can work between 6-19 hours a week for helping out at events, such as the Farmer’s Market and public health clinics. Interested? Keep your eye out for an information table this Thursday and Friday during the lunch blocks.”

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Summer School through Amherst Regional High School

These offerings are in person.

GENERAL INFORMATION 

DATES: Classes run Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday, July 6th until Friday, July 30th

Last day to register: July 2

Offerings and Other Info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iLYE8HPJiog0fclEY0qV43gkmQyhQEyO/view

HOW TO REGISTER: ● Complete Summer Registration Form Summer School Registration Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccnOnucdAr6QZMESwKhzl6-BM0UXyYOqNvLJ0Y6PkFqF89_g/viewform

CONTACT INFORMATION 

For questions about courses and credits, families should contact their child’s guidance counselor For questions about the courses, please email the summer school teacher 

For general inquiries about the program, please contact Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki gromackim@arps.org For Summer ELL courses, please contact Ashleigh Sayer sayera@arps.org

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Mark Your Calendars

June 4-6: ARHS Theater Company Presents the Sound of Music

June 4: Last Day for Seniors; Ice Cream Social for Seniors

June 7: Senior Class Awards Ceremony 6:30 PM

June 8: Senior Elementary School Visits 2:20 PM; Car Parade 4PM

June 8: Amherst Hurricane Boosters Meeting 6PM

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

June 9: Class of 2021 Outdoor Movie* tentative

June 10: Early Release; Graduation @ Look Park

June 14: Graduation Raindate #1

June 15: Graduation Raindate #2

June 18: Juneteenth Holiday Observed- No School

June 19: Juneteenth Holiday

June 23-25- Final Exam Period; Half-Days

June 25: Last day of school; Staff Appreciation Breakfast

July 2: Last Day to Register for Summer School

July 6: Summer School Begins

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AEF’s Spring Stars in our School

Is there a teacher or staff member that has made a difference in your child’s life this year? Or do you know someone who is graduating and you would like to say Thank You! to those who helped them along the way? Donate to AEF’s Spring Stars in our Schools Campaign in honor of a teacher or staff member and we will send them a note of gratitude on your behalf thanking them for all their hard work and dedication. Visit https://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/stars and make your gift today

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AEF Mini Golf Fundraiser!

The Amherst Education Foundation is hosting its first ever Mini-Golf Fundraiser! Join us for a fun event that will also have raffles, trivia and refreshments.

  •  June 27th, 2021
  • All proceeds will go towards funding valuable education grants to public schools in Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury.
  • Register at https://bit.ly/AEFminigolf
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Amherst Juneteenth Community Celebration

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday. The Town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District, will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event spread over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and far, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.

June 19th or Juneteenth celebrates the day Major General Gordan Granger led US troops into Galveston in 1865 to take over Texas, one of the final hold out states to admit defeat during the Civil War, enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and formally marked the day that all slaves in the United States were freed. 

Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment.   

In 1893 the regional chapter of the GAR- Grand Army of the Republic Veterans Association- commissioned tablets to recognize soldiers from the Amherst region who served in the Union forces, including African Americans from the 54th Regiment and 5th Cavalry. Amherst resident, Dudley Bridges Sr., spent the last years of his life advocating and fundraising to honor these handcrafted memorials with prominent and befitting placement within the community. We are pleased to announce that these handcrafted memorials, which have been hidden from public view for decades, will make a long awaited debut in an exhibit as part of the day’s celebration.

We are honored to be joined by distinguished guest speakers and presenters, including William Harris, President and CEO of Space Center Houston, nephew of Dudley Bridges Sr., grandson of both Christopher Thompson and Gilbert “Gill” Roberts of Amherst, as Master of Ceremony, and grateful for the outpouring of community support that will enable this event to empower our youth, inspire our peers, and serve as record for future generations.

Juneteenth Amherst Event 2021 Snapshot: Saturday, June 19th 

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00 am at the West Cemetery in Amherst Center

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00 am at the Bangs Center Courtyard (70 Boltwood Walk)

Community Jubilee 1:00 pm on the Amherst Town Common with food and entertainment 

Sunset Reception 6:00 pm at The Mill District in North Amherst featuring an artist collective and fashion show

All locations for this event will follow any relevant COVID-19 protocols and guidance as provided by the State of Massachusetts

Questions? 

Contact Jennifer Moyston at (413) 259-3002 or via email at moystonj@amherstma.gov

All are welcome to this event and we look forward to celebrating with you on Juneteenth 2021

Sincerely, 

The Civil War Tablets Committee        

The Mill District         

The Town of Amherst

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Graduation Help Needed

ARHS is looking for volunteers to help serve lunch, dinner and chaperone the after party on the grounds of Look Park on June 10th. Please consider paying it forward and help make this a special day for the Class of 2021. All festivities end at 8:30 PM

If you are abe to help at any point during the day, please fill out this form asap.

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Important Info for Seniors

Hello all-

You have reached the homestretch!  I am writing today with some exciting updates.  On Saturday, May 29th Northampton will lift all emergency Covid restrictions.  Here is the press release.  This means that we will be holding graduation in the Pines Theatre with your families and friends in attendance rather than out at the pavilions. Each student will receive an envelope with 8 tickets for the Pines Theatre (you will receive these tickets at the ice cream social on Friday, June 4th).  If you need a ride to Look Park from ARHS for rehearsal please let Ms.Terry Ominsky know at ominskyt@arps.org. We will be running a bus that morning at 10:30. Friends and families should plan to arrive at Look Park at 3:00pm. All people inside of the Pines Theater will be required to wear a mask and bring their own seating.  This is a grassy concert arena so families should be prepared with lawn chairs or blankets. We will still be streaming the event for family and friends to watch remotely (anywhere in the world).  It will be streamed on the ARPS YouTube Channel.  We will also stream graduation to two of the pavilions in Look Park. If you would like additional tickets (beyond 8) you may invite family members to the park to watch your graduation from one of those pavilions. If you have friends or relatives that are uncomfortable with the larger crowd in the Pines Theatre you are also welcome to invite them to watch it streamed with smaller groups at the pavilions.  If you would like a few pavilion tickets please contact Ms. Terry Ominsky at ominskyt@arps.org.  

Once graduation is over (approximately 5:30pm) we will transition to a non-school sponsored dinner and after party.  The after party will include dancing in the Pines Theatre and games out of the Pines Theater in the adjacent pavilion and fields. You are welcome to invite a guest to the dance party/games but we will not be able to feed your guest dinner.  This party will run until the park closes at 8:30pm.  If you have a friend or relative that is willing to volunteer to help with lunch, dinner or the after party please have them fill out this form by Monday, May 31st.  

Attached you will find a schedule of events for the next two weeks.  Find the link here.  This schedule includes the exam schedule, the last day of school, virtual senior awards ceremony, elementary school visits, car parade and graduation day information.  

Also, complete the “Class of 2021 Final Senior Survey” in Naviance. Regardless of your path after graduation, you must complete this survey. If you need assistance, please contact Ms. Cuffee-Gray, or Ms. Garrity.

The Class of 2021 survey is mandatory for all seniors. This is an obligation (parents/guardians are able to complete if necessary).

  1. Log into Naviance
  2. Go to About Me
  3. Go to My Surveys
  4. Go to Surveys Not Started
  5. Go To Class of 2021 Final Senior Survey

Here is a video with Ms. Cuffee-Gray’s melodious voice to guide you. 

Also, if you need more assistance, or just want to check in to say, “hello!” Please use this link.

Best,

Sam Camera

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Attn: Juniors

Teacher Recommendations – TAKE THE PLUNGE. Make sure you check your email and follow the instructions for requesting teacher recommendations THIS week. Don’t fret. Teacher Recommendations are JUST ONE PIECE OF THE ADMISSIONS PIE.

Did you have your Life After ARHS Meeting with Ms. Cuffee-Gray. Painless, right? Dare I say fun? Get three friends who haven’t scheduled their meeting and get the snack (2.00 or less) of your choice. Help make sure your buddies enter into senior year doing the thinking about Life After ARHS! Students will need to say that you referred them when they sign up.

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ARHS Theater Company Presents The Sound of Music June 3-5

Join the ARHS Theater Company for their fifth and final production of this wild school year – a fully-outdoor production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music June 3-5.  Staged outside at ARHS, this all-ages show has been produced from the efforts of nearly 100 ARHS students this spring, from our cast to our tech crew and pit orchestra.  Join us – and remember what it’s like to attend a big live event while doing so in a safe and COVID-mindful environment! 

Tickets are available online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arhs-presents-the-sound-of-music-outdoors-tickets-156126866661 – don’t delay!  We are limiting sales to 200 tickets a night and expect to sell out most, if not all shows.  ARHS community: $10; free/reduced lunch: $5.  If you can’t easily purchase a ticket online, see Mr. Bechtold, Ms. Pritchard, or Ms. Stocker to set you up.

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Attn: Students Taking Classes at Amherst College Next School Year

This message is for any ARHS student who plans on taking a class at Amherst College during the 2021-2022 school year. Amherst College is requiring that all ARHS students who want to take a class at Amherst College be fully vaccinated. Those students/families will need to email (or postal mail) proof of vaccination to healthservice@amherst.edu. Anyone without the proper documentation will not be registered for the class they want to take or be cleared to go onto the Amherst College campus. If you have any questions about this, you should call the Amherst College Health Center at 413-542-2267.

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Summer School through Amherst Regional High School

These offerings are in person.

GENERAL INFORMATION 

DATES: Classes run Monday-Friday beginning Monday, July 5th until Friday, July 30th

Last day to register: July 2

Offerings and Other Info: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iLYE8HPJiog0fclEY0qV43gkmQyhQEyO/view

HOW TO REGISTER: ● Complete Summer Registration Form Summer School Registration Form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSccnOnucdAr6QZMESwKhzl6-BM0UXyYOqNvLJ0Y6PkFqF89_g/viewform

CONTACT INFORMATION 

For questions about courses and credits, families should contact their child’s guidance counselor For questions about the courses, please email the summer school teacher 

For general inquiries about the program, please contact Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki gromackim@arps.org For Summer ELL courses, please contact Ashleigh Sayer sayera@arps.org

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AR[T]HS 2021

If you haven’t had the chance make sure to check out AR[T]HS 2021, the annual Amherst Regional High School exhibit of superlative student artwork. Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14OU6GiJm2C8aDBuLwp0AQPRFPOg8dRXlaXIuioQBD8E/edit?usp=sharing

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Staff Appreciation Breakfast 6/25

We know it’s been a long and tough year for students as well as a difficult year for staff and teachers. We would like to show our ARHS  staff how much we value them with an end-of-year teacher appreciation breakfast.  The PGO is seeking donations- large or small to help fund this annual event. Checks can be mailed to ARHS PGO C/O Ellen Lindsey Treasurer 288 Shays Street, Amherst, MA 01002 or you can Venmo our treasurer @Ellen-Lindsey.

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Mark Your Calendars

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 1 : Math MCAS Administered

June 1-3: Senior Exam Period

June 2 : Math MCAS Administered

June 3-5: ARHS Theater Company Presents the Sound of Music

June 4: Last Day for Seniors; Ice Cream Social for Seniors

June 7: Senior Class Awards Ceremony 6:30 PM

June 8: Senior Elementary School Visits 2:15 PM; Car Parade 4PM

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

June 10: Early Release; Graduation @ Look Park

June 14: Graduation Raindate #1

June 15: Graduation Raindate #2

June 18: Juneteenth Holiday Observed- No School

June 19: Juneteenth Holiday

June 21-23- Final Exam Period

June 25: Last day of school; Staff Appreciation Breakfast

July 2: Last Day to Register for Summer School

July 5: Summer School Begins

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Town Hall and Other Buildings Will Reopen June 1st

The Town of Amherst is pleased to announce the reopening of your Town Hall and other municipal buildings to the public on Tuesday, June 1st in alignment with guidance from the State of Massachusetts. Amherst Town Hall will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM starting on June 1st.  

To read more on other Public building re-openings: https://www.amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2905

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