The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools are in the process of seeking a permanent Superintendent of Schools to serve our communities. To support this process, the districts have contracted with Ray and Associates, Inc. to conduct the search. A consultant for Ray and Associates, Dr. Michael Rush, met with the School Committee this past Tuesday to recommend a timeline and process for selecting the new Superintendent and the Committee voted to accept the timeline.
Dr. Rush will return to our district on Monday, January 23 and Tuesday, January 24 in order to conduct focus group sessions. These group sessions will represent a broad range of constituencies within the school district and the larger community and are intended to gather more specific information about the strengths and challenges within our community.
Parents and guardians are invited to meet with Dr. Rush on Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. The meeting with Dr. Rush will last one hour. Please be sure to attend and offer your thoughts about what qualities, skills, and experience the School Committees should consider as they seek a permanent Superintendent of Schools.
Emails went out to Juniors via their school email if they have met the eligibility requirement to apply for membership in the National Honor Society. They are invited to submit an application to be a 2016-17 ARHS NHS Member. The ARHS Robert Frost Chapter of this organization recognizes students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher and demonstrate excellence in the areas of leadership, character, and service.
The email they received contains a classroom code to join the ARHS NHS Google Classroom. If they would like to apply for membership to the NHS for this school year, all the information can be found in this classroom.
NHS meetings are the first Thursday of each month in Room 117 @ 3 p.m. sharp.
We are excited to provide an update on the ARHS gymnasium renovation project. The architectural firm Kuhn Riddle will have the design work for the project done by the end of January with construction anticipated to begin in March. The construction phase of the project will be completed by August 15th in time for all of our Fall athletic programs and the 2017-18 school year. The scope of the project will include the following:
- Removal and replacement of the existing gym floor
- Removal of the wooden bleachers to be replaced with new ADA compliant composite bleachers
- Painting the ceiling and walls white with Hurricane logos (location TBD)
- Removal of the non-functioning mechanical doors to be replaced with drop down netting
- Reconfigure the volleyball court to allow for two practice nets
We appreciate everyones patience with this project as it has put a strain on our physical education students and teachers as well as our athletic teams this year. In the end we will have a fully renovated gymnasium that has not seen significant updates since its construction in 1959. This is an exciting chapter in ARHS Athletics and we can’t wait to see our student athletes utilizing this space next year!
Jan 21st- SATs Administered at Northampton High School; All-State Auditions
Jan. 23rd – Teacher Curriculum Day- No School
Jan. 23rd – Meeting Time with Superintendent Search Consultant, 6pm in ARHS Library
Jan 24th – Quarter 3 and Semester 2 Classes Begin
Feb 3rd – Semester 1 Grades Distributed
Feb 6th- Registration Deadline for AP Exams
Feb 8th – Early Release Day
Feb 9th- Coffee with the Assistant Principal
Feb 15th- Combined Concert
Feb 20th- 24th- School Vacation Week- No School
We are looking for several creative people to join our Multi-Arts staff to work with children ages 4-12
Counselors in Training (CIT) Supervised work for teens who want to gain experience as an Assistant Counselor.
The district has planned a professional development workshop for administrative support staff (secretaries) on January 23, which is the next Curriculum/Work day. The training will take place at the Middle School from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. All high school offices will be closed during that time so that staff can attend.
The Annual Amherst Winterfest will be held on Feb. 11, 2017. The festival will be held at Cherry Hill Golf Course, 323 Montague Road.
The festival begins at 1 p.m. and ends after the 6 p.m. fireworks.
There’s the annual cardboard classic sled race with prizes for best design, as well as the best in snow dog show.