Welcome to the academic year 2018-2019, and the return of the ARHS PGO Parent News! Our newsletter will arrive in your inbox every Friday morning, packed with valuable information about events, deadlines, schedules, community events, sports news, opportunities etc…

If this is your first issue, we welcome you and hope you find the newsletter helpful. If you are the parent of a recent graduate and would like to unsubscribe, there is a link at the bottom of this email. If you were forwarded this email and wish to subscribe, click here.  https://arhsparentcenter.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=b2b66ca8521c3307ea8f3499b&id=8a3d18f86b

Contact us anytime using the link in the right hand column if you have something you would like to submit or a question to ask. We encourage your input. Our best to everyone navigating the transition back to school, see you online!

Your editors,

Becky, Jennifer, and Mare

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First Day of School

The first day of school​ for all students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, August 29​. The day’s schedule is below:
1. 9​th​ grade students​ will report directly to their advisories​ at 7:45 am.
2. New students​(grades 10 – 12) will report to the library​ at 7:45 am.
3. 10​th​, 11​th and 12​th grade students will arrive to school by 10:00 (buses will make a 2nd morning run) and report directly to their advisories​.
On the first day of school, all seven class periods will meet for a short time.

2018/2019 School Year Schedule
– There will be no school on the day before Thanksgiving.
-Winter break will begin with an early release day on Friday, December 21, 2018. School will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
-The projected last day of school, including five snow days, is June 21, 2018. One weekday is deducted for each snow day not used, with the earliest possible last day of school being June 13, 2019.

Please note that schools are required to provide 180 days of instruction. While the five snow days built into the calendar are typically adequate to cover closures, any days schools must be closed beyond that must be made-up per Massachusetts Department of Education regulations. Whenever possible, such days are added to the end of the school year.

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Summit Academy Relocation Frequently Asked Questions

I Important Ideas:
A. Are Summit Academy and ARHS one school or two separate schools within the
same building? ​

An important relocation goal is for Summit Academy to maintain its
identity as a separate school. There will be many opportunities for the two schools to
interact and collaborate. But the overriding priority is for the two schools to operate
II Important Information
A. Within the ARHS building, where will Summit Academy be located? ​

Summit Academy will be located along the hallway that contains the ARHS gym. There are six classrooms along this hallway that are now exclusively designated for Summit Academy use. See the following map for details.
B. Who is the principal of Summit Academy? ​

Mr. Slovin remains the Summit Academy principal. Mr. Jackson is the principal only of ARHS.
C. How will the community access Summit Academy?​

The Summit Academy main entrance is on the West side of the ARHS building. The door closest to the Summit Academy sign leads to the Summit Academy main office See the following map for details. Visitor parking spaces will be designated. Summit Academy guests and families do not need to come first to the ARHS main office.
D. What is the phone number for the Summit Academy main office?​ 413-362-1729.
E. Does Summit Academy have same schedule and bell system as ARHS?

​Summit Academy will be on a separate schedule. ARHS passing bells will not sound in the Summit Academy section of the building. ARHS PA announcements will not be broadcast within Summit Academy. Fire alarms, however, will sound throughout both schools.
III Important Routines
A. How will Summit Academy students enter and exit from school?
Students will enter the building through the Summit Academy main entrance, which is on the West side of the building. Students will exit Summit Academy through the Summit exterior doors, not through the ARHS.
B. Are Summit Academy students transported separately from ARHS students?
Students will maintain the same routines as in the past and be transported on the same buses as ARHS students. The only change is that Summit Academy students will be dropped off nearer to the Summit Academy entrance.

C. Do Summit Academy students eat lunch in HS cafeteria?
Summit Academy will have its own lunch room and not eat in HS cafeteria.

D. Are students of Summit Academy assigned to a high school guidance counselor and have access to the ARHS college counselor? ​

​Summit Academy students will retain their current counselors. But they will have access to the ARHS college counselor.

E. What is the decision making process for a Summit Academy student to take a class at ARHS?​

The IEP team reconvenes and considers if there are any changes appropriate to be made to the IEP that would include transition to the high school.

F. Do Summit Academy students participate in ARHS extracurricular activities ex. Sports clubs?​

Summit Academy students have always participated in extracurricular activities including sports and afterschool clubs. They will continue do so.

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1st Day Celebration: Welcome Back to School

firstday2018Join friends & school staff at the community’s Welcome Back to School Party on August 28th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM on the Amherst Town Common. Enjoy fun activities like art, games, food, music and more!

This event is FREE and all are invited and is brought to you by the Amherst Regional Public Schools.

Rain location: 21 Mattoon Street in the ARHS Cafeteria

For more information, please contact Yahdira Torres at torresy@arps.org

Click here for flyer in English and Spanish

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ARHS Chromebook Distribution

​​​​​​​We are pleased to announce that the Amherst Regional Public Schools will provide a Chromebook to all ARHS students in grades 9-11.

Chromebooks will be distributed to parents/guardians on:

  • Thursday, August 23rd from 9:00 – 1:00;  and,
  • Friday, August 24th  from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

-We will only distribute Chromebooks to parents and guardians, who will be required to sign a user agreement.

-Students, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian,  may not pick up Chromebooks.

​​​​- For those who cannot make it on August 23rd and 24th, an additional ChromeBook distribution session will be offered August 28th from 5-7 pm.

All three distribution sessions will be held at ARHS. ​​​​​​​

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2018-2019 Bus Routes

school busARHS (and ARMS) bus routes/ schedules are now available:

Middle/ High School Bus Routes

Routes for the other schools can be found at:  http://www.arps.org/district/transportation/bus-routes

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Hurricane Open 2018 on Sunday, August 26th

amherst hurricanes logoHurricane Open 2018
SUNDAY, August 26 at 12:30 pm

The Hurricane Open is a great way to enjoy an afternoon of golf and more while helping Amherst High School Athletics. The cost to play is $160/per person $640/ per team. Pre-Register before Aug 20th $135/per player and $540/ per team using the form below. The open is played at one of the area’s finest local courses, Hickory Ridge Golf Club, and includes 18 holes, cart, prizes, lunch and “cook out” dinner to follow. All levels of expertise invited – consider putting together a foursome for the day!

VOLUNTEER! If you are able to help out, please email us at 413hurricanes@gmail.com

For more information, contact Karen Stiles at 413-336-4440.
Great fun! Come join us!

Purchase Tickets at https://hurricaneboosters.com/index.cfm?p=i.33&cid=2

The 9th Annual Hurricane Open will be held at Hickory Ridge Golf Club on SUNDAY, August 26. It promises to be the best year ever! Start forming your teams and sign up online, or email us at 413hurricanes@gmail.com to secure your team’s spot!

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