Community Kickoff Day This Afternoon

Today is Community Kickoff Day at ARHS.  The afternoon will be dedicated to building community and having fun.  The students will be following an Early Release Day schedule and will move into advisories at noon.  Around 1 pm, the whole school will move outside for class photos, music, ice cream provided by the PGO, and various other activities for the remainder of the school day, including the signing of a new banner which will be displayed at the school.
In advisories, students will discuss the new school norms campaign developed by a group of students and staff last year.  The message is: Proud to be ARHS…Supportive, Accountable, Upstanding, Diverse, Inclusive.  Students will review the full text of the poster campaign (which is comprised of student-written examples of each norm in action), watch videos of people who exercise these norms in their lives, and commit to incorporating one of these norms into their daily lives.
You are encouraged to check out the materials used during this advisory by clicking the links below.

Proud to be ARHS

Proud to be Diverse:

1) My friends and I have different beliefs, yet we recognize our differences, discuss them, and move past them.

2) When I moved to this school, I was able to meet new friends from different races and cultures.

Proud to be Inclusive:

1) I saw someone sitting alone at lunch and I asked them to come over and sit with me and my friends.  I introduced them to everyone, included them in the conversation, and said they were welcome to sit with us whenever.

2) I was in charge of an extracurricular activity and I made an effort to include students with a wide variety of interests, abilities, and skills.

3) I came out to my friends and they accepted me without question.

Proud to be Accountable:

1) I hurt someone else because of the things I said.  I apologized to them and will make an effort to be aware of the effect my words can have on other people.

2) I made a joke that went too far.  I noticed that I made someone feel embarrassed so I apologized for offending them.

Proud to be Upstanding:

1) I overheard a conversation during which offensive/hurtful words were spoken.  I stepped in and told them that the words they were using were unacceptable and unkind.

2) I saw someone purposely spill another student’s lunch.  I witnessed another student kindly ask that student to pick up the food and remind them that someone else would have to clean it up if they didn’t.

3) A friend was threatening to hurt himself.  I told his parents even though it could have cost our friendship.

4) I did not agree with a teacher and I wrote to the teacher and expressed my opinion.

Proud to be Supportive:

1) I saw someone struggling to understand the work.  I saw another student explaining and helping them.  This reassured me that whenever I am confused, I can ask for help without feeling embarrassed.

2) I saw a friend who looked like they were having a hard day, so I talked to them and gave them a hug.

3) I see students who may be upset about many different issues, and I see teachers take time to listen and help out.  They treat “different kinds” of students with equal respect and kindness.

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Homecoming Events

The ARHS homecoming will be held on September 30th through October 1st, 2016.  Following is a list of events:

Events for September 30th

  • Sabis International Charter School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School -Girls Fall Junior Varsity Soccer – 4:00 pm Location: Amherst-Pelham Reg High School
  • Sabis International Charter School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Girls Fall Varsity Soccer – 4:00 pm Location: Amherst-Pelham Reg High School
  • Longmeadow High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Girls Fall Junior Varsity Volleyball – 5:00 pm Location: Amherst Regional Middle School
  • Longmeadow High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Girls Fall Varsity Volleyball – 6:00 pm Location: Amherst Regional Middle School
  • Monument Mountain Reg HS @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Boys Fall Varsity Football – 7:00 pm Location: Community Field

Events for October 1st

  • Eaglebrook School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Boys Fall Freshmen Soccer – 3:00 pm Location: Amherst-Pelham Reg High School
  • Belchertown High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Girls Fall Junior Varsity Volleyball – 4:00 pm Location: Amherst Regional Middle School
  • Holyoke High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Boys Fall Junior Varsity Soccer – 4:30 pm Location: Amherst-Pelham Reg High School
  • Northampton High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Girls Fall Junior Varsity Soccer – 4:30 pm Location: Amherst-Pelham Reg High School
  • Belchertown High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Girls Fall Varsity Volleyball – 5:00 pm Location: Amherst Regional Middle School
  • Holyoke High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Boys Fall Varsity Soccer – 6:00 pm Location: Amherst-Pelham Reg High School
  • Northampton High School @ Amherst-Pelham Reg High School – Girls Fall Varsity Soccer – 8:00 pm Location: Amherst-Pelham Reg High School
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Yearbook Orders Due

yearbookIt’s time to order your 2017 ARHS Yearbook. This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Goldbug!” We have lowered the price from $65 to $50! Please place your order by October 28th. There will be only a limited number of extra books available in June. The only way to guarantee a book is to preorder it this fall.

Parents of seniors can wish their students congratulations and good luck by taking out a recognition ad. Order forms will be mailed out this week. Digital forms are available on the ARHS web site.

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Principal Seeks Feedback About Homework

Mark Jackson’s podcast addresses the following issues: Community Kickoff Events on 9/23; student’s nightly homework loads under the semester schedule; and the opioid epidemic.

He notes that the community kickoff events will be held during advisory. The events are a continuation of work begun last year in connection with dialogue day.  After that event, students identified norms that they observed in the school.  They are: supportive, accountable, upstanding, diverse and inclusive.  This year posters with personal account concerning those norms are displayed throughout the school.

Mr. Jackson also focused on homework under the new semester schedule.  He said staff is determining whether the goal of 30 minutes of homework each night is feasible with five classes.  He said staff is exploring the issue of how to adjust the curriculum to make the new course load manageable.  He said this is a work in progress.  It is a priority.  Mr. Jackson is seeking feedback on homework.

He also asked the community to consider what can be done to address the opioid and heroin epidemic in Western Massachusetts.

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ARHS Boys Soccer Bake Sale – Tomorrow

hurricaneslogoThe Amherst High School Boys Soccer Program will host its Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, September 24th (day of the Apple Harvest Festival on the Common) at Ren’s Moble Station in downtown Amherst.

The bake sale will run from 11:00 am to 3 pm.

Please stop by and support ‘Canes Soccer!

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ARHS Open House 10/6/16

ARHS Open House will be on October 6, 2016.  Doors open at 6:30 and the program begins at 6:45 in your student’s Advisory.  Below is the schedule:

6:30 – 8:30 pm  PowerSchool Portal user names and passwords available in the Main Office.

Official ID is required.

6:30 – 6:45 pm   Student Schedules Available By Grade

  •        Grades 9 & 11 outside auditorium       Grades 10 & 12 outside the cafeteria
 Schedule for Classroom Visits
Advisory 6:45 – 6:55
A – Period 7:00– 7:10
B – Period 7:15 – 7:25
C – Period 7:30 – 7:40
Open Period 7:45 – 7:55
D – Period 8:00 – 8:10
E – Period 8:15 – 8:25
F– Period 8:30 – 8:40
G– Period 8:45 – 8:55

Please Note

  • The evening begins with a stop in your child’s advisory. Advisors will explain the nature and purpose of the advisory program.  
  • Guidance counselors are available all evening in the cafeteria.
  • Special Education service providers – Educational Team Leaders, Speech and Language Pathologists and School Psychologists – are available in room 141 after the advisory period to answer questions.
  • If your child has two classes that meet in one period on different days, you may choose which class you would like to attend.
  • If your child has a Directed Study, you may use this time to come to the cafeteria to meet administrators, the athletic director, guidance counselors and the Dean of Students. The library is also open to visitors all evening.
  • The Open Period is an opportunity to visit teachers your child will have during the second semester. Please see the listing of teacher locations during the open period on the reverse of this page. Please keep in mind that, during this period, teachers will only be able to answer questions and not make a complete presentation on all their second semester courses.
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Mark Your Calendar

Sept 26th – Sept 30th: Spirit Week
Sept 30th – Oct 1st: Homecoming
Oct 6th: ARHS Open House
Oct 10th: No school
Oct 19th: Early Release Day, 12:00 pm dismissal
Oct 20th: ARHS PGO Community Conversation with Principal Jackson

Nov 2nd: PSAT Administered at ARHS
Nov 7th: Dance Theatre Ensemble Performance; 7pm
Nov 17th: ARHS PGO Coffee with ARHS College Counselor Myra Ross

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