Principal Jackson’s Podcast: 2019 Budget Letter

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How Weather Can Affect Road Conditions Differently from Town to Town

from Dr. Michael Morris:

Dear ARPS Families and Staff:
As you may be aware, the road conditions across the four towns that comprise ARPS are often quite different.  Today has been a good example of a time when the driving conditions vary significantly across our towns.

This note is just a reminder that our elementary and secondary districts may not always share the same weather-related delays.  For instance, it is possible that the Middle School/High School/Summit Academy may have a two-hour delay on the same day that no delay occurs for the elementary schools in Amherst and Pelham.  

News channels may have a difficult time reporting this type of situation.  Clear information on weather-related delays is always updated at our cancellation line at 413-362-1898 and on our website at

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ARHS Senior Exam Exemption 2018

The senior exam exemption is designed to encourage students to stay academically focused during their last semester at ARHS.  Students who meet the criteria below will be exempted from taking final exams during the spring semester.  The exemption does not pertain to final projects, papers or other assessments. The eligibility criteria for senior exam exemption will also be modified in accordance with any specific IEP or 504 stipulations.

To be exempt from final exams, ALL of the following must apply:

  1.       The student must have an average of B minus (or higher) for second semester in the designated class as of Friday, May 18, 2018.
  2.       The student must not accrue more than six (6) absences in the designated class between Monday, February 26 and Friday, May 18, 2018.
  • Absences that DO NOT count towards this total are absences that come at the request of the school.  These are limited to: participation in AP exams, MCAS testing, school-sponsored foreign exchange trips, school-sponsored field trips, and participation in school-sponsored athletic events.
  • All other absences count towards the limit of 6.  If more than 6 days are missed—regardless of the reason—the student will not be eligible for the exemption.
  1.       The student must have NO unexcused absences between Monday, February 26 and Friday, May 18, 2018.  An unexcused absence in one class will disqualify the student from the exam exemption in all classes.
  • For an absence to be considered excused, a parent or guardian must call the school (362-1718) on the same day as the absence or submit a note to the main office within 48 hours of the student’s return to school.
  • Late notes or phone calls will not be accepted.  Please do not expect a note submitted in May to excuse absences   in March or April.  There are no exceptions to this rule.
  1.       The student must not accrue more than four (4) tardies in the designated class between Monday, February 26 and Friday, May 18, 2018.

Please note:

  •     To avoid any last-minute surprises, students are encouraged to use the PowerSchool portal to monitor their attendance throughout the semester.
  •     Exam exemption is optional for seniors.  If a student meets the above criteria for eligibility, he or she is still allowed to take the final exam if it is advantageous to do so.
  •     The grade calculated on Friday, May 18 is NOT a final grade.  It simply determines eligibility for this exemption.  A student’s grade may drop below a B minus after this date.
  •     Disciplinary infractions may affect a student’s eligibility for this exemption.
  •     Seniors are required to attend all classes through June 1, 2018.
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Basic Rights in Special Education.  

Monday March 12, 2018 @ 5:00 PM, ARHS Library.  Please mark your calendars and join us for this informative workshop for parents and professionals.

RSVP to or call (413) 687-4255.

Basic Rights in Special Education – English
Basic Rights in Special Education – Spanish

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Mark Your Calendars


February 19 – 23 – Winter Break

February 28 – Early Release Day

March 7-10 – ARHS Musical- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

March 9 – Teacher Curriculum Day- No School

March 10 – March 13- Boys Ultimate Tryouts

March 13 – Last Day to Register for Spring Sports; Sports Info Night  6:30 pm

March 13 – National Latin Exam at ARHS

March 14 – Early Release Day

March 15 – All Choruses Concert 7 PM

March 19 – Spring Sports Begin

March 27 – MCAS ELA Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

March 28 – MCAS ELA Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

March 29 – MCAS ELA Testing; 2 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

March 30 – Good Friday- No School

April 4 – Early Release

April 9 – P2 Grades Distributed

April 16 – 20 – Spring Recess- No school

May 23 – MCAS Math Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

May 24 – MCAS Math Testing; 3 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

June 6 – MCAS Sci/ Tech Testing; 2 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

June 7 – MCAS Sci/ Tech Testing; 2 Hr. Delay for Non- Test Takers

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Seniors! You May Be Eligible to Vote in an Upcoming Local Election

unknown.jpgIf you will be 18 on or by March 27 you can vote, IF you have registered. The registration deadline is March 7

Visit to register online. The process is simple if you have a RMV driver’s license. You are still able to register without a license by visiting Town Hall or by using this form:

More details about voting are available at

Registering to Vote
You may submit an application to register or pre-register to vote in Massachusetts if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States; and
  • You are 16 years old; and
  • You are not currently incarcerated by reason of a felony conviction.

If you meet the above requirements, you may apply online, by mail, or in-person. 

Registering online: 
In order to register to vote online, you must have a signature on file with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you currently have a Massachusetts driver’s license or state ID card, you may use the online voter registration application to register, update your address, or change your party affiliation. Voter registration forms submitted online must be submitted by midnight on the date of the voter registration deadline.

Registering by mail:
If you do not qualify to register to vote online, or if you would prefer to register by mail, you may download the voter registration form by using the link provided in the box to the right. The form must be completed, signed, and delivered to your local election official. Voter registration forms submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the voter registration deadline.

Registering in-person:
If you would like to register in-person, you may do so at any local election office, as well as the Elections Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. Voter registration is also available as part of every transaction at the Registry of Motor Vehicles and at certain public assistance agencies. Voter registration forms completed in-person are valid as of the day that they are signed.

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AEF Celebrates Champions for Our Schools on March 17

new champ_eventbriteJoin Amherst Education Foundation for an evening of celebration, fun, and food as we honor the 9 principals from the Amherst Regional Public School District and Union 28 School District along with our community champion Florence Bank.
Our principal honorees are: Mark Jackson, Patty Bode, Diane Chamberlain, Derek Shea, Lisa Desjarlais, David Slovin, Margot Lacey, Jackie Mendonsa, and Nick Yaffe.
The celebration will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2018 in the UMass Student Union Ballroom. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar followed by dinner and entertainment, including music and trivia. Tickets are $50 each or reserve an entire table in a prime location for you and 9 friends for an additional $10 per person.
Proceeds support annual AEF-funded grants provided to educators in our public schools.
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