Annual Black Scholars Rising Showcase

The Annual Black Scholars Rising event will be held on Friday, May 18th from 6:00 to 7:30 in the Middle School Auditorium with a reception to follow in the Middle School Cafeteria. Would you mind including that on your calendars and share it with staff & families?

This year, the BSR Committee is working closely with students and the evening will be a showcase of their skills and talents, as well as presenting stoles to the graduating seniors.

Black Scholars Rising 2018 Flyer

Black Scholars Rising 2018 Flyer – Spanish

Black Scholars Rising 2018 Flyer – Portuguese


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SEPAC Transitions Workshops

Please join the SEPAC for a three part series of informational evening seminars. These presentations will provide students, families and school staff with valuable
information for future planning and will assist in transitioning students from
school to adult life.

All presentations will begin at 6:30 pm and will be held at Amherst Regional High
School. All are welcome to attend these free information sessions.
Please RSVP to or 413-687-4255.

Session 2: May 2nd, 2018 Wednesday: ABCs of Adult Agencies
An opportunity to hear from and to meet with representatives of some of the adult agencies in our state, including the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), and others. Come find out what kinds of services and supports are available after high school and what you and your student need to do to apply for them. Held in ARHS cafeteria.

Session 3: May 9th, 2018 Wednesday: Family to Family
Families with a range of experiences and perspectives will share details of their students’journeys into adulthood and discuss how and why they and their children made the choices that they did. There will be plenty of time to meet with panelists and ask questions. Be prepared to laugh a little and learn a lot! Held in ARHS library.

Sessions offered by: Amherst Regional Public Schools, Federation for Children with Special Needs and Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).

This is TransitionENG.pdf
This is Transition (SPA).pdf

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Coming Soon- Amherst Invitational

ai27th Amherst Invitational, May 12-13.  Come watch 32 Ultimate teams from the east coast compete in this prestigious tournament! Games will be held at Amherst Regional High School and Amherst Regional Middle School beginning at 9 a.m.  The event is free but there will be food for purchase.  Come cheer on your ARHS players!  Follow on Facebook:

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Juniors and Seniors: Mark Your Calendars

For Seniors:

Prom Permission Slips are available before and after school in guidance, the main office and room 155.  Please know that everyone  who plans on attending the prom must have one completed at the time of ticket purchase.

May 1 – FAFSA filing deadline for eligibility for Mass grant, available only to Pell grant recipients – most significant for community college students

May 10 – May 24- Prom Tickets on Sale

June 1 – Last day of school for seniors

June 8 – Graduation


For Juniors:

April 26 – Teacher recommendation information distributed via e-mail to juniors.

May 3 – Evening meeting for juniors and parents/guardians. Current seniors will share their experiences in planning for college admission/financial aid. ARHS auditorium, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

May 5 – SAT  with Subject Tests @ Northampton High School (Register by 4/6)

May 7 – 11 – Teacher recommendation request week – not first come, first served

June 2 – SAT @ ARHS  (Register by 5/3)

June 9 – ACT

July 14 – ACT

August 25 – SAT and Subject Tests @ ARHS

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Mark Your Calendars

April 26-28 – Melancholy Play, 7:30 PM

May 1 – Chorale Concert, South Congregational Church, 7 PM

May 2 – Symphonic Orchestra Chamber Concert, 7 PM

May 5 – SAT at Northampton HS

May 6 – Choral Concert with Novi Canton

May 8 – Hurricane Singers Concert; Regional School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM

May 10 – Advisory Day

May 11 – Talent Show, Latino Achievement Night; DTE Performance

May 12 – 13- Amherst Invitational

May 17 – 19- Student Written Play Festival

May 18 – Black Scholars Rising Showcase 6PM

May 22 – Regional School Committee Meeting 6:30 PM

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

May 23 – Combined Concert (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, Hurricane Singers and Chorale) 7 PM

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

May 28 – Memorial Day (No School)

May 29 – June 1- Senior Exams

May 31- Jazz Ensemble Concert

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

June 21 – Current Projected Last Day of School (5 snow days)

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Daffodil Run 5K Walk/Run & 10K Run on April 29

dfrApril 29th, 2018 marks the 8th annual Daffodil Run in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County!

This family friendly community event held at Kendrick Park in downtown Amherst offers participants a 5k walk/run or 10k run option. Race past many of the 50,000 daffodils planted in celebration of the Town of Amherst’s 250th anniversary. Festivities include a pre-race warm up, music, bounce house, games, barbecue and more!

Join us to help make a difference in the lives of Hampshire County children facing challenges. Celebrate spring with us at the Daffodil Run!

Register at

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Human Rights Commission Accepting Nominations for Youth Heroism Awards

Dear Teachers and Staff of Amherst Schools and Amherst Community Members:
The Amherst Human Rights Commission has as its prime purpose to promote a community of mutual respect and to honor our diversity. We strive to promote attitudes of compassion and concern for all of our neighbors. To encourage these values, we offer the Human Rights Youth Heroism Awards, an annual celebration of Amherst-area youth.  2018 represents the 13th year of these awards!
It is the Commission’s intent to identify and celebrate local youth who have demonstrated acts of kindness, unselfishness, social courage and/or community service within their families, schools or community. Please help us by nominating a young person you have observed displaying exceptional kindness or consideration in the past year.
Groups of young people may also be nominated to share an award. We strive to recognize children and teens across the spectrum of age groups and schools, including those who do not live in Amherst but who attend any school in town. 
Nominations may be submitted through May 18, 2018, to or to the Commission c/o Deborah Radway, Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Ave., Amherst MA 01002. The Human Rights Commission will celebrate this year’s Heroes at its annual community picnic on Sunday, June 3rd from 10am-1pm at Mill River Recreation Area. We will alert nominators and award recipients prior to the event so they can make plans to attend. We hope you will join us!
Yours truly,
Matthew Charity,  Sidonio Ferreira,  Emily Boutilier, Elizabeth Cahn
Sovann Malis-Loeung, Sophia Maldonado and Tristan Whalen
The Amherst Human Rights Commission
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