New ARHS Assistant Principal

Good Morning, I am happy to announce that Talib Sadiq has accepted my offer to fill the ARHS Assistant Principal position. The superintendent has also confirmed Talib’s appointment.

To the position, Talib brings a long commitment to the students of Amherst and the Region. He has held many roles – in and out of school – that reflect his commitment to the community and demonstrate his long-experience as an educator. His seven years as the Residence Director of the Amherst ABC House and the last 11 at ARMS as a guidance counselor, school climate coordinator, and, most recently, as the Dean of Students reflect his abiding interest in the development of healthy, well-prepared youth. That he will be with us strengthens us. Our multi-step interview process was designed to provide the search committee with a variety of perspectives on the candidates and their capacities. That the candidates were well-vetted enabled the committee to arrive at a recommendation about which they felt confident. The committee believes that, in Talib, they have found someone who will provide a steady hand day to day and make important contributions to the overall leadership of our school. This summer, Talib will begin at ARHS by working with Ericka and Andrea as they build next year’s master schedule. He will start full-time in the middle of August. Please join me in welcoming Talib to ARHS. I’m happy he will be with us.

Thank you.

Mark Jackson Principal

Sadiq.May 2018

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Important MCAS Testing Information For All Families OF ARHS Students

  • PLEASE NOTE:  Students not participating in MCAS testing will have late arrival on all MCAS testing days, and should report to school as follows:

    Wednesday May 23 – 10:45 a.m.

    Thursday, May 24 – 10:45 a.m.

    The MCAS Mathematics tests will be given to all 10th grade students at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, and Thursday, May 24, at the high school.  Students will need to check the room list posted on the bulletin board in the front lobby to find out in which classroom they will be testing.  It is very important that students arrive on time on testing days and report directly to their assigned room.  Students will not have access to their locker during testing time, but may bring school work or books in a subject area, other than the one in which they are testing, to work on after they have completed and handed in their testing materials (i.e. no math during math testing).  Remember: be sure your student gets a good night’s rest, and eats a healthy breakfast each morning!  We appreciate parent/guardian support of our students during this testing period.


    TENGA EN CUENTA: Los estudiantes que no participan en las pruebas de MCAS debe planear llegar a la escuela en los siguientes horarios en días de prueba de MCAS

    Miércoles 23 de mayo- 10:45 a.m.

    Jueves, 24 de mayo – 10:45 a.m.

    Se darán los exámenes del MCAS de Matemáticas para todos los estudiantes del grado 10 a las 7:45 am el miércoles, 23 de mayo y el jueves, 24 de mayo en la escuela superior. Los estudiantes tendrán que buscar lista de salas publicadas en el tablón de anuncios del vestíbulo del frente, para averiguar en qué sala estarán tomando la prueba. Es muy importante que los estudiantes lleguen a tiempo en los días de pruebas y reportarse directamente a la sala asignada. Los estudiantes no tendrán acceso a su casillero durante el tiempo de las pruebas, pero pueden llevar consigo trabajo escolar o libros en una materia, distinta a la que se están siendo evaluados, para trabajar una vez hayan completado y entregado su material de prueba (es decir, no pueden llevar material de matemáticas durante la prueba de matemáticas.)  Recuerde: asegúrese de que el estudiante obtenga un buen descanso nocturno, y coma un desayuno saludable cada mañana. Agradecemos el apoyo de los padres y encargados de nuestros estudiantes durante este período de prueba.

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Yearbook Pick Ups

Underclass people can pick up their yearbooks on Friday, May 25 (Thursday, May 24 for Seniors) after school in room 193. A few extra yearbooks are available starting Tuesday after school only to seniors for $50. After June 1, if there are any extra books left, juniors may purchase them. However, we expect all extra books to sell out quickly. The time to reserve a book was last fall.

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33rd Annual Student-Written Play Festival

It’s time for the 33rd Annual Student-Written Play Festival!  Featuring 10 and 1-minute works by nearly 20 ARHS playwrights and staged by a cast of nearly 50(!) actors, this is the Theater Company’s last stage show of the year.  Tickets are $5 for students/staff; shows are this Thursday-Saturday, starting at 7:30. Show up early for a good seat!

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Fall Sports Registration Opens June 1

amherst hurricanes logoOnline fall sports registration will open on June 1st. Please ensure a smooth start to your child’s season by registering and paying before August 1st.  Be sure the health room has your most up-to-date sportsphysical on file.  If your child has an appointment with their physician this summer – REMEMBER TO DROP OFF A COPY HERE AT SCHOOL!
Fall Sports Information Night for Parents/Guardians – Time: 6:30 p.m. –  Where:  High School Gymnasium – Meet the coaches, get tryout information, get team information, practice information, volunteer to run a fundraiser, etc.  This is for all Middle School & High School parents/guardians and student-athletes.

Mark your calendar dates:


June 1st – Fall Sports Registration Begins

August 22nd – Fall Sports Information Night for Parents/Guardians and Student-Athletes
Sports Offered and Coaches:
High School High School High School
Cross Country
Girls Cross Country Elena Betke-Brunswick
Boys Cross Country Chris Gould
Varsity Volleyball Kacey Schmitt
Golf Carl Vigeland
Varsity Football Chris Ehorn
Boys Soccer
Varsity Boys Soccer Mike Rudd
Girls Soccer
Varsity Girls Soccer TBA
Field Hockey
Varsity Field Hockey Michelle Risch
Middle School Middle School Middle School
MS Field Hockey Michelle Risch
MS Girls Cross Country Greg McClung
MS Boys Cross Country Sydney Henthorn
Intramural Tennis Andy Zyskowski
Intramural Running Club TBA
MS Volleyball Sue Adair
Athletic Office email
Athletic Director Rich Ferro
Athletics Admin. Assist. Pam White
Athletic Trainer Ross Beck

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4th Annual SEPAC Stars in Our Schools Call for Nominations

Do you know of someone (student, parent, staff, community member, etc.) who you would like to recognize for their dedication, creativity, patience, and determination in helping students who receive special education to experience success?

The Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools SEPAC encourages you to nominate such excellence in our learning community so that we may all publicly thank these individuals for the important way they influence our students.  Honorees will be celebrated at an awards ceremony: Cookies, Cupcakes, and Kudos on June 15th (more details are forthcoming).

Please email the completed Nomination Form (attached here in English and Spanish) and Nomination Statement to: SEPAC@ARPS.ORG

or mail to: ARPS, Student Services Office, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA 01002

All nomination information must be received by May 18, 2018


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Graduation Night Party Planners Needed!

gradpartyPlease consider joining in the 35 year-old tradition of throwing a SAFE Party for the Graduating Seniors and their invited guests. The party happens after graduation on June 8th and goes all night! We need volunteers at the event and to help us with the planning ahead of time.


Date: Monday, May 21st
Time: 6-8 PM (please come at the time that works well for you)
Place: ARHS Room 114
Who: Parents and Guardians of all grade levels

For more information please cntact:

Tracy Farnham
413 531 7641

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