Vote for ARPS PGO Through Florence Bank Community Choice Grant!!

Each year, Florence Bank gives away $100,000 to community non-profits through its Community Choice grants program. Florence Bank customers vote for the non-profit of their choice & all non-profits getting at least 50 votes receive a grant.  The non-profits receiving the most votes can get up to $5,000.

In past years, the ARPS PGO has received close to 100 votes & over $1,400 per year. Yay!  The grant money went towards classroom support, special projects, field trips & more.

This year, the PGOs of the ARPS PGO (Crocker Farm, Wildwood, Amherst Middle School, & Amherst High School) are campaigning jointly again to maximize our votes & see if we can get even more. Every vote helps.
** Each Florence Bank account holder is eligible to vote once for the community organization of their choice. **
** The ARPS PGO is urging people to vote for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”, the name of our joint non-profit. **

There are 2 easy ways to vote:
(1) Online – Visit to cast a vote online for the “Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO”.
(2) Paper Ballot (attached).  Ballots are also available at any Florence Bank location.  Ballots should be submitted at the bank or turned in to the PGO.

Voting is open until December 31st. Thank you for your support!

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Support the ARHS PGO By Registering Your Stop & Shop Card Today!

stop and shopHere’s an easy way to support ARHS online – at no cost to you! Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Do you have a loyalty card? Join the 2,400 other ARHS parents, staff, and alumni who have registered their cards in support of ARHS. Last year we received over $10,000 for our PGO grants program – all for free! 

To sign up for A+ Rewards or change your selected school, go to, sign in or register, select Manage Account, select Rewards & Savings, and choose ARHS (ID 05167) for A+ Rewards.

If you can’t find your card or got your card under a different name, you can call Consumer Affairs at 1-877-366-2668 and select Option #1; they can help you locate your card number.

Once you register your card, purchases made from all Stop & Shop stores are eligible. Have relatives in New York or New England? Ask them to register and support ARHS, too!

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct 3- ARHS Open House

Oct 10- Performing Arts Gala 6:30 – 9PM

Oct 14- Indigenous People’s Day- No School

Oct 16- PSATS Administered at ARHS

Oct 23- Early Release

Oct 24- Summit Academy Open House

Oct 24-26- ARHS Theater Company Presents Bing Bong!

Oct 29- School Picture Make-Up Day

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Spirit Week is here!

Spirit week generalSchool Spirit week/Homecoming is a grassroots effort put forth by parents, coaches, students and staff to celebrate all our kid’s passions. Our committee is excited to highlight music, dance, theater, art, singing and athletics from grades K-12. We would like to provide a community-wide celebration to show our support of all our kids do.

Details: Week of 9/22-9/27
Homecoming Games Scheduled with Student National Anthem singers

We kick it off with a party on Sunday September 22, 4:30PM here at ARHS. It will feature a Community Rally/Student Performances/Student Art show/Dunk Tank/Fan Photos and Red carpet/ Fan towels/Concessions

We will have a bonfire( HURRIFLAME)!!! on Thursday the 26th from 8-9 ( click here to view Bonfire Flier)

Additionally, there is an array of athletic contests each and every day Click here to see the schedule.

THE HOMECOMING DANCE IS BACK! Show your school spirit by joining us on Saturday night, September 28th from 7-10 PM at the high school. Everyone’s welcome to come, but this year, Girls Ask! Tickets will be sold starting Monday during lunch. They are $8 during lunch and $10 at the door. Bring back the Naysh! Email Seo-Ho Lee at or Tulsi Patel at with questions.


There will be daily themes: during the school week:

– Monday is colors day.  Each class is asked to wear a specific color: 9th grade – maroon, 10th grade-black, 11th grade-white, 12th grade rainbow.

-Tuesday is Fancy Day – please dress up – no sweats or tshirts (especially because it is also school picture day)

-Wednesday is International Day – Wear two colors that represent a country of your choice OR cultural dress

-Thursday is jersey day – Wear a jersey with your favorite team name, brand name or symbol

-Friday is Hurricane day – Wear maroon AND white

Each day you adhere to the theme, you can earn a point for your grade,come to the cafeteria during your lunch to be counted.  You will receive a point each day you match the theme. At the end of the week, the winning grade will receive a pizza party after school on Friday.

For an additional point, please bring a non perishable item for a donation to the Amherst Survival Center.


Follow us on Facebook: Amherst School Spirit Week and Homecoming or #rockitlikeahurricane

?’s or want to volunteer; Call Kristin at 508-685-2150

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Homecoming/ Spirit Week Sporting Events

Homecoming poster draftSunday, 9/22:  Kick-off Party at ARHS 4:30 PM

Monday, 9/23:  ARHS Golf 4 PM; Amherst Golf Club; Volleyball 6PM at ARHS; Boys Soccer 5 PM at NHS

Tuesday, 9/24- Boys/Girls Cross Country 4PM (@ARHS); Field Hockey 4PM (@HHS); Girls Soccer 4 PM (@SHHS)

Thursday, 9/26- Field Hockey 4PM (@ Mohawk Regional); Boys Soccer 4PM (@Agawam)

Friday, 9/27- 4 PM Girls Soccer; 6 PM Girls Volleyball; 7 PM Football (all games at ARHS)

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ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting

ARPS PGO Fall Public Meeting
The Works- Downtown Amherst

Meeting Agenda


Individual School Updates

Election of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Officers

Annual Taxes and State Filings

Group Fundraisers: UMACC (United Way), Giving Tuesday, Florence Bank, Amazon Smile

Other Business not anticipated by the chair
The Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization (ARPS PGO) is a Registered 501c3 Massachusetts Charity encompassing the individual PGOs of the Amherst Regional High and Middle Schools, Crocker Farm and Wildwood Elementary.

Our mission is to support the education of children within our schools through fundraising, supplemental programming and volunteer efforts.  We help build community by fostering relationships among the schools, parents, teachers and staff.

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SEPAC – Special Education Parent Advisory Council Events

Meet the Team is scheduled for Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Amherst-Peham Regional High School Library (21 Mattoon Street, Amherst, MA 01002).  This event is open to all district families with a student a IEP or 504 plan.  Details Here Detalles Aquí

The annual Basic Right Workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the PD Center located at the Amherst-Pelham Regional Middle School (170 Chestnut Street, Amherst, MA 01002)


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