Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year

Dear ARPS Families:

I hope the summer months are allowing time for reflection, enjoyment, and renewal.  With the 2019-2020 school year starting soon, I wanted to reach out to share the schedule of events that are fast approaching.

As much as many of us have enjoyed the pace of summer, I am also excited for the coming school year.  As author JB Priestley stated, “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”  A primary reason for my excitement for the upcoming school year is the talent, dedication, and commitment I witness in all of our schools on a regular basis.  I know our 2,650 students will be returning to schools with a firm commitment to their success and personal growth.

I would like to thank our families and community members for supporting our schools and staff by participating, volunteering, and collaborating with ARPS.  We are proud to educate and help foster such talented and inspirational children who are not only our sole focus for all that we do, but who also encourage us, as a district, to expand our skills to better support each individual student.  I would also like to thank our Parent Guardian Organizations (PGOs) for their amazing and continuous support of our students and our families.  They have played a vital role in our district’s success and I encourage families and guardians to join our remarkable PGO teams.

I invite you to celebrate the new year with students and ARPS staff members at the annual First Day Celebration on the Amherst Town Common on Tuesday, August 27th at 5:00 p.m. This free event will be filled with music, food, games and fun activities.  We hope to see you and your family there.

On Wednesday, August 28, we will welcome our students in grades one through 12 back to the new school year.  This first day of school will be a half-day for students, meaning the middle school and high school will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. and the elementary schools will dismiss at 1:20 p.m.  Our preschool and kindergarten students will begin school after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 3, following student orientations the prior week.

I hope that you are able to enjoy these final few weeks of the summer break.


Dr. Michael Morris, Superintendent

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