Hello ARHS family & friends,
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and spirits.
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to Open House last Thursday evening. It was really nice to see people and to have some in person conversations, even if they were brief. This week I’ve enjoyed hearing the positive feedback from families and teachers about how well they felt Open House went. It felt extra good considering the challenges we experienced in the weeks before Open House. For those of you who were not able to attend Open House, please feel free to contact your child’s teachers if you still have any questions about their classes. Staff email address can be found here, or you can email teachers directly from your child’s PowerSchool account. We did have a good turnout for Open House, and we’re always trying to get more families to come out to our events. Please let us know if you have suggestions on additional ways we can do that, or let us know about some of the challenges that kept you from being able to attend. We would like to know so we can have those things in mind when we plan future events.
Towards the end of last week and this week we have had several students end up in our nurses office throwing up and hyperventilating because they tried the “one chip challenge”. The picture below is the box the one chip comes in. Along with the health risks involved in eating this unnecessarily extra spicy chip, students are filming the reactions other students have when they eat it. Then they’re following the instructions on the box, and posting those reactions on several social media platforms. Our nurses are extremely busy and I don’t want this to be something they have to keep dealing with on a regular basis. We need your help to make sure that no more students bring this type of chip to school. If we do find out anyone has one here at school, we will confiscate it. If we do confiscate any of these chips from your child, we will contact you to let you know.
The Amherst ABC House is having their annual Fall Foliage Walk/Run fundraiser on Saturday October 15th starting on the Town Common at 9:30am. The Amherst ABC program has been bringing scholars from under-resourced areas to attend Amherst Regional High School since 1968. Over that timespan, hundreds of young men of color who have come to us through the ABC program have graduated from ARHS. Both the ABC scholars and the ARHS community have benefited from this experience. Come out and join the community celebration of this important program if you can. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your continued support and willingness to work with us to make this high school experience as meaningful as possible for all of our students. I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.