ARPS Warm Winter Coat Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing. The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help.

So far we have over 60 coats, many sets of snow pants, and other great donations.  Thank you for your support.  We are still seeking new (or gently used) coats for about 45 Amherst children.  Also still needed are warm winter boots, and water-resistant mittens & gloves. 

You can see the latest list of what sizes are needed most and signup to donate here:  tinyurl.com/coatsneeded 

The link also includes a current list of drop-off locations, including some of Amherst schools (Crocker Farm, Fort River, ARMS, ARHS) and other sites.

Please make sure all clothing is clean, in good condition and put your donations in plastic bags.

If you prefer to give money instead of clothing, you may donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020 or send a check (payable to ARPS PGO) or gift cards to Tracy Zafian, ARPS PGO Treasurer, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst.

Our goal is to finish collecting by Monday, December 14. If you have questions or need someone to pick up your clothing donation, please contact arpspgo@gmail.com.  Thank you.  Collected items will be distributed to families by the ARPS Family Center in December.  The PGOs may have an additional distribution in January. 

*** If you or your children are in need of warm winter clothing, please contact Mildred Martinez at the ARPS Family Center:  martinezm2@arps.org or 413-362-1871.  ***

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ARHS Women’s Rights Club Drive to support Amherst Survival Center

Menstrual products are often overlooked as one of the most-requested donations for homeless shelters nationwide, and in past years, the ARHS Women’s Rights Club has held a Pad and Tampon Drive to benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This year, to avoid the health risk of collecting physical donations in-person, the club has coordinated with the Center to host an online fundraiser. With your donation, you will receive a free student-designed, WRC-themed sticker! Please considering donating here: https://givebutter.com/zgjCxy/join

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Virtual Coffee with the College and Career Counselor

December 15th at 5:30 PM

What does planning for Life after ARHS look like? When should you start exploring options? How and when does your student start preparing for College? Are you terrified of the whole thing? Join the ARHS College and Career Advisor Deidre Cuffee-Gray for a presentation about the process and get your most pressing questions answered. Hosted by the ARHS PGO.

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Help the Boosters and the PGO show our Hurricane Pride

The ARHS PGO is partnering with the Amherst Hurricane Boosters to raise money to purchase a new trophy case for the school. Our athletic teams are champions and we have the trophies to show it. Unfortunately, we have no space to display them.  Help us show our Hurricane Pride for our student-athletes and display our trophies in a sleek new trophy case. We have raised $900 toward our $2,500 goal.

Donate online at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Pgoarhs/

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Yearbook Updates

Senior Portraits

Don’t forget that Senior Portraits are due on January 22nd! Submit a clear, appropriate photo of yourself with an 8×10 ratio to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org.

Are you a senior in need of a senior portrait? Yearbook student staff members will be available after school to do outdoor portraits from 3-4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays until the December break. The dates are December 2nd, , 4th, 9th, 11th, and 18th. 3 seniors per session- to sign up, email Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org!

Pre-order your Yearbook now

Reminder to all– you can already pre-order your yearbook at arps.picaboo.com!

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Class of 2022 Fundraiser

Who wants pizza?! The class of 2022 is hosting a Hillside Pizza Gift Card fundraiser. Help support our class fundraising efforts by purchasing a Hillside Pizza $25 gift card. Proceeds will go to class events like graduation and prom!

Please fill out the order form linked below!   

https://forms.gle/JZaKy81i5DQRAS528

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Attention Class of 2021

We are still scheduling Life After ARHS planning meetings. Regardless of your intended path, I want to meet with you to plan! Here’s a link to set a meeting! link

Recommendation Requests & Communication: Please note that you must list the schools with the proper deadlines in order for your teachers, counselors, and Ms. Garrity to have any idea of your deadlines. If you have a custom deadline like a BFA program, contact Ms. Garrity to make the adjustment. Please reach out to your teachers at a minimum TWO WEEKS prior to your first deadline.

School Counselor Recommendation Meeting with Ms. Cuffee-Gray – link

Transcripts: We are only able to send your transcripts if you submit your LIME GREEN FORM. Ms Garrity actually emailed hard copies of the form to students who have not submitted their forms.

When a College Contacts You to Say Something is Missing: Video Explanation – link

If you have done all of the above, it is likely that the materials are at the colleges and haven’t yet been downloaded. Don’t panic. Please log into Naviance and check to see if your materials have been submitted. You are able to see if the admissions office has downloaded your materials as well. If your materials have been SUBMITTED and not downloaded, you can call the admissions office (noting you may have to leave a message), and let them know your high submitted materials via eDocs. If your materials have been SUBMITTED and DELIVERED you can give the admissions office the unique identifying code listed.

Common Application Workshop – December 10  11:50 (1 hr) – Registration link

The College Planning Squad Tuesdays at 2:30pm – Registration link – Weekly Meeting

Early Decision & Early Action Applicants: You will soon start to hear from colleges. Depending on what you hear back you have some decisions to make. If you have any questions, feel free to join Ms. Cuffee-Gray for Office Hours, or set an appointment to talk it through with her.

Scholarships

December Deadlines – link

January Deadlines – link

2021 & 2022 – How to Sign Up for Admissions Rep Visits VIDEO link

Here’s the ARHS Counseling Office link – connect with school counselors and find resources!

Here are number of great resources:

How to Write a Scholarship Essay

More Scholarship Essay Examples

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Appealing Financial Aid

Deferrals + Waitlists

Choosing a College

What to Do if You’re Rejected From Every College You Applied to

Thinking About Paying for College? Sponsored by Sallie Mae: Register now for a free webinar: December 9 1-2pm ET or December 10, 8-9pm ET

MA Colleges for Students with Disabilities – December 8th 12:00pm Sponsored by MEFARSVP – link

La admisión a la universidad, presentado en español Tuesday, December 08| 4:00pmRSVP – link

Excellent Help Completing Your FAFSA! Sponsored by MEFA – December 14th 12pm RSVP – link

DIY FAFSA Webinar – Sponsored by MEFA RECORDED

College Vine Online Stuff! https://www.collegevine.com/livestreams/recorded

Sincerely,

Your Friendly Neighborhood College and Career Counselor – Deidre Cuffee-Gray

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec 15: Virtual Coffee with the College and Career Counselor

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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Virtual Lighting of the Merry Maple – FRIDAY

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Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in art and writing.  Any student in Massachusetts can enter the regional competition, often submitting writing they have done in English classes or in art classes (or on their own). This year’s competition will take place via the website www.artandwriting.org. Students are eligible to enter work created in the 2020 calendar year in a variety of categories. For more details about each of these categories, or examples of winning work, please check here.  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, December 11, 2020. Educators will not be required to sign submission forms this year so that we can ensure that all students, even those who are not seeing their teachers in person, are able to enter and participate. Submissions to the Massachusetts region will be judged throughout January and results will be posted online by January 28, 2021. Students are eligible to receive Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key in each category. All winners will receive certificates in the mail.

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Call for New Logo Submissions for Amherst Recreation

Amherst Leisure Services has changed its name to Amherst Recreation, and they will also have a new logo. They are seeking logo submissions from local artists. Submissions will be narrowed down to five or so and the community will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The designer of the logo that is selected will receive a free pool or golf membership, and publicity. Submissions are due by January 8, 2021. They can be sent to Marion Jordan at jordanm@amherstma.gov Thanks and good luck!

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Call for Submissions: Dreaming the Future!

The Forbes, Jones, and Lilly libraries are collaborating with UMass’s Feinberg Lecture Series, and we are asking the young people of Western Massachusetts (ages 5-18) to help envision a future where climate change is mitigated and the world has adapted. The project, Dreaming the Future, asks young people to consider their relationship with the natural world, how they think it might change in the future, what they hope it might be like, and how to help guide humanity toward a more climate-just world. Participants are invited to respond to a variety of prompts and share their work with us; we will then publish the collection as a zine (a limited-edition publication). Participants will receive a physical copy of the booklet and it will also be available online. We are asking for submissions now through January 1st. To view the prompts and find information on how to submit, please visit: https://blogs.umass.edu/feinberg/dreaming-the-future/

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2021 Bronfman Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Bronfman Fellowship are open! If you are intellectually adventurous, Jewish, and currently in 11th grade, apply now for a free, transformative Fellowship-year experience exploring the rich tapestry of Jewish life while making lifelong friends. Application deadline is DECEMBER 14. https://bronfman.org/

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Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021

Jr.Tech is thrilled to announce registration is open for the Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 – a new, live, online format!  This year’s Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 will take place on two half-day Saturdays: Saturday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 10th, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, both days.

The focus is for girls in grades 8-12 who are interested in careers in the STEM fields. As this is a critical time in their education, and college decisions are beginning, Jr. Tech hopes to empower these young women to see the many opportunities available to them within STEM.

Details:

Who: Girls in grades 8 – 12 interested in exploring STEM fields and career choices

What: #GirlsSTEMSummitLIVE2021

When: Hosted online two Saturday mornings via Zoom

Dates: Since the summit will be online, it has been split into two half-day sessions.

            Saturday, April 3, 2021, 8:30am – noon and

            Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:30 am – noon.

Fee: $65

Register here: https://juniortech.org/girls-stem-summit-live-2021/

Please note that this is not a school-sponsored program

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GivingTuesday Ask from the ARHS PGO and the Hurricane Boosters

Giving Tuesday 2020 Preparations | Getting Ready for Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 1, 2020. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

This year, the ARHS PGO is partnering with the Amherst Hurricane Boosters to raise money to purchase a new trophy case.

Our athletic teams are champions and we have the trophies to show it. Unfortunately, we have no space to display them.  Help us show our Hurricane Pride for our student-athletes and display our trophies in a sleek new trophy case. Our goal is $2,500;

Donate online at https://www.mightycause.com/story/Pgoarhs/

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Support the ARHS PGO Through AmazonSmile

amazon-smileIs your household doing any online shopping through Amazon for the holidays? Did you know you can earn money for the ARHS PGO with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in this passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst/Amherst Regional School PGOs while you shop!

AMAZON SMILE
Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.

To select our as your permanent charity, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

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ARPS Warm Winter Coat Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing. The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help. We are looking for donations of new (and gently used) winter coats for over 90 Amherst children, size pre-K through adult. Also needed: snow pants and boots; hats and waterproof mittens/gloves appreciated, too!

There are dropoff bins located outside the front doors of each Amherst public school and other locations around town. Please make sure all clothing is clean, in good condition and put your donations in plastic bags. Click here for requested clothing sizes and a full list of dropoff locations [link is tinyurl.com/coatsneeded]  

If you prefer to give money instead of clothing, you may donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020 or send a check (payable to ARPS PGO) or gift cards to Tracy Zafian, ARPS PGO Treasurer, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst.

Our goal is to finish collecting by Monday, December 14. If you have questions or need someone to pick up your donations, please contact arpspgo@gmail.com.

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APRS Flu Vaccination Clinic for Students

The State of Massachusetts now requires an influenza immunization for all children 6 months of age or older. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students need to be vaccinated by December 31, 2020 unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided.

ARPS, in partnership with the Amherst Health Department and CVS Pharmacies, is hosting a Flu Shot Clinic open to all ARPS students.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Place: Fort River School (Under the outdoor tent)

Clinic Registration Link: https://www.cvs.com/vaccine/intake/clinic/imz-select

El Estado de Massachusetts ahora requiere una vacuna contra la influenza para todos los niños de 6 meses de edad o más. El nuevo requisito de la vacuna es un paso importante para reducir las enfermedades relacionadas con la gripe y el impacto general de las enfermedades respiratorias durante la pandemia COVID-19. Los estudiantes deben vacunarse antes del 31 de diciembre de 2020, a menos que se proporcione una exención médica o religiosa.

ARPS, en asociación con el Departamento de Salud de Amherst y las Farmacias CVS, está organizando una clínica de vacunas contra la gripe abierta a todos los estudiantes de ARPS.

Fecha: Jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2020

Horario: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Lugar: Escuela Fort River (Bajo la carpa exterior)

Enlace de Registro para la Clínica: https://www.cvs.com/vaccine/intake/clinic/imz-select

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Class of ’22 T-Shirt Design Contest

Art T-Shirt Design Contest! This contest is open to all ARHS students interested in art and designing! We are looking for merch design ideas for the Class of 2022. You DO NOT have to be in the graduating class of 2022 to fill out this form! PLEASE SUBMIT BEFORE DEC 11th. https://forms.gle/PBonTGvHJ8tcHvYx6  

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in art and writing.  Any student in Massachusetts can enter the regional competition, often submitting writing they have done in English classes or in art classes (or on their own). This year’s competition will take place via the website www.artandwriting.org. Students are eligible to enter work created in the 2020 calendar year in a variety of categories. For more details about each of these categories, or examples of winning work, please check here.  All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, December 11, 2020. Educators will not be required to sign submission forms this year so that we can ensure that all students, even those who are not seeing their teachers in person, are able to enter and participate. Submissions to the Massachusetts region will be judged throughout January and results will be posted online by January 28, 2021. Students are eligible to receive Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key in each category. All winners will receive certificates in the mail. 

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ARHS Coping Cafe

If your student struggling to find motivation? Need a hand getting started with a task? Looking for a new coping strategy to help during a tough moment? Drop in to the CopingCafe on Tuesdays during A or C period! The Coping Cafe is an open virtual space for ARHS students. Drop in for some brief support, resources or a place to talk through something before getting back to class. ARHS Mental Health staff will be there ready to connect, BREATHE, problem solve and help you navigate!  Use google meet code CopingCafe

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec 1: GivingTuesday

Dec 3: ARPS Student Flu Vaccination Clinic 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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Lighting of the Merry Maple Next Friday

The tradition continues in Amherst! The annual lighting of the Merry Maple will once again brighten up our downtown with a Livestream of Santa arriving to flick the switch. In an effort to keep us all healthy and safe, our program is going virtual!The evening will kick-off with a welcome from the Chamber and BID and offer songs, dance, and the UMass Minuteman Marching Band will lead us in a rousing rendition of Santa Claus is Coming To Town. After the lighting, we hope you will stay tuned in for a wonderful hour of entertainment including a performance by Amherst Ballet, a reading of The Broken Ornament by The Spiderwick Chronicles Author Tony DiTerlizzi, and some surprise appearances.

Friday Dec 4, 2020
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EST

Virtual programming beginning at 4:30PM with Merry Maple Lighting at 5:00PM. 
Detailed schedule to follow. 

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Amherst Recreation Logo Contest

Amherst Leisure Services has changed its name to Amherst Recreation, and they will also have a new logo. They are seeking logo submissions from local artists. Submissions will be narrowed down to five or so and the community will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. The designer of the logo that is selected will receive a free pool or golf membership, and publicity. Submissions are due by January 8, 2021. They can be sent to Marion Jordan at jordanm@amherstma.gov T

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Homework During School Breaks

From Dr. Michael Morris, Superintendent:

Students are expected to complete a significant amount of work outside of the school day and throughout the school year. We are committed to maintaining high expectations for our students, and we celebrate the many ways they achieve and succeed. However, we also recognize that there are times during the school year that students should be able to rest and recharge.

To that end, our practice is that no homework or professional work will be given, completed, or required by students and teachers during the Thanksgiving or the winter breaks. Long-range projects will not have a due date of November 30 or January 4, respectively. Moreover, while daily reading is always recommended, it should be based on the choice of the student or family, not based on an assigned reading or text.

For our students’ benefit, it is important that we recognize that these two breaks are used for not only religious or cultural observances and holiday celebrations, but also as a brief reprieve from the continuous academic assignments of the school year.

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SAT/ PSAT at ARHS Update

Due to the pandemic and safety realities for students and staff, we will not be able to offer the SAT through the winter. We did not offer the PSAT in the fall for the same reason.  The conditions to safely administer the SAT and PSAT will be determined through the lens of public health guidelines and the status of in-person learning in the district resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.


From a college admissions perspective, many colleges and universities are test optional for 1-3 years (the majority have announced for 2 years), and many test blind. Many selective schools have been test optional for decades, and have great success with a high achieving entering class annually.  The UC system (link), Ivy League schools, and many very selective schools are moving to holistic admissions evaluations as a result of this COVID 19 reality.  Attached is a great database from the National Association of College Admissions Counselors that is tracking the admissions process for thousands of American schools. https://www.nacacnet.org/news–publications/newsroom/college-admission-status-coronavirus/  While standardized testing has functioned as a tried and true evaluation of many college bound students, most colleges have recognized that around the world, students are unable to take these exams.  This is a new reality, and some schools are offering the test despite COVID concerns. Currently, ARHS is not offering the PSAT or the SAT.  It is possible that the College Board will offer an alternative for the PSAT, we are waiting to hear this from the College Board.  

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ARHS Cabaret

One of the longstanding traditions of the choral program at ARHS is Cabaret, an evening of food and fun as students perform skits and songs in small groups. This year, Cabaret is moving online, and all students may take part.

What would a virtual Cabaret look like, you might ask? Those who experienced the Student Written Play Festival in the spring may have some idea. Students will record themselves performing their part in a solo (possibly), duet or small group performance, and the recordings will be stitched together onscreen. A couple examples online can be found here and here

Here are a few guidelines:You don’t have to have someone to work with, or choose a song, in order to participate! Fruth will find somewhere for you to fit.

If you do choose a song, it can be from any genre. In recent years we’ve been about 50% musical theater, 50% other genres.

Consider a skit before and/or after the song itself.

The song you pick should EITHER have a backing track that you create or find online, or you’d also be welcome to accompany yourself on an instrument in your recording! We also have some talented instrumentalists at ARHS who would probably be willing to help out if needed.

You’d be more than welcome to work with students who are not in choral ensembles. I’ll be putting something in the morning announcements to try to cast a wider net.

Costumes, lighting, props, and staging will all enhance the presentation .

Cabaret also has a pair of charming MCs to tie together the evening. Those roles will exist again this year, and those who enjoy crafting humorous transitions between acts are encouraged to apply.

There is a Google Form for you to fill out if you’re interested in participating! No need to fill it out right away, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about what you might like to perform, and who you might like to perform with.

Important Dates:

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Tuesday, November 24th — This is the deadline to let Fruth know if you’re interested in participating by filling out this survey.

Late November through December — I’ll work with students to check in musically and to discuss the visual presentation and recording logistics

Friday, December 18th — This is the deadline for your recordings, so I can assemble them over winter break

Saturday, January 9th, 7 pm — We will stream the final product and hopefully have a live watch party

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ARPS Warm Winter Coat Drive

This winter an unprecedented number of Amherst children need warm outdoor clothing. The Amherst Public Schools (ARPS) Family Center is once again organizing a winter clothing drive with the PGOs’ help. We are looking for donations of new (and gently used) winter coats for over 90 Amherst children, size pre-K through adult. Also needed: snow pants and boots; hats and waterproof mittens/gloves appreciated, too!

There are dropoff bins located outside the front doors of each Amherst public school and other locations around town. Please make sure all clothing is clean, in good condition and put your donations in plastic bags. Click here for requested clothing sizes and a full list of dropoff locations [link is tinyurl.com/coatsneeded]  

If you prefer to give money instead of clothing, you may donate online at tinyurl.com/coats2020 or send a check (payable to ARPS PGO) or gift cards to Tracy Zafian, ARPS PGO Treasurer, 51 Blue Hills Road, Amherst.

Our goal is to finish collecting by Monday, December 14. If you have questions or need someone to pick up your donations, please contact arpspgo@gmail.com.

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Hurricanes Sports Recap

11/18/20 Cross Country  home vs. Palmer 

11/19/20 Girls Soccer @ Palmer

Unfortunately this is the last week of fall sports. I appreciate all the support through these times. Even with all of the modifications in place I am thankful student athletes had an opportunity to participate in athletics. I want to thank everyone who made this happen!  Please continue to check the athletic website for updates on the winter season.  

Home games are posted on youtube for your convenience. 

Winter Sports Postponed

Thanks,

Victoria Stewart

Director of Athletics

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Links from the Coffee with the Career and College Counselor

Despite major technical difficulties, we appreciate all who were able to attend Monday’s Virtual Coffee with the Counselor.  Ms. Cuffee-Gray will be holding another Coffee in early December.  As promised, these are the links from her presentation:

Ms Cuffee-Gray’s Virtual Office

ARHS Guidance Virtual Office

ARHS Profile 2020-21 FINAL (1).pdf

Ms Cuffee-Gray’s presentation Sorting Activity

College Essay Guy’s College Application Timeline

How to Create A Great College List Info

Browse colleges by state

Attention Seniors:College acceptances are going to start flowing in soon! If you are a senior who has been accepted into a college, please fill out this form! Every few days, the responses from this form will appear on a map you can find in the Virtual Guidance Office!

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov 24: ARHS Cabaret interest forms due (see above)

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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Lighting of the Merry Maple

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Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021

Jr.Tech is thrilled to announce registration is open for the Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 – a new, live, online format!  This year’s Girls STEM Summit LIVE 2021 will take place on two half-day Saturdays: Saturday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 10th, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, both days.

The focus is for girls in grades 8-12 who are interested in careers in the STEM fields. As this is a critical time in their education, and college decisions are beginning, Jr. Tech hopes to empower these young women to see the many opportunities available to them within STEM.

Details:

Who: Girls in grades 8 – 12 interested in exploring STEM fields and career choices

What: #GirlsSTEMSummitLIVE2021

When: Hosted online two Saturday mornings via Zoom

Dates: Since the summit will be online, it has been split into two half-day sessions.

            Saturday, April 3, 2021, 8:30am – noon and

            Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8:30 am – noon.

Fee: $65

Register here: https://juniortech.org/girls-stem-summit-live-2021/

Please note that this is not a school-sponsored program

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Regional Teen Leadership Program for Healthy Relationships

OPPORTUNITY FOR TEENS: $250 stipends!

This Regional Teen Leadership Program will teach leadership skills related to promoting healthy teen relationships.  It is open to grades 9-12 from Hampshire County, has a limit of 14 students total and 4 per school, and will be run on Zoom.

Students will learn about healthy relationships, unhealthy relationships, and consent as well as learning about and practicing Dialogue Across Difference skills so they can have conversations with their peers that engage, respect and include different viewpoints. With help from group facilitators, students will develop and implement one strategy to bring what they learned to other students and/or adults in their school.  

The program will run from December 1st through March 2nd on Tuesdays 3-5pm by Zoom.  Applications are due November 23rd. There is a limit of 14 students total, and 4 students per school.  

Apply HERE  

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2021 Bronfman Fellowship

Applications for the 2021 Bronfman Fellowship are open! If you are intellectually adventurous, Jewish, and currently in 11th grade, apply now for a free, transformative Fellowship-year experience exploring the rich tapestry of Jewish life while making lifelong friends. Application deadline is DECEMBER 14. https://bronfman.org/

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PGO Virtual Coffee with the ARHS College and Career Counselor

November 16th at 5:30 PM

LINK:  https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/bcb03453-e3b5-4ce9-8cbb-419d09af3451

What does planning for Life after ARHS look like? When should you start exploring options? How and when does your student start preparing for College? Are you terrified of the whole thing? Join the ARHS College and Career Advisor Deidre Cuffee-Gray for a presentation about the process and get your most pressing questions answered. Hosted by the ARHS PGO.

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First Quarter Ends 11/13

The 1st academic Quarter ends this Friday, November 13th. Please check-in with your teachers and/or Guidance Counselor if you have any questions about your grades, or the books and materials you’ll need for the 2nd Quarter.

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Amherst Hurricanes Weekly Recap

11/5/20 Girls Volleyball @ Westfield

11/5/20 Girls Soccer home vs. South Hadley 

11/6/20 Volleyball @ Agawam

11/6/20 Boys Soccer home vs South Hadley

11/9/20 Boys Soccer  (Varsity) @ Pope Francis 

11/9/20 Girls Soccer home vs. Ware

11/10/20 Cross Country @ Palmer

11/11/20 Girls Soccer home vs. Belchertown

Volleyball ended their last game of the season with a win against Agawam. Although they lost to Westfield the night before, that was one of their best games they played this season! Girls soccer lost in all three games, however they have shown tremendous improvements throughout the season. The boys soccer team defeated Pope 3-1. Both soccer teams finish their season next week at Palmer!  Cross country has continued their undefeated season and look to finish it off next week versusPalmer. Please continue to check the MIAA site for updated game dates, as many games were rescheduled or will be rescheduled soon! 

Home games are posted on youtube for your convenience. Please continue to cheer our Hurricanes from afar! 

CANEFLIX is coming to you soon! 

Thanks,

Victoria Stewart

Director of Athletics

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Next ARPS JLMSC Meeting

Joint Labor-Management Safety Committee (JLMSC)

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 – 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtexAafrqPA

Calendar Name: ARPS District Calendar

Agenda

  1. Metrics Discussion
  2. Facilities Update
  3. Future Agenda Planning
  4. Any topic(s) not anticipated 48 hours prior to this meeting
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ARPS Distance Learning Surveys Results

Thank you to all of the families, students and staff members who participated in the recent surveys regarding Distance Learning.  We had an excellent response with 1108 participants in the Family Distance Learning Survey, 334 in the Staff survey, and 257 ARMS and ARHS students in the Student survey.  A summary of the survey data was presented to the Regional School Committee this week.  For those who prefer to review the full data, you can see the results of all three surveys at the following links:  

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Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellness to be held Monday

The Virtual Coffee Event about strategies for tolerating and managing the challenges of mood regulation in the midst of change and uncertainty that was planned for this Thursday has been changed to Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. 

Join ARPS for this interactive livestream event, which will be the first in a series of gatherings that will focus on providing a space to discuss challenges and strategies for coping.  The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3zPF2DBYs.

WHAT:  Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellbeing

WHEN: Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg3zPF2DBYs 

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Help Wanted

The PGO is an all volunteer organization.  Our mission is to:

  • promote communication and understanding among families, staff and the Amherst area community; 
  • foster a spirit of collaboration by providing a forum for participation and the exchange of information and ideas; and 
  • provide financial assistance where needed to enrich all students’ academic and overall experience

To help sustain this mission, we need your help. By the end of this school year, our Lead Editor, PGO Chair and Grants chairs will be leaving us as their students’ graduate. Please consider stepping up NOW to take over next year.

Lead Newsletter Editor (2-4 hours /month)- This is our lead Communications position.  The tasks include updating and maintaining our WordPress website, MailChimp Subscription lists, as well as publishing regular posts. 

Grants Committee (5-7  hours per semester)- work with ARHS Administration to publicize, collect and review applications and award Staff and Student PGO Grants.

PGO Chair (2-4  hours a month)- organize monthly PGO meetings with the Principal; support the work of other Executive Board members.

Many hands make the work light and keeps our ARHS Community strong. Training is provided.

Interested or have questions? Email us at arhspgoboard@gmail.com.

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Do You Bank at Florence Bank?

Do you or someone in your family bank at Florence Bank? If so, you can help support the ARPS PGO through their Customers’ Choice Community Grants program. Everyone in your family with an account can vote and each vote cast helps us win up to $5000. There are two ways to vote:

  1. In person at your local branch
  2. www.florencebank.com/vote, select Amherst Regional Public Schools PGO* from the dropdown menu

Be sure to cast your ballots before December 31.

* The ARPS PGO is a nonprofit comprised of the Crocker Farm, Wildwood, ARMS, and ARHS PGOs;

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Support the ARHS PGO Through AmazonSmile

amazon-smileIs your household doing any online shopping through Amazon? Did you know you can earn money for the ARHS PGO with each Amazon purchase. Enroll in this passive fundraising to earn money for the Amherst/Amherst Regional School PGOs while you shop!

AMAZON SMILE
Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/46-4510327 and Amazon donates to Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization.

To select our as your permanent charity, go to https://smile.amazon.com/ Click Your Account -> Your Amazon Smile -> Change Charity button. Search for “Amherst Amherst Regional Public Schools Parent Guardian Organization” -> Click Select.

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov 13: Last Day of the 1st Quarter

Nov 15: NEACAC and GoToCollegeFairs

Nov 16: 2nd Quarter Classes Begin

Nov 16: PGO Virtual Coffee with ARHS College and Career Counselor 5:30 PM

Nov 16: Virtual Coffee Event Focused on Wellness 6:30 PM

Nov 17: SEPAC Transition Services Workshop 6PM

Nov 18: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Nov 25-27: Thanksgiving Break

Dec 16: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break

Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School)

Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Jan 18: MLK Holiday (No School)

Jan 22: Last Day to Submit Senior Photos for Yearbook

Jan 27 & 28: MS/HS Early Dismissal (HS Exams) 

Jan 29: All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins

Feb 15-19: Winter Break 

Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 10: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) 

Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 2: Good Friday (No School—Budgetary Reasons) 

Apr 14: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

Apr 19-23: Spring Break 

May 12: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary) 

May 31: Memorial Day (No School) 

June 19″ Juneteenth Holiday

June 24: Last day of school (no snow days are included; all inclement weather days will be distance learning) 

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LSSE is now Amherst Recreation

Hi Neighbor! We have missed seeing all of your faces in our office and at our in-person programs.  We hope you’re all healthy and happy. You might remember that last fall we embarked upon a strategic planning process. The process started with us asking you for feedback and you delivered! You helped guide the direction and focus of how we can grow and improve over the next 3-5 years and even further into the future. One of the areas that was identified by surveys and community feedback was the department’s identity. What do we do and what does our name say about what we do?

So, we are starting with the name. Drum roll please….

Our new name will be Amherst Recreation!

Among other changes you will see:

  • Website update – coming in November 2020
  • Registration system upgrade – coming in January 2021
  • Responding to emerging community needs – Ongoing 

Thank you so much for your continued support.
Sincerely,

The Amherst Recreation Staff and Commission Members

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In Case You Missed Open House

ARHS Open House

In case you missed Thursday’s Virtual ARHS Open House, you are in luck- it was recorded. The Open House kicked off with presentation by the Administrative Team- Prinipal Sadiq, Assistant Principal Miki Gromacki, Interim Principal Sam Camera and ARHS Athletic Director Victoria Stewart.

Teachers also recorded videos for each subject and level. These are designed to introduce you to the teacher, the curriculum and pedagogy used in the class. To view those: Connect to Teacher Presentations/Videos The videos will be available online for the next few weeks.

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Second Quarter Materials Distribution and/or Drop-Off 11/9- 11/10

The 1st Quarter ends on Friday 11/13. In preparation for the 2nd Quarter, our next Materials Distribution and/or Drop-Off will be happening on Monday (11/9) and Tuesday (11/10) from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Please see below for special instructions on materials for English classes.

Please reach out to the Main Office at arhsoffice@arps.org if you are not able to make it to the high school on those days and times. We will schedule a time with you that works for your family. Thank you

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English Book Collection and Distribution, Special Instructions


We are reaching out to help facilitate a REALLY STRONG Quarter 1 English book collection and Quarter 2 book pick-up on November 9 and 10, from 3-6 p.m. in the ARHS gym. (This is also the date for Quarter 2 material pick-ups in all other subject areas, but there are some English-specific details we wanted to communicate).

All students in a grade 9-12 English course should plan to return any texts they have read/completed, even if they are not picking up new materials. (Because we will begin semester 2 English courses in February with the books students read at the start of semester 1, collecting them now is critical to ensure we have enough materials to begin all courses then.) 

On November 9 and 10, students will be directed to tables labeled by subject and class/teacher in the gym. Students will check off the books they are returning on a roster on the table and will also be directed to pick up/sign out new materials if they need to. 

In grade nine, students in Kristen Iverson or Chris Herland’s classes are STRONGLY encouraged to return/pickup materials on Monday, November 9 (because books they are dropping off will be picked up by ninth-graders in other classes who need those materials on November 10). 

In grade nine, students in Mark Moriarty and Keith McFarland’s classes are STRONGLY encouraged to return materials and pick up new ones on Tuesday, November 10. 

Tenth graders may return/pick-up materials on either Monday or Tuesday.

Eleventh and twelfth-grade students may return/pick-up materials on either Monday or Tuesday.

Because it may be difficult for students or family members to arrange to be there during the window of time allotted, it is fine for family members or friends/neighbors who know the teacher’s name and course name to do the pick-up or drop-off for students. 

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you cannot make it on Monday or Tuesday and need to arrange for another time later in the week.

Last but not least, when the school closed last spring on March 13, we sent almost 2,000 books home with students in grades 9-12, valued at over $30,000. We did not receive all of those books at the end of school year 2020, nor did they all come back this fall.  Please have students bring back any and all school textbooks, novels, library books, or other materials on November 9 and 10.


Thank you so much in advance for returning these valuable materials. It is very much appreciated!


Sara Barber-Just, Elizabeth Bull, Matthew Despres, Chris Herland, Kristen Iverson, Kate Kuhn, Keith McFarland, Mark Moriarty, Danielle Seltzer

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Amherst Hurricanes Weekly Recap

11/2/20 Boys Soccer (JVB) home vs. Belchertown

11/2/20 Cross Country home vs.Monson 

11/2/20 Volleyball @ Agawam

11/3/20 Field Hockey @. Belchertown 

11/3/20 Boys Soccer (Varsity) home vs. Ware

11/4/20 Boys Soccer (Varsity + JVA) home vs. Belchertown

11/4/20 Field Hockey home vs. Belchertown

11/4/20 Girls soccer @ Belchertown 

A couple of our teams will finish their season this week, volleyball and field hockey. Both teams competed well this week. Field hockey had three games in a row and came out short in all of three. However, this team continued to attack each game with a positive attitude and a competitive spirit. Volleyball defeated Agawam 3-0 on Monday and will face off Westfield and Agawam, Thursday and Friday night. Boys soccer beat Ware and lost to  Belchertown 3-2. Our girls soccer program lost to Belchertown 5-0. Both our cross country teams defeated Monson and have a chance to improve their scores during Thursday’s meet. Please continue to check the MIAA site for updated game dates, as many games were rescheduled or will be rescheduled soon! 

Home games are posted on youtube for your convenience. Please continue to cheer our Hurricanes from afar! 

Athletic Director Victoria Stewart and Athletic Trainer Ross Beck

Thanks,

Victoria Stewart

Director of Athletics

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