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GivingTuesday Ask from the ARHS PGO and the Hurricane Boosters

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 … Continue reading

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Support the ARHS PGO Through AmazonSmile

Is 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 @ … Continue reading

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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 Metrics Discussion Facilities Update Future Agenda Planning 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Support the ARHS PGO Through AmazonSmile

Is 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed 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 … Continue reading

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Dates Set for Virtual Open Houses

Dates are set for virtual open house events at each of our schools.  The ARHS Open House Link will not go live until November 5th. Please reach out to the Main Office at arhsoffice@arps.org  if the link is not working … Continue reading

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Letter from Talib Sadiq

Hello everyone, Unfortunately, we had more technical difficulties with Wednesday evening’s PGO Coffee with the Principal. I know many of you changed your plans to attend, or waited for 15 – 20 minutes and still were not granted access to … Continue reading

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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 reach out to the Main … Continue reading

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Amherst Hurricanes Weekly Recap

10/23/20 Girls Soccer home vs. Granby  10/23/20 Field Hockey home vs. South Hadley  10/23/20 Boys Soccer (JVA) home vs. South Hadley  10/26/20 Boys Soccer (Varsity) home vs. Monson W  10/26/20 Boys Soccer (JVB) @ South Hadley  10/27/20 Cross Country home … Continue reading

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Class 2021 – College Planning

APPLICATION CHECKLIST General Tasks: Complete “Life After ARHS Survey (54 or 22 Qs) for College Conference in Naviance Make appointment with Ms. Cuffee-Gray to talk about plan for after high school (link) Make appointment with your counselor to talk about … Continue reading

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ARHS Theater Company Production this Weekend

The ARHS Theater Company continues its 3-play season this fall of COVID theater-making by inviting you this weekend to Everybody, a 90-minute outdoor production at ARHS.  Written just a couple of years ago by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, one of the starts of the … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Nov 3: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School) Election Day  Nov 5: ARHS Open House Nov 11: Veterans Day (Observed) (No School)  Nov 12: Last Day to Register for AP Exams (without late fee) Nov 13: Last Day of the … Continue reading

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Annual Ski & Winter Gear Tent Sale – October 31, 9am – 2pm

Saturday at 9 AM EDT – 2 PM Hosted by Amherst History Museum 5th Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale, returns on October 31, 2020, from 9 am – 2 pm, under the tent at 67 Amity Street, with deals and … Continue reading

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Tuesday, Nov 3 is Election Day!

Amherst: The Town of Amherst is divided into ten Precincts, now organized in to five Districts. See below table to view your Precinct and polling location as well as your corresponding District.  Hours The polling hours for all elections and … Continue reading

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Virtual Coffee with the Principal- New Date

The ARHS PGO’s Virtual Coffee with the Principal has been rescheduled to Wednesday 10/28/20 at 6:30pm. Principal Talib Sadiq will update the ARHS Community on his thoughts and priorities about the year ahead as well as answer questions from the … Continue reading

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ARPS SEPAC- Basic Rights in Special Education- Understanding the IEP

Wednesday, October 28th  7pm – 9pm via Zoom Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP will be held on October 28, 2020 from 7 pm to 9 pm. To receive the online access link, please email sepac@arps.org This free workshop for parents/guardians … Continue reading

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ARHS PGO Virtual Coffee with the Principal

Principal Talib Sadiq will host a virtual Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, October 22 at 6:30PM.  He will be updating the ARHS Community on his thoughts and priorities about the year ahead as well as answer questions from the … Continue reading

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Attn Seniors: Info Galore!

Seniors considering Early Decision and/or Early Action, consider attending this brief overview of the process. This is information for seniors who are applying for an early decision or early action, and even considering it. We’ll review Common Application, teacher recommendations, … Continue reading

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2021 Yearbook Information

ALL HANDS ON DECK! It’s time to get creative! The yearbook is getting started! We need everyone to participate in this year’s yearbook. Show us what learning, clubs, events, sports, and social activities look like for you in this strange … Continue reading

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Weekly Athletics Update

Since last week’s update we only had a couple of competitions. However, our teams are continuing to improve during practices.  Field hockey went 0 and 2 against Minnechaug improving the score differential from the previous week against Longmeadow. Please continue … Continue reading

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Register Now for AP Exams

The time to register for AP Exams is here! Click here for information about how to register and submit payment for AP Exams this year.  The final deadline, without incurring a $40 late registration fee from the College Board, is Thursday, November 12.  The full … Continue reading

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Morning Announcements

If you want an even more information and updates about what’s happening at ARHS, visit the Morning Announcements website at: http://arhsmorningannouncements.blogspot.com/

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ARHS Student Voter Information Sessions – October 19-23rd

The 2020 Election is underway! With early voting beginning this weekend, deadlines for voter registration fast approaching on 10/24, and mail-in ballot requests due by 10/20, now is the time to make sure you have a plan to vote. Next week, the ARHS … Continue reading

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No Cost Ways to Support the ARHS PGO

  1. 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. We can win up to … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Oct 16  Early Action/ Early Decision Q & A- 11:50am Oct 19: Voter Registration Info Session 12-12:30 and 12:30 – 1PM Oct 20: Different Ways to Vote and How to do it  Info Session 12-12:30 and 12:30 – 1PM Oct … Continue reading

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AEF Virtual Trivia Bee 10/29/20

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor a pandemic will stop the Trivia Bee. Join us for our 26th Annual Trivia Bee, virtual style! It will be a fun night for you to gather around the laptop and play some trivia with … Continue reading

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Multi-Arts Presents Project Earth

Come, Come!! Be part of our story: Multi-Arts invites you to our virtual presentation of “Project Earth”, a humorous and entertaining story full of imagination about what our world will be in the year 3,000. There is hope! With doable … Continue reading

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UMass Language Acquisition Lab Study- Call for Participants

What do you see when you look at this picture?  What do you think that your child could say about the mushroom groupings? Did you notice that the mushrooms on top are big and the ones on the bottom are … Continue reading

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Update on Covid Cases and Phase 1 Return to In-Person Learning

Dear ARPS Community: The Amherst Health Department has notified the District that the total active cases of Covid-19 have increased from 35 to 51 since we notified you yesterday that the Phase 1 return to in-person learning would be delayed.  … Continue reading

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ARHS After School Club Fair

ARHS after school opportunities for students will be virtual this year.  Attached is the  links to our after school activities fair.  It will take place on Wednesday October 7, from 12:20-12:50 PM https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RKYbKlz9YMAk-fXODQjw5_Sc1y4eIKG6_6QriYNKggM/edit?usp=sharing

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Letter from Dr Morris

Dear ARPS Community: We are writing to inform you that a staff member in the Fort River School community has tested positive for COVID-19. Our first responsibility is to keep our students and staff safe, so we have been planning … Continue reading

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Flu Vaccine Required for all Massachusetts School Students

State public health officials announced that influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement is an important … Continue reading

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