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An Update from Principal Sadiq

Hello, I hope this message finds all of you doing well. We wanted to inform you about some of the things that are going on with the high school.  As many of you may know, the School Committee passed a … Continue reading

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ARHS DESE Report Card for 2020

Dear Families: Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how … Continue reading

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ARPS School Committee Meetings Next Week

There have 2 joint meetings of the Amherst, Pelham, and Regional School Committees coming up on Tuesday & Wednesday. Among the topics on Tuesday, they will vote on the proposed school start time change, hear about pooled testing for COVID-19, … Continue reading

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Senior Class Meeting 9AM on Friday

Class of 2021 Parents, please remind your Seniors they are all invited to a virtual senior meeting on February 26th at 9:00am! You will hear from administrators and other adult leaders regarding prom, graduation, scholarships, senior exemption etc. You will … Continue reading

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Floating Sports Season Begins Monday!

Sports registration for the ‘floating season’ is closing on Feb 28! ARPS will be offering ‘indoor track’ (practices only; 9th-12th grade), football (9th-12th grade) and swimming (7th-12th grade). Please note that ‘indoor track’ will be mostly outdoors unless using the … Continue reading

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Student Written Play Festival Call for Submissions

All Students are invited to Submit a play to the 36th Annual Student-Written Play Festival!  We accept all kinds of scripts from all kinds of students for a slate of 10 and 1-minute plays to be performed live this spring.  … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 26: Virtual senior class meeting 9:00am Feb 28: Deadline to Register for Floating Season Sports Mar 1: Floating Sports Season Begins Mar 17: All Teachers Curriculum/Work Day (No School)  Mar 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary)  Apr 2: … Continue reading

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Virtual Homework Help at the Jones Library

Want some extra help with homework or preparing for exams? Students from the Future Health Leaders Network of UMass Amherst are available Thursdays in March from 4 to 6 pm to assist high school students with homework help and test … Continue reading

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Youth Career & Job Expo Kick Off

A virtual job fair and career expo for high school students and young adults 14 to 24 years of age in Franklin, Hampshire County, and the North Quabbin region.  One note: Students are not required to attend the orientation in … Continue reading

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Yelo (Youth Engage Legislators & Officials) Forum

DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps is collaborating with Community Action Youth Programs to bring the annual YELO Forum, 3/31/21 from 4-6pm. YELO = Youth Engage Legislators & Officials. This year will be a virtual forum. Youth and DSAP members will lead an interactive … Continue reading

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Northampton and Amherst Approved as Collaborative Regional Vaccination Site

The City of Northampton and Town of Amherst join forces to distribute up to 5,000 vaccinations per week   On Tuesday  it was announced that the Northampton Health Department has been approved as the lead community in a regional collaboration with … Continue reading

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Amherst Four Building Projects Workshop and Feedback Session

Saturday, March 6, 2021 Join us to discuss possible financing options for  the four major building projects in Town. The four projects are the $36.3 million expansion and renovation of the Jones Library, for which the town is responsible for … Continue reading

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Spark for German

Come join us and learn some basic German in six differently themed 45-minute interactive virtual sessions. We’ll listen to music, learn about sustainability, explore food culture, and much more. WHAT: basic German in a fun virtual setting WHEN: Tuesdays 4.00-4.45 … Continue reading

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Winter Recess Next Week

There is no school next week. Have a safe, restful break.

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Semester 2 Materials

If you do not have your books and materials needed for Semester 2 yet, please let ARHS know if you plan on coming to the school to get them Friday, during your lunch break or after school. Or if you … Continue reading

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ARHS Athletics Update

Amherst hockey lost to Greenfield Saturday 4 to 2, they face Southwick today at 3pm. The girls basketball team had their first loss on the road losing to Chicopee by three, they turned things back around, winning their next on … Continue reading

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Helen Dalton wins ‘Best in Category Award’

Congratulations to Helen Dalton, ARHS junior, for being awarded the ‘Best in Category Award’ for Editorial Cartoon sponsored by the Herb Block Foundation in the Region of Massachusetts. Helen’s work was judged best in the state after receiving a Gold … Continue reading

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ARHS Students Accepted in Massachusetts All-State Chorus

Congratulations to Sofie Montti and Ruthie Weinbaum, who were accepted into the Massachusetts All-State Chorus! They scored high enough on their video auditions that they will now be participating in a virtual choral piece conducted by Dr. Jeffery Redding, 2019 … Continue reading

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Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Meeting

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters is having its next meeting via Zoom on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 5:00pm. Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89683277314pwd=MG94dGpQMGpsSVoxbnVxYitQYVMvZz09 Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314 Passcode: GoCanes Call: 1 646 876 9923  Meeting ID: 896 8327 7314  Password: … Continue reading

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Attention Seniors:

Seniors you are invited to a virtual senior meeting on February 26th at 9:00am! You will hear from administrators and other adult leaders regarding prom, graduation, scholarships, senior exemption etc. You will also have the opportunity to network with some … Continue reading

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Amherst Art for Clean Energy Call for Submission

Are you interested in publishing your artwork or creative writing, and are you passionate about environmental action? If so, consider submitting your art masterpieces to the Amherst Art for Clean Energy student anthology, co-created by Amherst Sunrise and Amherst Regional … Continue reading

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Cybersecurity Externship Opportunity

If you are interested in working in this field and can commit to the program  during the month of June, please email me, Deidre Cuffee-Gray (cuffee-grayd@arps.org) with your interest. Here’s the link that will take you to more information about … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Feb 15-19: Winter Break  Feb 18: Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters Meeting 5PM via Zoom Feb 24: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 elementary)  Feb 26: Senior Class Council Meeting 9AM Feb 28: Deadline to Register for Floating Season Sports Mar 1: … Continue reading

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Teen Lounge Discord Kickoff Party

Friday, February 12th from 3:00 – 4:00 pmTeen Lounge at Jones Library is going virtual! We’re joining up with the teen departments at Chicopee and Forbes libraries to offer a virtual teen lounge for area teens ages 13-18 on our … Continue reading

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UMass Association of Women in Science Pen Pal Program

Do you have questions about college? The UMass Amherst Association for Women in Science (AWIS) can help! We are an undergraduate student group dedicated to inclusion in STEM fields, and we want to help middle school and high school students … Continue reading

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A.I. Camp at WNE University

What does artificial intelligence (AI) have to do with engineering? Come and out at a free virtual AI camp hosted by Western New England University (WNE) on Feb. 15-19 from 3:00-4:15pm. Each day, you’ll hear from WNE faculty about their … Continue reading

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Semester 2 Books and Materials

Families, please email arhsoffice@arps.org or call 413-362-1700 to let us know if you or your children have not been able to get books and materials for the 2nd Semester yet. We have volunteers ready to deliver materials. Thanks and take care -Talib … Continue reading

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A.I. Camp at WNE University

What does artificial intelligence (AI) have to do with engineering? Come and out at a free virtual AI camp hosted by Western New England University (WNE) on Feb. 15-19 from 3:00-4:15pm. Each day, you’ll hear from WNE faculty about their … Continue reading

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Important Info Regarding Semester 2 Start on Monday

Notes for February 1st: On February 1 students should log into their S2 Google Classrooms and look for assignments. There will be a Distance Learning Feedback form in all A-Period classes. The goal of the survey is to hear directly … Continue reading

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Call for Volunteers for 2/2/21

ARHS is seeking volunteers to help deliver books, art supplies and other materials to families who won’t be able to make it to pick up their items for second semester.  If you are able to help on Tuesday, February 2 … Continue reading

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Regional School Committee and APEA Joint Statement

Please read the below joint Statement from the Amherst Pelham Education Association and the Regional SC that provides an update on their collaborative efforts regarding the 2020/21 school year. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iQv8bikO2Xj53c-Tz6pK7FjrEt0kJmcH/view?fbclid=IwAR3NKEDk16goH4ms_9moF8PhlPOAdFO6vFgaoNblED3eMf5N0vxfJmBMJk0

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Amherst School Committee Open Meeting of Residents on February 4, 2021 — 6:00PM

Join online via Zoom or view on Amherst Media Channel 15 Share your comments, ask questions, and hear from the District, School Committee, and other community members at this open meeting on February 4. Pursuant to Article 8, Section 1, … Continue reading

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ARPS Seal of Biliteracy

Filling out this form gives you an opportunity to earn a Seal of Biliteracy, which represents an important award as a recognition of your bilingual skills on your graduate diploma. ARPS will be offering this official State Seal to bilingual … Continue reading

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ARHS Senior Arden Lloyd Named National YoungArts Foundation Finalist

ARHS senior Arden Lloyd has been named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Voice: Singer-Songwriter, the organization’s highest honor. Arden has been recognized for her caliber of artistic achievement and joins 659 of the nation’s most accomplished artists in … Continue reading

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ARHS Athletics Update

Amherst hockey had their first two games against Ludlow losing the first game 6-3 and then tying the second game 2 to 2. Boys and girls basketball defeated Ludlow twice each. Nordic ski had their first race as well as … Continue reading

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ARHS Support Group Announced

If you or someone you know has lost someone close and are grieving, it can feel lonely, difficult to talk about, and confusing. Especially so in this isolating pandemic. Sometimes finding others our age who have the shared experience of … Continue reading

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MA College Application Celebration!!!

February 2nd and February 4th IN 20 MINUTES YOU COULD BE ADMITTED TO A TWO OR FOUR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY! HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT UMASS LOWELL, UMASS DARTMOUTH, MCLA OR SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY HAVE TO OFFER? SIGN UP!!! HERE’S THE … Continue reading

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Statewide Flu Vaccination Requirement Dropped

The State of Massachusetts has dropped its flu vaccination requirement for children six years and older.  According to DPH officials, “Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and … Continue reading

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Seniors: Cap & Gown Update

Seniors – if you have not done so yet, please order your cap & gown ASAP.  The deadline has been extended to January 31, and as of now there are still many of you who have not ordered.  Go to … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Jan 29: ARHS School Photo Day; All Teacher Curriculum/Work Day (No School)  Jan 31: Deadline for Seniors to order a Cap and Gown Feb 1: Semester 2 (Q3) Begins; Materials Pickup by grade Feb 7: MEFA FASFA Day en Espanol … Continue reading

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Free Event with Youth Leaders in the Global Climate Change Movement

There is an amazing series going on at UMass related to climate change.  Next Monday, on Feb. 1, the speakers at a free event include Vanessa Nakate, a climate activist from Uganda, and Varshini Prakash, exec director and co-founder of … Continue reading

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Vote for the New Amherst Recreation Logo

Amherst Recreation is pleased to announce that they received 21 creative designs for their new logo! Amherst Rec staff and commission have narrowed it down to a Top 5. Now we need your help to decide which one to use! … Continue reading

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Winterfest Ice Sculptures on the Common: A Drive Through Experience Next Weekend

The Town of Amherst Recreation, The Business Improvement District and The Amherst Area Chamber present Ice Sculptures on the Common! A Drive-Through Experience.   We welcome one and all to Winterfest 2021! This fantastical event will feature at least 11 life-sized … Continue reading

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Jones Library Zoom event – March 4, 2021

Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Other Beneficials   Amherst, MA – As we begin to think about planning our gardens this year, it’s a good time to consider the benefits of adding plants that attract birds, butterflies, and bees.   Learn how to … Continue reading

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ARHS Theater Co. Production This Weekend!

The ARHS Theater Company is excited to present She Kills Monsters this coming Friday, 1/15 and Saturday 1/16 at 8pm.  A Zoom-based adaptation of his own original work, Qui Nguyen’s award-winning play was one of the 10 most produced plays … Continue reading

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ARHS Athletics Update

Athletics started this week and it’s off to a great start! Please continue to check-in with coaches as practice and game schedules can change!

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Yearbook News

The yearbook now has an Instagram! We’ll be using it to keep you updated, as well as to collect photos! Follow arhs_goldbug_yearbook for more! Senior photos are due January 22nd! Please email your photos to Miss Garrity at garrityc@arps.org. Photos … Continue reading

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ARHS Swag Fundraiser to Benefit the Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 is asking for your support in our fundraising efforts which have been impacted by COVID-19. The money we raise will go towards offsetting expenses associated with prom and class projects. Your support of our ARHS merchandise … Continue reading

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Families Invited to Take School Equity Task Force Survey

The School Equity Task Force would like to hear from families in our ARPS community about their experiences with remote learning. We want to hear about what is going well, but also, about the things you might need to support … Continue reading

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Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors and Sophomores

The Christian A. Herter Memorial Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to Massachusetts students who demonstrate academic promise and aspirations for higher education, but whose socio-economic backgrounds and environmental conditions may inhibit their ability to persevere and attain their educational goals.   … Continue reading

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