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Information Session for Families in the Southpoint Area This Saturday

August 8th at 10 AM – 11 AM Hosted by Amherst Regional Public Schools The ARPS District will be holding an information session to discuss the ARPS Fall 2020 reopening plan. in the green area at Southpoint at 10 AM … Continue reading

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Covid- 19 Info Session with Local Medical Professionals

Join ARPS on Wednesday, August 12th for an information session with local medical professionals who will provide evidence based information around COVID-19. This will be an interactive live-stream event. To have the best chance at having your question(s) answered, we … Continue reading

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ARPS 2020-2021 School Opening FAQ

The District has created an FAQ regarding school opening.  It can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tum92k8L_buI6EhK9_rchoqqb3KRkyI-/view

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School Committee Votes Hybrid Learning Model 4

The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees voted last night, August 6th to approve the submission of the fall 2020 plan to DESE. I have attached this document to this email.  The ARPS School Reopening Plan is being translated and … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Please Note: ARHS Students-SATs scheduled for 8.29.20 are canceled.  Aug 8- Info Session at Southpoint 10 AM Aug 12- Covid-19 Info Session with local medical professionals Aug 31- Sept 15- All Staff Orientation Sept 7- Labor Day Sept 14- Fall … Continue reading

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Stop & Shop A+ Rewards – Sign Up Now!

Hey, Stop & Shop Shoppers – Great news! ARHS is once again participating in Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards fundraising program, which launches on August 7. Join over 2,400 ARHS parents, staff and alumni and help the ARHS PGO … Continue reading

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Summer Meals Continue in August

Summer meals are continuing in August and families can access grab and go meals at more than 800 sites in Massachusetts! Some may be eligible for additional support through programs like SNAP and WIC, or through other local food resources, … Continue reading

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MCAS Moratorium Bill Hearing- Call for Testimony

A public hearing has just been announced for An Act responding to the COVID-19 emergency by instituting a moratorium of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Hearing details: The Education Committee will accept testimony via email only until Monday, August 10 … Continue reading

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Talib Sadiq Named Interim Principal of ARHS

Dear ARPS Community: I am pleased to inform you that Talib Sadiq has been appointed Interim Principal of ARHS for the 2020-2021 school year.  Mr. Sadiq has served as Assistant Principal at ARHS for the past two years, prior to … Continue reading

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*New* Free Friday Suppers for Families

ARPS School Nutrition has partnered with the Town of Amherst to inform people about the 2020 Census We will be offering FREE suppers on Fridays for rest of the summer, thanks to a grant from the Amherst Complete Count Committee … Continue reading

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ARPS School Return 2020 Website

The District has created a website full of information about the Fall 2020 Planning process. It contains survey results, planning guidance and meeting dates. https://sites.google.com/arps.org/school-return-fall2020/home?authuser=0

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SAT Registration for Fall 2020

Dear Parent, We know students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect their college application process, including taking the SAT. We’re committed to giving students as many chances as we can to show their strengths to colleges, while … Continue reading

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Vote By Mail this Fall

1.    Complete a Vote by Mail Application; or use the pre-addressed paper application card that you may have received in the mail.  2.    Deliver your application to your Town’s Town Clerk or return the pre-addressed paper application card that you may … Continue reading

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Household Hazardous Waste Day 2020

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday, August 15, 2020, 9 AM to Noon Fort River School 70 South East Street,  Amherst, MA PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED · Open to all Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury & Hadley residents.  · Preregister between 7/6/20 and 8/7/20. … Continue reading

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Two Important School Committee Meetings Next Week

JOINT Meeting of the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees 6:00 PM Monday, July 20, 2020 Virtual Meeting NOTES: This meeting will be shown via live-stream http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2 and on Amherst Media (Channel 15) Members of the public who would … Continue reading

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Return of School Items/ Locker Items Pickup Dates

On July 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm students can pick up items they left in their locker and can drop off books and Chromebooks that they have at home. Students should enter through the gym entrance and wear masks.  Also, for students in … Continue reading

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Class of 2021 College Planning Summer Camp – Next Week

Four workshop sessions for seniors in the Class of 2021 in late July which will focus on several pieces of the College Admissions Pie! Tuesday – July 21st – Building Your College List – Target, Reach & Likely School  9am-10:00am … Continue reading

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ARPS COVID-19 Communication & Resources

Did you know that ARPS maintains a website complete with all COVID-19 Communications and a listing of resources for the community. It can be found at: http://www.arps.org/district/news/covid-19-communication-resources

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Amherst Survival Center is Open

The Amherst Survival Center- 138 Sunderland Road, Amherst Onsite services open from 12-3PM M/T/TH/F Free hot lunch. Free produce and bread. Free monthly full grocery shop- onsite pantry open, plus curbside pickup and delivery options. The Food Pantry is available … Continue reading

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Complete Your Census Today

The 2020 Census self response rate in Amherst is currently at 62.5%. We need this number to be much higher to ensure a complete count. Amherst is also at a very high risk of undercounting our young children, according to … Continue reading

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A Letter from Principal Jones

Dear ARHS Families, This year was filled with many unexpected events that gave me a chance to reassess my priorities and reflect on what is truly important in my life. As a result of these reflections,  I have decided it … Continue reading

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Fall Planning Town Halls with the Amherst, Pelham and Regional School Committees

This Thursday, July 2, 2020 Join the Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees on Thursday, July 9 for a discussion of priorities for opening of school in the fall. ARPS staff, parents/guardians and community members are welcome! There will … Continue reading

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Student Locker Items Pickup and Chromebook/ Book Drop off Dates

On Tuesday, July 15th and Tuesday July 22nd from 11:00am-3:00pm students can pick up items they left in their locker and can drop off books and Chromebooks that they have at home. Students should enter through the gym entrance and … Continue reading

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Class of 2021 College Planning Summer Camp – July 21st-23rd

Four workshop sessions for seniors in the Class of 2021 in late July which will focus on several pieces of the College Admissions Pie! Tuesday – July 21st – Building Your College List – Target, Reach & Likely School  9am-10:00am … Continue reading

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2020 AP Scores Are Coming This Month

Dear Parent, If your child took an AP® Exam this year, they’ll get access to their AP scores between Wednesday, July 15, and Friday, July 17, depending on their location. Scores will be released at 8 a.m. ET on the … Continue reading

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Free Summer Lunches

We are thrilled to announce that we will continue serving FREE MEALS to ALL children 0-18 through August 28! If you’ve been receiving these meals at our 7 sites, please continue as usual. If you haven’t been receiving meals, please … Continue reading

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Letter to the ARHS Community

Parents and ARHS Community, Over the past several days we have witnessed violent and non-violent reactions to the death of Mr. George Floyd. The recent events of a world pandemic, unemployment, isolation and now the death of Mr. Floyd have … Continue reading

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Joint Statement from Town of Amherst Officials

We are haunted by the searing vision of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on a subdued man’s neck, as other officers watched the man die. We witnessed Mr. George Floyd’s pleas for help be ignored by the very people who … Continue reading

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ARPS Counselor’s Corner Session Today

We would like to invite all families to this week’s session of Counselor’s Corner. This session’s topics will be around behavioral support, building/maintaining routines, and may also include discussion around summer related strategies for your child and families. This session … Continue reading

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ARHS Listening Circles for students in Grades 9 – 11

Hello ARHS students and  families, In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police, and the resulting rallies and protests around the world and in Amherst regarding police brutality against Black people and people … Continue reading

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Virtual Tours of All ARPS Schools Now Available

Since students who will be moving to a new school in the 2020-2021 school year cannot have the in-person tours typically offered each spring, they can now see their new school buildings through a virtual tour.  There is a link … Continue reading

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ARPS Fall 2020 Planning

On Wednesday, June 3rd, Superintendent Morris presented the school committee with the district;s considerations and options for Fall 2020 Planning. If you missed it, here is the link to the slideshow: http://www.arps.org/sites/default/files/Fall%202020%20Planning%20%28final%29.pdf

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Post High School Transition and Special Education Webinar Recording

Last week, local Social Service agencies hosted a discussion and info session on Transitioning to adult services during Covid-19 and School Closures. Here are the Autism Connections/Family Empowerment presentation. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wAZ2RxDckCwj_QjDAwE8VOF10F5BfPrV/view?usp=sharing Should anyone still have questions and feel they would benefit … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

June 12th- Listening Circle – ARHS June 12th- ARPS Counselor’s Corner 2:15 PM June 15th- Listening Circle – ARHS June 18th- Last Day of Distance Learning June 22nd- ARHS Staff Appreciation Luncheon (raindate June 23) All other school events are … Continue reading

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Youth For BLM March And Speak Out

**Not School Sponsered** Friday, June 12 from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM March begins at the ARHS Football field. https://www.facebook.com/events/571431013805396/ This event is being led by and for black and brown youth of Western Mass who are needing to share … Continue reading

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Governor Baker’s Class of 2020 Commencement Address

In partnership with WGBH, Governor Charlie Baker delivered a commencement address to the Class of 2020 as part of a celebration for graduating seniors from 668 public and private schools across the Commonwealth. https://www.wgbh.org/massachusetts-commencement-2020#:~:text=In%20partnership%20with%20WGBH%2C%20Governor,private%20schools%20across%20the%20Commonwealth.

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Summer Job and Career Skill Building Programs for Teens

The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center (MassHire FHCC) provides employment and training opportunities for In-School and Out-of-School youth and young adults ages 14-24 in collaboration with our community partners in the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions.  To learn more … Continue reading

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AEF Stars in Our Schools

As the end of the school year nears, we reflect on how proud we are of all our teachers, staff, students, and parents and their resilience in adapting to the unforeseen and unique challenges they faced this year. With that … Continue reading

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Be Counted! Participate in the Census Today

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. An accurate census count is also … Continue reading

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What’s Open

Here is the updated list from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on what area businesses are open and how to contact them: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MSBFnv08nc7yap2TmBgmyLyUfzEwLixoc1updNS8jxU/edit?usp=sharing

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Recreation & Summer Activities in Amherst

This is an update on Town of Amherst activities this summer. Please note that all activities, if they are happening, will be different than they have been in previous years. We will put in place precautions to minimize the likelihood … Continue reading

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SEPAC Meeting 6/5

Please join us virtually at our next meeting: Friday, June 5, 9-10:30am via Google Hangout: use the link: https://meet.google.com/wjk-sgms-vqw or join by phone: +1 402-295-5292 PIN: 833435933# Please RSVP to sepac@arps.org with your phone number, so if we run into … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

June 5- ARPS SEPAC Virtual Meeting 9 AM June 5- Juniors will be notified of teachers’ recommendations decisions June 5- Graduation Car Parade through Towns 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM (Not school sponsored) June 5th- Graduation Ceremony Video premiere – … Continue reading

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Amherst Educators Solidarity Rally to be held Sunday

Amherst Educators are coming together for a Solidarity Rally to show our support of our students, families, and colleagues.  We will have live speakers, educators will join together in taking the Black Lives Matters At School Pledge together, and we … Continue reading

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Teen Programming Survey@ Jones Library

Let us know what virtual teen programming you would like to see at the Jones this summer by filling out our quick and easy survey!  Teens (ages 11-17) who fill out the survey (and who include their full name and email … Continue reading

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Joint School Committee Meeting Wednesday- Fall 2020 Planning

There is a joint meeting of the Amherst, Pelham, and Region School Committees on Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30pm. It will be broadcast live on Amherst Media as well as streaming on http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2 The meeting will begin the critical planning … Continue reading

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AR[T]HS 2020 Exhibition Now Open

The Art Department at Amherst Regional High School is proud to present AR[T]HS 2020, an exhibit of outstanding student artwork from the 2019-2020 school year. This juried exhibit – now in its 12th year – includes work from all of … Continue reading

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Updated Special Education summer info reminder – Reply needed by Friday May 29th

Dear Parents/Guardians, This letter is to update you on the planning underway for summer special education instruction and services for your child(ren) for this upcoming summer. Last week, on May 21st & 22nd you received messages from our office with … Continue reading

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Parent Resources Available

ARHS Counselours have created a website full of resources for parents and caregivers of our high school students. In it you will find the contact information of all of the counselors in the school as well as links to resources … Continue reading

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Juniors: From the College Counselor (deadline today for recs!)

Teacher Recommendations Tomorrow is the last day to request teacher recommendations. Please see below for expectations and materials for teacher recommendation requests! Juniors will be notified of teachers’ decisions by June 5th — Parent & Guardian Surveys in Naviance Reminder … Continue reading

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