Author Archives: Becky

Attn Seniors: Brief Reminders from Ms Cuffee-Gray

A number of MA State schools have May 1st deadlines – Framingham State University – https://www.framingham.edu/ Worcester State University – https://www.worcester.edu/ Salem State University – June 1st https://www.salemstate.edu/admissions Fitchburg State University Rolling Admissions – https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/admissions/undergraduate/ UMASS Boston – May 15th – https://admissions.umb.edu/ Open Admission (except … Continue reading

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AP Exam Info

Dear Parent, Here’s important information to help guide your child through the AP® Exam day experience. New Resources AP Exam Day Checklist: Your child should complete this checklist (.pdf/513.39 KB) for each AP Exam they’ll be taking this year, and … Continue reading

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SAT New Test Dates and Registration Info

The College Board has announced that SAT administration will be on Saturday, September 26, 2020. This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons … Continue reading

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MIAA Announcement on Spring Sports

In accordance with Governor Charles Baker’s announcement last week that Massachusetts schools will be closed to in person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) regretfully has cancelled all 2020 spring sports and … Continue reading

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Virtual programming for teens at the Jones Library

Teens and tweens (ages 11-17) who participate in our virtual programming will be entered into a weekly raffle to win a $5 gift card to Antonio’s pizza. Each week there will be multiple opportunities to participate! This week you can … Continue reading

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Kendrick Park Playground Update

The Town of Amherst is designing a playground for the children of Amherst, to be located in Kendrick Park.  The Planning Department, LSSE and DPW staff are working together to prepare a design, with input from the public.  During the … Continue reading

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Amherst Blue Light Luminaria in support of our Front Line Workers

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) invites the public to join them in honoring first responders, emergency services personnel, and  essential service worker with a town center drive-though event on Friday, May 8. The Luminaria lights will be lit by … Continue reading

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What’s Open?

This “Open for Business” list compiled by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce & Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) lets community members know what services are available in the community as businesses adapt to the COVID-19 situation. View and Share … Continue reading

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LSSE Kids Art Contest

Hello Artists and Art Enthusiasts, LSSE with the Town of Amherst is announcing a Kids Art Contest. We are looking for art that is inspired by all the helpers we see around us during this strange time in our lives. … Continue reading

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Attention Class of 2020!

Dear Class of 2020,  In beginning this communication to you I personally want to thank you for your leadership in bringing back the high level of spirit to ARHS. Whether it was homecoming, sports contests or other related extracurricular activities … Continue reading

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Updated April Break Dates

April Break was scheduled for next week.  ARPS will be changing the dates for this break based on feedback they have received.  It will be shortened to include only Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 22. Thursday and Friday, April … Continue reading

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Dr Morris’s Thoughts on Potential Reopening for 2019-2020 School Year

On March 16, Governor Baker ordered that schools in Massachusetts would close and would “reopen no sooner than May 4,” which is the language we have been using as a District.  I am hearing increasing levels of concern and stress … Continue reading

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From the ARHS Guidance Counselors

Please Note: We sent the below message a couple of weeks ago through a bulk email, but were since told some students and parents did not receive this because it landed in SPAM boxes. In case you did not receive, … Continue reading

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Attention Seniors: CFW Scholarships and Loans- Deadline Tonight

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent high school and college closings, the Scholarship and Interest-Free Loan Program application deadline has been moved from March 31 to April 17 at 11:59pm to allow students time to acquire the necessary documents to … Continue reading

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Hurricane Boosters Meeting on 4/23

The next Hurricane Boosters meeting will be held virtually through Zoom on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The link and Instructions are: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/705448409?pwd=SXNURGVKd1ZvalM2QXIxWVdJcC91QT09 Meeting ID: 705 448 409 Password: ifmi3h The boosters board of directors are: Mary G. … Continue reading

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SAT Update

As the College Board responds to the impact of the coronavirus, our top priorities are the health and safety of students. Right now, public health officials have made it clear it’s not safe to gather students in one place. Many … Continue reading

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AP Exam Update

The CollegeBoard is allowing students to wait until the actual day of the AP exam(s) they are signed up for to decide if they want to take it or not. Students DO NOT have to notify anyone about their intentions. … Continue reading

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Parent Workshop: Teens, Tweens & Quarantines

“Teens, Tweens & Quarantines” is a presentation for parents and caregivers, focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our children. In a dynamic fashion, this talk will address: the teen/tween brain explain why this pandemic is so difficult for this … Continue reading

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Downtown Amherst Businesses Open

#AmherstStrong #SupportLocal  Here is a most up to date list of essential small businesses that are working hard to keep us fed, healthy, safe and sane! Please note that the AACC/ Amherst BID is working every day to touch base … Continue reading

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ARPS Food for Students- Now Providing Meals for Weekends

ARPS is very excited to announce that they are able to provide meals for students on the weekends starting this Friday!!  On Fridays each student can take three breakfasts and three lunches. The totes will be marked with the day … Continue reading

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ARPS Yearbook Update

Hello, students and families! In this difficult time, the yearbook crew is still hard at work, making sure this year is documented! We have some announcements for you. The yearbook pre-order deadline has been extended to April 10th! After the … Continue reading

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AP Testing Updates from the College Board

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We know the coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and your school: we’re providing free, live, and on-demand AP courses and developing a … Continue reading

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Remote Learning Opportunities and Guidance from DESE

Additionally, Distance Learning 2.0 information specific to students within each school (including ARHS) will be forthcoming in the next week. Dear ARPS Community: Please see the attached documents that include a letter from Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley and a … Continue reading

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MIAA Spring Sports Update

The MIAA Board of Directors met on March 30th to determine that the Spring season will begin no earlier than May 4th and will be completed by June 27th, with consideration of June 28th for weather and/or facility needs. For … Continue reading

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Jones Library presents Quarantine Cuisine: A virtual cooking club for teens

This week we’ll debut Quarantine Cuisine, an opportunity for teens to try out some new recipes, experiment in the kitchen, and share their successes (and failures!) with their peers.The first cookbook we’ll be using is Japanese Cooking with Manga, available from … Continue reading

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Amherst Parks and Common Use Modifications

As of March 29, 2020 the Amherst Town Parks and Common are open for use with the following modifications: There is no organized sporting programs authorized to use the fields. Users should practice the recommended social distancing and group numbers. … Continue reading

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Message From ARHS Counselours

Dear Families, This message is from the Counseling Department staff at Amherst Regional High School. First and foremost, we want to back our Superintendent in prioritizing the health and safety of your family and those around you. We know this is a difficult … Continue reading

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ARPS COVID-19 Communication & Resources

Our students and staff is paramount, therefore, we are continuously monitoring the news surrounding COVID-19 and regular updates will continue to be provided to the ARPS community and posted on this website: http://www.arps.org/district/news/covid-19-communication-resources Any District plans or responses will be developed … Continue reading

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Meals for ARPS Students

ARPS is pleased to share that they are delivering meals, once a day, to 13 different locations in Amherst for families who access our federal nutrition program. We are attaching the flier with the locations and times we will be … Continue reading

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Spring Sports Update

The MIAA Board of Directors has voted to delay to the start of the 2020 Spring season to April 27th.  Respecting the fluidity of this situation, this decision will be revisited in the near future. For FAQs from the MIAA on … Continue reading

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March SEPAC Updates

Dear SEPAC families, During this unexpected school closure we are wishing all our district families much love, but especially our families whose children find unexpected changes in routine particularly difficult.  Wishing you love, and patience, and strength. Through this closure, … Continue reading

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Amherst School Committee Vacancy

The Town Council and School Committee will hold joint meetings to fill a School Committee vacancy on April 14 at 6:00 pm and April 16 at 6:00 pm in the Town Room, Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue. Interviews will be … Continue reading

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All Amherst Municipal Buildings Closed to Public

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 all Town of Amherst municipal buildings, including the Town Hall, Senior Center, Jones library and branches will be closed to the public, with a tentative reopening date of April 3, 2020. This does not include … Continue reading

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Spring Awakening SOS

While the COVID 19 virus continues to wreck havoc, one more kind of damage it will have is on the ARHS musical.  Each year, for well over two decades, ARHS students have come by the droves to give their winters … Continue reading

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Spring Awakening Performance Next Week

ARHS is proud to present Spring Awakening, March 12-14!  The brilliant Tony Award-winning Best Musical of 2007 comes to the ARHS stage, featuring the work of over 120 of our incredible students.  Based on the 1891 play of the same name, Spring … Continue reading

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SEPAC Meeting this Friday

Please join SEPAC this Friday, March 6, 2020 for their monthly meeting LIST OF TOPICS: Executive Board Meeting. Approve minutes. SpEd Survey Working Group, report on progress. Stars to Special Education Planning. SEPAC Leadership Recruitment. Updates from Dr. Brady, Director … Continue reading

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Spring Sports Registration

Spring Athletics Registration is now open for both the middle and high school. Please visit familyid.com to get your student athlete registered. If you are having difficulties registering, please contact Family ID at 888-800-5583 or contact the athletic office at … Continue reading

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Attn Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors- Summer Programs

Is you student (or you) thinking about summer programs? Summer programs are a great way to learn about careers, pathways, and areas of interest that you have! Some programs have scholarships. If you have questions, have your student(s) see Ms. … Continue reading

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Attn Juniors- College Essays

Juniors- Get a head start on your college essay! Come to the Writing Center on Mondays after school 2:30-3:30. Brainstorm, write, revise, polish. Get one or two essays done before you leave for summer break. Don’t Perseverate on the College … Continue reading

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Attention Seniors- Reality Fair

All ARHS seniors are invited to attend Reality Fair, a hands-on, financial literacy workshop. The event is entirely free for our students. The feedback from the students who participated the last two years was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. They said … Continue reading

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Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners at ARHS

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Anupama (Anu) Sitaraman

Congratulations to Anupama (Anu) Sitaraman a current 12th grade student at ARHS. On January 20, 2020, Anu was selected as a National Honorable Mention by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). She was one of 400 recipients selected … Continue reading

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New Student Registration Night

ARHS rising ninth graders (current 8th graders) and their families are invited to a course registration night at Amherst Regional High School on March 18 beginning at 6:15 p.m. with a Special Education information session. A group session with Principal … Continue reading

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Amherst ABC Gospel Choir Concert Honors ARHS Dean of Students Mary Custard

This year, the annual Gospel Choir Concert to benefit Amherst A Better Chance (ABC) is on Tuesday, March 31st, at Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst. The concert starts at 7:30 PM and features the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, the Amherst Regional … Continue reading

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Amherst School Committee Vacancy

The Town Council and School Committee will hold joint meetings to fill a School Committee vacancy on April 14 at 6:00 pm and April 16 at 6:00 pm in the Town Room, Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue. Interviews will be … Continue reading

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Dear ARPS Community: The Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has been much in the news for the past few weeks, and we want to share information about how ARPS is responding. We want to assure our community … Continue reading

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ASC’s Empty Bowls 2020

Wednesday, March 25 from 4-8 PM NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR! Inn on Boltwood 30 Boltwood Ave., Amherst Every ticket sold supports the Amherst Survival Center’s programs. Empty Bowls is a unique and memorable event that celebrates community and creativity, while … Continue reading

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MLWV: Teen Voting Rights Challenge

The Massachusetts League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Teen Voting Rights Challenge open to all high school students, Answer the question “Should 16-year-olds have the right to vote?” in a 30 second video and you could win $500. Go … Continue reading

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SEPAC MEETING 2/14

The SEPAC meeting that was scheduled for last Friday was cancelled due to the 2 hour school delay at the middle and high schools. It will be held instead this Friday, February 14, 9-10:30am, at the Middle School ETA Conference … Continue reading

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FPA Valentines Day Gala- TONIGHT

DINNER DANCE TO SUPPORT THE ARTS Feb. 14th 6-9pm Join us on Valentine’s Day for a great party for a great cause! Buffet dinner with live music performed by the ARHS Jazz Band with dancing in the beautiful, historic Munson … Continue reading

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