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Sports Updates

The School Committee voted on 1/5/21 to reduce fees for the condensed winter sports season.  Please see the new fees here.  Winter 20-21 Practice/Try-Out Schedule is subject to change.  Please check back regularly.

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Environmental Action Club to plant trees in Amherst

The Environmental Action Club has partnered with an organization called Tree-Plenish to plant trees in the Amherst community! Our goal is 230 trees, which will offset the school’s yearly paper consumption. If you’d like to request a tree, go to … Continue reading

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Community Recess Van for K-6 students

The Amherst Hurricanes Athletic Boosters and Amherst Recreation are teaming up to provide a free “Recess Van,” for student K-6 during the lunch/recess break between the times of 11:30-12:15 from 1/11/2021-1/29/21.  It is voluntary, free and doesn’t require any registration, … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Jan 8: SEPAC meeting 9am 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 … Continue reading

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Town of Amherst helping bridge the digital divide

The Town of Amherst is helping to bridge the digital divide by bringing Soofa Signs and charging cores to Amherst’s downtown. The signs will communicate COVID-19 updates, public health guidelines, Town updates, and local business offerings. The solar-powered charging cores … Continue reading

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Amherst Recreation Logo Contest- Deadline Today (1/8)

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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UMass Employees- Another Way to Support Our Schools

Do you work at UMass? Do you want an easy way to make a contribution to the ARHS PGO and help our schools? The annual UMass-Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) is now underway. The UMACC program lets UMass employees donate to … Continue reading

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Jones Library Virtual Program- Feasting From Your Winter Pantry

Looking for ways to make a delicious dinner without last minute trips to the market, especially these days?  Join us for Feasting from Your Winter Pantry: Soul Warming Recipes from Your Pantry, a webinar to be presented by Chef Liz Barbour, owner … 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. To … Continue reading

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American Mathematics Competition

It is time to sign-up for the  American Mathematics Competition (AMC) that takes place Thursday, February 4th.   It will be taken on-line at home and a guardian will need to be available to proctor.  This is the first in … Continue reading

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THE ARPS FREE WINTER COAT SWAP IS THIS FRIDAY!

ALL ARE WELCOME! IN THE AMHERST REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL LOBBY at 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst  (One family will be allowed in at a time.) FRIDAY, DEC. 18, FROM 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. IS YOUR FAMILY READY FOR ANOTHER WINTER? IF … Continue reading

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Class of 2023 Merchandise Store Now Open

Dear Amherst Parents and Guardians, Want to show your ARHS Pride? The Class of 2023’s Council now has a merchandise store open and ready for business! But, the store is only open until December 22nd, so make sure to order … Continue reading

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Class of 2022 Fundraisers

The Class of 2022 is hosting two fundraisers. The first is a holiday ornament fundraiser! Ornaments are $5 each and handmade by a member of class council! To order, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/eoqx6eYBHXAwYHVZ7. The deadline to order is … Continue reading

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Support our Student Athletes and show our Hurricane Pride

We certainly find ourselves in unprecedented times. Who would have thought as we watched our winter sport teams battle in the playoffs last February that we would not be watching our Canes play again for quite a while!    While we … 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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Attention Seniors!

COLLEGE BOUND In a effort to help you be self-sufficient, both now and during the vacation weeks, please find the Application Checklist. Waiting until the very last minute will not serve you well. If you send an essay for review … Continue reading

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From the College and Career Counselor

If you missed the PGO Coffee with the ARHS College and Career Counselor, you are in luck!  You can watch her presentation on ARPSTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qp1QbV7mMg&feature=youtu.be

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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 … Continue reading

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Location for Collection Boxes for Survival Center Needed

The class of 2024 would like to collect donations for the Amherst Survival Center. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, we have been unable to find a place to set up our collection boxes. We have boxes for non-perishables, toiletries, … Continue reading

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State Seal of Biliteracy

ARPS will be offering the official State Seal of Biliteracy to graduating seniors in spring of 2021, as well as Biliteracy Pathway Awards to students in grades 6 and 8. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded by the state department … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Dec 18: ARPS Warm Winter Clothing – ARMS Lobby Dec 21-Jan 1 : Winter Break Dec 31- Winter Sports Registration Deadline Jan 6: Three Kings Day (No School) Jan 9: ARHS Cabaret livestream Jan 13: PreK-12 Early Release (12:00 secondary/1:20 … Continue reading

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AEF Stars in Our Schools

In celebration of teachers and staff, we are excited to announce our winter Stars in Our Schools fundraiser! The Amherst-Pelham School District has been working through unprecedented educational challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Our teachers, staff, and … Continue reading

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Free Financial Literacy Program

This is the link to a flyer for a Free Financial Literacy Program that starts on Monday (12/21/20)

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American Mathematics Competition

It is time to sign-up for the  American Mathematics Competition (AMC) that takes place Thursday, February 4th.   It will be taken on-line at home and a guardian will need to be available to proctor.  This is the first in … 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. So far we have over 60 coats, many sets … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … 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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … 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 see below for special instructions … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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