Author Archives: Mare

Schools Out! See You Soon

We made it! The school year officially is over! Mare and Becky, the editors at the ARHS PGO Parent News, want to wish each of you, and your families, a safe, happy and healthy summer. Normally, this would be our … Continue reading

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ARHS Staff Appreciation Luncheon- June 22!

We know everyone is missing their friends and colleagues, and that includes our teachers and staff, who have dealt with a lot with the quick switch to distance learning this spring.  School may be remote but the annual end of … Continue reading

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Updated info on Chromebooks & Textbook Returns; Locker Clean out

.  ARPS IS staff will be collecting school issued Chromebooks at the front entrance of the high school Monday June 22nd and Tuesday June 23nd. Please plan to return your device at that time if you are not participating in … Continue reading

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Free ACT/SAT Tutoring For ARHS Students This Summer

Hello ARHS sophomores and juniors! This summer is a great time to prepare for SAT and ACT standardized testing. Members of the ARHS community, equipped with experience and success in these exams, are eager to help guide you through this … Continue reading

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Guidance News For Rising Seniors

Hello Rising Seniors- You have negotiated a school year with a tremendous amount of upheaval both in terms of COVID 19, the George Floyd, Breonna Taylor (and countless others) protests and soul searching around Black Lives Matter, and negotiating physical … Continue reading

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Summer School Course Addition- more PE!

Due to the overwhelming demand and our desire to not turn any student away from summer school, we are adding a section of PE during Session 2 to accommodate students wishing to also take a morning class. It will still run … Continue reading

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School Committee Meets 6/25- Fall Planning

There is a joint meeting of the Amherst, Pelham, and Region School Committees on Thursday, June 25 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 and … Continue reading

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Virtual Juneteenth Celebration Today At 4:00 PM

Town of Amherst Virtual Juneteenth Celebration “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of … Continue reading

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Recycle Your Textiles To Benefit ARHS

Many of us have been seriously spring cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recycle your old and tattered clothes, shoes, and linens and the Amherst PGOs can earn money — at no cost to you. Bay State Textiles collects used clothing and … Continue reading

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It’s Ok To Return Library Books Now @ The Jones

Dear Jones Library Patron, Thank you so much for your patience and for holding onto your library materials during these last 3 months. We’ve missed you. We are happy to report that we are READY FOR YOU TO RETURN YOUR … Continue reading

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Women’s Right To Vote Celebrated 6/25

Thursday, June 25, is the anniversary of Massachusetts ratifying women’s right to vote!!!  In commemoration the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a walk, at noon on this day, from Kendrick Park to the Amherst Town Hall.  Anyone and everyone … Continue reading

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Virtual Summer Arts Camp

Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp (DASAC) has shifted to a virtual camp this summer – and we’ve got a few spots left!  Serving Valley teens and pre-teens for 30 years, DASAC is a progressive, wacky, and joyous summer program for the … Continue reading

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Class of 2020 Parade Today

Friday, June 5, 2020 beginning at 3:15 PM Seniors and your families are invited to decorate their vehicle and join their classmates for a celebratory pre-graduation parade through the streets of Amherst. Please depart from your elementary school at the … Continue reading

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Class of 2020 Graduation Airs @ 6:00 PM

At 6:00 PM today, the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony and parade will be available on: Amherst Media – channel stream for channel 15. http://161.77.57.225/CablecastPublicSite/watch/2?channel=2 YouTube link: https://youtu.be/st8RTR6EFjQ

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College Essay Boot Camp

If you signed up for the Personal Statement Boot Camp and haven’t heard back, here’s what you need below: If you didn’t sign up but want to work on your essay, register at this link and use the information below. The week … Continue reading

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Webinar for Parents of Adult Disabled Students

This webinar is for parents and family members of young people with an intellectual or developmental disability, and provides an overview of the legal consequences of reaching the age of emancipation at 18. Discussion will include a description of the … Continue reading

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News for Class of 2021

Class of 2021, First of all, I want to acknowledge that we are in the midst of a pandemic, Distance Learning 2.0, physical distancing, and political and personal unrest in this nation are a lot weighing on our collective psyches. … Continue reading

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LSSE Virtual Summer Programs

We hope you are all staying healthy and are getting ready for summer. With so much uncertainty surrounding camps, school and activities for kids, we couldn’t wait to share these super fun virtual options with you! Whether your kids are … Continue reading

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Ben Levy Receives ARMS Educator Award

The Amherst Regional Middle School Educator Award for 2019-20 will be awarded to English teacher Ben Levy. The award, given by the Amherst Regional Middle School Parent Guardian Organization (ARMS PGO), is based on three main criteria: student support, collaboration … Continue reading

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ARPS Special Education Summer Services

Dear Parents/Guardians, While ARPS waits for a determination from Governor Baker regarding the opening of schools during the summer, the District has been working on both options of remote summer services or school-based services as a result of the opening … Continue reading

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Senior Graduation News From Guidance

Hey Seniors! So, yes. This is my penultimate email from Naviance to you. Yup, next to last… I hope you are hanging in there and finishing up your last assignments, AP exams, and the like. You have weathered the final … Continue reading

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Class of 2020 Graduates- 5/27 Parade and Video 6/5

ARHS Graduation 2020 will be on 5/27.  Following is important information: Day 1 May 26 (Students MUST have a face covering to enter the building – No Exceptions) By alphabet and scheduled time Seniors will turn in Chromebooks and all … Continue reading

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Juniors: Teacher Recommendation Information

Teacher Recommendation request period is May 18th – May 29th – early requests are not permitted Juniors will be notified of teachers’ decisions by June 5th Next year, most of you will prepare applications for colleges, technical schools, scholarships, jobs … Continue reading

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ARPS SEPAC Meeting on 6/5

The ARPS SEPAC will meet on June 5, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. LIST OF TOPICS: ARPS Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC) Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools as well as students out … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

May 25- Memorial Day May 26- Seniors Only-Return School Materials and get Cap and Gowns (As Scheduled) May 27- Senior Graduation Photos Taken (As Scheduled) June 5- Graduation Car Parade through Towns 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM (Not school sponsored) … Continue reading

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Donate Your Gowns to Gowns4Good

Gowns4Good connects graduation gowns to healthcare workers in need of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. http://www.gowns4good.net

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List of Open Area Businesses

Here is the updated list of area establishments that are open for business (as of 5/19): Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MSBFnv08nc7yap2TmBgmyLyUfzEwLixoc1updNS8jxU/edit

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Face Masks Available For Amherst Residents

Are you in the Town of Amherst and in need of a mask for you or a family member? The Town-Wide Initiative:  Masks4All! can help! Call us at 413-259-3002 or fill out the quick form online at http://www.amherstma.gov/getinvolved The mission for … Continue reading

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Free Math Tutoring On Zoom

Juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics from UMass Amherst’s Education Club and Math Teaching Club will be offering free drop- in math tutoring for Amherst High School students via  Zoom. Feel free to join with your friends for group tutoring … Continue reading

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Letter from Principal Jones Re: Graduation

May 4, 2020 Parents, We would like to thank all of you in the support that has been provided during this historic and unique time in the life of your child. The impact of this pandemic has prevented your child … Continue reading

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ARHS Teachers: We Miss You All!

Staff made the following message for students on the Google Classroom https://youtu.be/w7o1fPhmst8   Preview YouTube video ARHS2020 We Miss You All!

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AP Exam Schedule

This year’s AP Exams will be exclusively online.  Security protocals for the exams require all students worldwide to test at the same time. The College Board made other changes to this year’s exams, including changes to timing, format, and content … Continue reading

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ARPS Friends of Performing Arts Meeting 5/12

Spring 2020 Meeting Tuesday, May 12, 7 PM via Zoom Now, more than ever, the performing arts at ARPS need your support!   Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81187703566?pwd=TEM0M0VMYnorcWxLZWJvQzVCS2R2dz09 Meeting ID: 811 8770 3566  Password: 2Yb9PF Activities and accomplishments during our first two … Continue reading

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Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards Honor ARPS Teachers

The Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards program annually honors Western Massachusetts educators and seeks to motivate teachers at all stages of their careers to aspire to excellence. The Amherst Regional Public School winners are: Kelsey Geer Amherst Regional School … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

May 8- “Parenting During Anxious & Uncertain Times” video 2:15 PM May 11- May 22- AP Exams Administered Online May 12- Juniors: College Essay Writing Workshop –  2-3 pm May 12- ARPS Friends of the Performing Arts Spring 2020 Meeting- … Continue reading

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Amherst Survival Center Services

We’re in this together.  Support the COVID-19 Hunger Response Fund. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!  Dear Community, I hope you and yours are safe and well. For those of you who are grieving, my heart is … Continue reading

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Project Earth Through Multi-Arts

Multi-Arts invites young people to participate in PROJECT EARTH,  and contribute in the creation of a play exploring Earth’s healing journey. The project will be a theater production with instrumental music to premiere in the summer of 2020. We will have FOUR meetings on Saturdays … Continue reading

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Livestream Today On Students’ Emotional Health

Today from 2:15-3:00 pm, the District will present our first YouTube live stream on the topic of Supporting Students’ Emotional Health and Wellbeing (PreK-12). Please join counselors Tara Luce, Crocker Farm, Hector Santos, ARMS, and Jaime Knox, Summit Academy, along … Continue reading

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ARHS Library News

The ARHS Library is one of the busiest places in our school, with an average of 182 students a day dropping by to study, conduct research, read, and connect with friends, teachers, and library staff on everything from academic projects and college … Continue reading

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Internet Access Campaign Was a Success!

In early April, the ARHS PGO joined with the other ARPS PGOs to organize a fundraiser to ensure that all Amherst and Amherst Regional public school students would have home wifi access during the school shutdown.  Thanks to the generosity … Continue reading

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SEPAC Meeting on 5/1

There will be a virtual SEPAC meeting on 5/1/20 at 9:00 am.  The agenda will be:  Executive Board Meeting Agenda. Approve Minutes. Impacts of School Closure for Special Education (Questions encouraged). Delivery of services as outlined on IEP’s. Scheduling and logistics … Continue reading

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Attention Seniors- Coffee with the Principal and Class Survey

On Monday, April 27th at 6:30 PM, ARHS Principal Gene Jones will host a virtual Coffee with the Principal for families of 12th grade students.  The link to attend will be sent to all Class of 2020 parent/guardians via email. … Continue reading

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Guidance Information For Class of 2021

Dear Class of 2021, I can only imagine that the events connected to COVID 19 and your junior year are frustrating. Here is a brief update on opportunities to stay on top of the college planning process: Junior College/Life After … Continue reading

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DESE Letter On Special Education

Dear families, DESE, the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, is in regular contact with us to offer guidance about how to navigate special education during this period of closure.  Attached is a Letter to Families and a Family Resource … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

June 18th- Last Day of School June 27- MIAA Spring Sports Season Ends All other school events are canceled

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Lawn Signs Honoring Class of 2020 For Sale

This is a strange and difficult time for most students, but especially our seniors. This should have been a spring full of fun and recognition, but they will miss out on many rites of passage. Parents wanted to come up … Continue reading

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Franklin/Hampshire County Resources

Look4Help is a searchable site for resources and support in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties. There is a special section related to COVID-19. Look4Help provides resources concerning food, housing, mental health, addiction and recovery, health care, disability services, money, transportation, … Continue reading

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Local Restaurants Open For Business

Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zThAjag9ajwzbBp3PF0cKw7GYSlBzmCU/view?usp=sharing Complete list available at bit.ly/AmherstAreaOpenForTheBusiness

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Provide WiFi to ARPS Students

In collaboration with all of the other ARPS school PGOs, we launched a fundraiser on April 3 to provide wifi routers and data plans to families in the ARPS district who did not have home internet service. With the community’s … Continue reading

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Meals to Be Distributed on Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, meals will be distributed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  On those days, additional breakfast and lunch will be provided for Tuesday and Thursday.   Distribution areas will remain the same. For further information, see the attached … Continue reading

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