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Welcome Our New Editor!

We would like to introduce Jennifer, our newest contributing editor, to the ARHS Parent Newsletter. We are thrilled to have her, Becky & Mare all on board!  If you are interested in working with ARHS PGO, please let us know! … Continue reading

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We Need Your Help and It is EASY!

The funds ARHS receives annually from Stop & Shop is limited only by the number of cards we register. The most effective way to register cards is to greet shoppers on their way into the store and ask for their … Continue reading

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First Early Release Day – Sept. 16

Don’t forget, Wednesday, Sept. 16th is an Early Release Day.  Once a month the school operates on a partial day schedule, to allow time for teachers to work on curriculum and school-wide issues. On these Early Release Days, school starts at the … Continue reading

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ARMS/ARHS Consolidation Survey – We Need Your Input

It’s Survey September for students and families! Don’t forget to add your voice as we work together to revision our schools. Please take a moment to participate in two important surveys. The 7-12 Consolidation Survey is being conducted by the … Continue reading

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Celebrate Amherst Block Party – 9/17

On September 17th, 2015, the streets of downtown Amherst are closed to traffic and open to a night of fun from 5-9pm for the Celebrate Amherst Block Party! In its fourth year, this event brings people together for a lively … Continue reading

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First Day Schedule – Sept. 2

The first day of school for all students is Wednesday, September 2nd. The day’s schedule is below: 9th grade students will report directly to their advisories at 7:45 am. New students (grades 10 – 12) will report to the library … Continue reading

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Bus Routes for ARHS Students

Below please find links to the 2015-2016 Bus Routes for ARHS. Morning Bus Routes Afternoon Bus Routes Please note that on September 2nd, the second round of morning buses will be 2 hours and 10 minutes later than normally scheduled … Continue reading

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Get Alerts about Your ARHS Teams

Hurricane Sport Fans, most of you aren’t aware of a feature offered through the MIAA. You can set up email alerts for your favorite team(s)!! Go to the MIAA website, look for the light blue bar, select the team(s) you’d … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars

Sept. 7 – Labor Day: No School Sept. 9 – Monthly PGO Meeting: 8:10 am, Room 13 (All Welcome) Sept. 10 – Last Day of Add/Drop Period Sept. 10 – Orientation for Parents/Guardians of 9th Grader/New Students: 7pm, Auditorium Sept. 16 … Continue reading

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Voices From Our Schools

Enjoy the latest episode of  Voices from Our Schools.  Kimberly Stender hosts a panel discussion about the regional re-visioning of a Greenfield Community College partnership with ARPS with Maria Geryk, Superintendent of Schools at ARPS, Kathryn Mazur, Director of ARPS Human … Continue reading

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First Day Celebration – Sept. 1

All families, staff and community members are invited to the annual First Day Celebration on Tuesday, September 1 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on the Amherst Town Common. Enjoy FREE pony rides, magic shows, disc golf, hula hoops, games, arts and crafts, … Continue reading

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Pre-Season Sports Injury Screenings – Aug. 31

Cooley Dickinson Hospital Rehab staff will perform pre-season injury screening and sport-specific testing for athletes in grades 9 through 12 on Monday, August 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the ARHS Gym. Attached below is a permission slip/waiver along with a flyer with additional … Continue reading

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Happy Summer!

The editors here at the ARHS PGO Parent News want to wish each of you, and your families, a safe, happy and healthy summer. Cherish it! Look for our first edition of the 2015-2016 school year in mid-August. We have … Continue reading

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Stop and Shop Fundraiser – Success!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the ARHS PGO Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Fundraiser. We raised $17,398.80 for ARHS for the 2015-2016 school year! ARHS was the third highest earner in the entire State! These Stop & … Continue reading

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Dialogue Day 2015

Please read Mark Jackson’s note to ARHS faculty and staff regarding Dialogue Day which was held yesterday, Thursday, June 11th. The purpose of Dialogue Day was to provide faculty, staff and students an opportunity to process the year. The afternoon … Continue reading

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District Moves to Gmail – Save Your Old Emails/Files

Parents, please remind your students! At the end of this school year, the district email system will move from Novell GroupWise to Gmail, which is part of Google Apps for Education.  The changeover will begin the weekend of June 27th.  Although student … Continue reading

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Voices From Our Schools – Gender Sexuality Alliance

Please enjoy the most recent episode of Voices From Our Schools featuring the ARHS Gender Sexuality Alliance. ARHS student Joe Konieczny (Class of 2016) and GSA faculty advisor, Kim Kretzer, discuss the purpose of the GSA and the many student-lead … Continue reading

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FBLA Supports Cooley Cancer Care Fund

The Future Business Leaders of America, an ARHS student club, raised $5000 through their “Canes for a Cure” T-shirt sales. This money was donated to the Cancer Care Fund at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Please click here to read more about … Continue reading

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Canes Sports News

Amherst plays Longmeadow High in the MIAA WMass Girls Tennis Final today, Friday, June 12th at 2 pm. This event will be held at Western New England University. Go Canes! Amherst Baseball plays Central High in the Div. I WMass … Continue reading

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Project Backpack 2015

Project Backpack 2015 is seeking donations from the community. This program helps income-eligible PreK- 12 students acquire necessary and grade-appropriate school supplies. Donations of new backpacks and school supplies will be accepted from June 1-August 1 and can be dropped off … Continue reading

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SEPAC News

Please check out the attached Special Education Parent Advisory Council’s June 2015 Newsletter. SEPAC June Newsletter – English PDF SEPAC June Newsletter – Spanish PDF

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Amherst Survival Center Needs Helpers

Are you available for a few hours on Monday afternoons in June, July & August? The Amherst  Survival Center gets 2-6,000 pounds of food delivered every Monday from the Food Bank of Western Mass. They need some strong helpers to … Continue reading

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AEF Stars in Our Schools

School is almost done. Want to thank awesome teachers and support our schools? Stars In Our Schools! Stars Recognize teachers and staff with a gift in their honor! Now is the time to let teachers and staff members know how much you … Continue reading

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Annie – LSSE Benefit Concert on Saturday

There will be a Benefit Concert for LSSE’s Youth Performing Arts Scholarships tomorrow, Saturday, June 13th at both 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the ARMS Auditorium (170 Chestnut St.). Tickets available at LSSE, the Jones Library or at the … Continue reading

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Job Search Panel for Teens – June 18

On Thursday, June 18th from 5:30PM-6:30PM there will be a Job Search Panel for Teens (& their parents) at the Amherst Survival Center, 138 Sunderland Rd. Representatives from UMass Amherst (employees and people who help folks find work) will be there to … Continue reading

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Free Immunization Clinic

The Amherst Health Department offers vaccines for children (and adults) who live in Amherst. Immunizations are for all children age 18 years old and under who have no insurance or who are under-insured. Clinics are offered every second Wednesday of … Continue reading

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Victorian Ballroom Dance – June 27

On Saturday, June 27, at 11 am, all are invited to waltz through time on the lawn of the Amherst History Museum. A Victorian ballroom dance performance will take place on the front lawn of the Amherst Historical Museum at … Continue reading

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Fort River School Benefit at Barnes & Noble – Sunday

Please see the attached flyer about the Barnes & Noble Book Fair to benefit Fort River Elementary School this Sunday, June 14th. Kick off Summer Reading with a celebration of Fort River’s Cultural Diversity: 1:00 Cambodian Dancing 2:00 African Talking … Continue reading

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ARHS Receives Award from ABC House

ARHS Principal Mark Jackson, along with the entire ARHS faculty and staff, received the Amherst A Better Chance House’s annual  Local Heroes Award. The awards states it was presented to Amherst High School  for encouraging, “All ABC Scholars to meet … Continue reading

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PGO Grant – Visiting Poet

With the support of an ARHS PGO grant,  a visiting poet attended two ARHS English classes (American Lit. & Nature) this spring. Sean Vernon is a songwriter, musician, poet and performer living in Western Massachusetts. Sean has recorded 6 CDs … Continue reading

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TEAM+S Earns Best in State

The national TEAM+S engineering competition results are in. This year our Junior Varsity team (9th/10th grade level) earned BEST in STATE, finishing first in Massachusetts and 9th in their division nationally. The team members were: Marion Carr (captain), Claire Siege, … Continue reading

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ARHS Seniors’ Folders

Due to a recent policy change, ARHS Senior folders (including academic, health, and guidance) must be held at ARHS for 3 years after graduation.  Therefore, we are unable to release these records to our current graduates as we have in the … Continue reading

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SAT Test Tomorrow

The SAT test will be given at ARHS at 8:00am on Saturday, June 6th (arrive @ 7:45am). Bring your admission ticket, two number 2 pencils with erasers, identification and an acceptable calculator. For more information on what to bring (or … Continue reading

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ARPS PGO Public Meeting

The ARPS PGO will have a Spring Public Meeting on June 17th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Crocker Farm Elementary in the Community Room. Items to be discussed are: End of Year Wrap Up, Valley Gives & future other joint fundraising opportunities, voting on … Continue reading

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Light Up the Night Fundraiser – June 12

For 25 years Family Outreach of Amherst has assisted struggling families in our community. Please join them for a great party and a great cause! Last year, this event raised over $41,000 for Family Outreach. Sip cocktails with friends on … Continue reading

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Can – Film Screening – June 11

CAN – a documentary film by Pearl J. Park will be shown on Thursday, June 11 @ 7PM at the Jones Library. Can Truong, a war refugee who was among the millions of boat people who fled Vietnam in the 1970’s, was … Continue reading

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The Scarlett Professor – Sunday

A free workshop performance of the first half of The Scarlet Professor, a new opera based on the celebrated 1960 arrest and trial of Smith College professor Newton Arvin, will take place on Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. in … Continue reading

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24th Annual Breakfast for Puffer’s Pond – Saturday

The annual pancake breakfast fundraiser for Puffer’s Pond is tomorrow, Saturday, June 6th from 8:30am – 11am. All Local and Whole Grain – local flour, eggs, butter, milk, blueberries, and real maple syrup! New for 2015 – gluten free option … Continue reading

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Support Big Brothers Big Sisters – June 8th

This Monday, June 8th, Bueno Y Sano will donate 50% of ALL SALES from 11am – 9pm  to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County (at the Amherst, Noho & W. Springfield locations only). Great food for a great cause! … Continue reading

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Homestead Garden Days – This Weekend

GARDEN DAYS. The Homestead garden in bloom. Take part in one of Emily Dickinson’s favorite pastimes—gardening! Join the annual effort to prepare the Museum’s historic grounds for summer. Volunteers with all levels of experience are welcome to plant, weed, and beautify under … Continue reading

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Attention Senior Parents/Guardians!

This week you received an email for ARHS Project Graduation 2015 (formerly known as Senior Party). The email has critical and time sensitive information in it about this event. It will explain the event and it’s importance to both you … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendar

May 20 – Early Release Day: Noon May 20 – ARHS Math Night: 6:30 pm, Library May 21-23 – Student Written Play Festival: 7:30pm, Auditorium May 25 – Memorial Day : No School May 28 – ARHS Combined Concert: 7:30pm, … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk – May 16

The Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk starts at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 16 marking the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at six historic sites in Amherst. The event is free and … Continue reading

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IEP Clinic – May 28

A Workshop for Parents and Educators When: May 28th, 2015 Where: Amherst Regional High School, Room 13 Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Free workshop and open to all in the public. An IEP for My Child: Every child with a disability who receives … Continue reading

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Seniors – Transcript Fees Due

Seniors! Senior Parents! Very important! You will need to pay for all the transcripts Guidance sent for you this year, unless you are on free or reduced lunch. To find out how much you owe, go into Naviance, under the … Continue reading

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Help Stamp Out Hunger – May 9

Here are some easy steps to join the national “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive this Saturday. 1) put canned unexpired non-perishable food in a bag by your mailbox Saturday morning, 2) your letter carrier will pick it up that day, … Continue reading

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CATS – May 15 & 16

CATS the musical, let the “Memory” live again! Friday & Saturday May 15 & 16 Come support fellow students Kira Cairn, Grace Bertrand, Shannon Lambert, Liam Ashburn, Abigail Morris, Tess Trobaugh and many others. The magical legendary Broadway hit by … Continue reading

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Permaculture in Your Backyard – May 16th

Learn how to apply permaculture design to any backyard – big or small, sunny or shady, in this presentation by Ashley Schenk. Please join us in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 2:30 pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Ashley Schenk uses examples from his projects around the Pioneer Valley to show how you can use permaculture design to grow food, nourish a healthy ecosystem, and build a deeper relationship with your land. His explanation of the design process, specific examples, and knowledge of design strategies helps you focus in on your goals, learn useful strategies, and creatively problem-solve in your landscape.

Ashley Schenk has seven years of experience as a natural builder and permaculture designer. He co-founded Broadfork Permaculture, a permaculture landscaping cooperative, and has been working throughout Franklin and Hampshire Counties designing and implementing healthy backyard landscapes.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223. Continue reading

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Cambodian Heritage Celebration – May 29

The annual Cambodian Heritage Celebration will take place on Friday, May 29, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fort River Elementary School Auditorium (70 South East St). The community is invited to attend this free event. Amherst, Pelham and Regional … Continue reading

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